29 January 2011

GERMAN RESEARCH : ELLIS ISLAND IS NOT YOUR ONLY SOURCE FOR SHIP MANIFESTS

So very many Americans have GERMAN ancestry! In fact not long after the United States became a country, there was a vote between ENGLISH and GERMAN as the official language and English won out!

Using Ellis Island database we can find many ancestors who came in STEERAGE but in fact many ancestors had better tickets and don't appear on that database. Sometimes the handwriting is really bad and you must find the people who came in when they left the port instead !

So what I do is check Ellis Island database FIRST but I go further. I use Ancestry or another genealogy database to check not only who was coming in on First and Second Class tickets from German ports to New York Harbor, I ALSO CHECK the records that ORIGINATE in GERMANY! Breman - Hamburg these were DEEP WATER PORTS great for DOCKING A STEAM SHIP!

The Germans have long been excellent at keeping records. YOU MAY BE A LITTLE CHALLENGED to read the German but you may also find yourself reading early American records in GERMAN TOO!

20 January 2011

OLD MC CALLS MAGAZINE FROM 1976 A HISTORY LESSON AT THE AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL

1976: It was the bicentennial of the United States of America...

Recently someone gave me a McCalls Magazine from that year and it was quite the history lesson.


One of the things I noticed was the advertising. Most of the name brands that were being sold then are still being sold NOW...

The issue had a lot of focus on the changing role of women in society, on expectations about sex and marriage through American history. The article in my opinion tried to cover too much territory and the language felt stilted.

But old magazines and catalogues are useful when you attempt to situate a character in your family within their times. We are reminded that women who came of age in the 1970's were highly effected by the controversy of the woman's liberation movement, and the hopeful passage (which did not succeed) of the Equal Rights Amendment!

16 January 2011

GENEALOGY IS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE

Genealogy is a different experience for different people:

A journey of discovery of family and self in contex, a detective hunt, a way to link to the past and learn history in a personal way that isn't what's taught in classrooms.

I feel as I find the evidence of a life in documents that I'm giving people who have passed into the next life (or maybe even reincarnated) a chance to be raised up fromn the grave to say "I Was Here, This Was My Life."

11 January 2011

HISTORICAL FICTION BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is a GREAT WAY TO LEARN AMERICAN HISTORY

One of the great ways to learn American (or other) history is to read FICTION that is well researched and inspired. I've been hearing great things about LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON and so I've just got two of her books "Chains" and "Forge" to read. These are part of her SEEDS OF AMERICA series which is aimed at Young Adult Readers... You don't have to be a Young Adult to enjoy these!

Angela Johnson, who is herself a three time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award says that Chains "is searing and has so many brilliant sparks I became lost in it. Isabel's harrowing journey into a nightmare realm of slavery, betrayal;, loss, and ULTIMATELY Hope quite literally had me sobbing."

Why not use these books for HOME SCHOOLING or as part of your classroom projects?

08 January 2011

COMPARATIVE RELIGION on REINCARNATION by ERNEST VALEA

Found articles written by author Ernet Valea on the net this afternoon. Though I didn't read every page (yet!) I thought he did a great job with his research on what he's posted. So if you are interested in Reincarnation in Hinduism or Christianity... click click click!

03 January 2011

2011 BEGINS and I'M B A C K !!!

Though I'm not writing this blog for stats, I did look at them today and I would like to share some information with my readers that I got from Google Statistics. To my surprise I learned that my blog, which is based in Los Angeles County, California, USA at this time, is being read in RUSSIA, the NETHERLANDS, the UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY, CANADA, JAPAN, THAILAND, HUNGARY, and SINGAPORE!

I often wonder if the genealogy information I provide can be helpful to researchers in other countries and how much interest my readers have in my co-subject of REINCARNATION!

Please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks!