Every time I watch Downton Abbey, I find myself in awe at the amount of effort put into each small detail. The producers' quest for historical accuracy can be seen in everything from vocabulary to seating arrangements to wallpaper patterns. But there's one room I'm itching to see more of: the library. We never get a good look at the contents of Downton’s library, but if we did, I’m sure we’d find that same thirst for detail reflected in every title.
Did your ancestors come from Ireland? Do you want to see if you can find out where in Ireland he or she came from? Do you want to know what their lives were like in Ireland? Or maybe, you are just stuck? If you are just starting out, find as much as you can about your ancestor using United States records/place of arrival records. Finding a clue that will give you at least a country of origin in Ireland is a must.
What do you think of when you hear that phrase? Some may think of reading together with picture books and talking about them. Some think of singing the ABCs. To others, it’s all about writing or drawing letters. While someone else may think it is making reading time playtime. These are all true. Early literacy is all about developing neural pathways, which all of those activities do, to help get your child ready for reading.
With the Olympics in full swing, I am sure many kids as well as adults have been inspired to want to go out and try these sports. Many don't realize that these athletics have dedicated their lives for years to their sport. They have put in countless hours for many years to make their sport appear easy.
I am late, incredibly late. What for? Oh, just the bus to Rick Riordan’s world where Greek mythology is far more than just myth. I recently finished gobbling down an audiobook of the first of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief. This book was made into a movie in 2010. I saw the movie but had never got around to reading the book. After the holidays, I took a few days to recover with a puzzle, and I wanted something to listen to while I did that.
A while back, I went to a screening of The Room, the cult classic film that’s considered by some to be the Citizen Kane of bad movies. One of the stars of the film, Greg Sestero, was there plugging his book, The Disaster Artist. The book chronicles his friendship with director, writer, and producer Tommy Wiseau and the making of the film. It’s kind of sad that Wiseau’s dream of being a star ended up making him a laughingstock. Still, this might be the funniest book I’ve ever read.
Our branch manager, Cheryl, has just recently returned from being in Utah at RootsTech 2014, their fourth annual conference focusing on the cutting edge of technology in the genealogy field. I remember last year at this time when I took advantage of the RootsTech classes online and watched some of them live, providing me with new ideas and technology directions to “chew on” for months ahead.
The Martin family of Opelika, Alabama was growing and prospering in 1926. The patriarch, Barnett Martin (known everywhere as “Dad”), and his wife Mollie had 7 living children, the oldest of whom were grown and married. One day in June, 46-year-old Mollie suddenly collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm.