Sunday, August 7, 2011

See you in September. . .

Reading microfilm (for the first time) in the basement of the library
in Ashland, Nebraska

I know I've been very AWOL from blog posting over the past months.  It's not that I've abandoned genealogy or don't think it's important to continue to record the family history, but without even making a conscious decision, I seem to have transitioned to a research phase.  And as I've said before, research doesn't make very good blog posts!

A lot of good things have been happening, but I haven't yet figured out how to turn some of them into blog posts.  For example:

     *  took a great family history trip to Missouri.  

     *  visited graves of ancestors we knew about, and discovered others with whom we weren't yet acquainted. 

     *  learned how to obtain vital records from California, Nebraska, Indiana and California and Missouri.

     *  sent for and received the death certificate for Lydia/Eliza Ruth Winger and discovered she is buried in Missouri - not in California.

     *  sent for and received the death certificate for William G. Boling and learned his parents' names.

     *  bought a money order for the first time (at least the first time I remember) to send for aforementioned death certificates.

     *  requested information about the Winger family graves in Maitland, Missouri - and am still waiting for a response.

     *  sent email requests to various contacts made on and have received some information in return.

     * realized that I have a lot to learn about using

     *  filled in a number of blanks on family group sheets with information I've discovered.

     *  organized notebooks on the Carpenter/Boling side of the family.

But now I'm working on getting back in the blogging routine - because even if nobody else is reading, I love the process of putting the pieces together and "publishing" the family history.  So with that in mind, I've chosen September as the target for my re-entry when I will return to my regular schedule of posting on Tuesday and Friday.  I'm brainstorming, creating a list of future posts, and getting pictures and documents ready to share. So if you're interested, check back in a few weeks as we gather more of the family in.

. . . see you when the summer's through.