Thursday, November 21, 2013

Which Way Did He Go? #4

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We will be closed Nov 28 and 29 (Thursday and Friday) for Thanksgiving Holidays. We will reopen on Saturday.

Genealogy tip for today:  Finding 'where-did-he-go?'

We are talking this week about ways to figure out where people went. We are considering ideas how we can track them down-putting ourselves in their shoes to attempt to figure out their thinking and what influenced it.

Economy and Industrialization: The economy always has an impact on society no matter what time period you are looking at. This is where doing a little research of history for your time period comes in handy, i.e. background reading.  What was the culture like – was it mostly agrarian? Or have you made it back to the hunter-gatherer days? Well maybe not. But bone up on what was happening during that time. Maybe you are stuck in the Industrial Revolution.

Probably one of the biggest impacts on societies from an economic stand point was industrialization. People began moving to cities in droves. People moved often, moving from job to job, wherever they could find work. People didn’t own land or homes as much in those cases. They rented instead. It made leaving much easier. That means that you will not find land records in those cases.

The Depression and Dust Bowl days had a huge impact on families during that time. Some could barely survive. There was no money and no food. This forced families to find relief in new areas. Some couldn’t even afford to do that. Did your ancestor live during this time? What are some possibilities for them?

Family Lore: Often we have stories that Aunt Susie and her family went to Minnesota, or the Jones brothers had an argument and one moved to Georgia never to be heard of again. Or as in my case, Caleb Trask and his mom moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to the grown children. Although family lore may or may not be true, there usually is some grain of truth in them. If nothing else they can be a clue of where to start. Along the way you may find proof or find they went somewhere else. But if you found them, that’s the most important thing and can be a huge accomplishment and solution to a long held mystery.

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Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the "Mayflower Compact," designed to bolster unity among the settlers.
Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes make the first free-flight ascent in a balloon to over 500 feet in Paris.
North Carolina ratifies the Constitution, becoming the 12th state to do it.
Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, guns down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
From Georgia, Confederate General John B. Hood launches the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into Tennessee.
Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris.
In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledges citizenship for Puerto Rican people.
Cunard liner Mauritania sets a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.
Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms.
German ace Rudolf von Eschwege is killed over Macedonia when he attacks a booby-trapped observation balloon packed with explosives.
The last German troops leave Alsace-Lorraine, France.
Police turn machine guns on striking Colorado mine workers, killing five and wounding 20.
A New York court rules Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.
Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes premieres at New York's Alvin Theatre.
The United Nations grants Libya its independence by 1952.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the air quality act, allotting $428 million for the fight against pollution.
U.S. planes conduct widespread bombing raids in North Vietnam.
The Justice Department begins an inquiry into the National Security Council into what will become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.


Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French philosopher, historian, poet, dramatist and novelist.
Rene Magritte, surrealist painter (Golconda).
Coleman Hawkins, jazz saxophonist.
Elizabeth G. Speare, writer of historical novels for children.
Stan "The Man" Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Marilyn French, novelist and critic (The Women's Room).

sub rosa


(sub RO-zuh)


adverb: Secretly, privately, or confidentially.


From Latin sub (under) rosa (rose). Earliest documented use: 1654. The English term "under the rose" is also used to refer to something in secret.


In Roman mythology, Venus's son Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to ensure his silence about Venus's many indiscretions. Thus the flower became a symbol of secrecy. Ceilings of banquet halls were decorated with roses to indicate that what was said sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa.


"'Much of this goes on sub rosa and never comes to public view,' said Wesley Wark."
Peter Goodspeed; Vladimir Putin's Support of Spying; National Post (Canada); Jan 23, 2012.

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. -Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)


Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon ginger ale
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup Diamond of California Pecan Halves
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter
  • until crumbly. Sprinkle with vinegar. Gradually add water, tossing
  • with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other.
  • Roll out larger portion to fit a 9-in. pie plate.
  • Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry even with edge.
  • In a large bowl, toss apples with the ginger ale, lemon juice and vanilla.
  • Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apple mixture and toss to coat.
  • Spoon into crust; dot with butter.
  • Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling.
  • Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  • Bake at 400° for 55-65 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  • Cover edges with foil during the last 30 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Stir in brown sugar; cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in pecans; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cream and vanilla.
  • Immediately pour over pie. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until topping is bubbly.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece (8 servings) equals 636 calories, 40 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 377 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

© Taste of Home 2013


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