Friday, August 16, 2013

Granite in My Blood

Genealogy Tip for today: Highlighting Today’s Genealogy Blog

Genealogy Tip for today: This is a fascinating blog for me.  Midge Frazel tells interesting stories of her family and how she has found information. She is both entertaining and educational. Her primary focus is on tombstones and photos thereof. She has several tabs at the top of her blog dividing her blog into various categories. Some are teaching sections, some are about her various families.

She is a retired professional genealogist specializing in photography, cemetery research and relevant technology. She has gravestone tips, stones and symbols, cemetery bookshelf and more.

I could write a page or more on how helpful her blog is. But instead I encourage you to take a look yourself and see what she has that will help you. She doesn’t talk just about cemeteries. She has posts that will help a genealogy researcher in any area of interest or level of expertise.

Tip when visiting our library: If there is a particular area of interest of yours, be sure and check that area often, like the 700's or the 600's or the 200's. Not everything new is put on the new shelf. If there is something you have requested, check the new shelf periodically. But check the regular shelves as well. Some new books are taken straight to their area of call numbers. 

Today in History
Henry VIII
1513 Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegatte, France, in the Battle of the Spurs. 

1777 France declares a state of bankruptcy. 

1780 American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. 

1812 American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock. 

1858 U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain's Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line. 

1861 Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri. 

1863 Union General William S. Rosecrans moves his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga. 

1896 Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada's Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush. 

1914 Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army. 

1945 Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops. 

1965 The Watts riots end in south-central Los Angeles after six days. 

1977 Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack in the upstairs bedroom suite area of his Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. 
Elvis, "The King"

1984 The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables. 

1986 Sudanese rebels shoot down a Sudanese Airways plane, killing 57 people. 

1987 Astrological alignment of sun, moon and six planets marks what believers maintain is the dawning of a New Age. 

1988 IBM introduces artificial intelligence software. 

1990 Iraq orders 2,500 Americans and 4,000 British nationals in Kuwait to Iraq, in the aftermath of Iraq's invasion of that country. 

2012In South Africa police fire on striking mine workers, killing at least 34. 

Birthdays today:

1645 Jean de la Bruyere, French writer and moralist famous for his work Characters of Theophratus. 

1868 Bernard McFadden, publisher responsible for the magazine True Story 

1913 Menachem Begin, Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

1920 Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist 

1929 Bill Evans, jazz pianist 

1930 Ted Hughes, English poet 

1940 Bruce Beresford, Australian film director whose films include Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy 

Suzanne Farrel
1945 Suzanne Farrel, ballerina 

1958 Madonna [Louise Veronica Ciccone], entertainer and singer 

1960 Timothy Hutton, youngest actor ever to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Ordinary People) 

1962 Steve Carell, actor and comedian (The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Office, Evan Almighty) 

1967 Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish-born actress, model and UK television personality 

Emily Robinson
1972 Emily Robison, singer, musician, songwriter, member of the bestselling Country group Dixie Chicks

Word for the day:  



-Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects: "the insidious effects of stress". 

Treacherous; crafty: "an insidious alliance"

Quote for the day:

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe

With school starting back this month here are some healthy lunch tips from the University of Nebraska Extension service.

Use whole grain breads for sandwiches. If packing chips try finding baked chips or whole grain chips or both. Include raw vegetables in the lunch. Choose from a variety and include a low fat dip or hummus. Don’t forget to put in some kind of fruit or even a fruit salad. Fruit juice is also an added item to the menu, just watch the sugar. Calcium is important in a growing child so be sure to include milk in their diet. For more detailed information you can go to their website at the University of Nebraska.


Now You Know!