"Welcome to the Weekend Chat!" All Members are Invited!! January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019. [closed]

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WikiTree profile: Dorothy Barry
closed with the note: Weekend chat completed
in The Tree House by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
closed by Dorothy Barry
Thanks for hosting this weekend, Dorothy
Hi Dorothy!

Thanks for hosting this Weekend's Chat, I know you will do an awesome job!
Thank, Dorothy, for hosting the Chat!
Same as what Doug and Loretta, Dorothy.
Thank you, Dorothy, for hosting the chat this weekend.
Thanks everyone above.... and especially thanks to everyone who participated this weekend!!!!  Have a great week!

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Greetings everyone!!! It's that time of year again in the old US of A where you sit down for three hours perusing your entire life of last year and sending all the information to the Internal Revenue Service along with a sizeable sum of money. Yes, indeed, the government establishment is kind enough to allow you as a lowly citizen to communicate directly with them for a small fee. Yay America!!!!!!

by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (153k points)
So what happens when the IRS is SHUT DOWN?

You’ll likely get your refund on time even if the Internal Revenue is short-staffed of the government shutdown and no-shows among unpaid workers who are financially strained.

That’s because the tax process is largely automated for tax returns filed electronically and for refunds delivered by direct deposit, according to industry insiders. Only returns that trigger a review during the automated process could face delays. 

Ref: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/23/government-shutdown-2019-how-get-your-tax-refund-time/2661142002/

The FCC shut down January 3rd and no new, renewed or upgraded licenses will be issued until the shutdown is ended.
Just announced, the US Federal Government will be reopening shortly, for three weeks, until Feb 15,, and all those affected will get their back pay like TSA, FCC etc.
Thank goodness for that!!!!
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Today is.......



Made with strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and topped with a rich layer of cream, Irish coffee is recognized on January 25.

On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.

A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.

Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.

How to Make an Authentic Irish Coffee

Starting with a warm glass, fill 2/3rds full of freshly brewed coffee. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of sugar.  Add 1 ounce of Irish whiskey.

Adding the cream so it floats is the tricky part. According to the Buena Vista account, and at the suggestion of San Francisco’s mayor, a dairyman, cream that is 48 hours old, is best. However, others recommend whipping cream (not whipped cream) that has been lightly whipped or foamed.

When the coffee has stopped swirling from stirring in the sugar, pour the foamy cream over the back of a spoon.


Warm up with an Irish coffee while doing your taxes or just waking up!!!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)

PS: If coffee isn't your thing, then an alternative is "Irish Tea" !!  My Barry Ancestors:  Peter Barry, from Blackrock, Co. Cork, Ireland.... WikiTree profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barry-2688 and his father Anthony Barry https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barry-2689 were the founders of Ireland's..... "Barry's Irish Tea"!!                         



My non-authentic Irish Coffee is typically around 4pm. I use Bailey's Irish Creme or one of the cheaper brands, and always save a cup of coffee from the morning to reheat. Just today I saw that the local grocery is again carrying the non-alcoholic Bailey's. Yippee.
I would like a cuppa tea tomorrow morning , please :). Now it's for me nearly bed time, so no way to drink a breakfast tea now :)

Here's your Morning Tea Jelena!!!


Thanks a lot Dorothy :)
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Good Afternoon all. On WikiTree I am still plugging away on some profiles I adopted that need a lot of work. Most have a lot of stuff in the biography section so the profiles never show up on the suggestions list but they are unsourced and have no real useful information. I found several where the dates were off by about 12 years and one even had 29 inline references but none of them were actual sources. The bad part is a lot of time I actually add even more family members just to find out that a profile I skipped because I could not find anything could actually be sourced after I correct the wild guess made of a date just to add it in the first place.

After last weekends snow storm we had a big warm up and rain and that turned into flooding. My house is on a higher elevation so we were safe but a lot of others in our area were not so lucky. Now the temps are plunging again, down to -10 by mid week, so the cycle begins again.

Most of the family health issues are improving but yesterday my uncle had surgery for his cancer, cemo and radiation did not work for him, and he is in fair condition but having problems breathing on his own still.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Thank you Dale for working on those unsourced profiles you adopted. I know others will appreciate it too especially if somehow they are related to them. Way to go!!!!
Thanks Dale for working on those profiles.  I have had the same experience, but it feels so good when it all comes together and makes sense, even though I'm not a relative, I feel like I'm helping someone for future generations.

God bless your uncle and I wish him well...
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Hey, Wikipeeps!

Sorry i am a little late. I'm working on a video dedicated to the man, the myth, the legend....Stan Lee! Video is gonna be awesome. =) And I even show Wikitree in it. So there's that. =) Well, Stan's profile anyway.

On the genealogy front, I haven't done much as I was working on the video. Not much happened this week. Was pretty slow. Well, I did confirm all of the relationships on my watch list. Pip, you can thank me later!


Oh and I joined more Italian genealogy Facebook groups than I thought possible. Why are there so many? Many of the same people are in them, too. It's crazy. Can't we all hang out in one place? Maybe have some gelato? Just saying....So many Italian genealogy Facebook groups can be a bit overwhelming and I'm in like four.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (389k points)
edited by Chris Ferraiolo
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Here are some tips in getting started off right in 2019 with your family profiles.... 

I have noticed two major concerns: #1 having profile managers to add sources to profiles that they created and/or adopted; and #2 checking with other profile managers before making changes to their profiles.

One thing I would like to recommend from the onset is that members refresh their memory of our Honor Code . Note # l working together on the same ancestor profiles and # Vlll about adding sources. I also know it may be hard to share a profile with others but that is what WikiTree members do, when we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles.

It is strongly recommended that before adding several profiles without sources in your family tree, work on those profiles you already added (that are without sources) providing source information to make their profile complete. You will be helping future genealogists find their ancestors!

You can add any source you already found on your family member's profile such as: birth information, US Federal Census reports ie: years 1880 to 1940 from Family Search https://familysearch.org/search ; Find A Grave Information or an obituary from a funeral home.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sources. and here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jillaine's_Dream_Source_Help_Page

After you collected all your sources and posted them, it is recommended you write a short "biography" for the individual. A bio would start off with name of person and when, where he or she was born... Then parents name if you know them... Then if they were married and how many children. It would be sorta like an obituary that you would read in a newspaper.

A biography might look something like this:

James M. Barry was born Sept 8, 1923 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was the third of eight children and the oldest son born to Mary Koch and Arthur Barry. James met and married Carolyn Branden and they raised two children together. The family resided in Lycoming County, PA. He worked as a lumberjack most of his life. James passed away 24 May 1973 at his residence in Williamsport. He was buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Lycoming County, PA, on 28 May 1973. He was only 56 years old. (example of a biography only) .

  • IMPORTANT TIP: Before adding another profile, always have at least one source ready to put in Wiki Tree's form with all the other information on your relative. (the source will go in the very last box after notes). Do it before submitting, and you won't get that box that says "Source needed". All newly added profiles without sources will get that plus a note in a paragraph as well. So to avoid all that, have your sources ready!!
  • Another Tip: If you made a duplicate profile you can not delete it. Instead "merge" higher number profile to lower number profile if last name is the same and rest of the information fits.

Additional useful sources for Beginners:

Note: Please forward any problems or concerns about your GEDCOM, or the process concerning it to our WikiTree GEDCOM Manager for assistance. ( go to https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/GEDCOM_Manager ). They can help you faster and give you an explanation as to your situation.

  • Also you can look for your GEDCOM import on your "contributions" list; it should show up there. When you click on the name of the GEDCOM you uploaded, it will take you to the page where your compare report is, and you can see which step you need to follow next. There are pretty clear, step-by-step instructions on that page. Thank you!

New GEDCOMpare "help page" recently created:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:2018_GEDCOMpare_Process

PS: Go here to learn about DNA Features: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/DNA_Features

Hope some, or all of this information helps you out for the new year and new beginnings at WikiTree!!!!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
Awesome info...I think it will find its' way to the Thons pages.  :)
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Hello, Cousins!

Dorothy, thanks for hosting the Chat!

It's a busy week for me, on multiple fronts.  And it's very cold here.



by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
It's cold here too in Tennessee: it will be only reaching the low 30's this afternoon, brrrrrrrr. But at least the sun is out today. Stay warm inside and out and don't forget the pets everyone, they get cold too!
Unseasonably warm here in southern NH. This ain't normal!! It poured yesterday and now most of the snow is gone.
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Happy Weekend everyone!

Busy week genealogically. Some cleanup of my branch of the tree and some categorization. Made the mistake of comparing with what is on FamilySearch and found a marvelous mythology of miraculous magnificence. Conflation confounding credibility. Scant source citations...

I think I'll leave it alone for a while. I don't have the strength.

Moving on, about to contact a half first cousin once removed to offer some info and see if her brother will do a yDNA test.  Also got back to my WT duties now that my brain can accept new info again.

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (407k points)
It's amazing what you see on Family Search. Just this week I found someone married to his step-mother. To give credit, however, both he and his father shared the same first name. I'll believe what is in the Silver Books.
In this case, they have updated to something unique. They have also merged grandfather and grandson (same name). They've magically selected families in Scotland and England that happen to match no sources. Some of these problems are leaking into WT. Vigilance is necessary since not everyone heads the need for sources.Well, back to Canadian profiles.
Glad to see you are back in the saddle and feeling poetic Doug!  

I scratched my head for a while when an ancestor was showing as married to his grandma, after she died. The good news is, I was able to correct it in WikiTree, plus the FindAGrave profile manager responded positively and made the changes too. It all underlines Dorothy's points about sources, a little higher in the chat.
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I have watched in awe as the series of threads that started with "Can you help connect a Delaware Governor?" have resulted in a herd of unconnected branches being connected to the main tree. The ones I have seen are:

(The two threads on Delaware and Texas Governors have already connected all the former Governors for those states. There may well have been earlier, similar, threads before I started paying attention.)

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (399k points)
That shows what Team work on WikiTree can do, and help fit the pieces together for a connection to so many other ancestors!! Glad we have members who enjoy doing that as it can be time consuming!!.
I am also in awe following those threads where every day there are connected several people to the tree. Yeah I know it's not only one person connected but dozens created to connect the persons. The work the connectors are doing is really really great
I'm not a connector, but I had fun connecting them. It gave me a small break from my ancestors. I really enjoyed it.

I did come up with a slightly different challenge for people who find connecting too challenging: finding, sourcing, and adding profiles for the great-grandparents of notable people. Since people would only need to find a maximum of 14 people, it's not so demanding.

My first attempt at that is:

This list is Australian Prime Ministers, so access to Australian sources would be important, but I suspect that many of the lines will lead back to the UK. 

Oh, silly me! I forgot to talk about the weather here. I can't think why I missed that, especially since it made the news.

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Good morning everyone from Anacortes Washington. It's a quiet January day in the Puget Sound region. We've had several windstorms this month but not a lot of rain. On the genealogy front I'm helping my wife create family tree lines for her newly-found second cousin. We can thank DNA for this new connection. I can see now how DNA will play a bigger and bigger role in our pastime.

by Bart Triesch G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
Nice photo Bart, thanks for sharing!
Thanks Dorothy. And thanks for hosting.
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Happy weekend. Thanks for hosting, Dorothy.

Certainly hope that everyone has done okay with the cold, brutally cold, rainy, snowy, windy, or brutally hot weather, depending on your location.

Genealogy wise I am continuing to work on Standish and Rood. I've almost finished all of the (deceased) descendants of Standish Rood b. 1785. I've found a couple of existing profiles to connect, and the profile managers have been great!

Do you ever profile an individual and just wonder about the story behind the facts? Here's one who is just driving me crazy. Standish Rood was born in 1839 and probably spent a lot of time in his father's bookstore in Milwaukee while growing up. His mother died when he was 12, and his step-mother and two half brothers had died before he went for two years in the preparatory class at Lawrence University in Littleton at age 16. When his youngest sister turned 21 in 1864 he and his sisters signed a quit claim deed for land they had inherited from their mother; Standish was living in Salt Lake City, Utah when he sold this land a few months later. He was 28 when his father signed his will, stating that Standish was not to receive any inheritance until he reached age 40 (strange?) and then only if deemed prudent by the trust administrators. By 1870 he was back in Milwaukee living with his father, where he remained for several years in the 1870s. In the 1880 census he is found in Salt Lake City with wife Marinda age 30 and daughter Allie age 13. What on earth happened to him? In 1882 he is sent back from Utah to Milwaukee, where he spends the remainder of his life in the Milwaukee Hospital for Insane in Wausatosa. His sisters have a guardian appointed in 1896 and when he dies in 1905 both his sisters and guardian (who says he has known Standish over 50 years) sign legal documents that Standish was never married and had no children. So....what about Marinda? In 1870 she was Marinda Appleby living with her widowed mother and Allie then age 3. In the 1900 census and all later city directories and census she says that she was the widow of Standish Rood. Was this because divorce was often hidden, because "he might as well be just dead to me", or to provide the semblance of a father for Allie (who did believe Standish was her father).....
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (372k points)
Hi Kay, thanks for sharing your recent find. Sometimes things just doesn't come completely together just like a puzzle with a center piece missing, but so interesting. Maybe someone will come by and fill in that last piece of info for your story!!
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It is very cold in southeast Michigan today. The high is 16°F (-8.9°C). We're supposed to get a lot of snow on Monday.

Today I had a birthday lunch with coworkers. Tomorrow I will celebrate with my wife and kids. Sunday - my actual birthday - we're going to visit my parents for the occasion.

Today my sons had a preschool field trip to go ice skating. The older twin was loving it and doing great - until he slipped and slammed his teeth into the ice. A lot of blood and an emergency dental appointment later - he has had his top two front baby teeth removed. Poor kid, thank God they were baby teeth!

On the genealogy front - this week I created several dozen profiles to help WikiTree reach 20 million profiles sooner. They were mostly for the siblings of ancestors, their spouses, and their children. I keep getting distracted by doing more research rather than just recording what I've already done.

I also cleared out my suggestions list and added a source to all but one of my profiles marked unsourced. (That last one is one I adopted that is a "Unnamed Surname" profile that's the dad of a named ancestor.) Now I have to find the ones that aren't marked correctly.

by Thomas Fuller G2G6 Mach 7 (79.0k points)

First "happy birthday" in advance Thomas, hope it is filled with surprises and good vibes, or blessings as I like to call them. Sorry about your older twin, that had to hurt and cold too especially on his face. Hope his new teeth grow fast and soon. PS: Good job on your suggestions list!!!!  

Enjoy your birthday, have a great day and a blessed year ahead.

I saw yesterday a graph with projected temperatures for Chicago, IL for the next few days. Brrrrrrrr freaking cold there. I only hope my relatives can stay inside for most of the time. Assuming the cold weather will come over the lake to you, stay safe in the warmth.
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Hello everyone.

Just finished my family chat.

Lets see - My mother met a new first cousin yesterday. This new first cousin says that one of the brothers (her uncle) has definitely been eliminated as my mothers father - their offspring came up as a cousin - and not a half sibling. So that is good news.

Now we just need to get an offspring of the second brother to be tested, and if they also show up as a cousin, then we can know for sure that the unmarried brother was my grandfather.

The cousin on my mothers side - whose father was an NPE - did his DNA test back in December. The other cousin on the possible biologicals grandfathers side, also did a DNA test and her results finally showed up 2 days ago. It turns out that due to the large family that the Biological grandfather belonged to - there is a generation gap and this cousin is actually a 1C1R  from his new cousin (on his grandfathers side), just as I am 1C1R to him (on his grandmothers).

Consequently this has opened up a whole lot of new matches online and this will keep me busy adding new branches to my family tree - both on Wikitree and on my Heritage.

Also, the new first cousin to my mother (the paternal cousin who just met my mother yesterday) told my mother that she was very grateful to me for finding them and telling them about my mother. She said that Mum and I and my sister were now all welcomed as new members of their family.

I guess I have been very lucky to have found biological family members that have not rejected us. I am also lucky to have lived in a country that allows adoptees to apply for their original birth certificates from the age of 18.

That's all I have for now.

by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (868k points)
Awesome news Robynne, thanks for sharing with us!!

It gives hope to others that they too may find missing ancestors, cousins or other family members to complete their relationship list and find new real life connections too.
When all else fails, Robynne, there's always Maury. =)

Nah. I don't wanna see you on that show. I don't watch it. Besides, I have a feeling you'd be too classy for that show.

Good to see ya here and I hope everything works out with your search.
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Good evening everybody,

here it was a calm week in the normal life and genealogically I also didn't do that much this week. I mainly focused on adding the names of the British Consulate and Churches on Madeira on "my" Free-Space-Page. Once I added them all I want to create Profiles for the people there. But there was a - weird, strange, funny, whatever you wanna call it - situation this week: I add those names to the page, and suddenly in the burial records there is written about a boy "of 8 years and 5 months" he is "the son of George Arthur, the Governor of Van Diemen's Land" Wait... Van Diemen's Land is... (Wikipedia is your best friend in those moments...) yeah, Tasmania. So I look in the Australia project here if there is a Tasmania subproject. I assumed there would be the Governor of Tasmania. But no, I didn't find him that way. Actually I only found the profile of George Arthur when I added his birth and death place. But eventually I did, and his boy that was buried on Madeira was also already created. But he didn't have neither an exact death date nor death place and he also didn't have an exact birth date. Well, I could enter the exact birth year. When I added those informations to the profile of the boy, I imagined how the remaining family might have felt. They were on tour, either to Tasmania or back to England, and had to bury their child at a place they actually didn't have a relationship to. That must have been really hard.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (582k points)
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How many of you got to see the overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Millions of people in North and South America had a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon became fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset. We did in South Carolina!


Here’s why come call this lunar eclipse the “Super Blood Wolf Moon:

The “super” part refers to the fact that the upcoming lunar eclipse occurs during a supermoon. National Geographic says a supermoon is an astronomical phenomenon in which there’s a full moon “on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun (a state called syzygy), and at its closest point to the planet (a state called perigee).” Source: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article224805130.html

by Sandra Davidson G2G6 Pilot (170k points)

This one turned out to be particularly special, because a meteor struck the moon during the eclipse, and several people got images of the flash.

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Happy Friday, everyone!  Busy busy here... classes started this week and I'm heading into the weekend a bit burned out and overloaded.  Massive committee task is still massive, though things appear to be running smoothly and it looks like the drama is being kept to a minimum.  Lots to do this weekend, and we won't discuss the condition of the house right now.

Busy with genealogy, too!  My brother's Ancestry results came in last week, and on Monday I finally got access to my paternal uncle's results.  That gives me lots more DNA confirmations to add to Wikitree (3rd cousins of my uncle), though I'll need to create some profiles first.  Still no actual Hazard autosomal matches, so I'm eagerly awaiting my brother's Y test results there.  I was chugging along, playing with all of this until...

A couple of days ago my mom sent me a quote from an old family letter discussing genealogy... enough clues to send me right down the rabbit hole to try to solve a brick wall (Anna Robertson, supposedly daughter of the mysterious "Admiral Robertson of the British Royal Navy, lost at sea").  I feel like I've made some progress there, though I'm starting to think that the Admiral may be a family story to explain something a little less exotic.
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
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Greetings from Everett, Washington!

January 22, 2019 marks my first anniversary on Wikitree.  It started when I Googled the name of a cousin and found that there was a profile for her on Wikitree--and I had a photograph of her.  I shared it with the PM and soon decided that Wikitree was a place I could store and share the research I'm constantly doing.  Thus, on January 22, 2018 I created my own profile and started building my tree one profile at a time.  It wasn't long before I found myself connected.  My watchlist grew to 5000 and presently I am orphaning most profiles I create.  I have gone down several rabbit holes and practiced RAOGK and made connections for others.

Over the past year I have slowed down a bit as I have to dig deeper to find sources.  I learned to recognize the most helpful people by reading G2G constantly.  I have not finished entering the folks in my database and have found that years of name collection have left the majority of them poorly sourced or unsourced.  I am still mainly keeping my head down and digging and entering new people.  I am adding categories and fleshing out biographies.

I jump from one thing to another.  I learned to do inline sourcing but on the whole I haven't much patience with projects and stickers and templates.  If something proves too difficult I jump to something else.

This past week, January 22nd also marked my daughter's 26th birthday.  I am so thankful for my husband, daughter and son.  I am learning to just enjoy the time we spend together.

Our 15-year-old purebred Yorkie is slowing down but not much.  He had X rays and an ultrasound last week.  The vet is puzzled.  He cannot find why the platelet count is up and red blood cells are down and why the liver is enlarged.  Another blood test next week may shed light on his theory that the dog has Cushing's disease.  He IS drinking lots of water, but not showing any of the other signs (among them panting heavily and hair loss).  Peppi appears lively for his age and in good spirits.

Bart Triesch posted a photo of the WSF Chelan on the Anacortes run.  This morning was very foggy over the low-lying areas of western Washington.  This afternoon it had still not burnt off; I heard the captain of the WSF Tokitae, on the Clinton to Mukilteo run, signaling the foghorn at the Mukilteo lighthouse.  This foghorn is activated from ship, not shore.  It's going to get some interpretive signs for the benefit of visitors to the lighthouse, and a warning not to stand near it when it's foggy, or the blast will knock your gloves off.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (125k points)

1st  anniversary and you already have created or connected with 5,000 profiles, WOW~~ busy lady!!  Glad you are digging in, to find more sources, that will really help in the long run for those looking for their ancestors. 

Thank you as well for sharing your family with us. 

Really sorry though, about your Yorkie. My 2nd dog I got in 2001 died from Cushing's but he had growths on his body and scheduled for surgery but  they found the Cushing's disease too late for us to save him. He was only 10, so I know what you are going through. Hopefully your Yorkie will have a chance for a cure or at least a delay in the spread of the disease. Pls keep us updated!! 

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Today is.....

        National Peanut Brittle Day!! 

National Peanut Brittle Day is observed on January 26. A hard, flat candy confection, peanut brittle is enjoyed throughout the United States.

Peanut Brittle includes caramelized sugar or corn syrup. Nuts are added to the molten sugar and then pour onto a flat surface such as granite or marble and smoothed into a thin sheet. The candy cools into a hard, brittle treat that is broken into smaller pieces. Some of the best brittles are hand stretch into a thin, easily cracked candy that melts in the mouth.

The history of peanut brittle is uncertain, though one legend says it was all a mistake. The story goes that a southern woman was making taffy and instead of using cream of tartar, she used baking soda by accident.


Try this peanut brittle recipe:

Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle recipe.




by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)

Great stuff, peanut brittle. The recipe is similar to the one my wife got from her grandmother. The thinner you get it, the better. It is a great sugar delivery mechanism. smiley

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Need a laugh, thought I would share these:

First though, a "Help needed" post: Subject: Looking for Johnny J SMITH ... 

"I went looking for an ancestor, I cannot find him still. He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will. He married where a courthouse burned. He mended all his fences. He avoided any man who came to take the US census. He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame.

 And every 20 years, this rascal changed his name.
 His parents came from Europe, they could be on some list. Of passengers to the USA, but somehow he got missed.  And no one else anywhere is searching for this man. So I played a genealogist (on WikiTree and FAG) to find him if I could.

I'm told he's buried in a plot, with tombstone he was blessed. But the weather took the engraving and some vandal took the rest.
 He died before the county clerks decided to keep records. No family Bible has emerged in spite of all my efforts.To top it off this ancestor, who has caused me many groans, Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named JONES!" crying

If that didn't make you laugh try these:

  1. “My ancestors are so hard to find, they must have been in a witness protection program!”
  2. Eventually, all genealogists come to their census.
  3. Genealogists: The only people who are excited to read obituaries.
  4. “Done! Everything in the family tree has been found and is completely organized” — said no genealogist. Ever.
  5. Genealogist: Disturbs the dead and irritates the living.
  6. Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide… we seek!
  7. “I’m not stuck, I’m ancestrally challenged.”
  8. Gene-Allergy: It’s a contagious disease, but we love it.
  9. Genealogy: Where the answer to one problem leads to two more!
  10. “My husband calls cemeteries ancestor farms.”
  11. “I’m more interested in what happened in 1816, than what’s happening today  in 2016”
  12. Wife to husband: “Never mind the children, do you know where your second great-grandparents are tonight?”
  13. Only a genealogist views a step backwards as progress.
  14. “I used to have a lot of free time… then I discovered genealogy.”
  15. “I collect dead relatives!”
  16. “My ancestors did WHAT?”
  17. A pack rat is hard to live with, but makes a mighty fine ancestor.
  18. “I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.”
  19. “I think my ancestors had several “bad heir” days.”

Got some more, add them below!! We need a laugh or two  once in a while while doing our G2G Weekend Chat interaction!!

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by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
+11 votes
Hi all,

I got back home from the wedding of our youngest daughter. She couldn’t have married a better man. They fit each other like and and glove. He loves her with all of the responsibility that entails, and that is all a daddy could ask.

Arrived in the city on the coast about 3 p.m. Thursday. Fortunately for us, our elder son-in-law did all our driving, as it is about as confusing as can be unless you live there, even with GPS. Rehearsal and dinner that evening.

Saturday, I got Daddy’ First Look and promptly fell completely apart. Recovered enough to get through that! We were driven to a park for a long photo shoot.

Then to the beautiful chapel for the wedding. Cried part of the way down the aisle. Cried during the wedding. Performing the ceremony was the pastor who baptized her and confirmed her.

Then off to the reception downtown. Cried during the father-daughter dance. Song she picked: Father’s and Daughters (Boyce Avenue version). Great food and music. Lots of old friends and new.

Family brunch this morning. Long drive home with my parents. Now very nostalgic and a little sad. My baby, my heart, is married.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
On this the day of your daughter's wedding,....

Nah. I can't do it. Too easy.

I'm glad you had a good time. I was wondering when you'd show up. Been kind of scarce around here as I am editing a video. Should be up tomorrow. I hope. I have a basic skeleton now. I need to google images. Note. If you do an image search, always have the safe search on. ALWAYS! 'Nuff said.

I digress. Looks like you had a great time. Mazel tov! I expect pictures! Then I want pictures of Spider-Man! Then I want pictures of Spider-Man dancing with your daughter! Run it across three columns!

Congrats, Pip! =D
Happy that the wedding went off well. I expected tears, especially if she was your baby. Eventually grand babies.

Welcome back Pip! Saw the picture of your awesome newly "to be married" couple yesterday before the dinner event from the Greeter's post and thought how sweet and that your family is very blesssed. Congratulations to everyone especially your daugher and her hubby and may they have many years to celebrate and remember this wedding event together with many anniversaries!!! 

Share some more photos when you can. wink

Pip, how sweet.  Painful and sweet.  I was at a wedding in Port Gamble last summer in which the father of the bride made a memorable speech.  He was not known for being funny but he had us all in stitches.  Did you make a father-of-the-bride speech?

You have been looking forward to seeing this event pass, but the meaning of it will linger a long time.

As I said in my post above, I am thankful for family every day.
Did you eventually fit in your suit? Congrats to you and the new-wed couple
+6 votes
In these Madeiran records there are hiding some real gems, especially in the death records, as they buried not only Brits, but also some international people. Last night I found someone with a German surname. The first name was English, but I assumed it was anglisized by the Brits. So I googled a bit and found someone in a German database with the German version of the first name and the correct surname. The best thing was that the birthdate I found in the database fits exactly to the age the Madeiran record has written at his death. So I contacted the man who submitted that entry to the database asking him if he thinks that this could be his guy. I am still waiting for an answer. But I think this is called an accidental find.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (582k points)

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