Washington Advisory Votes

Marijuana crop, better known as help over here.
Due to the remnants of a Tim Eyman initiative, we have advisory votes on anything that can be construed as a tax increase that’s passed by the legislature. There are only two such this year. Advisory Vote No. 8 After we legalized marijuana two years ago, marijuana growers qualified for standard preferences for agriculture. The…

Washington Initiative Measure No. 594

Gun Show
Initiative 594 would apply currently used criminal and background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions. While I tend to be a bleeding heart liberal, I’m generally less supportive of gun control measures than a lot of other folks. There’s essentially two things…

Gramps 4.1

Gramps Logo
I’m finally upgrading to Gramps 4.1, which changes how it handles places. It now builds a hierarchy of places. Which means I now have some issues: Do I make overseas colonies children of the controlling country? I’m thinking so, but in most cases they weren’t considered part of that country the way that Iowa is…

Washington Initiative Measure No. 591

Jesse James, half-length portrait, facing front, holding handgun in left hand at his waist
Kicking off my 2014 General Election ballot is Initiative 591, which prohibits government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms without due process, and prohibits requiring background checks unless there’s a national requirement to do so. This initiative is an easy no. We already can’t confiscate guns without due process. A person’s guns have more…

Weiss to Weiss

Land index - Peter Weiss to Anton Weiss
I’ve found a couple of intriguing entries in the indexes to the land records of Grant County. Both of these clipped images are from the grantee index. The first name is the person who purchased property. The second is the person who sold it: The first is a sale from 25 Feb 1863 from Peter…

Sister Genevieve Parker

Sister M. Genevieve Parker
The following picture is in a photo album of images from my great grandparents travels. I didn’t know how Sister Genevieve Parker fit into my family tree. None of my branches contained anyone by that name, but nuns sometimes adopt new names when they take their vows. Last fall, after I tracked down my third…

New online tree

Pedigree tree of Phil Weiss
When I started working on my genealogy, I used Geni.com. Later, I moved my main genealogy tree to my own personal site running PhpGedView. Unfortunately, that software project hasn’t had new features added in years. I also started using Gramps for managing my research and stopped updating the online tree. But that doesn’t work so…

Mary Murphy Parker 1804 — 13 Aug 1887

Mrs. M. Kenefick
After 3 years of researching Patrick Parker and his wife Mary Murphy, I have found when they died. The marker for Patrick Parker that I previously found in Saint Mary’s church cemetery, east of Ackley Iowa, is indeed my third great grandfather. His wife Mary died on 13 Aug 1887 and was buried in the…