Summers Growing Up = Love of Water

When you think of summer time, what is the first word that pops into your mind? For me, it’s WATER. While there is one kind of water that I don’t enjoy being in – ocean salt water – I have spent many hours, days and probably even months in lakes and pools.

I think I was definitely influenced by my mother, Doris, who was a strong swimmer throughout her life. My dad, who never learned to swim, but eventually would swim with a life jacket on, wasn’t ever quite so fond of it.

Mom started me out with baby steps for the baby:


I actually don’t recognize this yard. It’s definitely not our house in Passaic, but could be a corner of Grandmother’s yard in Needham Heights, Massachusetts as I have a few other pictures taken that summer while we visited.

I did have a small wading pool in Passaic and Mom invited over some of her friends (with their kids, who were some of my childhood friends) for a swim party.

Linda, on the slide

That’s me with Bruce, Greg and maybe Adrienne in the swing. Mom kept that pool for quite a few years:

Celeste, on what looks like the same slide, c1960

I have no idea when I had my first membership in the YWCA, but it was probably started when I was five or six years old.

I continued with lessons at the Passaic Y until we moved to Wayne in December 1963. This was my last membership card, but I had taken years of swimming lessons there.

By 1954, my grandparents owned their cottage on Little Sebago Lake, which led to many more hours of water fun, at first with a life jacket:

Grandmother and Linda

I was never the fastest swimmer, but I had endurance. See the white boat docked in the distance on the top left?

Linda with Candy, c1965

My friends’ cottage was just past that and we used to swim there just for fun.

When we moved to Wayne, my parents actually decided to add a built-in pool in our yard.

Wayne Home in Early 1964

I am amazed, though, because I don’t have a single photo of our backyard or of anyone in the pool!

I still enjoy the water, although I don’t swim much these days. We do have a pool here in Tucson and it comes in very handy for a quick dip during the hot summers. I mostly putter around in it to cool off!

A Tucson Necessity!

Don’t forget to share your own summer memories. Some day, our stories will be the ancestors’ stories!

Nowadays, a relatively new activity that Dave and I both enjoy is cruising. I love being on the ship enjoying the water views, but I still don’t like salt water on me!




Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

A Toe in Different Sand by Alicia Crane Williams on Vita Brevis

52 Ancestors – Orval Jerrain Maffit, A Short Life with a Tragic End on The Genealogy Girl

Saving My Dad’s Canvas Paint Apron from the Estate Sale by Jana Iverson Last on Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

The Mysterious David Mahler by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree

My Uncle the Criminal? If the Shoe Fits. . . by Amy Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Research Resources Family History Wiki Lands on by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Sunshine State Digital Network Welcomes Florida Memory by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

How Far Back Can You Research Your Ancestry in Quebec? by Institut Drouin on Genealogie Quebec

District of Columbia Online Historical Photos Research by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt

ICYMI: Boston Transcript Column Now Online by Molly Rogers on Vita Brevis

Tech News

With the latest fee increase to $120, I’m starting to wonder about keeping my Prime membership:
I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime by Adam Clark Estes on Lifehacker

New Filtering System for DNA Matches by Talya on MyHeritage Blog

Genetic Genealogy

15 DNA + Genealogy Posts to Boost Your Research by Lisa on Are You My Cousin?

Getting Started with GEDmatch by Kitty on Kitty Cooper’s Blog


The Problems with Transcriptions by Nancy on My Ancestors and Me

The Thrill of the Hunt is Gone. . . Or Is It? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Navigating old records on FamilySearch Family Tree:
Click Your Way to Genealogical Success – Part Six by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Boost Your Genealogy Productivity with Google Keep by Diana Elder on Family Locket

Education Is for Everyone

A Dozen Lessons I’ve Learned from 12 Years of Blogging by Lisa Alzo on The Accidental Genealogist

It’s Not for Us to Choose by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

How to Create a Photo and Video Slideshow with Shotcut by Selin Tagmat on Organizing Photos

Keeping Up with the Times

One Month into GDPR – What the Effect Has Been by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Privacy, What Privacy? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

X-ray Beam Illuminates Long-Forgotten Faces on Damaged Daguerrotypes by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Does the Future of Genealogy Rely on a More Inclusive History? by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Cart

Research Like a Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer: A Book Review

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.
Research Like a Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide

I’ve been friends with fellow Arizonans Diana Elder and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, for a couple of years through our common interests of genealogy and blogging.

Diana has proudly earned the credentials of AG (Accredited Genealogist) and started Family Locket Genealogists with Nicole. One of the services offered by Family Locket is her Research Like a Pro Study Group.

Although I’ve not participated in this study group, I know people who have and have raved about it – even though they were not inexperienced genealogists by any means.

Because I had only heard excellent comments about the online study group, I was very much looking forward to reading the book, which is divided into 8 chapters – Research Objectives, Analyze Your Sources, Locality Research, Research Planning, Source Citations, Research Logs, Report Writing and What’s Next for a Researcher?

Although at a bit of a disadvantage not having taken Diana’s research class, I will make a leap here and state that I suspect that this book mirrors the research study group process taught in in the formal group setting.

The process – which consists of the steps outlined in the 8 chapters of the book – is clear, easy to follow and well organized. In addition, I really like several things about the format of the book:

1. Chapters are short and to the point. This isn’t an encyclopedic reference, it’s a hands on guide to good research practices.

2. I love that there is an example relating to the chapter’s topic with questions to be answered, followed by a task relating to one’s own research, at each chapter’s end.

3. Since this is a stand alone book, I really, really like the four appendices, which provide Work Templates, Work Samples, Source List (a short bibliography) and Supplemental Material. Work Samples is, by far, the lengthiest of the four appendices and at 120 pages, makes up about half of the entire book.

For those who don’t feel that a structured educational experience is in the cards for him/her right now, this book provides the “how to” for beefing up one’s own research skills, following the process used by a successful accredited genealogist.

I highly recommend this book whether or not you elect to sign up for the (fee-based) study group online. The steps in this guide are so well ordered and clearly explained that any researcher can implement them immediately to Research Like a Pro. (I couldn’t pass that up!)

Just as an aside, which isn’t part of this review-

Why take the class if the book details the research process? Well, as a retired teacher, I value the interaction and feedback gained from classmates and the instructor during the learning experience. Questions can be asked and clarifications provided in a small group setting from the comfort of one’s own home. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Disclaimer: Although I received a complimentary copy of this book for review, I have not received any other compensation or remuneration from the authors. This review reflects my own opinion and, if I didn’t like the book, you can be sure I would have said so!