Yes, it's me. I'm back. The last few months have been a blur. I've missed two postings. I am apologetic and not without remorse. We have had an illness that led to the loss of my sons beloved wife. You've heard that " life gets in the way". Well, I have learned the truth of that. Papers, bills, documents and other obligations have been piling high. Perhaps I will get a handle on it all, perhaps not. For now, I am most satisfied to give a quick update and status report.
My progress in the "Genealogy Do-Over" has not been steady. In fact, I am on the third repeat of the "Do Over". I now have a file for every family member, a check list I use to record what I have on each individual and what I am needing to look for, and a waterproof box in which I can store the files.
Starting with myself and progressing thru my grandparents, I have re-examined each of these seven individuals and entered their data into a second genealogy program. I am using Legacy now. No, I have not given up my trees on Ancestry. My intent is to simply have a back-up in a different program. Eventually, I hope to be able to use my Legacy tree to go back and correct errors and fill in blank spots on the Ancestry tree.
My work on "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" has also suffered. The last post to that project was completed for Fathers Day when I wrote about my dad. The next post that I complete will probably be in memory of my sweet daughter in law when I feel ready to write it. While not an ancestor, to generations yet to come, she will be and she deserves to be remembered.
I would feel somewhat remiss if I did not post a quick warning to those seeking help from professional genealogists across the sea. My relationship with my chosen researcher in Poland has soured. Sadly, I did not get an estimate from him nor a contract. While he did obtain and send me some welcome documentation, the real "meat" of the research has never been completed. Since I paid him in increments to which he was in agreement, I did not pay him the full fee. I have since learned that his fee was very much " out of line" with other professionals. I have had no communication from him unless I write and ask him specifically for progress updates. He has told me that the documentation that he was requesting from the Warsaw archives is slow to come. It has been six months. I do not think that anything more will come and I am out a significant amount of money. Just be careful. Deal only with reputable researchers who can provide references.
Until November, be safe, healthy and happy.