Sandy on November 30th, 2010

Starting on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It coincides with late November or late December on the secular calendar. This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1. In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated […]

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St. Andrews is the Patron Saint of Scotland and although widely celebrated on Novemer 30th in Scotland every year since the 6th century, St. Andrew’s Day isn’t recognized as a public holiday. There are about 40 million people throughout the world who claim Scottish descent, so you can well imagine that there’s a multitude of […]

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Sandy on November 26th, 2010

Former board member of the Association for Northern California Research and Records and well-known columnist Carllene Marek, has passed at the age of 72. The following death notice appeared in “MAGALIA — Longtime Enterprise-Record columnist Carllene Marek died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 72. Marek, who had been an avid genealogist, turned […]

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The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at “In the June 15, 2010 newsletter, I published an article in this newsletter of First African American in Georgia to be Inducted into […]

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Sandy on November 23rd, 2010

Peter Calver of Lost Cousins the British Based family history website is reporting on comment made by Stephen Penneck, Director General of the Office of National Statistics, in the United Kingdom, that they are looking into alternative ways to meet the needs for key population statistics. One of these likely alternatives may replace the Census.

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In this day when we’re apparently more cognizant of human rights, I find the fact that many polls rank Andrew Jackson as one of the top 10 Presidents of the United States an interesting choice. Jackson’s fame began with the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March, 1814, when he defeated the Creek Indians along with […]

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A devastating blaze engulfed the heritage-listed Claremont Municipal Chambers and Library in Western Australia just after 6.30pm last night, losing 112 years of history with a damaged estimated at more than $7.5 million. The library staff were still working when the fire, believed to have started in the air conditioning, started. Thankfully, all staff and patrons were […]

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Sandy on November 19th, 2010

Some of the productions we view on television or read in genealogy magazines make ancestral research look easy. In reality, it’s often very difficult and sometimes frustrating but, nevertheless, very worthwhile. One might expect in the age of technology that leaving footprints for our kin to follow is easy.  I’m inclined to think it’s more […]

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Sandy on November 18th, 2010

Since (ACOM) went public after much speculation a little over a year ago, I’ve rejected negative comments from investment blogs who claimed that they had nothing to offer. The continued growth by Ancestry has shown outstanding marketing acumen on behalf the company. An article appearing on on Wednesday, November 17, reported that few […]

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Sandy on November 18th, 2010

The Society of Genealogists in the United Kingdom is offering the following course “My ancester was Scottish” Saturday 27 November 2010

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Sandy on November 18th, 2010

Ever since I could read, National Geographic has been a favorite of mine and there’s no doubt that it has played a significant role over the years in recording social history throughout the world. My previous post was the announcement by on Tuesday, November 16, that a strategic alliance had been made with National […]

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The following is the latest press release from Corporate Home Press Release page: “PROVO, Utah, November 16, 2010– is pleased to announce it has created a strategic alliance with National Geographic Digital Media to help individuals make new discoveries in their family history. As part of the relationship, will host a family […]

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Although I’ve added links throughout this post, I hope you’ll read the article before clicking on them. Like most large web sites the Library of Congress (LOC) Home Page is, at first, confusing. I hope this article will help you the grasp the macro image of the vast resources available for public research. The Library […]

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Sandy on November 14th, 2010

The town of Mount Holly, in North Carolina, is engaged in an effort to gain national recognition for part of its historic downtown area. This would gain not only national recognition, but also economic incentives. The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation is planning to submit a formal nomination to have about 19 buildings listed in […]

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Sandy on November 12th, 2010

The game of golf as we know it today evolved from a game played in St. Andrews in Scotland, in the 15th century. Some would like to believe that the game Kolwen from Holland or Chole from Belgium influenced the game, which was introduced into Scotland in 1421. These games, while played with sticks and […]

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This article is my personal opinion and an answer the question above, which has been asked many times by people interested in researching their ancestors. The question usually arises from interest generated by the sponsored television series, “Who Do You Think You Are”, or the well produced television ads. If you haven’t already heard, […]

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Sandy on November 11th, 2010

I’d like to share this touching New York Times article printed today, Veterans’ Day, Thursday, Novermber 11, 2010. “FLORENCE, Italy — On a sun-baked hill just south of Florence is a vast garden. Its finely trimmed edges and broad grassy boulevard belie its solemn purpose. Unlike the famous Boboli nearby, this one attracts a slower stream […]

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Sandy on November 8th, 2010

I’ve pasted  a link at the end of this entry, which will lead you to David Ferriero’s post on The National Archives blog AOTUS about a theft that occurred when Ferriero was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. The perpetrator of the crime was E. Forbes Smiley III who stole […]

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I wonder how many motorists crossing the Triborough Bridge (renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) are oblivious to the fact that a lost treasure estimated today to be worth around twenty-five million dollars lies beneath them in the murky waters. The bridge spans a narrow water channel called Hell’s Gate, located in New York’s East […]

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Sandy on November 6th, 2010

The following is an announcement from the National Genealogical Society: Theme: Where the Past is Still Present Online registration for the NGS 2011 Family History Conference will open 1 December 2010. The NGS 2011 Family History Conference will be held at the North Charleston Convention Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Mark your calendars for 11–14 May 2011. […]

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Sandy on November 4th, 2010

Several years ago during a visit to Scotland I took my daughter to see Doune Castle, which was built in the late 1300s during the reign of Robert II. Although well preserved, there are parts where some walls have collapsed. It was on one of these walls, close to the foundation, that we spotted what […]

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Frank Gregorsky, who is in the business of recording family anecdotes, has asked me to make a modification to my article on Preserving the Sounds of Family and I’m happy to do so.  His request was in response  to my comment, …when CD-ROM technology becomes obsolete (and this could happen soon), the technological advances of […]

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