Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! ~ 2014

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Wishing all of my wonderful readers a very Happy New Year!

© 2012 - 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas ~ 2013

Nativity Scene at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

Merry Christmas everyone!

I'm so thankful for this time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy this special video and its beautiful message.




"What shall we give to the babe in the manger,
What shall we offer the child in the stall?
Incense and spices and gold we've a-plenty-
Are these the gifts for the king of us all?

What shall we give to the boy in the temple,
What shall we offer the man by the sea?
Palms at his feet and hosannas uprising;
Are these for him who will carry the tree?

What shall we give to the lamb who was offered,
Rising the third day and shedding his love?
Tears for his mercy we'll weep at the manger,
Bathing the infant come down from above."

Catalonian Christmas Carol
Adapted by David Warner

Merry Christmas!!


© 2012 - 2013 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 20, 2013

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 20, 2013

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A note to my awesome readers:

There will not be a Fab Finds post for the next two weeks due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. My Fab Finds posts will resume on Friday, January 10, 2014. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Updated DNA tools by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  2. Treasure Chest Thursday (December 19, 2013) -- The Tew Family Holiday Newsletters AND What Is A Genealogy Blog? (December 15, 2013) by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  3. Announce Your Family History/Genealogy Events on the FamilySearch Blog by Steve Anderson for FamilySearch Blog
  4. Facebook for Genealogy: Threads by Cyndi Ingle, author of Cyndi's List
  5. Never Too Late to Start a New Family Tradition by Valerie Elkins, author of Family Cherished
  6. Failed Correspondence by Tracy Meyers, author of Family Preserves
  7. I Found the Voss (Norway) Bygdebøker (Farm Book) Online! by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. Christmas Ornaments Tell Family History by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  9. AAGSAR GENEALOGY BLOGGERS: Tooting Their ANCESTOR Horns!:) by Luckie Daniels, author of Our Georgia Roots
  10. Wordless Wednesday ~ Christmas Surname Tree by Leslie Ann, author of Ancestors Live Here
  11. Six Months Without Ancestry.com by Kassie Nelson, author of Across the Rolling Prairie
  12. Family Recipe Friday - Herren's Cinnamon Rolls by Pam, author of Our Own History
  13. If You Enjoy Miracles Then Read this From BillionGraves! by Guest Blogger for FamilySearch Blog
  14. State Borders Matter by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood
  15. Follow-up: Records Loss in Franklin County, NC by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  16. Free Webinars from Family Tree DNA AND One Chromosome, Two Sides, No Zipper – ICW and the Matrix by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  17. Grandma was a dancing machine by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  18. Free Online Document Storage ~ Good or Bad? by lineagekeeper, author of Family History With The Lineagekeeper

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Genealogy, Photo Blog, and Vintage Postcard Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


© 2012 - 2013 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Lights on Temple Square ~ Part 2

In a previous post, I shared some photos I took while our family visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City on November 29, 2013. That was the night the Christmas lights were turned on for the first time this Christmas season. What a beautiful sight!

Today, I'm sharing more pictures from our visit. I hope you enjoy them.

A photo of the
Salt Lake Temple through the trees.

Christmas Lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Lovely luminaries.

Luminaries on Temple Square during the Christmas Season

A beautiful nativity scene in the center of the reflecting pool.

Christmas Lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Here's a different viewing angle of the nativity scene in the photo above. The magnificent building behind the nativity scene is the The Salt Lake Temple.

Nativity Scene in front of the Salt Lake Temple

A close-up view of the nativity scene.

Nativity Scene in front of the Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple.

Christmas Lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks for reading!


© 2012 - 2013 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 13, 2013

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 13, 2013

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My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. How to Have More Genealogy Fun - Genealogy Shorts by Kenneth R. Marks, author of The Ancestor Hunt
  2. A Mason by Many Other Names by Jen Baldwin, author of Ancestral Breezes
  3. railway + conductor + california + carl judd AND Oral history ~ the younger folks? by Deb Ruth, author of Adventures in Genealogy
  4. How to Get Relatives to Update Their Genealogical Information Without Jail Time by Wendy Malinowski, author of Researching Family History One Ancestor At A Time
  5. Monday Musings: Copyright and Plagiarism by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
  6. BEST. PRESENT. EVER. by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  7. Holiday Visits: A Rich Resource for Family Stories by Thomas MacEntee for Family Storytelling
  8. Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder Match Matrix Released by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  9. My Cousin is a Whale by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  10. The Problem with Ancestry.com's "Public" Member Trees by Valerie Craft, author of Begin with 'Craft'
  11. It's time to do something for yourself! by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Always Anxiously Engaged
  12. Finding Norwegian Church Parish Records in DigitalArkivet Website by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  13. Coming Soon To Family Tree by Larry Cragun, author of Family and Genealogy Blog
  14. Could This Be the Same Woman? by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  15. Piecing Together the Past with Delayed Birth Certificates by Robin Foster, author of Saving Stories
  16. (My) History Destroyed in Franklin County by Renate, author of Into the LIGHT
  17. Success: My Geriatric Fiesta by Heather Collins, contributor to Young & Savvy Genealogists
  18. Ooey-Gooey Bars: A Family Recipe by Mandy L. Hornsby, author of The Sassy Starfish
  19. Norway to Digitize All Norwegian Books by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Genealogy, Photo Blog, and Vintage Postcard Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


© 2012 - 2013 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 9, 2013

Favorite Family Recipes ~ Peanut Butter Fingers

I've decided to add a new feature to this blog ~ Favorite Family Recipes. How fun is that? I love collecting recipes (you should see my two recipe book cabinets). So, why not share some of my favorite recipes in my blog? After all, our family recipes are part of our family's history, right?

Today I'm sharing one of our favorite dessert recipes with you. They're called Peanut Butter Fingers – a delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal.

Peanut Butter Fingers

The Peanut Butter Fingers recipe was printed in a Relief Society cookbook called "The Best of Everything." Relief Society is the women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Best of Everything Cookbook

This cookbook belonged to my mom. It was published many years ago. On one of the front pages my mom wrote October 9, 1965. So, this cookbook is at least 48 years old.

Here's the page showing the Peanut Butter Fingers recipe.

The Best of Everything Cookbook
Dorrine Head originally shared this recipe in the book. My mom doubled the original recipe so it would fit into a large (approx. 17½" x 11½") cookie sheet.

Aren't these church and/or community cookbooks the best? Inside the covers of these cookbooks we can find tried-and-true family recipes submitted by local cooks.

Peanut Butter Fingers

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. If you're like me, then you'll love the scrumptious topping on these bar cookies – melted chocolate chips swirled with a delicious peanut butter glaze.

Peanut Butter Fingers

Here's the recipe. I hope you enjoy these yummy bar cookies!

Peanut Butter Fingers

Ingredients

Dough

1 cup margarine or butter (I use butter)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups quick rolled oats
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
Scant pinch salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Topping
12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
Peanut Butter Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup peanut butter
3-4 Tbsp. evaporated milk


Directions


Blend dough ingredients together using a counter-top or hand mixer. Mix well. Spread on large(approx. 17½" x 11½") cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with one 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips and let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate chips evenly and drizzle with peanut butter glaze. If desired, swirl knife through chocolate and peanut butter. Cool. Cut in bars and store in airtight container.


If you'd like to print the recipe, simply press the "Print Friendly" button at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for reading!


© 2012 - 2013 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 6, 2013

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 6, 2013

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My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. First Wave of Bloggers Listed for RootsTech 2014 by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  2. Real Daughter of the Civil War Leaves a Lasting Legacy by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  3. How My Great-Great-Great Grandma Chose My Christmas Gift This Year by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  4. Is 23andMe in Trouble? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
  5. Where You Can Find Over a Million British Church Records that are Now Indexed! by Lisa Louise Cooke, author of Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems
  6. Wordless Wednesday (December 4, 2013) -- The Ceremonial Masonic Sword Of My Great Grandfather, Samuel Eber Carpenter by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  7. Christmas Eve Luminaria: "Who can sleep on this night that God became man?" by Lisa/Smallest Leaf, author of 100 Years in America
  8. I Have to Share...You Might Just Benefit by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
  9. New Hampshire Glossary: Tableaux by Janice Brown, author of New Hampshire's History Blog
  10. Transform Your Family History Blog into a Book by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  11. FTDNA Releases Updates in Response to Requests from Project Administrators AND 23andMe Converts to a Genealogy-Only DNA Service by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  12. Check your Google alerts! by Shelley Crawford, author of Twigs of Yore
  13. State Census Years – A valuable list by Mary Nunn Maki, author of Growing up in Willow Creek
  14. An unexpected gift by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  15. Giving life to your ancestors II by BaltarFamily, author of My Portuguese Gen
  16. Just Released! Digging For Ancestors: An In-Depth Guide to Land Records by Jennifer Alford for The In-Depth Genealogist
  17. Mastering Genealogical Proof Now Available on Amazon by Terri O'Connell for The In-Depth Genealogist
  18. Advent Devotional 2013 by Thomas MacEntee, author of Destination: Austin Family

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Genealogy, Photo Blog, and Vintage Postcard Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Lights on Temple Square ~ Part 1

In my Fab Finds post on November 22, I mentioned that I would be taking the following week off from blogging. Instead of spending time writing about my ancestors on this blog, I was spending time with living family members.

Last week, our family spent the Thanksgiving holiday together in Utah. We had a wonderful time.

On Friday, November 29, we all traveled to Salt Lake City to see the Christmas lights on Temple Square.

For those who've never been to Temple Square, the magnificent building in these pictures is the Salt Lake Temple. Construction of this temple took 40 years to complete. The groundbreaking took place on February 14, 1853 and the dedication was held in April of 1893.

The Salt Lake Temple is the largest temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Salt Lake Temple and Christmas Lights on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

My husband and I had been to Temple Square before, but never at Christmas time.

Salt Lake Temple and Christmas Lights on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

These pictures will hopefully give you an idea of just how beautiful Temple Square is during the Christmas season.

Salt Lake Temple and Christmas Lights on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

But, being there is so much better. These photos simply can't compare with the experience of seeing the amazing beauty of Temple Square at Christmas time in person.

Salt Lake Temple and Christmas Lights on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

I'll be sharing more photos from our visit to Tempe Square in a future post.

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2013 – Christmas Cards

This is part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. If you'd like to join in the fun, just click HERE.


December 2 - Christmas Cards


Do you still send Christmas cards or has electronic communication taken the place of this tradition? Do you remember sending Christmas cards as a child – making a list, sending out your family’s cards and then checking the mailbox for cards sent to your family? How did your family display the cards?


Write about anything related to Christmas cards and your memories of Christmases past.

A Swedish Christmas Card Found in Ingrid Gillberg's Book of Remembrance

I found this Christmas card in one of my Grandma Ingrid's Books of Remembrance. Isn't it precious? Unfortunately, I don't know the history of the card. And I can't see the back of it since it's pasted onto one of the pages of the book.

My Grandma Ingrid's parents, Carl and Hilda Gillberg, were born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States in 1909 and 1910 respectively.

If you look closely, you will see the words "God Jul!" written in the middle of the card. That's Swedish for "Merry Christmas!"

At this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'd like to wish each of you a very " God Jul!"

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last



Friday, November 22, 2013

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for November 22, 2013

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A little note to my awesome readers:

There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I will be taking a week off from blogging to spend time with my family. Fab Finds will resume on Friday, December 6, 2013.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all of my wonderful readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

And so, without further ado…

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Checking Out Puzzilla - a Descendant Viewer Using FamilySearch Family Tree by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  2. How to Overcome a Brick Wall with FANs by Beth Foulk, author of Genealogy Decoded
  3. Geeks Gone Wild At FamilySearch; And It's Going To Be Awesome by Larry Cragun, author of Larry Cragun Family And Genealogy Blog
  4. A few Legacy shortcuts by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  5. Gratitude for Memories – Looking Forward to RootsTech 2014 by Sue Maxwell, author of Granite Genealogy
  6. ‘Tis the Season to Ask for Spit by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  7. His Navy Service Never Left Him by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, author of Always Anxiously Engaged
  8. Free Guide to London Ancestors by Nathan W. Murphy for FamilySearch Blog
  9. Copyright and the genealogy report by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  10. Family Finder DNA Match – Alexander/Davidson by Tonia Kendrick, author of Tonia's Roots
  11. State Records are not Federal Records: Andrew Trasks's Two Illinois Purchases of Government Land by Michael John Neill, author of RootDig.com
  12. I Heart Snagit for Chrome by Taneya Koonce, author of Taneya & Kalonji
  13. Pinterest: Pinning Just Got Better by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, author of Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
  14. Four Free Websites to Find Old Maps by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
  15. Ancestry.com DNA Results 2.0 by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of The Spiraling Chains: Kowalski – Bellan Family Trees
  16. WW1 Diary – November 20, 1916 by Antra Celmins, author of Discovering Latvian Roots
  17. Back at it after a long Hiatus by David Decker, author of Family History Tracing
  18. Three Family Daguerreotypes (November 19, 2013) by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  19. A milestone by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  20. DNA Testing – A struggle by Russ Worthington, author of A Worthington Weblog

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Genealogy, Photo Blog, and Vintage Postcard Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Marit's Death Certificate

In early November, I shared my Death Causes Pedigree Chart on my blog. There were quite a few "Unknowns" on that chart. Since publishing that blog post, I ordered three death certificates from the Minnesota Historical Society. They have a Death Certificates Index online. It was so easy to search for my ancestors and order their death certificates.

Two of the death certificates I ordered have helped me replace the "Unknowns" with a cause of death in my pedigree chart.

The death certificate I'm sharing today doesn't replace an "Unknown" on my Death Causes Pedigree Chart because this ancestor is a generation back from what is shown on the pedigree chart.

This death certificate is quite unusual. At least, to me. I don't recall ever seeing one like it before. Thankfully, the Minnesota Historical Society included an Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907). It explains the information contained in the death certificate.


Marit (Thorsdatter) Iverson's Death Certificate
Marit (Thorsdatter) Iverson's Death Certificate


This death certificate is for my 2nd great-grandmother, Marit (Thorsdatter) Iverson. She was married to my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson. I wrote a blog post about Iver. He served in the U.S. Civil War. Here's a link to that blog post if you'd like to read it ~ Military Monday ~ Iver Iverson – A U.S. Civil War Soldier from Norway.

Thanks to the Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907) below, I was able to decipher Marit's death certificate.

Information gleaned from Marit's Death Certificate:

  • Name – Marit Iverson (she went by Mary in America)
  • Date of Death – October 8, 1905
  • Place of Death – Chippewa Falls, Pope, Minnesota
  • Cause of Death – Asthma
  • Sex – Female
  • Race – White
  • Marital Status – Widow
  • Father's Name – Thor Rye
  • Mother's Name – Marit Rye
  • Age at Death – 70
  • Place of Birth – Norway
  • Father's Place of Birth – Norway
  • Mother's Place of Birth – Norway

Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907)
Example of a Non-Pre-Printed Card (1905-1907)
Marit's cause of death was asthma. I didn't know she had asthma. I am quite intrigued by this finding. Why? Because I also suffer from asthma. I had it as a child, but seemed to grow out of it. Then sometime in my early 40s, it returned. I use asthma meds to keep it under control.

Is asthma an inherited disease? According to WebMD, it is. I found an article about the risk factors for Asthma in the Asthma Health Center on WebMD . Regarding Family History and Asthma, the following was stated,
"Blame Mom or Dad or both for your asthma. Your inherited genetic makeup predisposes you to having asthma. In fact, it's thought that three-fifths of all asthma cases are hereditary. According to a CDC report, if a person has a parent with asthma, he or she is three to six times more likely to develop asthma than someone who does not have a parent with asthma."

Marit is an ancestor on my paternal side. On my maternal side, I have found another ancestor who suffered from asthma. My maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster was discharged from service in the U.S. Civil War due to "asthma of long standing."

Another interesting fact in Marit's death certificate is that Rye was listed as the surname of Marit's parents. Her father's surname was actually Toreson according to my records. The name of "Rye" is actually the name of the farm in Norway that the family came from. I also don't understand why Marit's mother was listed as Marit. My records indicate her mother's name was Rangdi Nilsdatter. Perhaps someone made a mistake on the certificate.

It's amazing how much information I was able to glean from what appeared to be a rather sparse death certificate for Marit.

Thanks for reading!

© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Monday, November 18, 2013

Kicking Up the Past ~ News Release

Ken J. Marks sent me the following news release -

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Last week to pledge support for documentary that portrays genealogy as art, science & hard-work.

Ambitious Kickstarter.com project must return pledges if funding goal is not met.

Speaking Saturday before a well-attended meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) Kicking Up the Past project producer Ken J. Marks said, “this is the only documentary you will find on television that portrays the hard-work, art and science of researching your family tree… no celebrities… no button-pushing short cuts”.

Just 7 days remain to the novel project conceived by Chicago-area teacher & genealogist, Madonna Davis to utilize crowd funding to fund a television documentary project called Kicking Up the Past. The effort relies strictly on the strength of the public to make pledges to support the expense of producing a made-for-television documentary preserving family histories. Co-producer Madonna notes, “If just one half of 1% of everyone who pursues genealogy in the U.S. pledges just a few dollars, it would fund a full season of great television that the whole genealogy community could fully endorse.”

The deadline for pledging is this Sunday, November 24th. Simply go to www.kickstarter.com and type “genealogy” in the search bar to find the Kicking Up the Past project.The project rewards may also be viewed at http://goo.gl/n8f2f5

Kickstarter is a funding home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of the public. Since its launch in 2009, 5 million people have pledged $822 million, funding 49,000 creative projects.

For additional information go to www.kickingupthepast.com or contact: Ken J. Marks 312 505-6193 EM: marks.kj@gmail.com

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Madonna Davis, Chicago-area teacher & genealogist

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** End of News Release **

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, wrote a blog post about this project in October. If you'd like to read his post, here's the link ~ Newly Proposed Genealogy Television Documentary with a Unique Funding Arrangement

Here's a short video about Kicking Up the Past:



Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Friday, November 15, 2013

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for November 15, 2013

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My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. BIG CHANGES THEY ARE A-COMIN’ by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  2. One veteran’s tale AND Just say no by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  3. The Veteran’s Indigent Widow AND John, This Is Your Daughter: Or, How a Timeline Uncovered a Family Story by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
  4. In Memory of Josiah F. Broadfoot by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood
  5. Creating an Honor Wall Page on Fold3.com by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  6. 2013 Veteran's Day Military Honor Roll Project Contributions by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  7. Overwhelming Need to Change my Plans by Jen  Baldwin, author of Ancestral Breezes
  8. Places I’ve Been, Places They’ve Been: Tuesday’s Tip by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, author of finding forgotten stories
  9. In the Kitchen: Christmas Eve Cake by Valerie Craft, author of Begin with 'Craft'
  10. A Day to Say Thank You by Jen Baldwin for Saving Memories Forever Blog
  11. Thankful Thursday - Of Taco and Wersel, Matthias and Ravold by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana, author of The Last Leaf On This Branch
  12. Genealogy Writing Boot Camp – 23 November 2013 by Thomas MacEntee, author of Hack Genealogy
  13. Treasure Chest Thursday- Gilbert Robert's WWII Draft Registration Card by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  14. How can you tell if your ancestor might have served? by Shelley Bishop, author of A Sense of Family
  15. Brick Wall Comes Tumbling Down! by Smadar Belkind Gerson, author of Past-Present-Future
  16. Good news for Wisconsin researchers! by Harold Henderson, author of Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog
  17. 1913 Red Cross Shoe Advertisement by Sheryl Lazarus, author of A Hundred Years Ago
  18. Good Eats by Heather Collins, author of Of Trees & Ink

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Genealogy, Photo Blog, and Vintage Postcard Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

Monday, November 11, 2013

Military Monday ~ A 2013 Veterans Day Tribute

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Happy Veterans Day!

Today, I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of the wonderful veterans who have served in our nations' military to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. And a heartfelt thank you goes out to all of those currently serving in the military, and to their families, as well.

I have written several blog posts about some of the military veterans in my family tree. I'd like to share a list of these blog posts with you today, ending with my Veterans Day post from last year, which includes military ancestors I have yet to write about in my blog.


Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

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