Friday, February 28, 2014

DNA and Ancestry – Addendum


Do you want to know what activities there are at the library? You can go to our website and see a listing of "Today's Events". Also our calendar is listed on our website with activities for the month.

Got questions about your e-reader? Computer Classes every Sat. mornings 10-12. "Open House" Whatever you need. Drop in anytime during those two hours. We’ll help you with everything from how to turn it off and on, to downloading ebooks or navigating your device.

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Genealogy tip for the day: DNA and Ancestry – Addendum

Well, what do I know?  In all actuality, not much! Yesterday we summarized the DNA results that Ancestry gives you and how to navigate.  One thing that surprised me as I was going back and forth between writing the post and checking their webpage (gotta get it right), I discovered the ‘green leaf’ was gone and in its place was an asterisk! Okay, so maybe they changed or made an update.

When I got home and went on line (different computer), the green leaf was back! So folks – just FYI – either way, the leaf or the asterisk is what is most important in finding connections. I have no idea what was going on, if it was computers, or lack of downloading the icon, or who knows what. So, either way, whichever you find – this one is where you’ll find the gold. I love it. Just last night I connected with two more cousins.

Next week we’ll start a whole new topic. Come see what I can dig up this time. If you have something you would like to read about, leave us a comment below.

“History is who we are; Genealogy is who I am” sg

If any of these posts are helpful drop us a line in the comments section below. We just want to know if the information we provide to you is beneficial in anyway.

February 28

Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.

On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.

Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.

Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.

Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.

The territory of Colorado is established.

After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.

Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.

Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.

U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.

The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.

U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.

The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.

Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.

In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.

A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.

The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.

U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.
Born on February 28

Michel de Montaigne, French moralist who created the personal essay.

John Tenniel, illustrator of various books (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Charles Blondin, tightrope walker.

Ben Hecht, writer.

Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning American chemist.

Stephen Spender, English poet, critic.

Denis Burkitt, British medical researcher.

Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Josef Stalin.
John Tenniel 


Word for  the Day



1. A pilgrim.

2. An itinerant monk.

3. One who conceals a card or another object in a magic trick or in cheating in a game.

From Latin palma (palm tree, palm of the hand). The name of the palm tree derives from the resemblance of the shape of its frond to the palm of a hand. In Medieval Europe, a pilgrim brought back a palm branch as a token of his pilgrimage. Earliest documented use: 1300. Also see palmy & palmary.

"For the profane palmer the tour might indeed have been little more than a grand debauch, but for a devoted pilgrim like Jefferson it was something more."
Michael Knox Beran; Jefferson's Demons; Free Press; 2003.

"That was magic -- not the apparent magic of the silk-hatted card-palmer, or the bold, brute trickery of the escape artist, but the genuine magic of art."
Michael Chabon; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Random House; 2000.

Explore "palmer" in the Visual Thesaurus.
The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. -John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968)

Today’s Recipe
February - Chocolate Lover’s Month


The original recipe from the Culinary Institute of America called for both professional techniques and equipment and it made rather a large amount. So we found an adaptation for a smaller batch at where the author also explains the startling transformation that takes place when two different fats are combined, in this case the cocoa butter in the chocolate and the coconut oil. The term for this transformation is eutectics, which basically results in that fantastic melt-in-your-mouth sensation that makes meltaways so yummy. The Culinary Institute of America's online recipe collection, by the way, offers an extensive assortment of recipes suitable for nearly any occasion. The original meltaway recipe is from the CIA's Chocolates & Confections, 2nd Edition by Peter Greweling.
Yield: about 60 pieces
12 oz. good quality dark (65%) chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp. mint extract or oil (to taste)
Confectioner's or icing sugar, sifted as needed
Cut a piece of waxed or parchment paper to line the bottom of an 8"x8" baking pan, and set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water; or in the microwave in 10-second bursts. Add the salt and stir with a flexible rubber spatula for about a minute to incorporate the salt.
Add the coconut oil to the warm chocolate and stir to combine. (If the coconut oil is very cold, warm it briefly in the microwave.)
Add the extract and stir to combine; it will take 2-3 minutes if the extract is alcohol-based, only a few stirs if it's oil-based. Pour into the prepared pan and allow to set until firm, at least 3 hours.
When the mixture is set, dust the top with sifted confectioner's sugar and invert onto a parchment- or waxed paper-lined cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1" x 1/2" pieces. Dredge pieces in confectioner's sugar.
These will keep in an airtight container at cool room temperature or in the fridge for two weeks.

February’s Recipes – here’s the complete list for February.

Here are some more chocolate recipes that I found …
Chocolate-Covered Caramel Popcorn
Port Pralines (more advanced skill required)


Now You Know!