Happy Birthday, Oregon

On 14 January 1859 the State of Oregon was created. Happy 152nd Birthday, Oregon!

Follow Friday: The Turning of Generations

In the midst of finalizing and indexing the Mellen genealogy, I try to keep abreast of geneablogging. This week I found a new (to me) blog, called The Turning of Generations. The current theme on this wonderful piece of work is the 21st Century Organized Family Historian (#21COFH).

What’s interesting about 21COFH is that all genealogists can learn from reading about it. I’ve been working on digital organizing since I had an 8086 KayPro, so had to use very restrictive (nowadays, anyway) file names and directory structures. Eeew!

There seems to be a growing number of other folks reading and practicing the exercises for this theme, so I hope to learn something and perhaps contribute something when I’m more free from other concerns.


© 2012 N. P. Maling

Mellen Genealogy Lists site

The Mellen Genealogy Lists site covers the Mellen, Mellon, Melen, Millen, et cetera surname variations. Basic uncited birth, marriage, death, census, city directory, and other interesting data about the surname holders listed is provided in individual type pages with no relation to the other pages. As these are lists of discrete names and dates, you should use extreme care in constructing a tentative individual or family group profile.

This site is interesting to me as it may provide more insight into any individuals I may have skipped or excluded for some reason from my in-progress genealogy of the Simon Mellen (c1636 – 1694) family. The Mellen Genealogy Lists site also provides a rough index of individuals with the surname so you can get a feel for what I’ve put together and will publish on Lulu.com in the near future.

Thanks to Gina Heffernan for posting the lists. Rootsweb also host a Mellen family history mailing list, details available from Mellen Genealogy List pages or from the list info page.


© 2012 N. P. Maling

Sunday’s Obituary: Leslie H. Ennis – Alaska Territory

Due to a search engine abuser, I’ve had to remove the text of this obituary and place it into a PDF document. Please view it that way. Thanks!

 Leslie H. Ennis Obituary, 1940-01-10_p8_c2_PDF

Series Introduction: 1940 Obituaries

Over the next three months, I plan to post obituaries from the Pacific Northwest states. These posts will ostensibly be part of the Geneabloggers “Sunday’s Obituary” prompt. The overall theme, though, is that they all come from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, and the months of January, February, and March in 1940.

Washington and Oregon have the best coverage of the four states that I focus on, so I’ve decided to focus on these two. Instead of my current location, Seattle, Spokane’s Spokesman-Review will provide the post content. Oregon’s Oregonian, out of Portland, will provide obituaries from there.

One interesting thing is that the two Alaska newspapers I’ve looked at for source materials, from Anchorage and Fairbanks, have no obituaries in them. My tentative workaround for this issue is to find articles about deaths through accident, murder, or other event, including of course, old age.

For Idaho, the University of Washington’s Suzzallo & Allen Library’s Microfilm and News department doesn’t have anything for the right time period. The closest interesting newspaper microfilm from that place and time period is at the Washington State University library in Pullman. Thus, Idaho will not be covered in the series, even though it is a Pacific Northwest state.

It will be an interesting series to read and I’m having fun putting it together. Enjoy.


© 2012 N. P. Maling

Alaskans Tackle the 1940 Census

Photograph of monument to first settl...

Whilst looking for items for a forthcoming series, I came across this article in the Fairbanks newspaper. It details a number of interesting points about the then-upcoming 1940 United States Census. What is interesting is that the two enumerators discussed had a long lead time to get to their enumeration districts and a very long route to travel.

The following is an extract, but I’d be happy to email a digital copy of the full article to anyone who wants one.

Alba To Go 2,500 Miles for Census

Goddard to Travel 1,750 and Both Routes Believed To Be Longest in Nation

What is believed to be the longest route under the American Flag for a census enumeration will be traversed by Frank Alba, pioneer Alaskan, who has been named as enumerator for five adjoining districts in Interior Alaska. He will cover a distance of 2,500 miles using a dog team and sled, and having the help of a driver.

Mr. Alba will start on his work this week and finish it by next April. He will fly from this city to Nulato within a few days. There he will be starting his census enumeration.

Goddard in Lower Kuskokwim

Leaving Fairbanks on the same plane that will take Mr. Alba to Nulato will be William F. Goddard, who will go to Bethel on the Kuskokwim. He is enumerator for three districts in the Lower Kuskokwim country, including Goodnews Bay. He will cover a route of not fewer than 1,750 miles, and will do his traveling with a dog team.

Mr. Goddard’s route probably is the second longest route in the work of census enumeration.

Both Mr. Alba and Mr. Goddard have their homes in this city.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska Territory, 6 November 1939, page 4, columns 1–2.

Happy Birthday, Alaska

On this date in 1959, Alaska was admitted to the United States in full statehood.