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Team Vorkink

March 4th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Two days from now will mark 15 years since the Captain of Team Vorkink–my father, Marshall Whitehead Vorkink–passed away. (March 6, 2001.)  I can’t say for sure when “Team Vorkink” was first used in our family as a phrase, but when Dad  got us matching embroidered ball caps in the late 80’s/early 90’s it was official.

Yet Team Vorkink started much earlier. Dad was an active and avid sports enthusiast and it was common for him to spend some time on his visitation Saturdays with his sons (Lisa wasn’t usually included and it was a while before Dan was old enough to participate) in some kind of sports activity. Dad bowled and there was a time when he and Elaine were in a league together in the San Fernando Valley (Studio City?). It was likely around this time (1964?) that we first started bowling on Saturday mornings.

Of course, my mother would likely tell me that we used to watch Dad play fastpitch softball at the field next to the Westwood Ward building when we were just little guys, and I do have the faintest of memories of playing on the benches. I have much stronger memories of playing on that field with Dad and the Pacific Palisades Ward team when I was an 18 year old. Dad was a pitcher and it wasn’t a surprise that Mark and I were both Little League pitchers in Westwood in 1966-1967. Mark was in the Major League and Tim and I were in the Minor League both playing for the Senators.

The move to Malibu saw us start playing sports on Saturdays at Pacific Palisades High School. Usually we’d pair off into teams and play a version of over-the-line with a football.  Occasionally we’d play tennis and it was around 1972 that I first noticed 5 year old Daniel’s advanced hand-eye coordination as he would run around the court with a too-large racquet and smack the ball on the fly.  These Saturday afternoons were lots of fun, but I’d be lying if I said that everyone had a good time as typically someone or other of us had a hard time losing. (It was this same general time frame, from 1967 -1972 that I was playing tennis in the league on Lido Island in Newport Beach and would  break my wooden racquet at home after the rare defeat. Looking back, it’s fair to say that we did not learn how to lose gracefully.

That competitive vibe took a slight turn when we finally got old enough to play golf, which also meant Mark was old enough to drive. It seems like rather than go Malibu to visit Dad, Dad opted to come down to Newport Beach and take us boys out to make a Vorkink foursome. Mostly these outings were fun and we occasionally made it down to play Torrey Pines or up to play Rancho Park.  Dad played reasonably well and it was a big deal when Mark could finally out drive him. (Funny, but one of the holes that comes to mind is the 15th at Rancho and standing on the tee in the late afternoon, persimmon drivers in hand, waiting to tee off on the slight dog-leg right. No idea why that particular hole would come to mind, but that is one visual that pops up.)

We probably played golf together more than any other sport and one of the two worst Team Vorkink events happened at a golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes. As it happened, this course allowed a fivesome and so Dan was able to join us for the day. It was awful.  I seem to recall on the first hole Mark throwing a club farther than his errant shot had traveled. Tim got unnerved at Dad talking in the middle of his backswing. Me playing my kamikaze style of golf with little concern for score. Not a high point.  Yet there were many pleasant days spent together. I wish we had been able to play Pebble Beach…but so do a lot of people.

There was a brief season in 1978(?) when Mark and Tim moved into the Malibu house where I was already living post-mission with Dad, Elaine, Dan and Robin.  Dad and I were working at Union Pacific and Mark and Tim worked briefly on the “chain gang” replacing railroad ties and track. I don’t know that we played any official ward basketball games together, but we did play some pickup games at the ward building. This is memorable to me because it was the first time I recall being able to counter Mark’s height advantage. As the older brother, Mark has always been at least 6 inches taller than me and 4 inches taller than Tim. Yet, due to our volleyball jump training we were able to out-rebound Mark at this time.  It was more about our achievement than any payback, but it was a good feeling nonetheless.

I believe it was this same time frame that saw the four of us play on the ward VB team at a regional tournament held at the Hollywood Ward building, although it is possible that Mark had moved out by then. It was the day of Dad’s first heart fibrillation. We got beat by a Polynesian Ward team (Lynwood?) with a big strong kid that could pound the ball with either hand. Of course, both Tim and I would have eaten the guy’s lunch two years later, but at the time we weren’t able to stop him. I recall watching Dad play volleyball in the late 60’s with the Palisades Ward team and he told us of how he used to play at the Los Angeles Athletic Club as a younger man. However, to be honest, it wasn’t Dad’s influence that got us started on playing competitive volleyball, the sport where 3 of his 4 sons were on top college teams and two of them–Tim and Dan–played the professional beach tour. And, in fact it was on the volleyball court that the worst of Team Vorkink emerged one day in 1987.

I had been playing VB on the Westdale Ward team for a couple of years and we were pretty good. Dan was still learning the game and Tim was back from St. Thomas recovering from being stabbed. We decided to enter a team (The Flying Dutchmen) in the USVBA league and it was largely made up of the ex-college players from the ward team. Tim and Dan were on the roster and we played a number of tournaments with mixed results. One fateful day at a tournament at Cal State Northridge we had Mark and Dad added to the roster. In my head I thought it would be cool to have 5 of the 6 players be Vorkinks. Alas, life rarely turns out how we picture it and this day was no different. Dad, who would have been 59 and 1/2, the same age I am at the moment, hadn’t really played VB for many years. (I haven’t played competitively since a couple months after he died in 2001.)  During warm-ups he whiffed twice trying to spike the ball and promptly declared he wasn’t going to play. Ugh. So much for my fantasy. It got worse from there as the 4 brothers were anything but a team and played horribly. We barked and cursed at each other and it was ugly.

Warts, thrown clubs, and all, we were and are Team Vorkink. No, we didn’t win and yet looking back now as a man of a similar age, also with 6 children, I can see how important it was to my Dad–and to us–to be a team, win or lose.  My children chose music over sports and perhaps one day they’ll all perform together in a band onstage. I know. Best left as a fantasy.

This post today was sparked by my going through some of my “sentimental” clothes, including those that Dad purchased for the Team Vorkink members. The vintage Nike sweatsuit is a bit more snug than when Dad gave it to us in the late 80’s(?) and sufficiently retro for Rachel to request that I take it off before any of her schoolmates see it. Other than the aforementioned caps and track suits, there were also the multi-colored golf shirts, and a light jacket, and perhaps some other articles of clothing that I’ve forgotten about.

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Vorkinks in Eibergen

February 7th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I’m primarily looking for Vorkinks in the documents for Eibergen at http://www.genealogiedomein.nl/ I might also include Muetsteges if I find any.  I will include any possible variant spellings I find. I’ll bold them when I verify the info is in FamilyTree

1639-1647 

26.11.1643 den 26 november – JohanBorckinck – Lutgerdt, eleude – ein sohnne laten dopen genandt WILLEM

19.10.1645 den 19 october – JohanBorckinck – Lutgert, eleude – ein dochter laten dopen genandt BERNDTKEN

20.12.1647 den 20 december – Johan Borckinck – Lotgert, eleude – ein docht. laten dopen genandt JENNEKEN

1649 – 1661 

24.10.1649 den 24 octob. – JohanBorckinck – Lutgert, eleude – ein docht. laten dopen genandt JENNEKEN

29.02.1652 29 februarij – 4 – Johan Borckincke – Lutgert, eleude – ein sohnne laten dopen genandt GERRET

02.10.1653 – 49 – Johan Borckinck – Jenneken, eleude – ein dochter latenn dopen genandt ENNEKEN

18.03.1655 den 18 martij – 7 – Johan Borckinck – Lutgert, eleude – ein sohnne laten dopen genandt HENDRICH

08.08.1658 – 32 – Johan Borckinck – Lutgert, eleude – ein docht. laten dopen genandt STINGEN

1662 -1675

13.05.1665 13 maij – 15 – Hendrich Forckinck – Griete, el. – ein sone laten dopen genandt JAN

23.01.1670 – 7 – Egbert Forckinck – Mechtelt, el. – ein dochter lat. dopen genant GERTGEN

1676 – 1688

02.07.1676 – 23 – Egbert Forckinck – Mechtelt, el. – ein sonne laten dopen genandt HENDRICH

23.02.1679 Egbert Forckinck – Mechtelt, el. – ein son laten dopen genant GERRET

23.01.1681 23 januarij – 3 – Jassper Forckinck uijt Haerle – Mechtelt, eleude – ein sonne laten dopen genant EGBERT

30.09.1684 den 30 septemb. – 25 – Jassper Vorckinck uijt Haerle – Mechtelt, el. – ein sonne laten dopen genant HENDRICH

07.03.1687 Hendrich Borckinck – Aeltgen, eleud. – ein sonne laten dopen genant JAN

22.01.1688 den 22 jan. – Jasper Forckinck in Haerle – Mechtelt, eleude – ein sone laten dopen genant HENDERICKES

1689-1700 none

1701 – 1712

05.12.1706 31. – dito – Hendrick Forckinck en Reijntjen, eluijden, een soon laten dopen genaamt ENGBERT

02.02.1710 4. – dito – Hendrick Forckinck en Reijntjen, eluijden, een soon laten doopen genaamt GERRIT

12.04.1711 2. – dito – Egbert Forckinck en Maria, eluijden, een dochter laten doopen genaamt MEGTELT

Note: FamilyTree shows two children of Hendrik Vorkink (Hendrick Forckinck) and Reijntje (Reijnten) that I didn’t see listed in the above Eibergen doopboek transcription: Maria, christened abt. 1702, and Grietje, christened 26 March 1704. Both listed in FT in Eibergen. On my page about Vorkinks in Lochem I see a listing where Maria, daughter of Hendrik of Eibergen, gets married. Could someone have assumed that Maria was born in Eibergen? And what about the exact date for Grietje’s christening?

As I often do, I wonder just how much effort to put into any one direction. My thinking as of the moment–and it is likely to change–is that by tracking all the Vorkinks in the area–regardless of whether they are in my direct line–is a good thing and will reap benefits in the future.

1713 -1724

13.08.1713 24. – dito – Hendrick Vorckinck en Reijntije , eluijden, een soon laten doopen genaamt JAN

Gaps, Acceleration, and The Importance of Driving the Speed Limit

February 3rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Driving Tips

Other than complaining about tailgaters and the other various traffic violators I endure on a daily basis, the driving topic that most often has my interest is “gap driving.”

I’ve covered the basic topic before, yet what’s on my mind today is one important component of gap driving: the ability to gauge the required time to accelerate into the desired gap. (In this post I am specifically talking about right hand turns into traffic where there isn’t a short merge lane.) I’ll venture to say that most people never consciously make this calculation when they are waiting to put their foot down and go. Rather, I’ll say that we mostly have a gut feel–hopefully based on successful experiences–as to when we can safely go based on the traffic flow, road conditions, etc.  Even one’s eyesight can impact one’s confidence as to when to proceed. I think most people wait until it’s CLEARLY safe to go…which doesn’t mean that it wasn’t safe to go earlier.

I think part of the confusion comes because we encounter the decision of when to go on roads with different speed limits.  Speed comes into for a couple of reasons: 1) the safe spacing between cars (1 car length per 10 mph is what I learned. Wikipedia has more info.); and 2) the amount of time it takes to come up to speed when entering the lane.

The first calculation is easy, well, kind of. If the speed limit is 25, then there should be 2.5 car lengths between vehicles, if everyone is driving the speed limit. (Hah!)  In order to safely fit into a gap between cars at 25 mph then that gap would have to double that 2.5 car lengths PLUS one for your car, or 6 car lengths.  I should note there that in there is another method for determining the safe distance between cars: 2 seconds. (Again, Wikipedia has more info.)  Let’s take a look.

mph to fpsWhile cars do vary in length, for this exercise let’s say a car is 16 feet long.  Two seconds between cars would work out to 58.6 feet (3.7 car lengths) at 20 mph, 102.6 feet (6.4 car lengths) at 35 mph, and 190.6 feet (11.9 car lengths) at 65 mph.  Well, it looks like this method provides more space between cars as the speeds go up than the 1 car length per 10 mph, which actually helps support one of the point I am trying to make: hopping into traffic between cars is safer and more easily done in lower speed limit situations, for a number of reasons: 1) The gaps are easier to discern when cars are moving at 25 mph vs 50 mph; 2) Stopping distances are shorter at lower speeds and therefore you are less likely to cause an accident should you miscalculate and force an oncoming car to have to brake hard to avoid you; 3) It takes you less time to get up to speed at 25 mph than 50 mph.

This acceleration to proper speed is the other half of the decision to plunk yourself into a gap, and one that can be lots of fun depending on the car you are driving.  Fast car in good conditions? Zoom, zoom, zoom and in just a few seconds you are traveling 25 mph.  Lots of factors (cold engine, slick streets, low horsepower, etc etc) can increase the amount of time it takes to get up to speed. It is likely that we have all been a situation where we were urging the car to go faster and it just wouldn’t behave.  However, let’s assume that our car is reasonably quick and is in good working order and there are no other factors that would cause us to not be able to accelerate at our normal pace. Now, we have to ask ourselves if we have enough of a gap and sufficient acceleration to get up to speed without the car that will soon be following us having to slow down because we took their “right of way.” (10 points off my driving test in 1973 for doing just that.)

This is where–regardless of all the above calculations that no one actually does–we make gut decisions as to whether or not to put the foot down on the gas pedal and go for it. (And don’t forget to check for pedestrians, cyclists, or other potential dangers before doing so!)  It makes me wonder what autonomously driven vehicles do in these situations? We certainly make mistakes all the time, usually erring on the side of caution and letting appropriate gaps pass by that we could have made it into safely, and occasionally incurring the wrath of the more aggressive drivers waiting behind us. If fact, there are circumstances where my decision making is influenced by whether or not there is a car or cars waiting behind me. I’ll wait for longer gaps if I’m by myself than I will if I feel that by so doing I would be causing the folks behind me to have to wait unnecessarily.

There is no question that pulling into traffic can be daunting at times. Our ability to gauge gaps is key to safe and efficient driving. I’ve focused on just one common scenario in this post, and while the principles remain the same, the calculations are different for when one is turning left into moving traffic, turning left across  moving traffic, using merge lanes, and more.

But go ahead and ask yourself: Can you see the gaps or are you focused on the cars?

 

PS- I don’t want to forget to mention how speeders can adversely impact the scenario. For example, I have a feel for how fast cars are going on a street that has a 35 mph speed limit. When I look to my left and take just a second to look at the cars and the gaps, my calculation assumes that most people are driving near the speed limit. In other words, I’m not usually immediately able to determine if in fact the gap I am looking at is rapidly closing due to a speeder. Honestly, as long as there is no threat that I will cause an accident–which would be unusual because I would really have to misjudge the situation–I’m not too bothered should the speeder have to slow down a bit because I pulled into a gap that would have been adequate had they not been speeding so much. Yep, they’re likely going to be mad, what with their entitlement mentality that underlies their speeding, but I feel justified that my decision to go was correct and their having to slow down to a more reasonable speed is a small price to pay for their lawbreaking.

Vorkink in Lochem circa 1700

January 19th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

While looking in http://www.genealogiedomein.nl for Muetstege in Lochem I found some Vorkink names too. I’ve added some other info from various sources and am doubling checking against Family Tree (FT).

Marriages

09.03.1684 Jacob Vorckinck, sone van Berendt Vorckinck uijt Huijre onder Geesteren en Triene Janssen, dochter van sal. Jan ten Haeve uijt Swijp.

24.12.1699 Henrijk Forking, z.v. wijlen Egbert Forking uijt Haerle en Reijntjen te Entele, j.d. van Jan ten Entele uijt de Boshuijrne.

29.09.1726 Jacob Steelkamp, weduwnaer van wijlen Garrijtjen Hogeweijde onder Lochem en Maria Forking, j.d. van Hendrik Forking uijt Haarlo onder Eijbergen.

Christenings

02.09.1693 Gerrit Palsenbergh uijt die Bosch-huijrne sijn sone JAN get. Jan Palsenborch, Jan Vorckinck, Griete wonende aen Geerts huijs, met ons consent tot Borculoe gedoopt. (This looks like Jan Vorckinck was a witness? to the baptism. He was possibly the father of the Jan Vorking shown below. Jan Vorking is shown in FamilyTree as being born in Geesteren, and maybe this connection was what brought him to live in Lochem by the time his children are born. Prior to that time it appears the Vorkinks lived in Geesteren for several generations.

13.06.1728 HARMEN, s. van Jan Vorking (Lochem). FT has no death or spouse info.

16.03.1731 GARRIJT, s. van Jan Vorking — — (Lochem). 28.10.1764 Garrijt Vorking, j.m. s. van wijlen Jan Vorking in Lochem en Jenneken Horstman, j.d. van wijlen Hendrik Horstman in de Boshuijrne, nu onder Geesteren. 21.07.1765 JANNA, d. van Garrijt Forking en Jenneken Horstman, eh. (Lochem).

08.05.1735 ARENT, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bömers, ehel. (Lochem). His christening date was listed as August 8 1735 in FamilyTree and I changed it to May 5. FT shows marriage to Kunne Eekmans.

19.11.1738 JAN WILLEM, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers, ehel. (Lochem). FT has no death or spouse info. Wiewaswie shows a death record for Jan Willem Vorkink on Oct 31 1813 in Lochem, 75 years old.

31.03.1743 AELTJEN, d. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bomer, ehel. (Lochem). FamilyTree (FT) has no death or spouse info.

12.04.1744 JAN, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers, ehel. (Lochem) 30.10.1768 Jan Vorking, j.m. s. van wijlen Jan Vorking en Jantjen Bröel, j.d. van Harmen Bröel, beijde in Lochem. This shows that his father had died before he married and gives us an outside boundary for when his father could have died. FT shows same spouse info and lists two daughters, Janna and Harmina. FT has no spouse of death info on Janna or Harmina. Wiewaswie has a death record for a Jan Vorkink, 74 years old, on 14 February 1819 in Lochem. The relative reporting the death is Janna Horstman. FT shows several Janna Horstmans living in Lochem in this time frame, one of whom is married to a Jan Vorkink. The FT record for this Jan Vorkink shows a birthdate about 1769 and a marriage date about 1793. To me that looks like an incomplete record and it could be the same Jan Vorkink and Janna could be his second wife. FT shows two children for this couple, Jan and Hebdrika. FT shows the son, Jan, and his wife Hendrika Harmina Bouwmeester and their family. Wiewaswie shows a Hendrika marrying Garrit van Dijk in 1819 at age 20 and with Jan and Janna as her parents. Garrit van Dijk dies in June 1821. FT has Hebdrika marrying a  Lammert Ten Holten about 1821. Wiewaswie shows Hendrike marrying a Lammert ten Stolte on 29 April 1826. She is listed as the widow of Garrit van Dijk. It looks like I need to clean up FT, but I want to see if I can find the marriage record of Jan and Janna that shows him as a widower or at least has his birth year.

There is a death record for 15.09.1808 15 Sept…… J.W. VORKINK in Lochem. FT shows this to be a son of Gerrit Vorkink and Jenneke Horstman, wife was Anneken Wesselink.

Brother and Sister Forever

January 15th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

It was 17 years ago yesterday that my sister Elisabeth Vorkink Burch passed on due to complications from her juvenile diabetes. Having been diagnosed at age 11, Lisa lived a good 10 years beyond what her doctors expected her to live. She was a very talented woman and counted calligraphy as one of her skills. In 1976 he penned a poem I had written (be kind):

brother and sister forever calligraphy

Brother and Sister Forever

Awhile ago a young man, Yesterday a young lass

Two young kids loving life

We shared more than just our parents

 

Brother and Sister we were, and forever we’ll stay.

 

A childhood come to an end,

Dreams of dolls and balls all fade away

Do we live it again, or simply shed a tear and remember

 

A man and a maturing princess

We stand facing the world

Is this the end, or just the start of another journey

You have your life, I have mine

 

Brother and Sister we are, and forever we’ll stay.

 

Our paths will split, our hair get gray,

But the memory is deep implanted

We came to live, We came to love,

And we came to help each other

Our lives will end, we’ll keep the faith

And meet that Great Day, together.

 

Brother and Sister we’ll be, and forever we’ll stay.

 

School Drop-offs

January 13th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Driving Tips

For some 28 years of so now I have been dropping children off at various schools, the last 20 years of which have been at either Cherry Hill Elementary, Lakeridge Junior High, or Mountain View High School. Yeah, I know–I spoil the little darlings. Which is not to say that they have all been driven to and picked up from school all the time. Yet I have had plenty of opportunity to see how poorly planned and executed these drop-offs can be.

My motivation for this driving tip comes from the last couple of days of dropping Rachel off at Lakeridge. Since she’s actually been on time recently, there are typically 6-10 cars ahead of me in line to drop off their 7-9th graders on a cold winter morning with the temperature in the teens.  However, the inefficiency I’m commenting on occurs at all times and in all temperatures where there is a line-up of cars ready to disgorge their charges.

Now, I understand the basic concept of delivering precious little Johnny to the front steps of the school, much like a taxi driver or chauffeur. I have no problem with that if in fact there is no one in line waiting to do the same thing.  At just a few minutes before school starts olakeridge drop offne can expect that there will be a line. Which brings me to our diagram. Should every car decide to wait to boot their student(s) out until they reach the front steps, we’re all going to be waiting unnecessarily.

Let me interject a key point: Not all drivers have the ability to get their children out of the car at the same pace. I’m constantly baffled (and miffed) when I’m behind a car where little Johnny is taking his sweet-a$$ time getting out, putting on his backpack and listening to dear old Mum or Da give last minute instructions and encouragement. Seriously people, talk to your children while you are driving them. Kids, put your backpacks on while you are walking to the front doors.  Please be mindful of the others who are waiting in line. This is an important point because these slowpokes kill efficiency and make everyone wait.

Selfishly slow unloaders aside, there is a solution to these rush hour drop-offs that is easy to implement: boot your kid from the car before you get to the prime drop-off spot. In the diagram that prime spot would be where car A is located. Yet I kick Rachel out of the car as far back as where car H is shown. Even if the students in just cars A – D were to disembark at the same time (when A arrives at the prime position), it would speed things up considerably. Cars A – D could then move on and cars E – H could move forward and repeat the process.

It’s so simple. It’s common sense. Even a 7th grader should be able to figure this out.

(It falls into the same category as those people who will spend an extra 2 minutes looking for a parking spot that is 20 feet closer than the one they just passed. Understandable if one has limited mobility, but most of us could use the extra steps and parking further away might just reduce the possibility of someone dinging your door. There you go–that was a bonus driving tip.)

Keyword Accessible Database Answers

January 11th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Product Ideas

Those of us who write our thoughts both publicly and privately often wonder which material should be for all to see, which should be kept in private, and which shouldn’t be written down at all. I have this website that is quite public and the main repository of my for-all-to-read writing. I frequently comment anonymously on the local newspaper sites and have at least one private blog that no one reads but me.

My father didn’t ever keep a journal, at least to my knowledge, and the only record I have of his thoughts are from the letters he wrote to me while I was a missionary in Thailand.  I would love to ask him some questions, not so much about his deep dark secrets as much as about his youth and his remembrances of his family, etc.  He would have information about my youth that would be from a different perspective than what I might recall.

I remember sitting with my grandmother Hucks in her condo in SLC when I was a BYU student in the 80s and recording some of her life story. The intent was that we’d do this on more than one occasion (we didn’t) and that way we’d have some of her history, as she wasn’t a journal keeper either. There are plenty of products and aids for recording a life history and yet few people use them as it is time consuming and not a small project.

Yet there is such a big reward for writing any kind of journal! Just last night I was re-reading my grandfather Vorkink’s story in the book that my cousin Lorene Ensley just wrote/compiled. Oh how I wish there was more detail to his story! What we have is better than nothing, but it would have been great to have more. I know there are some old movie clips that have him in them, but we haven’t made the effort to collect them, at least not yet. I don’t know if there are any audio recordings of his voice. There must be…but who has them?

Today we have a different issue, that of too much recorded information to sift through, what with videos, photos, letters, emails, etc. I just checked the AOL account I have had for the past 20 years and I don’t believe I ever received an email from my father. On the other hand, I have thousands from my mother. And there are hundreds of hours of audio and video tapes from her broadcasts. We haven’t gotten around to culling through my sister Elisabeth’s photos and journals to create a record for her and she died in 1998 (17 years ago this Thursday). Too big a project.  Never enough time. Not a high enough priority. But do we throw all that stuff away?

So, let’s face it. Unless something changes most of us aren’t going to write a personal history. And if we decide to, what do we include? And, are there things that we don’t want to let others know about ourselves while we’re alive that we might allow to be revealed after we are dead?

Sorry for the long lead in to this product idea. And since I started writing this I went and had a good creative discussion with Kevin about the idea. He mentioned that he’s read about something similar in a science fiction book, but agrees that we have the technology today to make this product a reality.

Imagine a database that includes hundreds of your responses to questions as well as some of your journal type entries that you record and can be replayed. The product/program would have standard questions that are found in most of the personal history aids, as well as menus full of areas that one could choose to respond to based on interest etc. (This brings to mind another idea I’ve had about a database where people answer thousands and thousands of questions on all sorts of topics and the info is used to derive correlations that otherwise would be missed.)  The program would ask about people that you knew, places you lived, etc., and your responses in your own voice would be recorded.

What would be innovative at this point would be to have access to your answers be controlled based on privacy levels and passwords. So, a question like “Did you ever steal anything?” might have differing levels of answers depending on who was asking or at least what level of password they user had. This would be a way to pass on one’s deepest darkest secrets to a select few while shielding others from the full story, assuming that that was important.

Much like the telephone prompts we get today, the program would analyze the question being asked and respond accordingly. For example, to the question about stealing the response might be “none of your business” or “has the statute of limitations expired?” or some other humorous response that reflected the personality of the subject.  Kevin suggested that the program could be housed in a stand alone object like a snow globe or something similar that also displayed various photos of the subject. It could be left in an “on” position and would respond when prompted or when certain keywords were heard. Like jumping into a conversation about feminists. The globe might hear the word feminist and light up to display there was an entry on that keyword. Tons of possibilities!

Kevin did raise the thought that some might find this to not be cool, but creepy. Obviously I think it would be cool and super valuable to the subject’s descendants. There would have to be plenty of security so that the deepest level of content couldn’t be hacked. Oh, and Kevin suggested that there be some kind of indicator when all of the answers on a particular topic or in total had been heard. It could become a bit of a puzzle to figure out the right keywords or passwords to get to all the answers.

I’d buy it! Well, maybe. I think the key to its success would be if it had a cool interface that made it fun to record the information/audio clips. Like Siri, only better and with a video interface.  This idea could dovetail with the searchable database of video clips that we’re eventually going to have from our home movies and the scans of all our photos and documents.

Or maybe we’re right on the cusp of the Second Coming or a dystopian world where no one cares about anything but survival. In the meantime I’m going to look for existing products that accomplish something along the same line and maybe even get motivated to work on this idea myself.

Or not.

 

Muetstege in Lochem circa 1700

January 10th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-martens-ijsselstreek/I24272.php shows

Personal data Hendrick Jan op de Kleijne Muetstege

Household of Hendrick Jan op de Kleijne Muetstege

He is married to (1) Hillenken Aitink on September 3, 1730 at Lochem,Gemeente Lochem,Gelderland, he was 33 years old.

Huwelijk03.09.1730 Hendrik Janssen op de Kleijne Muetstege , wed. van Henders van ‘t Altena in
Kleijn Dugteren en Hilleken Aijtinks, j.d. van Garrijt Aijtink in Kleijn
Dugteren(Tr.b.Lochem 1723-1739)

Child(ren):

  1. Henders op de Kleijne Muetstege  1732-???? 

    • She was born on February 13, 1732 in Lochem,Gemeente Lochem,Gelderland.

      13.02.1732 HENDERS, d. van Hendrik Jansen op de Muetstege en Hilleken Aitink, ehel.
      (Kl. Dugter)

    • She died. (Note: There is a Henders Muestege in Family Tree that is likely the same person. Her family info is not listed.)
  2. Garrijtjen Muetstege  1735-???? Tree

    • She was born on June 12, 1735 in Lochem,Gemeente Lochem,Gelderland.

      Lochem:12.06.1735 GARRIJTJEN, d. van Hendrik op de Kleijne Muetstege en Hilleken Aitink,
      ehel. (Kl. Dugteren)

    • She died. (Note: There are two entries for Garrijtjen Muestege in Family Tree that are likely the same person. Her family info is not listed.)

He is married to (2) Henders van ‘t Altena before 1730 at Lochem,Gemeente Lochem,Gelderland.

Notes by Hendrick Jan op de Kleijne Muetstege

Hendrik Janssen op de Kleijne Muetstege/Moetstege/Cleine Moetstege/Kleijn Moetstege Kl. Duchteren..

I can’t see where these people might be related to Teunis other than as distant cousins.

There is a Jacob Muetstege at https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stambomen-quist/I23649.php

  • He was born on August 4, 1747 in Warnsveld (Gl) Ned.
  • He was baptized.

    Geloof: Nederduits Gereformeerd

  • Profession: Landbouwer.
  • He died on February 24, 1829 in Lochem (Gl) Ned, he was 81 years old

What’s odd is that his father is shown as Hendrik Gerritsz Nijenhuis, the same last name as the husband of Garrijtjen Muetstege above.  Family Tree has a Jacob Muetstege, son of Hendrik Gerritsen, who was the son of H Nieuwenhuis.  What’s the deal here? No tie in with Teunis that I can see, but clearly a messy line. Jacob has several children. Should note that Jacob has quite a few siblings, all with the last name Hendriksen, as in Hendrik’s son (although some are girls) and following the earlier used patronymic style. Why does Jacob have another name? Could he be an illegitimate child? Turns out that I backed into the connection through a Janna Muetstege who marries a Hendrik Vorkink. Janna is one of Jacob’s 12 children, along with the two previously mentioned.

Next step: follow up on https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/stamboom-vlietstra-en-piebes/I1072268696.php and other Muetstege names.

I found an interesting collection I hadn’t looked at before at http://www.genealogiedomein.nl/digitaal/Lochem_BS_Huwelijksakten_1811-1922_Letter_V.pdf It is alphabetized and lists the weddings in Lochem between 1811-1922. I pulled some Vorkink info from that document and added a 2nd spouse (Hendrika Christina Hiestand) to Hendrik Vorkink and added her parents, too. Now I am checking the same source for the letter M. There are a number of Muesteges and Meutsteges listed, but not Teunis as the dates aren’t right.

Just dumping some listings from marriage books for Lochem for Vorkink and Muetstege (and their various spellings)

13.01.1667 Theunis Beursbergh, s.v. Theunis Gerrits van Holten en Engele, d. van Henr. Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren.

 

03.12.1676 Henr. op de Moetsteege , s. van Henr. op de Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren en Lijsabeth Ribben, d. van Peter Ribben van onder Haecsbergen.

15.09.1678 Jan Henrics, s. van Henr. Kleijne Moetsteege en Geertjen Velhorst, d. van Egbert Velhorst, beijde in Cl. Duchteren.

13.07.1679 Jan te Moetsteege , s. van Henr. Moetsteege en Fenneken Cl. Moetsteege , d. van sal. Esken Cl. Moetstege, beijde in Cl. Duchteren.

30.10.1681 Jacob Henrics, s. van Henric op de Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren en Aaltjen Hermans, d. van w. Herman Schenhagen in Verwolde.

14.07.1684 Henrick Ovelgoor, sone van Geel Ovelgoor uijt Nettelhorst ende Aeltien Jacobs, wed. van sal. Jacob Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren

 

22.08.1685 Bartholt op de Moetstege , sone van w. Henrick op de Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren en Hendersken Albers, dochter van w. Albert Wolterinck in Gr. Duchteren

25.09.1692 Vrerick Jacobsen, sone van sal. Jacob op het Langeschott in die Cl.sijt van Duchteren, met Griete Moetstege, dochter van Henrick op die Moetstege, mede in die selvige bourschap.

 

17.02.1700 Henrijk Garritsen, j.m. z.v. Garrit van de Wust en Berentjen Henrijksen, j.d. van Henrijk op de Muetstege, beijde uijt Kleijn Duchteren.

29.06.1721 Willem Borninckhorst, j.m. z.v. Willem Borninckhorst en Hendersken Muetstege , j.d. v. Barthold Meutstege, beijde onder Lochem

28.03.1722 Bartholt Muetstege , wedr. v. Aeltjen Muetstege en Geertjen Lanssinck, wed. v. Jan Bick, beijde onder Lochem

09.05/30.05.1723 Harmen Janssen, j.m. z.v. Jan Groot Asselman in Harfsen onder Almen en Maria Grote Muetstege , wed. v. Derck Grote Muetstege in Kleijn Dogteren

 

12.03.1729 Jan Muetstege , j.m. s. van wijlen Bartelt op de Grote Muetstege en Anna Marij Hellinger, j.d. van Harmen Hellinger op het Ligtenbarg in Barchem, tegenwoordig onder Vorden wonende

03.09.1730 Hendrik Janssen op de Kleijne Muetstege , wed. van Henders van ‘t Altena in Kleijn Dugteren en Hilleken Aijtinks, j.d. van Garrijt Aijtink in Kleijn Dugteren.

03.06.1748 Berent Buijrink, weduwnaer van wijlen Jenneken Willemsen in Swijp en Fenneken Aijtink, j.d. van wijlen Hendrik Jan Muetstege in Kl. Dugteren

22.03.1754 Jan Tusch-huijsen, j.m. s. van wijlen Teunis Tusch-huijsen uijt Doesborg, nu alhier en Engele Kl. Muetstege , j.d. van Jan Kleijn Muetstege, nu in Lochem

07.06.1756 Hendrik Hietbrink, j.m. s. van Jan Hietbrink in Barchem en Henders Kleijne Muetstege , j.d. van wijlen Hendrik Kl. Muetstege in Kl. Dugteren, nu onder Vorden.

28.10.1759 Berent Nijenhuijs, j.m. s. van Derk Nijenhuijs en Garrijtjen Muetstege , j.d. van wijlen Hendrik Jan Muetstege, beijde in Barchem.

27.04.1760 Teunis Muetstege, j.m. s. van Jan Muetstege in ‘t schependomb en Wilmina Martenz, j.d. van Garrijt Martenz in Lochem

04.11.1761 Willem op de Haar, j.m. s. van Jan op de Haar onder Colmschate en Janna Janssen Muetstege, j.d. van Jan Muetstege in Kl. Dugteren

 

20.04.1767 Teunis Muetstege, weduwnaer wijlen Wilmina Martenz in Lochem en Henders Kleijn Haasselberg, j.d. van wijlen Evert Haasselberg in Swijp.

 

25.08.1771 Hendrik Kleijn Muetstege , j.m. s. van wijlen Hendrik Kleijn Muetstege en Anneken Elsmans, j.d. van wijlen Reijnt Elsman, beijde in Kl. Dugteren

Baptism Records from same source

10.11.1667 Henric op de Groote Moetsteege in Cl. Ducht. sijn d. JENNEKEN get. Henr. op de Groote Moetstege, Henr. Spitholts, Gerritjen te Hasseloo

24.05.1668 Jochum Thiessen in Cl. Ducht. sijn s. JAN get. Jan Tollenaer, Henr. Moetsteege, Ger. Hasseloo

18.11.1668 Henr. op de Moetsteege sijn s. JAN get. Peter Muller, Lambert te Hasseloo, Engele Spitholt.

07.02.1669 Derc in de Klocke in Cleijn Duchteren sijn s. JACOB get. Henr. Moetsteege, Derc Wesselinc, Elsken Spitholts.

05.12.1669 Jan Eskens in Cl. Ducht. sijn d. JENNEKEN get. Derc Eskens, Mechtelt Herms, Griete Moetsteege

01.01.1671 Henric Dijckmans in Verwolde sijn d. JENNEKEN get. Derck Eskens, Geertjen Hiddincks, Fenne Moetsteeges.

07.04.1671 Gerrit Vastenck, tegenwoordigh soldaet onder den hr. capitain Keppel, sijn d. CATHRIJNE get. de vader voorn., Engele Moetstege, Griete Haver-camps.

17.09.1671 Derck op de Clocke in Cl. Duchteren sijn s. JAN get. Henr. Moetstege, Peter op de Vlucht, Thrijne Moetsteege

06.03.1672 Henric Theunis in Cl. Duchteren sijn d. JENNEKEN get. Marten Martens, Marie te Kilholt, Fenneken Moetsteege.

28.09.1672 Henrick van Oortmarsen, wonende op de Moetstege in Herffsen, sijn sone HENRICK get. Tonnis Hoeckman, Herman van Oortmarsen en Aeltien Hoeckmans.

27.07.1675 Gerrit in de Woeste in Laren sijn sone HENRICK get. Jan Platencamp, Jan te Moetstege, Aeltjen Schonevelt.

16.12.1677 Henr. Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren sijn s. HENRIC get. Derc V….man, Jacob en Engele Moetsteege

23.11.1679 Jan Cl. Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren sijn d. DERCJEN get. Herm. Moetsteege, Herm. Velhorst, Jenneken Velhorst.

25.01.1680 Jan te Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren sijn d. JENNEKEN get. Derc Brugginc, Henr. te Hasseloo.

02.10.1680 Jan Tollenaer in Cl. Duchteren sijn d. JOANNA get. Gerrit Brugginc, Geertjen te Velhorst, Geertruijdt Cl. Moetsteege

17.10.1680 David te Hasseloo in Cl. Duchteren sijn s. GERRIT get. Gerrit Wesselinc, Jan te Moetsteege, Engele Spitholt.

28.08.1681 Jan te Moetsteege in Cl. Duchteren sijn s. HENRICK get. Jacob Moetsteege, Jan Cl. Moetsteege, Geertruijd Cl. Moetsteege.

30.04.1682 Jan Hermans op de Cleijne Moet-stege in Cl. Duchteren sijn d. ANNA get. Egbert Peters, Jenneken Peters, Mechtelt Peters.

20.06.1683 Jan op die Moetstegen uijt Clein Duchteren sijn sone ESKEN get. de vader selve.

15.07.1683 Jacob op de Moetstege uijt Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter MARIA get. de vader selve. 15.07.1683 Jan Moetstege uijt Cl. Duchteren sijn sone ESKEN get. de vader selve

15.08.1685 Jan Tolner uijt Gr. Duchteren sijn dochter ELSKEN get. Henrick te Moetstege, Aeltjen Tolners en Eefse op het Langenschott.

20.01.1686 Jan Wolterinck uijt Groot Duchteren sijn sone DERCK get. Henrick Bulderman, Bartholt op de Moetstege, Hendersken Ross.

05.12.1686 Jan op de Moetstege , wonende op het Slach in Cl. Duchteren, sijn sone BERENDT get. Jan op de Horst, Bartholt op de Cleine Moetstege, Eefse Jacobs.

07.08.1687 Henrick Demmers, bouwman op de Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn sone TONNIS get. de vader selve.

09.06.1688 Bartholt op die Cleine Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter HENDERSKEN get. Berendt op ‘t Cleine Bilardt, Jenneken op die Cleine Moetstege, sijn suster en Eeffse bij hem in wonende. N.B. ‘t kindt is gestorven onderwegens, sullende soo gedoopt worden.

15.10.1688 Jan op het Slach achter de Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter GRIETE get. de vader selve.

18.01.1690 Bartholdt op die Cleine Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter MARIA get. Gerrit Boevinck, Geertjen Snijders, Marrie op die Grote Moetstege

10.05.1690 Jan op die Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn sone DERCK get. die vader voors.

19.03.1692 Joost Vrerichs uijt Clein Duchteren sijn dochter WILLEMKEN get. Bartolt Cleine Moetstege, Trien Claessen, Margriete Vrerichs.

 

23.07.1693 Vrerick op de Groete Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn sone JACOB get. die vader voornt.

15.07.1694 Bartholdt op die Cleine Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter HENDERSKEN get. die vader voors.

02.02.1695 Vrerick op die Moetstege in Cl. Duchteren sijn dochter GEERTIEN get. die vader voornt.

31.10.1696 Bartholt op die Cleine Moetstege uijt Clein Duchteren sijn sone HENRICK get. die vader voornt.

27.08.1699 JAN, S. van Lambert Kleijn Moetstege , Kl. Duchteren.

04.12.1707 Jan Moetstege in Kleijn Dogteren sijn dogter GRIETJEN. NB. Hier volgen enige kinderen die aangegeven zijnde, niet in <39> het regt vervolg van den datum aangetekend staan gelijk. NB.

24.02.1709 Jan Moetstege sijn dogter TONNISKEN. de vader selfs gehouwden, uijt Kleijn Duchteren.

20.07.1710 Jan Moetstege in Kl. Duchteren sijn dogter MARIE

17.02.1712 Jan Moetstege sijn dogter BERENTJEN, in Kleijn Duchteren. de vader selve.

24.01.1714  Jan Groot Moetstege in Kleijn Duchteren sijn dogter HENDERS. get. gevader als de vader selve.

02.02.1716 Derk Moetstege sijn dogter GEERTJEN. de vader selve, in Kleijn Duchteren

06.09.1716 Jan Groot Moetstege in Kleijn Duchteren sijn soon HENRIK. getuijge de vader selve

 

21.09.1738 REIJNT, s. van Willem Borninkhorst en Henders Muetstege , ehel. (Schependomb).

 

03.03.1748 GEERTJEN, d. van Jan Kleijne Muetstege en Harmken Schots, ehel. (Schependomb).

08.03.1750 HENDRIK, s. van Jan Willems op de Grote Muetstege en Jenneken Teunissen, ehel. (Kl. Dugteren).

29.03.1750 Paaschdag. WILLEMINA, d. van Hendrik Garrijtsen en Grietjen Willemsen van de Pol, ehel. (op de Kleijne Muetstege in Kl. Dugteren).

12.04.1750 ENGBERT, s. van Teunis Wenneking en Geertjen Muetstege , ehel. (in Kl. Dugteren op den Blankenham).

14.06.1750 BERENDINA, d. van Harmen Kelholt en Maria Muetstege , ehel. (Schependomb).

08.10.1752 HENDRIK, s. van Jan Groote Muetstege en Jenneken Teunissen, ehel. (Kl. Dugteren).

22.11.1752 HARMEN, s. van Hendrik Gerritsen en Grietjen Willemz van de Pol, eh. (op de Kleijne Muetstege in Kl. Dugteren).

30.06.1754 TEUNTJEN, d. van Jan Tuschhuijsen en Engele Muetstege , ehel. (Lochem).

19.09.1756 EEFSE, d. van Jan Hogestege en Engele Kl. Muetstege , ehel. (Nettelhorst).

20.10.1756 HENDRIK JAN, s. van Hendrik Hanevelt en Henders Muetstege , ehel. (Wildenborg).

14.02.1759 ENGBERT, s. van Jan Hogestege en Engele Muetstege , ehel. (Nettelhorst).

07.09.1759 HARMANNUS, s. van Hendrik Hanevelt en Henders Kl. Muetstege , ehel. (Barchem).

15.05.1760 JAN HENDRIK, s. van Antonij Wenniker op de Kl. Muetstege en Grietjen van de Pol, ehel. (Schependomb).

20.09.1761 HENDRIKA, d. van Berent Nijenhuijs en Gerritjen Kleijn Muetstege , ehel. (Barchem).

02.12.1761 GARRIJT JAN, s. van Jan Hogestege en Engele Kl. Muetstege , ehel. (Nettelh.).

16.05.1762 MARIA, d. van Hendrik Hanevelt en Henders Muetstege , ehel. (Barchem).

08.08.1762 JENNEKEN, d. van Teunis Muetstege en Wilmina Martenz, ehel. (Lochem).

05.06.1763 JAN, s. van Jan Muetstege en Jenneken Muetstege , eh. (Grote Muetstege , Kl. Dugteren).

18.04.1764 MEGTELT, d. van Jan Hogestege en Engele Kl. Muetstege , eh. (Nettelh.).

11.11.1764 DERK, s. van Berent Nijenhuijs en Garrijtjen Muetstege , eh. (Barchem).

03.03.1765 JAN, s. van Hendrik Holtslag en Henders Kl. Muetstege , ehel. (Barchem).

19.02.1766 JENNEKEN, d. van Jan Hogestege en Engele Kleijn Muetstege , ehel. (Nettelhorst)

 

Death Records

23.05.1804 23………… G.J. MUESTEGE

19.08.1806 19………… een KIND van W. Muestege (Schependom)

02.03.1810 2 Maart…… A.J. Muestege (Schependom)

Also found some Vorkink names

Marriages

09.03.1684 Jacob Vorckinck, sone van Berendt Vorckinck uijt Huijre onder Geesteren en Triene Janssen, dochter van sal. Jan ten Haeve uijt Swijp.

24.12.1699 Henrijk Forking, z.v. wijlen Egbert Forking uijt Haerle en Reijntjen te Entele, j.d. van Jan ten Entele uijt de Boshuijrne.

29.09.1726 Jacob Steelkamp, weduwnaer van wijlen Garrijtjen Hogeweijde onder Lochem en Maria Forking, j.d. van Hendrik Forking uijt Haarlo onder Eijbergen.

Christenings

02.09.1693 Gerrit Palsenbergh uijt die Bosch-huijrne sijn sone JAN get. Jan Palsenborch, Jan Vorckinck, Griete wonende aen Geerts huijs, met ons consent tot Borculoe gedoopt. (This looks like Jan Vorckinck was a witness? to the baptism. He was possibly the father of the Jan Vorking shown below. Jan Vorking is shown in FamilyTree as being born in Geesteren, and maybe this connection was what brought him to live in Lochem by the time his children are born. Prior to that time it appears the Vorkinks lived in Geesteren for several generations.

13.06.1728 HARMEN, s. van Jan Vorking (Lochem).

16.03.1731 GARRIJT, s. van Jan Vorking — — (Lochem). 28.10.1764 Garrijt Vorking, j.m. s. van wijlen Jan Vorking in Lochem en Jenneken Horstman, j.d. van wijlen Hendrik Horstman in de Boshuijrne, nu onder Geesteren. 21.07.1765 JANNA, d. van Garrijt Forking en Jenneken Horstman, eh. (Lochem).

08.05.1735 ARENT, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bömers, ehel. (Lochem). His christening date was listed as August 8 1735 in FamilyTree and I changed it to May 5. FT shows marriage to Kunne Eekmans.

19.11.1738 JAN WILLEM, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers, ehel. (Lochem). (FT) has no death or spouse info. There is a death record for 15.09.1808 15 Sept…… J.W. VORKINK in Lochem.

31.03.1743 AELTJEN, d. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Bomer, ehel. (Lochem). FamilyTree (FT) has no death or spouse info.

12.04.1744 JAN, s. van Jan Vorking en Jenneken Beumers, ehel. (Lochem) 30.10.1768 Jan Vorking, j.m. s. van wijlen Jan Vorking en Jantjen Bröel, j.d. van Harmen Bröel, beijde in Lochem. This shows that his father had died before he married and gives us an outside boundary for when he could have died.

 

 

Facebook Messages

January 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Decided to start off the new year with one of my favorite activities: Unfriending people on Facebook. I think Facebook is a great tool for staying up with family activities and can’t see that I would delete my FB account, but I do unfollow some of my family members who actively post/like/share stuff on a daily basis and with whom I have little direct interaction.

I wasn’t sure if unfriending someone deleted their messages/our conversations, but I found out that it doesn’t. Then I realized that some of these FB conversations might be valuable from a personal history perspective as they are date stamped and could provide some good info should I ever get around to writing a history. I don’t currently keep a journal (haven’t for years) and that isn’t the intent of this website, so I’ll have to piece together what has happened in my life from Gmail (since 2006?) AOL (since 1995) and Facebook (since 2010.)

As I was ready to clean up my voluminous FB Friends list (from 38 down to 31) I decided to spend some time backing up FB conversations. Yet FB only displays 80 messages at a time and I have one Friend with whom I have 11000+ messages. I started the old-fashioned way and an hour later had copied them into Word documents. (500+ pages.) I knew their had to be a better way and found a Chrome Extension called Facebook Chat Downloader. Works great! Saves the graphics, too, all in a zip file. I have since copied most of the other conversations. (Note: It took an hour because I was reluctant to leave the page to search for the extension for fear I would have to repeat the process of opening all those pages of conversations.)

So, with Facebook done now I can turn to AOL and figure out how to back up the emails that are most important–but not today. And when I get that done I’ll contemplate what I want to do with thousands and thousands of emails in my Gmail account. OK, overwhelmed now.

Record & Automatically Save Video From Phone

December 30th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Product Ideas

Technology is getting closer to providing an easy solution to a problem that faces many people, mostly women, when they have concerns about their personal safety. No, I’m not talking about better weapons. I’m looking for an app for a phone that can act as a deterrent to some crimes.

Several years ago I envisioned an app that would be a one button quick start. It would be very easy for phone makers to have a series of programmable buttons on the side of the phone that quickly launched apps without having to swipe the screen, find the app etc. This particular app would launch one’s camera and start automatically recording video (and audio) and have the default option to save the file to the cloud and another default option to send an alert notification to a designated party.

While watching some Cop Watch videos I heard one of the Watchers tell someone to get an app that automatically records and sends the video to a third party in case the police take the phone and try and erase/destroy the video. With just a little research I found there are several apps that do this, one notably produced by the ACLU of Colorado, with their office being the destination for the emailed video.  I read some comments that suggested that one could set up their phone to automatically save the video file by taking a couple of steps. One app is designed for a phone placed on a dashboard so that the screen goes to black so Law Enforcement isn’t tipped off to their being recorded. Cool stuff.

However, Cop Watch is only one function of my Citizen Agents idea and while it’s good to know these apps exist and are getting more useful, the main purpose of the specific app I have in mind is as a crime deterrent. Maybe I am flat out wrong, but it seems to me that there are some crimes that wouldn’t occur if the perp was certain (or at least suspected) that they were being recorded and that video was being sent to the cloud or a destination where Law Enforcement could be notified quickly.

Imagine a woman walking from her workplace to her car at night, one of the classic scenarios where a person is vulnerable.  Sure, she could be carrying a gun, mace, or be adequately trained in self-defense. Yet for those who aren’t, it might be to her advantage to point out to a potential attacker that she is actively broadcasting their interaction and an alert has been sent.  It might deter some criminal acts as the potential perp realizes that they aren’t going to be able to get away with the crime unnoticed.

Many experts advise that a person walking to their vehicle have their keys already in hand. Doing so makes it easier and quicker to unlock their vehicle should they feel they are in danger. Another reason might be for self-defense if attacked, as the business end of the keys extending beyond the clinched fist can make for a nasty makeshift weapon.  (MACE and bear spray can be useful it things get really scary.)Let’s hope none of us ever have to resort to this level of defense! A good attention-getting scream does some good, too.

Ideally one would be able to avoid self-defense measures altogether if the potential perp could be persuaded to go away. My first idea was to have the potential victim hold up their phone and let the potential perp know they are being recorded and an alert has been sent. Yes, some perps will respond with violence anyway and perhaps this might increase the odds of such happening, but was the guy just going to ask for a phone number? Now, with better technology options it is possible to purchase a inexpensive bluetooth camera that can be worn on the ear or elsewhere that would leave one’s hands free.

I can see a scenario where one is leaving their office and turns on the bluetooth camera and starts to record and email the video every day/night. Or in any other regular circumstances where they are concerned about their safety. I’m still working on the best way to initiate the alert when one is actually in danger, whether to use a voice command or require a button to be pushed. This alert would send a notification to a third party (ala Citizen Agents or a loved one) and allow them to see the video as well as enable GPS tracking.  Or, in other circumstances the app could be triggered with a quick button, even if the bluetooth camera isn’t present on in use and the phone camera would be activated.

We aren’t far away from having this app. There are still plenty of issues to be resolved before it could be used as a crime deterrent, but there would be sufficient value as evidence collection to warrant its use.

I’m going to continue to tinker with my Citizen Agents concept, but I can see that the real world is already moving to a similar solution. I don’t really want Cop Watch, the ACLU or Law Enforcement to be the parties to which the videos are sent as they all have motivation to potentially ignore videos that don’t support their agendas or that make them look bad. I’d prefer there be an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization (funded by Gates or Zuckerberg et al) that reviews the live feeds and forwarded videos and takes appropriate action regardless of whose toes get stepped on.

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