Pictured above: 2801 Perkins Lane, Seattle, Washington. Image from http://maps.Google.com .
Thank-you for your thoughtful responses when asked to work with the newspaper clipping originally posted in yesterday's blog entry. Here's a smattering for your review. Those of my DearREADERS who didn't submit a reply can compare their thoughts with those expressed by others below:
Like so many of the "old"news clippings we find in our searches -- NO -- date -- Where ? -- and what paper it came from? Keeps us searching more ? Well maybe, at least this keeps us out of trouble. haha
From: Cindy Drage firstname.lastname@example.org
I would describe this document as an undated newspaper clipping. What is missing is the title of the newspaper, where it was published and the date of publication. What it does give you is confirmation of your parents and an address.
Next steps for research would be finding the missing information. You could possibly find this through Ancestry.com, Newspaper Archives or other sources. If you know or are able to find the city where they lived, a City Directory should be checked. Since the father is a Dr. (although you may not know if he is a medical doctor or not), a directory of Physcians in the area may reveal some information. Other research steps may be to search for a deed and to search church records in the churches nearest to the address given for a baptism for the child.
From: Merryann email@example.com
Gee - this looks like my Grandmother's scrapbook! I would describe it in the caption or description text as: "Undated newspaper clipping, showing Patti Player, age 3, in the front seat of the family car."
RE: If you ran across this document in your family history research, I think this is a great idea.
From: Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org
*How would I describe it...Well preserved family photo.
RE: If you ran across this document in your family history research:
FROM: Betty Jean Fritts email@example.com
Arriving at Grandparents house! There is something exciting out there, cute picture!
From: John Newmark firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are my responses:
From: Laurie Hogan email@example.com
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From: Kathryn Lester Sewsoslow@aol.com
I would label it: Unnamed newspaper clipping, where found, who owns and address, when found.
From: Glenda Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org
This picture is a cute one of a young (probable) girl. The car has a vent window which could be helpful to date the picture, if the person, in this case, you, was not known. The caption lists her parents, but not her name. An address is listed which gives a location, if you know the town of the newspaper.
From: Melissa Barker email@example.com
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It is a clipping from a newspaper.
Ol' MYRT'S RESPONSE
Ol' Myrt here will give you the rest of the story, in true Paul Harvey style.
It never occured to me that "Dr. & Mrs." would lead someone to consider my father had a Ph. D. in something, since I've only known him as a physician and surgeon. This is a classic example of how my own experience clouds my description of something. This is something all researchers should avoid.
GOOGLE SEARCH FOR ADDRESS
Since two of you thought to Google for the address, I thought I'd do it for ya. The responses did NOT list our true address at the time 7801 Perkins Lane, Seattle, Washington which was guessed at correctly by Lynn. (Did you recall I have spoken of Seattle many times in past columns?) Google Maps only thought about:
- 2801 Perkins Ln, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90278
- 2801 Perkins Ln, Warrenton, Clatsop, OR 97146
- 2801 Perkins Ln, Jarratt, Greensville, VA 23867
GOOGLE SEARCH FOR GLEN PLAYER
WOW, I had forgotten about the special page dedicated to my father at Footnote.com. Its at the top of the list of hits for Glen S. Player:
That second one is Ol' Myrt's blog entry including Dad's obituary.
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1920 United States Federal Census
- Social Security Death Index
- U.S. Public Records Index
- U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
- Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
That last entry surprised me. Ol' Myrt here hadn't heard of the BGMI. When I clicked, I found the following description of the collection: "This database is a compiled index to millions of Americans who have been profiled in collective biography volumes such as Who's Who in America, Women of Science, Who's Who of American Women, National Cyclopedia to American Biography, Directory of American Scholars, and American Black Writers. It includes information first published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to providing the individual's name, birth, and death dates (where available), the reference to the source document is included." The BGMI index entry for my Dad reads:
Name: Glen Shirley Player
Birth - Death: 1918-
Source Citation: Who's Who in the West. 14th edition, 1974-1975. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1974. (WhoWest 14)
Now, I do know that my Dad was listed in Who's Who in the West, and indeed, I have a copy of this publication.
The 4GB Flash Drive goes to Merryann firstname.lastname@example.org. Merryann, if you would email mail me privately with your snail mail address, I'll have Amazon.com send one out to you immediately. Congrats!
Happy family tree climbing!
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