Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dec. 28th - Winter/Sports/Christmas/Kip_Kipp Family

Well, we just experienced another winter storm. It was not as bad as predicted. We did get some freezing rain and some rain. The temperature finally went above freezing Sunday afternoon for a few hours. This was long enough to salt the driveway and use a metal ice scrapper to remove the inch of ice. The wind that followed dried the laneway so we now have a solid non slippery surface to work with.

Last week we went skiing once and snow shoeing twice. When it snows again we will resume our winter sport activities.

We ate to much as usual for Christmas dinner followed by a couple of days of turkey and now a delicious turkey stew. We had two turkeys on hand so we will have turkey again on New Years day.

Today I started back at my Kip/Kipp Family in America work. I am now working on books and other materials I photographed while in New York in October. We did research at the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society. I may not update my online file until I have finished looking at all of the items I photographed from New York and our visit to the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. This will probably take a couple of months. I would also like to resume looking at the 1851 US Census and pulling out references for Kip and Kipp that I can match up with my file.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dec 15th to the 21st

This last week I put together two document on my Schultz family documenting my finds from our week long trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I now have traced my Schultz line back to about 1775, when two moths ago I could only go back to about 1830.

Again this week has slipped by quickly and it seems like not much got done.
However, we did have to shovel a lot of snow and that takes energy. Also one of our children moved out of the house. At the same time the other one came back home to visit over the Christmas Holidays.

I finally got back to working on my family lines and entering new data. This will go on hold for a couple of days now.

I managed to get out walking a couple of times. We did some Christmas shopping.
Merry Christmas to all

Monday, December 15, 2008

My doings for the two weeks from Dec 7th to 15th

Over the last two weeks I worked on the following:
Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society advertising brochure for the Gene-O-Ram Conference to be held on March 27,28, 2009 in Ottawa.
I also worked on The Royal Yorker, the newsletter of the St. Lawrence Branch United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.
By Sunday I had completed the Ottawa Branch News for the Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. All of these have been sent to the printers.

I exercised on my elliptical training machine and did the basic session of Tae Bo a couple of times. I also walked every day and spent part of Tuesday and Thursday sorting books for the Friends of the Library and Archives Canada.

I took the little dog Hogan for walks. Hogan goes wild when you ask him if he wants to go for a walk. He really loves sniffing and marking. The snow keeps him away from the light poles and fire hydrants but there are lots of snow clumps to work on. Hogan is a long haired Chihuahua.

Sunday Dec 6th we received about 10 to 15 cm of snow. It was a bit windy in the afternoon as well. On Tuesday and Wednesday Dec 9th and 10th we received another 20 to 30 cm of snow. Wow! Got out the shovel and snow blower and made short work of it.

This inspired me to get the skis out into the garage along with the snow shoes. So maybe this week I will get out and ski or snow shoe. All we need now is for the Rideau Canal to freeze so we can skate.

As well I continue to scan my colour negatives from years past. I have scanned the years from 1975 to about 1995 over the past three years. I am working through another 60 page book which is about 1300 negatives. That leaves two books of about the same size to do.
Then I turn to slides and B/W negatives from the 60s. A long process but easy to do while watching TV or a movie!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

DNA Meeting and Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC Christmas Luncheon Meeting

Sorry I have not posted all week! Forgot!

Nov 29th we attended the DNA Special Interest Group meeting at the Library and Archives Canada. This is a small group of about 12 people who meet every couple of months to discuss their latest DNA findings. The group is sponsored by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

I run the Kip/Kipp DNA group on the FTDNA website.

After that my wife and I attended the Christmas Luncheon Meeting of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. We had a nice hot lunch followed by a talk given by Fred Hayward, President of the United Empire Loyalists’ association of Canada, about how we as Branch Members can promote our UEL Heritage to out own families and to the public. About 37 people attended. One certificate was presented.

Monday, December 1, 2008

November 28th Movie

Friday we went to see the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. We didn’t find it as interesting as the previous one staring Daniel Craig, Casino Royal. All of the destruction and killing is part of action movies these days but the theme about governments plotting against each other to have access to oil and water was just a bit too believable. They brought in the US, Britain and even Canada.

I sometimes watch Jimmy Kimel Live and he had a good interview with Daniel Craig, who had his arm in a sling because he was recovering from arm surgery.