Thursday, May 31, 2012

Huntington Beach, California

Growing up in Southern California, Huntington Beach was a regular hang-out for us.  Clad only in our bathing suits, towel in hand, we head out via bicycle or car and take either Newland St. or Beach Blvd directly to the beach.

Photo by surfing photographer LeRoy Grannis

Although I never surfed, I certainly did roller skate and bike along the shore.

                                       Southern California Beaches Photo Tour

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day
- a day for our country to commemorate and visit the graves of citizens who died during military service and to share a prayer of remembrance  to honor those who have passed away.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Greatest Gift - Memorial Day Preparations

This Memorial Day Weekend 
take a moment to keep our soldiers in your thoughts and prayers.

 Flags are place before each grave in preparation for Memorial Day, during the annual "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press / AP
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: William Kidd

On this Date in History in 1701, William Kidd, Scottish sailor, was hanged for piracy at London's Execution Dock.

Interesting Genealogy Notes regarding Captain Kidd

Monday, May 21, 2012

Matrilineal Monday: Six Generations of Daughters – From Baby to 111-Year-Old Great, Great, Great Grandmother

Six Generations of Daughters – From Baby to 111-Year-Old Great, Great, Great Grandmother:

A Virginia family will have a lot of moms to fuss over this Mother’s Day. The family has an astonishing six generations of daughters still living.  The matriarch of the family, Mollie Wood, was born in 1901 and just marked her 111th birthday.

 (Image Credit: Courtesy Christian DeBaun)
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Monday, May 14, 2012

The 1860 Baptism record of Louis Adolphe St.Jean

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This April 2 1860, we undersigned priest baptized Louis Adolphe, born this same day from the ligitimate marriage of Narcisse St-Jean, blacksmith, and of Marie-Louise Trudeau from this parrish. Godfather was Jean-Baptiste Marion, godmother Alice Simard, both undersigning with us. 

(signed): Narcisse Simard, Jbte Marion, Alix Marion, Lj. Thibault, priest

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Celebrating mothers everywhere.
'Happy Mother's Day' from Tangled Trees.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The London Gazette

A Treasure Trove of Historical Information

Britain’s oldest continuously-published newspaper has recorded significant political events, the everyday working of government, and, to some extent, the lives of ordinary everyday people since the plague of 1665 drove King Charles II from London. 
 The London Gazette is available online for free and the majority is key word searchable.

By the early eighteenth Century the Admiralty and War Office published despatches in the Gazette and submitted details of the appointments and promotions of their officers, a process known as “being gazetted”.  
In 1712 an “Act to Relieve Insolvent Debtors” required publication of insolvency announcements.
The Gazette continued to grow, the railway building boom of 1845, legislation on Patents and Company Law in the 1850s and 1860s, and from 1870 notice of civil service recruitment and examinations contributed to the publication. Civil service notices continued through the first half of the twentieth century and included bodies such as the post office.
Below I found a reference to our Cassingham relative:


In 1899 a Naturalization Act resulted in the publication of lists of those granted British citizenship and in 1925 the Trustee Act picked up pre-existing practice by specifying certain legal privileges for executors giving notice of deceased’s estates in the Gazette. Notices of this type provide family historians with a rich trail of information.

For more information about the London Gazette visit us at, a special search facility is available for beginners at or use advanced search
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

1918 Palmolive Soap Ad

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This was well before Madge appeared on the scene.

'You're soaking in it.'

 Jan Miner (1917-2004) played "Madge" from 1966 to 1992.
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