Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do You Remember ....."Put on a Coat!"

Do you remember ..... "Put on a Coat!"

What is it about kids and coats?  Currently we are experiencing temperatures hovering right around freezing and so, as I leave the house, I bundle up.  Yet as I head out in my car with my nice warm coat on,  gloves on to keep my hands warm,  and the heater blasting, I see kids walking nonchalant, in shorts and no coat as if it was the middle of summer.

My brother and me
Bakersfield, California
I do remember being a kid and trying to get out the door without a coat on and hoping mom wouldn't see us.  Because moms have eyes in the back of their heads, she always knew what we were up to and reminded us to put on a coat. I also remember resisting. How could we play and do all we wanted to do when we were restricted by an extra layer of clothing?

This picture always makes me smile.  I look at it and wonder about the story behind it. Over the years the story and reasoning has been lost, so no one can explain to me why I am in shorts and a light sweater while my little brother is bundled up from head to toe in a nice toasty snowsuit.  The thing is, I don't look like I am miserable or cold.  So I wonder, did I fight Mom on the coat and she finally said fine, find out for yourself?  Was I just warm blooded?  Or was I just oblivious to it all because I was having fun with my little brother?

Whatever the reason, of this I am confident, at some point, my mom told me to put a on a coat.  It's a given.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Speaking of Friends- Are you Going to FGS 2015?


Louise St Denis, Director at National Institute
of Genealogical Studies
and friend Roylene
The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference is coming to Salt Lake City on February 11-14, 2015,  and I can't wait! Although this will be my first FGS Conference, it is far from being my first genealogy conference.  I've attended several National Genealogical Conferences, Rootstech and a myriad of smaller conferences.

As I look through the list of classes, keynotes and activities, it appears that this conference promises to be one of the best yet.

Cheryl Goff, Jolene Passey and myself

 Cheryl, Jolene  and myself

There are so many classes to choose from but I am particularly excited about the classes that will help me write my ancestors' stories and classes about technology.  Sharing ancestors' stories is a passion of mine and I would like to learn how to do it better.  And  I really need to learn more about using the technology available.  The Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories track has some great classes to help with sharing ancestors' stories and there are a variety of classes about technology in the Communications for Today track, Modern Access to Vintage Resources track and of course the Technology track as well as Technology for the Future track.   There are so many options,  it is going to be a challenge for me to narrow it down.


I always love the Exhibit Halls and I am super excited about the one at FGS this year.  Having a joint hall with Rootstech means it will be one of the largest Exhibit Halls ever. The Exhibit halls are always bubbling in energy and excitement and packed to the brim with society representatives, genealogy companies, software, books and all kinds of fun genealogy products.  Knowing my love for books, I have installed an app on my phone that lists all of the books I already own so that any purchase I make will add to my collection and not duplicate it.


Michelle Goodrum and myself
Michelle Goodrum and myself
Classes, the Exhibit Hall, activities and meals all will provide opportunities to meet other genealogist from all over.  And while there are many aspects of conferences that I absolutely love,  I have to confess that meeting and making new friends is one of my favorite parts.

Speaking of friends----I hope to see YOU there!

For more information and to sign up, go to FGS Conference 2015





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Do You Remember---Travelin in the Wagon

Do you remember  .....the station wagon?  We had a station wagon and it wasn't just any wagon either. This one had the awesome wood paneling on the sides--the paneling that we all thought was so cool at the time and which seems to be the brunt of so many jokes now.  But in the day, we thought we were stylin in that rig.

Brothers and a cousin in our wagon

As cool as the outside was, the interior was even better.  Some of our friends' wagons had the very back seat that faced backwards, but this one had two smaller seats, one on each side of the back that faced each other, making it easy to sit and talk.  It was in the back seat of that wagon that we learned who was prone to car sickness. Yep, there was plenty of gaggin in that wagon.

This gem was also our first car to have windows that went up and down with the push of a button. Not only did we not have to crank the handle to get the windows up and down, but the driver had the option of rolling the windows up or down with a push of the button as well.  All was good except for a few unfortunate incidences when a parent unknowingly rolled the window up with some of our appendages sticking out.  They were always quickly notified through our piercing screams however and thankfully, there were never any serious injuries.

We had many fun adventures in that wagon, from trips to town to picnics in the mountains and many fun family vacations.  And now when we get together and reminisce , there are plenty of stories to share from our days of traveling in the wagon.

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