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  • Aug 25, Flights of Fancy Storytelling

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Hiring a personal historian can be a significant investment. But can you put a price tag on your own family story? Many people think of it as priceless. The Washington Post published an article listing some very good reasons for hiring a personal historian to preserve family history. In particular, they highlighted how the Lanning family used their intergenerational history of piloting planes across the wild blue yonder to preserve their stories.
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    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…
  • The emotional rollercoaster comes to an end. It’s the last in the season of Long Lost Family!

    Ancestry.com Blog
    Brian Gallagher
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    It has been quite the emotional rollercoaster this season. We have had front row seats to some beautiful reunions. We have smiled and cried in equal measure as we shared the journeys of this season’s participants. Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they help people find their absent family members in the final episode of Long Lost FamilySandra MacdonaldSandra Macdonald grew up in Edinburgh as the only child of her adoptive parents. From a young age she felt as though she didn’t belong, despite doing everything she could to gain their acceptance. As a teenager these…
  • New York City

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    anotherboomerblog
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    I did my best to find a way to skirt New York.  The Gods had other ideas. A large piece of heavy equipment of approximately the size of a D9 (but not a D9) was smashed half to bits, obstructing traffic. I hope there was no one in it. That was just one bit of fun.  It took me longer to get from 7 miles before the Tappan Zee Bridge to the New Jersey line than it did to travel from Stowe, Vermont to Chatham, Massachusetts and all the way to 7 miles before the Tappan Zee Bridge. I’ve been around NYC before and I always do my utmost to avoid it. I prefer to slide around the edges. Not this…
  • My Non-Geneaholic Sunday - 31 August 2014

    The Geneaholic
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    It was not a good (or bad) genealogy day...just a typical summer Sunday in the genea-cave.  And the last day of August.  2014 is now two thirds gone, monthwise!  I need to start planning for 2015 trips, presentations, conferences, etc.*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 to 30 August 2014 post.*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:30 a.m.  Watched TV news while Linda did her thing on the computer.  Online briefly at 12:30 to read and add to the FGS post.*  Went in at 1:10 p.m. to watch the…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Aug 25, Flights of Fancy Storytelling

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Hiring a personal historian can be a significant investment. But can you put a price tag on your own family story? Many people think of it as priceless. The Washington Post published an article listing some very good reasons for hiring a personal historian to preserve family history. In particular, they highlighted how the Lanning family used their intergenerational history of piloting planes across the wild blue yonder to preserve their stories.
  • Aug 18, Doing Life Without Parole

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    For the most part the stories of people's lives tackled from the motivation of preserving personal history have a self interest, either by the subject of the story or the family members who crave to know more about loved ones. Today I read about a reporter who is interested in getting the stories of lifers, people convicted of life sentences without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years. I think this can yield an interesting perspective.
  • Aug 13, Helping the Elderly Preserve Memories

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Everyone has an older family member who has told them stories of the past. If you grew up listening to grandma’s tales of war and wash days, you may have shut your ears off because you’re more interested in the present. But stories passed down through the generations leave an important legacy for families.
  • Aug 12, Seriously Funny, Robin Williams Was A Manic and Majestic Comic and Actor

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I remember watching Robin Williams on cable comedy specials in the 1980's and being amazed at his rapid-fire manic impressions and hilarious, yet cosmic comedy insights. The man was a whirlwind onstage, yet as his career developed we witnessed a nuanced dramatic actor who could certainly be humorous, but also capable of delivering performances of ringing truth. The news that Williams died of an apparent suicide spread like wildfire yesterday. I want to remember Robin Williams for the laughter he gave us and to also appreciate his acting talent.
  • Aug 8, Self Awareness From a Distance

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    An article by David Brooks, Introspective or Narcissistic?, states how for many of us we learn more about ourselves when we can see our lives with some distance. This is the gift that life story writing and, in particular, journaling, can give you.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

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

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

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today I’m privileged to have Kathleen Pooler stop by to answer some questions about her newly published memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead. In any memoir, the author today tells the story of the author back then, and sorting through the jumble of memories and pain to find a meaningful story thread can be a daunting task. Kathy has done a terrific job of finding that thread and turning it into a story that should touch nearly everyone’s life. If you haven’t personally experienced the sort of trauma she did, odds are strong that you know others who have. Let’s hear some back story for…
  • Avoiding Editorial Disasters

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    What I would have to say in the review is "Stop the press and finish the book!”When I agree to review a book, there’s an unstated contract that my glowing review will help promote the book. If I can’t ethically do that, I won’t write the review. I tell the author “I don’t think you want me to review this book. Here’s why.” I made the notes below a couple of years ago to clarify my thoughts before emailing the author of a book I did not review.… focused too tightly on few weeks when marriage finally died. Lacks background information. No sense of bigger picture. Doesn’t…
  • Busting Buttons

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    If there’s anything as satisfying as laying eyes and hands on the first print copy of a book I’ve written, it’s having the same experience with a friend’s book. Especially when I know how hard that friend struggled to make the book happen. Thus I whooped with joy last week when Ellen Dehouske handed me a copy of We Feed Each Other: Nourishment through Friendships, her “memoir of sorts.”Joyful tears filled my heart as I beheld this substantial volume with the strikingly gorgeous cover and lovely layout. I had witnessed many of the labor pains preceding the birth of this book.I…
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    Ancestry.com Blog

  • The emotional rollercoaster comes to an end. It’s the last in the season of Long Lost Family!

    Brian Gallagher
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    It has been quite the emotional rollercoaster this season. We have had front row seats to some beautiful reunions. We have smiled and cried in equal measure as we shared the journeys of this season’s participants. Join Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they help people find their absent family members in the final episode of Long Lost FamilySandra MacdonaldSandra Macdonald grew up in Edinburgh as the only child of her adoptive parents. From a young age she felt as though she didn’t belong, despite doing everything she could to gain their acceptance. As a teenager these…
  • Ancestry Mobile iOS 6.0 Release Now Available

    Finn Larson
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    We are happy to announce the release of the Ancestry Mobile version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. If you have used the Ancestry App in the past you will likely notice some changes right away. Here Are a few of the major changes to look for with this new release.Prioritized Hints View We’ve added a new section to the application which allows you to view all the hints for a given tree from a single place. We’ve added a prioritized sort order to the hints in this section so that your very best hints automatically bubble up into view. In addition to a priority sort, we’ve…
  • What We Are Reading: August 29th Edition

    Amy Johnson Crow
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    This week is the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference, being held this year in San Antonio, Texas. But don’t think that this event has kept us from finding and reading some wonderful genealogy articles! If you’re at the FGS conference, you might want to bookmark these and read them between sessions. They also make that airport layover a lot more pleasant.Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this week:“Digging Deeper to Find More,” by Nancy on My Ancestors and Me. Nancy shows how learning more about a collection helps you…
  • Just in Time for Labor Day – Delaware, Winterthur Museum Craftperson Files, 1600-1995

    Juliana Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Just in time for Labor Day, Ancestry has released a unique collection that relates directly to the occupations of those involved in various crafts, dating back to the 1600s in America - Delaware, Winterthur Museum Craftperson Files, 1600-1995. The Winterthur Library is devoted to the study of everyday life in America and America’s craft traditions, including furniture making, silversmithing, pottery making, textile production, etc. Among their collections, which is now available on Ancestry, are 91 drawers of index cards – roughly 125,000 of them – each listing the names, working…
  • Throwback Thursday Topic: Pets

    Juliana Smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Beau, 1971With my puppies huddled around me for protection from a thunderstorm, it was not hard to come up with an idea for this week’s Throwback Thursday writing prompt. I’ve always been drawn to animals of any type, really. I’ve had dogs, cats, fish (that didn’t go so well), and at one point even a ball python. But I’ve always been especially fond of dogs.Max was the first dog I remember well and he was a German shepherd/collie mix. He seemed really, really big at the time, but I guess he was just a normal sized shepherd. I guess it’s all about perspective when you’re only…
 
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  • New York City

    anotherboomerblog
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    I did my best to find a way to skirt New York.  The Gods had other ideas. A large piece of heavy equipment of approximately the size of a D9 (but not a D9) was smashed half to bits, obstructing traffic. I hope there was no one in it. That was just one bit of fun.  It took me longer to get from 7 miles before the Tappan Zee Bridge to the New Jersey line than it did to travel from Stowe, Vermont to Chatham, Massachusetts and all the way to 7 miles before the Tappan Zee Bridge. I’ve been around NYC before and I always do my utmost to avoid it. I prefer to slide around the edges. Not this…
  • Massachusetts and New Hampshire

    anotherboomerblog
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    New Hampshire is where my spiritual home is – Grove of the Golden Leaves, Druidic Association of North America. Domi O’Brien – the Dean – lives in NH although the members of the Grove are scattered over a few states. Of course, my daughter and grandchildren are in Massachusetts and it goes without saying a part of my heart will remain there with them. And day before yesterday I met Dana Eilers, the author of Pagans and the Law (and other books).  What a joy to share time with her! And of all places I’ve found in Massachusetts the Townsend Common lingers in my…
  • I am of no political party and I like it

    storknest
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    When I was first able to vote in 1986, I was not that politically motivated and was quite disinterested in how many wanted to sway my beliefs one way or another. So I was not that into politics then thus did not look into it much and when it came time to register to vote, I simply checked off the same party my immediate family was believing I had to register with a party. Despite that, I avoided the subject and voting for a long time because of how annoying I found people who tried to persuade & pressure me into believing in their side of anything. I would listen at times but never went…
  • How FanFiction Changed My Life: A Personal Writing History

    marshinator12
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I wasn’t one of those children that carried home delicately bound paper books full of my stori
  • What I Saw in San Francisco

    ornamento
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
        Trees on Lombard Street Near Chinatown Transamerica Building Coit Tower Soap A giant machine looming over a downtown construction site Giant Redwoods in the Muir Woods And last but not least. . .
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Non-Geneaholic Sunday - 31 August 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    It was not a good (or bad) genealogy day...just a typical summer Sunday in the genea-cave.  And the last day of August.  2014 is now two thirds gone, monthwise!  I need to start planning for 2015 trips, presentations, conferences, etc.*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 to 30 August 2014 post.*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:30 a.m.  Watched TV news while Linda did her thing on the computer.  Online briefly at 12:30 to read and add to the FGS post.*  Went in at 1:10 p.m. to watch the…
  • My Non-Geneaholic Friday and Saturday - 29-30 August 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Between the grandgirls and the Padres games, I didn't get a whole lot done these two days.  Really, just blogging.1)  Friday, 29 August 2014:*  Read email and blogs on my phone, then noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 35: #42 John Rich (1791-1868) posted. Not sure what I did the rest of the morning, besides take care of and play with the girls.  *  Researched and wrote Dear Randy: How Do I Cite an Online City Directory? and we took off at 1 p.m. to go to the financial advisor.  The girls went with us.  We were home by 3:15 p.m.*…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 28 August 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Only three more days left in August, where did this month go?  With the girls here this week, I don't have time to do any research, but I have some fun with them. *  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 229: Quaker Church Marriage Record for Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood in 1721.*  Took the girls to the library for reading books, then to Plaza Bonita for lunch, and the store to get the lemonade for Audrey's stand.  We got back about 1:30, and they went off with Linda to swim at 2:30 p.m.*  Researched and wrote Use Descendancy…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 27 August 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    This was a busy day with the grandgirls here and the CVGS program meeting.  I got some things accomplished, though!*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Ed and Janet and Fred and Betty - Post 322 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and FGS President D. Joshua Taylor Named Honorary Mayor of La Villita and "Hispanic Research Day in San Diego County" at San Diego Central Library on 6 September 2014 and set the last two for later in the day.  I also played a bit with the girls.*  Packed up the laptop and the projector and off at 11 a.m. for McDonalds…
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 26 August 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I'm back from Santa Cruz and the visit with my daughter and grandsons.  I got back on Monday afternoon, and we went to the Padres game Monday night, so I did nothing genealogy wise since Thursday except read email and blogs and edit some blog posts.*  This morning, I read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - Check Out the WikiPedia List of Online Newspaper Archives and FamilySearch Obituary Collection is Expanding and set it for early afternoon.  Also started the FGS blog compendium post.*  We left at 11:30 a.m. for Carlsbad to meet Tami and the…
 
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    Before My Time

  • Family Entertainments of the Mid-1900s

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Before TV made entertainment a passive thing, people used to sing and play musical instruments. My grandmother Evelyn Hauer Kerr, I'm told, was quite the piano player when friends gathered at her home in Detroit.On my dad's side, my grandparents John and Gertie Krentz also had a piano in the living room at their farm in North Dakota. Although this photo is a little blurry, I can make out sheet music for Mockin' Bird Hill and something by Hank Snow.I asked my cousin Mary, who grew up near my grandparents, what she remembered about that piano. "I used to play around on that piano on a Sunday…
  • Ask your mother!

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Today I did a Google search to find out what kinds of birds besides robins lay blue eggs. I clicked on Images in hopes of quickly finding a comparison chart. For whatever inexplicable net-surfer reason, I then clicked on a charming little picture of a nest with three blue eggs in it, and ... voilà! ... serendipity happened! As family historians, we've all seen some great lists of questions to ask our relatives about the past. This list has some fresh questions that might result in some really interesting answers from your closest relative: 10 Questions to Ask Your Mother Now
  • Review: Blurb's New BookWright Software

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    In the interest of preserving my family history on real paper instead of letting it disappear into the virtual void, I've been making print-on-demand books for about four years. I use Blurb as my p-o-d company and the free BookSmart software they provide to create my books. I found the software easy to learn, and with it I've been able to do everything I've imagined. There's a glitch here and a quirk there, but I've learned to work around them, so I'm happy with BookSmart. I've completed 21 book projects and had them printed. On three occasions, I had to contact Customer Support due to…
  • A Dishonorable New Marketing Strategy at Blurb

    2 Jan 2014 | 5:58 am
    My favorite print-on-demand company, Blurb, has really pissed me off. When you upload a new book for printing, they are now pre-checking a box for you to include a PDF of your book with your order of actual real books, for which PDF you are charged $4.99. You have to notice and UNCHECK the box if you don't want it, and I did not notice until I had completed and paid for my order.When I immediately tried to cancel the order to redo it without the PDF, a preemptive little memo popped up that says you CAN'T cancel the PDF part of the order. I guess that's because it was immediately available for…
  • Erysipelas, and Some Other Useful Knowledge

    1 Dec 2013 | 6:22 am
    According to Joseph Hauer's Civil War pension file, he suffered from erysipelas. I found this explanation of the malady, written in 1856:Subsect. 3.—Erysipelas. 7147. This is also a febrile disease; but one of its essential characters is an inflammation of the skin. The skin is red, and this redness rapidly spreads; it is accompanied with swelling, of a variable amount, often very considerable. When it attacks the face, the appearance of the patient is totally altered by the swelling; all the features are confused, the eyes are concealed, the expression distorted; the person would not be…
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 388: Rocket Man

    NPR
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.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:  "1986" by Fredrik"Narwhal" by Pram
  • StoryCorps 387: Unwarranted

    NPR
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Alex Landau and his mother Patsy Hathaway remember when Alex was beaten by three Denver Police officers. 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:"Interlude 9" by Ending Satellites - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/endingsatellites/And_so_sing_the_black_birds/05_Ending_Satellites_-_Interlude_9  "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabrizkie -…
  • StoryCorps 386: When I Got Out

    NPR
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Former Baltimore police officer Mytokia Fair remembers the day she shot and killed her abusive husband in 1987. She told the story to her current husband, Thomas Fair. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org.To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate Music Info: "Photosphere" & "Demus" by Charles Atlas from the album To the Dust: From Man You Came and To Man You Shall Return
  • StoryCorps 385: Women at Work

    NPR
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Podcast 385: Barbara Moore and Olivia FiteBarbara Moore (R) tells her daughter, Olivia Fite (L), about becoming a bricklayer in the early 1970s.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 "Jubilee" by Unwed Sailor - www.unwedsailor.net
  • StoryCorps 384: Never Your Fault

    NPR
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Antero Garcia talks to his former student Roger Alvarez who dropped out during his senior year of high school.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: "Omberg" by Fredrik from the album Trilogi.
 
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Brooklyn Bounty ’14: Mast Brothers Chocolate

    Avi Scher
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    In anticipation of Brooklyn Bounty, BHS’s premier fundraiser at 26 Bridge on October 22nd, we are profiling our participating restaurants and honorees of the Food & Heritage Awards. Below is a profile of Mast Brothers Chocolate, one of the delicious participants in our evening’s tasting menu. Mast Brothers Chocolate: Honoring Brooklyn and the Cocoa Nib Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars, displayed at their Williamsburg store. Chocolate is probably the world’s best loved treat, but most people are having too much fun savoring the stuff to find out where it comes from. This is exactly…
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    Memoir Mentor

  • Education Week Program Notes

    Memoir Mentor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    If you attended my BYU Education Week classes on August 19, you’ll recognize your smiling teacher below. You should give yourself a pat on the back for making it to my blog, for it means that your interest in writing a family history has stayed with you beyond the week of classes, and beyond the interim time since. What’s more, you remembered to stop by to take another look at the slides I showed you in class. You should be able to access them by clicking on the links below. Unfortunately, I’ve had to strip down the slides I showed during the second hour, removing a lot of…
  • Life Writing Yields Weight Loss & Other Benefits

    Memoir Mentor
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    My friend Lori Parker sent me an article published in Psychological Science claiming that certain kinds of personal, reflective writing can actually help you lose weight! How about that? Simply put, a study found that a group of female undergraduates assigned to write an essay about a value that was important to them lost a few pounds over the next few months. Those in a control group assigned to write about something else did not. Why? Analysts concluded that when people write about subjects that reinforce their self-integrity, they develop more ballast to sustain them during life’s…
  • Me and Robert the Bruce

    Memoir Mentor
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I’m embarrassed to admit I never heard of Robert the Bruce until I saw the 1995 Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart, the Academy Award-winning biopic of thirteenth-century war hero William Wallace. Raibeart Bruis, as he was known in Norman French, was more of a peripheral character in Gibson’s story, though Wikipedia says Robert the Bruce was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England. He’s a national hero. The First King of Scotland. Who knew? As I said, I didn’t. I guess my attention was diverted…
  • My Online Self-Publishing Success Story

    Memoir Mentor
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Readers:  At the end of this post, click on the link to an online magazine I’ve created for you with articles related to this topic. ________________ Some years ago my husband and I published Breathe Life into Your Life Story with a regular publisher. It takes a lot of work and luck to find a publisher willing to risk their time, money, and reputation on your book, especially if you’ve never published before. We were delighted to have snagged a company that we both admired. It was a small publisher, however, with a small budget and limited personnel and resources to put toward…
  • There are Book Signings… and Then There are Book Signings

    Memoir Mentor
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I was so pleased I had been asked to signed books after I spoke at Jamboree a few weeks ago. Jamboree is an annual genealogy conference sponsored by the Southern California Genealogy Society at the Burbank Marriott. It’s one of the biggies. So, I sold and signed what I thought was a respectable amount of books–for me.  (There’s Pat Williams, one of my students, on the far right, buying a copy of my new family history, The Parrett Migration.) I went home feeling like I’d done something kinda special. UNTIL I HAD A REALITY CHECK!      SOME OF US SWIM IN…
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    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist

  • Iberian R1b Y-DNA: First Movers in Europe

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

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

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

    1 May 2014 | 4:31 am
    Congratulations to all our winners!The winners are:Michael DurkinGeorge HeubachSylvia JacksonPaul SmithJennifer ZinckStay tuned as we unravel their history over the next weeks.Thank you to everyone who entered.  The TribeMapper Report is now on sale until June 1, 2014.  Details are on the OriginsDNA website.Where did you come from?
  • Last Day for Entries: TribeMapper Report Give-Away

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    As part of the DNA Day celebration, we are giving away five (5) TribeMapper Reports.Tonight, at midnight EST, the contest will be closed.  Tomorrow, May 1st, I will announce the winners.TribeMapper for the House of NormandyHaplogroup R-L11*Haplogroup I-L22 Flow into British IslesHaplogroup G-Z725For more details on the content of the report see our website.Contest Terms & Conditions:You must have completed at least a 37 marker Y-DNA (paternal line) test.  The results of your Report can be used for research, as the basis for an article or for the promotion…
 
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  • My ‘must have’ list of top 10 genealogy websites.

    Christine Blythe
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    This list of top 10 genealogy websites is a bit different than others because I have evaluated them based on the sheer quantity of data and sources I have found for my own personal research, regardless whether they are paid or free. I will only subscribe to a site if I’m sure it’s worth it […]
  • Transcription: Birth Certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

    Christine Blythe
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    The following is my transcription of the birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme. Manchester, New Hampshire Birth Certificate for Joseph William Herve Ducharme, October 31, 1914 _____________________ Name:    Ducharme, Joseph William Herve Date of Birth Year,   1914 Month,   October Day,   31 Name of Father,   Joseph Ducharme Maiden Name of Mother,   Alice Tremblay City Record,   […]
  • Transcription – Obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair

    Christine Blythe
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The following is my transcription of the obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair. Mrs. Lillian A. Auclair Mrs. Lillian A. Auclair, widow of Thomas Auclair died Tuesday at a Manchester hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Auclair was born in Franklin, daughter of Joseph and Delia (Seney) Paradis and had resided in Manchester the greater part […]
  • Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

    Christine Blythe
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    This morning, I read the Archives UK blog headline “Reburial of King Richard III”, describing the circumstances and controversy surrounding the decision about the location of Richard III’s final resting place. I proceeded to read the entire article with fascination. I have written a couple of posts regarding the search for, discovery and excavation of […]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Additions and Updates – 28 Aug 2014.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Additions and Updates since August 21, 2014. FamilySearch.org Additions and Updates Germany Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census 1867 Mexico Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 Netherlands Netherlands, Gelderland Province, Church Records, 1405-1966 Netherlands, Noord-Brabant, Church Records, 1473-1965 Peru Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 Spain Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal […]
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  • Missouri Archives: 92 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Missouri Archives: 92 Newspapers for Genealogy Research was originally published at .Missouri entered the Union as the 24th state on 10 August 1821. Historically, it was the launching point for America’s westward expansion: the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, and Santa Fe Trail all started in Missouri. This historic role Missouri played as America’s portal to the West is commemorated by the famous Gateway Arch monument in St. Louis. An interesting feature of this geographically-varied state is that it is adjacent to the confluence of the nation’s three greatest rivers: the Mississippi,…
  • Why You Should Dig Deep into the Obituary Archives

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Why You Should Dig Deep into the Obituary Archives was originally published at .George Foster Sawyer served in the U.S. Navy and died in La Spezia, Italy, in 1852. He was a native of Burlington, Vermont. Hmm…so where do you look for his obituary? Since Sawyer was a native of Vermont, you’d expect to find his obituary in a Vermont or other newspaper from New England. I did find an obituary for him in a Vermont paper, but it was brief and to the point. Weekly Eagle (Brattleboro, Vermont), 26 July 1852, page 3 I was hoping to find more information about Sawyer, so I kept on looking around in…
  • How to Uncover Vital Record Clues in Old Newspapers

    Scott Phillips
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    How to Uncover Vital Record Clues in Old Newspapers was originally published at .Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this blog post, Scott starts off searching old newspapers for clues to help him find his ancestor’s birth record—and finds so much information that he ends up filling out a new branch of his family tree! We all know the frustration we feel when, in working on our genealogy, we can’t find an elusive—but important—vital record for one of our ancestors. I suggest that one good approach is to…
  • Revolutionary War Veteran’s Obituary Was Short—but Said a Lot

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Revolutionary War Veteran’s Obituary Was Short—but Said a Lot was originally published at .William Walcutt was there—a stalwart throughout the American Revolutionary War. He enlisted at Valley Forge 7 May 1778 “while yet a youth.” He was only 17 years old, having turned 17 just a month and a half earlier. When he died at the age of 73, his one-paragraph obituary detailed his military service during the Revolutionary period. Ohio State Journal (Columbus, Ohio), 29 June 1833, page 3 The soldier’s obituary states that he fought at the battles at Lexington and Trenton, and was later…
  • How to Research Old Newspaper Headlines for Family History

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    How to Research Old Newspaper Headlines for Family History was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary shows how searching for headlines in old newspapers turns up articles that provide a glimpse into our ancestors’ world and their daily lives. From iconic happenings of the past to lesser-known events, reading old newspaper headlines helps us share the day-to-day experiences of our ancestors. Reading the news that they read is one way to walk in their footsteps. For example,…
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  • Reunited with Long Lost Family With The Help of Social Media

    radaris
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    After moving from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Oklahoma at the age of five, Margaret Johnson was reunited with family she didn’t even know existed. Her mother lost custody of her at very young age, and she was never told that she had a rather large family back in Indiana, and after about 25 years her […]
  • Do You Want To Know Just How “Sketchy” Your Neighborhood Is?

    radaris
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. SketchFactor, a newly developed neighborhood safety app is designed to let users rate neighborhoods based on any incidents that have occurred in that area. SketchFactor tells all, from which intersections are horrible to drive through, to whether or not a particular block is more violent than […]
  • Mother and Son Reunion After 60 Years Apart

    radaris
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    This Find a Friend Friday, we’re taking a trip to the mid west.  A local paper reported in McCool Nebraska, that after sixty years of separation a mother and son were reunited. The two were brought together thanks to hard work from an adoption agency and the desire to reconnect and make their family whole. […]
  • Call For Writers about Genealogy, Dating, Family Safety, and Online Community

    radaris
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In order to enrich our blog, interact with more people, and provide new information to our audience, Radaris is now searching for guest bloggers! We are looking for posts about community, genealogy, finding friends or relatives, child safety on and offline, and reputation management. You don’t have to be a professional writer, blogger, or even […]
  • 5 Back To School Tips For Parents

    radaris
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    As summer comes to an end, parents are preparing for the upcoming school year. From organizing the kid’s carpool schedule, to coordinating nutritious lunches, there is a lot to do before the big first day. To avoid wasting the last few weeks of summer stressing over the back to school basics, here is a checklist […]
 
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