July 21, 2017

Let Me Explain About My #Genealogy Daily Contributors

This week Lucie Consentino – Lucie’s Legacy blog, took the time to privately message me with a comment about The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily that I created.  Recently, I said “It’s not a popularity contest like the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs, but a way to put us all on an even playing field. That’s not sour grapes by me, I just think there are MORE than 40 top blogs.”

But, from what Lucie could see in the content, it appeared to her to be exactly what I said it wasn’t.  I’m so happy she asked and commented because it gave me an opportunity to set her mind at ease regarding the way content is added.

Let me just explain how the GG Daily works and how it was created.  I think it was  Thomas MacEntee who created The #genealogy Daily.  No matter who created it, it’s content is a little more broad than mine because it only uses the hashtag (#) genealogy, and hence it’s name.  I chose to go another route because the term #genealogy is sometimes used by other niches that have nothing to do with family history research.

The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily was created from a special Twitter list I created soon after joining the network.  For the most part, it is comprised of self proclaimed genealogists, or people who have an interest in genealogy in some way.  I have also included some of my #history friends too, as the two subjects go hand in hand and I thought it would bring a bit more diversity to the Daily. My genealogists list is ever expanding, so if you would like to be included, all you have to do is let me know.

One thing I will say is that I have to be careful in what I post to Twitter because even if I don’t use #genealogy in the post it sometimes picks up off-topic things I say and adds it to the Genealogists Daily.  For instance, I do sponsored tweets now and then and those might get in the magazine.

I wanted to set the record straight about the Daily, and to assure you I am not just including the “popular” genealogists.  I am not without flaws, but I’m not trying to be underhanded either.  My blog has sponsors and paid links; sometimes I write sp0nsored posts but they always have a disclosure included.

It’s because I truly love genealogy and history that I write this blog.  I try to be friendly and helpful every day in some way.  The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily is for everyone. It just happened to be created by me. I hope you enjoy it.

100 Years Ago Today WA Women Won The Right To Vote

Washington State Historical Society Photo

HeraldNet.com – Local news: How Washington women won the right to vote.

I’ve always exercised my right to vote since I was old enough to do so, but I so admire the women who stood up and fought to get their equal say at the ballot box here in our state.  Washington (caucasian) women were fully ten years ahead of the rest of the nation, and I suspect that at least my Moline and Nordgren grandmothers were fully on-board when the right was granted.



Frances Eveline Holmes Miller – Champion Old Fiddler 1937 Iowa State Fair

Mrs. Frances E. Miller, Des Moines, Iowa – 1937

Frances Eveline Holmes was born 20 February 1865 in Harrison County, Missouri to parents Sarah Ann Fallis and Paul Holmes. Paul was the fifth child of Elizabeth Hensley and David Oliver Holmes, and he was born in Tennessee. “Eva” as she was called married Kendall Miller 26 January 1882 also in Harrison County, Missouri.

And except from the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and Tribune 1937 states, ” Mrs. Miller….taught herself to play the violin when she was a young girl of 12 years.  I found a broken fiddle lying around the house….. I tuned it up with a piece of heavy pack thread and plucked.  She plays entirely by ear.”

The 1937 article is a bit hard to read as a xerox copy, but I plan on transcribing it as best I can and posting it at a later date as a link to this article.

Eva Heads to NYC and The “We, The People” Radio Show

Fame and recognition wasn’t done with Eva Holmes Miller just yet though.  After her surprising win at the Iowa State Fair that year, she was invited by the National Broadcasting Company to play on their radio show We, The People.

Frances E. Holmes Miller is my 2nd cousin, 4 times removed through my Yates line.  Eva’s great uncle and my fourth Great Grandfather was John Holmes b. 1784 in Virginia.   John was married to Lydia Register and I descend through their daughter Deborah Holmes who married 28 August 1840 Miles Yates.


Darlene Kappelman Wellington, last known address Boise, ID.  She generously shared her family files and the xerox copies with me some years ago.

Learn More About Genealogy Using YouTube


Just out of curiosity, I did a search in YouTube tonight for the term “genealogy” and got 183 hits. Not all of them are something I’m interested in watching, but it certainly is something worth investigating.

How about some other search terms?  Use some of your own interests like railroading, logging, gold mining, or wine making.  Try locations too!

Have you used YouTube in your family history research? What kinds of things did you find. Was it helpful?  Don’t forget to leave a comment. 🙂

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