Monday, September 30, 2013

Motivation Monday - October Goals

The goals I set for September:

  1. Order muster rolls for Andrew Richardson from the Wisconsin Veteran Museum. (15 minutes) 
  2. Do the DNA test. (15 minutes) 
  3. Write at least seven blogposts

So, I finished # 2. I didn't write as many blogposts as I had hoped for. But I did do quite some research but this time it wasn't enough interesting to write a blog post about. On the other hand, I did post a lot of blogposts on my Swedish blog (

Anyhow, a couple of other interesting things came my way this month. I was browsing the homepage of my local genealogy society. They were looking for an editor for the member paper also including webmaster of thier homepage. I sent an email, within an hour I had a call. A few days later we had a meeting and now to start with this fall I will be webmaster of the homepage. After Christmas and New Year I will step in an be the editor of the paper as well. I am really looking forward to this.

And the second unexpected thing that happend to me this month. Next year, there will be a new magazine here Sweden about genealogy. I wrote a couple of things that will appear (hopefully) in the first number. I am really excited.

Those two things wasn't on my September list of goals but it is funny how things turn out sometimes.

So, hello October!

1. Order muster rolls for Andrew Richardson from the Wisconsin Veteran Museum. (15 minutes)
2. Write at least seven blogposts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Iru Kodu Rahula

When we were in Estonia on vacation earlier in August this year we visited a couple of cemeteries. One was Pärnamäe. Walking around looking for the tombtone of my relatives I took a picture of this view. If anyone know anything about this specific area, please let me know.

Iru Kodu Rahula - Pärnamäe cemetery, Tallinn, Estonia

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sibling Saturday Part 5 - Helena Verno

This is part five about the Verno-siblings, siblings of my great-grandmother Julia Verno. This is about Helena Verno. She was born July 30, 1889 in Pskov, Russia. As with the others of the Vernosiblings I don't have much information.

She married Jan Christian Ugur. He was born October 30, 1883 in Estonia and later on moved to Pskov where they he and Helena got married on January 15 in 1918.

They had three children:

Heinrich - born Pskov (Russia) April 15, 1919
Eduard - born in Pechory (at the time Estonia, today Russia) August 25, 1920
Magdalena - born in Pechory (at the time Estonia, today Russia) November 12, 1923

Helena Verno with husband Jan Christian Ugur and thier
three children Heinrich, Eduard and Magdalena

So, when I started my family history research to me the children was known as Genja, Eddie and Magda. A couple of years ago I found relatives of Eduard at In thier documentation Genja was known as Heinrich. I got it explained to me that since they lived in an area where Russian was the main language he was addressed Gennadi, or short, Genja, even if his given name was Heinrich.

When we went to Tallinn in Estonia in August this summer one of the genealogyrelated things I wanted to do was to visit the Pärnamäe cemetery. Heinrich and his wife Roosa was supposed to be buried there. Estonia has a really nice database for locating tombstones, Not only if you are lucky to find what you are looking for, there are zoomable maps where the tombstones are marked out. I had both printed out maps and screendumps of the maps in Evernote on my iPad. Pärnamäe was the second cemetery we visited and I am glad we had the maps because even with maps this tombstone was really hard to find. Walking around that cemetery there were many stones with photographs of the person/s and I was thinking that perhaps there would be a photo on Heinrich's stone as well. Now, I am happy we found the stone at all. We found the area where it should be, but no stone. Spent at least 30 minutes looking around like 50 stones. On the map you could see exact row and what number it should be but it was not there. Well, not until C decided to look inside an overgrown bush. There it was, totally invisible from the path. There were no photos on it but I was so happy we had found it.

The tombstone was hardly visible.

Heinrich Ugur 1919 - 1983 and his wife Roosa 1920 - 1994

Earlier posts of the Verno siblings:

Part 1 - Sonja Verno (Oeberg)
Part 2 - Maria Verno (Belinski)
Part 3 - Valentina Verno (Kiljar)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Motivation Monday - September goals

Remember the goals for August?

  1. Order muster rolls for Andrew Richardson from the Wisconsin Veteran Museum. (15 minutes) 
  2. Do the DNA test. (15 minutes) 
  3. Finish the research from my friend 
  4. Register headstones at Fleninge Cemetery at

1: No
2: No
3: Part 1 and 2 done
4: Yes

And then it was the familyreunion the last weekend of August, had a great time meeting some relatives I had never met before.

Another thing I did this month, I got really inspired by Genea-Opportunities 2013 by Thomas MacEntee. Those posts are really worth reading.  I also got inspired by on how to use Excel for track tasks, projects and progress, a video made by Thomas MacEntee as well. I watched the video, loved the idea and built my own spreadsheet for my projects and tasks. I like using Excel and I wish I could use it more. Anyhow, I have so many things I want to do, just writing them down in my spreadsheet made them seem less overwhelming. Now I check my projectspreadsheet while having breakfast so I know what to do during the upcoming day. It might be a special email I need to write or ideas for upcoming blogposts.

Goals for September:

  1. Order muster rolls for Andrew Richardson from the Wisconsin Veteran Museum. (15 minutes) 
  2. Do the DNA test. (15 minutes) 
  3. Write at least seven blogposts

Unknown place and unknown people