An old saying, “thick as fleas” and, hopefully, the reader understands I mean no disrespect. I’m deeply immersed in Ancestry.com climbing the family tree. Friends are few, family is estranged, the computer my companion. The one thing I can leave as a gift to humanity: Document the Old German Baptist Brethren families entwined in the Frantz family tree. I start with a “cousin” and it takes hours to document all the “leaves” on that branch. It leads to another branch and on-and-on. I knew so many of the individuals when I was researching for Frantz Families–Kith & Kin (published in 1996). Unashamed, I start weeping as I recall my interaction with the person. Yesterday, a dear friend’s family materialized and I “swung” on that branch for a while. In 1989, in Modesto, California, Lowell Beachler opened his home, and his files, to this pledging researcher. I knew nothing of my ancestry; he knew my grandparents and my aunt and uncle. Lowell generously loaned books, and file folders, full of information that I hauled back to Lancaster, California, and carefully (religiously) copied into a genealogy software program. I had been invited to attend the Old German Baptist Brethren Annual Meeting. About one o’clock, on Saturday afternoon, between lunch and afternoon worship service, throngs of members standing around visiting with one another… Lowell did a sweeping gesture with his hand and arm. “You are related to more than half of these people.” I was introduced to “cousins” who, in turn, shared their research with me. Without exaggeration, for several years, I was flooded with information which I respectfully documented in my computer. I listed every source. (Sadly, “arm-chair” researchers, on Ancestry.com are careless with their documentation.) In those early years, genealogist’ did research “the fashioned way” in libraries, court houses and cemeteries. I did a lot of traveling; I visited in homes of “cousins.” Memories are vivid! Now I’m the “arm-chair” genealogist and I’m approaching this with the same reverence as 1989 to 2004.