Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Silver Birthday Cup

I don't know much about this cup other then it was given to my parents as a "keepsake" of my birth.  It set on a ledge over the kitchen sink in my parents house with many other collectible cups until they moved in the late 1980's.  The cup was given to me at that time and has been in a box for several years.  (As you can see from the photos, it desperately needs to be cleaned.)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordy Wedneday - Gymnastics Photos

My Treasure Chest Thursday post of last week was my Rhythmic Gymnastic awards.  (You can find the post here.)  So today, I decided to show you a few of my gymnastics photos.

When I first started gymnastics, I was asked to be on a newly started Artistic gymnastics team at the local YMCA where I'd been taking classes.  This is a photo from one of our meets circa 1981. (I'm about 12 years old here.)  Beam was my favorite event and if I remember correctly, I only competed beam, floor and vault.  (I absolutely hated uneven bars!) 

I discovered that I did not like all the "tricks" that you had to learn in Artistic gymnastics but I loved learning ballet and other dances for my floor routines.  And I loved helping the younger gymnasts learn their compulsory routines.  

So a few years later, my mother found a Rhythmic Gymnastics class being taught at the local community college on Saturday morning.  I loved it!  And after a few classes, I was asked to join the competition team.

I learned the compulsory routines, which were Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon and had a Ball routine choreographed just for me.  This photo of my Club routine was taken during the Regional Championship 31 March 1984.   (I received a second place ribbon for this routine.)

During 1984 our team was part of several exhibitions promoting the Los Angeles Olympics.  It just so happened that Rhythmic Gymnastics was a new addition to the Olympic Games that year.

This is a photo from one of the exhibitions. I'm pretty sure this is the Los Angeles Convention Center. (I'm doing the compulsory ribbon routine.)

Soon after the meets and exhibitions were over, I decided I did not want to compete any longer.  I had a love for teaching so I went back to my Artistic coach at the YMCA and asked for a job.  As I was only 15, I could not officially work but I was allowed to volunteer my time.  Again, I loved it!  Teaching new skills and choreographing Beam and Floor routines was so much fun! (I also talked them into letting me teach a beginning Rhythimc class.)

These two photos were taken after I had been back teaching for a few years.  I was about 17 years old.  A new YMCA was opening up and a professional photographer was sent around to take photos for a brochure.  As Steve and I were the only ones around, he asked if we could do something that would be easy to photograph and look good in a brochure.  (You know, teacher - student looking.)  These are the result.

By the way, Steve was my Artistic coach and mentor.  His full name is Steven Lamont King.  If anyone knows him, I'd really like to get in touch with him.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Week 3 - Assess Yourself

This weeks challenge: 

Assess yourself! You’re great at researching everyone else’s history, but how much of your own have you recorded? Do an assessment of your personal records and timeline events to ensure your own life is as well-documented as that of your ancestors. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the status of your own research and steps you may take to fill gaps and document your own life.
I've been very lax documenting me and my immediate family.  Looking at my database, I have added the essentials - date and place of birth, school attendance dates and places, estimated graduation dates, marriage date and place, etc.  but they have not been documented.  Some of the actual documents, such as my high school diploma, are missing.  (My mom gave me all my documents several years ago but I have no idea what I did with them!)  

My young man's data is exactly the opposite, I've collected so much "stuff" but have not put much into my database.

Guess I really should get it all together, input the data in my database and scan the documentation as well.  This is part of my New Year resolution to start a new, documented database.  

Thanks for the push.... 

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Gymnastics Awards

In the summer of 1983, I joined a local Rhythmic gymnastic team after having done Artistic gymnastics since I was nine years old.  I loved Rhythmic gymnastics because it was more dance then the twisting and tumbling involved in Artistic gymnastics.  The team I joined was more disciplined then the other team I had previous been on. We had workout six days a week.  It was a chore going to school and then to off to gymnastics and dance for hours in the early evening to about 9 pm.  But I loved everything about it!

After a few months, I had learned the compulsory routines and had a wonderful ball routine composed for me.  My first competition , which was the state competition, was in San Francisco, California.  We took a plane (my first) and stayed at a teammate's house for the three days of completion.  It was nerve wracking but so much fun at the same time.  The results for me was I won several ribbons and second place in the all-around competition.

Less then a month later, the regional competition was held closer to home in Los Angeles, California.  I don't remember much about this competition other then I did really well, again taking second place in the all-around competition.

It's been many, many years since I was involved in gymnastics but I still love the sport and watch it any chance I get.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Anna and Hermann Spangenberg

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Lula Isabelle Hefner Bynum Webb

3 March 1871 in Bosque County, Texas
29 March 1948 in Borger, Hutchinson County Texas
Burial: Llano Cemetery - Amarillo, Potter County, Texas
Plot: Section C Lot 186 Space 4

Daughter of John Lafayette Hefner and Nancy Elizabeth Hefner Hefner.
Her first husband was Samuel Lafayette Bynum.  She and Sam had at least 12 children with nine living to adulthood.

Her second husband was Albert Eugene Webb.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy 101 Award - You Like Me... You Really Like Me

I've been honored with the Happy 101 award four times.  Thanks a bunch Missy Corley of Bayside Blog, Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family, Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures and Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames.  I'm really touched by your show of love and friendship!

As part of my acceptance speech I need to list 10 things that make me happy.  So here goes:

  • A hug from a friend.
  • Watching a movie on the couch with my family.
  • The sound of rain.
  • Having a real conversation with my young man.
  • Seeing the name of my ancestors in records.
  • Rocking out to a great song. 
  • Reading a good book.
  • Clothes that actually fit.
  • "Cousins" who will share what they know about the family history.
  • Plain M&M's
The second part of my acceptance speech should have been to nominate other blogs for the award.  Since I'm really late with my acceptance, it seems that the award has already made the rounds.  I'll just say that there are many, many wonderful people and many, many great blogs in the genabloggers community!  If you did not receive the award, please consider yourself a Happy 101 blogger as well!
Thanks for the honor!

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Treasure Chest Thursday - M&M's 1984 Olympic Commemorative Jar

My commemorative jar found in the "long unseen" box from the garage.

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics was a time I remember fondly.  It was the first year that Rhythmic Gymnastics was an Olympic sport.  I was on a team at the time and my coach was friends with the USA Olympic coach.  We made several trips to Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus to see the warm-up/pre-competition workouts.  Very exciting to see the best in the world.

My mother was also able to get tickets to a days Volleyball competition.  My dad and I took the bus to Long Beach where the competition was being held.  It was awesome fun to see the Olympics "up close and personal" and a great way to spend the day with Dad!

I have several other Olympic commemoratives including books and passes but this is special to me because it also has may favorite marketing personalities,  the M&M's characters.  It is so fun to see the evolution of the characters.  They have really changed in the last 20 plus years!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordy Wednesday - Bynum Men

Left to right: David (Dave) Williamson Bynum, Unknown, Albert Eugene Webb, Thomas (Tom) Lafayette Bynum, Isaac Smith.  Taken in Texas, probably at Albert and Lula Webb's house in Hutchinson county.

My second cousin, Arliss posted this photo to her public Ancestry tree and she gave me permission to "take anything I wanted".  Thank you Arliss!

Photo identification on the back reads ""Left to Right:  Dave Bynum; Tom Bynum; Grandpa (Albert) Webb; Lloyd Davis?? and Isaac Smith"   This identification is incorrect. Tom Bynum is the fourth person with the bow tie and stripped pants.  I have other photos of Tom, Dave and Albert so I am positive in these identifications.  As I do not have any other photos of either Lloyd Davis or Isaac Smith I can not positively identify them. 

Tom Bynum is my grand father.
Dave Bynum is my great uncle.
Albert Webb is my great grandmother's 2nd husband.
Isaac Smith is my great uncle.  (Husband of Elizabeth Bynum.)
Lloyd Davis is my great uncle.  (Husband of Sammie Bynum)

If you can help in identifying these individuals, please contact me. 

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Friday, January 08, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Week 1 - The Library

Thanks to Amy Coffin of the We Tree and Thomas MacEntee of geneabloggers, there is a new series of weekly prompts called 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy.  The week one prompt is as follows:

Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don't forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library's genealogy collection.

Living in the greater Los Angeles area, there are a few library systems to choose from.  The largest being the Los Angeles County Library system with 100+ libraries and five bookmobiles. Three of these libraries are within my daily driving range.   The second largest is the Los Angeles Public Library system with 60+ locations.  There are also three of these libraries within my daily driving range.  The smallest of the local area library systems (and my favorite) is the Torrance Public Library System.  This systems consists of six branches with three of them within my daily driving range.
I choose the main Torrance Library (officially named the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library) for my library search.  Ok, just so we're clear... I cheated.  I did not GO to the library but used the online library catalog to find out what genealogy things were available.  (That being said, I am planning on pursing the stacks next week.  I've got books to return after all.)

When I first started genealogy, I went to this library and found some books that got me started in the right direction but I was disappointed in the selection available. Most of the general books where more then 20 years old!  While that was OK to start with, after all basic, "get you started" genealogy hasn't and doesn't change, I wanted more recent titles.  Sorry to say I never went back to that section check if any thing had changed since my first experience there.  So I was completely and pleasantly surprised to find that they have some of the most up to date general genealogy books on the market!  (Way to go Ms. Paula Weiner, City Librarian!!)

Here is a listing of a few I found in the library catalog when I did a subject search for "genealogy":


This library is also home to the local genealogy society, South Bay Cities Genealogical Society.  Their book and periodical holdings are available to the public anytime the regular library is open but these holdings do not circulate.

As a side note, I found out via the library website that the library offers "Online Obituary Requests".  From the website:

The Reference Staff will search up to three names for obituaries in the columns of the Daily Breeze (1966 - present) or the Torrance Herald (1914-1970). Requests must include the decedent's full name and date of death. Staff will only search for those individuals who passed away within the City of Torrance. There is no fee for this service, however please allow up to three weeks for a response.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - My First Baby Doll

I was in the garage the other day looking for who knows what, when I noticed a plastic box with some things in it I hadn't seen in a long time. 

One of the things was "Cuddles", my first doll.  She is about 12 inches long and is made of fairly hard plastic with a cloth body.  There is a copyright on her neck that reads " GUE DOLL © 1964".  

I know that my mother "re- upholstered" her at some point.  She has green open and close eyes but the lashes are long gone from being played with so much.  The night dress she is wearing was lovingly made for Cuddles by my Mom.  I believe I might have had a matching night gown as well.

I insisted on keeping Cuddles when I left for college and my parents kept her until they moved in the late 1990s.  I thought I'd pass her on to my child but as my one and only is a boy... Guess I'll pass her down to my grandchildren.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - 1964

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Getting It Done In 2010

I'm not much of a New Year Resolutions kind of girl.  In fact, the only resolution I ever made was a couple of years ago.  The resolution was to read at least 1 book a month.  I've kept and exceeded that goal the last two years now, so I make that resolution every year.  (I know it is something I can actually accomplish and feel wonderful about at the end of the year.)

As far as genealogy goals, there is always the standard, "breakdown my brick wall" or write a family history book.  Every genealogist/ family historian wants that or some incarnation of it.  But if I'm going to write down what I want to do in 2010, it would be two big picture things.

Take the courses I purchased some time ago from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.  (I'll have to see how many I have left and how many I can finish this year.)
Start a new database that is sourced, geocoded and linked to scanned documents.   This will need to be broken down into smaller pieces.  (Admittedly, this will take longer then one year to complete but a girl can hope, can't she?)

So there are my two goals for 2010.  Of course, as I work on the new database, I will find "holes" that need to be filled and connections that need to be documented.  Filling these holes and making the connections are always the number one goal.

Best of luck in 2010!

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