Friday, May 31, 2013

Fain Friday!

Another fabulous "Fain" day thanks to a great genea friend, Angela Kraft from Leaves of Heritage!

I have been intrigued with some fairly recent information I have found in one of my family lines. It is so recent in fact that I won't even discuss it. 

This morning I awoke to a mailbox FILLED with information regarding this "information." Some of this I already had, some I didn't and some is a bit controversial. 

I have spent all morning reading, verifying, learning, and making future follow up plans because of the information I was sent. On any other day I would have been doing something very boring like labeling pictures, or basic data entry in my "New Tree." 


This morning I find I can hardly think of anything else but what I have been working on. It has been a great day, actually learning NEW things in MY family! This has been so much more fun!

As busy as our lives tend to be these days, I feel so honored that Angela took time from her day to do this for ME. I understand wanting to find genealogical information for others, I have a couple people I would LOVE to help find information for in order for them to break through a break wall. I never thought of anyone helping ME!

Thank you again, Angela!

This is this perfect time to say~

"I plan to pay it forward!"

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ 1930 Wedding Napkin

Paternal grandparents wedding napkin. Scanned June 19, 2010. Cheryl Palmer.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, May 27, 2013

Where Am I? What Am I Missing?

Do you ever feel like you are being pulled in many directions and aren't sure where to start? This is where I am right now.

May 10, 2013. San Francisco, California. Grand Princess. Digital image by Cheryl Palmer.

We returned from vacation (can you tell what we did?) and I have found I have a couple new connections and contacts in the genealogy realm. The connections are through the Fleming/Phelan lines. Always so very exciting! I have done my best to reply with these new cousins and do what I can to make the connections "whole" and share in any way what I can. Unfortunately, that hasn't been much this time. 

I have added these new cousins to my "Cousin's Found" list. Doing this has once again reminded me I have cousins in my second email account who haven't been added to the list, yet...

I really need to get to my Swedish lessons, I have lost so much time learning because of my husband's surgery. 

I am anxious to complete my "New Family Tree" but have a long way to go with it, still. I have two lines almost completed, but I have 4 more to go in order to include all of my ancestors.

I have pictures that need sorting and naming, I have fallen behind about a year and a half at this point. I am debating whether to start another blog to share some of these photos...

There are so many groups now on Google+ and Facebook, even Twitter has them. I can't find time to participate... One of the groups, organization... is anyone every totally organized all of the time? I am not in bad shape, however I do have a basket full of paperwork to be filed...

Then there is scanning...I really need to take photos out of old albums that are bad for the photos...and of course scan, scan, scan! I do plan to take advantage of Ancestry's free scanning at Jamboree, it is a fantastic deal! 

It is exciting there is so much going on for me right now, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Where to start? For now I am trying my darndest to learn even a tiny bit of Swedish. When I take breaks I will blog, answer emails, work on the Family Tree, share photos, scan, check out Twitter, Facebook and Google+...etc.

But, what am I missing most today? 

Someone, ANYONE, in my family that would have the excitement I do about genealogy. Someone I can share excitement with when new information and cousins are found. Someone who wants to work with me...or at least understands when there may be frustration...

At this point I get: Oh no, I can hardly believe you have found another cousin...Now you will want to go and meet I have to listen to info about ANOTHER cousin? You all know the drill.

The toughest thing is when is my family wants me to go do things all the time with them. That is not a bad thing, they are very active, definitely a good thing. I, however want to stay home in my own little world sometimes and work on any of the afore mentioned tasks. I know you understand.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Centennial Light Bulb

On March 2, 2009 I posted “A Light That Still Shines.”  This post made Randy Seaver’s “Best of Genealogy Blogs” on his Genea-Musings blog that particular week. If you missed that post or wish to refresh your memory please go back and read it before continuing on with this post, it will give background on the news I am about to share with you now.

I recently returned from a fantastic cruise and was playing catch up with the computer when I noticed a link shared on Facebook by my husband’s cousin.  The post, “World’s Longest Running Lightbulb Goes Out In Livermore” was posted by (Thank you cousin for listing this)

Photo taken by Cheryl Palmer, 2009, Livermore, California.

The Centennial Light Bulb mysteriously went out! 

I think my heart skipped a beat, or two! I clicked on the link and listened to the report. Thankfully, the light came back on hours later, as mysteriously as it had gone out. 

This report is by Juliette Goodrich, who wrote the book "The Little Light Shine's Bright." She was inspired by this very lightbulb to write her book. Here is the link where you too can listen to the report to find out what really happened. 

This lightbulb has actually been a topic of David Letterman and Stephen Colbert as you will see if you check out the lightbulbs web page, Livermore California's Centennial Light.

The Centennial Bulb was in its 112 year of being lit when this occurred. The power supply failed, not the lightbulb itself. Do you think Guinness World Records will continue on counting time “being lit” for this light bulb?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, May 4, 2013


My day was all planned when we received a phone call from my brother in law (furthur listed as "BIL") saying he was going to the airport to pick up a cousin of my husband's who was coming in from Costa Rica. Not many people come from Costa Rica to the US to visit, at least not my husband's family. Unless you own a business or have money, it is expensive for most to make this trip. Of course, my husband's family has been offered (by us) to have a plane ticket paid for so they can come to the US. Long story short, none of them have been able to come, yet anyway.

When I first learned the cousin was coming, I asked my husband why were we just learning this, so last minute? We pawned it off as not being unusual, and were grateful to be informed of his arrival. My BIL asked if my husband wanted to go with him to the airport to pick up the cousin. My husband explained the grandson had a baseball game and we would go over to his house after.

The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. I started thinking how I could re-arrange my schedule. Even though this was a cousin and not a brother or sister, it was exciting to know someone in the family was coming! I cancelled a couple of things and worked it out. I made sure my camera batteries were charged. I needed to get photos of this cousin in California with the family! 

I was uncertain if I had met this cousin before. I thought I had, but the way it was described to me, maybe I hadn't. I understood this was my husband's mother's brother's son. He owns a business in the Mercado. We have been to the business several times but I think it has been years since we have actually seen him there, if at all. I remember my husband's uncle, he was a character! He was the type that would get into trouble and come out smelling like a rose. His son? I didn't know anything about him, other than he owned the store. Time to learn! He was coming to California!

I met my husband at the game, excited to go to his brother's afterwards. After an inning or two my husband informs me he had talked with his brother again while he was on his way to the game. he says to me, "The whole thing was a fraud!" 

What do you mean? Nah, not true, I said. What was he talking about? Fraud, really? I can't believe it... I am ready to meet and greet this cousin, and take pictures too!

But it was. A SCAM. A stinking SCAM.

Here is how I understand this went down~ 

A man called my BIL saying he was "cousin's name" and he was in Tijuana. (Keep in mind, this whole conversation is in Spanish.) He said he was coming to the United States to buy some things for his store. He said the Mexican Federales had him in custody because he had "x amount of cash" on him and they wanted to make sure he wasn't a drug dealer. (It all sounds sooo legit!)

A bit later the "Mexican Federales" called my BIL, stating who they were and asked if he knew the cousin. They said they would use some of the money to release the cousin from being held but they would not give the rest of the money back to him. They wanted to send it to my BIL, at some bank or something. This is where we don't really understand. My BIL would never give out any personal information about his bank. I am guessing he said something that "postponed relating info about the bank."

My BIL had been given the time of arrival at the airport of this cousin, which was several hours later in the day. My BIL and his wife started talking about everything including the money situation and decided to call Costa Rica. That is when they found out the whole thing was a SCAM

The cousin is fine and still in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

These scammers had the cousin's name, knew he owned a store and had a cousin in the US. Thankfully, as good as their scam was all planned out, they weren't able to cash in on it! 

I planned to write a blog post about our exciting meeting today and share photos, but this is what you got instead, and without photos. Be wary at all times everyone!

If my BIL hadn't called Costa Rica I believe my he would STILL be sitting at the airport waiting for his cousin.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved