Since today is a nice cold rainy day, I’ve set up a game to see how well the kids do putting together the family tree using family photos.
I think there may be some Oreos ready for some prizes (and for the game leader.)
Great Uncle James has some things to learn. Like selecting the proper tool to pick up the baby.
While listening to the Genealogy Gems Podcast a few weeks ago, Lisa Louise Cooke talked about waiting for her young grandson to call her Grandma and asked if anyone had any unusual terms of endearment they’d like to share.
I sent along a story of how my son came up with an unusual name for my mother-in-law and Lisa asked if I could record it for her via Skype or a phone call. Pretty neat!
I offered to record it and sent along an mp3 of the story (and was sure to include a sample of my son’s made-up name.) The nicest surprise was that Lisa also gave me a free year’s subscription to her premium podcast for using my story.
So thanks very much to her! I will be checking out those Google Earth for Genealogy videos as soon as I get a chance, as I’m working on various mapping projects and can always use some more tricks in my magic bag.
You can hear the story somewhere in the middle of Episode 119 Thousands of Memories – Childhood, Grandparents & Beyond.
If you’d like to hear my son’s grandma naming story directly, you can also play it here:
How Hemmie Got Her Name
Genetic testing company 23andme uses “Research Snippet” questions to compare people’s answers to their DNA results.
Typically they are simple questions and often have obvious usefulness – such as “Have you ever undergone LASIK eye surgery?” I would think a comparison of certain locations of the response group individuals’ DNA could one day predict a the likelihood of a certain affliction.
But, I am quite amused by the 2nd question in this research snippet screen capture:
“Does the sound of other people chewing fill you with rage?”
YES. YES IT DOES. (Actually, not really.)
But I am left thinking about those who might answer “I’m not sure.”
“Hmm, well, it is not RAGE exactly, but mandibular gyrations DO cause me to be overcome with a certain combination of ENNUI and MUDEROUS INTENTION.”
For more information on 23andme’s research see their blog – this post in particular:
23andMe Research Team Presents Findings at International Human Genetics Meeting
In my regular searches for Tierneys in New York in the late 1800s and early 1900s I stumbled upon this tidbit.
Apparently a circa 1903 John J. Tierney patented this wonderful design for an updated toilet paper holder.
I do not know of any familial connection, but if I find one I’M GONNA BE RICH!
Ah, probably not.
You may read the full and complete patent here, if you are in need of some reading material. Ahem.