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 →


Billy the Kid, Smokey Bear, and Kit Carson . . .

What to do they have in common with Microsoft, atomic bombs, and Isabella of Castile? Coming this week at GeneaBlogie!  


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 →


Comments:Issues Resolved!

But don’t overlook the captcha below the comment. I hated to have to do that, but it became necessary to fight the forces of evil!      


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 →


My Teachers: An Occasional Series

A few months ago, I discovered that my elementary school has an “alumni page” on Facebook. People were posting about their various experiences in grade school and of course, about the teachers. Frequently expressed sentiments included “I wonder where Mrs. X is today?” or “I wish I could get in touch with Mr. Y.” It was great fun sharing memories …Continue reading →


Blog Caroling: O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Like many creative things in our Geneablogosphere, blog caroling owes its origin to the irrepressible footnoteMaven. Since I blogged earlier this month at the Catholic Gene [here] that my favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night, this evening here I’ll blog carol my second favorite Christmas song, with the mandatory Nat King Cole rendition. O Little Town of Bethlehem O …Continue reading →


“All Gave Some, Some Gave All”


Don’t Cry About the SSDI

Last spring we did a two part series on the Social Security Death Index and it progenitor, the Death Master File. The posts are here and here. The series was prompted in part by reports of errors in the Death Master file, especially those which reported living persons as deceased. We learned that nearly 90% of the information in the …Continue reading →

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