Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cluster Theory Clues – Godparents and Collateral Lines

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Genealogy tip for today: Cluster Theory – Godparents and Collateral Lines


Yesterday we looked at friends who move and people who will co-sign contracts, or sign as witnesses on documents. These are virtually always people that were important in someone’s life. It would be advantageous to track these folks when tracking the original person isn’t so beneficial.


There are some other folks we can look at as well. The ancestor that you are working on, but wants to play hide and seek, may have attended a church that does infant baptisms. It would be helpful of course if you can find out what church they were affiliated with. This once again can be easy or it can be hard.  If you are successful in finding some kind of church association, check and see if the church or denomination baptizes their babies.


If you are lucky, or maybe I should say, fortunate – you may find baptismal or christening records. The people that stand as witness to the event are also close and trusted friends, or family members. If you find this kind of a document start working on these people and see if, in the end, your ancestor pops up in other places where the witnesses may have been at one time.


Another ‘cluster theory’ possibility is to track collateral lines of the ancestor. This may be siblings, or they may be cousins, or they could be anyone who is related to them. Some times you may find a lot more on the cousin, or sibling than on your own person. If you can find Uncle Bob in Virginia, then maybe your Grampa George will be there too.


Throw your net a little wider and see who else you can catch, and who along with them that will open up here-to-fore locked doors and solve the mystery you have been banging at ‘forever’!
“History – it’s who we are; Genealogy – it’s who I am” sg



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Henry II of England


Henry II is crowned king of England.
The French Wars of Religion between the Huguenots and the Catholics begins with the Battle of Dreux.
French troops recapture Toulon from the British.
Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest begins tearing up the railroads in Union generals Grant and Rosecrans rear, causing considerable delays in the movement of Union supplies.
The French Parliament votes amnesty for everyone involved in the Dreyfus Affair.
American socialist women denounce suffrage as a movement of the middle class.
Japanese land on Hong Kong and clash with British troops.
Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army.
The British advance 40 miles into Burma in a drive to oust the Japanese from the colony.
During the Battle of the Bulge, American troops begin pulling back from the twin Belgian cities of Krinkelt and Rocherath in front of the advancing German Army.
Congress confirms Eleanor Roosevelt as U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
The North Atlantic Council names General Dwight D. Eisenhower as supreme commander of Western European defense forces.
Reputed to be the last civil war veteran, Walter Williams, dies at 117 in Houston.
Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as vice president of the United states after a House of Representatives vote.
Four bombs explode at South Africa's only nuclear power station in Johannesburg.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang sign an agreement that committed Britain to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system. Hong Kong was leased by China to Great Britain in 1898 for 99 years.
President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached.
The highest barometric pressure ever recorded (1085.6 hPa, 32.06 inHg) occurs at Tosontsengel, Khovsgol, Mongolia.
Rioting begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the country's economic crisis.
Park Geun-hye elected President of South Korea, the nation's first female chief executive.

Philip V of Spain

Philip V, the first Bourbon King of Spain.
Mary Ashton Livermore, a temperance worker, women's rights activist, lecturer, and writer. Founded her own suffrage paper, the Agitator, in 1869.
Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party and President of the Supreme Soviet from 1964 until 1982.
Edith Piaf, internationally famous French cabaret singer, best remembered for her songs "La Vie en rose" and "Non, je ne regrette rein."
Cicely Tyson, actress, best remembered for her role in The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman.
Phil Ochs, singer, songwriter, producer; best known for his protest songs of the 1960s.
Maurice White, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire; member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
US Marine Corps four-star general James L. Jones Jr.; Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (2003–2006); Commandant of the Marine Corps (1999–2003); National Security Advisor (2009–2010).





(im-pawr-TOON, im-pawr-TYOON, im-PAWR-chuhn)



verb tr.: To ask someone, repeatedly or annoyingly, to do something.



From Latin importunus, from in- (not) + portus (port, refuge). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, comport, petroleum, sport, passport, petrify, colporteur (a peddler of religious books), Swedish fartlek (a training technique), Norwegian fjord (bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1530.



"José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain's prime minister, has cast dignity aside and importuned all and sundry with a request to be invited to a conference."
After the Fiesta; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 6, 2008.

Love truth, but pardon error. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)




Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking



1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45
degrees C)
1 large egg
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup sultana raisins
1/3 cup red candied cherries, quartered
2/3 cup diced candied citron
6 ounces marzipan
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, white sugar, salt, butter, and 2 cups bread flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, raisins, dried cherries, and citrus peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the center of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal. Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack. Dust the cooled loaf with confectioners' sugar, and sprinkle with the cinnamon.





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