admin Mon, 02/18/2008 - 03:00
While I have a goal of having 2650 people in my tree by years end (and I think that this can be done) I have a bigger goal of getting the tree Documented in an appropriate manner. To that end I have spent a great deal of time recently cleaning up the sources I use in my tree. One of the efforts that I have undertaken is attaching images to the sources If I have them. This is useful for a number of reasons, First off, you no longer have to leave the family tree section of the webpage to see a document, now you can view it along side the individual that the record pertains to. For the record, most of my sources are United States census records, and as such I have named the file using the year of the census followed by the head of the Household.
admin Mon, 02/04/2008 - 03:00
One Nation, Under God, with liberty and Debt for all….
Before we start, I am not an economist, and I have never taken an economics class, this is just my opinion, so take it or leave it.
It has been hard to miss all the news about how the economy is not doing well, and that we are looking at a recession. The story of our floundering economy has become big enough that it has even topped the list of voter concerns for the 2008 Election (we are more concerned about the economy that the war in Iraq). With all that said, how did we get to where we are? Lots of people blame it on the housing slump, and while I am sure that has something to do with it, I do not think that is the real cause.
admin Sat, 02/02/2008 - 03:00
The Wild Trees : A story of Passion and Daring By Richard Preston.
I have been a pretty big fan of Richard Preston’s work. Perhaps his best know work is The Hot Zone. He has also written The Demon in the Freezer, and The Cobra Event. I have read each of those titles and I really enjoyed all of them. So when I saw a new Preston book out, I figured that I should go ahead and read it.
admin Fri, 01/18/2008 - 03:00
I was looking back at some old emails to try to figure out when I actually started to get interested in genealogy. The earliest record that I could find was an email that I sent to an aunt in early February, 2001. That means that I have been doing this off and on now for about 7 years. In the very beginning I can remember being very frustrated because I was not making ANY progress at all. I could not even get my an agreement on my paternal grand fathers name or birth place. I vaguely remember trying for a little bit and then setting it aside, I was in grad school and was pretty busy at the time. In July of 2002, I was getting married. The wedding provided an event for my Fathers family to get together. In the days leading up to the wedding, my Uncle Phil gave me a file that contained some of the information that he had gathered on the family.
admin Thu, 01/10/2008 - 03:00
This is going to be a long post, so brace yourself. I have been doing a lot of reading about personal finances in the last year or so, and since one of my goals this year has to do with Money I figured that I would share with you, an article that I found interesting. I found the Original article at the online version of the Smithsonian Magazine. The article highlights a Memo / Contract between a father and his son. The memo was written on the first of May, 1920 :
admin Fri, 01/04/2008 - 03:00
2008 Goals :
Ok, So I have been a little negligent in my posting here. Sorry, I will plan to do better. Last year I was trying to get to 52 posts, and I failed miserably. The entire year only had 14 articles posted, 11 from me and 3 from my father. So 14/52 = around 27 percent, and every where that I have gone to school, that's an F. This year I will try to do better. Instead of making new years resolutions (which almost always fail) I am setting Goals for 2008, this is a nuanced difference to be sure, but different none the less. So here are my Goals for 2008:
admin Tue, 06/19/2007 - 04:00
Wow, I have been slacking. It has been almost 2 months since I updated the site. Well that is not really true, I have been working in the photo section and in the family tree area, I just have not posted anything in my Blog section. So much for getting 52 posts in this year, I just don't think that is going to happen.
admin Thu, 04/19/2007 - 04:00
Earth Day is coming, in fact it is this Sunday, April 22nd. In honor of that fact, Home depot is GIVING AWAY 1 million Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. This Sunday, all you have to do is show up at the Home Depot and the will give you a CFL bulb. While you are there you might as well pick up a few more. The free bulbs will be N:Vision soft whites, which were the best in a recent Popular Mechanic’s lab Test. In giving away 1 million bulbs Home Depot accomplishes the following :
admin Thu, 04/12/2007 - 04:00
When I was younger I remember learning a poem that talked about the Evils of “Good Enough”. I had not seen the poem in a long time, and I am not even sure what made me think about it, but it got stuck in my head so I had to find it. With a little searching on Google, (you have to love google, you can find anything with google.) I came across the poem. It was shorter than I remembered, but it still carries the same message. I am posting it in hopes that other will find it useful.
admin Sat, 04/07/2007 - 04:00
Well it appears that I am falling behind my blogging goal. I was aiming to have 52 posts by the end of the year, and I might still make that, but I was really trying to have a post a week, and by that measure I am 7 posts behind. Whoops. I do intend to get caught up. So stay with me. Thankfully my father has been blogging as well, so there has been some new content added every now and then.