SGS Meeting July 15, and Other News


Why Are We All So Obsessed with Genealogy?

A recent post on the Literary Hub website used that title for Libby Copeland’s book The Lost Family. While the phrase ‘obsessed’ may be a bit strong, the author looks at “lineage consciousness” with both a historical and modern perspective. She claims the availability of home DNA test results has played a significant role in changing our lives. The article is well worth the read, whether you agree to being obsessed or not.  Read an excerpt from the book HERE.

Occupations from the Past

Dick Eastman’s recent genealogy newsletter includes an interesting (and mostly humorous) link to The ABCs of Old Time Occupations (by Jenny Ashcraft), a post from Fishwrap, ‘the official blog of Newspapers’. The list of ancestral jobs includes:

Hokey-Pokey man (sold ice cream from a push cart, 1800-1900’s), Knocker-Upper (tapped on windows to wake up morning workers in British mill towns), and Uptwister (textile yarn worker). More occupations are described HERE.

Ink Cartridge Recycle Update

Since its inception, SGS has received $1,267.06 from the collection and recycling of ink cartridges. Thank you Pat Rongey for your continued efforts and initiative!

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The Siuslaw Genealogical Society of Florence, Oregon is a member supported, non profit organization. Researching genealogy and family history is our passion.
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