Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I didn't write this one, but it was too good to resist re-posting here:
10. Took wrong turn at Bering land bridge.
9. Slavers seemed pretty insistent.
8. Sought religious freedom and the right to disembowel Quakers.
7. Nothing good to watch on BBC.
6. Took their orders from Neil Diamond.
5. Potato famine put big dent in profits from Irish fish-and-chip franchises.
4. To oppose anyone else being allowed to immigrate to America.
3. Sick of having unpronounceable names.
2. Wanted the right to vote on behalf of their wives.
1. Hoped to one day be listed on Ellis Island website.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Some of my favorites:
From a dentist's gravestone:
"I'm filling my last cavity."
An interesting story behind this one that reads "DAMN THE STATE DEPT"
A Canadian says "I told you so..."
A sad one:
The Actor Jack Lemmon's last "role":
An older man who obviously loved life til the last breath:
Perhaps it sounds morbid, but what would you have *yours* read? :)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Watching the video you'll see that I had a clue the whole time, and didn't even realize it. :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This video sums up where (with what resources) I've had the most success in researching my family tree. You may be using the same sites and methods. If you have any thoughts, I'd be happy to see your comments.
I also mention one website I feel I wasted some money and time on - PublicRecordsPro.com If you made the same mistake let me know. Alternatively, if you feel the site was a great help, I'd love to hear where and how it was most helpful to you!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
How cool is it that we can bake a batch of cookies the same way our great-grandmothers did? Or whip up a casserole in the same way that an ancestor in England, France, you-name-it, did? It makes me feel closer to those people, though they've lived and died long, long ago.
Monday, February 2, 2009
To begin, please point your elbow to the ceiling.
Then imagine yourself naked.
Then look at the patch of skin on the inside of your upper arm, the part of you that almost never sees the sun.
Whatever color you see there is what experts call your basic skin color, according to professor Nina Jablonski, head of the Penn State Department of Anthropology.
And that color, the one you have now, says Jablonski, is very probably not the color your ancient ancestors had — even if you think your family has been the same color for a long, long time.
Friday, January 30, 2009
URLs mentioned in the video:
Also be sure to check out the ideas in the comments section below the video on YouTube here.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I'd love to hear your own stories of crazy, interesting, or unexpected things you discovered in your own genealogical research. Feel free to reply to the video via comment or vlog.
The first is World Connect Community Project:
I found several of them very helpful!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Search the Social Security Death Index
(one of several sites to do this):
FamilySearch has listed a LOT more free records and indexes online on this PDF:
Q9: What information is available from Social Security records to help in genealogical research?
A: You might want to start by checking out the Social Security Death Index which is available online from a variety of commercial services (usually the search is free). The Death Index contains a listing of persons who had a Social Security number, who are deceased, and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration. (The information in the Death Index for people who died prior to 1962 is sketchy since SSA's death information was not automated before that date. Death information for persons who died before 1962 is generally only in the Death Index if the death was actually reported to SSA after 1962, even though the death occurred prior to that year.)
If you find a person in the Death Index you will learn the date of birth and Social Security Number for that person. (The Social Security Death Index is not published by SSA for public use, but is made available by commercial entities using information from SSA records. We do not offer support of these commercial products nor can we answer questions about the material in the Death Index.)
Other records potentially available from SSA include the Application for a Social Security Number (form SS-5). To obtain any information from SSA you will need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
In addition to watching and checking out the links below, I'd recommend checking out fellow researcher on YouTube, jeromeyward's video series on genealogy on the cheap. In his first video there is an explanation of some totally FREE software for keeping your tree which is downloadable on familysearch.org.
- Get organized.
- Record what you know.
- Reach out to family.
- Search the attic, the basement, etc...
- Plan your next move.