Friday, July 20, 2007

The DocuPen: A Review

The DocuPen RC800, touted as the "world’s only color, truly mobile, full-page portable scanner," is a pen-sized, two-ounce device. With an 8 MD on-board flash memory, the DocuPen is capable of scanning full-page documents as 24-bit color, 12-bit color, grayscale or monochrome. See our review of this light-weight, hand-held scanner.

Monday, July 16, 2007

A Principal Rumor Without Principle

"I was born January 3rd 1950 . . . My name is my real name; my age is my real age," actress Victoria Principal said in an interview for "Someone on the internet, years ago, printed a different age than I am and I’m in the process legally of clearing that up," she adds. Online sources frequently give the actress’s birth year as 1946, and the topic of her true age is hashed on message boards. Some folks are adamant Ms. Principal was born in 1946, but a ship’s passenger list dated March, 1950 shows the future actress as a two-month old when she arrived in the US with her mother from her birthplace, Japan. There’s even some suspicion about the names of her parents, Victor Principal and Ree Veal. Does genealogical research reveal Ree Veal is real, as is Victor Principal? Yes, those are the names of her parents. Victoria Principal is Victoria Principal, and the manifest of the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth (Entry no. 3, List of In-Bound Passengers, no. 7, Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists, 29 March 1950) at the National Archives supports the 1950 birth date. See "Victoria Principal's Roots in the Peachtree State".

Friday, July 13, 2007

Jefferson's Roots

An Ahnentafel of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, shows his descent from the rich and powerful Randolph family of Virginia. Jefferson’s English grandmother was Jane Rogers, "a stern strict lady of the old school, much feared and little loved by her children."
Other surnames in his lineage include: Addie, Blaikston, Borlase, Branch, Brett, Butler, Field, Fuller, Hechstetter, Hicks, Humphrey, Huntley, Isham, Lane, Lilburne, Nicholson, Ryland, Soane, Sparkes, Vincent, and Worger.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Ancestors Keeping a Low Profile

"If you hit a brick wall trying to trace one ancestor," advises Winston De Ville, "forget about that one for a while and concentrate on another lineage." He adds:

But let’s face facts. Some ancestors will prove to be so elusive they may never be found. If records exist, a good genealogist should be able to find them, no matter the obstacles, but even the best researcher cannot find what is no longer there or perhaps never existed. The genealogist’s mission is to exhaust all sources.

See De Ville’s "Some Lineages Can’t Be Traced."

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Three Generations Exceeded 100

From the Carthage Democrat (Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois), Tues., 16 July 1907:

Death Takes a Centenarian.

Francis Bimon died at his home in Vernon, aged 107 years. His father lived to the age of 106 years and his grandmother was 110 years old. He was an ardent Democrat and voted for every Democratic presidential nominee from Andrew Jackson down to Parker. He was a carpenter, and in the early days made most of the coffins in which now lie the pioneer settlers of Fayette county. He was the father of nine children and has living thirty-three great-grandchildren.

See "Longevity: Stretching the Truth."