My Trailer home is under a metal roof. When the hail was falling, it was like being inside a drum (with an exuberant youth pounding the drum).
The computers were turned off immediately because I don’t want to jeopardize them. Later I was watching the TV weather news because the TV has a surge protector. Yesterday we had a power outage twice so I’m being cautious.
“The old lady” is always considering a title for a blog message. Today the word Kemosabecame to mind and that’s appropriate. Appropriate?? “Yes, appropriate.” My computer is my faithful friend during this Coronavirus pandemic. I rarely leave my home (not even to walk to the mailbox). I’ve confessed to being obsessive-compulsive about “climbing the family tree.” Truthfully, I would go crazy if I did not have my computers. “Yes, computers.” Often, I’m working with two or three at the same time!! In a strange way, the computer is rewarding me with kindness and affection. Recently I shared “surprising” discoveries that were akin to a warm hug and affection kiss.
“The old lady” has barely come up for air!! I’ve begun research on a family with (so far) little information. I just thought I might put a smile on your face when I announce the surnames. I’ve been working with FINGERLE and a daughter married William TOOTHAKER. At first, I thought I was seeing a misprint. No, these are not individuals in my Old German Baptist Brethren “forest of families.”
This journey started because one of my Brubaker cousins adopted a child with the surname “Fingerle” but changed his name with the adoption. “The old lady” was curious and never dreamed the search for information would require hours of searching. You ask why I bother? I love the challenge of finding information that may have eluded other researchers (or maybe “they” just didn’t try to find documentation).
(The preceding two paragraphs published at 7:40 PM.)
Yes, eleven PM and I can’t walk away from the computer. I’m weeping with joy because the struggle to find and document “Fingerle” information brought me right back to the Frantz family. It is uncanny how there’s a “Frantz wife” in every surname associated with the Old German Baptist Brethren (faith and church). To make a point: I do research systematically. I started with the oldest child for search and documentation; twelve children with three wives. The last one to capture my attention, the next to youngest son, took me back to a second-cousin-three-times-removed. Even more precious: That orphan young man was in the home of the grandparents of the man who introduced me to my Frantz ancestry and my Old German Baptist cousins. ~~~~ I’m so blessed!!
I’m obsessive-compulsive; I can’t walk away from the computer. I went to bed at 1:05 this morn and up at 7:30. I’m extremely tired!! The “cousin” continues to send obituary notices and I’m adding all the children, sisters, brothers, in–laws, etc, to my “Frantz family” database. The “cousin” had a lament with a recent email message. “We’re losing all our genealogists.” Yes, dear “old” folks whom I’ve known, and shared with, are no longer with us. That forces me to work harder to have my information expanded and thoroughly accurate. (Parenthetical: I find so many errors when I compare my information with another Ancestry member information. One person went so far as to add a “screenshot” of a page from my book [Frantz Families–Kith & Kin] but it was the wrong “Anna Frantz.”) To my credit(?), I “know” theses families “by heart.” I recognize the surnames of the family “they” marry into. I know the locations because I visited the area for “old-fashioned” research (years ago). Forgive me for saying this: Fellow folks on Ancestry may just add names of ancestors they know nothing about. The sad thing: “Hints” and sources are available but they “copy” one another and therefore “copy” one another’s errors.
I’ve said it previously and I’ll repeat it now “There is a ‘Frantz’ wife in every surname.” That is “in every Old German Baptist Brethren list of surnames.” This was a pleasant surprise. Remember, a few hours earlier I came across another surprise connection.
FYI: Martha Ann Frantz is my second-cousin-three-times-removed.