Postscript, Thursday, 1 June 2017: Found another email letter from Alvin K. Funderburg. ~ Alvin K Funderburg letter dated 22 Dec 1996
Gone, they’re all gone! All my precious “cousins” (by blood, by faith, by hobby). Alvin K. Funderburg (2016-2014).
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.
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.
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 Ancestry.com 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!!
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 Ancestry.com 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.