Saturday, May 4, 2013

HCGS May 11, 2013 - Spotlight on Pearl V. Blanding 1892-1982

The May meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society was back at the regular meeting place at the Manoa Gardens community room at 2790 Kahaloa Dr. in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, at 9am on Saturday May 11, 2013.
    Discussed a bit at this meeting were the uses of Advanced Google Search and Google Maps from a Legacy Family Tree webinar by Thomas MacEntee.
     In addition, lots of genealogy news and tips were discussed (see web links below).
      The refreshments were provided by Harriet Hoffman (drinks), and Faith Burgwinkel (who made delicious, and never-to-be-forgotten macademia nut bread pudding). 
Donna Wendt 
      Donna Wendt gave a power point presentation:   
Create a Timeline and Story for Someone in Your Family Tree -- Finding Clues and Piecing Events Together  to' Let Your Ancestors’ Stories Be Told'.” 
  She explored lots of research clues plus some family stories to determine if they were based on evidence or tall tales.   For this presentation Donna expanded the research she did to write a blog post for Women's History Month - Fearless Females at .  The presentation was on the life and legend of her Great Aunt Pearl Blanding, daughter of Frank W. Blanding and Edith E. Akins.    One interesting news article found was in the Los Angeles Herald newspaper in 1910:
    Feb 14, 1910: "Winter Baseball"  "The National Lumber company team has the distinction of having the only woman scorer in Southern California in Miss P. Blanding.  Miss Blanding is an expert in following the game and could give the male members who make an attempt at score-keeping cards and spades."

    Pearl Blanding grew from birth in Madison Lake, Minnesota in 1892 to spend a year or two in Sibley, Georgia and Palm Beach Florida as a child, to eventually landing by train with her family in Los Angeles, California in 1903.  Post cards, land records, marriage and divorce records, news paper articles, and mysterious notes and photographs helped mold an interesting story of the life of Pearl, the fearless female in Donna's life.
      There were no lack of interesting yet nearly forgotten family tales that Donna followed up on, from baseball scoring expert who romanced the baseball players, to the connection with Don Blanding, Hawaiian poet and artist, and Edward G. Robinson, famous Hollywood actor.  From the 1910s to the 1940s Pearl, and her two sisters, Fern and Grace married a total of 11 men.  Each man with his own colorful story.  Although Pearl had no children her legacy lives on in these colorful stories.

   Web links discussed, included the following:
---Fold 3 Military Records     (Subscription site with free areas such as War of 1812 pension records)
---California Digital Newspaper Collection:  (free)

---Census records:  (subscription) and  (free)

---Los Angeles City Directories  L.A. Public Library website - (free); (subscription)

---Los Angeles Voting Registration –  (subscription)

---California Marriages 1850-1952  - (free); Los Angeles County Archives – Norwalk, Calif… purchase certificate but can search the record books on site.

 ---California Death Index 1940-1997 –  (subscription)

 ---Maps:  Google Earth (free) and Family Tree Maker software (purchase).

 ---Don Blanding – Aloha, Don BlandingCollectors Society.

 ---Maureen Taylor, photo detective:

---Genealogy Webinars schedule:

---New Television shows about Genealogy:
      --Who Do You Think You Are … on cable channel TLC

      --Genealogy Roadshow on PBS Mondays from Sep 23 to Oct 14 9 pm ET  2013
     -- Family Tree – HBO starting Sundays May 12, 2013  10:30 pm ET
--- Lost Cousins   free newsletter  interesting with news of British research tips.  Peter also has a subscription site at  “The aim of LostCousins is to connect members researching the same ancestors so that that you can share information with your cousins - and also, perhaps, collaborate on future research.”   Peter notes that the UK site is the only one that currently has ALL of findmypast's British records – as opposed to based in the US for British records and US Census.

---British databases       (Subscription)

Madademia Nut Bread Pudding by Faith Burgwinkel
Harriet Hoffman, Fa'aki and Kurt Richter, and Stan Yon enjoying the meeting

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