Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Our Dead Are Never Dead To Us..."

"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." -George Eliot

About the photo:
Meet my great great aunt and uncle; Samuel Burnes & Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes 
 and their 10 children. Taken in 1910, in Hope, Indiana.

Front row from left to right: 
Nona Ann Burnes Snider, Myrle Belle Burnes Ferguson, Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes, Samuel Burnes,  Mary Kathryn Burnes Patterson, Alma Burnes McNealy

Back row from left to right:
Gustie Lear Burnes Gates, George Clinton Burnes, Albert Lewis Burnes, Glen Washington Burnes, John William Burnes,  Daisy May Burnes Davis

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ralph C. Lincoln, 11th generation Lincoln, 3rd cousin of Abraham Lincoln

If you're shopping at Vitamin World in Johnstown's Galleria mall, you might notice the assistant Manager Ralph C. Lincoln and his strong resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. Many people have told him "you look just like Abe."   He smiles and replies, "Which one? There are several Abrahams in the family."

Meet Ralph C. Lincoln from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 11th generation Lincoln, 3rd cousin of Abraham Lincoln. Isn't DNA amazing!!
Can you see the resemblance?

Ralph C. Lincoln writes:
"My name is Ralph C Lincoln and I am honored to be an 11th generation Lincoln. Who also shares the same Great-Grandfather as one of America's greatest Presidents. If you visit Fayette County in Pennsylvania, you will find a small, obscure cemetery where members of the Lincoln family are buried, including Abraham Lincoln’s great uncle Mordecai, who served in the revolutionary war, and his son Benjamin. Mordecai Lincoln is my 5th generation great grandfather, which makes me a third cousin of the President.   I have continued to live and work in the ancestral home of Southwestern Pennsylvania where, as a Lincoln Presenter, I can pay tribute to these great men in my family who have shaped the history of our country I am proud member of organizations dedicated to bringing Abraham Lincoln to life, to educate, entertain, inspire and honor his words and works:" - Ralph C. Lincoln

Photo Credit: Steve Mellon, Post-Gazette

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Land of the Free Because of the Brave!

Many of our ancestors fought to give us the freedoms we have today. Let us honor them and NEVER forget this important detail... Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE.
Happy Memorial Day!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Great Oklahoma - 10 Fun Facts

  1.  Date of Statehood: November 16, 1907 
  2. Population: 3.815 million
  3. State Capital: Oklahoma City
  4. Nickname: Sooner
  5. State Flower: Mistletoe
  6. Tree: Redbud
  7. Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  8. Animal: American Buffalo
  9. Musical Instrument: Fiddle
  10. Game Bird: Wild Turkey
(source: - OK official website).

Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites

I am a BIG fan of, But, I'm a bigger fan of FREE Genealogy websites that offer great information. Through the years of research, these top 10 websites have helped me build my family tree and break through many brick walls. I would recommend you checking these free websites out before you start paying a subscription fee to genealogy sites. Here are my TOP 10 FREE Genealogy Websites to get you started:

  1. Family Search (For research, historical records and
    volunteering to help index)
  2. Find a Grave (Millions of online memorials, from transcribed headstones)
  3. World GenWeb Project (Genealogical data per country)
  4. US GenWeb Project (Genealogical data per state)
  5. National Archives (Archived Genealogical data from the US Government)
  6. Genealogy Today (Genealogical Data)
  7. Google (Genealogical data, images, maps, and more)
  8. Access Genealogy (Online Genealogical Data)
  9. Family Tree Searcher (Online family trees)
  10. GeneaBios (Genealogy Biography database)

More highly recommended Free sites:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

James Nasmyth Quote about Ancestors

"Our history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, 

and our ANCESTORS virtually LIVE in us." - James Nasmyth

Who is in the photo: Samuel Burnes & Marth Ursula Shaver Burnes and descendants, 1910 - Hope, Indiana - My GG-Uncle & Aunt.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Good Wife's Guide - May 13, 1955 - Housekeeping Monthly

"The Good Wife's Guide"  is said to be an actual article that was featured in the Housekeeping Monthly magazine on May 13, 1955.   True or not true? Snopes claims that this article could be a fake, but the e xpectations for wives during the 1950's are accurate.

If this source is true, then WOW, the times have changed since 1955. I am thinking we need to come up with an updated "Good Wife's Guide for 2013" Any ideas for the bullet points?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Time Warp Tuesday - Old Toys - Remember These?

TIME WARP TUESDAY - Remember these toys? Toys can give a fun insight to your family history. Today, document what toys you played with as a child. Then, interview your parents and or grandparents to find out their favorite toys. I am so glad I did this, and you will be too. Ready, Go!! 

Monday, May 06, 2013

“It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.” - Plutarch

“It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended,
but the GLORY belongs to our ANCESTORS.” -Plutarch

Who is in the Photo? My Great Grandparents; George Fredrick Burnes & Nina Isabelle Bradshaw Burnes. Grandpa, William Emry Burnes (back, center). Orval Clinton Burnes (back, right), Ross Edward Burnes (front, left), Adrian Donald Burnes (baby),
Nellie Leotta Burnes (front, right)
Woodward, Oklahoma 1909.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

“In the service of the Lord, It is not where you serve, but how.” - J. Reuben Clark

“In the service of the Lord,  It is NOT WHERE you serve,  BUT HOW.” - J. Reuben Clark

Taylor J. Heiner - Age 15 - Eagle Scout Project - 536 Shoes for Homeless.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cemeteries in the World

Have you ever wondered where the most beautiful cemeteries are located. Well, thanks to CNN for the research and report that was given on February 20, 2013, we now have a  Top 10 list of the  Most Beautiful Cemeteries in the World:

#1: St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans, Louisiana

#2: La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires
Photo Credit: Trey Ratcliff/Stuck in Customs /Flickr

#3: Highgate Cemetery, London

#4: Central Cemetery, Vienna

#5: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

#6: Punta Arenas Cemetery, Chile
Photo Credit: RUDOLF ABRAHAM photography

#7: Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow
Photo Credit: Michael Clarke Stuff

 #8: Woodlawn Cemetery, New York
Photo Credit: Alan Petrulis

#9: Waverley Cemetery, Sydney
Photo Credit: James Horan

#10. Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Paris