30 November 2007

Genealogy Gems

The following is a section of "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library,No. 45, November 30, 2007" that i thought would be of interest to many of you.

The Military Heritage Center
by Curt B. Witcher
In this season of giving, and after having just celebrated Thanksgiving and Veterans' Day 2007, we are pleased to announce a new feature of the GenealogyCenter.Info website. Starting December 1st there will be a special section of the GenealogyCenter site called "Our Military Heritage" to honor those who have given so much to our country. This is our way of both giving thanks for our military men and women, living and deceased, and assisting researchers in gaining access to data that documents our military heritage.
In this section we will be posting full-text searchable images of public-domain publications, soldiers' letters and diaries, photographs, pension and service records, posters, military burial records, commemorative works, military institutions' yearbooks, articles, postcards and links to significant military websites. We anticipate this will be a very dynamic, growing area of the site as we look to include web-streamed interviews and programs in addition to other contributed materials. The section is linked on the main page of GenealogyCenter.Info and can also be accessed directly by the following URL: www.GenealogyCenter.Info/military
Exploring this site, you will see that we have an interesting and rather unique collection of military documents already assembled. A Spanish American War poster of Allen County, Indiana soldiers entitled "Our Gallant Volunteers" can be viewed as a complete image or you can zoom-in on a particular veteran by clicking on a data table; a World War II era sermon talks about war and honors the men serving; and our own library director, Jeff Krull, submitted information on the interesting military career of his great uncle, Edward C. Kuhn, who was a famous military insignia designer.
The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has nearly a half-century long tradition of preserving historical and genealogical information and making that data available to researchers. When you consider that every generation since the founding of our country has had individuals serving in the military, you understand why access to historical military data is so important in family history. Through this feature of our site, it is our intention to make valuable military information widely available to researchers without cost. We can also assist you in submitting copies of military materials to the Veterans' History Project at the Library of Congress.
If you would like to contribute letters to and from service personnel, diaries of military ancestors, copies of pension and service records, pictures of medals and citations, discharge papers, military burial records and the like, please contact The Genealogy Center through Genealogy@ACPL.Info or call 260-421-1225. You can also simply send digital copies of the military documents (scanned at 300 dpi) to: The Genealogy Center, Attn.: Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802. We hope you find this new feature of GenealogyCenter.Info both useful and enjoyable.

To subscribe to "Genealogy Gems," simply use your browser to go to the
website: www.GenealogyCenter.Info. Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.

Happy Hunting

29 November 2007

Research Your Tree in Just-Updated PERSI

PCGS member Jan Beattie sent this, I thought it would be of interest to everyone.

The Allen County (Ind.) Public Library genealogy staff has beefed up its Periodical Source Index (PERSI) with references to another 132,000 history and genealogy articles published in journals and magazines during 2006 and 2007. HeritageQuest Online, the genealogy database you can search free in many public libraries, has included the updates in its searchable version of PERSI.That brings PERSI's total article citations to more than 2 million. They reference 6,600-plus periodicals published in the United States, Canada and abroad since 1800. It’s the most extensive periodical index available for local history and genealogy research.You can search the updated PERSI at libraries offering HeritageQuest Online and at Allen County, Ind., public libraries. The subscription site Ancestry.com offers an older version of PERSI, dating from 1985. Search PERSI on a name, place or subject, and you’ll get citations for journal and magazine articles that mention your term. Then, request the full article from your library, borrow it through interlibrary loan or order copies from the Allen County library ($7.50 for up to six articles, plus the cost of photocopies).Read more about the formation of PERSI and about the Allen County library on FamilyTreeMagazine.com

12 November 2007

Over the River and Through the Woods…

I remember singing this in the car on the way to my grandparent’s house Thanksgiving morning……

It was cold and crisp and I was waiting to get to grandma’s to see my cousins and of course eat Thanksgiving dinner. Grandma was the best cook and there was always so much to eat. After dinner my dad would fall asleep on grandma’s couch while my uncles sat and talked. ‘The women’ cleaned up, of course!

Have you taken the time to think about the Thanksgiving holidays you spent with your family years ago? Have you written those memories down? Do you have the recipes for your mom or grandma’s gravy or mincemeat pie? I never tried mincemeat pie at grandma’s. I couldn’t figure out what type of meat mince was!

This holiday season take the time to write down those memories, collect the recipes and share them with the rest of your family, maybe in a family newsletter or our society cookbook!
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Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather's house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for 'tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood-
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood
and straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow-
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood-
when Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, "o, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for every one."

Over the river, and through the wood-
now Grandmothers cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

This song originally appeared as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem appeared in Flowers for Children, Vol. 2 in 1844

03 November 2007

BBC's "Who do you think you are?" has some controversy

The show Who Do You Think You Are? is a BBC television show that explores the family history of relatively well know living British individuals (like the current Dr. Who, David Tennant or actress, Barbara Windsor). [The performance artists do make for a good show.]

It isn't available on most U.S. TVs, but several episodes can be seen online. GUBA.com has a few episodes. Search the free videos using the term, who.do.you.think.you.are. The video with the children playing isn't part of the BBC show.
Then click on the other video "finds" in order to start a show. Here is the rub, your viewing pleasure will be related to the Internet speed of your connection. I would suggest that for the first one play it with the interruptions just to see if you are interested in the show. If you want to continue with fewer interruptions, pause the video and let the buffer build up. There is a progress bar beneath the video screen as the buffer fills a yellow bar will progress across. When it reaches halfway, click play. You might want to view the show on a full screen so click the little box with the small box arrowing to a larger one. The shows run about an hour and don't have commercial breaks so while the buffer builds take care of things.

As for the controversy, check Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. It has a link that has even more detail.

If you have done much family history, you will find some fakery. It is part of the process. However throwing the baby out with the bath water is what some folks want to do. I think there is an opportunity for learning all round for the producers and viewers.

I have been letting my buffer fill while writing this. I am a Dr. Who fan and think finding out about David Tennant should be fun. As least more fun than hearing about the Spears, Hilton or Lohan women.

If you have a problem other than Internet speed, post a comment.

Florida State Genealogical Society Conference, Nov. 9-10

The conference is November 9-10 at the Sheraton Orlando - Downtown Hotel on 60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard. This is at the first I-4 exit north of Colonial Avenue (SR-50), so it is away from the Disney entertainment area, but not far from the Orlando Public Library

There is a conference brochure available online as well as a schedule of the speakers and activities.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Thomas Shawker, MD, and Patricia O'Brien Shawker, CG(SM).