Friday, August 30, 2013

Teach Yourself Family History


Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog



Genealogy Tip for today: This website is explanatory right from the start with its name. From the beginning it tells you exactly what this blog is about. Linda Elliot is the blogger and she has 40 years of research experience. She herself said it was a shame to have all this knowledge from her own research and not share it with others. So she decided to start this blog, although it is not a blog in the typical sense. 

It is a British website, but the basics in learning how to do family history and genealogy are all the same. When it comes to British records she is an expert in researching your English ancestors. She provides in one spot, information on British records, what they are called, what began when and how you go about accessing them, etc.  

Her lessons are easy to read, understand and follow. After you finish going through the beginner’s lessons she then provides more advanced lessons. By the time you have gone through all of them you have become an expert yourself. 

Her site is easy to navigate with “tabs” across the top that allow you to click and go to whatever section of her site you wish to visit. It gives you a progression of lessons, but you don’t have to travel through the beginner lessons to get to the more advanced ones.  This makes it quick and simple when you come back for more lessons. You can just click on the tab you need and go straight to the lessons on that page. 

If you are an American and you have reached the Atlantic Ocean in your research and are ready to jump the pond, check out her website. Actually, it is useful for anyone whose lines take them back to Merry Ole’ England no matter what direction you come from: east, west, north or south.

You may not have British roots, but this website can still be helpful to you if you are just starting out in genealogy. Go stop by for a visit and you will see for yourself just how helpful her website is.

Blogs Researched:
Dear Mytle

Today in History

30     Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, commits suicide.

1617 Rosa de Lima of Peru becomes the first American saint to be canonized.

1721 The Peace of Nystad ends the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.

1781 The French fleet arrives in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.

1813 Creek Indians massacre over 500 whites at Fort Mims Alabama.

1860 The first British tramway is inaugurated at Birkenhead by an American, George Francis Train.

1861 Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. President Lincoln overrules the general.

1892 The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brings cholera to the United States.

1932 Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.

1944 Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.

1961 President John F. Kennedy appoints General Lucius D. Clay as his personal representative in Berlin.

1963 Hot Line communications link installed between Moscow and Washington, DC.

1967 US Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as first African-American Supreme Court justice.

Tom Brokaw
1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show.

1979 First recorded instance of a comet (Howard-Koomur-Michels) hitting the sun; the energy released is equal to approximately 1 million hydrogen bombs.

1982 Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) forced out of Lebanon after 10 years in Beirut during Lebanese Civil War.

1983 Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., becomes the first African-American astronaut to travel in space.

1986 KGB arrest journalist Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report) on a charge of spying and hold him for 13 days.


Birthdays today:

1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, novelist best known for Frankenstein, or the Modern
Mary Shelley

1871 Ernest Rutherford, physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction

1893 Huey P. Long, Louisiana politician who served as governor and U.S. senator, known as "The Kingfish."

1918 Ted Williams, Hall of Fame outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, the last man to hit .400 in a season.

1919 Kitty Wells (Ellen Muriel Deason), first female singer to top the Country Music charts in US ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels," 1952).

Kitty Wells
1930 Warren Buffett, business magnate; listed as world's wealthiest person in 2008.

1931 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st black mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT).

1943 Robert Crumb (R. Crumb), satiric "underground" cartoonist (Fritz the Cat), musician

1944 Molly Ivins, American political humorist, newspaper columnist.

1956 Jayne Irving, TV broadcaster (Good Morning Britain)

1958 Anna Politkovskaya (Anna Mazepa), New York-born Ukrainian journalist, writer, human rights advocate best known for her reporting from Chechnya

1960 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese political-paramilitary group Hezbollah since 1992
Cameron Diaz

1960 US Army Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, receives posthumorous Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia.

1964 Gavin Fisher, mechanical engineer; chief designer of the Williams Formula One racing team (1997–2005)

1972 Cameron Diaz, model, award-winning actress (The Mask, There's Something About Mary, Any Given Sunday).
Word for the day:  


(verb: uh-GLOOT-n-ayt, adjective: uh-GLOOT-n-it, -ayt)
verb tr., intr.:
1. To form words by combining words or word elements.
2. To join or become joined as if by glue.
3. To clump or cause to clump, as red blood cells.

1. Joined or tending to join.
2. Relating to a language that makes complex words by joining words or word elements extensively. For example as in Turkish.
From Latin gluten (glue). Earliest documented use: 1541.
"Like Turkish, Tuyuca is heavily agglutinating, so that one word, hóabãsiriga means 'I do not know how to write.'"
Tongue Twisters: In search of the world's hardest language; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 17, 2009.

"There were two kinds of blood on that laboratory floor, and they do not agglutinate."
Arthur B. Reeve; The Dream Doctor; Echo; 2007.
Quote for the day:
Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)
August is Sandwich Month
Today’s Recipe

Egg and Broccolini Sandwiches
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 3/4 pounds broccolini (2 to 3 bunches), cut into 2-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
6 large eggs
8 slices sharp provolone cheese
4 hoagie rolls, split
Sliced pepperoncini, plus brine from the jar, for topping
Potato chips, for serving (optional)
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the broccolini, garlic, 2 tablespoons water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccolini is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; keep warm.
Whisk the eggs, 2 tablespoons water, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the egg mixture and cook, stirring gently with a rubber spatula, until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
Divide the cheese, broccolini and scrambled eggs among the rolls. Top with pepperoncini and drizzle with pepperoncini brine. Serve with chips.
Per serving: Calories 660; Fat 37 g (Saturated 15 g); Cholesterol 362 mg; Sodium 1,196 mg; Carbohydrate 46 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 36 g
Photograph by Christopher Testani
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PS - Thank you for taking this journey with us. We hope you come here often. We would love for you to leave us a comment with what you like best, what you would like to see or any other suggestions and comments you may have. Today is the last entry for sandwich recipes.  We have tried to find useful but different ones then the usual run-of-the-mill, boring sandwiches.  
We will be reviewing blogs for a couple more weeks then we will start talking about what we have at the Rogers Public Library that you  may not know is here, or that is helpful in genealogy research but isn’t necessarily thought of as a genealogy source.   
Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend and see you back here on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog



Genealogy Tip for today: This is a blog like no other! Thomas McEntee is doing something that I have never seen done anywhere else. And yes, I have looked at quite a few! His blog site is a Block Buster!!! I say that because what he does is list blogging prompts for others who blog but may be having a mental block about what to talk about next. He helps you through those mental blocks!!

Each day he gives you a list of prompts/suggestions that you can use for your blog. Each prompt is a link to a page that tells you more about that idea. He encourages you to take his prompt and write about it on your blog and link back to his blog. If you don’t have a blog, than you put your thoughts in his comment box.

As a result you will find links at the bottom of his pages where other people have already taken that prompt and written about it on their blog. Then you, the reader can go around and visit all these blogs and see how they used his prompt.

I like, too, that he has a search engine on his site where you can search your surname (or whatever) on other blogs. This is a gadget supplied from Google. I have never seen this before and think it’s pretty cool!!!

This is such a unique idea and blog. It connects bloggers together, gives you inspiration about what to write and puts a new twist on blogging. I think this is so Awesome!!  ♫♪ Have a look at his site then come comment on mine (!) what you think of his blog. I think you will think it’s awesome, too!


Blogs Researched:


Sacking of Jerusalem

Today in History
70     The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.
Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.
General George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City
Slavery is abolished in Santo Domingo.
Union General John Pope's army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1882 Australia defeats England in cricket for the first time. The following day a obituary appears in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.
1942 The American Red Cross announces that Japan has refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
1949 U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
1950 USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, "First Lightning."
1952 International Olympic Committee votes to allow West Germany and Japan to compete in 1952 games.
1957 In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bomb Pyongyang, North Korea.
1960 US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.
1964 US U-2 spy plane spots SAM (surface-to-air) missile launch pads in Cuba.
1965 Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330).
1966 Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.
The Beatles
1966 The Beatles give their last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco).
1968 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president at their Chicago convention.
1977 Lou Brock (St Louis Cardinals) breaks Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893.
1986 Morocco's King Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya's Muammar Gadhafi, strengthening political and economic ties and creating a mutual defense pact.
1991 USSR's parliament suspends Communist Party activities in the wake of a failed coup.
1992 Thousands of Germans demonstrate against a wave of racist attacks aimed at immigrants.
1995 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
2012 The Egyptian Army's Operation Eagle results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23
Mickey Mantle

Birthdays today:
1632 John Locke, philosopher of liberalism whose ideas influenced the American founding fathers, famous for his treatise An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, essayist and father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
1898 Preston Sturges, screenwiter, film director and playwright 
Ingrid Bergman
1915 Ingrid Bergman, Oscar winning actress famous whose films include Casablanca and Anastasia
1920 Charlie "Bird" Parker, self-taught jazz saxophonist, pioneer of the new "cool" movement
1923 Richard Attenborough, actor, (The Great Escape, Jurassic Park) Academy Award–winning director and producer (Gandhi)
1924 Dinah Washington, singer known in the 50s as "Queen of the Harlem Blues"
1927 Marion Williams, gospel singer
1931 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist
1933 Jehan Sadat, First Lady of Egypt (1970–1981); widow of Anwar Sadat
1935 William Friedkin, director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection)
1936 Future Republican US presidential nominee (2008) John McCain
Elliot Gould
1938 Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
1940 James Brady, press secretary who was severely wounded during John Hinckley Jr.'s attempt to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan
1941 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of the Rich and Famous)
1943 Richard Halligan, vocalist with band Blood Sweat & Tears
1952 Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal–winning author of children's literature (Out of the Dust)

Michael Jackson
1958 Michael Jackson, pop singer, entertainer
Word for the day:  


1. The use of a descriptive word in anticipation of the result. Example: The word hot in hot water heater.
2. The anticipation and answering of an objection or argument before it's raised. Also known as prebuttal.
3. The representation of an event before it actually happened. Example: He lost the game even before the match began.
4. The
anachronistic representation of an event before its actual time. Also known as prochronism. Example: A depiction of people talking wirelessly over long distances in 18th century.
5. A literary technique in which the author drops hints of things to come. Also known as foreshadowing.
6. The return of a paroxysm of a periodic disease before its usual time or at progressively shorter intervals.
From Greek prolepsis, from prolambanein (to anticipate), from pro- (before) + lambanein (to take). Earliest documented use: 1450.
"You have no right to interrupt the council's session, and such a dangerous prolepsis as this will not be allowed to change the debate."
Kim Stanley Robinson; Galileo's Dream; Spectra; 2009.

"The thought threw me into a vernal prolepsis, a mental flash-forward to spring."
Verlyn Klinkenborg; The Farm From Afar; The New York Times; Mar 22, 2013.
Quote for the day:
A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder. -English proverb

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 dashes smoked paprika
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
6 small rolls
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 slices tomato
1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
Cut the chicken breasts in half width-wise and cut into 1-inch wide strips.
Coat all sides of the chicken with the salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
Add the flour to a medium-size bowl and add the pieces of chicken. Coat the chicken with the flour on all sides. Set aside for a moment.
In a medium-size skillet heat the oil on low to medium heat.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour in the oil and when it bubbles lay each piece of chicken in the pan. Try to keep space between each piece of chicken.
Turn the chicken over as it turns a golden color.
Once all sides are a golden color (about 7 minutes), remove the chicken from the pan and lay each piece on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Cut the rolls in half and spread the mayonnaise on the inside of each piece.
Lay the chicken fingers on the bottom side of the roll and top with a slice of tomato and shredded lettuce.
Add the top side of the bun and serve while the chicken is still warm.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Genealogy Insider


Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog


(Our apologies for a late posting due to technology issues today.) 

Genealogy Tip for today: Have you been watching “Who Do You Think You Are”? This is an interesting show; especially for the genealogist or family historian in the family. For others it may be slow moving to downright boring. I find genealogy fascinating. So I think you can tell what I think of the show.

Genealogy Insider blog site is sponsored by the Family Tree Magazine and Wednesday morning it was already talking about WDYTYA show from the night before. So you can see, it is up to the minute in news in the genealogy world.

They don’t blog daily, but frequently. Within 4 posts I found an entry for last weeks’ WDYTYA. It keeps you abreast of upcoming events (e.g. the new Genealogy Roadshow starting in Sept.) and reports on recent events, (e.g. FGS conference.)

The FGS report is full of new information from and They also reference other blogs that you can cross check yourself for information. If you are looking for a site that keeps you in the know with current events and current information of what is now available, this website is for you.

Have you been reading our other posts? Before we started our blog on this website, our blog was attached to the Rogers Public Library website.  So the tabs at the top of this page are the 3 months entries from the previous site. This way you have access to all our posts in one place. We welcome and desire your comments and input. Let us know what you think.


Blogs Researched:

Genealogy’s Star
Find My Past
Ancestry Insider
Granite in my Blood
The Genealogy blog     
Dear Mytle
Photo Detective

Today in History

Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, is killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.

1862 Mistakenly believing the Confederate Army to be in retreat, Union General John Pope attacks, beginning the Battle of Groveten; Both sides sustain heavy casualties.

1914 Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.

1938 The first degree given to a ventriloquist's dummy is awarded to Charlie McCarthy–Edgar Bergen's wooden partner. The honorary degree, "Master of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback," is presented on radio by Ralph Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.

1941 The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph

1944 German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.

1945 Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.

1963 One of the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, takes place and reaches its climax at the base of the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King delivers his "I have a dream" speech.

1965 The Viet Cong are routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.

1968 Clash between police and anti-war demonstrators during Democratic Party's National Convention in Chicago.

1979 Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb explodes under bandstand in Brussels' Great Market as British Army musicians prepare for a performance; four British soldiers wounded.

1981 John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent to attempting to assassinate Pres. Ronald Reagan.

1982 First Gay Games held, in San Francisco.

1983 Israeli's prime minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation.

1986 Bolivian president Victor Paz Estenssoro declares a state of siege and uses troops and tanks to halt a march by 10,000 striking tin miners.

1986 US Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth given 365-year prison term for spying for USSR.    

1993 Two hundred twenty-three die when a dam breaks at Qinghai (Kokonor), in northwest China.

2003 Power blackout affects half-million people in southeast England and halts 60% of London's underground trains.

2005 Hurricane Katrina reaches Category 5 strength; Louisiana Superdome opened as a "refuge of last resort" in New Orleans.

2012 US Republican convention nominates Mitt Romney as the party's presidential candidate.


Birthdays today:

1749 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, playwright and novelist, best known for Faust

1774 Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the first U.S.-born saint

1828 Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina)

1882 Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director in the world, who directed the Zoological Gardens of San Diego.

1896 Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer

1903 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children

1908 Roger Tory Peterson, author of the innovative bird book A Field Guide to Birds.

1925 Donald O'Connor, entertainer (Singin' in the Rain, Anything Goes)

1939 Catherine "Cassie" Mackin, journalist; first woman to anchor an evening newscast alone on a regular basis (NBC's Sunday Night News); NBC's first woman floor reporter at a national political convention

1943 Lou Pinelia, American League Rookie of the Year (1969); 14th-winningest manager of all time

1948 Daniel Seraphine, drummer with the band Chicago

1951 Wayne Osmond, singer, songwriter, TV actor (The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters)

1952 Rita Dove, poet; second African-American poet to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987); first African-American Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1993-95); Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004-06).

1965 Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards), five-time Grammy-winning singer ("You're Still the One"); only female artist to have three consecutive Diamond albums (10 million units sold).

1971 Todd Eldredge, figure skater; Men's World Champion (1996).

1982 Leann Rimes, Grammy-winning singer ("Blue"), actress, (Northern Lights).

1986 Gilad Shalit, Israeli Defense Forces corporal kidnapped by Hamas and held for five years before being exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

1999 Prince Nikolai of Denmark

Word for the day:  



(verb: AS-puh-rayt, noun: AS-puhr-it)


verb tr.:
1. To pronounce a sound with an exhalation of breath.
2. To pronounce the h sound at the beginning of a word as (hwich) for which.
3. To inhale something (such as a fluid) into the lungs, as after throwing up.
4. To draw a fluid from a body cavity by suction.

1. The sound represented by h.
2. A speech sound followed by an audible puff of breath.
3. The matter removed from a body cavity by suction.



From Latin aspirare (to breathe, blow). Earliest documented use: 1669.



"Woody Allen's tone is often aspirated and screechy, lacking the clarinet's melted chocolate smoothness."
Steven Mirkin; Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band at UCLA; The Hollywood Reporter; Dec 31, 2011.

"Whitney Houston brings out the aspirates or glottals at the start of each word."
Alexandra Coghlan; A Voice That Destroyed Itself; New Statesman (London, UK); Feb 20, 2012.

"This condition causes everything that he eats to aspirate into his lungs."
Benefit Dinner; Idaho State Journal (Pocatello); Dec 1, 2011.


Quote for the day:

A timid question will always receive a confident answer. -Henry Lytton Bulwer, diplomat and author (1801-1872)


August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe

Smokey Chili Joes


Cooking spray
1/2 pound extralean ground beef
1/2 cup prechopped onion
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 cup ketchup
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onions, undrained
6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
6 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese
12 sandwich-cut bread-and-butter pickles



1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add cumin, chili powder, and chipotle chile powder, and cook 30 seconds. Stir in ketchup, beans, and tomatoes; cook 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

3. Spoon about 2/3 cup beef mixture over 6 bottom bun halves, and top each with 1 tablespoon cheese and 2 pickles. Top with the remaining bun halves


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