World War I and II and Beyond

World War I and II and Beyond
2015 Marks Many World War Anniversaries - I Share this 3 Consecutive Generations of Service Tribute in the Jelle Line of our Tree

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Has the Most Jurassic Impact on Your Family Research?




Recently Jurassic World surpassed all box office movie release records with its first weekend surpassing $500M and in just its first two weekends $1 Billion!  That is thunderous proof of the global enjoyment of the historical impact of dinosaurs brought back to life on screen via impressive technological delights 22 years in the making since the first franchise movie debuted. 


What on earth possibly has that kind of T-Rex quaking impact on both our family trees and our legacy preservation efforts?

The only answer is the death of a loved one.


When we endure all that goes along with the death of a beloved close family member, we are transformed deeply and emerge from the loss as a different person, hopefully wiser and stronger.  Multiple deaths experienced in a short duration magnify this impact exponentially and the lessons learned.  We can't help but walk away without the wonderment of what the impact of our own life will mean to our survivors.

This is a big part of why Genedocs offers the Life Legacy Changing Forms Series:
(Use them or approach your family's next death at your own risk)









Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rootstech 2016 Update:



It has taken some serious financial rearranging, but I can now confirm I will be attending rootstech 2016! 
The First Big News is I have also been busy submitting Genedocs presentations 2 of 3 or 4 completed!

Hotel Reservations - CHECK!
Round Trip Non Stop Flights - CHECK!
1st Presentation - Genedocs Featured Forms Series Overview submitted - CHECK!
2nd Presentation - Genedocs Hybrid Chart Presentation submitted - CHECK!
3rd Presentation - Bridging the Gap Past to Future - (WORKING)
4th possible Presentation - TBA at a later date ;-)



The Second Big News is Genedocs Templates membership on Facebook has surpassed the 4,000 mark!
I have been so busy I needed to appoint two trusted admin helpers also.

Wow!  It seems like just yesterday that I pulled the "all-weekender" to attract our first 1,274 folks in the groups first 48 hours!  It is clear that FREE innovative templates are a huge draw and now members are sharing their own creations and top finds.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Facebook has been very fruitful with Genedocs templates group membership (now over 3,400) so I have been lacking in my posts here and am grateful we have more than 30 followers - Yay! and thank you to those who have chosen to follow here.

What is in the works for Genedocs?



1.  I am working on a Naturalization article for a Swedish great grandfather in NARA's Prologue magazine.  If it is accepted in its 2000 - 3200 word limit and abundance of photos and relevant document images, then I will be sharing here and in Facebook at least.





2.  I am seriously working on financing a 2016 Rootstech trip to Salt Lake.  It will be more impactful by far than the 2013 sputtering as a newbie who maybe met a couple dozen folks in the 7000 attendees.  Yes if I can make it happen, then there will be some level of presentation and it will be my first conference presentation - yikes!  Not really too bad as I presented for work to small groups, in the military for larger class setting, and of course at our Norwegian reunion for nearly 60 folks in Sioux falls back in 2002, but I am a little rusty and will need to get my timing and nonverbal controls down to a smooth working presentation - um - LOL!

3.  Once I am there, I think everyone is going to love my T-shirt ideas and yes I will get some Geneablogger beads if I have to tackle Thomas MacEntee and Dear Myrt both in one fell swoop of a hug.


NEW:  A Canadian census version of the Census Summary added to our group's File area.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rootstech 2016

With rootstech over for 2015 and dozens of new members (surpassed the 2,700 member mark today) reveling in the offerings of the Genedocs Templates facebook page - my thoughts turn to the possibilities for ...

Rootstech 2015 days 2 and 3


Day 2 I was not privy to Live Streaming with so much to get done before the weekend began, but enjoyed all of my fellow Geneablogger and facebook friends posts of their experiences - ohh the rush rootstech give you when you are there in person - you can't sleep!  Too much excitement - too many new friends just as nuts about genealogy and technology as you are!  It is about as close to a heaven as we can produce for the family researcher and that is just dandy with me!

Saturday, I awoke early and chimed in just in time for the live stream with Shipley Munson to announce A.J. Abrahms (of "I'm a Cousin" fame) and later watched and listened to Donnie Osmond share his family life and perform some for us all.  Both did a great job and left so many memories just by blessing attendees with their heartfelt presence and various photo ops throughout the day.

The only problem with rootstech is that it is not every month, every week or every day!  They added a whopping 8,000 more attendees to this years event - that is as many registered adults as we totalled for the event two conferences ago!

21,000+ attendees in 2015
13,000+ attendees in 2014
7,000+ attendees in 2013 (my first adventure to SLC)
4,500+ attendees in 2012
3,000+ attendees in 2011

I expect Rootstech 2016 to easily surpass the 30,000 registered attendees mark and honestly think I should plan for an air mattress, pillows and sheets because that small city population definitely justifies a three night sleepover  if not also a nightly lock in!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rootstech 2015 Day 1

Sure, I would have opened Rootstech a little differently today - perhaps running out on the stage claiming to have won the 500+ million dollar Powerball jumping and dancing to the podium before I revealed the truth that I actually won a bigger lottery, that each of us did - just to be here this very minute - alive and breathing on earth when so many billions of others are not - if that doesn't change your perspective to a more appreciative one, I don't know that you could change your view alone.

2015 Event Bag:


While managing to multitask at NARA today, I caught the first few hours of the opening of Rootstech via Live Streaming and everyone did a phenomenal job - I missed the first few minutes and don't know where Shipley Munson usual emcee was, but the whole thing went off without a hitch  From beginning to Tan Le drawing tears from many eyes in the crowd, it couldn't have gone much better!

Tonight I'll be trying to catch up whenever the rest of the shared streams are posted to enjoy.  Do I need to take a half day off tomorrow - definitely!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

What Most Defines “You”?

 – credit to Lori Jelle for inspiring this meaningful tangent


During different periods of our lives, the answer to this simple sounding but actually quite complex question can seem to vary greatly.

In our youth we may be most defined by our studies, our sporting interests, our friendships, or deep familial bonds while the emphasis may shift among these and onward into our career and forming our own family, home, and personal legacy in this world as we age and mature.

A better way to word this question might be “What constant in your lifetime most defines ‘You’?”

Suddenly the answer jumps out like the brightness of a 1,000 watt bulb.  Nothing holds a candle to the influence of our family members and family history on just who we are and more importantly who we become.

Sadly, many people go through most of their entire lives either completely uninterested in learning more about their family and roots or, even worse, honestly believing it is something that isn’t interesting at all because of some unsuccessful initial attempt or attempts at learning more because they went about it in a completely ineffective way.


     In 1984, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about what the last name “JELLE” meant or where it even came from.

     In 1985, I could at least tell you this surname was from Norway and who brought it to America in our family and loosely how it was likely pronounced per passed
down tradition.

     In 1996, I could rattle off a wide array of vital statistics for all of the people with the JELLE name on records in both Minnehaha County, SD and Rock County, MN.

     In 1999, I could share the meaning of the name, how it originated from the Odda Community in Hardanger, Norway, describe the heraldry of Odda Crest, loosely detail how the family farm had records dating back to the 1600’s, list a cousin whose parents still lived on the farm, and show you a group portrait from 1887-1888 clearly showing my great grandfather, five of his seven siblings, and a spouse for nearly each of those siblings.

     In 2002, I could detail exactly what it takes to bring nearly 60 descendants of my 2nd great grandparents in Odda, most of whom had never met one another, to a three day family reunion in the Sioux Falls, SD area.

     In 2010, I could attest to the amazing full capabilities of Microsoft Excel’s use for genealogy applications – something in 2005 I would have thought impossible because Excel was completely foreign software!


     In 2015, as the Founder of Genedocs an Archives Technician, I can explain how genealogy is a powerful daily influence in countless millions of peoples’ lives and a tremendous segment of a growing market to one of the largest interests on and off line.