2020.10.14 – Travel Expense Savings with a Son of Pirates


During the nearly three years I worked as Supervisor of the European Microfilming Operations, I was constantly aware of and amazed at the millions of U.S. Dollars being spent annually by the Genealogical Society to acquire photographs of millions of pages of records of births, baptisms/confirmations, marriages, deaths and burials of people who had lived many years ago in faraway places. And remember that 1972-1974 U.S. Dollars had considerably more purchasing power than the 2020 U.S. Dollars. On one occasion I asked the Manager of the genealogical Society how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints justified the great […]

2020.10.07 – Microfilms Lost and Found with a Son of Pirates


In 1974 I was working for the Genealogical Society as Supervisor of the European Microfilming Operations. As the archive records were filmed in each European country, they were sent from the filming location to an Emery Air Freight station in that country, and from there air freighted to the Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City. There they were developed, inspected, and processed for cataloging. Following the completion of the work in Vesoul, France, the last batch of films, representing several weeks of work by two camera operators, failed to arrive at the air freight terminal in Paris. Several weeks passed, and plans were begun to re-do the […]

2020.09.30 – Genealogical Society Microfilming with a Son of Pirates


In 1969, the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted The World Conference on Records. This event brought together people from all over the world who were interested in and responsible for the safety and preservation of archived vital records. The records of primary interest included recordings of births, baptisms and confirmations, marriages, deaths, and burials, as well as probate records and other records helpful to genealogical researchers. The theme of the Conference was “Records Protection in an Uncertain World.” It was held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee year (75th Anniversary) of the Genealogical Society of […]

2020.09.30 – The Grumpy Old Man finds surprising things in his Family Line


I have said before that when I get bored, my mind tends to wander into wild and weird places. And the following proves it. Many times, I find things in my Family searches that were hidden from me and quite surprising. For example, I found that my Dad was married before he met my Mother. I also found two of my own Daughters and their families, and they been a blessing in my life. Genealogy can be quite an adventure. It can be enlightening, and it can be a laugh. Genealogy lets one get a better feel for who one […]

2020.09.18 – What is RootsTech?


Summary: What is it? What’s different this year? What’s in it for me? What topics will they be discussing? What kinds of other activities will they have? Sign up Detail: What is it? According to Wikipedia: “RootsTech is a family history and technology conference and trade show held annually in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2017 it claimed to be the world’s largest family-history technology conference.[1] It is the successor to three former conferences[2]: the Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy,[3] the Family History Technology Workshop[4] and the FamilySearch Developers Conference.[5]. Over the years, […]

2020.09.13 – Openers From a Son of Pirates


​In the course of my correspondence with a retired Catholic priest in New Brunswick, Canada with whom I had common Acadien ancestry, he expressed delight at learning that I was a “descendant of pirates”. It seems he translated the word “privatier” as pirate instead of privateer, which is a seaman authorized to plunder enemy shipping, in this case British shipping during the mid-1700s. The priest saw the events from a Canadian point of view. I started taking interest in my ancestry in 1960, but delayed engaging in any serious research until 1968. When I finally did get interested in researching […]

2020.09.05 – RootsTech 2021 is FREE!


Jen Allen, director of events at FamilySearch stated that RootsTech Connect will take place live online on February 25-27, 2021. It will be an entirely Virtual and entirely Free Conference. You can see the announcement at: https://www.rootstech.org/blog/rootstech-is-coming-to-you?lang=eng&et_cid=1777253&et_rid=105795865&linkid=blog&cid=em-rt-9873 There is a link in the article above under “What’s Included?” that will allow you to register for the event. The registration is quick and simple, and allows you to receive emails with further information about the event. You can also sign up using using the following link, which provides more information about the event: https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng&et_cid=1777253&et_rid=105795865&linkid=MainCTA&cid=em-rt-9873 So if you ever wanted to go […]

2020.09.01 – Another Random Thought from a Grumpy Old Man


The Corona Virus has had an impact on my life. I still go to work, but have cut back, not out of fear, but as an excuse to pursue other adventures. The downside is, I have more free time, and sometimes I get bored. One can’t pursue greatness 100% of the time. When I get bored, my mind tends to wander. Sometimes, it goes to wild and wondrous places and sometimes, well, not so much. I was thinking, how do you talk to your Kids, Grand Kids, and in my case, my Great Grand Kids? How do you set them […]

2020.08.23 – How to Save Your Data

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Summary: Only records saved are remembered Take notes and organize them Teach what you learn to others Keep an index of record locations Store data using desktop utilities Make backups to prevent loss Backing out to previous versions Catastrophic loss Share records with those you trust Store records on the internet Publish Family Histories Detail: Only records saved are remembered Do you want to be immortal? Well, I hate to break it to you, but very few of us will make it to immortality without first dying. So the only way to become immortal in this life is to write […]

2020.08.23 – The Grumpy Old Man is Back


I didn’t think this Grumpy Old Man could get anymore GRUMPY, but the CoronaVirus can do that to you.  I am SO ready for it to be a bad memory. I am one of the people that the “Government” deemed “Essential.”  While it is nice to know at 70 yrs old I am needed, it doesn’t hold the same weight with my Great Grand Kids.  I hope the Governor doesn’t find that out. While my life has not been affected all that much by the virus, it has affected my Genealogy searches.  There are massive amounts of information on the […]

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