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# Thursday, December 30, 2010
Inspiriation behind WWII Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It!" poster dies
Posted by jamie

Geraldine Doyle, the inspiration for the iconic Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It!" poster of World War II, passed away Sunday at age 86 of complications from severe arthritis.

Doyle was working at a Michigan metal factory in 1941 when a United Press International photographer snapped this photo of the slender 17-year-old laboring in a polka-dot bandanna:


Geraldine Doyle » Amazon.com

Artist J. Howard Miller was commissioned by the Westinghouse Corporation in 1942 to create morale-boosting posters for its factories. Miller was so smitten with the photo of Doyle, he drew upon it when producing the "We Can Do It!" poster:


"We Can Do It!" Poster » Wallstreetjournal.com

In 1942, Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb composed the popular song "Rosie the Riveter," about the new women's workforce. Shortly thereafter, a Norman Rockwell illustration of a red-headed riveter with the name Rosie painted on her lunch pail graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post:


Rosie the Riveter illustration » Huffingtonpost.com

From then on, Westinghouse Corporation factory employees began associating the woman in the "We Can Do It Posters!" with the hard-working Rosie depicted in Rockwell's illustration.

Because the "We Can Do It!" poster was an internal Westinghouse Corporation project, the poster did not become a pop culture icon until her image was revived by advocates of women's equality in the workplace during the 1980s.

For decades Doyle was unaware she was the inspiration behind the "We Can Do It!" poster — she quit working at the factory one week after the photo was taken, because she feared she may permanently damage her hands on the equipment. It wasn't until 1982, when she came across the original photograph in a 1940s issue of Modern Maturity magazine, that Doyle realized she was the woman behind the classic image.

Doyle then began making appearances as Rosie the Riveter, signing autographs until her arthritis made it too painful for her to write.

"You're not supposed to have too much pride, but I can't help have some in that poster," Mrs. Doyle told the Lansing State Journal in 2002. "It's just sad I didn't know it was me sooner."

Historic preservation
Thursday, December 30, 2010 5:09:09 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Civil War News Corral
Posted by jamie

  • A retired CIA code breaker deciphered a 147-year-old message between Confederate officers. The dispatch indicates Maj. Gen. John G. Walker would not be sending additional troops to reinforce the Confederate hold on the Mississippi River. The same day, the Mississippi River fell to the Union.

  • Historians found a myriad of errors in Virginia history textbooks, and many of the errors relate to the history of the Civil War. The books include incorrect dates for the Battle of Bull Run and the end of slavery, as well as erroneous figures for the amount of men who led Pickett's Charge.

  • The United States Postal Service is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by releasing commemorative forever stamps depicting the major battles in the war. Souvenir sheets of two stamps will be issued annually, and the first set will be available April 12.

  • Members of the Cincinnati Sons of Union Veterans are working with a civil war preservation group in Georgia to restore a monument in Chickamauga National Battlefield Park. The monument marks where Gen. William Haines Lytle, a member of one of Cincinnati's founding families, was killed while leading union forces in a counterattack.

  • Many states are facing cutbacks and budget turmoil, leaving little funding for Civil War sesquicentennial celebrations. New York, North Carolina and other states have yet to allocate any money for the festivities, but Virginia and Pennsylvania are leading the charge with budgets of $2 million and $5 million.

  • Family Tree is celebrating the Civil War sesquicentennial with our latest book Life in Civil War America and with a special issue of Family Tree Magazine. Look for it on newsstands March 8.

Civil War | Historic preservation
Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:16:38 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Turn Your Family Tree Into a Personalized Memory Game
Posted by jamie

Online family tree builder and genealogy website MyHeritage.com has created a virtual family history memory game. No, it isn't a pop quiz on your family tree, but a matching competition similar to concentration.

To create the game, you must register for a free account and upload a GEDCOM file to the site. Users can then automatically generate personalized picture cards of close relatives and ancestors based on their family tree.



Following the same rules as a typical memory game, users can play online against other family members or solo against the clock. With a webcam option, players can even include a live picture of themselves in one pair of the cards.

Families who enjoy the online version of the game can order a hard copy for $20.
Genealogy fun | Genealogy Web Sites
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 3:53:17 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
FamilySearch Adds New Records Online
Posted by jamie

FamilySearch has expanded again, adding over a million records and images to its already gargantuan digital depository.

It bolstered state-specific collections, as well as collections from Canada, Spain and Venezuela, by adding more names and digital images to existing indexes. FamilySearch also updated the U.S. Social Security Death Index database with more names and digital images, and created new databases of records that were not previously available online.

The new and updated collections include:

Note the indexes are free to access, but you must create a free account to view digital images of the original record.

View all of FamilySearch's online offerings on its historical records collections page.


court records | FamilySearch | Vital Records
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:01:14 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, December 23, 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Magazine VIP Membership
Posted by Diane

On the 12th day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a Family Tree Magazine VIP membership!

Did you procrastinate on a gift for your favorite genealogist? Don't panic! The Family Tree Magazine VIP membership—a great last-minute gift that doesn’t require shipping—includes:

  • a subscription to the print Family Tree Magazine
  • access to the genealogy guidance in our searchable online article archive from past issues of Family Tree Magazine, as well as The Family Tree Sourcebook
  • 10 percent off purchases in ShopFamilyTree.com
  • …and more! ;

Click here to check out the benefits of a Family Tree Magazine VIP membership.


12 Days of Genealogy
Thursday, December 23, 2010 11:13:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
12 Days of Genealogy: Beginner's Guide Download
Posted by Diane

On the 11th day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … the Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy download!

Was someone on your Christmas list bitten by the genealogy bug this year? Our downloadable getting-started guide has important information for beginners to know in a user-friendly, engaging presentation. That includes:

  • Research principles (such as starting with yourself and working back in time)
  • How to fill out basic genealogy forms
  • Finding and using essential records, such as censuses and vital records
  • How to keep your research organized
  • Common myths and research traps to avoid
  • Best websites for genealogy research 

The Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy download is a fully searchable PDF your giftee can refer to again and again. Click here to get it from ShopFamilyTree.com


12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree Firsts
Thursday, December 23, 2010 11:12:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, December 22, 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree University Independent Study Download
Posted by Diane

On the tenth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a Family Tree University Independent Study course download

You can give the gift of genealogy learning, even if it’s too late for shipping by Christmas. FTU Independent Study downloads include the lessons, recommended reading, resource lists and other materials from Family Tree University classes.

Nearly 20 courses are available, including Tracing Immigrants, which helps you find important clues for tracking ancestors in their homelands. In the first lesson of this course, you’ll learn what key facts that will help you start tracing ancestors overseas:

  • The immigrant’s name (before and after immigration—many immigrants Americanized their names once they got here)
  • Date of immigration
  • Port of entry
  • Port of departure
  • Town or village immigrant came from
  • Place immigrant settled in the United States
  • Names of siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins
  • Religion (may give clues to parish back home)
  • Native language 

Click here to explore the available FTU Independent Study course topics


12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree University
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:11:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, December 21, 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Pocket Reference Download
Posted by Diane

On the ninth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … the Family Tree Pocket Reference download!

The Pocket Reference is a handy, timesaving collection of genealogy reference material—resources, tips, lists and need-to-know facts. The downloadable version is a fully searchable PDF. You'll get definitions for unfamiliar terms and acronyms, US state fast facts, family tree software at a glance, genealogy data websites, surname origins, cultural naming practices, census dates and questions, US immigration ports and more.

Here’s one quick example of what you'll find the military records section: 

Depending on when your ancestor was born, here are the war records to look for:

  • Born 1726-1767: Revolutionary War (1775-1783) records
  • Born 1762-1799: War of 1812 (1812-1815) records
  • Born 1796-1831: Mexican War (1846-1848) records
  • Born 1811-1848: Civil War (1861-1865) records
  • Born 1848-1881: Spanish-American War (1898) records
  • Born 1849-1885: Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) records
  • Born 1872-1900: World War I (1917-1918) records
  • Born 1877-1925: World War II (1941-1945) records
  • Born 1900-1936: Korean War (1950-1953) records
  • Born 1914-1955: Vietnam War (early 1960s-1973) records

Click here to get the Family Tree Pocket Reference from ShopFamilyTree.com.


12 Days of Genealogy | Military records
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 4:41:08 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
2010 Census Numbers Are In
Posted by Grace

The US Census Bureau in Washington, DC, announced today the first numbers from this year's census. As of April 1, 2010, the US population was 308,745,538. That's a 9.7% increase from the 2000 census.

The state with the biggest upswing in population was Nevada, which grew by 35% since 2000. Michigan and Puerto Rico had declines of 0.6% and 2.2%, respectively.

The bureau is required by law to report the population and congressional apportionment totals to the president by Dec. 31 of the year the census is taken. You can play with a neat interactive map of historical census data here.

Check out all our past articles on the census here. Or you might enjoy our Census Secrets CD or our Online Census Secrets webinar.


census records | Public Records
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 4:20:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, December 20, 2010
12 Days of Genealogy: Family Tree Magazine Subscription
Posted by Diane

On the eighth day of Christmas, my genea-Santa gave to me … a subscription to Family Tree Magazine!

America's No. 1 how-to family history magazine delivers the tips and tools you need to discover your family’s past. Our user-friendly approach to discovering, preserving and celebrating family history makes genealogy a hobby anyone can enjoy.

Check out FamilyTreeMagazine.com to see some of the genealogy advice you’ll find in our pages. Try these for starters:

Click here to order a Family Tree Magazine subscription in the United States

Click here for a Family Tree Magazine subscription in Canada

Click here for an international Family Tree Magazine subscription


12 Days of Genealogy | Family Tree Magazine articles
Monday, December 20, 2010 10:30:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]