Sunday, October 23, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #20: Door to Door Begging

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Calendars Through The Ages - History of Our Calendar 
History World - History of the Calendar 
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - Calendars

Broward County Mummers - Origins 
Wikipedia - Mummers Play 
Harvest - English Harvest Festival 
Wikipedia - Mummering 

Other Cultures 
Irish - Saint Stephen's Day 
Smithsonian Magazine - The Irish Used to Celebrate The Day After Christmas by Killing Wrens
Wikipedia - Wren Day - Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead & the Sugar Skull Tradition 
Wikipedia - Day of the Dead 
Alabama Media Group- Days of the Dead: What's the difference between All Saints' and All Souls'?
Wikipedia - Mardi Gras 
Mardi Gras - Mardi Gras History 
Denmark - Traditions in Denmark 

Religious Connections 
Wikipedia - Holy Week 
Wikipedia - All Souls Day 
Wikipedia - Lent 
Wikipedia - Easter 
Wikipedia - Ash Wednesday 
Santa's Net

NPR - Soul Cakes: Hallowed Offerings for Hungry Ghosts
Click Americana - 21 Old-Fashioned Fruit Punch Recipes (1969)

-Jean Wilcox Hibben

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #19: Firefighting

Photo courtesy of David Ortega (c) 2000
This weekend is National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. To honor the work done by firefighters, we thought we would talk about firefighting and firefighting history.


KCET - Calif Has 2 Fire Seasons....
CalFire (General info on firefighting for California)
USA Today - ScienceFair - Why are they called Santa Ana Winds? 

Fire Aviation - Fighting fire from the air (great photos)
Wikipedia - CDF Aviation Management Program
Wikipedia - Helicopter bucket
Wikipedia - Aerial firefighting
Wikipedia - Phos-Check

Midwestern Fires, 1871:

Native American use of fire: 

Fire in the colonies:

History of fire fighting: (article by Amanda Green – showing New Amsterdam rattle) 
Dennis Smith’s History of Firefighting in America: 300 Years of Courage. Doubleday, 1980.

Fire engines: 

---Jean Wilcox Hibben

Friday, September 30, 2016

Gena and Jean on the Road: October 2016

We will be stuck in a lot of traffic as we speak to groups all over Southern California.
Image courtesy of EA at

We're getting ready for the 2nd annual Gena and Jean Cruise (there's still time to join us!) but in the meantime we are presenting all over Southern California for what will prove to be one of our most busy months. Want to see us? Check us out at the following venues. We'd love to talk to you.


October 1. Orange County California Genealogy Society
Topics: Five Lessons from Researching Genealogy Roadshow and Once Upon a Time at an Antique Store: Telling the Story of Mrs. E.G. Stetson

October 3-9. Family Tree University
Topic: Problem-Solving Book Camp for Genealogists.
**Please note this requires registration and payment of a fee. Great way to learn and ask questions.

October 8. Garden Grove Family History Discovery Weekend
Topics: 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know; Her Name was not Unknown: Finding Female Ancestors; Finding your Genealogy in Digitized Books; Newspaper Research for the 21st Century

October 10 . Sun City (Palm Desert)
Topic: Tackling a Research Project

October 19. Legacy Family Tree Webinar
Topic: Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life
**This is a FREE live webinar but you must pre-register.

October 24. Central Texas Genealogical Society
Topic: Jello Molds, Peacocks and Turtle Soup: Genealogy and the History of Food

October 25. Glendora Genealogical Group
Topic: Cloud Genealogy


October 1. Palm Springs Genealogical Society
Topic: Beware! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of On-Line Trees

October 6 – Root Diggers of Lucerne Valley
Topic: Elisabeth: The Story of a German Immigrant

October 8 – Genealogical Society of Riverside
Topic: Beware! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of On-Line Trees

October 15– Moreno Valley (CA) Family Discovery Day
Topics: Beware! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of On-Line Trees; RootsMagic, Live Tour; Federal Census Records: Brick Wall Battering Rams (parts 1 & 2)

October 18 – Corona Genealogical Society class
Topic: Up Close and Personal: Doing On-Site Research

October 18 – Brea  Public Library
Topic: Bring Your Dead Back to Life by Learning about Folkways & the Family

October 19 – North Orange County California Gen. Soc. Family History Month Class, Yorba Linda
Topic: FamilySearch: Live Tour

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #18: The Harvest

Mccoy's Farm. Missouri State Archives via Flickr the Commons,
Today's podcast is about the harvest. Farming ancestors? It's time to learn more about their lives. As genealogists we too often discount our farming ancestors as "just farmers." But in reality there's much to learn from their lives. Better yet, there's much to write about.


Drought, insects, fungus

The Effect of the Drought on Insects  by Kathy Keatley Garvey 

Insects in Drought Conditions by Ian MacRae (PPT slides)

Role of Drought in Outbreaks of Plant-Eating Insects by William J. Mattson and Robert A. Haack 

Wikipedia - History of Agriculture in America (not fully sourced)

Dale Taylor, Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783, Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.