Miscellaneous Musings

Another Award… You Shouldn’t Have!

For nearly seven years, I have been blogging about our families’ history. For the first few years, no one followed me. Nada, zip, zilch…  I felt just like the Whos who only wanted to be heard…

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A Ray of Sunshine on a Gloomy Day

Some days, when the clouds are darkest, a ray of sunshine breaks through the gloom and lightens up the world around you.

That is what it felt like today. Arriving home from a long, arduous, downright dismal day at work, I saw a sunny message sitting in my inbox. Fellow blogger, Tales of a Family, nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Seriously, how stinkin’ sweet is that.

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Say What?

About a decade ago, I assisted a coworker with researching her family history. This coworker and I went to lunch, where she rattled off her family surnames. Between bites, I wrote down her information. That weekend, I started searching high and low for her missing kin.

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Crunching the Numbers, 2017

Another year has passed, and a new one has just begun. On this first day of 2018, as I have done for the past several years, I would like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and contemplate the year that lies ahead.  Naturally, as a family history buff, I tend to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…

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I Say No Way to DNA…Testing, That Is

Growing up, I was taught that it is not ladylike to spit. So, from that perspective alone, I have always been a little leery of DNA testing.

However, decorum aside, I have quite a few reservations about voluntarily handling over my DNA—the very essence of what makes me, me—to some faceless entities. Call me skeptical or even paranoid, but I just do not trust corporate and/or government bigwigs enough to believe that my DNA data will remain mine alone and that someone, somewhere is not making a buck off of all that information or using DNA in some big brotherly manner.

And it seems that I am not the only one wary about DNA and privacy. Here are several pieces on this very subject:

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