Love the interviews of interesting people. The last two interviews have been great! Especially when you match up so good with the interviewees. (Would have loved some more software geekines in the LTSpice episode, but it is a hw show after all. It was still very interesting though.). And – more dodgy circuit tricks please!
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
Due to his "sweeping nose and protruding upper lip," Hickok was nicknamed "Duck Bill." In 1861, after growing a mustache following the infamous McCanles incident, and with some encouragement from himself, he was to become known by the nickname he is most famous for, "Wild Bill."
Thirteen million degrees of Kevin Bacon: World’s largest family tree shines light on life span, who marries whom
Researchers have published what may be the validated largest family tree ever: a genealogy database stretching back 5 centuries that links 13 million people related by blood or marriage. The tree has already led to such insights as the link between genes and longevity and why our ancestors married whom they did. And researchers say that’s just a start.
George Murrell ancestors are believed to have emigrated from England to Long Island, New York, in the mid-1600s. By the Revolution, they were in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and moved down to Lynchburg in the late 1790s. There was another Murrell family that apparently immigrated directly to Virginia during the mid-1600s. If these families were related, it was probably back in England. By the mid-1800s there are descendants of both families living in Lynchburg as well as other areas in Virginia and Tennessee.
What prompted the writing of the book? He said it was his grandson, William David Lawson V. �His interest in the family history � his many questions, and their answers � told me that the book was there. I just needed to put it all together.� He and Diman, of Charlotte, put it together and dedicated the book to Lawson�s grandson.
When Is It Time to Hire a Professional Genealogist?
Ever stared at a car’s underbelly and had belated second thoughts about your decision to change the oil yourself? Or have you found yourself buried in complex financial documents on April 14, desperate to meet the impending tax deadline? Maybe you asked, “Why didn’t I just hire a professional to do this?”
Co-habitation records – available at the county level — not only indicate the number of years a couple has lived together as husband and wife but also confirm the family belief that the ancestor was born in slavery. Other county records, such as deeds, estates, and tax lists, cemetery records, Bible records, and church records, can also contain valuable information. Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company records, and WPA slave narratives may also prove useful.
Separate autosomal DNA testing, which tracks descendants of both sexes, also indicates the men share an ancestor. This testing measures ties that date back about 500 years; the two tests could have spotted the same common ancestor found through the Y chromosome or perhaps they had more than one, she said.
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