Monday, August 26, 2013

Climbing My Family Tree

Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog

Genealogy Tip for today:  I LIKE this blog! It’s easy to read and the blogger has interesting posts. A lot of her entries are about research on her family. But it tells you how she found her information. So, even though it is familial it is also educational. 

She also tells about going to the recent FGS conference (Federation of Genealogical Societies) which was held last weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you don’t recognize the significance of that town, it is home of the famous “ACPL” – Allen County Public Library which is nationally known (if not more so) for its genealogy department. It is one of three top genealogy collections/libraries in the country.  

Her blog is also full of pictures of family members. She has tabs at the top for the different lines she is pursuing in her family. This makes it easy, if you have a common line, to pop in and see if you connect.

Stop by today and have a look around. I think you’ll enjoy your visit. 

As always, if you like what you see here, and like where we send you, drop us a comment so we will know if we are reaching anyone or being of any help to you.

Blogs reviewed to date:
Dear Mytle

Today in History

1017 Turks defeat the Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV at Manikert, Eastern Turkey.

Joan of Arc
1429 Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.

1789 The Constituent Assembly in Versailles, France, approves the final version of the Declaration of Human Rights.

1862 Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson encircles the Union Army under General John Pope at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

1883 The Indonesian island of Krakatoa erupts in the largest explosion recorded in history, heard 2,200 miles away in Madagascar. The resulting destruction sends volcanic ash up 50 miles into the atmosphere and kills almost 36,000 people–both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterate 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra.

1920 The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is officially ratified, giving women the right to vote.

1943 The United States recognizes the French Committee of National Liberation.

1957 Edsel
1957 Ford Motor Company reveals the Edsel, its latest luxury car.

1966 South African Defense Force troops attack a People's Liberation Army of Nambia at Omugulugwombashe, the first battle of the 22-year Namibian War of Independence.

1970 A nationwide Women's Strike for Equality, led by Betty Friedan on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment calls attention to unequal pay and other gender inequalities in America.

1977 The National Assembly of Quebec adopts Bill 101, Charter of the French Language, making French the official language of the Canadian province.

Pope John Paul I
1978 Albino Luciani elected to the Papacy and chooses the name Pope John Paul I; his 33-day reign is among the shortest in Papal history.

1978 Sigmund Jähn becomes first German to fly in space, on board Soviet Soyuz 31.

1999 Russia begins the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.

Birthdays today:

1743 Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry who defined the role of oxygen and named it

1874 Lee De Forest, physicist, inventor, considered the father of radio.

Peggy Guggenheim
1875 John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir, writer and governor general of Canada, famous for his book The Thirty-Nine Steps.
1898 Peggy Guggenheim, art patron and collector

1906 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist and playwright, author of Goodbye to Berlin, the inspiration for the play I am a Camera and the musical and film Cabaret.

1906 Albert Sabin, medical researcher, developed the polio vaccine.

Mother Teresa
1910 Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), missionary, Nobel Prize laureate for her work in the slums of Calcutta

Irving Levine
1922 Irving Levine, journalist; first American television correspondent to be accredited in the Soviet Union

1940 Donald Leroy "Don" LaFontaine, voice-over actor; recorded more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers

Prince Richard,
Duke of Gloucester
1944 Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard Alexander Walter George).

1945 Tom Ridge, first US Secretary of Homeland Security

1952 Will Shortz, American puzzle creator and editor.

1957 Nikky Finey (Lynn Carol Finney), poet; won National Book Award (Head Off & Split).

1960 Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.

1970 Melissa Ann McCarthy, comedian, writer, producer, Emmy-winning actress (Mike & Molly TV series)

Word for the day:  



(for 1: uh-FER-i-sis, for 2: af-uh-REE-sis)


1. The loss of one or more sounds or letters from the beginning of a word. For example, the change in pronunciation of knife from (k-nyf) to (nyf) or the formation of till from until.
2. A method in which blood is drawn from a donor, one or more blood components (such as plasma, platelets, or white blood cells) are removed, and the rest is returned to the donor by transfusion.


From Latin aphaeresis, from Greek aphairesis (taking away), from aphairein (to take away), from apo- (away) + hairein (to take). Earliest documented use: 1550.


"Williams gives the Narragansett word in full [poquauhock], though common usage reduced it and Anglicized it through apheresis [to quahog]."
Ray Huling; Harvesting the Bay; Lyons Press; 2012.

"He had quartered in Memphis with Cynthia for weeks, giving over his stem cells through apheresis."
Jan Karon; In the Company of Others; Viking; 2010.

Quote for the day:

Destroying species is like tearing pages out of an unread book, written in a language humans hardly know how to read, about the place where they live. -Holmes Rolston III, professor of philosophy (b. 1932)

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe


1/2 cup(s) (quartered seedless) red grapes
1/2 cup(s) (finely chopped) apple, such as Fuji or Gala
1/2 cup(s) (finely chopped) celery
4 tablespoon(s) (reduced-fat) mayonnaise
4 tablespoon(s) (plain nonfat) yogurt
4 (whole wheat) pita pockets, halved
8 large lettuce leaves
1 pound(s) (sliced oven-roasted) turkey breast

1. Mix fruit, celery, mayonnaise and yogurt in medium bowl until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until you’re ready to prepare your lunch.

2. Line each pita half with a lettuce leaf and several slices of turkey. Stuff with a scoop of chilled fruit mixture. Wrap each pocket individually in plastic wrap.


Now You Know!