Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Strong Woman: There's One in Every Family - Part I

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

"I Am Woman"
By Helen Reddy and Ray Burton

Growing up in the '70s, I hated that song. After all, I was too young to care about the Women's Liberation Movement, and I had been raised to believe that my life could be whatever I wanted it to be, regardless of my being "a girl." But lately, the song has new meaning for me. You see, on some level, I've always known (and joked) that I come from "a long line of strong women." It's only been in the past few years that I've come to know – and appreciate - the adversity which made these women strong.

The Strong Woman: There's One in Every Family.

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My great-great grandmother, Louise (Rudity) Faivre, might not have been invincible, but she was most definitely strong. Born to French émigrés on September 12, 1854, in Scioto County, Ohio, she grew up a small-town girl who would eventually make news headlines across the country. Unfortunately, these would not be the kind of headlines of which every girl dreams.

On January 14, 1878, Louise married Andrew Faivre, a twenty-five year old tailor that she'd known for many years. Andrew was the eldest son of Andrew and Mary Faivre, and as many eldest sons were known to do back in the day, he had taken on the trade of his father, quite possibly under protest. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, especially if he wants to get the girl.

Shortly after Louise and Andrew married, they headed west to make their home in Sioux City, Iowa, after a few-year stop in Illinois. During the next 15 years, Louise would bear 10 children, but only 5 were known to survive: Sadie, John, Bernice, "Zee" (Azelia), and Henry.

I cannot imagine the inner strength needed to survive the loss of so many children.

Meanwhile, Andrew had his own demons to bear. Either unhappy with his life, or under tremendous peer pressure, he became a habitual drinker. And by habitual drinker, I mean well-known drunk. By his own admission, he would frequently drink to the point of becoming incapacitated for at least a week, during which time he was, of course, unable to work.

To keep the family from drowning financially, Louise became a washerwoman, taking in other's dirty laundry to compensate for her husband's lost and squandered wages. Their eldest daughter also went to work, most likely as a domestic servant, and then later as a "dry goods clerk." Andrew would frequently ask them how much they earned, but neither woman would give him a straight answer. They knew that spare change in Andrew's pockets would - sooner or later - end up spent on booze.

Sadly, Andrew did not turn out to be the husband or father that Louise must have hoped he'd be when she married him.

Frustrated, Louise eventually took matters into her own hands: she made the rounds to Andrew's favorite saloons, warning the proprietors not to sell liquor to her husband. This was apparently not an unusual practice for wives in the mid to late 19th century, and saloonkeepers were expected to comply with these requests.

However... these saloonkeepers did not.

And Louise's life as she knew it was about to change.

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Read The Strong Woman: There's One in Every Family - Part II

Written for the 100th Edition Carnival of Genealogy: "There's One in Every Family!"

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Last Day to Nominate Your Favorite Blogs for FT40

Today is the last day to nominate your favorite genealogy blogs for Family Tree Magazine's 2011 Family Tree 40. Nominated blogs must:
  • be primarily about genealogy
  • belong to an individual or individuals, not to a business
  • not primarily exist to market products
  • be active, having at least four posts per month for the past three months (blogs newer than three months must have at least four posts per month since the blog has been in existence)
  • contain information about the blogger(s), such as an "About Me" page
  • not be hosted by a Family Tree 40 panelist (Lisa Louise Cooke, Randy Seaver, Thomas MacEntee and DearMyrtle) or by Family Tree Magazine
Voting will commence on the finalists from December 13 - 20, 2010. Five winners will be selected per category, and will be revealed in the July 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Don't assume that your favorites have already been nominated - your participation is needed. Like they say at the Oscars, "It's such an honor just to be nominated!"

For more information about nominations and voting, visit The Genealogy Insider. To nominate a blog, visit Family Tree Magazine.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Casefile Clues Cyber Monday Sale Extended Until 6:00 PM PST Tonight!

I'm still on the lookout for holiday sales for genealogists, and found this great deal on Casefile Clues in my inbox this morning. If you don't read Casefile Clues, you should. Michael John Neill shares a new tip or solution each week, making for a very enjoyable read. It's a great value at the regular price, but a sale makes everything so much better, doesn't it?

(Personally, I don't know how he keeps up with such quality writing on a weekly basis, but I'm guessing he doesn't have small children at home!)

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Casefile Clues is offering it's second annual Cyber-Monday Discount of 20% on an annual subscription to Casefile Clues.

Received weekly by genealogists across the United States and several foreign countries, Casefile Clues focuses on hands-on, applied, practical genealogical research. Concentrating on the why and how, Casefile Clues includes source citation and documentation and has been welcomed into the email inbox of genealogists everywhere.

Casefile Clues is written by Michael John Neill who has been actively involved in genealogical research for over twenty-five years. There's more information on the newsletter at http://blog.casefileclues.com.

Please visit Casefile Clues for the link for the discount page and more information.

We've extended this discount for your blog readers until 6:00 PM West Coast time. The link will work until then.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

23anMe Holiday Sale Extended to December 25th!

Genetic testing company 23andMe announced this morning that their Cyber Monday sale - the $499 kit for just $99 - has been extended until December 25th (while supplies last; limit 10 kits per person; also requires a $5/month subscription to their Personal Genome Service).

Order by Wednesday, December 15th, if you want to give the gift of DNA for Christmas!

I ordered a couple of these kits for my husband and me during the DNA Day sale back in April. I sent mine back got my results right away, but I'm still waiting for Hubs to spit into his (he's such a procrastinator). We had both previously tested with Family Tree DNA; he only had his Y-DNA tested, so I'm eager to see what his mtDNA results will be. Hopefully his test kit won't expire before he sends it back!

If you're interested, I'm a J1c3 - any cousins out there?

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Hat tip to Cece Moore at Your Genetic Genealogist for this great news! Be sure to also follow The Spittoon, the official blog of 23andMe, for up-to-date information about this company and its services.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Offer -- Footnote.com $39.95!

The following was received yesterday from our friends at Footnote.com. I'm so glad I dawdled about renewing my membership, which expired this month - what a great deal!

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Special Offer for an Annual Membership
Only $39.95

Why you should use Footnote.com
  • Over 70 million documents
  • Unique partnerships with The National Archives and other institutions
  • Perfectly complements other websites like Ancestry.com
  • Over 1 million registered Footnote Members
Footnote is offering an Annual Membership for only $39.95 (that's 50% off the regular price!) today only. Click below and get started today.

Annual Membership Offer
Only $39.95! Start today or Share with a Friend

Hurry! This offer ends Monday, November 29th at 11:59 pm!

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Disclaimer: I am a member of the Footnote.com affiliate program, so if you decide to place an order today, I would greatly appreciate it if you would order using the link on the ad below. Thanks!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal


Friday, November 26, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 26, 2010

Click for link to movie trailer.
Best Bytes is late today... I apologize. I had every intention of posting this morning, but... IT has been calling to me for days. And the ads - THE ADS! - yesterday's newspaper was full of them. What could I do? I just had to go. I HAD TO GO SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY! It's like a sickness. Every year I promise I won't do it again... but I... I can't help myself. I'm in my car... I'm driving to the stores. The crowded parking lots, the throngs of people grabbing, grabbing, GRABBING! They're everywhere! What was I thinking? A brain transplant would have been less painful!

On the bright side, I got some of my shopping done, and stimulated the economy. You're welcome.

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Today is the National Day of Listening. If you missed it (like I did, because I was too busy shopping to listen), I'm pretty sure it will be ok to listen another day. But do check out their resources, and visit the StoryCorps web site for tips on telling your story. Also, take a gander at Thanksgiving table talk and the National Day of Listening at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools for a round-up of advice on how to get your family to talk turkey over... well, turkey.

In the News

The mystery of where they got their blonde hair and green eyes may be solved: DNA tests show Chinese villagers with green eyes could be descendants of lost Roman legion.

It's not perfect, but at least they're playing nice now - Google Launches Plugin That Fuses Microsoft Office With Google Docs.

If image-hosting sites like Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and the like, are just too annoying to be useful, check out Minus Makes Photo Sharing As Simple As Possible. Seriously, I have never seen a more minimalist interface than Minus.

Just when you thought you were finally keeping up - There Goes Everything: A Handy Guide to all the Things that are "Dead."

At least they only have to remember one day: Baby born on same day as parents' shared birthday (via Paula's Genealogical Eclectica).

From the Blogs

Harry Potter fans will enjoy The Slovak Yankee's The Genealogy of Harry Potter. Accio ancestors!

If you find yourself unable to attend a conference in person, check out the great tips from Joan in Can't Attend a Genealogy Conference? on Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.

Susan Peterson shares a wonderful story of her mother in The Women in My Family Tree - Patricia Landon Kelly Petersen on Long Lost Relatives.net.

What I wouldn't give for even half this many pictures of my great-great grandfather (any of them) - Wordless Wednesday -- Aging on Life From the Roots.

Home is where the heart is... and also plenty of history, if you're lucky. Adding a House History to Your Genealogy on Gena's Genealogy reminds us to include those special places in our family stories.

Have something to say, but not sure how to say it? Take a look at Writing Tips for Genealogy Bloggers on Geneabloggers.

Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions has been doing a terrific series on the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh. Her most recent post is The 44th Regiment at Shiloh :: The Burying Ground, but be sure you scroll down to see them all. Great writing and some great photos, too.

The Ancestry Insider gives us his thoughts on why it's such a pain to photograph oversized documents in We Want Tech: Stitching Folio Size Documents.

And finally, you absolutely will not want to miss THE SECOND GREAT AMERICAN LOCAL POEM AND SONG GENEALOGY CHALLENGE IS HERE! Bill West did a fabulous job rounding up and sorting out all the wonderful poems submitted from around the blogosphere. On a sentimental note, this year's challenge was dedicated to our late, fellow geneablogger Terry Thornton, "who loved a good poem as much as a good laugh." Terry would have loved that, Bill.

The Last Byte Bite

If you didn't get enough turkey, stuffing, and Pilgrims at yesterday's feast, I recommend a big helping of the following posts (you can catch the full collection of Thanksgiving stories from around the blogosphere at Geneabloggers).

Nolichucky Roots gives a brief history of her family in Thanksgiving: Our American Story.

Ever wondered Why Turkey? at Thanksgiving?

I loves me some historic postcards - A Turkey Tale at Nebraska State Historical Society.

Some great archival photos of Thanksgiving in the trenches (sometimes literally) at A Repository for Bottled Monsters.

I'm doing this next year, and resistance (from my family) is futile: The Thanksgiving Tree on The Journey Takers Blog.

Personally, I'm still feeling a tad bitter that I haven't found any Mayflower ancestors (yet), but I suppose there's always next year.

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To subscribe to my Google Reader shared items, please visit my Google Profile. Be sure to check out the weekly picks of others, such as Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

~Author Unknown

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving, from our house to yours. May you have much to be thankful for in the coming year.

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Read President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation.
Read President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Vintage greeting card from Yestercards.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Family Tree DNA Holiday Upgrade Special

The following information was received from the folks at Family Tree DNA. It applies ONLY to people who have already had their Y-DNA tested with FTDNA.

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As we enter the Thanksgiving weekend, we would like to extend to you a one-week promotion for upgrades:

                   Current Group Price      SALE PRICE

Y12-37                   $99                              $69

Y12-67                  $189                            $149

Y25-67                  $148                            $109

Y37-67                   $99                              $79

To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the special offers link in the left hand navigation bar. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 1st 2010 TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.

Log into your FTDNA account to order this upgrade.

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For information about the Swanay/Swaney DNA Surname Project, please visit our public project page, or FamilyTree DNA. Please also feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wordless Wednesday: The Feastmakers

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"The Feastmakers." Digital image. Undated. Original photograph privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Benton Co., Washington. 2010.

About Wordless Wednesday.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, November 22, 2010

Got Bibles?

My DAR chapter, the Captain Henry Sweetser Chapter, is happy to announce its participation in the California State Society DAR's Genealogical Bible Records Project, a statewide effort to gather genealogical information from pre-World War II family Bibles.

We will gladly accept digital images of your genealogical information, or will make the images for you, if you prefer. The images and their transcriptions will be bound in compiled volumes for presentation to designated California libraries. A copy of each volume will be sent to the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., to be digitized and made available to researchers. Your family's history will be preserved forever, and available for research to generations of genealogists!

NOTE: Neither you, nor the family described in the Bible records, need to be from, nor presently living in, California. You do not need to have the actual Bible in your possession, but you must be able to provide scanned, digitized or photocopied prints of the Bible's title page, copyright page, and genealogical record pages in the order they appear in the original Bible.

For a brochure and more information about how you can participate, please contact me.

And if anyone out there has any of my family's Bible records, I'd sure love to have copies!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, November 19, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 19, 2010

Congratulations to Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast fame for publishing her 100th episode earlier this month (I'm a little behind, sorry). I was thrilled to be one of the folks offering kudos to her at the California Family History Expo last month. Looking forward to 100 more, Lisa!

If you missed the recent Atlanta Family History Expo, you can catch up with the action by checking out Atlanta Family History Expo Bloggers' Recap.

In the News:

Interesting story of genealogy in a small, rural community - Destination: 'A Little County Seat.'

Canadian Researchers, can you help find this family's final resting place? Langley RCMP searching for family of after stolen cemetery plaque turned in.

Case closed, and we'll probably never know what really happened - Mysteries of Tiny Bodies From 1930s Will Linger.

A fascinating life story - Hidden History: The Last Slave of Connecticut. (Side note: No one has applied for DAR or SAR membership referencing this ancestor yet. Will you be the first?)

Don't go looking for headstones here - Revolutionary War soldiers buried under church parking lot.

And finally, the Community Service Award goes to: 4-year-old spiffing up headstones in honor of veterans, relatives (not my kid, unfortunately).

Science, Technology, and Social Media

A whole new meaning to "high resolution" - 80 Gigapixel 360 Degree Panorama of London is Largest of Its Kind.

It's the end of an era: Hell Freezes Over As MySpace Fully Surrenders To Facebook.

Google's Nifty Guide To Web Technology; It’s iBooks-Like But Built With HTML5. Need I say more?

Cool, but I still want a Kindle. You Can Now Gift Anyone With An E-mail Address A Kindle Book.

From the Blogs

With the holidays looming just around the corner (read: next week), you'll want a plan in place for those family interviews that you secretly intend to spring on unwitting relatives. Take a look at Interviewing while looking at photo albums (Part 1) from Susan Kitchens' Family Oral History Using Digital Tools. I love the pictures from this one (anxiously awaiting Part 2)!

Also on the topic of family interviews is Thanksgiving interviews by Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula's Genealogical Eclectica. She's got some great ideas for ways to share the information gathered.

Know what happens when genealogists work together? Stuff gets done! Read Nancy's story, A Debt of Gratitude and William O. Henderson, on My Ancestors and Me.

What genealogist wouldn't want to shop at the mall with its very own cemetery? Check out San Souci Shopping Cemetery by Kathleen at The Misadventures of a Genealogist.

If your Irish ancestors are giving you grief (like mine are), take a look at J. Geraghty-Gorman's Tuesday's Tips: Researching Ireland away from her shores at 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History. While you're there, you won't want to miss the stunning photos in Fizzy Friday: Autumn comes to Dublin City. Simply gorgeous!

Are you confused about the hubbub surrounding the GEDCOM standard? Read James Tanner's When is a standard not a standard? When its GEDCOM? at Genealogy's Star for clarification.

I loved Melissa Mannon's story about Intangible Heritage, at ArchivesINFO, and not just for the very cute project she did with her daughter. It's a great outside-the-box story.

New blogger GeneJ asks you to be the judge in Mixing it up: the indirect evidence challenge on They Came Before. Great job, GeneJ!

If this place doesn't really exist, then Becky Wiseman has some seriously good Photoshopping skills! Don't miss Greetings from KenTennMissAla at Kinexxions for some unbelievable autumn beauty.

From the PLAN AHEAD Department: The Ancestry Insider shares Can You Say "Surprise Child?" Poor Samuel... at least mom still had some thread left.

Finally, never one to disappoint: footnoteMaven shares The Baffled Photographer on Shades of the Departed. Yet another reason not to work with children or animals.

The Last Byte

Family Tree Magazine has recently announced that it's time once again to nominate your favorite genealogy blogs for the 2011 Family Tree 40. Nominated blogs must:
  • be primarily about genealogy
  • belong to an individual or individuals, not to a business
  • not primarily exist to market products
  • be active, having at least four posts per month for the past three months (blogs newer than three months must have at least four posts per month since the blog has been in existence)
  • contain information about the blogger(s), such as an “About Me” page
  • not be hosted by a Family Tree 40 panelist (Lisa Louise Cooke, Randy Seaver, Thomas MacEntee and DearMyrtle) or by Family Tree Magazine
For more information about nominations and voting, visit The Genealogy Insider. To nominate a blog, visit Family Tree Magazine.

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I read (what seems like) a ton of blogs and news articles each week, but unfortunately, I can't possibly share all the good stuff here. To subscribe to my Google Reader shared items, please visit my Google Profile. Be sure to also check out the weekly picks of others, such as Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Thursday, November 18, 2010

So... This is Nebraska

 Several of my maternal ancestors settled in the Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa area. As my entry for the Second Great American Local Poem And Song Genealogy Challenge, hosted by West in New England, I offer this poem written by Ted Kooser (1939 -    ), from his book, Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems (Pitt Poetry Series).Mr. Kooser is noted for his works about "the trials and troubles of inhabitants of the Midwest, heirlooms and objects of the past, and observation(s) of everyday life." Sounds like a book I'll want to add to my collection.

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So This Is Nebraska

by Ted Kooser

The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust
full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

On either side, those dear old ladies,
the loosening barns, their little windows
dulled by cataracts of hay and cobwebs
hide broken tractors under their skirts.

So this is Nebraska. A Sunday
afternoon; July. Driving along
with your hand out squeezing the air,
a meadowlark waiting on every post.

Behind a shelterbelt of cedars,
top-deep in hollyhocks, pollen and bees,
a pickup kicks its fenders off
and settles back to read the clouds.

You feel like that; you feel like letting
your tires go flat, like letting the mice
build a nest in your muffler, like being
no more than a truck in the weeds,

clucking with chickens or sticky with honey
or holding a skinny old man in your lap
while he watches the road, waiting
for someone to wave to. You feel like

waving. You feel like stopping the car
and dancing around on the road. You wave
instead and leave your hand out gliding
larklike over the wheat, over the houses.

Ted Kooser, "So This Is Nebraska" from Sure Signs. Copyright © 1980 by Ted Kooser. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, www.upress.pitt.edu. Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=171336.

Photo of the barn, above, is a stock photo, and not a picture of one of my ancestors homes (unfortunately).

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

NEHGS: Genealogy Makes a Wonderful Holiday Gift!

HO HO HO! The following was received from the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) this morning as a suggestion for what to get the genealogist on your holiday shopping list.

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Boston Genealogy Center has great gift ideas for family history buffs.

Boston, MA – November 2010 – This coming holiday season, The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston offers a unique and possibly eye-opening holiday gift idea: The gift of finding your family.

This year, NEHGS offers two unique ways to give the gift of family this holiday season:
  1. Family Discovery Package: this new and unique gift includes 1.5 hours of genealogy research by an NEHGS staff expert, a copy of RootsMagic genealogy software, a printed pedigree chart with recipient’s information, an annual subscription to the NEHGS member magazine New England Ancestors, and tips for continuing with your research. Contact NEHGS research services department at 617-226-1233 or email research@nehgs.org. Package price: $99.
  2. NEHGS annual memberships make perfect holiday gifts for genealogists of every experience level, or those wanting to get started. Membership includes full access to the NEHGS Web site, www.NewEnglandAncestors.org which contains more than 110 million searchable names in over 2,400 databases. Members also have full access to the 8-story research library located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, and they receive two of the most trusted and respected genealogy publications in the industry, New England Ancestors member magazine and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Contact NEHGS membership office at 888-296-3447 or email membership@nehgs.org.
Annual research membership is $75.

NEHGS, founded in 1845, is a premier genealogical resource with a collection of more than 12 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs, documents, and other items dating back more than four centuries. And whether your family has long New England roots or whether they arrived in this country more recently, NEHGS can help members explore and discover their unique stories. The NEHGS staff of experts includes some of the most respected and experienced genealogists in the country, specializing in a wide variety of research areas such as early American, New England, New York, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, and French and Atlantic Canadian.

Today, genealogy is one of the fastest growing and most popular hobbies in the country, with millions of people around the world now engaged in their family research. Every day, more information is made available online, fueling a renewed interest in uncovering the stories of our families and our region. This holiday season give the gift of family with an NEHGS membership.

For more information, visit NEHGS at www.AmericanAncestors.com or call 888-296-3447.


Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's oldest and largest non-profit genealogical organization. Located in Boston, NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials that help make accessible the histories of families in America. The NEHGS research library, one of the most respected genealogical libraries in the field, is home to millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. The award-winning web site www.AmericanAncestors.com offers access to more than 110 million names in 2,400 searchable databases. NEHGS has more than 23,000 members nationally. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, and Jewish genealogy.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: ROAR!

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"ROAR." Digital image. Photographed by J. Hatcher, November 6, 2010, Los Angeles Co., California. Used with permission.

About Wordless Wednesday.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Sunday, November 14, 2010

SAR Record Copies to be Available on Ancestry.com

While doing some work on another web site today, I happened on over to the web site of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and found this interesting tidbit of information:
  1. As of August 23, 2010, the headquarters will stop providing Record Copy service for older applications.
  2. According to the agreement with Ancestry.com, all microfilm rolls of membership applications will be scanned, indexed, and made available to individuals who purchase a membership to Ancestry.com.
  3. The dates of the applications on microfilm start from the beginning (1889) of the organization and extend through 1996 (national numbers 1 through 146101). This will affect Record Copy requests for applications prior to the issuance of national number 49200. Applications in this range are very brittle; therefore, they will not be manually scanned or photocopied.
  4. Ancestry.com has agreed to post only those applications older than December 31, 1970. Ancestry.com will adjust that date as members are reported deceased. National numbers issued after 146101 will be scanned, indexed, and made available at a later date on the Internet.
  5. Record Copy requests for older applications will resume upon the return of the microfilm rolls.
Read the rest of the page on ordering SAR record copies here.

Interesting news (albeit, 3 months late). I had not heard that SAR applications would be coming to Ancestry.com. No date is given on the SAR web page as to when Ancestry.com will be making these application copies available to its members. Anyone out there know the answer?

Copyright © Elizabeth O'Neal

Saturday, November 13, 2010

SNGF: Photo Effects!

I like anything to do with photos and photo-editing, so this one was a fun, no-brainer for me.

Here was tonight's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission:

1) Go to the AnyMaking website (http://anymaking.com - it's FREE to use) and...

2) Doctor some of your priceless photographs using one or more of their photo effects to turn your photo into a cartoon, into a puzzle, into a wanted poster, etc. Try it, it's fun. You can spend hours doing this. Think about Christmas presents for your family or friends... [Note that if you want decent size photos - or real puzzles, portraits, etc., you'll need to subscribe to their Premium service.]

3) Show off your creations on your own blog, or on Facebook, or some other online photo location. 
I took one of my favorite impromptu photos of my daughter and made this fabu pop-art creation, a la Warhol:

I think this is one for the living room wall! Thanks for the fun tonight, Randy.

Copyright © Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, November 12, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 12, 2010

It's Follow an Archives Day! Do you follow an archives archive? If so, which one? You can give some follow love to your fave archive by blogging about it, or by tweeting using the hashtag #followanarchive. More #followanarchive goodies right here!

Something Random

As an almost purely visual thinker, and former "mind maps" trainer, I can't help but love a good flow chart. Here's a few that caught my eye this week:
Science and Technology

Who needs all those CSI gadgets? Ears Could Make Better Unique IDs Than Fingerprints.

Hate to cook? Why Making Dinner Is a Good Idea.

It's an email smackdown! Aol To Unveil New Aol Mail On Sunday vs. Facebook’s Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming On Monday. Coming to PPV (not really) on November 15th!

If you'll be traveling during the holiday season, you might be interested to know that between November 20 and January 2, 2010, Google Gives Free Wi-Fi to Holiday Travelers.

Finally, it's time to start thinking about the perfect Christmas gift for the techno-geek in your family: 2010 GeekDad Holiday Gift Guide #2 (Note to my family: I could use one of those cool Eye-Fi memory cards. And a Kindle.). For the family photog: Fashionable Camera Cufflinks for the Budding Photographer. Or perhaps he/she would prefer a Spy T-Shirt with a Built-In Spy Camera (I mean, who wouldn't?).

From the Blogs:

Ok, enough goofing around.

Caroline Pointer shares They Had Balls. It didn't win, but it's got one heck of a title.

Kerry Scott needs you to help her figure out what her chicken thingy dish is in Please Help Me Solve A Mystery. I inherited one of these dishes from my grandmother, but it's much larger and redder than Kerry's itty, bitty one.

Got Greek ancestors? Check out Kathleen Brandt's Five Steps Closer to Your Greek Ancestor.

Start planning your genealogy vacation now: Exploring Your Roots Cruise – two new genealogy cruises in 2011. Sign me up - I have yet to earn that "I'm on a Boat!" badge on Foursquare!

Joanne asks: Have You Cleaned Out Your Shoebox on Ancestry.com? It's been a seriously long time since I've done this, and with my husband and I both using the same account, I shudder to think what might be in there. Similarly, Joan Miller asks Where is Your Digital Shoebox? (Mine is also on Mozy.)

What do you do with your unlabeled photos? Melissa Mannon shares a story of one of hers in Shared Cultural Heritage: My Unlabeled History.

If you like old clocks, you'll love Nancy's Clock Builder Turns Back Time...

I've been enjoying Becky Jamison's touching story of how and why she created a genealogy book for her adopted son. This week, she shares Delivery of My Son’s Genealogy Book.

Deborah Large Fox reminds us to look carefully at what we've already got in WHAT CLUES MIGHT YOU BE MISSING?

From the "ewww" department: Boston 1775's Bathroom Break. Kids haven't changed much - this is still a pretty big concern.

Malissa Ruffner tells a sweet story of her family (with great photos) in El Paso Places.

Madaleine J. Laird shares some Central Coast secrets in Highlighting Hidden Collections on the Purple Heart Trail.

I'm pretty sure that the GEDCOM is as old as I am. Ok, maybe not that old, but at least as old as computers (not the really big ones). So you'll be happy to read DearMYRTLE's announcement, Build a BetterGEDCOM goes LIVE.

Don't be a sucker. The Chart Chick warns that we should Observe Safety Rule #1 for the Genealogy Internet Playground.

And don't miss footnoteMaven's Annotate Your Sources - It Can't Hurt And It Just Might Help.

The Last Byte

There were many, many posts about veteran ancestors this week in honor of Veterans Day. You can see the bunch at Geneabloggers, but here are a few that stood out for me:
Not being one to forget to honor veterans, my post will be coming later. I spent most of Veterans Day trying to explain the concept to a 4 year-old.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 5, 2010

I'm not sure why, but photos have really been "speaking to me" this week. It's no secret that I love photography - taking pictures, looking at pictures, sharing stories of pictures - but what you might not know is that I once toyed with the idea of turning pro. I know, I know... what was I thinking, right? And then the "good camera" broke, and there went my short-lived fantasy. Ah well. I'm content now to share my photos - and some fabulous photo finds from around the web - right here with you.

Photos I Liked:

Steve Danko shared some beautiful images from his trip to Brazil in Birds of Brasília (Hey, when did Steve go to Brazil? And why didn't the Stalkers Club notify me?).

Barbara Poole posted some gorgeous images of fall in New England in Looking Back. Oh, and she's offering $100 to anyone who can help her break down a brick wall or two!

If you've ever been struck by a photo-find in an antique shop, you'll love this one: Melissa Mannon's More Finds at the Local Antique Shop - Photographing Our Communities.

Haven't we all seen this look from our kids at least once? Wordless Wednesday - Please Mom No More Medicine by Leslie Ann.

As a former musician, I love old photos of bands, orchestras... anyone with an instrument. This one was no exception: Dial's Concert Orchestra posted by Sandusky History.

This one reminds me of The Sound of Music (or The Seven Little Foys?): Kristin's Wordless Wednesday - their own marching band. That's a lotta baritones going on there!

New images of 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, turned up this summer in the Smithsonian's archives. The "Undated! Unidentified! Unclothed" images can be seen at Speak Softly...

In the News:

In the not-too-distant future, Holographic Telecommuting May Soon Be Possible. Now, won't that be an awesome way to attend those genealogy distance-learning courses and conferences!

If you think your ancestors were aliens - of the extra-terrestrial variety - you might be able to locate them more easily now that Google Sky Adds Galaxy Clusters.

Chris at Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) brought some important news to our attention in Creative Commons new Public Domain Mark. If you license your work through Creative Commons, you'll want to check this one out.

From the Blogs:

The National Archives has started yet another blogging venture. Their newest, called The Text Message: The Blog of the Textual Archives Services Division at Archives II, is where members of the Textual Archives staff will share their reference and processing experiences. You'll love the quote by C. Herbert Finch.

Did you graduate from Providence High School (Chicago) in 1942? If so, teacher Margel would like to connect with you. She has shared some lovely photos of her mother's school days there in 1942 High School Memories.

Kathleen Brandt brings us up to speed on some old Virginia laws in "But, It Doesn't Follow Logic!" (Can't you just see Mr. Spock holding up his family tree saying these words?)

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, reminds us not to go it alone in Genealogy Resource: The Buddy System.

Can't find that old, family cemetery where great-great-great grandpa Rudy is buried? Get some tips from Kevin Lett in Genealogy Lesson 23 - Finding old cemeteries.

Frustrated by graves without markers (yeah, me too)? J.Geraghty-Gorman offers a beautiful tribute to her grandfather in Tombstone Tuesday: A different take: graves without tombstone. And is that background photo on her blog not the most amazing sight?

I've enjoyed Lisa Alzo's stories of her recent trip to Slovakia. This week, she says goodbye in Sojourn in Slovakia: Day 9 - Saying Farewell.

Need to flex your sleuthing skills? Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy is asking for help for reader Craig in Let's Send a WW2 American Marine's Dog Tags Home!

If you're feeling inspired by this week's election (or even if you're not), be sure to read Diane Haddad's tips for Tracing Ancestors in Voter Records.

Does your local genealogical society needs some extra cash for the holidays? Consider entering the World Archive's Project's World Record Challenge: Holiday 2010 Edition.

Did you miss the 99th Edition Carnival of Genealogy: Religious Rites? Catch up on all the wonderful posts here. I meant to point out Nolichucky Roots' Once upon a time or why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church in a Best Bytes a couple weeks ago, but went momentarily brain-dead and forgot. I'm so glad to see her post selected as the COG's featured article this month!

The Last Byte

Have you ever wondered when the first photo of a person was taken? Well, neither had I, until I saw the First Ever Photograph of a Human Being (if that's actually what it is). According to Michael Zhang of PetaPixel, because early images "required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene." Makes sense. The guy in this picture happened to be having his shoes shined, so he was able to be captured in the image. Wouldn't you know it: the photo was made in 1838 by photo-smarty-pants Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process of photography.

(Hat tip to Jane B. of ProGen 9 for this interesting information!)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Options Now Available for Reproductions of National Archives Holdings

The following news was announced by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today.

New Options Now Available for Reproductions of National Archives Holdings

Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has expanded the formats available to members of the public who wish to purchase copies of records from its holdings.

Copy options for immigration and naturalization records, land files, military service and pension records, court records, World War I draft registration cards, Native American records, census pages, and many other archival documents now include the possibility of purchasing a digitized version. The per-image fee for digital copies is the same as the per-page fee for paper copies. In addition, NARA now offers digitized duplication of its microfilm holdings, at an increased per roll rate. The digital copies that result from this new service are delivered via CD or DVD, depending upon file size. In most cases, the files are provided in a Portable Document Format (.pdf).

To order copies of NARA's holdings – including copies now available in digital form – use any one of the following methods:

1) Visit the National Archives online ordering system.

2) Download the appropriate form. For microfilm orders, researchers can use the online ordering system or they can download a paper form.

3) Contact the National Archives through the Inquire Form.

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NEHGS Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology

The following press release was received from the New England Historic Genealogical Society today.

Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology

Thursday, January 27th - Saturday January 29th
9:00AM- 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, "Effective Use of Technology," offers a variety of lectures surrounding "best practices" in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

For more information, visit our website at www.AmericanAncestors.org, or call Joshua Taylor at 617-226-1226.

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Wordless Wednesday: Trick or Treat!

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The above "Ladybug Princess" was photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, October 28 and 31, 2010, Santa Barbara Co., California.

About Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Election Day!

I normally don't discuss politics here on Little Bytes of Life, but I couldn't let today go by without stopping for a moment to say thank you to my ancestors who fought for our right to choose the people who govern us.

So, thank you to my ancestors Burwell Blanton, Leroy Taylor, William Hughes, Henricus Stonecipher, Shadrack Hale, and William Caul. And thanks also to my husband's ancestors Isham Lane, Simon Herring, Jr., and William Underhill. We appreciate your sacrifices, and know that freedom isn't - and wasn't - free.

As for me, I hand-carried my absentee ballot into the polling place this afternoon. I'm almost glad that I didn't mail it because I had the chance to take my daughter with me to see what voting is all about in person. She's too young to understand what's going on, of course, but the more she's exposed to it, the more she will realize just how important it is. Plus, she really liked getting an "I Voted" sticker.

After tonight's rocket launch, I'll be settling in for a long (or short?) night of watching election returns on TV. How about you?

Your opinion really does matter, so get out there and vote (it's not too late here in California)!

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DAR Offers Grants for Special Projects

Did you know that the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is offering grant funding to support projects in local communities which promote the organization's mission areas of historic preservation, education, and patriotism?

Examples of grant funding available include:
  • Historic Preservation - Restoration project in a historic building.
  • Education - Add building space to increase childrens books in a library or replace books in library destroyed by flood or tornado.
  • Patriotism - Erect a granite monument to veterans in a city park.
Non-profit 501(C)(3) entities may apply for these funds. Grants will be awarded for projects that relate directly to the DAR's mission and objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by DAR, and will be required to complete all projects within one year of the awarding of the grant.

For more information, please see http://www.dar.org/natsociety/specialprojectsgrants.cfm. Please direct inquiries to the National Chairman at dargrants@dar.org.

Download the Special Projects Grants brochure. (PDF)

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