September, 2005

Saturday Again?!

Wow, the week went fast! And it’s been a rather exciting one spent corresponding with a cousin who’s done some very significant work on the family history. At an appropriate future point, I’ll talk more about that–but it’s been great. A Few Research and Tech BitsI noticed that the National Archives has changed its home page. It’s a leaner, cleaner …Continue reading →


A Couple of Upbeat Pieces for Saturday

One of the more poignant “success” stories out of the Katrina disaster involved the relocation of more than 400 veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi, to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. The cheering started as soon as the buses rumbled up the driveway of Washington’s Armed Forces Retirement Home. Officers and enlistees mixed …Continue reading →


More "Katrina" Family Stories

From USA Today: HOUSTON — Where does it end for Linda Bowie? Happily reunited with her mother in a hospital room somewhere in Texas, in Louisiana, perhaps in Illinois? Or in a morgue, identifying her mother’s body a week or more after Bowie watched the ailing 82-year-old being lifted into a helicopter amid the post-Katrina chaos near New Orleans’ Superdome? …Continue reading →


WikiTree–The Biggest Genealogy Project in the Universe?

I’ve just heard about WikiTree, “the Family Tree of Humankind,” described as an effort to “provide a central place on the Internet for kin information about all people we know ever lived.” It’s an open-source, collaborative project sponsored by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. The idea apparently is to create a gigantic, user-driven genealogical database. The project commenced in April 2005, …Continue reading →


Hurricane Katrina: Xavier Bowie, 1948-2005

From NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) — When Xavier Bowie died in a flooded New Orleans neighborhood, his wife did the best she could in a city so preoccupied with saving the living that no one can deal with the dead. She wrapped his body in a sheet, laid him on a makeshift bier of plywood boards, with a little …Continue reading →


Madness in the Big Easy

I’m back from my longest vacation ever [22 days], and I had planned to write about a number of topics, but Nature intervened with fury. In my day job, we’re dealing with relief efforts and the tasks are tough. Obviously most resources right now have to go to ameliorating human suffering, but there are other aspects to be dealt with …Continue reading →

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