Genealogy research is one of the fastest growing hobbies. Recent digitization efforts seem to have unleashed a firestorm of interest in searching for information about ancestors and have made research much easier, as well. But why do some folks have such a passion for genealogical research? Do you have a family member or friend that is interested in it and you just can’t understand why?
Oscar Wilde said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” I couldn’t agree more. This summer has been really busy here at Mid-Continent Public Library. We launched two contests: Cover It Up and Divergent FanFiction. Both contests went incredibly well. We had a total of 110 entries between both contests.
Any AP veteran knows that College Board runs the AP test business. Come the first two weeks of May, every AP kid is scrambling, trying to memorize everything that they can before they sit down for the test that decides if they get credit or not. Everything comes down to wanting that 5, right? Well, what if you aren’t sure where to go to college yet? Or, if you got a 3 and don’t know if your college will still accept it?
Familiar with the term “star-struck”? I believe it can refer to a few different feelings, but I mostly hear it these days in regard to people who have a fascination with celebrities – especially film, television, and music performers. A person is considered star-struck if their behavior changes around famous people, like they get all giggly or can’t speak or their foreheads sweat and their palms turn cold. It happens to most of us regular people. There is just something about meeting someone who we’ve only seen on a screen or heard on a music player that seems surreal.
I have been helping a friend with her genealogy. She was the recipient of some notes her mother’s cousin had made regarding the family’s genealogy. This cousin, named D. D., had done much research on my friend’s Burns family line. She indicated that William H. Burns married Martha McKittrick in Washington County, Kentucky in 1853. D. D. seemed to be a good researcher, and I was inclined to believe her, even though we found a marriage record for William H. Burns and Martha Stumpff.
One of my friends had just watched a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical on television… and he fell in love. He took to Facebook to proclaim his new-found love and announced that he wanted to do a black and white movie party.
I've written in a previous blog post of my love of podcasts, and lately I've been listening to actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani's The X-Files Files. Like Nanjiani, I was an X-phile of the highest order during its original run, at least up until a major casting change late in the series. Now, you may ask why someone would dedicate a podcast to exhaustively covering a 20-year old television program.
A Review for Anime Movie Night by an Anime Watcher
Anime Movie Night is a great place to go if you’re into anime or manga. How it works is, you go in around 6:30 p.m. at the Parkville Branch (but we only have them on the second Tuesday of every month!), you pick a seat, and you can watch the anime we are playing that round. But we can’t forget all of the awesome people you will meet there that will love this kind of atmosphere just as much as you! You may even make some new friends!
August 1921: Baseball’s Black Sox Scandal Would Have Blown Up Twitter, ESPN
Baseball’s biggest controversies come today in social media-friendly shorthand: PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs), A-Rod (the Yankees’ suspended Alex Rodriguez), and deep six (the immediate state of his Hall of Fame candidacy).
Ninety-three years ago this month, there was no abbreviating a scandal that remains the greatest the game has known, staggering in both gravity and scope.
I love to read historical fiction, and if it has a little romance or suspense, it’s even better. (I know you are probably wondering since you are reading a genealogy blog, but don’t worry, it really does relate.) One of the things that I love about historical fiction is that even though the characters are fictional, the setting is a real time in history. I love to learn about the little-known parts of history or the everyday life that is so different than mine. My thoughts are similar when I research my family history.