How will you pass down your memories?

How will you pass down your memories?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my descendants lately. It got me thinking that the way we pass memories down to our children is changing. For the last 100 years it’s pretty safe to say that parents could pass along a baby book or photo albums at the minimum. Sometimes a scrapbook might have been handed down as well. Now that we are in the age of digital photography what is the best method to preserve our memories?

While it is still possible to pass down a baby book and printed photo albums it is less likely to happen. In the past year or two a major newspaper featured an article with the headline "Aging Parents with Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don't Want It." The article focused on how to dispose of a lifetime of memories and keepsakes. It makes me wonder, what is the most practical way to share with our kids and nieces and nephews and feel confident that they will keep it and pass it down again?

But there's more at stake here than just flowery china teacups that your children don't want to inherit. The memories you created with your children during their childhood are shared memories. It's not just your memories that your passing on. It's their childhood, their life, as well. With fewer and fewer people printing photographs regularly or creating scrapbooks, how will those memories get shared?

And in addition to their memories, what about the practical stuff as well? I remember my parents kept a file for each of us three kids with things like school report cards and college transcripts. Folders like these can also hold records of immunization and other practical information. When I became an adult my parents gave me the folder - a record of my life.

Regrettably in this article I don't necessarily have the answers for you (but maybe a few suggestions).

Here's what I'm doing and considering for the future:

Photo Books

Photo albums have been replaced by photo books. In this digital age there is no longer any need for printing photos and pasting them into albums. I can go online to any number of websites from my local pharmacy to a dedicated photo site like Shutterfly. I created a book with the best photos from one of our international vacations. It took a bit of work to put together but I could do it all from my desk and computer. Then it was just a matter of waiting for the book to arrive. These kinds of books can be pricey but if you wait for coupons the cost gets better. The best thing is you can create the book once and print as many copies as you like.

Baby Books

I'm not sure if this is still a thing or not but I do have baby books for my kids. The last one I bought 14 years ago. I admit that I have not been very good about filling them in. Perhaps by the time my boys are all in college I will have time to complete them. I still think this is a good idea but I wonder how practical it will be for the future.

Multimedia 

I really like the idea of passing on to my children an archive of sound and video recordings where they can hear the voices of the past and laugh at the silly antics of distant relatives in home videos. I have amassed quite a large archive already. But what I worry about is the constant need to update the file formats of the media so that it can still be viewed by the programs of the ever changing present. If I create this collection will my great grandchildren some day be able to access it?

A Digital Vault

The thought that I'm leaning toward the most is to create a digital vault for my children. I have already created electronic versions of the folders that my parents had created for me.  I can envision that when I pass these on to my children they will have several components. They'll contain important family photos both from their own childhoods and from the lives of their ancestors. They'll also contain the multimedia archive that I mentioned above. And finally it will be a trove of documents that will act both as a reminder of past work and success but also necessary documents that they will need to continue accessing in the future. I can see myself already handing my boys a thumb drive or portable solid-state drive that acts as a metaphorical "Good luck in the world, son!"

Have you given any thought to how you will pass down your memories to those you love? What are some of the ideas that you have in mind?

 

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogy professional who specializes in educational outreach through webinars, internet broadcasts and video. Her areas of expertise include house history research, southern New England research and solving brick walls. Since the rise in interest of genetic genealogy Marian has become addicted to using dna to help solve genealogy mysteries. Marian is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars where she produces online genealogy education classes. Once a month you'll find her as the evening host of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.

 


27 million new records for Australia, Canada and United States added at MyHeritage

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We are excited to announce that we have recently added 27,612,119 new records from four new collections to SuperSearch™: Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893-1949; Québec Marriage Licenses, 1926-1997; Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists, 1900-1953; and Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943.

Here is a breakdown of the newly added record collections:

 
Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893-1949
An index of electors in Australia registered to vote on Commonwealth electoral rolls between 1893 and 1949 in each of the six states of Australia. 16,306,739 records Search collection now
 
Québec Marriage Licenses, 1926-1997
An index of marriage licenses filed in Québec, Canada from 1926 to 1997. 7,901,481 records Search collection now
 
Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists, 1900-1953
Passenger manifests of ships arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1900 through 1953. 1,777,740 records Search collection now
 
Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943
Passenger manifests of ships arriving at Baltimore, Maryland, from 1891 through 1948. 1,626,159 records Search collection now

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Register for Tuesday's webinar: Introducing the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test by Ofer Karp

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Discover how your genes affect your health and explore the valuable insights you can gain from this latest addition to our DNA product line. The MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry test gives you dozens of personalized health reports that explain your genetic risk for developing certain conditions, and tell you whether you're a carrier for hereditary conditions that can potentially be passed on to your children.
 
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New "Member Friday" Webinar - Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work by Mary Eberle, JD

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work by Mary Eberle, JD

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work" by Mary Eberle, JD. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work

Adoption and unknown (or misattributed) parentage events—whether recent or in the past—can challenge genealogists. DNA can be a powerful tool for finding birth families. We’ll cover techniques and resources for this work. 

Outline:

  1. Review of laws affecting adoptees’ access to their birth information
  2. Steps for using DNA for adoption work
  3. Predicting matches’ relationships based on amount of shared DNA
  4. Finding related matches: shared matches/in-common-with matches
  5. Reviewing matches’ trees—finding common ancestors
  6. Building trees back and forward in time
  7. Developing and testing hypotheses for the unknown parent(s)  

Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work by Mary Eberle, JD


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About the Presenter

Mary EberleMary Eberle is a DNA expert who founded DNA Hunters,® LLC in 2015. She is also an educator, an international speaker, and the author of “23 Best Tips for DNA Testing and Family History.”  Mary is a retired patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Over 30 years ago, she began her scientific career. She developed DNA tests for transplant patients. Today, she leads the DNA Hunters team, which finds people’s biological parent and grandparents. 

 

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Announcing an Update to the Theory of Family Relativity™

I just received this from MyHeritage about an update to the Theory of Family Relativity. Indeed, it is good news.

I have great news — we’ve just refreshed all the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™!

With this exciting update, you’ll get new and updated theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches may be related. This much-anticipated update may provide you with answers about relationships that have baffled you, as well as offer new insights about your ancestors and family relationships.

Theory

The Theory of Family Relativity™ scans billions of family tree profiles and historical records to craft detailed theories of how DNA Matches on MyHeritage may be related to each other. Since launching the feature in February, our DNA database has grown significantly, the number of family trees on MyHeritage has reached 45 million, existing trees have grown, and more historical records have been added to SuperSearch™.

A new notification system has been created to update MyHeritage users about new theories as they are discovered, one theory at a time. This email will be sent periodically, as of this week.

We hope that MyHeritage DNA users will enjoy the current update, which has more than doubled the number of theories available.

Read more about this update and some key facts and figures in the blog post.


Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors - free webinar by Tessa Keough now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors” by Tessa Keough is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

It was visited by the Vikings, became a British colony, and ended up as a Canadian province. Along the way it has been home to British, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and French settlers, some of whom moved on to other parts of Canada and the United States. A bit of history, suggestions for researching online, and tips for making that research trip to "The Rock" if you have ancestors from Newfoundland.
 
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Introducing the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test 7/23/2019

Ofer Karp

Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy 7/24/2019

Sunny Morton

Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around 7/26/2019

Cari Taplin, CG

Google Photos: one photo app to rule them all 7/31/2019

Devin Ashby

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands - free webinar by BCG's Yvette Hoitink, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's Board for Certification of Genealogists webinar, "Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands” by Yvette Hoitink, CG is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

The Netherlands has excellent records. Records of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the civil registration since 1811 and by churches since the early 1600s. Genealogists who don’t look beyond these records may create trees that go back ten generations, but they can be bare or have mistakes. By expanding the research to lesser used sources, we can learn more about our ancestors’ lives and find evidence of family relationships to build reliable conclusions. Using examples from her own research, Yvette will demonstrate how to find and use court, notarial, military, and cadastral records, and other records you may not have used before. Find out if your Dutch ancestors owned property, what their occupations were, or even what they looked like. See them in the context of their families and associates, and understand their roles in the communities where they lived.
 
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Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors 7/17/2019

Tessa Keough

Introducing the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test 7/23/2019

Ofer Karp

Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy 7/24/2019

Sunny Morton

Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around 7/26/2019

Cari Taplin, CG

Google Photos: one photo app to rule them all 7/31/2019

Devin Ashby

Finding Families in New Zealand 8/6/2019

Fiona Brooker

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing 8/20/2019

Harold Henderson, CG

Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research 9/3/2019

Paul Milner

Civil Law Concepts and Genealogy 9/17/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

The Stories Behind the Segments 10/1/2019

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Civil Law Records in Genealogical Research: Notarial Records 10/15/2019

Claire Bettag, CG

Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure 11/5/2019

Helen Smith

Native American Research: Things You May Not Know 11/19/2019

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Buried Treasures: What's in the English Parish Chest 12/3/2019

Paul Milner

Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders 12/17/2019

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors by Tessa Keough

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It was visited by the Vikings, became a British colony, and ended up as a Canadian province. Along the way it has been home to British, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and French settlers, some of whom moved on to other parts of Canada and the United States. A bit of history, suggestions for researching online, and tips for making that research trip to "The Rock" if you have ancestors from Newfoundland.
 
Join us and Tessa Keough for the live webinar Wednesday, July 17. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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TessaKeough-144x144Tessa Keough is a genealogist in transition (read – this is not her day job but she wishes it was!). She takes advantage of 21st century technology to work on her own family history as well as engage in specialized projects. These projects include a one-place study of her grandfather's native community of Plate Cove East, Newfoundland, and a one-name study of her Keough surname.

Seeing a need for an online users' group for her favorite genealogy software, Tessa set up the Legacy Virtual Users' Group Community on Google+. With three of her fellow genealogists, she co-hosts monthly hangouts-on-air presentations, provides tips, and moderates the member posts at the LVUG Community which boasts more than 900 members. For the past two years Tessa has served as the USA West Regional Representative for the Guild of One-Name Studies. In April 2014 she took on the post of USA National Representative for the Guild and serves as the Guild's delegate member to the Federated Genealogical Society (FGS). She moderates the Guild's Google+ Community and co-hosts the Guild's North American monthly hangouts-on-air. Tessa blogs on her personal blogs, is a contributing blogger to Worldwide Genealogy, and is part of the 5-member interview team for the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers. Tessa is doing her best to spread the word about surname and location studies as a fascinating and fun way to connect to your larger family history story, your extended relatives, and your fellow genealogists.

In case you did not notice, Tessa is a huge fan of Google+ and YouTube and an even bigger fan of giving back to the genealogy and family history community. Her volunteer efforts landed her on Lisa Louise Cooke's Social Media Mavericks: 40 to follow list in Family Tree Magazine's March/April 2014 edition for TessaWatch (her YouTube channel with 120 short and not-so-short video tutorials).

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Tuesday's Tip - Options: Locations (Beginner)

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

Options: Locations (Beginner)

Previous articles in this series:
Customize Legacy
Options: General Settings
Options: Data Entry
Options: Data Format
Options: Date Defaults
Options: Dates

The next section in the Customize Legacy menu is Options > Customize > 6> Locations

Option 6.1 Default location of family files (gbl)

Option 6.1
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You can see in this screenshot that I have my files in the default location but you don't have to. You can have your files anywhere you want on your hard drive but you need to tell Legacy where they are using this option. If you have more than one file, keep them in the same folder. If you click the Change button you will be presented with a Windows browse box and you can simply navigate to the correct folder. When you select that folder Legacy will insert the file path automatically into this field. If you click the Reset button it will put the file path back to the default.

 

Option 6.2 Default location of media files (ff)

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If you noticed, Option 6.1 is global but Option 6.2 is specific to each family file. It is set up this way so that you can keep all of the media for each family file separate, if you have more than one file. I do have more than one file but I keep all my media together in the default folder. You can Change and Reset this just like you can in Option 6.1.

If you select View Current List of Media Folder will see every folder on your computer that has linked media in it. In this screenshot you can see that I have a lot of subfolders within the default folder. This is a great way to check and see if you have media scattered across your hard drive.  This Master List works just like all of the others so I won't go over the options on this screen. You can also get to this screen by going to View > Master Lists > Media Folder List.

Master Media Folder List
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If you click Test All Media Folders under Option 6.2 you will see this.

Check All Media Locations
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There are three different tasks here.

1) Make a list of all missing media files which will simply generate a text file of your broken links with everything you need to know to be able to fix them.

2) Unlink unreferenced media folders will delete just the broken links. You will NOT be presented with a warning message so be careful that this is what you really want to do.

3) If you choose Unlink all media files you will get a very strongly worded warning message. Once you click Yes there is no turning back. If you change your mind you will have to restore your most recent backup. This only deletes the links, not the media itself.

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Option 6.3 Location of temporary files (gbl)

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There really is no reason to change this from the default but you can if you want to. Legacy uses temporary files that it puts in this folder. When it is finished with them, they are automatically deleted.

 

This sections was short and sweet. Next time we will be looking at Options: Sources.

 

Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips check out the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

 

Michele Simmons Lewis, CG® is part of the Legacy Family Tree team at MyHeritage. She handles the enhancement suggestions that come in from our users as well as writing for Legacy News. You can usually find her hanging out on the Legacy User Group Facebook page answering questions and posting tips.


Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar: Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands by Yvette Hoitink, CG

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The Netherlands has excellent records. Records of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the civil registration since 1811 and by churches since the early 1600s. Genealogists who don’t look beyond these records may create trees that go back ten generations, but they can be bare or have mistakes. By expanding the research to lesser used sources, we can learn more about our ancestors’ lives and find evidence of family relationships to build reliable conclusions. Using examples from her own research, Yvette will demonstrate how to find and use court, notarial, military, and cadastral records, and other records you may not have used before. Find out if your Dutch ancestors owned property, what their occupations were, or even what they looked like. See them in the context of their families and associates, and understand their roles in the communities where they lived.
 
Join us, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Yvette Hoitink, CG for the live webinar Tuesday, July 16. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion. 

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YvetteHoitink-144x144Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer from the Netherlands who specializes in researching Dutch ancestors. Her Dutch Genealogy website (dutchgenealogy.nl) has helped millions of people find their ancestors from the Netherlands. Her articles appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and other journals in the US and the Netherlands, and she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2016, Yvette became the first board-certified genealogist in the Netherlands.

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3 Facts About Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Unless you’re lactose intolerant, there’s a good chance you enjoy ice cream for dessert. Ice cream is a favorite worldwide and according to IceCream.com, New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Finland, and Sweden eat the most ice cream. The website also claims that 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. [1] That’s a lot of people eating ice cream! 

What do you know about the frozen dairy treat? Here are 3 facts that might surprise you.

The United States has Enjoyed Ice Cream for a Long Time

You need a freezer to enjoy ice cream, right? Well we depend on them in today's world but it’s said that the Ancient Romans enjoyed ice treats long before modern refrigeration. In the United States, early Americans  enjoyed ice cream too, they just had to be careful about how they prepared and briefly stored it. Blocks of ice were used to keep the dessert cool for our colonial ancestors. The problem of keeping it cold was solved by 1790 when New Yorkers enjoyed frozen scoops at the first ice cream parlor. [2]

Not Every Frozen Dessert is Ice Cream

Do you like frozen custard, gelato, or frozen yogurt? 

According to the website the Kitchn, ice cream’s ingredients of milk, sugar, cream, and egg yolks are cooked, then cooled down and finally churned at a high speed which incorporates air which also increases its volume. Gelato, on the other hand has more milk and less cream and eggs and it’s churned at a slower rate which affects the volume.[3]

Ice cream may not always incorporate eggs but frozen custard always includes egg yolks. Frozen yogurt uses cultured milk instead of cream and unlike ice cream it does not have  a minimum fat requirement.

Some Flavors are not so Sweet

Chances are if I asked you what your favorite flavor of ice cream was, it would be something sweet like chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. But historically sweet flavored ice creams weren’t the only choices. 

Though possibly more mythology than fact, First Lady Dolly Madison is said to have enjoyed oyster ice cream. Whether she really did enjoy the savory dessert or not we do not know but the 1824 cookbook, The Virginia Housewife:, or Methodical Cook by Mrs. Mary Randolph  includes  a recipe for Oyster Cream that instructs the home cook to “make a rich soup…strain it from the oysters, and freeze it.” You can find this and other more familiar sweet ice cream recipes from this cookbook on Google Books. And you can read more about the historical Oyster Ice Cream controversy.

Whether oyster ice cream was a thing for our ancestors or not, we do know that other savory ice cream flavors have existed. Some of those savory flavors that you can enjoy today include ice creams that use vegetables, cheese, and even alcohol for flavor. One example can be found at the Gilroy Garlic Festival held every year in California. As you can imagine, it  is famous for its garlic ice cream. Curious what that might taste like? One taster describes it as vanilla ice cream with a heavy garlic taste. A mixture of sweet and savory that might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Whether you love chocolate or prefer to try something more savory, Happy National Ice Cream Month!

 

 

[1]”The Straight Scoop on Ice Cream,” IceCream.com (https://www.icecream.com/icecreaminfo: accessed 11 July 2019). 

[2]”Ice cream: An American Favorite Since the Founding Fathers,” PBS (http://www.pbs.org/food/features/ice-cream-founding-fathers/: accessed 11 July 2019). 

[3] “What the Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato?,” Kitchn (https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-ice-cream-and-gelato-word-of-mouth-119657: accessed 11 July 2019).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


French Ancestors? Learn about Bastille Day

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In some cases historical revolutions lead to yearly celebrations culminating in fireworks, parades, picnics, and other celebrations. The American Revolution led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In the United States we celebrate that event every  4th of July. The French Revolution also led to a holiday but in this case the holiday celebrates the heroics and the power of the people as they destroyed a symbol of France’s rulers. France’s  La Fete National or The National Holiday is known as Bastille Day in English speaking countries. This national holiday, celebrated on July 14th, commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Celebrations in  France include a military parade that has taken place since 1880. The largest military parade in Europe find French military personnel and the military participants from other countries marching along the Champs-Elysees. 

What was the French Bastille and why was it destroyed? Simply, it was a military fortress and a prison. Although Louis XV locked up those who disagreed or angered him in the Bastille but by the time of his grandson's reign in 1789 the prison only held a handful of prisoners. However, it  had something much more important to the revolutionaries who had just acquired guns. It stored  gunpowder.

The French Revolution was a time of economic depression suffered by France’s citizens with no relief from their  leaders, the privileged and out of touch Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Modern people wrongly ascribe the harsh, sentiment “let them eat cake” with France’s queen as proof of her cluelessness about the plight of ordinary citizens. Although she didn't actually utter that phrase, the actions of the monarchy negatively affected the citizens and the storming of the Bastille  led to the end of the Bourbon monarchy and the execution of the King and Queen which in turn ushered in the French Republic. The Bastille was destroyed and souvenirs of it were shown throughout France as a symbol of the destruction of the Bourbon monarchy.

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Interestingly enough, Bastille Day isn’t just a holiday celebrated in France. It’s also celebrated in other parts of the world including the United States who benefitted from France’s financial backing during it’s own fight for independence from Britain. In 2018, the bilingual website France-Amerique counted 150 events in the United States celebrating Bastille Day. These celebrations included food, music, and all things French. This Bastille Day I’ll be near San Francisco where they have been celebrating the holiday for 139 years and have a website dedicated to that yearly celebration.. This year’s festivities include French food, a car show, live music and events.

Take a few minutes to Google a major city near you and the phrase “Bastille Day.” Chances are you may find a celebration near you. If you'd rather celebrate from home, consider a family get-together that includes some French inspired Bastille Day recipes.

Learn more about your French ancestry in these Legacy genealogy classes.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Abstract versus Original, Do I need both? by Kelvin L. Meyers

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Abstract versus Original, Do I need both? by Kelvin L. Meyers

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them!   This Friday enjoy "Abstract versus Original, Do I need both?" by Kelvin L. Meyers. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.

Abstract versus Original, Do I need both?

You have found the abstracts of the deeds, court minutes or the probate records for your ancestor’s county at your local library. Is this good enough? This lecture will discuss why getting as close to the original record as possible is important. You will be given numerous examples of why you should use the original records and help the beginner/intermediate researcher understand the importance of using original documents.

Abstract versus Original, Do I need both? by Kelvin L. Meyers


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Kelvin MeyersA fifth-generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1990, Kelvin is a frequent speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States. As a graduate of Texas Tech University with a history major, Kelvin is an avid research-historian. After being employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library, Kelvin now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust department of banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies. Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumni of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has returned to IGHR as lecturer. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG, and a founding member for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Kelvin currently serves as the chairman of the history and archives committee for First United Methodist Church in Dallas.

 

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Prince Edward Island Repositories and Records - free webinar by Melanie McComb now online for limited time

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How to Better Manage Your MyHeritage Family Site - free webinar by Daniel Horowitz now online

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A thorough review of the nuts and bolts to manage your site on MyHeritage, among others: The new family site homepage, different views of your family tree, inbox, members management, photos & tree privacy and general settings.
 
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