Aug 292009

After waiting almost patiently most of yesterday (Friday 28 August) I received my copy of “Snow Leopard” about 4:45 PM.

Being the cautious type I knew that I would first upgrade the MacBook, and see what out of PHP, MySQL and Apache didn’t work afterward before embarking on upgrading my Mac Pro which does full time duty as a webserver for a number of domains that use PHP and MySQL.

The install of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard went about as easily as advertised, and an hour after starting the MacBook was back running again. There was a notice that I had some now unsupported applications, but I didn’t see a list of them. I tried to open Parallels and was told that it wouldn’t work with Mac OS X 10.6 – I had Parallels 3. But no worries – I have VMWare Fusion 2 and that works, so upgrade the Parallels Virtual Machine to work with VMWare Fusion and delete Parallels.

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Aug 202009

After our trip to The Henry Ford Museum (a separate post with photos of that is a day or 2 away yet), we stopped at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville, Livingston County, Michigan on the way back to show Kyle and Zoe, and their second cousin Kathy where their great great grandmother Marie Christensen is buried. Marie was married to Octave Painchaud, and their 2 children were born as Harvey and William Painchaud. But after Marie divorced Octave on the grounds of “extreme cruelty”, and had married John Chancy Thomas, she had William and Harvey’s names changed to her maiden name Christensen. If not for this Kyle, Zoe and Kathy would have the last name Painchaud.

This first picture is of Lot 228 in Greenwood Cemetery where the only headstone is that of George E Thomas who was killed in action in World War II. But also buried here is Marie Christensen, and her 2nd husband John Chancy Thomas and Bobbie Macigewski (a grand-daughter of Marie ) who was born premature.

Headstone of George E Thomas

Kyle, Kathy and Zoe Christensen at headstone of their half great great uncle George E Thomas, who was killed in action in World War II. George's mother Marie Christensen is the great great grandmother of the 3 kids.

This second headstone is for Christian William Walter Christensen and his wife Florence Krumm. William is the kids’ great great uncle – brother of their great grandfather Harvey Christensen, and son of Marie Christensen mentioned above.

Headstone of William and Florence Christensen

Kyle, Kathy and Zoe Christensen at the headstone of their great great uncle William Christensen, and his wife Florence Krumm.

For lucky Kathy this was her second visit to this cemetery – Lisa and I took her there at Christmas time to try and find the grave of Marie Christensen – not so easy in the snow, and with the Military marker for George E Thomas either laying over or removed during the Winter.

Aug 172009

Last Saturday we went with Don and Mindy to see the Del Shannon Memorial Car Show in Coopersville. While there Don mentioned that this weekend there was a car show at the Gilmore Car Museum – a place I’ve long had a desire to go. So Saturday mid-day Don and I headed off down there to take a look at some more cars.

So the car show was in 2 parts – the permanent exhibits at the Gilmore Car Museum housed in a number of large old farm barns. And then the hundreds of privately owned cars that had been driven in for the day’s Elvis Memorial Car Show.

The permanent displays particularly were jaw-dropping – an amazing array of immaculate old cars – many of them very rare and valuable, with names like Auburn, Duesenberg, Rolls Royce, Packard…

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the the pictures I took.

Aug 162009

8 August was Dinner Club in Grand Haven, and the Del Shannon Car Show in Coopersville (which is on the way to Grand Haven). It was also a day of some not insignificant rain, so we headed out  as it looked like the rain was nearly finished, meeting up with Don and Mindy in Coopersville not long after the rain had stopped. But alas the rain had caused a lot of the expected 800 cars to not show up (or to show up and then have left already). So it was a pretty sparse, and wet line-up, but there were some interesting cars still there. In the farm exhibit this old gas powered engine was chuffing away….

Half Breed Engine

Below is a photo gallery of some of the cars we saw.

Aug 092009

Following on from Randy Seaver’s 8 August Saturday Night Genealogy Fun where he asked people to list their 16 great grandparents [sic] (it should be great great grandparents), and figure out what percentage of each ethnicity/nationality they are, I thought of a twist on this that I’ll suggest he offer next week (since far more people read his Musings than read my Ramblings).

The proposition is to figure out the percentage of your nationality/ethnicity you are at each generation back starting with yourself, with the aim of identifying at what generation you became 100% of the nationality that you identify with today.

So for me

  1. born in New Zealand = 100% Kiwi
  2. both parents born in New Zealand = 100% Kiwi
  3. 4 grand parents born in New Zealand = 100% Kiwi
  4. 8 great grandparents – now it’s a mixture:
    • 1 great grandparent born in Australia
    • 2 great grandparents born in New Zealand
    • 2 great grandparents born in England
    • 3 great grandparents born in Scotland
    • = 12.5% Australia, 25% Kiwi, 25% English, 37.5% Scottish
  5. 16 great great grandparents – less mixed now:
    • 10 great great grandparents born in Scotland
    • 6 great great grandparents born in England
    • = 37.5% English, 62.5% Scottish
  6. 32 great great great grandparents – now the list is not completely known:
    • 17 great great great grandparents born in Scotland, plus 1 almost certainly = 18
    • 8 great great great grandparents born in England, plus 2 almost certainly = 10
    • 2 great great great grandparents probably born in Ireland[1]
    • 2 great great great grandparents unknown – their daughter was born in England[2]
    • = 56.25% Scottish, 31.25% English, 6.25% probably Irish, 6.25% Unknown

[1] – I haven’t tracked down Peter Mulvey’s parents yet, but in the 1841 and 1851 Census for Haddingtonshire where Peter was born, a large number of the Mulveys listed indicate born in Ireland.

[2] The births of Thomas Jennings and Ann Burgoigne have not been actively searched for yet.

So how many generations of this can you complete for your family, and how far back can you go and still be 100% of the nationality you identify with today? For me it’s 4 grandparents all born in New Zealand. Their parents were born in New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland.

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Aug 092009

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings asks:

  1. List your 16 great-grandparents (of course there are only 8 great grandparents, so since he mentioned 16 I’m assuming great great grandparent) in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.
  2. Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.
  3. Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 – 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate.

So mine can be seen here

The results are:

8 Paternal great great grandparents are all Scottish

6 Maternal great great grandparents are English

2 Maternal great great grandparents are Scottish (something only fairly recently discovered – I’d always “known” that my mother’s ancestry was all English).

So the end result is that at the great great grandparent level I’m 10/16 (= 62.5%) Scottish and 6/16 (=37.5%) English.

Of course since I was born in New Zealand of New Zealand born parents I consider myself 100% Kiwi!!

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Aug 052009

This is a photo gallery of some pictures taken during today’s “Hands Around the Library” Rally at the Michigan state Capitol, and the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

The count of 494 in the circle didn’t include everyone who was there, so it’s safe to say a crowd in excess of 500 was there to show their thoughts on Governor Granholm’s Executive Order which would see the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries dismantled, and its components scattered hither and thither.

Thanks to Kyle and Zoe (my 1st cousins once removed-in-law) for being the banner bearers for much of the day.

Added 7 August 2009 – “borrowed” from Cindi Shearer who posted it as her facebook status, and first coined by writer Anne Herbert

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”

Aug 022009

Saturday night Lisa and I headed out to Grand Haven to Bob and Bobbi’s place. Following a delightful tour through an amazing garden that they keep we ate dinner, then headed off to join the tens of thousands of other people down on the waterfront for the Musical Fountain and Fireworks display.

It was a very windy night, and a shower of rain had passed over as we waited too, but eventually shortly before 10:30 the Musical Fountain started up playing its traditional theme from “2001 – A Space Odyssey”, and then when that was done we were into the fireworks.

I started out taking photos, but this wasn’t so easy given how close to the action we were, so I was never quite sure just where the next “shot” would be, so I switched to movie mode on my Canon S2 IS camera and captured about 10 minutes of it on video.

A few of the pictures I took appear here, followed by a nearly 3 minute video of the final song – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.

Because of the strong winds, many of the fireworks drifted left to right even during the 2 seconds exposure the camera gave on “Fireworks” setting.

A photo gallery with more photos appears here.



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Jul 302009

Michigan, like most other US states is in dire economic troubles. For Michigan perhaps more than other states, it has been going on for a long time, perhaps too closely tied to the US auto industry.

In early July, Governor Granholm issued her Executive Order 2009-36 breaking up the HAL – the department of History, Arts and Library. Unless this order is vetoed within 60 days by the Michigan Legislature, it will take effect on 1 October. At this time the Library will fall under control of the Department of Education, whose Superintendent is instructed to take further cost saving steps.

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