Peanut Butter Soup: No Way!

Peanut Butter Soup

Peanut Butter Soup

 

My mother would make the best tasting Peanut Butter Soup. We children always considered it a special treat. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized this was my mother’s way of stretching the food dollars, while providing us with protein. I will give you my version first, then my mothers. You chose the one you like best.

 

June’s Peanut Butter Soup

 

4 TBSP.  Seltzer water

4 TBSP. Almond flour

1 cup Almond milk

½ cup Peanut Butter

 

Gather all premeasured ingredients before beginning to cook. Place the Almond milk in a medium Saucepan; set aside. Whisk together the seltzer water and almond flour until smooth. Add it to the almond milk stirring constantly over medium high heat, until starts to thicken.  DO NOT Boil. If it starts to boil, remove from high stirring to it becomes smooth and slightly thickened. Return to heat, add peanut butter. Stirring constantly until peanut butter is well blended into the mixture and slightly thick. If it is too thick, thin it with the milk. Remove from heat. Measure into ½ cup Ramekins. Serve Warm with a sprinkle of Crushed peanuts if you desire. I like a dash of Cinnamon.

 

 

Moms Peanut Butter Soup

 

4 TBSP.  Butter

4 TBSP. Cornstarch

1 can Evaporated Milk

½ cup Peanut Butter

 

Gather all premeasured ingredients before beginning to cook. Place the can of milk with equal parts of water in a medium Saucepan. Add the butter and cornstarch to the milk mixture stirring constantly over medium high heat, until it starts to thicken.  DO NOT Boil. If it starts to boil, remove from high stirring to it becomes smooth and slightly thickened. Return to heat, add peanut butter. Stirring constantly until peanut butter is well blended into the mixture and slightly thick.  If it is too thick, thin it with the milk Remove from heat. Measure into ½ cup Ramekins. Serve Warm.

 

Source:

June Stearns Butka, and many others, Family Recipe Collection (Private address, June Stearns Butka, 2014), Private Address, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 03054, Peanut Butter Soup, loose 3 x 5 card. Family recipe hand down from mother. Original source unknown.

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 7 Employment Records

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Today’s blog is about Employment records. Start with your own. Find your resume. Look it over what pops out at you. Memories come flooding back. What tools did you need to do your work? Make a list. Take photographs of that equipment. Find a photograph of you at work. Maybe even a newspaper article about you, your place of employment or about the type of job you do. It might be about a different company, but it explains the process of your work. Future generations want your story they want to know what you did.

Let’s go find that story for them. Document it. Maybe even write a Resume for your retirement. Wouldn’t it be fun to write about what your “leisure” years are all about? What did your parents, grandparents do for employment? In their retirement? Finding those tidbits of life will provide a glimpse not only into the life we are researching, but that of the culture and social norms of the day.

Think about what tools of the trade would be. A traveling nurse would have, uniforms, a stethoscope, bandage scissors, four color pen (now a days a laptop), thermometers, bandages, a “duffle/nurses” bag and a Blood Pressure Cuff. These are just a few of the items a nurse might need to get you started on a list of your own for whatever trade of the person your are researching.

Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

Employment Records

 

Resume                                                                                               Work logs

Account books                                                                  Tools of the trade

Union membership                                                         Nurse’s License

Doctor’s License                                                               Insurance cards

Insurance papers                                                             Business Cards

Business Letterhead                                                       Business Advertisements/Flyers

Apprenticeships                                                               Pensions

Service Awards                                                                 Performance Evaluations

Personnel files                                                                  Company records

IRS/tax records                                                                Photographs

Annual Yearbooks                                                           Uniforms

Midwives Journal                                                             Attendance logs

Retail Logs                                                                           Store inventories

Household inventories                                                  Pharmacist records

Mechanic logs                                                                   Farmers log

Garden Plan                                                                       Slide Ruler

Compass                                                                              Telescope

Society registration cards                                             Society records/activities/publications

Farm equipment                                                              Farmers log book

 

I could go on and on listing items and still forget something. This list is just a jumping off point for you to think of what would be required on your ancestor’s trade. If it is a family business how did that equipment or expectations of the job change? (Mercurial thermometers to digital thermometers is one example.)

 

Sources:

 

  1. Saville, Susanne; Susanne Saville- Caffeinated Natter All the Caffeine, Half the Sense; Blogspot post 13 Nov 2011; accessed 15 May 2014 http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2011/11/most-unique-use-of-figural-cat-ceramic.html
  2. Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

 

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 6 “Out of the Box” Collections

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Today’s blog will list records associated with “Out of the Box” Collections. These are ones that you wouldn’t think of normally, at least I didn’t, until I started organizing what documents I had in my collections. So, think “out of the box” for different types of papers, applications, or groups you have participated in over your life time, your parents lifetime and all the way back to your first documented ancestor. Were you a Rainbow girl, DeMolay boy, Eastern Star Mom, Grand Mason Dad, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Guide, or maybe even a Bluebird? These are just a few of the group record types to look for. You might find applications, project records, minute notes, and service to community notes or photographs of the groups.

Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

“Out of the Box” Collections

The King’s Daughters                                                                     4-H

Rainbow Girls                                                                                    DeMolay Boys

Eastern Stars                                                                                      Masons

Girl Scouts                                                                                           Boy Scouts

Girl Guides                                                                                          Boy Guides

Bluebirds                                                                                             Friends of the Rodeo

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys                                               Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)                                 Sons of the Confederacy (SCV)

Blue Star Moms                                                                                                Gold Star Moms

Work Progress Administration (WPA)                                     Jewish Internment Camps

Italian Internment Camps                                                            German Internment Camps

Native American Reservations                                                   Historical Person’s Diary/Journal

Oral History Projects                                                                       Biographies of Famous or infamous Person

Biographies of Local Hero’s                                                          Biography of…

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)                                             Political Memorabilia

Tories                                                                                                    Whig Party

Republican Party                                                                             Democratic party

Independent Party                                                                         Tea party

Libertarian Party                                                                               Democratic-Republican Party

Constitution Party                                                                           Communist Party

National Socialist Party                                                                  Peace and Freedom Party

Federalist Party                                                                                Toleration Party

Liberty Party                                                                                      Sons of Liberty

 

I am sure there are many more political parties since the beginning of our nation that I probably haven’t heard of. Think “outside the box” for your ancestors locality or country. You will be surprised what papers or photographs you might find. I know I was. I found notations or news articles in my family records and letters to “The King’s Daughters,” WPA, and CCC. I even saw WPA as an occupation on a 1940 US Census record for one of my ancestors. Mine your records, Google those initials, you may be surprised what it stands for. It may not be for a person but for a group they once belonged to. That is how I found some of my ancestor’s life stories. THINK OUT OF THE BOX!

 

I know that there are what some call “Special Collections” (i.e., The Draper Papers) that are given to local libraries, historical societies or achieves, go find them.

 

Sources:

Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

 

American Revolutionary War Flags

American Revolutionary War Flags

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 5 Church Records

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Today’s blog will list records associated with Church Records. Keep in mind over the years that people were immigrating to the “colonies” to escape religious persecution. You may find them in one type of religious church in their homeland, a different one for the colonies. Some even created their own religion. Note that in the early years that the different religious sectors, that were similar in belief, would share a traveling preacher. Like with the newspapers, look in surrounding towns, counties, states, regional areas and even counties that border where they lived. Boundaries change even in this day and age. In some religions people are not baptized until they are adults. Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

Birth                                                                    Baptismal/Christening

Confirmation                                                     Marriage Banns

Divorce                                                               Annulments

Death                                                                     Burial

Arrivals/Admissions                                        Departure/Removal

Ministerial Journals/Logs                                  Deacon Lists

Service to Church                                             Annual family Booklets

Dedication to Faith                                            Confirmation

Vestry                                                                Disciplinary Actions

Church achieves/Records                                 Church Biography/History

Seminary Records                                            Membership list

Account Books                                                  Town Tax records of payment to church support

Ordination                                                          Missionary service logs

Church activity records                                      Church Bulletins

Church Advertisements                                      Prayer cards

Memorial Cards                                                  Mass logs

Church Bibles                                                     Hymnals

Prayer Books                                                      Photographs of members/church

Activity photographs                                            Synagogue/Rabi records

Seating records                                                   Prayer logs

Holy Day Services                                               Deacon lists

 

Records from early days of our county formation, may be found in the home or in family records of the traveling pastor/minister. You may, not find those early records at all, except for mention in a town record.

 

In my own family records, I have encountered documents from various religions: Baptist (Free Will & Southern), Congregational, Unitarian, Methodist, Jewish, Wicca, Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon, Christian Science and Jehovah Witness. I even found an Atheist in the family tree. Who knows what I will find in future research.

 

Sources:

Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, Webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

Dad's Baptism 1984

Nelson William Stearns: Baptism 1984 Lake Saviour, Maine

 

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 4

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Today’s blog will list records associated with Newspaper. Keep in mind over that not every town, city, providence had newspapers. Look in surrounding towns, counties, states, regional areas and even counties that border where they lived. Boundaries change even in this day and age. They may have church bulletins, postings, or calling cards.  Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list of articles or postings that we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

 

Newspapers Articles, Church Bulletins, Calling Cards, Pamphlets or Booklets

 

Newspaper clippings of any life event:

Birth                                                                      Engagement                                                      Marriage

Death                                                                    Family reunion                                                  Surname family reunion

Adoption Notice                                               Divorce notice                                                   Obituaries

Anniversary                                                        Milestones                                                         Biographies

Family Tales/Stories                                        Foreclosures                                                      Bankruptcies

Home Selling                                                      Home Buying                                                     Gossip Columns

Business Advertisements                             Society Pages                                                    Court Notices

Auctions                                                              Yard Sale notices                                              Probate Notices

Medical Breakthroughs                                 Local News                                                         Criminal Convictions

Ship passenger arrival list                             Ship Passenger Departure list                     Graduation Notices

Military Acceptance notices                        Military Honors                                                 Honor Roll Notices

College Acceptance notices                         Cancer Walk/Run Participants                    Scholarships Walk/Run

AIDS Walk/Run                                                 Diabetes Walk/Run                                         Heart Walk/Run

Any Sponsored Walk/Run                            Girl Scout Events                                              Boy Scout Events

4-H Events                                                          Local Fair Events                                               Old Home Day

 

 

I mention medical breakthroughs because your ancestor could have been the person who developed it. Maybe even on of the first to participate or have the procedure discussed.  I know one of my ancestor’s had a skin drafting done in the early years. So look for those Medical journals as well as the newspaper articles.

 

So, how does one source themselves?

I will create an interview citation. I hope I meet the criteria that I learned these past few months while participating in Dear Myrtle’s Study Group 2 based on Dr. Thomas W. Jones book, Master Genealogical Proof.

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. Genealogy Checklist: Newspapers, June Stearns Butka, In person, 7 May 2014, Damegussie.wordpress.com “Blimey, Where Did I put those Records,” 8 May 2014
  1. Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 6. [Book available from the publisher athttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof ]
  2. Richley-Erckson, Pat, “Dear Myrtle’s” Mastering Genealogical Proof 2 Study Group, Google: Hang out on Air, Dear Myrtle, , “MGP2 Study Group-Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence, 13 April 2014, You tube file, Dear Myrtle You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BH2e1_hti8 : accessed 13 April 2014, minutes 1:57.30″

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Blimey, Where did I put those records Part 3

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Today’s blog will list records associated with Vital Records. Keep in mind over the years that not every state, territory or colony kept records; especially in the forming years of our nation. If you ancestors were from Canada, those records my even be kept across the pond in the United Kingdom. Needs have changed, terms have changed, and spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list of record/document types we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Here is a link to Where to Write for Vital Records: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm . You can also print or save a PDF from this website with the instructions and cost. Happy Family Researching.

 

Vital Records

 

Birth Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County Level

Marriage Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County level

Death Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County level

Delayed Birth Records

Marriage Records

Marriage Bonds                                  Marriage applications

Marriage intentions                     Marriage Licenses

Adoption papers

Divorce Records

Divorce certificate                               Church Records of Divorce Degree

Medical Records

Any Church record of a “Life Event:” Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Divorce or Death. I mention this here under Vital Records because in the founding of our countries that may be the only place, other than the Family Bible, that you will find this information.  If your ancestor was a traveling minister or deacon, you may want to see if they is a journal or log book of his travels.

 

I mention Medical Records under Vital Records as a reminder to look for them. They are often over looked. The information they provide can alert us to potential health issues that are inherited. My motto is “Fore warned is Fore Armed.”

Medical Records: Midwife notices, Midwife journal/dairies, Doctors birth/death notes, Doctors journals

These records can provide information into your ancestor’s occupation, the people in their community and surrounding areas they served.

If your living relatives have health concerns, maybe they would be willing to share that information with you. Write it up as an interview for future generations to view.  Some may not be comfortable sharing, that is okay. Interview yourself of the knowledge you have. It provides a clue that there may be records for our descendants to look for. This is only my opinion. The information can prevent or at least alert family members of potential health problems. Today’s medicine knowledge can assist in providing care and possibly prevention.

 

I’m not sure where to find our Native American ancestors Vital Record information. If someone would like to share their knowledge I would love to hear from you.

 

Sources:

  1. “National Center for Health Statistics,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Where to Write for Vital Records. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm, accessed 7May 2014, links to each state.

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 2

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Today’s blog will list records associated with schooling of children and young adults. Keep in mind over the years educational needs have changed, terms have change, and discipline approaches have change.  I have created a list of record/document types we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

School Records

 

School photos                                                   School activity photos                                    School Awards/Merits

Report cards                                                      Progress notes                                                  Grade school Records

High School Records                                       School societies/groups                                                Trade school records

Apprenticeships                                               Internships                                                         Private School records

College/University Records                         Military Schools                                                Finishing Schools

Theology Institutions                                     State Schools                                                     Reform Schools

Women’s Academy                                        Prep Schools                                                      Junior College

Religious Schools                                              Common Schools                                             Montessori Schools

Specialist Schools                                             Summer School                                                Sports Camp

Theatrical Schools                                            Music Schools                                                    Boarding Schools

Minority Schools                                              Schools for the Deaf                                       Schools for the Blind

Cooperative Schools                                       Post Graduate School                                    Minority Schools

School Annual Repots                                    School Directories                                            School Annuals

School Reunions Reports                              School Play Programs                                     School Paper

School Clubs                                                       Attendance Reports                                         Class Officer

Graduation cards (K, 8th, HS, College)      Class photos                                                       Club photos

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