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  • 5 Genealogy Assumptions That Could Be Wrong

    Researching Relatives
    Joanne Cowden
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    While doing genealogy research, we all make assumptions. As we find pieces of an ancestor's past, formulating hypotheses is part of the process. But you should keep digging to find the facts that either back up your thinking or that lead you in another direction.Although there are dozens I could list, here are just a few examples of some assumptions that could be mistakenly made as you look for your ancestors:Assumption #1: When a spouse is no longer in a household, he or she must have died. Even though you may be looking at censuses from a century or more ago, couples did separate and…
  • Nov 24, Keeping Up Your Contacts

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Thanksgiving is later this week and the Holiday Season pretty much gets underway this time of year. Many of us spend time writing letters and sending greeting cards. It's good to touch base with our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and associates. Many of us change our contact information, including email and phone numbers. If you don't keep your contact information current people can lose track of you.
  • How to Create a Family Cookbook to Save Holiday Recipes

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    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    How to Create a Family Cookbook to Save Holiday Recipes was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article—just in time for all the Thanksgiving cooking—Gena discusses how to create a family cookbook to showcase all your favorite holiday recipes. What is your favorite food served during the winter holidays? If you’re like me, you probably have many holiday foods you enjoy and you’ve added to that list over the years. Each December my sister-in-law and her sisters bake dozens and…
  • Nov 26, High Five for Gratitude

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Making a list of the top things you are grateful for is always beneficial. I believe we should never lose sight of those things in life that mean the most, that we cherish, that are the true treasures by which we measure our wealth.
  • What Makes YOU Happy?

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This question, “What makes you happy?” is so simple, but who ever stops to consider it? I hope you will, as I have been doing the last couple of days. It could change your life. I found this question in the draft of a book I’m beta-reading for a friend. The book will soon be published, and you’ll learn more about it before long. Meanwhile, although answers to this happiness  question could easily fill a book, my initial list has helped me find a focus to reboot this blog.Let’s take a look at my list. In addition to obvious things like laughing with family and friends, blowing…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Nov 26, High Five for Gratitude

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Making a list of the top things you are grateful for is always beneficial. I believe we should never lose sight of those things in life that mean the most, that we cherish, that are the true treasures by which we measure our wealth.
  • Nov 24, Keeping Up Your Contacts

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Thanksgiving is later this week and the Holiday Season pretty much gets underway this time of year. Many of us spend time writing letters and sending greeting cards. It's good to touch base with our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and associates. Many of us change our contact information, including email and phone numbers. If you don't keep your contact information current people can lose track of you.
  • Nov 17, A Father's Legacy Letter to His 5-Year Old Daughter

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I doubt anyone would blame Tom Attwater if he didn't spend much time thinking about the future of other people, considering he has a brain tumor and his lifetime is limited. But don't tell him that. Yes, he has a brain tumor and, yes, it will probably take his life. But his five year-old daughter, Kelli also has cancer and he has been doing all he can to raise funds for her treatment. He has also done something more, something there is no price tag you can attach to it. He has given his daughter his love and his attention and a voice to come to her for the years ahead. He has written a…
  • Nov 9, 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    There are too many walls built up in life. Too much separation. Humanity grows by uniting in love and life. However, history is fraught with conflict. That's why today is a day for celebration. Twenty-five years ago on November 9, 1985 the Berlin Wall came down. Have you wondered what became of parts of the concrete wall?
  • Nov 5, Santana Bringing His Story to Light

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Yesterday I heard an interview with Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana. The extraordinary guitarist has an amazing story he is sharing with his just released memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • What Makes YOU Happy?

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This question, “What makes you happy?” is so simple, but who ever stops to consider it? I hope you will, as I have been doing the last couple of days. It could change your life. I found this question in the draft of a book I’m beta-reading for a friend. The book will soon be published, and you’ll learn more about it before long. Meanwhile, although answers to this happiness  question could easily fill a book, my initial list has helped me find a focus to reboot this blog.Let’s take a look at my list. In addition to obvious things like laughing with family and friends, blowing…
  • 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…
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    Ancestry Blog

  • Ask Ancestry Anne: Where Is My Native American DNA?

    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    DNA InheritanceQuestion: I recently had my DNA analyzed and was surprised when the results did not show any evidence of my Cherokee connection.My great-great-grandmother was one-fourth Cherokee (Tiptendille Tribe-TN). Would the traces of the Native American heritage be so minute that they would not be evident anymore?– Shauna Answer: The short answer is yes, the traces of Native American DNA in your test may be too small to detect.  Let’s look at why.If your great-great-grandmother was ¼ Cherokee, then it was her grandparent that was 100% Native American. And that would be your…
  • Welcome to the Cotton State! Alabama Research Guide

    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes known as the Cotton State, Alabama actually has no official nickname.Library of Congress, “Scenes from Alabama…,” digital TIFF file, Carol M Highsmith, 2010Five things you may not have known about Alabama:Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the world.Workers in Alabama built the rocket that put the first man on the moon.Sequoyah, a Alabama resident, created the Cherokee phonetic, written alphabet.A prehistoric skeleton of a man was found in Russell Cave.Baseball players Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron and Willie Howard Mays, as well as boxer Joe Louis are all…
  • What We Are Reading: November 21st Edition

    Amy Johnson Crow
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching here in the U.S. I had to travel for business yesterday and the airports were filled with families flying home for the holiday. I hope none of them were trying to get to Buffalo, where they just had 6 feet of snow! I also hope that everyone takes some time this holiday to record some of the family stories.Library of Congress, Thanksgiving dinner at the house of Earle Landis, 1942.Though it’s a busy time, it’s important to slow down and take a break every once in awhile. So put down those pecans that you’re measuring for that pie. Take a…
  • New AncestryDNA Technology Powers New Kinds of Discoveries

    Anna Swayne
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Finding evidence that you’re a descendant of a particular ancestor is one of the powerful applications of DNA testing. AncestryDNA has created a groundbreaking new way to make those kinds of powerful discoveries. We call it DNA Circles and it’s currently available in BETA for AncestryDNA customers.DNA Circles re-imagines what matching can do. It goes beyond finding a common ancestor with your DNA matches and can link you to additional AncestryDNA members with the same common ancestor thus creating a Circle of people who are all related.Once a DNA Circle is created, a new kind of discovery…
  • The Big Reveal: Century Chest Opened at Oklahoma Historical Society

    Jessica Murray
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every family historian dreams of the day we discover a perfectly cared for time capsule which holds treasures and artifacts from the past.In 2013, the Oklahoma Historical Society revealed a Century Chest, a throwback to what life was like in Oklahoma City in 1913. The chest was put together by volunteers as a creative way to raise money for a new organ at the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. The local ladies societies took months carefully selecting what would be added to the chest and community members could participate by providing a donation and signing the guest book.Chad Williams,…
 
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  • How the Princess met her Prince(s)

    29laili
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    A long time ago, when Princess Oliglot was a child, she dreamed of romance that would open doors to the person she could be and the world she could see. She wanted a beautiful romance with a Prince. She once spoke of meeting Prince American Sign Language and tried to reach out to him, but beyond introducing her name and declaring her love for him, he listened to no prattlings of the darling child. She later declared that she would marry Prince Italian, but her never even heard of her existence. Such was like most romances small children pine for, and she forgot them as fast as she declared…
  • No Concept

    mydualities
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Well, my psychiatrist freaked out about my inability to sleep through the night because of potty time and my irritability. I was so shocked by her complete lack of calm that I knew I couldn’t tell her that my husband and I want to start trying to have a baby. I think she would have dropped with a heart attack if I added that to my list of issues. She started spatting off different drugs and couldn’t think of one for bipolar mania that was better than lithium and that wouldn’t make me gain weight. She was freaking out about that too. She asked me if I was at least dieting and…
  • NaBloPoMo 2014 - Entry 27 - No Title

    docryder
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:59 am
    I went with “No Title” as today had nothing good to report, other than my irritation. Ty
  • Nassau Thanksgiving 1979

    le artiste boots
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Nassau – 1970 I Flight from Nashville to Miami on Sat, Nov 17. 1979 on Republic Airlines. Eventful only because on it left at 7:30 a.m. John bought more film and I looked at fruit to send – typical tourists – until we arrived at Eastern Airlines – to learn I “do not have a birth certificate or voters registration card, needed to re enter USA.” We were told to go to the cigarette shop for an affidavit. The girl was off duty. See ‘Frank’ in the main shop on Concourse D. Frank was off. Get a notary in the hotel, a part of airport….7th floor,…
  • Common Thread

    gregadamyork
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    a retired computer programmer with a generous spirit a passionate child-services lawyer a deep-think
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Friday - 28 November 2014

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    One more getup and we go to L.a. in the morning.  Geneaholic will be dark for the next week.  Geneamusings will be on autopilot.*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 48: #55, Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (1815-1883) posted.  *  Wrote the two Surname Saturday posts, and then researched and wrote The Ultimate Challenge - Building a Family Tree From Sources - Post 4: Westfall Family.*  Left at 1:15 p.m. for Sears to get a new battery for my watch.  Stopped and got a birthday card at CVS on the way home.*  Home by 2:30…
  • My Geneaholic Thanksgiving - 27 November 2014

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    We are only two getups away from leaving on our cruise.  That means I have only one more day to do any research, finish the CVGS Newsletter, or write blog posts.*  Read email and blogs, noted that I Am So Thankful... and My Mayflower Connections - Soule, White, Warren, Cooke, Brewster, Hopkins and Fuller posted.*  Wrote several posts for next week.  Wrote two posts for the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.  Wrote two 52 Ancestors posts for this Friday and next Friday.  Printed off the cruise syllabus and got the book bag ready to go.*  Added…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 26 November 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Three more getups and we're off on the cruise.  I have so much to do before then!  Including shopping for Linda's birthday.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Randy and His Girls at the Beach -- Post 335 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and another for next week, then Register Now for San Diego Genealogical Society January Seminar with D. Joshua Taylor and set it for later.*  Researched and wrote First Look at RootsMagic 7 WebHints and set it for early afternoon.*  Left at 11:05 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, the bank for money, and the library…
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 25 November 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    This was a fairly boring day until tonight when I discovered RootsMagic 7 had been released.  I got it.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - AmericanAncestors.org Has Free Databases.*  Answered email, and left at 10:30 a.m. for the dentist office for my cleaning.  Talked with Sylvia a bit about DNA tests and family history - she's interested.  Home by 12:15 to have lunch.*  Read, then wrote The Ultimate Challenge - Building a Family Tree From Sources - Post 2: Meyers Family and did a lot of research to try to add content to the tree…
  • My Genealogy Days - 23-24 November 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    1)  23 November:*  This was not a big genealogy day - read email and blogs, then finished the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 November 2014 post and wrote CVGS Program on 26 November is "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman and set it for late afternoon.*  We went to church at 9:30 a.m., home by 11:30 a.m. and I watched football until the Chargers won 27-24 over the Rams.  *  We left for dinner at Black Angus at 4:45 p.m. and home at 6:30 p.m.  Read, then wrote the amanuensis Monday posts for this week and next.*  Mucked…
 
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    Before My Time

  • Whole-Community Genealogy

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    As genealogists, we learn early about the benefit of doing whole-family genealogy, the most obvious benefit being that when you can't find your own ancestor's record, you might be able to find his sibling's and thus work your way around an impasse in your research. You don't have to hunt dead relatives for very long before someone mentions whole-family genealogy to you. It's a thing.I've never heard whole-community genealogy mentioned, though. In fact, I've just googled "whole community genealogy" and got exactly three hits. When is the last time you googled anything and got only three hits?
  • Some Thoughts on Ancestry Family Trees

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    There's a constant drumbeat in the genea-tribe, the one that sounds like prove it... prove it... prove it. We're told over and over again, "do your own research" and "don't accept what it says in a database--see the original documents." And of course, for those relatives nearest and dearest to us, it's what we do. We collect the documents, study their content, draw our conclusions, enter the data and, if we're really toeing the line, we create a detailed source citation that would pass muster with Elizabeth Shown Mills.Most of us, I'm guessing, have family tree software installed on our home…
  • The Mean Streets of Detroit

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I've been working on the lineage of my great-great-grandmother Theresa Wolfschlaeger, the wife of Henry Joseph Hauer. She came from Helden, Kreis Olpe, Westfalen. In the interest of finding out a little more about that area, I came upon a website where I was able to learn quite a bit, not only about that place in Germany but also about this one in Michigan.The southern part of Westfalen, I learned, is called the Sauerland. It's mountainous, woodsy, and filled with Roman Catholics. The Wolfschlaegers were Catholic, as were Theresa's maternal relatives, the Wiggers, several of whom were…
  • 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. Read that first, before you go straining your eyes.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…
  • 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.
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  • Kaufman history - UD Daily

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    UD DailyKaufman historyUD Daily11:47 a.m., Nov. 25, 2014--The University of Delaware Library has announced the gift of an oral history transcript from former U.S. Sen. Edward E. (Ted) Kaufman, who served from 2009-10. The oral history was conducted in a series of interviews in 2011
  • Oral history project StoryCorps in Dallas to collect memories of North Texans - Dallas Morning News (blog)

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Dallas Morning News (blog)Oral history project StoryCorps in Dallas to collect memories of North TexansDallas Morning News (blog)The largest oral history project in the U.S. rolled into Dallas on Thursday for North Texans to recount and record their most cherished memories. StoryCorps' mobile recording studio, housed in a stainless steel Airstream travel trailer, will be at StoryCorps Returns To North TexasKERA Newsall 5 news articles »
  • Punch A Hole In The Sky - Wired

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    WiredPunch A Hole In The SkyWiredThe camera was off, and lost to history was one of the greatest auditions I'd ever seen. TOM WOLFE (AUTHOR): Having Dennis Quaid play Gordon Cooper was a good stroke. Cooper, as a pilot, didn't have much of a background. He was an OK military pilot.
  • Read This: An oral history of the poop emoji - A.V. Club (blog)

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Read This: An oral history of the poop emojiA.V. Club (blog)Fast Company published an oral history of the poop emoji, which started as an essential and inoffensive part of the Japanese emoji alphabet, and has since become a part of the modern-day cultural lexicon. As one of its creators points out, “It would be ...The Story Behind the Poop Emoji Is an International OneComplex.comall 2 news articles »
  • The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America) - Fast Company

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Fast CompanyThe Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)Fast Company…which is to say, it is an international tale of drama, cultural differences, and near-disasters. This is that tale, told for the first time by the unsung heroes who brought poop to life. But to understand them, you first need to understand how emoji and more »
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 404: Taking Care

    NPR
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    In 2013, Maurice Rowland was working as a cook at Valley Springs Manor, an assisted living home for elderly residents in California. He got his friend Miguel Alvarez a job there as a janitor last fall.But in October of that year the company that managed the home suddenly shut it down, leaving many of the elderly residents with nowhere to go.The staff stopped being paid so they all left, except for Maurice and Miguel.At StoryCorps they remembered caring for abandoned residents until the fire department and sheriff took over three days later.Hear more stories at StoryCorps.org. Write to the…
  • StoryCorps 403: Beyond The Front Lines Part II

    NPR
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Listen to the second part our Veterans Day special, "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special," a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.  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
  • StoryCorps 402: Beyond The Front Lines Part I

    NPR
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special", a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. 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
  • StoryCorps 401: On the Home Front: Veteran's Day 2014

    NPR
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    For Veteran's Day, we hear three different stories from military members. First, Ryan Sharp and his father discuss Ryan's return from Iraq--he came State side, felt off and didn't know why. Then, we revisit Army widower Max Voelz--and hear from another bomb tech, Mary Dague, who helped Max when he was depressed.  We also have an exciting update about Max's life since first airing his story. 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…
  • StoryCorps 400: Still a Superwoman

    NPR
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the Navy.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: "Demus", by Charles Atlas http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Charles_Atlas/"A day in Port-Royal" by Ending Satellites -…
 
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Photo of the Week: Parades

    Julie May
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Bicycle Parade Passing Through Park Plaza Entrance, ca.1890, v1986.250.1.7; William Schroeder, Sr. scrapbook collection, ARC.121; Brooklyn Historical Society. Brooklyn and New York City love parades.  I wasn’t able to locate a Thanksgiving parade photograph, but hopefully a bike parade is sufficient.  This particular parade shows the entrance to Prospect Park on the right, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial arch on the left, the empty spot where the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch now stands in the center, and a clear view of Eastern Parkway toward the water tower in the…
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    Video Biography Central

  • Voice Over Narration in Life Story Videos: Yes or No?

    Jane Shafron
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    You're making a life story video - for a parent or a grandparent let's say. (Well done, by the way!) You are going to use video interview material of your subject, old photos and documents, and maybe some archive photos or archive video. You plan to divide the project into chapters. Are you going to use voice over?  Should you? The use of voice over in life story video or video biography projects is ultimately a personal choice. For many documentary purists, your story should be so well constructed - with plenty of "show me" footage - that you don't need "tell me" parts. "Leave the…
  • Courage, Generosity, Faith and Hidden History: Films for Non-Profits

    Jane Shafron
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Films for non-profits – both in their creation and in their viewing - can be made the centerpiece for connecting to the donor community and for fundraising. They can be shown in exhibition spaces at one-off events (possibly as part of a well advertised "launch") or set up on screens as part of the permanent collection.A well planned and carefully made video can also be used on web-sites to educate and inspire visitors, and uploaded or linked to on social media to create interest and goodwill...A proven facility for story telling, experience with on-camera interviews, creativity in making…
  • Backing Up The Human Mind

    Jane Shafron
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Getting ready for a summer vacation this year got me thinking: We back up the important data in our computers don't we? So why don't more of us back up our minds, or help the ones we love to back up their minds?  Is there any practical way to preserve something of ourselves - for the ones we leave behind - beyond disaster or death?Science has so far struggled with solutions, and much of what it has suggested is grisly, to say the least, and still very early in its stages of development.We know for example that a mouse, having eaten the brain of another mouse who has learned a maze, will…
  • 5 Things We Always Regret at the End

    Jane Shafron
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    What will you regret, at the end? An Australian palliative care nurse named Bronnie Ware worked for years with the dying; easing their passing after medicine had done all it could. Reflecting on the many patients she cared for, she came to see how much people grew when they were faced by their own mortality. "Every single patient found their peace before they departed, every one of them." She also noticed recurring themes when folks reflected on their lives, and pondered the things they regretted. Late in 2011, she decided to write a blog about the top 5 things she had observed people felt…
  • The Spirit of Place and a Tribute in Video

    Jane Shafron
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:46 am
    Is there really such a thing as spirit of place? The ancient Romans certainly believed in guardian spirits, or genius loci, and made offerings to keep on their right side. The idea has evolved over time and is reflected in art and literature and the Romantic idea that a place can be more than the sum of its soil, its nature and structures, and its people - it can be enchanted.And if ever there was an enchanted land, a tough parched land promising plenty but demanding all, then it is the farms and fields surrounding Altus, Oklahoma where Peggy and Johnnie, and their ancestors going back to the…
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  • Transcription: Hyattsville Society, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

    Christine Blythe
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The following is a transcription from a very poor quality copy of the Washington Post of March 28, 1915. Every effort has been made to accurately decipher the text, but where this was not possible the text has been represented below by [???an ?. ?????]. In many instances, it’s impossible to even decipher the quantity […]
  • Transcription: Watchman article of May 1, 1931 regarding George Meek of Cumberland County, PA.

    Christine Blythe
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is my own transcription of a Watchman article regarding George Meek of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Excerpt from:Watchman, May 1, 1931 FOUR SOLDIERS OF 1776 MEMORIALIZED BY D.A.R. GEORGE MEEK — In War and in Peace. From a paper prepared by Elizabeth Meek, of Bellefonte, Pa. Robert Meek came from Edinburgh, Scotland to Maryland […]
  • Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

    Christine Blythe
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless. All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. At one […]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org additions and updates to 21 Nov 2014

    Christine Blythe
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    If you’re interested in newly indexed and available records at Family Search and Ancestry.com, be sure to keep checking this blog. Although there is no set schedule, I try to publish the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org additions and updates. FamilySearch.org Additions and Updates United States Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943 […]
  • False Portraits: In genealogy, don’t take portraits at face value.

    Christine Blythe
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
      I happened upon this article on the Library and Archives Canada Blog today and was surprised to learn just how prevalent false portraits really are. Although I have been aware that some portraits were false or mythical, I did believe that the majority of them were identified as such. I was aware, however, that […]
 
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  • Ship Records for Genealogy: Newspapers & Passenger Lists

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Ship Records for Genealogy: Newspapers & Passenger Lists was originally published at .Every family historian wants to know the ship their ancestor came over on and the date that it arrived. Along with Thanksgiving, tomorrow we’ll be celebrating the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620. That trip took 66 days. Remarkably, when my ancestor William Kemp came to America 233 years later that trip still took a long time: 56 days. Genealogists often can find the date and the name of the ship their ancestor came over on—but is there more to the story? Is there a way to find out more details…
  • How to Create a Family Cookbook to Save Holiday Recipes

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    How to Create a Family Cookbook to Save Holiday Recipes was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article—just in time for all the Thanksgiving cooking—Gena discusses how to create a family cookbook to showcase all your favorite holiday recipes. What is your favorite food served during the winter holidays? If you’re like me, you probably have many holiday foods you enjoy and you’ve added to that list over the years. Each December my sister-in-law and her sisters bake dozens and…
  • Native American Genealogy: Research Tips & Resources

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Native American Genealogy: Research Tips & Resources was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary describes a special collection of Native American newspapers, and other online resources to help with your Native American family history research. One of the challenging quests for family historians is researching indigenous American ancestry. Painting: Seneca Chief Cornplanter, by F. Bartoli, 1796. Source: Wikimedia Commons. It would be a genealogist’s dream come true to…
  • Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Recipes in the Newspaper

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Recipes in the Newspaper was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to find some of our ancestors’ Thanksgiving dishes, and shares those old fashioned recipes. I’ve purchased some new pots and pans and started shopping for the food for our Thanksgiving meal. Are you ready? The bigger question is: what recipes will you be serving at your Thanksgiving feast? While your dinner recipes may be old hat by now, home cooks have…
  • Are You Sure That Is How to Spell Your Ancestor’s Name?

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Are You Sure That Is How to Spell Your Ancestor’s Name? was originally published at .Portraits of my Starbird ancestors hang on our wall on the landing at the top of the staircase. Over the years I have chained the family back from Martha Jane (Starbird) Richmond (1836-1905) to Robert Starbird (1782- ) to Moses Starbird (1743-1815) to John Starbird (1701-1753) to Thomas Starbird (1660-1723). Photo: Starbird family. Source: Thomas Jay Kemp. All of them lived in Dover, New Hampshire, at some time in their lives, and by the 19th century several of the Starbird lines were living in Gray, Maine.
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  • 3 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This Thanksgiving

    radaris
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Year after year, Thanksgiving reminds us all of the things we have to be thankful for. On the busiest holiday of the year, many say thanks to their friends, families, and even pets! However, due to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, one thing many people forget to think about on turkey day is […]
  • A More Connected Community

    radaris
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Living in a more transparent community is key to feeling stress free and safe in your neighborhood. Knowing more about those you share a community with is an important part when choosing where to live, or whether to move or not. People can make or break a new home based on the individuals that surround […]
  • The Transparent Community

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    24 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
  • The Number One Problem in Online Dating

    radaris
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Slowly but surely, online dating has become a cornerstone of the dating world. As easy as clicking a mouse or swiping right, finding love on the web is convenient, accessible, and almost guaranteed to find you a date for friday night. With 23% of daters saying they have found a long-term relationship or even a […]
  • Craigslist Plumber Breaks The Law

    radaris
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    In Orlando, FL a plumber tried to con his way into getting hired by unsuspecting homeowners. John Dattoma, used Craiglist.com to post fake ads that claimed he was “licensed to install septic systems”. One man payed Dattoma a $4,000 advance to install a new septic system, and after digging a massive hole in his yard, […]
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  • Thanksgiving and Family Reunions

    Joanne Cowden
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Thanksgiving is the time of family gatherings. In the past, when transportation wasn't as quick or convenient, it may have been one of the few times during the year when everyone was able to get together. If you search old newspapers, you'll see many mentions of Thanksgiving family reunions.I found this article on Newspapers.com from the December 7, 1905, issue of The Lima News in Ohio:"The Bowers family held their annual family reunion, Thanksgiving, at the home of L.E. Crites and wife. An elegant dinner was served, the table groaning under its weight of good things to which all did ample…
  • Family and Thanksgiving Turkeys

    Joanne Cowden
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to remember my maternal grandparents who owned a turkey farm located south of Pittsburgh. They sold the farm before I was born so I never saw it, but they supposedly delivered many hundreds of turkeys during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. All of their children were involved, including my mother who helped process the turkeys and make deliveries.More than 50 years later, I now live less than 5 minutes from where that farm was located. I didn't grow up in the area but, after I got married, my husband and I decided to look at homes here…
  • Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving Day, 1915

    Joanne Cowden
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I found this article while searching the Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr. It's from The Utah Farmer, November 20, 1915."There are many reasons why the people of Utah should celebrate next Thursday, November 25 as Thanksgiving Day. We have this year great grounds for thankfulness by reason of our material prosperity. The fields have yielded their increase. Nowhere in all our land has there been an absolute failure of crops. True, there has been a shortage here and there, but generally the returns to the farmer have been exceptionally good. So far as material things are concerned, we…
  • Historic Pittsburgh Snowstorm of November 1950

    Joanne Cowden
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In 1950, a huge snowstorm that started Friday, November 24, continued for several days until more than 30 inches had fallen. People abandoned their vehicles, and public transportation was "paralyzed," according to The Pittsburgh Press.Department stores tried to open but most employees couldn't make it to work. The mayor asked people to stay away from the downtown area so there wouldn't have been many shoppers anyway. Newspaper employees walked, one trekking all the way from the southern suburb of Mt. Lebanon.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted an article about this storm last year,…
  • 5 Genealogy Assumptions That Could Be Wrong

    Joanne Cowden
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    While doing genealogy research, we all make assumptions. As we find pieces of an ancestor's past, formulating hypotheses is part of the process. But you should keep digging to find the facts that either back up your thinking or that lead you in another direction.Although there are dozens I could list, here are just a few examples of some assumptions that could be mistakenly made as you look for your ancestors:Assumption #1: When a spouse is no longer in a household, he or she must have died. Even though you may be looking at censuses from a century or more ago, couples did separate and…
 
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