Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why Do You Do Genealogy #6

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Genealogy tip for today:  Why Do You Do Genealogy #6: Connections: Reach Out and Touch


Do you remember the song that Diana Ross sang by that name?


Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can.


Another reason to get involved with genealogy is to find the connection to someone famous, or to preserve the legacy of a famous relative. You want to preserve that connection you have for your children and theirs. A lot of people have heard that they were related to or descendant of Davy Crockett, or the proverbial Indian Princess, or George Washington as we mentioned in the beginning of the series. Maybe it was a famous movie star, or a world famous athlete.

Or, was your grandmother a sister to a famous author? (My grandmother claimed kinship to a Katrina Trask, poetess. I’m still working on that one. But Grandma’s maiden name was Trask and there are many implications that it was so, but as I said – I’m still working on that one. J I haven’t been able to prove it yet, only conjectures.)


Maybe you don’t have a famous relative, but it is important to preserve the connections you do have with your relatives. You don’t want to lose track of the family you have. My side of the family came from New York State. Today, cousins are scattered from PA, to FL, ID, AR and the Beltway. Keeping track can only be done if someone takes the time to get involved in reaching out to living relatives and researching documents of those who have already passed on, showing how - and to whom you are connected. Why? Read on.


There have been a lot of civilizations that have been lost to the ages because there was no record of them, except maybe cave drawings, or those who could testify to being among those responsible for the wipe out. Anthropologists spend a lot of their time, money, energy and knowledge trying to decide or determine what a given culture was like. They have to fit together what pieces they have and come up with the best close answer. Sometimes, an educated guess is the best they can do in the absence of records or documentations.


Researching your family history also helps to preserve the microcosm of your family’s culture, traditions and ethnicity. The whole is only made of its parts and the parts that aren’t made or preserved leave a hole in the story. Recording your own family’s background is the one thing you can do to preserve your portion of the whole story.


In this world of globalization it is real easy to lose our identity. But according to Thomas Freidman’s book “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” the more we become globalized, the more people tend to pull back to keep their ethnic identity. We are losing who we are, which lends the more importance of preserving family stories, and community stories and more to prevent that from happening.


To keep the bigger picture, we need to preserve each element in it.


“History – it’s who we are; Genealogy – it’s who I am” sg




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With the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire.
The U.S. Senate, voting 36 to 0, expels Senator John C. Brekinridge of Kentucky because of his joining the Confederate Army.
Queen Victoria of Britain forbids the export of gunpowder, firearms and all materials for their production.
Winchester, Va., falls into Union hands, resulting in the capture of 145 Southern soldiers.
Seven solid days of bombardment ends at Charleston, S.C. The Union fires some 1,307 rounds.
The U.S. brigantine Marie Celeste is found adrift and deserted with its cargo intact, in the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Portugal.
The French National Assembly, successor to the States-General, rejects Nationalist General Mercier's proposal to plan an invasion of England.
The first Seaplane Unit formed by the German Navy officially comes into existence and begins operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
France cancels trade treaties in order to compete in the postwar economic battles.
Operation Taifun (Typhoon), which was launched by the German armies on October 2, 1941, as a prelude to taking Moscow, is halted because of freezing temperatures and lack of serviceable aircraft.
U.S. planes make the first raids on Naples, Italy.
Tennessee William's play A Streetcar Named Desire premieres on Broadway starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy.
The University of Tennessee defies court rulings by rejecting five Negro applicants.
The Grumman XS2F-1 makes its first flight.
Peking pardons Pu Yi, ex-emperor of China and of the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo.
President Ronald Reagan broadens the power of the CIA by allowing spying in the United States.
Robert McFarland resigns as National Security Advisor. Admiral John Poindexter is named to succeed.
The last American hostages held in Lebanon are released.
US Pres. George H. W. Booth orders 28,000 troops to Somalia during the Somali Civil War.

Wassily Kandinsky

John Cotton, English-born Puritan clergyman (The Way of the Church of Christ in New England).
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist (The French Revolution, Sartor Resartus).
Samuel Butler, English writer and painter (Erewhon, The Way of All Flesh).
Lillian Russell, singer and actress.
Edith Cavell, English nurse who tended to friend and foe alike during World War I.
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born painter.
Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet.
Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator who came to power as a result of the Spanish Civil War.
Frank Press, geophysicist.
Max Baer Jr., actor, screenwriter, director, producer; best know for his role as Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies TV series
Gary Gilmore, American murderer who demanded his death sentence be carried out; he was the first prisoner executed in the US following the Supreme Court's ruling on the death penalty in Gregg v. Georgia.
Chris Hillman, singer, songwrier, musician; performed with the bands The Byrds, The Hillmen, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Manassas.
A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer (Lindberg, 1998).
Jeff Bridges, actor, producer; won Academy Award for Best Actor as Otis "Bad" Blake in Crazy Heart (2009).








adjective: Impossible to avoid: inescapable.



From Latin in- (not) + eluctari (to struggle out of), from ex- (out) + luctari (to struggle). Earliest documented use: 1623.



"These qualms were squashed out of existence by the ineluctable pressure of necessity."
Kate Christensen; In the Drink; Doubleday; 1999.

Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. -Flannery O'Connor, writer (1925-1964)




Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking

Buche de Noel

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 egg whites
1/4 cup white sugar
confectioners' sugar for dusting
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whip cream, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thick and stiff. Refrigerate.
2.In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until thick and pale. Blend in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and salt. In large glass bowl, using clean beaters, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, and beat until whites form stiff peaks. Immediately fold the yolk mixture into the whites. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
3.Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Dust a clean dishtowel with confectioners' sugar. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and turn the warm cake out onto the towel. Remove and discard parchment paper. Starting at the short edge of the cake, roll the cake up with the towel. Cool for 30 minutes.
4.Unroll the cake, and spread the filling to within 1 inch of the edge. Roll the cake up with the filling inside. Place seam side down onto a serving plate, and refrigerate until serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.



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