Things you can do in 20 mins- Leaves on Ancestry

Got 20 minutes in between diaper changes, play dates, or grocery store runs? Perfect! I know just what you can do!

Check out leaves on Ancestry!

Ancestry Leaves
What’s a leaf??? It’s when Ancestry has done some research work for you! Yes, Ancestry is saving you time by searching indexed documents for names in your tree.

To take advantage of this great service, log into Ancestry and look for the leaf logo at the top of your page or go to your tree (yes for this to work you must have a tree uploaded).

ancestry-leaf

In 20 mins you may be able to do 1 leaf or 5 leaves or 10. It just depends on how interesting they are or unique or what you learn. If you need to set a timer go for it. That’s what I do so family history doesn’t become my time sucker of the day. Once my timer goes off I log off and I’m on to the next task.

The leaf can be another tree, a birth certificate, a census record or really anything Ancestry has in their indexed database. Once you have clicked on the leaf you see a summary of the leaf. You may see more than one record, this is great! It just means there is more than one record that matched your ancestor.

You can choose to review or ignore the record.

Please make sure it is your ancestor before you say it is them! After you have made sure the record is talking about your ancestor, you can save the information you learned from this record to your tree by comparing what you have in your tree to what the record says.

Review record on Ancestry

If your toddler hits ignore (because I’d never do that on accident 😉 haha) never fear there’s an ignore list that you can go to so you can undo it.

ignore leaves

See how you COULD do a bunch of leaves in 20 mins or you COULD only do one leaf? Or you COULD look at leaves ALL DAY? Seriously use the timer tip above, you don’t want to feel guilty or get burned out.

How many leaves did you do today? Did you set a timer? Let me know below!

Wedding Wednesday- Elaine and Howard

1970 Elaine Papenfuss & Howard Jaten wedding  reception

Elaine Papenfuss and Charles Howard Jaten

Married
21 November 1970
Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho

Elaine Papenfuss is my Paternal Grandpa’s sister.  I’m related to Charles too but I can’t remember how other than it’s through my Paternal Grandma.  They never had any kids together but lived out their lives together. After they retired and were done with their LDS missions they lived in Rexburg Idaho, this is where I came to know them. Every evening they would take a walk up and down the road they lived on.

I always knew Charles as “Uncle Howard”. He was married to Loa Jensen before he married Aunt Elaine. My favorite memory of Uncle Howard happened one 4th of July after 1998. One thing you have to know before I get too far is Uncle Howard by this point in life walked VERY SLOWLY…. Like a shuffle. I’m not exaggerating, in fact I’m probably not painting the picture well enough.  Anyways, we were all over at my Uncle Rick and Aunt Karen’s house to do fireworks. Uncle Rick nailed one of those spinning fireworks to the fence post in front of us. He lit it and stepped away.  As it was spinning it came loose from the fence post! The firework, still lit, came FLYING towards us! Uncle Howard LEAPED out of his chair and RAN away from the firework. We were all SHOCKED! We soon recovered and poor Uncle Howard never lived that day down. We still chuckle about this when we get together and something reminds us of it.

Aunt Elaine has always had a special place in my heart. I really got to know her while I was in middle school. She helped run the after school homework club program and I stayed after to attend. I rode home with her most of the time. I don’t remember what we talked about but I grew to love her and her passion for learning. I even remember giving her an art project, a heart made of cut apart pieces of paper. Years later when I went to her house to help her clean it out she still had that art piece on the fridge.

Aunt Elaine was diagnosed with cancer. My dad drove her to her treatments. It was horrible to see her go through them. She grew so weak. But she would still greet you with a smile. I loved her smile. As she grew weaker she and Howard decided to move to an assisted living facility closer to one of his kids out of state. Living nearby I volunteered to help her decide where her worldly possessions should go (Family, donate or throw away). I learned a lot about her earlier life through this and gained quite a few of her things. I have her Ricks College sweat shirt (since renamed Brigham Young University- Idaho); she was working there and suggested that my grandpa come work at the college in the business department. So many things could have turned out differently if he hadn’t come to Ricks College to teach, like my parents meeting….. I have a dress from a trip she took to Hawaii. I have her Master’s paper on Pride and Prejudice, it’s on Mr. Darcy. I  have yet to finish Pride and Prejudice, but had to keep it for all the work I know she put into it.

My favorite item(s) that I received from Aunt Elaine was her books. She had boxes and boxes of books! More than half the books I own are from her. I ended up giving a lot of them away when I was married, but I still have a lot of them. When I told my Grandma that I had a lot of her books she smiled and told me of one of the last conversations she had with Elaine. Elaine had been worried that no one was going to love her books once she was gone. The thought made her really sad. I learned this after Elaine had passed away so I hope when she passed one she learned that I love her books.

I’m so glad I am able to write this. Elaine was an incredible woman. I will always look up to her. She was very smart. My dad told me once that she use to quiz them all on their spelling and would ALWAYS correct their grammar. I may have gotten her love of reading but I did not get that from her.

Love you Aunt Elaine! I will always remember you every time I pick up a book to read.

Mimic Monday

So my Grandpa on my mom’s side was very stubborn about things… I remember going to the store with him and my mom one day and my mom got so mad at him. He was “testing” the grapes!

“How can I buy them without seeing if they are good first?”

Ahhh, my mom was so frustrated! hahaha She tried and tried to explain why he can’t eat stuff that needed to be weighed before we paid for it.

Fast forward 20+ years and I found myself explaining to my 3 year old the same thing! Except it was the bulk candy aisle. Oh he was so proud of himself that he figured out he LIKED the sour candies! I had just said he needed to pick a different candy since I didn’t know if he’d like the sour patch kids he had picked out as his treat. Wish you guys could see the smile on his face, he was so proud that HE had figured out a way to see if he liked the candy or not.

I love when I see my grandparents or other family members in my sons.