Heritage Questions: Why do Genealogy Detectives have to go to the trouble of keeping a Story Journal?

Little Roger

I can’t believe it’s the last  edition of Heritage Questions. It’s been fun visiting about keeping our family histories alive.  The major change I’ve noticed is that we’ve gone from thinking about a workshop to understanding that we are really talking about becoming Genealogy Detectives. One of the things I found most surprising is Dee Haviland Fournier’s insistence on proving the “facts” we find and her emphasis on the importance of a Story Journal, because it’s not just about birth and death dates. It’s about real people.  So for the last column today, I want to tell you why I think it’s so important that we share and understand our mutual journey. [Read more...]

Hudson Bays Heritage Days Celebration with Golf, Genealogy, and Salmon BBQ

The Hudson Bay Heritage Days celebration will be held August 15-17 in DuPont, WA, celebrating the site of the first Hudson Bay settlement in what would later become the Washington Territory.  It was the town of DuPont that was settled first before Seattle, Olympia, and Tumwater.  The citizens of DuPont figure that is a good reason to celebrate. [Read more...]

Heritage Questions: What Does a Genealogy Detective look for?

Mom and Dad

It’s this Saturday! The Family Research Workshop “From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey” is this Saturday, August 16 to benefit the DuPont Historical Museum from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  I didn’t suspect until we started working on this interactive program  how much it’s possible to learn in just a few minutes, and how important are  the family stories that go with the bare facts. For instance:

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Heritage Questions: So Am I A Genealogy Detective yet?


I had a call the other day from someone who said she can’t come to our our special heritage event From Hudson’s Bay to Downton Abbey on August 16.  But she wanted to let me know that she was writing a check to the DuPont Historical Museum anyway because she believes our small museums are so important.  You don’t even have to do that, just plan to be with us next Saturday, August 16, (with lots of surprises, prizes, and a free lunch) all for the  benefit of the Dupont Historical Museum.

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NY Times: Russian Hackers Amass More Than 1 Billion Internet Passwords

DUPONT – The New York Times reported this morning that a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

While details are still limited, including which companies have fallen victim or how the hackers conducted the breach, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to protect their online accounts. The Times reports the hackers appear to be using stolen information to send spam on social networking sites like Twitter, and could be selling personal data on the black market.

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Heritage Questions: I don’t mean to be grouchy


“I don’t mean to be grouchy, but I don’t think I have time to do all of this research.“ That’s what I said to Dee Fournier last Friday as we talked about family research.  “I mean, who’s kidding who.  I barely have time to do the bare necessities.  I haven’t washed undies in two weeks.”

“That’s too much information,” said Dee, moving back a couple of steps.  “How much time do you have.”

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Beware of Charity Rip-Offs Following Wildfires

DUPONT – With relief efforts underway in Washington’s Carlton Complex fire, Better Business Bureau along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman urge consumers to be on the lookout for bogus charities and scammers trying to capitalize on a natural disaster.

Officials warn of slick con artists who pose as agents for official-sounding charities and target well-intentioned donors who want only to help the victims of the fires.

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