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  • Jul 21, Nostalgia Can Make You Feel Older and Younger

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing for something in the past that we associate with happy memories. It can be triggered in various ways, by seeing an old friend, remembering a special date, historic event, seeing an old advertisement, hearing a favorite old song or watching an old TV show or movie. Isn't it interesting how nostalgia can make you feel both older and younger?
  • Your Friend, the Comma

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Comma, common. Yes, commas are common, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve respect. Strangely enough, this common little punctuation mark intimidates legions of writers. Others treat it in a cavalier fashion. I admit to being one of the latter. In 1984, I flippantly told Kay DuPont, a national speaker and author of a book on grammar and punctuation that “I punctuate intuitively and put commas where I think I need them.” Was that pity I saw in her glance? When I saw buckets of red ink the Lighthouse Point Press editors sloshed all over my first book, Do’s, Don’ts and Donuts I…
  • Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap with Cynthia Nixon

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    Jessica Murray
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    [View the story "Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap" on Storify] [View the story "Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap" on Storify]
  • Coming Out To My Sister Part 2

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    Paging Miss Page
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    So I’m at work, running around a set shooting a mattress commercial. I’m the sound recordist, so my
  • My Non-Genealogy Week

    The Geneaholic
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Well, we survived the grandgirls for 10 days...but we're tired! I managed to keep Genea-Musings going, spending some time every day writing blog posts, and I had a few scheduled to help out.  I wasn't sure how much time I would have, but I managed several hours in the morning, several in the evening, and several more sometimes at night.  I didn't do much if any research, but I did get blog posts written.The exception was Monday, 21 July - I got on the GeneaSleepOver around 8:30 a.m. and stayed until about 11 a.m., and then got on at around 1 p.m. and stayed until the end of 5 p.m.
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Jul 21, Nostalgia Can Make You Feel Older and Younger

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing for something in the past that we associate with happy memories. It can be triggered in various ways, by seeing an old friend, remembering a special date, historic event, seeing an old advertisement, hearing a favorite old song or watching an old TV show or movie. Isn't it interesting how nostalgia can make you feel both older and younger?
  • Jul 14, Animating Past Interviews of Cultural Icons - Blank on Blank and Storytelling

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Over the years there have been many interviews of famous people by journalists. Some of these we've heard, but many are tucked away and could be easily lost if not preserved and presented by someone. Someone, for instance, like Blank on Blank, a multimedia nonprofit with the simple mission of taking unheard oral history interviews and bringing them to life on radio, YouTube and other platforms. This is an interesting way to present storytelling.
  • Jul 10, Meaningful Home Objects

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    I came across a cowbird (cowbird.com) story yesterday that fit right in with the idea of using common and/or treasured items as prompts for stories. Our lives are full of experiences and some objects help us recall them. As I look around my home there are many things I see that are important and prompt special feelings and memories. Photographs, artwork, my vast CD collection, the vase gifted to me from my late aunt, and even the coffee maker in the kitchen.
  • Jul 7, Personal History Is Often a Later in Life Career

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    You might find Telling Life's Stories: Four Late-Blooming Personal Historians, written by Lynne Strang as a guest post for Debra Eve's Later Bloomer (Creativity Never Gets Old) laterbloomer.com site revealing. In her well written piece she explores the interest, drive and satisfaction of four personal historians (myself included) who entered the field later in life.
  • Jul 4, Diamond Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    This July 4th marks the 75th anniversary of the inspirational and heartfelt farewell speech given by Lou Gehrig, a giant of baseball who was forced into early retirement when he was afflicted by the disease that would come to be known by his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) took Gehrig's strength and muscle control and eventually took his life all too early, just days shy of his 39th birthday. It was ironic for a player who was known for his endurance.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Your Friend, the Comma

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Comma, common. Yes, commas are common, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve respect. Strangely enough, this common little punctuation mark intimidates legions of writers. Others treat it in a cavalier fashion. I admit to being one of the latter. In 1984, I flippantly told Kay DuPont, a national speaker and author of a book on grammar and punctuation that “I punctuate intuitively and put commas where I think I need them.” Was that pity I saw in her glance? When I saw buckets of red ink the Lighthouse Point Press editors sloshed all over my first book, Do’s, Don’ts and Donuts I…
  • Make New Friends: Writing Layers of Meaning

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Make new friends, but keep the old,One is silver and the other gold.This classic friendship song began endlessly looping on brain radio the other day. Inspired by Kathy Pooler’s blog post,A Tribute to My Girlfriends, I sat down to pen a post about friendship. What emerged is far from what I set out to write. I began writing about the fact unlike Kathy, who has remained close with numerous friends for decades, my friends are more situational, coming and going as our respective interests change, and … that paragraph was never finished. Something about the thought didn’t quite ring true,…
  • Brain Thorns

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    “All sentences are not created equal.”That sentence jams a cactus into my brain, triggering wild buzzing and a whirl of obsessive thoughts. Even if the story I’m reading is sweet and beautiful as a cactus blossom, when I hear any variation of “All men are not tall”,  my brain revs up like an angry hornet. I know the intention: to contradict the clearly false idea that all men ARE tall. The literal meaning of that sentence is that no men are tall. Obviously that’s as false as the initial statement. The world is full of men of a wide range of heights. The accurate meaning is…
  • Daily Life Under a Microscope

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    “My life is so ordinary! Nobody would be interested!” This statement vies with the desire to keep secrets and protect privacy as the top reason people give for not writing their lifestories. Poppycock! I’m pretty sure a centipede’s knee would be fascinating if looked at under a microscope and described with flair. Besides, what we take for granted today will be exotic to our great-grandchildren in fifty years. Wouldn’t you like to know what daily life was like for your ancestors 100 years ago? In today’s guest post, Pittsburgh resident Bea Carter put her plain vanilla morning…
  • Writing on a Hamster Wheel

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    I’m working on a complicated story right now. It’s total fiction, with no basis in my experience, and I’ve fallen into a trap common to writers of any genre, the hamster wheel syndrome. I know better than to do this, but I’ve been editing the heck out of what I’ve already written rather than forging boldly ahead to write the story. I know where it’s going – I’m just having trouble reading the markers along the path. Yesterday I had a Skype visit with Ian Mathie, a prolific cross-genre author who pops out stories like a cat birthing a litter. Already this year Mosaique Press…
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  • Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap with Cynthia Nixon

    Jessica Murray
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    [View the story "Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap" on Storify] [View the story "Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5 Premiere Recap" on Storify]
  • Throwback Thursday Topic: Regional Expressions and Names

    Juliana Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    One of the wondrous thing about traveling to visit family in various parts of the country was hearing the different expressions used by our family. It went beyond the whole soda vs. pop vs. coke debate (although we did have that discussion on a regular basis and for the record, the correct term is “pop”).Even my Cleveland relatives, while not even a day’s drive away, seemed to have different names for things. Grandma didn’t have a couch; she had a davenport, which to me sounded more “damport.” She didn’t have a purse, she had a pocketbook. And most of her sentences were…
  • Second chances and emotional reunions in the next “Long Lost Family”

    Brian Gallagher
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    With the new season of Long Lost Family now in full swing and tissue sales at an all-time high, Davina McCall & Nicky Campbell continue to give us front row seats at some beautiful family reunions.In episode three we hear the stories of Richard Cue and Tania Bartlett. While both stories are different they shared a common desire to find their loved ones.Richard Cue After the loss of their two young children, Florence and William Cue adopted Richard in 1957. Richard grew up in a house filled with love and happiness. He longed to meet his birth mother to tell her that he is grateful for the…
  • Celebrate Cousin Day: Making a DNA Connection Isn’t Lucky. It’s Likely.

    Anna Swayne
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    You can’t predict when a DNA connection will happen, but when it does it’s definitely worth celebrating.  Take these two AncestryDNA users who not only work together, but sit back to back to each other. Both took the test and found out they’re not only co-workers – they’re cousins.Who would have thought? “It was a fun surprise to see Stephanie come up as a cousin. We have known each other for years and now to find out we are cousins…wasn’t sure the test could do that,” said Jodi (on the right).“After I saw Jodi come up as a match we then had to dig…
  • Connecting with Cousins

    Juliana Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Val and Dave with the photo of Catherine Huggins, March 2012.For years, I battled with the decision over whether to make my tree public or private. What if there was something wrong in it? I do a lot of my research offline and a lot of my pre-computer research resides in binders. I’ve used that and more recent research over the years to construct timelines in Word documents that I use for analysis, and while some have been hung on the tree, there just never seems to be enough time to get everything out there. So why make my tree public in an incomplete and possibly imperfect state?Simple.
 
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  • Coming Out To My Sister Part 2

    Paging Miss Page
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    So I’m at work, running around a set shooting a mattress commercial. I’m the sound recordist, so my
  • What I Wished For - Chapter IV

    trashbus
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Mihajlo Chapter IV of the story “What I Wished For” by Ruža Britvec ǀ English translation by Renata
  • Memory sherpas focus on the story and its most telling plotlines

    Monica Lee
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Organizing photos into categories often makes more storytelling sense than chronological order. That approach improved the final result of a project I finished recently. A woman whose father died earlier this year wanted to share some photos of his life in a way that showed who he was, especially to his grandchildren. Before even seeing me to create this album for her, she had divided the roles he played in his life into six categories: Soldier Father Policeman Landlord Retiree The final category was “lessons, advice, faith” which was designed for stories and memories. Each…
  • We'll go for a walk, she said.

    anotherboomerblog
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Sorting, packing, donating, throwing out. Seems to take forever. Walking has been  neglected. The wee little doggie misses her twice a day constitutionals – as do I. Another morning spent in the usual occupations. I keep thinking I’m almost done and then realize there’s still more. After four hours of work in the trenches I got my nails done, trimming them to near sports nail length to keep from losing one or two from all the activity. Picked up takeout. Told the little doggie we’d go out for a walk as soon as I’d eaten.  Nature called, and while I was…
  • 30 Days of Devotion: Day 26

    Nornoriel Lokason
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    XXVI. How has your relationship with this demon changed over time? Starting with the obvious, I went from being afraid that Asmodai was going to kill me and afraid to talk to him for two months, to considering him my father figure, poking fun at him with the Grumpy Cat meme (and Foghorn Legsmodeus*), and declaring him to be my patron. Less obvious: when I started working with Asmodai, I was a wreck.  I was seven months out of an abusive relationship, less than a month out of a fucked-up toxic living situation, and not medicated yet; my PTSD and BPD symptoms were active with a vengeance, I…
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Non-Genealogy Week

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Well, we survived the grandgirls for 10 days...but we're tired! I managed to keep Genea-Musings going, spending some time every day writing blog posts, and I had a few scheduled to help out.  I wasn't sure how much time I would have, but I managed several hours in the morning, several in the evening, and several more sometimes at night.  I didn't do much if any research, but I did get blog posts written.The exception was Monday, 21 July - I got on the GeneaSleepOver around 8:30 a.m. and stayed until about 11 a.m., and then got on at around 1 p.m. and stayed until the end of 5 p.m.
  • My Genealogy Saturday - 12 July 2014

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    This was not an all genealogy day, far from it.  But I did finish some things and got a great genealogy gift from a friend.*  Read email and blogs.  Chris sent the Smith probate record he found in Nebraska!!!  Noted that  Surname Saturday - BLOOMFIELD (England > colonial Massachusetts > New Jersey) posted.*  Packed up and left at 9 a.m.   Got to the SDGS meeting at 9:25 a.m. and got set up.  Talked to Paul, Del, Reuben and Dave a bit.  Meeting started on time, and I did the first talk on the FamilySearch Family Tree better than any of my…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 11 July 2014

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I think I'm ready for the two talks on Saturday - one's new, one's seasoned.  The problem is time limits, I really need 60 minutes for each of them.*  Read email and blogs, then noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 28: #35, Elizabeth Horton (Dill) Smith (1791-1869) posted and wrote Seavers in the News - James T. Seaver, Master of a Civil War Vessel - Post 2 and set it for later.*  Added 100 people to my Watch list on FamilySearch Family Tree - already got an email!*  Answered email and added to the Best Of post.  Made a GEDCOM in RootsMagic…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 10 July 2014

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    The day sort of got away from me...nothing but blogging except for the presentation practice.  Oh wsell...*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 222: 1871 Census of Canada for Alexander Sovereen Household and then Seavers in the News - James T. Seaver, Master of a Civil War Vessel - Post 1.*  Did the final edit on the Family Tree presentation, and practiced it.  Came out at 60 minutes.  I really need 50 minutes.  Did some work for Deb on her case...found some social network stuff for her.  Interesting!*  Worked…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 9 July 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    This was a pretty good genealogy day, although I didn't accomplish much, but I had some fun.*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Randy in the Greenhouse -- Post 315 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and San Diego Genealogical Society Meeting on Saturday, 12 July - Ice Cream Social and Randy Seaver and set it for later.*  Worked in family Tree for awhile, then packed up and off to McDonalds for lunch at 11 a.m. and to the library by 11:30 a.m., and into the conference room at 11:45 a.m. to get set up for the CVGS Research Group meeting.  We had 15, and it was a…
 
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 383: License to Wed

    NPR
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Clela Rorex, a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson about issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 1975.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:Naruto and the End of the Broken Ear by Fredrik: http://www.frdrk.org
  • StoryCorps 381: Not to Blame

    NPR
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Aja David and her younger sister, Kai Leigh Harriott, remember the night Kai was hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed from the chest down. They spoke with their mother Tonya David.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: "Horizon Variations" by Max Richter from the album The Blue Notebooks. 
  • Podcast 381: It's A Calling

    NPR
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Dekalb Walcott III talks to his dad, retired Chicago Fire Chief Dekalb Walcott Jr., about following in his line of work.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: Note Drop by Broke For Free:  http://brokeforfree.com It's A Callin' by 40Kalibur: https://soundcloud.com/40kalibur-dascorpionking
  • StoryCorps 380: Don't Sneak

    NPR
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay. 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:Patience for Books by The Loom: http://www.reverbnation.com/theloomCome Out Singing by Lavender Country: http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/lavender-country 
  • StoryCorps 379: Facing Forward

    NPR
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Cheri Lindsay talks with her father, Phillip, about vitiligo—a rare skin condition that runs in their family.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: "Everything Is Changing" by Noi - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Noi/
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • Brooklyn Bounty 2014: Delaware and Hudson

    Avi Scher
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Excitement is in the air for Brooklyn Bounty, Brooklyn Historical Society’s premier tasting benefit this fall! On October 22, at the impressive 26 Bridge Street in DUMBO, guests will treat their palates to tastings from Brooklyn’s finest chefs and restaurants. With this year’s theme, “Kings County Agricultural Fair,” we celebrate Brooklyn’s vibrant sustainability movement with delicious and exciting samples from all across the borough. In the next few months leading up to the event, we will profile several of the participating restaurants to whet our appetites for what’s to…
 
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    Memoir Mentor

  • 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…
  • A Book is Born! The Parrett Migration

    Memoir Mentor
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:18 pm
    When I was a bride in my twenties (many years ago), my husband and I stopped at a farm in Locust Grove, Iowa, on a cross-country trip to the East Coast. The farm was owned by Ken and Lois Parrett, distant cousins of mine I had never heard of until that day. They took me on a tour of the area and showed me land my ancestors once owned and cemeteries where they were buried. That visit turned out to be one of those turning points that send your life in a new trajectory. I wanted to know more about these Parretts, whose name I’d carried since my birth. Over the years, between raising…
  • Connecting the Generations

    Memoir Mentor
    24 May 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Over the years, many of my students have complained about children who show little interest in their family history. “I don’t know why I’m working so hard on my family history,” they tell me. “No one in my family will read it.” Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s difficult to get young people interested in their forebears–older people, too–because their attention is focused on the here and now: what’s going on at school or on their iPads, or (later), what’s going on at work or with their own children, and more. “It’s…
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    Origin Hunters - Genetic Genealogist

  • 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…
  • Exploring Rollo's Roots: DNA Leads the Way

    29 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
       It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about William the Conqueror’s DNA.  Based on a study of men with surnames historically associated with William and their corresponding Y-DNA, I concluded that I identified the genetic signature of the first Norman King of England.  Now it’s time to get back to William and more specifically his 3rd great grandfather, Rollo.  To be honest, the 37 marker Y-DNA haplotype that I published is really connected to Richard the Fearless, William’s great grandfather.  Genealogically, the surnames in the study trace…
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  • Sir Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France

    Christine Blythe
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    In geneal­ogy research there comes a point in his­tory where the only sources avail­able are very sub­jec­tive and ques­tion­able at best. We must con­sider how many per­sons the account was retold to before it was finally put to paper. We also must ask about the motives and biases of those recount­ing the story over time, and […]
  • Life, death and injury through history.

    Christine Blythe
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    One thing I’ve realized through my research into all branches of our family is that every time we are shocked by an unusual or particularly tragic death and injury through history, it will invariably be outdone by another. The manners of death that occurred in our family history include war casualties, murder, hangings, and one […]
  • Using images to save transcription time and errors.

    Christine Blythe
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    A good habit to get into for any genealogy researcher is using images to save transcription time and errors. Transcription takes a lot of time. Rather than wasting the time manually transcribing documents while conducting research, or printing direct from a third party database site, I work with images instead. Once the source is created and […]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions- July 22, 2014

    Christine Blythe
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions for the period up to and including July 22, 2014.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Canada Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979 Croatia Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1662-1941 Netherlands Netherlands, Utrecht Province, Church Records, 1542-1955 New Zealand New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate […]
  • There were costs and benefits to conducting family tree research before we had the internet.

    Christine Blythe
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Pursuing Genealogy was never free. The family tree research costs manifested in very different ways over time. We’re so lucky today because global resources are so easy to access over the internet through sites such as familysearch.org, Ancestry.com and many others, and most sites do charge either a subscription rate or a cost per item […]
 
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  • Old Music in Historical Newspapers: Tips for Finding Poems & Songs

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Old Music in Historical Newspapers: Tips for Finding Poems & Songs was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post—just in time for Thanksgiving—Mary searches old newspapers to trace ancestry all the way back to the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board the Mayflower in 1620 for a fresh start in the New World. When doing your family history research, have you ever wondered about the old music your American ancestors enjoyed? What were the popular melodies and…
  • Weird News of Odd & Bizarre Happenings: Raining Frogs?

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Weird News of Odd & Bizarre Happenings: Raining Frogs? was originally published at .Census and other government records can give us dates and facts about our ancestors, but where do you turn to find their personal stories, an account of something fantastic, exciting or odd that they experienced? If you are lucky, you may possess your ancestors’ journals or family letters. Even if you don’t have these, however, you still have a great source for stories about your ancestors: an archive of historical newspapers, such as the 6,500 titles in GenealogyBank’s online Historical Newspaper…
  • Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog post, Gena searches old newspapers to find ads and stories about vintage swimsuits, giving us another glimpse into our ancestors’ lives. It’s HOT outside and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a day at the beach. One day as I was trying to stay cool at home with the air conditioning, I was scanning family photos and came across a 1920s-era photo of my great-grandfather and…
  • Tracing Your Colonial & Revolutionary Ancestry in Newspapers

    Gena Philibert-Ortega
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Tracing Your Colonial & Revolutionary Ancestry in Newspapers was originally published at .Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog post, Gena shows how old newspapers provide a great opportunity to learn more about your Revolutionary War-era ancestors, especially considering that primary sources are hard to find for this time period. Are you researching your family history all the way back to your Revolutionary War-era ancestors? Old newspapers are a great way to learn about your ancestry during America’s…
  • What Do You Plan to Do with Your Old Family Heirlooms?

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    What Do You Plan to Do with Your Old Family Heirlooms? was originally published at .Maybe you have an old cedar chest, or other large object, as one of your prized family heirlooms. Source: Abernethy’s We have an old chest that was owned by my grandmother, Adelaide Mildred (Wright) Kemp (1893-1949), and it was said that it had been passed down to her mother, Ida Estelle (Smith) Wright (1873-1963). Now if the only family heirloom we had was one object, we might be able to handle that—but wait, there’s more. Much more. There are also old photos—large ones, framed—and dishware,…
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