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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bridge, No Bridge . . . We "Got" Bridge (Healdsburg)

It has been mostly warm to hot this week -- i.e. we have had the a/c on almost every day and we probably should have left it on throughout the night . . . it was humid and uncomfortable sleeping or trying to sleep. Today while hot, it may not be as humid.

This the Labor Day Weekend -- the symbolic end to summer -- heavy on the symbolic. But the weekend called for more than our traditional flag flying:

Sooo much more festive with BUNTING . . . bunting seems to be for special occasions and so the end of summer and vacations and baseball in-the-park and sitting pool-side and everything else that summer is, calls for this specialty . . . we're old.

So -- What's in the News

We live 85 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and there really is no TV news other than what comes from the major network stations in and around San Francisco. So what is big news to San Fran is what we get to see here in Healdsburg. Probably fifty percent of the newscasts this week are dealing with stories relating to the San Francisco Bay Bridge(s).

In 1989 part of the Bay Bridge collapsed in the Loma Prieta earthquake and that was big news and rightly so was carried by all the stations. The "World Series" quake of October 17 of that year hit at around 5 pm and disrupted the World Series games (I fortunately was in Austria at the time).

From that date forward planning took place to replace the old Bay Bridge with a new Eastern Span -- the replacement comes the day after labor day this next Tuesday. AND for five days the area will be without a Bay Bridge as the old one is (as we speak) shut down while the new one is being readied for either Monday night or Tuesday morning grand opening.

The top pictures are of the Bay Bridge -- Old & New. It is an historic moment coming in the next few days. The new Bay Bridge does have LEDs to be on at night giving a whole new experience to crossing the bridge.

Given the traffic in San Francisco we are so glad to be here in Healdsburg where the congestion of autos is so unlike the City -- we have our moments though. BUT we do have a working bridge that we are so thankful for -- we were not supposed to have a bridge right now. Let me explain -- our local bridge was due to be upgraded and the work was supposed to be going on "right now" and it was to last for at least one year -- we though were given a reprieve and work on our bridge will start next year sometime -- I doubt that work will make the network news in San Francisco . . .

The Status of our Reading

We have a "What's on our Nightstand" segment from time to time and last week we mentioned the book that we had just finished and the new book we were starting. I have an add-on off to the right of this post and every post that shows "my library thing" and a revolving look at the books that I have or am reading.

Since last week's post I have added a new book to the library and the green arrow is pointing to it. The book covers rotate, so check out my library shelf off to the right.

We enjoy reading interesting books but to read an interesting book that was written by someone in our tree is a special treat. And that is what the green arrows are pointing to!

Melissa Jane Shumaker Guensler is my (our) cousin. Her Grandparents are Harold & Nettie Hiles who happen to be my Grand Uncle and Aunt. Harold is the brother of my Grandfather Lloyd Hampton Hiles.

Gail and I do not have this book on our nightstand -- Oh no, we have it on our coffee table in the family room where we have instituted a new reading regimen. After our 2 pm feeding we have taken to reading from this newly written and published book.  AND it is available on Amazon where we purchased both the softback version and the Kindle version.

The book is about the everyday experiences of caring for her Mother, Iris Hiles, in her nineties. Iris being the daughter of Harold & Nettie is also a cousin. So just the fact that the book deals with real-life experiences of my cousins is exciting -- but the book so far is filled with a humorous look of the serious side of caring for an elder parent.

Both Gail and I are thoroughly enjoying the vignettes of Melissa & Iris. We have had the book just since Wednesday and are only allowing a certain number of pages to be read at any one sitting -- so that we can spread it over a longer period of time and reflect on the scenarios.

Thank you Melissa for sharing these insights and for the way that you write about them -- we are both chuckling . . .

There have been other authors "from our tree" that I have also enjoyed reading. My brother has published several books and articles and I always enjoy reading them -- especially the ones that I can relate to the story-line because "I was there too".

A Little Spit is all it Takes . . .

I have to say that besides digging around for facts and dates and family artifacts I have participated in now three different DNA plans -- that is,  I have given DNA (spit) to three different companies and have received and am still receiving results from those testings.

And I have gotten Gail to participate in two of those companies -- she just got her latest results back this week:

23andMe has a different report and it includes a look into possible health issues as they relate to genetics.

However, as is the case with the report from our second company (Ancestry DNA), when Gail received her results back it listed several people from their database that were potential and highly likely cousins of hers. And who was one of them -- me. And now looking at the results from 23andMe as well, it lists ME as a possible 3rd to 5th cousin to her . . .

We have not finished analyzing the results from 23andMe for Gail with respect to the health issues -- but we will in the coming days and weeks. But we are stymied by now two companies telling us that we are most likely cousins -- that would mean it would be the second time that Gail married her cousin as her first husband was a known cousin -- their mothers were half-sisters. Small worlds . . .

From the Tree -- Birthdays

It is always fun to have a person from the tree whose birthday IS today -- and today that goes to the daughter of Gail's sister, Laurii (and Gary) -- so a special "Happy Birthday" to Jodie Gadwa Callison.

Above you can see the rest whose birthday is today. Off to the right are some of the statistics for the tree on the "Hiles" website:     Hiles Family Website   you can find a lot more details at the site.

And Almost Lastly

Last week I included a "quiz" from the Genealogy Bank site about occupations mostly for men -- this chart shows some of the common occupations for women in years past:

I particularly "feel" for #6 -- I can not imagine the working life of someone like that -- except for my recent 21 day "visit" to the hospital . . .

The "Genealogy Bank " site is filled with very useful and interesting stuff relating to family history research.

Now -- Lastly

We all have dreams and aspirations in our lives (or should have) and the follow is my recollection of one that my father had:

I think I referred to this in the last post -- but I found this new way of sharing -- "Meograph",  and could not resist trying it out . . .

Now, that was a bit of our week -- hope yours was great -- see you in a few!  Burgers tonight!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Look Out Back

The look in the back yard has changed in the last few days and not just from the growing garden plants. The changes now reflect (or not) a more practical -- we hope -- condition for the pool and it's evaporating water in the summer heat:

It looks really blue until the sun drains off the excess water on top and then it looks like a splotchy terrain map. The photo of Dino in the middle and upside down makes him look entirely different as well.
The really interesting thing (at least to us) is that Dino has never shown any interest in going into the pool other than a "definite NO"  when we were in the water and tried to coax him to join us . . . as a matter of fact he let out a loud bark -- only the third bark he has ever produced (that we know of).

But when the pool cover was finished being cut to size and adjusted for the shape and was floating on the surface for the first time -- Dino, in his mind saw a solid surface and started across the pool -- only to wind up very wet on his front legs and pulling back in time to look sheepishly and embarrassed on the edge. He has not tried to test the new surface again . . .

Webinars This Week

What would the week be like without webinars -- I hope that I do not find out. This week I attended two webinars from and about the same product -- Heritage Collector (HC) -- software to enhance the way to use the many photos that we now seem to collect -- or at least me. I have thousands on my hard drive and thousands on discs and then thousands of actual hard copies of photos.

So when I get the opportunity to learn more about photo management and other topics relating to the use of photos I am eager and willing to learn. Both of this weeks webinars dealt with a hands-on approach to showing us the way to accomplish more than we ever imagined with respect to images and pictures.

I am just getting started using this software and I am excited about the many things that I can hopefully accomplish with it. It is a complex suite of services and fortunately the developer is willing to put on a webinar almost weekly to cover the features and a "how-to" explanation for success.

The #1 and #2 Probable Reasons that I am NOT a Retired Farmer (in Wisconsin)

Besides the webinars and the usual working "in the trees" and I might add working in the apple tree on the side of the house along with Gail (we collected about 8 bags of apples that we will bring to the food donation center) I found time to visit some of my favorite websites as well. 

And of course if a website is one that offers interesting and thought provoking photos then it it really desirable -- and the following does just that for me and many others:

I found the above series of photos to be of interest for a variety of reasons. The top two are amazing looking
 structures -- for what they are. I just had never really seen any like those in actuality. The two on the bottom are more like what I remember and even those may be nicer versions . . .

Getting back to -- reasons -- in the 1950s it was my Father's dream to own a farm and we spent many weekends driving from Northern Illinois to parts all over Wisconsin looking at farms. My Mother was not as enthused about farming as was my Dad. 

So, the deal breaker on possible farms that we looked at was -- plumbing -- if there was no inside plumbing then my Mother had an "out" so-to-speak because that was the deal-breaker.

So this website brought out those memories when I looked at their "Old Picture of the Day" this week. It is a fun site -- and you can take a peek:    Old Photo of the Day     each week there is a theme to enjoy and conjure up thoughts and memories.

To finish the farming tale -- every farm we looked at had no inside toilet facilities -- but after seeing one farm that was desirable in every other way AND my father promised that his first project would be to "put inside facilities" into the house, we all went home to discuss it only to find out that someone else purchased the farm the next day . . . I believe that we never got that close again to owning "the farm".

Folks From the Tree

There they are -- our tree people. Actually we are going to have to scout out a bigger tree to support some of the families that we have. Today would have been the 109th wedding anniversary  of a family structured similarly as the above -- five girls that is:

August 24th, 1904, Henry John Rahman married Edna Marie Benson in Coupeville, Washington. Together they had five girls (a fact that Henry apparently did not share with his new wife in 1915 -- Jenny Jensen).

There are a lot of tales about the families shown above and some of those stories will eventually be told in future posts. If we were just looking at names and dates only it would never divulge the lively and interesting events of the two families. 

These families are from my wife's side of the tree so my knowledge is from what she has told me. Henry was quite the character and he and his wives produced nine children -- seven girls and two boys. Just to give a little insight -- one of the girls was my wife's Mother and another of those girls was the Mother of my wife's first husband . . . there are a lot of stories "from the tree".

A Visitor from the East SouthWest

She hails from Austin, Texas -- now -- but she used to be from here. She loves returning to visit Healdsburg and the many relatives and friends that she has here. We were glad to have the chance to visit with Romy at the house on two occasions this past week. 
Romy Stare grew up here and from an early age her family and Gail's were often together -- enjoying the Wine Country here in Northern California. 

Romy is the middle child shown above and the other two are Gail's kids, Jennifer and Geoffrey. Fortunately we can identify the beverage above as "Cragmont" ginger-ale . . . they seem to be having a great time too.

On & Off the Nightstand

We read (I read out-loud to G) each night before drifting off -- which may occur at any given moment depending on the rigors of the day and the interest in the book at hand. We just finished a book that we agreed was "pretty heavy" and are now seeking a lighter book to enjoy:

And we think we have found it -- "Manson -- The Life and Times of Charles Manson" okay so it doesn't sound like lighter subject matter reading, but we have read the first two chapters and at least I have found it very interesting.
The author has seemingly really done his homework and so far has presented the facts in a very interesting manner -- and if I wasn't so tired late at night I'd keep reading longer than usual . . . the stage is being set kind of like Truman Capote did in "In Cold Blood" years ago.

And Lastly

Many times as I look at the census records or other documents for early relatives (1700s/1800s) I gloss over the occupation listed for them because I have no idea really what they are and I do not feel like taking the time "to look them up". 

So I found this at Genealogy Bank a while back and found it to be helpful -- maybe you will too:

The answers are of course the upside-down letters in the key. It was an interesting look
at the explanations clarifying at least some of the occupations of our ancestors. There
might be a reason though that I have not seen "Margrave" attached to our people . . .

And so that is a bit of our week -- we hope that your week was good, see you all in a few . . .

Burgers tonight!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flowers, Shrubs & Trees Shaken

If I did not know better I'd say we were going to have a Realtor's open house -- but we are definitely not going to do that at least not in the near future. But the house smells sooo good with the aroma of applesauce wafting throughout. Last week we mentioned that it was "apple pickin' time" and so it was -- we did not get all of them, but enough to process some of them:

On the left are the newly picked apples and on the right is the pot slowly cooking on the stove. The apple and cinnamon combination is special -- I think it put Dino to sleep, but then again a lot of things do that.

What Else was Going On This Week

It seems that I worked on "other peoples trees" a lot this week. As I have mentioned before I have 16 public trees on and I try to go through the process of working on each one during the month. Some, I wind up spending a lot of time on especially when there are "gems to harvest" from the branches. 

I found a tree -- not unlike the apple trees in our yard -- that had a ton of "low-hanging" fruit on it and I did the pickin' and it just takes time, but the rewards are there, at least for me at the start and hopefully later for the folks from that tree.

I did though climb some of the branches of our tree and it seems that the Gillett branch produces a ton of pickable fruit. This week I found myself working the Mahitable Gillett branch a lot. I never met a girl named "Mahitable" before -- I have to wonder where that name comes from . . . (I looked it up and it probably comes from a comparable name in the Hebrew meaning "God Rejoices")  I can only think that the unfortunate little girl was not rejoicing . . . 

At any rate, Mahitable Gillett was born in New York in 1838 and moved with her family to the Midwest and ultimately to the Viroqua, Wisconsin area around the 1850s or so. On April 27, 1858 she married Henry Goss in Viroqua and together they had at least seven children -- one of who was Mary Helen Goss, born on 31 Aug 1876 in Viroqua. 

Above are some of the ways that Mary shows up in the genealogical charts from Family Tree Maker & from the Hiles Website.  Mary and many of her siblings seemed to "find their way" West (as in many families). Mary met and married Charles Hoehle ( I wonder if that is pronounced like HILE, maybe) and they had five children. 

Charles and Mary it seems,  lived in several areas of California with Mary's final resting place -- San Diego in 1970 -- our paths could have crossed at some point and at the time I would never have guessed that we could be related.

Looking at the above Mary and her siblings are all first cousins, 2x removed -- which means two generations apart from me (and my siblings). I also am looking at finding photos of all the folks above which really helps to envision the families.

A Quick Break -- Around the Yard

As the sunny days heat up the region the flowers keep blooming and a small trip around the yard helps to rejuvenate and motivate and allows me to go back inside and work . . .

Dino put on his "squinty" face while I took the snaps -- he eagerly jumps up when he sees me grab my camera and follows me around . . . the above petals will not last forever and many of the petals find their way into the pool . . . such is life.

In and On the Media This Week

I actually listened to two webinars this week. Both were excellent and I learned from them and also purchased products relating to them . . . the opportunities for doing family history today is staggering. When I started back in the 70s and 80s the internet was just starting as well. But I do know many people that started before that time and then everything was done by snail-mail and in person.

Television as well is getting better with respect to showcasing "genealogy". Hopefully you have seen some of the four episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?"  that have been presented this season:

Each one of course has been uniquely satisfying in that the process of finding "one's story" is demonstrated and illuminated with scenes from the person's history unfolding for all of us to observe. This next Tuesday night will feature Chris O'Donnell and his story . . .

Whenever I Think Maybe a Reunion Would be Nice . . .

Of course I think of the logistics of making all that happen -- staggering. And given the response of just the facts of "genealogy" it compares to my thinking a few years ago about attending a high-school reunion -- NOT. And so it goes -- but if some of you would like to put "one on" I'd be "all-in" so-to-speak.

One of my all time favorite cartoonists, Jim Unger and his HERMAN.  If he is still producing HERMAN it does not appear in our local paper -- but I sure wish it did. I can remember vividly the cubicle gatherings from those around my desk area to "ponder" the latest HERMAN. 

And Lastly 

I watched this YouTube video and enjoyed it -- you might as well:

 I'm trying to include it here -- but if it doesn't play, just go to YouTube and play it there . . .

That was a bit of our week. Hope that you had a good week too! Burgers tonight -- see you in a few!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Apple Pickin' Time in Healdsburg

It is that time of year again . . . and we had all the best intentions. We had the apple pickin' tools out and somehow the schedule was changed and the apples find themselves STILL, on-the-trees. So we are flexible and it looks like next week is a good prospect for the harvesting of the apples in ours and what's hanging over the fence from the neighbors yard . . .

Instead of apple harvesting we plucked the tomatoes and the cucumbers from the garden. Gail just ordered a new produce truck to handle our crops this year -- actually the truck is the new needlepoint that she just received and will be working on the remainder of probably the new football season . . .

The above does show the "yellow" watermelon that we just brought home for slicing and a pleasant surprise to find a new color -- and it is sooo good. Maybe we'll plan to plant yellow melons next season -- Dino again is non-plussed.  The pickup truck is a radical departure from the normal needlepoint projects that Gail works on . . .

What's Some Detail Behind the Dates . . .

It's easy to go about searching and listing dates and geographic details about folks in the tree. AND it is easy to look at those listings and just move on to the next set of folks . . . BUT it is also surprising to uncover some unthinkable details of some of those that came before us:

The above shows some of the details of one of Gail's relatives -- a 1st cousin (2x removed) and one who grew up in the Seattle area with her family -- Lydia Pride Atkinson.

Lydia was born in the late 1800s and when she was about 21 years old (1907) she met and married a young man her age and they lived in Seattle. Both Lydia and John came from well respected families and lived in upscale neighborhoods.

Above, a portion of the Federal 1910 Census is shown. Lydia's husband and his birth family are listed in the census with John living there without Lydia (nor their baby). The census taker came around and reported these facts around the middle part of April of 1910 -- by the end of May that year there would be a huge change in the status . . .

The map with the red marker shows where the house in 1910 was located -- I do not believe that it is still there as Google Maps shows that it is the Seattle University area now . . .

So -- What Happened?

The events late in May of that year were the culmination apparently of things gone-wrong from the very start of the relationship between Lydia Atkinson and John Tripple. The events made the front page headlines of the Seattle Times then -- and probably would now as well if they occurred today:

The above shows (a rearranged version of)  the newspaper article that came out on May 31, 1910 regarding the happenings of May 30. The article details the events and the things that lead up to the murder-suicide that took place that day. Events like this impact the majority of family members around them and I am sure this is no exception.

When I was a volunteer on the Seattle Suicide Prevention Hotline, that was one of the questions we asked of those calling in -- whether or not they had considered the impact to others in their families of a possible suicide or worse. I don't know in this case and since it is over one hundred years ago, few folks are around that can share their sentiments -- we can only surmise. 

So, there are stories like this in most families and many times they are completely hidden from others -- and maybe rightfully so . . .

Other Dates from the Tree

There are six folks from our tree that celebrate a birthday today -- August 10. One of those is a half-Aunt of mine (ours) and that is Adeline Jane Hiles. Jane as she was known to me was born in Hollywood, California in a period of time that escapes some detail for me:

Let me explain. Jane's father -- Lloyd Hampton Hiles Sr., (my Granfather)  had married Anna, his second wife after his first wife died in 1925. At that time the family was living in Chicago as the 1920 Census proved. Again in 1930, when the Census was taken Lloyd, Anna & Jane were living in Chicago . 

So, between 1925 and 1930 -- what happened to their geographical living -- since Anna and Lloyd married in 1927 and Jane was born in 1928 (in Hollywood) most likely late in 1927 or early in 1928 the Lloyd Hampton Hiles Sr's moved to California AND by 1930, they were back in Chicago . . . I don't know whom to ask as to why. Just curious though. 

A side story to the Hollywood era for Lloyd & Anna -- my brother on a visit to Southern California a few years back was curious as to the address of where Lloyd & Anna lived and went and was taking some pictures when the current (at that time) residents asked as to why he was taking pictures and then invited him in to see the house. And the residents did have a Hollywood connection themselves -- Martin Landau was the young lady's father . . . there are I'm sure many more interesting tales "from our tree" waiting to be told.

So What is Coming-Up This Week

Actually, probably "more of the same" as this week. There was a webinar on Wednesday this week all about recording life events and how to do that . . . very interesting and worthwhile. 

And next week there are two webinars that I have signed-up for: one on Wednesday sponsored by Leagacy Family Tree and it is going to cover a variety topics relating to digital research guidance, presented by Geoff Rasmussen, who is always good with helpful material. 

The other webinar has to do with scanning -- a topic that is near and dear to me -- I have a variety of scanners, at least four of them -- and I am hoping that I will get more tips on how best to use them. My latest acquisition is a "high-speed" desk scanner that I am planning on using to reduce my "paper foot print". We'll see, so far I have scanned and thrown away the paper copy of several things that came in the mail.

What has to happen now though is to scan some of the "files and files" that take up so much room in the office (and house). Computer and cloud saving capability is very attractive. 

And Coming on the "Tube" This Week

Last week on WDYTYA, Chelsea Handler surprised (me) with a story that looks to have shown a more serious side to her. The discovery that her Grandfather had been a Nazi party member and a German soldier in WWII while she was raised in a Jewish home and all. The long story-short was that her Grandfather became a prisoner-of-war and held in Iowa.

After the war and he had returned to Germany because of his really humane treatment and education in Iowa, he returned with his family to live in America -- who knew.

This coming Tuesday it will be Zooey Deschanel's turn to uncover some of the mysteries in her family.

And finally -- what will keep our attention on the tube this week -- why we already have watched a couple of pre-season NFL games -- they will only get better we're sure . . .

We have purposely not paid much attention to any football news -- up til' now. We enjoy having the game on and can actually multi-task  to some extent while watching AND since we record each game, the total time allotted to each game is cut by about one-third and sometimes even more if the play gets really such that we can't justify spending anymore time on it . . . we love to use the "fast-forward" when appropriate.

That was a bit of our week. We hope your's was fine too -- see you in a few . . .  burgers tonight!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Beauty in the City -- People in the Plaza, Healdsburg

It was one of "those" weeks where we did not "have" to do anything . . . and we accomplished most of that. But we actually did do a lot, just the things though that we wanted to do. My attention was focused as usual on things genealogy while Gail focused on needle-pointing and puzzling. Dino has fit right into the mix and as a 22 month "pup" he is sooo mellow and agreeable:

We actually did go to a nursery (department of) and purchase the colorful plant above -- we hope that it lasts for a time . . . it is inspiring to see it while working in the kitchen, Dino is non-plussed.

We did accomplish a lot this week and managed to squeeze the basics of house maintenance in -- as well.

Webinar Wednesday Friday

I did feel the absence of a Webinar on Wednesday and was pleasantly surprised to find one scheduled on Friday for a change. This one was sponsored by Legacy Family Tree Webinars and hosted by Geoff Rasmussen and the presenter was Maureen Taylor with an excellent topic -- City Directories and how they can assist in the research of our ancestors.

I learned a great deal about City Directories and even though I have used them before -- the presentation triggered a renewed interest in finding more of our tree dwellers in actual City Directories. And for the missing 1890 Census (due to a fire) City Directories can often place our ancestors in a city or town.

As I have mentioned before these webinars on Legacy Family Tree are free when viewing "live" and then usually for a week afterwards, then they can be purchased if desired.

Maureen Taylor has written several books, mostly about photography (she is known as The Photo Detective). One that I have is "The Last Muster" -- Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. She mentioned that she is working on a new project "The Last Muster Film" which you can get more details about on:     Last Muster Film     the film got funding at the start from Kickstarter donors.

The Puzzling Dilemma

When one takes about a month to finish a puzzle there is a period of time when the question arises -- "how long do you leave the completed puzzle on display" . . . and what to do in the meantime:

That is exactly the place Gail found herself -- wondering "what now" as it pertains to the puzzle environment. She does have another one "waiting in the wings". The solution came when she realized that the completed puzzle would be on display until (today) Saturday when three of her friends were going to visit -- and they did and they expressed how much they liked the puzzle.

So now we'll see how the new puzzle will replace the completed one as the center of activity . . . these are not the same kind of decisions that we were making ten or twenty years ago when we were actually out and about in the work-a-day world. But some decisions feel like it though.

Working in the Branches of the Tree

As I have mentioned before, I don't always know where I'll find interesting relatives -- even if they are so "out there" on the branch. Sometimes it is hard to fathom the relationship as it might appear on a family tree chart but never-the-less if the people seem real it does not matter if they are distantly related -- but it would be nice if they were "direct-line" folks:

Clicking on the above you can see some of the actual relationships that I uncovered this week -- there were many more and some even more distant than these -- I won't name names . . . but while searching around for these folks it is really rewarding to rebuild their families and if photos are provided there is a real sense of "family".

So that is how that theory was unfolded . . . I can understand that a family tree and description can be really perplexing -- and I see it when folks roll their eyes when hearing descriptions like the above . . . I love it . . .

Birthdays & Anniversaries From the Tree 

There were six folks from our tree who celebrate a birthday today AND one marriage anniversary for this day. The couple are in my wife's branch and they were married 73 years ago today. The wife is still very active at 92, driving, playing golf, mall walking, enjoying . . .

Clicking on the above for marriages check out Gladys Rahman. If Paul Harvey was still around he'd be mentioning her on his program . . .

Genealogy on TV This Week

This week was productive in "doing" genealogy but it was also fun to watch others do some of it as well. This week Christina Applegate got involved in her family history -- very fascinating and the show is still available to view at TLC and other sites as well.

Next week -- on TLC on Tuesday night -- Chelsea Handler will be featured and some of the results are already "floating" around the web -- it sounds very interesting -- check it out next Tuesday night.

Genealogy Coming Soon to TV

On a date well known to me, September 23 of this year on Monday evening on PBS a new genealogy based show will air -- and these several shows will be featuring "everyday" folks, so it will be different than the current genealogy based shows airing now.

PBS has taken the format from their successful show "Antiques Roadshow" and have created "Genealogy Roadshow". Click on the above to see more in-depth descriptions of the show -- to me it really sounds like a rounding out of the styles between what is on now -- so I really look forward to September 23 . . .

And so that is a bit again of our week, hope your week went well! See you all in a few. Burgers tonight.