Showing posts from April, 2017

Genealogy Connection at the Car Dealership

So here's my Serendipitous Saturday event of yesterday...

Hubby's 10 year old car was ready to bite the dust.  In the past week the gas cap refused to come off, the driver's visor fell out, the windshield wiper fluid wouldn't pump out and the air stopped working. Definitely time for a trade in!

He absolutely loved the car so he considered getting those things fixed but when we started tallying up the price, decided to invest that money towards a new vehicle.  He wanted the same make and model since it had been such a low maintenance car but we couldn't agree on a price at the dealership, which was ironic because the by line is they never let a customer down.

We drove to another dealership where I had purchased a car two years ago and as we were negotiating, I heard a deep voice say, "I'm Croatian."  This totally distracted me from the sales person for several reasons.  First, I am Croatian and I only know of one other person of Croatian descent in …

Robert Flenner Honored by The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

Last fall I blogged about my search for relatives of Robert Flenner, a police officer who died in 1908 from injuries received in the line of duty.  The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund contacted me after finding Robert in my public tree.  Robert married a woman who was the grand daughter of a Harbaugh; I have completed a surname study of all Harbaughs in the U.S. so that's why Robert was in my tree.  

After blogging about my hunt to find living relatives I was contacted by a great grand daughter of the couple.  She and her father will attend the ceremony.  

I'm sure other relatives of Robert are out there and I wanted to make sure that it's not to late to attend in spirit if not in flesh.  Here's the link to attend the service virtually:

"Patrolman Robert Flenner’s summary has been included on the Memorial website at:

You may join us via live webcast for the Candlelight Vigil which will be hel…

National DNA Day

On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick's article, "The Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids:  A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid," was published in Nature.1  Thus began the DNA revolution.

In honor of that anniversary, Thomas MacEntee has deemed April 25th as DNA Day and other organizations have come forward to offer sales and specials that may be of interest to you (Think of this as a genealogist's own President's Day sale!)'s price is $79.00.  The offer ends April 26th.  AncestryCanada price is 30% off ; AncestryUK is 25% off

MyHeritage is also offering kits for $79.00 but will bundle a kit with a subscription for even greater savings.

23 and Me is offering free shipping on their $99.00 autosomal kit with 10% off an additional kit

FamilyTreeDNA is offering Family Finder kits for $59.00

The last time these prices were this low was during the 2016 Holiday shopping season.

1 Watson, James D., and Francis Crick. "Molecular Struc…

Preserving Old Furniture

Besides family stories, photos and documents, my husband and I are fortunate to have several furniture pieces that have been passed down to us by ancestors.  Unfortunately, a bedroom set that once belonged to my mother began to show its age – it looked dull and small scratches appeared on the top of the dresser.  My kids insist the house ghost decided to leave us an undecipherable message, however, it looks to me like someone, once upon a time, wrote a note on top which left a minor imprint on the finish that became visible with age. We can't read most of the letters but a H, A and L are visible. I didn’t want the furniture refinished but I did want to prevent it from further fading and minimize the scratches.  Last December, we visited a local antique store that carried a product that the owner swore would do the job for us.  With less than a $10.00 investment we thought, why not?! Hubby tried it on the dresser as soon as we returned home and we were disappointed that there was …

Genealogy Throw Back Idea That Worked!

I definitely went old school genealogy this week and like back in the day, it worked!  I'm still heavily researching my Duer lines and after meeting someone from Trumbull County, Ohio at a local genealogy meeting a few months ago, decided I should join from afar, the Trumbull County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society.

On Tuesday I received the first newsletter in the mail and I was listed on the first page, along with other new members.  In the back of the newsletter was a list of surnames that members were researching.  No one was looking for Byrds and Duers but there were several who were researching Morrisons.

Now Morrison is way too common of a last name so I wasn't counting on finding much for John and Eleanor (Jackson) Morrison but leaving no stone unturned, promptly emailed two of the three individuals listed.  I'm going to have to go really primitive with the third person - no email address was provided but there was an address and a snail mail letter has to …

More Genealogy Tips Based on Renovation Musings

If you've been following my Genealogy At Heart blog, you know that hubby and I have been in the "middle" of major home remodeling which we began the day after Thanksgiving.  When I say middle I really mean it - we're half way done.  Through this chaotic journey I've been able to apply quite a few lessons learned from the experience to genealogy which I wrote about a few weeks ago.

On Palm Sunday, our adult kids planned to come over and we were going to take a much needed respite from the renovations to attend a local art show.  To plan that in, we worked hard the previous day as we hoped that the hardwood floors would FINALLY be installed in the upcoming week.  For that to happen, we needed to finish prepping; we had some minor holes to fill in the concrete and to tile the entry stoop.

I'm a list person - I love to organize via writing and then cross out items when the task is complete.  I've used technology but for this major project, reverted back to…

New Irish Records Finding Aid

Do you have Irish roots?  If so, you need to know about a wonderful document that was released last month.  The List of Church of Ireland Parish Register that was once an in-house document compiled by the Public Records Office of Ireland is now updated and available to the general public for free.

I especially love the "Comment" section, key and the color coding which makes finding what you need and where it's located easier.  This 96 page pdf may be just what you need to discover your Irish lines' baptism, marriage and burial records.  ádh mór!

Our Ancestor's First Names

I recently read an interesting article about trending baby names.  Supposedly, 36 baby names are endangered, meaning that they haven't been registered since January 1st of this year on a website for pregnant women.  Not that it means they are going extinct, mind you, but it does mean that families who frequent that particular website aren't planning on using names that many of us are familiar with.
Here's the list of names:
AngelaBertramBeverleyCecilCarolClarenceCliveCyrilDebraDianeDonnaDeanDorisDennisDerekDuncanElaineErnestGeoffreyHoraceJoanneLeonardMaureenMalcolmNigelNevillePaulaRoySallySandraSharonSheilaTraceyWendyYvonneWayneAs a  baby boomer, I went to school with lots of Carols, Debras, Dianes, Maureens, Paulas, Sallys, and Sandras.  I have relatives named Joanne and Sharon.  I work with Angelas, Traceys and Wendys.  Dated a Wayne once - we won't go there.  Lived next door to a Beverly and Doris.  
From this data I have a hunch that millenials may not be using fami…

Musing About Life Lessons Learned That Apply to Genealogy

It's been a slow week genealogywise for me as I've been consumed with the house renovations and an increased workload at my educator job.  I thought I'd have difficulty coming up with a blog but instead I'm bursting with lessons learned from those situations that apply to genealogy.

With renovations, there is a lot of moving of "stuff" around as we empty one area of the house with the goal of making it an improved place.  It's a total pain to have to physically move items. I also realized I have a lot of things that I no longer use so I'm donating or pitching as I go (or pawning off on my children).  This got me thinking about genealogy practices...

I used to have alot of stuff I took with me when I researched; I carried my clunky laptop, notebook, charts, lots of pencils, a camera, phone, stickees, and thumbdrives.  It was a workout just getting into an archive.  I've streamlined considerably and find I can simply take my Kindle, phone, a mechan…