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  • Oct 20, Doorway Memory

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Do you ever get up to go into another room intent on doing something...and once you are in that room you've completely forgotten why you went in there? Me, too! It happens more than I care to admit. APH member Jean Sheppard has had this problem and she thought maybe it was just getting older and forgetting things when she discovered that science has been researching this and that there is actually a name for the memory lapses. It's called "the Doorway Effect".
  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

    Ancestry Blog
    Jessica Murray
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Paul Pieronek AutoportraitBy guest blogger Ceil Wendt JensenThe once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to document and display this earlier way of life, while those who lived it can contribute to its legacy. Today’s older generations knew the immigrants and witnessed their assimilation into American life. The communities captured in the photos…
  • Expectations

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    Michael Johnpoll
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    I’ll be honest. This got my blood boiling a little. Tonight’s rant comes courtesy of the utter crap the last two generations told all us 90’s kids (this extends to both decades surrounding the 90’s) about going and getting an education in America. The post I’m referring to was something the Stetson Entrepreneurial Group shared about starting a business after graduating college. While I’m all in favor of starting a small business (and I have my fingers in more than one pie concerning this), I am hurt, dismayed and insulted that this so-called “third…
  • My Geneaholic Monday - 20 October 2014

    The Geneaholic
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I didn't journal on Saturday or Sunday, mainly because I did little of interest in genealogy.1)  Saturday, 18 October:*  Quickly read email and blogs, then off to the Men's breakfast at Marie Callenders.  Home at 9:30 to note that Surname Saturday - LNU (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.*  We left at 11:45 a.m. for Carlsbad to meet Tami and the girls at 12:30 for lunch.  Got my Charlie fix, and the girls too...we went to the mall after lunch, Tami shopped, and I used Charlie as a chick magnet.  We left at 3:45 p.m., home by 4:30.*  Took a…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Oct 20, Doorway Memory

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Do you ever get up to go into another room intent on doing something...and once you are in that room you've completely forgotten why you went in there? Me, too! It happens more than I care to admit. APH member Jean Sheppard has had this problem and she thought maybe it was just getting older and forgetting things when she discovered that science has been researching this and that there is actually a name for the memory lapses. It's called "the Doorway Effect".
  • Oct 15, Halfway Through Family History Month

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Did you know that October is Family History Month? Yes, it is true - and if you are now just getting clued in to this you still have half of the month to do something about it.
  • Oct 14, Focus on Small Things and Build Your Story Around It

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    One of the challenges of many memoir writers is the "I" trap. Too much "me" in your narrative can make readers tune out. We don't want to sound too self-absorbed, even if the story is our story and mainly about us!
  • Oct 9, Griot - Traditional Storyteller Title Now Becoming a Personal History Term

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Thanks to a tip by APH member Dick Margulis (he specializes in book creation and printing) I discovered that the word griot, traditionally used as the term for West African oral storytellers, is starting to be applied to those who are electronically recording and storing personal history stories on digital files, computers and "in the cloud".
  • Oct 8, Personal Historians Heading Back to St. Louis

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Just like the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team trying to get back to the World Series, hundreds of Personal Historians are heading back to St. Louis, the Gateway City, for an annual conference. In 2012 the Association of Personal Historians held their annual conference, Turning Points, in St. Louis. This year the conference returns to this Midwest city for a few days of great networking, sessions, presentations and to find ways to further the precious mission of preserving our life stories (October 22-26).
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Accentuate the Positive

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-inate the negative Latch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mr. Inbetween.Who doesn't recognize the value of this sage advice from the 1945 hit sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters? But you may not realize the power of this advice for your writing when applied at the micro-level of sentences. I'm not talking here about avoiding negative topics. I'm talking about the value of rephrasing sentences from negative statements to positive. One of the most compelling examples of this is found in an online article, Kurdish Female Warriors On the Front Lines…
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows that the first paragraph of a story is the most important and often determines whether a reader will continue or set the story aside. Follow tips in this guest post from Matilda Butler to learn how to gain instant reader connection with a hot opening paragraph. Read the tips, then put them into practice by entering the “First Paragraph” Contest described below the tips. Don’t dawdle about the contest. Entries are due by midnight PDT September 3. It’s only a few words, so you can do it! If you are already nodding your head, then here's the link to the contest rules…
  • Mystery Solved

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I couldn’t put words to the vision, perhaps because the vision itself wasn’t clear. Looking across the Godfrey’s living room while  babysitting, I vaguely sensed a phantom group of sophisticated people gathered in a dimly lit, smoke-filled living room much like this one. People lounged on sofa and chairs, some sitting on the floor. They sipped martinis or gin and tonic, discussed philosophy, and ascended to levels of vision inaccessible to mere mortals. These beings were in touch with another realm, larger than life. In touch with the gods? This vision stirred a nameless yearning…
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    Ancestry Blog

  • Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

    Jessica Murray
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Paul Pieronek AutoportraitBy guest blogger Ceil Wendt JensenThe once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to document and display this earlier way of life, while those who lived it can contribute to its legacy. Today’s older generations knew the immigrants and witnessed their assimilation into American life. The communities captured in the photos…
  • 4 Tips for Adoptees Using AncestryDNA to Find Their Family

    Anna Swayne
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hear it from an adoptee, a story of she not only found out she is Irish, Scandinavian and European Jewish, but how she connected to a few family members as well. Read or listen to Nancy’s story here. Taking a DNA test can open up possibilities that haven’t been available before, but will they happen to you? There is only one way to find out. Take a DNA test for yourself.Once you have those results back, you can review them. DNA can unlock the mystery of where your genetic roots came from 500+ years ago. Your unique DNA reveals what you have inherited from those who came before…
  • CNN Roots with John Berman: What’s in a name?

    Ancestry.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    John Berman remembers walking past a wall in the Boston Public Library that listed the names of famous philosophers throughout history. His father would point to Baruch Spinoza’s name and say, “We are related to him!” It was a strong statement given “Spinoza” is the middle name they both share, after John’s grandmother Grace Spinoza. In seeking to learn more about this name, and his possible connection to “the prince of philosophy,” John asked us to investigate.When you are looking to discover something new in your family tree, the best place to start is with what you already…
  • Ancestry Weekly Roundup: October 20th Edition

    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Blog PostsAncestryNew Find A Grave Upload and Transcribe Beta Available by Kristie WellsResearch in the Keystone State: New Pennsylvania Research Guide  by Amy Johnson CrowThrowback Thursday: Music by Juliana Szucs SmithFamily History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives by Jessica MurrayCreative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month — Part Two by Jessica MurraySurprising Connections Between Occupation and Home Ownership From 1900 through 2012Migration in the South: Textile Mills by Anne Gillespie MitchellDo You Have a Search Strategy?   by Juliana…
  • CNN Roots with Christine Romans: Bedstemor’s Tickets

    Ancestry.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We all have legends among our family stories. Some are linked to historical celebrities (my 3x great-grandfather rode with Teddy Roosevelt); some to historic events (my ancestors lived through the Great Chicago Fire); and some are inspiringly personal (my 4x great grandmother raised 12 kids on her own).Many family history adventures start when someone wants to learn the truth behind one of the family legends. And, as professional researchers, we’ve learned time and again that many of these legends do have a kernel of truth in them.Christine Romans has long been a collector of the family…
 
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  • Expectations

    Michael Johnpoll
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    I’ll be honest. This got my blood boiling a little. Tonight’s rant comes courtesy of the utter crap the last two generations told all us 90’s kids (this extends to both decades surrounding the 90’s) about going and getting an education in America. The post I’m referring to was something the Stetson Entrepreneurial Group shared about starting a business after graduating college. While I’m all in favor of starting a small business (and I have my fingers in more than one pie concerning this), I am hurt, dismayed and insulted that this so-called “third…
  • Tag Hash

    Juliette Kings
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    “It is called Tag Hash. You add stuff as you go, as in tagging it on to the end,” explained the anci
  • Remember - history through verse

    judithlesleymarshall
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    ‘Remember’ is the theme for this year’s National Poetry Day on the 2nd October. Much has been written about the link between poetry and memory, learning by heart and our need to remember and to recall. While the focus is very much on World War 1 as symbolised in the ‘Poppies in the Cockpit Garden’ photograph taken at Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire earlier this year, I invite you to reflect on other important historical events which are embedded in your psyche through poetic devices such as: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain – taught to remember the…
  • Day 11

    Kannaki
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    It is comforting to listen to the sound of rolling thunder curled up cosily in bed right now. It was long before I could conceive of rain as something beautiful and desirable, as something one welcomed by running outside and waving ones’ arms in truly filmy fashion. Thunderstorms were terrifying for me as a child and thunderstorms were a regular during the monsoon season in Assam. It was not a romantic moment that we anticipated it was something we endured with gritted teeth. When the wind would begin howling and windows would start banging in a wild frenzy my mother and her help would run…
  • ALTERNATE REALITY

    BÁRBARA HERRNSDORF
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    ALTERNATE REALITY You did not fight for me. I let you go. Space between                    us spreading                                 out like                                                       duelers back                               to                               back facing                                                                              away pacing                                                            …
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Monday - 20 October 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I didn't journal on Saturday or Sunday, mainly because I did little of interest in genealogy.1)  Saturday, 18 October:*  Quickly read email and blogs, then off to the Men's breakfast at Marie Callenders.  Home at 9:30 to note that Surname Saturday - LNU (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.*  We left at 11:45 a.m. for Carlsbad to meet Tami and the girls at 12:30 for lunch.  Got my Charlie fix, and the girls too...we went to the mall after lunch, Tami shopped, and I used Charlie as a chick magnet.  We left at 3:45 p.m., home by 4:30.*  Took a…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 17 October 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I'm getting forgetful I fear...see below!*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 42: Sarah (Feather) Carringer (1804-1848) posted.*  Watched Russ's video, and wrote More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on Ancestry.com and set it for later.*  Was working away at 12:20 p.m. when my iPhone gave me a Calendar alert - I needed to be in San Carlos (almost 20 miles away) in 10 minutes.  I totally forgot about my Genealogy-Be An Ancestor Detective talk at the library from 1 to 2:30.  Printed off 30 handouts in a…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 16 October 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    We're halfway through October...and i'm a week shy of 71 now.  The weather has cooled off a bit, highs in the upper 70s this week.  This was another all-genealogy stay-home day.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 236: Norman Sever's Military Service Summary.  Answered email.*  Worked a bit in billion Graves, testing the Plus features.  Went down a research rabbit hole from one of the Seaver entries, and added 4 generations of a new Seaver bush.  Earliest is a Massachusetts guy, but cannot attach him to another family yet.*…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 15 October 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This was my father's 103rd birthday - but he died 31 years ago.  I am thankful for his great New England ancestry!*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Bowers and Ruth (Seaver) Fischer -- Post 329 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and CGSSD Mini-Fair on Saturday, 18 October and set it for late morning, and Finding Record Hints for Persons in a Specific Database on Ancestry.com and set it form id-afternoon.  blogging done!*  Left at 11 a.m. for lunch at McDonalds, then to the library to stop in with John's group and then the Computer Group, which…
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 14 October 2014

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This was another stay-at-home genealogy day and I got some things done, but messed around too much.*  Read email and blogs, then researched and wrote Technology Tuesday - FamilySearch Family Tree Mobile App and answered email.  Had to reboot when the computer got slow.  In the mean time, culled about half of the non-genealogy paper pile.*  Watched several YouTube videos by Russ, Crista, Pat and Tessa.  Checked Facebook.  Wrote One Family Tree File or Many Tree Files?*  Went in at 2 p.m. to watch the baseball game, took a nap, read the paper.
 
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    Before My Time

  • The Wolfschlaeger-Wigger Marriage Record: Some Questions

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    You'll want to view the record below on a large screen. The handwriting is pretty hard to read. I have four questions about entry number 4, but I've left the record intact because it may help to see how other entries were made. You may have to scroll horizontally to see the fourth question. Below the image, I've explained what the record is and what my questions are.This is the German marriage record of Johann Peter Wolfschlaeger, age 25, and Maria Elisabeth Wigger, age 19, who were Catholic. With their parents' consent, they tied the knot on 24 May 1829. Pastor Fernholz officiated.Question…
  • St. Joseph and Sweetest Heart of Mary Churches

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Let's hear it for drones! This is a lovely little video of two of Detroit's historic Catholic churches. The steeple at the beginning is that of St. Joseph's. Most of the first 45 seconds, in fact, are St. Joseph's, except 0:17-0:24. Sweetest Heart of Mary is the one with the red exterior. The interior shots are also Sweetest Heart of Mary. My only complaint: this video is too short! My Hauer and Wolfschlager ancestors attended St. Joseph's.
  • Genealogical Trick or Treat

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    For all the big kids who are dressing up as family history buffs for Halloween, here are a few tasty morsels.First, we have an interesting piece at Atlas Obscura about the Mormon Genealogical Archives.  I was interested to learn that I'm not the only one worried about water leaking into the basement! Atlas Obscura found this story in a Long Now blogpost by Alexander Rose titled The Mormon Vault. There are no public tours of the archives, but Rose and environmentalist Stewart Brand were given a private tour. (People of my g-g-generation will recognize the name Steward Brand; he was the…
  • Book Notes: Alfred Street by Russell McLauchlin (and now, an index!)

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Alfred Street (Burton Historical Collection)The other day I was talking with a cousin about someone in our family tree who lived on Arndt Street in Detroit. I thought I'd read a book about life on Arndt Street, but when I tried to look it up, I couldn't find it. Thinking it might have been another street, I looked at a map and realized, yes, it was Alfred Street, not Arndt. I'd enjoyed the book, so yesterday I walked my dog to the library to check it out again. The author, Russell McLauchlin, was a music and drama critic for The Detroit News, and many of the essays in the book originally…
  • Detroit: The Arnold Home for the Aged and Hospital for Incurables

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Detroit Society for Genealogical Research recently posted to their Facebook page the link to a finding aid for the records of the Arnold Home for the Aged and Hospital for Incurables. Knowing that my great-grandmother Kate Pettis Kerr died there, I went to Detroit Public Library the other day to have a look at the records, which are part of the Burton Historical Collection.To use the records, you must request them at the desk (Burton). At first, the librarians had trouble locating the records. I had printed out a copy of the finding aid to take with me, which may have helped. Eventually the…
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 395: Bright in Spots

    NPR
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Phil and Philip Mortillaro, a father-and-son locksmith team, talk about the family business. Also on this podcast, retired New York City sanitation worker Angelo Bruno speaks with his friend and former partner, Eddie Nieves, about working together on their daily route. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org.To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate Music Info: "Saunter" by Podington Bear from the album Backbeat
  • StoryCorps Podcast 394: No Comfort

    NPR
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
     Epidemiologists Anne Purfield (L) and Michelle Dynes (R) talk about responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info: "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan", by Chris Zabriski  http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/Undercover_Vampire_Policeman/01_-_The_Temperature_of_the_Air_on_the_Bow_of_the_Kaleetan_1165 "John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris…
  • StoryCorps 393: Two Peas in a Pod

    NPR
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Sonia Vasquez and her daughter, Tina Vasquez, talk about what it was like to grow up broke in the 1990s.Music Info:"Opening Credits" by Johnny Ripper- http://johnnyripper.bandcamp.com/"Jubilee" by Unwed Sailor - http://www.unwedsailor.net/
  • StoryCorps 392: Outcast and OK

    NPR
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
     Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.  Darnell Moore tells his friend Bryan Epps about an incident that shaped his youth. Music Info: "Genius and Theives" by Eluvium http://eluvium.net/works/"Hello is This Your House?" by David Wingo and Explosions in the Sky http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18317-explosions-in-the-sky-prince-avalanche-ost/"Demus", by Charles Atlas http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Charles_Atlas/
  • StoryCorps 391: A Grave Responsibility

    NPR
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic scientist, tells her husband, Dr. Erich Baker, about identifying bodies of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate Music Info: "Water From The Same Source" by Rachel's from the album "Systems / layer".
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Brooklyn Bounty 2014 Taste Spotlight – Odd Fellows Ice Cream

    Jenny Acosta
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    In anticipation of Brooklyn Bounty, BHS’s premier fundraiser at 26 Bridge on October 22nd, we are profiling our participating restaurants and honorees of the Food & Heritage Awards. Below is a profile of OddFellows Ice Cream Company, one of the sweet and chilled participants in our evening’s tasting menu. Ice Cream is year-round! (left to right) : The OddFellows Team – Mohan Kumar, Sam Mohan, & Holiday Kumar Right on the corner of Kent Avenue and North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a small ice cream parlor with big flavors. OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is…
 
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    sex in the country, life in the chillWorld

  • lightness of being

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    yesterday, I embarked on a bit of woo woo healing action, and worked with my friend Michelle, an energy healer, to dig deep into some stuff that's coming up for me.  in my latest bout of self exploration, I've come to the realization that I have developed an intimate relationship with my anger.  it's not something new, it's a hindrance that has walked along side me for most of my life. as a little girl, there's a moment indelible in my mind, I'm with my father.  in this moment I'm complaining, gossiping and judging, and he turns to me, and says, "when did you become so…
  • divorcing my mom (working title)

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    I think most daughters have challenges in their relationship with their mom.  It's probably also true that most people struggle to identify and connect with their parents.  We all have things about growing up we wish we could change.... and for a long time, I thought my life at home was just those things. My parents taught me I was a difficult child.  My mother wished I had never been born, and scolded me and hit me for so many things I lost track of all the wrongs I committed from when I was very young to the very present.I don't know how many times I've said sorry but not…
  • limits to love

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    4 Aug 2013 | 5:33 am
    Sangham saranam gacchāmiI go for refuge in the Sanghathere are three jewels of practice. the buddha, dharma and sangha. sangha, community, support network... I find that the more that I morph, the more challenging it is to keep a strong support system around me.  and the more I grow, the more distant I become to a life that once defined me.last night, I had a glimpse into the heart of someone who chooses self-destruction.  it was a repugnant place, and I'm not interested in going there ever again myself or vicariously through someone else.  he expressed that my inability to…
  • the little gorilla loves himself

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    21 Jul 2013 | 1:45 pm
    "Everybody in the forest loves the Little Gorilla,But like all little gorillas, he begins to grow,and grow, and grow. Until one day, Little Gorilla is BIG!"each year, at my son's birthday party I go around the table of his friends and ask the same question, "what do you like best about Zoren?"this year, his little group of pals answered; he's the wild card, he's like a labyrinth, he's crazy, you never know what to expect.... maybe I had already doled out too much sugar and junk food before posing this annual poll to his pals, but I found their responses fascinating. to me, he's just this kid,…
  • this guy was meant for me.....

    Elissa Jane Mastel
    17 Jul 2013 | 10:51 am
    I’m going to tell you a story so personal, only a handful of people know it. A story about me that reveals more than most people know a story I was trying to spit out over dinner yesterday with a friend... but couldn’t... because I’m better at divulging myself more eloquently on "paper" than with my mouth...If you could see a younger version of me... the one that was twenty nine, you would meet a woman who commanded a certain power and leadership. Independent, smart and rising in the ranks of the NYC agency scene, I was racing to the zenith of something with a wake of broken hearts…
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    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist

  • DNA Mysteries: Iberian R1b-V88 in Africa

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
       When I first heard about R1b in Africa, my immediate assumption was that the predominantly Celtic haplogroup must have been a recent transplant.  I ran some of the V88 haplotypes against the big databases (FTDNA & ySearch) expecting to see matches to European men within the African colonial timeframe.  It wasn’t that easy.  Common ancestor analysis put the R1b Africans (V88) thousands of years removed from the rest of their European R1b cousins.  Where did they come from?  How did they get there?   I started with the given that the R1b…
  • Iberian R1b Y-DNA: First Movers in Europe

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
       The disputed origins of haplogroup R1b, most commonly thought of as Celtic, remains split between Iberia prior to the end of the last ice age and various West Asian locations after the ice age.  A new view on the R1b homeland comes out every year.  With all we know about DNA, shouldn’t we be coming to a consensus?  Typically, I refer to R1b as Celtic to help an audience make the connection between lettered haplogroups and culture or ethnicity.  I also add the caveat that Celtic is a misleading label.   R1b is supergroup of cultures including; Iberian,…
  • Your Autosomal DNA Tapestry

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Deep Into DNA*   What does a tapestry have in common with your autosomal DNA?  A tapestry is a colorful and complex weaving that tells a story.  Your autosomal DNA is a complex weaving of 3 billion base pairs inherited from your ancestors.  Autosomal DNA can tell multiple stories about ethnicity, health and relationships.  As you will see, your DNA can be quite colorful.Bayeux Tapestry (Source: Wikimedia Commons)   Every year new tools become available to help us understand our genetic patterns and learn about the stories written in our genes. …
  • DNA, SNP, STR, OMG!

    16 May 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Deep Into DNA*   Oh my gosh, there are many acronyms in genetic genealogy.  You have to agree that using the acronym DNA is better than writing deoxyribonucleic acid repeatedly.  Although, when we talk about using DNA for genealogy and we only use acronyms, they start to lose their meaning and become just another ‘thing’.  “Hey, I’ve got a SNP.  Do you have a SNP?”  “I dunno, let me check.”     Maybe I’m weird.  I like to understand what all the acronyms mean and how they play a part in the larger picture....continued…
  • TribeMapper Contest Winners

    1 May 2014 | 4:31 am
    Congratulations to all our winners!The winners are:Michael DurkinGeorge HeubachSylvia JacksonPaul SmithJennifer ZinckStay tuned as we unravel their history over the next weeks.Thank you to everyone who entered.  The TribeMapper Report is now on sale until June 1, 2014.  Details are on the OriginsDNA website.Where did you come from?
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  • Cool gadgets and gifts on every Genealogist’s wish list !

    Christine Blythe
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Over time, I have developed this list of my favorite and most wished for cool gadgets and gifts on every genealist’s wish list whether the occasion is Christmas, birthday, graduation, or any of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Don’t trust what you read on the internet.

    Christine Blythe
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Jack the Ripper mystery solved? Not quite. It’s so true that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet, even from me. Recently, I wrote a post about the DNA analysis of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

    Christine Blythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    As I’ve written in previous posts, much of human history has involved the management of relationships, marriages, etc. to safeguard against incestuous relationships, and has resulted in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please excuse the mess!?

    Christine Blythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    For the next few weeks, both this and my Feathering the Empty Nest site are undergoing some experimentation, the end result of which will be the theme and layout frequently changing. This is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Owning a home: Military least likely and fire fighters more likely to own.

    Christine Blythe
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    New analysis from Ancestry.com reveals surprising connections between occupation and owning a home today and since 1900. I found some of the findings described in the following press release by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Odd & Hilarious Names: You Responded with Your Funniest Finds

    Tony Pettinato
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Odd & Hilarious Names: You Responded with Your Funniest Finds was originally published at .Last week, we posed this question to our GenealogyBank friends on Facebook: “What’s the funniest name or surname you’ve ever come across?” Well, your responses were wonderful: 98 of you have commented so far sharing your funniest name finds! We enjoyed some laughs reading these names so much that we decided to compile them into one list to give everyone a chuckle. Some of these people’s names seem too outlandish or funny to be real—but, time and again, you appended messages swearing…
  • Do You Celebrate Birthday Traditions Like Your Ancestors Did?

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Do You Celebrate Birthday Traditions Like Your Ancestors Did? was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary searches old newspapers to find stories about birthday traditions celebrated by our ancestors. Chances are you celebrate some of your birthday traditions the way your ancestors did—and not just extravagant gatherings with cakes, balloons and presents. Many cultures have unique and fun ways to commemorate a birthday. Photo: Chinese birthday party. Source: Library of…
  • Remembering the Young: Children’s Death Records in the News

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Remembering the Young: Children’s Death Records in the News was originally published at .I was reading this old newspaper and noticed that obituary after obituary was for young children. Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 28 August 1875, page 3 So many reports of very young children dying early deaths in this old newspaper article: Martha Banks, aged 1 year, 11 months and 2 days Arthur Lincoln Vaughan, aged 6 months and 12 days Caroline E. Hein, aged 11 months and 13 days August 1875 was clearly a brutal month for children and their families in…
  • Filling In My Family Tree with Stories in Old Newspapers

    Scott Phillips
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Filling In My Family Tree with Stories in Old Newspapers was originally published at .Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this blog post, Scott shares some of the family stories he’s learned by searching through old newspapers—stories that help him get to know his ancestors better than just the names and dates on a family tree. Everyone who enjoys working on their family history knows that nothing enhances your family tree and attracts more family to your work than the stories you weave together in your…
  • Old Family Photos Reveal More about Our Family Stories

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Old Family Photos Reveal More about Our Family Stories was originally published at .Here’s a tip for your family history research: Use old photos of your ancestors to generate family stories. Photo: John and Mary (Brown) Kemp. Source: Kemp family records. Start the Conversation This past weekend I took this old family photo off the wall to scan it and add it to my family history collection online. It shows my great-grandparents John and Mary (Brown) Kemp and was taken in the late 1930s. I asked my Dad what he could tell me about this old photo of my ancestors. He described his grandparents…
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  • Community Improvement Infographic

    radaris
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    In today’s day and age, the concept of community is constantly changing. To keep up with these alterations both on and offline, we have put together an infographic that details the five best ways to improve everyday aspects of your community. Click here to get our full community infographic. While 68% of Americans want to […]
  • Five Ways To Improve your Online and Offline Community

    radaris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
  • Vietnam Veteran Finds Old Military Friend

    radaris
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    In honor of all of the veterans and active military personnel, we’re dedicating this Find A Friend Friday to two Vietnam Vets who have been reunited after a 38-year search. The two men, Rick Mueller and Joe Martinez had been inseparable while aboard their navy ship overseas, but sadly lost touch upon returning home. In […]
  • Online Dating Study with Shocking Results

    radaris
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Earlier this month, a study done by Michigan State University shook the online dating Community. The study simply stated that online dating is not as effective as researchers and daters think. Statistics apparently showed that “60% [of] couples who met online were in non-marital romantic relationships, and a minority reported being married.” Meaning that the […]
  • Reunion with Long Lost Furry Friend and Companion

    radaris
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Every year, thousands of people search for pets that have run off. Sometimes you may find your pet in there strangest places! Guiseppe DiBella’s dog Nika, a toy terrier, got loose in 2012 in New York. Without knowing if someone had stolen his little friend, or if she had run off, he gave up hope […]
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