Monday, February 27, 2006

Passing . .

It seems like right before my eyes that an era of my life is passing, literally. The past two days have brought news of the deaths of 3 favorite actors: Dennis Weaver, Darren McGavin and Don Knotts.

These three gentlemen may not be known for blockbuster type movies, but when I was a teenager they brought laughter into my life. Laughter is the best medicine in the world and there is so little of it these days. Today's television networks (well the big 3 anyways) offers very little in the form of light-hearted entertainment.

We will miss these gentlemen to some extent, but we can always catch them in re-runs.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Researching your roots?

I have been researching my roots for only about 11 years now. Some may think that is a long time, while others will think I just got started. The hobby of genealogy has been around for many, many, many years. Look at all the begats in the Bible to get an idea of how long tracing one's roots has been around.

Oh, gee, speaking of Bible. I can trace my lineage back to Adam and Eve, with documentation to prove it. Guess I should clarify that just a bit. The Adam and Eve I am referring to are Johannes Hans (aka Adam) Biebel and Maria Eva Müller (aka Eve). These two ancestors came from the Alsacian area of what is now France to this side of the big pond in 1750. Their last name was anglicized to BIBLE sometime after arrival. You can find out more about this facinating family by going to the "Bible Family" website (link provided in the sidebar).

Adam and Eve's son, Christian, is my next ancestor in this line. He and 2 of his brothers wound up in Greene County Tennessee around 1792. These Bible's and many of my other ancestors can be found on the earliest tax lists. My roots are firmly implanted in East Tennessee, not only in Greene County, but Jefferson County as well. I have a lot of research help materials at my Greene County TN Genealogy website (also linked in the sidebar). My parents were the first to leave the area as my Dad joined the military. They have never returned to live there. I was born there, but was about 18 months old when I left. It is a shame, though, as each time I go back to Greene County I feel like I am home. I keep saying "one of these days," but doubt that will ever happen.

I guess I am in a reminicent mood these days. I think about Tennessee often. The region Greene and Jefferson County are located are about the most beautiful areas I know of. If you have ancestors that were in that area check out Bridgett's Gene Joint (link in sidebar). I have my ancestry online, who knows we may be distant cousins.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

24 Hours?

I am sure that when the figure 24 hours would be enough in any person's life did not contemplate that some of us would not find that enough. It is even worse when you are older and slowing down. Heck, for me, I don't think 30 hours would even help me out.

Finding the time to even get to the store to purchase something as trivial (only in the mind of the beholder) as birthday cards or any other type of greeting cards can turn into a chore. Don't get me wrong birthday, anniversary or any other event that calls for sending cards is not trivial nor a chore, just remembering dates and getting to a store are. I was really and truly excited when I found this site online that sends out paper cards for you. Why not e-cards? I have a lot of friends and relatives who either are not on a computer, or don't like e-cards (not personal enough I guess). My discovered website has a wide selection of cards available for you to choose from, they will also address the envelope, attach a postage stamp (free with purchase of card) and drop them in the mailbox for you.

Akkkk! I best close this out for the day, I need to take some time to do something trivial. It is called eating, right now my stomach thinks my throat has been cut.

Until next time. . . .

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sign of old age

I had forgotten that I had signed up for a blog until I was asked to join a group blog about a week ago. They say the mind is the first to go.

Another sign of old age is speaking your mind. Be prepared world, my mind may be on the way out, but it will go a piece at a time. :)

The first piece will go to the person who wrote to me indicating that the rules and regulations on this site that I run (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) doesn't apply to her. It is always amazing to me when folks feel they are above the "law."

Which brings me to my biggest beef of all -- our current administration. It seems to me they don't really care about the law of the land, except when it suits them of course. Yes, I want them to use every means possible to protect us from another attack from those who would do so, but I would like to see them do it legally.