Monday, March 30, 2015

Genealogy Can Be Fun. History is Educational

This week is going to fly fast.  Because we are doing Genealogy and doing History,  it should fly by.

 This is the week before Easter for many.  The last days of Lent for this year.

 As you all know I follow Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musing pages.  He always finds tidbits and topics to keep us thinking of ways to find answers to our questions. His Saturday Night Genealogy Fun topics are great for helping fill in the blanks and get us geared to, time and space of the time we are hunting.

Today wouldn't it be fun to find out what was happening in your family, on some specific date you choose and then you can share that with us at our next get together. Sometimes what is happening in the neighborhood dictates why we are not locating something where we think it should be.

Case in point, boundary changes are so much fun, so frustrating.  Was the land bought in Cumberland Co. PA 1795 but sold in Perry Co., PA in 1835?  O but then the land could be sold by owner anywhere.  But the land never moved. If it was sold as Cumberland Co. land. The County was divided and Perry Co. was created, then some years later the family sells the land.  Where is the family?
The land is now in Perry Co. PA.  No longer affiliated with Cumberland Co at all.

If you want to learn more about a parent's family try a date in their time frame and look at a newspaper.

I am sure that many peoples never thought what happened this week so  many hundred years ago would bring about the changes we are seeing and living through today.

Governments against and for each other, Religion still seems to be a key factor in almost all the
political situations.

Love thy neighbor as thyself for the love of Thee.

The more history you read  the more insight you gain into the lives of the past.

Pick a date, pick an ancestor and share with us when we meet.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Comments from a Distant Cousin Lisa Louise Cooke

Some years ago as Lisa Cooke was giving  a presentation I spotted some interesting names in her files on display.  At break I asked are those your family names? She said," yes" and then I said, "Hi, distant Cousin".

 Sharing that she wrote to me about blogging and how important it is for us to use it for our research.
It seems she has found a new venue, I am going to pull this out of her note to me.

I've mentioned Google's Blogger platform which is a free place to create your blog. But here's the newer hot place to be - particularly if you are interested in reason #2 above: Tumblr.

 Now we have something new we can play with.  She says it  is easy and looks real sharp. 
It seems it is something that the younger generation seems to really like which she hopes will help us pull in more unknown family relatives and information.  

She also mentions that writing a family narrative  helps to uncover gaps in our family stories.
She thinks our chldren and grandchildren will be more likely to read it.
And of course our all time favorite it is Google Cousin Bait.

So hope you wander over and click that link and see what it is all about.

Cousin Lisa, Hoping your well and the weather is good for you.  Maybe will get to see you at NGS.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jamie Mayhew on Land Records Being Presented

The March program for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society is "Land Records".  This is being presented by Jamie Mayhew.

Wednesday 25 March  12 noon to 2 Pm

Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium  365 F St., CV, CA

 Across the Prairie: Land Records in the Public Land States

She has an extensive background and member of the APG and other groups.

She also has her own business in the genealogical field.

It should be a very informative program.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Have You Tried, a State Historical Society? IOWA

  I was delighted to have someone share this link with  me.  Having much relatives and ancestors in and from Iowa and wanting to bring this to your attention.

I wish to give full credit to those who credited and brought this information to light.

ISSN 0003-4827 No known copyright restrictions.

Recommended Citation Mott, David C.. "Early Iowa Newspapers." The Annals of Iowa 16 (1928), 161-221. Available at:

 This is just a segment of what they have: pages 161- 221 is regarding early Iowa Newspapers.
David C. Mott.

If you have Iowa Research it is highly recommended that you scout out the information that this url holds and the State Historical Society information on the state.

 It gives the history of many of the newspapers and the names of them and the times of existence. 

Hosted by Iowa Research Online

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Genetic Ancestry, Lots to Absorb

I am excited to see this tidbit :

It is an article about the genetic mapping of the British Isles.**

I am hoping you all enjoy reading it even if we do not totally understand it.

But we know it is so interesting to learn.

Enjoy and share your comments

We do know many countries covered this ground over hundreds of years. Roman Empire,  Anglo-Saxon from Germany, Nordic peoples, Danish Vikings and others.

**correction says it covered the UK not the British Isles. But look at the maps etc.

It seems when I did the DNA talk at the meeting a couple years back they also had a good mapping of
whom was making up the background of various countries and races.

Then I worked with Family Tree DNA.

There are other tidbits on this page that should intrigue the reader also.
Steppe Migration regarding language origin, America's natives have European Roots,
Most Europeans share recent ancestors.

So go and see and read and learn.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lemon Grove Research, Genealogy Groups on Facebook

Wednesday evening we hope to share some of the many societies that are on Facebook for your working pleasure.  Remember Facebook is Free. Class is Free.

The list keeps growing and the need is great.  It is free so do give it a whirl.

  Lemon Grove Library, ( location is 3001 School Lane in Lemon Grove) from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Contact Susi Pentico (619-623 -5250, for more details. All are invited to attend.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Irish Research being Shared, Thanks

Again, I am passing on what a dear person shared with many. Leland M.  Thanks.

70 Great Resources for Irish Research

70 yes 70 resources for your Irish research is listed on this blog page that Leland is notifying us of.
So a new blog to follow and lots of more resources for your research.

Irish Genealogy: 70 Resources for Finding Irish Ancestors

This site is definitely note worthy for researchers to be aware.  Thank you for creating it.

Also listed on is blog was this one.

St. Patrick's Day is a time to remember ancestors, particularly the Scotch-Irish | Deseret News

Wow they even mentioned Stephen Foster in this article. His music was so great.

 A cool quote here is:

"The Scotch-Irish of North Carolina passed “Resolutions of Independence” in 1775, a full year before the Declaration of Independence. And even our national declaration of July 4, 1776, was handwritten by Charles Thompson, printed by John Dunlap and given its first public reading by John Nixon, all three being Scotch-Irish. "