Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mother's Day - Six Years Later

It will be 6 years this Sunday since my husband passed away. He went to the National Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati with me on the Monday before he died. He wanted me to start a blog and we would travel to various places that I would write about. I told him "only if it has to do with genealogy". He agreed. And we took off to our first conference. 

He spent, maybe, a half hour at the conference with me and then he took off to the hills of Kentucky and southern Ohio. I was in my world at the conference and he was in his world playing "Dukes of Hazard" on the road on either side of the Ohio River. We came home with many plans to do this again. 

He died a few days later. On May 13. It was Mother's Day. Now six years later it is May 13 and it is Mother's Day again. Full circle.

My life has changed so much in the last six years. I am my own person now. I am no one's wife. I am no one's daughter. I am me.

I have made the decision to sell my house and downsize one more time. I have to wonder why it took that six year cycle to make it happen. Everything just fell into place. There was a possible buyer and my home magically became ready to be sold.

I am looking forward to renting a villa with no maintenance. A smaller space to live in seems perfect to me now. More time for the things I want to do. Of course that means more time to devote to genealogy. 

Since I became a widow on May 13, 2012, my life has changed so much and I have grown in so many ways I never imagined. The guilt is gone. Some of the fear is still there and will probably never completely go away. The love will always be there, but the tears have turned to memories.  

I am so ready for this new season of my life.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Mother Lode of Conferences! Whoo Hoo.

If you live in Northwest Ohio, you are in going to be in genealogical wonderland this year. 

OGS Conference 11-14 April 2018, Columbus, Ohio

National Genealogical Society Conference 2-5 May 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

FGS Conference 22-25 August 2018, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It doesn't get any better than this. 

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Genealogical glass houses!

Something I heard on television a few weeks ago really got me thinking. 

"People who live in genealogical glass houses shouldn't throw stones." 
(Jennifer Mendelsohn, genealogist. AM Joy MSNBC, January 20, 2018)

First of all, please let me make one thing clear. This is not a political opinion. It  is something that I have gradually learned during my many years of family research. Genealogists see things differently and because of this maybe genealogy should be a required subject in school. See Jane. See Dick. See Jane's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, . . . .well you get the picture. Makes sense to me.

But here is the thing -- we all live in genealogical glass houses. No one can escape that fact. If you're an American, you live in a genealogical glass house. You can ignore it. You can refuse to believe it, but family history is your family story. It is His Story, Her Story, Our Story, Their Story, Your Story. Get it? It exists whether you want it to or not.

                   [Please take a 10 minute pause to meditate on this and please learn from this.]

Yes. We all live in genealogical glass houses. We need to understand why and where our ancestors lived. Did they stay or did they move. Were they immigrants? Did they own slaves? Were they slaves? Were they harassed because of nationality? 

Can you change your family history? No!
Can you learn from it?  Yes!
Can you treat others as you wish your ancestors could have been or were treated? Yes!


And the best way to learn about and understand the future is to research your family's past. 

It's not to late to research your family.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Want to make a donation? Won't cost you a penny - just your vote!

Kroger in Waterville, Ohio, is opening a new marketplace store. (Actually they have added on to our current store.) In honor of the grand opening they are going to donate $10,000 to 3 local organizations. The money will be divided according to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. $5000, $3,000 and $2,000. 

Inline image 1This is your chance to help the Waterville Historical Society with a donation and it won't cost you a dime. Just log onto the the Kroger website below and vote for Waterville Historical Society. You can cast your vote everyday til the contest ends at midnight on January 29. You can help us by sharing this info with all your friends, even your friends on Facebook! And don't forget your relatives. And maybe your ancestors can help with a little bit of serendipity.

WHS provides events and educational programs and tours for local residents and visitors. We have two homes and a building that we maintain in order to preserve a view of the past. One of the homes is in need of costly repairs. This donation from Kroger would provide much needed funds toward this goal. 

Please consider a donation:

Thank you so much. Your votes are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Quick Note -- More holiday bargains!

Fold 3: This site is devoted to military genealogy records. They are offering an annual membership for $47.95. Normally the regular price for a single membership is $79.95. This sale ends on December 3.


Friday, November 24, 2017

More Holiday Christmas bargains

When my parents moved to Florida I "inherited" a lot of classic Christmas ornaments and decorations. I guess my mother thought that I would preserve them. I tried but I couldn't resist the urge to continue to put them on the tree. Big mistake. I seriously don't know how they survived my childhood, but I do know they didn't fare so well in my young adulthood, parenthood, and grandparenthood. I do believe that there are still a few of them left in my 20 boxes of decorations. Yes, 20 - and I did downsize. Somewhat!

A few days ago I saw an email from Family Tree Shop about a special deal on an Ornament Preservation Kit. For most of my life it never crossed my mind to retire those heirlooms to a box of keepsakes because they were so much a part of decorating the tree. I figure I will use them and pass them on, along with my ornaments which will eventually be broken, cried over and swept up. However, if you think this is something that would work for you, please check it out. The kit contains an archival box and preservation supplies.

Roots Magic Holiday Offer:
Present owners of this program are eligible for a $25 offer on a software bundle from this company. This is regularly priced at $90. The bargain ends on November 30 and there is no limit to the number of purchases. To take advantage of this you will need to order online or call 800-766-8762. This is an excellent way to introduce your friends and relatives to the wonderful world of genealogy.

Monday, November 20, 2017

More Holiday Bargains for Genealogists

More Genealogy Bargains for 2017 Holiday.

23 and me DNA Thanksgiving Offer: This offer runs through November 23 (Thanksgiving). The kits are $49 each if you buy two. If you only want to purchase one kit the price is $69 which is still a bargain since the kits are regularly $99 each.

Family Tree DNA Holiday Offer: This offer ends on December 31, 2017 which is good because there are several options and you must read the information for each kit to determine if it will work for yourself or family member. Cost of the kits range from $59 to $299 (five kits). You may also purchase bundles which range from $178 to $442. Each bundle is good for one person only, you may not split them up. One thing that appeals to many is the fact that these kits do not require you to spit into a tube. Instead you simply swab the inside of the cheek, which makes them better for young children.

My Heritage DNA Thanksgiving Sale: This offer also runs through November 23 (Thanksgiving). The kit which requires only a cheek swab are on sale for $59 each. They are regularly $99 each.

*Please remember that these DNA results may reveal information that could be upsetting. Families have secrets and skeletons in their closets occasionally!