Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make Your Own Poster


It's Saturday night and this week Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings assigned the following mission to fellow genealogists.  Go to and create a family history themed poster. 

As soon as I saw the puzzle I stopped looking.  I uploaded my custom logo, added a phrase, and voila! 

Thanks for the idea, Randy.  Where's yours?

(edited 8/30/2010 - I paid for a one month subscription to ImageChef.  Bye bye watermark!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recipe: Aunt Jane's Sugar Cookies


This recipe was handwritten by my great aunt, Hazel (HILL) BECK, and was one of many in this recipe box her daughter gave to me. Now, I'm not sure if "Aunt Jane" was a friend's Aunt Jane, or a company called Aunt Jane, or if it was Hazel's great aunt, Jane Lois (HILL)(STORY) ROBB, who died in 1917. The mascot for Spry Shortening was a character called "Aunt Jenny" (portrayed by Edith Spencer.) It could be that my Aunt Hazel wrote Aunt Jane instead of Aunt Jenny.  Who knows?  What I DO know is MY great aunt wrote this recipe, probably made it, and it's at least 60 years old. I transcribed it as written. Comments I added are in brackets.


1 cup Spry [a shortening manufactured by Lever Brothers beginning in 1936.]
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon soda
2 cup sugar
1 egg Well beaten
5 cups sifted flour
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons of Baking P. [powder]


Combine Spry, salt, Vanilla & soda. Add sugar gradually & cream well. Add betten [beaten] egg and mix thoroughly. Sift flour with baking powder, Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, mixing well. Drop from tip of teaspoon on Baking sheets greased with Spry. let stand a few mi [minutes] - then flatten cookies by stamping with a glass covered with a damp cloth. Bak [bake] 12 to 15 mi [minutes] (375F)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Family Research News for 22 Aug 2010

I got to visit with a cousin of mine in Ohio this month whom I had never met.  In addition to sharing photographs, documents, and family heirlooms she delighted us with stories about the family.  We also visited several cemeteries to pay our respects. There wasn't enough time so we're planning to return next year.

Latest discoveries and acquisitions:

  • Death Certificates for Burl BECK, Marilyn BECK, Russell Roy BECK, Viola Grace (BECK) MILLS, Esther (HARPER) DUNFEE, Charles F. DUNFEE, Judith DUNFEE, Freda (SWEAZY) BECK,  James Thomas SWEAZY.
  • Bronze Medal Certificate for Charles F. DUNFEE.
  • Photographs - Albert Dawson BECK, Albert Ray BECK, Burl BECK, Eva BECK, Floyd BECK, Jacob BECK, Moody BECK, Pauline (BECK) DUNFEE, Russell Roy BECK, Viola Grace BECK, Charles F. DUNFEE, Hazel B. (HILL) BECK, Martha Cedora (LINTON) BECK.
  • A crocheted purse and box of recipes that belonged to my great aunt, Hazel Bell (HILL) BECK.
Added the following individuals to the tree:
  • Oscar W. ALEXANDER
  • William V. ALEXANDER
  • Marilyn V. BECK
  • Laura M. CLARK
  • Jennie Rebecca FISHER
  • Freda M. SWEAZY
  • James Thomas SWEAZY
  • Sylvia Mabel SWEAZY
  • Letha H. SWEAZY
  • John Milton SWEAZY
  • Beatrice C. KIDNER
  • Levi KIDNER
  • Elizabeth LANNING
  • Mary LYNCH
  • Alfred Darling MILLS
  • William M. MILLS
  • William MALONEY
  • Anna MUIR
  • Dennis Albert RUSH
  • Catherine THOMPSON
  • Mary C. VANATTA
  • Emanuel WEATHERBY
  • George B. WEATHERBY
  • Jerry M. WICKS
  • Lotta A. WICKS
Added data for the following individuals:
  • Albert Ray BECK
  • Burl BECK
  • Eva D. BECK
  • Jacob BECK
  • Russell Roy BECK
  • Viola Grace BECK
  • Judith DUNFEE
  • Esther (HARPER) DUNFEE
  • Charles Frederick HILL
  • Grace (HILL) MUSCH
  • Harriet Matilda (HILL) PARMENTER
  • Hattie (HILL) MUSCH
  • Ruth Marie (HILL) MALONEY
  • Martha Cedora (LINTON)(BECK)
  • George MUSCH
  • William O. PARMENTER
Latest requests and queries:
  • Requesting eleven obituaries from Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Latest contributions: 
  • Updated the Geni Profiles of the above individuals, merged numerous duplicates, and removed many unrelated matches.
Data, documents, photos, and sources added to my RootsMagic Database.  Photos and documents will be added to appropriate sets in my Family History Collection on Flickr.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Photo Album: Family Heirlooms and Collectibles

Family Heirlooms and Collectibles

None of these family heirlooms came with much of a history. I've asked the questions, but no one seems to have the answers. I feel privileged to have had these few precious pieces to pass on to my daughter.

Several of these items belong to other family members.

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