World Chocolate Day July 7, 2020

Today is World Chocolate Day, sometimes called International Chocolate Day by some groups although one group, the U.S. National Confectioners Association, has International Chocolate Day on September 13th – Plus, National Chocolate Day in the U. S. is October 28th.


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Coronado Quivira Museum, Lyons – Kansas Tuesdays July 7, 2020

I decided to focus on Lyons, Kansas for this week’s Kansas Tuesdays post. Decided that Coronado Quivira Museum –\ was the choice for this week’s post.

Took a lot longer than I thought it would.


360 Wichita: No listing located

Abandoned Playgrounds: No listing located

Atlas Obscura: No listing located

Big Kansas Road Trip (mostly Brown, Doniphan, and Nemaha Counties):  (no listing located)

Facebook (website, search, or blog page):

Flickr: Some listings located


Four States Homepage: No listing located

Get Rural Kansas: No listings located

Gluseum: One listing located

Google Maps: Google Maps, Lyons, Kansas (Street View available)

Historical Marker Database: One listing located

Inspirock: No listing located


Kansas GenWeb: One indirect listing located

Kansas Historical Society: One listing located, about 2/3 way down the page on my laptop –

Kansas Hometown Locator:,z,67561,p,coronado%20quivira%20museum,i,8409yf4j-429010bbe4c24710a052eee81a947dc6.cfm

Kansas Living Magazine: No listings located No listing located

Kansas Transportation: No listing located

Kansas One listing located

KS History Group D: No listing located

Landmarkhunter: No listing located

Legends of America: No listing located

Legends of Kansas: No listing located No listing located

Only In Your State: No listing located

Pinterest: Some listings located

Roads and Kingdoms: No listing located

Roadside America: No listings located

Road Trippers: No listing located

Silly America: no listing located, but very few Kansas listings to begin with

Southeast Kansas Living: No listing located

Spaces Archives: No listing located

Travel Kansas: One listing located

Trip Advisor:

Trip Hobo: No listing located

Trip Shock: No listing located

Tumblr: No listings located

Twitch channel or search: No listing located


Vimeo channel or search: (no videos found)

Waymarking: No listing located

Western Vista Historic Byways: No listing located

Wikipedia: no Wikipedia article but  mentioned on


 YouTube: Some listings located (seeing some videos)

Past Kansas Tuesdays posts:


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“Earliest Known Ancestors” at Family Tree DNA in 3 Easy Steps — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Why should you take the time to complete the information about your earliest known ancestor, your EKA, at Family Tree DNA? The answer is simple – because it helps you with your genealogy and it helps others too. Genealogy, and in particular, genetic genealogy is by definition a team sport. It takes at least two…

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8 U.S. River Trips You Should Know About — From The Darkness Into The Light

The rivers of America have long been a source of life and center of civilization, where wildlife flourished and Native Americans explored. Coursing throughout the nation, these winding waterways are a means of expedition and irrigation. Over the centuries, they’ve also provided a setting for aquatic play. Push off from the shores of America and […]

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Latest records from Been a while since I have done an update.

Latest Additions

Cemetery Records

Previous Tombstone Tuesdays posts:

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Newfound in Newfoundland: Thanks to MyHeritage DNA, Daughter Finds Father Who Never Knew She Existed – July 7, 2020

I noticed this on MyHeritage – Newfound in Newfoundland: Thanks to MyHeritage DNA, Daughter Finds Father Who Never Knew She Existed: Interesting twist in the article.

 by Esther July 7, 2020 User Stories

Linda Brown grew up in Newfoundland, Canada knowing she’d been adopted. In her late 20s, she met her biological mother, but the identity of her birth father remained a mystery… until she took a MyHeritage DNA test.

Watch her emotional reunion with her father here:


Linda was able to locate her birth mother, a brother, and a sister through an agency, but she wasn’t able to find any information on her father. “I was so thankful for meeting them, but part of me was like… I gotta find my birth father,” she says.

Linda’s birth mom didn’t know who her father was; all she could tell her was that he was an American. Linda knew was that there were military bases in Newfoundland where many U.S. soldiers were stationed around the time she was born, and that her biological parents met in this context.

So a few years ago, in an attempt to get some leads on the identity of her father, Linda got access to some military lists. A friend of hers helped her go through these records and contact the people listed on them to ask if they knew Linda’s story. One of the people who responded was a man named Dallas Stone from Utah in the United States. Dallas offered to help as much as he could and provided some more names, but he wasn’t aware of a story like this, and none of these new contacts led to anything.

After a long, exhausting search, Linda had all but given up… and then she decided to try a MyHeritage DNA test.

After just one week, she got the message in her MyHeritage inbox that changed everything:

“How am I your aunt?”

This woman had turned up as a close DNA match for Linda, but she was bewildered by it, as she only had one brother and she already knew all his children. Her brother was in the process of uploading his results to MyHeritage from another provider — and sure enough, he came up as a 50% match for Linda, proving that he was her father.

She wrote back to Linda and said: “I know who your father is.”

“I read that sentence maybe a million times,” says Linda. “I’m like, is this for real?”

As fate would have it, this man turned out to be none other than Dallas Stone — the man from Utah who had offered to help Linda several years before!

Dallas reached out to Linda right away and the details unraveled. He had been stationed in Newfoundland — as they already knew — but he’d had no idea his relationship with Linda’s mother had resulted in a pregnancy. He’d only done a DNA test because he wanted to help his sister with her genealogical research. This was the last thing he’d expected to happen as a result!

Linda soon learned that she has 2 half-brothers and a half-sister.

“Now I’m learning,” says Linda. “We’re just learning about each other. It’s been amazing…  exchanging photos from when we were younger. The similarity — it’s like, oh my God, I can’t look! It’s amazing.”

“You realize as you get older that kids really are the meaning of life,” says Dallas. “It’s your legacy, it’s what you leave behind, what you’re proud of… family is very important.”


Linda says she recommends DNA testing to everyone she’s spoken to. “Like, you guys need to know!”

Now it’s your turn. Take a MyHeritage DNA test today.




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Online Volunteer Opportunity: Help Improve Place-Names – FamilySearch July 7, 2020

I saw this today on FamilySearch – Online Volunteer Opportunity: Help Improve Place-Names:

July 7, 2020  – by  Briana Taylor


Sometimes all you need to help others with family history is a computer, a few minutes, and an internet search engine.

Over the last month and a half, over 230,000 volunteers have been using a new, super simple volunteer tool on to help improve place-names in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

After a recent update, the improve place-names tool now lets you select specific countries you would like to work on, allowing you to focus on countries you are most familiar with. You can also change place information when it is slightly incorrect to get an updated list of possible standards.

What Are Place-Names and Why Do They Need to Be Improved?

Most ancestors in the Family Tree have at least a few place-names (names of locations) documented on their profiles—these locations could be birth places, places the ancestor lived, and so on. When these place-names are standardized, FamilySearch can help website users see a map of where their ancestors have been, show free record hints, and more.


How Can I Help?

In the past, FamilySearch has used automation to help people select missing standards. But automation can do only so much—and that is where you can help! A new tool is available (on both desktop and mobile) that allows you to improve place-names by matching them with a standard place that can be recognized by a map.

For mobile: In the Family Tree app, click the 3 bar menu at the top (Android) or the 3 dots in the bottom menu (iOS). Then find where it says Improve Place-Names.

What Does the Experience Look Like?

The new tool allows you to review a small batch of 10 places at a time. For each place-name, you complete two very easy steps:

  1. Look at the user-entered place, and compare it to the places in other life events.


  1. When the list of standard places pops up, pick the one most similar to what the user entered.


When you select a standard place-name, the Family Tree won’t delete any information, only add to it. The user-entered data will remain next to the new standard.

User tip: When you can’t find an exact or similar match in the list of standards, you can select a broader area. For example, if “Albany, Cape Province, South Africa” doesn’t show up, you could select “Cape Province, South Africa.”



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FREE ACCESS* to Fold3 Revolutionary War Records – Ends July 15, 2020

This e-mail was sent to my Spam folder and I only noticed it today as I was cleaning out the folder. Fold3 is offering free access* to Revolutionary War Records until July 15, 2020

*Access to the records in the featured collection will be free until July 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Registration required. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.

If you have problems accessing the free access, you can try to contact Ancestry support. It may take a while from reports of people who have been on hold for prolonged periods on other issues.


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Low 3-D Flyover of Jupiter’s North Pole in Infrared – YouTube Video NASA TV

I saw/heard this on YouTube recently –

Direct link – Low 3-D Flyover of Jupiter’s North Pole in Infrared (around 1:21 minutes long).

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Thank You for Being with Me for 5 Years — MiddleMe

Oh my gosh! Yes, it has been 5 sweet years writing in MiddleMe. It started on this faithful day 7 July 2015. Fun Fact #1 I’m very bad with dates so usually important dates such as my marriage anniversary or birthday will have easy to remember combination. Heck, even my little one’s birthday is on […]

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Happy 5th Blogiversary.

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