Friday, January 14, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of January 14, 2011

My first computer was one of these: an Apple Macintosh 512K.

I'm happy to say that VFH (Virus From Hell) seems to have finally left our house... and my body. My voice isn't completely back to normal, and I still do have the occasional sore throat (which may be from having to tell my daughter NO so many times a day - loudly), but for the most part, I'm feeling much better.

The bad news is that my daughter has yet another runny nose, so this feeling better thing might not last long. Seriously though, what can I do to keep my kid from catching every single germ that crosses her path (and giving it to me)? Yes, we wash hands (just shy of OCD), use antibacterial gel, take vitamins... all that good stuff. I even tried Zicam as VFH was making it's first noises last month. Nothing helps. And at this point, I'm game for almost anything.

I hope you're all staying well out there!

In the News

Remember when Y2K was going to mean the end of the world as we knew it? Top 10 Tech Scares of the Decade

I loved this trip down memory lane: Click! A Brief History of Computing.

Ladies, did you have the scary and invasive amniocentesis when you were pregnant? Thankfully, this test may no longer be necessary - DNA Test to Diagnose Down Syndrome Babies in Expectant Mothers

If only great-great grandma was a drooler: Forensic Test to Identify Hair Color From DNA

In other DNA news, Consumers not fazed by DNA health results. These would be consumers who did not find a cousin in a genetic genealogy test, I assume.

Not new, but new to me: I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

Virginia genies might be interested in this one: Puller Introduces Bill to Make October Family History Month

Only in L.A.: 1800s-era skeletons discovered as crews build L.A. heritage center

If you're going to be in South Carolina this weekend, stop by Cowpens National Battlefield for the 230th Anniversary Celebration activities. More information here and here.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Civil War, has dedicated a portion of their web site to The Civil War at 150.

Also happening in 2011 is the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth. The AOTUS tells us a little about the importance of records in Celebrating Ronald Reagan.

Interesting tips/thoughts on census research: What the census can teach us about ourselves

As if your virtual farm, cafe, and/or city didn't already keep you busy enough: Orem company creates genealogy game for Facebook.

And I thought I was a strict parent: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.

If you need funding for your historic preservation project, check out Announces Grant to Fund Family and Cultural History Projects. Also, the Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR) are accepting applications until February 1, 2011 for their Special Projects Grants program. Don't miss out on these opportunities!

From the Blogs

Genealogists are all young at heart, but unfortunately not always young chronologically. If you're between the ages of 18-25, and would like a little financial assistance to help you attend the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California, don't miss the opportunity to apply for the The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant offered by The Family Curator.

Was your ancestor a crook? If so, you'll be wanting those court records! Check out Craig Manson's Finding Federal Court Records for Free [Mostly!] on GeneaBlogie.

I'm so happy to see Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire posting again! I enjoyed her tribute to Concord New Hampshire Educator, Sharon Christa (Corrigan) McAuliffe (1948-1986). January 28, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, and event that my husband witnessed in person. Gone, but not forgotten.

I've been wondering this myself - The Ancestry Insider explains Where Did the IGI Go?

Genealogists are passionate about cemeteries, especially when they fall to decay. Melissa Mannon discusses the current condition of Copp's Hill Burying Ground in Boston in Gravestones - Losing Historical Artifacts and Objects of Remembrance at ArchivesInfo.

If you've got polish ancestry, you'll want to read Donna Pointkouski's review of the site Geneteka in Finding Polish Records Online at What's Past is Prologue.

2010 was a big year for genetic research and discoveries - The Spittoon shares Our Top Ten for 2010.

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Claudia's Genealogy Blog said...

Keep everyone's toothbrush apart, and purchase new ones after each respiratory infection.

Get disposable drinking cups for waters. Clean off the door knobs and stair railings, disinfect the remote and computer mouse and keyboard.

Best suggestions I can come up with.

Heather Rojo said...

Elizabeth, I loved all your links, and there were many blogs new to me. Especially Archives Info and the story about Copp's Hill Burial Ground, where I have several ancestors buried. However, just a few blocks away there is a burial ground on Boston Common that is in such decay it would make you weep. I can hardly walk by without shuddering at the broken and vandalized stones. And at the Granary Burial ground, located between Copp's Hill and the Common (where "Mother Goose" and Ben Franklin's parents are buried) it is in such disrepair that a tourist fell through a crypt last summer. Scary. Other cities would love to have such sites fromt the 1600s and 1700s, and here they are ignored.

TCasteel said...

When there's a bug going through our house I run the toothbrushes through the dishwasher.
Don't you just have those winter germs.
Theresa (Tangled Trees)

Zach said...

when illness come all the time... you need to think about food allergies, especially with children. I also have two friends who had years of sinus issues and surgeries, just to find out they were allergic to eggs, wheat and dairy!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Claudia - DUH! Great idea about the toothbrushes! I threw all of ours out and replaced with new ones! I do need to get busy and disinfect everything else though. Sigh...

Heather - Glad you enjoyed the links. That's terrible news about the other cemeteries in Boston. I haven't been there in about 15 years, but I always thought they looked pretty well cared for. Sad to hear that they've fallen into such decay. Sounds like someone should start making some noise about it???

Theresa - Yes, there aren't enough hateful words to describe how much I hate being sick (especially at Christmas). It's so hard with a little one in the house because they pick up germs wherever they go. Bleh.

Zach - we do have several food allergies in the family, but I think we've identified most, if not all of them, and keep the offenders away. My husband had years of sinus issues and lost his hearing as a kid due to a milk allergy. He got most of his hearing back after going off milk products, but still... scary. My daughter's not "technically" allergic to milk, so her doctor says, but she breaks out in hives when she drinks it. Go figure!

hummer said...

Elizabeth, you might try feeding the family high beta carotene foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, to boost the immune system. It really does help.