Sunday, December 1, 2013
St. Andrew's Day, November 30th, really comes at a bad time of year for an American who has a temporary job at her local Board of Elections. While the election was November 5th, there is much to do afterwards and Thanksgiving fell on November 28th this year. For this holiday I made turkey, mushroom and leek dressing, candied sweet potatoes, and pecan pie. Additionally, a colleague, who was younger than I, died just before Thanksgiving and his funeral was on the 30th. I wasn't really in the mood to plan another big meal for St. Andrew's Day, but neither did I want to ignore it. So on the way home from the funeral, I stopped at Gaelic Imports (inadvertently supporting Shop Small Saturday) and purchased a big box of Roses - one of my family's favorite British treats. My mom made her favorite dinner - breakfast. After dinner, I showed my parents a video of St. Andrew and read about St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow.
At the end of the day, our quiet celebration of our Scottish heritage was quite fitting in light of the tragedy at the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow. I have not been in Glasgow for over ten years now, but it is as dear to me as my hometown in California. You can follow updates on this ongoing story on Twitter by searching #Clutha or #CluthaVaults.
On a lighter note, St. Andrew's Day really ought to be in August. I don't have anything else going on then.
Monday, September 2, 2013
In this new article, I detail the process for researching an entire community of people whether it is an immigrant or church community. It differs from traditional genealogy in that you are starting in a particular time and place instead of the present, and researching people who may or may not be related to each other. I also discuss the challenges of keeping track of all the data collected. The best thing about community research is that no matter what database or primary documents you are using on a particular day, you will almost always find something relevant to your project. To start your community research project read the article in the August/September 2013 issue of Internet Genealogy.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Many links were saved because they were relevant to the blog. The theme for the first installment of links is migration and DNA. Many readers will be aware of my interest in DNA, not because it can tell you about disease or hair color, but because of what it can tell us about human migration patterns.
1. Go here to read about the prevalence of red hair in British populations, based upon a study by ScotlandsDNA (full disclosure: I am an affiliate).
2. A second DNA study by ScotlandsDNA suggests that one in ten Scottish men are descended from the Picts as reported by the Scotsman here.
3. This article reflects upon a recent study of Tibetan DNA and its suggestions that modern humans moved into Tibet in two separate migrations. Parts of it are a bit technical and I didn't understand them. Do what I did, skip those bits; you should still get the general gist of the thing.
4. Current research suggests that the Minoans were European, from Archaeology.
5. Several articles appeared about the genetic replacement that occurred in Central Europe about 4,5000 BCE. For two of them go here and here.
6. In 2012, the Migration Museum hosted a seminar on DNA and Migration. The focus on the talk, understandably, is the British Isles. I liked it; well worth a listen. Go here to read about the seminar and here to listen to the seminar (divided into six bits). If you have the SoundCloud App, you can follow the Migration Museum and listen to the seminar on your iPod; the seminar is not available in iTunes.
7. USA Today posted this article on the current fascination with DNA testing and its connection to family history.
8. And finally, an article from the LA Times which explores the fact that we are all related to each other.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I post it here, now, because the soldier represents a bit how I have felt this year - a wee writer/historian staked to a collection of due dates and obligations. This list ended up being way longer and more pressing than I had intended since I had not planned on working 13-hour days at the Board of Elections last fall.
This year, so far, I have kept up with client work, written three new lectures with accompanying PowerPoint presentations, given these three lectures and several others, and like so many people have been looking for a "proper" job. On top of all that I did about 80% of the portfolio work required for certification by the Board for Certification for Genealogists which I submitted in May.
The most pressing deadlines have now passed and I have more time and more importantly more energy. There are no set plans going forward but to quote Indiana Jones, "I'll think of something."
Thank you all for not deleting the blog from your subscription and following lists. I look forward to many interesting posts and discussions about the Scots and their Diaspora in the coming months.
n.b. If I never mention certification again, that is code for "I did not pass."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
|The Tannahill Weavers back for an encore|
It was entirely worth the wait, the band was fantastic. I even bought one of their albums (Live and In Session) and am now a little sorry I didn't spring for the t-shirt. Go hear them if you get a chance!
|Roy Gullane signing my CD|