Deb's Monthly Review
bullet November 2000 bullet Festivals for Travelers,
Sites of the Month,
Special Feature, Quotes,
Opinions, Rants, Praises.


Find this:

Special Quote
"Don't be afraid to give your best to
what seemingly are small jobs. Every
time you conquer one it makes you that much
stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the
big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
--Dale Carnegie
To parents, teachers, and other guardians of children:
The Review is a place where adults or kids should be able
to stop by and browse.
But, remember - I have no control over outside links.
For happiest results, please surf the Web with your kids!


The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

The Marine Art Information Center
Galleries, books, icons, museums, auctions and discussions.

Personal Home Page
Of The Month:

Mairylaine Block: Writer, Internet Trainer
A site by a librarian for librarians (and for anyone who loves to learn).

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

Designing Your Page For Popularity
Think like an entrepeneur.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

Last Minute Cruise Finder
It's Not Too Late To Not Be Home For The Holidays.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

JigZone: Online Jigsaw Puzzles
And you'll never lose the pieces!

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:
One more aid for victims of domestic violence.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Historical Depictions of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake
It was November 1, 1755.


Logo 125x125 Much more than a card shop.
Click on the logo
to see for yourself!

vertical divider
Think you know it all?
Prove it at
And if you don't know
something you can get
some answers there.


November Events
festivals For November Travelers

November 1-5, 2000
Yambilee Grounds on Highway 190 West
Opelousas, Louisiana.
Flower Show, sweet potato auction, Grand Louisyam parade, pageants, diaper derby, seniors dance. This is the festival's 55th year. There is no admission charge, but there is a parking fee.
More information: Call 337-948-8848.

November 3-5, 2000
Weems Artfest
Weems Gallery, Eubank Boulevard
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This is a benefit event, with 250 exhibitors, and a special preview on the evening of November 2. The special guest artist this year is to be Jonathan Winters.
More information: Call 505-294-6494.

November 3-5, 2000
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Front Street
Colfax, Louisiana.
Arts and crafts, music, petting zoo and pony rides, carnival midway, parade, country store with pecan festival cookbook and pecan treats.
More information: Call 318-627-5196.

November 3-5, 2000
American Sandsculpting Festival
From Outrigger Beach Resort beachfront to the Holiday
Inn beachfront
Fort Meyers, Florida.
Professional sculptors will do their work, and then invite amateur sculptors to join them for the Sunday portion of the festival.
More information: Call 941-338-3500 or 800-782-9283.

November 3-11, 2000
National Peanut Festival
U.S. 231 South
Dothan, Alabama.
Carnival midway, parade, entertainment, recipe contests, pumpkin decorating, sports events, food.
More information: Call 334-793-4323.

November 3-11, 2000
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Pageant, weaving workshop, coffee farms tours, lei contest, floral displays, bowling tournament, grand parade, art exhinits, lantern parade, charity auction, coffee picking contest, recipe contest.
More information: Call 808-326-7820.

November 4-5, 2000
Litchfield Library Arts & Crafts Festival
Litchfield Library,
Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Farmer's market, artist's gallery, exhibitor's gallery. No admission charge.
More information: Call 623-935-5053.

November 4-5, 2000
Greek Festival
English Village under London Bridge,
Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Plenty of authentic foods, live music, dance troupes. No admission charge.
More information: Call 520-855-4258.

November 4-5, 2000
Simply Citrus!
Fitch Park, 6th & Center Street,
Mesa, Arizona.
8k Citrus Skate, 8K Citrus Cycle, 8K/1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Run/Walk, 15K Run, entertainment, citrus- themed events, games, contests, food court, laser shows, fireworks.
More information: Call 480-644-2351 or 480-898-5665 EXT 1001.

November 4-5, 2000
Giant Omelette Celebration
Magdalen Squre,
Abbeville, Louisiana.
It begins more than 5000 thousand eggs and a 12-foot wide
skillet. The tasty creation is accompanied by music, a trolley tour of local homes, kids' world, an antique car show, dance groups, more food, and 35-40 juried artsts.
More information: Call 337-893-4701.

November 4-5, 2000
Alabama Pecan Festival
5505 Plantation Road,
Mobile, Alabama.
Entertainment, children's activities, pecan treats.
More information: Call 334-8060-4701.

November 4-5, 2000
Downtown Festival & Art Show
Community Plaza and SE 1st Street,
Gainesville, Florida.
Blues concerts, three stages of entertainment, over 200 art exhibitors, children's activities, food. Please, no dogs except assistance dogs.
More information: Call 352-334-5064.

November 10-12, 2000
Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas.
Parade, carnival, food and other booths, softball tournament, car show, 5K run.
Further information: Call 830-374-3161.

November 10-12, 2000
Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts
Avenue of Fountains,
Fountain Hills, Arizona.
430 exhibitors will be at at the 26th occurence of this festival, and along with the arts and crafts you can enjoy food and entertainment. There is no admission, and is limited free parking.
More: Call 480-837-1654.

November 10-12, 2000
Christmas Stroll
4th Street,
Huntingburg, Indiana.
Caroling, shopping, stories and games, historic home tours, Santa Claus, food.
Further information: Call 812-683-5699.

November 10-12, 2000
Fiber Arts Festival
Copper Queen Plaza,
Bisbee, Arizona.
Fiber arts demonstrations, exhibits and vendors. No admission charge. Go for the festival and then stay for the unique setting of this mining town.
Further information: Call 520-432-8026.

November 10-12, 2000
Emmett Kelly Jr. Days
Various locations,
Tombstone, Arizona.
Tombstone honors its resident clown with a clown school, contests, puppeteers, parade, a street dance, gunfight re-enactments. Admission is free. Proceeds from the festival go to the local scholarship fund.
Further information: Call 520-457-9213 or 520-457-9397.

November 11-12, 2000
Fest Of Ville
Georgia College & State University,
Milledgeville, Georgia.
Trolley tours of historic district, entertainment, rides and games, arts and crafts, pony rides, antique car show, tennis tournament, food.
Details: Call 912-445-1928.

November 11-12, 2000
Art Arbor Festival
Boyd Hill Nature Park, County Club Way S,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Arts and crafts, children's activities, food.
Details: Call 727-893-7326.

November 12-19, 2000
Miami Book Fair
Miami-Dade Community College campus,
Miami, Florida.
Over 250 authors will attend, including Dave Barry, Robert Levine, Madeline Camara, Tim Dorsey and Joan M. Drury. There will be children's programs, evening programs, viewings of rare books and maps, and many Spanish books and authors.
Details: Call 305-237-3645.

November 17-19, 2000
West Coast Ragtime Festival
Red Lion's Sacramento Inn,
Sacramento, California.
Dance instruction, seminars, a Grand March, cakewalk, jam sessions. There is an admission charge. Performers scheduled to appear include Marty Eggers, Yvonne Cloutier, Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Mimi Blais and Bo Grumpus.
More information: Call 916-457-3324.

November 18-19, 2000
Tomato Festival
Lamb and Sutton Parks,
Palmetto, Florida.
Tomato cook-off, parade, auto show, arts and crafts, carnival rides, entertainment.
Additional details: Call 941-723-4570.

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.

Looking for information on travel agents and other travel assistance?
Want to find the search engines that focus on travel needs?
Need to know what to do about extra insurance on a trip?
Are you trying to find out how to convert currency?
You can get information on all these plus sign-up for a bi-monthly magazine at Travigator II

Simplify your kitchen with powders from American Spice.

Honey Powder
Egg White Powder
Honey Powder
Butter Powder
Blue Cheese Powder
Molasses Powder
Soy Sauce Powder

Click on the Great American Spice icon to order!

Buy great spices at great prices


Out On A Limb Looking For Roots
Part Four

Last month we explored a few older resources for the United States for both immigrants and Native Americans, plus took a quick look at countries near the United States.

This month I've included online sites that may help you if you have ancestors from Africa, Europe, Australia and the South Pacific and Asia.


While the internet now has extensive material on some topics, many places and people are not yet online, so you will notice as you do research that some areas have much more material to browse.

For ease of searching I have put the countries and regions in alphabetical order.

AfricaGenWeb Project
Nigeria Genealogy Forum
The Amistad Research Center
  try their card catalogue search for holdings
  on individual countries.)
Internet African History Sourcebook
  General source for African history)
Antiquarian Maps of Africa

China Genealogy Forum
Chinese Surname Queries
General China Forum Message Index
Mailing lists (email) you can join for China

Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific:
Australian Family History Compendium
Maps of Australia and South Pacific Islands
Pacific Islands Newsgroups and Message Forums

An overview on researching Armenian roots:

German Genealogy:Austria

Belgium, Luxembourg:
Genealogy Benelux Ring

Czech Republic and Slovakia:
Czech Genealogy
Eastern Slovakia, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy Research

England (United Kingdom), Ireland, Scotland, Wales:
GENUKI: United Kingdom and Ireland
Public Record Office (United Kingdom)
Irish Ancestors
General Register Office for Scotland
  (click on Index for full list of services and information.)

Estonian Genealogical Society Homepage
  (You may click on the English version button at the bottom
  of the page)

Bibliotheque nationale de France
  (Click on the flag to get the English version)
France GenWeb

German Genealogy: Tips for Researchers
Addresses of German Genealogical Associations
A Genealogical Handbook of German Research

Dimitri's Greek Heritage Page

The Italian Genealogy Homepage

National Japanese American Historical Society Bulletin Board
Information on the National Archives in Japan:

How To Research Your Lithuanian Genealogy
Lithuanian Mailing Lists

Dutch Research Corner

Polish Genealogy Links

Genealogy in Portugal

Spain Mailing Lists

Swiss Genealogy on the Internet
  (Click on the flag for English version)

Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden):
The Danish Emigration Archives
Finnish Family History Research Beginner's Guide
Icelandic Genealogy
Norwegian Genealogy
Have You Found A Swedish Ancestor?

These are a few links of many! If you are so hooked on this activity now that you want more and more information, perhaps you're ready for Cyndi's List. It's full of links and other resources to help you in your search.

This is only a glimpse into the world of tracing your family tree. Many sources are not online yet. Check your local libraries and museums, your newspaper office and funeral home records. Talk to people you know and are already related to, and talk to everyone they mention, if you can. Visit cemeteries and go through old family Bibles. Keep good notes and document your sources.

Have a great time with your search for ancestors!


A Little Browsing...

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.
Check out Joan's zucchini/squash casserole recipe.
This busy lady also began her TV stint this spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.

bullet bullet bullet

I would not miss the turkey at Thanksgiving, but I would miss the stuffing, the sweet potatoes and the cranberries.

Thanksgiving is also nice with plenty of pecans and pumpkin pie, cheesecake, or Pumpkin Cheesecake. If you love both pumpkin and Mexican food as I do, how about having Layered Monterey Pumpkin Dip this year?

Tired of sitting in that rush-hour traffic? Here's the dream car of the future, Moller's Skycar. You may one day be listening to air-traffic control on that morning commute.

I knew about Beach Volleyball, but until recently had no idea there is also Beach Basketball. Read more about it from the World Beach Basketball Association.

Grab some new persprectives on politics and everyday American life at
Take note first: While the site is quite mild by most of today's literary standards, issues are spoken of plainly, and you may see an occasional four-letter word, so use your own discretion in choosing whether or not to visit.

Are you handy with a crochet hook? (Men, don't ignore this! Remember Rosie Greer and his embroidered pillow work?) Here are some places you can contact to crochet for charity. If you knit, visit knitting for charity. Here are links to craft patterns for charity. If you yield a saw instead of a needle, visit Woodworkers for Charity.

bullet bullet bullet


Find great restaurant reviews and more at


A Good Investment Of Time And Money...

Registration for is quick and free!
You can also write your own courses and if
your course is chosen to be published
for public viewing, you can earn too.

Rotating Courses
Learn to write a better resume.
Improve your English grammar skills.
Learn to maintain a sewing machine.
Get tips on day trading.

vertical divider

Rubber stamp collectors!
Did you send for yours yet?

Anne-Made Designs has a 258-page catalog.
To get yours, you'll need a check for $8.50.

(if you are new to stamping, I should tell you
it's a common practice to pay for catalogs)

This will get you a full catalog and supplements,
plus first-timers
get a 3-by-5 card of assorted unmounted stamps to
enjoy (Anne's choice).

Deb got a check for
last month just for
browsing the World Wide Web.
How much did you get?

Click on the All Advantage logo
below to get your share!

Send your $8.50 to:
Anne-Made Designs
Anne Olney
PO Box 697-D
Erwin TN 37650

You can tell Anne I sent you,
but she'll give you prompt, professional
service anyway--it's just her style.


Forget a chicken in every pot: Let's have beans!
Tiger Eye Beans, Cannellini Beans, Red Nightfall Beans, Eye Of Goat Beans.
Or try Chestnut Lima Beans, Butterscotch Calypso Beans or Red Calypso Beans.
You can buy them all from Indian Harvest.

Gourmet Gifts @ Indian Harvest! Click to Shop!


bullet Graphic Hunters, take note! bullet
All graphics on this page (except the links to other sites, the Home and the email graphics below) are original. If you want to use any for your non-commercial page, please do.
A thanks on your page and a link back to this page would be in order. Do drop me a line or two of email so I can see and enjoy your page.

Deb's Monthly Review is copyrighted!
Do be a dear and ask before you lift whole portions of the Special Review or something.
Remember! Those of us who publish on the web are not saying our work is in the public domain.
When in doubt about your use of someone else's writings or graphics, ask!
If you want to use graphics or text on a commercial page, contact me first, please, and we'll work something out.

Please don't link back to the graphics on these pages - copy them to your own server! Thanks!


Deb's Monthly Review Archive.

September 1997
October 1997
November 1997
December 1997

January 1998
February 1998
March 1998
April 1998
May 1998
June 1998
July 1998
August 1998
September 1998
October 1998
November 1998
December 1998

January 1999
February 1999
March 1999
April 1999
May 1999
June 1999
July 1999
August 1999
September 1999
October 1999
November 1999
December 1999

January 2000
February 2000
March 2000
April 2000
May 2000
June 2000
July 2000
August 2000
September 2000
October 2000

Note: The issue which had the Special Feature on clothing for people with special needs is here.

Note: Links on past Monthly Review Pages are NOT kept up-to-date!
If I have linked to your site in the past and you make a change, I will attempt to update
the link if you let me know about it.

Fill out this Form to be notified
when the next Monthly Review is up.
You can also use the form to be taken off
the Notify List, or to send me comments
and suggestions.

    When you send me information via the form,
it's only for my use and for the Notify List.
This means you'll get an email from me once
or twice a month, mostly to let you know the
new issue is in place.

I do not sell or share your information with
people who compile mailing lists.

Visit My Other Pages

sign that says home imageHome Page
(though I spend little time there)
Deb's Mystery (And Other) Books Page
Deb's Favorite Movies Page Deb's TV Page
Deb's Selected Bookmarks Deb's List of WWW "Of The" Sites
This Page Was Last Updated On October 31, 2000

Send me email
envelope image

Deb's Monthly Review copyright Deb Thompson©