FIND YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS – Hedberg Public Library Program Feb. 4, 2020

FIND YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS – Hedberg Public Library Program Feb. 4, 2020

24Jan2020

Vicki’s note – I am planning to attend this program and tour the newly remodeled Hedberg Public Library Genealogy area. 

FIND YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS

presented by John Wasserstrass  and Mary Buelow
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
• 7-8:30 P.M.
Program Room
HEDBERG PUBLIC LIBRARY
316 South Main Street • Janesville, WI 53545
• 608-758-6600
HedbergPublicLibrary.org
No registration necessary.
Presented in partnership with the German Interest Group – Wisconsin
Explore library resources available to research your family history and German ancestry
– then tour the library’s new genealogy space in the Wisconsin Room.

Ancestry.com Business Plan Change And Medical DNA Testing

Ancestry.com Business Plan Change And Medical DNA Testing

16Jan2020

Vicki’s note – A bit of catch up in posting articles.  This proposed August 2019 change for an Ancestry.com business change is from Dick Eastman’s BLOG referring to a Bloomberg.com on-line article.

I am not sure of all of the financial lingo, but it is a reminder to all of us that on-line genealogy sites are more vulnerable to being changed or eliminated.  I also did not find a more recent update on what Ancestry.com did about the proposed plan. 

It is safer to have your own software family tree downloaded on your computer (lots of choices of companies).  That way you can also have it as your master, and share to various on-line database search/family trees if you want.  Much less vulnerable to change that way.

Even though the Family Tree Maker software got sold from Ancestry.com to another company.  Humm, ancestry.com again. The company in recent years bought up HeritageQuest, FindaGrave, Fold3, etc.  We must keep our eyes on the giant that we rely on.

Dick Eastman’s BLOG  is worth following.  I will put a link in my BLOG tab “Genealogy Links & Helps” under “BLOGS….”

“Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter”  This is the most popular online genealogy magazine in the world, as measured by Alexa.”

” Ancestry.com Owners Aim to Extract $900 Million Payout With Loan

From an article by Davide Scigliuzzo in the Bloomberg.com web site

“The owners of Ancestry.com Inc., the DNA analysis and family tree company, are turning to a well-tested private equity play for taking cash out of a company: topping up on debt.

“An investor group led by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and private equity firm Silver Lake Management LLC is looking to pull out more than $900 million from the company through a special dividend mostly funded by new borrowings. They are also seeking approval for another one-time distribution before year-end.”

The same article also states:

“Both Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings lowered their outlook on the company in response to the latest dividend plans and a slowdown in revenue growth.

“S&P said it will be difficult for the company to continue to grow revenues from its core subscription service at the same pace it did in the past, because of limitations on the size of the market and high churn.”

You can read the full story at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ancestry-com-owners-aim-extract-160436335.html.”

 

Dick Eastman has a more recent, related posting from Forbes that shows that DNA health or medical testing will take a more importance role as part of Ancestry.com’s business model.

Mike Linton Joins Ancestry.com as its Chief Revenue Officer

Ancestry.com as its chief revenue officer. In the announcement, Linton’s mandate is described as “… to grow the company and he will be responsible for marketing and product.”

The announcement also gives a clue to Ancestry.com’s business plans: “…as the company expands from its genealogy roots into its genetic DNA offerings.”

You can read the full announcement at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn190926.

Farmers Insurance CMO Starts New Role As CRO For Ancestry. Is This A New Trend?

2020 Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC Programs by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

2020 Stateline Genealogy Club, LLC Programs by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

12Dec2019

Fresh off the Press – On this day of the dozens, (12/12)

(Ongoing – refer to the tab at the top of the Blog to see the 2020 Programs)

2020 Programs – Stateline Genealogy Club LLC, Vicki Ruthe Hahn

@ (BPL) Beloit Public Library

605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI 53511:

All welcome. Free resources & support for learning/researching family history.

Tuesday March 10; 6:30 pm, “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn. 

 Friday March 13; 10 a.m. – noon (in Library Computer Classroom – laptops available)  “Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors – How to Use BPL’s LibraryEditionWorldNewspapers.com” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

 Friday April 10; 10 a.m. – noon “Which DNA Test? How to Use the Results in Your Genealogy Research”, Two Webinars

Friday May 8; 10 a.m. – noon “Organizing, Scanning & Preserving Print & Digital Photographs”, several Webinars

June? – Road Trip to Newberry Library, Chicago. Sign up, carpooling with shared gas costs, Meet at BPL. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus travel time.

Friday September 11; 10 a.m. – noon   “Commemorating Mayflower Landing 400th Anniversary & Advanced Searching on AmericanAncestors.com”, Two (NEHGS) New England Historical Genealogical Society webinars

Friday October 9; 10 a.m. – noon “Finding Your German Ancestors with Maps & Gazetteers with A Little about Great Britain also” presented by John Wasserstrass

Tuesday October 13; 6:30 pm – “Haunted Stateline Historic Houses – How to Find Their History, the People Who Lived in Them, & Those Who May Still Be There!” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn – genealogist, and Sherry Blakeley – fiction author with paranormal experiences & psychic abilities (reflected in her cozy mystery books.)  Her books will be there to buy & signing.

 Friday, November 13; 10 a.m. – noon “Regional Soldiers Getting Ready for WW1 & WW2 at Military Training Camp Grant, Rockford Illinois” by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

BLOG – Contact Information, Links & Helps: “statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com”  

 2020 Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Programs

Presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

At Other Stateline Locations:

Saturday March 7; 1:30 p.m. – (WBCGS) Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, at Spring Creek United Church of Christ  4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois  61114

“Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When”  Bring photographs, pictures, or historic articles of clothing to learn how to identify the year.

More to be added!

Alexander Hamilton’s connection to Wisconsin is his pioneering son William

Alexander Hamilton’s connection to Wisconsin is his pioneering son William

21Nov2019

Vicki’s note – a surprising connection of one of our founding fathers to (Wiota) Wisconsin, the Blackhawk War, and to historic lead mining in Galena Illinois.  Read the full l article by clicking here.

Wisconsin’s connection to Alexander Hamilton is that of his pioneering son, William

https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/madison.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/89/38981ebd-141b-5ce7-bfb7-3968b4a3ce9a/5dcf3ab0ecd23.image.png

” WIOTA — He was educated for a time at West Point, became a skilled surveyor and drove cattle from central Illinois through the wilderness to feed hungry troops in what is now Green Bay.

William Stephen Hamilton later came to what is now Lafayette County in 1828 to mine lead. He also ran a grocery store, established a post office and built a school, as well as a fort to fend off intruders during the Black Hawk War.

Hamilton, who founded one of Wisconsin’s earliest settlements, is also our state’s connection to “Hamilton” the musical…”

 

Free Access Nov. 12 – 19, 2019 to American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Free Access Nov. 12 – 19, 2019 to American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Happy Fall from American Ancestors!

Search our databases FREE from November 12–19
Fall back into family history research with FREE access to over 1.4 billion names from AmericanAncestors.org. For the next week, access everything our databases have to offer with your free guest account. Go ahead and forward to anyone who may be interested in this special, limited-time offer!
All databases are free from November 12 at 12:00 AM EST to November 19 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Two Opportunities to Learn About Your Military Ancestors and How to Join Lineage Societies

Two Opportunities to Learn About Your Military Ancestors and How to Join Lineage Societies

12Nov2019

Vicki’s note – two free programs in two months to help you explore how to search for your Revolutionary and Civil War military ancestors.  Learn research techniques, even if you don’t join a Lineage Society.:

https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.vd3iPQa_eHbpSqy1HMRbcwAAAA&w=282&h=141&c=7&o=5&dpr=1.09&pid=1.7

 

1) Burlington Genealogical Society Workshop – free Workshop: Monday 6 – 8:30 pm November 18, 2019 (more information below)

AND

2) December 13, 2019 – “Lineage Groups – Proofs for DAR, SAR, etc.  10 a.m. – noon

“Lineage Groups – Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, Etc.” Presented by Ruth Anderson
Stateline Genealogy Club LLC, Vicki Ruthe Hahn at Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit, WI 53511

Demonstration of (NSDAR) National Society Daughters of American Revolution website “Build an App”; Requirements for proofs; info on other lineage groups.

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1) Burlington Genealogical Society Workshop – free Workshop: Monday 6 – 8:30 pm Nov 18, 2019 (more information):

Free Workshop: Mon.Nov 18, 2019 ~Finding your Military Ancestors and Lineage Societies that Honor Them.

you are invited to this workshop
~Finding your Military Ancestors
& Lineage Societies that Honor Them ~
~ Monday    18 Nov 2019     6 – 8:30 pm    WORKSHOP     public invited

Research tips, methods, best websites, locating information, 

identifying those who served in your family tree;
and as a descendant, you may be eligible to become a member of a lineage society.

This workshop will help you get started on the research (and the application if you wish~)
Sons of the American Revolution – Brian McManus
Daughters of the American Revolution   Jessica Rae Punzel, Brenda Majewski
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War –Brian McManus, Jeff Graf
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War– Pat Blackmer

 Find out if you are eligible to join, or just learn more about successful researching.
A wonderful way to honor your ancestors and all who served~

+ interesting displays of ancestor’s military service by Genealogical Society members.
Research presenters include Judith Schulz and Judy Rockwell.

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Burlington (WI) Gateway Center Building
 Look for the red ribbon near the entrance door.  
496 McCanna Parkway 

 Burlington, Wisconsin

It is the building to the right of Burlington High School
Parking is free and the building is handicap accessible  

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Public invited, free.  Memberships available, donations welcome.
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~Guests always welcome~
Optional: purchase a membership tonight and your membership carries through all of 2020!
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The Genealogical Society offers programs, workshops and methods
for anyone wanting to trace the genealogy of their ancestors;
not just from local places, but from any place in the world.
Members and guests attend the Society’s programs from 65 miles around,
with ancestors from everywhere in the world.


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My tribute to all the military horses, mules, and donkeys that “served” or lost their lives in Wars

My tribute to all the military horses, mules, and donkeys that “served” or lost their lives in Wars

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

(SGS) Stateline Genealogy Sorter

May 31, 2017

Vicki’s note- Photo posted by Horse.com on Facebook.com. I wrote this Posting based on information found at http://www.mulemuseum.org/history-of-the-mule.html, Wikipedia.com, Amazon.com, and Horse.com, and excerpts of commentators’ information.  This is an addition to Memorial Day tributes to all the human war veterans:

army horse tribute

American soldiers paying tribute to all the horses that lost their life in World War I.

The photograph was taken in 1917 at Camp Cody, New Mexico. The men kept fainting from the heat that day, so it took 8 hours to take the picture.  This shows a Cavalry unit – 650 officers and enlisted men of Auxiliary Remount Depot No 326.

The photo taken in 1918 was officers and recruits standing in the shape of the Liberty bell.

Horse, mules, and donkeys were “drafted; they did not volunteer. They acted against their nature by running toward guns shelling fire.  They suffered horribly in the U.S. Civil War, and World Wars.  The Allied forces had millions of horses, and countless mules and donkeys, which died from gunfire, wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease, bad weather, miserable conditions, and exposure.

Army Horses

WWII German pack horses – similar conditions for pack mules and all wars.

Hugh Lofting fought in the trenches during World War I.  He created the idea for “The Story of Doctor Dolittle” (published in 1920) when he observed the lack of compassion shown to the horses on the battlefields. While he served, Lofting wrote stories about Dr Dolittle in his letters home to entertain his children.

Pack mules made the U.S. Army (and other countries’ armies) mobile. Mules had tremendous stamina, and carried food, supplies and ammunition to battles, returning with wounded soldiers.

Landscape

WWII U.S. pack mule

Mules were critical in the Civil War. The Union Army had (purchased) about one million mules. The South only had about half as many mules, most of which the soldiers brought from their farms. The Southern farms then did not have mules to do plowing. Some historians suggest that the shortage of mules might have contributed to the South ultimately losing.

Mules were used in World War I and (less in) World War II.  They could go where rough terrains were not usable by motorized vehicles. About 8,000 mules died in those wars. Enemy submarines targeted supply ships carrying mules to destroy supplies and the means of transportation.

Six Mules hauled 2,000-pound wagons that were loaded with 3,000 pounds of cargo (including mule’s feed). In mountainous areas a train of 50 (plus) mules (in single file), carried 250 pounds each, and traveled 60 miles a day.

“War Horse” is a novel by Michael Morpurgo, made into a Broadway play, and a movie. The story, based on true events, is a tribute to all the horses that died in WW I. The horses in the play were puppets operated by three puppeteers.

“Animals in War”, by Jilly Cooper, has many true stories about the devotion and loyalty of horses, mules and donkeys to their military masters during war.

At the ends of the Wars, cavalry soldiers could not bring their horses home and officers ordered them to shoot them.

The army kept its horses and mules into the late 50s.

Did any of your military (cavalry) ancestors have the care of horses, mules, or donkeys?

 

 

Ancestry.com 1/2 sale today only until midnight!

 

Ancestry.com 1/2 sale today Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 only until midnight!

11Nov2019

Vicki’s note – I just saw this sale.  New subscribers only and 6 months only.  Great deal if you can use it.  This is thru Thomas MacEntee’s website Abundant Genealogy – https://abundantgenealogy.com/50-off-ancestry-memberships-veterans-day-flash-sale/

Save 50% on All Subscriptions at Ancestry! TODAY ONLY, Sunday, November 11th, new subscribers can save 50% at Ancestry on 1-month and 6-month subscriptions during the Ancestry Veterans Day Flash Sale. This is the perfect way to "try out" Ancestry if you've not used their site.

Save 50% on All Subscriptions at Ancestry! TODAY ONLY, Sunday, November 11th, new subscribers can save 50% at Ancestry on 1-month and 6-month subscriptions during the Ancestry Veterans Day Flash Sale. This is the perfect way to “try out” Ancestry if you’ve not used their site.

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