Sunday, 19 January 2014

Howdy, From Texas... This Month

Hi, I am Fran Langley Ellsworth, also known as the Hummer.  It fits, as I “flit” from state to state visiting and loving on my children and grandchildren.
I was born an Okie (means I am from Oklahoma) but found my heart lies in my ancestor’s state of Texas, where I live now. Hmm, that means I must be from the United States.  I was married 39 years to my Hero. He was the reason I started blogging. I wanted to write his stories, and now it has branched out to our (his and my) ancestors.  Stop by and visit at the garden gate on Branching Out Through the Years to find out about the Hero stories, and my genealogy progress. I also have a blog about the joys of my life, Joyous Tomorrows. The Hero and I had 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys.  Now, I have 23 grandchildren with one on the way. Life is so interesting. 
My six loves with the Hero.
You will find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. I never started out to be a Social Media butterfly, I mean Hummer J, but after the hero died in 2008, I joined the ranks of the FamilySearch Genealogy support missionaries. I have worked in support in FamilySearch Indexing, in FamilySearch Wiki, in FamilySearch product support, and on Facebook Genealogy Research pages, I am struggling at present, as many are, to master the FamilySearch Family Tree, and, in general, social media support for FamilySearch. It has been wonderful and so many I have met this way have mentored my growth in blogging. I love the genealogy community and their loving support. 
Blogging about Indexing.
I love the sleuthing it takes to find an ancestor. It is better than putting a 1000 little pieces of a puzzle together, which my mother-in-law did as a hobby.  The Hero’s mom was from a Southern heritage, while his dad’s side of the family came from England and Ireland to Canada to the United States. Well, with one exception, his great grandmother’s parents were from Germany. Their story has been fun to tell. My family on the other hand, came to the United States on the Mayflower, my mom’s side and my dad’s, or so early I haven’t found my way back across the pond.  I have my hopes.  I have also entered the world of Autosomal DNA genealogy trying to prove some of my paper trails.  DNA is a new learning curve. I am now looking forward to the journey on the Worldwide Genealogy Collaboration  Project. 
The hardest part is staying focused. 
So that is pretty much me, I may be in California pinning my blog or in Idaho, maybe Oklahoma, but mostly in rural Texas with my birds, trees, and woodland critters keeping me company.  

25 comments:

  1. Hi Fran! Looking forward to reading your future posts and sharing stories and tips.
    Cheers
    Di

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    1. Thank you Diane, I am excited and hope to live up to the expectations.

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  2. Hi Fran. A great post to wake up to on a Sunday morning.

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  3. Hi, Fran! Great post. Love hearing about how you started and of course your lovely family. Looking forward to learning more!

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    1. Thank you Deb. You have been one of my genealogy bloggers that has giving me a goal to shoot for.

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  4. Lovely introduction, thanks for sharing and am looking forward to reading more.

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  5. Enjoyed this so much Fran! Great job...really great job!

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  6. Fran! Hello Gal! Loved it! I do want to hear more about the HERO! Curious to what your Maternal Haplogroup is as well. I can't wait to hear more on your Family History. The Mayflower? Thanks for sharing! This was Awesome!

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    1. True, I loved your post as well. This project looks like it will be awesome.

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  7. Great blog post Fran! :-) Love the picture of the Hero w/ your six kids. :-) He would be so proud of you!

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    1. Taneya, That is special coming from you. Thanks.

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  8. I enjoyed this very much. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing Fran! You are one of my great "finds" in my life,

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  9. Enjoyable! Thanks for sharing Fran. You are an inspiration to me. You are also one of my great "finds" in my life.

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  10. Fran, I have 4 girls and 2 boys too! No where near all those grands though :) I love finding and putting the pieces together too. Looking forward to more.

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    1. Kristin, Isn't it exciting when it all starts coming together! Thanks.

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  11. Hi Fran!
    Wow! You have a lot of grandchildren and it is amazing! I look so forward to reading more about you. I love your adventurous spirit going one place or another to see your children.

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    1. Yvette, it is more of a preservation thing. If I didn't make the trips, I wouldn't see them and develop a relationship with them. Of course, I talk about family history stories when I visit... :D

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  12. Don't know how you cope with that many grandchildren. Keeping up with our eleven is nearly a fulltime occupation. I've known you on social media for quite a while but now I feel I really know you. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Thanks for telling me about this collaboration project. I love your blog and look forward to new posts.

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  14. Great blog Fran. You are getting so good at this. See you tomorrow at the FHC.

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  15. Great blog Fran. You are getting so good at this. See you tomorrow at the FHC.

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  16. Hi, Fran - welcome to this Internationale gathering. Phew! all those grandchildren must keep you young and active - I have one - a very lively five year old. I look forward to reading your posts over the coming months. .

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    1. It does keep one moving on... just to show them old is not a dirty word. ;)

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