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.

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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
Now You Know!
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.