Whirlwind Claire started us off on Day 2….

Tuesday, July 24 at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt)

I still had this one queued up from my week in Pittsrburgh so here goes: Day 2 of GRIPitt. We had two lectures by Claire Bettag, CG.  She was the mentor of ProGen 11 and is undoubtedly the Best. Mentor. Ever. Ever. She spoke about archival research and, as usual, her experience with the National Archives is dazzling. She also did a lecture on Government Documents and assigned our first homework.

Having the pleasure of having lunch with Dr. Jones, he asked about my perception of last night’s homework (= straightforward and hugely beneficial to work through Claire’s problems). He prepared me for it being harder homework tonight. But what makes tonight better, is that he assured me tomorrow’s night would be even harder.  (Yippee?)

Rick Sayre spoke about “Military and Pension Records Strategies: Analysis, Interpretation, and Correlation.” Talking to a classmate afterward, my feeling of being overwhelmed and confused wasn’t a component of the lecture but merely me being clueless. I have some work to do with military records in order to do what is available justice. Maybe I’ll just take the Military course next year.

As mentioned, the homework contained three problems requiring use of the Serial Set and the Statutes at Large. I did one, reserved one for later (that post-institute period where you’re trying to remember what you learned and how to do it), and one, you guessed it, I just didn’t do. And that adds to three. I would hyperlink you to a previous post about my abysmal math skills but let’s not.

And a picture of the campus across from our dorm:


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Ready or not!

Monday at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt) 

Looking at the course notebook Sunday night I was ready to go home early. But the material, and the panic, was manageable on Monday.

Monday’s materials consisted of 19 pages (front and back) of session notes, two articles we had to read before the insitute (10 pages and 8 pages), and a set of sources to be used during class (6 pages). During the intro to the class, don’t think that I didn’t notice that the “one to three or more” hours of homework (scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) became “2-4 hours.” Did I mention the panic?

We finished up to maybe the 11:00 a.m. point in the syllabus. The first session, “Developing an Evidence Orientation,” was so foundational that we spent alot of time on it. His descriptions of sources, information, and evidence made more sense to me than all the things I have read.

The next session, “Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search,” was almost completed by the time we left class at 4:15.

The quote (and I paraphrase in case I don’t have it verbatim) of the day is that an advanced genealogist consults everything and trusts nothing….courtesy of Dr. Jones. He had a list of 18 “dispositions” of advanced genealogists. For instance, #6 was to “recognize assumptions as such” and I added in  my notes “don’t forget what items are assumptions!” The rest of the 18 are worth the one week investment in your education.

Chow starts at 5. Or 4, Texas time. Kinda crazy but I was eating at about 5:30. The evening lecture, open to the public and sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, is “Telling the Tales: Writing Your Family Narrative” presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG.  I didn’t attend but snagged the handout for future reading.

One picture for you of the meditation area between the Bold Dorm and the Science Center (with cafeteria, bookstore, and classrooms). Upon request though, I’ll post more pictures of cardboard furniture.

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Geeky! How can I join the fun too AND have cardboard furniture?

If you were here in my dorm room, you may ask, “Geeky, how can I be as geeky as you?”  Which I know perfectly well means you’d like to attend the Genealogical Research Insitute of Pittsburgh (held at La Roche College).

Next year’s GRIPitt is July 22-26, 2013 and will offer six sessions, only one that is duplicated from this summer!

Join the fun with:

  1. Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
  2. Skills for Proof with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  3. Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  4. Military Records: From Cradle to Grave with Craig R. Scott, CG
  5. Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative with John P. Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA
  6. Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Rick Sayre, CG and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL
So join me in the race to register in February!  And since we need a picture for this post and I already miss my fuzzy beasts, here’s some furniture that you, yes, you, could decorate your living with:
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First day of school! Geeky genealogist school!

Sunday at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt) 

GeekyTexan isn’t in Austin anymore! The Pittsburgh ariport is so quiet. It was almost disturbing. But the arrival at the Pittsburgh meant arrival at GRIPitt. And a few minutes later, successful arrival of a suitcase (yes, my suitcase).

After a tour of Pittsburgh courtesy of the SuperShuttle (not an affiliate link but they always take good care of me) driver and about seven people actually staying in Pittsburgh proper, we arrive at the La Roche College campus. It’s beautiful and green (usually something I don’t see in July at home except for this year’s Texas monsoon) and peaceful.

Smooth check-in to the dorms and resgitration. It was all very well organized (you know I love that) and effortless. Totally exhasuted from flying halfway across the world, I stumbled to the dorm room to find not only the bed made but a chocolate on the pillow. Out of everything this Texas girl saw yesterday, I only took a picture of the bed. It was going to be my only proof of the chocolate since I was hungry.

I’m only able to compare to Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama and at four classes here, the attendance is nothing like that for the ten courses at IGHR. But it is full and everyone is excited.

After a quick orientation, current students and alumni ProGen Study Group (I was part of group 11 which completed last month! woo-hoo!) met for a quick picture.

More later….

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Amanuensis Monday: The Wedding

John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s (Ruby REINHARDT) Bride’s Book.  I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting, their engagement, memorable events here and here, the shower and the Hope Chest and Trousseau previously.

Finally.  The wedding.  Having their first date on 5 October 1940 and becoming engaged on 16 October 1940 (11! days), Rueben and Ruby married on 5 April 1941.

The first page has several newspaper articles glued (unfortunately) in to the book.  “Rueben Henneke Weds Ruby Lee Reinhardt”  described a “wedding of interest to a large circle of friends” in a church “beautifullydecorated with a profusion of blue larkspurs and white phlox.”  “REINHARDT-HENNEKE WEDDING SATURDAY” described, as the first mentioned article, Grandma’s dress as a “heaven blue alpaca frock with navy accessories” with a “corsage of tiny white rosebuds.”  But this article also said Grandma was “lovely.”  The article about the “WEDDING SUPPER SATURDAY” described the three-tiered cake with a topper “a tiny arc from which hung small white wedding bells” and “surrounding the cake was a wreath of the pink and white blossoms combined with dainty lace ferns.”

Smaller clippings show the small town’s “around town” kind of entries: “Miss Benita Henneke of Comfort was a week-end visitor in Cuero” and “Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Henneke of Comfort were visitors” in addition to their marriage license newspaper notice.  The last small clipping was:

Friends here will be glad to hear of the marriage of Ruben [sic] Henneke of Cuero and Miss Ruby Lee Rheinhardt [sic] of Rabke, on Saturday night, April 5th.  May the young couple have a long and happy married life.

Grandma and PaPa were married for 56 years, until her death in 1997.  The next page, “Bridesmaids” have these notes in Grandma’s handwriting:

Maid-of-honor: Frieda NURNBERGER
Dress and fitted jacket of beige crepe
Accessories – of coconut brown
Corsage – pale pink carnations

Bridesmaid = Benitha HENNEKE
Redingate (yeah, I didn’t know either but lookit here) dress of dusty pink
Accessories of black patent and pale blue
corsage – Dark pink carnations

Also on this page is a picture of the wedding cake.

And on the next page is a list of guests.  Leave a comment here if you know anyone!

Mrs. Roscoe CHADDOCK
Idell & Herman [HENNEKE]
LeRoy [HENNEKE] & Roland [HENNEKE]
Dady [Alfred] HENNEKE
Mother [Helen Anna RABKE] & Dad [Henry Christian REINHARDT]
Mrs. Thos. STILL
Aunt Mollie [?]
Barbara Jean [?]
Sammie [?]
Fern & Gladys [?]
Mary Ann [?]
Frieda & Lena HENNEKE
Mrs. Herman HENNEKE
Mrs. Freeman SCHULTZ
Dorothy MEYER
Uncle Mienert [?]
“Mutta” [?] RABKE
Aunt Hulda [?]
Elene [?]
Frankie [?]
Pauline [?]
Rev. [M.H.] KEEN
LeRoy [HENNEKE?, if so, duplicate]
Garland [?]
Mrs. [?] THIEME
Benitha [HENNEKE]
Johnny [?]
J.B. [?]
Aunt Nettie [?]
Joyce Ann [?]
Gerald [?]
Aunt Gusta [?]

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Amanuensis Monday: The Hope Chest and Trousseau

John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s (Ruby REINHARDT) Bride’s Book.  I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting, their engagement, memorable events here and here, and the shower previously.  Now we see the listings of the items in my grandmother’s Hope Chest and Trousseau.  First, a bit o’ vocabulary from Wikipedia.

Hope Chest: “…a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life. The term “hope chest” or “cedar chest” is used in the midwest or south of the United States…”

Trousseau: Wikipedia created a nice little circular reference by referring back to “hope chest.”  But never fear, Grandma knew what Wikipedia does not.  Her household items are in the hope chest and her clothing items (including some unmentionables) are in her trousseau.

So let’s see what we can find in the hope chest.

  • 7 [7?!?!? where did she think she was going to live? not in Texas obviously] quilts
  • 2 comforters (1 wollen [sic] and 1 challis [a printed woven fabric per Wikipedia])
  • 4 sheets
  • 2 bedspreads [good gosh, the bed covers are about 2 feet high at this point]
  • 6 pairs of pillowcases
  • 2 linen tablecloths (1 pink & 1 white)
  • 1 lace tablecloth
  • 4 luncheon cloths [placemats?] with napkins
  • 2 pairs of pillows
  • 1 set crocheted scarfs [sic]
  • 1 set “yo-yo” scrafs [sic]
  • 12 scarfs [sic - but we know by now that she didn't know how to spell scarves but she is certainly consistent and that's important too!] of various shapes and sizes
  • 6 towels (face and bath)
  • 4 wash rags
  • 12 cup towels
  • 6 aprons
  • 1 cloths pin bag
  • 2 crocheted “throw” rugs
Moving to the trousseau….
  • Wedding dress – Heaven blue alpaca crepe dress and jacket
  • Shower dress – dusty pink sports dress [Huh? Sports dress? See this vintage sewing pattern]
  • “Second day” dress – Black and white checked sharkskin, trimmed in red
  • Accessories – navy blue
  • Housecoat and gown – copen [medium] blue and baby blue
  • House dresses – red, green, and blue
  • Lingerie [arrgggh, my eyes!] – peach and white
  • gowns – maize, bed [?], and tearose
Next week all this risqué talk of unmentionables will be over, but we’ll take a look at the marriage certificate in the Bride’s Book.


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Texas Tuesday: Central Texas genealogical events for June

June 8th Austin Genealogical Society is hosting a bus trip to Clayton Library in Houston.

June 9th the Austin Genealogy SIG will meet from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at  the Old Quarry Branch Library in Austin for a “Scanning Workshop” presented by John Marostica and Trisha Thompson

June 21st the Wiliamson County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Round Rock Public Library with social time 7 – 7:30 p.m. and the meeting starting after. This month’s we’ll hear from Debbie Parker Wayne, CG on “GATA GACC! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today.”

June 21st the Round Rock Public Library is having a session on “Organize your Photos and Preserve Your Family Tree” at 6:30 p.m.

June 26th the Austin Genealogical Society will host its monthly meeting at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin so you can “Find Success with FamilySearch!”  It is presented by Karen Matheson.

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Amanuensis Monday: Showers

John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s (Ruby REINHARDT) Bride’s Book.  I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting, their engagement, and memorable events here and here previously.

On the page for Showers is a news article for “Mrs. Rueben HENNEKE, a recent bride” given by “Misses Selma and Maurine RABKE and Mesdames M.A. H. MUELLER and Victor GOEBEL.”

There’s a wealth of names in this little article.  You’ll find:

  • Abel
  • Arnecke
  • Barnes
  • Bohne
  • Cook
  • Gohmert
  • Hahn
  • Henneke
  • Jackson
  • Junker
  • Keen
  • Koenig
  • McLarty
  • Murray
  • Niemeier
  • Parker
  • Pflug
  • Pieper
  • Pundt
  • Rabke
  • Reinhardt
  • Richter
  • Sager
  • Schorlemer
  • Schrade
  • Schultz
  • Semmler
  • Stovall
  • Thieme
  • Wagner
  • White
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Happy belated blogiversary to me

I’ve been so derelict in my blogger duties that it figures I would totally miss the First blogiversary of GeekyTexan on May 21.  So happy, belated, lonely, pathetic blogiversary to me.

cake and candle by Anonymous - Photo from Open Clipart Library (OCAL)

GeekyTexan is back on track with a new post tomorrow.  Stay tuned for your local weather and traffic.

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Amanuensis Monday: Memorable Events, more events

John Newmark of the Transylvanian Dutch blog started a genealogy meme of Amanuensis Monday in February 2009. He defines amanuensis as a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I’ve been looking at my maternal grandmother’s Bride’s Book.  I’ve talked about my grandparents’ first meeting and their engagement previously.  I’ve also transcribed the list of dates on the first page entitled “Memorable Events.” The facing page contains a variety of newspaper clippings.

“Herman Hahn Weds Miss Idell Mueller” is the first article. Ms. Mueller was my grandmother’s BFF at the time. “Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Henneke [PaPa and Grandma of GeekyTexan] of this city [Cuero] acted as witnesses” for the marriage ceremony “surprising their many friends of this and surrounding cities” (note that the surprise was about the rites, not the witnesses).  “Mrs. Henneke [aka, Grandma] wore a light maize wool suit with brown accessories.”

The next article doesn’t have a headline but it references the guests “visiting at the Alfred Henneke (GeekyTexan’s great-grandfather) home Sunday, honoring Miss Lorene Henneke and Garland Schultz as confirments were…Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Henneke of Cuero.” Unfortunately, no mention of what people were wearing.  Surnames mentioned include: Diebel, Schultz, Henneke, Mauer, Haun, Hartman, Sager, Keseling, and Thieme.

The next piece almost seems like a caption to a photo. I would love to see the photo!

Rueben Henneke sewing a fine seam on several sacks down at McLarty’s which were damaged in transit.

The last article is a lengthy one for “Miss Benitha Henneke Becomes Bride of John L. Baron.” Although this was the marriage of PaPa’s sister, I didn’t see mention of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben in the article. It does mention that the:

“bride’s gown was a beautiful creation of white net with a basque of Chantilly lace fashioned along the fitted princess mode with a heartshaoed decolletage, edged with lace applique, and long sleeves, ending in points over her hands.”

And yes, GeekyTexan had to look up “basque.”  According to Dictionary.com it is a “close-fitting bodice, sometimes having an extension that covers the hips.”  The coverage continues on the next column:

I don’t know what newspaper these came from – one was probably The Cuero Record which has been in existence since 1894 (and annual renewals still occur only by snail mail although I think they allow for credit card information on the form).  All this talk of weddins and getting hitched! You would think Mr. and Mrs. Rueben would be getting married by now! But next week, we have to discuss the shower!

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