Decision Time Arrives!

For those who know me or who have followed me for a while, you probably know that I have been pretty wishy-washy for the last several years. Just last month I celebrated what would have been 7 years of blogging but I’ve re-launched this site so many times I gave up on trying to keep up with all that.

Well, today I am starting to entertain what I should do with my website and blog. I’ve paid for web hosting and my domain name for those 7 years, which is about $700 or more, and have really wasted most of that time. My web hosting is scheduled to expire on May 11, 2014 and I am seriously considering just not paying it and letting this go for a while.

My domain name has been paid through May 11, 2015 so I still have one year to decided if I want to abandon everything completely or if I want to devise a plan that will be effective for me and warrant me paying over $100 a year for hosting and domain name registration.

Why would I think about this? Well, obviously the main reason would be that I haven’t been able to keep it running like I would like and that has lead to my readership being virtually nonexistent! Why pay for it if it isn’t effective? I know a lot of that rests on me and I am willing to accept that. The simple fact is that life is very busy right now and I really don’t have as much time as I thought I would.

What could I do with that money if I didn’t do the website? How about using it to pay for a year of Ancestry access! I could also pay for access to fold3! Or perhaps just pay for access to one of the newspaper sites.

Then again, I could just put it in savings and use it as needed to pay for papers I might need later, such as death certificates, marriage records, etc.

I think taking a year off to actually focus on the organizing that I have been trying to do these past few months would actually serve me better than trying to keep a site going that, in reality, died a long time ago.

I’ve still got 3 weeks to think about it before letting my web hosting go. If I decided to give it up, I could always look into using free sites to begin anew. A year would be quite a bit of time to make that decision.

I’ll let you all know my decision soon!

Have a great weekend,


Small Update And Some Future Plans

It’s been a while since I posted about what is happening in my life so I thought I would update everyone real quick-like.

It’s been a crazy week! Monday I was so wore out that I took a 2-hour nap when I got home and then went to bed by 9:30. Tuesday I was in bed by 8:00. Wednesday I stayed up late because of the shooting at Ft. Hood. It was a very worrisome time when you are trying to make sure your daughter is OK! Thursday I actually managed to get a little bit of scanning done. Friday was a lazy night and Saturday was a day of just driving around and checking out the area we now live in!

That is my week in a nutshell. :-)

That being said, here are some of my future plans … Since this is the last month I will have my Ancestry membership, I think I will try to gather some of the info I have been putting off. I will get back to work on my scanning and such during the month of May but for April, I think Ancestry will be my main hangout.

I’ll try to post a couple more of my crazy Ancestry screenshots. I’m sure I will discover some more as I explore this month.

I also have plans to renew my web hosting for another year. I have already paid my domain registration but I definitely don’t want to forget my hosting plan like I did in 2010.

There’s a lot more I would like to accomplish but it’s gotta be one step at a time. I was going to forego Ancestry but it really doesn’t make sense to waste that subscription. Of course, the last two months are too late to save!

So there you have it. I’ll gladly write and share any info I find in my research this month. Until then, I bid you all a fond farewell and a very happy and successful week!


Goofy Ancestry Finds, Part 1

I’ve been planning on doing this for a while and today seemed like a good day to start. This is not an April Fool’s joke, I promise you. I just thought this would be a  good day to do this.

In my searches at I am often amazed at the stuff I find. There’s really no way to describe it. I think the best thing to do is to just show you. Here’s  a screen shot of the first find I have:

Ancestry Craziness


You can click on the image for a larger picture. What is so crazy here? Well, how can the John Forbes listed here, being born in 1797, be married to Mary Griffin who was born 115 years before him? To make it even better, the two had 5 children!

I just find it amazing that someone actually has this in their family tree. It seems like there would have been all kind of pop-ups saying that this was impossible but apparently they were adamant that this was true!

Just goes to show that you can’t trust everything you see on Ancestry! :-)

Until next time,


My Special Angel!

Hello again to all my family and friends. I’m stopping in again today to let you all know what is going on in my life! :-)

Can I just say, I love going through all this old stuff and scanning it. Seriously!

Just a couple of days ago I was scanning some cards that I had “saved” from the trash pile at my mother’s house. The same sack that contained some old pictures also contained some old cards and such. There are a lot of invitations to weddings, graduations and other such but there was one that kind of made an impression on me. There were only 12 words written by my Mom but those words meant a lot to me.

When I woke up this morning, there was a song on my mind. It was from the words that my Mom spoke in that card. Just as my wife and I have a song, I suppose that I gathered from this card that my Mom and Dad had a song also. I think my parents, coming from a different generation, were a little shy about showing affection around their children. That’s why we don’t have a lot of memories like that. However, the post card from before and this card show that there was plenty of love between the two of them! Here’s my scans of that card:

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Can you see where those 12 little words showed so much? Well, here’s the video of that song. It was released in 1957, just 4 years after they were married, however this card was fairly recent, probably in the 1990s. After all those years, Dad was still Mom’s special angel!

Wow! :-)

Prep Is Done, Time To Tackle Some More Scanning!

I just wanted to post that I have finally finished sorting through that big tote I had posted about last week.

Here’s a picture of how I have separated it:


This will enable me to tackle it a little at a time. There’s a stack of newspapers but I believe that there are about 6 of them that are the ones that contain my Mother’s obituary. I can just clip it out and dispose of the papers! :-)

I’m hoping to post a little about my progress soon! Until then, I wish you all good hunting and good health!

Have a great day,



whyIt’s kind of funny but I have had some folks who have questioned why I am scanning all these old cards, letters and other memorabilia.

Why? Are you serious!

Maybe I’m kind of strange but I don’t see why folks should ask “Why?”. I do these things because I am conserving these memories. Who knows what tomorrow holds? It was just this past Halloween that we had floods here and a lot of folks lost a lot of memories.

What about fires? Living in an apartment now I am not always in control of everything. What if a neighbor isn’t watching that pan and lets it catch on fire and doesn’t know how to put it out?

It’s also Texas, where there are a lot of tornadoes and such. There are a lot of things that can happen to destroy your precious memories. Would you want to lose everything?

To me, as I said, this makes perfect sense. Yes, it’s only important to me and my wife right now but someday my children may treasure these memories also. Just as I am so excited about a post card I found where my Dad had written on the back to my Mom, my kids may someday enjoy seeing the cards that my wife and I have exchanged over the years.

This stuff I am getting ready to scan is actually some old letters and cards that were exchanged between my Mom and my Aunt Rae and Aunt Ellen. There’s even a Christmas card that was written by Aunt Potsy, my grandfather’s 4th wife. I’m excited to see what all I will find in here.

I am conserving the memories of not only my life but also of my Mother and Father. I am hoping someday someone will appreciate that I took the time to do so.

We have the technology, why not use it?

Until next time,


I Just Thought It Was Over!

Well, I know I said in yesterday’s post that I was going to relax a bit and not scan but after today’s discovery I have to recant that statement! Just call me a flip-flopper! :-)

I’ve been focusing on some smaller plastic storage boxes I have. Today, I was going through a couple of larger “totes” I have. The first one was just some comforters and such that we have stored. The second did not look like much until I got past the first layer.

Now I think I will be busy for a while!

photo 1photo 2This is the tote I found today. As you can see it’s quite a big one!

This is the inside of it. There are certificates, cards, newspaper articles, genealogy stuff, old letters and even some pictures. There are even a couple of old Newsweek magazines from the first Iraq War. I even saw a genealogy book that isn’t even related to my research. I think it was my wife’s aunt’s husband’s family. :-)

So, I will start to organize this and figure out how I am going to scan it! Oh, and by the way, for those who remember it that orange bag you see, it’s an old Dallas Times Herald collection bag. My Sister gave me this when she was going through Mom’s stuff!

Here’s hoping everyone has a great weekend!


Making Awesome Progress On My Scanning!

scannerHello everyone! I’m just stopping in to let everyone know I am making good progress on scanning. I’ve been focusing on cards, letters and other little memorabilia. Between March 2 and March 20 I did 1,347 scans. I was scanning 13 out of the 19 nights, so I was pretty consistent. Of course, that means I haven’t had much of a life! :-) Seriously, I think I take the weekends off for the most part and just scan what I can at night. I still get a little television in occasionally but with March Madness going on I don’t really have much to watch anyway! The only consistent thing I watch is the Walking Dead! I’m at a standstill right now because I have scanned everything I sat out to scan. I still have lots of pictures and there are other things I’d like to scan but my major goal was to clear out the top of the closet in the guest bedroom. I’ve essentially done that. I have taken what was 3 medium-size plastic totes and about 7 or 8 plastic shoe-boxes and consolidated them into just the three medium-size boxes. Two of those boxes are less than half-full so I still have lots of room. It’s amazing what happens when you begin to organize, isn’t it! :-) I’ll check back in again soon and let you all know about a new contact I made this week. Have a great weekend, Ken

A Little Update On What’s Happening Lately!

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know I am still around. Does that sound familiar? :-)

I have been busy lately, not so much researching as archiving. I know I have a subscription to Ancestry that is expiring soon but I just don’t feel it right now. I finally have gotten motivated to start doing some scanning I have been putting off for a while. In the past two weeks I have scanned one complete photo album (324 photos) and in the past week I have scanned almost 500 cards, letters, documents and other assorted stuff.

I’ve still got so much more to do but I am excited that I have gotten the bug to scan again. I believe it is very important to take the time to archive what I do have and then store it securely, add metadata to the scans and make a backup of it all!

I may not check in everyday but I am still busy working on my family history. I will share it as often as I can! For now, here’s a little something I will share with everyone. It may not mean much to everyone else but this is something that I will always cherish!


Like I say, it don’t mean much to some but means the world to me. I must be weird saving napkins that were put in my lunch?!

Until next time,


A Cool Discovery And A Little Advice!

It’s been a while since I posted! What can I say, life happens! :-)

Today I would like to share something with my family and any other readers I have. It’s a little advice and a pretty cool discovery.

First, the advice. Never, should I say NEVER, take anything for granted! I found a pile of post cards several years ago. For those in the know, it was shortly after Mom was moved to Dallas. I went next door and was checking what was left and cleaning up some. I found a box in one of the rooms that looked like trash and started to throw it out. Then, I thought about what I had read once from one of my genealogy buddies. I stopped and sifted through the box to make sure that it was truly trash. Boy was I glad I did! I found some pictures in the very bottom. I small bag with maybe 4 or 5 5×7 pictures. I will share those soon. I also found a stack of post cards and grabbed those.

Those post cards have set in a box for all these years. I had looked at them and at the back but there was no writing on them. I thought they might be neat to save for collecting purposes. This past month I started looking at them again. Once again, the same thing. All blank, no writing. Then I found something new. One with some writing on it. When I began to read it, I realized it was my Dad writing to my Mom! The post mark on the card was September 5, 1962, just a couple months before I was born.

The words are not fancy and will not be on the television anytime soon! The lovely part of this is to be able to see a side of my Dad that we didn’t normally see! 1962 – that’s a little over 9 years that they had been married. Dad was still working construction and apparently that job had him in El Paso, Texas at the time. The address was to Mrs. David I. Spangler in Dallas, Texas. Here is the front of the post card …

Dad's Post Card

It’s El Paso’s Ranger Peak Aerial Tramway. I’ve never heard nor seen of it. The only thing I can find for today is Wyler Aerial Tramway at Ranger Peak. You can read some about it here and you can see a video of the ride here. There’s a lot of talking and you can turn down the volume but it gives you an idea of what it was like. Of course, this was over 50 years ago! It’s pretty neat seeing what Dad would have seen! 

I know what you really want to see is what Dad wrote so I’ll try my best to transcribe it here. It may not be exactly as you see it on the post card but I’ll put it the way I think Dad was trying to write it. …

Dearest Darling,

Just a line or two. Hope you are doing fine. Well, Darling, I rode the tramway up the top of the mountain! Boy, you could see every thing, all El Paso and Old Mexico and New Mexico. Will close. Write you a long letter. Lots and lots of love, your sweet Husband.

It’s short and sweet but it’s cool to see that Dad wanted to share what was happening with Mom and wanted her to know he loved her lots and lots!

Here’s the scan of that …

Dad's Post Card 2


So, what do you think? Is this a cool find or what? I hope you all have enjoyed this one. I’ll try to write again soon!