Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Fake Isle Hat

I just finished my first Fake Fair Isle hat. It's made with Noro Silk Garden yarn that has very long stretches of one color before changing to another. The fair isle technique is genuine; it's just not changing the background color multiple times that makes it "fake". With two layers of yarn from stranding, it should be really warm for Pop's head this winter.

Saturday, October 06, 2007


I just found out about Family Search Indexing and got signed up and into it. I've done 1000 entries so far in 6 days. Lynn's doing it too. Mostly I've done 1900 census records for Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

One of the most interesting things was on the North Carolina page. The person's state/country of birth is in a column with his/her parents' places of birth in the next two columns. In the other 19 sheets I did, the places of birth especially for parents were all over the place - a great many in England, Germany, Sweden and lots of different states than the state I was working on. HOWEVER on the page for NC, every single person was born in NC and so were both parents. Does this say something?

A sad thing. When making a record for a woman, the question is asked # of births and # of living children. In 1900 of the 20 sheets I did more than half had lost at least one child and many of them had lost several. But they made up for it in total #. The highest I saw was 20. But lots had 10-12 births.

Contact me if you want to get involved in this and I'll tell you how.