22 April 2015

NATIVE AMERICAN COUNCIL OFFERING AMNESTY TO 240 MILLION ILLEGAL WHITE IMMIGRANTS IN US : MY OWN LITTLE WARPATH

CITYWORLD NEWS - NATIVE AMERICAN OFFER AMNESTY TO MILLIONS  full article

EXCERPTS

The Native American National Council will offer amnesty to the estimated 240 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States....

“We will give Europeans the option to apply for Native Citizenship,” explained Chief Sauti of the Nez Perce tribe. “To obtain legal status, each applicant must write a heartfelt apology for their ancestors’ crimes, pay an application fee of $5,000, and, if currently on any ancestral Native land, they must relinquish that land to NANC or pay the market price, which we decide.

“Any illegal European who has a criminal record of any sort, minus traffic and parking tickets, will be deported back to their native land. Anybody with contagious diseases like HIV, smallpox, herpes, etc, will not qualify and will also be deported.”


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When I saw this headline I thought it was a joke.  And I'm still not sure it isn't.  I think it was meant as humor or jest.  I realize it was said to make a point.  The worst thing about it is Anti White Racist.  The kind of Racism that is politically correct these days.

So here's the thing.  I'm one of millions of American's whose ancestors did not own slaves, were not slaves, were not Native American, and did nothing to move or otherwise kill Native Americans.  Yes I am sure.  My bloodline wasn't here early enough to participate. 

So where did this fellow get his figure of 240 million?

What does he plan for the millions who are part Native American by blood?  Will they get a discount?


Will we all have to present our genealogies to some Native American council to prove we have nothing to apologize for?  (Did you know that the Nazi's expected people to turn over their genealogies to prove they had no Jewish blood?)

I've read around and took a college course or two about Native American history and culture and spirituality and know enough to know that all tribes were not - as they seem to be today - united.  In fact some of them battled each other historically, often for resources.  Early settlers who were farm steading and pioneering were, in general, shocked by Native American tactics which seemed excessively brutal compared to the European standards of battle at the time, which felt almost gentlemanly to them in comparison. An example was that some Native Americans killed not just men who were not at war with them, but women and children in attacks that spread fear across the land. 

I've read about the Trail of Tears; one family I researched for had ancestors who were both marched and pointing the guns, as well as some who hid in the hills because before 1840 they were already intermarried with Natives.

It's a stereotype to think that Native Americans were all smoking "peace pipes" and getting along because they were not.  That is all newish as is the New Age adoption and interpretation of the religious beliefs of various tribes. There were more tribes with variant cultures in California and the resources were so good that they seem not to have fought each other for them but some tribes were famous for stealing from other tribes.  And now with gambling and casinos legal on reservations there are issues arising about who can benefit.

When someone tells me they are Native American I ask WHAT TRIBE(S)?  Because I still want to help and direct them towards the best resources for them.  If someone tells me that they want to prove their Native Americaness in order to get tribal benefits including casino rights, I will do my best, but I know that it may take more than the documentation.

Who is Native American and on what basis is now also challenged by DNA tests.


I have no "ancestral crimes" to apologize for here in the US and besides the Biblical "sins of the fathers" warning, I'm not sure ANYONE is responsible for ANYONE ELSE's SOUL - Behavior - or Crimes, unless maybe were talking parents being responsible for their children. 

But let's say that you're doing your genealogy and you find out that someone whose blood flows through you was a criminal back in the day.  They were arrested.  They died in prison.  There is nothing you can do about the past but try to learn from it and try to do better.  I've met those people who unveiled a family secret, that someone killed their wife - domestic violence - or that they were a Nazi.  I even worked with one woman who was pretty sure that she was the result of a Nazi breeding program.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT NOW?

I've helped Native Americans with their genealogy and also have helped White people who know or suspect they are part Native American - even before there was DNA tests.  I've reached out to tribes for help on their end for others who want to track family history and rarely gotten any response.

The question of diseases is also controversial.  I've heard it repeatedly that Whites deliberately killed off Native Americans with smallpox.  This is part of something that can be considered anti-White racism even if it is repeated by college professors with agendas or even printed in some bad books. 

I've heard Whites don't get and die of smallpox and were thus only carriers.  That they went as far as to give Native Americans blankets full of the disease.

THIS DOES NOT HOLD UP SCIENTIFICALLY nor BY DOCUMENTS.

Some of my own White ancestors in the European Country of Hungary are documented to have died of smallpox.  There were horrible killing epidemics there and in other "White" countries.  I've seen Church records of all sorts of epidemics sweeping through Europe... you turn the page and dozens are dying off - cholera - typhus. A village of 200 houses and 50 people are dead in a month or two.  Let's remember the misunderstood plagues.  Medical science is still trying to figure out the flu that killed off millions in the early 20th century.  My own ancestors were spared that though they said that ALL THEIR NEIGHBORS LOST AT LEAST ONE FAMILY MEMBER.  They credited that a priest had blessed their house and marked the door.

There were also smallpox and other epidemics that killed White European people in early America, including the Philadelphia of our founding fathers.  PEOPLE WERE SO FRIGHTENED OF CATCHING IT THAT THEY WOULD ABANDON DIEING FAMILY and come back only after they were dead to bury them.  Ignorance about disease was prevalent then.  We know so much more now.  And with our scientific knowledge we should reconsider repeating this ignorance. Yes, people who have never been exposed to a disease before are often going to die from it, with no "natural resistance" at all.  We await "natural resistance" to Ebola!

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15 April 2015

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN- AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. AN ELECTRIC MIND. - DVD FILM REVIEW by ANCESTRY WORSHIP GENEALOGY

 
PBS VIDEO
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.  AN ELECTRIC MIND.
 
Benjamin Franklin is one of my favorite American Historical Figures but before watching this film my reference for him came from a series about the Presidents of the United States, which he was never though highly involved in colonial history, and his time as an envoy for the Colonies in Paris, France, history classes, reading around him and reading one of his books.  The thing I most love about Franklin is his willingness to experiment and invent and his sense of humor.
 
This is a four part series that begins with his humble beginnings, covers an era from 1706-1753 when he became a printer and publisher in Philadelphia and his scientific experiments with electricity and lightening.  As a publisher wanting to sell newspapers he invented a much older woman character and wrote opinion from her point of view. His invention of the lightening rod is still used all over the world today.  A point well made is that our ideas about Franklin and our images of him come from his senior hood but was once a young handsome man about town and his genius was apparent early on.
 
Franklin was a bit promiscuous before he married but seems to have married well when it came to his choice of a wife, Deborah.  When his mind turned towards marriage and children, his mind turned towards making money as a necessity of life, rather than for grandeur. When he was successful he took a departure from the circumstances of his early life and became an influential person but you could say that he was never in any of it just for the money. 
 
From 1755-1776  Franklin lived separate of his faithful, loyal, and capable wife, Deborah.  He lived in London, never knowing when exactly he was coming back, and indeed she died before he got back to Philadelphia, so theirs was a long distance relationship kept together by letters.  His son went to London with him and distanced himself from his humble background in America, which increasingly caused a split between father and son in their world view, especially when it came to the independence of the Colonies from England.  His son was a Loyalist.  They never resolved their differences.
 
It wasn't until the American Revolution in 1776 that the Franklin that I most knew about, the diplomat to France during the American Revolution who hung out with aristocrats aiming to please him and attempted to get funding for the revolution from the French government/King, the one portrayed as enjoying the women, came to be.  He returned to the United States in 1790 but is credited with playing a very important role in creating our Constitution.  In this film the idea that in his last years of life he was a womanizer is questioned and downplayed.  Franklin is quoted at being amused by the way the French offered themselves and their women to him because they had heard he liked the ladies, as if he is surprised by it.  The indication is that his involvement was greatly exaggerated.  Perhaps a more Puritan or Protestant viewpoint of his behavior was in play.

All in all, one for my home collection.

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14 April 2015

LITHUANIAN JEWISH ARCHIVES ONLINE ARCHIVE PROJECT -YIVO SAYS IT WILL TAKE 7 YEARS

YAHOO - LITHUANIA LOST JEWISH ARCHIVES TO GO ONLINE

EXCERPTS

With brushes, erasers and glue, archivists are now hard at work to prepare them for digitizing, in both Vilnius and at the New York-base YIVO Institute for Jewish Research that has spearheaded the bid to reunite the "lost" collection.                              
The aim is to put the more than one million manuscripts online in a digital archive highlighting pre-war Jewish life in Eastern Europe. It is expected to take seven years.
"During the 1920s and 1930s, all these materials were together here in Vilnius. They constituted a single whole that was torn apart first by the Nazis and then by the Soviets," Jonathan Brent, the institute's executive director, told AFP in a telephone interview from New York.  

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A Note from  Ancestry Worship Genealogy

Throughout central and eastern Europe where the Catholic church dominated, records were kept by priests, who were sometimes the only people who could read and write in the area, and physically kept in the churches, which were often the sturdiest structures made of stone when most houses were made of wood.  In the larger cities where there were large Jewish or other religious congregations the Rabbis sometimes kept records, but I've seen Catholic church records that include people of other faiths - not just mixed marriages.


Records kept by Jewish people will include some interesting information that are not kept by other religions such as WHO THE MIDWIFE WAS and WHO PERFORMED A CIRCUMCISM and the mother's maiden name is always recorded, where as in many Catholic - Latin records I have found many baptisms that only gave the father's name.                  

24 March 2015

PRINCESS DIANA'S MATERNAL LINE GENETICS - LINK TO INDIA SIX GENERATIONS BACK

ABC NEWS PRINCESS DIANA'S ANCESTRAL SECRET

Eliza Kewark (Indian) born about 1790
Katherine (sent to England)
Jane
Ruth
Ruth (another Ruth)
Frances
Diana (Princess of Wales)

EXCERPTS:

Eliza Kewark is Prince William's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. She has long been described as Armenian, but Kewark was at least half-Indian, the genetic ancestry testing company BritainsDNA announced today. ... BritainsDNA says it is confident of Kewark's lineage because it traced Williams' mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, which is passed down from mother to child. BritainsDNA took saliva samples from two unnamed members of the royal family and traced it back seven generations to Kewark, who was born around 1790. ...

Kewark's mtDNA is so rare, BritainsDNA said, that it has only been found in 14 other people, all but one of whom was Indian (the other one was Nepali). ...According to the biography "The Real Diana," by Lady Colin Campbell, Kewark's background was known but kept quiet by a family that was full of Europeans descended from royalty.

"Eliza Kewark was a dark-skinned native of Bombay who had lived, without benefit of matrimony, with her great-great-grandfather Theodore Forbes while he worked for the East India Company," "The Real Diana" reads.

21 March 2015

THE MISSING 1890 CENSUS - THE PROBLEM OF LOCATING ANCESTORS - ESPECIALLY RECENT IMMIGRANTS BETWEEN 1880 and 1900

The United States federal 1890 census was destroyed.  

Only about 6000 counted people appear on what's left of it. 

The years between 1880 and 1900 were ones of major immigration in the United States and major changes in society and culture.  So that's 20 years for which the researcher must use alternative methods to find their ancestors, especially if they immigrated into the United States during that time.  It's a long period of time and millions of people who at first, when you depend on census, appear to be missing.

Among the records that can be used are County Histories (books often put together by and paid for my the citizens which include photos and bio/profiles which are more like yearbooks as well as more literary efforts by professors and historians), City Directories (pre phone book listings that individuals paid for, though there were advertisers and sponsors), STATE CENSUS, ship manifests that record the destination location or address, Military Records that show an individual enlisted, served, or received a pension or benefit as well as draft records,  NATURALIZATION RECORDS that begin with the Declaration of Intent, newspaper articles (such as one's I've found that list the names of the men who recently were sworn in as citizens) that may contain wedding announcements, business advertisements, as well as obituaries), and so on.

So many local historical society volunteers take pride in knowing about families in small towns especially I think its worth trying to talk to them. (I met one man whose family had been in Los Angeles for 6 generations beginning with Andras Pico, one of the founding fathers, at a celebration event at a local historical site.)

The Declaration of Intent (to become a citizen)  and the Ship Manifest (document of arrival in the United States at any one of several port, New York being the busiest) are two documents I always attempt to find for immigrants of the Industrial Age.  On the Declaration the person states how and where and on what date they entered the country.  So they will say the name of the ship and between these two you are likely to find one or two addresses for them in their early years in this country. Sometimes Ship Manifests, despite  the Ellis Island, Ancestry databases, and so on are difficult to find because they appear missing but are perhaps not showing up where they should be kept digitally.  So if you find the name of the ship and harbor and date of arrival in the Declaration of Intent  you may be able to find it using one of the alternative search features provided by stephenmorse.org  (http://stevenmorse.org/).  If the ship manifests still appears to be missing, try for records that document passengers leaving a port or arriving at a port in another country such as Germany or The United Kingdom. 

There's a romance to the era of the big steam ships and images of the ship and reading through the manifests to get a feeling for the passengers on the ship besides your ancestor makes for interesting reading and history, but perhaps the addresses and relationships give you the most information to go on with.


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18 March 2015

WATCHING "FINDING YOUR ROOTS" ON DVD : DNA GENEALOGY A GREAT FEATURE OF THESE SHOWS : OPINION by ANCESTRTY WORSHIP GENEALOGY

Recently I borrowed the PBS genealogy series, called FINDING YOUR ROOTS, featuring Henry Louis Gates Jr. and a great number of famous people with diverse backgrounds.  Watching a TV series one show after another is a different experience than tuning in once a week, and I wrote down my impressions.

1)  I have a lot of respect for Louis Henry Gates, Jr., especially since he has flat out stated that Africans SOLD other Africans as slaves.  There has been a lot of denial on that issue. He has said that the stories of people being captured and taken away while out in the bush are greatly exaggerated - generally just not true.  I note that this is part of the story in the book and TV series Roots.

2) There is an underlying anti-racism theme in these shows and a lot of pride about what ancestors, especially Jews, have suffered.  A great many of the featured famous people have some non-white ancestry, so a person who is completely or mostly white is a rarity, and some are learning about their Jewish, Asian, or other than white ancestry.  A fact is a fact, DNA research has progressed rapidly, and my suspicion is that it's actually very difficult to find a lot of people today who don't have some non-white ancestry.  That's because it is a myth that white people dominate this world.  So this underlying theme is about people trying on the fact that somewhere in their past, documented or not, someone reproduced with someone of another race.  Sadly this often means rape.

3)  Lots of historical references that put the ancestors in their historical context is terrific.  I've always loved learning history through the characters in the story and think this is essential for writing your own family history.

4)  Cutting edge DNA is used and explanations of how it works is very helpful to understanding the possibilities in research.  For instance in Gates own family tree, no one knew the name of his white ancestor but through several DNA tests one particular match came up, and now he gets to explore that through documents, interviewing, etc.

5) It's always obvious that the show plugs the Ancestry genealogy database company.  That's OK but remember there are many other electronic resources that can be of great use and that we can still hire professionals, go to archives, historical societies, graveyards, and so on that are NOT up on any database.

6) I have a couple more DVD's of the series ordered, but so far there has not been one person from a Polish, Hungarian, Slovak, or other Central-Eastern European background WHO WAS NOT JEWISH.  If there is a sub-theme of the ancestors suffering, Catholic, Christian, and other religious people of Europe also suffered.  It's not all about slavery in the United States and the WWII era Holocaust!  (Update April 2 2015:  Just watched a show about Martha Stewart who does have Polish Ancestry and it turns out some Moslems in Poland too! - So, OK, she's the exception.)

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14 March 2015

1839 BEGINNING OF THE SALT PHOTOGRAPHS - EXHIBIT AT THE TATE - DATING PHOTOGRAPHS

HUFFPOST - FIRST PAPER PHOTOGRAPHS WERE MADE WITH SALT  By Priscilla Frank.  Note that images at this link for the full article include a nude.


EXCERPT: In 1839, British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot created the salt print, the earliest form of paper photography.  ...

The technique went as follows: coat paper with a silver nitrate solution and expose it to light, thus producing a faint silver image. He later realized if you apply salt to the paper first and then spread on the silver nitrate solution the resulting image is much sharper. His resulting photos, ranging in color from sepia to violet, mulberry, terracotta, silver-grey, and charcoal-black, were shadowy and soft, yet able to pick up on details that previously went overlooked -- details like the texture of a horse's fur, or the delicate silhouette of a tree.

These rare and early prints are the subject of Tate Britain's "Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860," the first exhibition in Britain to focus on this brief preliminary moment in photographic history. Talbot's method quickly spread from Britain around the world, not only to artists but to scientists, adventurers and entrepreneurs as well, all hungry to capture and immortalize the immediacy of the moment.


A link to the TATE where the exhibition is in London TAKE ORG - SALT PHOTOGRAPHY etc.


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If you'd like to bring up another post about DATING PHOTOGRAPHS, use the search feature embedded in the side bar of this blog.  Now that we know that all old photos were not sepia toned, keep an eye out when you go antiquing for these collector items.

10 March 2015

SOUL BY SOUL by WALTER JOHNSON : ANCESTRY WORSHIP BOOK REVIEW

 
Book is published by Harvard University Press -  1999
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Anyone doing AMERICAN genealogy research is bound to go back far enough to find that someone was a slave, slave owner, or living during slave times.  This book is the first and only I have ever encountered which brings the reality of the situations forth in great detail of the human considerations of both slave and slave trader, Masters and Mistresses, people born free, people who bought their own freedom, people who were returned to slavery.  It's about the socio-cultural aspects of life in slave territory and how it differed from state to state.
 
Did you know slaves sometimes attempted to sell themselves and their loved ones when a plantation or estate was liquidating, so that they could be with each other or local to each other and have some influence on who they would work for?
 
Did you know that some sellers attempted to and succeeded in hiding the fact that a slave was being sold because he or she was terminally ill or unable to work?  Sometimes they would blacken graying hair, fill in chests shrunken by TB with straw, or put all their slaves in new matching suits or calico dresses to erase some of the differences between them.
 
Estate liquidation was one of the main reasons that slaves who had been with one Master for a long time might get sold or split up.  If there was debt he or she might have no say in the matter as it would have been a seizure of property.  Many slavers were single men who traveled a lot for business and worked only until they could secure land and marry.  They slept out in the rough with the slaves they were trading.  Some met boats and moved slaves to holding pens in other states where they might be for months between seasons.
 
As in any other business there were levels of purchase, such as brokers who acted for others, commissions to other traders, and many employees who did had no personal interest in buying or selling themselves but acted  as sales people or fed the slaves.  Conflicts between traders sometimes meant bad blood and law suits.
 
The role of women as traders is also explored more thoroughly then I have ever encountered in a book before.  A slave woman might be bought because she could reproduce and thus add wealth and value to a owner's estate.  Only men went to market to buy slaves for their wife and children's needs.  In Louisiana a married woman had no right to buy or sell slaves (real estate) unless he had her husband's permission, declared herself separate in property from her husband and could thus trade in her own name; this meant she legally was not responsible for his debts either.  But even if she had the legal right, she did not go to market but sent her husband or another man.  How people managed to get around all sorts of existing laws and prevailing attitudes is in play here.
 
Perhaps most interesting to me is what happened when a slave appeared white or almost white, and became a "fancy" woman, which meant that she might be sold for much more than someone in a first rate category.  This means that she was usually bought to be a sex slave or mistress, by someone who had a fantasy and who might or might not fulfill that fantasy..  Some sold for over $5000 at a time when the average was under $1000.  (Please don't make the error of assuming that is in today's dollars.)  "Fancy" women were sold at auction rather than at set price or negotiated price.  Men might compete to get the most beautiful slave women and show off that they could afford to.  In the paperwork they would describe these women as cooks or domestics or seamstresses, so if you encounter a very high price for a slave in your research, think again.
 
Buyers sometimes came up with a physical type they were looking for, for their own reasons.  They might decide they needed men with longer arms, for instance.
 
This book is one for your reference collection, a keeper.

03 March 2015

WATCHING "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE" ON DVD

The very interesting television series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE is available on DVD (and some YouTube videos) in case you never saw it, missed some, or want to watch it again.  I just watched the second season in one long sitting, and as a researcher was sensitive to any reveals about how the research had progressed, the obvious tie in with the genealogy database Ancestry, and the various expressions of interest and appreciation which revealed that people vary in what they perceive as important, be it self knowledge or solving a family mystery.

Most viewers (I do hope) know that extensive research beyond the capabilities of the celebrities who travel to talk to professionals, archivists, and go to graveyards, is done and condensed into a show. I think bringing professionals into the research is only right and very smart.  But they are only shown handing over color copied documents which might have taken many hours, weeks or months, to get ahold of.  Then the celebrity is amazed.

One of the problems I found with one episode was a discussion of COLOR (RACE) on census and other documents.  That someone is listed as White, or Mulatto, or Black, seems to be really subjective, even if the instructions to the census taker were fairly clear that when they looked at the person they exhibited certain traits.  The PERCEPTION OF RACE is often dependent on the place and time.  For instance I have found people called Black in the South who moved to Chicago and were considered White on records.    So if I see a W, I don't automatically believe this person has a long European history.

On the show that featured Barbara Walters I learned how important it is to have a researcher who is willing to involve someone else if they cannot, say, read Hebrew off a tombstone.  Barbara had genealogy done by a professional that had hit a brick wall because the Walters surname was not the Hebrew name of her Jewish ancestors.  A local expert went to the cemetery where her father was buried and there on the tombstone was the name.  This also proved that when you hire a second professional, they should go over the previous work of family, volunteers, and other professionals, to get situated, if not to prove or disprove the work.

It has happened to me that in looking over genealogy that a family member did for a client I've seen great leaps of faith presented as documented research and sadly, the family has put their reputation on this when they have to reason or right to, so bringing up the fact that something is speculation presented as fact is sensitive.  Such leaps of faith are sometimes wishful thinking, such as anchoring the family in early colonial America.  DNA sometimes help locate a relative who knows more or has family documents that move the speculation to proof, but often one must accept that they are cornered by the Brick Wall.

I like WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE as a show.  I think it is interesting and useful and inspiring and it does familiarize the viewer with research.

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17 February 2015

ISLAND OF HOPE - ISLAND OF TEARS - ELLIS ISLAND DOCUMENTARY by CHARLES GUGGENHEIM



Island of Hope - Island of Tears; Charles Guggenheim; National Park Service; AVA15996VNB1 1992 (1989); From 1892-1954, Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants.

Old footage of life in the agricultural old country.  How our ancestors left their villages to immigrate to the United States for work.