YOUR BOARD COMMENTS
the Board are occasionally asked about the cost of meals at the Monthly
Luncheons. $13 may seem a bit high for a luncheon but, hopefully, the
following may help explain it.
food costs usually run about $8. Not too bad for a light meal, beverage and
dessert – delivered to your table. However, since there is no kitchen at the
Library, all food must be prepared off-site, transported to the meeting, and
served. The size of the Community Room precludes a buffet, so we pay the four
servers a total of $4.50. per attendee. That also includes the dessert and
beverages, which they prepare for each luncheon.
speaker’s fee usually runs over $150, but this is paid from your dues, So
$8, plus $4.50, plus a bit of reserve for extras (like our May Ice-Cream
Social), adds up to the $13. We hope you approve.
PLANNING A FAMILY
By Edith Wagner, editor of
Genealogists often originate reunions to take advantage of the opportunity to
share their outcomes and excitement. Prepare your materials for display and
sharing at the reunion. Family trees, charts, photos, books including Bibles,
spreadsheets, print outs, maps,
tools, toys, crafts and scrapbooks are obvious displays. Or use these ways to
highlight fascinating family history
organize pictures of ancestors and their homes. Plan visits by bus or caravan
to the very places they lived, went to school and church, worked and played.
Visit cemeteries and take the
opportunity to tell family stories. Collect ancestors’ clothing and artifacts
and add explanations about what they are/were used for. Assemble oral history
tapes from family elders. Bring a computer to enter new and update
information. Use a scanner to copy photos and documents.
planning a reunion as beginner or have been planning reunions for years,
Reunions Workbook, along with an enormous web site, can answer questions,
provide motivation and inspiration and give you many ideas. Request a sample
reunionsmag.com/survey/ sample.asp or qualify for a free subscription
THE WAR OF 1812
2012 will be the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of
1812. On that date, the earlier conflict between Great Britain and the
United States reappeared.
The War of 1812 used to
be called the forgotten war. ... Indeed, it was long regarded by
Americans as a victorious second war of independence. Canadians saw it as a
heroic stand against American aggression. Others view it as a failed war of
several reasons for the War: Britain’s seizure of American ships, it’s
pressing of American sailors into the British navy, and Britain’s attempt to
block trade between the United States and France. Events on the U.S.
northwestern frontier added more fuel, as Indian fears over American
encroachment grew. Britain allied with the Indians, confirming the fears of
American settlers who believed that Britain's removal from Canada would end
their Indian problems. In fact, there was substantial interest in the U. S.
to expand into Canada, in order to finally achieve the expulsion of England
from the continent. James Madison became the first U.S. president to ask
Congress to declare war. Among the War’s most memorable episodes, British
troops burned the White House, and the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,”
were written by Francis Scott Key, after he watched American forces withstand
the British siege of Fort McHenry.
engagement, The Battle of New Orleans in January 1815, took place after
the war had officially ended since news of the Treaty of Ghent, signed the
previous December, had not yet reached the British and American forces.
been said that the only winner of the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.)
The National Archives can help
find ancestors who fought in this endeavor. Check out: archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/index.html.http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/index.html.
refers to one who is "going out" or leaving from one region or part of a
country to live or work, as compared to
emigrant, which refers to one who is leaving one country to make his
or her home in another.The word "alien" means "foreign," such as a
person from another country. In
genealogy, the term is typically used to refer to a non-citizen resident:
a person other than a native-born or naturalized citizen.
European countries claim the original of the tune we know as Yankee Doodle,
and it was the British who brought the tune to America during the French and
Indian Wars. The opening words of the song refer to the fact that when Oliver
Cromwell rode horseback into Oxford in 1653 he wore a hat decorated with a
single feather fastened by an elaborate knot — an Italian decoration called a
"macaroni." The British troops used the song and the term sarcastically, to
ridicule the makeshift appearance of the dress of American Colonial troops.
When the Revolution began, the Americans adopted the song as a rallying tune,
and played it in every camp and battle. At the British surrender at Yorktown
on Oct. 19, 1781, the American army band played Yankee Doodle to celebrate the
offers a full set of searchable images of the
1881 UK census; the 1841-1911 census collection on-line: a complete online
index of births, marriages and deaths 1837-2006; migration records; 24 million
passenger list records: and parish records of baptism, marriages, and burials
CAN’T FIND A BIRTH RECORD?
not alone. Even MI5, the British Secret Service, has been unable to find
when/where Charlie Chaplin was born.
Smith of Albany, New York:
Looked up the
elevator shaft to see if
the car was on
the way down.
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