Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tourism Websites

Genealogy tip for today: Tourism Websites

Genealogy Tip for today: Tourism websites??? What does that have to do with genealogy? Directly, nothing! If you decide to take a genealogy/family history related trip, they will help you more than you might think. One website suggested that you use the term genealogy on their website and it will give you places to go, do and see.


I like the wording on the Ohio site:


Tourism websites are a wonderful resource when planning a vacation. Surprisingly, they are also a wonderful resource when planning your genealogical research trips. Discover Ohio, a website maintained by the Ohio Division of Tourism, may not be your every-day search engine for researchers but should be added to the list.


Unexpected Results

By searching by the term “genealogy,” one can find a handful of wonderful resources to explore throughout Ohio such as local historical sites that contain family history resources, libraries and archives with interesting collections, and more. Cultural events and festivals, such as those including genealogists performing Irish and Scottish research, can also be located. However, the fun starts when you search using the terms such as “family history.” Though some results won’t be helpful you will find a mountain of unexpected gems.


Planning a Genealogy Trip

Discover Ohio can be a helpful tool when planning a genealogical research trip throughout the state. Build your own itinerary, find local restaurants and hotels, and look for fun activities to do on your off time to get to know the areas in which your ancestors lived. Don’t forget to look for resources available through the tourism board of other states as well. Be creative in your searches and find some gems of your own. Happy traveling!


So – plan your trip using the tourism sites, pack up your old knapsack and be prepared for an interesting adventure in the present and in the past!


1788 After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembles in triumph.

1789 Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.

1842 Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, dies of tuberculosis. Emily and Anne die the same year.

1862 President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.

1904 Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.

1914 In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captures St. Mihiel.

1915 Bulgaria mobilizes troops on the Serbian border.

1929 The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.

1930 Noel Coward's comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.

1947 The World Women's Party meets for the first time since World War II.

1956 The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.

1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.

1960 The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.

1962 The University of Mississippi agrees to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.

1969 The "Chicago Eight," charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in the "Windy City."

1970 The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.

1979 CompuServe (CIS) offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.

1993 Sihanouk is reinstalled as king of Cambodia.

1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty signed by representatives of 71 nations at the UN; at present, five key nations have signed but not ratified it and three others have not signed.

 2005 Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.

2009 LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) "sonic cannon," a non-lethal device that utilizes intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestor at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.



Birthdays today

1501 Gerolamo Cardano, mathematician, author of Games of Chance, the first systematic computation of probabilities.

1717 Horace Walpole, author, creator of the Gothic novel genre.

1755 John Marshall, fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court and U.S. secretary of state.

1870 George Claude, French engineer, inventor of the neon light.

1894 E. Franklin Frazier, first African-American president of the American Sociological Society.

1896 Francis Scott Key (F. Scott) Fitzgerald, novelist best known for The Great Gatsby.

1911 Konstantin Chernenko, president of the Soviet Union 1984-1985.

1936 Jim, puppeteer who created the "Muppets" in 1954 and television's Sesame Street.

1941 Linda McCartney, singer, photographer, activist; member of band Wings; former wife of Beatles member Paul McCartney.

1945 Louis "Lou" Dobbs, TV personality (Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN), radio host (Fox Business Network).

1946 "Mean Joe" Greene, pro football player (Pittsburgh Steelers) considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever to play in the NFL; member of Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1969 Paul Ray Smith, US Army Sergeant, received Medal of Honor posthumously during Operation Iraqi Freedom.






(hy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi-) 



1. A pet name.
2. The practice of using pet names.



From Greek hypokorisma (pet name), from hypo- (under) + kor- (child). Ultimately from Indo-European root ker- (to grow), which is also the source of other words such as increase, recruit, crew, crescent, cereal, concrete, crescendo, sincere, and Spanish crecer (to grow). Earliest documented use: 1850.



"This must be an offshoot of my brother's enthusiasm for hypocorism. He was always inventing idiotic nicknames for people."
Adam Davies; Goodbye Lemon; Riverhead; 2006.

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. -F. Scott Fitzgerald, novelist (1896-1940) 



Today’s Recipe




1 pound macaroni

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 small yellow onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 (8.75 ounce) can whole kernel corn,


1 (8 ounce) can peas, drained

1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, cut

in half and drained

1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

24 fluid ounces water

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon white sugar





Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms; drain. Add corn, peas, stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Stir and bring to boil over medium heat. Mix in garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, sugar and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.


Mix together cooked macaroni and meat sauce. Serve hot or refrigerate for later.


Now You Know!