27 January 2010

Mike Shires Honored

During the January 2010 membership meeting there was a presentation to honor the outgoing President, Mike Shires. She has served as the society president in 2008 and 2009. We have really appreciated her work in the leading the society. Thank you, again, Mike.

15 January 2010

New PBS Series - Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

There will be a new PBS 4 part PBS series starting in February exploring the heritage of 11 luminaries of various races.

Included in the list is author Malcolm Gladwell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, former champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, television actress Eva Longoria, and Oscar-winning legend Meryl Streep.

The series premieres nationally Wednesdays, February 10 - March 3, 2010 from 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS.


13 January 2010

Refreshed Pasco GenWeb Site

Have you noticed that the USGenWeb site for Pasco County has been brought up to date and new items added?

It is Pasco County, a FLGenWeb Project, Inc.

Peggy McSwain is the new coordinator. She is looking for support to make the site interesting and useful. One thing she could use are pictures of some of the cemeteries for the cemetery page.

So if you haven't check on this website recently, may be you should.

12 January 2010

Yesterdays Journey

During the presentation at the January 2010 membership meeting, most of the attendees raised their hands to the query of English ancestry. So the following might interest many of you.

I came across this website, Yesterdays Journey «homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~spire/Yesterday/index.htm», via a mailing list that I subscribe. It is certainly English and deals with documents that the more common folk might be listed. Stealing from the first two paragraphs of the information page might make you curious enough to check it out yourself:

Yesterdays Journey is a compilation of available sources concerning Settlement Examinations, Settlement Certificates, Removal Orders, Bastardy and Apprenticeship Indentures, documents that reveal our ancestors brush with Officialdom. It will be added to over the months.

These documents can add flesh to bones, but more importantly give clues to where ancestors were "hiding" between known details. Some are more informative than others, but all will add substance to your family tree.

If you find this useful, please add your comments so that others might be encouraged.

04 January 2010

Other G-People may be Visiting the Graveyard

I came across this article at Science Daily, Gravestones Talking Through Time. It seems that Geologists have discovered an interest in gravestones.

We have heard in the past about different views on the care of gravestones. These people are interested in the wear in a different way.

The link to the article is very long, so instead of providing it, the article title is linked. Just click your cursor on the titile above.