Psychic or something ??

In the middle of the night, brain churning with thoughts about the library,” the name Harlan Brooks came to mind. I mused “Will I come across his correspondence soon?” Seriously, it was about six letters down and less than one hour into today’s project.

Correspondence with Harlan J. Brooks June and August 1991

Dorothy Parker (mentioned in the letters) was a dear friend and “round about” family.  She was the step-mother of my husband’s first wife! Speaking of my husband: We were married forty years ago today on Memorial Day Sunday. It was a beautiful wedding in the gardens of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Donald Edwards died in 1983.


Interesting day !!

There are treasures stored in these many boxes?! Look at this beautiful lady (Ruth Frantz). Because my name was circulated (as a Frantz researcher), a lady sent this to me. Letter and picture from Linda Wells dated Jan 1997  ~~ Yes, I know which branch of the family tree. ~~ I haven’t accomplished much today; I spent hours on documenting families from my recently viewed correspondence.

Postscript, Memorial Day Monday, May 29: I hate Ancestry!! “Armchair researchers” can build their “tree” in a few hours. They seem oblivious to obvious mistakes. Along comes Lorraine–with the desire to establish lineage–and she sees errors and duplicates*. Yesterday (most of the day) attempting to correct members of the Frantz family. To each individual, I added a web link reference to Frantz Families–Kith & Kin, with volume and page number. (FF-KK was well researched, and well documented, checked and double-checked.)

*Duplicates: Twenty-four sons and daughters by two wives; identical, or almost identical, names and birth dates. One wife was erroneous; children names, and records, were merged. Time consuming!!

Not the way to do genealogy !!

Another case of “too little information.” (See Armchair Research.) With all the data available on the Internet, and Ancestry, fewer letters are exchanged. However, “in the old days,” it was customary to send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) and sufficient information to attempt a connection. Because there are Shanks connected to my Frantz family, eighteen years later I approached for the answer. Spun my wheels, waste of time, no resolution.

Letter from Lynn Terpstra received 10 Apr 1999


The “bug” won’t go away; I’m still sick. However, the stacks of information haunt me and I’m forcing myself to spend a few hours.

Trivia !!

Processing slowly through a mountain of correspondence, I read this letter (copy) and got a BIG LAUGH. Trivia letter. Indeed, “snail mail” is almost obsolete!! I do not remember the purchase of a scanner in 1998. I surmise it did not meet my needs (or it would have left an impression?).  However, the 2017 purchase of a scanner has proved very valuable. The PaperPort software is very satisfactory. ~~ A big laugh relieves some of the stress of this almost overwhelming project.

Impersonal, but interesting, message…

…because “the blogger”  has nothing personal, or interesting, to report.

History  Mystery
Have a history teacher explain this-– if they can.

Abraham  Lincoln  was  elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy  was  elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham  Lincoln
 was  elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy  was elected President in 1960.

Both were  particularly concerned with civil  rights.
Both wives lost their children while  living in the
 White  House.

Both Presidents were shot on a  Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the  head

Now it gets really  weird.

Lincoln ‘s secretary was named  Kennedy.
Kennedy’s Secretary was named  Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by  Southerners.
Both were succeeded by  Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew  Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in  1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy,  was born in 1908.
John  Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born  in 1839.  Lee  Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was  born  in  1939..

Both  assassins were known by their three  names.
Both names are composed of fifteen  letters.

Now hang on to your  seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater  named ‘Ford’.
Kennedy was shot in a car  called ‘ Lincoln ‘ made by  ‘Ford’.

Lincoln was shot in a theater and  his assassin ran and hid in a  warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse  and his assassin ran and hid in a  theater.

Booth and Oswald were  assassinated before their trials.

1)  Fold a  NEW $20  bill in half…

2)  Fold again, taking care to fold it exactly as  below

3)  Fold the other end, exactly as  before

4)  Now, simply turn it  over…

What  a coincidence! A simple geometric fold creates a  catastrophic premonition printed on all $20  bills!!!



As  if that wasn’t enough…
Here  is what you’ve seen…

The  Pentagon on  fire…

The  Twin Towers.
…And  now … look at this!

Disaster  (Pentagon)
Disaster  ( Twin Towers )
Disaster  (Osama)???

It  gets even better 9 + 11 = $20!

Creepy  huh? Send this to as many people as you can,  cause:
Hey,  this is one history lesson most people probably  will 
not  mind  reading!.

Believe me, or not ?!

For two days, I have done absolutely NOTHING. All I want to do is sleep. I do not have a teaspoon of energy!! When I’m not in bed, I’m reclining in my easy chair. The TV has been “on,” although I can’t give you specific details about the programs. However, one pastor on Trinity Broadcasting Network, was discussing health and healing. I suddenly felt I received “a word from the Lord.” The pastor said sickness, and disease, comes from STRESS. (You may disagree.) Well, I recognize that my recent project has been VERY STRESSFUL. Endless hours at the computer; numerous mental gymnastics!! Meals were skipped because I was “in the middle…” My body was vulnerable to a “bug”?! First: My throat so raw I could hardly swallow. Second: Headache (and I seldom have a headache). Third: Symptoms of a cold.


Armchair research

The “librarian” has been very busy loading the shelves with digitized information. More recently, the “librarian” focused on correspondence received with “additions and corrections” (after publication of Frantz Families–Kith & Kin). The following letter, postmarked 21 Nov 1997, captured the attention of “the librarian.” Read the letter closely and see if you agree that the query was difficult to decipher. Two days ago, “the librarian” (yours truly) began a lengthy search on Lengthy: Conservatively a dozen hours!! If you have Ancestry, click this link to go to Sue Vanatti. Over the hours, the Vanatti family was well-developed on Lorraine’s tree. In desperation, the France family was documented from George Washington France down. Individual after individual was researched. The connection was never established between Sue Vanatti and her “great-great-grandfather David, b. 1857, d. 1919.” Part of the search was devoted to identification of her maiden name–which turned out to be Knox. Another clue: Sue’s name and address on the envelope. So an exhaustive search for Knox and France individuals living in the Brazil, Indiana, area. Disappointed: No link!!

Why spend so much time (when lots of information awaits scanning)?? There was every possibility George Washington France was another “leaf” on the Frantz family tree. We have several incidents of name change (see FF-KK, Vol. 1, p. 69). Another “armchair researcher,” on, will now benefit from a long line of linked individuals. The records were all available: Birth, death, census, etc.; time and effort paid dividends.