Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm Done, I'm Done! Wait... I'm Done?

Actually, I've been done for a few days, but this is the first chance I've had to crow about it.

This past Monday, our final assignments for the ProGen Study Group were due. I turned in my proof argument juuuuuust under the wire, so I believe that I am now officially a ProGen Alumni (I hope)!

I joined the 2nd group - a.k.a. ProGen 2 - back in September 2008, and it has been a wonderful experience. I am definitely not the same genealogist, or even the same person, that I was 19 months ago when we began.

Many thanks to our fearless Coordinator, Debbie Parker Wayne, and our inspiring Mentor, Stefani Evans, CG. You both kept us on our toes and encouraged us (me) to keep going, even when it seemed like we just had to quit.

To my peer group mates: I will miss our monthly chats very much, as well as your wise input and your excellent suggestions. I look forward to our "reunion" chats in the future, and maybe even Debbie's Challenge??

Seriously though, I'm sad that it's over, but darn proud that I hung in there, despite herniated discs, a busy, busy preschooler, and all the other rotten tomatoes that life can hurl.

If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend enrolling in a future ProGen Study Group. The leadership is outstanding, the price is right (free!), and you will learn more than you ever imagined you needed to know. Go to today and click on the "Join Waiting List" link. I promise, you won't regret it!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: One Tired Dad

"One Tired Dad." Photograph. ca. 1947. Digital image. Privately held by Elizabeth O'Neal, Santa Barbara, California, 2010.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Footnote Launches Civil War Microsite With New Content

 Who doesn't like free stuff? I received the following announcement from in this morning's email inbox:

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The Civil War forever changed the United States and left a wide range of valuable records for historians, genealogists and other researchers. To help you find what you are looking for, or discover something unexpected, we have a new Civil War area of the site that makes it easier to view, search and browse our Civil War collection.

Come see what you can find and discover the Civil War through the eyes of those who lived it. Click here to view the Civil War website.

What's New?

We have also been updating our collections and adding new Civil War titles to the site:
  • New - Civil War Maps - 1,600 maps from the Library of Congress
  • New - Civil War Subversion Investigations - Case files relating to the arrest, parole, and release of suspects
  • Updated - Union Soldier Service Records: TN, DE, NC, MD, WV, LA, Colored Troops
  • Updated - Civil War Pension Files
Do you have friends or family with an interest in the Civil War or the people who fought it? During the month of June all the Civil War documents will be free to the public. You can share this free access to millions of Civil War records found nowhere else on the web clicking the Share link.

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That's right, all Civil War documents will be FREE for the month of June (or what's left of it)! I'm still up to my eyeballs in Civil War research as I finish my final ProGen assignment, so if I wasn't already a subscriber I would be all over this offer.

Give it a try and see what you think.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Family Tree DNA's Sizzling Summer Sale!

As the Group Administrator for the Swanay/Swaney DNA Surname Project, I am pleased to tell you about the "Sizzling Summer" promotion announced yesterday by FamilyTree DNA:

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Last summer we offered a pricing special that was the most successful offering of its type in our company history. Project administrators got behind the recruitment efforts and for those that did, their projects grew and our database grew, so we'd like to offer a summer special again.

Here are the details:
  • Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149)
  • Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239)
  • Y-DNA37 + mtDNA for $159 (Combined test would cost $238)
Bypass the Y-DNA12 and Y-DNA25, and get the best Genealogy tests on the market!

The promotion will start June 5 and will end June 25. Kits need to be paid for by June 30, 2010.

As, always, thank you for your continued support.

Max Blankfeld Vice-President, Operations and Marketing
"History Unearthed Daily"

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Summer is a great time to corner catch folks at the family reunion or around the BBQ, so don't let this opportunity pass you by! Who knows when you'll get another chance to swab Uncle Frank's cheek?

For more information about the Swanay/Swaney DNA Surname Project, please visit our public project page, or visit FamilyTree DNA. Please also feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Not Exactly A Vacation

Little Bytes of Life will be quiet for a few days, as I'm headed to lovely, scenic San Diego to check out hotels for the 2011 California C.A.R. State Conference. I actually used to live in the area about 15 years ago, so it will be fun to see how things have changed.

And what do we moms love to do when we get a hotel room all to ourselves? That's right, SLEEP. So hopefully I'll also be catching a few zzzzz's while I'm away.

I hope you all have a wonderful, fun, restful weekend!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Girl

Happy birthday to my little girl... who is growing up much too fast. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday! Love from your Mommy and Daddy.

"Birthday Girl." Digital image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, June 1, 2010.

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