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Serendipity from Donna

Even if you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, you know some local geography……….. like the Strait of Juan de Fuca separating the U.S. and Canada. Just learned that the man for whom the strait was named was a Greek!  Ioannis Phokas, or Apostolos Valerianus (seen it both ways) “is better known by the Spanish […]

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Serendipity Day

I just discovered a brand new (to me anyway) most interesting website:  www.curiositystream.com.  The home page for this site boasts:  “Watch 1000+ nonfiction programs to grow curious minds. There are Trending programs, Science programs, Technology programs, Human Spirit programs, and Civilization programs. Some programs are only a few minutes long, others nearly an hour. Some […]

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Serendipity Day, March 11, 2016

Spotted a new-to-me word at McDonald’s:  Thungry? Meaning, are you both thirsty and hungry, and of course McD’s to the rescue! Got to wondering if our ancestors made up words like we do and my answer to myself was of course they did. Where did the regional pronunciations and definitions come from?? Time was when […]

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Serendipity Day!

Few days ago, Cyndi’s List turned 20 years old! That’s a marvelous genealogy milepost…to think that all by herself Cyndi Ingle has created, maintained and updated this everybody-uses-it website for all to use FOR FREE.  For a birthday gift to Cyndi to mark this accomplishment, I proffer that it’s time to give her a gift………..I […]

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Bits, Bytes & Thoughts from Donna

Leland gives “big information” to you in this blog; I’m delighted to share “bits, bytes and thoughts” as well as the Salt Lake Christmas Tour Week’s Peek.  I, too, was at RootsTech last week and spent most of my time in the exhibitors’ hall asking questions and learning.  This was half of the 360-vendors exhibit hall…………. […]

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Now Accepting Reservations for the 2016 Salt Lake Christmas Tour!

The 2015 Salt Lake Christmas Tour was an outstanding success! Eighty attendees achieved all kinds of help in breaking their brick walls, and finding ancestors. The Christmas Tour dates for 2016 are December 4 through 10. Fly in on the fourth, and out on Sunday, December 11. Come early or stay late if you’d like. […]

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D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The following news release is from Cathy Michelsen, Director of Development at the York Genealogical and Biographical Society. New York, New York, January 7, 2016. D. Joshua Taylor, the prominent genealogist, author, and lecturer, has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He succeeds McKelden Smith, who […]

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30th Annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour A Big Success !!

If you were among the nearly 90 folks who attended the 30th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour last week, then you’ll agree with me: One and all had a friend-making, ancestor-finding and Christmas-light-seeing week in Salt Lake City. At our Saturday night Farewell Social, nearly everybody raised their hand to affirm that, yes, they had […]

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50% Off on Bundle of 3 Popular Civil War Research Guides

Regularly 52.85, these 3 books are bundled at 50% OFF! Only $26.43. Sale ends at midnight PST Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. Click here to purchase at 50% savings! Do you already have one or more of these titles? Click on any one or more of the links below and purchase any one or two of […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour……. Week’s Peek

This is Leland. This is a very busy Leland. This is a very busy with the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour Leland. This is a eats-lunch-at-his-desk because he’s busy Leland. This is the enormous smile from Leland that will greet you on your arrival day of the Salt Lake Christmas Tour! It’s not too late […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour……. Week’s Peek

Cyndi Ingle, of the globe-famous website, www.CyndisList.com, was the speaker at my local gene society last Saturday. She shared four awesome presentations with our appreciative group of 125 of  the members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society.  One piece of advice I quickly scribbled down was something that can help all the folks planning to […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour……….. Week’s Peek

Did you all get to see the eclipse last evening (Sunday, September 27th)? Experts tell us that this hasn’t happened for 20-some years and won’t happen again for 20-some years (or thereabouts). This was my in-expert photo of it. And what does this have to do with the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour? Last evening […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………… Week’s Peek

Yes, tiz fall and the leaves are turning. The trees are thinking ahead to winter and preparing themselves. Mother Nature is fascinating! As genealogists, we are thinking ahead to winter. Now that our summer of color-fun-water-travel-excitement-family is over, it’s time to prepare ourselves for some serious genealogy time this winter. And what’s more fun (by […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour……………. Week’s Peek (A Whole Year Later)

Where have I been for the last year? Neglecting my duty to post weekly to GenealogyBlog, that’s what! Lucky for me, Leland and I have been good friends for 30 years……….. and have no doubts, we have some serious fun on the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour!   If you are reading this, and are […]

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The LDS Church Breaks Ground for First-of-Its-Kind St. George FamilySearch Library

The following Press Release is from FamilySearch: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Breaks Ground for First-of-Its-Kind St. George FamilySearch Library ST. GEORGE, UT (AUGUST 15, 2015) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its nonprofit subsidiary FamilySearch International broke ground today on a first-of-its-kind facility in St. George, Utah. […]

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