If you are awake while viewing the Research Journal, you probably noticed our new look. The previous theme was not mobile friendly. In order to make life easier for our visitors on whichever device they choose to use, I’ve changed the theme. I’m still working out the kinks, so I appreciate your patience as I … Continued
Are genealogists wired differently? I have asked myself that many times in the past. It isn’t our remarkable ability to flesh out the dead. Though, that is a remarkable skill. No, I am talking about our love of making lists and organizing data into different forms and fashions. It isn’t enough for a genealogist to … Continued
Part two of the Pinterest rainy day fest I’ve created a Pinterest Board with some of my articles, other people’s articles, and some lovely photos. If you would like to follow my Hawaii Pinterest board, click on the link: Follow Melody’s board Hawaii: The Sights and the History on Pinterest.
I am reading a surprisingly wonderful biography called The Rocket Girl. It’s about Mary (Sherman) Morgan, American’s first female rocket scientist. She worked for a company that did government contracts during the infancy of space race. Her many achievements included an inventing the rocket fuel used in our first rockets. Many of her contributions were … Continued
We often look back a hundred or two hundred years ago and think of it as the “simple life”. Hard work and none of the problems of modern life. But, was it really that way or did they just have different problems? I found this ad in a January 1906 issue of the San Francisco … Continued
I’ve seen the pros and cons about sharing your family tree online. On the plus side, you share your knowledge with others about your ancestry. You put cousin bait out on the web. On the negative side, others may take your data and call it their own. Others will take your data and mangle it … Continued
I wonder if anyone else experiences this. A new database becomes available. You’re happy, but remain skeptical. How many times before have you tried to research and a new database has let you down? Your area isn’t included or the year stops one before the year you need. You do the first search, a general … Continued
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May you have a festive celebration filled with laughter and good food. And, maybe Santa will leave a genealogy present under the tree for you.
I’ve been researching for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve lamented that some people have an easier time researching than me because their ancestors came here before the American Revolution. There lines have been researched and then researched again. My brother-in-law not only has La Grange’s in America back to the 1600s but he … Continued
Well, it is November. That means I am a month behind on putting together my yearly family newsletter. Normally, it’s procrastination that grabs hold of me. September rolls around and I think it would be a great time to get ahead. In October, I’m thinking about it, but it isn’t until November that I get … Continued
Today is my pet peeve day. For the umpteenth time, I’ve heard a Portuguese Hawaiian genealogist (i.e. someone researching their Portuguese roots in Hawaii) tell me that they bought a subscription to ancestry.com and they “can’t find anything!” UGH! I hate those words. Let me start by saying, this isn’t a slam at ancestry.com. Ancestry.com … Continued
[Part two of prompt 7 of the Book of Me Written by You…] Writing about my Grandparents on my Mom’s side is a little more complicated. My Grandma was born in 1912 in Oakland, California as Anna Hazel Jackson but always went by Anna Elizabeth. This should give you a glimpse into the strong willed … Continued
[This is my response to the Book of Me, Written by You week #5 prompt: Your Childhood Home] Remembering my childhood home isn’t so difficult for me. I lived there up until three years ago with my Dad whose health was failing. But, the home of my childhood was far different that the one that … Continued
Thanks to my Nook and my local library adding Overdrive ebook borrowing, I’ve got access to many books. Last night, I checked out Megan Smolenyak’s “Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing“. The first chapter is all about the repatriated remains of soldiers. Megan works with the miliary project that handles these remains. Genealogists research the … Continued
This week the Book of Me, Written by You prompt is all about my favorite season. I don’t even have to put on my thinking cap to tell you it is Spring. Why Spring? To me, Spring is all about rebirth and fresh starts. You can’t help but feel hopeful as new flower buds appear … Continued