Family History

Two Genealogical DNA Entities Exit the Stage

It’s not exactly breaking news that has acquired 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 →


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 →


Something to Do This Memorial Day

  General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters. I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the …Continue reading →


1940 Census Release: Meanwhile, Back in New Mexico. . .

. . . The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in an AP wire story that “130,000 enumerators are going to ring 40,000,000 doorbells between April 1 ad April 30 and ask three and quarter billion questions.” Pre-census estimates put the  U.S. population at about 132,000,000. (Apr 1, 1940, p. 3) . . . The Albuquerque Journal said that 1000 enumerators …Continue reading →


Celebrating a Census Release: It was 1940 When . . .

. . . Walt Disney’s Pinocchio made its cinematic debut (Feb 7). . . . Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for Gone With the Wind, becoming the first African-American Academy award winner (Feb 29). . . . Hitler and Mussolini decided to fight Britain and France (Mar 18). . . . Germany invaded Denmark and Norway (Apr 9). . . …Continue reading →


New Mexico is 100 Years Old Today!

So what do Billy the Kid, Smokey Bear, Kit Carson, Microsoft, atomic bombs, and Isabella of Castile have in common? They each in some way have iconic connections to our 47th state, the Land of Enchantment, which was admitted to the Union on January 6, 1912. And you can learn more about each of them and their place in New …Continue reading →


The Zen of Genealogy & The Art of Rocket Science

I know some rocket scientists. Rocket scientists are friends of mine. And I know something about rocket science itself. I was born several years before the Sputnik launch, and was in school after that event as America wrung its collective hands about “why Johnny can’t read” and whether American kids were up to competition with Communist Russian kids. Then, as …Continue reading →

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