Thursday, January 27, 2011

Funeral Card Friday - Joseph and Katherine Melzer

They died about 3 weeks apart.  Illness?  Coincidence? Broken-hearted?  

They aren't in my direct line, but I do look forward to learning more about them.  The cards were passed on to me by my mother-in-law, and while there are Melzers in our line I haven't connected this one.  I did find this Joseph connected in an tree, but there were no supporting documents.  At least nothing I would call "rock solid".  I'll have to contact the maker of the tree and see if there are sources that haven't yet been posted.  Shouldn't be too difficult to get to the bottom of with a little elbow-grease!

Thankful Thursday - I'm going to Charleston!

I'm always so thankful for my husband, but he's got me particularly thankful right now.  He's cleared his schedule for the week of May 11-14th so I can go to the NGS conference in Charleston! 

This is no small thing.  He usually leaves for work before the kids would be allowed to show up for school and gets home a couple hours after they are out of school.  I'm also the one that herds the kids in the morning and gets them ready to go so this will no doubt be a challenge for him, since I'm the one dealing with the toddler that doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning and then not want to dress or eat!  My oldest is pretty much maintenance free.  You just have to get him out of the shower before he uses all the hot water.

I can appreciate the sacrifice he'll be making at work and the strain that this may no doubt have on his patience!  Hopefully, this period won't make him totally adverse to the possibility of having more children.  Sometimes kids can be unusually effective birth control!

I'm not going to worry about any of that.  My husband is awesome and will probably be out eating pizza, Chipotle, and partying with the boys while I'm in genealogy heaven!

I'm going to try to show up early so I can have an entire day to myself to go exploring at Fort Sumter!  I'm a history buff and absolutely love the National Park Service!  I'm always dragging the kids around to National Parks as we drive around this wonderful country during our summers.  This time, though, I'll be alone and able to walk through casually without worrying if the kids are trying to wander off!  I'll be able to take pictures at my leisure!  Hopefully, I'll be able to see an old friend from college as well!  One of my dearest friends from my Army days in San Antonio will be attending the conference too!

If anyone has tips for a conference newbie, I'd love to hear them!  I'll be scouring the NGS blog and website for all the postings on the conference, but nothing beat experience, so I'm looking for advice.  It's time to start preparing!