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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tombstone Mystery--Photo added!



I found an interesting little story in today's L.A. Daily News. A Sprint cell phone tower worker found Sarah Robinson's tombstone in the Vasquez Rocks area. Sarah was born in 1822 and died in 1889. The mystery is how and when the now-damaged tombstone was placed in the Vasquez Rocks--and where Sarah is actually buried. There are no established cemeteries in the immediate area.


I wonder if she has any descendants living in the Los Angeles area.


Vasquez Rocks is about 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and is situated between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. It is popular with day-trippers and hikers.
http://www.dailynews.com/oddities/20140805/tombstone-for-woman-who-died-in-1822-found-by-sprint-worker-in-acton






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The End of TMG

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The End of TMG: For those who have loved and used The Master Genealogist (TMG) software program, there is sad news to report.  It has been decided that TMG ...

The End of TMG

For those who have loved and used The Master Genealogist (TMG) software program, there is sad news to report.  It has been decided that TMG will be discontinued at the end of the year. Although I do not use TMG, I have great respect for the program and its high standards in software programming. To me, all other programs have tried to match the advances TMG offered over the years as an industry leader.


The link below is from Wholly Genes, the company who owns TMG.


http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs140/1105531002059/archive/1118052201942.html

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kathy's Gates to the Past : World War I Centennial

Kathy's Gates to the Past : World War I Centennial: In honor of the upcoming (August 2014) centennial of the start of World War I, here's a photo of a Philadelphia doughboy, who h...

World War I Centennial







In honor of the upcoming (August 2014) centennial of the start of World War I, here's a photo of a Philadelphia doughboy, who has its own hero in my cousin Mary Dankanis.  The statue once stood in the Northern Lights neighborhood of Philadelphia for 55 years, then disappeared for 6 years. Cousin Mary--a fixture in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia and a force to be reckoned with--decided that the statue had to be returned.  Over a 14-month period between 1980 and 1981, Mary coordinated efforts by collecting signatures and speaking to local authorities demanding its return. Ultimately she won the battle to return the statue to the neighborhood. Its current location is on the corner of 2nd and Spring Streets, in the heart of Northern Liberties, where it remains standing tall and proud. Enjoy!









































                                                   



















































   











Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Evernote--Looking for Tips!

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Evernote--Looking for Tips!: I just participated in a webinar on how to use Evernote. Thanks to the APG Virtual Chapter for hosting the webinar, and thanks to Lisa Louis...

Evernote--Looking for Tips!

I just participated in a webinar on how to use Evernote. Thanks to the APG Virtual Chapter for hosting the webinar, and thanks to Lisa Louise Cook (Genealogy Gems podcaster) for walking us through the basics. I've been using Evernote for a short and still have a lot to learn.


For those who are interested in learning about Evernote, or if you have been using it for a while (like me!), Lisa offers a Quick Reference Guide entitled Evernote for Genealogists. There's the laminated copy for $6.95 or the .pdf download for $5.95.  And there are versions for both Windows and Mac computer users. Check it out here: http://lisalouisecooke.com/tag/evernote/.  I recommend the .pdf file, which can stored within the Evernote app on your computer.


She also has several short videos on her Genealogy Gems website available for viewing through her premium member site.


So much to learn, so little time! :)