When the weather is cold and snowy in January and other winter months, it is so very tempting to stay at home, drink hot chocolate, and genealogy-surf on your home computer. There are many sites you can go to again and again since new data is added frequently these days.
When we think of the Volkswagen Bug, we often think of the Disney movie series Herbie, which is almost an American icon. But what were the origins of this famous vehicle? While researching for a patron with German ancestry, who was in the auto industry, I found out that the Volkswagen Type 1, more commonly known as the Beetle, was built for the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.
Do you ever feel like your ancestors are just names and dates on a chart? I thought nothing exciting happened to my ancestors until I started researching them in newspapers. As I was searching through the library’s newspaper databases, the headline "Another Lunatic Asylum Case" caught my attention. With a headline like that, I had to read it.
On a fall trip to Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, my son took us on a drive through the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, also known as Amish country. It is a beautifully serene land, full of perfectly-kept farms, gently rolling hills, the occasional buggy, and covered bridges that capture the imagination. The bridge pictured here, Weaver’s Bridge, was built over the Conestoga River in 1878 and is still in use today. Cat’s Back Road was one of the more memorable roads we traveled.
January is a great month for all kinds of new goals; it’s a month famous for resolutions. One resolution that is no doubt on many genealogists’ to-do list is to get organized. This is often easier written down than done. Organization can be overwhelming and, if left unorganized for long, can seem an insurmountable task. But have no fear! There are many free apps to help you reach your organizational goals.
The Waldo Story: The Home of the Friendly Merchants by Ladene Morton
When you ask a Kansas City native where they live, their response is the name attached to their neighborhood or housing subdivision. Waldo is the neighborhood bounded by State Line Road to the west, 85th Street to the south, Troost Avenue to the east, and Gregory Boulevard to the north. It was named for one of its original residents, David Waldo, who ran freight on the Santa Fe Trail.
Sometimes we wonder, “can I change the world?" And the answer is yes. If you are passionate enough, one person can change an entire nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of these passionate people. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 as Michael King, Jr. to the parents of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams. At fifteen, he entered college to begin his bachelor studies. By the time King was nineteen, he was an ordained minister with a sociology degree in hand.
I chose this book, Vintage Kansas City Stories, because it looked interesting, and I was right, it is! It’s a collection of news stories, ads, and jokes from the Kansas City Journal 1907-1909. I read with interest one particular story about a statue of Venus brought from Florence, Italy in 1907 that was supposed to be donated to the Kansas City School Board but they rejected it.
During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.
School Teachers: This Is Why We Perform Background Checks
William Clarke Quantril was a Confederate raider, bushwhacker, guerilla leader, and...school teacher? William Quantril was born in 1837 in Ohio and was well educated to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a school teacher. After his father’s death, he became a teacher at the age of sixteen in 1853. However, he soon switched jobs to a lumberyard worker before he shot a man claiming self-defense. This foreshadowed his later life. He was soon released as there were no witnesses.