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December 2009 Blog Posts (91)

Mesa, Arizona Family History Expo 2010

January 22nd and 23rd will find me at the Mesa, Arizona Family History Expo where I have been asked to serve as a Blogger of Honor. To quote the Website:

We have invited some very special 'Bloggers of Honor' to provide you with information on their blogs and via Twitter throughout the two-day Expo. Other attendees will be using Twitter to communicate highlights of the activities, share photos, and link to blog posts, while also providing additional related information.

Everyone… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 5, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Robert Frost, Derry resident

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, taught school in Massachusetts, and died in Vermont, yet he will forever be loved as a New Hampshire Poet. He lived in New Hampshire between 1895 and 1938. His first book was title “North of Boston” and his fifth book was titled “New Hampshire”.

As another nod to his Derry residence, Frost’s eighth book was titled “West Running Brook” after the stream near his farmstead. This fame has caused a… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on December 4, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

Changes to New FamilySearch

Technically, New FamilySearch is still in the Beta Test stage of its development, even though the program has been available to a limited number of users for over two years. In a Help Center release of December 4, 2009, the latest Beta Test version is designated the "new FamilySearch .99 beta." I would guess from this designation that a "final" release version is imminent, but given the long introduction time of the program, imminent may mean some considerable time yet. Recently, there has been… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 4, 2009 at 9:04am — No Comments

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments yes I have some, some rather old some rather new. I bought a New Hallmark for a grandchild today, in hopes it will serve as warm memories over years.

Our first Christmas 50 years ago was spent apart. He was on Guam and I was with my family in California.

I was to go to Guam but change of command changed all those plans.

I shared Christmas with my family and as they upgraded their trimmings they would offer me the used items.

I was delighted to… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 3, 2009 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Step One in Creating Your Family History Book

Before entering into writing your family history book, one thing is key; organization. Hopefully, as you have been researching your ancestors leading up to writing your book, you have put an organizational system in place for your research. However, if you haven't, then it is still not too late to get organized. If your goal from the beginning has been to create a family history book then how you organize your research can aid in the writing of your book. If you haven't put a system in place… Continue

Added by Lynn Palermo on December 3, 2009 at 2:24pm — No Comments


My mission in life is helping Veterans, many veterans do not have their medals, docs, va health care. Please let me know if you know any veterans who need my free help. I was just able to help a shipmate who was not able to get his medals since 1963, in 6 weeks he got his medals including a Bronze Star.Bruce,Seaweedman

Added by bruce butler on December 3, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Christmas Advent

The days before Christmas are filled with much meaning.

The hours before Christmas fill me with care.

I am hoping the thanks for the family and friends

will bring a new warming amongst humans.

Each day is filled with meaning and purpose and


May we present ourselves in a manner that

God is pleased.

The world is large and many are hungry

we are a nation of much that can share.

Let us hope we can make this a… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 3, 2009 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

December 2, 2009 - American Chronicle

Legacy Multimedia: Visual Storyteller Stefani Twyford Reaches Far Beyond Celebrity Life Stories. Featured article in the American Chronicle - December 2, 2009

Added by Stefani Twyford on December 2, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

A Guide to Research

Where do you go to get started in genealogy? Even if you have been involved in genealogy for years, where do you go to be reminded of how to research effectively? What if you are asked about how to get started? What do you say? There are quite a few how-to books but they are generally more than a few pages long and don't lend themselves to answering immediate questions. OK, if I asked the question, it must have an opinion about the answer. The answer is, you may wish to consider using the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 1, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Healys and Crosbys from Massachusetts to Chebogue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

From Cape Code to Nova Scotia to Beverly, Massachusetts

My ancestor Joseph Edwin Healey arrived in Massachusetts from Nova Scotia sometime between his marriage in 1848 and the birth of his first child in Beverly, in 1852. I’m not sure if he arrived on a boat, but being a mariner, he probably sailed to his new home with his new bride. He is listed as a sailor or mariner on his children’s birth records in Beverly, and as a fisherman on the… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on December 1, 2009 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Still Finding California Gold

While a lot of genealogical research can feel like you’re just slowly sifting your way through a soggy mountain of old data to occasionally discover a few tiny grains of precious family history, once in awhile your heart leaps with the thrill of finding those golden nuggets which add to the genuinely rich heritage that is the family saga.

As a direct descendant of some of California’s earliest European explorers and settlers, I am also related to most of the other early Spanish… Continue

Added by William S Dean on December 1, 2009 at 1:15am — 3 Comments

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