Monthly Archives: November 2007

Family Forest applauds HouseFront

As the recent article at Realty Times called Behind the Curtains of Celebrity Homes shows, the fine folks at Housefront.com are also delivering one of the same services that the Family Forest® Project delivers.

 

HouseFront is connecting particular individuals (in this case celebrities) to a specific place (their homes) in time, now.

 

The Family Forest® Project is connecting particular individuals (celebrities, as well as everyday people) to a specific place in time, most often in the past, and sometimes many centuries ago.

 

These two services can be used together to find interesting connections between the homes of present day celebrities and historical figures from the past, or possibly to see maps and photographs of some of the homes your own ancestors lived in a century or three ago.

 

For instance, explorers in the newest Family Forest® can see the generation-by-generation family ties connecting three owners of celebrity homes from the top ten list (or four, if  Paris Hilton is counted twice, as she is on the list) to the builder/owner of Briquebec Castle, as well as to each other. The other two Briquebec Descendants are Bill Gates and Dick Cheney.

 

Or a similar generation-by-generation ancestral pathway can be seen from the 1959 owner of 1000 North Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, Lucille Ball, to the builder/owner of Briquebec Castle.

 

HouseFront.com is a great online resource for Family Forest® explorers, as well as other genealogy researchers.

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The Best Genealogy Charting Available

 

We’re glad that many others will now be discovering what Family Forest® explorers have known for years. The very talented folks at Progeny Software have created the very best genealogy charting, far better than any others either online or offline.

 

A recent article at Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter talks about their new announcement, and actual examples can be seen at Progeny Software’s website. 

 

Speaking from personal experience, Progeny’s really top-notch Family Explorer® software is also the best software choice for performing high-quality ancestral history searching in large databases, such as the Family Forest®.

 

 Kudos to our friends at Progeny Software for their excellent work.

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The War, Veterans Day, and Uncle Donald

Ken Burns is a master at utilizing A People-Centered Approach to History® to stimulate people to do good, which is the goal we are also striving to attain with the Family Forest® Project.

After watching his excellent program on PBS called The War , Kristine was motivated to do further research about her Uncle Donald.

Lieutenant Donald Hays Spangler

 

Like many other young men and women in The War, Lieutenant Donald Hays Spangler was one of those who went off to serve his country, and never returned.

 

Kristine’s Uncle Donald, one of her father’s two brothers, was appointed midshipman at the US Naval Academy on July 8, 1938. After but a very brief naval career, he was killed in action on the USS Atlanta off Savo Island at Iron Bottom Sound, Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands on November 13, 1942.

 

His memory was perpetuated when the USS Spangler (DE-696) was named for him, and Kristine’s paternal grandmother, Myrtle Elizabeth (Blue) Spangler, was the person who christened the ship when it was launched.

 

Lieutenant Donald Hays Spangler’s memory now lives on in several other places on the Internet, as the niece he never knew has discovered, and is hereby passing on to her nieces, nephews, and cousins in this Veterans Day tribute.

 

Veterans Day

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Consider the Source

ABC News recently came out with a story called “Surprising Family Trees!” 

The supposedly new findings were no surprise to us, as most of them were known by us years ago and can already be seen in the Family Forest® New World Edition.

 

The surprising part to us was the time lag and process of having new knowledge become worthy of acceptance.

 

For instance, our early announcements about Tom Hanks and his family ties to the Da Vinci Code, President Bush’s family ties to John Kerry and Hugh Hefner,

President Bush’s family ties to the British Royal Family and

Paris Hilton’s prison genes were virtually ignored.

 

Now that our findings have been repeated by a Harvard professor, and have been attributed to him, they have gained acceptance.

 

Funny how that works. Could these confirmations of our earlier findings  mean that our future discoveries from the Family Forest® Project will now begin gaining quicker acceptance?

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