After I was quite far into this, I realized I needed a way to keep track of over 1,000 DNA matches. I have matches at FTDNA and at GEDmatch. Some of these are the same people. Some people answer. Some people don’t. Some people give me something useful. Some people don’t. Continue reading
I only learned about BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) because I needed to. This is how to send one email to a gazillion people with one click but in a way that no-one else on the list knows you’ve sent it. It’s just more polite and private than CC because you’re not sharing everyone’s email address with everyone else. Continue reading
There are many ways to try to break a brick wall. Hit it head on and hurt yourself. Or become a karate expert. Or close your eyes and use your hands to feel for the soft spot. Continue reading
Ok, maybe the cavalry’s coming. But not that often.
Recently, through a chance encounter with a distant cousin, I was able to find the correct name, with supporting documentation, for a half 2nd great-grandaunt known as “Jennoriad” in census records, married to a 4th cousin 5 times removed. Continue reading
What would you choose if you weren’t already so busy? Do you have a list of goals or is life just happening to you? Continue reading
My main need, when I’m writing, is to maintain a history of rewrites. Some of us are a bit self-conscious with our writing and think we can’t do it really. Other people can but we can’t. And we might just keep putting it off altogether. Continue reading
At the end of the day genealogy is information and sources. A genealogy do-over is better information and better sources. And the only reason this matters to me is that I don’t want my descendants thinking of me as a moron after I’m gone. Continue reading
Growing up I learned absolutely nothing about setting goals. Life was an endless repetitive cycle of things to do. And why? Because someone else said so.