30 April 2009

SOUTH AFRICAN's HAVE THE GREATEST GENETIC MIX - AFRICANS THE MOST DIVERSE IN A RACE

Yahoo news brings us this article... click click click!

About Henry "Hank" Z. Jones

If YOU'LL CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE... you'll get to the official Hank Z Jones website. There are only 50 Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists elected and Hank is one of them. I got interested in Hank because of his books, which I'll be quoting some excerpts from in this blog.
One of the reasons I appreciate his books is that they include the testimonials of both professional and hobbyist genealogy researchers who believe in dreams, intuition, ancestor spirit research guides, and receiving information on roots quests that comes from extraordinary means, proving that not all genealogists are afraid of this! There are many stereotypes of whose into genealogy that are not true. One of them is that genealogists are mostly members of the Latter Day Saints (formerly known as The Mormons), because they do seem to have a vast amount of archived data.

In the diversity of this United States of America (and the world!) genealogist are practitioners of many different faiths or spiritual viewpoints.

27 April 2009

CUNARD SHIP LINE

Cunard had the Queen Mary into the 1950's. The Queen Mary was much much larger than the Titanic, which was one the Whitestar line.

There were many smaller ships, smaller lines. For the steamship, the depth of the harbor had everything to do with what ships could dock there. Le Havre, France to Southhampton, Britian, to New York City, was a popular route during the Industrial Era immigration to the United States.

24 April 2009

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PAPERS FOUND IN LONDON - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR !

As reported this morning in the Los Angeles Times, and in this on-line Science Daily article (click on the title above) important papers relating to Benjamin Franklin's diplomatic work in finding horses and wagons so that the British could take Pittsburgh from the French and Indians has been found in London by Alan Houston, professor of political science at UC San Diego.

22 April 2009

GARY ZUKAV from THE SEAT OF THE SOUL

"Impulses, hunches, sudden insights and subtle insights have assisted us on our evolutionary path since the origin of our species. That we have not recognized guidance that has come to us in this way is a consequence of seeing reality through only five senses. From the five-sensory point of view, there is no other place from which insights and hunches can come.

"From the multi sensory point of view, insights, intuitions, hunches, and inspirations are messages from the soul, or from advanced intelligences that assist the soul on its evolutionary journey. The multi sensory personalty, therefore, honors intuition in a way that the five-sensory personality does not. To the five-sensory personality, intuitions are curiosities. To the multi sensory personality, they are promptings from, and links to, a perspective of greater comprehension and compassion that its own."

page 147, as in More Psychic Roots, by Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

12 April 2009

We're reading THE JEWS OF THE UNITED STATES by Hasia Diner....

From a small boat load of Brazilian Jews into New Amsterdam, to a mere 2000 at the time of the Declaration of Independence as a beginning, the Jews immigrated by the millions and have since participated in and effected American life. Today, particularly because of those who perished in the Holocaust, Jewish genealogists are documenting their heritage and family life.

This book is quite interesting a read for anyone, Jewish or not, interested in American History. And as most genealogist know, reading around the history is likely to give you clues when you are researching, especially when it comes to following patterns of migration.

Jews of the United States
1654-2000
by Hasia R. Diner
University of California Press

09 April 2009

SYCHRONICITY IN GENEALOGY ?

I think anyone who has spent some earnest time tracing roots knows that sometimes the information you are looking for comes to you in unexpected ways. I'll be talking about some of the stories I've personally heard and sharing with you from Henry Z. Jone's books...

Check back in !

06 April 2009

We're reading IN SEARCH OF OUR ROOTS by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Subtitled "How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past... featuring a whole lotta great people like Quincy Jones and Tina Turner, Ophrah Winfrey and Maya Angelou, the author spent three years conducting genealogical research on nineteen "compelling" African- Americans.... Can't wait to write more about this one!