Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Even Shocked Myself Yesterday, Among Others

Well, the last couple of weeks have been very different for me. Vacation, of course was wonderful. However since I came back from vacation, there have been a lot of changes, the main one concerning my job.

When I came back after vacation, I was informed that hours had been cut in order to not have to lay anyone else off. There had been a few layoffs a couple months back. The company is a small company and was down to fourteen people at this point. My thought was "Hooray" I get a day off during the week, which was awesome as I always need more time.

The week after vacation I had Thursday off. So I would work three days, off a day, work one day and then the weekend would be here again. (I spent that Thurday, my first day off taking care of my sick grandson, so it changed all the plans I had made for the day, but I wouldn't have traded that for the world, my grandson comes first in my books!)

I have been unhappy at my job for a few years. I had been fighting to stay for one reason or another. The last reason was when my husband retired. I wanted him to feel comfortable about retiring and not worry about money. After working for 39 years for the same company, it wasn't easy for him to retire. He loved his job, but politics was getting in the way at this point. He finally retired last May after talking about it for five years. So, I stayed at work to make sure he had an easy and comfortable transition. I didn't want him worrying that we needed to find money from the trees in the backyard!

At my job you never knew what you were in for when you walked in the door. It was always a deep breath before opening the door and entering. I came home very tired and stressed or unhappy most of the time.

Friday, being the last working day before the weekend, ended up truly being my last working day! I walked out after seven years. I have never done anything like that before in my life. I am still dealing with it in my head. There are so many people out of work, hours being cut, pay being cut, and I walk out on my job! I am unemployed! It is so against my nature to do something like this. I know I just pushed myself to long. The last straw had hit. So now, I have no income of my own, no job to go to, and no reason to be up at six a.m. every morning.

The amazing thing is that here just a day later I find I am feeling so much more relaxed. Sure my head is still playing some games with me, but I know I did what I had to do. Never in a million years would I have thought I would walk out of a job and not give two weeks notice. But I am so happy I am not working there any longer. I am not even sure if the company will be in existence a couple months from now, but I couldn't wait any longer to find out. Crazy huh?

I have so much I want to do and am having a difficult time yet putting it all in order. This weekend is a time for me to relax and enjoy. Three parties to attend, the first having been last night. I felt so alive last night and really enjoyed the party. I feel my true being is coming back to me already. Life is to short to be so miserable.

About two and a half hours after I had been at work and this last issue arose, I was just sitting there contemplating my intentions, not being able to work at all. I called my husband before I quit yesterday to give him a heads up on what I was going to do. He told me to do what was going to make me happy. I didn't want him to stress. (No matter what happens in life we always seem to get through the challenges, don't we?) He handled it pretty well actually, but he knew how unhappy I was. He had a saying he would tell me each morning to help me get through the day, and on Friday I took that saying literally and quit. The only thing I will miss are a few people I worked with.

I look forward to all life is offering me at this point. I am anxious to finally take care of myself again and have a couple major things I plan to do. I am looking forward to my new granddaughter arriving in April. I have started crocheting baby blankets. I am anxious to clean every square inch of my house. I look forward to blogging, researching, riding my Harley, fishing and moving forward with everything I want to do. How I am going to do all of this without an income is beyond me, but it is going to happen. (Thank goodness I have some money put away)

I do not plan to go back to work unless I get bored (highly unlikely) or have a major need for money, which is a good thing as jobs are getting tough to come by. If I did go back to work I would want a part time job doing something fun. At this point though, I tend to think if I do anything, I would help watch my grandchildren and save the kids some money with daycare, which is so outrageous these days.

Off to another birthday party tonight, a Harley ride in the morning and a friend's house for the Super Bowl tomorrow. My weekend is going way to fast! But I am enjoying it, come Monday I will work on some constuctive plans!

And with more time on my hands, you may even see more posts from me!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Back from Cabo!

Hola everyone! We have been home for a few days now. We had a fantastic time in Cabo! I have had a difficult time adjusting to being home again! Going back to work wore me out! Then of course all the laundry, mail, grocery shopping and things to do...

I am off from work today and had plans of catching up on everything, however at the last minute I found out my grandson was ill and running a fever, so I am taking care of him, poor baby. He is napping now, so I wanted to do a quick post to let you know we are home.

Since being home I have been trying to catch up with blogs and emails. This alone could be a week long project! This morning I was able to finally download pictures from the trip. Still need to work with the camera, but may have some shots to share with you as time permits.

The weather was great, nice and warm. I came home with a great tan, but what a waste, within a week it will probably be gone. We shopped, played in the sun, went out on a boat, ate too well, and saw some great places.

The penthouse our friends have was absolutely beautiful! When the front door opened my mouth fell open! What a beautiful site! (When we first entered the lobby of the resort, my mouth did that also) The whole living area had window doors across it and the view was more than awesome! The penthouse was up on the fifth floor and overlooked the whole complex and the ocean. Can't tell you how spoiled I felt all week!

I should go get some things done while I have a chance and the grandson is sleeping, but will be posting more soon! Hasta Luego!

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Vacationing in Cabo

I will be away from the computer, taking a vacation for about a week or so. In case you missed it, we are heading to Cabo. I am looking forward to it, and the bright warm sun, especially after reading so many other bloggers postings about the cold, snow and misery. I will be holding some of the heat in for you all too, I hope you feel it, it warms you and melts some of that snow!

In the meantime, please make sure you read some of the other fine blogs (and leave comments), I have several posted on the side of this blog. Maybe find one you haven't read before! On that note, I would like to mention that there is a new blogger among us that has just posted her first post yesterday! Her name is Gini and you can catch her blog at Ginisology. Please make her feel welcome to the genealogy blogging world!

Also, don't forget to check out the carnivals! Either write a blog post for one or if that is not an option, check out the posts written by others!

Until later...

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blogging Prompt - Week 2

Week #2: Participate in carnivals. A blog carnival is a showcase of bloggers’ posts on a given topic. Genealogy bloggers LOVE carnivals because there’s something for everyone. To learn about when these showcase-type events are happening, read others’ genealogy blogs. Someone’s always talking about a carnival. From "Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog. 52 ideas. 52 weeks" by Amy Coffin at We Tree (

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

Carnivals are one of things that really caught my interest and attention in the genea-bloggers environment. I have participated in a couple of different carnivals, but there are several more out there that I hope to participate in soon. I really enjoy reading all the posts from the participants, they helped convince me that I wanted to blog!

I have just participated in the carnival at Smile for the Camera, 9th edition,"Who are you?" My post is here.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guest Blog Article From Barbara Poole-Backup Methods

An online friend I have from a genealogy class and ongoing group site we share, informed me she had some additional information regarding Back Ups. I asked her if she would like to prepare something that I could post on my blog, which she has agreed to do. Some of you may remember seeing other guest posts from her on Steve's Genealogy Blog. I welcome and thank Barbara Poole as a guest poster to my blog! Please read her article below!

"On Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Msteri wrote an article about Back Up Methods. This is in reply to her column. There were a number of comments about the topic, and I thought some of the readers might be interested in learning that the January 2009 issue of Smart Computing has a rather large section on backing up your data.

If you are interested in reading about back ups from this magazine, I suggest you check it out at a newsstand, library or subscribe to it. The link for this magazine is Two days ago, when I began this article, the January issue showed, but now it is the February issue. The chapter Did You Really Back Up has the following articles: Backup 101 Prevent A Data Disaster; Backup Media Make Your Data Impervious To Crashes; Backup Software Automatically Archive Your Data; Online Backup Options Services For Safeguarding Important Data; Vista Backup & Restore Center Set It & Forget It and Recovery Software & Services Lost, But Not Gone Forever.

I have been subscribing to this publication for about 16 years, back when the title was PC Novice…so glad they changed the title to Smart Computing (nobody wants to be a novice for 16 years!) In my opinion, it is a top notch publication with very little advertising. There are a lot of great glossy pictures, many topics that range from fixing problems, wireless networks, new products & reviews, Q & A, software lessons (Word, Adobe, Excel, Browsers, etc., all with clear instructions), and many more subjects. I think everybody would benefit from at least checking it out, there is something for everybody. They often give genealogy software reviews as well. For the bloggers, there is an article Use Word As A Blog Composer. In addition, there is free computer support, full access to their sister publications and other benefits."

Barbara has informed me of this magazine before, and for some reason I had forgotten about it. I will make sure to check into it this time! Thank you so much for sharing this information with us Barbara! I am sure it will be a great help to many genealogists and bloggers, a real benefit to us all!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Monday, January 12, 2009

New Items Going With Me On Vacation

There are couple more gifts I received for Christmas that I wanted to share with you. Both of these things I will be taking with me on my vacation which starts as soon as I am off work on Friday!

We are going to Cabo. For a week. Never been there before. We were invited to go with some new friends we met a few months back. They have a time share and go every year. Another couple, friends of theirs, go at the same time every year also, as they have a timeshare too. The ironic thing is that I have known the other couple for about 10 years, I worked with her at two different jobs! There will be a total of eight of us there in two different time shares. Should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to it. Rest, relaxation and sun.

Although this trip won't be genealogy related, I plan to catch up on my genealogy magazines. I also plan to read a book, the first gift I want to mention. The book is "Google your Family Tree" by Daniel M. Lynch. I have only had a chance to read the Introductions, Acknowledgements and such, leading up to the first chapter. I am sure there is much for me to learn from this book, and I can hardly wait to delve into it!

The second item I wanted to mention that I received was a Nikon D-60 SLR camera. It actually wasn't a Christmas gift, it was the day after Christmas gift! My daughter got one for Christmas and I was very fascinated with hers and how great the pictures were. I had mentioned to her that I was thinking of buying one, and that I had done a little research on the one she received. Well, she needed to get a camera case for hers, and her father went with her.

Upon finding her case, they also found a heck of a deal on the same camera, plus some! (The case, classes, DVD's, an auto focus lens, and more. In fact I haven't even received it all yet as they were out of stock) My husband asked my daughter if he should buy me one and she said yes, knowing I would be very pleased! Was I surprised and pleased!

So, the maiden voyage of the camera will be on this trip. I will play and experiment and hopefully learn about it. I am hoping I will be able to attend the classes which won't start until March. In the meantime, it will be fun learning what I can about it. I hope when I get back I will be able to share some wonderful photos with you. The camera should be broken in and ready for the next great genealogy shots by then!

So there you have it. I have a vacation coming up, not genealogy related, however I hope to accomplish some of those things I haven't been able to get to that will in the long run assist in my genealogy! Lots of reading....magazines, a book and camera info! I hope this keeps me from getting to relaxed in Cabo!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Blogging Prompt-Week One

Amy Coffin has come up with a wonderful idea, giving genea-bloggers ideas to blog about, one a week for 52 weeks. I am going to try to follow her plan, as I am sure many other genea-bloggers will also do, and do a weekly post on her prompting idea! Thanks Amy! Here is week one!

Week #1: Upload your favorite picture and talk about it on your blog. Answer the who/what/when/where/why of the subject matter and explain why it is your favorite.From "Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog. 52 ideas. 52 weeks" by Amy Coffin at We Tree (

Some of you may have seen this picture before. It was posted on Dear Myrtle's blog back in July of 2007 here! When I look at this picture I will always think of my "Nana" in her apron and relate that to raspberry jam! If you read the article you will understand why!

This is a picture of myself as a baby and my great grandmother by marriage, Augusta Pauline Ochs. She was born in Pennsylvannia August 17, 1888. The picture was taken at my grandparents home which at the time was in San Leandro, Ca. in 1956. This is the only photo I have in my possession of my Nana so it is very special to me. This has also become a favorite photo of mine simply because I responded to a post by Dear Myrtle, to her personally, and she chose to post this picture and my email to her. I never in a million years expected that to come out of a response to one of her blog posts! I felt very honored indeed!

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Who Are You?

The 9th edition of Smile for the camera asks: Who are you? We really want to know!

We are asked to share a picture from our collection. The picture should contain people whose identities are not known. Here is the picture I would like to know, Who are you?

I have been told that the woman on the far right is Della Welsh Fleming, and that she may actually be pregnant in this picture. I do not have her in my family tree as of yet, but this photo was in my father's collections. I have no idea who the other people in the photo are, maybe from the Welsh Family? I need to make the connection of Della with my Fleming family line and have her entered into my program. It would be wonderful to know who the others in this photo are. Any help would be appreciated!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

My 100th post!

Wow, I have shocked myself! One hundred posts and I am still here!

If you would have asked me when I first started this blog a few months ago if I thought my blog would be of any interest to anyone, or if I thought it would last for more than a month, I would have laughed and asked "Are you kidding me?" In the beginning I really didn't think I would find the time to blog very often, I was scared to death to start one, and certainly didn't expect anyone to leave comments about anything I wrote.

Yes, I tend to not give myself very much credit sometimes. But what I have found is that I really enjoy blogging! Something you enjoy, you tend to make time to do.

Now that I have made it to 100 posts, I am starting to think a little differently on what may be in store for the future. It just may be time to spread my wings...

I want to thank everyone who has read my blog and left comments! This has been an added bonus for me. I look forward to the next 100 posts. I hope you will stop by and go for the ride with me!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Awarded Again!

Thank you Tina Sansone from Gtownma's Genealogy @! Tina has surprised and awarded me with the Proximidade Award! What an honor! Thank you again!

I have seen where bloggers have been tagged and/or awarded something more than once and it is covered in one blog announcement. This is the second time I have been given this award (the first time I've been awarded something more than once) and I just don't really know what to say! The first award was from Kathryn @ Looking for Ancestors on Dec. 24, 2008. Today, I am awarded again from Tina!

The Proximidade Award

"These blogs invest and believe in PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time, and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming! These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends! They are not interested in prizes or self -aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

Since I have already chosen eight bloggers and awarded them with the award in December, hopefully I have done my duty. I do thank you Tina and Kathryn for thinking of me and sending me this award, I got it two times!! Can you believe it?

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Reflecting...It Has Been Eight Years

Today has been a bit of an emotional day for me. Today is the eighth anniversary of my mother's passing. It is very difficult to believe that it has been eight years already. Seems like yesterday, really.

I have reflected on my life as a child growing up at home. I have thought about all of the things my mother has missed since she has been gone. I wonder if the rest of my family is going through the same feelings I am. I reminisce on my mother's life. I try not to think of the things she still wanted to do in her life but didn't get the opportunity to do.

I realize everyone has lost loved ones, and have thoughts they go through. But I wonder, if I, with genealogy being such a big factor in my life, think any deeper or differently about the ones I have lost, compared to the average Joe.

My involvement in genealogy started before my mother passed. I remember the first things I found on the internet that intrigued me, surprised me and excited me. I remember sharing these with my mother and wanting her to share the excitement back. She never really did. The information I had found was regarding my fathers family and not hers. Is that why she wasn't interested? I couldn't image that was true.

I have so many questions for my mother now. Oh how I wish I could talk to her once more. We never heard much about her side of the family. I was lucky I knew my grandparents, and uncle. Beyond that, I don't remember hearing anything about my ggrandparents, or any other family.

I have since found who some of these family members are, and have learned a secret or two regarding her and her family. I look back now and am sure she wasn't happy with me digging into genealogy, only because of what I may find. I have found a couple of those things I am sure she'd rather I didn't know. As an adult, I look at these things as part of life, maybe as a child I would have thought differently. Will I find any more surprises?

My mother was a very private person. I miss that she never shared her heritage with us. Oh sure, we knew what she wanted us to know, but nothing beyond that. I never heard her talk about her grandparents. I wonder, do I talk enough about my grandparents to my kids?

My mother was diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live, she almost made it a year. It was a tough year, for the whole family. I felt, at least I had hoped, that one day she would open up to me, and give me some answers, or at least give me some sort of information that may have been on her mind. I was wrong, and I should have known better. Remember, I told you she was a very private person. So different from me. I don't advertise my life, as you can tell from my blog, but I am definitely more open and sharing than my mother was.

My mother was a great mother. She did the best she knew how, and the way she thought it should be done. Of course as her daughter, I can think of things I didn't agree with or would have handled differently, but isn't that how we learn and decide how we will raise our own children?

My mother was strict. To strict most of the time, but that is my opinion. I think as the younger children grew up, she wasn't as strict with them. I was the eldest, so she was toughest with me. I see now she was that way because she didn't want us to go through things she went through, she thought she was protecting us.

Her children grew up to be fine respectable adults. She (along with my father) did a fine job raising us. There was a method to her madness! ;-)

So many much she has missed...all we miss from her...eight, still seems like yesterday. Rest in peace mom. I love you.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Backup Methods

I have been signed up with Carbonite (an online back up service) for several months, and luckily I haven't had any incidents to have to turn to it for backup. I know though there have been several people who had computer issues last year, and heaven only knows how much genealogy information was lost because of those issues. Hopefully they all had backups!

There are several online services available for backing up your research and family information. The two that I am most aware of are Mozy, and Carbonite. From the information that I have read, both seem to be are very good. Dick Eastman has written several articles about Mozy, and I believe that is the program he uses. A few people I know have Carbonite and they all seem happy with their service, me included. You can google either for more information.

I have also used flash drives as backups and copies to CD's. As I have said before, I still haven't needed any of my backups, but you never know when that may change!

My newest back up now is the portable hard drive I received for Christmas. Yes, that was one of my Christmas gifts I asked for. As you all know, I am not a technology geek and learn what I do mostly by trial and error. For once, I received something that was actually easy to use.

I plugged it in to the laptop, and plugged the other end into the socket. Before I knew it I was actually doing a backup of my laptop! There were several things that didn't backup, but from what I can tell from the report, none of it is anything I am worried about, although I don't know why it didn't back up. So far I am very pleased with this new source of backing up my research!

Now I am wondering how long portable hard drives last? And, could this replace having an online service? Maybe I should keep both? If you have any thoughts on this I would love to hear them!

I was hoping a portable hard drive would eliminate paying for an online service, which really doesn't cost much and is well worth the money, but now I wonder, do I need both?

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Monday, January 5, 2009

104 Tidbits About My Genealogy Habits

I read this post from Becky Jamison over at Grace and Glory,

I really liked the idea as it only relates to genealogy. By going through this list and seeing the things I haven't done, maybe it will entice me to get a move on!

The list should be annotated in the following manner:

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

Belong to a genealogical society.
Researched records onsite at a court house.
Transcribed records.
Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) .
Joined Facebook.
Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.
Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
Attended a genealogy conference.
Lectured at a genealogy conference.
Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
Talked to dead ancestors.
Researched outside the state in which I live.
Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
Cold called a distant relative.
Posted messages on a surname message board.
Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
Googled my name. (aka The Ego Search)
Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
Have been paid to do genealogical research.
Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
Participated in a genealogy meme.
Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
Performed a record lookup for someone else.
Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
Found a disturbing family secret.
Told others about a disturbing family secret.
Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
Taught someone else how to find their roots.
Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
Disproved a family myth through research.
Got a family member to let you copy photos.
Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
Translated a record from a foreign language.
Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
Used microfiche.
Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.
Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
Taught a class in genealogy.
Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
Found an ancestor’s Social Security application.
Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.
Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
Visited the Library of Congress.
Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower.
Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.
Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
Can read a church record in Latin.
Have an ancestor who changed their name.
Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
Created a family website.
Have more than one "genealogy" blog.
Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
Have broken through at least one brick wall.
Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.
Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety.
Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.
Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors.
Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
Use maps in my genealogy research.
Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.
Visited the National Archives in Kew.
Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
Consistently cite my sources.
Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors.
Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.
Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).
Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
Organized a family reunion.
Published a family history book.
Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
Have done the genealogy happy dance.
Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
Offended a family member with my research.
Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

I would like to know who started this. They did a great job making up the list. What fun!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

1990 Census and Federal Documents Links

This is a link to the 1990 census job code classifications. Have you ever tried to figure out what those numbers are next to the occupations on the census images? This link may be of some assistance~

The following link is to several government information web sites. They include statistical databases, United States executive, legislative, and judicial branch resources, census data, and Wisconsin and Milwaukee government and statistics. It is provided by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. The free access areas are noted.

There might be other university sites in your area of research that has similar information. Be sure to scroll down and see all the information that is available. There are many links to government and other university databases. Many databases are statistics based.

Interesting information on these links which were brought to my attention by a member of my local genealogy society.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

DearMyrtle's Organization Checklist

I just came across DearMyrtle's January 2009 Organizational Checklist. There are some great suggestions and ways to help everyone get organized with their genealogy! Some of these things I already do, have done and continue to do. But there are some ideas that I haven't done and am considering doing.

January's checklist is fifteen pages, with pictures and photos, and it is free! There will be posts each month of the year to help us all stay organized. You can read and download the checklist at:

The list was posted January 1st and it is now the 3rd, so we have lost a few days already! Time to head on over, and be sure to let DearMyrtle know you appreciate all the work she put into this for us!

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99 Things About Me Meme

Julie over at Genblog,, and Sheri at The Educated Genealogist, have both participated in this and I thought I would follow along!

Things you’ve already done: BOLD
Things you want to do: RED
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you are not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birth place of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David in person
41. Sung Karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood
65. Gone skydiving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a cheque
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the paper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Computer Literacy

I am not very computer literate. Most of what I know I have learned by trial and error, mostly error. And when those errors happen, they can be so very frustrating. Patience is needed at this time, and generally I have quite a bit of patience. I tend to loose my patience when I know the issue is something so simple, yet I can't figure it out.

One issue I had for several months. I thought was an issue with my e-mail site. I spent many hours trying to figure it out, and wasted so much time, which is priceless to me. My immediate family is not very computer literate either, so they aren't of much help.

However, when my daughter from Tennessee came home for the holidays, she was of great assistance to me! The issue I was having, one of them anyway, was that I wasn't able to copy and paste. I couldn't right click and make it work, I couldn't use the control buttons to make it work. So whenever I did a meme or such, I wasn't able to copy and paste, I re-typed the whole thing! Of course that was time consuming also, but I did it. Another problem related was that if I moved my cursor from the main body of my typing, here or in an email, I had to start the cursor at the top of the header and tab down to get where I was to continue. It was as if my cursor would freeze.

When I asked my daughter C. if she had ever had this issue before, she said she had recently just had the same problem. I gave her the laptop and she asked me to give her a few minutes to think about what she did to correct the problem.

It didn't take her long and she showed me what she did. Again, such a simple fix! Frustrates me to no end that I waste so much time with things like this. All she did was right click, and click on the bottom message and it was cleared up! Now, I had right clicked oh, maybe a thousand times, but never thought to click on the bottom message. Of course I didn't, that would have been to easy! I look for the hard way to do things!

I had tried "help" modes and played around with the computer myself. I had asked an IT guy who I used to work with, he was the one who told me to use the control shortcuts, which didn't work either. I asked C. how she had found to fix the problem and she said she just played around for about half an hour and fixed it. Hum. I spent hours and couldn't fix it.

Apparently I would hit some button on my laptop unknowingly that caused this problem. I can't even make it happen again intentionally, but if it happens, now I know what to do!

Ok, seeing's how she was so smart and I had another issue, I asked her about that. This one took a little longer, but she figured it out also. I sat with her the night before she left and tried it a couple times to make sure I knew what I was doing. Usually when I do something myself a few times I get it. So I felt confident I had it handled.

So now time has passed, maybe what, 5 days? It dawned on me that I haven't gone back in to verify that I remembered how to go about the second problem. So here I am tonight, thinking about this and realizing as soon as I post this blog I will be off seeing what I remember. I feel soooo blonde! ;-)

From these issues however I have been reminded that my son in law may be a person to ask when I have computer issues. But for these set of events, my daughter was my IT person!

Wish me luck that I remember how to do this second problem. I pray that lack of hormones and age haven't taken my whole brain away!

(For those of you thinking about starting a blog and are nervous about it, if I can do it, so can you!)

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Thursday, January 1, 2009



I wish to thank you all for following my blog last year and leaving your comments! Although I have only been blogging for four months, I have really enjoyed "meeting" you all, found that blogging is a creative way to express your emotions and feelings. Truly the Genea-Bloggers are a great group of people, willing to share, support and help when needed.

Although I didn't post very often the past month, I was busy having fun and making the holidays special for others. Hopefully I helped make some special memories for some of them.

If you are thinking about starting a blog at all, I suggest not to hesitate, you will find blogging to be very rewarding!

I look forward to blogging in 2009, joining the carnivals and memes when I can and sharing more genealogy and life with you. Again, I thank all of my followers supporting me, and hope you continue following my blog this year. I wish you a safe, sane, healthy and prosperous 2009!


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