Monday, June 29, 2009

Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 State Conference

The Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 state conference will be upon us before you know it. September 11 through 13 is the weekend, the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington is the location, and the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is proud to play host for this event. My co-bloggers over at the EWGS blog, Donna Potter Phillips and Charles Hansen, have been busy researching and writing about all the events, speakers, activities, transportation, facilities, etc. surrounding the conference, and I'll be adding information about the great vendors that will be in attendance, as well.

Here's a wrap up of some recent posts that will be of interest to you:

Washington State Genealogical Society 2009 State Conference to Be Held in Spokane

Benefits of Attending Genealogical Societies

WSGS 2009 Conference Update

Online Registration Now Available for 2009 WSGS State Conference

WSGS: Other Activities

Getting to Spokane for the WSGS Conference

September...and the Conference...Be A-Comin'

To keep up-to-date on all the conference posts, be sure to bookmark the 2009 State Conference label on the blog. You can also add the EWGS blog to your daily reads at Bloglines, Google Reader, or any of your favorite feed readers here. If you prefer to read your blogs via e-mail, you can sign up to receive them through FeedBlitz.

P.S. There will be a number of Geneabloggers (genealogy bloggers) in attendance at the conference, and we are looking to meet for a GB event. Please contact me if you are interested.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 2009 Scanfest

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Treasures, Surprises, and Faces

Although I'm sorry I'm missing the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree (and all the great Geneablogger gatherings!), I have my own celebrations this weekend that I wouldn't have missed for all the world!

Among the MANY family birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations this month...among the MANY special family birthdays occurring this month, (1st, 18th, 50th, 60th, and 65th--two of the latter!) is my mother's 65th birthday today.

That in itself is pretty special. Additionally, her brother/my uncle decided to make it extra special by taking some time off work at his job for a railroad in Western Michigan to be here as a surprise for her. He arrived early yesterday morning and we spent quite a bit of time visiting all day long. He brought with him two packages from my grandparents' estates, one for me and one for Mom, full of documents and photos from my mother's, grandmother's, and great-grandmother's childhoods. There are photos of my Great-great-grandparents HOEKSTRA, and another of my Great-great-grandmother DeVRIES, treasures because I'd never before seen photos of them. There are also photos of siblings and cousins of ancestors which now give me faces to go with the many names I've researched over the years.

It's been a priceless weekend: seeing the look on my mother's face as she walked into my home and saw my uncle ("there's a package from Michigan in the living room for you, Mom!"); and seeing the my ancestors' faces gazing back at me from vintage photo albums.

Tomorrow morning, I'll begin scanning the treasured photos of my ancestors. I hope you'll join me from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time for Scanfest.

Welcome, Jamboree Attendees!

My name is Miriam Robbins Midkiff, and I live in Spokane, Washington, USA, about 15 miles west of the Idaho border, the largest urban area between Seattle and Minneapolis. I've been married for 22 years, and we have two good-looking, intelligent, and compassionate teens (one of each), a high-school graduate and an incoming sophomore. By turns we are adored or ignored by our frisky middle-aged tabby, Tessa. I've been a special education paraeducator with my local school district for nine years, where I work with developmentally impaired teens at the middle-school level. I also teach online genealogy classes (basic and intermediate) through the local community college district and the county library district. I'm a member of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, am active on several committees--including co-authoring their blog--and teach and speak at both EWGS and other societies in the Inland Northwest. I'm a co-administrator at Facebook's Genea-Bloggers Group, and have several other blogs I (try to) maintain!

I also recently started a new website, the Online City, County, and Rural Directory website. Have you ever wished you could find links to all the online city directories in one place? A place where they were listed by location and in date order? This is the purpose of the Online City, County, and Rural Directories Website. It is meant to be used as an aid to genealogists, historians, and other researchers. My goal is to have a complete listing for city, county, rural, business, and other types of directories for the United States and Canada, and then go on to add directories for other countries. I also have lists of resources, articles, and ideas of where to find offline city directories. And there is an accompanying blog (of course!) where you can see the latest updates and new pages on the site.

Although I can't attend Jamboree this year, I will be attending the Washington State Genealogical Society 2009 State Conference in Spokane on September 11 - 13 at the world-famous Davenport Hotel. I'm on the conference committee and we have a wonderful lineup of speakers and vendors including Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Bruce Buzbee. I hope you can attend!

As you can see, genealogy is a huge part of my life. I began this blog as an outlet for the need to write about something--anything--on a regular basis. I can't not write! "AnceStories" was a word I coined when I created a website years ago to write the stories of my ancestors. I discovered blogging was a lot quicker and easier than creating web pages. Series are especially interesting for me to write, but I admit that I'm not always good at wrapping them up! The first day of every month, I post a Calendar of Events. I also will post press releases for genealogy-related companies, but rarely do reviews of products (non-fiction books seem to be my main exception to that rule). It's through this blog that I explain, announce, and invite others to participate with me in Scanfest. We will be having a Scanfest this weekend here at AnceStories, so if you get a chance between sessions, please drop by and join the chat!

My brightest article was originally submitted for a military-themed genealogy writing contest and was a first-prize winner: A Polar Bear in North Russia. It's about my great-grandfather's service in the U.S. Army in Russia, of all places. It's a little-known fact in American history that we sent troops there to fight against communist forces.

My breeziest ones were about Alice Teddy, the Rollerskating Bear. I got some surprising media attention for these!

Not all my articles are about bears! My most beautiful article was "One Woman: Barbara Dorothy Valk, Missionary to Central Africa, which I wrote for the 20th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy and Women's History Month 2007. In researching and interviewing relatives for background for this mini-biography, I was rewarded by discovering she was so much more than the elderly spinster aunt of my mother that I recalled meeting only twice.

I enjoy receiving comments from my readers, and try to follow up on them regularly. Now that summer vacation is here, I plan to be spending more time blogging on a regular basis. Please know that I read all comments before publishing them, as well as any e-mails I receive. The best way to get to know me within the framework of this blog is to become a regular reader by bookmarking this blog or subscribing via e-mail or a feed reader (see upper right-hand margin to enable any of those features). Visiting my profile will also tell you a bit about what motivates me to write. While I mainly write for my own pleasure and to record my family's history, it always encourages me when I receive "fan e-mail," too! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to get to know me and AnceStories a little better!

Surname Saturday: ROBBINS

My maiden name is ROBBINS, and I have been able to trace this line definitely back seven generations (not counting my own) to two 5th-great-grandfathers, both of whom were ROBBINSes. My 4th great-grandparents were Joseph Josiah ROBBINS (1820 - 1905) and Marinda ROBBINS (1824 - 1912), and whether or not they were related to each other is not known to me. Joseph was the son of George ROBBINS of Otsego County, New York (some records indicate he was born in New Jersey, Massachusetts, or Connecticut) and Marinda was the daughter of convicted murderer Uzza ROBBINS (b. c. 1792 in Vermont or New York) of New York and Pennsylvania, who was hung in 1850 for his crime.

Stories and History:

The ROBBINS Family History on my website.

Ahnentafel #128: I have seen information that gives the possibility that my George ROBBINS may be the George Washington ROBBINS of Connecticut who married Abigail HICKS and died in Chautauqua County, New York by 1854, but I have not yet found evidence to satisfy me.

Ahnentafel #130: Uzza ROBBINS' story of his crimes (he murdered his second wife and attempted to murder his step-daughter; later it was determined he murdered his son in another incident) and his beheading after his execution (the first in McKean County, Pennsylvania) and three disinterments are fascinating and can be read here.

#64: Joseph Josiah ROBBINS was a Civil War veteran and his story was written in the history of Oceana County, Michigan. It can be read here. Three of his sons were named a variation of Ben!

#32: Joseph and Marinda ROBBINS' oldest son Charles H. ROBBINS (1844 - 1934) was my ancestor. He also was a Civil War veteran who fought in many of the famous battles, and I have told his story here.

#16: Charles' son Angelo Merrick ROBBINS (1874 - 1923) was a schoolteacher who died young due to a ruptured appendix. You can read his story here.

#8: Angelo's son, William Bryan ROBBINS (1896 - 1972), served during WWI in North Russia as a Polar Bear. Read more here. I've also written extensively about his experiences in North Russia on this blog.

#4: My beloved paternal grandfather, Robert Lewis ROBBINS (1920 - 2003), was a WWII veteran, and you can read all about him here. I remember how well he could ride a unicycle!

More about the ROBBINS family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): ROBBINS ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Some ROBBINS obituaries

3. Posts about ROBBINS ancestors and relatives on this blog

4. Some scanned ROBBINS documents

5. Some scanned ROBBINS photos

6. My ROBBINS Virtual Cemetery on Find A Grave

The ROBBINS immigration trail:

George ROBBINS' line: Otsego Co., NY > Chautauqua Co., NY?

Uzza ROBBINS' line: Broome Co., NY > Susquehanna Co., PA > Potter Co., PA > McKean Co., PA

Joseph ROBBINS and descendants to myself: Otsego Co., NY > Chautauqua Co., NY > Tioga Co., PA > McKean Co., PA > Oceana Co., MI > Cottonwood Co., MN > Oceana Co., MI > Newaygo Co., MI > Muskegon Co., MI > Ottawa Co., MI > AK > Stevens Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

Sunday, June 21, 2009

June 2009 Scanfest Reminder

The June 2009 Scanfest will be held Sunday, June 28th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time. Scanfest is a time when family historians, family archivists, genealogists, and genea-bloggers gather to scan their precious family photos and documents while chatting with others about genealogy, preservation, and everything else under the sun! You can visit our May 2009 Scanfest to get an idea of what it's all about, here and here.

We will be using Cover It Live, a live blogging format that you access right here at AnceStories.

On Sunday at 11 AM, PDT, come right here to AnceStories and you'll see the CoverItLive live blog/forum in the top post. It's not really a "chat room," per se, it's more like a live forum and anyone visiting this site can read and see what is happening in the forum. We also hope to connect with those who will be at the Southern California Jamboree!

You will not need to download any software.

Up to 25 individuals can be invited to be Producers. Producers are participants who have the extra capability of sharing photos, links, and other media within the forum (great for sharing the photos you're scanning!). You must have Internet Explorer 6.0+ or Firefox 2.0+ to be a Producer.

We can also have up to 25 other Participants who can comment freely in our conversation, but will not be able to share media. You can have any kind of browser to be a Participant.

In addition, any other readers of this blog drop on by and view/read what is happening at Scanfest. If the 25 Participant spaces are full, those readers will not be able to comment, unless someone else drops out.

Confused? Have questions? Go to CoverItLive and check out 6. Try It Now to see live blogs in action or 7. Demos to see videos demonstrating how to use CIT (especially the ones titled "How do my readers watch my Live Blog?" and "Adding Panelists and Producers").

If you would like to be a Producer, please e-mail me no later than Saturday, June 27th at 4 PM, PDT and I'll send you an invitation. Preference will given to previous Scanfesters. You must set up an account (free!) ahead of time to be a Producer. This account will be good for all future Scanfests. You can do some practices ahead of time by going to My Account and clicking on the link under Practice your live blogging. Again, you must have IE 6.0+ or Firefox 2.0+ to be a Panelist.

As a Producer, Participant or simply a reader, if you would like an e-mail reminder for Scanfest, fill out the form below and choose the time frame for which you would like to be reminded (if you're reading this through Google Reader, Bloglines, or some other RSS feed reader, you will need to go to my blog and view this post there to see and utilize the form).

It really is easier than it sounds, and I'm looking forward to seeing you all there and getting some scanning done!

The Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence

I was honored to be awarded by ten geneabloggers with the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence a couple of weeks ago. What on earth is this award, you say?

The award was created in honor of genealogy blogger Janice Brown by Terry Thornton, author of “Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi”, who explained that “Janice told us all about the word ‘puckerbrush’ in an article she posted August 27, 2007 at “Cow Hampshire.”

Terry elaborated a bit further in a comment: "On any land allowed to go fallow and left untended, a wild assortment of wild plants grow – in some areas, this wild growth results in such a thicket of plants that it is almost impossible to push your way through the growth. So it is with the growth of blogs — so many that it is impossible to read them all. But in the puckerbrush eventually a few plants/trees become dominant and influence all who view them through the thick surrounding puckerbrush. And it is those outstanding blogs whose influence spreads beyond just the surrounding rabble of puckerbrush that I’m honoring."

Terry issued this challenge: Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice — the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.

The following very kindly named me as an influence in their blogging. Thank you to each one of you for your kind words and thoughtful consideration of me:

1. Colleen McHugh of Orations of OMcHodoy

2. Becky Wiseman of kinexxions

3. Bill West of West in New England

4. Denise Olson of Family Matters

5. Pam Warren of Granny's Genealogy

6. Amy Crooks of Untangled Family Roots

7. George Geder of George Geder: Family Historian - Photo Restoration Artist

8. Julie Cahill Tarr of GenBlog

9. Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family

10. Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogical Society and Library blog

As you can imagine, it is very difficult to choose only 10 blogs that have most influenced me, because I can't think of a single genealogy blog that hasn't influenced me in some way. In the list below, the first six mentioned were the first six genealogy blogs I ever stumbled across. The subsequent four are those who I feel have brought a quality standard to genealogy blogging that I hope to emulate!

1. GenealogyBlog by Leland Meitzler - the first time I heard the word blog was in 2005 when my friend, mentor, and fellow EWGS member Donna Potter Phillips stood up in front of our society and mentioned that Leland was starting a blog on genealogy. At that time, it was a team effort, and Donna was one of the bloggers. This blog has evolved over time and is, in my opinion, the go-to place to learn about all that's new and up-and-coming in the genealogical world. Leland is also one of the few genealogy bloggers that I met, although at the time, geneablogging wasn't as big as it now is!

2. Genealogy Education by Ken Aitken - Although Ken has since passed away, his son has thankfully continued to leave Ken's useful blog online for those of us who are involved in genealogy instruction and presentations. This just goes to show that the words we write and the lessons we leave can influence others far beyond our life span.

3. Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver - When I began reading Genealogy Education, I noticed there was this one reader that was always commenting on Ken's great posts. I soon discovered that the reader had his own blog, and it was then that I became a fan of Genea-Musings! Uncle Randy always has great, relevant information in his posts with detailed reviews and statistics, and reading his blog makes me wish I was independently wealthy so that I could blog 24-7 as he seems to do (my summer vacation as a school staff member gives me just a taste of full-time blogging...enough to whet my appetite and frustrate me all school year long!).

4. GeneaBlogie by Craig Manson - when I first came across Craig's blog, I was intrigued by the description of his ancestry he had listed at that time on the blog. Craig's roots are African, Native American, and European, and I thoroughly enjoy reading about his diverse research. He brings his expertise as a law professor to both his research and his writing. Craig's blog was the first African-American genealogy blog I came across and it was by reading his that I learned the worth of reading genealogy blogs written by those with different ethnicities and races than my own. Unlike researching American roots that lead into Western Europe, those with African, Native American, Eastern European, Asian, or Jewish roots must use a variety of alternate records and resources and are constantly challenged to think "outside the box," valuable lessons for any of us trying to break down our brick walls.

5. Creative Gene by Jasia - there isn't a geneablogger out there that isn't familiar with Jasia's Carnival of Genealogy, the oldest and most consistent genealogy blog carnival in existence. It was by writing and submitting posts for the carnival that my blog became widely read and I'm certain the same is true for many other bloggers. I connected with Jasia because of our shared Michigan roots, although our heritage comes from different parts of Europe. Jasia is one of the top geneabloggers that I would love to meet someday, because she is more than someone who also blogs about her genealogy; she has become a good friend.

6. The Genealogue by Chris Dunham - Chris does a couple of services to the geneablogging world. First and foremost, he reminds us not to take ourselves, our blogging, or our research too seriously! Secondly, his creation of the Genealogy Blog Finder has put order into categorizing the geneablogging world. There were a few genealogy blog lists out there at the beginning, but they weren't done very well either in organization or in a clean, easy-on-the eyes format and design. Chris is an integral part of the geneablogging world; where would we be without his Top Ten lists?!

7. footnoteMaven by (who else?) the footnoteMaven - my fellow Washingtonian and geneablogger (another whom I've had the pleasure to meet) - has set a wonderful standard of citing sources on her main blog as well as documenting historic photots on her quality digital publication, Shades of the Departed, with its accompanying I Smile for the Camera! Carnival. There is a quote by Ralph Fletcher that always reminds me of fM when I read it: "Artists develop a love for the feel for their tools, the smell and texture of clay, wood, or paint. Writers are no different. Writers love words."

8. Steve's Genealogy Blog by Stephen Danko - Like Jasia, Steve explores his Polish roots on his blog, and like the footnoteMaven, he is equally attentive to citing his sources carefully. His is a unique blog, combining a studious research log with the occasional personal genealogical story submitted to a carnival, or highlighting the flora of his home state of California via photography. I've learned much about Polish history from his blog and although I've yet to find any Eastern European heritage in my family tree, it fascinates me nonetheless!

9. Family Matters by Denise Olsen - I now read a number of technology/genealogy blogs that have been helpful to no end, but Denise's was the first I read, and in my opinion, the best. She has the ability to explain technology in a way a layperson can understand, and better yet, can clarify the applications of the particular item she's blogging about to its use in genealogy. Like many of the above geneabloggers, she has more than one blog, and I've enjoyed learning about Florida history at her Moultrie Creek.

10. Destination: Austin Family by Thomas MacEntee - Although he arrived later on the scene than the above nine, I can't imagine the geneablogosphere without Thomas. He is a leader, a go-getter, and nothing he puts his hand to is unfinished or incomplete. Without him, there would be no Geneabloggers Group on Facebook, no Facebook Bootcamp for Geneabloggers, no Geneabloggers fact the Geneabloggers as a "formal" group simply would not exist. He is every geneablogger's cheerleader, and whenever I think of excellence, Thomas always comes to mind. He is another dear friend that I hope to meet someday soon.

As I've said, listing only 10 of the most influential geneabloggers is nigh impossible. Everyone of the 300+ blogs on my Google Reader is an important part of my genealogical and blogging life, and I thank each and every one of you for the work you do!

Today is the 100th Father's Day

Any third grader here in Spokane, Washington can tell you that Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, a Spokanite, started Father's Day to honor her father, a widower and a Civil War veteran, who single-handedly raised her and her five siblings after his wife's death. Mrs. Dodd got the idea to honor fathers with a day of their own when she heard a Mother's Day sermon being preached. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19th, 1910 here in my hometown. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson visited Spokane to speak at Father's Day services (no doubt he stayed at the world-famous Davenport Hotel, where the Washington State Genealogical Society's state conference will be held September 11-13 this year!).

Our local paper, the Spokesman-Review, has an article about a small celebration that took place yesterday to commemorate the 100th Father's Day. It includes a photograph of Mrs. Dodd's grave at Greenwood Memorial Terrace (I'll have to photograph it myself this summer for my Eastern Washington Graveyard Rabbit blog). Next year, a large celebration will be held to celebrate the centennial of the holiday. The Spokesman-Review also has a fun little quiz, which you can take here, to test your knowledge of Father's Day!

You can also read my post of June 14, 2007 regarding Father's Day for the 26th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Online Registration Now Available for 2009 WSGS State Conference

Online registration is now available for the 2009 Washington State Genealogical Society's State Conference, to be held September 11 - 13 at the world-famous Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington. This conference will feature Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak as our main speaker. You can register for your classes AND pay for them using a debit or credit card or your Paypal account.

To register online, go to this page. If you need more information before deciding what you'd like to participate in, you can see details about Saturday's sessions and instructors here, and peruse a brochure with information about Friday and Sunday's activities here. Every meal featured is a Davenport-quality gourmet meal combined with the privilege of hearing Megan speak.

Using the online registration and payment option may be a new experience for some, so I've provided the following tutorial.

1. After you complete the online registration form, click the Submit Registration button at the bottom of the page:

2. A page will load that will confirm your registration and list a copy of the confirmation e-mail which will be sent to you:

3. At the bottom of the confirmation page will be the following. Click on the "Proceed to Payment Page" link:

4. You will then be brought to the Payment Page, where you can confirm the choices you've made:

5. At the bottom of this page, click View Cart:

6. When you view your shopping cart, you can change quantities, remove items, return to add more items, or if you're ready, proceed to checkout to complete payment:

7. On the next page, you will be prompted to either log in to your Paypal account (if you already have one) or click Continue to add a debit or credit card to submit payment. Although I already have a Paypal account, I decided to click Continue to proceed. The process was much smoother than signing in to my Paypal account, and I recommend taking this course for a quicker, smoother transaction:

8. Fill out the online form to add your debit or credit card. Click the yellow button at the bottom of the form to complete the process. An e-mail will be sent to you from Paypal confirming your transaction.

Using Paypal is a safe, convenient, and speedy process. I have used Paypal for many years for various online purchases without any trouble, including purchasing my Subaru via Ebay about 10 years ago!

However, if you prefer to register and pay by mail (checks only), you can download and print the registration form here and mail it to the address listed on the form.

If you are looking for accommodations, the historic and grand Davenport Hotel is offering discounts to conference attendees. Enjoy the conference in style, knowing you are walking the same floors as "royalty, kings of industry, captains of commerce, stars of stage and screen and nearly every American President of the 20th Century."

Do you have a spouse or friend accompanying you who is not interested in genealogy? Do you have some extra time on your hand and would like to know what activities are available in Spokane? Download the local activities brochure here.

For general information (parking, special offers, tours, directions, etc.), see our General Information page here (there are currently text errors on this page, which will be addressed shortly).

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Class of 2009

Here's why I've been too busy to blog lately:

Missy Midkiff, Shadle Park High School Class of 2009. Original in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Spokane, Washington. 2009.

Monday, June 01, 2009

June 2009 Calendar of Events

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.

--from "The Garden Year" by Sara Coleridge

Holidays, History, and Heritage

June is...

...Caribbean American Heritage Month

...Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

June 6th: Swedish National Day (Sweden)

June 7: Canadian Forces Day (Canada)

June 10th: Portugal Day

June 14th: Flag Day (United States)

June 17th: Icelandic National Day

June 19th: Juneteenth

June 21st: Father's Day (United States)

June 21st: Soltice (Summer - Northern Hemisphere; Winter - Southern Hemisphere)

June 24th: St. John the Baptist Day - celebrated in many European cultures in conjunction with the Summer Solstice (Midsummer)

June 25th: Statehood Day (Croatia; Slovenia)

June 27: Armed Forces Day (United Kingdom)

Do any of the above events feature in or affect your heritage, culture, or family history?

Carnivals and Other Events:

Need help? Read my post, "How to Submit a Post to a Carnival", here.

Posted June 4 - the 73rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy - The Good Earth: Family Ties to the Land

Posted June 16 - the 14th edition of the "I Smile for the Camera" Carnival - Wedding Belles

Posted June 18 - the 74rd Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy - Annual Swimsuit Edition

Posted June 28 - the 20th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy - Carousel theme (choose your own)

Posted June 28 - the 2nd Edition of A Festival of Postcards - Main Street

Please note: the Cabinet of Curiosities has been discontinued until further notice.

June 1 - Data Backup Day

Read the latest "Today is Backup Day!" post by Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers.

Scanfest: Sunday, June 28th, 11 AM - 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

Go here to learn how to join Scanfest and our group of chatting, scanning family archivists, historians, and bloggers!

Go here to add the above deadlines and dates to your Google Calendar,
courtesy of Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers.

The sun is rich
And gladly pays
In golden hours,
Silver days,

And long green weeks
That never end.
School's out. The time
Is ours to spend.

There's Little League,
Hopscotch, the creek,
And, after supper,

The live-long light
Is like a dream,
And freckles come
Like flies to cream.

--"June," by John Updike