Genetic Counselor Awareness Day at 23andMe – November 14, 2019

I noticed this last night on 23andMe – Genetic Counselor Awareness Day at 23andMe:

Genetic counselors are in demand now more than ever, and yet many people don’t understand the vital role they play in healthcare.


As part of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, 23andMe’s Anne Greb, MS, CGC, one of 23andMe’s genetic counselors and lead on 23andMe’s Medical Education team, decided to tackle a few of the most common questions she hears from customers.

Anne, a certified genetic counselor, has more than 25 years of experience in genetic counseling program leadership, medical education, and administration. She previously directed the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College, where she helped increase the program’s training capacity. She also previously served as president of the American Board of Genetic Counseling.


For valuable information and answers to more frequently asked questions, check out the NSGC’s FAQ page


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The Significance of the Battle of Stalingrad – FamilySearch November 15, 2019

I saw this yesterday on FamilySearch – The Significance of the Battle of Stalingrad – FamilySearch November 15, 2019:

November 15, 2019  – by  Annelie Hansen

Of all the confrontations in World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad was the largest. Understanding what happened at this important battle will help you recognize the significance of the Battle of Stalingrad.

The battle took place when Germany and its allies sought control over this city in Southern Russia. The Germans targeted Stalingrad because of its industrial capacities and because of its proximity to the Volga River, which would allow German forces to cut off sources of trade and military deployment.

What Happened at the Battle of Stalingrad?

The battle started in August 1942, when the German forces began their attack with the 6th Army and parts of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by bombings that destroyed much of the city. Because of the city’s destruction, the nature of combat changed to urban warfare, and soldiers on either side worked to navigate their close-quarter surroundings.



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Space Sunday: UK spaceports, Voyager 2 and TESS’s mosaic — Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World – Space Saturdays November 16, 2019

The United Kingdom is to have two space centres operating within the next few years, if all goes according to plan, and at opposite ends of the country. I last wrote about the plans to have both a vertical (i.e. rocket) launch facility and at least one horizontal (i.e. air lift and launch) facility operating […]

via Space Sunday: UK spaceports, Voyager 2 and TESS’s mosaic — Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World.

Thought this was a good post for this week’s Space Saturdays.

Past Space Saturdays:

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Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen – GetPocket November 15, 2019

I saw this a few days ago – Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen (There are no superior genes. Rather, every version of a gene comes with tradeoffs.):

The below best sums it up.


But what often goes unacknowledged is that there are no superior genes. Rather every version of a gene comes with tradeoffs. So gene modification should make us cautious: It may, depending on our environmental niche, impose a new weakness or the loss of a strength we can’t foresee.


All one has to do is read or watch some of the best and worst science fiction books and movies to see how badly this can turn out. The bad thing is what seems to be a minor change may not show a downside until much later in a generation or two. Or, it could show up right away or shortly after the change is made. Will the change be reversible? Honestly, there is no way to know. Plus, how the change affects animals does not mean it will affect humans in the same way.


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Various Lineage Organizations, Societies, and Clubs – November 15, 2019

After re-blogging this post, The Caterpillar Club — Pacific Paratrooper, original post –, I started thinking of other groups, clubs and societies that are out there. There are plenty of organizations, clubs, and societies one could potentially join if you meet the qualifications and pay whatever dues or fees required. As there are plenty of clubs, societies, and organizations that won’t fit the lineage category, if you know of one, please let me know. I included one below – Travelers’ Century Club. To join it, you have visit 100 countries or territories on its list. Word of caution, I did not check every link within the links below. In one case, I found a dead link that I notified the website was dead. I couldn’t find a link that worked, other than a Wayback Machine link.

I started with an old post of mine, Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery… – July 17, 2018, which talked about two black sheep societies and two pirate societies. I could only find one of each in the search last year. When I checked today, it looks the individual black sheep and pirate societies I found last year are no longer around. I found the Wayback Machine links for them. For clubs and organizations, I am leaving out the numerous religious, civic, benevolent, or fraternal groups like the Elks, the Rotary Club, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Columbus, etc. Some of these groups may show up in the links below. You may find organizations that aren’t on the list – in the U. S., some states and areas have First Families societies that only apply if your ancestors moved into the area at certain times.

If you don’t see an organization you know or think may exist, do a search as there are several I know aren’t on the links below.

I recalled this club as I found it many years ago when I was looking for something else locally –

Travelers’ Century Club: – you have to visit 100 countries or territories – – total of 327 places that are considered countries or territories, to qualify for membership. Initiation fee of $100 per person plus yearly dues of $75 for U. S. citizens, $85 for non- U. S. citizens although spouse yearly dues are $65 U. S. or non-U. S.

Here are several lists of potential organizations you may be able to join. There is probably going to be a fair amount of crossover between the links below, but there may be some organizations that are only on some of the links below.l (organizations in red don’t have Wikipedia articles – same applies to any other Wikipedia links below); list to U. S. societies: list link:, additional link: (not an actual society, but links to various records to determine if you may have a black sheep ancestor or relative) list link:, see also

Two Cyndi’s Lists: categories and some individual societies (3) pages long




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Estonian Cuisine – Featured Blogger of the Week November 15, 2019

For this week’s Featured Blogger of the Week, I chose Estonian Cuisine:

I have been following this blog since September 2018 or earlier.

About page  –

Hi, my name is Ruta

Last summer I sent my daughter to the other side of the globe. And I started to get messages… Mom, how do you do this and this dish.
Recently I got a new camera and asked myself why not to create a blog. Blog, where all my everyday dishes and recipes.
I started in Estonian and a few months later I did the same in English. Just to have 3 in 1 🙂 To practice my English, learn photography ( please, be gentle :)) and promote and introduce Estonian cuisine.
And help my daughter. of course 🙂


I re-blogged several posts:

Eggless Apple Pie by Anne Kuusk. Kuuse Anne õunakook — Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit. Original post:

Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit. — Discover. Original post:

Social Media Links:





YouTube: No listing located

Past Featured Bloggers of the Week:


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Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919 — Access Genealogy

The collection consists of images of records created by Charles E. Roblin “Roblin Rolls of Non-Reservation Indians in Western Washington” during enrollment and adoption proceedings of Indian tribes for in Western Washington that were not on tribal census records. The records are from NARA microfilm publication M1343 and is part of Record Group 75 Records…

via Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919 — Access Genealogy.


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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April — Mississippi Business Journal

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with…

via Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April — Mississippi Business Journal.

Hoping to make it down there in a few years as this sounds like an impressive achievement and addition to the area.

Here’s the YouTube video – Mississippi Aquarium Update in Gulfport, Mississippi – YouTube Video I found after seeing this post on the Mississippi Business Journal.

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Mississippi Aquarium Update in Gulfport, Mississippi – YouTube Video

I saw this on YouTube June 24, 2019 construction update on Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport (about 6:39 minutes long) after seeing an update on the Mississippi Business Journal blog which I  will be posting about in my next post – Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April — Mississippi Business Journal.

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English Genealogy: Finding Historical Documents in England – FamilySearch November 11, 2019

I saw this recently on FamilySearch – English Genealogy: Finding Historical Documents in England:

November 11, 2019  – by  Sunny Morton

If you have English roots, you can search a variety of English historical documents to learn about your ancestors’ identities and stories. Since the 1830s, England has kept civil registration records of residents’ births, marriages, and deaths. Census records showing entire families exist as far back as the 1840s. Even further back, you may find relatives in parish registers and other kinds of records. Start with these three kinds of records to build your English family tree.

English Censuses

English census records provide glimpses into ancestral households every 10 years between 1841 and 1911. You can often follow a relative’s appearance in censuses from adulthood, living with a spouse and children, back in time to childhood, living with parents and siblings. These records may help you reconstruct entire family groups with their names and approximate places and dates of birth.


English Parish Records

Local parishes of the Church of England began keeping baptismal, marriage, and burial records beginning in 1538. Many of the earliest records haven’t survived, and those that have survived may not be complete. But they are the next place to look for historical evidence about an ancestor’s life or family. In addition to original registers kept by parishes, bishop’s transcripts of those registers may also exist (between 1598 and about 1860). Look for both types of records, which may include unique details.


More English Historical Documents

Censuses, civil registrations, and parish records are just three types of historical documents in which information about your ancestors may appear. As you learn more about the identities of your ancestors, you may also successfully discover information about them in other common records, such as electoral registers, various kinds of death records, and millions of digitized newspaper pages available on subscription websites or the British Newspaper Archives. Find free advice and instruction on tracing English ancestors in the FamilySearch wiki.



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