Monday, December 27, 2010

Fabulous photography week!

I have been super busy these past several weeks with working on my photography.  I finally was able to upgrade my camera equipment and I have been busy doing some holiday shoots for friends.  Thank goodness for the holiday break from school!!  Here are some shots from the previous weeks that I am able to share:

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cranberry Upside down cake

This recipe is from Cooking Light Magazine- don't be fooled- It is a huge crowd pleaser!

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)


  • Topping:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 6  ounces  fresh or frozen, thawed, cranberries
  • Cake:
  • 6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  large egg yolks
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup  1% low-fat milk
  • 2  large egg whites


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare topping, lightly coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Heat brown sugar and 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes or until butter melts and sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour sugar mixture into prepared cake pan, tilting pan to coat bottom evenly. Arrange cranberries evenly over sugar mixture.

3. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

4. Beat the egg whites with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form using clean, dry beaters. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Spoon the batter over the cranberries, spreading evenly. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Place a serving plate upside down on top of cake, and invert the cake pan onto the plate. Let stand 5 minutes, and remove the pan. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories:  252
Fat:  10.6g (sat 6.3g,mono 2.8g,poly 0.5g)
Protein: 3.2g
Carbohydrate: 37.1g
Fiber: 1.1g
Cholesterol: 61mg
Iron: 1.1mg
Sodium: 217mg
Calcium: 74mg

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Who do you think you are?

The hit family history series is set to return to our TV sets January 21 8/7c! I, for one, cannot wait!  The celebrities to be featured have yet to be released.

for those of you that have never seen the show, they help (read do the research for) celebrities to solve the mysteries in their family trees.  They offer tips and tricks along the way for those of us doing our own research and though they are not doing the leg work, their stories are rather interesting.

The first series was rather short and I am hoping for a few more episodes this time around.  Definitely looking forward to this season.  It has felt like ages since the last episode!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How does your history say "Veteran"?

Some veterans in my family line.... some past, some.. present.  Thank you to all for their service.

Cader Atkins Parker - 25 April 1832- 14 August 1833 in Georgia, USA.
Cader Atkins Parker Jr. - 1861- 21 July 1863 Died in due to wounds sustained from battle of Gettysburg.
Daniel Brady - 7 August 1862- 10 June 1865 Alexis, Monroe, Ohio, USA.
David Thomas Brady - May 1865 USA
Dee Richard Eberhart - 1943-1945 California, USA

Heman Geer Brady - 24 January 1918- 25 August 1919

My brother, Joel Moore - 2001- present US Army

And myself... Kyla Moore - 2005-2008 US Navy.

To ALL veterans past, present and future...

Thank you!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Impatiently waiting...

The setting for the David Nevue concert at the historical First Unitarian Church in Omaha.... So pretty... Have always loved this place!
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

G.A.R. Seward (Nebraska) Post No. 3

"G.A.R. - Seward Post No. 3 - Winslow Post No. 56 - Keenan Post No. 137 - Masonic - Oliver Lodge No.
38 - Utica Lodge No. 96 - I.O.O.F. - Utica Lodge No. 101 - Seward Lodge No. 26 - W.C.T.U. of Seward
- Ancient Order United Workmen - Seward Lodge No. 16


Was organized Dec. 16, 1880, by Capt. John S. Wood, of Omaha, Assistant Adjutant General, Department
of Nebraska. The following were chosen officers:
J. N. Edwards, Commander; Wm. Hays, Senior Vice Commander; S. D. Love, Junior Vice Commander; D. H.
Figard, Q. M.; A. W. Hageman, Surgeon; Jeff Ogg, Adjutant; A. H. Edwards, Officer of the Day; J. D.
Edwards, Sergeant Major; H. Vanderhoof, O. G.

The charter members were: H. M. Hinsdale, Jefferson Ogg, Thomas Corr, A. W. Hageman, Henry
Vanderhoof, S. D. Love, Abraham Wallick, C. C. Jobes, J. C. Ford, C. K. Humhpreys, G. W. Hoover, J.
M. Fletcher, Wm. Hays, J. D. Messinger, J. N. Edwards, Wm. Clemons, A. H. Edwards, D. H. Figard, J.
D. Edwards, Geo. W. Fuller, Geo. W. Whiting, Geo. H. Sidle, A. J. Williams, Thos. B. Siddons, Chas.
Lyon, and Cyrus Fetterman.

The post started out with the above-named veterans, with the full hope of bringing in all the boys
who wore the blue and that lived in reach of the post. The boys had camp-fire meetings, sung songs
of the long ago, and mustered during the year 1881 the following members: Daniel W. Crouse, S. H.
Marshall, Wm. Leese, H. M. Brooks, John H. Morris, S. N. Welsh, Benj. W. Walker, Henry Morris, L. G.
Johns, E. H. Horn, Alfred Stephens, Jacob Andrews, John Larson. R. T. Cooper, Robt. W. Pound, J. L.
S. Jackson, E. C. Archer, Ed. Cooper, J. C. Lockhart, Wm. Redford, L. G. Castle, M. Richtmeyer, J.
H. Anderson, C. C. Ternicliff, Jas. W. Woods, A. M. Simpson, P. H. Steele, Henry Jett, John
Ohlwiler, W. H. R. Phillips, John M. Thurman, Henry Creighton, Jas. Wright.

January 1, 1882, the following having been elected to fill the various offices of the post, were
duly installed:
J. N. Edwards, Commander; Cyrus Fetterman, Senior Vice; Wm. Woods, Junior Vice; S. D. Love, Q. M.;
A. W. Hageman, Surgeon; J. M. Fletcher, Chaplain; H. Vanderhoof, O. D.; C. K. Humphreys, O. G.; Wm.
Clemons, Adjt.; D. W. Crouse, Q. M. S.; C. W, Lyon, Sergeant Maj.

The post continued to hold meetings during 1882, with some draw backs, which were happily adjusted
during the year by the men getting into a hail by themselves, and began to gather an outfit
peculiarly needed in a post room.

The following were mustered during 1882: Daniel Brady, John Hanley, Jacob Cox.

In December, 1882, the post elected the following officers to serve for the ensuing year of 1888: S.
D. Love, Commander; M. Thurman, Senior Vice; Wm. Woods, Junior Vice; C. K. Humphrey, Q. M.; A. W.
Hageman, Surgeon; Daniel Brady, Chaplain; E. H. Horn, O. D.; H. M. Brooks, O. G; H. Vanderhoof Adjt.

During this year the post mustered a number of new members, and many good social gatherings were
had, long to be remembered by the boys. The following were mustered in: Jas. Moorhead, John
Westerhoof, S. J. Ashton, C. Chapin, S. R. Philips, Chas. Emerson, W. T. Olmstead, W. S. Saunders,
Wm. Silence, John Welsh, D. C. McKillip, Henry Sanders, E. C. Parkinson (by transfer), M. Pilgrim,
John Knobbs, Wm. Morgan.

December 1, 1883, the following were elected officers for the year 1884: E. C. Parkinson, Commander;
C. C. Jobes, Senior Vice; A.
W. Hageman, Junior Vice; H. Sanders, Chaplain; J. H. Welsh, Surgeon; C. K. Humphrey, Q. M.; A. H.
Edwards, O. D.; M. Pilgrim, O. G.; H. Vanderhoof, Adjt.

The post started out for the year in good trim, and had many good camp-fires, tending to revive the
veterans up and bring in some old comrades from the outside. During the year the following were
brought in by muster, etc.: E. A. Hitchcock, John Rhoades, B Chattuck, J. M. Strayer, Leander
Callaghan, S. C. Stanwood, S. H. Carter, J. A. Mick (by transfer), Chas. P. Stephenson (by
transfer), S. G. Jones, Wm. Wait, S. D. Dutton, G. W. Boyes, J. J. Redding, R. R. Schick, J. H.
Walker, L. A. Welden, A. Crawford, C. Turner, W. H. Walker, Geo. W. Lowly, P. Cameron, W. B.
Barrett, Gen. Jas. M. True, J. P. Losee, J. C. Thomas, J. B. Ireland, C. E. Vanpelt, S. C.
Burlingim, J. T. Dunrig, M. Millspaugh, C. C. Davis.

September 6, 1884, E. C. Parkinson resigned the office of Commander, and C. C. Jobes, who was then
Sen. Vice, was elected to fill the vacancy until the next annual election, which occurred December
6, 1884, by the election of A. H. Edwards as Commander; A. W. Hageman, Sen. Vice; A. Crawford, Jun.
Vice; C. Turner, Surgeon; J. M. Fletcher, Chap.; E. C. Parkinson, Q. M.; Lee Welden, O. D.; T. B.
Siddons, O. G.; W. H. Walker, Adjt. This year was a pleasant one with the veterans. They added many
needed improvements to the post room, gathered in members, and got the post on a firm foundation.

The following were mustered in during the year:
John N. Halliday, John W. Gladwish, S. M. Caldwell, B Smith, Rev. T. L. Sexton, C. Dunn, C. H.
Goldsmith, W. P. Christian, M. D. Monley, Alf. Wilcox, Chas. Scribner, H. G. Hosford, W. R. Davis,
E. Faust, W. J. Eatinger, Geo. W. Anderson, Jededia Austin, Joseph Miller (by transfer).

Dec. 5, 1885, election of officers resulted as follows: A. H. Edwards, commander; S. R. Phillips,
Sen. Vice; Wm. Redford, Jun. Vice; Wm. Wood, Surgeon; H. Saunders, Chap.; E. C. Parkinson, Q. M.; L.
A. Weldon, O. D.; M. D. Monley, O. G.; W. T. Olmstead, Adjt. The year of 1886 was an auspicious one
for the post. Many valuable improvements were made and many good old camp-fires were had. There were
mustered during the year as follows: B. Lindsey, D. C. Conley, Orrin Squires, C. M. Clark, Rev. John
Lohr, Alex. Davis, Rev. J. H. Presson, D. C. Work, Jacob Lawsha.

Dec. 4, 1886, the election resulted as follows: A. W. Hageman, Commander; Wm. Redford, Sen. Vice; T.
B. Siddons, Jun. Vice; J. M. Strayer, Q. M.; Wm. Woods, Surgeon; J. H. Presson, Chap.; E. C.
Parkinson, O. D.; B. Lindsey, O. G.; D. C. Work, Adjt. During this year many were brought in who had
long been on the outside and found that they needed a home among the "boys." The following were
mustered: Jesse Knight, Amos Collman, J. W. Wharton, Nelson Taylor, Robert O’Dell, John Woods, A. A.
Palmer, R. H. Woodward, L. J. Grunt, C. F. Dawley, I. D. Neihardt (by transfer), John R. Wenciker,
A. L. Goss, J. G. Baylis, B. Fuller, F. Morton, A. G. Compton (by transfer), L. V. Bolon (by
transfer), Jas. Devine.

Dec. 3d, 1887, the following were elected for the ensuing year:
Henry Morris, Commander; Wm.. Redford, Sen. Vice; D. H. Figard, Jun. Vice; J. H. Presson, Chap.; S.
N. Welsh, Surg.; J. M. Strayer, Q. M.; A. H. Edwards, O. D.; M. Millspaugh, O. G. "

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Ida and Ebenezer Brady forever resting in Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Iowa.

Pumpkin Tree

A bit festive eh?
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Who is Lula Nettles?

Well, it's Lula Octavia Nettles to be more precise, and aside from her being my great grand aunt and the name and face behind this blog, I'm not really sure!

I know that some of our family heirlooms have come from her (I think our hand painted fine china that my mom has).  There is a picture of her with the rest of the family with my great grandmother as an infant.

I know she was born in Texas in 1875 and lived to be 90.  I had never met her.  I had heard stories of her from my grand mother and she reminded me so much of what I remember of my great grandmother.

Researchers still don't know when she got married... we do know she had 2 boys, both of whom also passed before I was was born.  Sometimes it is not exactly advantageous to be the young researcher!  For some unknown reason she has caught my interest! There will definitely be more to come on her - consider this her rather brief introduction.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Are you ready to know who you are?

I have gotten a lot of questions from people once they find out that there is a 24 (almost 25!) year old obsessed with genealogy.  Let's face it, most of us who caught the genie bug are much older than 24.  The main question I get is "What got you into this?".  Such a simple answer comes with quite an interesting story- thus the rest of my family tree! I simply wanted to know where I came from.

I grew up not knowing many people from my dad's side of the family.  There was a reason for that and as I dug deeper and deeper I began to find out why.   Many many dark secrets start to come out of the woodwork... I remember a stranger telling me to be careful- what I find will not please many people.  A lot of skeletons get excavated amidst the rubble that is our relative's pasts.  The damage was done years ago and the ripples felt even through to today.  If not careful, it could cause more damage.

I feel that anyone who dives into genealogy must be prepared for anything- good and bad.  To know who you are is to know where you came from.  Parts of my family are a mess- quite literally.  Generations of fighting relatives, torn apart for various reason- neither one really worth it.  It is still that way, it hasn't changed much. 

I feel I understand members of my family better.  I also have a better relationship with my dad because of the work we are doing together on this project.  I also have a new, stronger sense of pride when I say " I know where I came from, and I will never forget it!".

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mary Rutter... where did you go?

I have been searching for links in my family tree for a little bit over a year now.  I had always had the interest just never really had any idea on how to get started.  Then with my dad's discovery of a complicated family line we both decided to dive right and and see what we could find.  One of the things that we found was Daniel Brady.  He is my third great grandfather.  He was a brick wall to knock down.  We were actually able to make quite a bit of progress on him (some has been mentioned in prior postings on this blog) while others still remain a mystery to us.  The biggest would be his wife, Mary Rutter.

There is several pieces of information that declare Mary as the mother of several of Daniel's children- all of which were born rather close together and because of poverty were sent to work as indentured servants on other farms.  One thing that we fail to find is a marriage record or even a census record listing Mary as his wife.  Part of this is because the census- as it is now- is only done every 10 years.  Their marriage was believed to last for five years or less.  She does not appear on the 1860 census (anywhere!) and doesn't resurface until 1880.  Daniel is listed in the 1860 census but is not listed as or having been married.  There is supposedly a divorce document floating around, though I have yet to see it and the one who has it has yet to share it. 

When she reappears in the 1880 census in Indiana, she is married to William Rice and has had 3 more children with him.  Also on that same census is Albert Brady who is listed as the 1/2 son of William.  Albert is 2 years older than William and Mary's eldest.  She passed away in 1912 in Indiana at the Soldiers Home.  We have so much to learn about her and she has been our biggest brick wall.  Others have reached out looking for information on her too, but I have only been able to provide what I have- which is very little.  Even her own great granddaughter hardly knows anything about her.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

This could be a problem....

I wish I hadn't taken my clutch! Coulda had some better pics!
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

I know, "Wordless Wednesday", but I have to add to this or you may not know the significance.  The dancer in the front to the left of the man in the white shirt is author Joan Brady (of England- there are 2).  She is a cousin of mine.  This was taken from the NYC Ballet Co. days.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday!

Gustave Brandt- First Brandt to come over from Germany (yep he snuck in too!)

The house he built for his family is still standing and still in the family in Wapato, Washington.  His legacy is  the family orchard- where ALL Washington Pink Lady apples hail from!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Remebering the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day. Have fun, and be safe. 

Take the time to remember those that others have forgotten. Their sacrifices and service has brought us such prosperity and HOPE that others will never know.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WW- Boy Brady

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Vintageness.. ;)

  •  footnoteMaven: When is a photo old? Photo 4 sale on eBay fr my HS era called "vintage." Going to pull the covers over my head! #genealogy #oldphotos  
  • GenealogyBits: @footnoteMaven O.o sorry but that's funny! lol
  • footnoteMaven: @GenealogyBits I'm out looking for #oldphotos of @GenealogyBits. Got any  vintage? 
  • GenealogyBits: @footnoteMaven LOL I'm 24 sooo.. baby pics??
  • footnoteMaven: @GenealogyBits Drat, foiled again!
But here is your "vintage" photo ;)

  I'm the middle one ;)

It's Tombstone Tuesday!!

It's Margaret Brady Brown- missing link for 20 years!  I found her wandering in Prairie Grove Cemetery (another missing link for many) in Utica, Seward, Nebraska, USA.

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's Heman.. not Herman

Lieutenant Heman G. BRADY
Lincoln, NE. Born Harrisburg, July 11, 1889. Son of Mr. & Mrs. E. Gould Brady. Entered the service Aug.14, 1917. Aviation. Active service in France from April 14, 1918.

From Retrieved May 17, 2010.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Genealogy Sayings

I trace my family history so I will know who to blame. 

Every family tree has some sap in it.

Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.

Genealogists never die, they just loose their roots. 

Genealogy: A hay stack full of needles. It's the threads I need.

Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!

Friday, April 2, 2010

WDYTYA Brooke Shields Episode **Spoiler Alert**

I watched this a bit earlier in the evening and wasn't too sure whether I was going to comment on it or not.  I found her tracing of her royal blood not all that interesting.  A lot of people claim to have royal blood, and as it turns out *gasp* they don't.  She, did in fact, have a royal line.

The interesting part was her grandmother.  She had faced tragedy so many times throughout her life.  As Brooke said it best "she never did recover from it".  Her mother died when she was 10 leaving Brooke's grandmother to help her father raise 2 other children.  Her younger brother drowned at age 13.  What a tremendous loss!

I thought it was an OK episode.  Nothing compared to Lisa Kudrow's heart-wrenching story.  But that is the joy of genealogy.  Every family has a story worth telling.  No family is a "boring" family.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Light Sculpture

Fireworks at Sea

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Some things can be said about family...

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.  ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, "Identity Crisis," M*A*S*H

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.  ~Johann Schiller

The family is a haven in a heartless world.  ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do.  With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation.  ~Margaret Mead

Strawberries and Cream Sherbet

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooling time: 1 hrs freezing
  • Yields: 10 servings, 1/2 cup each


    • 1 (1 lb.) bag frozen strawberries, unsweetened
    • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Lowfat Milk (I substituted fat free)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice



    • PLACE frozen strawberries, evaporated milk, sugar and lemon juice in food processor; process until smooth.


    • POUR into 8-inch-square baking pan. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes, until ice crystals begin to form around edge of dish. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat, stirring edges into center every 20 minutes or until frozen (about 1 hour). Cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, scoop into small paper cups, paper cones or martini glasses.

      • 3 cups fresh, whole strawberries can be substituted for frozen. Freeze berries before using.

    Nutrition Facts: Serving size ½ cup

    • Calories 90; Calories from fat 5; Total fat .5g; Sat. Fat .5g; Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 45 mg; Carbs 18g; Dietyary Fiber 1g; Sugars 16g; Protein 3g


Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Dearest Daniel and Mary

We all have those ancestors that just seem to vanish. Their stories are passed down but no one really knows where they came from and if they are true- my grandmother told me so it must be, right?

The stories that we were left with for Daniel were that he sold his youngest son as a white slave after coming home from the war to "find an extra mouth to feed" and that he "threw Mary out of the house". It is believed that Daniel filed for a divorce shortly after.


With these stories and a copy of Theory of War (a book written from the journals of my ggg grandfather – Daniel's son) in hand, I set out to find out exactly what had happened to Daniel. Census records came up and Mary was gone by 1870. Daniel was not marked as a widow. No signs of Mary either. The book did not shed any light as to Mary's possible whereabouts.

Mary wound up in our tree from a previous project. There were no documents to verify her in our family- the marriage was so short that she didn't even appear in the 1860 census. She is not mentioned in her children's obits, or in Daniel's. Daniel went on shortly after to marry again, only to have that result in divorce as well. The existence of their divorce decree has yet to be proven.


Daniel was very, very poor and sent his children out to work at a young age. Alexander was one of his children that were sent to live and work with a local family. He was treated very poorly and a book (Theory of War) was written from his journals. Later in life, Daniel had contact with all of his children, including Alexander, who escapes this lifestyle and worked his way out west with the railroad.


I later found what I thought may be Mary in a later census with a different last name. With her was a son, Albert Brady. A few weeks later, I received a message from a relative of Mary's seeking out what info I had on her. I shared what little information I had and contact has continued since.


It is amazing how quick things can fall together. I kept searching for that missing piece and though I have yet to find it, I am closer. The divorce record has yet to make its appearance and I am skeptical of that happening. As poor as they were, I doubt they would have spent money for a legal divorce. Daniel never owned any property- not even his own grave! He died in his daughter's home and as a result she died 5 years later of the same disease (sharing is caring!).

As far as we know, there are no photographs of Daniel or most of his children. We have one photo of Alexander as a child, and a couple from his adult life with his own family.


Oh the journeys our ancestors send us on!

Never Judge an Ancestor by Your Family Legends...

When I first started working on my family tree, I had no idea what was in store for me.  We had stories passed down from living family that said that one of our ancestors sold his son- who was thought to be illegitimate into servitude.  The man was Daniel Brady and he is my 3 great grandfather.  Alexander is his son.
We had come to think of Daniel as a heartless man.  He had disappeared from records for several years and as far as we knew died alone in Seward, Nebraska in 1886.
Turns out, he was poor and couldn't feed his children.  So they worked as child laborers and indentured servants until they came of age.  Alexander just got caught in a bad situation.  The family he worked for was cruel and he wasn't sold.
From the Blue Valley Blade  Seward, Seward, Nebraska  April 14, 1886
Brady.-In Seward, on Thursday evening, April 8, 1886, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J.W. Shipley, of consumption, Daniel Brady, aged 58 years.
Mr. Brady was born in Indiana county, Pa., in 1828, and at an early day the family moved to Ohio.  Shortly after the war broke out he enlisted in the 92nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry for three years and served until its close.  Soon after the war he moved to Iowa, where he resided for two years, when he came to Nebraska and settled on a homestead in this county, near Tamora, where he resided for a number of years before removing to this city.
Mr. Brady leaves one sister, Mrs. Margaret Brown, living south of Tamora; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret J Hurst, of Doddridge county, W.Va., and Mrs. Sarah L. Shipley, of this city; three sons, William and Alexander of Car Valley, Benton county, Oregon, and John I., of New Athens, Harrison county, Ohio.  Deceased was a member of Seward Post No. 3 G.A.R., and was so much respected by his comrades and all who knew him.  The funeral services took place on Saturday afternoon at the M.E. church, the Rev. G.M. Morey officiating.  The remains were escorted to the grave by the Post, where the burial was conducted under their auspices.
Department of Nebraska, G.A.R.
Seward, Neb., April 12,1886
WHEREAS: In the view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our comrade, and associate, Daniel Brady, and of the still heavier loss sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to him; therefore be it
Resolved; That is but a just tribute to the memory of our departed comrade to say that, in regretting his removal from our ranks, we mourn for one who was, in every way, worthy of our respect and regard.
Resolved; That we sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased our Supreme Commander to afflict them, and commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best, and whose chastisements are meant in mercy.
Resolved; That this heartfelt testimonial of our sympathy and sorrow be published in all the Seward papers, and a copy forwarded to the daughter of our deceased comrade.
Card of Thanks
We take this method of returning our grateful thanks to the Grand Army Post and other friends of Seward, for their kindly aid and sympathy during the last illness of our departed relative, Daniel Brady.

Our family legends were very wrong about him.  I am so glad that we found this today, as it provides us with more insight into Daniel's life and more places to search for him.

Who do you think you are?

In case you're COMPLETELY out of the loop, has teamed up with Lisa Kudrow to bring the popular U.K. show to U.S. It has been airing for the past seven years overseas and show cases popular public figures finding their way in their family tree.
The show has actually come across a bit of criticism.  Genealogy fanatics have ranted on the celebrities history being dug up by professionals, rather than them doing the leg work themselves.  Brooke Shields, who's episode is yet to air, has gotten criticism for her royal roots.
Not all of the stars on U.S. season one have royal descendants.  Sarah Jessica-Parker for example is the descendant of an accused witch in the Salem Witch Trails.  Emmit Smith, who's episode airs tomorrow night, is the descendant of a slave- but his story has a twist as well!
The episode I am most looking forward to is Lisa Kudrow's.  Most of us have found some unsavory information regarding one of our ancestors while researching our roots.  Lisa knew of the history surrounding the time period that her Jewish family lived.  But she wasn't prepared to face it.  I have found things like this in my tree.  Many of us have.  I think to truly understand your roots, you need to take it all in- the good and the bad.
Tune in this Friday (and every Friday) night for Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC at 8/7c.

Product Review: Family Tree Software ft Family Tree Maker 2010

Let me start off by stating that I have tried several different tree making programs- Family Historian 3.0, My Heritage Family Tree Builder, Legacy (7.0 I believe...), and now the latest from Family Tree Maker 2010.
While Family Historian was a good starter program- reliable, inexpensive (its not really the $70+ that reviews say it is its about $30), it has a number of holes in the data.  For me, I needed something that allowed for medical histories, and various other public and political offices to be added. The program allows you to manually add these, however for a beginner it's just easier to type them in the notes.  All nice and unorganized like. Program updates are pay-per-update. It is also not the easiest program to get used to.  Unlike Legacy, it allows you to work from the chart.
Legacy is a more expensive program.  You can download the free version instead of shelling out the $70-$80 for the full version.  It is also not an easy program to use and customer service is non-existent.  Leaving in mind that once they have your money that is all they care about. Most updates are free providing you paid for the full version.
My Heritage Family Tree Builder works very similar to Legacy in that there is a free version and a paid version.  It allows you to work from the chart, set up a free family tree site (article forthcoming), and search records online.  I do strongly caution users on this program. It had messed up my tree- changing names, deleting dates and even people- BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!!! has released Family Tree Maker 2010. Now on sale for $30 on, it can also be found at Target (that's is where I picked up my copy).  The program comes with a one month US Deluxe membership.  If you already have a tree online at Ancestry, you can download it straight into the program (Windows 7 users may have a slight issue with this- download to your computer then open it in the program).  It allows you to search top family history sites Rootsweb, Ancestry and, as well as Google, Yahoo, and others. You can import sources directly into your tree (sources done correctly!!). It allows you to work from the chart.  It has various ways to customize the info you see and add and corrects locations and dates.  It flags names for titles (there is a separate area to input titles for your wonderful ancestors!) and has a universal spell check! This is by far the smoothest software I have used.  For you users, yes- the wiggling leaf does show in your tree in the software as well. You have the option to work online (collaborating your online tree with your desktop file and use your membership) or offline.
It also has various ways to do reports.  This is the most types of reports that I have seen in any software.  One VERY useful report is the Data Errors Report, seeign which data is missing (Marriage place but no date or vice versa).  It also allows you to create a plan for methodical working on your tree- building tasks and rating them by priority.  These can be set for certain people, groups of people, data type, etc.the possibilities are truly endless.
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Diet Approved Snack

**Dietitian Approved Snack** Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
Yield: About 12 ounces (serving size: 1 ounce)
* 3/4 cup hazelnuts (about 4 ounces)
* 1/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
* 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Turn nuts out onto a towel. Roll up towel; rub off skins. Coarsely chop nuts. Combine nuts, cherries, and ginger in a medium bowl.
3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 15 seconds. Add to nut mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread mixture evenly on a jelly-roll pan lined with foil; freeze 1 hour. Break into pieces; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information Calories: 139 Fat: 8.8g (sat 2.5g,mono 3.9g,poly 0.7g) Protein: 2.1g Carbohydrate: 15.4g Fiber: 1.4g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron: 0.8mg Sodium: 5mg Calcium: 19mg