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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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Want To Preserve All Your Genealogy Blog Efforts? Better book it! (February 20, 2015)
Like many genealogy/family history bloggers, soon after I began my blog and accumulated an increasing number of posts to which I had devoted a lot of time and energy -- as well as photographic and documentary materials -- I started to become concerned about...
Like many genealogy/family history bloggers, soon after I began my blog and accumulated an increasing number of posts to which I had devoted a lot of time and energy -- as well as photographic and documentary materials -- I s...
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Wordless Wednesday (February 18, 2015) -- A 60-Year-Old Connecticut Driver's License
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Scanned image of my father's 1955 Connecticut driver's license from the original in the author's collection. The paper license measures 2.5 inches by 3.75 inches. The paper wallet only 2.25 inches by 2.875 inches. _ _ _ _ _ _ _...
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Scanned image of my father's 1955 Connecticut driver's license from the original in the author's collection. The paper license measures 2.5 inches by 3.75 inches. The paper wallet only 2.25 in...
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Saturday Serendipity (February 14, 2015)
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.   1.  Thanks to a tip in The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS, here is a wonderfully told recommended read about the mysteries and revelations of the modern genealogy tool o...
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.  1.  Thanks to a tip in The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS, here is a wonderfully told recommended read about the mysteries and revelatio...
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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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Saturday Serendipity (February 21, 2015)
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.   1.  If you have seen the Steven Spielberg film "Schindler's List," then you will recall the Nazi monster Amon Goeth played by actor Ralph Fiennes.  Can you imagine be...
The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.  1.  If you have seen the Steven Spielberg film "Schindler's List," then you will recall the Nazi monster Amon Goeth played by actor R...
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Travel Thursday (February 19, 2015) -- Northville-Placid Trail Part 6
Day 4, Wednesday, August 12 Up at 6:15 AM and packed all our wet gear hoping for no rain today & a shelter tonight at West Canada Creek! Breakfast was oatmeal & raisins and water. To save time we iodined water for the trail instead of filtering it. Molly an...
Day 4, Wednesday, August 12 Up at 6:15 AM and packed all our wet gear hoping for no rain today & a shelter tonight at West Canada Creek! Breakfast was oatmeal & raisins and water. To save time we iodined water for the tra...
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Genealogical Factoids -- What Are They And Are They Worth Saving? (February 17, 2015)
Recently, Nancy at My Ancestors & Me  blog posted a nice personal remembrance piece about her father's favorite entertainer -- the singer, pianist, actor, and comedian Jimmy Durante. Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog has written several times over the...
Recently, Nancy at My Ancestors & Me blog posted a nice personal remembrance piece about her father's favorite entertainer -- the singer, pianist, actor, and comedian Jimmy Durante. Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog ...
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Thank you for this mention and your kind words  Heather!
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Friday Fotos (February 13, 2015) -- The Two Tew Brothers (August 1988)
Christopher (2) and Jonathan (4) just after we moved from a Cape Cod home in a development in Sterling, Virginia to a ranch-style home on 7.3 wooded acres outside Purcellville, Virginia. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Image from an original Polaroid snapshot...
Christopher (2) and Jonathan (4) just after we moved from a Cape Cod home in a development in Sterling, Virginia to a ranch-style home on 7.3 wooded acres outside Purcellville, Virginia. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Im...
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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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