Saturday, September 16, 2017

I'm Excited to be Serving as a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador!

I am so excited to announce that I've been invited to be a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador!

I served as a RootsTech Ambassador in 2016 and had a wonderful time attending the conference. I was invited to be a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador, but I wasn't able to serve that year because we moved into a our new home in early 2017.

What is RootsTech you ask? It's the world's largest family history and technology conference, and is hosted by FamilySearch.

RootsTech will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 28 - March 3, 2018.

The theme for RootsTech 2018 is: Connect. Belong.

Registration for RootsTech 2018 opens on September 20, 2017.

To learn more about RootsTech 2018, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at RootsTech 2018!


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

I'm Still Here....

Ragged Point, California

Just wanted to write a quick note to let my readers know that I'm still here. My blog has been on hiatus for a while now. We've been busy around here. I've been spending time with family, and we're also trying to settle into our new home, specifically with decorating and furniture purchases, etc. That sure does take a lot of time and research (at least for me) with a brand new home. It's such a blank canvas. And I want to get it right. So, for now, our walls are blank (sigh) with no photos or artwork up yet. But, I'm hoping that we will figure all that out before too long.

So far, our summer has included trips to the Central California Coast, the birth of our second grandchild, spending time with family, hosting a baby shower for our daughter-in-law who is due any day now with our third grandchild, and the engagement of our oldest son. Such fun, happy and exciting times!

With the upcoming birth of our third grandchild any day now, my blog may still be a bit quiet in the near future. But hopefully, I will be getting back to my normal post schedule in the not too distant future.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Adding Another Sweet Little Leaf To Our Family Tree

This has been a very exciting week in our family. An adorable baby boy was born earlier in the week to our third-oldest son and his sweet wife. It was wonderful to add our new grandson's name to my Legacy Family Tree database. Our family tree is growing. 😊

We now have two grandchildren, with two more on the way this year. We are so excited!

Our new little grandson is so very cute. We've seen pictures of him, but haven't actually met him yet. Our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson live in another state. My husband and I are looking forward to meeting our sweet little newborn grandson in person.

Being a grandparent really is the best!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Jana's Genealogy Fab Finds for July 7, 2017

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Mapping Your Ancestry: A Genealogist's Quick Guide to Google Maps by Michael Dyer, author of Family Sleuther
  2. Announcing: DearMYRTLE's new blog "Myrt's Musings" by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of DearMYRTLE
  3. Visualising Ancestry DNA matches–Part 1–Getting ready AND Visualising Ancestry DNA matches-Part 2-Loading files the first time AND Visualising Ancestry DNA matches-Part 3-Navigation and Presentation by Shelley Crawford, author of Twigs of Yore
  4. Treasuring Our Homes and Our Families by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Anxiously Engaged
  5. Family Reunion Bingo Games! by Amberly, author of TheGenealogyGirl
  6. School Records from Sparta: Finding Your Ancestors as Children by Carol Kostakos Petranek, author of Spartan Roots
  7. Dear Randy: How Best to Save Your Genealogy Work? by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. MAPPING HOMESTEADS by Susie, author of Genealogy Journey
  9. THE JULY GENEALOGY BLOG PARTY: DNA DISCOVERIES by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of My Descendant's Ancestors
  10. Family History Travel with Kids – July Blog Link Up by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  11. Finding the Like-Minded by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  12. 2017 NFHM Blogging Challenge by Alex Daw, author of Family Tree Frog
  13. Independence Day 2017: Celebrating Your Genealogy Freedoms by Thomas MacEntee, author of Abundant Genealogy
  14. DAR MAGAZINE DIGITAL ARCHIVE by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  15. Was My Ancestor a Deserter? by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor ~ Dr. Luther L. Waterman

Today is Independence Day here in America. Happy Independence Day!

I always thought I didn't have any family connections to the founding of America since my Dad's side of the family are from Norway and Sweden. And all I knew about my Mom's side of the family is that they were from Brazil. But, after the death of my maternal grandfather, Debs Warren Webster, I saw a photo of my 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster. I learned that Ebenezer had served in the American Civil War. That was news to me! I hadn't ever seen his photo or heard his name before.

Not only did I have a Civil War ancestor, I learned that I had a Revolutionary War ancestor named Dr. Luther L. Waterman. He was my maternal 4th great-grandfather.

Luther served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. I'm grateful for his service.

I've written about Luther before on my blog. I'd like to share my previous posts about this patriot ancestor on this Independence Day. For those of you who haven't read about Luther before, I hope you enjoy getting to know him better. I was thrilled to see his signature on a document from 1776. I shared that document in the second post on this list.

  1. Military Monday ~ Revolutionary War Surgeon: Luther Waterman
  2. My 4th Great-Grandfather's Signature on a Revolutionary War Document ~ Dated August 23, 1776
  3. 52 Ancestors: #37 ~ Phebe Barker – Wife of a Revolutionary War Surgeon

Happy Independence Day!


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