Thurs.? Friday?

How quickly (we old folks) forget?! While wide awake in the middle of the night, I had many “inspirational” thoughts for blog messages. It’s 4:35 AM as I type these words. I decided I’d get up and start this “dumb topic” message before it, too, disappeared. Sleepless, in my mind I continue to “climb the family tree” and/or solve the world’s problems. (I wish President Trump would “zip his lip”) I agonize for the flood victims in the Carolinas, and the fire victims in California. ~~ Here’s a strange thought: I wish I would walk across the street to the “air pump” and inflate my flat energy. (Recreation vehicles pump their tires prior to leaving the Park.) I wish I had a gardener; I wish I had a housekeeper; I wish I had a cook…. I WISH FOR A NIGHT WITH SEVEN OR EIGHT HOURS SOUND SLEEP.

Stormy weather !!

Earlier in the day, I was “Shirley (Sherlock) Holmes,”  Nancy Drew, or “Columbo.” As mentioned previously, I’ve been documenting the ancestors of my grandchildren (their “other parent” lineage). Today, I pursued the ancestry of the spouse of a first cousin. His understanding, his father was an orphan. As an “armchair researcher”  I collected (and documented) a dozen clearly accurate records. Hypothetically speaking, I have a branch of his tree. DNA tests from “hypothetical branch…” descendants and my cousins might identify the ancestor(s) of their “orphan” great-grandfather.

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

Forced myself outdoors for fresh air, and exercise.

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Less than two hours sleep!! I’ve tried a variety of “sleep aids” and few work. ZZZ-Quill was beneficial but “habit-forming.” New, expensive, “natural” from health food store does not work!! I’ve stopped using the computer at seven PM. ~~ I”m using a new (to me) product from health food store for energy boost (but it, too, isn’t working). Today, I should drive into Livingston for groceries. I should…. ~~ So many projects demanding attention and I haven’t a thimble-full of energy!!

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Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Postscript

It was sprinkling rain when I prepared to go shopping. A few miles down the highway, sunshine. No rain when entering and leaving several business establishments. Two hours later, sprinkling rain as I arrived home. ~~ Major rain storm predicted for tomorrow, and thereafter, motivated today’s trip. ~~ Houston TV meteorologist said (at 4:15) “Add ten degrees for ‘feels like’ temperature.”  Furthermore, he said “Feels like August in late September.”

Yippee !!


Almost autumn!! It is still “hot and humid” but, psychologically, I am thinking “cool and comfortable.” I’ll be able to tackle outdoor “downsizing” projects. Today, I’m feeling “burnout” regarding family history. (“Today,”  but I may change my mind tomorrow?!)

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Below, some pictures I didn’t publish earlier because I was “too busy” climbing the family tree.

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Doing laundry, burning limbs, picking up downed limbs, etc., etc., and it is so miserably hot and humid.

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Burned the midnight oil !!

Exhausted this morning!! Good for nothing!!

Same old song: I couldn’t tear myself away from the computer!! I love a challenge, and another challenge found me.

I’m still working on the gift for my grandchildren. Eventually they will be curious about their ancestry and they will be able to effortlessly climb their tree. Yesterday, I encountered duplicate names AGAIN. Two men named Grover Cleveland Blackwell have similar birth and death dates (1889-1965 & 1886-1951). I caught the error when a second wife, and more children, while the first wife was still alive. “No, no, that’s not right.”  One by one, I researched, and documented, the children; lots of sources. One family has deep roots in Mississippi while the other has deep roots in Alabama. (No close relationship [identified] although [perhaps] different branches of the same tree.)

One more time I am going to complain about Ancestry individual Member Family Trees: “Shame, shame, blame, blame!!”  Individuals “copy” another person’s “tree” rather than search for records documenting their person. 

Peculiar Projects #2

Click the red link to read an earlier blog message titled Peculiar Projects. One image is a “print screen” showing numbers 11,111. A short two weeks later reveals one-thousand additional individuals added to my Ancestry database. (Ancestors, their children, and their spouses, of my grandchildren.) Obviously, I pay attention to details?! “Pay[ing] attention to details” is a segue to another item in my research.

The father of my children was born in Mississippi. As I work with the Ware and Blackwell surnames, many duplicate names with similar dates and locations. Some of those “duplicate” individuals have erroneously found  their way into the Ancestry individual Member Family Tree(s). I scrutinize each source for “B” (black) or “W” (white). Too often, individuals clearly identified as “black” and listed on our “white” tree. (Does this make me racist? Is this a taboo subject to write about?) 

When I was a fledgling genealogist, in those years prior to “armchair research,” I adopted the practice of Cite Your Sources.” (A book documenting the professional way to identify the source.) Thirty years later, I am still devoted to documenting, and examination, of sources. (A creature of habit, lol.)