28 November 2011

WASHINGTON STATE DIGITAL ARCHIVES : DEATH BIRTH and MORE

The State of Washington has an on-line database that can help you locate records. Remember that you'll want to order copies of the original certificate which should have more information that shows on the database. Here's the link!

26 November 2011

AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE HAS SOME ARTICLES THAT ARE WEB EXCLUSIVES

Just reading AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE, Winter 2011 issue which has an article called "Fremont Steals California" by Sally Denton, which I found very interesting indeed!

The physical site where the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed (which made California the United States) is very close to the entrance of the Universal Studios in Studio City - North Hollywood, California. I've been meaning to go there during one of their open houses, but it's not open often. Apparently this historical site is one that is not very popular, perhaps because there are so very many Mexican - Americans in Southern California, legal and illegal aliens, who feel that this state still belongs to Mexico and they seem to lack volunteers, even though the Universal Studio tourists are so very close to a major point of American history.

The Treaty was signed January 13, 1847. And since then this has legally been the United States of America.

The title of Ms. Denton's article is in reference to the fact that Fremont was a junior Army officer who was acting on secret orders of the President of the United States to bluff that his forces were far stronger than they were. As a result Fremont waged an almost bloodless coup for the Monterrey area of California. And so it went.

Linking to the magazine's web site above: Maybe you'd love a subscription for Christmas? The magazine is excellent for Civil War buffs.

22 November 2011

A THANKSGIVING FAMILY CELEBRATION : WHY NOT START A FAMILY COOK BOOK?

FAMILY RECIPES are a wonderful thing to include in a family genealogy book. Tasting foods your relations ate can bring you a little closer to understanding their lives. But I have a suggestion!



Maybe Thanksgiving dinner is the best time of all to bring up starting a family cook book. Everyone can bring a copy of the recipe that gets them the most compliments to share. START YOUR OWN FAMILY HERITAGE COOK BOOK!

In my family many recipes have died along with the cook. Every time I taste Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Pigs in the Blanket) however wonderful they are, I keep hoping to taste the ones that my aunt used to make in a huge pressure cooker and bring to every family wedding, even when there was a caterer!

20 November 2011

DUCHESS OF YORK AND PRINCESS DI HAVE IN COMMON? MARY BOLEYN : by ALISON WEIR

Well of course they have all that in common, but did you know they share a common ancestor?

I am a huge fan of Alison Weir as an author, who puts in the research that would scare off a lesser writer.

The language of this book is fine genealogical historical writing. Where Weir has come to disagree with a previous author she will state that there is no evidence for prior conclusions. Weir is fine at teasing out detail within ACCURATE HISTORICAL CONTENT, using clues such as changes in fashion in portraits.

(When we run into a similar block in our own research, we must also state what the evidence is and the various conclusions we could reach, but have no evidence for.)

Although I know that the people of the British Isles have been keeping genealogy records for a long long time compared to records in some other countries, I'm actually surprised so much exists from the 15th century.

Did or did not Mary Boleyn, the older sister of Anne Boleyn, (who would marry the King and also be executed by him), become King Henry VIII's mistress first? Weir says yes, though reports that the young woman was promiscuous at the French Court years before are probably wrong. She was young though and suggestive and maybe been seduced by the French King.

Was she, compared to Anne, dull or simple? At the time of her sexual liaison with Henry, Mary was married and her family seemed to be displeased with her. But maybe this was just because they saw their daughters as a way to greater fortune if married as virgins. x

Mary left court, her husband died, and she married for love, much to her family's upset. But in the end it was Mary, not Anne, who survived.

Based on the evidence that Henry provided well for Katherine and that she resembled him, we know so much more about the intertwining families of the Boleyns, the Careys, the Spensers, and other old families, (genealogy charts provided).

Page 272 "It is often said that Henry VIII's line died out with Elizabeth. None of his legitimate children left issue, and his acknowledged bastard, Richmond, was childless. But if Katherine Carey was Henry's daughter, as seems likely,. then his direct bloodline
survives in numerous direct descendants.

"Under the Stuarts, the Carey Family remained prominent until the senior line died out in 1677. Among the illustrious descendants of Mary Boleyn are numbered Winston Churchill... Baron de la Warre, after whom the state of Delaware is named... Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess William of Wales, Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales (through the Earls Spencer), the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth II."

(Her list is longer than this!)


MARY BOLEYN The Mistress of Kings is C Alison Weir and published by Ballantine Books.





17 November 2011

IS THE ANCESTOR YOU WORSHIP YOURSELF IN A PAST LIFE?

Have you ever researched and found an ancestor that reminded you of you?

Have you ever considered that that ancestor well may be you -
from another life?

15 November 2011

ANCESTRY FAMILY TREE SUBMISSIONS PROVE TO BE UNRELIABLE BUT INTERESTING

Today I spent some time on the Ancestry Genealogy databases at the Family History Center in Los Angeles, which carried this at no charge, so long as you use it on premisis.

I did something I have never done before: I checked to see if anyone had posted a family tree on some of the lines I'm working on that have lead to brick walls.

I found a LOT of information, but almost none of it was proofed. This means that people were posting what they "knew" or without a tie to a source. So people were posting what they were told or had in their memories or based on things they have at home - such as Wedding Invitations or Funeral cards, or maybe information written in the Family Bible.

I did find some interesting information which needs to be proofed. To do that, I will take a marriage date that was listed and look for a document on microfilm or from an city, state, or county, archive to see if for myself.

The best of all the family trees I found was totally based on census. This person included all the terrible mispellings from the census.

I also found several people who had posted on the same trees that were missing a lot of information, but if these people had contacted each other, they might have been able to fill in the blanks, and decide among themselves who was going to proof information and correct all the assumptions.

What was it they used to say about assumptions? They make an as* of you and me!

13 November 2011

NATIONAL ARCHIVES GREAT BRITAIN

The National Archives of Great Britain has wonderful resources. Can you use these archives for genealogy information when you have no ancestry in Great Britain? Sure can! You may want to check to see if your ancestors are among those who were on a ship that docked, or on the merchant marine lists.

07 November 2011

ANCESTRY WORSHIP GENEALOGY is DEDICATED TO BUSTING SPAMMERS and CON ARTISTS

Sadly, a while back this site was compromised by someone who sent messages as though they were me to everyone in my address book.

Google is detecting spammers and con artists as quickly as Yahoo now, and we're dedicated to busting every last one of them.

ANCESTRY WORSHIP GENEALOGY BLOGSPOT has no interest what-so-ever is solicitations for money, or products and services that are pornography related. As stated before we are also not interested in being attached to sites that sell things when the owners of those sites have not even contacted us to ask if it's OK in the first place.

Every year thousands of people - often those who can afford it least - are conned out of money because they responded to letters coming in e-mail asking for sympathy. Most of these originate in other countries and if you send money, you will never see it again. We do not want to be associated in any way with such people.

WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE IN OUR OWN LIVES THAT NEED HELP. GIVE TO THOSE YOU ALREADY KNOW!
Also on our minds: It's said 40 % of the Internet is occupied by porn. WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL IF THAT WAS 40% spirituality instead?

03 November 2011

FIND A GRAVE VERSUS CEMETERIES OPPORTUNISTICALLY CHARGING FOR DOCUMENTS

FIND A GRAVE is a site that I've found useful, and I'm linking to it (again) here.


I'm concerned about the ethics of volunteers putting personal information up on the Internet without concern for the family's permission, the sense of privacy in death that a love one felt or believed in while alive, and cemeteries allowing the trampling of graves and photography of tombstones (while also asking for fees for genealogy research even when the family has paid for perpetual care!)

Perhaps the trend towards cremation and spreading the ashes on land or at sea will continue not only because it is less expensive and more ecological, but because fewer people believe in a bodily resurrection at Judgement Day.

I feel strongly that if I, as a family member, want copies of documents for my own people in a cemetery that the cemetery should not opportunistically be charging me under the guise of genealogy research. I've encountered that too, and it made me furious. What will be next? DNA evidence that I'm related and have a right to that information?

01 November 2011



Our genetic and spiritual ancestors help us with our research quests and, while we follow a linear research path, amazing dreams and synronicities abound.

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