Archive for the ‘Blog Musings’ Category

April Happenings

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Genealogy things..It is hard to find time…but there are things happening.  I explored using other genealogy programs, and tried to dig into the ones I have.  I often wonder if I’m more interested in the workings of exploring genealogy tools rather than researching family members.  And of course my fixation is trying to work out the whole Searing family..while still doing work on my own branch.  This month I also joined two new Facebook groups, Technology for Genealogy and The Organized Genealogist (I certainly need that one!).  The questions in the Technology one are basic but interesting.  I also bought a fascinating Searing item: a large picture embedded in some sort of early plastic…several gentlemen in front of a sign that says ‘Searing Pleasure Club’.  No one has been able to ID it so far.  A pic and more details are in the group My Name is Searing on Facebook.  If you want more details, please leave a comment.  We will try to find more information.

Let’s Get Started Again!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

OK…OK…I admit it….my poor blog has been sadly neglected.  Rather than go into a whole lot of reasons… bloggers know what they are….let’s just jump right in.  I’m sorry it’s been so many months since there have been entries.  We’ll try to fix that.  We still want each and every reader of these posts to come back for more.  We hope we can encourage guest comments in greater numbers.  A lot has been happening in the Searing world that I will report on in the coming days/weeks/months.  For example:  the My Name is           Searing Group on Facebook has expanded considerably; two more Searing Facebook groups have started; I took an Ancestry DNA test and got some interesting, if not unexpected, results; one of the new Facebook groups resulted in the discovery and meet ups of long lost cousins; I bought another Searing painting on eBay and may be on the trail of finding out more about Searing artists; I also bought a very old ‘spirits/medicine’ bottle that still needs a lot of detective work; at least one new person has checked in by finding this blog and then following it to Facebook; we have expanded our Searing inquiries to Australia and the UK and Europe……just a sample of the exciting things happening in the Searing world…    And now it’s my challenge to report on these and make them interesting to our readers.  This I will try to do!

Exciting Searing Happenings

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

In case you have missed it, there is LOTs happening in a Facebook Searing group, the Searing Ancestry Group….newly found whole families that had lost touch, double cousins…really….go check it out! If you have trouble joining or viewing, let me know and we will see you have access…or you can friend Jennifer Karpin  the groups guiding light….go Jen!!  And, don’t forget to check out the My Name is Searing group as well.  We have a lot of dedicated members who post and always have good stuff about Searings to report…but…we can use more!  If you have something or someone you want to spotlight, or if you find a Searing mentioned, please feel free to post away!

Quick Updates

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

With Spring blossoming all over maybe I can cultivate some blog growth as well.  It sorely needs some refreshing!  To that end, a couple of quick items.  Cole Searing, a young race car driver living in Huron, SD, and operating Cole Searing Motorsports, is again selling Searing Racing T-shirts this year for $25.00 plus postage.  He can be contacted on Facebook or drop me an email and I will try to put you in contact with him.  And, my Searing genealogical expert, Laura Davenport, has launched a blog of her own, Dead-Lines.  The link is in the Blog Roll on the main page.  It’s well worth checking out!

And, WOW, I just have to add that a quick check of Linked-In shows 249 Searing entries!!  Amazing!  I will try to do a separate Linked In entry soon summarizing some of the search results….

Searing Census of Name Variations in the 50 States

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I have created a spreadsheet in Google Docs listing the states in alphabetical order down the left hand column, and Searing name and variations at the top of  the columns to the right.  The name and viariations are: Searing, Serring, Sering, Seiring, Syring, Siring, Sehring.  I will be happy to add any reasonable variations suggested.When done this should give us an approximation of the numbers of the “Searing” name and variations in all the states.  Of course the information available is only from public records available on the internet through the common ‘people’ search engines.  I make no claim as to their accuracy or reliability.Since this is in Google Docs, I am happy to give you access to this spreadsheet if you want to help with the survey.  Just send me a note thru the blog or on FB (Daniel A. Searing) and I will reply by message.  Let’s see how this works!  Could easily be expanded to other research projects.Any and all suggestions welcome!       Special thanks to Scott Searing from FB for this idea! He has also contributed to this blog.    Also check out the My Name is Searing on Facebook.     Dan

A Surprise “Cuz” Meeting

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

A delightful surprise ‘cuz’ meeting Monday..Mrs. S & I picked up new glasses in Southern Md, visited a consignment shop nearby a friend had told us about, paid for a purchase and owner asked, ‘is your name Searing?’ Yes. “Our assistant manager is a Searing”….and introduced us to Beth Searing Rodgers! What a surprise to both of us, as our name (as you know) is not that common. We had a great chat, identified some mutual FB friends and agreed to keep in touch. She’s on FB. Go friend her….:)    The shop is Cherry Pickers Consignment in Owings, MD. If you are in that area, please check it out.  We like to support Searing businesses or ones with Searing involvement……  They also have an FB page if you are interested.   

May Musings

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

May was a good month for Searings on the internet.  First, Facebook ‘opened up’ the My Name is Searing group, by, I think, showing posts made to the group on member’s pages, and I suppose email if you have so chosen.  This has increased participation in the group.  we now really have Searing’s talking to Searings…instead of just posting the occasional comment.  I hope we can keep up the momentum!   Second, a lot of Searings have accomplished interesting things, from coaching to playing to announcing in sports, authoring and publishing a book, and listing some interesting ‘stuff’ on eBay.  I will try to do a listing hitting the high points in the next day or two.  If you review the list and see something missing, please let me know.

A Searing Book – The Punch Bowl

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Daniel A. Searing Jr

My book out today! Buy it at B&N or Amazon Thanks to all my friends and family who contributed recipes and support!Full disclosure, Dan is my son.  We are very proud of him for taking the time to author this seminal work on punch recipes!   Check it out by getting your copy soon!  And if there are other recent Searing authors out there, please let me know!!  Happy to do as many featured Searing artists as we can!!

April News

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

A quick summary entry for April!  Been collecting stuff for the blog, but lazy about doing an entry. So here goes the summary:  Adam Searing of the Progressive Pulse in NC has made several posts this month on health care issues in NC.  They are all great reads, applicable to many, if not all of the other states facing the same issues with the new health care plan.  Gary Searing was mentioned in, in a feature on fund raising for the MS Society.  Gary is also on Facebook.  Dennis Searing surfaced again in AZBilliards Forum, with some photographs of some of his extraordinary cues. And, a great story on Bill Searing of Brazil, IN, making a wonderful comeback from open heart surgery. I would like to do a feature on him next month. Nothing of import has been showing up on eBay with Searing attached. No paintings, no planes….come on folks, we need some more Searing stuff! In addition, through, I started a search using ObitMessenger for the name “Searing” and several variations.  This is a no cost service of Legacy that searches for obits of the names you specify.  After an initial rush of names, none have shown up.  This is a great service tho, for family obit name searches.  And, I continue to post on Twitter as dansearingSr, so please follow me.  I RT most entries by other Searings, and use the hashtag #searing, so you should be able to search on that for updates.  I have met several great Searing family members through Twitter…although I will have to admit, lots younger than me. :) It’s still a fascinating and evolving service.  And, so is Facebook…I continue to meet and friend fascinating Searings.  Come visit me and the My Name is Searing Group…we need you! And I’m always looking for tips on Searing folks and Searing stories for the blog….send me a story link! And speaking of links..I have links to all the above, but I am sure they can also be found through search engines. If not, send me a comment or an email and I will provide you with the link.

Searing, North Dakota

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Every now and then our name pops up in unusual places.  Recently a listing appeared on eBay for a Last Day Cover, “Searing ND) (in a group of other such covers, with other place names).  I had never heard of this place before, although I had a couple of great aunts settle in the Dakotas.   Searched around a bit and found the following, courtesy of Roots Web data:


This was a farm post office established July 25, 1916 with Thomas C. Taylor pm.  It was located in NW 1/4 Sec.10-147-103, Thirty-three miles SW of Watford City, and named for the site owner, Julius Searing Taylor, aftter Taylor had been rejected because of duplication in Stark County.  The post office closed March 15, 1921 with mail to Alexander.  It reopened February 7, 1922 in SE 1/4 Sec. 28-147-103, and seven miles SSE of the original site as Searing, but only after a name change to Dean had been rejected.  In 1928 it moved one mile NW to SE 1/4 Sec. 28-147-103, and operated until pm  Annie Kemna closed the facility September 30, 1952 with mail to  Sidney, MT.  A population of 3 was reported in 1940.

So now I’m really curious.  Anyone heard of this before?  Know who this Searing or Searing family is?  Looks like a nice little research project.