Added A New Page And Some Other Updates

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that I have added a new page today. It’s a link to a bio on my father, David Isaac Spangler. If you go to my maternal and paternal pages you will see that there is now a link attached to his name.

In other updates, I’ve been working on sourcing my Aunt Hattie’s children in my database. I don’t have a lot of info on them but I have enough. It’s nice to have one of her grandchildren living here in Georgetown with me!

I’ve also done a little more on my initial sorting of my pictures. I think I am up to at least 60,000 pictures at the moment. I’m sure that number will grow as I continue to find more here and there!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Ken

An Interesting Picture, For Sure!

Today I am continuing with my “attempt” at getting all my digital photos in some sort of order! I mentioned in a previous post that I had over 10,000 photos to sort through but I am discovering that I am way, way off!

The first folder I moved contained over 12,000 photos. I’m in for a lot of work, it seems!

I wanted to share a picture that I found with you all. It’s one of those strange pictures that you don’t know why you took or even why this certain situation occurred. I suspect that I took the picture because it was just so strange! Here it is:

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It is very unusual to be walking through a large cemetery and look across the way and see a casket just sitting out on the ground, or at least it was for me. I don’t really know what was happening here but it was strange.

Well, that is it for today. I’m sure I will run across some more goodies as I continue this task. Wish me luck!

Ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates For The Week Of Jan. 13, 2014

quickupIt’s been quite here for the past week! This was mostly due to my battle with cedar fever throughout the first part of the week. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to accomplish anything this week, though! :-)

I’ve been working on getting all my digital sources organized and I am also trying to make sure I source my “new” tree as I go along. While I am doing all of this, I am also trying to make sure I take the time to update my Find-A-Grave memorials. Though it may not sound like a lot, I was able to get the nine children of my maternal-grandfather sourced, organized and updated. This also includes spouses! I’m excited at the small steps I’ve been able to take toward getting organized.

One nice thing I discovered this weekend was a few new birth certificates using the Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935 database at Family Search. I was able to find certificates for my two uncles, George Jr. and Calvin Forbes and for one of their spouses, Dorothy May Waugh. It’s nice to be able to discover these new sources!

One last item to add is that I have now started a new project. I am attempting to start organizing my pictures on my computer. I know I have well over 10,000 pictures to sort through and it seems that they just continue to grow. My first step was to move all my pictures into one “Sorting” folder and from there I am attempting to divide them up by surname. I’m really not sure how long this will take but I am excited to get it done, even if it takes me 6 months!

So, there you have it! It’s not been an overwhelmingly productive week but it has been productive. Every little bit helps out and I am sure that with every little step I am getting closer to realizing my goal of organization.

I don’t know what this coming week will hold for me but I will definitely be back with another update next Sunday. Until then, have a great week and good luck in your searches!

Ken

Making Progress On My Initial Launch

news2I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know that I have made some progress on the initial launch of my website. I now have a basic “skeleton” of my site up and will begin to add links to help branch it out farther.

Each page for my paternal and maternal surnames and each page for Trina’s paternal and maternal surnames have been posted. It will let you get a general synopsis of what my research will consist of. As I add pages for each direct-line descendant, I will add pages for all the children involved in that family. One thing to note is that no information will be listed for those who are still living!

Any changes from here on out will be noted on my blog. As I add pages for each name in the family, I will alert you to it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Ken

Alfred Kawika Pascua, 1954-2014

Alfred Kawika Pascua, 1954-2014
Alfred “Al” Kawika Pascua, 59, of Mesquite, Texas left this life to be with his Lord on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

Alfred was born May 22, 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Alfred and Elizabeth Pascua. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977. While in the Army, he became friends with a Texan with a good-looking sister. He married Susan Kay Spangler on June 30, 1978 in Dallas, Texas and later had two beautiful daughters. Alfred was employed as a route salesman for Armour Swift-Eckrich for twenty years. In his younger days, he enjoyed collecting baseball cards, finding treasures from garage sales with his father-in-law, and he also loved to minister in song at his church with his wife. He had a gift for music and would play his guitar or ukulele, especially when his brothers would come to visit. When his grandkids were born, he loved to play and make them laugh, often getting into mischief with them. In his later years, he developed a love for farming – on Facebook. He enjoyed his morning prayer and bible time with Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar. Most importantly, he had a love for Christ and was a man of great faith.

Those left to treasure his many memories are his beloved wife Susan of thirty-five years, daughter Crystal Prater and husband Gabriel of Mesquite, Texas, daughter Candace Baker and husband Brian of Mesquite, Texas; three grand children Caleb Prater, Grace Prater and Isabella Baker; four brothers, Wayne D. Pascua and wife Lanette of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Miles M. Pascua and wife Melanie of Manassas, Virginia, Michael D. Pascua and wife Virginia “Dodie” of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Matthew A. Pascua and wife Maile of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; three sisters, Doris K. Gayer and husband Michael of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Roberta L. Kamakele and husband Clayton (deceased) of Makaha, Hawaii, and Kimberly G. L. Dungca and husband Jordan of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Elizabeth Pascua.

A memorial service celebrating Alfred’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10 at Family Cathedral of Praise church, 790 Windbell Circle, Mesquite, Texas 75149, Pastor Harry Lee Sewell will be officiating. Hawaiian or colorful attire is requested in honor of Alfred.

The family appreciates your continued prayers and support, and requests memorials, in honor of Alfred Pascua, be made to Family Cathedral of Praise church.

Aloha Al! We Will Meet Again!

Aloha Al! We Will Meet Again!I just wanted to take a moment and post a few things that are on my mind today. I may ramble but I ask that you be patient with me. :-)

I have big plans and I am looking so forward to what I can accomplish this year. I am excited about my blog and web site and how I am able to get my genealogy research organized. Unfortunately, this past week that excitement has taken a backseat.

Just before noon on New Year’s day I got a text from my sister that said my brother-in-law had suffered a massive stroke. Since then I have struggled with all kinds of feelings — sadness, anger, confusion. On Saturday, January 4, just before midnight, we got the call that we knew was coming. My brother-in-law had passed from this life!

I’m a strange kinda person. I struggle with my emotions. I wanted to reach out to my sister and my nieces and just hold them and comfort them. I also shrank back because I did not want to offend anyone. If I were to show everything I was feeling, people would probably think I was unstable! Why would anyone in their normal mind be afraid to reach out to their loved ones and offer them comfort?

I think, perhaps, that there is a little more to it than just that. I think that I am also dealing with the reality that I am having to take a good long look at my own mortality. What? Why would I say this? Let me explain. I was able to deal a little better with my dad’s passing. Even before he started to go downward health-wise, I sat down and talked to my wife and told her that I was ready. I knew my dad was not going to last forever and I had come to accept it. With my mother, I had accepted it. Their death was not a surprise and I took it as the normal “circle of life”.

With my brother-in-law, Al, it was (and is) different. Al is far too young. He’s only 59 and that is only 8 years older than I am. I’ve never had to deal with the death of a sibling or the spouse of a sibling. I mean, this is my generation! How can it be that Al, the one who I have always felt I was closer to than any other “in-law”, is actually gone?

Nevertheless, I have to face reality. I admit that I haven’t talked to Al as much as I should have in the last few years. Being in North Carolina kept me from seeing him very often but I did try to help him occasionally on Farmville! I have many fond memories of Al. I remember when I was still at home and throwing newspapers. We would load them all up in Al’s old brown van and listen to good ol’ ZZ Top – Fandango! I remember when Al worked at Halco Fence & Wire with all the rest of the family. I remember when he would visit and always bring a box of good ol’ Eckrich meats for us to have! I have so many wonderful memories of Al! I thank God that I have those and I can always dial those old memories up!

I remember when I left Paris, Texas in 1986 and moved to Mesquite. It was Susan and Al who took me in and helped me out. He didn’t have to do this, but that was Al. He was always willing to give a hand to someone. Even when my plans for getting my CDL fell through, Al was patient with me while I took a job at Captain D’s and raised the money to get my SL22. Al, you played a big part in me getting back to the Dallas area and because of that, a couple of years later I was able to meet my wonderful wife! Who knows what my life might have been like if Al wasn’t willing to help at that moment!

This Friday we will say goodbye to Al! I’m actually glad that the family has asked that we don’t wear black and that we dress for a celebration of Al’s life. The past few years have not been so good to Al but, in the big picture, he had a wonderful life and he also touched the lives of so many people.

I’m thankful that I am one of those who was touched by him!

Aloha Al! We will meet again and I look forward to that day!

Ken

My Organizing System

Hello again everyone! :-)

Today I want to talk about my system of organizing my digital files. I thought that perhaps by sharing this system with you, you could offer up any of your suggestions or comments and help me to improve it! Before I go too far into it, I would like to show you some of my former systems and why I scrapped them.

FILE BY CATEGORIES

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When I originally began trying to organize my digital files, I thought it would be very useful to sort them by category. It made sense because if I needed a Birth Record, I always knew what folder it would be in.

I had used this system for a while before I started to discover the flaws in it. Though the information was able to be found fairly quickly, it would still be hard trying to go from one category to the next and build a grouping of data I had for just one individual. One other problem was how to separate, say, my Spanglers from my Stevensons.

After a few years, it became obvious that this system was not going to be the one I needed.

Deeply-Nested System

Once I realized that the “Category Filing System” was not going to work, I thought of a different way of doing things. I decided that the best way to do this was to just nest folders within other folders and carry on the hierarchy that way. In other words, have a file, for instance, named “Archibald Edelbert Forbes” and nest in that folder 5 more folders, one for each child.

I would then nest more folders inside the children’s folders which would hold the information for the grandchildren of Archibald. I had checked in Windows 7 and I could go, seemingly, forever with this system.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that there actually were limitation to this. Though I could go very deep in my folder structure, it seems there is a limit of 256 characters in a file name. This meant that the initial folder for Archibald took up so many of those characters and each subsequent folder below that took up more of those characters. After a while, you could create a folder but only have just one character to name it!

This system would not work either!

MY NEWEST SYSTEM … GENERATIONS

The system I am using at the moment came about without any planning. I had went through my Spangler Research folder and had made folders for everyone, just as described above. I then decided to start on my Stevenson Research and, without even thinking about it, I started to create folders called “1st-Generation”, “2nd-Generation”, “3rd-Generation” and so on and so on.

Once I had finished creating these and started to organize it, I realized that I might be on to something! I had essentially started a system that required me to go only 3 folders deep and yet it would contain everything neatly into those folders.

I must let you know that there are still some kinks I am working out here. I still encounter problems when I find that there are two, or more, people by the name of Mary Stevenson in the same generation. For the time being, I am fixing this by naming the folder something like “Mary Stevenson (GS)” and “Mary Stevenson (JS)”. What I am doing is adding the initials of who that Mary Stevenson belongs to at the end of the folder name. I know this is not the best way to do this but for the time being it seems to be working fine.

This system works so well that I have actually changed all my folders for my 4 main surnames to it. I’ve even began adding a separate folder for alternate surnames, such as when a great-grandmother’s line is researched. The best example would be what I have done with my “Forbes Research” folder. I have added sub-folders for “Beal Research” and for “Seeber Research” and within those folders I have added the generation naming system.

Will this work forever? I really can’t say. For the time being this system is working very good for me but who knows what my future needs will be?

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

I know from experience that what works great today can become a big hassle tomorrow. My current filing system is working great for me but in the next few months I may require more from it.

The way I have learned to look at this is that I have to be flexible. I have to be willing to adapt in order to make my system work for ME! I can’t look at everyone else’s system and try to copy it because everyone thinks differently.

If I find a better way, I will be sure to let you all know. Until then, I will continue with my “Generation System” and be happy!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ken

Goals For The New Year

Goals For The New YearWith the coming of the New Year, everyone always wants to set goals to achieve. I’ve never really been one to make resolutions but here are a few things that I would love to accomplish in 2014:

ORGANIZE MY GENEALOGY

One of the biggest obstacles in my research has been my lack of organization. It’s frustrating when you find yourself researching something that you have already researched before but you can’t remember where you put that information!

I’ve been working on this for the last month or so and I’ve made quite a bit of progress. I’m still not satisfied though!

By the end of the year, I’d like to have all my digital files organized, eliminate the “collection” of family tree files, and have all my research to where it can be located by even the most novice of persons! :-)

BUILD MY WEBSITE INTO SOMETHING EVERYONE CAN USE

If you read my post from yesterday, then you know that I have actually had a site here for over 6 years. I allowed that site to fall into disarray and its usefulness eroded with that lack of attention.

One of the primary reasons for rebuilding my site is to make it a useful tool for those who may have a kinship with me. This will be a focus for this year.

BE CONSISTENT ON MY BLOG

One of the biggest tools I have to share my information is my blog. In the past, I would find myself not posting for weeks or even months. When I did post, I would not put a lot of thought into my posts and that resulted in me just rambling about anything.

My focus for this year will be too write quality posts. I don’t want to write just because I feel pressured to post something. If I go for a week or two without posting that is fine with me. If I don’t have anything useful to post then it would be a waste of my time and your time to post something just for the heck of it.

I want my posts to be useful, informative and able to help spread knowledge to those who are seeking it!

FINE TUNE MY RESEARCH

In the past 13 years, I have been able to gain a lot of very useful knowledge concerning my roots. My biggest failure in that time has been not sourcing my information as I went along.

One of the most challenging efforts this year will be adding my sources to all my information. Of course, this will also be the most beneficial task!

Besides just adding sources to my family tree file, I would also like to make sure I add sources to my posts. It may be hard to do and I am sure that I will find myself slipping often. The most important thing is that I eventually get myself into the habit of doing what is right and adding my sources.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, I’d just like to say that I know what I am desiring to achieve will not be easy. It will take a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of patience!

At the end of this year, if I have been able to keep my goals, I will be able to stand proud of my accomplishments. If I don’t achieve everything I set out to do, then I will still take pride in finishing, or at least starting, whatever I am able to do!

I wish you all the best in your goals for this new year.

Ken

Welcome To The K & T Genealogy Blog!

Welcome To The K & T Genealogy Blog!Hello everyone and welcome to our blog!

This will be your link for the latest news and happenings here at K & T Genealogy. I can’t promise that I will post every day or even every week, but I will post as often as I have information to share. With this site (and blog) being fairly new, I anticipate that there will be quite a few posts at the start. Just temper your expectations if you don’t see posts frequently enough.

DISCLOSURE:

For those “in the know”, this URL was formerly the address of the “Beyond Fiction” blog. For a little over 6 years I published Beyond Fiction but I have chosen to go in a new direction. 

There are some who will argue that this is a crazy decision and there may be some (I hope) who will understand my decision. The simple fact is that it was time for a new start. My blog had reached a point to where it was stagnant and, essentially, dying. Part of that was my lack of time to contribute and part of that was my lack of organization and therefore lack of new information. 

This is just a “heads up” to those who may have frequented this blog before. This new endeavor will not only incorporate my research of my wife’s family but will also allow me to integrate my website into WordPress as well.

I look forward to exciting NEW things to share with you all in the coming years.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Ken