Genealogy tip for today: Non-Genealogical Sources for Family History
Genealogy Tip for today: Plat maps are a source for genealogists that are not always thought about. But they can show you who owned property at a given time in history. If you are trying to find where your ancestor lived or owned property, this will show you the location. This serves many purposes. If you want to find the physical location to visit it, this map will help you. If you want to find out if the ancestor even owned land, this is one way to find out. If you are looking for neighbors, this will tell you who they are.
Knowing the neighbors is important to know sometimes when researching your ancestor. If you are dealing with a brick wall, for example, you may need to find out the neighbors and trace them. People moved in groups, or followed family and friends. If you can find out where one came from, you may find out where the other came from as well.
Wikipedia defines plat maps as: A plat in the
In order for plats to become legally valid, a local governing body, such as a public works department, urban planning commission, or zoning board must normally review and approve them.
These can sometimes be found on line. Your local city offices, courthouse, or town archives may have them as well. Different places keep track of those different ways.
Plat maps are a hidden secret that can help you in your research for family history, which we don’t always think about.
1515 King Francis of
defeats the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano, northern . Italy
1864 On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at
, Jean Ribault's French fleet is
scattered by a devastating storm. San Agostin, Florida
1759 British troops defeat the French on the plains of Abraham, in
1774 Tugot, the new controller of finances, urges the king of
to restore the free circulation of grain in the kingdom. France
1782 The British fortress at
comes under attack by French and Spanish forces.
1788 The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.
1789 Guardsmen in
fire on rioters trying to loot bakeries, killing 90. Orleans,
1846 General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops moving on Mexico City.
1862 Union troops in
Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee's
attack plans for the invasion of
wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to
General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Maryland Potomac
to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.
1863 The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at
Catoctin Mountain in . Virginia
warships head to
on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes. Nicaragua
demands the withdrawal of Allied forces. Iran
U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long
struggle will cost 3,700 casualties. Korea
1961 An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.
announces it will veto 's
UN bid. Vietnam
1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the
Western Hemisphere, based on
barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.
Accords, granting limited Palestinian autonomy, are signed by Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House. Oslo
2007 UN adopts non-binding Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
2008 Five synchronized bomb blasts occur in crowded locations of
, killing at least 30 people
and injuring more than 100; four other bombs are defused. Delhi, India
2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in
it had already been the most costly storm in Cuba's
history and becomes the third costliest in the . US
doctor, discovered a cure for yellow fever. Reed,
1860 John J. Pershing, "Black Jack" who led the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and Commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
1863 Franz von Hipper, German naval commander at the Battle of Jutland in World War I.
1886 Alain Locke, writer and first African-American Rhodes scholar.
1894 J.B. Priestley, British novelist and playwright.
1911 Bill Monroe, musician, the Father of Bluegrass.
1911 Roald Dahl, writer, best known for his children's books such as James and the Giant Peach.
1922Tony "Charles" Brown, blues singer and musician (*Merry Christmas Baby").
1925 Melvin "Mel" Torme, jazz singer, musician, composer and arranger ("The Christmas Song," AKA "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"); nicknamed the "Velvet Fog."
1926 Andrew Brimmer, economist; first African American to serve as governor of the Federal Reserve System (1966-74).
1938 Judith Martin, journalist and author best known as "Miss Manners" for her syndicated newspaper column on etiquette.
1948 Nell Carter, singer and actress; won Tony and Emmy awards (Ain't Misbehaving).
1973 Mahima Chaudhry, Indian actress, model; Bollywood Movie Award for Dhadkan (2001).
1980 Ben Savage, actor (Boy Meets World TV series).
noun: One who leads a group, company, or party.
From German Flügelmann (flank man), from Flügel (wing) + Mann (man). A fugleman was once a soldier placed usually on a flank during drill to serve as a guide for his company. Earliest documented use: 1804.
"H.L. Mencken was trying single-handedly to drag American culture out of Puritanism and into the twentieth century, to act as fugleman on this side of the
Atlantic for a literary and artistic renaissance
comparable to the one then taking place on the other side."
Jonathan Yardley; The Sage of
Atlantic Monthly ( );
Dec 2002. New York
Jonathan Yardley; The Sage of
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. -Iroquois Nation Maxim
Mom’s Fried Chicken
This is a simple, easy recipe. Without a coating, it is lower in calories and still delicious.
Other seasonings of choice
1 Frying Chicken
Rinse chicken, pat dry. Cut the chicken up, or purchase it cut. Using a cast iron skillet, bring up your choice of cooking oil to medium-hot. It doesn’t have to be very deep. While it is heating up, season both sides of your pieces of chicken. Carefully place each piece into the fry pan. Cook about 5-6 minutes, till bottom is golden brown. Turn each piece and fry second side. Skin should be golden brown. Place each piece on paper towels to drain when done. Let it set about 5 minutes. Skin will crisp up more as it cools.
You may not want to cook the under side of each piece as long, as it has no skin for a covering. You also don’t want to over cook it at all or it will dry out the piece. If not over cooked it will be juicy but without the added calories of the flour or other coating.
Optional – if you cook the skinned side last, you can cover with lid for a few minutes to retain the steam, which will help it cook faster. This will keep the unskinned side from drying out.
Now You Know!