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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,

Ken

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!

Ken

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!

KenTrina

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,

Ken

Updates For The Week Of January 20, 2014

news2Well, here I am back again with a few updates. I know this site is kind of getting off to a slow start but have patience. It will come around in time!

There were two new posts this week, if you haven’t had a chance, check them out and see what I have been up to. You can usually access them by following the links near the bottom or top of any post.

It’s been a slow week again. I’m still trying to get over all this cedar fever stuff. It would be so nice to be able to breathe again without all the sinus problems. With that being said, I did accomplish a few things this week. I was able to finish sourcing all my Forbes research for the first two generations. That would be my aunts and uncles (mother’s siblilngs) and all my great-aunts and uncles (grandfather’s siblings). Yeah, I know, that’s only 14 people (33 if you include spouses) but it is a start to what I want to accomplish this year. I’ve got four Family Tree Maker databases now instead of the tons I’ve had before. The four databases are named Ken’s Complete Research (doesn’t have living generations), Ken’s Living Relatives (Pretty much my generation and downward), Trina’s Complete Research and Trina’s Living Relatives. I’m making a strong effort to make sure I don’t include any information on living relatives when posting any info to on-line trees and such.

I’ve also been continuing with my pictures and the sorting of over 60,000 of them. This is a slow process but it is one that will reap many great benefits once completed. I’ll be able to share them with my family and, perhaps, they will see ones I don’t have and be able to share with me! I’m sure as I go along I will continue to discover new pictures. I found a folder the other day that was entitled “Joseph” and had over 4,000 pics in it. There were pics of his wedding, his first couple of years with Steph and Isaiah and of his friends from the Paris area. It was a pretty neat find. I don’t know where I was able to obtain all these but I’m glad I have them!

So, even though you may not see a lot posted here yet I am very busy working on things that I have allowed to become quite a disarray and will someday be sorted out and be useful again. I know this will help me out in my research efforts.

I invite you to keep checking in from time to time. It’s only been 4 weeks and I still have so much to share on this site. I did add a page for my Dad this week and will be working on one for my Mom soon. Slowly but surely this will grow into something that, I hope, will be useful to many people!

Have a great week and much success in all that you do,

Ken

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

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.

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