Sunday, May 23, 2010

SNGF - Time Capsule

This weeks Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings

1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website -

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.

I chose 26 January 1869, the day my great-great grandfather Jacob J. Gress was born.

Top headlines were:

Feb 2 - James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade   Feb 3 - Booth theater at 23rd & 6th opens in New York NY (Romeo & Juliet)   Feb 6 - Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers   Feb 15 - Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped   Feb 19 - US Assay Office in Boise ID authorized   Feb 20 - Tenn Gov W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis

The president was: Andrew Johnson

Other people born that day are:

1948 - Corky Laing rocker (Mountain)
1880 - Douglas MacArthur Little Rock AR, General of the Army (WWII), he did return!
1925 - Paul Newman Cleveland OH, racer/popcorn mogul/actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler)
1928 - Eartha Kitt South Carolina, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman)

This is a really interesting and useful site, particularly if you are writing a book or report on a family member.  The information from their birth or marriage date really makes the history come alive.  I will definitely be using this more in the future.

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