Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Memorial at Bendler Block

"Here died for Germany on 20 July 1944"

On this date of 20 July 1944 occured the closest, but failed, attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by the German Resistance.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Remembering Jane Austin

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775, at the Rectory in Steventon (located in north-east Hampshire), the daughter of George and Cassandra (Leigh) Austen.

She died on this date of 18 July in 1817 in Winchester at the age of 41.
She was buried a few days later in the north aisle of Winchester Cathedral.

 Left is the 17th century house in which novelist Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life and where she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.
Chawton Cottage is now Jane Austen's House Museum

Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow Friday - Genealogy Tips That Work

My follow friday recommendation:

Quick, Short Genealogy Tips By Michael John Neill

This is a genealogy blog that is right up my alley.
  • Stays on track - always genealogy focused.
  • Short and to the point - for quick assimilation into my brain.
  • Tips are relevant and immediately useful.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty as she might have appeared to our ancestors on their way into New York Harbor.

Photos taken by T.Casteel on 6/24/10
from the Carnival cruise ship Glory
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

D. R. Underwood of TN to IL

Charity Cemetery
Bird Township, Macoupin Co., Illinois

Daniel Richard Underwood

•Birth: Abt 1821 in Tennessee
son of Benjamin & Mary Underwood
•Death: 21 OCT 1864 in Macoupin Co., Illinois
aged 43 yrs 5 mos.
•Buried at  Charity Cemetery

Married Mary Kent 05 Jan 1853 in Macoupin, Illinois
 Mary Ellen  b: 1854 in Illinois
 John Halderman b: ABT 1858 in Illinois
 Joseph Hamilton  b: 1860 in Illinois
 George Richard  b: ABT 1864
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Monday, July 12, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge 28: Patents

This week's challenge invited us to peruse the Google Patent website.
I found myself sidetracked numerous times by the interesting submissions for patents.
When conducting a surname based search I realized the Casteel clan overall are a rather industrious group and have many patents affiliated to their name.
Below is one example - a submission filed in 1914 by Frank A. Casteel related to the mining industry:

Click Here for the complete description.
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Friday, July 9, 2010

London Lives Blog & Website

  A great new site for UK researching, London Lives, has been launched.

Announcements for this site and related details were published in their blog, London Lives.
The website provides free access to 240,000 manuscripts which are fully searchable and contain over 3 million names. The manuscripts provide interesting reading and give one a glimpse into London life during the eighteenth century.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge 27: Google Scholar

In trying out Google Scholar I entered our surname and was thrilled to find my father, Ralph Kolbush, who was recognized in the August 1990 article: 

by PG Nelson, DM Graham, and RD Newman of the Department of Physics, University of California, Irvine.
...  We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the machinists who made this experiment possible: Zsig- mond Sebestyen for the lead ring, Zach Halopoff for the torsion balance, and Ralph Kolbush and Herbert Juds.  ...

Woo hoo - Go Dad!
                          ...by the way:  "Happy Birthday"!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Madness Monday No More!

...at least in regards to Susan Underwood's father.
With the receipt of a Macoupin County, Illinois, court record (below),
the theory of her parentage and family is 
all wrapped up with a bow!

 (click to enlarge)

Who knew one small paragraph could contain such wonderful information!
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrating Independence Day

Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
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Friday, July 2, 2010

The Blog Finder

   On days where I just want to discover something new in the genealogy blogging community I go to:

Genealogy Blog Finder is the go to place to locate blogs by catagory or theme, or just to peruse the latest postings in our wonderful genealogy blogging community.  If you have a genealogy or family history blog be sure add it to their Blog Finder directory by completing the simple registration form.