You may remember my post about Find My Past’s Labor Day sale on their yearly membership. After some deliberation, I took them up on their offer, and have occasionally found info there.
Researching overseas is brand new to me however, and “getting the hang” of searching records I’ve never used before has been a wee bit daunting.
So I’ve appreciated the emails I’ve received from Find-My-Past with helpful articles, videos, and tips.
What does all this have to do with Boston Banning Christmas, you ask?!
Their latest email included a video link which led me to this blog subject:
When Boston banned Christmas
The photo at the top says they can’t exchange gifts or even greetings, can’t dress in fine clothing, can’t enjoy feasting, because these are all Satanical practices!
It starts with the following sentence:
Can you imagine receiving a stiff fine
for wishing someone Merry Christmas?
For a look at 16th century Bostonians, read FindMyPast’s blog post.
Then exercise your freedom of speech and wish someone a Merry Christmas!
Holly leaves and berries from webweaver’s free clipart
Thanksgiving is a gathering day for family, food and fun. Those who are close assume they may be in the same place at a certain time. Relatives farther away look forward to reuniting with their family or friends around a bountiful table.
Most of us are busy on this holiday set aside for gratefulness. But besides being thankful, I urge you to share your bounty with others.
Not just sharing your food with relatives, or your money dropped in a Salvation Army bucket. I’m talking about your talents, your time, a good attitude, or even a smile.
Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down,
but an encouraging word brings him joy.1
Be thankful while you’re enjoying family, food and fun.
And don’t forget to share a smile or even an encouraging word with those you meet.
1-Proverbs 12:25 [NET]
Happy Veteran’s Day to all military veterans, whether currently serving or retired.
The following taken from John F. Kennedy’s remarks at West Point to the Graduating Class of the U.S. Military Academy:
…And you will recall, I am sure, the lines found in an old sentry box in Gibraltar:
God and the soldier all men adore
In time of trouble–and no more,
For when war is over, and all things righted,
God is neglected–and the old soldier slighted.
…You and I leave here today to meet our separate responsibilities, to protect our Nation’s vital interests by peaceful means if possible, by resolute action if necessary. And we go forth confident of support and success because we know that we are working and fighting for each other and for all those men and women all over the globe who are determined to be free. 1
For every soldier who has left home to fight for his country, we feel a great debt of gratitude. This special day reminds us yet again how much we owe each one.
If you’re a vet, or you know a vet, please check this out:
We appreciate what you did, and these places acknowledge your service and sacrifice.
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According to the blog on Family Search, today is National Teddy Bear Day. How cool is that – I never knew there was such a day.
They suggest celebrating the memories of your childhood Teddy Bear. I did not have a teddy bear during my childhood, but I did have a teddy bear given me during my sophomore year of college. I don’t think that counts as childhood though!
However I do have memories of one when I was a kid. There was a teddy bear on my parents’ bed. It was an adorable “small-ish” brown bear, probably about 15″ tall. It had a bow around it’s neck and was quite attractive to me as a toddler. Every once in a while, I’d take it off the bed to play with it.
Unfortunately, every time I did that, I got reprimanded either with a swat on the butt (from my Mom), or an all-and-all-out spanking (from my Father). Eventually I learned not to pick up the cute little bear, not even if I was sitting on the bed and only wanted to play make-believe with it.
When I got older they told me the bear belonged to my Father when he was a kid. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t play with it since he never did! But I learned my lesson at a young age: Don’t touch it. Do not even go near the darling little bear.
Both of my parents have now passed over. I still have no clue why the bear was so special to my Father but I’m sure there’s a story behind that forbidden object. Too bad my interest in genealogy and gathering stories wasn’t earlier in my adult life, before an interesting tidbit of my Father’s childhood was lost.
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It’s a new year.
Time to turn over a new leaf, make new plans, accomplish different goals….get back into genealogy!
The unplanned hiatus is over, thanks to The Genealogy Girl’s gentle nudging. So one of my bigger goals is to return to my genealogy research as well as blogging.
Although genealogy research (and blogging) fell by the wayside, I did continue to attend webinars, and learned a lot of new things. Here are some of the ones I enjoyed the most in the last three months:
- A Library at Your Fingertips – the Internet Archive by Maureen Taylor
- Overcoming Destroyed or Missing Records by Karen Clifford
- Welcome to FamilySearch Indexing! by Devin Ashby
- Tracking Migration Using the Draper Manuscripts by Mary Hill
- Using Evernote for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cook
- Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Thomas MacEntee
- Can You Hear Me Now? Voice Recognition Software for Genealogists by Luana Darby
All of the above webinars are available in the Family Tree Webinars Archive.
The dive into DNA occurred during that last quarter of 2014, and now we are awaiting the results and maybe some matches. Hopefully new cousins will pop up along the way.
The new year holds much promise for genealogy research and discoveries.
Did you know May 30 is the old traditional day to celebrate Memorial Day? Are you old enough to remember celebrating on May 30?! In 1971 Congress passed the law to set the holiday on the last Monday in May. So Happy Memorial Day again!
On this traditional day which used to be called Decoration Day, I’m posting about a new webpage that could help you find information about your ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
Yesterday I wrote about an article I found on Family Search’s blog. Of course you use Family Search in your genealogy research. But do you follow their blog?
If you don’t check in with Family Search’s blog regularly, you could be missing important updates to their website, or postings of recently added collections.
Don’t know how to find their blog? If you’re like me when you visit Family Search, you probably go directly to their search feature.
But I also read their blog frequently to see what’s happening and especially to see what new collections have been added. Scroll to the bottom of any of their pages and you’ll see a link for the blog.
In checking their blog, I found these recent topics:
- Family History Research Keeps Getting Easier! (my blog post yesterday)
- The Family History Library Announces Free Classes and Events for June
- Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers
- Memorial Day—A Day of Remembering
- Happy 15th Birthday FamilySearch!
- Gracias, Obrigado, THANK YOU!
- The Joy of a Signature
All great reads. But I was most excited to see:
Yippee! More military records!! Since I have some relatives that fought in the Civil War, I’m anxious to check these recently added collections to see if I can put “more flesh on their bones.”
Not only that, there’s a new FamilySearch Civil-War landing page. It’s described as providing a quick overview of the vast array of historic records and aids for those researching casualties and veterans of the Civil War. Our nation is still in the middle of celebrating The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Whether you’re a certified genealogist or just beginning your genealogy quest (and everyone else in between), there is always something new you can learn. It is my firm belief, “If you quit learning, your genealogy wheels quit turning!”
So I was interested to see what they had to share.
A long list of their collections related to the Civil War. A Family Search Wiki specifically about the Civil War (love their wikis). Faces of the Civil War — could you be related to one of these famous faces?
And research courses. Oh boy! Multimedia courses, available at your convenience. Free online courses, taught by experts to help you discover more about your ancestors in the Civil War.
Looks like I got a nudge in what direction my genealogy research may be heading in the near future!
If you have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, or think you might have ancestors who fought, go take a look around. And let us know what you find there about your relatives.
Discover the heroes in your family history
Dropped in on MyHeritage.com last night, and they’re offering free access to millions of US military records from Friday through Monday. It supposedly covers nearly everything from the Revolutionary War up to Korean and Viet Nam War records.
Don’t know about you, but I haven’t found a whole lot of military records for my ancestors. Maybe this is the week-end for me to make more discoveries in that area.
I hunted for four different relatives last night, all of whom I had found military service records in Ancestry, and nothing matched in my searches so far.
I’m not familiar with My Heritage, other than hearing it mentioned in passing. If you’ve used MyHeritage before, perhaps you can share some tips? Let me know if you find any of your ancestors during their free access week-end.
Back in the last century (when I was just a kid), even tho the holiday was listed on the calendar as Memorial Day, my elder relatives called it “Decoration Day”. They planned for days and picked their flowers the night before to decorate their relatives’ graves.
We always had a parade early in the morning on Memorial Day. Usually kids on their bicycles were first. We all used crepe paper and whatever else we could scrounge up to decorate our bikes. If we had younger brothers or sisters, they got pushed in a stroller that was also decorated.
Behind us came cars: the newer the better! Because I grew up in farming country, behind the cars came the farm tractors. I couldn’t tell an old tractor from a new tractor at that time, but I could see how each farmer beamed as his farming implement putt-putted down Main Street!
Bringing up the rear of the parade were the firetrucks. The community was very proud of their firetrucks and volunteer firemen. The parade always ended up at the cemetery where there was a small ceremony, usually a preacher gave a small speech and a very long prayer, or so it seemed to me as a child.
Then all the adults spread across our small rural cemetery to decorate the graves. Although I was drafted to help carry flowers or haul water, I paid little attention to where these graves were. Sometimes my Great Aunts planted flowers around their relatives’ markers. Or weeded around the headstone that may have been overgrown from the year before.
As I became older, the larger towns I lived in didn’t have Memorial Day parades, just a “placing of a wreath” at some square or War Memorial statue. Eventually I forgot the purpose of Memorial Day. It became the unofficial first day of summer, when cabins were opened, boats removed from storage, or lawn mowers dug out of the far recesses of the garage.
After my older relatives and parents died, and I become interested in genealogy, I started looking up the graves of some of my ancestors. I felt a need to decorate their graves, as my Great Aunts had done when I was younger. Unfortunately there are more rules now than there were when I was a child. Or perhaps it’s just because most of the cemeteries around me now are larger. I can’t plant in the ground. And I must follow certain rules, add decorations only during certain months, and remove them before certain months.
In a way, I wax nostalgic over Memorial Day and long for the tricycles and bicycles and lawn mowers and tractors in a small town parade, back when life was simpler. And you could dig a hole and put a live plant beside your relatives’ gravestone.
This week-end I will go out and place flags by my relatives who proudly served our country. And I will “plant” a bunch of plastic flowers by their wives and children not because it’s all they deserve, but it’s all I’m allowed to do.
I hope you have relatives buried near you that you can decorate. And please don’t forget our veterans. After all, that was the original purpose of this holiday, to honor their service to our country.