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SGS MEETING IN: DECEMBER 2022 meeting we visited with Karen and Debra. And we learned about all kinds of gifts FOR and FROM the genealogist. IT WAS A HOOT! Then we also played the SLEUTH game and learned what to look for in documents, and what might be missing because of errors. A great lesson!
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FOOD & FAMILY
Did you know...family recipes are a tradition!?!
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What food is popular in January?
What's in season in January?
Brussel sprouts are also celebrated on Jan 31st this year!
Ok, so not everyone is crazy about these foods, BUT did you know
BEEF STROGANOFF IS CELEBRATED IN JANUARY!
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WWI STORIES TO WARM YOUR HEART
Thucydides, Ancient Greek historian and general, once said:
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The Korean War: Everything You Need to Know
11 Aug 2020
Military.com | By Blake Stilwell
The Korean War was the first time the United States military engaged in a shooting conflict after the end of World War II; it was also the first of many sparks that really turned the Cold War hot.
From 1950 to 1953, the Korean War was at the forefront of American minds and politics. A public emerging from the World War II years and weary of fighting didn't fully understand the threat of Communism or the Truman administration's "containment" strategy -- which meant they didn't fully understand what happened in the first place. CLICK BELOW TO LEARN MORE
By Danielle DeSimone
As the oldest military branch in the Armed Forces with its roots stretching back to the Continental Army of the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. Army has a long and storied history of valor and commitment to serving the American people and our allies. Here are six stories of courage that have come from Army soldiers – both on and off the battlefield.
Every Wednesday The Weekly Genealogist provides readers with news and information about NEHGS and the genealogical community. Features include a description of the latest database
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MONTH BY MONTH
WHAT DAYS ARE YOUR FAVORITES?
New Year's Day is just the first of many special days and holidays in January. There are plenty of other observances that can provide you with ideas for learning and fun to share with your friends, family, and colleagues.
For example, it's International Creativity Month, so you can explore activities that celebrate everything from letter writing and puzzles to dragons and kazoos. January also is a prime time to learn about important people in history, including Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King Jr. Some observances focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle, and you might find relevant activities at community centers, schools, or health care organizations. On other days, you can celebrate with comfort foods, such as chocolate and bagels.
31 Reasons to Celebrate in January
DAYS TO CELEBRATE: LEARN SOMETHIN OLD
"Learn Your Name in Morse Code" Day is always January 11
Date When Celebrated : January 11th (HOWEVER, Morse Code DAY is always April 27)
Here are two special days, that we celebrate for similar, yet slightly different reasons. These holidays center around Samuel Morse, the morse code, and the magnetic telegraph machine that was first used to transmit this revolutionary means of communication from one distant location to another. In 1836, Samuel Morse and his compatriots, Alford Vail and Joseph Henry developed morse code. On January 11, 1838, Samuel Morse and Alford Vail demonstrated the use of the electric telegraph to transmit a message in morse code for the first time.
Did You Know? SOS signals were often sent in morse code. While SOS had no specific translation, it was said to mean "save our souls" or "save our ship".
Morse code uses a unique series of dots and dashes, called "dii and dah", for each letter of the alphabet, and the numbers 0 thru 9. Long before the invention of radios and cell phones, operators used telegraph machines to send messages in morse code. On the receiving end, the morse code is translated back into alphabetic characters and numbers to form the message. The message allowed for instant, coast to coast communication of information over telegraph lines. Once radios arrived, morse code continued to be a major means of communications. Morse code was in use in the military, ham radios and other means of communication for decades.
Morse code is in danger of disappearing as a means of communications. As of 2007, knowledge of morse code is no longer a requirement for a ham radio license!
Morse Code Day celebrates the invention of morse code and the electric telegraph machine. This special event was established on this date to honor Samuel Morse, who was born on April 27, 1791.
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day was created to stir up interest in morse code. As a communication tool, morse code is being replaced by modern technology. This special day was created to encourage people to learn and use morse code, and to keep it from disappearing altogether. Hopefully, this day will peak your interest in morse code and you can start to learn more about it, by learning to communicate your name in morse code.
History and Origin of "Morse Code Day" and "Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of Morse Code Day. We did not find when it was first celebrated.
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day was created in 2015 by Sheila Cicchi from Virginia. She is the owner and creator of Brownielocks.com. According to Sheila "I figured if people started with their name, thought it was fun, it would encourage them to learn the entire alphabet and numbers." She chose this date, as morse code and the telegraph were first demonstrated on this day in 1838.
IN THE PAST...
Well in the past... MAXINE WAS DOING HER GENEALOGY...and...
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THE BOOK NOOK
HISTORICAL, GENEALOGICAL & RESEARCH BOOKS
Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland's most singular voices. Now she delivers "The Gathering," a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new.
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him--something that happened in their grandmother's house in the winter of 1968.
As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. "The Gathering" is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright's unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.
A book I read this month...
HIDING THE PAST
By Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Peter Coldrick had no past; that was the conclusion drawn by years of personal and professional research. Then he employed the services of one Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist – a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past. With the Coldrick Case, Morton faces his toughest and most dangerous assignment yet, where all of his investigative and genealogical skills are put to the test. However, others are also interested in the Coldrick family, people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to hide the past. As Morton begins to unearth his client’s mysterious past, he is forced to confront his own family’s dark history, a history which he knows little about. Please note: This is the first book in the Morton Farrier genealogical crime mystery series.
WHAT I FOUND:
So, I got this book for Christmas from my daughter, and I sat down one evening to check it out...and.... IT WAS REALLY GOOD!
NO REALLY! It had me glued for two days...I just holed up in my room and read! (Ok I was sick with a cold, so I had a good reason)
Then I got to the end and I had forgotten it was a book in seeries...so not all the questions are answered in this book. So yes, there is a hook, BUT on the positive side...it got me to sit down and READ! So I'm ordering the next book in the series...AND I'm going to check my local library when I get home to see if they carry the rest of the series!
The Human Genome Project Pieced Together 92% of the DNA – Now Scientists Have Finally Filled in the Remaining 8%
When the Human Genome Project announced that they had completed the first human genome in 2003, it was a momentous accomplishment – for the first time, the DNA blueprint of human life was unlocked. But it came with a catch – they weren’t actually able to put together all the genetic information in the genome. There were gaps: unfilled, often repetitive regions that were too confusing to piece together.
With advancements in technology that could handle these repetitive sequences, scientists finally filled those gaps in May 2021, and the first end-to-end human genome was officially published on Mar. 31, 2022.
I am a genome biologist who studies repetitive DNA sequences and how they shape genomes throughout evolutionary history.
And I was part of the team that helped characterize the repeat sequences missing from the genome. And now, with a truly complete human genome, these uncovered repetitive regions are finally being explored in full for the first time.
IN DOING MY FAMILY GENEALOGY, I LEARNED THAT ...
WE HAVE A MURDERESS IN THE TREE!
Well, she was in my HUSBANDS maternal line anyhow. But what a shocker! This info was sent to me by another researcher on Ancestry. Its a sad story but an unusual one worth noting:
"I was doing some work on one of my family lines in Morgan county Missouri, and ran across Cora M. (or Clara M. ) Luttrell. She married a Hiram C Hastings and had a least one child with him, a daughter, Pansy Ellen/Ella Hastings.
I think that Pansy Hastings may have been a relative of yours, Warren C. Lesh's wife! Just piecing together the articles I found, I think Cora left Pansy with the Strawn family in Jacksonville, and filed for divorce from Hiram Hastings. Seems Cora/Clara took off with a man who Mr. Hastings called "Pawnee Charlie".
I couldn't find what happened eventually to them. But an article in 1912, said the daughter, Pansy had married Mr. Warren C Lesh in 1907 in Paducah, Kentucky and that they then lived in Missouri before going on to California. In California, they apparently had marriage troubles. It is noted that she had taken up with another man.
Earlier she had confessed to her now estranged husband, to killing two women in Missouri by poisoning them. Her husband threatened to make this public if she did not confess to it. So she did. The article stated Pansy was put in an orphanage in Missouri, as her mother had left her father and the father could not take care of her, so she was placed in the orphanage as a young child. She was then adopted from the orphanage home when she was 12 by the woman she later poisoned, apparently in retaliation to physical abuse. After the death of this first lady, nothing was suspected because the woman had other medical problems.
Then after a year or two, Pansy was again sent to the home of another widow woman, and she later poisoned her to death as well. From Pansy's confession it was verbal and physical abuse.
I don't know if her and Warren had any children, or what happened to her, if she was convicted, or released, or if she remained in California and perhaps remarried. But it might give some avenue to look at or a new direction to look into. I have attached the articles in a tree:
If you look under the gallery there are a couple of more articles, on her and her mother."
Well, I did some more digging and found out that there was in fact a son born to Warren and Pansy. I found the father Warren and his 9 year old son, Robert Delano Lesh, living together in the 1920 census. Pansy was taken to trial and later exonerated of all charges of both admitted murders, as they were dismissed because they said she was a child when they were committed and she must have been under extreme duress.
Apparently she had located other relatives in the community in California where she moved to, and they were wealthy and had connections. After being exonerated for the alleged murders, she then filed for divorce from Warren Lesh and received custody of their only son.
I found that Warren died of pneumonia in Missouri, alone, and without any known relatives in his community. He was a house painter and he left his residence as only 'Ohio'. As no family could be located, he was buried in a paupers grave.
That cemetery has since been razed, and there is no further information as to the whereabouts of the bodies that had been interred there. The cemetery was known as County Farm Cemetery or Butler County Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri, USA Apparently there is now a subdivision built over the site of the cemetery.
6 Ancestry Search Tips
1. Pinpoint your ancestor’s location from the census on a map, and then look for churches, cemeteries, and other places where your ancestor may have left records.
2. Be sure to locate your ancestor’s adult siblings in census records. It was common for extended family to live in the same household or near other family members. You may find a parent, grandparent, or other family members living either with them or nearby.
3. If you’re having a difficult time locating your ancestor, try searching using only given names and other details like birth year, residence, family members, place of birth, etc.
4. Occasionally, census takers only recorded initials in place of the given name. Using only a first initial will bring up these records.
5. Census takers didn’t always have the best penmanship, so if you’re having a hard time locating your ancestor, write out the name and try replacing some of the letters with letters that look similar. (Try an O for an A, try an J for a P, try a F for an S.)
6. The U.S. federal censuses for the years 1900-1930 include a date of immigration for immigrants. Use that date to narrow your search for your ancestor’s passenger arrival record in the Immigration Collection.
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM TRADITIONS ?
Well, one thing for sure you will never know ANYTHING about traditions of your family if you don't ASK. And the best way to keep track those traditions is to RECORD THEM for posterity. You can then store them for FREE on FamilySearch for anyone to hear, or on Ancestry, or on Google...or any of a dozen other places...but FIRST you need to RECORD THEM! And right now in our present day lives you just happen to have a nifty little recording device that you talk on nearly every day. its called YOUR PHONE! And we are here to show you what we learned through alot of investigating and hours of reading and searching online.
AND HERE THEY ARE:
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