Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throw Back Thursday and Treasure Chest Thursday Meet

This picture was the treasure I received in my inbox when I checked e-mail while in Japan!  The photo is of the house in Oslo, Norway where my great-grandfather Adolf Hansen was born in 1852.  The name of the street is "grøndlandsleiret" and some of the buildings still exist today.

The e-mail also contained a biography of Adolf which appeared to come from an recording of his music. 

Adolf Hansen (1852-1911) had a background not unlike Svendsen’s. He grew up in straitened circumstances as the “illegitimate” son of “the unmarried discharged soldier Martin Hansen”, but had the will-power and energy to make a success of his life. When he was fifteen, he was accepted as a pupil by military musicians and received tuition in the clarinet and violin. Since there were no full-time employment possibilities for musicians in Norway at that time, most professional
musicians had to take on an assortment of different jobs. Hansen played in the Christiania Theatre Orchestra, and it is possible he also played in the Music Society Orchestra under Svendsen’s direction.

Fortune shone on him in 1880 when he was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris. Before he left Norway, the Brigade Music Corps arranged a composition evening to raise money for him. Some of his own works were played – mostly pieces for a military band, but also his string quartet – and he himself played the clarinet in a performance of Mozart’s clarinet quintet. On his return from France, Hansen was appointed kapellmeister for the Christiania Tivoli Orchestra, which consisted of 20 musicians who had to play two concerts a day. He thus held a position that corresponded to that of his more famous colleague Hans Christian Lumbye in Copenhagen’s Tivoli. Hansen composed melodious light music which was extremely popular in his day and which, when published in arrangements for piano, brought in good money. Many of his pieces have a girl’s name as their title – it seems he knew a few ploys to increase their sales and popularity! His music also often
reflected everyday life and events, as we shall see. He composed more than 300 works, and five of them are represented on this album.

Christianialiv: Musikalske tonebilleder (Christiania Life: musical tone pictures) was composed in 1888. It was originally scored for the piano, and is a real pot-pourri, with Hansen borrowing nine familiar tunes and placing them, in his own arrangements, between two galops. This is a form of programme music that was fairly popular in the second half of the 19th century. Christianialiv depicts a tour round some of the capital’s cultural and entertainment hotspots. The cover picture on the piano score (see p. 16 of this booklet) shows the people and buildings the traveller is going to see after arriving at the railway station. The music begins with a galop, written by Hansen himself, symbolising, of course, the train journey. From the square outside the station the itinerary
proceeeds up Karl Johan Street to the Studenterlunden park in the city centre, where the Brigade Music Corps plays a street march whose original score still lies in the band’s archives. Then follows supper at the Grand Hotel, accompanied by a serenade by I.P.Hansen. From there we move on to the old Christiania Theatre in Bankplassen, opposite today’s Engebret CafĂ©. Not unnaturally, one of Edvard Grieg’s melodies is heard here – the “Mannjevningen” march from Sigurd Jorsalfar. A galop from the 1880s takes the listener to the Tivoli Variety Theatre in the Tivoli Gardens at Klingenberg, where there was also a circus. A slow polka and the crack of a whip transport us into the circus ring and remind us of the dressage we can enjoy there. From the circus two well-known melodies lead us to a couple of Christiania’s most celebrated beer-halls,  the Centralhallen and Bazarhallen. Then it’s time for another theatre visit, and a gavotte ushers us into Victoria Theatre, before we end up dancing a waltz in Flora’s Dance Saloon at Klingenberg. The concluding railway galop makes it clear that we are ready to leave Christiania, after enjoying an eventful trip round some its attractions.

In May 1892 Adolf Hansen took over as director of the 4th Brigade Music Corps in Bergen. One of his first compositions there was the Serenade for Nina and Edvard Grieg’s silver wedding celebration. The serenade, which concludes with a trumpet fanfare in honour of the famous couple, was performed outside Trollhaugen, the Griegs’ home, in the morning of 11th June. In a letter to his editor in Peter’s publishing house in Leipzig, Grieg wrote: “The Brigade Music Corps played a work specially composed for this occasion – I shall never forget the effect this beautiful music had on me that wonderful quiet summer morning.”

 The other Serenade on this album was composed by Hansen for the young singer Nathalie Egeberg (1872-1931) whom he had married in 1889. She became one of the leading singers at Den Nationale Scene, Bergen’s theatre and opera house.  Hansen was a skilled violinist and played whenever he could in the Musikselskabet Harmonien (forerunner of today’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra), whose chief conductor in the years following 1893 was his friend Johan Halvorsen. This is possibly what inspired him in 1895 to compose his Romance for violin and piano, Op. 123. This work, which won huge popularity, was later arranged for B flat cornet and military band. The following year Hansen composed a work in rondo form which he called Bondebryllupet (Country Wedding).
First published in a version for piano, this work contained all the folk music elements people at that time expected in such a piece. It was given the Opus number 180, and if the numbering and order of his works are correct, Hansen managed to compose almost 60 works in 1895-96! This tells us how easily and quickly melodies flowed from his pen. Hansen was a much-loved personality in the musical life of Bergen. 

He died in 1911, five months before the death of his former teacher, Johan Svendsen.

Many thanks to cousin Anders De Lange for sharing this wonderful information about our mutual great-grandfather

Monday, January 19, 2015

#week2 Genealogy Do Over - Still Organizing and Planning

Burbach Research 1732 to Current

We are now into week 3 of the Genealogy Do-Over and I continue to resist doing actual research but I am still going through my Burbach (my dad's maternal line) and making note of missing facts and records while checking the citations for the facts I do have.

I am doing active research on the two brick walls I will try to solve while I am in Salt Lake City next month.  I will be looking for the birth place for Oloff Hanson and Leopold Peterson.  I want to do as much fact finding as I can before I make the trip so I don't waste time with unproductive searches.  Just now I thought of a search that was suggested for Leopold that I need to do for Oloff.  They are both from Sweden and settled in Chicago by following routes in very different time frames.

I have been working more with Evernote and used it's search capability to find a note I had made at the library.  I knew it referred looking in a certain newspaper but couldn't remember who I was going to look for or the year I needed to find.  Evernote found the note by just entering the name of the newspaper.

I purchased Family Tree Maker 2014 and after a few bumps in the road (caused by some nasty things living in my computer) it is up and running.

I already feel that I am beginning to become a better and more disciplined genealogist as I recognize the need for smart planning instead of falling into the rabbit hole.  I will admit to falling into the hole for a while yestersay.  I was at the library and decided to google the villages I hope to research in County Limerick, Ireland.  One on the towns was Lisnaverne.  Imagine my surprise to find a Find A Grave for the church cemetery!  Of course I had to look but there were only 37 graves.  They were all for the Hennessy family.  My grandmother's mother was Mary Hennessy!  And there were notes attached listing parents, spouses, and siblings!  I will be using Find A Grave much more often.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over: The first week ends!

It's time to recount what I accomplished this first week of the Do-Over.  Since I am doing a modified Do-Over, my procedure will be different than others.

I will be making my first trip to Salt Lake City in February so I am also working on my research plan for the trip.  I have decided to check the Swedish records for two of the brick walls in my husband's paternal lines.  One is Oloff Hanson ( b 1824-1831) who came from Sweden in the 1850's and fought in the Civil War.  I would like to try to determine his place of birth and parents names.  Leopold Peterson is the second person I have decided to find in the Swedish records.  Leopold immigrated to Boston in 1870 and married there in 1873 before moving to Chicago before 1880.  These men are the respective 2nd great-grandfather and great-grandfathers of my husband.  In preparing for the research I have printed  a timeline and filled out a research plan of action.  The second research I would like to do in Salt Lake is to check-out the available films for counties Cork and Limerick in Ireland for my mother's parents families.  I will check the Family History Library Catalog for the films that I might want to see.  I do know parishes and townlands that I am interested in researching/

This week I have also developed a file naming convention which is similar to other that have been posted and explored Evernote.  In Evernote I have set up a notebook system and moved research notes into various surname notebooks.

Bring on Week 2!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Beginning my Modified Approach

As I read the Do-Over objectives for the first week, I began to formulate my approach.  It is specific to me and my genealogy.  I had already begun a review of my genealogy files by beginning with my Burbach line and comparing my paper files with my data base and making sure that my facts were properly documented.

I will continue with this process but include setting up a more manageable file system for both paper and digital.  To achieve this I spent time today updating and organizing Evernote.  I also purchased Lorine McGinnis Shultze's  "Organize Your Genealogy in Evernote in 10 East Steps" and The Genealogical Proof Standardby the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  I will be setting up notebooks for each of the lines I am researching.  I will also be making a list of the records that I need to obtain.  Mostly I have been working with census, church records, and ship lists.  They will need to be added to the media files for the appropriate individual.

I believe I have been guilty of not citing my sources and know I have not kept any records of failed or un-successful searches.  This is something I will be correcting.  I have also reviewed Christa Cowan's videos on "Common Genealogy Mistakes".  One error I have made is not recording every spelling of a name I am researching.  Who knew there were so many spellings of the name Ferguson?  One challenge will be to try to re-create that list.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WOW!  I didn't realize how long I've been away from my blog.  There is a lot going on in the genealogy world.  Several organizations have posted their webinar schedules for 2015, Thomas MacEntee is sponsoring a "Genealogy Do Over" and then there is FGS2015/RootsTech2015.  While I haven't been writing lately, I have been planning!

FGS2015 and RootsTech will require a different kind of planning that the "Do Over".  I will be in Salt Lake City for a week and plan to spend some time in the Family History Library, so I have been reading all the tips and hints that generous facebook friends have been posting.  To prepare for my visit, I have selected two brick walls to explore in the Swedish records and an area of Ireland for exploration.  The Swedish records will perhaps help with my husbands ancestors while the Irish records may help me with my maternal grandparents.

For the "Genealogy Do Over" I will be taking a modified approach.  I will not be starting totally over, but will be reviewing each of my family files and making sure that citations are included for all documented facts.  As I review, I will be creating a "To Do" list for each line.  I will also be making note of documents to obtain.  The pdf spreadsheet created by Thomas MacEntee will be of help in keeping track of my progress and I may also be able to put Evernote to use.  As part of my "Do Over" I am going to try to stay on track and not go off to follow that new hint.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FGS2015 Connect Explore Refresh! FGS and Roots Tech working together

It will happen in February!  Picture this, genealogists from around the world mixing with techies from around the world in one place at the same time.  After reading facebook posts about RootsTech for several years I intended to go.  Being held in Salt Lake City meant that I could also achieve another goal: going to the Family History Library.

I was so determined to go to FGS2015 that I reserved a hotel room in Salt Lake City as soon as the dates were announced.  Almost a year ahead of time.  I hadn't been to my first FGS conference yet.

Last August I attended FGS2014 and wrote about my experiences each day.  It was so exciting to CONNECT with other genealogy friends, some of whom I only knew from their blogs and facebook postings.  I had also volunteered to help at FGS2014 and that introduced me to other lovers of genealogy.

When I go to a conference I try to select sessions that will add to my knowledge base but it is also fun to listen to a favorite speaker.  Usually the night before I will sit down with the list of presentations and pick a first and second choice for each time slot.  I don't stay within a certain track because it is fun to EXPLORE all of the aspects of genealogy!  You never know when that little tip you heard will come in handy.

After any conference I come home REFRESHED and ready to dig back into those ancestors and maybe solve a brick wall with some of my new ideas.  Maybe it's something new like looking for a second page of a ship's manifest or an alternate way of tracking down information.

I'm excited to be a FGS2015 attendee and blogger!  I don't know yet how it will all work but I know it WILL work.  Got my room and registration so all that's left is my airfare.  It's gotta be good to get this south Texas gal to go to Utah in February.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Final Day - FGS2014

Since this was the final day of the conference, I started the day at the 8:30 with Craig Roberts Scott and his presentation of "Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impact on our Research". Craig defined the differences between epidemic and pandemic and explained why we should consider these when people disappear from records for no apparent reason.  Knowing when and where these happened may shed some light on our brick walls.  You can Google for epidemics as well as check the CDC, National Archives Application Guide to Federal Records and Hooper's Medical Dictionary.  Craig is very knowledgeable and opened up a new area of research to me,

Craig Roberts Scott
Following Craig's I kept my seat in the same lecture room to listen to Amy Johnson Crow explain "Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Tools.  Amy explained that using a database spreadsheet like Excel or the spreadsheet format in Google Drive allows more flexible sorting than the timesheet lists found in most genealogy software programs.  Dates should be entered as yyyy/mm/dd for maximum sorting capability.  With timelines you can more easily spot holes in your research.  Entering all the details you know may help to suggest areas for further research.
Amy Johnson Crowe

Following Amy's talk it was time for the lunch break.  I chose a box lunch with a beef, ham or turkey with cheese sandwich with chips, cookie, fruit and ice cold water.  With 2 different speakers to choose from, I attended the session with the presentation "From Texas With Love: Six Points for Spicing Up Your Family Stories"  presented by Juliana Szucs Smith and sponsored by the Genealogical Speakers Guild and International Society of Family History Writers.  Unfortunately I had to leave shortly after Juliana began speaking.  I had a vouluteer commitment at the Exhibit Hall.  I enjoyed what I heard and that it was very good by someone who was able to attend the entire luncheon.

Lisa Louise Cooke
Because of the timing of my Exhibit Hall the next session I attended was the 3:00 lecture with Lisa Louise Cooke on "Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: Eight Strategies You Need To Find Living Relatives".  Lisa gave inside tips she learned in talking with Private Detectives she has visited with and explained the methods she used to find her husbands first cousin in an effort to learn more about her husband's father and grandfather.  Among other search engines she used Pipl, Spokeo, and Dogpile.  Don't forget social media as a finding aid.

The last session to the conference that I attended was with Thomas W Jones and
was about "Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How"  using examples of correct citations, Tom illustrated the creation of a correct and complete citation and also showed a simplified version of citing sources both digital and physical.
Thomas W Jones

Sigh - and now it is over!  Four days of awesome!  Thank you FGS and SAGHS for a great experience:  FGS2014!