Free Access to fold3 WWII Collection

Gertie’s Babies

Gertie’s Babies

Gertrude Pitkanen Van Orden delivered and sold babies, and mostly evaded legal consequence, in Montana from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Request For Public Comment — Genetic Genealogy Standards

From the website:

Public Comment Period (May 15, 2014 – June 15, 2014)

“A group of individuals, including genealogists, genetic genealogists, and scientists, have worked for the past several months to develop a draft of genetic genealogy standards. The document is intended to provide ethical and usage standards for the genealogical community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of DNA testing for ancestry.

To ensure that this document accurately reflects the standards embraced by the community, we are opening this document for a period of public comment, from May 12, 2014 through June 6, 2014. By clicking the “Document” tab in the left-hand panel, you will be able to download a PDF of the current draft of the standards. Please review that document, come back to this site, and click on the “Comment” tab in the left-hand panel where you will be prompted to leave comments about the standards.
Although there may be discussion of this document in Facebook groups, on blogs, or elsewhere, only comments submitted through this website will be reviewed and considered by the standards committee.
Thank you,
The Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee

CeCe Moore
Blaine Bettinger
David Bachinsky
Traci Barela
Katherine Borges
Angie Bush
Melinde Lutz Byrne
George Cicila
Shannon Christmas
Michael Hait
Tim Janzen
James Owston
Ana Oquendo Pabón
Ugo Perego
Steven Perkins
Ann Turner
Debbie Parker Wayne
Jennifer Zinck”

Fold3 Access to Civil War Records

In remembrance of the commencement of the Civil War in April 1861, Fold3 is offering free access to their Civil War collection through April 30th.

Fold3 Blog

If you are trying to determine in which conflict an ancestor may have served, this infographic provided by Fold3 may be of help.

Birth Years of Veterans

April 10th is Siblings Day

Siblings Day was established by Claudia Evart in honor of her sister.  The goal is to “promote April 10 as a national day of celebration and recognition for brothers and sisters.

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day–we should celebrate our other family members–our siblings.  Read more about the founder’s story at


Be sure to the post from 8 January–The Gift of A Sister.

Even though they worked at the same Scottsdale elementary school, neither Janine Mullen nor Cindy Chadwick knew they were sisters.  One afternoon a serendipitous meeting changed all that.



The search engine that respects your privacy.

DuckDuckGo is a favorite of mine.   It’s  streamlined, has lots of goodies and best of all, searches are not tracked.  Try it, you will like it!

Time Capsule Found During Home Remodel

News Story

What would you put in a time capsule?


The Gift of a Sister

Even though they worked at the same Scottsdale elementary school, neither Janine Mullen nor Cindy Chadwick knew they were sisters.  One afternoon a serendipitous meeting changed all that.

Watch the full story here.


71% of Online Adults Use Facebook

Pew Research Internet Project found Facebook is still the preferred social network.  The report, “Social Media Update 2013”, found 22% did not use any of the five social networkings sites in the survey.

  • Among 18 -29 year-olds, 84% report they use Facebook.
  • In the 30 – 49 year age group, 79% use Facebook
  • Of the 50- 64 year age group, 60% use Facebook
  • Among 65+ respondants, 45% use Facebook


Social media sites, 2012-2013

Sometimes It’s Beyond Your Control

“We are writing to inform you of a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of your personal information.”

When a letter begins with that sentence, it probably contains very little that is good news.  The reason for this letter?  A few years back, I taught at  the local community college.  The class I was teaching was subtitled, “How you can reduce your risk of identity theft”.  Ironic?  You bet.

It was eight months before the approximately 2.5 million people who were affected received notification.  Of course they “regret any inconvenience this may cause you” and they have provided credit monitoring services, but I’m not relying on them.  I’ll follow the advice I taught students and monitor my accounts and place a fraud watch on credit files.

The FTC has published a booklet:  Taking Charge–What To Do If  Your Identity Is Stolen

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