Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Genealogy tip for today: Highlighting today’s genealogy blog


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Genealogy Tip for today: Amy Coffin is the blogger at this blog site and lives in Texas. She is very involved in genealogy and keeps you abreast of all she learns. She recently attended this year’s Federation of Genealogical Societies conference. In her blog she shares with us some of the things she learned while there, sharing the latest news from genealogy organizations.


Today’s post is an announcement about the upcoming Forensic Genealogy Institute. She tells you what it is about as well as the particulars about the next offerings from FGI. She has also announcements of other societies and their meetings in and around Texas.


She has information on her personal genealogy as well.  She says this about her research and blog:

This blog is like my kitchen table. I use it to talk about everything genealogy and you're invited to the discussion. Now settle in because we have a lot to talk about...


There are tabs at the top of her blog. One of these is a list of her surnames she has in her family tree. This gives you the opportunity to see if you have any common surname lines. This is smart – everyone should do that because you never know when you’ll fall into the serendipity pool.


Part of her work includes helping others, so if you like what she does maybe she can help you as well. I have never had an interaction with this blogger so this is not meant as a recommendation, just passing on the information. You would have to contact her for information.


Blogs Researched:

We Tree

Billion Graves

The Genealogy blog                
Goings on at the Library: Lunch and Learn will resume next week. The topic is Early Arkansas Explorers. This is being presented by Denis Dean. So if you are interested, be here at the library by noon on the 10th. Be sure to bring your own sandwich. The beverage and cookies will be provided.

Today in History

1260 At the Battle of Montaperto in Italy, the Tuscan Ghibellines, who support the emperor, defeat the Florentine Guelfs, who support papal power.

1479 After four years of war, Spain agrees to allow a Portuguese monopoly of trade along Africa's west coast and Portugal acknowledges Spain's rights in the Canary Islands.

1781 Los Angeles, first an Indian village Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.

Louis XVI
1787 Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.

1790 Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.

1820 Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.

1862 Robert E. Lee's Confederate army invades Maryland, starting the Antietam Campaign.

1870 A republic is proclaimed in Paris and a government of national defense is formed.

1881 The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.

1886 Elusive Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz.

Beatrix Potter
1893 Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess' son with the first drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail and others. The Tale of Petter Rabbit is published eight years later.

1915 The U.S. military places Haiti under martial law to quell a rebellion in its capital Port-au-Prince.

1941 German submarine U-652 fires at the U.S. destroyer Greer off Iceland, beginning an undeclared shooting war.

1942 Soviet planes bomb Budapest in the war's first air raid on the Hungarian capital.

1943 Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua, in New Guinea.

1944 British troops liberate Antwerp, Belgium.

1945 The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there.

1951 The first transcontinental television broadcast in America is carried by 94 stations.

1957 Arkansas governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to bar African-American students from entering a Little Rock high school.
National Guard

1967 Operation Swift begins as US Marines engage North Vietnamese Army troops in Que Son Valley.

1972 Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win 7 medals during a single Olympics Games.

1975 Sinai II Agreement between Egypt and Israel pledges that conflicts between the two countries "shall not be resolved by military force but by peaceful means."

1998 Google founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.



Birthdays today:


1768 Vicomte François René de Chateaubriand, French writer and chef who gave his name to a style of steak

1846 Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect and city planner

1905 Mary Renault (Mary Challans), author who wrote about her wartime experiences in The Last of the Wine and The King Must Die.

1908 Richard Wright, novelist best known for Native Son

Paul Harvey
1918 Paul Harvy, radio commentator

1920 Craig Claiborne, food critic and cookbook author

1920 Maggie Higgins, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1951) for international reporting, for her work in Korean war zones.

 1924 Joan Delano Aiken, author of supernatural fiction and alternative history novels for children; won Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (The Whispering Mountain), an Edgar Allen Poe Award (Night Fall) and an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her contributions to children's literature.

1927 John McCarthy, computer and cognitive scientist who coined the term "artificial intelligence"

1931 Mitzi Gaynor, actress, singer, dancer (film adaptations of There's No Business Like Show Business, South Pacific)

1934 Sir Clive William John Granger, British economist who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

1935 Charles A. Hines, US Army major general

1958 Dr. Drew (David Drew Pinsky), syndicated radio talk show (Loveline)  and television host (Dr. Drew, Lifechangers).

Shinya Yamanaka
1962 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician and researcher; received Nobel Prize for his discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells (2012); awarded Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2013).

1971 Ione Skye, actress (Say Anything … )

1978 Wes Bentley, actor (American Beauty, The Hunger Games)

1981 Beyonce Knowles, singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, producer; won five Grammy Awards for Dangerously in Love album (2003) and six for I am … Sasha Fierce (2008).



Word for the day:  






noun: A small amount; a little bit.



From Japanese sukoshi (a little). Earliest documented use: 1955.



"The obesity rate would have been 30.2% for women in that age group -- again, just a skosh lower than the actual rate of 30.4%."
Karen Ravn; We're Fat Because ...; Los Angeles Times; Jul 14, 2008.


Quote for the day:

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. -Pietro Aretino, satirist and dramatist (1492-1556)



August is Sandwich Month

Today’s Recipe

Chicken and Rice Casserole


  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 medium onion, diced and sauteed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) can pimentos, drained
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (6-ounce) box long-grain and wild rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • Pinch salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.





Now You Know!