Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I've been FAPed by a Virus! Mercy Me!

FAP - Free Access Policy for those who don't know.  As an internet satillite user, evidently  there is only so much "bandwidth" you can use.  For most of us this isn't a problem, less you have several teenagers in the family or like to watch videos day and night through your computer.

About two months ago, I discovered that we had exceeded our bandwidth.  Before that I didn't even know what it was.  To make a long story short, turns out we weren't using our computer to download too many items, it was a VIRUS.   

So computer is being cleaned out and we can soon continue on our ancester-hunting activities.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Looking for Clues Among the Living...

So I took a little detour to contact a living relative.  I found my first cousin - once removed - through clues from an obituary.  With the help of Google, I found a telephone number.  I made a call and got an answering machine.  I left a message, but.... no answer. 

I know I must call again, but I hate to be a nag.  Still, persistence, right?  A friend of mine suggested to call again, and if I get the answering machine, remember to tell my cousin he can call collect.  Maybe that will make a difference.  Otherwise, I'll see if I can find the address and send a letter.

Being a genealogy "detective" keeps taking me on different directions and I need to keep focused.  However, in this case I think it is possible that this cousin who is also a direct relative of Thomas Walter CANTY, I might find some good clues.  If I'm persistent!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mama had a sister, Leona CANTY LAMBERT

My Mama's sister was Grandpa CANTY's first-born child.  In my search for Grandpa CANTY, I have looked into the family of her younger brother, Harold Walter CANTY, and I have chased down relatives of her half-sister Anna Barbara DURR, but I still have yet to find anyone with information on Grandpa CANTY. 

Don't think that if you look information up one time that it will never appear.  More and more information is being downloaded and transcribed and made available.  I recently found information on Aunt Leona's daughter, Verna LAMBERT.  Verna would have been my first cousin.  I have one photo of cousin Verna and it just so happens she is with my very own Mama! Unfortunately, the information I obtained was in an obituary, and I was saddened  to learn she had passed away in 2004.  However, in the obituary I learned that Cousin Verna had a brother (didn't know that one), three sons and a daughter.  She died in Texas.

My next step will be trying to make contact with one of her children, my first cousin's, once removed?  I think that's right although correct me if I'm wrong. :) Stay tuned...