World War II was raging, and my telephone operator mother wanted to do her part to assist in the war effort. She had never married, so was unattached with a family of her own. At age 40, on 22 March 1945, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Air Corps, Third Air Force at Fort Des Moines, Iowa despite being considered almost too old to enlist. Many years later, in an1992 article from the St.
Does anyone watch NCIS? November 5th’s show was about Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his dad. He and his dad have a strained relationship at times, like a lot of us. In this show, Gibbs’s dad needs to go see a dying buddy from the war. He wants his son to take him. Of course, Gibbs was busy on a case, but he reluctantly took some time. Gibbs had heard the war story many times in the past from his father. But did he really listen to all the details?
Want to know how to cook for hundreds of soldiers or sailors? While recently searching for a coworker whose grandfather was a Navy cook on the U.S.S. Missouri, I stumbled across these little gems online. Just Google "U.S. Army" or "Navy Cookbook," and you will find out exactly how much it took to feed a unit of hungry fighting men. With minimum portions of about twenty and usually around one hundred or more; the sheer amounts of ingredients are a bit hard to fathom.
Here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we remember our veterans every day as we utilize the resources available in our building (books, microfilm/fiche, and periodicals), in our online databases, and even the Internet.
My mother told me that her grandfather, Charles Curnow Ladner, fought in World War I and was missing in action. She said her grandmother believed that he suffered from shell shock and would one day come walking through the door. He never did return from the war, and my mother never knew what happened to him. I decided to find out. World War I service records are available, so I got a copy of my great grandfather’s dossier. His service records contained not only service information, but also letters that my great grandmother, Emily, had written.
There is a growing trend towards using DNA testing to help trace one’s ancestry. But what types of information can be discovered using one of the many products on the market that are DTC (Direct to Consumer)? Are they worth the expense, and can they fill in information relevant to your family tree? There are currently several hundred genetic tests of many different types in use, with more being developed all the time.
Just to let everyone know, we have a monthly event called Heritage Scrapbooking that is open and free to the public. It’s always on the 1st Saturday of every month. If you are interested in participating, please come join us. You can share your ideas, meet new people, have a good time away from home, and learn from each other.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic!
Look at the writing example above. Beginning with a ‘c’ and ending ‘r’ or ‘n’ and a count of five minims, the word could be: copper, coffin, captain, castle, or cotton. Can you think of other possibilities?
When reading modern text, we generally identify whole words at a glance. Look at this sentence:
The human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe wouthit any porbelm.