Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Scotland Census Form Through The Door

Hello All -

Well that's me just received my 2011 Scotland Census form to fill out. I think the
few people that are happy to fill it out and being forthcoming with their answers are genealogists and family historians.

My husband and I haven't yet filled it out, but it is the size of a small book in the number of pages. I don't think that our ancestors had to fill in this much information about their households. It makes me think about what our Scottish ancestors may have thought then they got the knock at the door or the form through the door.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Who Says Cooking and Genealogy Don't Mix

Hello All -

I have read an interesting post by Dick Eastman and a couple other folks about a tv program in the US called Top Chef. You might wonder why genealogist are interested in a cooking show. Well, in this latest episode of TC one of the challenges was to cook a dish that represents the contestant's heritage. The contestants were to travel to Ellis Island in New York City. Megan Smolenyak worked behind the scenes to research the five remaining contestant's family history. One of the interesting things about it was the two of the contestants were related (distant cousins from Italy). It is good to see genealogy being seen in other areas. I wouldn't have expected it on a cooking show.

If you haven't seen this episode you can view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE30EX63NkI (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ9k0nAbLtE (Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrJH61i4-go (Part 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X0Mqzn7dLw (Part 4)

The program links have been put into four segments. Part 2 is really where you can see the contestants learning about their ancestry.