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.
Chocolates are eaten, roses are given, and love is a stain of red on the cheeks of many young and old hearts alike. On this Valentine’s Day, while I stuff my face with sugary goodness, I’m thinking of all the ways that my husband and children are my greatest love story. Though my heart was given to him long ago, at just a tender age of twelve, it wasn’t until 2003 that we started our life together. If you’re like me, you like to reminisce upon all the love letters and romantic moments you’ve had with your significant other.
In the wake of the board game turned SF action/comedy/drama Battleship, we may wonder if Hollywood is done mining our childhood nostalgia as a method for generating big-budget, CGI-heavy movies. Given that The Lego Movie is in theaters right now, I don’t think so.
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.
We were out of town when the call came. Our Alaskan cruise would become a reality. There was one caveat. We would be booked on an "on your own" tour. Cruise-sponsored land excursions would cost extra. We placed a deposit and buyer's remorse hit immediately. Red flags waved in my mind. Would we wander aimlessly through Ketchikan? Could we find interesting, yet affordable, areas of interest in Skagway? What about the other two ports of call?
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.
Several times over the last year, my husband causally mentioned it would be nice to have an MP3 player. He is a farmer, and out in the country, there are many places where radio signal isn’t great. When you are out in the tractor in the middle of nowhere, talk radio can get rather old rather quickly.