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Genealogy questions for a winner

Monday, July 23, 2012

As most of my regular followers know I have a deep interest in my family and genealogy. From my paternal immigrant grandparents from Slovakia to my maternal ancestors who were here before the revolutionary war, and all my veteran family members, I have enjoyed doing my own research since 1971. You should know by now that I'm an ACE member for ancestry.com and a member of the DAR.

The 1940 Census report is available now. There are a number of states indexed thus far with many more counties and cities being added daily for the others. Ancestry.com has these available along with the other states being able to be searched, if you know where your family member lived. This is only one of the benefits of the site in my own opinion. Ancestry is also encouraging their ACES to have contests on their blogs with the winner receiving a very nice prize.

If you would like to be a part of this - or even if you just want to answer - the two questions that MUST be answered to win are:

#1. What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?

#2. What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?

I hope all of my blog readers will at least answer #1 simply because I love hearing about what interests others and because perhaps I could make a suggestion or so to advise where to look for an answer.

I'll reprint this two more times with the final one 06 August 2012 and the final submission date 12 August 2012. I'll announce the winner and 2 runners up the following Monday, 20 August 2012.

Good luck and I'm really interested in seeing your answers. If you have other SP friends who are interest in genealogy and would like to enter my contest, please tell them to come to my blog to see how they might win.

Peace, love, and happiness to all.
SMILE!!

Ev
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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/28/2012 4:19PM

    i would like to know about the female side of my ancestry. I know I am a descendant of a DAR maybe even two because if my cousin is whose related to my aunt, then I suspect so am I! But would like to know how would you go about declaring it or making it legal and do you have to pay for membership in the DAR organization? And if so, how much and what would it do for you? Anything? susana

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EVWINGS 7/25/2012 12:17AM

    Cheri, thank you for asking. DAR= Daughters of the American Revolution. To be eligable, a woman must have at least one documented ancestor who served or was a patriot during that war for US Independence. The very first ancestor I joined with was a patriot who has his property seized and thrown in prision by the Bristish. Since then my cousin and I have discovered 15 other connections! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/24/2012 11:51PM

    What is DAR ?

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KARIDIAN1 7/23/2012 11:35PM

    I would be interested to learn more about my Swedish relatives and history.

I can;t think of any that would be answered by the 1940 cenus, at least right now.

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No compliments and self esteem

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Question: Day 12 Something you never get compliments on. " on self discovery blog.

Since I lost all of my hair and it has grown back in much thinner than before, I no longer get compliments on my hair. I was very fortunate in my life that I had healthy wonderful hair, nails, and skin. Usually at least one is not strong, but all three of mine were. Though very fine, I had a lot of hair. My nails and skin are still fine. I have wrinkles that are common for my age, but rarely have I had a blemish in my life.

It really doesn't bother me that I no longer receive compliments on my hair. I have four beautiful wigs I can wear if necessary. But I really don't care. I believe my self esteem is strong enough, that I rarely wear them. I did for awhile, then the hair started growing in and I got tired of them. I honestly felt that if someone didn't like seeing me naturally, it was THEIR problem, not mine.
No one ever commented on it, so I'm not sure what they thought. I have read in my cancer teams that some who have lost their hair have received some nasty remarks about it. I guess I was lucky that no one ever did that to me. If I ever had to go thru treatment again and lost my hair again, I would do the same thing as I did these last two times. Each time my hair started to fall out, I had it shaved down. I really didn't want to deal with it coming out a little at a time.

One of the best things that has happened with my Spark and cancer journeys is how much better my self esteem is. We must learn to love ourselves no matter our weight or no matter how much hair we do or don't have. These things do not determine who we are. Who we are is decided by whether or not we treat others as we would like to be treated, to smile, to help others whenever we can, and love ourselves. After all, how can we expect others to love us if we can't love ourselves. I remember seeing an inspirational quote a long time ago that has stuck with me: "We must love ourselves. We aren't perfect, but God doesn't make mistakes." That may be a very simplistic way of looking at things, but it is my view.

I would hope for all of my Spark friends that the work to have a higher self esteem should theirs is low. You deserve to be loved no matter what. With all the support here, you ARE loved by a lot of Spark friends.

Stay safe and try to make the best choices possible.

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PUFFPASTRY 7/26/2012 1:44AM

    So true. I have a couple friends who've battled cancer (or are still battling it) here in town, and they have the most amazing attitudes about how it's changed their appearances. One's an actress and one's a visual artist, and neither of them has even worn wigs -- they've been totally bold and brash and funky and have capitalized on being bald as an artistic choice -- the actress actually created a new personal ad for herself on a dating site, just to see what would happen if she purposely showed herself with no hair, and she says she got more responses to that ad than she EVER did when she had her gorgeous long hair!! The artist painted a self-portrait of herself bald and entered it into the fine arts competition at the state fair, and it WON the blue ribbon! Those two ladies just make me smile and smile -- as do you, Ev! emoticon

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CJBAGGINS 7/25/2012 11:19PM

    My good friend did the same thing when she went through chemo - shaved it down as soon as it started falling out; it was too emotional for her to see clumps of it on her pillow, etc.

cj

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SNUZSUZ 7/24/2012 11:56PM

    My hair is just now starting to grow back and I started not covering it up with anything. I was really self-conscious at first, but now I'm doing okay with it;)

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QUILTINGB52 7/23/2012 10:29AM

    I remember back when my mother was going through breast cancer treatments. Her hair fell out and she started wearing turbans. She told me that she had always wanted to be a "red head" and I suggest that she wear the "Raggedy Ann wig from the costume box" and see how long it took dad to notice! lol

Her hair never turned red, but came back in tiny tight curls!!

But I think her positive attitude is what got her through the whole ordeal.



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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2012 7:05AM

    Hey its only hair right? We are beautiful whether we have it or not!!

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KARIDIAN1 7/22/2012 10:57PM

    Great Blog Ev. I didn't have to have Chemo when I went through my cancer treatments, so I didn't have to deal with losing my hair. I like to think I would deal with it okay, since I wear mine short anyway. I guess I would just keep it super short and wear a baseball cap for warmth in the winter.

My mom had chemo when she had cancer and my dad was more upset about her losing her hair than she was. She was pretty miserable dealing with the chemo and radiation at the same time so that was the least of her worries. She decided to stop the chemo since she was so sick from it. She recovered and doing fine now and it has been over 10 years or more since her cancer appeared. She will be 90 in October!

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/22/2012 9:38PM

    I, too, believe God doesn't make mistakes and celebrate how uniquely different we all are. Knowing how much God loves his children gives me a sense of calm that has help to erode the poor self-esteem I've suffered most of my life. I'm not there yet, but I've come a long way.

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KARENA-G 7/22/2012 1:51PM

    You are so right. Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 7/22/2012 1:25PM

    I loved your blog! Yes, we do need to love ourselves. I really liked your inspirational quote. Have a terrific day!

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SAMMIESMOM13 7/22/2012 10:20AM

    Wonderful, insightful blog. Anyone who is small enough to make mean and derogatory comments on something like that isn't worth the effort it takes to listen. They are miserable inside themselves about something and try to make others feel smaller/less to try and make themselves bigger. It is what the Lord sees that matters, and those who are lovely inside will see your loveliness too. I have a skin disorder which makes my skin just awful and it's worst on my face. I battle it constantly, but the drugs that work you don't dare use too long or it will cause the skin to attrophy. I can either hide in my home, or just be up front and go out and be myself. I tell people if/when I have opportunity/reason to do that and try and educate. Most people are willing to listen and just don't know. But if anyone makes a mean comment, they are not worth the bother.
Hugs to you and keep spreading that spark.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/22/2012 8:21AM

    Reading your blog was a great way to start my Sunday morning! Very inspiring! Have a great day!

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MADAMES 7/22/2012 5:28AM

    Beautiful thoughts on self esteem. I agree with you about what is truly important, and it surely isn't the way you look on the outside!

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STITCHINGNAN 7/22/2012 2:40AM

    I loved your blog. Self esteem is vital we have to like ourselves and why not? We are more than what is first seen by others! Irene emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/22/2012 1:37AM

    While I was waiting for my hair to fall off during chemo I started to notice that there was lots of people wearing wigs - I had never noticed before.
I agree in that cancer made my self esteem beter. When the worst might happen there was nothing left but to live in the present as honestly as I could and all my flaws was not that important anymire because it was all I had...

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/22/2012 1:32AM

    Great blog. It's easy to hate or love ourselves for what the outside looks like because that's what we face in the mirror every day. We need to remember that we are much more than that. I, myself, have lived my entire life hating everything about me because I was always told the bad things about me and rarely heard anything good. I finally had to choose to believe there are good things about me, no matter who didn't believe that. Thanks for the reminder!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/22/2012 12:37AM

    What a lovely blog !

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FLEMIDG 7/22/2012 12:25AM

    What a beautiful blog. I agree with you. We need to stop running ourselves down and love ourselves right where we are. You are an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you.

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JAMER123 7/21/2012 11:59PM

    emoticon emoticon for a wonderful blog. I too, had lovely hair that was my pride and joy with many compliments until I began losing it. My hair loss is due to medications and I will have to live with it. I have chosen. like you, to love me as I am because SP have taught me that true friends love you for just you. Blessings to you!!!
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GRAMMAP1 7/21/2012 11:49PM

    It sounds like you have it all together, Gal. God bless you and please continue the positive attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 7/21/2012 11:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us... it is so easy to be critical of ourselves, forgetting the big battles we have fought (or are still fighting). You are a beautiful person, and it has nothing to do with how much hair is growing out of your scalp, but the love that is growing in your heart.
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TISTEN23 7/21/2012 11:15PM

    That is a wonderful heartfelt blog! Thank you for sharing your hardships with us!!! I am very happy and proud to see people walk around without hair due to cancer....BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL HERE!!! THEY WERE STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE IT THROUGH....Dont ever worry about what other people think! You are amazing!!!

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ALIHIKES 7/21/2012 11:02PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing! I admire you for sharing your natural look! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2012 10:36PM

    What a wonderful blog! You indeed have wonderful self-esteem and that is such a blessing!

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Do you remember?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

.....where you were or what you were doing when you heard about the following events? Younger members won't be able to answer some of the events.

The Viet Nam War? I was reading the newspaper and there was a small article about a death of a serviceman there. I had never heard of it, so I asked my mom. We looked up on a world map. I was 12 and in 7th grade. (1958)

John Glenn in space? I was in 10th grade and the school ran the live broadcast over the loudspeaker to all classrooms. ("1961)

Assassination of President Kennedy? I was a senior and in band at the time. One of the guys in the row by the speaker motioned to the band direct and he had us stop. They were announcing the Texas Governor had been shot. Our director raised his baton when the announcer nearly crying said that that the president was dead. There was complete silence, then everyone put their instruments away. School was dismissed and the ride home on the bus was quiet as no one spoke. It seems like yesterday. (Nov. 1963)

When Dr King was assassinated: I was baby sitting for a neighbor and was shocked. (April 1968)

The capture by North Korea of the USS Pueblo: My mother told me when I got home from classes. She had a cousin's son on board. (Apr.1969)

Walk on the moon? I was on a mini vacation at Lake Erie. A friend was with me and we listened to the live feed from our motel room. (July 1969)

The shooting of the students at Kent State: I was a student at Kent at the time. I was at the eye doctor's and it came over the radio and I started to cry. I was afraid to go to main campus and didn't know if I knew any of the students. I didn't. (May 1970)

11 Israeli's killed at the Olympics - watch the scenario unfold on the TV. We were horrified by the outcome that is now known as "Munich Massacre". (09 July 1972)

President Nixon left office: I was working at the PD and our chief brought in the department TV so everyone could watch. He said we were seeing history.
(Aug. 1974)

Elvis died? We were watching the today show. It was two days before we were married. (Aug 1977)

US Embassy taken by Iranians: I was at work when my husband called to tell me. (Nov. 1979)

John Lennon assassinated: Again I saw this on the Today show. (Dec. 1980)

President Reagan shot: I was on my way to Sarasota when we heard it on the car radio. (March 1982)

The bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beruit: I was watching TV. It was terrible. over 200 servicemen were killed. (Oct. 1983)

The Challenger explosion? I was at home getting ready for work. I knew that this area was where we could see launches and I called my mom right away. She was outdoors watching the launch and tried to describe it to me, but she was crying. (Jan. 1986)

1st Gulf War - Desert Storm: I was getting ready to go to my husband's Boy Scout meeting to help the boys earn their Citizenship merit badges when it came on the TV. I could barely make the two mile journey. We were at war.
(Jan. 1991)

Fall of the Soviet Union? I was at work at the PD in FL and one of the officers came in and told us. (Dec.1991)

Oklahoma City bombing: A friend called me at work to tell me. We didn't know what would happen. Was this done by a terrorist or was a war starting? We were all frightened. (Apr. 1995)

OJ found not guilty: On the radio at the beauty salon (Oct. 1995)

Princess Di killed: I had just returned from seeing my mama and turned on the computer and check the news stories and there were pictures. I cried. (Aug 1997)

Shootings at Columbine: I was working in the salon and heard it on the radio. All of us stylists were just sick. (Apr 1999)

JFK, Jr. killed in plane crash: I came home from computer classes and my friend told me. We watched everything on TV. I was so hoping they would be found ok. But that wasn't to be. (July 1999)

Fears about the Y2K bug: I read about it in the paper. (Oct. 1999)

The bombing of the Cole: Bob and I saw it on the news. (Oct 2000)

The bombing of the twin towers, pentagon, and flight 93 crash): I went to Blockbuster to return some videos and they had three TV's on. The were just reporting on Flight 93. Then they showed the Towers and the Pentagon. I went out to the car and told Bob we were under attack. (11 Sept 2011)

Columbia explodes over TX: Saw it on the net, then turned on TV and watched it. We knew something was wrong because we hadn't heard the sonic boom when it was scheduled to land. (Feb. 2003)

US attacks Iraq: Bob and I watched it on the net. (Mar 2003)

Suicide bombers kill and injure over 700 in London: Bob came into the living room to tell me. (July 2005)

Hurricane Katrina: We had been watching the track Katrina was taking, so we saw it on TV. (Aug 2005)

Haiti earthquake: I saw this on-line news. (Jan 2010)

Japan earthquake and tsunami: Watched on TV news. Bob and I were horrified. (Mar 2011)

Prince William and Kate's wedding: I got up at 4AM to watch on TV! (Apr 2011)

bin Laden Killed: Read about it on-line. (May 2011)


These are just some of the events I remember well. There are many more that could be listed: the Cuban missile crises, the fire that killed the three astronauts, the evacuation of Saigon, the Hubble, the assassination of Robert Kennedy), etc. But these are the ones I chose.

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SAMMIESMOM13 7/28/2012 10:38AM

    I'm too young for some of these, others I remember but not so distinctly as to "where I was". Ofcourse some - like 9-11 - are forever etched into my memory.
Thanks, this was a really interesting blog.

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CJBAGGINS 7/24/2012 1:26AM

    I vividly remember some of the events that happened when I was old enough to understand. As I was born in '69, many listed were not on my radar, so to speak, lol.

I know exactly where I was when I heard about the Challenger explosion; I was in grade 12, and had just found out which part I would play for the upcoming musical. I was celebrating my birthday as well that day, so I always remember the date!

Desert Storm - I was newly married, and watching it all on our old second-hand tv in our small apartment.

9/11 - at the library with my little kids, went to the grocery store and a woman I knew vaguely told me that World War III had started.

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COACHPENNY 7/20/2012 3:19AM

    The Viet Nam War? My brother is seven years older than me. He graduated HS in 1966. I remember hearing about the war before that but, it wasn't until there was a possibility that he could get drafted and be sent to Vietnam that my eyes were opened. He went away to college but, didn't do that well and had a draft number that would send him to the service sooner than later....instead, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves. He never did get sent to Nam and was medically discharged due to a back injury after several years.

John Glenn in space? I was in kindergarten and we drew pictures of spaceships.

Assassination of President Kennedy? I was in the second grade. We knew it happened. It was like a cloud had descended over us. I went home and my dad was home early both my parents were crying. Watching it all on TV was so very sad. We all cried for his wife and children. Caroline is close to my age so I identified with her the most.

When Dr King was assassinated: I was in Jr High and remember being horrified because we discussed current events in school and of course, Dr. King was the subject of many discussions.

The capture by North Korea of the USS Pueblo: Remember this but, not well.

Walk on the moon? The talk of our school...everywhere

The shooting of the students at Kent State: I was a freshman in HS. We were riveted by these events. I could not believe that this could happen here in the US. I cried every time I watched the news or read about the events.

11 Israeli's killed at the Olympics - same here....TV coverage was non-stop

President Nixon left office: Senior in HS...I was so disillusioned....I NEVER liked NIXON
(Aug. 1974)

Elvis died? I had already decided he was strange and drug addled so while I was sad for the waste of his life...it was a life of excess. (Aug 1977)

US Embassy taken by Iranians: Stunned and as time went by it seemed like it would never end. (Nov. 1979)

John Lennon assassinated: Shocked by hearing the news...I was in my car and heard it on the radio. I called my girlfriend when I got home.

President Reagan shot: Heard it on the news, shocked. (March 1982)

The bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beruit: Heard it on the news scared and shocked. (Oct. 1983)

The Challenger explosion? I was pregnant with my daughter, due in a week. Ordered home to bed rest due to high blood pressure, I watched it happen on TV. I knew it was not good even before they reported the actual tragedy. It was SO emotional.(Jan. 1986)

1st Gulf War - Desert Storm:
(Jan. 1991)Fall of the Soviet Union? (Dec.1991) Both these events were hard to fathom in different ways. I was young mom with a toddler and a kindergartener.

Oklahoma City bombing: Sick and Sad.(Apr. 1995)

OJ found not guilty: I remember thinking it was such a circus and that he'd gotten away with murder. (Oct. 1995)

Princess Di killed:I hoped it was a mistake. Her life was cut short. (Aug 1997)

Shootings at Columbine: I could not believe it was happening. (Apr 1999)

JFK, Jr. killed in plane crash: The Kennedy curse.... I hoped they would find them alive but, it was not meant to be. (July 1999)

Fears about the Y2K bug: We stocked some things but, did not go crazy about it. (Oct. 1999)

The bombing of the Cole: Saw it on the news. (Oct 2000)

The bombing of the twin towers, pentagon, and flight 93 crash): I was driving from one school district office to another for my job. Heard it on the radio. The sky had become eerily quiet...I had never experienced such a quiet. At each office, a TV was on we all sat stunned watching the events unfold. A two hour run took me over four hours stopping to watch more news and talk with other horrified people.(11 Sept 2011)

Columbia explodes over TX: Brought back memories of the Challenger. (Feb. 2003)

US attacks Iraq: I was against this war and very unhappy our country was doing this. (Mar 2003)

Suicide bombers kill and injure over 700 in London: Sick & saddened. (July 2005)

Hurricane Katrina: Horrified and pissed at Bush's inept leadership (Aug 2005)

Haiti earthquake: Sad, sad tragedy. (Jan 2010)

Japan earthquake and tsunami: Watched on TV, so very sad.

Prince William and Kate's wedding: Watched a bit on TV(Apr 2011)

bin Laden Killed: Watched the Prez make the announcement. It was amazing news.(May 2011)


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QUILTINGB52 7/19/2012 3:41PM

    I am about 6 years younger that you....so President Kennedy is the first thing I remember well and somber for even us kids in grade school.

One of the things I remember about 9/11 - that the people in the United States came together, not as blacks or whites - but as Americans!! And every time I drove down the highway there were American flags hang from every bridge. It was sad and uplifting all rolled in together!!

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LIS193 7/19/2012 1:03PM

    Some events from the 70's and everything after 1979.

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SANDYW1945 7/19/2012 12:40PM

    Remember it all...but Vietnam War escaped my radar until it hit me in the face ....right after Gulf of Tonkin Resolution 1964. I was a collage freshman. Not too long after that began to lose friends to the war.

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KARIDIAN1 7/19/2012 10:07AM

    I remember these. I was ion 3rd grade when Kennedy was shot and a teacher came in to the room to tell us. Strange how we can remember things like that, what we were doing at the time.

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/19/2012 5:04AM

    Hmm, I remember where I was when our prime minister Olof Palme was shot, I remember the twin towers and I remember Princess Di car accident - but the rest I will have to seek deep in my memory to remember where I was when I first learned about those events...

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2012 11:05PM

    Yes indeed . . . I remember all of these events.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/18/2012 10:52PM

    I was 3 when Kennedy was shot ,but I remember sitting up watching the Man on the moon with my Grandad in 1969 .I remember friends brothers going to Vietnam and friends fathers .My husband went to the Gulf .

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IDLETYME 7/18/2012 7:17PM

    I remember these. Thank you for bringing them back to my memory! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/18/2012 6:32PM

    I was born in June 1981 so many of these were before I was born or too young to remember. But there's one that you wouldn't count as important but living in MN I do, and I want to share that one with you:
The collapse of the 35W bridge in Minneapolis (August 1st, 2007): I had just gotten home from my last day at a job I quit so I could focus on finding a job in the Minneapolis area. My mother called to tell me. They only knew it was in Mpls, so it took me awhile before I could figure out what they were talking about. Soon after a friend I knew who was travelling through WI back to MN called and as she crossed the St Croix river the call dropped because the cell lines were so bogged down. It took hours online before most of my friends had checked in so we knew people were safe (some had been over the bridge an hour earlier or due to go over soon after). I watched a lot of news coverage about it for days afterwards. A week later I was in the area and drove past - I slowed down because the shock of the empty space was just too much to focus on driving. Less than 2 months later I moved into a Mpls suburb. The bridge collapse is one event anyone who lives around here can't forget. A lot of other bridges around here have had problems since then, but none to the extent of such a massive and important bridge collapsing so quickly.

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GATORJOY 7/18/2012 6:23PM

    Thanks for sharing, I remember many of these vividly. And, like you say, President Kennedy's assassination still remains in my memory as if it were yesterday. Shocking and painful, I was 11. 9/11 is another one that remains in my memory as horrific and painful. On the other hand, landing on the moon, was exciting and wonderful to me. Now, one for you to remember....The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show....you remember? Of course you do ...and you smile when you think about it, don't you? emoticon

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AAEEFDCA 7/18/2012 4:16PM

    I remember every one of those events some more vividly than others. We were taking a spelling test when JFK was shot, everyone got 100%. A classmate's brother & the dad of a family I baby sat for died in Viet Nam., 9/11 I was walking down the hall at work and saw the second plane hit. I remember a patient in the waiting room said, honey, this is your Pearl Harbor, but when the one hit the Pentagon I lost it since my cousin was stationed there.

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PMFISH 7/18/2012 3:40PM

    Well, I am a bit older than you! The Viet Nam war I was 18 and some of the guys were talking about enlisting. Most of the other events, I remember well. The Challenger exploded we were on the road to go to Disney and saw it happened. Amazing you were on your way to Sarasota when Reagan was shot. I was in Sarasota on a yacht at that time. Makes you wonder how many times we have been in the same place at the same time.

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KASEYCOFF 7/18/2012 1:46PM

    Well, Evvie, you're just that little bit older than I am - I don't remember when I first heard 'Viet Nam,' but I remember history classes about Indochina and the French colonization; the war was just part of my background from early childhood, so I was always aware of it. As for the rest - I was in 4th grade when John Glenn made his orbits, and of course all the subsequent events are very much in my memory.

What a tumultuous history--!
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LOSTLIME 7/18/2012 1:30PM

    When Kennedy died, I was in first grade. When Dr. King was assassinated
I was in school. The incident at Kent state, I was babysitting my cousins.
I was watching the olympics when the Israel's were killed. When Nixon left office I was at home. I was pissed off that he became paranoid at the end.
I was newly married when Elvis died. When Princess Di died, I was driving
home from dropping my husband off at work. Most of the other times, I was either watching the news or tv when the incidents were taking place.

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PENNYPACKER3 7/18/2012 12:41PM

    I remeber the pricess dead, stayed up all night/ealry morning watching it on TV, 9/11 I was doing the Elliptical watching QVC selling southwestern jewerly on a tuesday morning, Kennedy I was a kid, remeber the train funeral procession, viet nam had a walk out/sit down protest in 8th grade,
lennon me and ex mourned and listened to his music, hurricane katrina the boss invited a German Shepherd Dog friend in LA to come stay,
landing on the moon watched on TV,

how about these, When Ruffian broke down in the illfated match race with Foolish Pleasure, I was 14, watching it on TV at home, I cried. Secretariat winng the Belmont Stakes by 31 lenghts. Sat in AWE watching it on TV at home. it still gets me to see it repeated.
Zenyatta winning the Breeders Cup Classic, I danced and hollared, that was great.

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Genealogy question for winner

Monday, July 16, 2012

As most of my regular followers know I have a deep interest in my family and genealogy. From my paternal immigrant grandparents from Slovakia to my maternal ancestors who were here before the revolutionary war, and all my veteran family members, I have enjoyed doing my own research since 1971. You should know by now that I'm an ACE member for ancestry.com and a member of the DAR.

The 1940 Census report is available now. There are a number of states indexed thus far with many more counties and cities being added daily for the others. Ancestry.com has these available along with the other states being able to be searched, if you know where your family member lived. This is only one of the benefits of the site in my own opinion. Ancestry is also encouraging their ACES to have contests on their blogs with the winner receiving a very nice prize.

If you would like to be a part of this - or even if you just want to answer - the two questions that MUST be answered to win are:

#1. What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?

#2. What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?

I hope all of my blog readers will at least answer #1 simply because I love hearing about what interests others and because perhaps I could make a suggestion or so to advise where to look for an answer.

I'll reprint this three more times with the final one 06 August 2012 and the final submission date 12 August 2012. I'll announce the winner and 2 runners up the following Monday, 20 August 2012.

Good luck and I'm really interested in seeing your answers. If you have other SP friends who are interest in genealogy and would like to enter my contest, please tell them to come to my blog to see how they might win.

Peace, love, and happiness to all.
SMILE!!
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MADAMES 7/22/2012 5:40AM

   
Interesting...now that I have retired, I will have more time to look into my ancestry. My in laws have researched a lot about their families; my husband helped out with that quest. There are many unanswered questions about my family (both sides). Thanks!



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MEDDYPEDDY 7/18/2012 3:23AM

    Not wanting to be in the contest really as I am swedish but answering just for fun. As I am noble on my fathers side there is a very good documentation back to the beginning of 1500. On my mothers side there is documentation since 1600, as they immigrated from Finland back then.

1. I would like to find out more about health issues, what diseases that has ran in the families. I also would like to know ablut IQ and EQ...

2. Not much...

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AFERRARI 7/17/2012 4:40PM

    Here are my answers:

1. I want to see how many generations I can go back and find out what my ancestors did for a living

2. Unfortunately nothing as I am first generation Canadian and my ancestors came from Great Britain and Italy

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MUSOLF6 7/17/2012 9:01AM

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OPALMOON 7/17/2012 8:54AM

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Hope you all enjoy finding out what you can!

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GCHUNG 7/17/2012 8:08AM

    We're genealogy nutters in my family, warts, skeletons, horse thieves, 'n' all, lol...

1) "What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?"

I have been searching my history for over 30 years and have amassed quite a lot of information in that time BUT I have 2 main mysteries left to uncover. What happened to my paternal great grandfather's siblings and where did my maternal great grandmother's family come from? Having a very unusual surname for the former, I've been lucky in some regards. The latter name is such a common surname it makes it quite difficult to trace.

2) "What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?"

As the form of transportation became easier our family moved out across the states. Is the answer to my 2 main mysteries stored in an elusive distant cousin's attic. Tracing those cousins has opened up many new windows for me to explore as well as new stories and photos to add. The 1940 census will offer the ability to easier find these distant families and I have hope that my brick wall will start having large holes in it filled with new information.

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2012 3:24AM

    We're genealogy nutters in my family, warts, skeletons, horse thieves, 'n' all, lol...

1) "What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?"

In general, the various places they emigrated from - I know some were from Germany, some from France, some from England, and several came into the US in the early 1800s from Canada. I'd like to find out more information, tho. In particular, there's one branch of the French-Canadian connection I'd like to trace - I'm hoping to find documentation to 'prove' which ancestors are actually ours.

2) "What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?"

Although the 1940 records are the most complete (that is, compared to previous available censuses) they are incredibly difficult to sift thru, to my mind. The country had already begun heading towards a war economy, and consequently many people were already on the move - in my family, an uncle had enlisted in the Navy and two aunts had moved to DC to work in the federal government. This might not have been a big deal if they hadn't moved far, but this involved leaving home and going 400 miles - a very long-distance move at that time. Not knowing quite where they lived (the uncle was based in northern VA, I think, while my aunts - sisters - shared an apartment somewhere around Glen Echo) means I would either have to comb relentlessly through who-knows-how-many pages... or I have to wait until the census is completely referenced and cross-indexed. In short - at this time, I don't feel as tho my questions would be answered by the 1940 census. Grandparents and great-grandparents all lived in the same houses they'd lived in as of 1930 (and in some of these cases, the same houses they'd lived in all their lives), with the exception of one set of great-grandparents who lived 'somewhere in TX.' Eventually, I hope the 1940 census will enable me to find just where the Texas branch were, but in the meantime, I fear it's of little help, as I don't even know what county they were in.

As for the contest - I hope you don't think I'm flying false colors, but I already belong to Ancestry (just love the site!) so the prize doesn't really work for me. But I love to discuss genealogy and I couldn't miss the chance to get my two cents' worth in, lol...
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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/17/2012 1:30AM

    I'm not all that interested in geneology because both sides of my family have a lot of issues, so I think I'm a little worried of what I might find. There's very little we know about either of my parent's families. But I'll answer these, because my answers are probably interesting.

#1 - I've been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos and a mitochondrial disorder, both of which are genetic, and Eosinophilic Esophagitis which is often genetic. Yet no one else on either side of the family is showing outward signs of any of these, excluding my sister showing signs of Ehlers Danlos as a kid. It would be interesting to find out if any distant relatives have these conditions.

#2 - I know my grandfather grew up in St Paul, MN (I live in a suburb of St Paul now) and moved to Milwaukee, WI. But there's a story in the family that he changed our last name when he joined the millitary. I'd be interesting to find out if that's true. My father was the 2nd of 4 kids, born in '53, so '40 would be around the time the name was changed - if the story is true.

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FLEMIDG 7/17/2012 12:19AM

    I have been searching for my birth family for years. I have found them but they don't believe I am part of their family. I had difficulty finding out anything.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/16/2012 11:46PM

    I know very little about my ancestors.My Nana was from an orphanage in ireland So I would just like to know a bit about my ancestors.

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KARIDIAN1 7/16/2012 11:42PM

    Have to think on this. A relative is really into this.

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SARAWMS48 7/16/2012 10:14PM

    My dad and his sister lost touch with each other after their mother died in 1939. They had no contact for 10 years. My dad tried to find out where she was through the Red Cross, but they told him they couldn't help him. When I asked her about it, she said that she "always knew he was there for her." They are both dead now and my only way of piecing the story together is through legal records. I know that she lived in South Dakota during the '50's and in Kansas City by 1960. I'd love to know where she was in 1940.

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PEGGYO 7/16/2012 9:32PM

    #1 The thing I would like to find out the most is which one of the many Campbells in Rockland County NY is the father of my great, great grandfather Stephen Campbell

# 2 some of the people that I know and knew are included in this census and I am starting to see how everyone in the town where I grew up is related.

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QUILTINGB52 7/16/2012 9:31PM

    My ancestors arrived in Philadelphia in 1828 and their first child was born in New York a few months later. The stories handed down through the generations - he was a gardner for John Jacob Astor, while he was in New York.

I find he & his wife arriving into the United States, can't find the births of any of his children (but already know the dates), and the first time I find him is 1850. I would love to find out where he was between his arrival in 1828 and when he showed up in Wisconsin in 1850.

Someday......

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VCRUMP11 7/16/2012 9:24PM

    #1 - I love to see the movement and blending of my families. How my Mom's family started in Dorchester, Maryland and we managed to meet and get married to people from Ohio, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. I love to imagine how they managed to meet, what brought them to different areas of the country, and what was the spark that kept them together enough to get married and settle down. All of this blending eventually brought me into the world and one day someone will research my life and wonder how I met my husband and what possessed us to move from Maryland to Virginia and then to retire to . . . (who knows?).

#2 - In the 1940 census, I would like to find the name of my great-Uncle's first wife. He was married four times - 1-Carrie, 2-Birdie, 3-Gladys, and 4-Shirley. Carrie is lost to time and bad memory although she is fondly remembered and we even have a picture of her. My uncle left to serve in the war and came back to find Carrie carrying another man's child. As sad as the story would seem, he wished her the best and released her to marry the man she had been seeing. They even stayed friends. My uncle had met someone else himself and understood that war changed things. He was a "gentle" man and a gentleman. I want to know what happened to Carrie.

I'm already a member of Ancestry but I love working on my family history! I love to help other people catch the bug. Thanks for sharing your love of geneaology!

Vicki

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EVWINGS 7/16/2012 9:07PM

    I forgot to mention that the prize is a deluxe 6 month membership to ancestry.com and a Family Tree Maker that will come to you from the site as my winner.

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Style and eyes

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I can hardly believe how far I have come with the questions!

Day 11 Something people seem to compliment you on the most.

Most of my adult life I have been complimented on my style and the color of my eyes and how the color changes with my mood. No matter how heavy I was, I was always complimented on how nice and stylish I was. I remember I went to a sorority dinner and I wore one of my mama's necklaces from the 60's. Everyone remarked on it. Most said they didn't realize they made them anymore and wanted to know where I got it. I told them it was my mama's. Next thing I know, they were all wearing them to dinners and more formal occasions.

My niece loved how I had my hair frosted (I did it myself), my nails and makeup done and asked me to do all those things for her wedding, which I did.

When I was going to cosmetology school, we had a Christmas fashion show. We had to wear a nice outfit, do our makeup, and have our hair done. We were then judged by three people - the head of fashion at Penney's, the owner of an exclusive salon, and the county sheriff. I came in first place for fashion. The comments were, my outfit was age appropriate, but still stylish. My shoes and purse matched my outfit perfectly with picking out the correct color to use to accent the outfit. I was so happy! I received a small trophy and a blue ribbon. That was the first trophy I ever won. Usually I would get pins or the ribbons. It took 40 years, but I finally got one.

As far as my eyes go, I have had a lot of compliments and comments on them and how they will change color depending on my mood. The are the bright blue when I'm very happy and change towards gray whenever I don't feel well. THen when I'm angry or upset, they are totally gray. So they say, if they want to know what's going on with me, they just look at my eyes!! They seem to also be impressed with the bright blue when they are that color.

I guess I'm ok with all of that. It really made me feel good when I was heavy and was complimented so often on my style and how I was copied.

Peace, love, and happiness to all.
Ev


  
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CHERIRIDDELL 7/15/2012 11:41PM

    I think your eyes are beautiful and expressive , they say eyes are the mirror to the soul so you must bew beautiful inside and out !

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2012 10:19PM

    You are a beautiful person inside and out! HGUS!

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MOTLEM 7/15/2012 3:59AM

    I'm probably missing something here, Ev. Day 11 of questions?
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HICKOK-HALEY 7/15/2012 1:07AM

    How fun to get a trophy, but then you are creative. It's always nice getting compliments, you deserve them. I think your eyes are pretty!!

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FLEMIDG 7/15/2012 12:33AM

    You deserve all those lovely compliments you get. So glad to hear things are going well for you. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 7/15/2012 12:17AM

  Beautiful eyes have always been the very first thing that I notice about people when I meet them.
Have a great weekend.
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JAMER123 7/14/2012 10:59PM

    Beautiful assets, my dear! It is wonderful to have them noticed. One of the things I was always complimented on was my hair. It was so full bodied that people thought I frequented a beauty shop! Now it is so thin that I wear it short and lots of hair spray. Still complimented on it which is even a nicer thing for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/14/2012 10:51PM

    Two beautiful assets that know how to come back and give true joy!

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KARIDIAN1 7/14/2012 10:38PM

    It is fun to get complimented on your style and know that the stye is one your created yourself. Very interesting about your eyes changing colors depending on your mood.

I got my new glasses last night. Slight change in prescription and am still getting used to them. I feel taller, which I know is weird, but that usually happens when I get new glasses.

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LOSTLIME 7/14/2012 10:33PM

    isn't nice to be complimented on something you've done? It looks like you are a trend setter!

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