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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Omppay andway Ircumstancecay & Ummersay Arrivesway

Most of this week -- for a change, we have enjoyed beautiful sunny days -- the way it oughta be for June. Last week at this time it was rainy, maybe we have reached the sun . . .

Now admittedly this is a photo of the inside -- but the orchids have bloomed -- finally and it symbolizes the sunshine of the times. The orchid on the right has been without blooms for several months and just as the sun decided to appear, so did they.

Besides the weather outdoors, due to the season there might have been muffled sounds of a familiar song wafting through to our home. The piece in question -- as listed in the above title (Pomp and Circumstance) was played indoors at our local high school due to the weather last week. But it was different in other parts of the country I am sure -- one place in particular has significance to our family tree -- a small town in Wisconsin, Viroqua by name. In the mid 1800s some of our direct line moved to this small town after having been born in Ohio. Daniel Hiles & family was one of those folks. In 1870 here is the Federal Census showing them in Viroqua:

As you can see (click to make larger) Daniel, his wife Mary and eight children lived in Viroqua in 1870, over 140 years ago. "So what" you might say -- well we still have direct line relatives living there -- and one of them just graduated from Viroqua High School:

Congratulations to Jessica Faith Hiles who is the 4th Great Grand daughter of the above Daniel Hiles!

Which brings up a goal of this family research, which relates to the title and it's format above -- a major goal is to find out from where the HILES line originated and to then know what language would have been spoken by those earlier ancestors -- it might have been English, maybe German, we just haven't proven that yet.
So then why the use of PIG LATIN in the title -- well, it seemed a good example of a possible common language that was certainly used in our household in the early times of my growing up -- the other option might have been:

And how many of us do . . .this language was a step further to confuse and stymie others around us -- it would take a lot of practice but I could renew some facility in either language. I have to say that the languages I took in college (French & German) left me tongue tied when I tried to use them in Europe. So maybe it is back to Pig Latin and or Openglopish . . . which by the way is created by adding "OP" before each vowel sound in a word -- piece of cake.

And so it goes in the "Pomp" part of my world. In the search for family tree history this week I have attended another "Second Life" get together at the Fire Pit to listen to a discussion of a case study having to do with Inferential Genealogy. And I have been contacted by another here-to-for not known Cousin, who saw an entry of mine on the web and wrote to me. It appears that I am related directly to both her and her husband individually. I hope to continue our communication and share more at which time I will publish that here as well.

And Gail and I made our first contribution to BillionGraves by going to the local cemetery and photographing a grave site -- which is automatically uploaded to a database which then is transcribed by us or volunteers ( I have already transcribed many) and because it works using an app on the iPhone, GPS is shown on a map identifying both the cemetery and the location within the cemetery. It is a great service and will no doubt aid many folks in their search.

Lastly, two recent additions to my research tool kit:

So, another week has sped by, we are looking forward to sliders tonight . . .

See you in a few!

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