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  • Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Ten years ago today, August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating hurricanes ever hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans and surrounding areas. It was bad. The levees surrounding "The Big Easy" broke. Homes, cars and roads swept away by huge waves.
  • Email As a Journaling Tool

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m journaling the heck out of this relocation experience. I may not be making as much sense of things right now as I’d like – that usually takes more time and distance. But I will have the details as I saw them when things were fresh, raw and new with all the roller coaster dips and climbs as they happen.During this time when each moment is precious, I often face a choice: email a friend or write in my journal. As soon as I discovered email, I recognized its power as a personal history archive or journal. But who has time to sort through half a…
  • The New Ancestry: August 29th Feature Update

    Ancestry Blog
    Ancestry Team
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry. Last week we covered the location issues and the solution we put in place. This week we introduced some exciting enhancements on Family Events in the Facts view. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site. Feature update: We have added a number of enhancements to Family Events, and we continue to add and refine new features based on your feedback. We streamlined the content to focus on just the facts, and included a quick link…
  • The Desert - Fall,1965

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    believesteve
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    On November 4, 1965, Harvey Carter and I did the first ascent of the Convent, by a route he named the Salvation Chimney. The Convent, Salvation Chimney route, photo center The route starts at the small tower with a leaning block atop it. Me, aiding up towards the chimneys Me, on the summit of the Convent. The Sisters are the next features down the ridge, with Castleton Tower at the far end. The La Sal Mountains are to the southeast. Me, rappeling out of the bombbay chimney Nothing equals the ridge that runs from the Convent to Castleton Tower, for great climbs and great looks. The Convent,…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 28 August 2015

    The Geneaholic
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    I actually got out of the house today after doing my morning post. *  Read email and blogs, wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 87: #103 Catharina (Ruth?) Konig (1770-1813).  Answered email, and added to the Best Of post.*  Left at 10:30 a.m. for Verizon to get Linda's phone fixed.  They had to do a hard reset.  I had to enter phone numbers again in Contacts.  Then to get my haircut, to the library for a book, and to Costco for lunch. *  Home by 12:30 p.m. to read, then worked in WikiTree and wrote I Am Hillary (Rodham) Clinton's 18th…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Ten years ago today, August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating hurricanes ever hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans and surrounding areas. It was bad. The levees surrounding "The Big Easy" broke. Homes, cars and roads swept away by huge waves.
  • Aug 27, The Big Why for Your Story

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I just finished listening in on the Right Focus/Write Memoir tele-class offered by Denix Ledoux of The Memoir Network. The key focus of this free tele-class was figuring our why you are writing memoir. The BIG WHY is your theme.
  • Aug 24, Learning to Write a Memoir is Like Learning to Swim

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Learning to write memoir is like learning to swim.It is possible for a writing coach to instruct a person on proper techniques of writing, but it takes practice and a coach to help you stay afloat.
  • Aug 17, The Strangers Project

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Lots of people are writing their life stories. So what's so special about The Strangers Project? For one thing, all the stories are anonymous. And another interesting twist is that they are handwritten right on the spot. So they are spontaneous. No doubt many people have carried around their story for years, but to be asked to write it right there, right then is interesting. No dwelling, dawdling or revision.
  • Aug 15, The Forgiveness Project

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Sometimes the pain and suffering of life inflicted on us by others can feel like more than we can bear. Many people understandably struggle with feelings of anger, resentment, revenge and downright hate. It's not healthy. But how do you deal with it? The purpose of The Forgiveness Project is to explore the possibilities of forgiveness through real stories.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Email As a Journaling Tool

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m journaling the heck out of this relocation experience. I may not be making as much sense of things right now as I’d like – that usually takes more time and distance. But I will have the details as I saw them when things were fresh, raw and new with all the roller coaster dips and climbs as they happen.During this time when each moment is precious, I often face a choice: email a friend or write in my journal. As soon as I discovered email, I recognized its power as a personal history archive or journal. But who has time to sort through half a…
  • Tip for Surviving Change

    15 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    This could be a picture of our belongings heading west to Texas on a South  Hills Movers truck, presumably before the end of the  year.  Moving is complicated and stressful. When I added things up on the classic Holmes and Rahe stress scale, I found that I’m not far from the boiling point of 300. I have a seemingly impossible To-Do list to get the house ready to list with a realtor by our target date.I’m having to pull away from my cherished writing groups and classes and other friends.I’m already missing the home I’ve loved for thirty years. My mate of 52 years baffles…
  • What Is TRUTH?

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Nine years ago as I pulled together the material that became The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing, I thought I knew the answer to that question, what is truth: It's what really happened, or what you really think. It's basic honesty, plain and simple. Everybody knows that, right?That's a good starting point, but as I've learned since then, that's both incomplete and misleading. Some of my increased understanding is old news, things I knew that had not integrated into my cluster of life writing neurons. Meanwhile, advances in the study of memory continue to deepen understanding. These…
  • Photo Scanning Tips for CreateSpace

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    My heart nearly broke when I checked the resolution of a photo in a client’s family history/memoir I was preparing for upload to CreateSpace.com for printing copies for family members. When I copied the document photo and pasted it into IrfanView (my favorite free photo editor for low-end needs), I saw that the resolution was only 72 dpi (dots or pixels per inch). That’s a small fraction of the pixel density CreateSpace requires. This was the case with nearly all the several dozen photos in the book. I had the gut-wrenching task of explaining to my client that she had a choice: I could…
  • Six Things I Learned Going from Memoir to Fiction

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Invited guest post by Carol BodensteinerLong time readers may be surprised to find a post about writing fiction on this blog about life writing. While it’s true that my focus is on memoir, lifestory, journaling and other forms that draw upon actual experience to express personal truth, sometimes the freedom of fiction is more effective in conveying truth. Carol Bodensteiner found this to be true. She has successfully written in both genres and her experience moving from memoir to fiction has lessons for all.I’d been a business writer all my life, so I was used to working with facts.
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    Ancestry Blog

  • The New Ancestry: August 29th Feature Update

    Ancestry Team
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry. Last week we covered the location issues and the solution we put in place. This week we introduced some exciting enhancements on Family Events in the Facts view. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site. Feature update: We have added a number of enhancements to Family Events, and we continue to add and refine new features based on your feedback. We streamlined the content to focus on just the facts, and included a quick link…
  • See Your DNA Matches in a Whole New Way

    Ancestry Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    AncestryDNA just released a new matching tool called Shared Matches. This new tool will help you see your matches in a whole new way, giving you clues about the common ancestor that may have given both you and your match the DNA you share today. And as a bonus, if you have had a parent tested, you now can see which matches you have in common with them using the mother or father filter. Check out this video explaining more about the newest AncestryDNA features and how they can help you filter your AncestryDNA matches better. What is this new tool? The Shared Matches tool will show you which…
  • How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy

    Denise May Levenick
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes to finding your ancestor in old photographs. You are happy to take anything, even if it’s a tiny face in a crowd of college grads or a stern-faced soldier in the back row of long panorama. Group photos present unique challenges for the genealogist. Snapshots are often poorly composed and people may be blurred or hidden behind others’ shoulders or heads. Amateur photographers may have had difficulty including everyone in the frame, leaving some folks cut off at the edges. Photos can also suffer…
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

    Ancestry Team
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure. Perhaps he died or left for war and never returned. A single missing person can leave a large gap in the family narrative, not only because you’re missing a potentially tantalizing bit of history but also because there could be a plethora of documents from his later life…
  • The New Ancestry: August 22nd Feature Update

    Ancestry Team
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we covered the location issues, why they were happening and possible solutions. This week we rolled out a product fix to resolve it. As previously mentioned, we require a certain amount of information about the place in order to properly place it on the map. When a place name is ambiguous, e.g. it is listed simply as ‘Chester’ in your tree (lacks county or country to help define which Chester it really is), we will omit it from the LifeStory narrative. And while it will not be included in that narrative, it…
 
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  • The Desert - Fall,1965

    believesteve
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    On November 4, 1965, Harvey Carter and I did the first ascent of the Convent, by a route he named the Salvation Chimney. The Convent, Salvation Chimney route, photo center The route starts at the small tower with a leaning block atop it. Me, aiding up towards the chimneys Me, on the summit of the Convent. The Sisters are the next features down the ridge, with Castleton Tower at the far end. The La Sal Mountains are to the southeast. Me, rappeling out of the bombbay chimney Nothing equals the ridge that runs from the Convent to Castleton Tower, for great climbs and great looks. The Convent,…
  • Me? 89? Impossible!

    gloriapeck5
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Well, I’ve managed to make it this far in better-than-average shape. What’s more, Me, leaving for Europe on the ocean liner, The Liberte, 1954 it means I’ve lived through the nineteen thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, “Y 2K” (you may begin to remember this), and into the two thousands: – to NOW! That’s a whole lot of “living through.” I suddenly got the urge to talk about what it was like “back then” compared to what I see these days, and I want to do it before I hit my 90s. (The eighties may be old but 90s are OLD-old!) What did I…
  • Chamonix - 1965

    believesteve
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    My 1965 climbing season started in the Moab area, followed by Yosemite Valley. As summer approached, I drove across the country with Doug and Susie Tompkins, in their VW bus. Or was it with Royal Robbins and Liz? I was en route to Europe, in the company of my friend Roger Paris, who had some kayak business to attend to in Belgium. We took Icelandic to Brussels, where Roger’s parents picked us up (Roger is French). We enjoyed a great steak au poivre one evening, and then Roger’s folks dropped me off near Paris. In Paris, I went in search of Gary Hemming, and spent the night…
  • The Desert - Spring, 1965

    believesteve
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Canyonlands, April 12, 1965 (postcard) Canyonlands postcard back, April 12, 1965 In April of 1965, David Hiser, myself and Harvey Carter went down to the Moab area (which was generally called “the desert” by Colorado climbers) to do some climbing. Harvey was hoping for the first ascent of the Dark Angel, in Arches NP, but saw a cairn on the summit when we got there. So we did the second ascent. The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. Harvey above and David below. The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. David leads. The Dark Angel, Arches NP, April 1965. Me, rappelling by…
  • Aspen - Winter 1964-5

    believesteve
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Aspen, Colorado. David and I arrived around Thanksgiving, 1964, and found an $80/month room with the Snyders, at the end of E. Hopkins Ave. He got a job as a breakfast cook at the Skillet, while I resumed work as a ski instructor, also working nights as a waiter at a fancy restaurant – the Steak Pit, located under the City Market on Cooper. As an instructor, I worked primarily at Buttermilk Mountain, but got to Aspen Mountain occasionally. I achieved undying fame as a ski instructor with this article published in the Denver Post, March 7, 1965. The photos seen below were taken at…
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Friday - 28 August 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    I actually got out of the house today after doing my morning post. *  Read email and blogs, wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 87: #103 Catharina (Ruth?) Konig (1770-1813).  Answered email, and added to the Best Of post.*  Left at 10:30 a.m. for Verizon to get Linda's phone fixed.  They had to do a hard reset.  I had to enter phone numbers again in Contacts.  Then to get my haircut, to the library for a book, and to Costco for lunch. *  Home by 12:30 p.m. to read, then worked in WikiTree and wrote I Am Hillary (Rodham) Clinton's 18th…
  • My Genealogy Thursday - 27 August 2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    This was an all genealogy day until the evening, when our two baseball teamsl ost.  Drat.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 277: 1808 Marriage Record of James Vaux and Mary Palmer in South Petherton, Somerset and then Review - "QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style*" and set it for later.*  Worked some more in the Shared Matches in AncestryDNA - not much new, there were some but none looked "right" - I think many of my matches are IBS rather than IBD. *  Wrote CVGS Program Review -…
  • My Genealogy Wednesday - 26 August 2015

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Well, one more presentation completed...but I have to remember to email stuff to the ones that want it.*  Read email and blogs, wrote More Genealogy Friends at 2008 SCGS Jamboree -- Post 375 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then New York State Family History Conference is September 17-19, 2015 and set it for later.*  Left at 11 a.m. with the laptop and flash drive (glad I had that!) and went to Mcdonalds for lunch, the library for books, and then Bonita library for the CVGS Program - I was on the Problem Solving Panel.  We worked through 11 questions about…
  • My Geneaholic Tuesday - 25 August 2015

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:12 pm
    This was almost an all genealogy day...except for baseball and the nap.  Woke up to a phone call asking if we could get the girls today, but that didn't pan out...yet.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip: Evidence Explained Website has Citation Examples, QuickLessons, QuickTips, Forums and More! *  Added Ceasar's stuff to my CVGS presentation, then edited it once more, and saved it to the flash drive and Dropbox.*  Added to the Best Of post, answered email and an Ancestry message, had lunch, and researched and wrote Down the Rabbit Hole - Finding the…
  • My Genealogy Sunday and Monday - 23-24 August 2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I missed journaling again last night, can't remember why...oh yeah, WDYTYA?1)  Sunday, 23 August 2015:*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 August 2015 post.*  We went to church at 9:30 a.m., then to the store afterwards, and home by 12 noon.  Watched Sweetwater Valley LL World Series game, they lost to Texas 8-4.  Disappointing.  Then watched some of Padres game - they lost to Cards 10-3.  Drat, so now 61-63.*  Online at 3 p.m. to write Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of August…
 
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  • StoryCorps gathers oral histories at Carver monument - Joplin Globe

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    StoryCorps gathers oral histories at Carver monumentJoplin GlobeThe goal is to gather oral histories in preparation for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016, said Jim Heaney, park superintendent at George Washington Carver National Monument and coordinator for the project. "It is just an awesome ...
  • In Harney County, A Unique Oral History Collection Survives - OPB News

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:11 am
    OPB NewsIn Harney County, A Unique Oral History Collection SurvivesOPB NewsHere in the heart of Eastern Oregon's sagebrush country lies an unusual resource: The oral histories of hundreds of the county's early residents. Inside the Western History Room at the Harney County Library, Karen Nitz pulled open a heavy metal filing
  • PART I: The 1992 Marshfield Pirates football oral history - Coos Bay World

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Coos Bay WorldPART I: The 1992 Marshfield Pirates football oral historyCoos Bay WorldPART I: The 1992 Marshfield Pirates football oral history. WITH MOST FORMER PIRATES TURNING 40 THIS PAST YEAR, THE WORLD'S YOURGO ARTSITAS TELLS THE STORY OF THE BAY AREA'S ONLY STATE FOOTBALL TITLE IN 59 YEARS ...
  • Ten years since Katrina: Oral history of the Saints and their Superdome - SI.com

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    SI.comTen years since Katrina: Oral history of the Saints and their SuperdomeSI.comTen years ago, storm waters from Hurricane Katrina topped levees designed to protect New Orleans, leaving the city and Gulf Coast region trapped in a cloud of chaos and tragedy. An estimated 1,836 lives were lost. Homes were destroyed en masse. As New ...and more »
  • An Oral History of the Speights/Ellington Trade - Fear the Sword

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    An Oral History of the Speights/Ellington TradeFear the Sword... whatever reason, the group of Shaun Livingston, Ellington, Speights, Walton and sometimes Boobie Gibson or C.J. Miles, dubbed the Herculoids by Cavs: the Blog's Nate Smith, combined to create the most devastating bench unit in league history.
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  • StoryCorps 438: The Wind and The Rain

    NPR
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. A decade later, we revisit recordings made in our mobile recording booths, shortly after the storm, as well as a story about rebuilding in the Lower Ninth Ward.
  • StoryCorps 437: Lasting Impression

    NPR
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In this episode, we'll hear stories about the things that stick, for better and for worse, and leave behind an impression that you can't shake.
  • StoryCorps 436: Great Escapes

    NPR
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Stories about escaping — or trying to escape — from bad situations, dangerous encounters, teachers, parents and more.
  • StoryCorps 435: Major Bambi

    NPR
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Retired Marine Corps Major Donnie Dunagan served 25 years, including two tours in Vietnam. But during his entire military career there was one thing he didn't want his comrades to discover — as a child he had been the voice of Bambi in the 1942 Disney film.
  • StoryCorps 434: Listen Closely

    NPR
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    It's been 25 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. So, we dug into the StoryCorps archive to bring you stories that celebrate just a few of the millions of people who gained civil rights from this landmark legislation.
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  • Photo of the Week: Harry Kalmus Photographs

    Tess Colwell
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    [Untitled.], ca. 1950, v1991.11.17.4; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs, ARC.046; Brooklyn Historical Society.I rarely see an ice cream truck around Brooklyn that isn’t Mr. Softee, so it was a pleasant surprise to come across this photograph from the Harry Kalmus collection. In this photo of the week, children are getting ice cream from a Good Humor truck, sometime around 1950. I love the moment in this photograph—all the children lined up along the curb with ice cream in hand, and one child carefully deciding from the list of options pictured on the truck. This photograph comes from…
 
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  • 2歳児の夕食献立~夏バテしにくい体作りメニュー!

    こっこ
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:58 pm
    猛暑が落ち着いて、ちょっと過ごしやすくなってきたかな~と思ったら、 また気温が一気に上がったり(+_+) は、涼しい日と暑い日の温度差が大きいこともあって、 体がだるくなったり、疲れやすくなりますよね。 そんな時に、食欲に任せて冷たいものばかり食べていたり、単品食べをしていると、 体が冷えたり栄養バランスが崩れて、 本格的に気温が下がり始める頃に、一気に体調を崩してしまうことに・・・。 丈夫な体づくりは、から!…
  • 辛い手湿疹!原因は普段から使っているアレだった!

    こっこ
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
    事の始まりは、手の甲にプツっとできた小さな水泡。 「あれ、なにコレ? なんか痒い・・」と、ポリポリ掻きはじめたら最後。 気付いた時には、皮がめくれて、! これ、治りかけても、一回掻きはじめると瞬く間にかゆみが広がって、 症状が悪化するんですよね・・。 痛みと痒みで何をするにも集中できないわ、イライラするわで、本当に参っちゃう。 女性は出産すると、と聞いていたけれど、 私の場合はなんと、…
  • 手荒れのパックリひび割れ・・!私はこの対策で克服できた!

    こっこ
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:12 pm
    手がガッサガサに荒れて、まるで! ガサガサするだけなら、まだいい方で、 それがひび割れに進行して、パックリ開いた時には、 本気で したくなります(涙) といえば、 この痛み! 手から電撃が走るというか、手が引き裂かれるんじゃないか!?というか・・ 経験したことのある人なら、 今パソコンの前で、ウンウンと頷いてくれているハズ。。゚(゚´Д`゚)゜。 今回は、長いことに悩まされてきた私が、 を紹介します\(^o^)/…
  • 虫刺され用アロマクリームを手作り♪ワセリンを使えば超簡単!

    こっこ
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    前回、がまんできない虫刺されのかゆみ!薬に頼らない3つの対処法で、 市販の虫刺され用バームを紹介させていただきました。 今は子育てに追われて、市販のものを利用することもあるのですが、 出産するまでは私、アロマを使って石けんや美容オイル、クリームなどの化粧品を自分で作っていたんです(^^) 中でも、市販品を買う選択肢しか思い浮かばないような、 なんですが・・・ 実は、簡単に手作りする方法もあるのです!…
  • がまんできない虫刺されのかゆみ!薬に頼らない3つの対処法

    こっこ
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    夏祭りや花火大会~☆.。・:*:・゚`☆ 夏は楽しいイベントが盛りだくさんで、わくわくしますよね! 夕方からは涼しくなって、お出かけもしやすくなるし(*´▽`*) でも、山や森に出かけるようなときには、絶対忘れない。 お祭り気分で浮かれて、ことってありますよね!!(←ワタシのこと・・)(ノД`)・゜・。 バタバタで家を出て、「シマッター!!」って思った時には、すでに遅し。 あっちこっちにが~・・!…
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  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 29 Aug 2015.

    Christine Blythe
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The following lists are of the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 29 Aug 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 29 Aug 2015. Argentina Argentina, National Census, 1869 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Germany Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration, 1874-1927 Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874 United Kingdom England and Wales Census, […]
  • Gannett newspapers are to be digitized: Color, detail of ancestors’ lives.

    Christine Blythe
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    One of my favorite sources for my genealogy research has been Newspapers.com. Now I learn that all Gannett newspapers are to be digitized by Newspapers.com, which is owned by Ancestry.com. I also use books and e-books for the same purpose, but I do trust old newspaper articles much more because for the most part, they are […]
  • Transcription: Obituary for Dr. Guy Turmel (1925-2004)

    Christine Blythe
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The following is my transcription of the obituary for Dr Guy Turmel (1925-2004), dentist. TURMEL, Dr Guy 1925-2004 À Montréal, Ie 9 juillet 2004, est decédé Dr Guy Turmel, dentiste retraité, époux de Berthe Sergerie, fils ainé de Marie-Ange St-Hilaire et de Léon Turmel tous deux décédés. Outre son épouse, il luisse dans le deuil […]
  • Transcription: 1652 Will of Richard Jaques of Malmsbury, Wiltshire.

    Christine Blythe
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The following is my transcription of the 1652 will of Richard Jaques of Malmsbury, Wiltshire. I previously posted a 1653 will transcription for a different Richard Jaques. MEMORANDUM the nineteenth day of September One Thousand Six hundred ffiftie and one Richard Jaques of ???dborne in the parish of Malmesbury and Countie of Wilts gentleman being […]
  • Obituary for Lucia Lehouillier (Boily), 1908-2000.

    Breaking News
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Obituary for Lucia Lehouillier (Boily).   LEHOUILLIER Lucia (Boily) Au CHSLD de Ste-Hénédine, le 8 septembre 2000, à l’âge de 92 ans, est décécée dame Lucia Boily, epouse de feu Donat Lehouillier. Autrefois de Ste-Marguerite, elle demeurait à Ste-Hénédine. Les funérailles auront leu lundi le 11 septembre à 11 heures. Départ du funérarium de la […]
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  • Hawaii Archives: 25 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

    Tony Pettinato
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Hawaii, the most recent addition to the United States, became the nation’s 50th state when it joined the Union on 21 August 1959. The only U.S. state not located in the Americas, the state of Hawaii is a string of islands located in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the country’s 8th smallest state and the 11th least populous. Photo: Punaluu Beach Park, Big Island, Hawaii. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. If you are researching your ancestry from Hawaii, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online HI newspaper archives: 25 titles to help you search your family history in “The Aloha…
  • Google Remembers Olympian & Surfer Duke Kahanamoku

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    This week’s Google Doodle honors famed five-time Olympic medalist, Hawaiian athlete and swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968), who was born 24 August 1890 in Hawaii. He was known as the “Father of Surfing.” Source: Google Here is a 1965 interview with him by Bruce Brown at the start of the first annual Duke Kahanamoku invitational surfing competition. Source: YouTube.com There are hundreds of old news articles in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives that detailed his remarkable surfing career – which lasted more than 50 years. Enter Last Name Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 24…
  • Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    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 articles and advertisements that show what our ancestors wore during the hot summer months. I don’t know about where you live, but here in California it is HOT. This week has been hot and humid, something we are not as used to since we normally live with a “dry heat.” So as the temperature goes up people try all sorts of ways to keep cool, including altering the way they normally dress. A few days ago I was standing in line…
  • Calvert Family Bible Worth Share of $300 Million!

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    What’s your old family Bible worth? For the Calvert family of Mason, Lewis and Bracken counties in Kentucky, their family Bible was invaluable. Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky), 10 March 1911, page 9 According to a 1911 article from the Lexington Herald, their old family Bible was the proof the descendants of Obadiah Calvert needed to connect their line back to the original Calvert family of Maryland. With the pending probate court action, the confirmed descendants would share in the $300,000,000 estate! Do you have an old family Bible? Enter Last Name A word to the wise: Don’t let…
  • August Update: 4 Million Genealogy Records Just Added!

    Tony Pettinato
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our burgeoning collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 4 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast! Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions: A total of 30 newspaper titles from 19 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia 10 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time Newspaper titles marked with an…
 
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  • Privacy, Online Dating, and the Ashley Madison Hack

    radaris
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Just last month, news of the invasive hacking of niche online dating website Ashley Madison broke. Since then, the story has made national headlines, the names and identities of the sites 37 million users have been revealed, and powerful political and celebrity actors have felt the repercussions. Although no one knows the identities of the […]
  • The Many Benefits of Public Records and Personal Background Information

    radaris
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Background checks are an extremely useful resource for just about anyone. It can help you find out more about your new neighbors, or even a co-worker. With the amount of publically available data out there, you can now find out more about the person you want to. Keep safe with background information Getting to know […]
  • Infographic Beginners Guide to Online Dating

    radaris
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    To make online dating comfortable, manageable, and most importantly safe experience for everyone, you should get acquainted with the basics of online love before even creating your first profile. To help we’ve created this helpful infographic guide to online dating. The guide is filled with advice on how to find your perfect match, helpful dating […]
  • Yuma Arizona Communities Feeling the Impact of High Unemployment

    radaris
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Several cities across the US have unemployment rates significantly higher than the national average. The local communities in those cities have begun to feel the impact of the high unemployment rates. In Yuma, Arizona, for example, the unemployment rate was 34.5% last month, which is about 4.5 times the national average. The people in the […]
  • Midland, Michigan Tackles Community Safety Issues

    radaris
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Midland is a bustling, small city nestled in the tri-cities region of Michigan. Boasting a population of over 40,000 people, Midland is a safe town with great schools, over 72 city parks, and reliable public transit. The city also has hundreds of small businesses and residential homes, many located on Wadley Ave. Due to the […]
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  • Photograph: Identifying a Police Officer

    Joanne Cowden
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I found the photograph below in a small box that belonged to my grandmother. There's an 'X' by the feet of one of the police officers, and on the back is just a surname: "Scheppner."My great-grandfather was a policeman, and he married Christina Schoeppner in 1921 after his first wife died. So my first thought was that this was her father. But all records for Joseph Schoeppner showed that he was a laborer.Christina also had three brothers--Joseph, Herman, and Michael Schoeppner--so I took a look at each of them. The younger Joseph was a mill worker and then became a grocer. Herman died when he…
  • Did a Father's Death Lead to Sons' Mental Illness?

    Joanne Cowden
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we discover mental illness in our family trees, it may raise a lot of questions. And there are just some things that genealogy won't be able to answer. Mental illness may run in families, so a parent may pass it on to children. However, it may also be triggered by a traumatic event, and a suicide would be considered awful enough to have an impact on any family. We can only guess at the cause of a relative's mental illness.Jacob Steimer, the nephew of my 3rd great-grandmother Barbara Steimer Klein, was 44 when he shot himself in the back yard of his Carrick, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania…
  • Akron Advertisement, 1887

    Joanne Cowden
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    This advertisement appears in the 1887 publication, Recipes by Ladies of St. Paul's P.E. Church, Akron, Ohio. While most of the ads are for Akron businesses, there also are several for the Cleveland area. You can view this booklet both in the HathiTrust Digital Library and The Internet Archive.Some of my Huber relatives moved to Akron in the early 1900s, so I wonder if this store still existed then and if they ever saw it. Most of the ads in this recipe book used text only, so this one with artwork definitely stands out.Take time to browse publications from the areas where your ancestors…
  • Deaths of Two Frederick Fiegers in 1901

    Joanne Cowden
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    My first cousin twice removed, Robert Louis Jay, married Ray Fieger in Pittsburgh around 1928. (With this marriage, her name became Ray Jay. Love it!)Ray lost her father Frederick, who was a city councilman, in January 1901. Her grandfather, who also was Frederick Fieger, died just a few months later in May 1901. Ray was only four years old.Here are the newspaper death notices for both Fredericks:The Pittsburgh Post, January 7, 1901(CLICK TO VIEW IMAGE LARGER)The Pittsburgh Post, May 2, 1901Ray Fieger Jay was the only daughter of Frederick Fieger, who also had five sons. Ray didn't have…
  • Dig into Pennsylvania Farm Records

    Joanne Cowden
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    My husband's 3rd great-grandfather, Hamilton Stewart, was born on May 10, 1799, in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. I can see from census records that he spent at least 5 decades as a farmer in the nearby township of Versailles, but I want to know more than that.To get a better picture of what Hamilton's life was like, I took a look at the agricultural census manuscripts that are available on the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission website. This is what I learned about his farm from 1850:1850 Agricultural Census, Versailles - Hamilton Stewart Farm80 improved acres of…
 
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  • WWI Panoramic Unit Photos

    Trevor
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you checked out Fold3’s new WWI Panoramic Unit Photos yet? This free collection, via the National World War I Museum, includes a variety of WWI-era panoramic images. Many of the photos are group shots of military units, but there are also group photos of other organizations connected to the military, as well as images of military cemeteries, Navy ships, military camps, and more. The amount of information available varies per photo, but whenever possible, Fold3 has included the names of the individuals pictured and the description, military unit, location, and date. Here are a few…
  • Find: WWII Escape from Albania

    Trevor
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Did you know that among the images of Fold3’s WWII US Air Force Photos collection, you can find pictures of a group of 30 American servicemen and women who escaped from behind enemy lines in Albania in 1943-44? The group of 13 flight nurses, 13 medics, plus 4 aircrew members set out by plane from Sicily headed to Bari, Italy, on November 8, 1943. But a storm, combined with a run-in with the Germans, forced their C-53 down far from their intended flightpath. When they exited the plane, they were discovered by some anti-German partisans who informed them they were in German-occupied…
  • Rose O’Neal Greenhow Arrested: August 23, 1861

    Trevor
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On August 23, 1861, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a popular society matron and Confederate spy, was arrested at her Washington DC home. Greenhow, a widow in her 40s at the time of her arrest, had been born in Maryland but spent her teenage years in the capital living with her aunt. She married a well-to-do older man named Dr. Robert Greenhow and the couple and their children lived in Washington DC, Mexico City, and San Francisco before his death in 1854. Greenhow returned to the capital and expanded her role as an influential hostess, with important friends in political and military circles.
  • Numbered Record Books

    Trevor
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do you have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War? Try looking for them in the Numbered Record Books from Fold3’s Revolutionary War Collection. The 199-volume Numbered Record Books collection, from microfilm at the National Archives, contains miscellaneous records from the Revolutionary War, falling into three main categories: military operations and service, pay and settlement of accounts, and supplies. The records in these books were originally compiled by the War Department from a wide variety of sources over time and then arbitrarily bound into volumes and numbered. Since…
  • Find: Ice Cream on the USS

    Trevor
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    July is national Ice Cream Month. To get you in the spirit, here’s a fun story found in Fold3’s WWII War Diaries collection. It tells of the popularity of ice cream on board the USS Kitty Hawk during World War II: One of the amusing stories in this connection concerns a passenger who requested ice cream at 1600 of our first afternoon underway, homeward bound. The operator of the Ship’s Service Store ice cream plant informed this passenger that the ice cream was sold out but that some more was being mixed which would be fairly hard by 1900. The passenger replied as follows:…
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