" Halloween Hauntings... Fact or Fiction? We're going to have some fun with the Carnival of Genealogy this time around. Halloween is coming up in a few weeks. In keeping with the spirit of the season, write a story about or including one of your ancestors. It can be fact or fiction. Don't tell which it is (until after October 15 when the COG is published), let your readers guess. We should all get some great comments as readers try to determine if our Halloween genea-story is fact or fiction! Was your ggg grandmother a witch? Did you live in a haunted house when you were growing up? Were there bats in Aunt Betty's belfry? Did you ever meet up with a ghost when you were looking for an ancestor's grave? See if you can stump us! The deadline for submissions is October 15th.
To All COG Participants: Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blogcarnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you!"
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Here are the choices for time periods:
As to how I chose the time periods, I just focused on different time periods that I thought would work well for this poll. I don't know if historians would divide Michigan's history in the way I did, but the first three time periods were chosen based upon when Michigan was a colony of the French and the British, when the United States gained control of Michigan, and when Michigan became a state. You can choose more than one time period for this poll. Enjoy!
Friday, October 3, 2008
- Silent Night: The Story Of The World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub
- Because Each Life Is Precious: Why an Iraqi Man Risked Everything for Private Jessica Lynch by Mohammed Odeh Al-Rehaief and Jeff Coplon
- Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois
Well, those are the three books I read for this challenge. I enjoyed reading each of the books, and I would recommend them to others as well.
Why did I choose this book? Well, this one of the books I am supposed to read for one of the two history classes I'm taking this semester. I could have chosen to read another book for this challenge, but since I enjoyed reading this book, I thought I would write a brief review about it. In addition, I do not believe many Americans know much about the Haitian Revolution, so I thought this would be excellent book for those who do not much about the revolution in Haiti. (Before I read this, book I hardly knew anything about the Haitian Revolution outside of the fact that the slaves in Haiti revolted against their masters around the same time as the French Revolution.)
Laurent Dubois' book gives background into what society on the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was like prior to the revolution, and he especially highlights the racial character of the society's hierarchy. In addition he explains that the white landowners' push for autonomy from France and denial of political rights to the free, colored landowners was the foundation for the Haitian Revolution. (The fight for legal rights created tensions between both sides.) In addition, the French Revolution's ideals would also began to feed into the problems in Saint-Domingue, but as the revolution in Haiti continued, it would also influence the path of the French Revolution.
In short, I thought it was an excellent book, and I liked how the author put the revolution in context with what was going on outside of Haiti at that time. Additionally, I felt the author's explanation of the social conditions in Haiti was excellent, and I felt that his description of Saint-Domingue's society gave me a better understanding of why events in Saint-Domingue and France occurred as they did. If a person wants to read about the Haitian Revolution, this is one book that should be read.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The top ten countries, in number of visits, are:
- United States - 590 visits
- Canada and United Kingdom - both tied at 25 visits
- (Not set, unlisted) - 6 visits
- New Zealand - 5 visits
- Australia - 4 visits
- Sweden and Philippines - both tied at 3 visits
- Ireland - 2 visits
- Serbia - 2 visits
- Luxembourg - 2 visits
- Argentina - 2 visits
The top ten states in the United States, in number of visits, are:
- Michigan - 139 visits
- California - 76 visits
- Illinois - 72 visits
- Texas - 50 visits
- Pennsylvania - 36 visits
- (not set) - 26 visits
- New York - 19 visits
- Ohio - 18 visits
- Washington - 13 visits
- Virginia - 12 visits
The top ten places in Michigan, in number of visits, are:
- Kent County - 104 visits
- Oak Park - 9 visits
- St. Joseph - 6 visits
- Redford - 6 visits
- Grand Rapids - 5 visits
- Berkley - 2 visits
- Livonia - 2 visits
- Birmingham - 1 visit
- Franklin - 1 visit
- Lansing - 1 visit
The top ten posts read this month are:
- Such Lovely Hairstyles, But Who Are They? - 35 views
- I Love Your Blog Award ... - 31 views
- Tombstone Maker Website - 24 views
- I've Been Tagged Again! Well, Not Exactly ... - 20 views
- My German Ancestors: Naming Patterns and Odd Names ... - 16 views
- And Another Mystery Photograph ... - 15 views
- 22nd Shades Of The Departed Guest Column Posted! - 14 views
- 10th Edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy - 13 views
- Getting To Know Me, Getting To Know Jessica's Genejournal - 12 views
- 10 Essential Genealogy Books That I Have Or Wish I Had - 12 views
Well, that is it for September's results. To those who read this blog, thank you for reading! Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
As far as I know, I do not have any Polish ancestry although that could change as I do more research on my German ancestors from the Russian Empire. I do know that they spoke Polish in addition to German, so anything is possible. I do hope to participate in this challenge, so stay tuned for future posts on Polish culture and history. Enjoy!
Monday, September 29, 2008
- Vermont Probate Records - Only 14% has been added so far.
- Catholic Church records of Avila Diocese, Spain
- 1850 and 1870 censuses
I'm glad that FamilySearch is updating the records, but I would like to see the Michigan Vital Records updated, since some records that I have found in clerk's books in that period are not in the database. Also, I would like to see Michigan added to the World War Two draft cards. Oh, well. I'll just wait.