Notes from the past…

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Another new cousin!

One of the wonderful things about running a family history blog happens when someone out there in cyberland happens upon your site, reads a little and then suddenly realizes that a connection, a relationship exists. Usually (in my experience), the visitor turns out to be a distant cousin. So exciting!

This evening I got a comment on my blog from one of the children of my Dad’s Uncle Gene (as we knew him). I guess that qualifies us as cousins. I have very vague, fuzzy memories of Uncle Gene, and don’t remember any of his kids.

I hope this new cousin and I can keep in touch and share our memories!

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Your Facebook privacy… or once more, Lifehacker to the rescue!

Lifehacker is one of my very favorite sites, both for techy info and for life info.

Struggling with Facebook and their “War and Peace” privacy settings?

Check out today’s post,  Top 10 Privacy Tweaks You Should Know About. Skip down the page ‘till you come to 4. Know Where You Stand With Facebook at a Glance, then click on settings-scanning bookmarklet. Follow the instructions and you will get something like this:


Click on this image to view the original, and you can see that my privacy settings are almost, but not quite “private”.

I clicked on the accidentally share link and updated my settings and now the scanner shows all green, or secure. I hope…

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What to bring on a trip to the library

I’m planning a trip to the downtown Fort Worth Public Library on my next day off. This is the main library and houses the Genealogy Department, as well as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper archives. I have several obituaries and newspaper items to look for, so I’d better make a list.

My RootsMagic software will create a very nice To-do List, but there is another program that I use that also works quite well.

ToDoList is an open-source program, billed as “a simple and effective way to keep on top of your daily tasks”. It is certainly that. This is my to-do list for the library trip:


You may notice there are 10 tasks listed. I usually only have a couple of hours to spend at the library (free parking for 2 1/2 hours!), so I have learned to make a short, concise list of what I want to accomplish. With this list, I can go straight to the microfilm section and start looking for my clippings.

And I always bring my digital camera, since the printers don’t always create readable copies!