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I truly cannot believe that it has been a year since the last National DNA Day!
Since last year's DNA day, I now know my paternal family, who they are. I know what people I descend from. What a strange thing to write. I have still not made contact with my biological father for reasons that I can't go into here, but I have spoken with cousins and aunts. I have been friended by people who actually share a blood tie with me. What a strange range of emotions to experience.
We have also narrowed down the line that my sister comes from. We are gently verifying everything. It is a strange blessing to me that both of our biological fathers are alive. It is also strange to me that neither of us have had contact with them.
If I had to do the tests all over again, would I? Absolutely. I have learned so many wonderful things about myself and the people that I am blood linked to. I have looked at photos and seen people that I look like. I found most of my matches through Ancestry.com.
Currently, Ancestry is running a special through the 29th of April, 2018 for 59.00 DNA tests.
If you are thinking about getting a test, this is their lowest price of the year.
Family Tree DNA is also running a DNA Test special. It expires on the 29th as well.
23 and Me has a special, 69.00 for their tests.
Please let me know about your experiences with DNA!
I am still working out all of the details for the trading card instructions that I will be posting.
I have been creating questions that will fit well on a trading card, and that has forced me to get really creative. This has been really beneficial for me, and I think that you will like it to.
Here are some questions that have really given me some detailed answers. Let me know how they work out for you.
1. What should you be famous for?
2. What is your superpower?
3. Family know you for your.....
4. Favorite Car
5. Favorite Pet
6. Favorite Color
7. Best Friend
8. No one knows that I.....
9. My vice is....
These questions will really flesh out your family members in your trading cards. The question that gets conversations going is the first one, so I would probably save that one for last, when the person that you are interviewing is warmed up.
Mother's Day is right around the corner, so get your questions ready for all of the mothers in your life!
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April 10 National Siblings Day
Today is National Siblings Day, a day to celebrate the special bond that siblings share with one another.
For family tree work, today is the day to make sure that you have all of the family members of your sibling's tree built out.
National Sibling Day was created by Claudia Evart in 1995 to acknowledge the special bond that siblings share. She lost two of her siblings in separate childhood incidents. You can visit her website at: http://www.siblingsday.org/
RIP Sam Kinison.
December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992
I was only 23 years old when Sam Kinison died. I had heard some of his material at a friend's house. She pushed the cassette into the car stereo and we laughed and laughed at the maniacal frenzied energy that Sam had. It would be a few more years before I would get to see Sam on video. He was very memorable.
I am now older than Sam was when he died. I look back at his comedy as very memorable. He made choices that in today's society would be very unacceptable. He made me laugh at some low parts of my life. You either loved Sam or hated him. There are certain of his acts that I don't like, but Sam himself, I liked a great deal. He was brash and brazen. He was caustic.
It is surprising to me that his reputed last words are asking an unseen someone why he had to die and then responding with "Okay, Okay, Okay."
This brings me to the point of this article. In your genealogical research, have you recorded or found any of the last words of your family members?
I have made it a point to go an update some records this week, because I do know the answer to this. Additionally, where there is a death story, I have made it a point to include the death story as well.
National Crayon Day is one of the most whimsical days on the calendar. Ask any person, no matter their age about when they were a child and colored, and you will get some amazing stories. For my sister and myself, we used to color a lot at our great grandmother's house on the floor by the front door so that the wind blowing through the screen door would keep us cooler.
We colored in pages of Barbie. I would always give poor Barbie my version of highlights, which were awful. There were tons of coloring books with butterflies, ladybugs and garden scenes. Additionally, we had paperdolls and other amusements. My grandmother, bless her heart, got tired of us asking for the same books of paper dolls, so one afternoon, she drew clothing on the backs of the paper doll dresses and we got to color in new wardrobes. What are your stories of coloring?
A friend of mine showed me a family bible in which all of the maps were colored in. She smiled shyly and said "I did. I crayoned my version of the borders."
Please share your crayon stories!
Today is National Vietnam War Veteran's Day. On this day in 1973, Combat and support troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam. 45 Years ago today. Please take the time to thank a veteran for their service to our country.
For those doing genealogy, contact your veterans who are still with us and ask about their service, their unit, their awards if any, and for any relevant information. Update your information about them. This is great information for the trading card project that I will be writing about this weekend!
Today is National Spinach Day. I have always been a fan of spinach. One of my guilty little pleasures is canned spinach at room temperature, straight from the can. I don't know why I love that so much, but I do.
When we were kids, my sister and I would be reminded of Popeye and his love of spinach every time that we would eat spinach. I don't think either of us needed to be persuaded though, because we both liked it a lot.
An easy breakfast for me is to take two egg whites, beat them until frothy and add a handful of spinach and a handful of cheese. I will make up a half dozen of these and cook them in the skillet. In less than 5 minutes, I have a breakfast and a few leftover meals.
I also love spinach salad made with almonds, cranberries, feta cheese and poppyseed dressing. Delicious! Share your favorite spinach dish below!
Today is National Medal of Honor Day. This day was designated by congress in 1990.
The Medal of Honor goes by many names, but if you have a family member past or present who is a recipient, share their story with family, and make sure that it is well documented.
The Medal of Honor recipients also get a lot of lovely benefits as a continuing reward for earning the medal.
Currently, they get a special Medal of Honor pension that is in addition to any and all other military pensions that they receive.
What are some of those benefits?
An additional 1329.58 per month to be specific.
Special entitlements to Space A travel. (Space A is for space available)
Enlisted recipients get a supplemental uniform allowance.
Ten percent increase in retired pay.
A Medal of Honor Flag.
Medal of Honor license plates in the states that they are offered.
The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that is awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. My humble skills will not do justice to a better explanation, so I will leave you to check out Google and Military.com for better information than I can provide.
If you or a family member is a recipient, please let me know in the comments below.
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