Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Podcast 65 - Museums, part 1: War/Military

For Podcast of this date, 15 January 2019

unnamed museum - National Photo Co., ca 1919
from Library of Congress

Gena Philibert-Ortega joins Jean Wilcox Hibben and Sara Cochran to discuss museums in general, types of buildings or locations that might fall in the "museum" category. Roles of curator and docent are defined to start the series of upcoming podcasts.

The Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, ca 1890-1900
from Library of Congress

The first in the series covers museums, historical societies, archives, libraries with historic collections, and other types of locations that focus on specific wars and/or the military in general. Much of the first half covers the podcasters' own experiences and impressions of how museums can fulfill a role in family history. A brief mention of virtual museums is also included.

Munich Museum, ca 1870, Library of Congress

An emphasis on contacting museums or collections that may be accessible, but require a prior notification for the museum personnel pull out records or information the researcher might not otherwise be aware of. And some museums or archives (e.g., Presidential Libraries) feature travelling exhibits, so prior research before visiting is a good idea and verifying hours, even if they are listed on the website, may prevent a long trip only to find a museum closed for renovation or experiencing reduced hours due to lack of personnel or seasonal closing.

Istanbul, Turkey Weapons Museum, ca 1920
Library of Congress

Some resources mentioned in this first of the Museum series are as follows:

March Field Air Museum: https://www.marchfield.org/  
Island #10, New Madrid, MO: http://www.newmadridmuseum.com/
Daughters of Union Veterans: http://www.duvcw.org/research.html

Ordnance Museum, Academy Hall, US Academy, West Point
ca 1901; Library of Congress

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Podcast 64 - Ancestral Pets

Jean Wilcox Hibben and Sara Cochran decided to talk about family pets - their own as well as the ones that their ancestors had (or might have had). Information about the history of animals and people is not new to us in the current years, but pet-ownership dates back centuries. How do you know if your family members had pets? Some thoughts on that are discussed, but a caution about not making assumptions is, of course, included. Also discussed: "animals as food" and not expecting that every family that had animals considered those creatures as pets.

Jean's Grandfather, H. P. Johnson, & Rex; Milwaukee, ca. 1925

References used:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Podcast 63 - Stories from Genealogy Journeys Cruise 2018

Our passengers on the Genealogy Journeys Cruise 2018 shared some family stories one evening. They are listed here, in this order:

Tina McKillip
Debbie Teed
Jean Hibben
Lynda Osborn
Marilyn Lewis
Melodie Jones
Phyllis Kaylor
Sara Cochran

It was great fun in spite of the noisy environment (we had no control over the "music" playing in the background).

Note: unlike others, this whole podcast is free for the listening. Enjoy.

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.