Friday, April 29, 2011

Tika & FamilySearch Indexing

Since we are a full month behind in having spring weather............ these are lilac BUDS..... our annual Lilac Festival is in about three weeks and the buds are still tight green buds........... Tika and I have not much felt like being out-of-doors. Perfect time to do some FamilySearch Indexing! According to the website, the 1930 census for New Hampshire is their highest priority....... that just means it's almost finished and let's get it finished. So while Tika sits looking out the lower part of the sliding glass doors, and I look out the top part of the sliding glass doors, I will spend some worthwhile time doing FamilySearch Indexing. And we're both hoping for a sunshiny warm day tomorrow!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tika Went Easter Camping

This group's annual Easter event started in 1977 with 6 adults and 7 children and we've grown over the past 40 years to a group of 50ish......... friends, in-laws, outlaws, employers, relatives and neighbors of the original group have been happily added. (Tika and I are third from the right; Handy Man/John is second.) So what has this to do with genealogy! Lots......... do we believe that "the family that plays together stays together?" These are all good, family-oriented folks. In the next couple of posts I'll share some bonafide genealogy lessons that Tika and I learned.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tika Goes Easter Camping

Despite the fact that it snowed on our daffodils yesterday, Tika is going camping with us! For 40 years the same group of good folks have gone to the same place on this same weekend and what a big celebration there will be this year...... 40 years! Thank goodness it is a desert-ey place and should be warm enough for only one pair of socks. Tika will be loved and mauled to pieces because she is so darn cute. No genealogy this weekend..... just plain old good camping family fun. But I have my copy of Dan Lynch's Google Your Family Tree to read. I'll report back on how well Tika listened.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tika & Earthquakes????

Tika and I live in eastern Washington state.......... did we know that our little part of the world had a 3.4 earthquake last week on April 6th??  It was centered south of Mt. Rainier. Just the day before there was a 2.7 southeast of Mt.Hood, Oregon.

I just found a Google Gadget that shows the earthquakes in your (zip code) region. How cool is this?  Search for "google gadgets" and then type in "earthquake watch" and add that gadget to your iGoogle home page.  I just did.

Maybe Tika digging those craters triggered the earthquake?  Nawwww.........

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tika Goes Digging

Tika is such a good genealogy teacher........without even knowing she is!  Last couple of times when we've gone out walking, I hook her leash to the fence while I take wildflower photos. Not only wildflowers are coming up but little critters too........ and Tika can both hear and smell them and BANGO she's after them. She can dig a grand-canyon-sized crater in minutes. So what does this teach me? When I get even a whiff or a breeze of an idea about a new resource or research thing to do, I should bango be right on it and keep digging until I achieve my goal. Difference between Tika and I about this ends here: I find information. She digs and digs and usually catches nothing. But that does not stop her from trying another day!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tika gets a lesson about the Civil War

Tika sat so quietly and appeared interested as I explained to her that the Civil War both began and ended in the month of April. Did you realize that factoid? Shots were fired on Fort Sumter on 12 April 1861 and pen was put to paper on 9 April 1865 at Appomattox. Both a Potter and a Phillips ancestor were participants in the Civil War so in this year of the 150th anniversary of the beginning, I've been doing some extra Civil War reading. How about you? Did you have an ancestor who fought in the "War Between the States" and have you been doing some extra reading this year??