Sunday, June 10, 2018

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #54 - Swimwear

For the first podcast of June 2018, Gena and Jean go into a discussion of bathing suits and swimwear throughout the ages. If your ancestors took to any water sports, it is likely that they enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) the various types of garments that are discussed on the podcast as well as on the websites shared below.

Jean's mother's family consisted of a number of people who weren't shy when it came to time in the water (possibly because of having a cottage on a lake - Beaver Lake, near Hartland, Wisconsin), and it seems someone was always there with a camera to capture the fun. Sadly, the photographers were not always as careful (or the cameras were not the latest options), and some of the photos are rather blurry, but you can still get an idea about what the costuming looked like. 

You can listen to the beginning of the podcast from the player above. To listen to the entire podcast you must subscribe. You can do so through our channel on Podbean at .

The obligatory Wikipedia description of the history of swimwear (not completely documented, but containing some great photos:

Peter and Virginia Johnson, Mamie Hollander, Hattie Hollander Warnke, Gordon and Ed Warnke
(likely photographer: Emma Johnson); Beaver Lake, Wisconsin, ca. 1914

Olivia B. Waxman and Liz Ronk,  5 June 2016, "See How Swimsuits Evolved from Victoria Times to the Bikini Age"

(lots of additional resources and explanation of the origin of the word "bikini")

Virginia Johnson, learning to dive (note bathing cap and swim shoes in her outfit); 
Beaver Lake, Wisconsin, ca. 1921 (photographer, unknown but likely Albert Hollander)

Emily Spivack, 22 June 2012 "How Bathing Suits Went from Two-pieces to Long Gowns and Back," from
Lots of clarifying images - drawings and photos - to illustrate the evolution
Hollander and Johnson family members at Beaver Lake, Wisconsin, ca. 1914

Andrea Cheng, 19 May 2016, "See How Swimsuits have Evolved through the Ages,"
(more photos up to the present time)

L. Roy Wilcox, Holland, Michigan, showing strength and latest swim fashion for men
ca. 1929 (photographer: unknown)

Mary Bellis, 3 May 2018 (updated), "History of Swimsuits," on Thought Co.

Virginia Johnson, photographer unknown (at his studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), ca. 1929

(Author known only as "Adam): "An Introduction to Swimming Caps" (Includes how to measure the head for a cap)

Virginia Johnson, Red Cross Life Guard, ca. 1929 - note required swim cap

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #53 - Hibbens' 7500-mile Genealogy Journey in April 2018

This podcastcovers details of an on-site research journey taken by Butch and Jean Wilcox Hibben from 25 March to 3 May 2018. The photos here just scratch the surface of the experience. Below are some suggestions for your own genealogy journey to your ancestors' home region(s).

Leaving Illinois to head to Michigan, Ohio, and parts North and East.

The headstone ready for mounting for Lee Alfred Wilcox, paternal grandfather of Jean and her brother Bob Wilcox:

Cemetery gate where the Lee Alfred Wilcox headstone was placed (and the stone in place), just prior to the departure from Illinois:

New York - Watertown, Jefferson County - promotion for presentation on the Freeman and Wilcox families who lived in the area in the mid-1800s
Freeman graves - the Freeman Cemetery, Brownville, Jefferson County, NY:
Ceremony to recognize Private Edward Freeman of Col. Klock's Militia, Battle of Sackets Harbor. War of 1812 marker placed by the Daughters of the Veterans of the War of 1812 and Daughters of the American Revolution:

Visit to Mohawk Valley, Ostrander Cemetery, Danube, NY - location of graves of Isaac Freeman and wife Marion Gallup:

Military headstone for Jean's step-great-great-grandfather, Private Philipp Wolbert (Civil War), received before her arrival but not to be placed until weather permits:

Military headstone for Jean's great-grandfather, Private Frederick Mueller (Civil War), received and placed after she had left area. Weehawken Cemetery, North Bergen, NJ:

Kingston harbor, Sloop Clearwater, not ready to sail yet due to inclement weather:

Visit to Martin Guitar factory, Nazareth, PA (where Jean's guitar was manufactured:

Visit to Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, PA where Jean's great-granduncle Private Charles John Trapschuh of the Wisconsin 26th Infantry was captured and sent to Libby Prison. Memorial marker at that approximate location during that battle recognizes the losses of that unit:

Impromptu visit to the Conrad Weiser homestead, Berks County, PA. He was Jean's 7th great-grandfather:

Slight diversion along the Blue Ridge Hwy to visit Schuyler, VA and the Walton's Mountain museum, created in recognition of the work of Earl Hamner on that, and other, TV shows and movies (this is the "recipe room" - check upcoming podcast on moonshining for explanation of the parts of the still):

Stop at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, to visit the grave of Jean's 2nd great-grandfather, Captain Nathan W. Wilcox, Missouri Engineering Regiment of the West, Civil War (stone placed in 2010; new flag placed on this visit).

Ready to do your own on-site trip? Here are some suggestions:

            A.        Things to consider
                  1.  The dates & length of time for the trip
                  2.  The places you plan to visit (then reduce your expectations significantly!)
                  3.  Means of transportation to destination
                              a.  By air: Determine airport destination(s), checking on the possibility of arriving & departing from different locations (check on car rental expectations & requirements)
                                   b.  By vehicle: Plan route in advance but allow for changes

Reminder: Most courthouses & many archives don’t allow cameras on site; if you have a camera phone, it may not be permitted inside. 

            B.         People to contact
                        1.  Genealogy libraries/librarians
                        2.  Historical society personnel
                        3.  Cemetery sextons
                        4.  Vital records offices
                        5.  Church officials
                        6.  Courthouses
                        7.  Local Family History Centers
                        8.  Possible relatives or former neighbors of ancestors (to interview)
            C.         Things to pack
                        1.  Papers and records
                                     a.  pedigree charts & family group sheets
                                    b.  copies (not originals) of documents being researched
                                    c.  Letters (esp. copies of correspondence with on-site personnel, etc.)
                                    d.  lots of paper, pens/pencils, highlighters
                        2.  Technological equipment
                                    a.  cameras (digital & other backup)
                                    b.  audio recorder
                                    c.  video/digital recorder
                                    d.  walkie-talkies
                                    e.  netbook, laptop, or tablet, flash drives, extra discs, cables, ?

                                    f.  scanner
                                    g.  PDA/pocket computer
                                    h.  cell phone, smart phone
                                    i.   GPS

Make appointments & arrange stops in an order that culminates in cemetery visits (don’t start at the cemetery).

                        3.  Additional equipment for graveyard excursions
                                    a.  long sleeved shirt(s) & trousers
                                    b.  boots, high socks
                                    c.  garden & rubber gloves
                                    d.  insect repellant & sunscreen
                                    e.  old towels               
                                    f.  small scissors
                                    g.  umbrella
                                    h.  bottled water (with sprayer attachment)
                                    i.  soft brush
                                    j.  small reflective mirror or cookie sheet
                                    k. light-weight foil
                                    l.  corn starch or powder (without additives)
                                    m. spiral notebook & pencils
                                    n. copy of genealogy on handheld device
                                    o. digital camera with GPS
Travel Hints:    
-Check the latest carry-on & baggage regulations for the airline you are using.
-Plan to purchase whatever possible when you arrive to keep baggage light.

II.         ON-SITE VISITS  (be sure to ask in advance about hours of operation)
            A.        Historical Societies & Libraries
                        1.  Often societies & libraries are open by appointment only or for limited hours; be punctual and don’t stay after their posted closing time
                        2.  Be mindful of the rules of the establishment (signing out material, no food or drink, cotton gloves for document-handling, etc.)
                        3.  Be considerate, especially when people go out of their way to accommodate your needs
                        4.  Make donations to the historical societies, churches, & libraries
                        5.  Offer to send your compiled findings for their files (and follow through)
            B.         Vital Records Offices, Courthouses, & Archives (see above suggestions)
            C.         Churches (see above suggestions)
            D.        Ancestors’ Residences (be sure to have permission before entering property)
            E.         Cemeteries (recognize that some are on private property & require permission)
            F.         Tourist attractions and sights of the area
                        1.  if this is your ancestors’ hometown, visiting the local museum & learning about area history will help you connect with your ancestors’ lives
                        2.  buy some postcards
                        3.  take photos of the area as well as tombstones
                        4.  meet the residents . . . you might find a distant relative!

Reminder: Clean up after yourself (at research facilities, cemeteries, and other locations)

            A.        Organize/transcribe notes
            B.         File findings
            C.         Develop film and catalog photos or transfer photos to your computer
            D.        Send thank you notes and promised reports to the contacts you made
            E.         Make a list of the things you want to accomplish on your next visit to the area

Short list of Suggested Readings:
Carlberg, Nancy Ellen. Cemetery Research. Anaheim, CA: Carlberg Press, 1782 Beacon Ave., 92804; 2000.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo.  Your Guide to Cemetery Research. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2002.
Keister, Douglas. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. Salt Lake City:
                Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2004.
Underhill, Tom. Dead Men Tell no Tales: How to Record Your Family’s Oral History. Placentia, CA:
                Creative Continuum, 2002.
Other Helps:
American Automobile Association (AAA; in Calif.: Auto Club of So. Calif.)
Books on the history of the states, counties, and cities you are interested in.
Chamber of Commerce in the cities you will be visiting.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Genealogy Journeys Sponsors at Jamboree, Burbank, CA, 31 May - 2 June 2018

How exciting to see the following folks and their businesses in the Jamboree exhibit hall in Burbank, California, 31 May – 2 June 2018 . . . stop by and tell them “Genealogy Journeys” sent you!

A Court Research/GeneaCreations, tables 412-413

DNA Central, Blaine Bettinger at the Genealogy Authors Table, table 311

Genlighten, table 118

Southern California Genealogical Society, foyer

And, of course, Genealogy Journeys, table 103 (stop by to see all the information on our other sponsors . . . lots of great information to be obtained!)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Meet our 2018 Sponsor: Vivid-Pix

This Spring, Sara Cochran had a chance to ask Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix some questions about the company and its products. This is Vivid-Pix’s first year as a Genealogy Journeys sponsor and we are pleased to welcome the business to our Gena and Jean Blog.

SARA: I’m excited to have a chance to get to know Rick Voight, of Vivid-Pix today! Rick,
I hope you’ll allow me to start by welcoming you as a sponsor of Genealogy Journeys!
Genealogists tend to have a real soft spot for photographs, so I’m sure many of our readers are
eager to learn more about Vivid-Pix and the services you offer.  
But first, tell us a little bit about yourself. What inspired you to start Vivid-Pix?

RICK: Hi Sara (and Jean), it’s our pleasure to be a part of Genealogy Journeys!  
Yes, I have a soft spot for photos as well – in fact all the members of our team do.
 All of us have been involved in photography for many decades each.
This includes the fields of science, software development, professional photography,
marketing, and sales.
S: What a great beginning! There are many companies out there that offer digital restoration
and editing options.  What makes Vivid-Pix unique?
R: Terrific question. There are various softwares on the market, but we decided to create
“you press the button, we do the rest,” extremely easy and intuitive software.  
Our patented process analyzes every photo and applies the correction to improve each
particular photo – this is quite unique. We then provide easy-to-use sliders to fine-tune if desired.  
Randy holds over 150 patents in color and image science. Ken, is a software developer
and accomplished professional photographer. And I’ve been developing and marketing
photo solutions since the beginning of digital (and before).
S:  While browsing your website, I noticed that you have partnered with Flip-Pal, providing
clients with an easy and convenient way to scan their photos. I have already started
scanning the family collection, as have some of our readers, so I think we’d all like to know
if your restoration software works on photos even if they weren’t scanned with a Flip-Pal?
R: Yes, our RESTORE software improves any JPEG or TIFF photo, whether from Flip-Pal
or any other means.  We partnered with Flip-Pal to create a reasonably priced solution
that met a very broad range of needs: scanning any size photo, even in photo albums;
improving scanned color prints and slides, black & white, and sepia; and then actually
recording a voice story that attaches to the photo to save and share. Here are some visuals
of what I am talking about:

S: Since you do have the Flip-Pal Bundle on the website, is it safe to say that your software
can improve the quality our collections of older, badly faded photos, as well as photos which
were taken underwater?  Any tips for people who fall into this category to ensure we see the
best possible results?
R:  We’ve been developing and selling software for over 5 years and have sold our SCUBA
improvement software in over 100 countries.  Due to this technology, people asked if we
could improve old, faded photos. We decided to tackle the challenge and RESTORE
Picture-Fix software is the result.

S: Since Genealogy Journeys is on a cruise, one our group might be tempted to pick up an
underwater camera and go scuba diving while we are away, now that they have a way to
ensure they will have beautiful photos!  Which software package would you recommend to
these folks, who will almost certainly have older photos as well as new underwater photos to
restore and improve?
R:  That would be terrific if we can inspire folks to go scuba diving – it’s an amazingly beautiful
world that I’ve been enjoying for over 40 years.  If a photo was taken underwater, Vivid-Pix
LAND & SEA SCUBA should be used – with new or old photos; improving underwater photos
is a unique system . . . as is improving old “topside” photos – where Vivid-Pix RESTORE
should be used.

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S:   Sounds like you’ve created a one-stop shop for scanning and restoring our photos, no
matter where or when they were taken! I find that the most rewarding part of working with
my family photos is sharing them with others.  What options does Vivid-Pix offer users to help
them share their memories?
R: Thank you. Yes, we’ve tried to provide software that helps folks improve their most treasured
memories.  We offer the printing of these photos through our printing service: Having spent many years in the photo printing world, we’ve developed
the capabilities to provide the best quality prints and photo gifts from land, sea, and old photos as well.
S: I noticed that your Flip-Pal bundle includes Story Scan.  Could you tell us more about that service?
R: A picture says a thousand words, but sometimes those words are really important – for
example, to explain who was in the photo, the relation to others, the story behind the photo,
and even the excitement.  StoryScan fulfills this need with recorded audio that is combined with
the photograph. We feel this fills an important family history need. In my family lineage, my
mother knows many more people than I do. At some time, hopefully many years from now, that
knowledge will probably be lost; but StoryScan allows the story and knowledge to live on.
S: Is there anything else you would like to add?
R: I guess the only thing I’d like to add is Family History is so important and the photos that
make up our story will provide more than a snapshot of our lives.  They provide a chronology
and history of those who came before us – and to those who will come after us. As we transition
from analog (printed) to digital photography, it is extremely important we prepare for the future
with Scanning, Restoring, Recording, and Sharing our memories.  Please start . . . and we’d
love to be a part:

Click the Vivid-Pix logo to the right to access their full website. I think Sara and Rick did a good job of letting all of us know that there are other options out there. Check out the videos and the Blog that can be found at the website <>