Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ancestry celebrates patriotic diversity

Published June 29, 2017

OK, sure it’s true that I laugh a little louder and get misty-eyed a little more often as I move on in time (yes, I was trying to dodge the phrase “get older”). But misty-eyed doesn’t quite describe my emotion as I watched the new Ancestry.com video in which descendants of the signers of the …

Memories are strange things. I’m at the “fifty-something” time of life when, on an increasingly basis, I often cannot quite recall exactly when something in the past happened unless I’m able to bracket it between two other dates … which triples the effort, if you get my drift (Since to figure out those bracketing dates, …

The Lebanon Valley Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (25 June) in a new place. “We will be meeting at the Lebanon Council of the Arts on the corner of 770 Cumberland St. and Eighth Street (the former bank),” according to Denise Hoffman, society president.  “There are two entrances, but I will only …

Another load of genealogical laundry

Published June 23, 2017

Once again, I continue the tradition of using a phrase of a onetime colleague of mine, Birmingham Post-Herald Sports Editor Bill Lumpkin, when I have a bunch ideas each worthy of a few paragraphs but not of a column. So, as I do a couple times a year in “Roots & Branches,” it’s a day …

When it comes to popular music, I don’t think there’s anyone who can get an “earworm” faster than me. And that’s probably the whole secret behind the whole success of pop – the way it sticks with you, even when maybe you’d rather it not. But one of the things I treasure about my girlfriend …

Conferences lead to friendships

Published June 3, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I made note of the good synergy that often happens at genealogical conferences. One of the best of those types of things happened more than a decade ago when I met Stephen C. “Steve” Young at a Federation of Genealogical Societies conference (As is obligatory in anything mentioning Steve: No, …