Sunday, August 13, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #35: Voting and the 19th Amendment

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. In today's podcast we take a look at voting and the 19th amendment.

Resources - The Mother Who Saved Suffrage

Mental Floss - 19 Facts about the 19th Amendment 

"The Petticoat Electors": Women's Suffrage in New Jersey, 1776-1807 Author(s): Judith Apter Klinghoffer and Lois Elkis Source: Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 159-193 Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press on behalf of the Society for Historians of the Early American. JSTOR

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women’s Suffrage

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #34 : The Moon, Stars, and Ancestors

Annual report of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, Ithaca, N.Y

Today's podcast starts with memories of the moon landing but then looks at the sky and our ancestors. 

Ever given any thought to how your ancestors may have felt about seeing a meteor shower? It's an interesting topic for learning more about your ancestor's life.

We are proud to continue to offer the 1st half of our podcasts for free, but to access the full episodes, a subscription is required. The cost is $20/year. Feel free to download onto your devices, share with friends and family, and add a dimension to your family and personal history. All major credit cards are accepted and your subscription will not expire until a year from your purchase. Click here to subscriber!

All our resources, for the entire program, are provided below. Thank you for your interest and may your Genealogy Journeys be safe and enjoyable.


Jean’s Moon info came from E. C. Krupp, The Moon and You, New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1993; available from Amazon (fabulous illustrations by Robin Rector Krupp (Mrs. E. C.))

Armstrong quote

Full moon dates and names 

Moon rock transport and Griffith Observatory renovation and Cosmic Connection 

Blue moon calendar 
Moon names
Full Moon Names


Chinese culture and the calendar and moon: Festival 

Chinese zodiac  

Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese calendar

Make your own Chinese calendar

Chinese astrological calendar 

Calendars of history

Blood red moon 

Norse moon legends

Meteor show

Emley story of 1833 meteor shower historical insights on 1833 meteor shower
Leonid shower

1833 Meteor Storm started Citizen Science” 

Historical Astronomer John Horrigan (lectures)

Meteor showers

Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Meet our 2017 Sponser: Ancestral Books, Legacy & Education

We are excited to welcome Seema Kenney (NOT Kennedy) to the Genealogy Journeys team. Recently, Seema took time from her busy schedule to send us a little information about herself and her company, Ancestral Books, Legacy and Education - three things that are very near and dear to her.

I originally started in the business of genealogy after completing the Genealogical Research Certificate Program at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education in 2010. As an entrepreneur, I started my genealogy business in 2011 and originally named it Mass(achusetts) Researchers, but I changed the name in 2015 to better represent what I wanted to pursue – writing and education.

As for that Education part, I completed ProGen & NIGR in 2012, joined several Genealogy Societies, attended local conferences, and continue to expand my genealogical education. I have a B.A in Spanish & Social Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems.
 I started exploring my family history when still in High School. My interest in family connections was originally spurred by my mother’s family even before that. While my mother is an only child, her mother was one of eight children.  We lived only a few miles from my grandmother, and my great-grandparents lived just a mile from that.  Whenever we would visit the great-grandparents house, there were plenty of people there.  Five of their children lived in the area, as well as several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  So, my first foray into genealogy was simply figuring out how all these people were related to me.

I was one of the conference chairs for the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium’s (NERGC) 2017 Conference in Springfield, MA in April.  But I have also spent a great deal of my time, last year and this, working on the project of cleaning out parts of my Aunt’s house.

 The home was built by my Aunt & Uncle as well as many other family members in the 1950s and has been their residence ever since. The first family jackpot find was a bundle of 178 letters written by family members to my Uncle while he served in the Army in WWII.  The second jackpot was a set of over 100 letters by Uncle wrote home from the Army, the average length of which is three typed pages.

So, I’ve read, scanned, transcribed, and shared much of these WWII letters and done a significant amount of research into the war in Italy. I guess the third jackpot find was over 100 postcards from Italy and Switzerland that my Uncle bought as souvenirs as he did some sight-seeing on his days off.  Yes, he was ‘a different kind of soldier.’  My Uncle worked at Army Headquarters as a clerk and had a very different type of experience than those of the soldiers seen in movies and on television.

In addition to all the letters, there are hundreds of photographs that I have reviewed with my Aunt.  Identifying several and at least sorting as to which side of the family they pertain.  In the process, mixed in with the photos we’ve found other letters, announcements, and trinkets that bring back memories that become stories while we work and laugh about life long ago.

Then, there was a fourth discovery. Fifty-two letters that my father sent his older brother during service in the Army in Korea!  These, also are now read, scanned, transcribed, and shared.  And more was learned about my immediate family, including how little my father remembers about his time in the service.

So, research in 2016 was based more on family heirlooms than history books.  Many of my grandparents’ things were at my Aunt’s house as well and there are still love letters, school journals and photo albums from the 1910s to be reviewed.

My paternal family roots go deep into Colonial New England, especially in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.  My European roots include English, Irish, German, Swedish, and other unknown origins. And, my DNA testing paid off in 2016 – I connected with a third cousin in Sweden! We share great-great-grandparents as our great-grandmothers were twin sisters.  Some items found at my Aunt’s home have helped both of us learn more about our common family.

Keeping the legacy alive, I am a wife, and mother of three boys. 

Seema Kenney, Certified Legacy Advisor with

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meet our 2017 Sponsor:

Jim Heddell, one of the masterminds behind this extraordinary company, has asked us to share this information with our readers. is a sponsor of the 2017 Gena and Jean Genealogy Journeys cruise and we are happy to oblige:

AncestorCloud acquires
This year we acquired provides custom family research services from professional genealogists. This is a great match for our technology and we'll be shifting our focus to adapting the marketplace to power that website.
We started AncestorCloud with the goal of connecting families around the world by making family history more accessible. We're excited to tell you that we'll be continuing that mission with and our new product at, but we're sad to announce that we'll be closing
Since starting AncestorCloud in 2015, we've fulfilled countless requests with the help of over 13,000 users. We've built relationships that span the globe, we've helped people connect with loved ones, and we've made lifelong friendships in the process. no longer takes requests or new registrations as of July 10th. We'll do our best to complete the existing requests. Existing users will be able to access their information until August 21st.
If you're a researcher, contact to apply to continue working with us at If you need help with family history, we'd be happy to have your business at If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at
Sincerely,Your friends at AncestorCloud and
2017 Ancestor Cloud Inc. All Rights Reserved

(This announcement reprinted here with permission of Jim Heddell,