In my last post, we delved into the paranormal world of The X-Files. While the overall story arc of The X-Files dealt with an alien/government conspiracy, the show found lots of time to send Special Agents Mulder and Scully off to investigate all sorts of strange happenings.
Forty-five years ago, there was a seismic shift in the world order. After September 26, 1969, life was simply not that same. For it was on that very day that a certain lovely lady married a man named Brady, and The Brady Bunch came into being.
Genealogy Conferences – Getting Out in the Genealogy Community
Recently, I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This is an annual genealogy conference that meets at a difference location in the United States each year. Conferences such as FGS provide wonderful opportunities to learn new genealogical techniques and tips as well as meet fellow genealogists. Topics at the 2014 FGS conference were diverse; sessions included “Publish!
September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day, and it's been celebrated since 1996. Wayne Hepburn founded Elephant Appreciation Day after receiving a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became so captivated by them that his love of elephants led to the creation of this day. Elephants are intriguing animals and deserve to be appreciated as examples of bravery, strength, persistence, and power.
Genealogy research is one of the fastest growing hobbies. Recent digitization efforts seem to have unleashed a firestorm of interest in searching for information about ancestors and have made research much easier, as well. But why do some folks have such a passion for genealogical research? Do you have a family member or friend that is interested in it and you just can’t understand why?
Oscar Wilde said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” I couldn’t agree more. This summer has been really busy here at Mid-Continent Public Library. We launched two contests: Cover It Up and Divergent FanFiction. Both contests went incredibly well. We had a total of 110 entries between both contests.
Any AP veteran knows that College Board runs the AP test business. Come the first two weeks of May, every AP kid is scrambling, trying to memorize everything that they can before they sit down for the test that decides if they get credit or not. Everything comes down to wanting that 5, right? Well, what if you aren’t sure where to go to college yet? Or, if you got a 3 and don’t know if your college will still accept it?
Familiar with the term “star-struck”? I believe it can refer to a few different feelings, but I mostly hear it these days in regard to people who have a fascination with celebrities – especially film, television, and music performers. A person is considered star-struck if their behavior changes around famous people, like they get all giggly or can’t speak or their foreheads sweat and their palms turn cold. It happens to most of us regular people. There is just something about meeting someone who we’ve only seen on a screen or heard on a music player that seems surreal.
I have been helping a friend with her genealogy. She was the recipient of some notes her mother’s cousin had made regarding the family’s genealogy. This cousin, named D. D., had done much research on my friend’s Burns family line. She indicated that William H. Burns married Martha McKittrick in Washington County, Kentucky in 1853. D. D. seemed to be a good researcher, and I was inclined to believe her, even though we found a marriage record for William H. Burns and Martha Stumpff.