Ok, I set up a genealogy blog this morning. You can find it here:
Enjoy if you want to read!
So I've been flirting with the idea of doing a blog solely on genealogy stuff. If nothing else, then I wouldn't have to bore you with details of family history searching, etc. and you can have the option of also reading that blog instead of wading through stuff you might not want to read to get to the other (good) stuff!
This week has been quieter than last - in relation to having to be places 3-4 evenings a week and such. Sad note, the family that I pet-sit for (a dog and a cat) - and are great friends with - called me on Thursday to alert me that the dog has cancer. I won't get to pet-sit for him now as he'll need basically round the clock care. So they'll get someone to actually "live-in" when they have to be out of town. I will go visit from time to time as I'm quite fond of the guy (he's a Brittany Spaniel) and will really miss him when he's gone.
The local video store is going out of business so they are selling all of their DVD's and games. I tihnk they sent all the "new releases" from the last few weeks to the parent company to be dispersed among stores that aren't closing as none of them were there. Picked up a boat load of videos and got 2 new PS2 games for under $20 each. Sure, they're previously played games but that's a lot better than the normal $40-$60 price tag for new. First grader doesn't know the difference between "previously viewed" and "brand new" anyway. As long as he can play it - it doesn't matter. Alas, the one movie that I REALLY wanted to buy if they still had it was gone. Could someone please get me "Casablanca"? It has been my favorite movie for eons and no matter how many times I watch it on PBS (no interruptions and they do play a lot of old, Bogie movies - and hinted about "sure would be nice to have it" - no one has ever given me one. Hey kids - Mother's day is coming up! (how's that for a not so subtle hint!) There's also a 4 DVD set of Bogie & Bacall movies - I saw them once at Virgin Records & Movies in the GM mall. Now I'll probably end up with 4 of the same DVD's! ha ha! (which translates into - none at all because they'll all think - I thought you'd get it for her so I didn't.)
My irises have bloomed - I need to take pictures to post here. They are very pretty. I still have one poor little lonely rose on my rose bush out back.
What are you doing this weekend?
So I've been on this journey to find my "roots" for the last (almost) 8 years. Mind you, stories about my ancestors have always dotted my life. This is one of those "wish I would have listened more to my grandmother" type things - or at least asked her many more questions. Or told her to write the names of the people on the backs of the pictures! If you poke around on my website, I have a genealogy page called All My Branches which has generated a lot of emails from distant cousins, relatives and whole assortment of folks wondering if I have info on "their" line. I consider myself very lucky that I'm not one of those "don't know you, don't want to" type of people. Hey - you're related! How cool is that!
Anyway the point of this post is actually to give you a hint as to what I've been up to the last few days. Finally starting to put all my genealogy paperwork into some semblance of order. Right now I have files with each of my branches stuff into them. Next I'll go through those and weed them down even further - censuses, death certificates, newspaper articles, etc.
Now back to those photos I referenced above - my mother has given me tons of old photos that she got after my grandparents died. Luckily she knows most of the people in them so that was a major help! Unfortunately there are some that she thinks they might be related - but not sure how - and others are just "friends" of my grandparents and she doesn't know who they are.
My husband (bless his everloving heart) indulges me - through humor - about my hobby. Though there have been times when I hear him mutter "we'll need another wing to hold all this stuff". As we were driving through the midwest last summer, I saw a billboard touting the wonders to be found in Rush County, Indiana. Smart mouth that I am, said "Hey I know people buried there!" Never missing a beat, hubby turns to me and asks - "And do you speak with them often?" When he notices me doing more research, he asks "Back to the dead people again?"
No, I'll never learn exactly who some of my ancestors are & when I keep hitting brick walls, it can be a struggle to keep going. That's usually the point when I stop for awhile and concentrate on other things. Over the last few weeks, I've heard from a couple of cousins I never knew existed and one who I hadn't heard from in a couple years. And then I know - this quest makes it all worthwhile!
So what did you do over the weekend?
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