Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DNA/Surname search





Genealogy tip for the day: DNA/Surname Search

I just discovered something new on my Ancestry.com DNA page. I'm sure it's been there all along. When you learn something new, it takes a while to take it all in. This is probably the case here. I am beginning to see how to navigate around all the results: new, favorites, hints/matches, etc.

Last night I was reviewing my results to see if there was anything new. In the upper right corner I found the option to search matches (by surname)! ! WOO  HOO. Yes! I can pull up only the surname matches I am interested in. So I typed in the name TRASK - the one I am most interested in, probably because that is what got me hooked on genealogy and still is unsolved beyond the 6th generation. Now I had a list of possible matches that included the name Trask. (Depending on the possible match they would include also other common surnames with each possible match.)

Click on the oval box that says 'search matches' and it will take you to a field where you can type in the surname and or location you are interested in. This greatly enhances your search through the potential list of cousins. You can zero in on just one line or surname and not have to wade through all of them. What a great time-saving feature!

If you have had your DNA done by Ancestry and don't know this little trick, look it up the next time you sign in. It saves you having to dig through all the results just to find the ones you are most interested in.


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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month





Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 10 ounce short pasta noodles such as cavatelli, penne or rigatoni
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  •  

Preparation

1. In a bowl, toss tomatoes, olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic and salt. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain pasta and place in bowl with tomatoes. Add Parmesan, if desired, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately



Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks
Apr 18th Semi Homemade Tomato Soup





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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gadgets





Genealogy tip for the day: Gadgets

Last Saturday I was able to attend the genealogy conference in Springdale, AR that I was telling you about. There were some very good classes to attend. One that I attended was on technology and how they are helping genealogy. The one thing that I learned about is a massive storage device called "my cloud." If you are like me I am a little leery of putting all my important, personal information and all those pictures! This is the answer to that concept. You can hide your cloud behind your couch and it won't even rain in your living room! And considering the prices of technology this one was rather reasonable, I thought. I don't want to quote a price because my memory doesn't always remember all the details, but I believe it was well under $100. Check it out!!! This may be just what you have been waiting for.


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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month

 Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Flatbread Pizza



Ingredients

·  1 pint grape tomatoes (2 cups)
·  1 (13 3/4-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
·  2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
·  2 naan flatbreads or lavash
·  1 tablespoon finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
·  2 cups arugula
·  1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
·  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
·  1/4 teaspoon salt
·  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.
2. Toss tomatoes and artichokes with 1 teaspoon oil, and arrange in a shallow baking pan. Broil, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes or until charred and tomatoes are wilted.
3. Preheat oven to 450°. Top each flatbread with half of tomatoes and artichokes. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan; bake in bottom third of oven 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
4. While the pizza is baking, toss the arugula with shaved Parmesan, lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, and pepper.
5. Cut pizza into wedges, and serve with arugula alongside.
·                          Prep Time: 10 minutes
·                          Cook Time: 14 minutes
·                          Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 flatbread and 1/2 cup arugula)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:
277
Fat per serving:
8g
Saturated fat per serving:
2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:
2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:
0.0g
Protein per serving:
12g
Carbohydrates per serving:
41g
Fiber per serving:
5g
Cholesterol per serving:
6mg
Iron per serving:
3mg
Sodium per serving:
620mg
Calcium per serving:
116mg

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks
Apr 17th Summer-Garden Gazpacho
Apr 18th Semi-Homemade Tomato Soup





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Friday, April 18, 2014

Picaboo Books






Genealogy tip for the day: Picaboo Books

In looking at the classes for the genealogy conference tomorrow in Springdale I found something I want to share with you. Have you ever wanted to publish you family history but feel it would cost you to much?

Here is what the conference website has to say about it: "There is nothing more exciting than finding the name of that long lost relative or even digging up a photo of an ancestor whose face you have never seen. Once you have found all of this great information and compiled the inspiring stories of their lives, you will want to share it with others.
"Publishing a compilation of genealogical data or a life story can be daunting. Learning to use complicated publishing software takes valuable time and once it is done the cost of the book can be prohibitive.
"Picaboo has been helping people get their photos into printed hardbound books for decades and with the newly launched Yearbook division, it is the perfect fit for someone who wants to combine photos and stories in a simple, user friendly program. The real surprise is the cost. It's very affordable and a fraction of the cost of other On-Demand Publishers. Picaboo can print up to 200,000 books a day or just one - yours."
Their own website states you can create your own 20 page book for less than $10.00. Check it out and see what you think. I think I will...



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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month
Semi-homemade Tomato Soup




Do you want to have that homemade taste without as much work? Here's an easy recipe for tomato soup that tastes homemade.

2 cans of tomato soup
2 cans full of milk
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, blended
sprinkle of basil
season to taste

Take 1 cup (more or less) of cherry tomatoes and put in your blender. Blend until they are at least cut into little pieces with a lot of juice.

Open tomato soup cans and empty into large pan; fill soup cans with milk - use milk to rinse out cans of clinging soup, empty into large pan. Put on medium eat and stir frequently. When it starts to boil turn down to low, add basil, salt and pepper to taste. 

Finish off your meal with a stack of toasted cheese sandwiches. Voila! a quick and easy supper with a touch of homemade taste.

Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks  
Apr 18th Semi-homemade Tomato Soup



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gather Your Family





Genealogy tip for the day: Gather Your Family Conference

If you live in Northwest Arkansas, be sure and come to the annual "Gather Your Family" genealogy conference. It will be held April 19th, all day from 8:00 to 5:00 pm. The conference is held at the Springdale LDS church at 6731 Lynch Prairie Cove in Springdale, Arkansas.

Marilyn Collins will be the main speaker. Marilyn is a local author and expert on writing your family history. Collins is the author of, “You Can Write a Book about Your Family” and “Memoir Writing Guide: Brighten Your Leaf on the Family Tree” They are available in both e-book and print format from CHS Publishing.

For more information on the event please visit: Gather Your Family. Here you can register, get directions, see what workshops are being offered and the schedule for the day. There is no cost. You will need to provide your own lunch. This is open to anyone interested in genealogy and will not be used as a means of proselytizing. Come see what you can learn.



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Today’s Recipe
April – Tomato Month

·                                 Perp Time: 20 minutes
·                                 Cook Time:
·                                 Total Time: 30 minutes
·                                 Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups tomato juice (such as Campbell's Organic Tomato Juice)
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomato
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped seeded unpeeled cucumber
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

1. Combine all ingredients except basil in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before serving.
2. Ladle the gazpacho into soup bowls; top with basil.



Apr 1st   Caprese Stacks




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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)  

Ingredients

  • 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
  •  

Preparation

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


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



Ingredients
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


Preparation

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





Ingredients

·  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
·   

Preparation

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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