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  • Nov 17, A Father's Legacy Letter to His 5-Year Old Daughter

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    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…
  • 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…
  • Welcome to the Cotton State! Alabama Research Guide

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    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…
  • My Geneaholic Saturday - 22 November 2014

    The Geneaholic
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    This was not a typical genealogy Saturday - I stayed home and worked online and in my database for most of the day.*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday -- NICHOLS (England to colonial New England) posted.*  Decided to take Tanner's ultimate Challenge - picked four families at random in the 1940 census and tried to build trees on Ancestry for them.  Two are bare, two are fairly full.  Will blog about this sometime.*  Wrote blog posts for the cruise.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Timeline for an…
  • Whole-Community Genealogy

    Before My Time
    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?
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • 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.
  • Nov 3, The Ancient Concept of Ethical Will is Getting New Life

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I've mentioned the value and importance of Ethical Wills on more than one occasion. It is an ancient concept, this leaving in writing the values that matter most to you. It is an extremely valuable document treasured by loved ones. It dates back to at least Old Testament times for the Hebrew people. Another article mentioning the importance and growing interest in ethical wills has appeared in the New York Times. In The Ethical Will, an Ancient Concept, is Revamped for the Tech Age by Constance Gustke, we again learn of personal historians encouraging people to create the ethical will.
  • Nov 1, Shadow Play

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Here's something that might spark childhood memories. Remember how you used to make shadows on the wall? Perhaps it was with a flashlight in the bedroom and somebody showed you the way to make animal heads with your hand and fingers, such as a rabbit or dog. Maybe you marveled on a sunny day at your shadow walking before you. Peter Pan thought it was sowed to the soles of his feet. That's probably a metaphor. Our shadow self is certainly part of our soul.
 
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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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  • 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,…
  • DNA Matching Just Got Better

    Anna Swayne
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    We’re excited to tell you about some major improvements we’ve made to help you find your possible relatives with AncestryDNA.AncestryDNA scientists have innovated new and better ways to identify family relationships by comparing DNA between AncestryDNA members. Now, AncestryDNA is almost 70x more likely to find distant relatives, and all existing AncestryDNA members will see improved results.What this means for you:More accurate — Each of your DNA matches will be more accurate and is more likely to be related to you. You can feel confident that you share a recent ancestor (up to…
 
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Saturday - 22 November 2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    This was not a typical genealogy Saturday - I stayed home and worked online and in my database for most of the day.*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday -- NICHOLS (England to colonial New England) posted.*  Decided to take Tanner's ultimate Challenge - picked four families at random in the 1940 census and tried to build trees on Ancestry for them.  Two are bare, two are fairly full.  Will blog about this sometime.*  Wrote blog posts for the cruise.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Timeline for an…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 21 November 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    8 more days and w're going cruising.  I need to start writing blog posts for those days...*  Read email and blogs, noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 47: #54, Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) posted.  *  Watched/listened to Wacky Wednesday show, then wrote So Many Matches, So Little Time! How Do I Deal With Information Overload? and also Updated List of PERSI Collections with Page Images.*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and wrote New or Updated Ancestry.com Databases - November 15-21, 2014.*  Wrote the Surname Saturday…
  • My Genealogy Days - 19-20 November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    We went to Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda on Wednesday, and came home today - 24 hours away from home.1)  Wednesday, 19 November:*  Read email and blogs, noted that Our Family in 1982 -- Post 334 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday posted.  *  AncestryDNA updated their matches, so researched and wrote First Look at Improved AncestryDNA Matches and AncestryDNA Improvements Description - UPDATED.  Wrote a Treasure Chest Thursday post too.*  We left at 11:45 a.m. for Huntington Beach, stopped for lunch in Carl;sbad, and were in our hotel room…
  • My Semi-Geneaholic Tuesday - 18 November 2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    I had to go out to a doctor's appointment, and watched the Aztecs basketball game, so this wasn't an all day genealogy day.*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tombstone Tuesday - James A., Mary Jane and Melissa Kemp in Delhi (Ontario) Cemetery and then Book Notice: A Genealogist's Guide to the Washington, D.C. Area and set it for later.  Wrote a post for the cruise week.*  Left at 10:30 a.m. for the medical center, got my yearly eye exam.  Nothing's changed.  Eyes were dilated, so watched TV in the dark.  At 12:30 p.m., checked email and blogs.*…
  • My Geneaholic Monday - 17 November 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:26 pm
    It was a stay-at-home Monday, and I accomplished some tasks.*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 244: 1875 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier and Abbie Smith to Bazzel Turner posted.*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt panel and shared my RootsTech contest and my phone call with Sharon and Scribd reports.*  Noted that New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - November 9-15, 2014 posted.  Practiced the source citation talk, with some edits, then put it in Dropbox and the flash drive.*  Answered several…
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  • 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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  • Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 2) - Huffington Post

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 2)Huffington Post"In San Francisco gays of a certain age are still kind of marginalized, but there is this feeling of, 'They're the elders; they're the history bearers,'" Acord explains. "There is a kind of respect for older gay men that does not exist in L.A. L.A and more »
  • 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 and more »
  • Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years: An Oral History Of Its Beginnings - Chicagoist

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years: An Oral History Of Its BeginningsChicagoistBloodshot Records may have chosen to title its latest compilation While No One Was Looking but, after surviving twenty years in a tumultuous industry, clearly there were a few people paying attention to the local label along the way. Bloodshot's year
  • 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 »
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • 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 -…
  • StoryCorps 399: Death Becomes Her

    NPR
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Two stories for Halloween...Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, tells her father, Bob, about the childhood origins of her fascination with things that most people avoid, including black widow spiders.And, Juliet Jegasothy, who is originally from Sri Lanka, tells her friend Sheena Jacob about adjusting to life in the United States.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info: "Fragile, Do Not Drop" and "Blammo" by…
  • StoryCorps 398: His Other Family

    NPR
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in 2004.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://www.storycorps.org/donate.Music Info: "Traveling Made-Up Continents" by Gillicuddy from the album...Plays Guitar.
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  • Photo of the Week: The building of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

    Julie May
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    [Verrazano Narrows], 1963, v1984.1.137; Brooklyn slide collection, v1984.001; Brooklyn Historical Society.This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.  The construction of the bridge began in 1959, the upper deck was finished and opened in November of 1964, and the lower deck was completed five years later in 1969.  It was named after the Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano and the body of water over which it spans, the Narrows. The MTA website describes several interesting facts about the bridge, namely: Its monumental 693 foot high towers are 1 5/8…
 
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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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  • 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... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

    Christine Blythe
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    In recognition of October being “Ancestry Month”, I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 14 Nov 2014

    Christine Blythe
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    The following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com updates and additions to 14 Nov 2014.   FamilySearch.org Albania Albania, Census, 1930 Australia Australia, New South Wales, Census... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Genealogy: Children learn about their ethnicity, history and culture.

    Christine Blythe
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Genealogy is an ideal way in which children learn about their ethnicity, history and culture. By researching their own ancestry, their attention will also be drawn to the times, locations,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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.
  • Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech

    Tony Pettinato
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Speech was originally published at .On the afternoon of 19 November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stood to address a crowd of about 15,000 people gathered for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He followed the main speaker of the day, famed orator Edward Everett, who had just finished delivering a two-hour address that was well-received by the audience. Then President Lincoln spoke for only two minutes, delivering his ten-sentence “Gettysburg Address” that has gained enduring fame as one of…
  • Holiday Genealogy Gift Ideas Pt. 2: Old Fashioned Recipe Book

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Holiday Genealogy Gift Ideas Pt. 2: Old Fashioned Recipe Book was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary presents the second in a series of genealogy holiday gift ideas: a project to create a recipe book of vintage dishes your ancestors might have prepared. If you’re looking for a fun gift idea for the holidays, put together an anthology of your ancestors’ holiday recipes. You can find thousands of recipes in old newspapers, such as GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper…
  • Oklahoma Archives: 55 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

    Tony Pettinato
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Oklahoma Archives: 55 Newspapers for Genealogy Research was originally published at .Yesterday was the 107th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood: on 16 November 1907 the Union admitted its 46th state when Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory combined to form the new state of Oklahoma. Residents throughout the state celebrated with wild jubilation and a “red letter” campaign. As explained in an article published by the Hobart Daily Republican (Hobart, Oklahoma) on 16 November 1907: The commercial bodies and immigration organizations of the state have assisted in making this a…
 
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  • 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, […]
  • Retired NYPD Detective Uses Online Resources To Reunite Veterans

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    14 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to take this Find A Friend Friday to commemorate and thank George Reilly, a retired NYPD detective and former US marine. On top of his outstanding service to his city and our country, Riley has dedicated much of his retirement to reuniting veterans with long-lost friends and […]
  • Radaris Launches Property Search and Address Directory to Help Find Owner and Resident Information

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    12 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    We have an announcement: we’ve released a new feature! The Radaris Property Search and Address Directory have been added to our site. Using the Radaris Property Search and Address Directory is both easy and informative. Through a simple search page, you can now research any address in the country and learn current owner and tenant […]
  • What We Learned From Family History Month

    radaris
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Family History Month began in October 2001, after Congress declared that “by searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.” After the honorary month was added to the US calendar, it became widely celebrated by genealogy professionals and family history enthusiasts alike. Family History Month has proven to be a time […]
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  • 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…
  • Ancestor Birth: Henry Stewart in 1831

    Joanne Cowden
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    On this day in 1831, my husband's 3rd great-uncle was born in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Henry Stewart was the son of Hamilton and Nancy Scott Dinsmore Stewart and stayed in the McKeesport/Versailles area his entire life. He served in the Civil War and then married his wife, Mary Hammond. After Mary and their seven children all died between 1873 and 1875, Henry lived another 30 years on his own. His occupations included farmer, teacher, store clerk, salesman, and shipping clerk.This is his obituary from The Gazette Times in Pittsburgh on December 25, 1908:"Henry…
  • Search for Old Addresses, Not Just Names

    Joanne Cowden
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    When searching online publications like books, newspapers, and city directories, try entering the house number and street name where your ancestor lived. If you limit your search to surname, you may miss:results where a name was misspelled, other relatives with different surnames who also lived at a particular home, or items that may have just mentioned the location and not the owner. For example, searching for a house number and street may lead you to an advertisement or news item where an address appears without your ancestor's name.In addition, this type of search can help…
  • Fashion in November 1896

    Joanne Cowden
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fashion isn't my thing, but I thought you might enjoy seeing what your ancestors may have been wearing more than 115 years ago. It caught my eye while I was browsing Newspapers.com.The Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), November 25, 1896
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