Sunday, August 31, 2008

Last Chance: September Courses on GenClass

There's still time to sign up for September classes at GenClass.com. Each class lasts four weeks and costs $34.50. Choose from:

09-Jewish Genealogy: Internet (Part 2)
This class builds on the basics course, providing detailed information about search engines, general genealogy sites, Jewish genealogy sites.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Adoption Investigative Class - September 1, 2008
Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Brick Wall Research - September 1, 2008
Brick Walls are common in genealogy. Learn tips, tricks, solutions and strategies to bust through them.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class - September 1, 2008
Detailed search advice and assistance on the methods to use for successfully tracing "lost" relatives and friends.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Native American Genealogy - September 1, 2008
Learn how to start your research for your Native American Ancestors.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Organizing Your Family History - September 1, 2008
Learn the techniques to ensure efficient organisation of your research.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2007

09-Scottish Genealogy - September 1, 2008
This extensive class will provide a detailed description of what you need to know to track your Scottish ancestry.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Research in the Great Lakes States - September 1, 2008
This course will focus on generalized and locality specific resources of six area states -Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Click here to register!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Childhood Memories: The Sweetest Strawberry Pie

Perhaps at one time or another you think about a favorite food you enjoyed as a child, or you associate a particular meal or dessert with a special family event. As summer nears its end, I was thinking about how very soon fresh strawberries will be out of season where I live. When I think of strawberries, I think of my mother and the time she made the best Strawberry Chiffon pie I had ever tasted. It was the summer of 1977. My dad's sister, who was a nun in Texas, came home to for a party in her honor. Our cousins from Canada came down for the event and brought with them several large vats of strawberries grown on their friend's farm. They were the plumpest and juiciest strawberries you could imagine and my mom and Aunt Betty went to work cleaning, hulling, and slicing them for strawberry shortcake and pies. My mother made traditional strawberry pie and strawberry chiffon pie.

Today, I tried my hand at making a strawberry chiffon pie--in memory of my mother. I'll admit that it wasn't quite up to her standard, and I did cheat a little using a store-bought pie crust (to save time), but it was good enough to help celebrate this fond memory from my childhood.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Surrogate mom, 61, gives birth to own grandkid

From the Associated Press
updated 7:38 a.m. ET, Thurs., Aug. 21, 2008

TOKYO - A 61-year-old Japanese woman gave birth to her own grandchild, using an egg donated by her daughter, a clinic said Thursday.


I read this story online today; it's certainly one that would catch a genealogist's attention.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Writing Life: Surviving Criticism

"Ever been torn to shreds by someone you’ve never met? You must be a writer. Don’t take it personally."

Since this blog is about genealogy AND writing, I thought I would link to this excellent article in the current issue of Writer's Digest magazine, "Surviving the Spite" by Melissa Hart. I think anyone who writes professionally can relate to this excellent piece about handling public criticism.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back to School: Genealogy Style

As students of all levels prepare to begin a new school year, it's a good time to consider signing up for an online genealogy course. GenClass has a number of offerings coming up in September for the affordable price of $34.50 per course (8 lessons, plus instruction and chats from leading experts in genealogy).

09-Jewish Genealogy: Internet (Part 2)
This class builds on the basics course, providing detailed information about search engines, general genealogy sites, Jewish genealogy sites.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Adoption Investigative Class - September 1, 2008
Detailed search advice and assistance for successfully locating and reuniting adoptees and birth families.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Brick Wall Research - September 1, 2008
Brick Walls are common in genealogy. Learn tips, tricks, solutions and strategies to bust through them.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class - September 1, 2008
Detailed search advice and assistance on the methods to use for successfully tracing "lost" relatives and friends.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Native American Genealogy - September 1, 2008
Learn how to start your research for your Native American Ancestors.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Organizing Your Family History - September 1, 2008
Learn the techniques to ensure efficient organisation of your research.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2007

09-Scottish Genealogy - September 1, 2008
This extensive class will provide a detailed description of what you need to know to track your Scottish ancestry.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

09-Research in the Great Lakes States - September 1, 2008
This course will focus on generalized and locality specific resources of six area states -Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Duration:4 Weeks from September 1, 2008

You can attend these classes from home. So, why not consider taking one or more to brush up on your research skills or learn about a new technique or facet of family history?

Click here to register for the course of your choice.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Invisibility Cloak on Horizon?

This really has nothing to do with genealogy but I caught this story on MSN today and thought it was interesting. Where do I sign up?


Invisibility Cloak on the Horizon, Scientists Say
By Steven Musil, CNET news.com

Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that will render people and other objects invisible.

Researchers say they can redirect light around 3-D objects using metamaterials--artificially engineered structures created at a nano scale that contain optical properties not found in nature, according to an Associated Press report. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Big Thank You!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2008 Federation of East European Family History Societies Conference August 1-3 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel (I was the chairperson this year). Thanks to the attendees, the speakers, the FEEFHS council, the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. It was a great conference with top notch presentations. The Sunday tour: Rivers of Steel "Babushkas and Hard Hats" was phenomenal. We had great weather, saw a number of places significant to Pittsburgh's history, had a delicious snack at the Carpatho-Rusyn Center in Munhall, PA and equally delicious lunch at the Bulgarian-Macedonian Center in West Homestead.

So many people worked tirelessly for nearly two years to put this event together. I enjoyed working with everyone, seeing old friends, and making new ones at this conference. Thanks again!