Tuesday, September 30, 2008

How the Rusyns Could Save Civilization
Pittsburgh City Paper Article

Glad to see the Rusyns getting some press time.

The September 25, 2008 issue of the Pittsburgh City Paper published the following article, "How the Rusyns Could Save Civilization," by Chris Potter.

"Of all of the ethnic groups that have settled in Pittsburgh, few are as mysterious as the Carpatho-Rusyns. So convoluted is their history, so mysterious their origins, that many Rusyns are mysteries even to themselves. No one even knows precisely how many Rusyns there are -- though some estimate their numbers at 2 million -- in part because Rusyn identity has been suppressed for centuries. It's not just possible to work alongside a Rusyn without knowing it; it's possible for the Rusyn not to know it, either..."Click here to continue reading this article.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Southern California Genealogy Society Changes 2009 Jamboree Dates

The 40th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will now be held Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, 2009.

The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is the largest genealogical event on the West Coast.

This year, the ethnic focus will be on the British Isles (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh). For more information, click here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Family History-themed TV

I really don't watch much television these days due to work, writing, speaking engagements and teaching which keep me pretty busy (although I do admit to really liking Mad Men on AMC--up for several Emmy awards tomorrow night...), but, I happened to run across on MSN Entertainment a guide to new Fall shows.

I know many genealogists are anticipating the debut of the American version of the popular Who Do You Think You Are? series slated to run on NBC, but below are a couple of other shows that have a family or family-history theme that will roll out this Fall.

Fall Shows 2008: New Highlights

Sept. 6: "The Locator" (9 p.m., WE)

"In this feel-good unscripted series, Troy Dunn, who was inspired by his own search for his mother's birth parents, helps those in need track down people who have been previously deemed "unfindable." (WE)"

Sept. 30: "Opportunity Knocks" (8 p.m., ABC)

"Rather than building a set on a soundstage for this new game show, the set will come to contestants. Host J.D. Roth will knock on a family's door and invite them to play the game, of which the set will then be erected on their front lawn. Questions are based on how well the family members know each other, with correct answers yielding a new refrigerator rolled right into the kitchen or a new car driven into the garage. The show is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher. (ABC)"

I will be interested to check out both of these shows.

Back to Blogging

This Blog has been silent for a couple of weeks. Mostly because of work, and travel for talks, but also with family stuff such as attending the funeral of my uncle, Joe Figlar, last week.

I hope to start posting again on a more regular basis.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Library grant to preserve steel industry archives

Caught this on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette site today...Being a Pittsburgh girl, I am really happy to read about this effort.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, founded with money from the steel industry, yesterday announced an ambitious project to preserve its archive of Pittsburgh's iron and steel business.

The impetus for the project is a $600,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The money will fund a three-year program to digitalize the library's 400,000 pages documenting the area's historic role in the production of industrial metals.

Click here to read the rest of the article.