Computer problems !!

4:44 AM and I’m finally able to type these words. Conservatively, three hours last night and one hour this morning running maintenance programs. I mistakenly thought everything would operate smoothly at 3:00 AM. Nope!! Yes, it was “human error”; I uninstalled some programs (a couple of days ago); I deleted “cache and cookies.” The computer took minutes to do the simple task of loading my email. I have enough frustration with the scanning project; I don’t need new computer problems!! (Yes, my new computer. The computer specifically for the scanning project. However, it’s convenient to check my email here and write a blog message, too.) Believe me, a turtle moves faster than this computer. ~~ It’s well past five and I’m going back to bed!!

April 15 –Turbo Tax and LEE

We did the task a couple of months ago; the refund was automatically deposited in my bank account. The refund paid for the scanner and new computer. A few days ago I “did” a friend’s taxes with my old computer and installed Turbo Tax. I love Turbo Tax!!

Seventh cousin to myself (seriously) !!

Among other scanning projects today–relative to Frantz Families–Kith & Kin–pictures that appeared in the “hard copy” publication but not included on the CD or website. So I have pictures to share with you. Click this link for the way they appear on Digitized Library Family History.





The computer, scanner, and software is working properly (praise the Lord). I guess running maintenance resolved the problem?! Every step of this process is deliberate; I have to “think” about each command. So far, nothing is “by rote.”

Where’s my Gold Metal ??

At eighty-two years of age, I deserve a gold metal for my gymnastics!! Seriously, the maneuvers are endless to produce a flawless performance!! Today, my goal was a “perfect” preface for Frantz Families–Kith & Kin. When the original document was converted… and burned to CD’s, I had no way of including the photographs. (It may have been possible but [in 1998+/-] yours truly did not have the expertise. Likewise, at the time the FF-KK website was created [in 2013] the creator/producer was clueless.)

Almost the entire day working with thirty-four pages. My only accomplishment today: I installed a new pump on the fountain. I love the sound of the bubbling water and the birds and squirrels love to drink, and bath, therein. (Old pump failed two days ago. Yesterday, a special trip to Lowe’s.)

What’s my hang up?? Color pictures have to be scanned separately; I can’t load thirty-four pages into the document feeder and have my desired item. It’s 4:50 PM and I have more work ahead of me. This is the way it looks right now. Preface Frantz Families–Kith & Kin  Repeat: What’s my hang up? Successfully merging pictures into document pages.

Finally, I believe the revised Preface is ready to be inserted on the website. That will be another challenge because I haven’t edited that website for years and Weebly has complicated the development. (Recently, I experienced complications with so many web hosts and their templates.)

Preface revised pages Frantz Families–Kith & Kin

So-o-o-o many hours today; I’m weary!! 


The scanning has resumed

Hopefully the website is fully functional. Yesterday afternoon and evening I went through the gymnastics of learning the technique required to scan. How quickly I forgot–or can we chalk it up to all the new information on top of earlier knowledge? It wasn’t planned this way BUT the stories I wrote were on top of the box. Here are some… (according to publication date) but others are misplaced. (These appear in “about” on Digitized Library Family History.)

Thanks, John

My Favorite Genealogy Software Program

A Short, Short Story About an Old, Old Notebook

A Marriage of Convenience


Bonnet Blues

Third Times a Charm

Many Hands Make Light Work

Birth of a Book

LaVerne Revisited

Desert Disaster

Faith of my Forefathers

Thanksgiving in Modesto

The Michael Frantz Chest with pictures

Every day, a new challenge !!

Melissa Jane Hume note in her handwriting

Melissa Jane Hume note in her handwriting transcribed

There are so many curves in my “learning curve.”

Today I wanted to master the technique of scanning handwriting–so it is readable–and convert to a PDF file. It took too much time (imho) but I figured it out and wrote the instructions (for next time). I deliberately chose a handwritten note of my great-grandmother. Truthfully, page two was so faded I could hardly read it!!

Some researchers may be happy with name, birth date, death date, marriage, etc., ( but I gravitate to the really personal stuff. I’m anxious to use my new-found technique to document a difficult-to-read twelve page, handwritten, narrative by my Uncle Ralph Frantz. It identifies information I never knew about my father’s early life. It reads like “Little House on the Prairie.” My father deliberately chose to put many miles between himself, his parents and his siblings. He never talked about his past. Discovering–and publishing–my FRANTZ ancestry was remarkable!!

Related to royalty !?

Lorraine Frantz Edwards Ahnentafel

For decades I’ve believed that I am the child of a King, joint heir with Christ my Lord and Savior. This weekend we celebrate His resurrection.  Today I discovered a 1992 printout of my ancestry as I knew it. Long before the simple act of a few key strokes, on the Internet, on Back in the “dark ages” of genealogical research, we traveled to libraries, we scrolled through miles of microfilm, we paid a dime for every photocopy.

Today, I rediscovered (yes, “rediscovered”) one of my great-greats was Alfred the Great, King of England, 870-900. I’m a great-great-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr- granddaughter of a King. ~~ Also: Check the History of the Hume Family. My great-grandmother’s life was diametrically opposed to that of her ancestors. (More about Melissa Jane Hume Showalter in a future blog or in my Digitized Library of Family History.)

Balance ?!


Rain on the horizon; rain on the roof (10:25). I spent a couple of hours in my “yarden” whacking weeds, pulling weeds, and watering plants. Truthfully, the plants may get a sufficient amount of downpour but I’m a creature of habit so I watered.

I am resolved to spend time outdoors to balance the mentally strenuous indoor project. Developing the website, organizing material previously scanned, I find that I am visiting “old friends.” Yesterday I did a Google search for a fellow genealogist who shared volumes of information with me (information yet to be scanned). Evelyn “Rosemary” Frantz has many listings on the Internet, and passed away in 2013.