As you read this, I will be off in the wilds of the West, and while I’m there, I plan to do some fly-fishing for trout. Like many anglers, fly fishers love their gear: rods, reels, lines, leaders, vests, etc. But above all, they are obsessed with flies.
During a recent patron request, I was asked to look up the service records of an aviator who flew in World War II and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise. I knew that the Midwest Genealogy Center would have many different types of materials to help with this request, and I was right.
To be honest, I had never given much thought to banned books. It’s actually kind of embarrassing to admit, seeing as I was an English Literature major in college, am currently a library science student, and a librarian! We even participate in Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014) every year, but I had never really given much thought to why certain books are challenged.
What do you get when you cross a raccoon with a giant tree like humanoid? Can I get a summer blockbuster in the making! Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters August 1st, 2014. This will be Marvel’s first exploratory trek into the obscure. This rag tag group of hero’s consists of Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot.
Recently, while searching for the meanings of my family’s surnames, I came across some interesting information on the origin of names. I always knew some surnames were derived from occupations, like Smith, Mason, Shoemaker, Miller, Farmer, etc., but I didn’t realize so many were also derived from nicknames and geographical locations. Classifying surnames and figuring out their origins has long been an interest of historians and genealogists.
I wanted to share with new homeschool parents a couple of "insider" tips to consider as you prepare for your homeschool endeavors this fall. The last two weeks, I shared ideas to help you manage your school schedule and juggle your "to do" list. I had two final concepts to pass along...
Great Reads on the 100th Anniversary of The Great War
The fighting lasted nearly 52 months and left some 16 million soldiers and civilians dead, a casualty rate of a little more than 1,200 a day. Another 20 million were wounded.
World War I was horrific in scope and toll, an indelible historical event. But “the war to end all wars” played out four generations ago – triggered by a political assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 – and USA TODAY posited in a recent headline and story that it is fading “into obscurity.”
As fellow genealogists will understand, brick walls are frustrating. You know the information you’re searching for is out there - but where?! Recently, I was able to burst through a brick wall that had been blocking research on my great-great-grandfather, Frederick Sanderson.