The Genealogy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Genealogy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The life of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., has been examined almost as deeply as any of the US Presidents. His confrontation of civil rights abuses against our African American and Black communities is well documented. As today is MLK Day, a holiday that has been established to celebrate the life and his mission of equality for all, I thought that I would take a look at the contributions that his genealogy played in making him who he became. 

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Dogs and Our Ancestors

Dogs and Our Ancestors

The modern domesticated dog shares the same DNA as the wild wolf that stalks alone in the forest. The wolf is a dog; or rather, a dog is a wolf. However, while they share the same basic DNA, several millennia  of contact with mankind have left the dog as a clearly different being from the wolf. The wolf began its path to domestication sometime during the dawn of human civilization. Read on to learn more.

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7 Delicious Facts About Genealogy (Plus A Gingerbread Recipe)

7 Delicious Facts About Genealogy (Plus A Gingerbread Recipe)

As we are all recovering from a holiday season filled with sweets, I thought that I would cook up a post with some tasty bits of knowledge about genealogy. So sit back, grab a glass of egg nog, and open up the gamble chocolate box of family history tidbits. Also, stay tuned at the end for an old fashioned gingerbread recipe. 

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First Christmas In Arizona

First Christmas In Arizona

Everyone finds their own reasons when they move from one place to another. We had ours. Your ancestors had theirs. When you move, you’ll find a series of firsts happen. First Christmas in a new place is one of them. In honor of our first Christmas in Arizona, I would like to talk a little bit about the first Christmas in Arizona. First allow me to set the stage. The first recognition of the boundaries of what would eventually become modern Arizona happened on February 24, 1863.

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Pinball History: Before The Flippers

Pinball History:  Before The Flippers

When I was visiting Las Vegas over the summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Pinball Museum. This museum holds over 150 pinball machines ranging from solid state display modern marvels to older electro-mechanical games with traditional playfields. While strolling up and down the aisles of machines, I came across a funny looking table. The game was titled as Jigsaw, more commonly known as the “World’s Fair Jig-Saw” from 1933. It appeared to be an oddity. It had no bleeps. It had no bloops. The table lacked flippers. What manner of beast was this?

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What's A Nobiliary Particle?

What's A Nobiliary Particle?

 Do your ancestors have a funny little name in the middle of their name? If so, they may have a Nobiliary Particle. Figuring out the Nobiliary Particle is something of an art, one which can be vague in some cultures, like painting in wide strokes with a broad brush. Other times, the Nobiliary Particle is a fine tipped brush, with a very particular meaning to some other cultures. Words that you might see as Nobiliary Particles include von, van, zu, of, de, dom, di, la, le, and af among others. Read along and learn more about the history and heritage of the term "Nobiliary Particle".

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Swiss Migration Into Pennsylvania

Swiss Migration Into Pennsylvania

A friend of mine recently asked me to research the migration of the Swiss into Pennsylvania in the late 17th and early 18th century. The migration from Switzerland into PA was quite extensive, with the bulk of it starting in about 1682 and continuing into the 1730s. The Swiss, along with the Germans, engulfed the burgeoning colony thanks in large part to the tolerance of opinion and faith by the Pennsylvania founder. There, in the future Keystone state, these immigrant families grew and bloomed in the latest chapter of a living history that spans centuries. 

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Leadership, Genealogy and History

Leadership, Genealogy and History

There are well-known examples of families where leaders seem to be developed over the course of generations. When you follow the famous families of leaders, it is plain to see that having the right genes and a supportive family structure are not enough. To produce a leader of historic proportions, you need something more.

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Genealogy Is For Everyone

Genealogy Is For Everyone

Anyone can do Genealogy. You have the power. You probably have a stack of old documents, old pictures, old newspapers or letters.  It’s probably in a box or pile somewhere in your home, or maybe it’s in your parent’s attic gathering dust. Why not put together a family history? Sure, some of you may think it’s boring. It’s old. It has no effect on your current life. Besides, who has the time or energy to go through that stuff?  Let’s get real for a moment. These are all excuses. Your excuses are your own. You have been lead to believe this because it is too intimidating to face the truth. (This is from a recent speech I gave on the topic of Genealogy)  

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