Saturday, August 24, 2013

Genealogy Bank

Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog

Genealogy Tip for today: It took several tries before I found a blog that I could review for today. I looked at four and two of them are no longer posting, one was not about genealogy, but had ‘family’ in its title, and one was for another country. When I get done reviewing genealogy blogs I may just give you a list of non-current blogs. Their past posts may still be of interest.

Some of the blogs we have found are associated with a commercial website or business. Genealogy Bank is just such a blog. I do like their page presentation. It is clean and easy to navigate. It gives you the beginning of all their posts with a link to the remaining part. It makes it easy to surf down through the posts allowing you to pick the one you want to read further.

Genealogy Bank is a wonderful source of newspapers, letters, documents and other ephemera that are full of genealogical information. They currently are offering a 30 day free trial to their website. This may be all the time, I don’t know. But I do think I will try this out as there are records I haven’t found on other sites.

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Today in History

Mt Vesuvius
79     Mount Vesuvius erupts destroying Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and other smaller settlements.

410   German barbarians sack Rome.          

1542  In South America, Gonzalo Pizarro returns to the mouth of the Amazon River after having sailed the length of the great river as far as the Andes Mountains.

1572 Some 50,000 people are put to death in the 'Massacre of St. Bartholomew' as Charles IX of France attempts to rid the country of Huguenots.

1780 King Louis XVI abolishes torture as a means to get suspects to confess.

1814  British troops under General Robert Ross capture Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.

Charlotte Bronte
1847 Charlotte Bronte, using the pseudonym Currer Bell, sends a manuscript of Jane Eyre to her publisher in London.

1869 Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patents the waffle iron.

1891 Thomas Edison files a patent for the motion picture camera.

1894 Congress passes the first graduated income tax law, which is declared unconstitutional the next year.     

1896  Thomas Brooks is shot and killed by an unknown assailant begining a six year feud with the McFarland family.

1912 By an act of Congress, Alaska is given a territorial legislature of two houses.

1942 In the battle of the Eastern Solomons, the third carrier-versus-carrier battle of the war, U.S. naval forces defeat a Japanese force attempting to screen reinforcements for the Guadalcanal fighting.

1948 Edith Mae Irby becomes the first African-American student to attend the University of Arkansas.

1954 Congress outlaws the Communist Party in the United States.          

1963 US State Department cables embassy in Saigon that if South Vietnam's president Ngo Dinh Diem does not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu as his political adviser the US would explore alternative leadership, setting the stage for a coup by ARVN generals.

1975 The principal leaders of Greece's 1967 coup—Georgios Papadopoulos, Stylianos Pattakos, and Nikolaos Maarezos—sentenced to death for high treason, later commuted to life in prison.  

 John Lennon
1981 Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years to life for murdering former Beatles band member John Lennon.

1989 Colombian drug lords declare "total and absolute war" on Colombia's government, booming the offices of two political parties and burning two politicians' homes.

1989 Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti bans Pete Rose from baseball for gambling.

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Comunist Party of the Soviet Union; Ukraine declares its independence from USSR.

1992 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida. The Category 5 storm, which had already caused extensive damage in the Bahamas, caused $26.5 billion in US damages, caused 65 deaths, and felled 70,000 acres of trees in the Everglades.

1994 Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) create initial accord regarding partial self-rule for Palestinians living on the West Bank, the Agreement on Preparatory Transfer of Powers and Responsibilities.

2004 Chechnyan suicide bombers blow up two airliners near Moscow, killing 89 passengers.

2006 Pluto is downgraded to a dwarf planet when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines "planet."

2010 The Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas kills 72 illegal immigrants from Central and South America in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Birthdays today:

1810 Theodore Parker, anti-slavery movement leader
1890 Jean Rhys, writer (Wild Sargasso Sea)
1895 Richard Cushing, the director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith
1898 Malcolm Cowley, poet, translator, literary critic and social historian
1899 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (Ficciones)
1905 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, blues singer, a major influence on Elvis Presley
1915 Alice H.B. Sheldon, science fiction writer and artist, CIA photo-intelligence operative, lecturer at American University and major in the U.S. Army Air Force.
1929 Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Movement
1951 Oscar Hijeulos, novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love).

Cal Ripken, Jr.
1960 Calvin "Cal" Ripken, Jr., shortstop and third baseman for Baltimore Orioles (1981–2001) who broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.
1963 Hideo Kojima, creator and director of video games (Metal Gear series)
1965 Reginald "Reggie" Miller, professional basketball player who set record for most career 3-point field goals (later superseded by Ray Allen); Olympic gold medalist
Alexandre Coste
1973 Grey DeLisle-Griffin, voice-over actress in animated TV shows (The Fairly OddParents) and video games (Diablo III)
2003 Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and former air stewardess Nicole Coste -------- >

Word for the day:  

paresthesia or paraesthesia


(par-uhs-THEE-zhuh, -zhee-)


noun: A sensation of pricking, tingling, burning, etc. on the skin.


From Greek para- (at, beyond) + aisthesis (sensation or perception). Ultimately from the Indo-European root au- (to perceive) that also gave us audio, audience, audit, auditorium, anesthesia, aesthetic, anesthetic, esthesia, synesthesia, and obey. Earliest documented use: 1848.


"Cronk muttered to himself, wiggling his right foot in an effort to relieve the paresthesia."
Bruce Banta; A Dead Man's Chest; Xlibris; 2011.

Quote for the day:

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. -Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe

Have you ever had a Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich? It is real popular in the south. This makes me think of the PBB sandwich. I like to take apple slices and dip them in peanut butter so I don’t know why I didn’t think of making them into sandwich. I think I will have to try this one. May be you will, too.


1 apple

Peanut butter



Cut, core and slice up the apple in thin slices. 1 apple may be enough for 2-4 sandwiches. Spread Peanut Butter fully over a slice of bread. Lay apple slices over the Peanut Butter. Put a thin layer of Peanut Butter on the second slice, cover the other half of the sandwich and cut it in half.


Now You Know!