This past week has been filled with so much good news and so many changes that I just don’t know how much more my heart can take! Don’t get me wrong: I love, love, love good news. But I’m a “glass-half-empty” kinda gal, so I tend to get suspicious when there’s what seems like an overabundance of good stuff coming my way.

My big news today – as you can see above – is that “Little Bytes of Life” has been named one of FamilyTree Magazine’s “40 Best Genealogy Blogs.” When I found this out this morning, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I was, and still am, stunned. Like most Oscar nominees, I felt that it was just an honor to be nominated. But… wow. I really don’t know what to say except… WOW.

Maureen Taylor (one of my idols), in her article “Fab Forty,” had this to say:

This former teacher named Elizabeth writes about genealogy news, lectures she’s attended, how-tos (such as adding watermarks to digital photos), family stories and other topics. Clear writing, gorgeous photos and an attractive layout reminiscent of a scrapbook draws a reader in and won’t let go.

There are 2 people in this house who refuse to listen to me, so it’s good to know that I’m able to keep somebody interested.

When you check out the link above and see my esteemed company, you’ll understand why this is such an honor. Seriously, the other 39 blogs are so outstanding, and I congratulate them all.

Many, many thanks to FamilyTree Magazine and to all who voted for this little blog. I am humbled and honored.


So what’s my other good news? Well, here are a couple of highlights of the past week that I can share:

  • This past weekend was our California C.A.R. State Conference. I have been appointed (awaiting official confirmation) as the next Senior State President, and will officially be installed at the National Convention in April in Washington, DC. I’m really excited to be working with such a terrific group of kids, particularly our incoming state president, who has a wonderful project in store for the next year. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about that here, as I find it hard not to brag about the good stuff these kids do. šŸ˜‰
  • I found out last week that I was accepted to the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, DC, in July. Now, by “accepted” I don’t mean that I’m any more wonderful than any other applicant; it just means that a very smart ProGen advisor told me to send my application in pronto because applicants are admitted on a first come, first served, basis, and spots fill up quickly. But I’m nonetheless excited to be going, as it will be an intense week of all things NARA.

There’s one other little thing that I can’t talk about just yet… but it’s very exciting (to me, anyway).


Just to give things perspective, I’ll share this other thing with you. I discovered this morning that I left the power cord for my netbook at the hotel yesterday. (Right now, I’m using my glitchy 17″ HP – boo, hiss – laptop in SAFE MODE, so I’m not a happy girl. I’ve had nothing but problems with this laptop, and have almost taken a hammer to it many times.)

So what’s good about this? Nothing really, except that the hotel found my cord, and I can go get it tomorrow. Of all the times I’ve left power cords at hotels (and there have been many), I have NEVER had one found.



I’m going to go let all of this sink in now. That glass is looking a bit full to me, and I’m not sure what to do with it.

Copyright Ā© by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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