Sunday Links…..Genealogy

These are some of my favorite Genealogy links. All of the following sites are free:

Family History and Genealogy Records –

The USGenWeb Project –

Rootsweb –

The National Archives –

Ellis Island – Free Port of New York Passenger Record Search –

Ancestry is a site that has a ton of records, but charges for a membership. You can do a search and see what records your relatives are included in, but only a few of the records may be accessed without charge. If you’re willing to pay, it is a great site.


Irregular People….got any in your life?

In my younger days, I was insecure enough that I felt responsible for the times when other people seemed unhappy with me or something I was doing. There were a couple of people in my life that could always find fault or ways to be disagreeable, no matter what I did.

I purchased a book called Irregular People by Joyce Landorf – it really changed my life by changing how I viewed myself and other people. I came to realize that God was the one that I was to please, not humans. And if everything was OK between God and me, then other people just had to accept it.

I’ve recently been dealing with a person close to me who is as irregular as one can get. In fact, a regular Jekyl-Hyde personality.

On good days, IP [Irregular Person] is a very giving, caring person who tries to help those in need, care for those not well and pleasant to be around. On bad days, IP disagrees with everything you say in an angry, hateful way. Then IP remembers everything IP’s ever done for you and uses it like a club to beat you over the head with and let you know what a terrible, unappreciative human you are. Of course, IP feels sorry later and uses excuses like not feeling well, didn’t understand, etc. or IP says IP doesn’t remember what was said.

I usually don’t say a lot in response; but on my bad days, I do respond in anger. I want to be a better person that that, but some days, I’m not.

I highly recommend this book if you have an IP in your life.

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QUOTE FOR IRREGULAR PEOPLE [and the rest of us, too}:

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

– Albert Ellis (1913-2007, American Psychologist)

How old are you……old as dirt quiz?


Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember – not the ones you were told about!

1. Blackjack chewing gum

2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

3. Candy cigarettes

4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles, not cans and they cost 5¢ each.

5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

6. Home-delivery milk in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines

8. Newsreels before the movie (There was no TV news, we went to the theater for the news reel)

9. P.F. Flyers

10. Butch wax and flat top hair cuts for the guys

11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive-6933) You only had to dial the OL6933.

12. Pea shooters

13. Howdy Doody and Clarabell

14. 45 and 78 RPM records

15. S&H Green Stamps (or even Gold Bond Stamps)

16. Hi-fi’ stereos half the size of a room

17. Metal ice trays with lever

18. Mimeograph paper and oh that awful purple ink

19. Blue flashbulbs that usually didn’t work

20. Packards and Nash Ramblers

21. Roller skate keys and no in line wheels

22. Cork popguns and air rifles

23. Drive-in Movies with the playground up at the front.

24. Studebakers and Olds with fins

25. Wash tub wringers and no dryers so you had to hang the wet clothes out on a line.

If you remembered 0-5 you’re still young

If you remembered 6-10 you are getting older

If you remembered 11-15 don’t tell your age,

If you remembered 16-25 you’re older than dirt!

Today I have to admit that I’m older than dirt – I remembered 16 of these.
Oh, Lordy!!

Words for a Saturday

From the Peale Center for Positive Thinking –
Thought Conditioners:

Weekly Thought Conditioner


I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Philippians 4:13 This is an antidote for every defeat feeling. If you feel downed by situations, and the going is hard, this statement will remind you that you do not need to depend upon your own strength entirely, but that Christ is with you and is now giving you all the help you need.

Teach yourself to believe that through Christs help you can do all things. As you continue this affirmation, you will actually experience Christs help. You will find yourself meeting problems with new mental force. You will carry heavy burdens with ease. Your new lifting power will amaze you.

Words for a Saturday..

Reportedly, this version was written by Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

It appears to be based on The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith. Go to this site for more information.