Notes from the past…

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Do you have an iPod?

I bought myself an iPod Nano for Hanukkah last year, and I have downloaded or copied a lot of music to it. I listen to it when I walk (which I should do several days per week, but don’t!) and when I clean house. It has never occurred to me that my iPod could help me with my genealogical research…
One of the blogs I read daily is the DearMYRTLE blog. This lady is very knowledgeable about family history, and I learn something every time I visit!
In her blog she talks about her podcasts. Now I really didn’t understand what a podcast was, but when I read about Myrtle and her iPod, I decided to follow her directions and try to download her podcast to my iPod. Nothing to lose, since it’s a free download. Piece o’ cake!
I quickly figured out that a podcast is basically an old-time radio show. The host of the podcast talks about the subject and may interview people of interest. And there are sponsors’ commercials. Simple enough.
Problem is…I don’t like “talk radio”! So the first podcast I listened to took a bit of discipline on my part, at least in the beginning.
But I listened to Myrtle’s latest podcast again at work this morning, while doing inventory. And ya know what? I really enjoyed it…and learned a lot!
So I visited the Apple Store this afternoon and downloaded a couple of other podcasts (The Genealogy Guys and Genealogy Gems). This takes a little more patience on my part, as I have a dial-up internet connection, so it takes a while to download anything! But, I am excited about this newly-discovered use for my iPod!

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Another new cousin (by divorce)!

I have done a bit of research into my ex-husband’s family. He has given me a few things for safe-keeping, including 2 old tin-plate images of his great-grandmother and her sister. A couple of years ago, I posted a message on a couple of websites in the area of Arkansas where these 2 ladies lived. Thursday, I got an email from a lady in Arkansas about the pictures. It seems she is related to the ladies and has a lot of info to share. So I sent her copies of the images and she in return sent me more photographs of people from her line, the Latimers, and also access to her private web site. It feels like Christmas morning around here! Or the 1st night of Hanukkah, better still!
This new “ex-cousin” has a bunch of info that I want to add to the Stephens-McCullough database. I haven’t done anywhere near as much work with this database as I have with my own family, so I have a big assignment ahead.

This is William Ross Latimer, my ex-husband’s 2nd great-granduncle. He is the uncle of the 2 ladies on the tin plates.
I’m anxious to jump into this, since I have all this new info, but first I want to finish the Stanley surname.

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Odds & ends…

I have started working on the Stanley family. This will be a bit different, as my great-grandfather, John Thomas Stanley, was adopted after he and his older brother Henry were abandoned as small children.

No one in my family has any idea who my great-grandfather’s parents might have been, or anything about his “blood” ancestry. I have already investigated his adoptive Stanley family back several generations.
This reminds me of comments I read on someone’s genealogy blog a few days ago. The discussion involved “family history vs genealogy”, or the definition of this obsession of ours. One contributor said something along the lines of: “I’m only interested in blood & DNA, nothing else matters!” Other commentors were more interested in family dynamics and the importance of relationships.
If the term “genealogy” deals with little more than the study of genetics, then I am definitely a FAMILY HISTORIAN! Family, people, lives…that’s what I am interested in. While the Stanley family that adopted my great-grandfather are not “blood” ancestors, they are still my family. And family is all that matters!
I have also been updating both my RootsWeb WorldConnect database and my genealogy website. In reviewing my Family Tree files, I discovered that some of my source documentation displayed a few of my living relatives’ full names. I thought I had edited all my sources to protect these people, but obviously I missed a few folks! So I painstakingly went through the list of sources and changed all the names to initials. Then I updated both of the online databases.