September 2013 Seton Shields Genealogy Grant Awarded

September's grant recipient is Kim Ostermyer of The Wyoming Room (an extension of the Sheridan (Wyoming) Fulmer Public Library).  The room is a substantial research facility and unique in the region, serving historians, genealogists and the local municipality.  The funds have been designated to acquire a portable scanner and scanner mouse which will be used to digitize and catalog Sheridan, Wyoming City directories. Using OCR software, the images will then be placed in a searchable engine to assist researchers in locating specific information about residents and businesses.

Cause of death pedigree

OK, this is definitely twisted, but I blame it on Judy Russell, who in turn blames it on Nathan Murphy. And if you're going to share something morbid, you might as well do it on Halloween. 

At any rate, this is a cause of death pedigree for my family back through my great-grandparents. I really should do another generation because I know I'd hit the era of consumption, Bright's disease, and other ailments that slightly befuddle us today, but I'll leave it at this for the moment. 

So of 13 deaths, there are five from cancer (never the same kind twice), five from heart/cardiac conditions (mostly heart attacks), a pair of stroke/hemorrhage passings, and one murder. At least some of the cancers were environmentally caused, and since I'm not, say, a smoker or coal miner, I can see what the odds suggest for me when my time comes. They say knowledge is power. It's also a little scary sometimes. Maybe I should back up another generation so I can at least reassure myself that typhus and cholera aren't in my future. Happy Mortal Halloween!

Genealogy Round Up, October 21

Cool! "Retirees" buying indie bookstores! This is the kind of trend I like to see. As indie bookstores hang in, owning one becomes the new fantasy career.

Hey, if you're near Pensacola, FL on Nov 9th, come join us for a day of genealogy! This is my last time speaking for quite a while! To register, visit this link and click on Nov 9 entry. Hope to see you there! And please let your FL/AL/LA/GA/MS friends know, too!

Well, I can't afford to buy a castle to celebrate my Irish ancestry, but at least I have friends with one (Turin Castle Mayo! Rich Americans Snap Up Irish Castles for Love and Discounts

Wow, FamilySearch is partnering with everyone these days. MyHeritage and now . . . DC Thomson Family History (formerly Brightsolid) & to make billions of records available.

Who knew? Russia has (or at least, had) its own version of "Who Do You Think You Are?" featuring Russian celebs.

Gets a little more convincing toward the end. 

Genealogy Round Up, October 14

Thanks a million to the wonderful team at Legacy Family Tree (Geoff, Tanya, Dave, Pegi, Ken, Diane, Christy, and everyone else) and the almost 400 genealogical cruisers for an amazing two weeks in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and at sea! Brian and I had a blast!

Cool article in this month's CostCo Connection (p. 100 if you have the hard copy!). Delighted to be interviewed. Am a long-time customer of CostCo's so it was a kick!

Pls join me on 11/9 in FL! Pinellas Genealogy Society: Megan Smolenyak to Speak at Pensacola

Wrong message to send during The Gathering. Irish Roots via @IrishTimes

Genealogy Round Up, September 23

Not long now until the Legacy Family Tree cruise! Looking forward to seeing lots of my fellow genealogists there!

Charming video from The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. - 93-year-old goes to Ellis Island to learn more about her mother's journey to America.

Simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming. Portrait Takes Unlikely Float Back To Family Member.

If you're into genetic genealogy, you might enjoy this video. Just click through to the article. Thanks!

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin?

Hey, if you're near Pensacola, FL on Nov 9th, come join us for a day of genealogy! To register, go here and click on Nov 9 entry. Hope to see you there!

Genealogy Round Up, September 16

Great piece re: Unclaimed Persons! (if link only gives you part of the article and asks you to subscribe to see the rest, go to Google News and search "unclaimed persons" - that should give you access to whole article.

Hope to see some of you in Pensacola, FL on Nov 9th! Please scroll down and click on Nov 9th event for .pdf with program and registration form. Thanks!

Grant Money for Genealogy Initiatives - Seriously.

Apply here for genealogy grants! Check out the previous 165 awardees!