Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dates: when the right way is the wrong way!

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Genealogy tip for today: Dates: when the right way is the wrong way! 

Dates are at the very core of genealogy. Yesterday we talked about the right way to write dates. There are times when you do not write them in the “dimmie” order. 

When you begin finding documents and come across something that you need to transcribe, or you want to type something up so that it is easier to read and study, it is important that you type it exactly as it is written.  They must be kept just as the author put them on paper. 

It is hard not to edit a document, correct spelling, punctuation, abbreviations and the like. But it is more important to keep the writing in its original form. This also includes dates. In this kind of situation you must write the date just as it is given, no matter what the format it. This preserves its authenticity. 

There is a term that is used to indicate you are writing something as you found it, even though it maybe grammatically incorrect “sic”. This tells people that you know this is incorrect, but you need to keep it written as it was originally. 

When you have found information in documents you will want to put the information into your genealogy forms, or software. That is when you ‘translate’ them (so to speak) into the correct, standardize, genealogical form. 

There is a right way to write dates in genealogy, but at times – just remember, the right way may be the wrong way in certain situations. Originals you keep as written. Forms and new writing by you, require you to use the what is the accepted way for genealogy. This prevents confusion, and keeps everyone on the same page. 

Just for fun – today’s date is: 12/12/2013. – Which format did I use?



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George Washington

George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivers an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio River valley.
The British soldiers responsible for the "Boston Massacre" are acquitted on murder charges.
The Union loses its first ship to a torpedo, USS Cairo, in the Yazoo River.
Orders are given in Richmond, Virginia, that no more supplies from the Union should be received by Federal prisoners.
Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John's Newfoundland.
Communists forces seize Canton, China.
The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.
The last Allied troops withdraw from the Saar region in Germany.
Under pressure from the Communists in Canton, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Nanking Government but remains the head of the Nationalist government that holds nominal rule over most of China.
The German Army launches Operation Winter Tempest, the relief of the Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad.
The exiled Czech government signs a treaty with the Soviet Union for postwar cooperation.
The United Nations calls for immediate Soviet withdrawal from Hungary.
Kenya becomes a republic.
Three Buddhist leaders begin a hunger strike to protest the government in Saigon.
The United States ends the airlift of 6,500 men in Vietnam.
South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan, acting without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa, alleging that the chief of staff was involved in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff at Gander, Newfoundland; among the 256 dead are 236 members of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division.
The Russian Federation becomes independent from the USSR.
Willie Brown beats incumbent mayor Frank Jordon to become the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.
The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal changes to the results of that year's Presidential election.

Cathy Rigby

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who negotiated treaties for the United States.
William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist who published The Liberator.
Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary, A Simple Heart).
Edvard Munch, Norwegian artist (The Scream).
Edward G. Robinson, actor famous for gangster roles.
Lillian Smith, Southern writer and civil rights activist.
Frank Sinatra, American pop singer and actor.
Robert Norton Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit.
Helen Frankenthaler, abstract painter.
John Osbourne, playwright and film producer (Look Back in Anger).
Connie Francis, singer.
Dionne Warwick, singer, actress.
Grover Washington Jr, singer, songwriter, musician, producer.
Cathy Rigby, gymnast, actress.







adjective: Having no money; broke; poor.



A variant spelling of the word skinned, as in, so broke that even one's skin is shaved off. Earliest documented use: 1925.



Most of the time we make the past participle of a verb by adding -ed to it (walk/walked), but sometimes we use the phonetic spelling as in today's word. Some other examples are burnt, learnt, spilt, and spoilt. The -t ending is usually used when the past participle is employed as an adjective. By the way, the word 'past' itself is a phonetic spelling of 'passed'.



"I've had a run of bad luck recently and I'm totally skint."
Mark McGivern; Bookie Refuses to Pay Out; Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); Nov 13, 2013.

"Much of the information contained in the early reports was ambitious in tone but skint on detail."
Philip Wen; China's Communist Party; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Nov 13, 2013.

Quote for the Day

What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in! -Gustave Flaubert, novelist (1821-1880)




Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking





1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup any flavor fruit jam


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2-inch indentation. Fill with your favorite preserves.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.





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