Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Time Capsule Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website -

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I chose my parents (Frederick Walton Seaver and Betty Virginia Carringer) marriage date - 12 July 1942. I found out that the news of the month included:

Top News Headlines This Week:

Jul 13 - 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by nazis   
Jul 13 - German occupiers imprison 800 prominent Dutch as hostages   
Jul 13 - SS shoots 1,500 Jews in Josefov Poland   
Jul 14 - 1st transport of Amsterdam Jews to Westerbork   
Jul 14 - Riots against Jews in Amsterdam   
Jul 15 - 1st deportation camp at Westerbork, Jews sent to Auschwitz 

Top Songs for 1942

Jersey Bounce by Benny Goodman   
Moonlight Cocktail by Glenn Miller    
Tangerine by Jimmy Dorsey   
Blues In the Night by Woody Herman    
Kalamazoo by Glenn Miller   
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings by Kay Kyser   
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle by Kay Kyser    
Sleepy Lagoon by Harry James   
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place by Benny Goodman    

US President -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
US Vice President -- Henry A. Wallace

1942 Prices

Bread: $0.09/loaf
Milk: $0.60/gal
Eggs: $0.61/doz
Car: $1,100
Gas: $0.20/gal

Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Mrs. Miniver, Directed By William Wyler
Best Actor: James Cagney, in Yankee Doodle Dandy
Best Actress: Greer Garson, in Mrs. Miniver

Top Books in 1942

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds   
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West    
West with the Night by Beryl Markham  


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Liz said...

Here's mine!

My date choice ended up being the same year as yours, Randy. 1942. It was a sad and scary time in the world. But there was some fun stuff too.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. I picked my dad's birthday 23 April 1930.

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Janice M. Sellers said...

I chose my great-grandparents' weddimg day in 1914.

Lacie Madison said...

I chose my grandparent's wedding day. --> My post.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I chose my paternal grandmother's birthday.

Nancy said...

This was a fun activity, Randy. Thanks for suggesting it. I always enjoy jumping back in time!
The link to my post is