Friday, September 15, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #37: Grandparent's Day - Cleaning Out Grandma's House

Grandparent's Day was Sunday, September 10th and we are a little late honoring that day due to an illness but this week's podcast provides information beyond just this yearly tribute to grandparents. In this podcast we look at a job that often falls to the family historian; cleaning out the homes of relatives who have recently passed away.

Have you had to clean out a loved one's home? Jean has done this task 5 times! In this podcast we provide you with some tips and thoughts about what's left behind.

Remember, Part 1 of the podcast is free. You can listen to the entire broadcast  with a paid subscription. You can learn more here


Virginia Johnson Wilcox, "My Guardian Angel Worked Overtime: Emptying an Old House is No Picnic," 11 September 2017, Circlemending Blog

Consumer Reports, “How Much is Your Stuff Worth? It’s Often a Good Investment to Spend the Time and Money on an Appraisal,” October 2012, Consumer Reports Magazine

Estate Sales, “Tips on Choosing an Estate Sale Company” 
This is a promotional website but the tips may give you some ideas

Katina Hazimihalis, “How to Clean Out a Relative’s House on a Time Limit,” 25 August 2016, Budget Dumpster

Gloria Horsley, “Cleaning out a Deceased Loved One’s Closet: 12 Tips to Make the Process a Little Easier,” 30 October 2014, HuffPost: The Blog

Legacy Navigator, “5 Steps for How to Clean Out Houses After a Death,” 2017

Wendy Schuman, “9 Tips for Cleaning Out Your Late Parent’s Home,” 5 December 2012, Next Avenue

Paula Spencer Scott, “The Junk Wars: 8 Ways to Get Rid of Aging Parents’ ‘Stuff,’” 26 July 2017, Caring Currents

Julian Torres, “7 Tips for Estate Cleanout and Estate Cleanout Services,” 1 October 2015, JunkKing Blog

Elizabeth Weintraub, “Cleaning Out the House After a Death,” 18 June 2017, The Balance

--Jean Wilcox Hibben

Monday, September 11, 2017

Health trumps Recording

We have had to postpone the next recording session, hence the lack of a podcast posting last night. We expect to get that next one up this coming weekend so be prepared! It's a good one! In recognition of Grandparents' Day (OK, the 10th), we will be talking about the sad aspect of our elderly parents and grandparents: the time they have to give up the family home and leave you with the clean-out process. We will have some experiences to share as well as some tips about how to approach the task. So keep an eye on this blog for that, and other, podcasts just around the corner.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sponsor Announcement - Ron Arons to Speak in Southern California in September

Ron Arons got involved with genealogy more than twenty years ago after losing both of his parents to cancer and finding both his father’s family tree and a box of postcards from the ‘old country’ in the attic of his childhood home. Ron ran with this documentation and quickly discovered that his mother’s paternal grandfather had served time in Sing Sing Prison for, of all things, bigamy. The story of this criminal ancestor continues to unfold with very recent discoveries including two different applications for Social Security and a Civil Service card (Ron’s great-grandfather, yes the criminal one, passed the Civil Service exam in 1921, qualifying him to work as an auditor for the New York State Tax Bureau.) Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Lithuania.

Ron has written three books: 1) The Jews of Sing Sing – about the antics of his great-grandfather and a dozen other Jewish criminals who served time in the famous prison for a variety of crimes, 2) WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records – a 388-page reference book listing where criminal record sets can be found across the country, and 3) Mind Maps for Genealogy – mind maps are radial outlining tools (used in corporate America for brainstorming, by attorneys, by teachers, and by writers to layout their stories). This last book shows how mind maps can be used to think more creatively and to solve extremely difficult genealogical research problems.
 ron arons website

Ron will be presenting “Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy” to the Jewish Genealogical Society at 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday,10 September 2017 at the American Jewish University (Burton Sperber Library) and "Finding Living People Online" (for genealogical purposes) at the Corona Genealogical Society at 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, 11 September 2017 at the Corona Public Library. Visitors are welcome at both locations and Ron will have books for sale, so bring your checkbooks!!

Welcoming Ron back to Southern California is a pleasure and exciting for us down south to be treated to a Genealogy JourneysⓇ sponsor, talking on these interesting and helpful topics.

Check out Ron's website by clicking his photo above or his logo to the right on this blog. His books can also be ordered from that online location.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #36: Radios and Ancestors

Reiseradio. National Archives of Norway via Flickr the Commons

What are your memories of the radio? Did your family have favorite radio shows? Did you listen to music on a transistor radio? What type of radio did your grandparents have? Join us as we discuss radios and your ancestors.



Media information (some census data)

History of radio

Historical radio broadcasts and old time radio shows and commercials (Rouse article)

Transistor radios

Sports on radio

Marshall McLuhan, explained

TV shows & Personalities

--Jean Wilcox Hibben