31 July 2008

Take the Kids to See Graves Day

No, I don't think it will catch on either.

Kids and genealogy are a hard mix to make. Did you know that there is a Genealogy Summer Camp for kids in Southern California? It was in the Los Angeles Times in with club announcements, Kids Genealogy Camp. The camp includes the art of oral interviews and photograph collections.

No I am not aware of Summer Camps like this locally:)

And you may have to complete free registration with the newspaper.

Real Bad Blood

I found an article in the New York Times of September 17, 1875, A Genealogy of Crime. You may have to complete a free registration with this newspaper.

The story is a bit unusual. It is of the stuff you might expect in a Caleb Carr or Stephen King novel. However Mr. Dugdale appears to be sincere and real.

If this were written today would you expect any special notice?

So Folks do Find Folks using DNA testing

For most of us, DNA testing is more expense than genealogy software and even harder to understand. For most people they are provided with broad (wild) generalities that their ancestors were in a section of one continent or maybe another.

There are a few stories of making connections. There was an article in the
Washington Post, What We're Made Of, by Frances Stead Sellers, an Health Section editor, and her positive experience. Here again, your free registration with the newspaper is require to view the article.

Frances has done her old fashion genealogy back in time and has collected historical perspectives of many of her ancestors. She also is a little critical of the linear nature of DNA-Genealogy.

The article is written in an understandable language with minimal use of DNA terminology.

Descendants Gathered for Re-Interment

Alexander Macomb, Maj. General of the U.S. Army, was reburied with his wife, Catherine, in Washington's Congressional Cemetery. He was a hero of the War of 1812.

There was an article in the Washington Post, After 167 Years, Second Funeral for General, that describes the first and second services. You will need a free subscription to the Washington Post to read the article (you will be prompted.)

The general and his wife had 10 children and many descendants.

Why? -- The grave was disturbed to repair its monument.

24 July 2008

What's New?

Just wondering what all our members have been doing this summer? Are you finishing your genealogy? Helping others find their family history? Reading historical novels?
We would be interested in reading about it. Send in your story now.
I have been getting some census records on extended family members while working at the Family History Center that I neglected to get before. You know, lack of time got in the way before. I am also helping a fellow member to search further back on her lines. And, as you can tell, I think I have mastered posting on the blog.
Hoping to hear what you are doing.

22 July 2008

Hope for the Polk County Historical Library & Museum

Polk County Commissioners are searching for a solution to the funding issues surrounding the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library & Museum in Bartow.

As pointed out in an earlier posting, the direct local government support for arts and humanities programs (historical and genealogical resources) are in jeopardy due to shrinking revenue sources.

Those interested in saving the Polk County facility have made the situation known. There was even a TV spot on channel 13 about it. But more importantly people have let their elected officials know their concerns (this seems to work at a grassroots level). Remember a few years ago Gov. Bush planned to dismember the State Archives and Library, that required a much larger citizen effort.

From: Joe Spann

Subject: Polk County Historical Library & Museum - UPDATE

To: "'Joe Spann'"

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 9:06 AM

Tuesday - 22 July 2008

Library & Museum Supporters:

Over 160 of you have now e-mailed the County Commissioners, showing your
support for the continued preservation of history in Polk County. An
unknown number have telephoned or written letters of support.

There is some good news regarding a temporary solution. Yesterday, in the
first Budget Workshop the County Commission unanimously supported putting
the Historical Library & Museum back in the budget. This means we will
likely be funded next year.

No decision was made concerning the source of funding. The budget surplus
and the Historical Trust Fund were both mentioned as possibilities. The
final version of the budget is not likely to be completed until sometime in
late August or early September and there will be several additional budget

In yesterday's meeting County Commissioner Jack Myers took the lead in the
search for a more permanent solution. He suggested that the possibility of
creating an endowment be explored. Specifically, this might entail placing
one-time funds into the Historical Trust Fund in sufficient amounts that the
Historical Library & Museum could operate off the interest. County staff
will be working with this idea.

Both Tom Muir and I thank you for your vital actions over the past two
weeks. We are now looking at the possibility of a more positive outcome in
the immediate future.

Joe Spann - Library Manager

Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library

100 East Main Street

Bartow, Florida 33830-4629

(863) 534-4380

Member - Association of Professional Genealogists

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin

On the hand these historical and genealogical facilities are often near empty of people. These facilities have hard copies of documents and books that are not ONLINE. I found microfilms, family histories, DAR volumes, Bible records, and more that are not available in the Tampa Library and not online.

Driving directions are online. And if you haven't visited the Quintilla Geer Burton Archive in Plant City, check it out too (it isn't as great, but a good resource.)

09 July 2008

Historical & Genealogical Facilities across Florida will be CLOSING

The Hamilton County, Florida Historical Museum will be closing because of cut backs in County funding.

Tuesday - 8 July 2008
This morning the County Manager's office has informed us that the Polk County Historical Museum and Historical & Genealogical Library are NOT recommended for funding in next year's budget. Unless something changes this means that we will CEASE OPERATIONS on September 30th.


The building that was the Hamilton county Museum will still be there but it will remain closed.

The Polk County Museum & Library will be closed until fund is found or the collections disappear.


Are you aware of other closings?

03 July 2008

2008 Florida State Genealogical Society Conference

If you are interested, download this poster and a signup form at

There is detailed information at:


The meeting is just West of the I-4 exit in Maitland, that is just North of Orlando.

01 July 2008

PCGS Writing Contest Deadline!

Just a reminder that the Pasco County Genealogical Society writing contest deadline is fast approaching.

Please submit your story about a beloved, unforgettable or quirky ancestor to Pam Treme by July 7, 2008. It may be emailed or sent via U.S. Mail.

Email Pam @ ptreme@hotmail.com

Address: Pam Treme
2914 Lake Saxon Drive,
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639