Self diagnosis ?!

Last night, wide awake and in pain, the word “celiac”  came to mind. I got out of bed and jotted the word down (before I forgot). This morning I did a Google search and “yes”  I have most of the listed symptoms. A large percentage of my diet is bread (toast and sandwiches). For seventeen months, my eating habit has been atrocious (line of least resistance). True story: “Celiac disease” was something I knew absolutely nothing about. I believe God, my Heavenly Father, whispered the word to me. HEARTFELT THANKS!! Praise the Lord!!

Busy brain !!

It’s one o’clock in the morning and, earlier, I was searching for “just the right” clipart followed by the description of the individuals. For several days, I have been researching individuals who are frustratingly inaccurately documented in Here is the message I added to their records:

Catherine Freed (born: 20 Jan 1787–died: 9 Jul 1863, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, USA) is not the spouse of Henry Garver Showalter (1787-1868). The confusion regarding the spouse appears to stem from the identical death date with Catherine Gossett (born: 20 Nov 1786–died: 9 Jul 1863, Eldorado, Preble County, Ohio, USA). ~~ Furthermore: Two men with the name Henry G. and Henry Garver Showalter and both identified with the identical birthdate of 26 Sep 1787.

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Postscript at 11:20 AM:

The following is the message sent to Find A Grave on 24 Aug 2021:

The tombstone appears to be correct for Catherine Gossett Showalter (1786-1863) but the five children listed (with tombstones) are those of Catherine Freed Showalter (1787-1863). See my Ancestry database:   ~~ I’ve spent days researching these individuals and admit to the challenge of two women named Catherine married to two men named Henry Showalter. Please double-check and advise me of your resolution.

Thirty years and counting (repeat for the third time)

“Humor me”?!

  • Genealogists are always in a family way!
  • Genealogists are family tree huggers!
  • Genealogists are forebear hunters!
  • Genealogy is not done until the “past lady” sings!
  • Genealogy is simply TREEific!
  • Genealogy disease: Gensomnia.
  • How a genealogist greets a stranger: “Are you sure we aren’t related?”
  • How a genealogist greets another genealogist. “Would you like to join my famclub?”
  • How a genealogist introduces his children: “I’d like you to meet my descendants!”
  • How a genealogist introduces his parents: “Have you met my ancestors?”
  • I’m ancestrally challenged!
  • If you want to have some fun, say “Who’s your daddy?” to a room full of genealogists and watch the heads turn.
  • It’s hard to be humble with ancestors like mine!
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees—but ancestors do!
  • Murphy’s law of genealogy: After solving a dead end ancestor mystery that consumed your entire adult life, your sister reports, “I could have told you that!”
  • Murphy’s law of genealogy: Paying for a vital record and then finding it right under your nose!
  • Old genealogists never die. They just haunt archives.
  • Organization to help with genealogy addiction: AA (Ancestors Anonymous).
  • Popular sign in a cemetery: “Dead End.”
  • The best ancestors want to be found!
  • The “mother lode” of genealogy is discovering a great grandmother’s maiden name.
  • Time and genealogy wait for no man!
  • To a genealogist, the expression “Mother Nature” takes on a whole new meaning!
  • Transcribers of headstones generally work the graveyard shift!
  • True genealogists wonder why the Academy Awards don’t have a category for best microfilm!
  • Ultimate success to a genealogist: Proving that Elvis isn’t dead!
  • What a genealogist should not say on a blind date: “Isn’t it great? I did your tree and we’re related!”
  • You know you’re a genealogist if you find the certainty of ancestral death and tax records exciting. (Paraphrased from Ben Franklin’s “Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”)
  • If you think Castle Garden is something out of a fairy tale, you’re probably not a genealogist!
  • More  Here is an old epitaph bromide: On an old tombstone was the following quote,
    “Pause stranger, when you pass me by, As you are now so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare for death and follow me.”  Below that epitaph, someone scratched the following, “To follow you I’m not content, Until I know which way you went.”2) Headstone epitaph: “This is the damndest thing I’ve ever done.”3) “You know you’re a genealogist when you watch a movie that has a scene in a graveyard, and you’re distracted from the plot by trying to transcribe the tombstones.”

Above copied from a website and (shame on me) I failed to record the address.


As stated earlier (several months ago), I am “paying it forward.”  I’m intentionally expanding documentation (on Ancestry) for “cousins” who shared information decades ago. Those “cousins” are frolicking around Heaven with their ancestors while I lovingly labor here on Earth.

Rosemary has a special place in my heart. About 1987, she provided the connection to my immigrant ancestor Michael Frantz. I had my information back to a great-great-grandfather but it didn’t match documentation of descendants of Michael Frantz. Within days of initial correspondence, a reply saying my documentation was “subsequent marriage.” ~~ Rosemary is an “eighth cousin” because (like a pyramid) we go “way back” to immigrant ancestors who were brothers. In August 2000, Rosemary gave me every scrap of paper, every piece of research, trusting that I would merge it with my data. In 2017, I scanned all her paperwork and published it to the Internet. It can be found on Digitized Library of Family History.

Here’s a blog message from 2017: Inquiring minds want to know.

Below is the comment I found while examining Rosemary’s material for dates, and individuals, in her extended family.

Compiler comment: In January of 1987, Rosemary provided the
“missing link.” She immediately recognized that the difficulty
I experienced was a “subsequent marriage.” (Specifically the
two marriages of David Frantz [1817-1905], son of Michael
[1791-18601.) This dear lady has provided manilla envelopes
full of information. Every Frantz-family researcher that 1
contact has had correspondence with Rosemary. A BIG BOUQUET to
my ‘seventh cousin one time removed”!!



Republished on this date because it is the date on the picture. Celebrating thirty-four years (clipart) because that long since I received the extremely valuable (to me) information.

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Postscript: An inappropriate blog message at this time. It was “scheduled”…

Heavy heart

I awakened to the horrible news about the storm in Tennessee. ~~ On top of “horrible news” about the extremely negative situation in Afghanistan, fires in California, a tropical storm in the Northeast, and an unwanted flood of illegal immigrants into Texas.

More “counting”


Now that’s a lot of sitting! One-thousand in seventeen days; two-thousand in twenty-nine days; three-thousand in two months.

Too much sitting!! My legs have been hurting (extremely painful). “Mr. Red,” the owner-manager of this RV Park gave me some compressions stockings and I think they are reducing the swelling and the pain. I know I should get more exercise but it is too miserably hot to leave the inside of my trailer home.