185 River Street

I’m going to apologize right now for a “wimpy” post for the Carnival of Genealogy.

Our topic this time around is “Shelter from the Storm: Stories of the Home and Hearth.” I could think of some great stories of ancestral homes (or even my current one), but I’ve been so busy lately, I didn’t have the time to research properly and put together some photos. I had quite a few ancestors who were carpenters, and so you’d think I have a whole slew of ancestral homes to write about; but the trouble is, I grew up in Alaska and Washington, and everyone was living in Michigan. I only have a few memories of the homes of my grandparents and great-grandparents. One of the ones I remember best I have already written about in the “AnceStory” of my paternal grandfather, Robert Lewis Robbins. I encourage you to read his story and what I’ve written about the house and business he built on 185 River Street (probably with monies he received after serving in WWII).

I last saw this house in October 2000, when my husband and children took a trip back east to visit family. It hadn’t been owned by the Robbins family for over 10 (maybe 15?) years at that point, and so we couldn’t go in. We just slowly drove by and I took a photo. It was very sad seeing the house that I knew had been full of memories for four generations of Robbinses no longer sheltering our family. I hope the current residents appreciate the sturdiness of Grandpa’s workmanship, and feel the love and laughter of 40+ years surrounding them.

EWGS March Meeting

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society will be meeting this Saturday, March 3rd in the meeting rooms on the main floor of the Downtown Branch of the Spokane Public Library. Paid parking is available in the library garage (accessed on Spokane Falls Boulevard) or in River Park Square (linked to the library via skywalk). Some prefer to park for free down at the bottom of the Main Avenue hill in Peaceful Valley, or across the river near the Flour Mill, and get some fresh air and exercise to boot. Coffee, cookies and conversation will begin at 12:30 PM, followed by the general meeting at 1:00. Our guest speaker will be Susan DeChant, speaking on “Sherman Creek: What a Rush!” (research tips from a compulsive, Type A, genealogy junkie). Besides being a member of EWGS, Susan is also the President of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, and webmaster of the Stevens County, Washington USGenWeb site.

The meeting should adjourn between 2:30 and 3:00 PM. Quite a few people, including myself, like to come early or stay late (Saturday library hours are 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and use the Genealogy Room, the microfilmed local newspaper area, or the Northwest Room (city archives) to do research. Volunteers will be on hand in the Genie Room to assist those with their research.

As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I’ll be selling nifty genealogical items as well as tickets for our monthly raffle prize. This month our prize will be a hodge-podge of Irish genealogical resources. Also available are the genealogy magazine exchange box, and workshop cassettes that can be borrowed. If any members are interested in signing up for our computer classes, I’ll have my sign-up sheets at the ready!

You don’t have to be a member of EWGS to attend our meetings, and we always enjoy newcomers! It’s a great way to get to know others who may be researching your ancestral locations, or even your family surnames! Hope to see you there!

EWGS March Meeting

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society will be meeting this Saturday, March 3rd in the meeting rooms on the main floor of the Downtown Branch of the Spokane Public Library. Paid parking is available in the library garage (accessed on Spokane Falls Boulevard) or in River Park Square (linked to the library via skywalk). Some prefer to park for free down at the bottom of the Main Avenue hill in Peaceful Valley, or across the river near the Flour Mill, and get some fresh air and exercise to boot. Coffee, cookies and conversation will begin at 12:30 PM, followed by the general meeting at 1:00. Our guest speaker will be Susan DeChant, speaking on “Sherman Creek: What a Rush!” (research tips from a compulsive, Type A, genealogy junkie). Besides being a member of EWGS, Susan is also the President of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, and webmaster of the Stevens County, Washington USGenWeb site.

The meeting should adjourn between 2:30 and 3:00 PM. Quite a few people, including myself, like to come early or stay late (Saturday library hours are 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and use the Genealogy Room, the microfilmed local newspaper area, or the Northwest Room (city archives) to do research. Volunteers will be on hand in the Genie Room to assist those with their research.

As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I’ll be selling nifty genealogical items as well as tickets for our monthly raffle prize. This month our prize will be a hodge-podge of Irish genealogical resources. Also available are the genealogy magazine exchange box, and workshop cassettes that can be borrowed. If any members are interested in signing up for our computer classes, I’ll have my sign-up sheets at the ready!

You don’t have to be a member of EWGS to attend our meetings, and we always enjoy newcomers! It’s a great way to get to know others who may be researching your ancestral locations, or even your family surnames! Hope to see you there!

February Scanfest Report

Today was the first ever Genealogy Bloggers Scanfest, and I’m happy to report that a fun, productive time was had by all. I was joined at 12 p.m. PST by Lee and Jasia for a couple of hours of scanning and group chatting via Windows Live Messenger. We talked about our scanning projects: Lee was scanning ancestral tintypes, which sadly were not labeled; Jasia was scanning reproductions of old family photos from her mother-in-law’s lines; and I was scanning a family record book my great-grandparents filled out with genealogical information.

While we worked, we chatted about preservation, scanners, photograph types, the responsibilities of being the “family archivist,” blogging, our families, and even what we were making for dinner! It was a great way to connect with each other, and I look forward to doing it again!

The next scheduled Scanfest will be Sunday, March 25th, again from noon to 2:00 p.m., PST. We hope you’ll join us! E-mail me at kidmiff AT gmail DOT c o m to be added to our chat list.

New Prompt (Week Nine) at AnceStories2

Week Nine: Letters to My Siblings’ Descendants is the new prompt that’s just been posted to my AnceStories 2: Stories of Me for My Descendants blog.

There’s a group of about five of us journaling, all offline. Come join us!

February Scanfest Report

Today was the first ever Genealogy Bloggers Scanfest, and I’m happy to report that a fun, productive time was had by all. I was joined at 12 p.m. PST by Lee and Jasia for a couple of hours of scanning and group chatting via Windows Live Messenger. We talked about our scanning projects: Lee was scanning ancestral tintypes, which sadly were not labeled; Jasia was scanning reproductions of old family photos from her mother-in-law’s lines; and I was scanning a family record book my great-grandparents filled out with genealogical information.

While we worked, we chatted about preservation, scanners, photograph types, the responsibilities of being the “family archivist,” blogging, our families, and even what we were making for dinner! It was a great way to connect with each other, and I look forward to doing it again!

The next scheduled Scanfest will be Sunday, March 25th, again from noon to 2:00 p.m., PST. We hope you’ll join us! E-mail me at kidmiff AT gmail DOT c o m to be added to our chat list.

New Prompt (Week Nine) at AnceStories2

Week Nine: Letters to My Siblings’ Descendants is the new prompt that’s just been posted to my AnceStories 2: Stories of Me for My Descendants blog.

There’s a group of about five of us journaling, all offline. Come join us!