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  •  Wow. I'm rather bowled over. (2+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO, mjbleo

    My computer use is so very, uh, elementary compared to yours, I don't know most of what you're talking about, either.

    When I commented about the recipe book, my main thought was that if it were glued-binding, you would break the back and all the pages would fall out. But since it is spiral bound, that's really no issue. And you can get a newly scanned version bound at the copy shop same way. But you knew that already. :)

    The stained glass piece above is really beautiful. I can imagine (not me) creating that in fabric.

    You do all the genealogy (haha! spelled it right this time) as a hobby? Not as a profession? Do you also work at a paying job?

    Bum knees... bad deal. Hope you can get the old one fixed up soon.

    Dignity. Opportunity. Prosperity. These I wish for you, now and in the future.

    by Melanie in IA on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 09:09:07 AM PST

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    •  I have several... (2+ / 0-)
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      Melanie in IA, mjbleo

      ... of those stained glass graphics.  They were quite fun to work with since I was just learning about the graphics programs when I first started with them, so I have them in more than one color scheme.  Since then I found some nifty graphics with blanks that are drawn from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking burial mounds.  I haven't worked with those yet.

      I used to also haunt JoAnne Fabrics, and some ten years ago I purchased a packet of backed muslin meant to go through computer printers.  Yes, I have thought of making a quilt with either my graphics or having quilt blocks with individual photos of ancestors.  It would be an ambitious project, but I'll have to work with them on an experimental piece before actually doing them for a larger project.

      :-)  Yes, I did know that about the book binding.  I may do that eventually, after I finish scanning it.

      I have scanned full pages from books (very carefully), some with glue binding, some with sewn & glue binding in hardcover where my ancestors were mentioned.  They're rather obscure books, but genealogy publishing companies have them.  Now Google Books has some for free.  One reprint of a late-19th century genealogy book on one of my RI Quaker lines I ordered several years ago; I splurged to get the hardcover version for $50 (it was my combined gift to myself for Xmas, New Year's, Birthday & St. Patrick's Day).  Just recently I found it on Google Books for a free download because the copyright ran out a long time ago.  I'm still glad I have the hardcover version.  It wasn't even the most expensive book in my genealogy shelves.  That was one for the Vital Statistics for the island in Maine where some of my ancestors lived, as well as those who married siblings of ancestors, also purchased before Google books came online, but since it's vital stats, it'll likely never find its way into Google Books anyway since those records were transcribed only within the last 25 years or so (copyright is still good).  In spite of askew pages at times, I like Google Books and have downloaded out-of-copyright books that mention all kinds of ancestors, both history books and genealogy books.  One of the downloads is a book I was looking for years ago not long after I got my PC and even people on a rare books web site couldn't find it.  Another obscure genealogy tome.

      I got interested in genealogy as a result of a genetics project in biology class in high school when I was a sophomore - 50 years ago.  In the early 1980s I took two years of Norwegian because I knew if I could read one of the three Scandinavian languages, I could probably understand the other two (turns out modern Norwegian is different from the pre-1917 Dano-Norsk).  I worked on it off and on for many years, as I had time between working, leading a life, etc.  I very slowly got info on both my maternal and paternal New England ancestors.  (This was back in snail mail days....)

      A year and a half after my spinal fusion surgery I was on the disability list and got my first computer.  It was a year after my cousin found living fifth cousins in Norway on a fluke search, and while using the computers at the public library one of those cousins and I exchanged a lot of info.  I wanted ancestral info and he wanted descendants of immigrants info.

      Norway's Digitalarkivet was online by the time I got my first computer, so I first worked with the transcribed records, then joined the Norway List (and Denmark List since I'd just found my Danish ancestors on their migration records), and the Sweden List.  Norway and Denmark's records are free online, thanks to the taxpayers in those countries.  After the 5th cousin in Norway (of two I knew then, but the other one isn't yet into genealogy) who did the original groundwork (minus info on records) died, Norway put all their church records online over a period of a couple of years (and finished early).  Some are transcribed from those records, otherwise one has to scroll through them.  I have added a LOT of info to the original data, added people, other lines connected to siblings of my direct ancestors and such.  Plus, the spouses of the siblings of my parents, grandparents, and gr-grandparents almost all married either Norwegian immigrants or offspring of Norwegian immigrants, so once I got the US data on them, I started researching their lineages in Norway, too, as well as for spouses of a couple of cousin lineages (perhaps two dozen lines, more or less).  Sweden's records are online on two or three web sites owned by corporations so they are fee-based, but one of them is putting digitized color images of church records online, and I like that site (I've been trying to save to subscribe to it for a year).  I take advantage of their free weekends and look for records for my Swedish ancestors.

      I also help people on the three Scandinavian genealogy lists I belong to if I can, especially Norway (they have the easiest search engines and I'm familiar with the various areas because of my own research).  I do genealogy on a daily or weekly basis, so while I can say it's a hobby, it's not.  (I fall short of calling it an obsession. ;-))

      No, I don't work any longer.  My triple lumbar fusion didn't quite "take," so that put me on the disability list, and now I'm old enough for retirement (assuming Cretinous Congress Critters don't f&#% up everything).  The only thing still fully functioning in my body is my brain, and that's how I pass on any help anyone's given me either for genealogy or for anything else in life.  I firmly believe in passing on knowledge of every kind, and I have multiple avenues of interests that cross over into different areas of my life.

      :-)  I did bite off more than I can chew with the kind of learning I do - computers and everything else.  Full immersion learning...!  I am most definitely a perpetual student.  :-)  I didn't go to college until age 41, and had a blast.  To avoid PE, my Honors English prof invited me into the full Honors program.  I made the honor roll every quarter.  English major, Art History minor, Honors program, and started an Art degree before leaving college, with an emphasis program in ceramics (I love working with porcelain clay).

      I've had a long and varied life....  :-D

      I'll send you my mother's pumpkin pie recipe on a Message, and then I have to take a break and try to find her recipe book since I have to get in touch with my brother soon before he wonders if I got his email....

      I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

      (¯`•.¸ ~♥~ ¸.•´¯)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 11:17:08 AM PST

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