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“Drinking Cold Water” As A Cause of Death?

Death Certificates are not only informative, they can be very interesting to read.  Sound morbid?  Maybe, but a death certificate is important  in a genealogist’s documentation.

This word cloud gives greater prominence to the causes of death that appear more frequently and was compiled from my research on death certificates.

Old age?  Well, that’s not difficult to understand, but “drinking cold water”?  Or how about “gout”?

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Library As Paradise

Today’s Google Doodle features the birthdate of author Jorge Luis Borges who was  born in Buenos Aires in 1899.

 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Louis Borges


Genealogy Bug

Genealogy has been a hobby of mine for quite a number of  years.  The skills I have learned from this hobby have helped in my practice.  In fact, when I teach people-locating classes, I suggest that the students study genealogy and apply some of those same techniques used when researching family history.

I recently attended a genealogy conference and was glad I did, but almost talked myself out of going.  It had been raining for most of the week and while that’s not unusual for some places, here in the desert, it can make a real mess.  There were road closures, snarled traffic and generally crabby drivers on the roads.  Desert dwellers miss their sunshine.

Allowing myself plenty of time to negotiate the traffic, I arrived early enough to visit the exhibit hall.  I made a couple of purchases, but more interesting was the people-watching opportunity.  In a crowded exhibit hall, one cannot help but overhear conversations and the common interest provides plenty of opportunities to talk with strangers.

There is the “need to know” one’s place in family history, but what is it that compels people to sit in front of microfilm readers until their eyes are red and squinty?  What makes people congregate in a crowded exhibit hall and stand in long lines to purchase a magnabrite® ?  As my mom says, “You tell me and we’ll both know.”


Top 10 Irritating Phrases

Researchers at Oxford University compiled a list of the top 10 irritating phrases.  They are:

1 – At the end of the day
2 – Fairly unique
3 – I personally
4 – At this moment in time
5 – With all due respect
6 – Absolutely
7 – It’s a nightmare
8 – Shouldn’t of
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science

I personally, with all due respect, would add to that list.  It’s not rocket science to come up with other irritating phrases.  At the end of the day, these are some that annoy me.

  • went missing
  • let’s go ahead and take a look at
  • if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem
  • think outside the box

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