Saturday, May 24, 2008

A useful mashup...
Go to this web site and type in your zip code and it will list the gas prices at local gas stations. I wouldn't have known that I was using a MASHUP before 8N08.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I am not a huge fan of Pandora. Maybe having 1500 tunes on my IPod has spoiled me. Plus, Pandora does not recognize my favorite artist or albums.

I did find browsing the genres interesting and could see using that to explore new types of music...

World War II Records... has allowed temporary (May 20-30) free access to the World War II military records on their site: You will have to register to view any of the records.

Coverage is not 100% complete, I could find my father-in-law and his uncle, but could not find my own father or my great-uncle. But remember, many of the U.S. military service records from this time period were destroyed in a fire in the 1970s.

Enjoy them while you can!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Okay, does anyone know how you pronounce "Rollyo"?? I have one now. Genealogy related, of course.

These are very useful. I searched 7 different genealogy sites with one search entry. Useful for uncommon names like Kinikin, Artis and Tagg. Not so useful for common names like Johnson, Mason, Tanner, Smith and Young. Returns too many entries...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Image Generator...
I have used image generators before and never knew it. Be sure to check out the above link and generate your own tombstone!! NO, I am not morbid. Not at all!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Serendipity in genealogy...

Liz Barr, one of Medina's pages, found some old papers in a book in the Medina Friends' booksale. The papers were dated Apr. 22, 1926 and appear to be an English Literature
composition and were signed by Donald Bittner.

I checked the Medina phone book and found about half a dozen Bittner's listed. But Bill Bittner, now retired, was for many years, MCDL's insurance representative. I called and left a message on his voice mail about the papers and asked if he knew of Donald Bittner.

Today I found a phone message for me that says Donald Bittner was Bill's father and he will be thrilled to have the papers!! A strange string of events will help connect a son to his father's past!


Okay, do all mashups combine a map with a list of locations on the map??
I searched for genealogy mashups and found several that listed ancestors and their residences on a map. That would work if all your ancestors lived in the same area, but most of our ancestors come from different locations.
All in all, I am not impressed with mashups...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


I've had a Flickr account for several years:

Room Tours...

I did my first "tour" of the genealogy room today for Medina's pages.

Because of the unique arrangement of the material in the room, they
have not been putting away items that are left out by the patrons.
Now, they are equipped to page in the Franklin Sylvester Room!

Yea for me!! Now I don't have to clean up in there!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Genealogy is everywhere!!!

Recently, while visiting colleges with my daughter, we had the opportunity to view the archives at Denison University. Family history states that my great great grandfather Daniel Kinikin attended Denison back in the 1850's when it was still Granville College. Surprisingly, we didn't have to don white cotton gloves, hand over our purses or wear medical masks upon entering the archives. When I asked for the student lists for that time period, I was handed a thick bound book and told where I could make photocopies. Make the copies myself?? Que Horror!!

The book covered the years 1833 through 1879. Each of the little Commencement Programs, consisting of about 15 very frail pages each, had been bound together in this one book. Besides the graduating classes, they listed every student that attended.
We started with the year 1855 since Daniel was supposed to have attended before the Civil War started. Luckily, Kinikin is not a common name. In fact, I can safely say that anyone with the name Kinikin is a relative.

The class lists were divided into graduating students, Classical Students and English Students. The archivist explained that the college had a prepatory school that got the students ready for the more rigorous Classical studies. These were called the English students, as in, similar to the education a secondary student in England would have.

It was in these English Students that we found a match. Not to Daniel Kinikin, but to James Kinikin. He attended in 1857 and 1858. After his name in the 1858 program was an asterisk. A note at the bottom of the page indicated that James was deceased. As these programs were printed for the commencement exercises, it meant that James had died during the school year.
We made our copies of the information, not sure how it would fit into the family tree, but knowing it would somehow.

We continued looking through the lists, but never did find Daniel Kinikin listed. When we got home, a search of my genealogy files found James. He was Daniel's older brother. As Ohio did not require death certificates to be filed until 1867 and tombstones from that time period often don't survive until the present, we had stumbled upon the only written evidence of what had happened to James Kinikin.

How did James Kinikin's scholastic record get attributed to Daniel Kinikin?? We may never know. My daughter says that Daniel DID go to Granville. Undoubtedly to visit his brother James!
Okay, now that I have looked around a little, I have some ideas of what to add to my blog.
So stay tuned for further developments!

MCDL Genealogy

Okay, I now have a blog. Are you impressed?? Do I get to rant and rant and rant about one of my favorite subjects?? GENEALOGY!!