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Saturday, June 29, 2013

60s To 100s in Four Days in Healdsburg

Monday of this week was rainy and cool -- in the mid 60s -- actually a bit refreshing. I felt like I was in the Northwest again as the skies were cloudy and the air seemed so fresh, but wet . . . living in the Seattle area for ten years I remember that I usually felt "up" on a rainy day so I was up a lot . . .

The rainy weather continued through Tuesday -- and then things began to change.  Wednesday we could feel a bit of warming, Thursday definitely so and on Friday -- boom -- over 102 in Healdsburg.


We of course started the a/c early in the morning and on Friday I actually put on a long sleeved shirt because there was a chill inside . . . I thought of all those unfortunate enough to have NO a/c . . . what could they do. It was a lot like how our ancestors must have dealt with excess heat.

As the collage above points out -- movie theaters, along with other businesses, advertised their "coolness" one of the reasons today I don't enjoy theaters (and the loudness). Also there is a post card of a Cleveland, Ohio popular beach showing folks "beating the heat" at the beach -- but it looks as though most people are almost fully clothed -- not something that would happen today . . .

Today it is over 100 but we are not as cool inside as we were yesterday -- I believe that the a/c is over whelmed and not putting out "cool" air, enough to make a difference. The bad thing is that it being the weekend it would be hard to get the service folks out -- and we have at least three more days forecast for very high temperatures.

The movies are maybe looking better or maybe a retail store that is cool . . . and/or the pool.

Another Start to the Week

The rainy day on Monday had no impact on our mood for the day. We both enjoyed it and had plans to do work on our hobbies and just plain "kick-back". After-all it was a birthday for someone in our household and it was her call on what activities we would be doing -- after gift-opening of course.

Before the wrapped gifts came the floral arrangements -- which are still maintaining their appeal:



Dino is totally non-plussed with flowers and is taking advantage of the soothing rain to curl-up for a nap. The deal with Dino though is -- even if the weather were different he would be figuring out the best place to snag a nap . . .

Shortly after breakfast, the birthday bounty began.  It is fun to have a variety of things to open and Gail had a variety . . . I shop all-year 'round as I see things -- sometimes I am surprised as well because it has been months since I made the purchase . . .



Dino wanted to assist on almost every gift -- he loves packages -- and one of them WAS for him, an orange ball hard enough to withstand Dino's aggressive chewing, float-able and roll-able. Of the gifts, one of Gail's favorites was a new Liberty wooden puzzle -- this one of a Renoir painting of a boating party -- almost 900 unique laser-cut pieces. She has spread out all pieces in the dining room . . .

The colorful gift in the bottom center is a one-of-a-kind tote -- from Lisa and Bob -- and it has the Seattle area attractions highlighted . . .very nice. Also a new book -- Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan, from Dino . . .

Webinar Wednesday

Again Legacy Family Tree Webinars sponsored an excellent speaker and topic -- a topic more relevant probably than was anticipated. I learned a ton of information that will hopefully make for better genealogy:


A key for me was that conditions must be tied to the laws currently in effect for that time and place. Given that there are so many jurisdictions things can get really tangled in no time at all . . .

All the different variables involved need to be addressed when making an assessment of "stuff" for our ancestors -- it is a full time job.

Sporting Break

The sound of an aluminum bat hitting a ball wafted over our back fence early this morning -- before we closed up all windows and doors.  Even with the heat at over 100 degrees these players were enthusiastically playing ball. Bunting hung at various intervals along the fence and many flags were displayed.



In the above there is a "Red Team" and a "Green Team" all the pre-game ceremonies were conducted including the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the "play ball" was heard from the announcer.

Dino watched from the coolness of the deck -- the opening pitch can be spotted in the middle picture above.
The spectators -- I'm sure mostly parents and other relatives -- huddled in the shady areas along the first-base side mostly. Not sure how the game turned out as we had other duties . . .

From the Tree . . .

I worked in the tree many many hours this week -- it happens that it was someone else's tree though. I started a tree for someone with the name of just one person -- and in the same time that it took the temperature to rise -- I have nearly 300 names in that tree, all supported with evidence -- thanks to Ancestry.com and their "shaking leaves" indicating evidence available . . .

To me it is energizing to do that with a family history that continues to produce more and more history. But looking at our HILES and related families tree there were several folks "born on this day",  29th of June.




Along with today's birthday folks, the above shows the "landing" page of the HILES website. The Welcome and the What's New sections are illustrated.  What's New shows the things that I have added recently. I am in the site every day and little by little I add the many things that are in line . . .

Future Look of Charting in Family History

This week's major law-changes (which came on the day of the webinar on the Law) will have impact on charting and displaying family history information.

The interesting aspect of "genealogy" for me is not geared to "bloodlines" only, but to the aspect of a "family" history. In other words, putting folks on or in a chart and then discovering what made that family "a family".

I took a look at Family Tree Maker -- the main program I use. I have two others as well -- Roots Magic and also Legacy Family Tree. But in FTM I was able to put same sex marriages into the program with the correct image as to gender:



In the above, I created a "family" that may be a lot more common in the coming years. I show two men marrying and then adopting a young girl. That girl grows up and marries another girl and they adopt a baby boy.

In the chart on the left, for the "Brand New Someone" the chart shows that his parents are both female while his Grandparents are both male . . . what would our parents think . . . the times, they are changing.

On the chart on the right -- a pedigree chart of the same person "Brand New Someone", shows that Family Tree Maker allows a male-male marriage and/or a female-female marriage just as our new laws reflect . . .

Most all other genealogy software probably is showing the same capabilities with varying needs of tweaking along the way . . .

That was a bit of our cool/hot week -- burgers tonight . . .









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