Yesterday, Friday the 13th, was my lucky day. I really don’t believe in such things, but it really was a great day. :)
It started with an offer from my neighbor to haul off some of my trash. That’s such a kind thing to do. I’ve been trying to get trash service out here and keep running into brick walls. Kind of difficult to take a load of trash to the local dump when you drive a Mustang. Anyway, the help was appreciated.
Then I had a job interview! Regardless of the outcome, it was nice to be “part of the process” and to know that things are moving in the education world. In case you don’t know it, a lot of decisions are made in the last weeks before school starts. Lots of changes in the lives of teachers and students. Of course nothing makes a difference like those enrollment figures!
The next little serendipity occurred at the genealogy library. I have been looking for a news clipping and thought I would have to order it from the source. I noticed a large box of folders on the top shelf of the family history section that was labeled with the family name. I almost didn’t bother to go through them, but the second one contained the clipping I needed!
Gary surprised me at the library and took me to lunch! It was a treat to see him during the day, and also funny that he knew where to look for me. I hadn’t said anything about stopping at the library, but he knew that since I would be driving by on my way back from the interview, I wouldn’t be able to resist.
Stopped on the way home at a friend’s house and she gave me some young shrubs. So nice to get plants for this barren hill. It will make such a difference to have some color and life around the house.
And as if my day wasn’t already great, the first blossom on the blue morning glory greeted me when I got home. Can’t wait for more!
Finished off the day on Ancestry.com and located a piece of information that has been eluding me for a week. Just a few notes to those of you searching for people:
1. People lie. They lie about their age most of all, so don’t be too strict about dates. One person I’m researching is listed as born in 1889, 1890, 1887, and 1886.
2. People change their names. They start using nicknames or shorten their name or use a middle name. If you know someone was in an area and can’t find them, take off the first name and just use the surname plus the location for your search. Also people who type in the information on sites can’t always read the original! I found “Valentine” spelled as “Valiting”.
3. People move. Sometimes checking in the next county will prove successful. If your ancestor lived anywhere near a state line be sure to check that state. In our area I check four counties and three states if I’m searching for someone.
I finally found my elusive person living in another county, with a relative of another name, and she had changed her own name! Good luck with your searches.
Oh, ended my day by going to bed without finding any scorpions! (I’ve killed eleven so far.) LOL What a lucky day!