“Is Genesis History?”

It's Friday night and many from our church met in the auditorium for yet another FREE MOVIE NIGHT!  Tonight we going to get to see the much-awaited viewing of the new compelling and perhaps controversial documentary movie Is Genesis History?. The film's title is a double entendre, or play on words.  In my initial reading … Continue reading “Is Genesis History?”

Acknowledging Ancestry.com’s Assembled Content and Delivery Systems

I am quite impressed with some major and recent improvements in Ancestry.com's products and services marketing.  Yes, that's right, I said "the ugly word--marketing, " as inferred by those who haven't been involved in it or have been the victims of marketing done poorly.  Yet, I'm here to give credit to Ancestry where credit is … Continue reading Acknowledging Ancestry.com’s Assembled Content and Delivery Systems

From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA

A few years ago I spit a small amount (about two tablespoons) of my saliva into a specimen collection tube provided in a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing kit that I ordered through Ancestry.com. My goal was to learn about my ancestors' through their genealogical beginnings and follow a familial chain of genetic links from generation to generation. … Continue reading From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA

Our Ancestors’ Died From What?

Death Certificates Validate Our Lives The primary purpose of a death certificate is to explain how or why people died. The only thing we know for sure is that people died because they were born; because they were mortal. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that roughly fifty million people in the world this year will … Continue reading Our Ancestors’ Died From What?

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Nurse!

Yes, a nurse is what I said I wanted to be for many of my developmental years. In third grade, I checked out a lot of biographical books from my school library.  Two of them were on the lives of Clara Barton (the pioneer nurse who also founded the American Red Cross), (1821-1912) and Florence Nightingale, … Continue reading When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Nurse!


FYI: As a follow-up to yesterday's blog:  Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Another 127-year-old renowned printed medium placed in the hands of a media mogul. Should we be delighted or concerned? By Miriam Raftery, September 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – First published in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has long been one of the … Continue reading MEDIA WATCH: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SELLS TO FOX; OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH IS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER

Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2

Our Deaf Heritage Last January, I posted Our Deaf Heritage, that confirmed deafness in the Boling/Bolling/Bowling and Randolph families' ancestors from the 1700's in England and Virginia, and how they were responsible for founding the first schools for the hearing impaired in America, and later, the infamous Gallaudet University in the District of Columbia.  Gallaudet was established in 1864 … Continue reading Our Deaf Heritage, Part 2

27 Million Newspaper Pages Digitized in a Living Room!

Original Article About Tom Tryniski was written by Jim Epstein at Reason.com If you have ever searched through newspaper archives you know just how tedious, time-consuming, sometimes costly, and most importantly, how iffy a find can be.  But back in March 2013, Jim Epstein at Reason.com, profiled Tom Tryniski, an eccentric retiree who digitized about 27 million … Continue reading 27 Million Newspaper Pages Digitized in a Living Room!

Our Ancestors’ Periods of Sleep Differed from Ours – Are We Doing It Wrong?

Familial Sleeping Disorders My daughter. granddaughter and I all have sleeping disorders which prevent us from getting a full night's rest filled sleep.  One of the best benefits of leaving my career job a few years ago was finding time to take a nap in the afternoons (not recommended, by the way) when life's activities … Continue reading Our Ancestors’ Periods of Sleep Differed from Ours – Are We Doing It Wrong?

‘Great Surprise’—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  In honor of this occasion, below I share with you National Geographic's article from November 2013: "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins Oldest human genome reveals less of an East Asian ancestry than thought. Native Americans may have a more complicated heritage than previously believed. PHOTOGRAPH BY ROLAND W. … Continue reading ‘Great Surprise’—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

More Than a Few Names or Mere Numbers

As an addendum to this week's post What's In a Name?, I revised my Surname Report in Family Tree Maker™. This report shows that our family's tree (including my spouse's family) has 10,772 persons in it.  Of those persons (living and dead), 52 percent of them are male; making my database's percentage of males three percentage points higher than the … Continue reading More Than a Few Names or Mere Numbers

Genetically Speaking, Could We Be Cousins?

Hard to believe, but we just might be near or distant cousins or cousins once or more removed.  When I started my genealogy research about 35 years ago we may never have been able to answer my question about being cousins with any certainty in a single lifetime. However, 11 years after my initial genealogical research, the … Continue reading Genetically Speaking, Could We Be Cousins?

The Chesapeake Bay and Our Native American Heritage

This post focuses on our Native American heritage who resided along the borders of the Chesapeake Bay.  Digressing just a little into my lineage, my paternal Bolling ancestors were among the first in Jamestown and my maternal Lathrop ancestors the first in New England.  My ninth great-grandfather, Colonel Robert Bolling married Pocahontas' granddaughter, Jane Poythress … Continue reading The Chesapeake Bay and Our Native American Heritage

Family Stories that Bind Us

Often when I have writer's block, I take time out to read what others are writing about or I simply google a theme that I have in mind. And, today, I discovered the "This Life" column that appears monthly in the Sunday Styles Section of the New York Times.   The article "Family Stories that Bind Us," … Continue reading Family Stories that Bind Us

Irish-American Heritage Month: March 2014

DNA Test Reveals 10% Irish Ancestry From my ancestry.com DNA report--A Look Into My Irish Ancestry - Primarily in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, but some lived in France, and England: I guess the DNA results that revealed my blood lineage as 10 percent Irish, allow me to legitimately wear green today to honor my Irish heritage.  Ireland, … Continue reading Irish-American Heritage Month: March 2014

“Life Interrupted–Navigating the Unexpected”

I "borrowed" this post's title, above, from Priscilla Shirer's 2011 inspirational book of the same title, as well as the opening description about it: "From telemarketers to traffic jams to twenty-item shoppers in the ten-item line, our lives are full of interruptions. They're often aggravating, sometimes infuriating, and can make us want to tell people … Continue reading “Life Interrupted–Navigating the Unexpected”

From “Baby Boomer” to “Sandwich Generation”

The Baby Boomer Generation I am proud to be a part of the "Baby Boomer" Generation, whose moniker is changing to the "Sandwich Generation." The happenings of our Baby Boomer generation were a mix of exciting and melancholy times. The number of historical events which took place in the last 60 years is unprecedented. Take … Continue reading From “Baby Boomer” to “Sandwich Generation”

“A Sad Mistake”

Each January I renew my subscription to Ancestry.com.  This year my annual fee increased by nearly 30 percent.  However, two additional tools were incorporated into my Worldwide subscription: full access to Fold3.com (the web's premier collection of original military records) and also newspapers.com (digital access to 2,200 U.S. Newspapers dating from 1700 to current day).  And, I … Continue reading “A Sad Mistake”

A Perceptive Eye…Today’s Generations

The following post by waitbutwhy.com appeared on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at HuffingtonPost.com, titled Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy.  It's about Lucy, who is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s--like children in our family whose parents are baby boomers and like so many of my coworkers and subordinates … Continue reading A Perceptive Eye…Today’s Generations

Railroaded in Colonial Virginia…

THANKFUL THURSDAY...PART 2 King George County, Port Royal, Virginia We are picking up from Part 1 of this post, dated January 30, 2013, in King George County, Virginia, meandering toward our final destination the Centre Hill Mansion Museum to do the annual January 24th Ghost Walk through the house originally built by Colonel Robert Bolling … Continue reading Railroaded in Colonial Virginia…