Saturday, February 7, 2009

Weekly Rewind


Becky was our hostess at kinexxions for the 65th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: Happy Dance and there were 50 entrants! Stop by and thank Becky for her hard work and then read about all of the dancing that's been going on. Maybe you'll find a tip that leads to your next dance.

The next edition will be the 2nd annual iGene awards, The Best of the Best. Becky has all of the details and you can pick up a poster at footnote Maven. This is your chance to show off your best for the last year. The next edition will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.

There are several other carnival deadlines fast approaching and even though Miriam's shoulder is keeping her from blogging right now she still posted the February 2009 Calendar of Events at AnceStories.

Great Reads

Thomas has a great tutorial at Bootcamp for Genea-Bloggers that will show you how to add links to your comments. Check it out and then try it out by leaving comments on all of your favorite blogs!

I spent a couple of hours in the dentist's chair this week so I found Randy's post at Genea-Musings about the dentistry our ancestors may have suffered through very timely and interesting.

I've been reading the Manley Stacey Civil War Letters which are being transcribed by Marty, as a service project for the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. The first 15 of over 200 letters are currently available. Most of the letters were sent to Manley's family in Lyons, NY, the town my parents lived in just after their marriage. Hat tip to Sharon Williams' Chicago History blog.

Grab a box of tissues and head over to Generations Gone By for a very beautiful and touching memorial.

Until I read "John Henry was hammering" by Dave Taber at Appalachian History, I really knew nothing of John Henry other than the folk song that I heard as a child and only vaguely remember.

Terry Thornton shared an interesting document regarding child support in the 1880's at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi.

Patricia Johnson has a delightful family story, "Jack, Jim, The Dungeness Crab and The Neighbor Boys", at Patricia Craig Johnson's Genealogy Blog.

Janet Iles, at Janet the Researcher, shared her power point presentation, "Blogging for Genealogists." She did a great job and covered things I would have overlooked.

At Walking the Berkshires, Tim has a great series on Captain Molly Corbin, the first woman in American history awarded a military pension in recognition of her heroic deeds in battle and his search for her husband.

I'd like to take my daughter and granddaughter to visit my mother so we can take the picture suggested by Gini at Ginisology. Read Grandma's Hands - Author Unknown.

My Week

This was not a very good week for genealogy. I found a few census records and submitted some name corrections to I tried to add some new information to my database in FTM 2008 with much frustration. I spent several hours poking around and reading books at Internet Archive and I found all kinds of interesting things but so far nothing that helps advance my research. With several carnivals coming up that I want to participate in I need to get writing!


Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Work have kindly given me some time to do some more genealogy work... We've all had our hours reduced. Good in one way, but not in another!

Thanks for the great reads, I'll work my wya through them as they sound interesting.

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I'm very sorry you've had your hours cut! I hope things recover world wide very soon. I am looking forward to to reading about your new discoveries though ;-)

Terry Thornton said...

Thanks APPLE for including that child support document in your roundup. It was interesting --- and unlike any document I'd ever read before. Researcher Lori Thornton helped me solve the mystery of who the folks were --- but I'm still not telling because of the sensitive nature of the information and because it is not that far into the past.

Terry Thornton
Fulton, MS

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I think you were right to leave out the names. The history of the document was what was interesting. Thanks for sharing it.