July, 2012


A Second Monroe Bryant Potentially Opens A Nasty Door

Second of three parts When last we met we learned from Monroe Bryant how not to volunteer for military service. Around the same time that Monroe Bryant had stolen money from the Navy recruiting office in Corpus Christi, Texas, the FBI (then known as the Bureau of Investigation) conducted a sweep of so-called “draft delinquents” in San Antonio. Among the …Continue reading →

Monroe Bryant, 1901-1953, Would-be Soldier

First of two three parts I’ve written in the past about my great-uncle, Monroe Bryant, born in Rockport, Texas, in 1901.  Monroe was an alcoholic drifter, who traveled around the United States, taking odd jobs here and there, occasionally returning to Rockport with tales of his adventures.  One day, my father asked, almost rhetorically, “I wonder whatever happened to Monroe?” …Continue reading →

GeneaBlogie Multimedia Vault Opens

Just 13 months overdue, but under budget, our Multimedia Vault opened today.  It’s what the marketing types call a “soft opening.”  Much more to follow!

Two Genealogical DNA Entities Exit the Stage

It’s not exactly breaking news that Ancestry.com has acquired GeneTree.com and the assets of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.  See here. But it was curious to me that yesterday within 45 minutes I received ending reports from both Sorenson and GeneTree. In my early dabblings in online DNA research,  I had used both Sorenson and GeneTree. I was more attracted to …Continue reading →

Specialist Leslie H Sabo, U.S. Army: Hero Is Finally Recognized

  Four years ago, GeneaBlogie called attention to Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, United States Army, whose heroism in Vietnam resulted in a recommendation for award of the Medal of Honor.  See An American Hero: Sgt Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. The posthumous recommendation for the nation’s highest award for valor in battle was lost for 29 years. After it was finally …Continue reading →

Once Again, There are No Easy Cases in Genealogy

As I’ve reviewed my recent research efforts, I found that I’ve got bits and pieces of things everywhere.  So the goal for the rest of the year is to bring those bits and pieces together, organize them, and see what we’ve really got. To do that I’m going to concentrate on the two “core” families, the Mansons and the Gines …Continue reading →

Mom’s Birthday

This first week of July has seen an embarrassment of riches to write about; I almost couldn’t decide where to start.  But my mother’s birthday seems like an appropriate place to begin.   My mother turns 80 this year. Like my father, Mom was born into a poor family; however, unlike Dad, hers was an urban, not rural, poverty.   She was …Continue reading →

My Permanent Record

“It’ll go on your permanent record!” We found out in the last post that that’s no idle threat, at least in New Mexico.  Last week I received a portion of my permanent record from the Albuquerque Public Schools.  I attended APS from second grade to tenth grade before my family moved to California. The portion of my record shown below …Continue reading →

Kudos: Albuquerque Public Schools

As you all know, one of our GeneaBlogie values is “Give credit where credit is due.”  So we always like to recognize excellence. Today we thank and recognize the Albuquerque Public Schools and, particularly, Kathleen  Nelson of the APS  Digital Imaging and Archives Center. I called Ms. Nelson late on a Friday afternoon to inquire about the availability of some …Continue reading →

O Canada!

Today is Canada Day (Fete du Canada)! Today marks the 145th anniversary of the British North America Act 1867 (now known as the Constitution Act 1867) which is the foundational element of the Constitution of Canada. The Act set in motion the events that have resulted in modern Canada, a federal parliamentary democracy of ten provinces and three territories. Canada …Continue reading →

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