Saturday, November 24, 2012



NEW NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND WEBSITE  I found this link and information.   I have not perused it in great depth but I think I will be spending a lot of time on it.

Thursday, November 22, 2012



How did our ancestors celebrate Thanksgiving.?   My father never mentioned the celebrations.  He grew up during the depression and perhaps there was not any celebration. What he did mention was in his childhood he ate a lot of “soupy potatoes”   His mother was widowed in her late twenties and remarried about ten years later.   She did housekeeping jobs to keep the family and I can not imagine there being much money doing that.   My dad also recalled her taking in ”boarders” to help with the expenses. 

My father had one biological brother and a few stepsiblings. The only one I remember was his stepbrother Bill. Bill was a police officer and he had died early from a heart attack. I have no ideas about Bill’s sisters, but, I think that they had also died young.

I only know back as far as my grandparents.   But when I was in grade school my mother took over the job.  What I can not remember is having the dinner with both of my grandparents at the same time.   I wonder if they did not get along to cause this and why did I not find it strange.   I will have to ask the siblings.

What I remember is the smell of roasting turkey when I awakened on Thanksgiving morning.   I suppose my mother got up early and started the process.   We always seemed to eat our meal about one o’clock in the afternoon.   She did the whole process herself.    On the menu was turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pies with whipped cream for dessert.   

When dinner was done we would all help with the dishes.  My father washed them and one of the children would dry.  It was his was of saying Thank You to my mother for  preparing the meals.

Today we will meet at my brothers and the clan extends to about twenty one today.  Most will be there and along with new family members as the nieces and nephews start to marry.  No children yet.

Monday, November 19, 2012


I thought after I retired I would have a lot of time to spend doing Genealogy.  Somehow, I have not gotten done what I wanted to do.  I have to remedy my ways.

This morning, while I was reading my email on Hotmail I saw a tab for SKYDRIVE, which is from Microsoft.     It appeared to me at first to be a  place to store all your stuff.  Indeed it is,  Why had I never used this feature???

After clicking on the application it gave some information on MICROSOFT ONE NOTE which is on my Microsoft Office 2010.    I have used Word and starting to make a date base for Genealogy with Excell, but what in the world is One Note?  

I found this great tutorial HOW TO ORGANIZE STUFF IN ONE NOTE.  I was enthralled and amazed, why I never explored this item before?  I even had read where other sang their praises of this program.  This morning I am smitten and I can't wait to explore it.

Friday, November 9, 2012


If you have an ancestor or relative who died in the Vietnam War, here is a list of those who are listed on the Vietnam Memorial.   Just scroll down to you state.  VIETNAM WAR WALL