Thursday, January 16, 2014

Poke Around


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Genealogy tip for the day: Poke Around

A patron came in yesterday looking for an obituary. All he had was the year the lady died. He asked if there was an easier way than sitting at the microfilm machine scanning paper by paper for that year. Maybe – maybe not!

I wish I could remember the step by step process we took. The patron had the lady’s name, her husband and her son, and where they had lived (Texas and Arkansas). So we started poking around on the internet. Surprisingly he had already checked a lot of the sources I would have suggested. He had not, however, checked the Social Security Death Index, so we started there.

We checked the Social Security Death index (on Nothing
We checked census records (on Found two.
We checked Found very limited information.
We checked Found where her son is buried, and his wife’s name but no children listed. (i. e. grandchildren)
We went back to Found 1 family tree.

Going back and forth we were able to identify the right family because of the information we had to start with. We then found her parents and the fact that she and her husband lived in the Rogers area before it was called that. (The former name of the town was Esculapia. Say that 10 times, fast!!!)

By comparing what information we did come up with to what we had we were able to pin down the decade her husband died. He was on the 1920 census and not on the 1930 census. We found that her son had died recently, the date and where he was buried, including pictures. We found her daughter-in-law’s name, and where she is to be buried (I think she’s still living…)

My patron was very confident that we had found the right family and was thrilled with additional information that we were able to dig up. We never did find the exact death date or an obituary, but the ultimate goal he was looking for were her descendants. She is buried in one lot with three empty ones beside her and they need to find the heirs.

Today he came back with an update. He and a friend had found a grandson who was still living, in another state and will be contacting him. Yeah! Mission accomplished!!!

Sometimes you have to just “poke around” – see what clues you can pick up. Then maybe go back to some of the previous goodies you’ve found. Then you might be able to piece together what you are looking, or where to go next. Kinda like the Pillsbury Dough Boy – eventually you’ll be able to poke and say, “you’re done!”

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Ivan the Terrible


Ivan IV crowns himself the new Czar of Russia in Assumption Cathedral in Moscow.

The Council of Virginia guarantees religious freedom.

John C. Fremont, the famed "Pathfinder" of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.

General William T. Sherman begins a march through the Carolinas.

The U.S. Senate recognizes the Anglo-German Treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.

One of Ernest Shackleton's polar exploration teams reaches the Magnetic South Pole.

Maxim Gorky is authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence.

The League of Nations holds its first meeting in Paris.

Allies lift the blockade on trade with Russia.

Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.

Hitler cancels an attack in the West due to bad weather and the capture of German attack plans in Belgium.

Japan's advance into Burma begins.

Eisenhower assumes supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.

The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge.

The Egyptian government makes Islam the state religion.

Eighteen are arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.

The Irish Republican Army calls an end to a 25-day cease fire in Belfast.

The Shah leaves Iran.

Dian Fossey was assassinated in the jungle.

The Persian Gulf War begins. The massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq — Operation Desert Storm — ended on February 28, 1991, when President George Bush declared a cease-fire, and Iraq pledged to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms.

Ethel Merman


Samuel McIntire, architect of Salem, Massachusetts.

Vittorio Alfieri, Italian tragic poet (Cleopatra, Parigi shastigliata).

John C. Breckinridge, 14th U.S. Vice President, Confederate Secretary of War.

Ethel Merman, U.S. singer and actress, the "Queen of Broadway."



noun: One who makes clever, but unsound arguments.

From Latin sophista, from Greek sophistes (sage), from sophos (clever). Earliest documented use: 1542. In ancient Greece, Sophists were philosophers and teachers known for their subtle, but fallacious reasoning.

"But this day Mansoor had turned five, and Ma used a sophist's argument to call for a celebration."
M.G. Vassanji; The Assassin's Song; Doubleday; 2007.

Quote for the Day
Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt. -Mary Karr, (b. 1955) poet and memoirist

Today’s Recipe
Soups for Cold Winter Days

Recipe by Susan
"This is an EASY recipe. My son hates cabbage but will eat this like crazy. You can make it low fat by using ground turkey and low fat sausage. They won't know the difference."

1 pound ground beef
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery
1 clove chopped garlic
1 medium head cabbage, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
14 1/2 fluid ounces water
1 cup uncooked rice
garlic salt to taste

1.      In a large stock pot over medium high heat, combine ground beef, smoked sausage, onion, celery and garlic. Cook until beef is evenly brown. Stir in cabbage, tomatoes, water and rice. Season with garlic salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until rice is done.


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