Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Back in May I said that I wasn't sure about the future of this blog. That is still true. However, I have started dismantling this blog by removing some posts. I do believe that sometime in the future, I will take down this blog completely. If you have any questions please leave a comment for me soon.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The New and the future of this blog

My intent on first starting to blog was to preserve the memories and stories of my family. I realized after my parents died that I had no one in the family to give these memories to so I decided to give them to the world in order to preserve them. As time went on I wrote less and less of personal things and more of genealogy in general.
Now with the new everyone can preserve photos, stories and memories online. In addition only those people who are interested in the members of your family tree will find those stories and photos. 
I have already started uploading my photos and stories there. I do not know what I will yet do with this blog. Perhaps I will dismantle it completely or change it to less of a personal nature.
Whatever I do, I thank you who have taken the time to read my posts and even to comment. It is always satisfying to know someone has been reading.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nothing like the computer world to mess things up

I am in the process of changing email accounts and trying to delete old unused accounts. Do you know that idea about if you publish something in the digital world it is there forever somewhere? It never goes away? True with email accounts as well. I now find that although I can change - through a roundabout way - the email address attached to this blog, if I delete the old email account under which all the previous posts were published then all the published photos will be lost! Sort of defeats the purpose of changing email accounts, doesn't it.
Do not be surprised if sooner or later the previous posts on this blog suddenly go dark. I like to keep a neat, trim and tidy workspace and that includes my computer. I'll try to patch up what I can.
In the meantime,
Happy sleuthing.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Faces on the Ancestry Tree

I saw this photograph and loved it. At first glance I found ten faces. I think it is easier to find them if you distance yourself from it a bit. How many do you find?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rural church holding final service tonight

Rural church holding final service tonight
Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 12:10am
Zion 16 Lutheran Church
CORUNNA — Exactly 155 years after the adoption of its constitution, Zion 16 Lutheran Church will host its final service tonight at 7.
“It’s an old, old church,” said Jim Mason, one of the three remaining members who attend regularly. “They have all passed away, and we’ve not been successful at recruiting new members.”
Indiana-Kentucky Synod ELCA Bishop William Gafkjen will preside at tonight’s final service in the church on S.R. 327, between Garrett and Corunna.
Mason is a lifetime member of the church. He was baptized and confirmed there and has many happy memories.
“The most vivid memories are when I was in Sunday School as a young kid and as I grew up, confirmation classes,” Mason said.
Mason said he also heard stories about how the church was raised off it its foundation in the early 1940s, and his father and brothers used horses and slip-scrapers to dig a basement.
He recalled churchwide events such as picnics and trips to Pokagon State Park in the summer.
“Back at that time, we had 60 to 70 members. I can remember times when the pews were all full,” Mason said. “After 155 years, it’s a big blow to us.”
Mason said the church has the option of selling the property and already has seen some interest.
“There’s a lot of history in that church,” Mason said. “I’d like to see it remain a church, but that’s not for me to say. If someone else can put a good use to it, that‘s what should be done.”
Mason encouraged the public and anyone who has had ties to the church to attend tonight’s final service. A reception with light refreshments will take place afterward.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The School House Project OR Give Us Your Memories

The DeKalb County Historical Society (Indiana) is working on school books for the one room county schools. The Committee would like for you to send pictures and personal stories of experiences in the county schools. These can be personal stories, memories from your neighbors or even memories of a teacher or school bus driver.

Stories can be sent to DeKalb County Historical Society, 201 East main Street, Butler, Indiana 46721 or contact chairman, Sharon Zonker.

No story or memory even if it is just one line is insignificant.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wow - how time flies!

I apologize that I have not put anything up since July!!! Wow, time flies, and it goes faster as you age. My friend's children were only 5 and 3 yesterday. Today they are 18 and 16. It just can't be. But I'm sure that is how our ancestors thought - "Wow, when did I become old!" - I can hear them saying.
But it happens to everyone unless someone dies young. As genealogists we search out death dates as eagerly as we search out birth dates, but do we ever stop to think that maybe someone someday will be filling in our death date on one of those family group or pedigree sheets. I was watching a movie the other day and there was one scene where a young girl is trapped in a burning house.  A young boy makes his way in to save her and she says, "Are we going to die? You can tell me if we are. I'm not afraid." The boy replies, "Yes, we're all going to die. But if it's all the same to you, I prefer it not be today." The boy speaks truth. We are all going to die, but most of us prefer that it not be today. When we do die, what we leave behind us for good or bad is what makes us live after we have left mortality.

This brings up a poem I recently discovered, and I will leave you with it:

How Did You Die?

            Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
                With a resolute heart and cheerful?
            Or hide your face from the light of day
                With a craven soul and fearful?
            Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
                Or a trouble is what you make it,
            And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
                But only how did you take it?

            You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
               Come up with a smiling face.
            It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
                But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
            The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
                Be proud of your blackened eye!
            It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
                It's how did you fight --  and why?

            And though you be done to the death, what then?
                If you battled the best you could,
            If you played your part in the world of men,
                Why, the Critic will call it good.
            Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
                And whether he's slow or spry,
            It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
             But only how did you die?

                                       -- Edmund Vance Cooke (1866-1932)