Sunday, November 11, 2018

Podcast 62 - Forestry

Sara Cochran and Jean Wilcox Hibben explore some of the aspects of the lumber business in America, in particular. If your ancestor was involved in this occupation, you may find some of the discussion of interest, including the resources used (listed below). Considering the value of lumber to the building of the country, the forestry business was a mainstay of many households (either because of occupation, or use of the product). Some discussion of word origins, forestry mythology, and Roosevelt's programs are included. Consider the references below.

"Fluming lumber from the Oregon mountains" - Keystone View Co., Publisher, copyright 1899, stereoscope slide retrieved from the Library of Congress



The Frozen Logger (Johnny Cash version):

Paul Bunyan:


"The World's Fair load of logs, 36,055 feet," 
"Logs being hauled by one team of horses from Mich. forest to Ontonogan river for the transport to Chicago, Feb. 26, 1893, for exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition." - copyright 1893, Photo by G.A. Werner, copyrighted by estate of Thomas Nester, Detroit, Mich.; retrieved from the Library of Congress for educational purposes only.

Lumber Terminology:

from books:
Barnhart, Robert K., Ed. Chambers Dictionary of Etymology. New York: Chambers, 1988, 2003.
Drake, P. What Did They Mean by That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms
            Old and New. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2000.
Funk, Charles Earle. Horsefeathers & Other Curious Words.  New York: Harper & Row
            Publishers, 1958, 1986.
Funk, Wilfred. Word Origins and Their Romantic Stories. New York: Bell Pub., 1978.
Garrison, Webb. What’s in a Word? Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2000.
Hendrickson, Robert. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, revised and
            expanded ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 1997, 2000.
Mordock, John, & Korach, Myron. Common Phrases and Where they Come from.
            Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2001.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Podcast 61 - The History of Make-up

Jean discusses the history of make-up with partner Sara Cochran. The first portion deals with the history of two cosmetic companies and the second half looks deeper into the history of the use of make-up as well as some of the contents of cosmetics.

Photo: Beauty--Manufactured by R. Wilson & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, lithograph of Strobridge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1869; retrieved from Library of Congress

References are listed below:

The Cosmetics:

Max Factor:




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Podcast 60 - The Dust Bowl & Depression

Sara Cochran and Jean Hibben discuss the life in the US during the Dust Bowl period and its lead-in to the Depression. Below (from the Library of Congress, photo by Dorothea Lange) is a gathering of farmers in Iowa in 1936:

The resources used in the podcast on the Dust Bowl and Depression:

financial issues/timelines:



Insect control



Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.

Woody Guthrie, Born to Win, New York: Collier Books, 1965, 1967.

--- Bound for Glory, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1968.

Studs Terkel, Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, New York: Avon Books, 1970.

Woody GuthrieWorld Telegram photo by Al Aumuller, 1943
Retrieved from the Library of Congress website

Accompanying podcast is #60 on http://genjourney.podbean,com, to be posted shortly.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Genealogy Journeys Podcast #59 - WWI and The Spanish Flu

Sara Cochran joins Jean Wilcox Hibben for this discussion on how World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic had effects on each other.

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic.
Photo from Library of Congress
Resources used to gather information for the podcast:
digital copy of Women of the Empire in Wartime:

John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, New York: Penguin Books, 2004. (available from Amazon in Kindle format)