"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Isn't it fun to add names to your database?  I picked up another line of my husband's genealogy (ultimately my kids' ancestors) and added a bunch of names onto my husband's maternal grandmother's line.  I still have to go back an verify my work with other sources, but I have a start on the information. 
That brings  me to my thought for the night, first of all, never take another reseracher's information for gospel truth, I know there are many good researchers out there, but you should always verify the information that you find.  Second always, always, always give credit to the source you got your information from and always ask permission from the researcher for their information.  Also if you get, for example, an obituary from another researcher's information, you site the information from that researcher, not the source of the obit unless you see it yourself.  Plus you should always verify with those sources yourself as well.
Not much else to add to this...short and sweet tonight.  :)

As always, Happy Researching!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Wee Bit o' Irish

St. Patrick's Day is fast coming on us this week.  The day that we all get to be a little bit Irish, although some myself included, get to be Irish all year around.  What does St. Patrick's Day mean to you?  For me it makes me think of my Grandma that died in 2002.    He always used to say "You can always tell and Irishmen, but you can't tell him much!"
I never drink green beer on St. Patrick's day, I hate beer.  I do usually wear green, although this year it might be tricky because I have nursing school clinicals for 12 hours on Wednesday and we are required to wear white uniforms.  Bummer, I just bought a couple cute Irish T-shirts too!  I'll have to wear them other days this week I guess.
Today a friend of mine asked on Facebook to post a favorite Irish blessing.  This one always come to my mind:
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”
A few years ago I started cross stitching this, but it ended up so out of line it was horrible, it's on my to-do list after graduation....actually now that I think about it I could really start it now.  I will definately take photos when I am done and share...it might be in 5 years, but I will share.  :)

Not much more to write today, but feel free to share your favorite Irish blessings in the comments!  I'd love to see what you all think of.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I have realized today that it has been over two months since I've written.  I wish I could say it is because of some great genealogical adventure or that I have been neck deep in family history reseach, but, alas, it has not.  I suffer from what many of my classmates also suffer from - not having enough time to do everything we want to do, be a mom and go to nursing school.  In fact, seems we thought we were moving back in September, most of my genealogical materials is boxed up in boxes. 

Since, my computer has also needed a trip to the shop, so I must find in the mountain of boxes in the closet, my legacy program so that I can reinstall my program and load my files back onto my laptop, which I can happily say is like a new computer since the installation of a brand new mother board.

So plans are quickly underway on what has been a long time coming family vacation to Pennsylvani.  We will be embarking via RV on September 10th, with an overnight stay in Lansing, Michigan for my husband's commissioning ceremony for the National Guard at the state capital on September 11th, then off to Pennsylvania, with a couple days at the end of our trip in Gettysburg.  Anticipation bubbles for the trip, but it still seems like such a long way off, but still not so long.

This year I plan to gather the documentation for to earn an Ancestral Certificate from Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society.  This year I will not be speaking as planned, but committed to being a back up if someone cancels.  The only month available was September and seems I will be in Pennsylvania, it would be difficult to present at the meeting, although with today's technology, not impossible.    Have I mentioned yet that I am really looking forward to my trip?  :D  I can't help it.  The excitement of walking down the same streets my ancestors traveled is exciting for me to think about!

So until next time,
Happy Genealogy!