Clone me ?!

One PM, just arrived home–from lunch in the CARE dining room–and I must document (for my “journal” [lol]) I’ve been approached about “save a tree.” It seems one of the CARE residents is unhappy with the tree in her front yard so a new tree will be delivered tomorrow. The Maintenance Supervisor asked if I want it “before I throw it on the burn pile.” Naturally I agreed to take the tree (one-and-one-half years young) and give it “tender loving care.”  (I should have my head examined?!) 

I’m a “plain” person; I’m not into cosmetics, etc., etc. “The tree” does not look attractive because it is disfigured from recent wind storms. I had assured the CARE resident that it would outgrow the problem “with tender loving care.” Apparently TLC has fallen to me?! (One more project!!)


Pat on the shoulder; postscript: 10:30 AM, July 26th, and the Supervisor has been a “no-show.” (Yesterday, he said “Don’t do anything until I look at the site.”) It was a good idea (pat on the back) but too late (and too hot) to make plans to dig a hole. 

Serendipity !!

It was hot; I was miserable. Too many projects; not enough time and energy. At that time–the right time–an email arrived with an encouraging message. From far away Alaska, an encouraging message!! She has been reading my blog for more than seven years; she started following my TaB teardrop trailer travels. ~~ Kind words: A much-needed transfusion that leaves me invigorated. Hallelujah!!


My “dateline mystery”

Here are the comments I posted on records for two individuals in I know it isn’t important to the reader but I hasten to say “this is my journal.”

The Moore/Galeener/Underwood F.T. (Ancestry) comes closest to answering frustration I’ve experienced working with the Dresher family. Everything pointed to Catherine Dresher being a member of this family: Location, dates, etc. Most Census records only listed “Caroline.” ~~ I’m persistent; I kept searching records. Let me hasten to say, I only document “sources” because I’ve found errors on some Ancestry Member Trees. ~~ Catherine Dresher, age 18, was “domestic help” for the George Morningstar family just down the road (same page 1870 Census) from Nicholas Dresher. ~~ Reader/researcher, “sources” would be appreciated.

~~~~~~ later ~~~~~~

OK, kept searching, found her in the 1860 Census but dates are confusing. John Nicholas Dresher (1810-1878) reportedly married Margaret Siefreit on 18 Oct 1852. Catherine was born 26 Apr 1852. Right now I have to say this is a “dateline” mystery. That’s a pun because there is a Saturday night NBC-TV program titled Dateline Mystery.

~~~~~~ even  later ~~~~~~

This “mystery” holds my attention. Please note the 1920 U.S. Federal Census (see original document). It indicates she is a widow, living with her son Chester. She is 67 years old which matches other information birth data. She indicates born in Wittenburg, Germany. The immigration year is listed as 1842–ten years before her documented 1852 birth date. Help me figure this one out?!

Sometimes I have to  walk away (figuratively speaking) from Ancestry. It is so addictive; I can’t tear myself away. Then I find a “problem” and I can’t “walk away” until I’ve resolved the situation. Honestly, it is relaxing to move to preparation of a blog.

I’m thinking about contents for an article titled “Those ‘Frantz’ Women.”  While documenting on my Ancestry family tree, I find a Frantz female on every branch. I would believe I’d finished with Dresher (for example) and there would be a Frantz wife. Likewise: Arnold, Brubaker, Crist, Myers, Neff (most recent family surnames).

True: Many of these families are documented in Frantz Families–Kith & Kin. While “working in Ancestry,” I have the Frantz Families–Kith & Kin website open and I move back and forth with details.

The thought for another article “Paying It Forward.” Dozens of “cousins” provided information in the 1980’s and 1990’s for the book I edited and later published (1996). All but one of my cousins have gone to their heavenly reward. I feel compelled to advance their research, their generous gift (to me), into the twenty-first century. Fact: The sources in Frantz Families–Kith & Kin came from original research. The actual details from the families! (Likewise, all the “source” information is documented in the books [three volumes, 3180 pages].) Sadly, I find “armchair researchers” are not invested in sources, and accuracy.

Would it be egotistical for me to say my Heavenly Father ordained me for this task of documenting His children of faith–the Old German Baptist Brethren? I felt an anointing in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It was nothing short of a miracle to publish, in 1996, when I knew nothing of my ancestry in 1987. The information fell like manna from Heaven; it was a joy to open large manila envelopes and enter the details into my computer. (Material I have been scanning and posting on Digitized Library of Family History.) Then (as now) I felt driven to publish before I dropped dead. Mr. Dore M. Frantz researched in the 1930’s and 1940’s but his material gathered dust after he died. There is no question in my mind, God my Heavenly Father opened doors and led me to Dore’s research. His research could not be duplicated in the 1980’s and 1990’s (or 2017); he had first-hand information, he tramped the cemeteries and documented tombstones.

Six weeks ago, I published a blog message titled Torn Between Two Worlds. Today I confirm that I am one of “those ‘Frantz’ women” leaving an indelible mark in family history. Please keep me in your prayers because my energy is low and the heat and humidity (in southeast Texas) is high!!

“Haste makes waste”

An oft-repeated expression by my mother and probably by her mother. I grew up with quotes and aphorisms (my husband hated them).

Yesterday I approached a sidelined scanning project. I loved the content(s); I hated to scan and discard the “camera ready” pages. Perhaps you would enjoy reading about my trip to Nantucket Island in 1992?

Yesterday, I scanned; I paid a lot of attention to details because I was working with 219 pages. No, I didn’t scan all at one time; I did in sections. Then I combined… and (when double-checking) found four pages error.

I checked all the “help” features in PaperPort (software) for adding pages. But the instructions didn’t match features available on my computer screen. I searched… but never found a satisfying solution.

Last night, and hours today, trying to “cut” sections and “paste” them into a new document.

Bottom line: I could have accomplished the project in less time if I’d started over from the beginning. But it was a challenge and I love computer challenges. It made me sad to throw away pages destined to be copies for great-grandchildren. What’s a gal to do?? I cannot continue to store all these boxes!!


Check back later; I’ll have a link so you can read the book. This afternoon, weary and cautious, I postponed merging the sections for fear I’d duplicate yesterday’s blunder.

Black & white picture of reunion crowd showing Lorraine in the crowd.

Changing the subject: It is 93 degrees outdoors as I publish this at 6:20 PM. Add ten or twelve degrees for “feels like” temperature. Weatherman just said tomorrow we will have “feels like” of 115.

New wrinkle ?!

For decades, I’ve been a good “touch typist.” Overnight, my left thumb gave me pain, and is swollen. Can’t type!! I’m “picking” the letters for this message. This is a reminder of the unsung valuable of the thumb when typing.

Hopelessly addicted !!


Oops!! A couple of letters were lost in the scanning process!! Somewhat like the situation of the blogger?! She’s lost “R” (reason), and “S” (sensibility). I am so hopelessly addicted to, I cannot walk away from my computer. I skip meals….

I had an enforced “break” when we experienced another extreme thunderstorm. I relaxed (briefly)… but was startled several times by nearby lightning strikes and deafening thunder. At almost six PM, the outdoor temperature has dropped to seventy-three degrees. Wonderful cool air; a rest for my air-conditioner!!

My Ancestry Member Tree currently has six-thousand-six-hundred-eighty-one intertwined individuals.

Exhausted !!

The reader is undoubtedly weary of my complaint about being exhausted. Well, this is my “journal” and I write about what’s on my mind. During the day, I dream about getting a good night’s sleep. At night, I’m wide awake because my mind is thinking about the computer projects. I need to be twins so I can accomplish all the tasks awaiting my time and attention!! ~~ This morning, I took pictures of the clutter (lots of boxes) and admit I’m ashamed to publish the images. 


As curious as it may seem, searching for clip art, and preparing a blog message, is relaxing (somewhat relaxing). For a few minutes, it takes my mind off “the elephant in the room.” ~~ Gardening is a joy but that is limited to a couple of hours, early morning. The heat and humidity is depressing!! Perhaps my imagination but I think worse this summer.