genealogy

22 Oct 2014

Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP

Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP - Sassy Jane GenealogyThe Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP is for real! You can save $100 on an annual Ancestry World Explorer subscription if you are an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) member. A few weeks ago, I published a post about the 30 percent AARP discount to Ancestry.com subscriptions for new or renewing Ancestry World Explorer subscribers.

There was confusion among readers and online about Ancestry‘s actual pricing for this subscription discount, so here’s what I learned when I called today to renew my annual subscription.

Membership levels:

There are now three levels of Ancestry subscriptions:

U.S. Discovery: All U.S. records on Ancestry.com ($20/monthly or $99/6 months but no discount through AARP)

World Explorer: All U.S. & international records on Ancestry.com ($34.99/monthly, $149/6 months or $104/6 months with AARP membership, renewable for another six months at the AARP discount rate)

19 Oct 2014

Where We Came From in the U.S.

Where we came from in the United States…and where we went is the subject of today’s post. These infographics from the New York Times illustrate domestic migration from 1900 through 2012. You know I love a good set of interactive maps for genealogy research and these are fascinating.

These maps use census data to illustrate where residents of each state were born. The map can also be reversed to show where people who were born in a particular state moved. Each state has its own complexities. Epic trends, such as European immigration at the turn of the century or the Great Migration of African-Americans northward during WWII, are made visible.

Arizona and Illinois are featured in today’s post. Click here to see infographics on each of the 50 states.

The New York Times writes:

The following charts document domestic migration since the turn of the last century, based on census data. For every state, we’ve broken down the […]

14 Oct 2014

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween Photos

The Library of Congress wants your family Halloween photos from 2014. Are you photographing hayrides, haunted houses, parades, or trick-or-treating this year with adorable children and grandchildren? The Library of Congress wants you! (And I hope someday the American Folklife Center (AFC) will want vintage family photographs of Halloween like the one above.)

Library of Congress Wants Your Family Halloween PhotosThe AFC at the Library of Congress invites Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Between 22 October and 5 November, the American Folklife Center invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family, and community, and post photos […]

4 Oct 2014

Sleep Like Your Ancestors

If you sleep like your ancestors did, is it better for your health? As an inveterate if unwilling insomniac, I’m always interested in ways to get to sleep. A wealth of primary sources indicates that our ancestors practiced “segmented sleep.”

According to historian Roger Ekirch, before the Industrial Revolution, our ancestors slept in two distinct phases, divided by an hour or so of wakefulness. Ekirch’s book, At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, notes more than 500 references to segmented sleep. “It’s not just the number of references – it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge,” Ekirch says.

Primary sources describe a first sleep (or “dead sleep”) which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours, and then a second sleep (“morning sleep”).

During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and […]