|A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Christmas card c1880-1890).|
I hope you all have a very happy new year! Let's see if 2017 is as strange as 2016 was!
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|European goldfinch, photo by By Pierre Dalous - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,|
5. AND "5 GOLDEN RINGS" PROBABLY DON'T REFER TO WHAT YOU THINK THEY REFER TO.
There’s pretty good evidence suggesting "five golden rings" is actually a reference to the yellowish rings around a pheasant’s neck or to “goldspinks,” an old name for a pretty little bird called the Goldfinch—not to the hand jewelry. And that actually makes sense, considering every other lyric in the first seven days of the song references a bird: a partridge, turtle doves, French hens (or “fat ducks,” depending on the version), calling birds (or black birds), swans and geese.
|[All from my personal collection]|
From Wisconsin to Missouri, many free online resources are available if you know where to look. This class will explore where to find and how to use these resources. Creative techniques for finding future sites will also be discussed.
|"Wanted: Position, by middle-aged widow woman of German descent...," Morning Examiner (Bartlesville, OK), page 7, col 1; digital image, The Gateway to Oklahoma History (http://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc143253/m1/9/zoom/?q=buchholz : accessed 15 December 2016).|
|The wanted ad in its its context.|
|Modern Bing map showing Dewey, OK and Polk County, MO. I will start on my journey to pick up Mrs. M. L. Buchholz's trail somewhere along that way along these corridors.|
|Mrs. M. L. Buchholz was the maternal grandmother of my husband's paternal grandmother Kathleen Murphy.|