Dee Notaro's Blog – June 2014 Archive (7)

Cemetery Coins

Have you ever had the occasion to visit a cemetery and noticed headstones that had coins left on them?  Here are some interesting reasons for the ‘tokens’ being left behind.

The Ferryman

By far the most popular…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 27, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Demystifying Coats of Arms and Family Crests

Confusion over the term "family crest" probably arose from an understandable abbreviation of the terminology in heraldry for an important part of a coat of arms. One of the most respected sources for heraldry information is Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

'The Real McCoy'

In our genealogy classes, we often investigate the origin of the surname.  In one case, this led to an interesting historical fact about the phrase “The Real McCoy.”

McCoy: “A common surname of Scottish origin in the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 15, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

History of Passports and a Useful Genealogical Tool

Except for brief periods during and after times of war, passports were not required of U.S. citizens traveling outside of the country until 1941. Many Americans, however, obtained one for their own security. Passports were and still are issued by the Department of the State, and…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 11, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Friday the 13th: Is it Still Scary in the 21st Century?

There are 12 months in a year, 12 inches in a foot, 12 signs of the Zodiac, and most multiplication tables go up to 12; and so one more of any of these would make 13. The modern day fear of 13 is based on Norse mythology: 12 gods were dining at Valhalla (where gods go when they die)…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Origin of the Word 'Deadline'

Deadlines were common forms of crowd control in military prisons of the Civil War era, especially open stockade type prisons. What constituted the deadline varied widely from prison to prison. At many prisons, such as Andersonville, Camp Lawton, Camp Douglas, and Florence, the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 4, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Boyd Will

I have a copy of a long will for those of you are interested. I cannot post - too lengthy.

Added by Dee Notaro on June 2, 2014 at 6:21am — No Comments

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