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SGS MEETING RECAP
SGS MEETING IN: OCTOBER
Starting A Family Tree & Hands
on Help- with Debra Sheets. We went
over the 'start up' process of a family tree in FamilySearch, with the family tree of Bob Szczypka. We learned how to correct errors and make information for each individual in the tree STANDARDIZED so it can be more easily searched online. We showed how to document several family members, how to see whenever something has been changed in the tree, and where it records it. We also found how to search thru different search engines like FamilySearch, Ancestry, My Heritage, Geneanet, and findmypast. If you don't subscribe to these websites, we learned they can be used for free at any Family History Center! The Family History Centers (FHC)
are free to all, and the nearest one to you can be found at this website:
THIS JUST IN...
I JUST GOT THIS NOTICE THIS MORNING!
April 2023 Salt Lake City Research Trip
Monday, 24 April 2023
Saturday, 29 April 2023
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AN OLD FRIEND OF THE SGS PASSED THE OTHER DAY, AND WE'LD JUST LIKE TO SAY
JOHN CAMMIN, WE DEARLY MISS YOU!
JOHN HOWARD CAMMIN SR.
John H. Cammin Sr.
After a brief debate with St. Peter, John Cammin Sr. gained his place in Heaven with his Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2022.
John was born November 15, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan, and was the first son born to Howard and Beulah (Rider) Cammin.
We always knew when opening day was because many years he was in the woods hunting on his birthday. John married Myrna J. Edsall in Bay City, at the Free Methodist Church on January 16, 1960. They were blessed with two children, Jane Marie and John Jr.
John Cammin Sr, now retired from Saginaw Township Community Schools after 30 years of service in counseling at White Pine Middle School and as the Vocational Coordinator at MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools. He and Myrna also spent two years teaching English in Tianjin, China.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Saginaw and a fifty year member of the Rotary Club. He was also a major help and contributor to the Saginaw Genealogical Society. And his quick wit and smiling face will be sorely missed.
Surviving besides his loving and faithful wife of 62 years, Myrna are his daughter, Jane Janssen, Kansas City, Missouri; his son, John and Rita Cammin Jr., Saginaw; one grandson, Blane and Stephanie Janssen, McPherson, Kansas; his siblings, Ruth McMullen, Wisconsin; Lois Renshaw, Harriette, Michigan; Mary White, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Dr. William and Joann Cammin, Saginaw; Donna Ross, Traverse City; a sister-in-law, Jan Crosby, Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his siblings, James Cammin, Fern Blackburn, and David Cammin.
Funeral Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2022 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty). Pastor Amy Terhune will officiate.
Honoring John’s wishes, cremation will follow. Friends may visit at the funeral home, where the family will be present on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John H. Cammin, Sr. please visit our Tribute Store.
Cornell William Lugthart Jr.
November 7th, 1929 - October 8th, 2022
Age: 92 years
Cornell passed away Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Brian’s House with his family by his side at the age of 92. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Cornell and Mable (Teroller) Lugthart on November 7, 1929. Cornell proudly served in the Navy for his country during the Korean War. Cornell was a devoted member of the Navy league and the Rotary Club. He enjoyed playing tennis, taking care of his cats and spending time with his family.
Cornell is survived by his son, Paul (Pam) Lugthart and brother, Doug (Sue) Lugthart. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Lugthart and daughter, Frannie Lugthart. (Peggy was a past SGS member.)
At the request of Cornell, cremation has taken place and private inurnment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Anglican Church of Canada (5 First Ave, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z5, Canada) or to a charity of your choice. For online condolences: www.gephartfuneralhome.com
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I ALWAYS celebrate #11,
because I honor our MILITARY,
I'm celebrating #18!! (Because I'm in Florida)
AND OF COURSE #25
WHAT DAYS ARE YOUR FAVORITES?
Why is Veterans Day is on November 11?
Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 because it was on this day at 11:00 a.m. in 1918 that World War I ended.... THE ELEVENTH HOUR, OF THE ELEVENTH DAY, OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH...NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN!
HEROES By Mike Conner, Veteran of the 82nd Airborne
When people mention heroes, we tend to credit those who honed a particular skillset thru some type of struggle. This is often an athlete, musician, or celebrity who endured much suffering for their passion. But when I think of heroes, I think of the struggles of these men. The suffering they endured, which most cannot conceptualize...violent, terrible, and heart wrenching. And what was their passion that they suffered so terribly for? Their families. Their neighbors. Their countrymen. Their love for others before themselves. They suffered so no one else had to, and they did it without fanfare or fame. Wheel chairs, white hair, wrinkled faces...looking at them now you may not recognize the suffering that happened all those many years ago. They lived humble lives and asked for no favors, save one...never forget why we suffered for you. And in a world that seems to be rapidly forgetting the past, all to eager it would appear to repeat it, we who hold your memories dear, will never forget. You are true heroes, and we few are thankful every day for your sacrifices. I count the time I spent in the company of these great men, as some of the highlights of my life.
THE FINAL BATTLE
JAMES 'PEEWEE' MARTIN
29 April 1921 - 11 Sept 2022
LOCAL NEWS- Dayton, Ohio
By Thomas Gnau
Sept 12, 2022
REST IN PEACE SIR
James “Pee Wee” Martin — a locally celebrated and much-loved World War II veteran who parachuted into France with Allied troops on D-Day — died Sunday, Patriot Day, according to his family. He was 101 years old.
Martin, a Sugarcreek Twp. resident, parachuted into Normandy near Saint-Come-du-Mont behind Utah Beach at 12:30 a.m. on D-Day. Martin later fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and he received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal for his service. Martin earned the nickname “Pee Wee” by being the lightest paratrooper in his regiment.
He celebrated his 100th birthday on April 29, 2021. As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the “Screaming Eagles,” he parachuted into Normandy on June 5, 1944, one of the first American forces to land.
Four months later, he and his unit were part of the British-led Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands and Germany, and was part of the 101st-led defense of Bastogne, Belgium, stopping the German army’s last-ditch attempt to split Allied forces in the Battle of the Bulge.
He also saw action in Germany, helping to liberate a concentration camp and helping to seize Adolph Hitler’s Bavarian home, known as the Berghof, in April 1945.
When Martin came home at the end his tour of duty, his goal was to settle down and live a quiet life, he told this newspaper in a 2014 interview. “I’ve been there and I’ve done that,” Martin said. “All I cared about was getting a job to take care of my family and building a house on 50 acres and forgetting the world.”
Martin told the Dayton Daily News that he had been privileged to know “people in high places” — generals, French military officials and many others.” “The things and the places don’t impress me,” he said. “What impresses me, what I like, are the people that I know.”
Martin lived in Sugarcreek Twp. Ohio, from the late 1940′s until his death, said Doug Barber, a retired Centerville teacher who knew Martin since 2010.
Martin was married to Donna (Ververka) for nearly 73 years before her passing in early 2019, Barber said in a written recollection shared with the Dayton Daily News.
‘Original’ is the best one word description for Jim Martin,” Barber wrote. “Jim was a tough and sometimes mischievous kid from north Dayton (now Old North Dayton). He was a child of the 20′s and a teenager during much of the Great Depression. His experiences in combat as a member of the newly formed 101st Airborne Division in WWII shaped his outlook and character for the remainder of his life.”
Added Barber: “Jim carried a stoicism that helped him deal with personal tragedy, involvement in local politics for many years and wide acclaim in later life.” Jim was surprised by his own longevity, Barber also recalled. “As with any person who lives to an extreme old age, Jim was saddened by the passing of so many and so much of what he knew,” he said.
Jodi Martin, Martin’s granddaughter, said the family planned to meet Monday afternoon with a funeral home to make arrangements. Arrangements would likely take place sometime in the next month, she said. “We have a lot to do.” “He was at home,” she said of her grandfather. “He had a very peaceful passing. ... He died in his sleep.”
“We have lost a great American and friend with the passing of Jim Martin,” Gov. Mike DeWine said on Twitter Monday.
Martin enjoyed teaching younger generations about WWII. “My interactions with those who view this page and with many others who I have met in person over these last years has brightened my later life more than I can tell you,” Martin wrote in a social media message in March 2019. “The level of interest shown by younger generations in our wartime service has gladdened the heart of my WWII generation. So many of you have worked in a variety of ways to ensure that the legacy and lessons of World War Two will not be forgotten. We old veterans are aware of it and we appreciate it.”
WWI STORIES TO WARM YOUR HEART
WWI's Christmas Truce: When Fighting Paused for the Holiday Over Christmas 1914, singing and soccer broke out between British and German forces. written by A.J. BAIME & VOLKER JANSSEN
updated :Oct 4, 2022 original :Oct 29, 2018
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FOR YOUR SEARCH!
MILITARY SERVICE: CIVIL WAR
Six Steps To Find Your Civil War Veterans and Their Regiments
To get the most out of Civil War Stories, you need to know who in your tree might have a story! We show you how in just 6 steps to find those people.
We, as in a few of us...(ok it was only two) went to Forest lawn Cemetery in Saginaw on a Saturday in September and we learned the proper method of cleaning military headstones and using the VA APPROVED D2 cleaner. So here below, are the steps if you want to do this on your own. We WILL be doing this again in
in MAY for Memorial Day.
AND BOY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP!
10 STEPS TO CLEAN A
VETERANS HEADSTONE USING D2
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
ALWAYS CONTACT THE CEMETERY FOR VETERANS,
OR THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED IF CIVILIAN.
1. RINSE OFF HEADSTONE WITH HOSE OR BUCKET
2. SCRAPE OFF ALL LICHEN W PLACTIC SCRAPER OR A CC
3. RINSE WELL
4. REPEAT IF NECESSARY
5. SPRAY STONE LIBERALLY WITH D2 CLEANER - all sides
6. LET SIT FOR 20 MINUTES!!! (DONT HURRY THIS)
7. SCOUR STONE WITH NATURAL OR PLASTIC BRUSHES
8. RINSE WELL
9. SPRAY WITH D2 AGAIN AND LEAVE IT
10. TRIM GRASS @ STONE BASE/SO MOWERS HAVE ROOM TO MOW
HONOR THE PERSON AND THEIR MEMORY, SPREAD THE LOVE!
Please won't you help us to accomplish this LOVE PROJECT ?
Watch the video below
and learn how to clean a veteran headstone.
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on AmericanAncestors.org, a spotlight, an editor’s column, a survey question, stories of interest, and announcements about bookstore items, educational opportunities, and special offers.
MONTH BY MONTH
November is best known for its Thanksgiving dinners, but it's also a month when we celebrate the American military veteran. Click below to read more.
IN THE PAST...
PICKLES...It is rumored that they were one of Cleopatras prized beauty secrets. They make appearances in the Bible and in Shakespeare’s writing. Pregnant women have been known to crave them along with ice cream. Pickles have been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as 2030 BC when cucumbers from their native India were pickled in the Tigris Valley. The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch pekel or northern German pókel, meaning “salt” or “brine,” two very important components in the pickling process. Throughout history pickling was a necessity, as it was the best way to preserve food for a long period of time. As one of the earliest mobile foods, pickles filled the stomachs of hungry sailors and travelers, while also providing families with a source of food during the cold winter months. READ MORE ABOUT THE PICKLE!
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2022 classes include: Using the FamilySearch Catalog, Research in Canada (an Introduction), and Exploring Post 1850 US Federal Census Records. If you are just getting started, a few beginner classes will get you acclimated to the FamilySearch Family Tree where you will learn about Attaching Sources, Merging Duplicate Individuals, Correcting Relationships, and Adding Memories. No registration is required and class size for webinars is not limited. See the table of webinars below for more details. If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars.
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Hispanic Genealogy books...Good for anyone researching Hispanic genealogy. These TEN books cover everything from family stories, to fiction. From a history of Hispanic names to census records. . . Click below to read more.
The Oral History Workshop:
Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories
of Your Family and Friends
We all know that we should ask now, before it's too late, before the stories are gone forever.
But knowing and doing are two different things.
Cynthia Hart, author of Cynthia Hart's Scrapbook Workshop, shows exactly how to collect, record, share, and preserve a family member's or a friend's oral history in this practical and inspirational guide.
The Oral History Workshop breaks down what too often feels like an overwhelming project into a series of easily manageable steps:
1. How to prepare for an interview;
2. How to become a better listener;
3. Why there's always more beneath the surface and the questions to ask to get there;
4. The pros and cons of video recording, including how your subjects should dress so the focus is on their words;
5. Four steps to keeping the interview on track;
6. How to be attentive to your subject's energy levels;
7. The art of archiving or scrapbooking the interview into a finished keepsake.
At the heart of the book are hundreds of questions designed to cover every aspect of your subject's history: Do you remember when and how you learned to read? Who in your life showed you the most kindness? What insights have you gained about your parents over the years? Would you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? In what ways were you introduced to music? What is the first gift you remember giving? If you could hold on to one memory forever, what would it be? When the answers are pieced together, a mosaic appears--a living history.
ARE REDHEADS WITH BLUE EYES REALLY
Family History Month Was In Oct
So October was last month, WHY is this still here? Because Thanksgiving is coming, and that's when 90% of the American families meet each year! (OPPORTUNITY!)
Family History often brings great opportunities to improve your genealogy skills, find out about new resources and meet others who share your passion for the past! Check program schedules for your local library and genealogical society to see what’s going on near you. If you don’t have time to head out to a Family History Month event or if there are none near you, here are plenty of ways to acknowledge the holiday at home by working on your own family story.
Table of Contents
6 Ancestry Search Tips
1. Pinpoint your ancestor’s location from the census on a map, and then look for churches, cemeteries, and other places where your ancestor may have left records.
2. Be sure to locate your ancestor’s adult siblings in census records. It was common for extended family to live in the same household or near other family members. You may find a parent, grandparent, or other family members living either with them or nearby.
3. If you’re having a difficult time locating your ancestor, try searching using only given names and other details like birth year, residence, family members, place of birth, etc.
4. Occasionally, census takers only recorded initials in place of the given name. Using only a first initial will bring up these records.
5. Census takers didn’t always have the best penmanship, so if you’re having a hard time locating your ancestor, write out the name and try replacing some of the letters with letters that look similar. (Try an O for an A, try an J for a P, try a F for an S.)
6. The U.S. federal censuses for the years 1900-1930 include a date of immigration for immigrants. Use that date to narrow your search for your ancestor’s passenger arrival record in the Immigration Collection.
“May the roots of your family tree grow deep and strong”
Everything you need to get your family together again!
It was hard to keep up with everyone in your family even before the pandemic. With this much time apart, it’s pretty much impossible to remember what everyone’s been doing…or you know, what they look like after a year in captivity. Reunacy, gives you a simple way to get everyone’s latest info in one spot so you can organize a happy reunion. You’ll never again be trapped in an awkward conversation desperately trying to remember your cousin’s husband’s job again.
THE MORE YOU KNOW
The Mayflower Pilgrims and the Voyage That Changed Their Lives
The pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom. At the time, England required its citizens to belong to the Church of England. People wanted to practice their religious beliefs freely, and so many fled to the Netherlands, where laws were more flexible.
After several years there, fearing the loss of their native language and cultural heritage, they decided to set out for the
New World and build a new life. With the help of the Virginia Company’s financing, the pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in 1620 and sailed to the Americas.
Not all the passengers on the Mayflower were seeking a separation from the Church of England. Some were merely sympathetic to the cause and seeking a new life. Others were skilled workers, such as craftsmen or soldiers, who served vital roles in the success of both the voyage and the new settlement.
The pilgrims of the Mayflower were a group of around 100 people seeking religious freedom from the Church of England. However, pilgrims were not the only passengers on the Mayflower. Other Mayflower passengers included servants, contracted workers, and families seeking a new life in America.
Among the notable Mayflower passengers were William Bradford and Myles Standish. Bradford was one of the founding leaders of the new colony, later serving as its governor for roughly 30 years. Standish, an experienced soldier, served as the colony’s military leader.
Learn about some of the other passengers aboard the Mayflower. Perhaps you can trace your ancestors all the way back to the Mayflower!
WHY THEY FOUGHT
FREEDOM....to elect, to vote, to speak, to worship
November 2: U.S. General Election Day*
(first Tuesday after first Monday)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE!
Why Do We Vote in November?
Voting on a Tuesday in November isn't as arbitrary as it seems.
The month marks the end of harvest, and it offers mild weather for traveling voters. In 1845, Congress passed a law mandating that the presidential Election Day would be held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the month.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!
ITS NOT THE SIZE OF THE MEAL...
ITS THE FACT YOU REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE!
Thanksgiving Day is a National Holiday
in the United States
and Thanksgiving 2022 occurs on
Thursday, November 24.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a NATIONAL Thanksgiving Day to be held each November!
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WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM YOUR 'ELDERS' ?
JIM CAMERON- President
For our November meeting this month we heard from a Mr. Jim Cameron, who gave us some very timely advice and directions in the do's and don't of how to run an oral Q and A interview and how to prepare for it. He gave us great information about the Consent and Release forms needed for taking an oral history, and told us about using a free app for recording those interviews onto your phone before transferring to a memory stick. (Which we will make note of at the bottom of this article. WE ALSO ADDED SOME OF OUR FAVORITES.)
If you want to know more please go to the Michigan Oral History Association website and check it out below, or write to them at:
210 Detroit St., Saline, MI 48176
OR contact Jim Cameron at:
BEST TOP 4-ish FREE RECORDING APPS
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