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This is what it looks like when Ancestry.com can't handle small town relationships.  What happened here isn't crazy by any genealogical stretch of the imagination, but how +Ancestry  handles the tree looks really disorganized.
Wybren Doedes Jaarsma m. Hiltje Meines Gaastra
Bregtje Doedes Jaarsma m. Hendrik Meines Gaastra
Wybren and Bregtje are siblings - Hiltje and Hendrik are siblings
THEN!
Dieuwke Doedes Jaarsma m. Anne Wybrens Landman
Tytje Jaarsma m. Geert Wybrens Landman
Dieuwke and Tytje are siblings - Geert and Anne are siblings.

So, we have two sets of overlapping sibling couples and ancestry just goes crazy drawing lines in all the wrong places trying to make sense of the whole thing.  There has to be a better way.
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One Local Summer 2015 - Week 11b #OneLocalSummer

Another catch-up post, and I’m a week behind on posts!  Getting caught up (again) though – it’s crazy how summer can just fly by like this.  Husband is away and I decided to try out a few new things.  I know he’s not a big fan of fennel or farro (really,…
Another catch-up post, and I'm a week behind on posts!  Getting caught up (again) though - it's crazy how summer can just fly by like this.  Husband is away and I decided to try out a few new thing...
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This guy just saved me a service call!  Opened the dishwasher and found a puddle in the bottom, tried running the drain cycle, still a puddle.  Ran through the steps in the video and it's draining again.

Related: Dishwashers collect some pretty disgusting slime under that mesh plate and in the filter.  EEW.
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More autoawesomes from the backup.. Las Vegas, August 2009
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Sepia Saturday 288: Shops, Butchers, Pigs #sepiasaturday

A challenge this week indeed!  The prompt image for Sepia Saturday (shown below) featured a butcher shop and I knew right off the bat that I had absolutely nothing like it.  Luckily, we get a preview a few weeks in advance and I managed to remember the…
A challenge this week indeed!  The prompt image for Sepia Saturday (shown below) featured a butcher shop and I knew right off the bat that I had absolutely nothing like it.  Luckily, we get a previ...
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On the off chance that someone in the world of G+ happens to be from Groningen, I'd love to hear about places/things to see around there!  We have an upcoming vacation planned and we have time built in to see Groningen (also family history stuff in the area).
#groningen   #netherlands   #holland   #uithuizen  
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Another Sepia Saturday is already upon us!  This week brings us a prompt image of a beautiful beach, but unfortunately I have no family that lived on/near beaches or who took and saved photos from a beach vacation.  We’re not a beach/shore kind of people,…
Another Sepia Saturday is already upon us!  This week brings us a prompt image of a beautiful beach, but unfortunately I have no family that lived on/near beaches or who took and saved photos from ...
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So many vehicles have technology that involves what's basically a cellular modem integrated into the car.  It's neat stuff, and brings live traffic, weather, and all kinds of data into the car.  Unfortunately, it also opens the door to hackers, and, call me a luddite, but it's the LAST feature I want in a car.  

I also realize this might qualify me for tin-foil-hat status, and the risk of actually having one's car hacked is small, but it's not a feature I see a dire necessity for a car to have especially considering the risk and the fact that it's useless if you dont have cell coverage.  I would much prefer to hook my phone up to a car than have the car serve as the phone.
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
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I'd be somewhat surprised if the on-board computers in even the non-GPS containing automobiles weren't "phoning home" routinely, which still leaves them (and their occupants) at risk.
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Google finally finished the desktop PC photo backup.. I was going through them and found this one from a scanned roll of film taken in 2002 in Bratislava, Slovakia. It's an inadvertent double exposure - one exposure is a selfie taken in a mirror, and the other is the view out of my hotel window.

I remember I arrived on the train with my Let's Go Europe guidebook in hand and walked to what my guidebook listed was a hostel, but appeared to be a college dorm from what I could gather by gesticulating at the woman at the desk. At the time, not a lot of people spoke English in Bratislava, so, sucking up my cheap-college-student pride, I walked back to the train station, hailed a taxi, and found an English speaking cabbie who took me to the tourist information office and then to the hotel I selected. It was more than I intended to spend (hostel beds I think were about $10-$15 a night), but I think this was about day 8 of a 10 day Spring break, and I was getting rough around the edges, so it was worth having a proper room to myself for a change instead of multiple-bunk-bed hostel rooms shared with whoever you met on the train that morning.

I still count that 10 day trip as the trip of a lifetime, setting out on my own across Europe, meeting people on the train, in pubs, and all the incredible experiences I had. Initially, I remember almost not scanning this frame on the negative because I considered it a mistake, but in retrospect, 13 years later, I kinda like it. Memories of another time and another place!
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The Google Photos desktop uploader:
https://photos.google.com/apps
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Google is still backing up photos from my hard drive (30k more to go), but it found these and made an animated gif. From 2011 at Longwood Gardens. I was bracing the camera on the fence which wasn't level, but it was sturdy and allowed for long exposures, hence the crooked angle. I was going to straighten them in photoshop, but apparently never did!
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Poked through a TON of genealogy stuff last night and took a second look at a brick wall on Doug's side.  With a name like John Meyer, his maternal great grandfather was a tough nut to crack.  I had at one point found a birth record for a Johannes Meyer, but the birth date was a few days off from the one I was given by the family.  I set out to see if there were any other sources I could go off and found his WWII draft registration card which showed a birth date of 3 August 1878 which matches the birth record linked below!  This HAS to be my guy.  There are no other John or Johannes Meyers born in Holland on or around that date.

Just for kicks, I'm including the Life Story link from Ancestry.com because it shows the draft card, censuses, etc.  
http://story.sharing.ancestry.com/people/10166724?h=7acc7d

Great story behind him too.  His first wife passed away and around the same time, his wife's sister lost her husband.  So, what do you do but marry your deceased wife's sister creating one enormous blended family plus have a child together.
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This is awesome. It's a great feeling to resolve one of those mysteries and get more evidence to support your hunch.
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This is now my second Nerd Makeup box as part of Beta testing from the Kickstarter Campaign.  I had initally only signed up for one month as part of the campaign, but they had a call out for extra testers after the first month and I was happily selected…
This is now my second Nerd Makeup box as part of Beta testing from the Kickstarter Campaign.  I had initally only signed up for one month as part of the campaign, but they had a call out for extra ...
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