Thursday, September 12, 2019

FYI: "Cutting the cord" ~ 8 months later

"The Bloom Is Off The Rose."

My disenchantment does not come from "cutting the cord" and coming off cable TV. That was a good idea ~ and it is still a good idea.

My disappointment is with the app that Spectrum offers as a replacement.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

FYI: Sharing Genealogy Research

I have been working with genealogy for well over a year and a half, and it's time to share what I've found.

My current interest started in 2017, when I bought a DNA test. I was curious about what I would discover, but I mostly bought it because it was on sale. 😎

Results from a DNA test do not come back for up to six weeks. I wanted to learn more about how to interpret/use DNA test results. While I was waiting, I discovered that Pinellas County, and the Largo Library in particular, had extensive genealogy resources.

From that little spark of curiosity, I eventually:

  • ...became a member of the Pinellas Genealogy Society (PGS)
  • ...explored the Jaggers tree on
  • ...joined the PGS Board as their Technical Director
  • ...downloaded and installed genealogy software on my local PC
  • ...added 1,200 names to a Jaggers tree that I created on

My 2019 Epiphany:

I am more of a story-teller than a researcher. I like finding the context around a set of facts.

For example, thirty years ago, a cousin sent a copy of her research. It listed the Jaggers' family tree with the usual dates (born, married, died). That somehow seemed incomplete to me. I added some context by updating the facts into something like this: "(relative) was  28 years old when he married (name), who was only 16."

The Question For Today 

How do I share my experience about genealogy research and tell stories about the Jaggers family?