Monday, October 16, 2017

NGSQ Study Groups



Do you know about this benefit of National Genealogical Society membership?

NGS members not only have access to the quarterly journal and other publications (including an online digital archive) but we are also able to virtually meet with other genealogists and discuss some of the NGSQ articles together in a monthly study group.

As someone relatively new to the formal study of genealogy, I was very happy to read about the NGSQ study groups on a blog that I cannot remember now. There are currently four groups; the one I joined that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on Google+ Hangouts (headset and webcam required), two that meet on a chat platform and another in Second Life.

My first attempt to join was foiled by a technical glitch on my end, but I was able to join last Tuesday evening. A different glitch meant that I wasn't able to print the article until the day before the meeting and only had time to read it through once, so I just listened this time and followed along with the discussion which centered around a handful of questions that our moderator posted a few days ahead of time.

I always learn from reading journal articles, but the study group taught me a few more things, too. And of course,  just knowing that you are going to be part of a discussion gives your regular reading more focus.

No attendance is taken here, so don't hesitate to join just because you may not be able to make it every month. If you want to learn more, even if you aren't an NGS member at the moment, you can follow this link to the NGSQ Study Group page.

Maybe I'll see you there.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - George Washington Smith and Marjorie Elizabeth Dean



George Washington Smith, my maternal grandfather, was the 5th child and 4th son of George Robert Smith and Frances Isabella Parker. I'm sure I've mentioned here before that my grandfather, although Canadian, was named for America's first president because he was born on February 22nd to an American father.



He married Marjorie Elizabeth Dean, my grandmother, at Minton United Church in North Hatley, Quebec on August 10, 1935. Together they had one daughter, my mother, Janet Isabella.

My grandmother is not the only Dean buried in this large and pretty cemetery. Her aunt Maggie Dean and husband William Thompson are buried here as well as her uncle Robert Irwin Dean and his wife Georgie Talbot. Unfortunately we didn't get here early enough in the day to get help from the office in finding those graves this past visit.

Although my grandparents are buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec, they are not in the large Smith plot. My grandfather and his younger brother bought adjoining plots in another section.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Walter Herbert Smith and Marika Bey



Walter Herbert Smith was the youngest child of Orlando Chauncey Smith and Rachel Jeanne Frechette. He was born in Thetford Mines, Quebec on September 7, 1923.



Walter married Marika Bey sometime after World War II although I have not been able to find a date for the wedding so far. Together they had four children.


Although I did not know Mickey well, she was one of the few adults around whom I felt comfortable as a child and she still has a special place in my heart. We were able to see her only a few weeks before her passing in December of 2000.

Walter and Mickey are buried in the Smith family plot at Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec along with Walter's grandparents and parents and other relatives.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DearMYRTLE's GenDoc Study Group - Wednesdays at Noon Eastern

Tomorrow is the second session of DearMYRTLE's GenDoc Study Group where participants discuss Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Dr. Thomas W. Jones. The sessions are held live on Google Hangouts, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. If you follow the link above, you will find the schedule of sessions through January 17, 2018.

Dr. Jones' book is not a replacement for Evidence Explained, but sort of a companion. As the author himself says, it is a textbook for citation creation where Evidence Explained is a reference manual.

I am not as far along in Dr. Jones' book as I thought I would be at this point, mostly because I was inspired to go back and reread Genealogical Standards and the first two chapters of Evidence Explained, but I'm actually excited to keep reading and learn more. I'm very hopeful that this textbook will help me to better understand how to create my own citations. It has bothered my for some time that I don't cite my sources here on my blog, but my posts would take four times longer to put together if I did. My goal is that by the time the study group is finished, that I will be able to go back post-by-post and cite any sources that I have shared in my posts.

Screenshot from YouTube


If you are interested in watching the Week 1 session, you can watch it easily on YouTube but you won't be able to see the comments of those who were watching or add to the conversation. To see that, you just have to register either through Google, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. You can find the registration links for all of DearMYRTLE's September hangouts here.

There may be other places as well, but I know that you can buy Dr. Jones' book at the NGS webiste in softcover or at Amazon for Kindle.

I can't believe we'll be almost three weeks into next year when this group wraps-up, but I can't wait to see where the book and group together can take my knowledge of and comfort with creating citations in the next few months.

Tombstone Tuesday - George Robert Smith and Charlotte Codere




George Robert Louis "Bobby" Smith was the eldest child of my great-uncle, Orlando Chauncey Smith and his wife, Rachel (pronounced Rashelle) Frechette, who are also buried in this plot at Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Bobby was born on June 14, 1919 in Thetford Mines, Quebec.


Bobby married Marie Blandine Charlotte Codère of Sherbrooke on October 17, 1942 at Église de Saint-Charles-Borromée in Beaulac-Garthby, Quebec. Together they had one daughter.



They are buried in the Smith family plot at Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with Bobby's parents and grandparents and other Smith relatives.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Orlando Chauncey Smith and Rachel Jeanne Frechette



This week's post should have gone up last week, but I was a bit busy and stressed finalizing the sale (junking) of my old car and purchase of a new one. It was right here in this cemetery last month that it began to be obvious that I was going to have to make a decision about cars, as the steep hills proved to be a challenge for my transmission. My poor mother was worried that we wouldn't make it home to New York. Although I don't think we were in any danger of that, "My Car Died in This Cemetery" would have made a catchy title for a blog post. Anyway, now that's over I can get back to my ancestors.

These photos were taken at Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Orlando Chauncey Smith was the second son of my great-grandparents, George Robert Smith and Isabella Frances Parker. His older brother Benjamin died at ten months old in 1889. Lannie, as he was known, was born about eighteen months later on July 7, 1891.



Lannie married Rachel Jeanne Frechette in Quebec City on November 5, 1918.  They had three children, two of whom are buried here with their wives.


Lannie died before I was born, but I can remember visiting Tante Rachel (pronounced like Rashelle) at her home down the street from my grandparents.

I don't have any photos of the two of them together. I'll have to remedy that one of these days.


This photo of Lannie and his youngest brother, William John White, was taken about 1914.


This photo was taken at my mother's graduation from Bishops University, also in Sherbrooke, in 1958. Aunt Rachel is in the dark coat.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Lucy Hamilton Smith and Frederick Albert Sawer

I recently posted photos from our trip to Quebec and the two cemeteries that we were able to visit, including Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke, Quebec. What you can't see in those photos, because I forgot to take a picture of the entire plot, is that my great-grandparents are buried in a large plot for 12 people.



Buried with George and Isabelle are three of their children, the spouses of two of those children and the two sons of their eldest son, both with their wives, leaving one spot empty.

Lucy Hamilton Smith was the oldest of George and Isabella's children and named for her maternal grandmother, Lucy A.B. Hamilton, who had passed away in 1881. Lucy was born when the family lived in Buckingham, with her maternal grandfather, George Lakin Parker.



Lucy married Frederick Albert Sawer on December 4, 1918 in Thetford Mines, Quebec. They had no children but doted on their nieces and nephews.



Unfortunately for me, I never knew Aunt Lucy and Uncle Fred who died in early and late 1964 before I was born. I wish I had known them though, just from pictures I sense that Aunt Lucy was a very interesting person!


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