Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mar 8th Meeting

The March meeting of the Honolulu county Genealogical Society was highlighted by the presentation of Bobby Stevens (photo at right)- His presentation was in two parts. The first was about "Backup Strategies" for genealogical (or other) data on your computer. For immediate backup he recommends use of a thumbdrive or external hard drive. He recommends a weekly back-up to a CD/DVD or online storage, such as at Mozy offers 2 GB of free storage, which would probably be enough room for someone's Family Tree data. For archival he recommends the use of gold plated CD/DVD as offered for sale at or at a cost of about $2.00 per CD or less, depending on the quantity ordered.

Part two of Bobby's presentation was about "Plea Books" or what you can find by searching books from Court records,Plea Records and Minutes. He systematically uses the microfilms at the local Family History Library to search for records of his ancestors in Halifax County, Virginia. He has found many interesting and surprising findings by using this type of research. Thanks to Bobby for his excellent presentation.

Biography Challenge - Olla L. (Piles) Weaver
This month, Stan Jones (photo at right), answered the mini-biography challenge with a story about his Grandmother, Olla Weaver, maiden name Piles. His story was very heart warming and enjoyed by the membership. Below is the obituary from her unfortunate and untimely death. Her photo is at left.
"Burns Suffered Thursday Fatal To Mrs. Weaver. Funeral services for Mrs. Olla L. Weaver will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Brintlinger's Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery. Mrs. Weaver, 76, of 845 N. Union St., died at 1:55 a.m. yesterday in Decatur and Macon County Hospital. She had been a patient since last Thursday when she was burned when her clothing caught fire while she was preparing a meal on her gas stove. Mrs. Weaver had been a resident of Decatur for 57 years coming her from Atwood. She was born in Pesotum, March 13, 1886, a daughter of Frank and Jennie Coffrin Piles. Mrs. Weaver was a member of the Grace Methodist Church, the Friendly Circle Bible Class and the Quilters Guild of the church. She married Robert McClelland in Tuscola, during 1905. Later, in 1928, she married Otto D. Weaver in Bloomington, Ind. He died in 1936. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary L. McDaniel and Mrs. Clarence (Doris) Jones, both of Decatur; three grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death."

The meeting concluded with refreshments and a group went to have lunch at the Tree Tops Buffet at the top of the valley.


Jan Everly said...

Donna, thanks for keeping us up to date. Your blog performs a function that a bimonthly newsletter can't.

Kathy Martin-Yeager said...

Donna, A question was posed by one of our members about adding a label to photos. I have not done this but on the Ancestry Weekly Journal today (3/24/08) under Your Quick Tips there is a short submission on Labeling Electronic Images.

Donna said...

Thanks Kathy, adding a label to a photo, but not on top of it, is a great thing. I learned that Corel Paint Shop Pro software has this ability, and I imagine Adobe Photoshop does too. I'd like to find a free software that has this ability.