28 April 2015


YAHOO NEWS - DUMPSTER BABY MEETS BIOLOGICAL PARENT  full article by Avianne Tan re Good Morning America

WHAT A STORY!  This one made me cry...

Robin Barton was found in a dumpster recently after birth with his umbilical chord still attached and covered with garbage by a police officer, who is now retired.  A recent reunion with the officer who saved his life lead to his BIOLOGICAL FATHER contacting him!

Buenina is the officer who found him.
Meza is his biological father.


Barton always knew he was adopted, but only recently did he ask his adoptive parents to tell him the whole story, Buelna said. After Barton learned what had happened, he called the Santa Ana Police Department right away to get reconnected with Buelna and to thank him, Buelna added.

The reunion made the local news. Meza saw it on T.V., and he called the police department, which verified he was the father before allowing him to meet with Barton on Sunday, Buelna said.

Meza told KABC he had been searching for Barton for years.

"For 24 years, I always said I would like to find him, and I finally did," he said.

Barton, who was raised an only child, now has five sisters from his biological father and more relatives who he's thrilled to meet, Buelna said.

“I’m going to meet as many family members as I can,” he told KABC.

Buelna is also making plans for Barton to finally meet his biological mother, who is currently in Tijuana, Mexico, he added.

Barton told KABC, "I forgive her because she was a young woman in a very compromising position."


22 April 2015




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.”


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.


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.


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 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




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.  

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.