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Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online


When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods.

One technique that I often employ is called “Dot Voting”  or “Visual the Vote.” This is a simple process for getting participants to prioritize ideas or decisions.… Read More



CDC: U.S. birth rate hit 'record low' in 2018

The birth rate in the U.S. has dropped for the fourth year in a row, according to the CDC.


Bon Jovi's third 'pay if you can' restaurant will help hungry college students

At the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant, patrons make a donation to cover someone else's meal. If you can't pay, you can volunteer to cover the cost of your food.


'Let's get the band back together.' Paterson's marching music tradition returns

Paterson boasted New Jersey's best marching band for decades. Budget cuts killed it years ago. Now it's back, and it's scrappy.


Paterson police investigate shooting which left a city resident hurt

Police in Paterson were investigating a shooting in the city that left a city man injured Sunday, authorities said.


First snow of 2019 hits New Jersey

The first snowstorm of 2019 hits New Jersey on December 1, 2019.


First generation Dover students to get aid, support for college

The County College of Morris receives over $100,000 to launch the Dover College Promise Program aiming to help first-generation high school students get to college.


He's a Paramus boy living a country dream at 120 miles an hour — and on dirt

In a town synonymous with suburbia, he dreamed of conquering the motorsport of rural America. He's poor. He started late. But wow, can he slide.


North Jersey shops try to lure customers offline on Small Business Saturday

Nationwide the picture is bleak for brick-and-mortar shops.


Five little-known historical facts about New Jersey

New Jersey is home to Ellis Island, Bruce Springsteen and "The Sopranos," but have you heard about Napoleon's brother's house?


Winter Wonderland returns to Paramus, bringing ice skating, a beer garden and food trucks

The park is transforming 3.5 acres into a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, thanks to the illuminated holiday décor.


He got into a Wayne mall before it was razed. Now he's selling his photos for thousands.

Phillip Buehler got in and captured the final 'post-apocalyptic' remnants of Wayne Hills Mall, where sleet and snow fell through roof gashes.


Proposed $10 million community center angers Teaneck neighborhood

As residents fight what they say would ruin their quality of life, Ray Hassan, looking to build a tribute to his mother, says it feels personal.


Mahwah cancels annual bus trip to Manhattan, upsetting senior residents

The annual Senior Center's bus trip to Manhattan next week will be the last as the township puts an end to its excursions for senior citizens.


Between arrests, Jane Fonda has a date in Morristown

"An Evening with Jane Fonda: A Celebration of a Storied Career" comes to the Mayor Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Dec. 8.


In Clifton bingo is big, huge even

The Boys and Girls Club of Clifton gross around $3 million in Bingo sales. Meet the people who come out to play bingo there.


Clifton bingo night is serious fun — and it brings in millions for local nonprofits

There's an art to playing bingo, say players. Bring special good luck charms, markers and a few bucks for a night of fun.


Wayne Valley football celebrates regional championship win

Wayne Valley came back from a 17-0 deficit to beat Northern Highlands 21-17 in the North Group 4 regional championship game.


Forecast projects higher inch counts for Monday in parts of New Jersey

Northeastern New Jersey could receive five inches of snow on Monday, while Sussex may get hammered with as much as nine inches by Monday afternoon.


Small Business Saturday has little impact, local business owners say

North Jersey small business owners say they appreciate the promotion of Small Business Saturday, but the event has little impact beyond drawing eyes.


The All City Band brings music back to Paterson schools

Music programs in Paterson schools in the 1990s. The All City Band returns in 2019 with middle schoolers, high schoolers and alumni.


Paterson's All City Band makes Thanksgiving debut

The All City Band debuts at the Thanksgiving Classic football game between Eastside and Kennedy on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Paterson.


Parsippany crash victim worked to honor fallen EMS workers

Kevin Agard died after a crash in Parsippany. He was director of National EMS Memorial Service, honoring EMS killed in line up duty.


Lyndhurst soccer teams led the way in South Bergen

Lyndhurst girls soccer topped area teams while the Golden Bears' boys were not far behind.


Paterson's Bacon & Graham, Inc.: The tale of a clever woman and an imaginary man

Here, a tale of a clever woman and the make-believe man she created to overcome gender bias in 1930s Paterson.


Planning to shop on Small Business Saturday? Here are some local hidden gems

This weekend marks the tenth rendition of Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some places to shop.


Iconic Seeing Eye organization welcomes new leadership

Glann Hoagland spent the last 26 years as the president of the Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner, N.Y., New York's largest non-profit nature preserve


Wayne Hills Mall photo exhibit

Photos of Wayne Hills Mall in 'decay' will be exhibited at an art gallery in Manhattan, beginning on Nov. 29.


Paterson approves $4M in sewer bonds amid billing controversy

Despite the controversy over Paterson's system for sewer fees, the City Council on Tuesday night approved $4 million in bonds for sewer repairs.


Veterans thanked at 202 Italian Bistro

The Selimi brothers, who entered this country 20 years ago, as refugees, from Kosovo, spent their Thanksgiving thanking US military veterans at their Lincoln Park restaurant. 11/28/19


Brothers from Kosovo honor US military on Thanksgiving

The Selimi brothers, who entered this country, as refugees from Kosovo, thanked the US military on Thanksgiving by serving them and their families 200 free meals. 11/28/19


No injuries reported in early morning Hillsdale house fire

It's unclear what started the Thursday morning blaze at the Hillsdale home.


Clifton football beats Passaic in final Thanksgiving Day meeting

The end of an era came to Clifton on Thanksgiving Day, as the Mustangs and Passaic played their traditional Turkey Day game for the 92nd and final time.


Police investigating shots fired in Passaic overnight

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office investigating an overnight shooting that left no injuries in Passaic.


Paterson fire displaces 15, including 10 children, on Thanksgiving Day

A fire forced the relocation of 15 people, including 10 children, from a multifamily dwelling on Putnam Street in Paterson, a fire official said.


Passaic shooting suspect captured in Newark

A Passaic man accused of shooting a city resident earlier this month was arrested Tuesday, authorities said.


Teaneck house fire started with BMW in driveway; residents unharmed but displaced

Three Teaneck residents were displaced Wednesday night when a BMW caught fire in the driveway and extended to the house, police said.


Teaneck house fire started with car in driveway; residents unharmed

No one was injured when a car caught fire in the driveway of Teaneck home Wednesday and extended to the house, police said.


Mold problem resurfaces at Englewood municipal building, deemed 'critical'

The city has paid more than $5,000 so far to fight mold at the South Van Brunt Street site, with state and federal agencies getting involved.


Teaneck house fire started with car in driveway; residents unharmed

No one was injured when a car caught fire in the driveway of Teaneck home Wednesday and extended to the house, police said.


Toys R Us opens 'new' kind of store, with its first US location in Garden State Plaza

The beloved toy brand marked an important milestone: its return to the retail world with the launch of its experiential shop.


Passaic man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at off-duty cop

The 24-year-old's charges include possession of "Dum-Dum" bullets, which expand upon impact, meant to cause a larger wound.


Fort Lee woman's leg is pinned under tire of SUV; driver receives summons

The 31-year-old driver stopped her vehicle, but the victim's leg was caught by the front passenger-side tire, police said.


Dover residents challenge officials over Fire Department restructuring, town salary hikes

Firefighters turned out to oppose an ordinance that would overhaul the department. A town salary hike vote led to the removal of a resident.


Bacon & Graham, Inc. turns 80

Mary Bacon started Bacon & Graham, Inc. in 1939, in Paterson. Eighty years later her grandson is running the business. Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Bacon & Graham, Inc. celebrates 80 years

Eighty years ago Mary Bacon made up a fictitious partner so she, as a female, could start a business by herself. Whenever people asked for "Mr. Graham" she said he was busy.


Lockdown at two Montclair schools prompted by report of student with weapon

Montclair High School and Renaissance Middle School were put in lockdown Wednesday morning after a report of a student with a weapon.


Oakland doctor, 'El Chapo of Opioids,' admits to health care fraud; faces federal charges

An Oakland doctor admitted to falsely submitting over $32,000 in claims to insurance companies, authorities said.


Montclair High School lockdown

Montclair High School was on lockdown part of Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Manchester crash closes Route 70

Manchester Police are investigating a crash on Route 70 that happened west of Whitesville Road.


New accuser names former Cardinal McCarrick as dozens of lawsuits are filed under NJ law

The first wave under a new law were filed Sunday, including another accusation against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.


Scooters, blood and an IA complaint: How two Asbury Park cops wound up under arrest

He filed an internal affairs complaint against the officers - so, in the dead of night, they put on masks and went to slash his tires, authorities say.


10-year-old fatally shot at NJ high school football game to have park renamed after him

The community gathered to mourn Micah "Dew" Tennant on Saturday, where it was announced that a park will be renamed and revamped in his honor.


Christmas TV guide 2019: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'Grinch'

Here's a list of holiday television programming, from Thanksgiving Day through New Year's Day.


NJ boys soccer: The best boys soccer players in Monmouth, Ocean, ranked by fans

The top vote-getters in all our Player of the Week polls win invitations to the APP Sports Awards at the end of the school year.


NJ girls soccer: The best high school girls soccer players in Monmouth, Ocean, ranked by fans.

During the 2019 Shore Conference Girls Soccer Season, the Asbury Park Press encourages readers to choose a player of the week.


Five little-known historical facts about New Jersey

New Jersey is home to Ellis Island, Bruce Springsteen and "The Sopranos," but have you heard about Napoleon's brother's house?


NJ Transit reform report card: Mandated committees not fully staffed

The panels have either one or two members, short of the mandated minimum of three, which can't be resolved until all 13 board seats are filled.


NJ weather: A rainy day at the Jersey Shore

It's a cold and rainy day at the Jersey Shore.


100+ amazing Cyber Monday deals you can shop right now

Get a jumpstart on savings with early Cyber Monday deals on Apple Airpods, iPhones, iRobot Roombas, clothing and so much more.


Maytag Park Holiday Lights return bigger, brighter for 2019

Gingerbread men and women cutouts are stacked against the wall. Strands of lights are waiting to have new bulbs put into them. Scraps of wood and tins of paint sit ready to be transformed into rustic wreaths and trees. And saw dust lightly covers the floor from weeks of working on one-of-a kind displays.

Peeking into the garage where Jamie Murphy prepares for the holidays may just be the closest thing to seeing Santa’s North Pole Headquarters in person.

Murphy is truly the master elf when it comes to the Maytag Park Holiday Light Display which opened for its inaugural season in December 2018.

“Last year‘s response was amazing,” said the Newton Assistant Superintendent of Park Operations. “So many people wanted to donate and help out it was beyond what I ever thought it would be. And it has just continued over into this year. It just makes me so proud to be a part of this community.”

While the idea to decorate the park started out with just a few small displays, a title sponsorship from Clemon-Maki Insurance, support from Friends of Newton Parks along with several businesses and individuals turned the first year display into a new holiday tradition for Newton.

Clemon-Maki Insurance owners Darin Eide, Jeff Maki and Alex Modlin were so impressed by the display in 2018 they immediately said they wanted to be the 2019 title sponsor.

“Jamie, Nick (Cummins) and the whole Newton Parks crew created something that well exceeded what my expectations were for the first year,” Eide said. “Their efforts and commitment created something that Newton should be proud of, and I am extremely excited to see this year’s Maytag Park Holiday Lights. It was a very easy decision for us to be the title sponsor for a second year.”

With some financial support already secured for 2019 before the year even began, Murphy had the freedom to begin planning for a bigger and better display for its second year. She got to work building, painting and planning some unique items.

“My favorite part of working on this project is coming up with new ideas for new displays to do in the future. Pinterest is an amazing and horrible thing all at the same time. I get way more ideas than I know what to do with,” Murphy said. “This year I tried to incorporate some iconic Newton attractions into the displays. We will have an Iowa Speedway display and a drive-in display just to name a couple.”

The project also benefited from an anonymous donor who stepped forward with a $10,000 gift to Friends of Newton Parks to pay for electrical work at the park. The increased voltage meant the addition of more animated lights in areas of the park that previously had no electrical outlets.

“I’m most looking forward this year to having added electricity,” she said. “We had a very generous anonymous donation to help assist us with our electrical issues so now we can bring more to the Christmas display this year.”

Murphy won’t have to wait long to enjoy her labor, as the park lights will be on during the month of December for all to enjoy for free. A special grand opening ceremony will take place Dec. 7, hosted by Clemon-Maki Insurance, City of Newton Parks & Recreation and Friends of Newton Parks.

Newton Parks Operations Superintendent Nick Cummins said he too can’t wait for the display to go live because it is an opportunity for the rest of the community to see the hard work of the entire parks operations staff.

“From what started as a vision and dream of Jamie Murphy has become the reality of a much anticipated second season for the Maytag Park Holiday Lights Display,” Cummins said. “The support of city officials to allow the staff to dedicate time to accomplish this and the hard working parks operations staff buying in, have combined into something that not only Newton, but people from all over have really fallen in love with (the lights). The parks operations staff does a lot of things that are mostly behind the scenes throughout the year but this project is one that all can enjoy.”


Statesville Library, Adult Pinterest Club

Event date: December 11, 2019
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
201 North Tradd Street
Statesville, NC 28677
We're making yarn wrap Christmas tree cones at our Statesville branch for this month's Adult Pinterest craft! Space is limited and registration begins on December 1st. Contact Becky to register.

Advertising: Social Media Coordinator - Salt Lake City, Utah

Apply on Company Website Social Media Coordinator University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Posted 22 hours ago Apply on Company Website Details Open Date 10/15/2019 Requisition Number PRN22230B Job Title Marketing/Communications Specialist Working Title Social Media Coordinator Job Grade E FLSA Code Professional Patient Sensitive Job Code? No Standard Hours per Week 40 Full Time or Part Time? Full Time Shift Day Work Schedule Summary VP Area U of U Health - Academics Department 01757 - PUBLIC AFFAIRS Location Campus City Salt Lake City, UT Type of Recruitment External Posting Pay Rate Range 45,000 - 55,000 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Job Summary University of Utah Health is seeking a Social Media Coordinator to oversee all social media channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc) including regular postings, customer service duties, and analytics reports. The position also oversees content creation and curation for the HealthFeed blog. Responsibilities Primary contributor to U of U Health's social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Supervise social media activities during and after hours. Establish U of U Health's presence in social media platforms. Coordinate strategic initiatives with public affairs and marketing. Build and manage social media campaigns. Create and lead social media training. Research and recommend strategies and tools to ensure the success of social media. Some general public relations tasks as needed, such as writing, event coordination, and project management. Assistance with on-call responsibilities will be required. The job scope includes, but is not limited to: - Post regularly to social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube) - Monitor mentions, responses, and replies to posts in a timely manner - Monitor overall online reputation for University of Utah Health - Place ads and boosts on social media platforms for maximum impact and minimal cost - Monitor and analyzing of social media activity to increase growth and engagement - Write blog posts for the HealthFeed blog, often under a tight deadline - Post outsourced pieces of content to HealthFeed - Provide social media training and support to departments and faculty on an as needed basis - Provide support for public affairs and marketing - Assist with crisis communications as needed - Work with media on requests for interviews and other coverage - Monitor and report on success of social media through use of social media analytics and other tools. - Maintain an editorial calendar of social media posts that aligns with departmental goals. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree English, Journalism, Communications, or related field plus 3 years of related experience, or equivalency; excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills; familiarity with a variety of computer software; project management and strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both individually and in a team setting. Some areas may require additional experience with specific computer systems and may require skills in interviewing, ad copy writing, editing, photography, web writing, graphic design, audio & video production, and oral presentation. Master's degree in a related field may be preferred. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description. Preferences Preferences will be given to those with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, related field or equivalency; three - five years relevant experience. Expertise with local media markets and knowledge of statewide, regional and national media preferred. Ideal candidate has professional experience working in social media and public relations. Candidate should have excellent writing skills, project management experience and ability to work collaboratively. Must be familiar with SEO strategies, metrics and tools and methods of social media, including use of demographic statistics for popular and relevant platforms. Type Benefited Staff Special Instructions Summary Additional Information The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: ******************* or call ************. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, ************** (V/ TDD ), email: ****************** . The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ('URS'). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at ************** for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at ************** or ************** or University Human Resource Management at ************** if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ('URS'). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at ************** for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at ************** or ************** or University Human Resource Management at ************** if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. ()

Dollar Tree Christmas Village Update with Paint


Dollar Tree Christmas Village Update with Paint

This easy Dollar Tree project is perfect for your mantel or centerpiece for your table. Yes, paint a Dollar Tree Christmas village and use natural elements for a quick and easy project.

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Talk of the Town #202


Talk of the Town #202

We're back with another great edition of Talk of the Town. So many great features, DIY AND recipes! We appreciate you sharing your great ideas with us!

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The first week of December will be cool and mainly quiet

Tuesday morning will be the coldest with a light freeze north of the lake; rain chances return on Friday


Saint Augustine restoration effort needs community support

Years of wear and tear are threatening the building. But local residents are hoping to restore it with a $2.5 million restoration campaign.


Man shot in Seventh Ward is the 15th New Orleans shooting victim Sunday

The man was not identified by police, and no information was provided about the extent of his injuries.


Hurricane season has ended

There were more named storms than average this year


2 dead, 2 more wounded in Seventh Ward after Canal Street mass shooting, NOPD says

The shooting comes hours after a mass shooting on Canal Street wounded 10 people


Mayor: 'New Orleans will not allow incidents like this to derail the progress we have made'

Police thought they were targets in the Canal Street mass shooting that injured 10, chief says


$5,000 reward for information on Canal Street mass shooting, NOPD says

10 people were shot in between Royal and Bourbon streets early Sunday morning.


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Jardin de Novembre

En rentrant de mes vacances d'Octobre, il a fallu déjà commencer par un bon nettoyage des mauvaises herbes et des fleurs fanées, et se dépêcher de finir les dernières plantations avant l'hiver.
Le jardin maintenant, prend des airs tristounets, mais celà me permet de voir comment je pourrais faire pour qu'il reste un peu vert pendant la saison vide! Des Buis???

Dans l'entrée, j'ai retiré les géraniums en les mettant à l'abri, on verra si ils repartent l'année prochaine ou si il faut en remettre d'autres.
En attendant, j'ai fait de gros bouquets de branchages, mélangeant vrais et artificiels pour ma statue de la Vierge. J'avais exposé des pots de Chrysanthèmes pour la Toussaint et ma citrouille pour Halloween.

Au moins, avec toute la pluie qui est tombée depuis octobre, toutes mes plantations ont bien pris! Mais sans les jolis massifs de Cosmos et de Belles de nuit, ça fait un peu vide. Mais j'ai planté tous mes bulbes de Narcisses dans le parterre que je réserve pour semer au printemps des annuelles mélangées.

J'ai réussi à planter tous mes rosiers, et mon citronnier a changé de place. Une fois la véranda faite, il va se retrouver juste au coin.
Tous mes semis d'oeillets de poête sont plantés, j'espère avoir une floraison au printemps?
J'ai récupéré aussi pas mal de bulbes des jolis cyclamens rustiques qui poussaient dans la pelouse pour en mettre dans les parterres. 

Dans ce parterre, mes semis de Digitales aussi ont bien pris, et j'ai du changer la place du pied de Romarin et celui de Thym pour qu'ils puissent s'étendre davantage.

Heureusement, il reste encore un endroit bien fleuri. J'ai coupé tous mes beaux Dahlias pour emmener un gros bouquet sur la tombe de mon grand-père pour la Toussaint, mais ils continuent de fleurir.
Et devant, tous les Chrysanthèmes que j'avais apporté de mon jardin d'avant, ont tous été sauvés et donnent quelques couleurs.
Chaque année, je continuerai de replanter d'autres pots!

Au fond du jardin, l'Arbousier apporte aussi un peu de couleur avec tous ses fruits délicieux. Ce sera la dernière récolte de l'année!

Le pêcher et l'abricotier que j'avais mis au fond ne semblaient pas trop se plaire, et avec la canicule de l'été, ils ont tous deux eu beaucoup de mal à redémarrer. Comme entre temps, je m'étais rendue compte qu'un vieux figuier ratiboisé par mes prédécesseurs, repartait bien, il fallait lui laisser de la place. Alors le pêcher et l'Abricotier sont venus près du cerisier, à l'abri du vent.

Il me reste encore un Deutzia et un Weigélia à planter, mais je dois attendre d'avoir préparé mon potager pour les mettre. Alors en attendant, ils passeront l'hiver dans des pots!

Et comme j'aime bien les expériences de jardinage, je me suis amusée à planter des graines de citron dans un pot comme je l'avais vu sur Pinterest.  

Une fois la première fournée sortie, j'en ai semé d'autres pour avoir un pot plus fourni. Bien sur je n'aurai pas de citrons, mais ça fait une autre plante assez jolie et qui est sensée parfumer la maison.

A suivre au fil des saisons...


Couronnes de Noël au crochet


Vu sur

La semaine prochaine, quelques tutos pour vous aider à les réaliser!


Louisville football helps children in need with community service project

The Cards participated in Operation Christmas Child which helps needy children overseas.


Woman demands answers after bullets hit home on Thanksgiving Day

Diane Helm says she's never had issues with crime in the four decades she's lived at her home. She wants to know why someone would fire a weapon at her front door.


Right lane closures on I-65S on Kennedy Bridge to begin Tuesday

The right lanes from mile marker 136 to 137 will close at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the work and will remain closed until Dec. 9.


Snow Showers Possible Sunday Night

Monday is going to be cloudy and very chilly.


Mt. Washington police warn residents of scam targeting LG&E customers

Police say a man has been claiming to represent the energy company, trying to get customers to pay amounts in prepaid Green Dot cards or have service turned off.


Indiana teen killed after passenger's rifle discharges in car

Police said 19-year-old Annalysa McMillan was shot in the back after a backseat passenger's rifle was discharged.


LMPD investigating fatal shooting in Dixie Highway establishment

There are no suspects or arrests.


Owners benefit from Small Business Saturday

One day after Black Friday, small business owners are hoping local communities show their support this holiday season.


4 rescued after truck swept away by high water in Elizabethtown

According to the Elizabethtown Fire Department, they responded to a water rescue incident not too far from I-65 around 5 p.m. Saturday


Uh, oh, Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia's new combat sports venue is looking pretty good

As the Middle East's most powerful countries jockey for prominence on a world stage, who knew combat sports would be a chief beneficiary?

Years in the making: How we got to Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 246

A timeline of all the key moments that led to Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 headliner.

Video: Rob Wilkinson stays perfect outside UFC, scores acrobatic submission of Dylan Andrews

Rob Wilkinson's UFC run didn't go as planned, but the Australian middleweight returned to the win column in his first post-octagon contest.

The best (and worst!) MMA movies of all time

With Oscar season about to head into full swing, we take a look at the best (and worst) MMA and MMA-type movies ever.


Photos: Fighters in MMA movies through the years

Check out these photos of MMA fighters in MMA movies through the years.


Khabib on a camel? Nurmagomedov hits the desert ahead of Tony Ferguson clash

UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov took to the desert to work up a sweat with a bit of shadowboxing and also rode a camel during a visit to Abu Dhabi.

Patricio 'Pitbull,' Pedro Carvalho exchange Twitter barbs ahead of Bellator grand prix showdown

Bellator featherweight rivals Patricio Freire and Pedro Carvalho have stoked up the rivalry early with a Twitter back-and-forth, four months ahead of their grand prix showdown.

PFL 2019: Check out the finishes that powered the last 12 to the New York finale

Check out the best finishes as the stars of the PFL secured their places in the end-of-year finale in New York.

MMA Junkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for November: A rare rolling thunder finish

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best knockouts from November 2019.

Bellator 236 free fight: Juliana Velasquez pummels Kristina Williams to remain undefeated

As Kristina Williams covered up her head, Juliana Velasquez began unloading on her opponent's body.

Off Guard: Ronny Markes happy to face legend Josh Barnett at Bellator Hawaii, but thinks now is his time

Ronny Markes is happy to get the opportunity to face a legend like Josh Barnett, but thinks now is his time.

UFC on ESPN 7 free fight: Alistair Overeem offers up his best Daniel LaRusso

It's no secret that Alistair Overeem is dangerous on the feet, and as he proved in 2016, he's dangerous with his feet, as well.

Michael Chiesa on how he was inspired by Dustin Poirier to make the move up to welterweight

Michael Chiesa talks about how Dustin Poirier's recent success inspired him to move up a weight division.

Photos: Miesha Tate through the years

Check out these photos of Miesha Tate through the years


Photos: Gina Carano through the years

Check out these photos highlighting the MMA and acting career of [autotag]Gina Carano[/autotag] through the years.


Bellator 237 free fight: Relive Michael Chandler's brutal knockout of Patricky Freire

Relive Michael Chandler's brutal one-punch KO of Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.

Luke Rockhold cut early in Polaris 12 headliner, loses decision to Nick Rodriguez

With his UFC career on hiatus, Luke Rockhold turned his attention to the grappling world, though he came up short against a young phenom.

Video: This double submission from Sotaro Yamada looks absolutely terrifying

Sotaro Yamada had quite the performance at Quintet Fight Night 4, but this particular moment was absolutely incredible.

No trash talk? Conor McGregor wishes Donald Cerrone well ahead of UFC 246

Could Conor McGregor be turning over a new leaf entering 2020?

Behold the Quintet Ultra fight poster: An old-school fan's dream

We never did get those PRIDE vs. UFC cards we spent hours dreaming of, but we're finally going to at least see both brands on one night.


Novembre 1988

Ritagliavo le stelle di cartone
a un cielo di madreperla e di fumo
- il tempo allora era molto diverso,
scorreva come un fiume inesauribile.

Restavo ad osservare le montagne
e la neve argentata dalla luna
- come una donna incontrata in un bar
portavo a letto la malinconia.




La scatola dei ricordi

Ho aperto la scatola dei ricordi
- forse era un sogno, forse l’ho davvero,
stipata nel buio di un guardaroba,
dimenticata tra lenzuola e vecchie
maglie delle quali non so disfarmi.

Ho aperto la scatola dei ricordi
e la memoria, come fosse ieri
e non fossero trascorsi decenni,
ha riconosciuto i singoli istanti.

Ma lei adesso non è più il mio amore
e ogni cosa assumeva il valore
di certe banconote svalutate.




Boat explosion throws 21-year-old woman into water

The owner of the boat tried to crank it several times after fueling up and that's when it exploded.


Police want to know who shot and killed a man in Tampa

Officers said they responded to a shooting near the corner of Deleuil Avenue and North 43rd Street.


Police searching for missing man with dementia

Tampa police said Jacinto Ramirez walked away from his home in the Sulphur Springs area Saturday morning.


Doors are open again: Congregation returns to church destroyed by tornado

Five weeks after an EF-2 tornado ripped up Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, worshipers returned to their sanctuary for the first time.


Power outage reported near Downtown St. Petersburg

DUKE Energy Says a piece of their equipment went offline.


Troopers looking for driver they say hit and killed a woman on US 41 before taking off

Troopers are looking for a white 2003 to 2009 Chevy Trailblazer.


Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 24 to 30 November 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

My Children's Boring Ancestors by Michael John Neill on Rootdig.

*  Have you tried AncestorSearch on Google Search for searching for ancestors (or living people) lately? by Randy Majors on

 Write About A Day in the Life of Your Ancestors Using Newspapers by Devon Noel Lee on Family History Fanatics.

More Thoughts on Genealogy and the Internet by Ryan Ross on Once Removed.

I Always Love to Meet My Cousins by Ellen  Thompson-Jennings on Hound on the Hunt.

"African American Genealogy Challenges" Part 1 by Shelley Murphy on

Grouping Matches - Try It! and Shared Clustering - A Great Tool! by Jim Bartlett on Segment-ology.

Welcome to the 11th Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge by Bill West on West in New England.

Using Documents to Imagine Your Ancestor's Job by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

Automated Note Updates With Shared Clustering by Ann Raymont on DNAsleuth.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking - 29th Nov  2019 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- November 30, 2019  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 30, 2019) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and    read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 24 to 30 November 2019

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on during the period from 24 to 30 November 2019 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

The image above was made on 30 November, but it's the same as the one made on 23 November.

So there are no Added or Updated Ancestry record collections this week.  Maybe next week?


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,709 collections available as of 30 November, an increase of  0 from last week.


Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid subscription since 2000. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 24 to 30 November 2019

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 30 November 2019, there were 2,673 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

The added or updated collections this week are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   --

*  Texas, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947  (; 1,794,395 indexed records with 1,794,395 record images, ADDED 28 Nov 2019

*  Italy, Trieste, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1924-1944   (; 38 indexed records with 38 record images, ADDED 30 Nov 2019

*  Montana, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945        (; 144,392 indexed records with 144,392 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  Kansas, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (; 429,561 indexed records with 429,561 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  Australia, Convict Tickets of Leave, 1824-1874  (; Index only, no images, ADDED 26 Nov 2019

*  Oregon, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945 (; 295,077 indexed records with 295,077 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

*  California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945     (; 2,083,701 indexed records with 2,083,701 record images, ADDED 27 Nov 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, Birth Registers, 1901-1926       (; 30,445 indexed records with 1,965 record images (was 23,191 records with 1,490 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 1,261,468 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 1,261,434 records with 4,192,353 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887    (; 4,035 indexed records with 4,019 record images (was 3,395 records with 3,390 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Georgia, Chatham, Savannah, Laurel Grove Cemetery Record Keeper's Book (colored), 1852-1942     (; 18,181 indexed records with 473 record images (was 12,874 records with 345 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

France, Vienne, Census, 1896    (; Index only (4,915 records), no images (was 4,740 records with 0 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1972        (; 9,693 indexed records with 3,762 record images (was 8,024 records with 2,240 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (; 292,738 indexed records with 48,396 record images (was 291,849 records with 48,371 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 19,776 indexed records with 2,081 record images (was 18,036 records with 1,889 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Board of Health, Marriage Record Indexes, 1909-1989     (; 154,259 indexed records with 26,814 record images (was 129,358 records with 26,315 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,310 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,310 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 781,447 indexed records with 53,295 record images (was 682,667 records with 45,624 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000      (; 22,286 indexed records with 1,026 record images (was 7,962 records with 375 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904 (; 67,492 indexed records with 4,736 record images (was 54,319 records with 4,115 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 9,377,986 indexed records with 1,398,490 record images (was 9,277,839 records with 1,393,994 images), Updated 27 Nov 2019

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 60,777 indexed records with 62,712 record images (was 60,777 records with 9,903 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990      (; 3,913,885 indexed records with 394,372 record images (was 1,364,635 records with 181,487 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville City Cemetery Records, 1843-1962  (; 15,333 indexed records with 488 record images (was 4,394 records with 138 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,625 records), no images (was 875,610,625 records with 0 images), Updated 29 Nov 2019

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (; 4,945,578 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,945,342 records with 4,581,756 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018(; 3,182 indexed records with 982 record images (was 2,846 records with 850 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Louisiana, New Orleans, Interment Registers, 1836-1972  (; 206,461 indexed records with 5,177 record images (was 171,276 records with 4,137 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,048,386 indexed records with 87,632 record images (was 1,048,370 records with 87,631 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

*  Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 22,469 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 20,610 records with 1,038,133 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 110,375 indexed records with 2,520 record images (was 85,850 records with 2,049 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, Birth Records, 1819-1906     (; 269,349 indexed records with 126,972 record images (was 265,387 records with 126,031 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964   (; 331,917 indexed records with 395,682 record images (was 325,395 records with 395,682 images), Updated 25 Nov 2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (; 137,590 indexed records with 78,384 record images (was 112,736 records with 67,546 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999   (; 1,693 indexed records with 1,179 record images (was 670 records with 669 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records    (; 37,242,588 indexed records with 37,242,588 record images (was 37,235,904 records with 37,235,904 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909    (; 428,648 indexed records with 21,480 record images (was 198,815 records with 10,526 images), Updated 26 Nov 2019

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997    (; 66,004 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 59,409 records with 708,628 images), Updated 30 Nov 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Board of Health Death Records, 1848-1913     (; 44,835 indexed records with 44,810 record images (was 44,825 records with 44,800 images),  23 Nov 2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965   (; 1,681,924 indexed records with 1,680,470 record images (was 1,681,924 records with 1,680,430 images),  4 Nov 2019

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 194,249 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 194,010 images),  12 Sep 2019

Utah, Cemetery Abstracts    (; 125,183 indexed records with 4,698 record images (was 125,183 records with 4,695 images),  29 Aug 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images),  8 Aug 2019

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,097,791 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images),  28 Mar 2018

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 5,620,882 indexed records with 278,776 record images (was 5,620,882 records with 288,893 images),  8 Nov 2019


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!
Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Should Genea-Santa Bring You?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Only 25 Days until Christmas now!  Have you been a good genea-boy or genea-girl?  

2)  What gift should Genea-Santa bring you for Christmas?  What do you need, or want, to help you with your family history, your research, etc.?

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook. Please leave a comment with a link to your blog post.

Here's mine:

I've been a very good genea-boy, but I've been a little naughty in a fun way at times.  I haven't done as much with my files and my photos, and haven't written the genealogy books I want to write.   I support my local genealogy societies with teaching, presentations, editing the newsletter.  I try to inform the genealogy community with my blog, on Facebook, and on Mondays With Myrt, but I could do better. 

Dear Genea-Santa - I could use these gifts to help me do my genealogy work?

*  I need another FOREVER box to digitize and convert to MPegs about 20 more 8 mm 50-foot movies from my grandparents, my parents, and my family.  I need to find my videotapes that I cleverly hid several years ago.  I need to look at the slides from the 1970s to see if I need to digitize some or all of them.  I also need to buy a storage plan from Forever, and get my daughters access to the site.

*  A new desktop computer would be Dell is now 10 years old, and is full, and is slow.  I fear it will crash sometime soon.  I need a large hard drive for all of the digital files that I have.  

*  A new cell phone would be nice too - my iPhone 5 is five years old, doesn't hold a battery charge very long, and is full of apps that I use only occasionally.  I use it for phone calls, messages, Siri, maps, email, Facebook, reading blogs on Feedly, and the like.  I spend less than 30 minutes a day on the phone.  However, I don't use the genealogy apps very much - I have too many ancestors and relatives in my tree.

What do you want from Genea-Santa?  Ho ho ho!


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Anne, wife of Henry Collins, England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2509 who is Anne LNU (1605-1691). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

18.  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)
19.  Sophia Newton (1834-1923)

38.  Thomas J. Newton (1800-????)
39.  Sophia Buck (1797-1882)

78.  Isaac Buck (1757-1846)

79.  Martha Phillips (1757-1830)

156.  Isaac Buck (1732-????)
157.  Mary Richards (1733-????).

312.  Isaac Buck (1706-1780)
313.  Ruth Graves (1711-????)

626. Thomas Graves (1686-1756)
627.  Ruth Collins (1685-1715)

1254.  Joseph Collins (1643-1724)

1255.  Mariah Smith (1664-1724)

2508.  Henry Collins, born 1606 in Stepney, Middlesex, England; died 20 February 1687 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married about 1627 in probably Stepney, Middlesex, England.
2509.  Anne LNU, born about 1605 in probably Stepney, Middlesex, England; died 29 September 1691 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Henry Collins and Ann are:
*  Henry Collins (1629-1722), married Mary Tolman (1630-1723).
*  John Collins (1632-1679), married Abigail Johnson (1634-1680).
*  Hannah Collins (1632-1719), married 1657 Nathaniel Ingersoll (1632-1718).
*  Margery Collins (1633-1702), married 1656 Isaac Willias (1629-1696).
*  Mary Collins (1641-1682), married 1664 Samuel Johnson (1640-1723).
Joseph Collins (1643-1724), married (1) 1669 Sarah Silsbee (1646-1682); (2) 1684 Mariah Smith (1664-1724).
*  Riall Collins (1645-1681).
*  Elizabeth Collins (1647-1690), married 1666 John Tolman (1636-1725).
*  Benjamin Collins (1648-1711), married (1) 1673 Priscilla Kirtland (1648-1676); (2) 1677 Elizabeth Leach (1651-1729).

In some online family trees, Anne LNU is named as Ann Riall, daughter of Edmund Ryall and Ann Tealby of Herefordshire or Hertfordshire, with three children born in Norfolk.  That may be, but I have seen no record that names the Anne who married Henry Collins and was recorded as the mother of three of her children in Stepney, Middlesex as Anne Riall.

Information about the Collins family was obtained from:

*  Caroline Martino and Marcia Lindberg, "Henry Collins of Lynn and his Descendants," The Essex Genealogist, Volume 10, numbers 3 and 4 (1990), Volume 11, numbers 1-3 (1991), Volume 12, number 4 (1992), 53 pages.

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to America, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F (Boston, Mass. : NEHGS, 2001), pages 164-169, Henry Collins sketch.

I have done no original research on this LNU, Riall, or Collins line.


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Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 29 November 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last three days include:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 3 December, 5 p.m.:   Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest, by Paul Milner

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 4 December, 11 a.m.:  Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action, by Debra Renard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: 25 Uncommon Sources for Your Genealogy, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Lineage and Lingerers: Why Our Ancestors Stayed Put, by Janet Few

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  I Received DNA Matches, Now What?, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tracking Your People Down: Family Reconstruction in Community Studies, by Kirsty Gray

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Quaker Migration after the Revolutionary War, by Craig Scott

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Quaker Migration in North America Prior to the American Revolution, by Craig Scott

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #132r - Free Masons

*  Ancestral Findings:  Meningioma and DNA Heredity | AF-297

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  DNA Stories:

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 26 November 2019?


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Findmypast Announces Dundee & Angus Collection Partnership

I received this information from Findmypast today:


        Findmypast publish largest online collection of Dundee historical records
        Multiple archives come together to give a comprehensive picture of life in one of Scotland’s most notable areas, searchable by name  for the first time
        Includes original photographs of individuals and long forgotten scenes of the past, birth, marriages and deaths, tax records, electoral registers and more
        Release builds on Findmypast’s rapidly expanding collection of Scottish records, now one of the largest available online
Dundee, Scotland - November 29th 2019
Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, is proud to announce a new online collection spanning nearly five centuries of Dundee and Angus history. Published in association with Leisure and Culture Dundee, University of St Andrews Library and DC Thomson, this vast archive of historical documents and original photographs provides researchers worldwide with the opportunity to discover their connections to the City of Discovery in unprecedented detail, for the first time online.
Dundee based Findmypast has scanned in full colour from paper originals where possible, and created a full name index.  This new release brings together millions of complementary records from multiple institutions, which, when placed alongside existing Findmypast Scottish collections, forms one of the most comprehensive collections of genealogical records from any area of the UK online.
These records give names, dates, residences, occupations and document life events of the people of Dundee and Angus, also including photographic records of streets and people, a goldmine for social and family historians alike. They contain some of the oldest photographs in existence, taken in the 1840s and showing parts of the city long since lost to redevelopment.
A particular highlight is a set of 50 images of ‘Dundee Old & New’ commissioned by the Dundee Police after the Improvement Act of 1871. This photographic album illustrates the changing landscape of a Victorian burgh in the firm grip of the Industrial Revolution through a unique ‘then and now’ perspective even at that time. When used alongside tenancy and electoral records of the people who lived in these streets released at the same time and going back to as early as 1823, a detailed picture of the people of Dundee can be seen, rich and fertile ground for tracing ancestors who stood on those cobblestones.
These exciting new records include:
       Fully indexed images of more than 23,600 Obituaries from local Dundee newspapers ranging from 1869-2018, added to a national Scottish collection of over 600,000.
       2 million Valuation Rolls 1823-1938 for the county of Dundee & Angus
       Hundreds of thousands of indexed records of baptismmarriage & burial from across Dundee & Angus 1562-1855.
       Portrait photographs of 318 male and female employees of DC Thomson who enlisted during the Second World War.
       Over 5,000 comprehensively indexed original photographs of Dundee & Angus dating 1844-2010.
Myko Clelland, Scottish Licensing Manager at Findmypast said ‘As a company with strong local roots, we’re thrilled to be working with partners to create one of the most comprehensive record collections for any area in the UK. We’re bringing so many different records together to give a detailed picture of the changing face of Dundee and Angus through its most transformative centuries, for the first time online. This is a unique chance to discover for ourselves the role that our ancestors played in history, allowing those connected to the area to uncover new stories, wherever they are in the world.’
Dr Erin Farley, Library & Information Officer at Leisure and Culture Dundee said ‘The Local History Centre at Dundee Libraries has been committed to helping people from Dundee and further afield discover their family histories for decades, and we are excited to offer library members access to this brilliant range of records, and new ways to search genealogical collections. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories that our members discover about their families, and finding out how our collections connect to others in Dundee and Angus.’
Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager of the University of St Andrews Library said ‘As the Home of Scottish Photography St Andrews played host to many great photographers over the past 180 years, and the University archives does indeed hold a great number of photographic images from across Scotland which we could draw from for this exciting and engaging initiative. We’re delighted to bring our collections to a new audience and give them new life through Findmypast for their local, national and international family heritage researchers. The images shared through this project are from some of the most notable photographers of the 19th century, and their portrayal of local life, landscape and architecture complements these newly published records while giving a view of what life was like for our forebears.’
David Powell, Archive Manager at DC Thomson said ‘DC Thomson share our Dundee Headquarters with Findmypast and we're excited that holdings from our own corporate archives can contribute to such a comprehensive online collection. It's fitting that the names and faces of those who walked through these same Meadowside doors are now having part of their own stories told online for researchers to link with other available records to broaden their knowledge.’
By improving access to these rich documents and making them searchable for the first time, Findmypast provides family historians from around the world with even more opportunities to discover their Dundee & Angus ancestors. Researchers can now uncover details of their families past and add new generations to their family tree with greater ease than ever before.
With today’s release building on existing records from The National Archives, Scottish Catholic Archives, British Library, Tay Valley Family History Society, and more from the area, together with the publication of almost 10 million records from Scotland since January, (many exclusive and nowhere else online), Findmypast is cementing their reputation as the home of British & Irish family history, creating one of the most useful genealogical resources online for Scottish research.

Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 306: #517 Mary (Bigelow) Read (1677-1708) of Massachusetts

Mary (Bigelow) Bruce (1677-1708)  is number 517 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #516  Thomas Read (1678-1755) in 1701, in Watertown, Middlesex  County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #258. Isaac Read (1704-1780) who married #259 Experience Willis (1707-1787) in 1730.
*  their daughter #129 Sarah Read (1736-1809) who married #128 Norman Seaver (1734-1787) in 1755. 
*  their son #64 Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) who married #65 Martha Whitney (1764-1832) in 1783.
*  their son #32 Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) who married #33 Abigail Gates (1797-1867) in 1817.
*  their son #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) who married #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                   Mary Bigelow[2-4]    
*  Alternate Name:   Mary Bigulah[1]  
*  Alternate Name:   Mary Bruce[5]
*  Alternate Name:   Mary Read[6]    

*  Sex:                       Female    

*  Father:                  Samuel Bigelow (1653-1732)    
*  Mother:                Mary Flagg (1657-1720)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                   12 September 1677, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]    

*  Death:                  21 February 1707/8 (age 30), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Distribution:        21 February 1731/2 (age 54), father's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:             David Bruce (1675-1701)    
*  Marriage:             26 January 1699/1700 (age 22), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3-4]    

*  Child 1:               David Bruce (1700-1772)  

*  Spouse 2:            Thomas Read (1678-1755)
*  Marriage 2:         3 December 1701 (age 23), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Child 2:               Nathaniel Read (1702-1785)    
*  Child 3:               Thomas Read (1706-1788)    
*  Child 4:               Isaac Read (1704-1780)    
*  Child 5:               Katherine Read (1707-????)    

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Mary Bigelow was born 12 September 1677 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Flagg) Bigelow of Watertown[1-2].  The birth record in the Watertown town record book says:

"Mary Bigulah daughter of Samuel and Mary Bigulah born ye 12th of September."

Mary married David Bruce on 26 January 1699/1700 in Watertown[3-4].  He was the son of Thomas and Magdalen (Evans) Bruce of Marlborough.  The marriage record in the Watertown town record says:

"David Brouce of Molbury and Mary Begelow of of Watertown were joyned in marriage before me Samll Angier minister of Watertown January 26 1699."

David and Mary (Bigelow) Bruce had one child, born in Watertown:

*  David Bruce (1700-1772), married 1727 to Mary Brigham (1701-1741).

The elder David Bruce died 22 July 1701 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, leaving Mary with a small child.

Mary (Bigelow) Bruce married Thomas Read (1678-1755) on 3 December 1701 in Watertown[5], Massachusetts as his first wife.  Thomas was the son of Thomas and Mary (Goodrich) Read of Sudbury, Massachusetts.  The marriage record in the Watertown town record book says:

"Thomas Read of Sudbury and Mary Bruce of Watertown were joyned in marriage by me Samuel Angier minister in Watertown the 3 of December 1701."

Thomas and Mary (Bigelow) (Bruce) Read had four children, all recorded in the Sudbury town records:

*  Nathaniel Read (1702-1785), married 1729 to Phebe Lamb (1708-1788).
*  Isaac Read (1704-1780), married 1730 Experience Willis (1707-1787).
*  Thomas Read (1706-1788), married 1734 to Sarah Maynard (1704-1776).
*  Katherine Read (1708-????), married 1725 Joseph Joslin (1699-????).

Mary Read died 21 February 1707/8 in Sudbury soon after the birth of her daughter Katherine[6].  There is no known burial record for Mary (Bigelow) (Bruce) Read.

Mary's father, Samuel Bigelow, died in 1732.  He wrote his will on 20 September 1720, and bequeathed money and/or land to his son-in-law Thomas Read, and to his Bruce and Read grandchildren[7]:

"Item:  I give & bequeath Unto my three sons-in-law Tho Read, Josiah How & Dan'll Warrin besides what they have formrly five shillings each.

"Item:  I Give & bequeath Unto my Grandson David Bruce a Certain piece of land in Marlborough in ye County of Middsx which I bought of my son Sam'll Biglo Jnr containing six acres, three quarters & fifteen rods, bounded northerly by a Road Leading to Framingham Westerly by land of Moses Newton Easterly by land of David Bruce & Southerly by Comon Land;  also all yt parcell of land of Twenty acres in Marlborough wch John Sherman Had Granted him by ye Proprietors of sd Marlborough When I Impowered him to sue for a certain piece of Land given by Tho Bruce to his Grandson David Bruce.  To have & to hold to Him of sd David Bruce & to ye Heires of his body Lawfully begotten, but in failior of such ... Land to Release to ye Biglos again, I also give to ye said David Bruce one pair of Steers Coming four years old.

"Item:  I give & bequeath Unto my three Grandchildren Nath- Read, Isaac Read & Thomas Read Twenty shillings Each When they Arive to ye age of One & twenty years.

"Item:  I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughter Cathron Read ye sum of seventeen pounds in or of money to be paid Her when she marries or Comes of Age besides all those things Which wear her Mothers ... Now in my Keeping for Her."


1. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Watertown: Births, Marriages and Death," image 161 of 3991, Mary Begulah birth entry.

2. Henry Bond, M.D.,  Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown & Co., 1860), Mary Bigelow birth entry.

3. "Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images,, "Watertown: Birth, Marriage and Death," image 186 of 3991, David Brouce and Mary Begelow entry, 1699.

4. Henry Bond, M.D., Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, David Bruce and Mary Bigelow marriage entry.

5. "Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images,,   "Watertown > Births, Marriages and Death," page 16 (penned) (image 191 of 3991), Thomas Read and Mary Bruce marriage, 1701.

6. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Deaths, page 322, Mary Read entry.

7. "Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed 28 June 2015), Estate Packet #1728, Samuel Biglo estate, 8 sheets; citing original probate estate packet in Middlesex County Probate Court records.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.

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My Mayflower 1620 Connections - Soule, White, Warren, Cooke, Brewster, Hopkins and Fuller

I've posted before about my own connections to passengers on the Mayflower that landed at Plymouth in New England in December 1620, but I want to do it again.

Here are my blog posts for each core Mayflower ancestor (with the names of my  Mayflower    passengers in parentheses):

*  My Mayflower Connections - 1. George Soule (George Soule)  

*  My Mayflower Connections - 2. William White (William White, Susanna (Jackson) White, Peregrine White)

*  My Mayflower Connections - 3. Richard Warren (Richard Warren)

*  My Mayflower Connections - 4. Francis Cooke (Francis Cooke, John Cooke)

*  My Mayflower Connections - 5. Stephen Hopkins (Stephen Hopkins, Constance Hopkins)

*  My Mayflower Connections - 6. William Brewster (William Brewster, Mary (--?--) Brewster)

*  My Mayflower Connections - 7. Edward Fuller (Edward Fuller, Ann? (--?--), Samuel Fuller)

So my ancestors include 14 Mayflower 1620 passengers.  Of those, I think only William White, Edward Fuller and Ann Fuller did not survive the first winter, so 11 were at the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621.

I probably have sufficient information to apply for and receive a General Society of Mayflower Descendants membership for the William White line - I just haven't started the application process.  My White, Soule, Cooke and Warren lines come down to a common descendant - 3rd great-grandfather Jonathan White (1803-1850).  I may be able to apply on those lines also with a bit more work.  The Brewster, Hopkins and Fuller lines are through other lines, and need a lot more work on my part before I could apply for membership in GSMD.

See the 2012 post on this topic to see how I answered the reader comment:   "Why are you boasting about your Mayflower ancestors?  Are you trying to show that you are a better researcher than the rest of us?  Or that these passengers were somehow special?"


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Seavers in the News -- Alexander H. Seaver Dies in 1911 in Arlington, Mass.

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 13 November 1911:

The transcription of the article is:

Had Been a Resident of Arlington
for Many Years - Formerly in Business in Boston

"ARLINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Alexander H. Seaver died at his home, 824 Massachusetts av, this morning after a long illness from cancer of the stomach.

"Mr. Seaver was born in Worcester, Nov. 16, 1841.  At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted with the 25th Massachusetts Regiment and served through the war, but escaped serious injury.  After the close of the war he followed his trade of silversmith for a time, and later came to Boston, where he was a member of the firm of Seaver Dunbar & Whidden, furniture dealers, in Haymarket sq.  When Washington st. North was constructed the building was demolished, and the firm went out of business.  Mr. Seaver then came to Arlington and purchased the news stand here and built up the Arlington News Company.  He held the store for four years, and then sold out.  Since that time he has led a retired live.

"In town affairs he served three years on the Board of Assessors.  In G.A.R. life he was always prominent, and a meeting of the comrades was never complete without him.  He occupied many minor offices in Francis Gould Post 36, G.A.R., and also served as commander two terms.

"Mr. Seaver was well known all through the town.  He was a man of sterling quality, and his word was as good as his bond.  He is survived by his wife.

"The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon, the day on which he would have been 7 years old.  The services will be conducted by Rev Samuel C. Bushnell,  pastor of the Pleasant st. Congregational Church.  Interment will be in Worcester."

The source citation is:

"Alexander H. Seaver Dead,The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, obituary, Monday, 13 November 1911, page 4, column 6, Alexander H. Seaver   ( : accessed 28 November 2019).

Civil War soldier, GAR member, silversmith, furniture dealer, news stand owner, retiree.  There is only a passing mention of a surviving wife and no mention of children.  

Alexander Harrison Seaver was born 16 November 1841 in Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the 4th son and 7th and last child of Alexander H. and Nancy (Newman) Seaver.  His father died before he was two years old, and his mother died before he was seven years old.

Alexander married Ellen Frances Drury (1842-1918) on 3 August 1862 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and they had two children born in Worcester:

*  Frederic Seaver (1866-1866).
*  Alice Seaver (1870-1870).

Both children died within five months of their births.  How sad that must have been for Alexander and Ellen.

Alexander Harrison Seaver is my 3rd cousin 4 times removed, and his children are my 4th cousins 3 times removed.  

There are over 8,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes the life of a person is dedicated to business and public service.  I am glad I can honor Alexander Harrison Seaver today.


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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1896 Masonic Lodge Application of Henry Austin Carringer

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1896 Masonic Lodge application for membership by my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) in San Diego:

The transcription of the application is (handwritten entries in italics):

Application for Membership
To the Worshipful Master, the Wardens and Members at

San Diego Lodge No. 35, F & A. M.

The undersigned respectfully represents that he is a Master Mason in good
standing: that he was last a member of       Boulder      
Lodge No.   45   , in the State of                  Colorado           
from which he has honorably withdrawn, as by the accompanying certificate will
appear;  and that he now desires, if found worthy, to become a member of your

His place of residence is    San Diego     , he is   43   
years of age, and he is by occupation a   Door and Sash Manufacturer.     

Dated at San Diego, California,      May 7      189  

(Name must be Signed in Full.)      Henry A. Carringer    

      Recommended by                                               Refers to
Bro.        E J Louis                                             F.S. Plimpton                   
Bro.      E.E. Whitney                                           E.F. Brown                 

The source citation for this record is:

San Diego Lodge No. 35, F & A.M., Application for Membership, 22 May 1896, San Diego, Calif, Henry A. Carringer.  Obtained via email from San Diego Lodge No. 35, 25 November 2019.

After finding the withdrawal certificate in my digital files last week, I looked up the San Diego Lodge 35 and sent an email to the Lodge secretary.  He quickly found the file for Henry A. Carringer, copied it, and sent it to me in email as a PDF attachment.  There are 5 sheets of paper in the file.  

The file includes a letter from the Boulder, Colorado Lodge noting that he was a member in good standing there.  I could determine if that Lodge is still in existence, and if they have a similar file for Henry A. Carringer to see if there is more information from his application there.  

Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) lived with his parents as residents of Boulder, Colorado from about 1873 to 1887.  Henry Austin married Abbie Ardell "Della" Smith (1862-1944) in Wano, Kansas on 11 September 1887, and they came to San Diego by train on their honeymoon and never left.  So from 1887 to 1896, Henry A. Carringer was in San Diego and not in Boulder, Colorado.

My great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer was the son of David Jackson and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer.  Austin and Della had two sons born in San Diego; the youngest son died in infancy, and the second son who survived to adulthood was my grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976). 


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Happy Thanksgiving 2019!!



by Edgar Albert Guest (c) 1917

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin' more beautiful day after day;

Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all.

Father's a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin' our stories as women an' men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there.
Home from the east land an' home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an' best.

Out of the sham of the cities afar
We've come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank,
Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.

Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,

Hear the old voices still ringin' with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.


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RootsMagic 8 News - To Be Released in 2020?

Bruce Buzbee had a RootsMagic blog post on 13 November - The Road to RootsMagic 8:- An Important Update that all RootsMagic current and future users should read.  The important features of the news were:

*  RootsMagic 8 will not be released by the end of 2019.  Bruce explains why, but does not provide a release date.

*  A 33 minute video of a test drive of RootsMagic 8 - on YouTube at and embedded below:

The video covers all of the main features in RootsMagic 8 except for the Publish features (I think they forgot to click it).  

According to the comments on the blog post and on Facebook, Mac users running RootsMagic 7 should not switch to the new Catalina operating system until the necessary changes to enable RM7 are made, and that RootsMagic 8 will be compatible with Catalina OS when it is released.

The look and feel are significantly different from RootsMagic 7, but the blog post and video assures everyone that all of the latest features in RootsMagic 7 (including the Ancestry TreeShare, FamilySearch Family Tree matching, and WebHints) will work in RootsMagic 8.

I think that there will be a significant learning curve for RM8 users because of the changes, but it should be faster and more intuitive than RM7.  After 13 years with essentially the same screens and navigation tools, this old dog will have to re-train his fingers to do many of the functions that are now "automagic."

My thanks to Bruce and the team for working through all the issues to provide a quality product when RootsMagic 8 is released.


Disclosure:  I have been a happy RootsMagic user since 2006, and have purchased every new version.  I have not received material considerations from RootsMagic.

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Our Family in Summer 1995 -- Post 593 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 can't help it, I can't do a wordless post!  I found some more family photos hiding in my voluminous My Pictures file folder - This is one of my favorite photographs:

This photograph of our family was taken in our backyard on Via Trieste in Chula Vista looking west in the summer of 1995.  From the left are:

*  Daughter Lori Lee (age 21) home from her third year of college at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
*  Randy Seaver (age 51)wearing his "Bank of Dad" shirt and beaming with pride.
*  Daughter Tami Joy (age 18) home from her first year of college at Azusa Pacific.
*  Linda Seaver (age 52) looking colorful and happy to have her girls home for a week or so

The school year before this summer was our first "empty nest" year with both girls away at college and we were enjoying our work and interests.


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Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 26 November, 5 p.m.:  Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  I Received DNA Matches, Now What? by Daniel Horowitz

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Family Tree Magazine:  Picture-Perfect Photo Books: Episode 131

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #131r - Slave Research

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  DNA Family Trees:  Black Friday DNA Kits Compared

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  DNA Stories:

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 22 November 2019?


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Tuesday's Tip: Use the "Find A Grave" Web Site to Find Burial Records

The record collection for the "Find A Grave" is one of my favorite collections.  This collection is available on:

*   Find A Grave (Free) - there is no count available on the web site.  Has memorial information with photos, relatives, notes.

* ($$) - Find A Grave Index, 1300 to Current - 148,768,351 indexed memorials with links to Find A Grave pages.  

*  FamilySearch (Free) - Find A Grave Index - 180,099,516 entries, with links to Find A Grave pages.

The description of the collection on the Find A Grave About page says:
Find A Grave is the best place on the internet to look for burial and other final disposition information for your family, friends and famous people. The site provides tools that let people from all over the world work together, share information and build an online, virtual cemetery experience.
At Find A Grave you’ll find details about cemeteries and individual memorials for many people buried in those cemeteries. Memorials generally include birth, death and burial information and may include pictures, biographies, family information and more. Members can contribute what they know and can leave remembrances via 'virtual flowers' on the memorials they visit, completing the virtual cemetery experience.
It is important to understand what this collection at Find A Grave represents and includes.  It is memorials - not just gravestones - and some information may be obtained from vital records, books, newspapers, and other records.  The site has a search engine that recently was improved but still requires a last name (can be a partial name).  Each memorial has a link for a source citation at the bottom of the memorial page.

The indexes at Find A Grave on and FamilySearch have more search options, and are more tolerant of different name spellings, year ranges, places, etc.  
Find A Grave does not have memorials or photographs for every person who ever lived.  Almot all of these memorials were created by volunteers, and a very small percentage are wrong in some way - the stones are not always easy to read, the records may be for the wrong person, or the links to family members may be wrong.

I don't know why Find A Grave doesn't provide the number of memorials on their site - there are memorials with an ID number over 205 million, but, apparently, some memorials have been deleted due to duplication or removal requests.

I entered several exact surnames in the "Last Name" search field in Ancestry, FamilySearch and Find A Grave (20 per page) and found:

*  3,659 for "Seaver" (on Ancestry)    4,546  (on FamilySearch)     over 3,900     (on Find A Grave)
*  675 for "Seavers"                                   855                                       over   740                                                                                                                 
*  449 for "Seever"                                    562                                         over   460
*  1,265 for "Seevers"                            1,597                                         over 1,320
*  1,230 for "Sever"                               1,590                                         over 1,380
*  1,232  for "Severs"                             1,781                                         over 1,500

*  493 for "Carringer"                               607                                         over    500
*    59 for "Caringer"                                  77                                         over      60                       

*  490 for "Vaux"                                     879                                           over   800                   

*  706 for "Auble"                                   869                                           over    720

*  1,562,916 for "Smith"               2,131,491                                         over 10,000 (limit)

I don't know why the numbers are so different between the three sites.  Perhaps the Ancestry numbers do not include non-USA memorials?  Perhaps Ancestry has not updated the number of records in their Card Catalog.

Here is an example of a record summary from this collection on Find A Grave (two screens, no overlap):

The user can Save the images to his computer.  Clicking on the image provides a larger image.  

On Find A Grave, a researcher can request a photograph be taken in a specific cemetery for a specific person if the person is buried there. 

These records are all Derivative Sources, with Secondary Information and Direct Evidence.  

I use these databases extensively to find my ancestors, my relatives, and other persons in my family tree.  The RootsMagic program I use accesses Ancestry WebHints that include the Find A Grave database, but I still have to click on the Find A Grave link on Ancestry to see the photos, notes, and links to family members. 

For those interested in mining this record collection for Hints of persons in their Ancestry Member Tree, the database number is 60525.  Currently, I have over 7,400 Hints for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree who are indexed in this record collection.  I work on them occasionally, adding content and source citations to profiles in my RootsMagic family tree.  Of course, I have many more accepted Hints from this collection already in my RootsMagic family tree and my Ancestry Member Tree.


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The Arizona State Sun Devils made a simple halftime adjustment -- they ran the ball, old-school style -- and beat Arizona to keep the Territorial Cup.


ASU women's basketball holds off Middle Tennessee

ASU women's basketball holds off Middle Tennessee for third at Gulf Coast Showcase


Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin, quarterback Khalil Tate will be forever linked by collapse

Arizona athletic director gives embattled Kevin Sumlin a reported vote of confidence. But it's all over for Khalil Tate, a senior. What happened?


Arizona State finishes regular season on high note by beating Arizona to retain Territorial Cup

It was the Sun Devils getting the last laugh and retaining the Territorial Cup with a 24-14 victory Saturday night in front of 54,074.


Arizona high school basketball rewind: Takeaways from Thanksgiving tournaments

A look at some of the tournaments that tipped off the 2019-20 high school basketball season.


Arizona high school wrestling preseason Super 10 rankings: Who are the best teams?

Ranking the top 10 teams of the AIA Divisions I through IV for the start of the 2019-20 Arizona high school wrestling season.


Arizona State goes retro to beat Arizona with Frank Kush-like rushing in second half

Arizona State turns to 'big boy football' in second half Saturday night, rushing on all but two plays to pound out Territorial Cup win over Arizona.


Grand Canyon can't keep pace with hot-shooting Purdue Fort Wayne

Grand Canyon fell to 3-6 and lost for the third time at home this season.


Cardinals have a three-headed monster at tailback, not to mention David 'Jekyll & Hyde' Johnson

How will Kingsbury find enough touches for three healthy running backs, not to mention a rookie quarterback who loves to tuck the football and run?


Arizona Coyotes' early lead not enough in loss to San Jose Sharks

The Coyotes scored twice in the first period, but proceeded to allow three consecutive goals en route to a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.


Den's Digest: What went wrong in Coyotes' loss to Sharks

The Coyotes played some of their best hockey this season, but that only lasted a few minutes.


Arizona Coyotes' best offseason acquisition might be Carl Soderberg

Nobody blinked an eye when the Coyotes acquired Carl Soderberg in July, but his play this season has been turning heads.


Territorial Cup: Herm Edwards has Arizona State playing for top 25; Arizona's Kevin Sumlin on hot seat

Arizona State can fight back into top 25 with a win over Arizona, whose fans are calling for coach Kevin Sumlin's job.


Aron Baynes brings back Phoenix Suns' toughness, intensity after hip injury

Aron Baynes was supposed to be the Suns' backup center. But things changed, and when he got injured Phoenix desperately missed his toughness and play.


Arizona Coyotes can't finish Vegas Golden Knights in shootout loss

The Coyotes earned a point but couldn't finish off the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2-1 shootout loss on Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


Seniors look to close out ASU career with a win in Territorial Cup rivalry game

The freshmen who will compete for the Territorial Cup for the first time have no idea what they're about to take part in, or so say the elder statesmen.


Luka Doncic dominates with 42 points to lead Mavericks past Suns

Luka Doncic tied a career-high with 42 points in leading Dallas past Phoenix. The Suns have lost six of their past seven games.


ASU volleyball edges Arizona to remain in postseason contention

ASU volleyball won in five sets over Arizona on Saturday, its first victory in Tucson since 2007, to stay in NCAA Tournament contention.


AIA tabs Coronado High for 2A football championship site on Dec. 6

After snow and closed roads forced the 2A championship game to be moved to accommodate Round Valley, Coronado High will host the game.


Arizona basketball survives late 3-point barrage, beats Penn in Wooden Legacy semifinal

In Arizona's 92-82 win over Penn in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy on Friday at Anaheim Arena, Nico Mannion put on an offensive clinic


American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek bounces back from probation season to capture 3A football crown

About the only thing that didn't go right for American Leadership Queen Creek was the celebration.


Josh Shaw's suspension for gambling just raises more questions

Josh Shaw's suspension through the 2020 season raises lots of questions, and the NFL should provide answers.


Territorial Cup: ASU uses three quarterbacks to get prepared for rival Arizona

Having three talented freshmen quarterbacks can come in handy, and not just when it comes to having a backup plan in case of injury.


ASU hockey returns from long break to beat Vermont

James Sanchez scored two power play goals Friday night leading Arizona State hockey to a 2-1 win over Vermont.


For now, Kyler Murray can be Arizona Cardinals' quiet leader

Kyler Murray is still learning to be a pro, but he's also learning when and how to use his voice.


Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw suspended for betting on NFL games

Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely on Friday for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions.


Arizona women's basketball forces 29 turnovers, crushes UC-Riverside

Aarion McDonald scored 11 of her 14 points in first half and No. 24 Arizona beat UC Riverside 70-27 on Friday.


Nico Mannion has first big moment for UA, driving coast to coast to beat Pepperdine

Nico Mannion's running layup high off the glass with 4 seconds remaining lifted No. 14th Arizona over Pepperdine Thursday at the Wooden Legacy.


Injury has given Saguaro running back Israel Benjamin new perspective

It's been a tough year for Saguaro senior running back Israel Benjamin, who hasn't played since suffering an injury in Week 2.


Luka Doncic is the NBA's latest big thing Phoenix Suns could've had

Luka Doncic is one the NBA's rising superstars who has some Suns fans wishing even more their team took him No. 1 overall instead of Deandre Ayton.


Grand Canyon basketball not panicking after 3-5 start

Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle shook up the lineup in his team's final game at the Paradise Jam and it resulted in a victory


Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams: Why the Cardinals can win

A look at how the Cardinals and the Rams matchup.


Auston Matthews 'not surprised' at Arizona Coyotes' fast start

Scottsdale-raised Auston Matthews, who plays for the Maple Leafs, said this year's Coyotes team may be the most skilled in franchise history.


Devin Booker fine with Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams driving him 'nuts'

Monty Williams believes he drives Devin Booker crazy with all he asks him, but the Suns' star said he trusts his new head coach.


Arizona State vs. Arizona: Who has the edge in special teams?

Michelle Gardner compares the Arizona State and Arizona football teams in special teams ahead of their Pac-12 college football game on Saturday.


High school volleyball players assist Phoenix children, build school in Uganda

Gilbert Highland and Northwest Christian girls volleyball players take time to give back to their communities and to others around the world.


Chileans learned the right lessons after the Pinochet era

In 1973, amid mounting social tensions, property seizures by Marxist-led parties, strikes by conservative transportation unions, and massive street demonstrations by both the political right and left, Chilean politicians failed to reach across the aisle to stabilize democratic institutions. The armed forces intervened; the then-President Salvador Allende committed suicide; and a brutal military dictatorship led…


Black Friday shopping season sheds light on self-checkout and the curse of ‘so-so technologies’

If you are one of the 165 million Americans expected to shop over Black Friday weekend, chances are that technology and automation will be part of your shopping experience. If you’re shopping online, perhaps it will be an algorithm generating tips on what to buy next. But if you’re going the brick-and-mortar route, one piece…


Ά. Τσελέντης: Ανεξάρτητος της Αλβανίας ο σεισμός μεταξύ Κυθήρων και Κρήτης


Καμία σχέση με τον σεισμό της Αλβανίας δεν έχει ο σημερινός σεισμός των 6,1 Ρίχτερ που σημειώθηκε μεταξύ Κυθήρων και Κρήτης, δήλωσε στο ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ ο διευθυντής του Γεωδυναμικού Ινστιτούτου, καθηγητής σεισμολογίας, Άκης Τσελέντης.


Saturday Stories: Labour's Shameful Supporters, Notre Dame, and Supermassive Black Holes

Stephen Daisley, in The Spectator, on the shame Britain's liberal Labour supporters should feel.

Pauline Bock, in Wired, on how Notre Dame is being reconstructed by way of 50 billion scraps of data.

Phil Plaitt, in ScFy Wire, on the star-making winds emanating from supermassive black holes.

And finally, today is the last day of #Movember, thanks to those who have already donated, and if you haven't, you still can by clicking here. You can give anonymously, and of course, your donation will come with a charitable receipt.

Toronto's SickKids Hospital New Oreos Fundraising Campaign

Because of course they are.

SickKids hospital has never shied away from junk food fundraising and their latest campaign sees them working with food giant Mondelez to promote the sale of Oreo cookies.

Mondelez of course is thrilled and sees this partnership as,
"a first step in a long-term partnership that will “allow for even more collaborative opportunities across portfolios and brands"
The partnership also benefits Dairy Farmers of Canada who are likely running damage control following the release of a Food Guide that rightly de-emphasized milk's unique importance in our diets and removed  our prior Guide's explicit recommendations around its consumption and instead simply included dairy in the protein foods grouping.

Dairy Farmers are likely worried about the impact the Food Guide's changes will have on their lucrative school milk programs and perhaps that's what underlying their stated campaign rationale of "helping kids reach their full potential”, which no doubt will have more weight with SickKids' push.

Apparently the campaign will include, "TV, cinema, digital, social media and public relations", and there's zero doubt that industry's expectations are despite the campaigns likely huge costs, they'll enjoy a return on their investment, either by way of direct sales, or by protecting current initiatives (like school milk programs).

As to what's in it for Sick Kids, of course it's just money. No doubt too that the amount of money SickKids is likely to get by way of fundraising with cookies, will be a fraction of what will be spent on the campaign to which they're lending their name and integrity to market them.

No doubt too, if this were about altruism for the Mondelez and Dairy Farmers, they'd just cut cheques.

Saturday Stories: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hiding Judaism, And Tianna Bartoletta

Matt Wilstein, in The Daily Beast, on comedian Sascha Baron Cohen's must see/read (really, watch it, the video's in the link) award acceptance speech where he explains why he thinks Facebook is the greatest propaganda machine in history (and he isn't complementing them).

From the Forward Staff, in The Forward, with 27 Jews very briefly sharing their fears of being Jewish - fears I can honestly say I have at times felt myself. It's a short read. And it's heartbreaking to me.

Tianna Bee, on her own blog, on Mary Cain, Nike, abuse, abusers, and elite sport. Do read this. It's great.

By Agência Brasil Fotografias - Provas de Atletismo nas Olimpíadas Rio 2016, CC BY 2.0, Link

Thanksgiving: Behind the Pilgrim Myth


The driving force behind making Thanksgiving a national holiday was Sarah Josepha Hale, who was born in 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire. After her husband’s death, Hale turned to writing to generate money. Her novel Northwood: A Tale of New England (1827) included an entire chapter devoted to a Thanksgiving dinner. Its publication brought Hale […]

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12 главных музыкальных святынь мира


Студия Sun Records

Здание студии Sun, Мемфис

Где: Memphis, TN 38103, США
GPS-координаты: 35° 8′ 21.29″ N, 90° 2′ 15.64″ W

Диджей радиостанции “WLAY” в Алабаме Сэм Филлипс мечтал о собственной студии с ранних лет, однако своего смог добиться только в 27 лет, переехав в Мемфис: 3 января 1950 года он открыл “Memphis Recording Service”, где не только записывал музыку, но и делал коммерческие записи свадебных церемоний, похорон, торжественных речей и так далее.

Сам Филлипс заявлял, что намерен записывать черных артистов с Юга, которым больше просто некуда было пойти: затея провалилась после первого же релиза - сингла Джо Хилла Льюиса "Boogie in the Park", после чего Филлипс начал активно работать с такими лейблами, как цитадель черного блюза Chess Records и фирма Modern Records, звездами которой были Айк и Тина Тернер, Джон Ли Хукер и Литтл Ричард. Филлипс создавал демо-записи и мастер-ленты для этих лейблов, и именно тогда записал песню Джеки Бренстона "Rocket 88", которую многие считают первой песней в стиле рок-н-ролл. А в начале 1952 года вновь открыл студию, назвав ее “Sun Records”, и записывал опять же все, от Би Би Кинга и Хаулин Вульфа до The Prisonaires - черного вокального квартета, члены которого отбывали срок в местной тюрьме и были временно выпущены на свободу, чтобы записать сингл "Just Walkin' in the Rain" в июне 1953 года. Песня стала хитом и на нее обратила внимание местная газета: не исключено, что именно это обстоятельство привело на студию молодого шофера грузовика по имени Элвис Пресли.

Студия звукозаписи Sun: Здесь родился рок-н-ролл

Остальное, как говорится, уже история: именно под руководством Филлипса Элвис сделал первые и едва ли не лучшие свои записи, но денежные проблемы и невозможность полноценной раскрутки привели к тому, что Пресли был «передан» в более надежные руки компании “RCA”. «У нас на контракте уже были две новые восходящие звезды - Карл Перкинc и Джонни Кэш, когда мы расстались с Пресли. Я не жалею, что продал его контракт. Я считаю, что все вычислить наперед невозможно, даже на полгода», - говорил впоследствии Сэм. Еще одной звездой лейбла стал Джерри Ли Льюис, однако уже к середине 60-х Филлипс записывал песни крайне редко, продал студию в 1969 году другому продюсеру и ушел в гостиничный бизнес и дела нескольких открытых им радиостанций. В 1987 году, через десять лет после смерти Пресли, здание студии вновь открылось для музыкантов: в разное время там записывались U2, Def Leppard и любитель рокабилли и баллад в духе того же Элвиса Крис Айзек (помните его хит “Wicked Game”?). А в 2003 году здание было включено в число исторических памятников: не забывают его и многочисленные поклонники короля рок-н-ролла.

Памятник Фредди Меркьюри

Где: Площадь Place Du Marche, Монтрё, Швейцария

Тело вокалиста группы Queen, умершего 25 ноября 1991 года от СПИДа, согласно его завещанию было кремировано. Первоначально памятник планировали воздвигнуть в Лондоне, однако единственным местом, предложенным для него, стал задний двор художественного колледжа, где учился Фредди, и друзья посчитали это оскорблением памяти великого музыканта. В итоге в пятую годовщину его смерти возле Женевского озера в швейцарском городе Монтре была открыта статуя работы скульптора Ирены Седлецки: на открытии присутствовали отец Фредди Боми Бульсара, Монсеррат Кабалье и коллеги по Queen Брайан Мэй и Роджер Тэйлор. Статуя попала на обложку посмертного альбома группы “Made In Heaven” и быстро стала объектом почитания фанатов со всего мира, а также местом сбора поклонников Queen в День памяти Фредди Меркьюри, который проводится в первые выходные сентября начиная с 2003 года.

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Зал Славы рок-н-ролла

Зал славы рок-н-ролла, Кливленд. Фото:

Где: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, США
GPS-координаты: 41°30'30.15" N -81°41'43.80" W

Инициатором создания «Зала славы рок-н-ролла» стал глава знаменитой фирмы “Atlantic Records” Ахмет Эртегюн: по его задумке, членами Зала должны были стать наиболее известные и влиятельные исполнители, продюсеры и другие личности, оказавшим значительное влияние на музыкальную индустрию.

Первая церемония введения в Зал славы состоялась в 1986 года, но какое-то время у Зала не было собственного здания. Его предлагалось поставить то в Нью-Йорке, то в Мемфисе, где гремели студии “Sun” и “Stax Records”, то в Детройте, породившем “Motown Records”, то в Филадельфии, откуда были родом первый исполнитель рок-н-роллов Билл Хейли и передача “American Bandstand”, также пропагандировавшая рок-н-ролл. В итоге победил Кливленд - родной город диск-жокея Алана Фрида, который первым употребил термин «рок-н-ролл» по отношению к записям, крутившимся на его радиостанции.

Экспозиция Зала славы рок-н-ролла. Фото:

Музей был открыт 1 сентября 1995 года, на открытии присутствовали, помимо прочих, Йоко Оно и рок-н-ролльщик Литтл Ричард. Здание насчитывает семь этажей, на первом из которых располагается так называемый зал Ахмета Эртегюна с выставками, посвященными корням рок-н-ролла - музыке госпел, блюзу, ритм-энд-блюзу, фолку, кантри и блюграссу, а также ключевым городам истории рок-н-ролла - Мемфису, Детройту, Лондону, Ливерпулю, Сан-Франциско, Лос-Анджелесу, Нью-Йорку и Сиэтлу. При этом тематика выставок не ограничивается рок-н-роллом, затрагивая и родственные стили типа соул-музыки и хип-хопа. На других этажах располагаются выставочные пространства, посвященные отдельным музыкантам и группам, кафе и сцена для выступлений, несколько кинотеатров, транслирующих фильмы по истории рока - одним словом, настоящему любителю музыки скучать здесь не придется!

Парк Виретта или «парк Курта Кобейна»

Скамейка в парке Курта Кобейна. Фото: Pinterest

Где: Парк возле дома 171 на бульваре Лейк-Вашингтон, Сиэтл, США
GPS-координаты: 47° 37' 9.2640'' N 122° 16' 55.7688'' W.

«Парк Курта Кобейна» (таково неофициальное название этого места) - еще один стихийный мемориал, созданный фанатами в парке рядом с домом, где Кобейн покончил с собой. Как и у других кремированных знаменитостей, у Кобейна нет могилы, хотя Кортни Лав, как говорят, захоронила часть его праха под деревом перед домом. Поэтому фанаты приезжают в парк, чтобы оставить подарки для Курта, а заодно и автографы на одной из двух скамеек, где иногда сидел Курт. Увы, все это совсем не по вкусу соседям.

Скамейка с граффити в парке Курта Кобейна. Фото:

«Это злобный райончик»

«Они крайне ненавидят все это дело, - говорит автор биографии Кобейна «Тяжелее небес» Чарльз Кросс. – Это злобный райончик. Если вы оглядитесь вокруг, вы увидите знаки, на некоторых из них написано «Не нарушать границ владения» по-французски. Так что представляете себе. Говард Шульц, генеральный директор “Starbucks”, жил в одном из домов вон там. Питер Бак из R.E.M жил вон в том доме. Речь идет о наследниках промышленных корпораций, миллиардерах от «Майкрософта» – все они живут в этом районе. Так что одна мысль о том, что кучка нечёсаных парней из Аргентины может прийти сюда на скамейку попить пивка в любой час дня и ночи, вызывает у них бурю негативных эмоций». Власти города также не торопятся увековечивать память Кобейна, вероятно, полагая, что наркоман, выстреливший себе в голову из ружья, вряд ли заслуживает памяти.

Могила Майкла Джексона

Памятный камень Майкла Джексона. Фото:

Где: Мемориальный парк Форест-Лаун, Глендейл, Калифорния, США
34°07'24.5"N 118°14'53.8"W

Король поп-музыки скончался 25 июня 2009 года на 51-м году жизни, однако похоронен был только в начале сентября, поскольку у родственников певца возникли разногласия относительно места похорон. Один из братьев Джексона Джермейн настаивал на том, что певца нужно похоронить в парке его знаменитого поместья Neverland, однако мать певца Кэтрин Джексон заявила, что Майкл не хотел бы быть похороненным в месте, напоминавшем ему о многомесячном суде по делу о совращении несовершеннолетних. В итоге Джексон был похоронен на кладбище “Forest Lawn”, неподалеку от Лос-Анджелеса, на котором покоятся такие знаменитости, как Хамфри Богарт, Уолт Дисней, Элизабет Тейлор, Кларк Гейбл и Нат «Кинг» Коул. Склеп с изображением трех ангелов, которые символизируют детей певца, скорбящих над могилой отца, принадлежит основателю “Motown Records” Берри Горди - именно на фирме “Motown” были сделаны первые записи семейного ансамбля Jacksons Five.

Закрытый для посещений мавзолей с гробницей Майкла Джексона.

Разумеется, место погребения не могло не стать местом паломничества: уже через год после смерти певца администрация кладбища заявила, что фанаты певца являются для них нежелательными гостями, а возле входа в усыпальницу Джексона будет разрешено находиться только членам семьи, которые обязаны заранее сообщить о своем визите. Смягчились ли столь жесткие требования со временем, пока неизвестно.

Приют “Strawberry Field”

Где: Beaconsfield Rd, Liverpool L25 6DA, Великобритания
GPS-координаты: 53° 22′ 49″ N, 2° 53′ 2″ W

«С утра и до позднего вечера Джон был счастлив, как птичка», - утверждали родственницы Джона Леннона в Ливерпуле во главе с незабвенной тетушкой Мими. Так это или нет, но его детство не было таким уж безоблачным: летний поход в кино, рождественская пантомима в театре «Эмпайр» и пикник в саду детского дома Армии спасения «Земляничные поля». «Как только начинал играть оркестр Армии спасения, Джон начинал подпрыгивать на месте и приговаривать: “Мими, пошли, не то опоздаем“», - вспоминала тетушка Джона. В 1967 году The Beatles выпустили сингл, одна из песен которого называлась “Strawberry Fields Forever”, и вызвали новую волну внимания к этому месту, ставшему еще одним обязательным пунктом посещения истинного битломана. Сам приют был закрыт в 2005 году: сообщалось, что здание и парк вокруг него планируется открыть для публики, а в самом здании открыть учебный центр и постоянную выставку, посвященную истории приюта и песне "Strawberry Fields Forever", однако этого пока так и не произошло.

Стена Цоя

Стена Цоя на Арбате

Где: стена дома 37 по улице Арбат, Москва.
GPS-координаты: 55.751199,37.589872

«Народный мемориал» Виктора Цоя появился в 1990 году, когда кто-то неизвестный вывел на стене дома № 37 по Арбату надпись «Сегодня погиб Виктор Цой». В ответ кто-то приписал: «Цой жив», а со временем на стене появились и другие надписи. «Для хипующей молодёжи стена была ещё и способом коммуникации, своеобразной «цыганской почтой». Здесь оставляли послания для друзей, с которыми не удалось увидеться, и назначали новые встречи», - пояснил художник Вадим Сидоров. Хотя местные жители весьма недовольны регулярными нашествиями фанатов группы «Кино», стена стала одной из самых известных культурных достопримечательностей столицы, а главный архитектор Москвы Сергей Кузнецов назвал ее одним из феноменов уличной жизни и культуры.

«Минуло четверть века, а слава его живёт»

«Наличие в Москве такой стены памяти, настоящего народного мемориала, имеет для меня значение, мне это важно. Когда Вити не стало, казалось, пройдет лет пять и о нём забудут. Но минуло четверть века, а слава его живёт», - говорил отец Цоя Роберт Максимович. Увы, за время существования стены она пришла в неудовлетворительное состояние: инициативная группа поклонников музыканта неоднократно предлагала провести реставрацию стены, но активистам не удалось договориться с собственником здания. Идею реставрации предлагалось вынести на общественное обсуждение с помощью системы электронных референдумов «Активный гражданин», однако сейчас о ней ничего не известно. Тем не менее остается надеяться, что этот вопрос рано или поздно будет решен.

Мемориал Джона Леннона “Strawberry Fields”

Где: W 72nd St, New York, NY 10019, США
GPS-координаты: 40°46'18.59" N -73°58'17.39" W

Трагическая гибель Джона Леннона 8 декабря 1980 года вызвала скорбь во всем мире и стала знамением окончания целой эпохи, поэтому не увековечить его память в городе, где он прожил последние десять лет своей жизни, было бы по меньшей мере странно. В 45-й день рождения Джона, 9 октября 1985 года, мэр Нью-Йорка Эд Кох и вдова экс-битла Йоко Оно открыли в Центральном парке мемориал “Strawberry Fields”: через дорогу от входа в него располагается печально известная «Дакота», на пороге которой был убит Джон. Йоко написала главам государств во всем мире с просьбой прислать растение, камень или минерал, которые могли бы представлять эту страну в мемориале, и на ее просьбу откликнулось сто двадцать шесть государств. В центре треугольного мемориала, спроектированного как зеленая зона, расположена круглая мозаика, в центре которой выложено слово “Imagine” - отсылка к самой известной из сольных песен Леннона. Мозаика — копия сохранившихся полов в разрушенных Помпеях: ее изготовили и подарили парку неапольские мастера. А поклонники Джона регулярно выкладывают на мозаике значок «пацифика», используя для этого лепестки цветов.

Клуб “Cavern” («Пещера»)

Клуб "Cavern" на Мэттью Стрит. Фото:

Где: Mathew Street, 10, Ливерпуль, Великобритания
GPS-координаты: 53° 24′ 22″ N, 2° 59′ 14″ W

Любитель джазовой музыки Алан Ситнер основал клуб “Cavern” после того, как побывал в парижском джаз-клубе “Le Caveau” («Погреб»). Изначально ливерпульская «Пещера» также была джаз-клубом, однако вскоре стала приютом для скиффл-групп, одной из которых были основанные Джоном Ленноном The Quarrymen. В 1959 году Ситнер продал клуб Рэю Макфоллу, который быстро сориентировался в новой моде и стал предоставлять сцену блюзовым и бит-группам: помимо The Beatles там выступала группа Rory Storm And The Hurricanes с Ринго Старром на ударных, а в раздевалке работала будущая певица Силла Блэк. “Cavern Club” быстро стал новой штаб-квартирой The Beatles, а после их взлета там выступали такие звезды, как Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, Стиви Уандер и Элтон Джон. Однако в марте 1973 года клуб был закрыт для строительства ветки метро и засыпан грунтом.

В тесном подвальчике клуба. Фото:

Метро в Ливерпуле так и не появилось, а в апреле 1984 года открыл свои двери новый клуб, собранных из 15 тысяч камней и кирпичей первоначального здания. С тех пор он стал одной из основных площадок легендарного летнего фестиваля музыки The Beatles. А 4 декабря 1999 Пол Маккартни представил в клубе альбом ”Run Devil Run”: концерт, вышедший на DVD, оказался одним из лучших в наследии экс-битла.

Поместье Элвиса Пресли «Грейсленд»

«Грейсленд» - поместье Элвиса Пресли. Фото:

Где: Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116, США
GPS-координаты: 35° 2′ 45.4″ N, 90° 1′ 22.6″ W

«Я чувствую себя дома только когда я в Грейсленде».

«Я чувствую себя дома только когда я в Грейсленде. Это мой дом. Я нигде больше не хотел бы жить», - заявлял король рок-н-ролла Элвис Пресли о поместье, которое он купил за 100 000 долларов в 1957 году. Поместье стало резиденцией Пресли, где он мог жить, совершенно не соприкасаясь с внешним миром, плавать в бассейне, записывать пластинки… Именно там Элвис скончался и был похоронен вместе с родителями - Верноном Пресли и Глэдис Лав Смит.

Роскошный интерьер «Грейсленда». Фото:

7 июня 1982 года поместье было открыто для публики вдовой музыканта Присциллой Пресли и стало настоящей Меккой для его поклонников, как можно увидеть, к примеру, в фильме Джима Джармуша «Таинственный поезд». В начале 1980х поместье посетил знаменитый певец Пол Саймон: песня, написанная им под впечатлением от поездки, стала заглавной в альбоме 1986 года “Graceland”, который, в свою очередь, определил направление его деятельности на десятилетия вперед. А в 2003 году сэр Пол Маккартни оставил на могиле своего кумира медиатор, «чтобы Элвис смог сыграть и на небесах».

Могила Джима Моррисона

Где: Кладбище Пер-Лашез, 16, Rue du Repos, Париж, Франция
GPS-координаты: 48.861944, 2.394167

Могила лидера The Doors на кладбище Пер-Лашез занимает пятое место в списке самых посещаемых парижских достопримечательностей: с самого начала поклонники Моррисона «отмечались» не только на месте его погребения, но и на соседних могилах. В 1981 году хорватский скульптор Младен Микулин установил на могиле бюст своей работы и новое надгробие: фанаты и кладбищенские вандалы со временем изуродовали бюст, а в 1988 году и вовсе украли его. В 1989 году Микулин сделал новый бюст Моррисона, а в 2001 году - его изображение из бронзы, однако ни того, ни другого на могиле сейчас нет. Впрочем, видимо, со временем успокоились и рок-фанаты: знаменитый сфинкс на могиле Оскара Уайльда носит на себе куда больше «знаков любви». Возможно, сказался и тот факт, что сегодня могила Джима защищена от рок-вандалов оградой.

Студия звукозаписи Abbey Road Studios и пешеходный переход возле нее

Где: 3 Abbey Rd, Лондон, Великобритания
GPS-координаты: 51°31'32.95" N 0°10'25.24" E

В легендарной студии звукозаписи недалеко от станции метро “St.John’s Wood” записывались “Dark Side Of The Moon” Pink Floyd, “OK Computer” группы Radiohead, первые пластинки Alan Parsons Project, саундтрек к шестому эпизоду саги «Звездные войны», и, конечно же, альбомы The Beatles. Сфотографироваться на переходе, увековеченном на обложке битловского “Abbey Road” - святая обязанность каждого битломана, посещающего Лондон. А вот как к этому относятся водители, которым приходится проезжать знаменитую «зебру», увы, неизвестно.

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Winter storm continues Sunday, leaving many roads snow covered in north and central Wisconsin

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What does it take to make hard cider at home? Some farm land, a shed and patience

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This Wisconsin woman beat a deadly blood disease. Now she thrives as a hiker, ultrarunner.

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84 Hutchinson Street, Clark - Open House Sunday, December 1, 12-3pm

Attention!!!  Team Zuhl of Samsel & Associates is having an Open House. Where: 84 Hutchinson Street in Clark When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 12-3pm.Buyers, you don't want to miss this one! So, come out on Sunday and see this diamond-in-the-rough. This could be your dream home with just a little bit of paint and some TLC.  It may look like a little Cape Cod, but you'll be impressed at the more than 2200 square feet of space that this home offers. There is lots of room in this 5 bedroom home. Enjoy 2 full baths with the downstairs bath, which has a jetted tub to soothe those aching muscles after a workout or a long day, while the upstairs bath features a large stall shower. You'll enjoy cooking in the large eat-in kitchen that has Tiffany-style lamps, crown moldings and plenty of storage space. Much of the houses charm is in the 2004 addition was made on the rear of the house providing a large dining room/family room with sliders that lead out to the private back yard where there is a shed and an above ground pool. Want to save money on energy? This home features energy-efficient insulated windows, as well as 2-zone heat and 2-zone Central Air Conditioning.Enjoy being close to everything! You'll be close to shopping, schools, restaurants and much, much more!To schedule a showing please contact Wayne Zuhl at 908-917-4189.If you want to sell your home quickly and for the most money possible contact Team Zuhl!Remember, everything we touch turns to SOLD!!! ~ Wayne & Jean Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work! If you're looking to buy or sell a property in Union County, call us at 908-917-4189 or email        All opinions, information and data provided is deemed reliable but is subject to errors and omissions. Not intended to solicit other Brokers' clients. We cooperate with them fully.

One is Silver, the Other is Gold

This is our 18th Thanksgiving together. Traditionally, we spend the day with Jean's family, although everyone brings a few dishes to share to reduce the burden on any one person. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holidays and kicks off a month of celebrations. We hang the Christmas lights the weekend after Thanksgiving and put the tree up on Jean's birthday the week after. Soon, we'll be hanging the stockings. They are the ultimate expression of who we are as a family.The stocking on the far left is Bobby's. He's our daughter's boyfriend, a Texan chili lover IT specialist. Next to him is Liz, our food scientist daughter who helps make the world a safer place by ensuring that school lunches in Harlem schools are safe for kids to eat. Second from the right is Paul's stocking. Paul is our 24 year old firefighter/EMT son who has wanted to be a firefighter since his first words. The last, but not least, stocking belongs to Danielle, Paul's girlfriend. She's a preschool special education teacher who wants nothing more than a pet pig. The third stocking is Jean's, showing off her science teacher flair. In the center is the stocking for Peanut, a 70 pound rescue pit bull with a heart of pure gold. The next stocking is Wayne's, decorated to represent his astronomy love.  Our children are magnificent, marvelous maddening creatures for whom our hearts burst with love and pride. And they've given us our two newest children who add depth and breadth  to our family. We are infinitely grateful, for each other, for our children and for our new children. We are blessed indeed. ~ Wayne & Jean Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work! If you're looking to buy or sell a property in Union County, call us at 908-917-4189 or email        All opinions, information and data provided is deemed reliable but is subject to errors and omissions. Not intended to solicit other Brokers' clients. We cooperate with them fully.

The Night BefoRE Thanksgiving

Twas the night before Thanksiving, and all through the 'RainNot a creature was posting to whine or complain.All were sharing friendly comments and thoughful answersIgnoring the wanna be's and points-advancers. The blogs were all posted on AR with careIn hopes that the feature fairy would be less rare.With advice from Barbara T and Roy KelleyWe knew we'd have enough business to fill our belly.The Siegels and Bob Crane raise the bar,Joan Cox and Debbie Reynolds are superstars. There's nothing trivial about Wayne Martin,Just thinking about our AR friends causes us to hearten.We've been inspired by the Hansons, the Spears,and Nina and Michael and Anna Banana for years.Grant Schneider, you're the best, and Anita is great,We're so blessed with heros with admirable traits.Spammers don't bother us, students are fun.There's enough business here for everyone.I couldn't mention everyone, your names don't easily rhyme,But know that I would have, if given more time.We're grateful to each of you for all that we receiveFrom the tapestry of AR that you help us to weave.We've learned so much about real estate and livingThat it seems fitting to thank you on ThanksgivingFor listening and encouraging and always rememberingThat building a business is great but not everything.With one last wish upon the Active Rain star,We thank you for referrals from near and far,And send to you our fondest prayersfor your Thanksgiving bounty and full chairs.  ~ Wayne & Jean Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work! If you're looking to buy or sell a property in Union County, call us at 908-917-4189 or email        All opinions, information and data provided is deemed reliable but is subject to errors and omissions. Not intended to solicit other Brokers' clients. We cooperate with them fully.

If Joe Burrow wants to be in charge of wardrobe for the Tigers, he's in charge of wardrobe

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Scenes from the Bayou Classic

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Photos: Bayou Classic Halftime Show

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Bayou Classic FanFest

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Our guide to weekend fun in Monroe November 28-December 1

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Black Friday shopping

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You want to cut the cord and still get CNN?

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Gift Card Winners 12/1


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In 'Children Of Virtue And Vengeance,' Magic Has Returned. Now What?

detail from the cover of Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Henry Holt and Co.

Children of Blood and Bone was an instant success last year.

The young adult fantasy novel by then-24-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi has so far spent 89 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. It made countless best books lists, and it was optioned for a movie by Disney. It spoke to people.

"I always pitched it as Black Panther with magic," Adeyemi says. "It's this epic young adult fantasy about a girl fighting to bring magic back to her people."

And now there's a sequel: Children of Virtue and Vengeance. The heroine, Zélie, has succeeded in her quest to bring magic back to her people, the maji, and the land of Orïsha. But the nobility and the military now have powerful magic, too. And civil war looms.

For Zélie and her ally Amari — a runaway princess who has joined the rebellion, so to speak — the question becomes: Now what? And how will their personal traumas play out?

"I'm really mean to my characters," Adeyemi says. "And so they have a lot to both deal with personally, and in terms of like: OK, well, who am I? What am I wrestling with? What do I want? Is what I want actually what you want? Are we actually still on the same team in this? It's about kind of how complicated things is — especially with people that you love."

Interview Highlights

On the Nigerian and Yoruban roots of her fictional universe

So the Orisha [deity] that was the inspiration for this world — I didn't know at the time that that was a part of my Nigerian heritage. ... It's a religion. It's a mythology. It started in West Africa and then it was disseminated through the world through the slave trade. And so it sort of looks a little bit different everywhere you see it. So like, for example, you have Santería in Cuba, Candomblé in Brazil. And so it's this rich pot in history, and it resonated with me so strongly. So then to find out that, like, wait, this is a part of me? It was this gift and this ability to build a world based off something that I loved and something that was close to my heart.

On how the blackness of her characters has changed over time

My stories, I call them fantasy memoir fan fiction, in the sense that the common thread has always been like — the first story I ever wrote, I wanted a twin and a horse, and my parents wouldn't give me a twin and a horse, so I'm like: I will give myself a twin and a horse. And I wrote this 30-page story. I was around the age of 6, and the twins were named Tomi and Tomi. And, you know, I was like: OK, cool, now I have everything I wanted.

It kind of kept going with that — just that what I wanted became more magical.But subconsciously, what I wanted also became: Oh, in this, my fantasy, I can be white. Like, oh, I can have magic and I can be white; or I can, you know, shoot lightning out of my hands and I can be biracial. And it was like: It took a lot for me to become the type of person who could even write a story like Children of Blood and Bone.

On the two works of art that inspired Children of Blood and Bone

And really, Children of Blood and Bone too also came from seeing two pieces of of art with black people in [them] — and some of the first two of my life, if not the first ever. And so I'm like: If two photos, two fantastical illustrations of black people, created that 600-page world? ... I always try and quantify representation because it's really hard to explain to someone what not seeing yourself does because it's so internal and it's so deep inside. But it's like: If two pictures equals this book, what do you think this book can mean for people? What do you think this cover can mean for people? I was like: Just a little bit of representation can be monumental. ...

One picture was: I was in a gift shop in Brazil; I was only there because it was raining and I didn't want my hair to get wet. And I see this postcard with the Orisha on it. I didn't know what it was at that time, but I just saw this beautiful, black goddess commanding the sea and this beautiful dark-skinned man breathing fire. And I had never, ever seen, like: Wow, that's myself; like, this is me. This person is even darker than me, and she's doing this beautiful magic. And so that was kind of instantaneous. Like, I saw that, and the world of Orïsha came to me very quickly.

And then about eight months later, I saw this picture on Pinterest. It was a digital illustration of this black girl with luminescent green hair. And I'm like: OK, what if she lived in, like, a space colony? What if she was like a fisherman or a fisherman's daughter of some sort? What if she had to go to the market one day? Oh, what if she's in the market and this girl runs up to ... what if you took this thing and put it in that world you have? Do they fit? Oh, my gosh. They fit so well. And it was two photos of people who look like me when I was, what, 23, I think? Imagine if I had had that when I was 6.

On how the oppressors get magical powers at the same time as the oppressed

The older I get, the more I realized the power of institutions. And institutions are old. They're powerful for a reason. They have been set up a long time ago by very rich and powerful people to disenfranchise you systematically.

And so I think sometimes it's like we focus on — we can look at our political history. We focused on [electing] Obama because that's a goal — that's a battle we can try and fight, like let's try and get this person in the White House. Oh, my gosh, he's in the White House. Magic is back. It's great.

But suddenly police brutality is — I won't, I don't know if it's necessarily on the rise, and this is NPR, so I really don't want to say anything or something that might not be a true fact — but at least it became popularized, in the sense that we realized that was going on. It started with Trayvon Martin and it kind of just snowballed. That was during the Obama presidency. ...

It's like: Yes, you can focus on getting magic, but then you'll see that magic wasn't completely the problem. The entire system is against you. So what are you going to do?

Samantha Balaban and Barrie Hardymon produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web.

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Why Businesses Must Be Aware of Brexit Supply Chain Risks

The fact that the U.K.’s economy is quite closely linked with the EU only means that a deal or no-deal Brexit will have huge ramifications. It could lead to a supply chain crisis for which businesses need to prepare for unforeseen post-Brexit scenarios. 
Jill Beadle at Gartner suggested that businesses should establish “committees for specific activities, such as IT and supply chain responses.” She emphasises the importance of delivering risk assessments and impact analyses, including mapping the supply chain to become aware of unknown risks.  

Supply chain, no-deal strategies

I believe that businesses must review their important procurement drivers to assess the effects of Brexit across the supply chain. Businesses should review existing sourcing strategies, supplier contracts and their relationships with existing suppliers to assess the impact of a no-deal Brexit on demand, costs, the ongoing risks to logistics and the continued supply of materials and labour.  
Check out our key recommendations to de-risk supply chain functions across sourcing, contracts and suppliers. 
1.) Evaluate your sourcing strategies
Revisit your category management strategies to understand your category objectives, sourcing strategies and to assess the quantity of work required to source goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Businesses must look at aspects of their business that will be grossly impacted by the U.K.’s exit from the EU. For those categories where the impact is expected to be significant, businesses must account for the EU exit activity whilst planning these categories. 
2.) Review contracts and compliance
You must identify your contract risk profile in line with a range of needs. For example, there could be risks involved where businesses rely on EU funding, as well as limitations on freedom of movement. All this puts an enormous pressure on costs, which affects the availability of labour – resulting in the need to increase wages, forex and tariffs. Therefore, examining specific contract clauses linked to EU exit readiness such as those related to termination, cost pressures and continuity as a result of legal change will help determine future risk potential. 
3.) Support supplier partnering
Work with suppliers to assess the wider market and identify cost and risk drivers in key categories. Create scenario forecasts to identify the most probable outcomes as a result of Brexit. Understand the mitigation plans they have in place, as well as the areas that pose a high risk to their business. Learn how they will support you in a no-deal scenario through their recommendations on robust business continuity plans. 
Businesses that do not have a contingency plan in place and fail to review their procurement functions will end up having to deal with disruptions in a post-Brexit world. 

Reap the benefits of being prepared

Business that have prepared their supply chain functions to face a no-deal eventuality should not consider their efforts wasted if a no-deal situation is avoided. Regardless, executing a comprehensive risk assessment will:  
  • Cover alternative Brexit outcomes
  • Serve as a health check for the supply chain function through identification of risks that may be unrelated to Brexit
  • Enforce the application of supplier management best practices
Deal or no-deal, businesses that risk-proof their procurement functions will stand themselves in good stead overall, simultaneously enabling ample competitive business advantages as well as strengthening the function as a whole.



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