Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Writing Your Story: Maps and House Plans, 2

Genealogy tip for the day: Writing Your Story: Maps and House Plans 2

Yesterday we talked about how helpful it is to draw out house plans, or maps of where you lived. The same is true of other family members. As you research your ancestors it might be helpful to research the topography of the area where they lived. Drawing out a map of the area might even help solve some of those brick wall issues.

Let’s say that Grampa lived by a river. Across the river is a town that is closest to him, (as the crow flies). But is that where the family shopped? Maybe there was not a bridge close by, or you had to go over mountains to get to a crossing. A town that is further away, but easier to get to, may be your answer.

If you are looking for documents and don’t find them in what seems like a logical spot, to you, look around and see what other towns are in the area. If you can compare this with maps of that time or draw some yourself, maybe you can discover the reason for going further away.

If you are having no luck finding those records in a nearby town, look at the maps or the geography or the topography and see what was easier to reach. That might solve your problem. We all prefer the road of least resistance. So take a look, or draw a map yourself and see what Grampa may have been thinking. Also check city directories and see what businesses are where and what may have fit his needs. If he needed garden tools he wouldn't go to a nearby town that has no gardening supplies! See if you can come up with a city map, if you can’t find one yourself gather what information you can and draw one, yourself.

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Today in History
March 26

The famous Flemish composer Heinrich Issac dies.

Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine.

Congress orders the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi River to Louisiana.

The territory of New Orleans is organized in the Louisiana Purchase.

German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna. He had been deaf for the later part of his life, but said on his death bed "I shall hear in heaven."

Famed western artist George Catlin begins his voyage up the Missouri River aboard the American Fur Company steamship Yellowstone.

Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.

The Balkan allies take Adrianople.

On the Western Front, the Germans take the French towns Noyon, Roye and Lihons.

Herman Goering warns all Jews to leave Austria.

The Germans begin sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.

Senator Joe McCarthy names Owen Lattimore, an ex-State Department adviser, as a Soviet spy.

The United States Air Force flag design is approved.

Eisenhower offers increased aid to the French fighting in Indochina.

Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.

The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks.

John F. Kennedy meets with British Premier Macmillan in Washington to discuss increased Communist involvement in Laos.

The Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 is launched.

Writer John Kennedy Toole commits suicide at the age of 32. His mother helps get his first and only novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, published. It goes on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.

The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.

Ground is broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin is elected.

An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape.
Born on March 26

Louise Otto, German author.

Edward Bellamy, writer (Looking Backward).

A.E. Houseman, poet (A Shropshire Lad).

Robert Frost, poet, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner.

Duncan Hines, U.S. restaurant guide author

Joseph Campbell, folklorist and writer.

Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Name Desire).

William Westmoreland, U.S. army general during the Vietnam War.

Bob Elliot, radio comedian, one half of Bob and Ray.

Gregory Corso, beat poet, discovered literature in prison.

Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Vine Deloria, Jr., writer, activist.

Erica Jong, poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life).

Robert Frost

house of cards

(hous uv kardz)

noun: Something insecure or insubstantial that is subject to imminent collapse.

Alluding to a flimsy structure made with playing cards. Earliest documented use: 1645.

"'We have to find a new balance,' the pope said. 'Otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.'"
Michael Gerson; Francis the Troublemaker; The Washington Post; Sep 24, 2013.

Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life. -Sophia Loren, actress (b. 1934)

Today’s Recipe
March - Breakfast Foods

up (5 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

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1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
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1 large egg
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add vanilla, egg whites, and egg; beat well.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and buttermilk to cream cheese mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gently fold in raspberries and walnuts.
Place 24 foil cup liners in muffin cups. Spoon batter evenly into liners. Bake at 350° 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack.

JUNE 2003

Mar 12th Mini Quiche
Mar 13th Red Velvet Waffles, with cream cheese gravy – (I didn't say they would be healthy!)
Mar 14th Triple Berry Smoothie – not just for breakfast any more.
Healthy recipes:
Mar 22nd Eggs Italiano
Mar 24th Golden Polenta and Egg, w/ mustard sauce (looks like it would be good for supper, too.)
Other recipes


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