Sunday, February 12, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #24: US Postmasters and the Post Office – In honor of National Thank a Mail Carrier Day

Post office, Natchez, Miss. Mississippi Dept of Archives and History via Flickr the Commons



National Day Calendar - Thank a Mail Carrier Day
National Day Calendar - National Day the Music Died Day
National Day Calendar - National Freedom Day 
National Day Calendar - National Boy Scouts Day 
National Day Calendar - National Ferris Wheel Day 
History Lists - 10 Things You May Not Know About the Pony Express 
Wikipedia - Pony Express
National Park Service - Pony Express 
Pony Express National Museum - Pony Express Historical Timeline 

Some Wikipedia articles are missing needed citations, but much information is documented, so we are including these references in spite of the shortcomings

Wikipedia - Postage stamps and postal history of the United States
Wikipedia - Postage stamp
Wikipedia - London Penny Post
Wikipedia - Postal history
Wikipedia - Postage stamp gum 

Derek Watkins - Visualizing US expansion through post offices \
Save the Post Office 

Outstanding books on the USPS history

Gallagher, Winifred. How the Post Office Created America: A History. New York: Penguin Press, 2016.

Grandjean, Katherine. American Passage: The Communication Frontier in Early New England. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 2015.

John, Richard R. Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1995.

--Jean Wilcox Hibben

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Save, Save, Save: The In-Depth Genealogist Digital Magazine

We are happy to pass along a great opportunity and a conference like RootsTech is always full of special offers.

Get the In-Depth Genealogist digital magazine at just $20 for the year. Your subscription also provides you with the IDG archive of issues for the last 4 years!

The In-Depth Genealogist brings together genealogy authors from around the globe to provide you with the latest in technology, methodology, and resources. This is a great opportunity to pick up some important reading material at a great price. Sign up now!

And if you are at RootsTech, stop by the IDG booth and say hi.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Genealogy Journeys Sponsors at RootsTech

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Well, most everyone remotely connected to genealogy knows that this is the week of RootsTech in Salt Lake. Gena and I aren't there . . . we are preparing for a cruise, getting ready to record more podcasts, and handling other projects. But a lot of our sponsors ARE on site at the location. Please stop by their booths and tell them that Genealogy Journeys says "Hi" and "Wish we could be there"! Thanks. Oh, and check out their products and services as long as you are at their booths!

Need a record pulled or a photo taken somewhere you aren't? Stop at this booth for some ideas. Or sign up to be a Genlighten staff member!

 Dear Myrtle
Dear Myrtle will be in the blogger area . . . Say "Hi!" and learn about all the help she offers in the form of podcasts, videos, and recommendations!

 Genealogists dot com
Looking for some expert help with a brick wall or genealogical mystery - see if these folks can give you the help you are looking for - WORLDWIDE!

The In-Depth Genealogist
Stop by to pick up a Cruise flyer or see Terri to register for the cruise while you are there at RootsTech. While you are there, check out all the services they have to offer . . . they just might have the answer you have been looking for!

 Moorshead Magazines
Check out all the magazines at Moorshead Magazines, LTD . . . subscribe right there on the spot before you forget!

 SCGS Jamboree
Register for the Jamboree; learn about the webinars offered all year (their archives are free to So. Calif. Genealogical Society members and you won't find a better deal west - or east - of the Rockies . . . join right there at the booth)!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Meet Our 2017 Sponsor: Cari Taplin of Genealogy Pants
**The following is from our sponsor Cari Taplin of Genealogy Pants.--Gena

"Genealogy often starts out as an isolated hobby. You work from home at your desk and begin looking into your family history. For me, I had worked on researching a family story for about a year before I even knew that genealogical societies even existed. From there I learned about all of the education opportunities that were available at national conferences and institutes. (I began in 2000, so there weren’t as many online opportunities as there are now.)"

"I have a desire to help other genealogists succeed in their research and other genealogical endeavors. I teach a lot of classes through the Austin Genealogical Society, and am a local, state, and national speaker. I enjoy sharing some of the findings, tips, tricks, case studies, and brick wall breakthroughs, with the hope that they will help another researcher think about their genealogical problems differently and help solve some of their mysteries."

"Everyone has their own reasons for pursuing family history research. Some may wish to gain greater understanding of their family through stories. Others might find understanding and compassion through family dysfunction or estrangements. Loneliness and depression are big problems in our current society, possibly because of those family dysfunctions. I believe pursuing genealogy can give one a feeling of being enveloped in familial love even though those family members might not be living. Genealogy can offer a feeling of strength or realizing one’s potential. Whenever I get to feeling down about some life circumstance, I think about my ancestors who survived the loss of children due to disease, the loss of health due to military service and unsanitary conditions. I think about my own grandfather, who even though he had a debilitating hip injury since he was nine, managed to farm 80 acres of land, drive a cement truck, and raise a family."

"My company name is GenealogyPants. Let me explain…I had decided to move from being a high-level hobbyist to a “professional” and needed to come up with a business name. My husband and I brainstormed and came up with many ideas that all seemed to fall flat. I wanted something that would stand out, that would be a little quirky, and didn’t have some variation of roots, trees, family, or ancestors. In our family, we had been in the habit of calling each other “fancy pants” or “smarty pants” and so during this brainstorming one of us simply said “genealogy pants” and it just felt right. It is quirky and a little bit weird, kind of like my sense of humor. And so it stuck."

"I research my genealogy to honor my ancestors and to gain an understanding of how I became who I am and where I am, because of who they were and where they had been. Through my educational and consultation offerings, it is my passion to share that mindset with others and to help them learn the best path forward in their own journey."