Friday, November 11, 2016

Playing Catch Up

My planner for the week and some fall/Thanksgiving cards
that I made that I need to get in the mail this week.

This week has been a really strange week for me.  I started to not feel well last week then on Monday morning the pain was so bad I could not get out of bed.  Off to the doctor we go and I am sent for a CAT Scan.  What?  I was diagnosed with kidney stones and a large cyst on my right ovary.  This bought me a week off work and the couch.  I was told to rest and take my pain meds.  So I did absolutely nothing all week.  I binge watched some shows on Netflix and caught up on the current season of some shows on Hulu.  I only slightly feel guilty for not doing anything!  (No genealogy or crafting fun all week but I will share some things I made last week).  I can go back to work on Monday and hopefully the kidney stones have resolved themselves.  The cyst will take some follow up but all should be well.

On another note...sad and happy at the same time!

Yesterday was Hunter's 18th birthday!  What???  Where has the time gone??  We will celebrate with a family party tonight.  (I'm looking forward to some cake!)

Hunter.  From newborn to senior!

I think I wore myself out last week making cookies.  10 hours spent baking and decorating to welcome a new family member coming soon!  It was well worth it!

Sugar cookies for a fall/fox themed baby shower.
Here's to next week being uneventful and allowing me to get back to normal!

How was your week??

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Interesting This Week {to me}

Back again with another installment of interesting things I came across this week.

  1. Genealogy -- How to Obtain a Copy of a Social Security Application Form : SS-5
  2. Evernote -- 5 Tips to Get More out of Evernote
  3. Evernote -- Evernote vs Onenote - 5 Key Differences
  4. Misc -- 'A feel-good moment': Charity worker reunites family with WWII heirlooms
  5. Misc -- Emotions run high as WWII fighter pilot reunites with his plane
What did you find interesting this week??

Friday, October 21, 2016

How to add the Genealogy Notebook to your Evernote

I've recently had some questions about how to join my Genealogy Evernote notebook so here are the steps.  If you have questions please let me know at or leave a comment.

1. Click this link and the box should open to join the notebook.

You will then find the note book in your Evernote program.  I use the Windows desktop version.
To copy specific notes to your notebooks to use them :

1.  Locate the notebook and right click the note you want to save in your Evernote account.
2.  Click copy to notebook.
3.  In the next window that opens select the note book you want to copy to. {I copy to my inbox notebook and make whatever changes and rename the note then move it to the correct notebook.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Evernote -- Best Practices Notebook

To help keep data consistent in my Legacy database I created a notebook named Best Practices.  Evernote is always open on my computer so it is easy to open it up and find what I need and enter it consistently each time.

For example :

When adding a Find A Grave event to my Legacy database I open the Best Practices notebook and go to the Event -- Find A Grave note.  I copy the template and paste it into the event and fill in the information.

There are notes for events, citations, and templates.  The copy and paste feature makes quick and easy to enter data consistently.

How do you keep your information consistent??

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Funeral Card Friday -- Harlan Levi Thomas

Harlan Levi Thomas was born 20 February 1895 in Asbury, Fishing Creek Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania and he died 9 December 1967 in Orangeville, Columbia county, Pennsylvania.  Harlan was the Great-grandfather of my Husband. {There is a discrepancy between his date of birth on the funeral card and his date of birth on his birth registration.}

Funeral Card from the Dean W. Kriner Funeral Home in Benton, Pennsylvania for Harlan Levi Thomas

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Interesting This Week

  1. Paper Planning Magazine -- The 2nd issue is up.  It is about planners and planning.  Great resource.
  2. Forever -- Cloud photo storage.  I am still looking in to this but it looks like this could be great solution for precious photographs.
  3. Carolina Girl Genalogy blog -- She did a post about the Little Family Tree app for kids.  This looks like a great idea for the kiddos in your life.
  4. October is Family History Month!  @ Desperately Seeking Surnames  there is a post highlighting 4 things to do to celebrate.
  5. UpFront with NGS shared some upcoming virtual genalogy fairs
  6. Barbara Poole shared 10 Things I Wished I Knew When I Started My Blog
  9. I love this browser timer.  It helps keep me on track.
  10. The Pomodoro Technique for time management.  {It goes with the browser timer above}
What interesting things did you find this week??

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Interesting This Week

I come across all kinds of stuff on the internet and wanted a way to share what I find so I am starting a weekly blog post called Interesting This Week.  Each Sunday I will post the things I have come across this week that I think are worth sharing.  They may or may not be genealogy related. The first installment of Interesting This Week starts now!

Category : Genealogy

Wiki Tree is having a Source-A-Thon on October 1st through October 3rd (72-hour sourcing marathon)

Amy Johnson Crow's blog post How to Find Your Ancestor by Researching Other People

Organize Your Family History -- How I store my genealogy information

Category : Currently Reading

Everyone Brave is Forgiven -- I just started this book this week after finding it in the Genealogy Gems Book Club

Category : Printables

Daily Docket I love using these when I feel overwhelmed on the weekend and don't really know where to begin my day.

Autumn/Fall printable blog tour -- Lots of goodies here to download and decorate your home.

Blog Planner Printable from Scattered Squirrel  -- I use a lot of her printables in my planner...I couldn't survive without them.

Category : Evernote 

Project Planning with Evernote

Organize Your Family History -- How I'm using Evernote for genealogy

How to Create Shortcuts for Frequently Accessed Notes, Notebooks, and Searches -- Not new to me this week but I have had some questions about how to do this.

Category : Miscellaneous

Wunderlist  -- I have been looking for a to do list manager for some time.  I have tried different ones and different ways for managing my to do's.  Wunderlist is on my desktop, my phone and my ipad so my lists are always accessible and I can keep track of reoccurring tasks as well.

Screen shot of  my to do lists.  There is still a lot more to add...I'm getting there slowly.

What interesting things have you found??

See you next week for more fun found around the web!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


This is not the best photo but it is a favorite of mine.  My grandparents with my son a few weeks ago when we doing his senior pictures.  Time sure does fly!!

Gram (Alice) and Pop (Bill) with Hunter at Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park -- September 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Fishing Creek Confederacy Part 1

In the next few posts in this series I hope to tell the story of the Fishing Creek Confederacy and Alvah Russel Rutan.

On August 28, 1861 the first arrests were made.  Roughly 100 men were gathered in a church in Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Of the 100 gathered 45 men were arrested and marched to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania in Columbia County from Benton.  The men did not resist arrest even though they were not given a reason for the arrests.  From Bloomsburg the men were taken by train to Fort Mifflin (below Philadelphia). Once they arrived there they were denied contact with counsel, friends and family.  They were not told who was accusing them or what they were being arrested for.  All of the men who were arrested were Democrats and only one of them had been drafted or were eligible for the draft.

The men were honest, hard working men who believed in God and each other.  They did what they could to meet the draft quota for Columbia County.  During this troubled time political and personal differences led individuals to give false information about their neighbors.  There were rumors started that draft evaders and others against the war had formed an army of their own and built an armed fort on a mountain in Fishing Creek.  The rumors were fueled by both the Democratic and Republican newspapers in Columbia County and the surrounding area.  Soon  these rumors spread and leaders in Harrisburg and Washington sent solders to Columbia County to arrest the draft resisters and anyone else opposed to the war.  After the 45 men were arrested and taken to Fort Mifflin General Caldwallader returned to Columbia County with more soldiers to search for the fort.  Nothing was found.

One of the men arrested was Reverend Alvah Russel Rutan {my husband's 3rd great grandfather}.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Emma Siegfried . . . Who is she?

I have some alerts set up on Ebay to let me know when anything is posted with some of my surnames and even some places.  One of the alerts I get is anything Siegfried related.  About a month ago I was alerted to a picture of a woman and on the back of the picture is written Emma Siegfried {I'm pretty sure it says Mrs Emma Siegfried} and of course I bought the photo.  The other thing I noticed on the back of the photo was the photographer's name and that it says Reading PA.  {I know some of the Siegfried's come from that area}.

I looked in my Legacy database to see if I have an Emma Siegfried . . . and I do!  One is my great aunt born in 1926 {the photo is not of her} and the other is Emma Lydia Shellhammer Siegfried born in 1862 {I don't think it is of her but it could be}.

Emma Siegfried {front}

Emma Siegfried {back}

In the picture below are my 2nd Great Grandparents William Andrew Siegfried {who is also my half 2nd great uncle} and Emma Lydia Shellhammer.  From information that I have found Emma was born in Philadelphia PA and died in Sugarloaf, Luzerne county, PA; where she is buried as well.  

I do not know there year or where this picture was taken.  It was given to me by a cousin.
I don't believe the mysterious Emma is my 2nd great grandmother but I am determined to find out who she is!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Follow Friday ~ An Evernote Tip

Jana's Fab Finds post for today lead me to the World Wide Genealogy blog where there is a blog post about incorporating Evernote into your research process.  I LOVE Evernote but I have been slacking in using it to its full potential.

I spent some time in Evernote today, however, cleaning out some old notes that I no longer needed. Yes, I DELETED some notes ... 151 notes to be exact.

Trash bin in Evernote.
The post was a good reminder to put Evernote and any other tools out there to use to help the research process easier and more efficient.

Are you using Evernote to its full potential?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Yard Sale Finds

My favorite Yard Sale find!  Metal rooster tray.

This year when yard sale season came along I started going out and looking for pyrex and other goodies.  I have had some days where I'm not finding anything and then there are days where I hit the jackpot.  {like only spending $13.50 and coming home with a metal tray with a rooster on it and 5 or 6 pieces of pyrex}.

$1.75 for all three.

I know some people do not like yard sales at all but I know a lot who love them and I think I am starting to become one of them!

Everyone has a story to tell and if you take the time hear those stories from those you meet along the way it makes your treasures that much more meaningful.  The Friendship one below came from a woman who told me about her mother getting it for her not long after she was married from a truck that came around selling pyrex.

$.50 for this Friendship pyrex piece.
{When I grow up I want to a}

Monday, June 6, 2016


My Pyrex collection is growing!  I love the turquoise Butter Print with my red kitchen and I am working on pulling in more turquoise accessories.  The Butterfly Gold is becoming a fast favorite as well.  I love the process of hunting for the Pyrex and then sharing with the Pyrex community on Facebook and Instagram the treasures that I found.  My collection is quickly growing and I am running out of room in the china cabinet.  Time for another piece of furniture to display all my pretties.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Some changes around here

I decided to make some changes to my blog.  I found that keeping this blog only for Genealogy has really limited my creativity in blogging.  I have a lot of interests besides Genealogy and maintaining multiple blogs does not work for me.  I have decided to combine all of my interests into one blog.  I am keeping the name Our Life Picture by Picture because this blog is all about my life and the many things that I enjoy.

The image below shows my blog header (which I am going to be changing soon) and the menu below it.  From here you can select the topics that you want to view.

You can also view topics by clicking on a label {tag} to go to that topic.

The Evernote Links tab has a link to all Evernote posts, some popular Evernote posts, and a link to my shared Evernote notebook

I'm hoping this blog makeover will allow me to keep my blogging mojo since I will be able to post about other things besides Genealogy.  Don't worry...I am still doing Genealogy.

As always, if you have any questions please let me know.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lewis and Masteller -- #atozchallenge

Anna Regine Lewis Masteller

Relationship : My 2nd Great-Grandmother

DOB : 16 May 1869 -- Waller, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

MD : 17 Mar 1887 -- Columbia county, Pennsylvania

DOD : 21 Aug 1933 -- Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

Burial : 23 Aug 1933 -- Roselawn Cemetery, Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

Parents : Isaac Lewis and Ellen Kohensparger Lewis

Siblings : Theodore, Andrew, Daniel, Jacob, Henry, Fernando, Mary Elizabeth and Brittain G.

Husband : Furman Curry Masteller

Children : Uknown Masteller, Ellen Erdine, William Isaac, Robert Peter, Emmons P., Hattie L. {died at 3 yrs old}, Vera Emogene, Michael Z., and Florence Low-Ella {my Great-grandmother.  Also known as Mom Hunter}


Furman Curry Masteller

DOB : 5 May 1862 -- Grassmere Park, Sugarloaf Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

DOD : 4 Mar 1935 -- Pennsylvania

Burial : 7 Mar 1935 -- Roselawn Cemetery, Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylvania {with his wife}

Parents : William Masteller and Casendana Adaline Shultz

Siblings : Michael, Mary F, George E, Estella M, Harriet (Hattie), Bradley, Brader S, and Icie Paulata

Killian -- #atozchallenge

John Killian

Relationship : My 4th Great-grandfather

DOB : 15 Oct 1818 -- Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania

MD : abt 1840

DOD : unknown

Burial : unknown {pretty sure it will be in Wilkes-Barre}

Parents : unknown

Siblings : unknown

Wife : Amie VanHorn Killian

Children : Ami H. {my 3rd Great-grandfather}, John W., Emma, Nathan, Frank, Wilbur, George, and Samantha {George and Samantha are twins}


I'm hoping to get caught up this week.  The weather here in PA is gorgeous and we spent the weekend outside getting ready for flowers and clearing away the debris fall and winter left behind.  It will take multiple posts per day to get to where I should be...wish me luck :)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Johnson -- #atozchallenge

Juliana JOHNSON Richter

Relationship : Jason's 6th Great-grandmother

DOB : unknown -- Middletown Township, Chester, Pennsylvania

MD : unknown

DOD : unknown

Burial : unknown

Parents : unknown

Siblings : unknown

Husband : Christian Richter

Children : John Christian Righter

As you can see there is a lot that is unknown about Juliana.  Hunting down her information is what makes genealogy fun!

If you are related to Juliana and want to share your information please contact me!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ikeler -- #atozchallenge


Relationship : Jason's Great-great aunt

DOB : 6 Sep 1868 -- Greenwood Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

MD : 2 Aug 1888 -- Fishing Creek Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

DOD : 10 Apr 1943 -- Benton, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

Burial : unknown {pretty sure it will be in Benton}

Parents : William J. Kramer and Mary Susan Welsh Kramer

Siblings : Burton L, Ella May, Myra Jane, Carrie, Anna Leah, Bruce Earl, Lelia

Husband : Channing B. Ikeler

Children : Iris and Darl

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hough -- #atozchallenge

Anna Jane Hough Gensel

Relationship : 3rd Great-grandmother

DOB : 1 Feb 1879 -- Briar Creek Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania 

MD : 15 Jul 1899

DOD : 1 Mar 1960

Burial : unknown

Parents : William Hough and Mary _____ Hough

Siblings : unknown

Husband : Walter Lynn Gensel

Children : Edna Mae, Elsie O., Sarah Alverda, Myrtle Agnes, Samuel Franklin, Isaac Daniel, Viola Emma, and Pauline Daisy

Gensel -- #atozchallenge

Playing catch up on the A to Z Challenge

Relationship : My 5th Great-grandfather

DOB : 11 Nov 1815 -- Roaring Creek Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

MD : 3 Mar 1836

DOD : 20 Oct 1894

Burial : Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Talmar, Columbia county, Pennsylvania

Parents : Daniel Gensel and Elizabeth _____ Gensel

Siblings : unknown

Wife : Sarah Breech

Children : Henry J, Isaac Daniel {my 4th great-grandfather and the subject of last years letter G for the 2015 A to Z Challenge}, Alen B., Burdilla, Mary J., and Martha E.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Flexor -- #atozchallenge

Playing catch up on the A to Z Challenge


Relationship : Jason's 3rd Great-Great Aunt

DOB : 5 Mar 1832

MD : Abt. 1856

DOD : 6 Mar 1907 -- Williamsport, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

Burial : 9 Mar 1907

Parents : unknown

Siblings : unknown

Husband : Isaac Kinley

Children : Fremont, John, Elizabeth, Harriet, Ardell, Lloyd, Irene
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