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.
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 Ancestry.com. 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com, will now benefit from a long line of linked individuals. The records were all available: Birth, death, census, etc.; time and effort paid dividends.
Recent discovery during BIG project. Spending your dash
“Precious memories, how they linger, how they ever flood my soul.”
Do you remember that song? I hear it every time I turn to Bill Gaither’s TV programs.
Handling correspondence, scanning, I fondly remember the times I stayed in their home, and the sightseeing in the area. (1) Springfield, Ohio, (2) Goshen, Indiana, (3) Leola/Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (4) Botetourt County, Virginia; infinitum.
My scanning project reveals so many delightful treasures!! The following spoken by an Old German Baptist Brethren “cousin” at one of their houses of worship.
“No, I didn’t put any mileage on the KIA.” I digressed from the scanning because I encountered a “challenge.” I wanted to identify the individuals listed on a typewritten page (unknown contributor). I spent hours (and hours) on Ancestry.com trying to identify the people. Hand drawn family chart and Marshall Frantz family outline. He’s on this “shelf” of the digitized library. (Click the images to enlarge.)
The next scanning project I picked up also intrigued me: “Who is Alfred A. Frantz married to Rosebud Yellow Robe? What’s his lineage?” Find the information on this shelf of my new digitized library.
**If** I take too many “side trips,” I’ll never get to the end of the scanning project?!
Shortly before four AM as I publish this; couldn’t sleep.
P.S. It’s called “Armchair Research.” I did my original research “the old-fashioned way.”
Yesterday, the ladies living at CARE, and adjacent Rainbow’s End RV Park, enjoyed a Mother’s Day Tea. OMG, so many delicious treats, and a wide variety of tea to sample.
Yours truly likes to be obedient so complied with the request that we wear a fancy hat. Naturally, I chose a dress to complement the hat!! (Oh, the good old days [in Lancaster, California] when we enjoyed activities in a Red Hat Society.)
After the tea, I expressed my strong desire for a picture with the hostess. Margaret is a CARE volunteer who spoils all the residents with special events: Ice cream social, popcorn variety, cheese tasting, delicious baked treats, and more. (During her travels, she remembered to send me a birthday card.)
CARE gave the ladies an orchid corsage.