Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sylvia's Diary: November 1801 Highlights

  • Sylvia attended meetings (church) five time during the month and would have gone a sixth time, but she felt "indisposed" and "tarried at home" instead.
  • Sylvia knitted 14 times and most of her knitting was in the evening hours
  • Sylvia sewed 13 times and worked with a tailoress for a day.
  • Sylvia was quite the social butterfly this month having called on or had visitors ten times. She even attended a ball at her Uncle Abel's house the day after Thanksgiving.

Have you been following along as I tweet my 5th great grandmother's diary? If not, head on over to @SylviasDiary and catch up on her story. Each tweet is one of her short diary entries and it is tweeted 210 years to the day after she wrote it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: Morel Mushroom Hunting

Morel Mushrooms
When I was young, one of my favorite things to do with my dad was to go morel mushroom hunting. Pops always seems most content in the woods and this was always a special time when we got to go "exploring" with him.

Each spring we would grab handfuls of old shopping bags and then he would load us kids up in his truck. We'd roll the windows down in the truck and chatter away as we drove out to the woods. Once there, Pops would find us each a walking stick to help our little legs navigate the hills of the driftless area.

Soon enough, we'd set off into the woods. Pops always gave a little speech at the beginning reminding us to watch out for critters (we were in their home after all) and then reminded us where to look for the mushrooms. We would spend hours walking up and down those hills, each of us trying to fill our bag the quickest (we are a very competitive group).

Even though we were competitive about filling our bags, I never lost sight of the experience. I enjoyed the peaceful time in the woods most. There wasn't a lot of talking on our parts, but the hills in the driftless area have a sound of their own and it is quite amazing. I'm not even going to try to describe it, as I won't do it justice, but if you ever venture that way you will know exactly what I mean.

Dad and James walking the ridge line.
Hunting the mushrooms was special experience,  but so was eating them! The worst part was waiting for them to soak as it took hours, but when they were ready to be eaten mom or dad would start frying them up. They are best when hot, so we'd all sit around the island in the kitchen waiting for each individual batch to finish and then in mere seconds they'd be gone.

I always wished the season was longer, but all good things must come to an end, right?

A couple years ago, my husband and I happened to be visiting my family during morel season. I, of course, jumped at the chance to get back into the woods for a couple hours and I was even able to convince hubs to join us too! 

It had been years since I had been mushroom hunting, but it was just like I remembered it being. Peaceful togetherness. 

Sentimental Sunday is one of the many blogging prompts supported by to help genealogy bloggers record their family histories.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Surname Saturday: Names, Places and Most Wanted Faces

Names and Places
  • BRIGGS: Wisconsin (Crawford County)  1856-present; Ohio (Morgan County) 1824-1860.
  • DYER: Wisconsin (Grant County)  1856-present.
  • GRAY: Wisconsin (Crawford County)  1880-present.
  • HANSON: Wisconsin (Richland County) 1870-present; Norway Pre-1870.
  • HASKINS: Wisconsin (Iowa County, Richland County) 1860-present; Vermont Pre-1860.
  • HEISZ: Wisconsin (Crawford County) 1850-present; Germany (Prussia) Pre-1870.
  • HORTON: Iowa ( Jones County, Madison County) Pre-1900; Wisconsin (Richland County) 1910-present; Vermont (Franklin County) Pre-1860.
  • JERRETT: Wisconsin (Crawford County, Grant County) 1850-present.
  • LINDLEY: Wisconsin (Iowa County, Richland County) 1910-present; Iowa (Jones County) 1850-1910; Indiana (Warren County) 1830-1850; Ohio (Butler County) Pre-1830.
  • LOMAS/LOOMIS: Wisconsin (Grant County) 1845-present; United Kingdom (England) Pre-1845.
  • MILLER: Wisconsin (Crawford County, Richland County) 1880-present; Ohio Pre-1860.
  • MOOK: Wisconsin (Crawford County)  1850-present.
  • STOHER: Wisconsin (Crawford County) 1870-present; Austria Pre-1880.
  • TYLER: Wisconsin (Clark County, Richland County, Wood County) 1880-present; Ohio (Trumbull County) Pre-1860.
  • WILKINSON: Wisconsin (Crawford County, Grant County) 1850-preset; United Kingdom (England) Pre-1850.
  • WOOD: Wisconsin (Crawford County, Grant County) 1860-present.
Most Wanted Faces
  1. HORTON, Amelia Grace.
  2. HANSON, Hans.

Thomas MacEntee, the mastermind behind, has revived Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie's meme from 2009.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Juliane Hanson's Birth Record

Juliane Hanson is the daughter of my GGG-Grandparents Hans and Antonette Hanson. Using the online search fields through the record office, I had been able to find birth records for Juliane's siblings, but was unable to locate hers.

Two weeks ago, I happened to do a general search for any Hanson in Wisconsin who was born in December 1886 (her date of birth according to a census record) and wouldn't you know it, up comes a Julian Hanson born on December 31, 1886. So, I ordered it.

I have transcribed the details of this record below:
  • Full name of child: Julian Hanson
  • Color: White
  • Sex: Male
  • Name of other issue living: Anna H. Joanna A. Magnus Hilda M.
  • Full name of father: Hans J. Hanson
  • Occupation of father: Farmer
  • Full name of mother previous to marriage: Antonetta Hanson
  • Hour, day of week, of month, and year, of birth: Dec 31 5 A.M. 1886
  • Place, town or township, and county in which born: Akan Richland Co
  • Birthplace of father: Norway
  • Birthplace of mother: "
  • Name of physician or person signing certificate or affidavit: Mrs. N. P. Nelson 
  • Residence of person last named: Five Points Wis
  • Date of certificate or affidavit: 7 Nov 1893
  • Date of registration: 10 Nov 1893
  • Any additional circumstances: (none listed)

What we can learn from this record:
  • Even though it lists Julian(e) as a male, everything else matches the family!
  • She was a white (fe)male. 
  • As with another record I've ordered on this family, the names of other issue living are Anna H. and Joanna (Janamalia?). This time, however, Magnus and Hilda M. have joined the family.
  • Instead of listing the mothers name as Antonette, it is spelled Antonetta.
  • Once again, the full name of mother previous to marriage lists Antonetta Hanson instead of Hoff or Huff.
  • Her birth location is supported by the census records of the family during this time.
  • Julian(e)'s parents were both born in Norway. Still no village name.
  • The certificate was created on 7 Nov 1893 and filed on 10 Nov 1893.

What we still need to determine:
  • Why did it take 10 years for a certificate to be filed? 
  • Why is Juliane listed as a male?

Family Recipe Friday: Apple Pie Bars

I grew up in Wisconsin's Apple Capital, and as you can imagine, am a bit obsessed with apples. Over the years my mother has baked what seems like a million different apple recipes, but there is only one that rises above the rest: Apple Pie Bars.

They are a staple at family gatherings and rarely last more than a few hours once finished. I'm not joking, we have been known to polish off the entire pan in one sitting!

Now that I am away from home, they are my go-to comfort recipe when I missing my family. I hope you enjoy them!


  1. In a large bowl, combine the 2 cups flour and 1 tsp salt; cut in 1 cup Crisco until crumbly (like pie crust). 
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 egg yolks (beaten) with 1/2 cup milk; gradually add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide in half. 
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 15” x 11” rectangle. Line an 15” x 11” baking sheet with one rectangle. 
  1. Peel and slice 8-9 apples; add to a separate bowl. 
  2. In a small bowl combine 1 cup sugar, 2 Tb flour and 1 tsp cinnamon; gently stir mixture into bowl with apple slices. 
  1. Pour apple mixture over the dough-lined baking sheet. 
  2. Top with remaining 15” x 11” pastry rectangle. 
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. 
  1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 tsp milk. 
  2. Drizzle frosting mixture over bars.

Family Recipe Friday is one of the many blogging prompts supported by to help genealogy bloggers record their family histories.