Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Check for Accuracy


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Genealogy tip for today: Check for Accuracy

I have one major brick wall I have been working on for years. I have been attacking it from various points. Every time I get a chance I try to come at it from a different perspective.

“My” Caleb has 4 siblings. He has two brothers, Alanson and Almond who each have “twins” of the same names. Even their birth years with their twins are similar. So I always have to watch which one I've found.

The other day I was working on Alanson and found three censuses. I have found Alanson in Pa. which I know is ‘mine.’ But before that time, I have not been able to pin him down. So when I found these three in NY I thought maybe I had found him.

I put them in my shoe box, as I wanted to keep track of them, but not tie them to my family till I was sure. In looking at the tally marks for the 1840 census, I realized that it didn't fit the children I knew were right. So, sadly I had to ‘throw them away.’

When doing genealogy it is easy to get facts mixed up especially when names are alike. Once you establish something you know is right, be sure to always compare that with new information. It is too easy to claim a document for your ancestor, only to create chaos because you have the wrong information.

Sometimes we get desperate to pin them down, but if you claim wrong information, you still have wrong information and you do a disservice to yourself and to others as well. It can lead you on a “goose chase” that leads to nowhere. Your time is wasted, as well as others who follow your research.

Check for accuracy. Compare facts with known facts. Make sure you get it right. ♥

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King Edward II of England is deposed.

The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.

Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.

Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.

New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.

Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.

The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.

Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.

The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.

U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.

French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.

Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.

Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.

Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.

Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.

Prince Akihito sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.

Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.

The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.

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Gen. Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War hero.

Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor who, with his brother, launched the first successful hot-air balloon.

Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States.

Louis III, last King of Bavaria.

Butterfly McQueen (Thelma McQueen), actress best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara's maid Prissy in Gone with the Wind (1939); won Daytime Emmy portraying Aunt Thelma, a fairy godmother in "The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody," an ABC Afterschool Special.

Charles Addams, cartoonist, creator of the Addams Family.

Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist.

Jack Greene, country singer, musician; won Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "There Goes My Everything" (1967).

Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.

Kenny Loggins, singer, songwriter; half of Loggins and Messina duo.

Katie Couric, journalist, author; has hosted news and talk shows on all three major TV networks.



1. Having great weight.
2. Awkward or unwieldy.
3. Dull or laborious.

Via French, from Latin ponderare (to ponder, weigh). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which is also the source of pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, depend, spontaneous, perpend, vilipend, filipendulous, and equipoise. Earliest documented use: 1400.

"Don't fall for the old fat trap. That ponderous old set of resolutions you make every year: I will lose weight. I will work out. I will eat less dessert. We both know you'll be tucking into a double chocolate chip cookie before the day is over."
Ring in the New!; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Dec 31, 2013.

"Freedom awaits the rest of the group as soon as the ponderous Russian paperwork is complete."
Mary Dejevsky; Putin's Charm Offensive; The Independent (London, UK); Dec 30, 2013.
I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)

Today’s Recipe
Soups for Cold Winter Days

Barley-Beef Soup

(I've got a pot of this cooking at home.
We'll see how it turns out.)

Makes: 8 servings Yield: 11 cups
Prep 25 mins. Cook 1 hr 45 mins.


12 ounces beef or lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 ounces cans beef broth
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 14 1 /2 ounce can dice tomatoes, undrained
1 cup 1/2-inch slices peeled parsnip, or 1/2-inch cubes peeled potato
2/3 cup quick-cooking barley

1. In a Dutch oven brown meat in hot oil. Stir in broth, onion, celery, oregano, pepper, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours for beef (45 minutes for lamb).
2. Stir in frozen vegetables, undrained tomatoes, parsnip, and barley. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.
3. Makes 8 servings (11 cups)
From the Test Kitchen Slow-cooker directions:
Substitute regular barley for quick-cooking barley. In a large skillet brown cubed beef in hot oil. Drain off fat. In a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker combine beef and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Nutrition Facts (Barley-Beef Soup)
Servings Per Recipe 8,
cal. (kcal) 171,
Fat, total (g) 4,
chol. (mg) 25,
sat. fat (g) 1,
carb. (g) 20,
Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
fiber (g) 4,
sugar (g) 3,
pro. (g) 13,
vit. A (IU) 486,
Vitamin C (mg) 12,
Thiamin (mg) 0,
Riboflavin (mg) 0,
Niacin (mg) 2,
Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
Folate (µg) 32,
Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1,
sodium (mg) 865,
Potassium (mg) 340,
calcium (mg) 50,
iron (mg) 2,
Vegetables () 1,
Starch () 1,
Very Lean Meat () 2,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet ♥


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