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  • Breaking Through the Autosomal DNA Generation Barrier: Connecting to Distant Ancestors

    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
       There has been much debate over the use of small autosomal DNA segments.  It is important to understand where they come from and how they can be used for genetic genealogy.  Small segments are considered noise and false matches.  There are too many small matches to make sense out of, but they are not necessarily false matches.  These segments have been in the population for longer than we thought.  When I match someone at 2 cM it is very likely that they are a 12th cousin, not a 5th cousin.  There is no reason…
  • Getting More From Your Autosomal DNA: Genetic Family Trees

    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
       For years, genealogists have been able to use Y-DNA to validate paternal pedigrees and sort surnames into family groups.  This has been a great advantage for the world of genealogy, but it has been restricted to men and paternal lines.  Autosomal DNA is more inclusive.  Both women and men can take this test and it illuminates the entire family tree as opposed to just the male line.  For those of us that have taken an autosomal test, there are a number of tools that help find cousin matches.  When we find multiple cousins matching the same chunk of DNA, we…
  • Window through a Widow’s Pension

    Ancestry Blog
    Ancestry Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian at AncestryI cannot find how my grandfather Anthony Peter Hellmann came to the U.S. or where he lived before 1900. I have his enlistment in the Spanish-American War, and a 1900 census that lists his birthday as 1878 in Germany, and that he immigrated in 1881. Any suggestions would be helpful, as he died in 1918, and I have zero knowledge of parents or siblings. Thank you! —SandiDear Sandi,The two questions you are attempting to answer—how your grandfather migrated from Germany and where he lived before the…
  • Apr 23, Ten Years of YouTube and the Importance of Video Personal History

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The video site where most people find and watch videos on the Internet just turned ten years old. YouTube is a decade old and it is amazing how much it impacts our world now. Videos going viral gives a lot of people their 15 minutes of fame, from silly cat videos to amazing celebrity stories; the discovery of previously unknown talent and the legacies of families and their personal history.
  • I Want My Grandchildren to Know I Wasn’t Always Old

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I watched as an old woman entered the room, leaning heavily on her cane. Although each step seemed to be a huge effort, her sagging figure was elegantly dressed, and her face, a road map of wrinkles, tastefully made up. She sat heavily in a seat near the door, in the front row, not far from where I stood, waiting to present a book talk about The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. I begin these programs by asking everyone why they are interested in writing their lifestories. I get a variety of predictable responses: “I have a few memories I want to write down for my kids” ... “I do…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Apr 23, Ten Years of YouTube and the Importance of Video Personal History

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The video site where most people find and watch videos on the Internet just turned ten years old. YouTube is a decade old and it is amazing how much it impacts our world now. Videos going viral gives a lot of people their 15 minutes of fame, from silly cat videos to amazing celebrity stories; the discovery of previously unknown talent and the legacies of families and their personal history.
  • Apr 20, Santa Fe Runner is Boston Strong

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    This year my state of New Mexico is bursting with pride as the women's division winner, Caroline Rotich, is a runner from Kenya that has made her home in Santa Fe for a decade. Winning the Boston Marathon, one of the most prestigious events for runners, is something she considers a longtime goal.
  • Apr 16, Throwback Thursday - Gulf Oil Spill Stories On the One Year Anniversary

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    We are coming up on the four year anniversary of one of the greatest ecological disasters ever, the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010 when one of British Petroleum's oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and spilled a horrible amount of oil into the water. How that affected life on the Gulf Coast continues to be a concern, but back on April 21, 2011 I posted about the on year anniversary and coverage/stories I found in a couple of places.
  • Apr 13, Memories Fade - Reason #6 for Your Life Story from APH's Deborah Perham

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    How sharp is your memory? I know that my short term memory seems to be on the fritz these past few years. Sometimes I can't remember what I told myself to remember to do ten seconds ago! But long term memory is more important, especially when it comes to your life story or family history.
  • Apr 9, Throwback Thursday - A Spring Walk

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It was a blustery New Mexico Spring day in 2003, typical of the kind of weather we get this time of year, when my then 7 year old son and I went for a walk. It turned out to be the inspiration for one of the better life story stories I've written.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • I Want My Grandchildren to Know I Wasn’t Always Old

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I watched as an old woman entered the room, leaning heavily on her cane. Although each step seemed to be a huge effort, her sagging figure was elegantly dressed, and her face, a road map of wrinkles, tastefully made up. She sat heavily in a seat near the door, in the front row, not far from where I stood, waiting to present a book talk about The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. I begin these programs by asking everyone why they are interested in writing their lifestories. I get a variety of predictable responses: “I have a few memories I want to write down for my kids” ... “I do…
  • Ritergal’s Birthday

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Heavens to Betsy, today is Ritergal’s birthday, and  I just realized she is a teenager, In fact, she has been a teenager for a couple of years. That could explain a lot of things, but I won’t go into that. In honor of her birthday, she’s my guest today, sharing her flash memoir, previously unread and unedited by me:That woman, the one whose fingers I’m using, thinks I’m only fifteen, and she thinks she calls the shots. Little does she know. I’m ageless. For several decades I lurked in a hidden closet of her soul, just beyond her awareness, waiting for the right moment to make…
  • Respecting Your Writer’s Voice

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    “It’s critically important to find an editor who will respect your writer’s voice and not try to change it into her own.” Electric agreement surged through  the room during a Penn Writers self-publishing workshop offered last weekend by acclaimed Pittsburgh author Kathleen Shoop. Heads nodded, and a ripple of “Mmm hmm” rose and fell. I exchanged nods with friends sitting on both sides. Then a memory tempered my thought. Ten years ago a group fondly referred to as “angel editors” banded together to help a mutual friend – I’ll call him Will – hammer a complex memoir…
  • How and Why to Write about JOY

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This advice to talk about our joys struck home with me when I saw it the other day. Not surprisingly, I immediately thought how it applies to writing – specifically to life writing – and how happy stories spread joy.In The Heart and Craft of Lifewriting, I discuss the way many people tend to shy away from discussing success and joy. “I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging,” some people say. “I don’t people to envy me,” or “I don’t want them to think I think I’m better than they are,” or “I don’t want to make people sad because they missed out.” These are valid…
  • Hidden Treasures

    7 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    I just discovered a  hidden treasure trove. I’m glad I didn’t give into the urge to purge. I almost tossed old sympathy letters unread. What relevance, I wondered, could I possibly find in condolence letters written to my now-deceased mother-in-law nearly fifty years ago when her husband died? What a surprise to find that I’m learning so much from reading between the lines. I hardly knew my father-in-law, Ezra Lippincott. We never lived near them and had only been married six years when he died. Quite likely he found his son’s young wife as baffling as I found him. We never…
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    Ancestry Blog

  • Where in the World are the Ancestors of DNA Circles?

    Julie Granka
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    While we often celebrate the discovery of the structure of DNA on DNA Day, today we’ll celebrate those who we got that DNA from: our ancestors.  We can also celebrate all of the people with whom we share DNA from those ancestors: from our siblings to our distant cousins.AncestryDNA DNA Circles™ recognize both our ancestors as well as all of the connections we’ve made with distant relatives through our shared ancestors.  That’s because a DNA Circle is a group of people who all share DNA with others in the group, and who all also share a particular ancestor in their family trees.Who…
  • Celebrate DNA Day with Your Own Discoveries

    Anna Swayne
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    DNA Day comes every year, April 25th and it’s a great time to celebrate the amazing discoveries we’ve made about the human race. It’s also a great time to make a few new discoveries of your own. In honor of DNA Day, now through Monday, we have a limited time offer to get 20% off the AncestryDNA test. To take advantage of this great deal, click here.We’d also like to share a new way to learn about DNA. Last week we announced the launch of Ancestry Academy. It’s a new educational website that offers exclusive, high-quality video courses taught by genealogy and family history…
  • AncestryDNA Gives Me a Sense of Self

    Jerome de Groot
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
     I’m just about to undertake a DNA test. I’m both terrified and exhilarated about what it might find. DNA testing for genealogy is a powerful tool, and is gaining attention at the moment. DNA sequencing makes the subject of your investigation – your own cells, the stuff inside you. It is inescapable and accurate.Ancestry have just launched the service in the UK & Ireland. What does it actually mean to do it? Does it change your life? BeforeI am an academic. I am a scholar. I write about things, I don’t do them! So what am I doing spitting in a test tube and sending…
  • AncestryDNA is a Team Sport

    Mike Mulligan
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    When I first took the AncestryDNA test, my friend Anna asked me if I had tested any other members of my family. At the time I remember thinking very clearly that I already had hundreds of matches, the last thing I needed was more matches. Fast forward a few months and my Dad mentioned he would like to do the AncestryDNA test. So as a birthday present I got him an AncestryDNA kit and he took the test. A few weeks later his results came back and he was very happy with the outcome. However for me it turned out to be one of the smartest things I’ve done since I originally took the test. Now…
  • Window through a Widow’s Pension

    Ancestry Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian at AncestryI cannot find how my grandfather Anthony Peter Hellmann came to the U.S. or where he lived before 1900. I have his enlistment in the Spanish-American War, and a 1900 census that lists his birthday as 1878 in Germany, and that he immigrated in 1881. Any suggestions would be helpful, as he died in 1918, and I have zero knowledge of parents or siblings. Thank you! —SandiDear Sandi,The two questions you are attempting to answer—how your grandfather migrated from Germany and where he lived before the…
 
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  • Honoring Kelly Clarkson in The Rebirth

    themiddlemovement
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Lent used to be a big deal to us. Our Catholic upbringing emphasized the importance of restraint and guilt, particularly during the 47 (counting Sundays) before Easter. This year, Treenie Weenie & I made the conscious decision to not partake in Lent. This year, I would allow myself to eat all of the candy, chocolate, ice cream, AND donuts that my cravings desired. And while I did experience some bash lash (that traditional, unfailing Catholic guilt), I am so confident that this decision was made with intentions of further healing my obsession with control and weight loss. Extreme weight…
  • Military Stories #3

    johndiestler
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    At the Gymnasium When our turn came up I could see that we were to enter a dozen checkout lines, similar to what you might find at a supermarket. Upon entering you were supposed to hand a soldier (clerk) a piece of paper that had been given to you. The paper had your name, social security, your blood type and a blank where you were to enter your religion (or keep blank for no preference). I looked at the blank and then I was directed to the back wall of the gym, where every possible religion was there with a special shorten acronym that could easily fit on a dog tag. Yes, this was the place…
  • Abby's Road gets a wonderful review at Reader Views!

    michael64curry
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Abby’s Road: The Long and Winding Road to Adoption and how Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped received a wonderful review from Reader Views online. The cover of Abby’s Road Here is the review: Abby’s Road: The Long and Winding Road to Adoption Michael Curry Curry Books (2014) ISBN 9780692221532 Reviewed by Daryn Watson for Reader Views (2/15) Michael Curry’s book “Abby’s Road: The Long and Winding Road to Adoption” shares the trials and tribulations of the author and his wife Esther as they embark on their quest to adopt a baby. After trying naturally and…
  • Święconka Part II

    The Twentieth Man
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Perhaps it was the Latin rite that I’d never really understood or even had properly explained to me, or the weekly mass I found so dreadfully tedious and downright hypnotic, perhaps it was those annoying altar bells (Will someone please answer that phone!) or the pain in my knees and lower back from genuflecting, kneeling and standing for so long. Perhaps it was the nagging questions about the dry, sacrosanct Eucharist stuck to the roof of my mouth, or the secret envy I held for my public school friends who where never compelled to attend a church at all, much less go to Sunday School.
  • Military Stories #2

    johndiestler
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    It took several days for the “head rub” feeling to wear off. Probably wore off faster for those who abused the experience. The next morning (morning?) at 4:30 am we were brought awake by our drill sergeant beating a garbage can with a small bat. He had the look of a man that could easily shift his purpose to beating a sleepy soldier to attention. We fell out of our banks and tried to stand erect. The first problem was that we were standing wherever we landed when we evacuated our warm beds. Some of use ended up standing in the wide center aisle of our barracks. The barracks layout…
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Genealogy Friday - 24 April 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    So April is almost gone, and what have I accomplished?  Not a whole lot, I fear!  It's been a month of dental work for me and eye work for Linda.*  Read email and blogs, and noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 69: #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) posted.  Wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 3: An English Story and set it for later.*  Left at 10 a.m. for the dentist offices for deep cleaning and root planing on the left hand side of my mouth.  That was a long-lasting hour, but I endured without much pain or agony.  Last episode…
  • My Genealogy Mid-Week - 21-23 April 2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Where did the week go?  Well, life, and genealogy intervened.1)  Tuesday, 21 April 2015:*  Linda had an eye doctor's appointment at 11:30, and that turned out well.  We went to lunch, then to Liz's for our financial review.  I have some homework to do. *  Home by 4 p.m. to read, write a blog post, and then we had dinner and watched the Padres game.  We won 14-3.  Wrote a blog post for Wednesday.2)  Wednesday, 22 April 2015:*  Read email and blogs, noted that Post-Wedding Reception in San Francisco -- Post 356 of (Not So) Wordless…
  • My Geneaholic Monday - 20 April 2015

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:32 pm
    It was just another geneaholic Monday - I drank the genea-kool-aid all day and my Padres played a great game.  All's well in the genea-cave tonight.  Except I didn't get any real research done today.*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 264: 1804 Deed of Josiah Sawtell to Samuel Hale in Brookline, N.H. posted.  Worked a bit in the MyHeritage Instant discoveries.*  Joined the weekly Mondays With Myrt and was able to demonstrate and discuss the MyHeritage Instant Discovery process.*  Worked more in Instant Discoveries, and noted…
  • My Geneaholic Sunday - 19 April 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    This was almost an all-genealogy day - rare!  Only the Padres game and food interfered.*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 April 2015 post.  I didn't go to church but Linda did.  *  Worked on adding more images to the Probate talk.  Found a few, need more.  *  Linda home, and the Padres game started at 11:20 a.m.  Padres beat the Cubs 5-2, so now we're 8-5 on the season.*  Online at 2:15 p.m. to read, write Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of April 12 to 18,…
  • My Genealogy Saturday - 18 April 2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
    This was CGSSD day, and the Padres were at Chicago Cubs.*  Read email, but not blogs, got off by 8:05 a.m. to meet John for the ride to the CGSSD meeting at UCSD.  After 45 minute discussion, group voted 34-9 to merge with SDGS.  There goes a yearly speaking gig.*  In the second hour, John gave his Civil War talk and it was excellent.  We made it back to Chula Vista by 12:15 p.m.*  I watched the Padres/Cub game.  Pads came back from 6-2 in the top of the 9th, but Cubs won 7-6 in the 11th.  Drat. *  Online at 2:30 p.m. to read blogs, noted…
 
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    Before My Time

  • 1924: Classical Music on the Montana Frontier

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Classically trained in Vienna, violinist / music teacher Gustave Foret attempted to start a music club in Baker, Montana, in 1924. It was announced in The Fallon County Times on January 10th:But on January 31st, this unfortunate announcement was made:Nevertheless, as Gustave stated, the show must go on. The program for an upcoming classical concert featuring Baker's own talent was published in The Fallon County Times on February 14, 1924:Reader, have you met me? I'm not a big fan of classical music. In college, I met my Humanities requirement with a 3-credit class called History of Rock &…
  • April 28, 1922: Treble Clef Concert

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    I expect to finish my current book project, News: A Krentz & Buss Family Album, within the next few days. The book is a collection of news stories about family members from the old weeklies of three places where my dad's side of the family had a strong presence in the early decades of the 1900s. I've been proofreading, a laborious chore which requires me to stop getting sucked into the news stories and keep my eye on spelling and punctuation while still paying enough attention to the content to know whether words have been accidentally omitted or in some other way messed up enough to…
  • 11 January 1923: Woman's Club Gives Party

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    From The Fallon County Times, page 1:     The Baker Woman's Club gave the annual entertainment of husbands last Tuesday evening at a combined card and dancing party at the Hubbard's Hall. About one hundred people were present and twenty tables of Bridge and Five Hundred were played. Mesdames Yokley and McArthur superintended the card playing. High score prizes for bridge were awarded to Mrs. Comstock and H. S. Proctor, low score prizes were awarded to Mrs. Al Hansen and Chas. LaCross. High score prizes for 500 were awarded to Mrs. L. Wilson and Ped Akers, low score prizes…
  • Another Meeting of the Woman's Club

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    My great aunt Emma McArthur was a participant in the program at the Baker Woman's Club meeting on March 29, 1924. The program was reportedly "much enjoyed by all" and was well detailed in the weekly paper so, dear reader, step into my time machine and let us get in on some of that Woman's Club action.Dateline: Baker, Montana — 3 April 1924 The Fallon County Times, p. 8:I believe "Tarantelle Mignon" was actually this very lovely piece by French composer Paul Taffanel, Grande Fantaisie sur Mignon, and I do hope the ladies of Baker enjoyed a performance much like this one:  Maybe Emma…
  • 8 March 1921, Baker, Montana: Judge Dousman Predicts the Past... er, the Future

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Dateline: Baker, Montana — 10 March 1921 The Fallon County Times, p. 1, col. 1, below the fold:WOMAN'S CLUB MEETING TUESDAY     The Baker Woman's Club met Tuesday at 3 P. M., March 8th, Mrs. Marks presiding.     Plans were reported by committee for serving the dinner for the Farmers' Institute, Monday noon, March 14th, and also for the afternoon's entertainment by the Club.     After attending to other matters of business the Club enjoyed a good program.     Mrs. Zook gave interesting current events, especially…
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    oral history - Google News

  • An Oral History Of Big Terrific, NYC's Most Beloved Comedy Show - Gothamist

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    An Oral History Of Big Terrific, NYC's Most Beloved Comedy ShowGothamistExcept, well, most of those other friends' projects aren't having oral histories compiled about them. And for the better part of the next decade, Wednesdays became synonymous with Big Terrific. For me, in a way, maybe forever. There are reasons for
  • Ambrose Award Goes to Longtime Director of Southern Oral History Program - News from Rutgers

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    News from RutgersAmbrose Award Goes to Longtime Director of Southern Oral History ProgramNews from RutgersJacquelyn Dowd Hall, founding director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina and Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita of history, has been awarded the 2015 Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award by the Rutgers Living ...
  • An Oral History of Legendary '90s Rave Emporium Liquid Sky - New York Magazine

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    New York MagazineAn Oral History of Legendary '90s Rave Emporium Liquid SkyNew York MagazineHere, an oral history of the store that forever changed Lafayette Street — and with it, the history of fashion. Carlos Soul Slinger (co-owner of Liquid Sky): When we first opened, people would laugh and leave without buying anything. DB Burkeman (DJ
  • Oral history workshop at Vermont Folklife Center - vtdigger.org

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Oral history workshop at Vermont Folklife Centervtdigger.orgDo you have a really interesting interview project in mind but don't quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a daylong workshop, Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate Listening on Friday, May 15, 2015 ...and more »
  • 'An Oral History of Mad Men' is an instant internet classic. - Boing Boing

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Boing Boing'An Oral History of Mad Men' is an instant internet classic.Boing BoingSmoke a bowl and read this masterpiece from Clickhole: An Oral History Of 'Mad Men'. You will get the chuckles so hard, you'll spill all the Doritos. It's very long. It's very funny. Here's a snip: Matthew Weiner (series creator): It was 2006, and I Read the Best (Fake) 'Mad Men' Oral History Ever WrittenYahoo NewsThe Only Oral History of 'Mad Men' You Ever Need to Read. Ever.Indie Wire (blog)all 79 news articles »
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    StoryCorps

  • StoryCorps 424: April 19, 1995

    NPR
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we're featuring two interviews from survivors. Christopher Nguyen and PJ Allen are two of the only six children at the day care center in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to survive the bombing.
  • StoryCorps 423: Sissy

    NPR
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    There's an electrical power plant technology instructor at Wyoming's Casper College who stands out on campus. His name is Sissy Goodwin and he dresses in women's clothing. His wife, Vickie, didn't know he wore women's clothing when they met, but she's stood by him for the past four decades.
  • StoryCorps 422: His Name Is Carl

    NPR
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Rebecca Greenberg recently came to StoryCorps with her mother, Laura, to hear about the characters Laura grew up with in Queens during the '50s. She also heard Laura's version of her parents' courtship. It only seemed fair to invite the family back so Rebecca's father, Carl, could tell his side of the story.
  • StoryCorps 421: Beautiful Symmetry

    NPR
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Jeff Wilson sits down with his former high-school classmate Tammie Baird to talk about accidentally hitting her with his car in 1984. Also in this episode: Remembering Susan Silverstone Darer. Music in this episode: "Fives," "Filaments," and "Sonstiges" by Podington Bear, "Agdam" by Hauschka, and "Send Off" by Explosions in the Sky & David Wingo.
  • StoryCorps 420: TED-time Stories

    NPR
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    StoryCorps founder Dave Isay is this year's TED Prize winner. Last week, he gave a TED talk in Vancouver. In this episode you'll hear part of that talk, as well as the stories he shared with the audience.
 
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Photo of the Week: Personal Correspondents

    Tess Colwell
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    [Lincoln and son], circa 1864; John B. Woodward papers, ARC.275; Brooklyn Historical SocietyIn April 1865, General Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. Thanks to the popularity of cartes de visite photographs, like the one pictured above, we can better understand how personal and nationalized portraits shaped the wartime experience on the battlefront and the home front. Cartes de visite first came to the United States from Paris in 1859 and because incredibly popular. They were the first inexpensive, mass produced photographs and for the first…
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    All about family!

  • 2歳児と一緒に!家族の食事献立メニュー②

    こっこ
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    今夜、何作ろう~・・・(-“-) ちょっと一息つく15時頃、夕食のことを考えると、 なんとなく落ち着かない気持ちになること、ありませんか? 私は、献立をたてることで、この悩みから抜け出すことができたんです。 何を作るかが決まっていれば、キッチンに立った時の手際が格段に良くなる! 日中、2歳の子供の相手であまりじっくりキッチンに立っていられない、 私には合っていました(*^_^*)…
  • 子供の食べ物の好き嫌い!原因は?克服するにはどうする?

    こっこ
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    せっかく作ったものも、 と言って、口もつけずにお皿を突き返される・・ 栄養の事も考えて、一生懸命作ってるのに、本当にガッカリしますよね。 そもそも、のに、なんで嫌いって言えるの? 前は食べていたのに、なんでの? 今回は、と、 どうすれば食べ物のおいしさを感じてもらえるのか、 について、まとめてみました。 今回の記事は、 と、 気を揉んでいる、あなたのお役に立てるはずですよ!…
  • 2歳児食事の悩み・・食べない!をなんとかしたい時の5つの工夫

    こっこ
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    食べ物に好みが出てきて、自己主張がだんだん強くなってくる2歳児。 我が子の成長を感じるときでもあるのですが、 同時に、が――― (T_T) 食べる量自体が少ないうえに、嫌いなものが出てくると断固として食べず、 さらに機嫌が悪いときは、ほとんど手をつけなかったり・・・ 何でも食べて元気に大きくなって欲しい、という親の願いとは裏腹に、 作ったものを食べてくれない日が続くと、したり、…
  • 2歳児と一緒に!家族の食事献立メニュー①

    こっこ
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    2歳児の子供も、大人と一緒に美味しく食べられる! 我が家で実際に作っているものを、紹介しています。 早速、1週間の献立メニュー! メインのおかずは、こちらです: グリーンピース、絹さや、春キャベツ、ごぼうなど、 を、できるだけ使っています。 幼児食(2歳)の食事メニュー 春になると、生のグリーンピースが出回るので、のがオススメ! 豆ごはんは、さやから出した豆をよく洗って、…
  • バルサミコ酢の使い方!サラダだけじゃない!?定番からアレンジを紹介

    こっこ
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    、使いこなせていますか? あまり馴染みがなく、使い慣れていないと、 1本使いきれないまま、をむかえてしまいます。 ・・かく言う私も、 気が付いたら、賞味期限を切らしてしまっていた経験があるのですが・・・。 美味しい使い方を知っている今は、 常にスタンバイが1本ある状態ですよ(*´ω`*)! 今回は、バルサミコ酢の使い方として、定番のものから、 、 そしてさらにドリンクまで!?紹介したいと思います。…
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    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist

  • Getting More From Your Autosomal DNA: Genetic Family Trees

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
       For years, genealogists have been able to use Y-DNA to validate paternal pedigrees and sort surnames into family groups.  This has been a great advantage for the world of genealogy, but it has been restricted to men and paternal lines.  Autosomal DNA is more inclusive.  Both women and men can take this test and it illuminates the entire family tree as opposed to just the male line.  For those of us that have taken an autosomal test, there are a number of tools that help find cousin matches.  When we find multiple cousins matching the same chunk of DNA, we…
  • Triangulated Small Segments are Identical by Descent

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
       Autosomal DNA segment matching is a complex issue.  Through testing and observation, it is obvious that some segment matches are false positives.  Computer algorithms will detect any matching allele with no knowledge that the allele is of paternal or maternal origin.   If we said that the left columns are from the father’s sides and the right from the mother’s, we would see that none of the columns match.  Obviously, we can’t just draw a line down the middle and say one side is the mother’s DNA.  To determine which DNA came from mm and which…
  • Press Release: Michael Maglio and OriginsConnector Launch Breakthrough Autosomal DNA Service

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    OriginsConnector is an autosomal DNA service that can connect you to your distant ancestors between 10 and 14 generations ago.  Boston, MA - 6th Mar, 2015Autosomal DNA testing has become extremely popular for use within family history.  Major companies, including 23andMe, AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA have tested nearly 2 million people.  Autosomal DNA is being used every day to find cousins, determine ethnicity and understand health factors.Typically, Autosomal DNA can be reliably analyzed to generate relationship matches only as far back as 5th to 6thcousins.  Michael…
  • Breaking Through the Autosomal DNA Generation Barrier: Connecting to Distant Ancestors

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
       There has been much debate over the use of small autosomal DNA segments.  It is important to understand where they come from and how they can be used for genetic genealogy.  Small segments are considered noise and false matches.  There are too many small matches to make sense out of, but they are not necessarily false matches.  These segments have been in the population for longer than we thought.  When I match someone at 2 cM it is very likely that they are a 12th cousin, not a 5th cousin.  There is no reason…
  • Before They Sailed: Mayflower DNA

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Please share the details about this first of its kind book that will identify the DNA and trace the genetic ancestry of twenty families that sailed aboard the Mayflower. The story behind the story….Who were the Mayflower passengers before they were pilgrims? Where did they come from? England has a long history of migrations and invasions. Were the Pilgrim’s ancestors Anglo-Saxons, Normans or Vikings? This book will use traditional genealogy and DNA to answer those questions and more.The DNA of the Mayflower descendants will lead us on a path of discovery that will first allow us to…
 
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    Empty Nest Genealogy

  • Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

    Christine Blythe
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, ...
  • Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

    Christine Blythe
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, ...
  • Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

    Christine Blythe
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com’s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a company ...
  • Google Search history: An unsung top genealogy research tool?

    Christine Blythe
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Google recently announced that the Google search history of Google account holders will be available for download by the account holder.   Noticing this made me stop and think about just how much I do use the history feature on my browser to find pages I’ve previously visited. The reason? When doing genealogy research including ...
  • Transcription: In Memoriam for Louis Boily

    Christine Blythe
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Transcription: In Memoriam for Louis Boily   A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE LOUIS BOILY EPOUX DE CHRISTINE TURMELLE Décédé aux St-Anges, Comté de Beauce, le 25 Avril 1918, à l’âge de 85 ans et 8 mois Chère épouse et chers enfants je meurs, mon pèlerinage est fini ; je vous en ssaupplie, ne m’oubliez jamais ...
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    Louisiana Genealogy Blog

  • LSU Libraries Special Collections - Louisiana Genealogy Materials

    Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    January 2015 Guide to LSU Special Collections - Louisiana Genealogy Materials 1. Introduction 2. Census Records 3. Birth and Marriage Records 4. Death and Burial Records 5. Church Records 6. Military Records 7. Passenger and Crew Lists 8. Land and Estate Records 9. Directories 10. African Americans 11. Cajuns / French Canadians 12. Other Ethnic Groups 13. Cuban and Dominican Papers 14. Newspapers 15. Miscellaneous Resources
  • Headstone hiding in Capitol Hill Closet 20 Years - Where is it now?

    Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:34 pm
    1910 Orleans Parish Grooms' Marriage Index  Deaver Stephen Courtenay 29 M - Wid. L. M. Lemeunier 40 05/07/1910 Vol.32 P.187  1890 Orleans Parish Marriage Index  Lemeunier Louis M. 60 M - Ida E. Nock 21 12/22/1890 Vol.14 P.911  Louisiana Secretary of State Archive - Death Records March 9, 1967 Gasden Times - http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9K4fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6NYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1028%2C1879184  Ida Deaver died in 1931 and is listed as buried in Greenwood cemetery 33 Willow Myrtle Jessamine Update June 18, 2014 Email today (June 18, 2014) from…
  • August 1888 Hurricane - Storm No. 3 - Pass Manchac Lighthouse

    Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    "The dwelling at Pass Manchac was home to the Succow family for over fifty years. Anthony Succow began his service as keeper in 1868. His wife, Mary, took over in 1873, and she was followed by her son Hugo in 1909." - Lighthouse FriendsA few storm notes - http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Landsea/Partagas/1888-1890/1888.pdfMuch of the NOAA archive reprinted from 1888 cannot be read properly or appear missing.1918 "August 18-20th, 1888. This hurricane was considered the "severest and most extensive" to hit Louisiana since the Racer's Storm of 1837. It affected much of northern Gulf coast. In…
  • Work First, Then Have Fun

    Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Billboard Nov 14, 1942, Vol. 54, No. 46. ISSN 0006-2510, Published by Nielsen Business Media, Inc, November 14, 1942, p. 39.
  • The great ice flow in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River 1784 March hurricanes Cuba - El Cazador doomed

    Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    "On January 11, 1784, El Cazador, a great ship, left Vera Cruz, headed for New Orleans. One month into the voyage the ship sank without a trace of causes unknown.” URL 12 February 1784Ice flows were spotted in the Gulf of Mexico after passing from the Mississippi River. Ice actually blocked the river at New Orleans, LA. This was only 1 of 2 times that this has ever occurred, the other was during the Great Arctic Outbreak of 1899. Storm Track, Fog, and Ice Charts of the North Atlantic Ocean, and Hurricane Track Charts of the Gulf of Mexico (Google eBook) Front Cover John P. Finley 18898…
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  • Cat Poem by Ethel Maude Colson Shows Her Love

    Tony Pettinato
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Cat Poem by Ethel Maude Colson Shows Her Love was originally published at .Family historians want more than just vital statistics. Yes, birth, marriage and death dates are important to genealogy – but once you’ve filled your family tree with names and dates, how much do you really know about your ancestors as real people with individual lives? To get to know your ancestors, you need their stories – and there is no better place to find those stories than in a collection of old newspapers, such as GenealogyBank’s online Historical Newspaper Archives. Here in the pages of old newspapers,…
  • Iowa Archives: 59 Newspapers Online for Genealogy Research

    Tony Pettinato
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Iowa Archives: 59 Newspapers Online for Genealogy Research was originally published at .Iowa, located in the heart of the Midwestern U.S., is an integral part of the country’s Corn Belt, with agriculture long being the base of the state’s economy – although recent decades have seen the flourishing of a more diversified economy including manufacturing and information technology. The 26th largest state in the Union, Iowa is the nation’s 30th most populous state. Illustration: Iowa farm, Muscatine County, Iowa, 1875. Credit: Alfred Andreas; Wikimedia Commons. If you are researching your…
  • Linus Lounsbury, Revolutionary War Veteran

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    Linus Lounsbury, Revolutionary War Veteran was originally published at .I found this obituary for Linus Lounsbury, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, by searching in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives. Columbian Register (New Haven, Connecticut), 23 July 1836, page 3 He died on 15 July 1836. He was a pensioner. He was in the Siege of Fort Johns in Newfoundland, Canada – 17 September 1775 to 3 November 1775, and was in the Battle of White Plains on 28 October 1776. Great information. Image Credit: Battle of White Plains 1926 Issue 2c, U.S. Post Office, 20 February 2010…
  • Hard to Believe – but True – Stories from Old Newspapers

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Hard to Believe – but True – Stories from Old Newspapers was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” They say truth is stranger than fiction – and in this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to find stories that seem unbelievable, yet really happened. Every once in a while something happens that defies explanation. For our ancestors, what seemed like something supernatural might easily be explained with today’s advances in knowledge and technology. Other things remain inexplicable. Old…
  • Passing on Family Heirlooms

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Passing on Family Heirlooms was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary gives practical tips on how to document and preserve your precious family heirlooms. Passing on cherished heirlooms is a time-honored tradition – one that predates all of us for as long as history has been recorded. Your belongings may become the heirlooms of tomorrow, but only if you take care of them. Unfortunately, many family heirlooms become lost through the ages, mostly due to: lack of proper…
 
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    Radaris

  • Sleepover Safety – Tips for Parents

    radaris
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Written by Nikki Waring and Jamie Grumet at I Am Not the Babysitter When the days of play-dates end the years of sleepovers begin. Many parents find a struggle between wanting to give their child some more independence but still needing to protect them.  No one likes to think about it but the reality is that bad things […]
  • Expert Advice on Finding Family History Records

    radaris
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    Sometimes finding out more about your family history can be a time-consuming and confusing process. Here are some helpful, expert recommended resources and tips to get you started on your genealogical journey.  Take time to write down what you already know before you start researching. Speaking with your parents, grandparents, and other extended family members […]
  • 5 Tips to Protect Your Privacy

    radaris
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    In this age of technological development there is no shortage of information available to the general public. Search engine’s can be used to find just about anything, while social media enables us to find just about anyone. Due to the accessibility of personal information and internet data, there has been a rising concern about privacy […]
  • Using Professional Reviews

    radaris
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    When you decide to hire anyone, one of the best practices is to do your research. Finding out more about the professional you hope to hire can make a huge difference in the quality of work you receive. Professional reviews are excellent resource for anyone looking to do any of the following:   Hire a […]
  • How to Get Your Yard and Neighborhood Ready for Spring

    radaris
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Spring has finally sprung across the country! Temperatures are warming up, the sun is coming out, and the snow is finally melting. After a record breaking, brutal winter in most parts, it should come as no surprise that your yard and neighborhood needs some T.L.C. Countless backyards, front yards, side yards, and the like withstood […]
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    Researching Relatives

  • Family Birth: Walter Charles Jackson in 1890

    Joanne Cowden
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My 1st cousin twice removed, Walter Charles Jackson, was born 125 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His mother, my 2nd great-aunt Katherine Jae Nehren Jackson, was one of the strongest women in my family tree and had to deal with heartache many times, but Walter's birth on April 25, 1890, had to be one of the happiest days of her life.Walter had two half-brothers who died before he was born, so he was essentially an only child. After Kate's first husband died, she married Frank Jackson, the manager of her South Side tavern. Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Walter's family moved from…
  • The Two Obituaries of John Wilson Stewart

    Joanne Cowden
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My husband's 2nd great-grandfather passed away on July 5, 1907, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Like many of our ancestors, his obituary appeared in the local newspaper (Pittsburgh Daily Post, July 6, 1907) and included the basic information about his death and family:"John W. Stewart, 73 years old, a well-known resident of McKeesport, died yesterday morning at the McKeesport hospital from injuries received Thursday when he was struck by a street car. The following children survive: M. Wilson Stewart, a Pittsburgh attorney; J. Boyd Stewart, a physician, and Scott M. Stewart, of McKeesport.
  • A Female Entrepreneur Leaves for Canada

    Joanne Cowden
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I found this great story in a trade journal on The Internet Archive:Crockery & Glass Journal, November 6, 1913I found Mary in the 1910 census of Pittsburgh living as a lodger with her sister Emma at 420 Tenth Street. She was employed by a department store as indicated in the article and was born about 1886 in Pennsylvania. So Mary would have been around 28 years old when she left for Canada in 1914.I don't know if Mary ever made it to Canada or how long she stayed, but she eventually married Edward Francis Maloney and, by 1930, was living in Los Angeles County, California. It doesn't look…
  • I Have a Cousin in Colorado!

    Joanne Cowden
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday, I woke up to find an email from a cousin I didn't even know existed. It was very exciting! It turns out that she lived ten miles from me for a decade, but now she's in Colorado. Her paternal grandmother and my great-grandfather were siblings and, while you would think that this family branch with 13 children would lead to many cousin connections, it just hasn't turned out that way.Two of the thirteen siblings didn't marry because they died in their 20s, and two others didn't have children of their own. For seven of the remaining nine, either I couldn't locate descendants or they…
  • Ancestors Who Divorced

    Joanne Cowden
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Divorce has been a part of our family trees for centuries. In the 1917 book The Challenge of Pittsburgh, it was called a "epidemic social disease":"Lessening Sense of the Sacredness of MarriageIn 1916 in Allegheny County, there were issued 12,259 marriage licenses; and the same year 1,256 applications were filed for divorce. During the same period 725 divorces were granted and forty-six refused. This means that for every ten weddings solemnized in Allegheny County a divorce was applied for; and for every seventeen couples married, there was one divorce.Domestic instability is fast…
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    Forces War Records Blog

  • FORCES WAR RECORDS MAGAZINE, ISSUE 2

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Issue 2 of Forces War Records Magazine, our brand new monthly periodical aimed at helping you to get the most out of your family research
  • Happy ANZAC Day from Forces War Records!

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    In celebration of the Australian and New Zealander contribution to the Great War, we bring you a detailed account of the Gallipoli Landings, showing just how brave and determined the ANZAC troops really were.
  • Victory Day: An Anticipation

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Happy St George's Day! Here’s a First World War poem, included in “The Queen’s Gift Book”, which captures the patriotic feeling of the time. The painting by Eugène Hastain, included in the original publication, especially seems to fit the day.
  • A letter from George V to a POW, in celebration of the Queen's birthday

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    89 years ago today, Queen Elizabeth was born. In honour of the day we bring you a special piece from our archive, a handwritten letter, penned by her grandfather George V and donated by the granddaughter of the addressee, welcoming a WW1 POW home to Britain.
  • Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, 70 Years Remembered

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    British and Canadian Forces liberate Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp on 15th April 1945.
 
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  • Find: Lincoln’s Assassination

    Trevor
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This month marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He was shot on April 14 around 10 o’clock at night while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, entered the Lincolns’ box and shot the president in the back of the head before jumping out of the box and escaping the theater. President Lincoln, who never regained consciousness, was taken to a boardinghouse across the street, where he died nine hours after being shot, at 7:22 in the morning. About the same time as Lincoln’s…
  • Free Access to the Civil War Collection

    Trevor
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    April was a big month in the American Civil War. Not only did the conflict begin in April 1861, but this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant, as well as Lincoln’s assassination, in April 1865. In commemoration of the Civil War and Confederate History Month, Fold3 invites you to explore all records in its Civil War Collection for free April 13th to 30th. There are currently over 43 million records in the Civil War Collection, including everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings. Soldier records include (among others):…
  • Lee Surrenders to Grant: April 9, 1865

    Trevor
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    On April 9, 1865, 150 years ago this month, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to the Union’s Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaling the beginning of the end of the Civil War. After Lee’s hold on Richmond and Petersburg broke, he hoped to take his army to meet up with Joseph E. Johnston‘s troops. But things came to a head with the Union Army as Lee neared Appomattox Court House. On April 6, he lost 8,000 men to the Federals in engagements at Sailor’s (Sayler’s) Creek. Grant, aware that Lee’s…
  • 150th Anniversary (1865–2015) This Month in the Civil War: Disaster

    Trevor
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the early morning of April 27, 1865, boilers on the steamboat SS Sultana exploded, killing more than a thousand recently released POWs in what is often called the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history. Toward the end of the Civil War, huge numbers of paroled military prisoners needed to be sent home, which was often done via steamboats with government contracts. Imprisoned Union soldiers at Cahaba (Alabama) and Andersonville (Georgia) prisons were sent to Camp Fisk, near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to be released. Because steamboat captains were paid per head, more than 2,000 of these…
  • Content Update: WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files

    Trevor
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    One new collection on Fold3 is the WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, which contains membership cards of women who joined the corps. The Cadet Nursing Corps was created in 1943 under the U.S. Public Health Service to help fill a growing need for nurses that had been compounded by World War II. Between 1943 and 1948 (the years the program ran), about 179,000 students between the ages of 17 and 35 joined the corps, with roughly 124,000 of them graduating. The program was federally funded, and the majority of nursing schools in the nation participated. The normal 36-month nursing program was…
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