To Soar With The Tigers – New Book Available

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[Editor’s Note: we received the following press release from fellow genealogy blogger Jennifer Holik-Urban (of Chicago Family History and Family History Research) about her new book To Soar with the Tigers]

The Life and Diary of Robert Brouk

January 10, 2011 – Chicago, IL. Jennifer Holik-Urban announces the release of To Soar with the Tigers, The Life and Diary of Robert Brouk.

To Soar with the Tigers is the story of Flying Tiger Robert Brouk, a Flight Leader in the 3rd Squadron of the American Volunteer Group during World War II. In the months prior to Pearl Harbor, until the disbandment of the American Volunteer Group in July 1942, the Flying Tigers valiantly fought the Japanese over the skies of Burma and China.

To Soar with the Tigers contains Brouk’s complete war diary which outlines his dramatic experiences from the moment he enlisted in the American Volunteer Group to its disbandment.

Brouk’s story also contains snapshots of the life he led upon his return to his home in Cicero, Illinois; including a graphic account of his untimely death; and accounts of how Brouk has been remembered through the years.

To Soar with the Tigers is in e-book format and print at, this publication is available for download in epub format on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the author’s website, Generations

About Jennifer Holik-Urban

Jennifer Holik-Urban, is a professional genealogist, genealogy educator and author, and the owner of Generations (, a genealogical research business.  She has been researching her family history since 1996, uncovering the life stories of her ancestors.  Holik-Urban is also the author of two blogs, Chicago Family History ( and Family History Research ( and has written for local Chicago area Genealogical Society publications. You can contact Holik-Urban through email (, Facebook (, or Twitter (

About Generations

Generations provides services to the genealogical community including research, consulting, education, and writing.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Casting Call – New Television Show on Food and Family History

[Editor’s note: we received the following casting call / press release information about an exciting television show involving food, family history and cultural history.]




We are working on a new television show about families who reinvent traditional dishes to reflect their unique cultural backgrounds & their love of American cuisine.  Most importantly, we are looking for family stories that revolve around food (e.g. did your Persian rice survive the Iranian Revolution?  Did your kugel come over with your bubby?  Do you still serve your abuela’s mole?). Whether you have a new take on latkes, a bold approach to burritos, or have invented an entirely new dish that combines your family’s two cultures, we want to hear from you!

To be considered—or to nominate others—please write to us at with the following information:

  • Names, ages & occupations of everyone in your household.  Please include a few [non-returnable]  photographs, if possible.
  • City and state of residence.  Tell us about your hometown.
  • Brief family bio, including the different cultures and traditions upheld in your household.
  • Brief description of your family’s passion for cooking.  Please also mention any dishes that you enjoy cooking together—specifically, any which draw upon your family’s unique cultural background(s).
  • Interesting stories or facts about your family that relate to food (e.g. stories about how a certain dish helped your family to get through a difficult time, recipes that have been in the family for generations,  inventive ways of gathering ingredients, unique ways food is used and/or served in your family, etc.).
  • Your best contact phone number(s), e-mails, etc.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

NEHGS – Upcoming Research Tours

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[Editor’s Note: the following information was received from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and remember it is never too early to plan your research trips for 2011!]

Winter Weekend Research Getaway – Effective Use of Technology

NEHGS Weekend Research Getaways combine personal, guided research at the NEHGS Research Library with themed educational lectures to create a unique experience for every participant. Personal consultations with NEHGS genealogists throughout the program allow visitors to explore their own genealogical projects, under the guiding hand of the nation’s leading family history experts.

Our Winter Research Getaway, “Effective Use of Technology,” offers a variety of lectures surrounding “best practices” in using technology including researching online, software, and other topics relevant to any genealogist.

January 27, 2011 9:00AM – January 29, 2011 5:00PM
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St.
Boston MA, 02116

English Heritage Long Weekend

Discover the rich heritage of London with NEHGS in February 2011. This unique long weekend will feature memorable events led by renowned scholars George Redmonds and John Titford, including talks, a guided tour of historic London churches, a visit to the College of Arms, optional side visits, special guests, and dinner at an exclusive private club. The weekend also includes up to three full days at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! — the largest family history event in the world. Space is extremely limited. In addition to events, the NEHGS English Heritage Long Weekend includes six nights lodging at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel, located at 179–199 Holland Park Avenue, London, daily coach service, and daily English breakfast for five days, and two additional group meals. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hilton London Kensington Hotel and optional activities and all other meals not included in scheduled tour events. Refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

February 22, 2011 – February 28, 2011 12:00PM
London, England

Washington, D.C. Research Tour

Research in the repositories of the nation’s capital with NEHGS as we return to Washington, D.C. Researchers will visit the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Library of Congress (LOC), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) during this intensive week of guided research, individual consultations, lectures, and group meal events. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, David A. Lambert, and Rhonda R. McClure. Refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

March 6, 2011, 3:00PM – March 13, 2011, 12:00PM
Washington, D.C.

Allen County Public Library Research Tour—Fort Wayne, Indiana

Join NEHGS for our inaugural visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana, as we explore one of the world’s largest genealogical collections at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). Fort Wayne has been dubbed the “Best Read City” by Places Rated Almanac as ACPL holds more than 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Consequently, ACPL is a destination for every genealogist. The tour includes individual consultations, group meals, lectures, and other events. Please refer to our website,, for more information about the trip and accommodations.

May 22, 2011 3:00PM – May 29, 2011 11:00AM
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Weekend Research Trip to Albany, New York

Searching for ancestors from New York State? Join NEHGS as we explore the vast resources of the New York State Archives. The weekend includes individual consultations, lectures, and a group dinner. Featured consultants include Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register, and Christopher C. Child, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. Please refer to for more information about the trip and accommodations.

July 13, 2011 3:00PM – July 17, 2011 11:00AM;
Albany, NY

For additional information contact or call 1-888-286-3447

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee