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 →


I’m Back!!

Yes! After months of the thick fog of personal and family health   issues, we’re seeing a light through the clouds. So I’ll be here again on a regular basis. I’m starting out by focusing on my Gines family, their origins in America, and the scattering of the family far and wide. We’ll talk about how I know what I …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 →


My Teachers: Theodora Cooper (Gold Edition)

Last week, technical difficulties prevented us from presenting this post in full. We now run it in its entirety.   Mrs. Cooper was my fourth grade teacher. I remember her (from the vantage point of a half century past) as an “older” woman with graying hair that probably had been blonde. Of course, as a fourth grader, I had no …Continue reading →

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