Two-forty as I type this message. Today I have focused on activities other than “climbing the family tree.” Maybe later (?) because two new obituaries arrived this morning–and two new… yesterday evening. I’m delighted to report that “a good night’s sleep” inspires me to accomplish household tasks.
Sadly, I have a dozen (or more) obituaries that need time and attention. Please pray with me that I do not fall victim to the Coronavirus. I seldom leave home but, belatedly, I recognized that I did a “dumb thing“ yesterday. I took trash to the dumpster (that was OK). I opened the door to the clubhouse—without gloves—to deposit my rent check in the locked box. (That was not OK.) An “always on the go” resident, “never know where he’s been,” without consideration for others, had just had his hands on the doorknob.
for the genealogist (“tree climber”), and for the family and friends of the loved one.
Today, I started documenting the obituary for Thomas Kenneth Longenecker (1939-2020) and (to make a long story short) it led to Honeyman which led to Macy. The name “Macy” is in my maternal line so I researched that information and it led to “Fluke.” Suddenly, I’m looking at information for my third-great-grandmother anticipating I’d find a brother-sister relationship. Now I’m looking at the same individuals in both my maternal and paternal lines. This is so exciting!! An unexpected surprise!!
Encountering errors like this is an everyday occurrence. It has me shaking my head in disbelief that an individual, researching their family, is oblivious to their mistake. ~~ On television, we watch Mike Rowe clean up “Dirty Jobs.” On Ancestry.com, Lorraine cleans up “dirty jobs.”
This entire day (almost) has been devoted to the obituary of this man. “Cousin” sent the message at 11:00 PM last night. I started documenting… at 8:30 this morning. During the process of adding siblings and ancestors, I found a fourth-cousin-one-time-removed. I’m only remotely related to Melvin E. Bechtold (1927-2020) but firmly related to Harold M. Neher (1904-1972). Melvin’s sister married Harold Neher. ~~ It’s almost 3:00 PM as I add this postscript so (explicitly) six hours documenting and sixty-two individuals added to my Ancestry database. Many family members were already in “my forest.”
Thirteen hours; can I stop now? I’m ready to crawl into bed; I haven’t gotten out of my pajamas all day!!