Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blood Moon

Genealogy tip for the day: Blood Moon

Did you get to see the lunar eclipse on Monday night/Tuesday morning? What an unusual astronomical event that was!!! I hope you not only got to see it, but in someway able to document it. Your future generations would love to know what you thought of the event or if you even got to see it.

Did you ever stop to think that your ancestors also may have witnessed special events like this in their life time?  I know my father was a very young boy when Haley's comet came though - 'time before last.'  He said what he remembered about it was all the family members and friends talking about it. He was quite young and doesn't remember seeing it.

It's these types of things that can enhance your story about your ancestors that make reading about them just that much more interesting. What have some of your ancestors seen?

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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month
·                                 Perp Time: 5 minutes
·                                 Cook Time: 15 minutes
·                                 Total Time: 20 minutes
·                                 Yield: Makes 4 servings (1 serving: about 2 cups)  


  • 3/4 pound whole wheat pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) package baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 ounce grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) container grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and crushed red pepper; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 1–2 minutes or until translucent. Add spinach and broth; cover and cook for 1 minute. Add half-and-half, 3⁄4 of the cheese, and the black pepper. Stir to combine; cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Add tomatoes and the cooked pasta; toss. Garnish with parsley and remaining cheese. Serve.

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks


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Monday, April 14, 2014


Networking helps put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Genealogy tip for the day: Networking

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'it's now what you know, but who you know'?? That plays out in every situation you find yourself in. You will find it is true in genealogy research as well.

I started my journey in 1984 when my grandfather, L.S. Van Gorder had passed away and my mother was sorting her parent's papers. We all knew who his father and his grandfather were, but the trail quickly turned cold.  I had no idea where to begin looking.

I put his line on the back burner and concentrated on other family lines. But what I did do was to post on Rootsweb and other websites. There you can find other people interested in the same surname as you. In my case, I found a lady who had researched her Van Gorden line and had information about the person who came to this country from Holland and from whom various lines with various spellings had descended, including Van Gorders.

We corresponded over time and she also put me in touch with her father. Eventually he helped me to put the pieces together and I discovered L.S. Van Gorder had a great grandfather named Jonathan. AND, it tied me back to the original settler from Holland.

On February 6, 1979, I gave birth to a son, and I had named him Jonathan. He was the only one, I thought, that wasn't named after someone in the family. Sometime in the early 90's, I found out - it was in the family after all!

You never know when networking with people can pay off, but sometimes you have to be patient and give it time! The reward is awesome.

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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month

5 tablespoons olive oil
7 sheets phyllo dough, thawed if frozen
8 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Unroll phyllo sheets and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Place a sheet of phyllo on baking sheet and lightly brush entire surface with olive oil. (It won't matter if phyllo tears slightly.) Top with a second sheet of phyllo, keeping remaining sheets covered, and brush with olive oil. Repeat stacking and brushing until all phyllo has been used. Reserve any extra oil.

2. Arrange tomato slices decoratively on phyllo in a single layer, leaving a 1/4-inch border on all sides. Sprinkle feta over the top, then sprinkle with thyme and rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle any remaining olive oil over top.

3. Bake tart until edges are golden brown and phyllo is crisp, about 30 minutes. Let tart cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into 12 squares and serve warm.

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Common Mistakes, 5

Genealogy tip for the day: Common Mistakes, 5

Today will conclude our look at mistakes and wrong assumptions that we all make. Maybe this trip down the road of mistakes will help you miss the potholes!!

#34. Ignoring Siblings. We sometimes get so focused on the direct line that we forget that sometimes a brick wall, or a difficulty may be solved by researching our grandparents' siblings. If you have a question that seems to have no answer, look at the brothers and sisters and see if they will lead you to the answer you are looking for.

#35. Overlooking maiden names. Granted on the one hand, sometimes maiden names can be hard to pin down. But at the same time, when you have it, don't ignore it. Watch however and don't assume a bride's last name before marriage is her maiden name. It could be she was married before. You'll have go back one step further and find the previous marriage. When finding the maiden name, it will then help you find the parents.

#36. Jumping to conclusions with out documentation can lead to disaster. There may be a situation where a lot of things seem to indicate a conclusion, but in the end you have to have proof before you can say with certainty such-and-such as fact.

#37. Chasing the wrong family. This can waste a lot of time and money. This is sometimes a result of jumping to conclusions and not proven what you have so far. In the end you've ended up with a wild goose chase. You will be very unhappy with yourself if you discovered you have done this. Making several mistakes we have mentioned in this series can cause you to end up chasing the wrong family. Not documenting, making assumptions, yet not thinking outside of the box.

#38. Don't think you can keep track of everything in your head. Remember that every time you go back a generation, you've doubled the people. And that's just the direct ancestors. This doesn't include siblings, cousins etc. If you are computer literate (and you probably to some extent if you are reading this), then research and look into different genealogy software and see what appeals to you. Or, you can record your information on paper forms. There are several styles and many are found on the Internet free.

#39. Don't assume that women with the same surname as their father aren't married. I personally went to school with a gal that married a fellow that had the exact same last name as her. They were no relation whatsoever. Again, it's those assumptions that can get you into trouble.

#40. Don't assume a family never moved if you found them in the same area for birth and marriage, or marriage and death, etc. Sometimes folks will move away and then later return to a previous location. Check out where other relatives may have lived and see if there is a connection.

#41. Speaking of moving, it may seem like a family moved several times when in fact they never moved at all, but boundary lines did. This can effect county lines, state lines and maybe even national boundaries.

As a "sort of" an example, I have an ancestor who was born in Canada. Later that geographical area became part of New York State. So national lines can move just as much as lower governmental boundaries.

This concludes our look at mistakes to avoid and assumptions not to make and the like. I hope this has been helpful to you. Next week, we'll find something else to share with you. Come see what we decided.

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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month


·  1/4 cup grated Parmesan
·  1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
·  1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
·  1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
·  2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
·  12 1/2-inch-thick tomato slices, from 6 medium tomatoes


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, oregano, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add olive oil and stir to form a moist mixture.
2. Arrange tomato slices on baking sheet and spoon a heaping 1/2 tsp. Parmesan mixture on top of each slice, dividing evenly. Use your fingertips to press into an even layer. Bake until tomatoes are soft and topping begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Common Mistakes, 4

Genealogy tip for the day: Common Mistakes, 4


Today, we are continuing our look at mistakes that either we make ourselves, or errors made by assumption. We are up to #25.


#26. Given names are gender specific. Wrong Assumption! Normally this is the case but it is not always the case. I have known a lot of Jerry's, Bobbie's and other similar names in my life time that were not guys. I also had a professor named Jan who was a "Mister". Beverly can sometimes be a male name. An example of that is the gospel singer, George Beverly Shea. Although for the most part names are gender indicative, don't let that box you in.


#27. Failure to accurately record your information.  When transferring new information into your records whether paper or computer, you should read and reread it 2-3 times. If possible let it cold and come back again and check. Another option, if you have someone interested, have another person read what you've transcribed. There's probably nothing worse than perpetuating the wrong information. It is very hard to correct.


#28. If you do not know a name or a date, or place, don't make one up. Don't assume you know the answer. Abnormalities and oddities happen all the time. People never do follow the same pattern or routine.


#29. Blindly trusting others' research. See #27! You should always check out new information, especially someone else's research. You must find out how they documented their information, if they did. Only then can you trust their information.


#30. Don't need more than one copy!! BAD mistake. Even if you have your information on your computer, you should have redundant backup information, and NOT on your computer. I had a friend who kept one back up in a fire box and another one at the bank. You don't need to do this daily but periodically. It would be easier to put a month's worth of work back into your research than to have to redo all of it. (Been there, done that!)


#31. Skipping Generations. The only place you can get away with that is in the Bible. Some generations were actually from grandfather to grandson, or great grandson. But you can't do that in genealogy today if you want your work to be believable and trustworthy.  Sometimes we don't do this intentionally but by making assumptions.


#32. I don't need a goal, I'm just going to start with me and take off! Wrong Assumption. You can end up chasing down a whole lot of rabbit trails. You need to have some kind of goal, even if you revise it from time to time. Who of us haven't done that already. My goal is to "get to the pond" (the person who came to this country). Occasionally I have fallen into information I wasn't expecting, so I didn't pass it up just because it was beyond my goal, but for the most part it does help guide my research.


#33. There is no standard way of recording information. Wrong Assumption, again. You need to follow the rules, play according to Hoyle, keep it kosher - whatever you want to call it.


As for people's names, that may depend on the form or software you are using, but be consistant. Dates are ALWAYS small to large, i.e. day - month - year. This is sometimes called the military way or the continental way. It is also called the genealogical way.


Locations follow the same pattern - small to large. Town (or maybe township), county, state. For another country or states that do not have "counties" but call them something else, it is still the smaller to larger direction you record them.


Well, let's let that kind of settle in for today and we'll finish up tomorrow with the last 8 that we have.




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Today’s Recipe

April – Tomato Month




·  4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
·  4 sprigs fresh thyme
·  2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
·  1 shallot, thinly sliced
·  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
·  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Arrange cherry tomatoes in a single layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with thyme sprigs, garlic and shallot; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to combine.
2. Bake, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes pop and ooze, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove baking dish from the oven and discard thyme sprigs. Use immediately or let cool and transfer to a covered container. Refrigerate until ready to use. Tomatoes will keep for 3 days.




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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Genealogy tip for the day: Intermission


Big Announcements here at BBB. It's a new day at BBB! Our blog has now become independent of the Rogers Public Library. From this day forward it will be my personal blog regarding genealogy. We will continue to give tips, lessons, and other helpful information. Also I will journal my own journey in this fascinating, obsessing avocation! Stay on board for more exciting adventures.

At the bottom you will continue to find a new menu for the day. If this changes we will let you know! (We are taking a break today, but will return to sharing great food with you tomorrow.)

Tomorrow we will continue our series on Common Mistakes people make or need to avoid in family history research!!
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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month
Our daily recipe's will return tomorrow. I've got a whole list of them lined up waiting to be shared! Be sure to keep watch.
Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks
Apr 8th (Intermission)
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Common Mistakes, 3

Genealogy tip for the day: Common Mistakes, 3

Continuing our quest in common mistakes to avoid we will look at 9 more, today. Some are mistakes we need to avoid, some are assumptions we have that end up giving us problems. Let’s see what we have today ---

#17. Spelling doesn’t matter. False! Spelling does matter, even when it is misspelled. When you are searching records and need to transcribe information, you need to spell everything just as it appears in the document, even or especially if they have misspelled something. But if you know the correct way to spell something, then you spell it the right way when you are creating your own records.

For example, a woman’s name may appear as Jayne Dough in a census record, but you have found her name 3 other places as Jane Doe. Birth certificates especially are apt to have the correct spelling (but not always).  When you transcribe (writing down word for word, letter for letter) what the census says you will write J-a-y-n-e D-o-u-g-h. But in your own forms, or genealogy software you may have her under J-a-n-e D-o-e.

This is when you are correct in spelling and misspelling a person’s name. But be careful you don’t create yet another version of spelling yourself. It is easier to get it right when you are personally acquainted with the person than when you are working on your 7th great grandfather!J

[There are always exceptions to every situation. My above statement reminds me that my grandmother wrote my cousin's name one, way - only for me to find out many, many years later after she had passed away, that she had misspelled it all along. But no one had corrected her.]

#18. Transposition of letters and numbers: This sort of falls close to misspellings. You might find where someone died 1907 but he was born in 1749. Some people have longevity, but I don’t think it lasts that long! When people are used to using a particular date in daily life (1900’s for example) it’s easy to type one NINE zero seven (1907) instead of one EIGHT zero seven (1807). The same is true with words. They can easily get mixed around, especially if you are typing! (and you don’t have auto-correct). Other people may also have that problem. So if you are reading something that sounds odd, check and see if maybe there is a transposition there with either the numbers or the letters. Be Very Careful when you are entering data into your charts that you don’t transpose numbers or letters, yourself.

#19. Relationship designations and meanings change.
          Step mother didn’t always mean, dad married again and the step mother/his new wife is raising his children. Step mother may mean the mother-in-law. Cousin can sometimes mean any relative. Sometimes widow/er is used to refer to someone who is divorced, separated or a polygamist, if these categories aren’t provided in the form being used. So be careful of using designations you find. They may or may not be exactly as we understand today.

#20. Don’t assume that all children came from the same mother. Often especially in times past, if a woman died in childbirth, the father would sometimes marry again quickly to have help to take care of the children. In some cases she may be just a few years older than the oldest child. Or, occasionally, she may be even younger than the oldest child, especially in large families. That ties in with “age within context.” Compare Mom’s age with the ages of the children.

#21. Can’t find a record? Not every record got recorded, and there are those burned out courthouses, especially during the Civil War. Some were recorded later – much later. Don’t restrict yourself to a few days to a week to record something. It may have been a month later  (or more) before they ‘went back to town.’

#22. Migration patterns don’t guarantee that’s how your ancestors went. These are only patterns, not regimented. So don’t limit yourself to just one way or one direction of moving. The patterns themselves may suggest looking in a different place. Think outside the box!

#23. A person that can no longer be found on a census doesn’t necessarily means he or she has died. People are missed all the time. They may have moved or weren’t home at the time and the census taker may have never gone back. There can be all kinds of reasons. You can record however that a person died after such-and-such a date of the last known point he was living. This is a given! They have to die at some point! J But be careful.You might find them again on the next census after the one that was missed. So don’t assume they are dead, yet. Do your research.

#24.  Same surnames in a given area aren’t proof of kinship. It may be a possibility but it is not proof. Just ask anyone researching the surname Smith! More digging is required to come up with actual proof of kinship. Once you’ve found the proof the rest are cherries on top!

Last one for today:
#25. “Jr.” always means ‘son of.’ No, sometimes you will find it in reference to a mother/daughter situation.  It can sometimes be found in isolated situations like a document, to differentiate between two people with the same, whether or not they are related. What is the most common use isn’t always law!

More tomorrow.

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Lunch and Learn is TOMORROW! Our topic this month is SEARCHING FOR FOSSILS IN THE HEART OF AFRICA. J. Michael Plavcan of U of A will be presenting the program. Bring your sack lunch, and learn! Drinks and cookies provided.

Thursday night’s Teen movie is Despicable Me 2. 6 pm.

Saturday, 1 pm is our Geek The Library event with MINECRAFT!

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The Dutch establish a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.

A slave revolt breaks out in New York City.

The territory of Mississippi is organized.

General Ulysses S. Grant defeats Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn.

The British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill.

U.S. Secretary of Interior leases the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.

President Franklin Roosevelt signs legislation ending Prohibition in the United States.

British and American armies link up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North Africa, forming a solid line against the German army.

The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world's largest battleship, is sunk during the battle for Okinawa.

Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Socialist republic.

President Nixon pledges a withdrawal of 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.

The United States breaks relations with Iran.

Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson make first Space Shuttle spacewalk.

John Poindexter is found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Born on April 7

William Wordsworth, English poet laureate ("The Prelude," "Lyrical Ballards").

John Pierpoint Morgan, U.S. industrialist.

Walter Camp, father of American football.

W.K. Kellogg, cereal magnate and health guru.

Walter Winchell, American newscaster and columnist.

Billie Holliday (Eleanora Fagan), jazz and blues singer.

Donald Barthelme, writer.

Daniel Ellsberg, anti-war activist, released the Pentagon Papers.

Walter Camp Football Foundation card
Walter Camp

Word for the Day
A camera was once a specialized gadget, costing lots of money. Who would have guessed that one day most of us would carry a camera or two in our pockets as part of a smartphone?
That brings us to selfie, a self-portrait taken by a camera phone. Some people have misinterpreted the word as cellphie. You have to admit this interpretation makes sense; after all, it's a picture taken by a cell phone.
While the chance of the spelling cellphie taking over selfie is slim, changes in spelling do happen. This week we'll see five words that had their spellings changed owing to misunderstandings or errors.



1. A bell tower; also the part of a tower where a bell is hung.
2. Head. Usually in the phrase to have bats in the belfry, meaning to be crazy.

From Old French berfrei, from High German bergan (to protect or shelter) and Old English frith (peace). Originally the term was berfrei and it was a siege tower or watchtower. Since it had bells, people began to think the term was belfry.
Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhergh- (high), which also gave us iceberg, borough, burg, burglar, bourgeois, fortify, force, bourgeois, inselberg, and sforzando. Earliest documented use: 1300.

"I received a rap on my head accompanied by a deluge of water. I carefully examined my belfry and found out I was not dead."
Jerome A. Greene; Indian War Veterans; Savas Beatie; 2007.

"Lula put her finger to the side of her head and made circles. The international sign for bats in her belfry."
Janet Evanovich; Twelve Sharp; St. Martin's Press; 2006.

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. -William Wordsworth, poet (1770-1850)

Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch each salt and pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano
1 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes
1 8-oz. piece Halloumi cheese, cut into 16 cubes

1. If using wooden skewers, soak 8 in warm water for 30 minutes. Whisk garlic, mustard, salt, pepper, juice and vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Stir in oregano.
2. Preheat a grill to medium-high. Place 2 tomatoes on each skewer, piercing crosswise, followed by a cube of Halloumi. Continue alternating tomatoes and Halloumi until each skewer has 5 or 6 tomatoes and 2 cubes of Halloumi.
3. Whisk vinaigrette and lightly brush onto skewers. Oil grill. Grill skewers, watching closely, until cheese is lightly browned and tomatoes are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes, turning halfway through. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks


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