Notes from the past…


A technical problem…RESOLVED!

I have been trying to figure out how to safeguard my Mom’s red photo album. It’s at least 50 years old and most of the photos are either stuck in place or taped in place, so removing them to another “archive”-type album is out of the question. The pages are about 12″x12″, so they are too big for my scanner. So I am resolved to scanning each image individually and then creating a “virtual” photo album of the same size and then adding the scanned images in the original configuration as the red album. (I’m too cheap to go to Kinko’s! :) ) Yesterday I hunted around the ‘Net to find a program that would create my virtual album. I settled on Picasa and promptly tried to download it…

SLAM! A messaged popped up in Firefox’s Downloads Manager telling me I couldn’t download it, probably because it was a .exe file. How rude! I know, I know, malicious code and all that stuff. But I’m careful with my downloads and have never brought any critters into my computer.

So, I started trying to figure out how to change the security set-up. About 3 hours later and still no Picasa! Then I sent a message to Denise of Family Matters. When I checked my email this morning, Denise had sent me an email, and in about 5 minutes my problem was solved and Picasa was busy setting up housekeeping on my hard drive. Thank you, Denise!

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What a great idea!

I read several genealogy blogs and many of the folks writing those blogs talk about their research and how several family members often work together to get the job done. And I frequently hear that genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. Well, guess what… other than the folks behind these blogs, I don’t personally know another soul who is actively engaged in family history research! I have an uncle who is somewhat interested, but is so busy with his church activities and caring for my ailing aunt that he really doesn’t have much time for anything else. And that’s ok. Another aunt once did some research but not in several years. And that’s about it for my little part of the world.

So how to get folks interested? We all know how addicting and all-consuming the hunt can be once we get started, but where to begin. What can I do to encourage my own family to get involved?

Maybe there is a way….

Genealogy Addiction has a great idea: a family history newsletter! Something that I could create and email 2-3 times per year, and that would include tidbits from our family’s past, as well as current happenings. The newsletter would be sent to my “regular” family, as well as all the “new” cousins I have met through my research.

This seems like a great way to share what I’ve learned with all of my family, and I might even manage to pick up some new photos, documents and family stories!

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What have I been doing lately…

Not much genealogical research, at least not in the traditional use of the term…
The here and now is always more important. By that, I mean… my living ancestors! My dad is doing very well after his triple bypass of a month ago. I went to visit him in Louisiana the weekend before Thanksgiving. I went to physical therapy with him one day, and was very impressed. He walked on the treadmill for 18 minutes at a pretty good pace, then rode the stationary bicycle, then a bit of work with weights, all under close supervision, of course. The next day was Saturday, and he didn’t go to PT because of the weekend. So we went for a walk instead. As we walked up a hill heading back to his house, he asked me, “Am I walking too fast for you?” This from a 78-year-old man who is one month post triple bypass surgery! Anyway, he is doing great, and I am very thankful!
I have been very busy with Thanksgiving and watching my granddaughter this past week, so I haven’t done any research. I continue to check my Bloglines account daily, keeping up with reading all those genealogy blogs. They are a fantastic source of inspiration and ideas for research!
Other than the above, I have continued to work on the Lampasas County Marriage transcriptions. And I am always on the look-out for any new clues or pieces to the puzzle!
I may not get much more work done from now until New Years, as this is such a busy time of the year. But, you never know…