Summertime Fun

The yearly question is upon me, once again: whether to re-up with Ancestry or not. I go through this every year. You see, when the weather gets nice around the country, people spend much more time outdoors – understandably. During this time, I have very little research to conduct other than my own – which is fine. Once the weather turns cold and wintry, then I get more requests for help.

So, I guess I answered my own question and will renew with Ancestry again this year just so I can help those who need it when they need it this winter. It just feels wrong doing it in August when I’m not using their services much. Oh well, the price (and a steep one, thanks Ancestry) we pay.

On a side note, I had done some tinkering with the sidebar area of the site a few weeks ago in order to make it easier to navigate my Saurette and Oligny information. In doing so, I nuke the social bookmarks that were there. Today, I added Twitter and Facebook plugins that will appear on every post. Please take the time to retweet and recommend via FB. I’m always look for new traffic to!

More Stagnant Than a, uh, hmm. . .

It is really hard to believe that it is July already and I have done diddly-squat with genealogy. As I mentioned in my previous post, we added a puppy to our family. Molly, the now 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog, is keeping things very busy and interesting around the house. Fortunately, I have not been receiving a lot of inquiries lately. I think people tend to do more genealogy when the weather is bad, i.e. winter. I know I haven’t been interested in doing much lately.

If anyone does need more information or help with things you find on, please feel free to email me. I’m still around and willing to help. It might be more sporadic than usual, but I’m always available to field research queries and the like.

My son starts Kindergarten this Fall and as Molly gets older, I should have ample time to start digging into new avenues of French-Canadian genealogy. I hope everyone is enjoying this summer weather. I know I’m not.

Steve Rock

Ebb and Flow

It has been slow for me, genealogy-wise, and I don’t see it picking up anytime soon. We are adding a new puppy to our house in a few weeks, so I’ll be on puppy patrol most of the day. It’ll be back to late night data-entry marathons! Oh yeah!

For people who actually read these posts – I have added the ability to chat in real time with me (provided it says I’m available). I use Woopra analytics to watch over my site while I’m working. It allows me to watch people go through the site and see what surnames and people are being researched. I’ve had a few people come here recently that have spent a lot of time looking at particular surnames. I’m very glad that people can get something from the work I do. If you see that I’m available, please drop me a question while you’re browsing the site. You’ll find the Woopra chat box at the bottom of just about all the pages. This might work better for some people rather than email since we can have a chat while you are on the site itself. I tested this out yesterday and had a lovely chat with myself – so I know it works.

For now, I think I’m going to browse more census images to make sure I have rounded out my direct Saurette and Oligny ancestors. Pure data entry can get tiresome, especially if I’m not even sure why I’m doing it. I haven’t been doing much research for other people lately, (good or bad thing?), but that’s mainly due to lack of inquiries. The break has been nice, but I’m always available to help out – free as always!

On a humorous note: I’ve been getting traffic from other sites where people are trying to find the Saurette clothing line for kids. Their site is Some clothing sites have their web address listed incorrectly as mine. I bet people are really shocked when they land here!

I finally got around to updating the database yesterday as well – mainly because of corrections. If you are related to Onil Leduc, there was a big error there, but with the help of somebody doing Leduc reserach, it was pointed out to me and fixed.

Keep on diggin’!