11 December 2014

Christmas Villains Surnames on Crestleaf.com

Where has the time gone!! I was planning to do a search of my surnames on Crestleaf.com as I talked about in my 6 Dec 2014 post  but Crestleaf has a cool Surname Scavenger Hunt that i’m going to take a poke at.

Christmas is such a wonderful season of jolliness, bliss, laughter and all those many awesome thingys that make the mesh of Christmas. BUT,  I’m afraid there are those who just want to mess up everyone’s Spirit of Christmas. Yes, you know them....I’m talking about the Christmas Villains!!!

I found some of these Villain Surnames on Crestleaf.com

 The Grinch 17 names

Ebenzer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
     Ebenzer 20 People
     Scrooge No results

Bumble (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
     7 people

Herr Burgermeister Meisterburger (Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town)
     Herr - no results
     Burgermeister 4 people
     Meister 2,548 People  burger  6,927 People

Professor Hinkle (Frosty the Snowman)
     Professor no results, did find Professori 2 People
     Hinkle 7,094 People

Winter Warlock (Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town)
     Winter 10,613 People
     Warlock  11 People

Scut Farkus (A Christmas Story)
     Scut no results, did find Scutt 252  People
     Farkus  31 People

Well, to make it this ending short and simple. Good always wins. Hooray, for the Christmas Spirit!!
I thought it proper to end with a Christmas Villain's heartless quote,
Winter Warlock, 
"You mustn't mind the tree monsters. 
Their bark is worse than their bite. Ha, ha, ha, ha!"

06 December 2014

Crestleaf features Samoan Genealogy Resources Pinterest Board

Much thanks to Crestleaf.com for recently featuring the Samoan Genealogy Resources Pinterest Board. The board includes Samoa genealogy resources, genealogy  forms, books, blogs, websites and more.

'Tis the season for my busy schedule, I haven’t personally done a search on the Crestleaf.com site and see what search results come up for my Samoan genealogy. I would rather take the time to search the site then do a quick overview.  I have read their "About Us" page that included their Mission, The Crestleaf Story and What We Believe. Other Genealogy Bloggers have had a great experience on Crestleaf.com you can find those reviews on a Google search. In a future post, I'm looking forward to sharing my experience on Crestleaf.com.

Here's the "About Us" page:

27 November 2014

Being Thankful

Things haven't been normal for me since my father has been terminally ill. There's no huge turkey dinner this year, no family coming over or dad's homemade pies. 

 THIS Thanksgiving is going to be unique and awesome! 

I get to sit with dad today and talk his ear OFF about all our past Thanksgiving's! I'm pulling out all the Thanksgiving stories and meshing it all in today!! All those times dad made his homemade custard and pumpkin pies and ate ALL of them by himself! His secret palusami recipe (which didn't seem so secret to me...shredded coconut and onions?) . Our traditional dvd movies (that dad picked out) that we would watch as we ate our meal. His childhood stories growing up in Laie. His military experience in the Vietnam War. Family history. Aaaaand the classic of all classic stories (or should I say Dad 101 classes)  is How to properly crave a turkey! 

I'm going to have a great Thanksgiving just spending with the ones I love.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving this day!!

17 November 2014

Ancestry.com's Free Global Records

Some good news! For a limited time Ancestry is offering free access to select global records. The Free offer ends 11:59 p.m. ET November 19, 2014. If you already have an account, no problem.
If you don't then you'll need to sign up for a free basic Ancestry.com account to view matching records. You will also be prompted to set one up when you click to view a record.

I typed in one of my family names with the "exact" option I only got two results. I have no idea who these people are or how they fit in my family tree?

Let's try another search. Only the "Relatives"in the far right column look familiar to me. Still gotta check this on my Legacy program.

Try different family surname searches. Also, try switching the surnames in the first names boxes. . On many occasions I have found my ancestor's name with only one name. At other times my ancestor's last and surname were switched. Again just try different searches.

Good Luck!

11 November 2014

Veteran's Day

I Want to send special love and thanks to my father who served two tours in Vietnam. 
Thank you to all the Veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!!

05 November 2014

Findmypast free this weekend!!

Findmypast is Free this weekend. For this Remembrance Weekend, from midday 7th November to midday 10th November, you can have access to billions of records. If you haven’t tried Findmypast this would be a great opportunity to find out more.

Here’s the link to register.  http://www.findmypast.co.uk/freeweekend

27 October 2014

Rootstech 2015 Keynote Speaker

I'm a little late in sharing this on the SGG Blog. I have shared this on SGG Facebook. If you've read my past blogs you will understand why I haven't posted as much and that Facebook is working better for me at the moment as I still have a tight schedule in the care of my father.

Gosh, it seems so long ago that I attended Rootstech 2012. I have never forgotten my experience and the exciting environment being apart of the crowd of fellow genealogists/family history enthusiasts and tech people! Rootstech 2015 has already announced Donny Osmond as the Keynote speaker for Saturday February 14, 2015. Exciting!! Visit the link here to learn all about Rootstech 2015.
Only four more months and Rootstech 2015 is happening!

04 October 2014

FamilySearch Samoa and American Samoa

If you haven't been to the FamilySearch Samoa and American Samoa pages they changed up the look which gives you easier access to FamilySearch Wiki Samoa and the Family Search Catalog. These quick links are great. Here's the look at the pages:

American Samoa page

Samoa page

I like these quick links since I normally use these pages. It also makes it easier for others new to FamilySearch t0 see their are other resources for Samoa.

20 September 2014

Changes in FamilySearch Facebook Community Groups

Looks like a change for some of the FamilySearch Facebook Community Pages are happening. Some of them are going away and being replaced with regional community groups.

So far, I haven't found an outside Facebook link to these pages. You must be logged into Facebook to view these pages.

U.S. West Genealogy Research Community Page
Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming
Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

U.S. North East Genealogy Research Community Page
New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

U.S. South Genealogy Research Community 
South Atlantic: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.

East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

West South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

U.S. Mid West Genealogy Research Community Page
East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin

West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Asia, Africa & Pacific Genealogy Research Community
Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Samoa (American), Samoa (Western), South Africa, and Tonga.

Just as a reminder you must be logged into Facebook to view these pages.

I did see a post as early as 12 Sept on the American Samoa page talking about these changes.

Here is a link to all the FamilySearch Community Pages.

06 September 2014

Flickr - Tap into millions of historic photos

I have some what of a fascination with old photos of Samoa, vintage postcards and stamps, photos of the colorful buses in Samoa. I blame my fascination on my grandma. She had many photo  albums. Grandma took a picture of everything! She had pictures of fales, old Samoan roads, Samoan plants, LDS temples, pictures of Samoan buses, groups of Samoan LDS missionaries, photos of family members, breadfruit trees, taro plants and more.  Everywhere she went she took a picture and put it in an album.

On any given day she would call me, "Sau" which means "come" in Samoan. She would motion me to come and sit next to her on the floor on her Samoan mat. On the mat she'd have all her albums layed out and she would tell me about certain photos.

Most of my Pinterest Boards are all inspired by her. Every time I pin a photo to my boards I remember the moments i'd sit beside her and talk about her photos.

Almost a week ago Internet Archive uploaded millions of historic images to Flickr. That's not the end of it looks like more than 14 million images eventually expected to make their way online.

Here's the article to learn more about it. Click here. If I come across images about Samoa on Internet Archive Flickr then you'll see them on one of the SGG Pinterest boards. Here's a look at some of the boards you'll see.

A favorite SGG Pinterest board of mine is the "Samoan Old Photos". I've come across family members in many old photos online. I'm always surprised at what I discover while I am pinning to the SGG Pinterest boards.

See you on Pinterest.