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Travel Thursday (March 26, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 11
Day 9, Monday, August 17 Up at 5:51, I got down the bear bag & packs, prepared breakfast drink & got food out, packed my sleeping bag, mattress and pillow and let JPT sleep in until 6:41 after I washed my face in the lake. Major foot prep to do today as we ...
Day 9, Monday, August 17 Up at 5:51, I got down the bear bag & packs, prepared breakfast drink & got food out, packed my sleeping bag, mattress and pillow and let JPT sleep in until 6:41 after I washed my face in the lake...
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Travel Thursday (March 12, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 9
Day 7, Saturday, August 15 Awake today at 6:00 AM, but at JPT's request we stayed in bed until 6:30 -- which turned to 7:00 as I read aloud my last two day's journal entries. The loons on Stephens Pond were calling to us in the early morning and just laying...
Day 7, Saturday, August 15 Awake today at 6:00 AM, but at JPT's request we stayed in bed until 6:30 -- which turned to 7:00 as I read aloud my last two day's journal entries. The loons on Stephens Pond were calling to us ...
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Travel Thursday (March 19, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 10
                 Day 8, Sunday, August 16 Up at 6:00 AM on a grey but mild morning. None of the six others in camp are up yet so we are being as quiet as possible. We'll have a trail breakfast of pop tarts, granola bars & lemonade. On the trail to Long Lake...
                 Day 8, Sunday, August 16 Up at 6:00 AM on a grey but mild morning. None of the six others in camp are up yet so we are being as quiet as possible. We'll have a trail breakfast of pop tarts, granola...
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Nora Keeps On Truckin' -- Four Months and Counting. (March 6, 2015)
As I posted on November 3, 2014, our first grandchild was born on that day.  Nora Winkler Tew is our granddaughter and the daughter of Jonathan and Pamela Tew. Nora is now two days past four months old and she just keeps on truckin'.  She changes every time...
As I posted on November 3, 2014, our first grandchild was born on that day.  Nora Winkler Tew is our granddaughter and the daughter of Jonathan and Pamela Tew. Nora is now two days past four months old and she just keeps o...
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Saturday Serendipity (February 28, 2015)
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.   1.  Many (if not most) genealogists have a big interest in the American Presidents. Many love to determine any possible relationship to one or more of the chief execu...
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.  1.  Many (if not most) genealogists have a big interest in the American Presidents. Many love to determine any possible relationship ...
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The Scouting Movement and World Thinking Day/B-P Day/Founder's Day (February 22, 2015)
Today's post in honor of the World Scouting Movement is a reprise of a piece first posted here at Filiopietism Prism on February 22, 2014. In posting this piece again, I join Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog and others who are participating in a Worl...
Today's post in honor of the World Scouting Movement is a reprise of a piece first posted here at Filiopietism Prism on February 22, 2014. In posting this piece again, I join Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog and others...
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Travel Thursday (March 19, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 10
                 Day 8, Sunday, August 16 Up at 6:00 AM on a grey but mild morning. None of the six others in camp are up yet so we are being as quiet as possible. We'll have a trail breakfast of pop tarts, granola bars & lemonade. On the trail to Long Lake...
                 Day 8, Sunday, August 16 Up at 6:00 AM on a grey but mild morning. None of the six others in camp are up yet so we are being as quiet as possible. We'll have a trail breakfast of pop tarts, granola...
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Grand or Great? What ARE The Siblings Of Your Grandfather Properly Called?
When I was growing up, I had several "aunts." There was my father's sister Priscilla -- my Aunt Priscilla. My mother had a younger sister -- my Auntie Lois -- who was referred to using the informal, diminutive form of aunt to distinguish her from my materna...
When I was growing up, I had several "aunts." There was my father's sister Priscilla -- my Aunt Priscilla. My mother had a younger sister -- my Auntie Lois -- who was referred to using the informal, diminutive form of aunt to...
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Saturday Serendipity, and most of my other blog posting other than posts already auto-loaded for publication, will be on hiatus for a few weeks after this weekend while I attend to a necessary medical matter.  I currently plan to return on a regular basis s...
Saturday Serendipity, and most of my other blog posting other than posts already auto-loaded for publication, will be on hiatus for a few weeks after this weekend while I attend to a necessary medical matter.  I currently pla...
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Thank you Celia.  I always enjoy your comments and appreciate you looking in on the blog so regularly!
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Travel Thursday (March 5, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 8
Day 6, Friday, August 14 Starting Day 6 at Carry lean-to tenting site Up at 6:00 AM and packed our dew-soaked tents & gear as the mist rose off the Cedar River. The Troy couple was still asleep when we hit the trail at 7:20 getting our legs and boots wet in...
Day 6, Friday, August 14 Starting Day 6 at Carry lean-to tenting site Up at 6:00 AM and packed our dew-soaked tents & gear as the mist rose off the Cedar River. The Troy couple was still asleep when we hit the trail at...
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Travel Thursday (February 26, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 7
Day 5, Thursday, August 13 Signaling the start of Day 5 before leaving West Canada Creek lean-to  Up at 6:10 AM to a very cold, damp morning at the West Canada Creek lean-to. We could see our breath & had a hard time getting out of our warm sleeping bags. A...
Day 5, Thursday, August 13 Signaling the start of Day 5 before leaving West Canada Creek lean-to  Up at 6:10 AM to a very cold, damp morning at the West Canada Creek lean-to. We could see our breath & had a hard time g...
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Dear Ancestry: I Have A Simple Yet Elegant Suggestion For Your Website Makeover. (February 20, 2015)
The recent news that Ancestry.com is embarking on a complete makeover of its website to "make it easier to discover, share, and preserve your family history" reminded me of a suggestion I made to Ancestry perhaps two years ago. The announcement of the makeo...
The recent news that Ancestry.com is embarking on a complete makeover of its website to "make it easier to discover, share, and preserve your family history" reminded me of a suggestion I made to Ancestry perhaps two years ag...
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Hi Celia!  Thank you for your comment.

I guess I am just really into convenience -- or perhaps just lazy and wanting to avoid having to click on and off to activate and deactivate functions like the public tree hints.

I still prefer my idea to having to turn a function off and on for a few reasons. (1) I am a big fan of Ancestry and have subscribed for years, but Ancestry (to its credit) professes to strive always to make genealogy "easier to discover, share, and preserve" and to do so by seeking "new and innovative ways to reinvent the way [Ancestry can help us]."  To me, convenience and elimination of extra clicks to turn functions off and on is one way they can make the experience much more user friendly, enjoyable, and time saving for me.

As I wrote to Russ Worthington of Family Tree Maker Users blog, when he too pointed out that the public tree function can be turned off and on . . .

"I actually was not aware of that option and will consider using it -- but I still like the idea of turning the leaf another color than green once all the non-public tree hints have been reviewed and decided upon. It would let me know at a quick glance that there are public trees to consult if and when I might want to or need to, and, more importantly, it would also let me know quickly that I have dealt with all non-public tree hints for the individual concerned."

John
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I am a New Englander by birth and at heart -- although I have lived in Virginia since 1980.  I was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  At various times I have lived in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Colorado and the District of Columbia.  My family on both my mother's side and my father's side has its roots in New England (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) in the early 1600s.  My present genealogy interests are the Tew, Carpenter, Cooke, Freeman, Hasselbaum, O'Kane, Jeffs, Winkler and Edgar families among others.  I have been dabbling with genealogy research off and on for over 30 years.  I am a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; Virginia Mayflower Society; the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (Rhode Island Society); the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America; the New England Historic Genealogical Society; the Rhode Island Genealogical Society; and the National Genealogical Society.    
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