Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Genealogy Blog

Genealogy Tip for today: Highlighting Today’s Genealogy Blog

Genealogy Tip for today: After spending the last few days searching for genealogy blogs and finding blogs with lists of blogs I have discovered that there are at least 3000 genealogy blogs ‘out there’. This is way more than I thought. No wonder I was having a hard time getting a handle on them all! I printed off the lists I could find, except for some mega-lists like Cyndi’s List. (If you have not visited her website it’s a must. Maybe we’ll talk about it sometime.) 

The blog I want to highlight today is The Genealogy Blog. It is maintained by Leland Meitzler. He and his wife Patty have been in the genealogy business for some time. They travel across the county giving lectures on how to research your family history. They, also, have their own publishing company called “Family Roots Publishing Company.” 

Their website gives book reviews of new books on the market to help you in your research. They also give you news stories, like the family that found out more about their family history through a rare find. Their cousin discovered a posting on the internet of some family documents. A lady bought a chest of drawers and found the documents in them. Eventually they made their way to the right family, giving new information and insights previously unknown about their ancestors. 

This blog is a commercial website and just may have what you need to advance your research. We hope you will enjoy visiting them. 

By the way, the blogs that I am highlighting here are in no particular order, but they are ones that appear often on multiple lists. Later we will look at others that I think are interesting as well. Here are the ones we’ve looked at so far:

Today in History

1261Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.
1385 John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
1598 Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at Battle of Yellow Ford.
1760 Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1864 The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
1872 The first ballot voting in England is conducted.                                  
Panama Canal opens, 1914
1914 The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
1935 American comedian and "cowboy philosopher" Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
1942 The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.
1944 American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
Will Rogers
1945 Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States
1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
1950 Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.
1969 Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.
1971 US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.
1986 Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan's Administration, US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country's apartheid policies.
1994 US Social Security Administration, previously part of the Department of Health and Human Services, becomes an independent government agency.
1994 Infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal captured in Khartoum, Sudan.
2001 Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own; two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2007 An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru.

Birthdays today:

1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (1804-1815) and military leader.
Sir Walter Scott
1771 Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and Rob Roy
1888 T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia for his military exploits against the Turks in World War I.
1912 Julia Child, American chef and television personality
1924 Robert Bolt, English screenwriter and playwright best known for A Man for all Seasons
1938 Maxine Waters, congresswoman from California, second African-American woman to be elected to congress.
Julia Child
1938 Stephen Breyer, US Supreme Court justice
1946 Jimmy Webb, songwriter ("MacArthur Park," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix")
1961 Ed Gilllespie, US Republican political strategist and White House counsel to President George W. Bush.
1964 Melinda French Gates, businesswoman, philanthropist; co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft)
1965 Rob Thomas, television writer (Veronica Mars, 90210)


Word for the day:  




noun: A tangled lock of hair.


An elflock is a mass of hair supposedly tangled by elves, as a mother might explain to her daughter while untangling her snarled locks after a slumber. From Old English aelf. Ultimately from the Indo-European root albho- (white), which is also the source of oaf, albino, album, albumen, and albedo. Earliest documented use: 1596.


"Rowling's stories hurtle along like an out-of-control broomstick; her plots are as tangled as elflocks."
Harry Potter and the Magic Brew-haha; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Dec 19, 1999.

James Russell Lowell
Quote for the day from Wordsmith: 


A sneer is the weapon of the weak. -James Russell Lowell, poet, editor, and diplomat (1819-1891)

August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe

Now here is something different from (Sounds interesting)

1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted

Now You Know!