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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summertime 2014

I have fallen flat on my face with blogging about my genealogy.  I was hoping for lovely mornings this summer where I could wake up early and walk down the hallway into our home office and spent a few hours working on my family tree projects and sharing my discoveries here with anyone who actually reads my blog.

Well, the summer has proven to be a busy time.  I do dislike the word "busy".  People over use the word.  Being busy is all relative.  Let me rephrase things.  I have been preoccupied with my children's activities and having equal fun to my hobby of genealogy.

In addition to the full load of kid activities, I have witnessed a few milestones for various family members.  I had the privilege of attending a high school graduation party for my cousin (Borchers/Vienop side) and my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

On a sad note, we lost my uncle on July 7th.  Attending his memorial service was a wonderful way to honor his memory.   Several people spoke about him.  He had the family passion for genealogy.  In fact, he had picked up the torch to blaze the trail in search of our Borchers and Vienop roots.  His successes live on in many boxes at his home and also online.  The real loss is that we will not see him again.  At the age of 80, Herb Borchers, Jr. has passed on.  Rest In Peace, Uncle Herb.

So, I share photos of the living, those who have passed, and the activities in my life this summer.  I am very grateful for my close friends and family.

My Kids swimming at their championship meet..............


 
Girl Scout Day Camp....I was the official photographer and both my girls attended......


Vacation in the desert with lots of swimming and some tourist stops.........



A mini-family reunion at my cousin's graduation party.......



Celebrating 50 years of marriage on the Elser side.............


Remembering Herb Borchers, Jr.........





Rest in Peace


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ancestry.com - Saying Goodbye for Now.

It is time to let Ancestry.com go.  I have exhausted the information search in this tool.  I almost think that I should keep my subscription going but then remind myself that I have not used it in over six months.  So, Ancestry.com must go.

Instead, I have purchased Family Tree Maker and downloaded all of my various family trees from Ancestry.com.  I can't wait to start my clean up of these trees offline and utilize the publishing features within this software.

I have a few more weeks of my Ancestry.com subscription.  I will probably take some time to make sure that the information that I've downloaded is complete.  After that, the trees I have online are what they are.  I have set the privacy settings on them to private and not searchable.  That does not mean my profile won't be found.  My profile has my email address with it.

My new project will be to embark on a more personalized family tree.  We will see where it takes me.  This blog will still be my portal to connect with others and distant family.