In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.
My favorite author is Debbie Macomber. She is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and one of today’s most popular writers. More than 170 million copies of her books are in print worldwide. One of the reasons I like her is because she brings the characters in her books to life in ways that we can relate to them. Everything does not turn out exactly as we as readers want, and she can always keep you guessing. I don't like when I can figure out what's going to happen within the first chapter of a book.
The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.
Blog Offers Excerpts from Current and Backlisted Nonfiction Titles
Something about my Google searching and Facebook posting recently generated a suggestion that I check out DelanceyPlace.com, a blog dedicated to publishing nearly daily excerpts from current and backlisted nonfiction titles, most notably those dedicated to historical subjects.
Curious me, I checked it out and immediately discovered that it spoke to my inner history nerd. (But let me make it clear, I'm still a little creeped out by how well social media algorithms predicted that I would like it.)
There are certain rules that characters on television shows must remember. Never say “nothing can go wrong,” because the second that you do, disaster will strike. Never insist that you and your true love are about to have all of your dreams come true, because that is a surefire way to guarantee you both will end up miserable (or one of you will end up dead).
The other day, I saw a basketball bracket flash on the TV screen for a second. I did a double-take because I was thinking “genealogy chart.” It had never hit me before that these two diagrams are almost identical, but work in reverse of each other.
Discover Something New in the Juvenile and Youth Fiction Sections!
I’m taking a children’s literature class, and we have been reading a lot of books for 4th through the 8th grade. I have to read one hundred books total! At first, I thought I would never find time to read one hundred books for one class, but things seem to be flying by. I have discovered a lot of new titles and authors I might not have read otherwise.
A long time ago, I inherited a bunch of antiques from my grandmother that I never quite knew what to do with. Some of these items were pretty interesting, some were kind of junky, and most were handmade ceramics bearing her name on the bottom. Since I had no real interest in them at the time, and no way to display them that would fit with my own taste in home décor, they remained boxed up and in the basement for years.
March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day. If you’re throwing a party, or just want something to feast on while watching TV, chips and dip is a good way to go. Be it tortilla chips and salsa, or potato chips and ranch, or French onion dip, it’s all good. If you like fresh vegetables, or perhaps grow your own vegetables, why not try making a homemade salsa? Here are a few suggestions for books that can help you create your own dips: