RootsTech Free Online Sessions

This coming weekend the RootsTech genealogy conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. They announced  that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live over the internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in person a sample of this year’s sessions. If interested, you can watch the live presentations at …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #3

The third song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 is “The Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler. Gene had been the lead singer for the Dukays and recorded the song with them. The group’s record company preferred to release another song and said that Gene could release as a solo artist. The …

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WDYTYA – 3 Feb.

Who Do You Think You Are? returns for a third season on 3 Feb. The person that is being profiled is Martin Sheen. He was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estévez in the US to immigrant parents. His father was from Spain and his mother was from Ireland. There aren’t any clues on the WDYTYA website …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #2

This proves how popular the dance The Twist was fifty years ago. “Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee and the Starliters hit the top of the Billboard list for the week of Jan, 21-27, 1962 and remained at the top of that list for another two weeks. On the other national record list, Cash Box, the …

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My Computer Anniversary

I got my first computer about 30 years ago. I really don’t have an exact date but doing some research, I think am fairly correct. My first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 which I ordered via mail order after seeing an ad in Popular Science. It cost $149 and it was about 6.5 inches square …

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Family Story of a Broadway Performer

Back in the 1960s my grandmother told me that her brother’s wife, Stella, had been on Broadway. Not only that, but that she also knew Jeanette MacDonald and Sydney Greenstreet. I thought that grandma was confused or just plain wrong. Many years later when I entered Stella into my genealogy program, I entered a note …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #1

The song that was the top song on the charts in Jan. 1962 was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. You may think that I am mistaken about the year. “The Twist” was first on the top of music charts in Sept. 1960. Then the song returned to the music charts in Jan. ’62 and became …

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Genealogy TV Series Coming Soon

“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns to NBC on Feb. 3rd in the same time slot as last year, Fridays at 8pm. The producers say that the series “leads celebrities on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their family trees that reveal surprising, inspiring and even tragic stories that often are linked to …

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Talk on Agricultural Fairs; Jan. 10

The Greece Historical Society presents: “Innocent Recreation – the Development of the Agricultural Fair” Tuesday, January 10th , 7:00 p.m. Greece Town Hall by Lynn Belluscio, Curator of the Jell-O Museum In 1812, Elkanah Watson exhibited three Merino sheep under the elm trees on the square in Pittsfield Massachusetts.  The success of this humble agricultural exhibition …

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