After a couple weeks vacation, I am back home. The vacations was wonderful. The highlight for me was a presentation to the “Aunties” about the Darling Family. I’ve been working on their tree for quite some time and developed a “life book” ala Henry Louis Gates’ “Finding your Roots.” It went over extremely well. They have the life book and a biography of each of their ancestors on their Father’s side that I could find as well as a CD containing copies of the images of all the documents used to do the book. I also did a slide show out of key highlights of their family tree.
Also, while there I took photos of many photos, letters, and documents that I hadn’t seen before as well as recorded conversations with many of the Aunties. I will have hours and hours of work to incorporate the information into my records, but it will be fun.
We did some shopping at Reny’s – A Maine Adventure. I usually hate shopping, but Reny’s t is always a pleasure. They carry a lot of “manly stuff,” Carhartt, Pendleton, and Woolrich — In sizes that fit me. I picked up a new fedora and suspenders. I love Reny’s.
My wife and I then attended the wedding of her niece, SH. It was a beautiful event out on Casco Bay (Portland, ME). Another event for my records with photos.
My wife then visited with her best friend since the 8th grade, EB. It was a great to see her again. We laughed long enough and hard enough to cause my side to hurt. We were able to turn on EB and her husband to TED Talks. There is one we call “Amy the Unicorn” that my wife and I find amazing. Fun to watch, extremely interesting, and even enlightening. It has nothing to do with genealogy, but is well worth watching See it on TED.
We then followed my wife’s passion and went stalking the wild tormaline, appetite, and other stones at various quarries in Maine through Poland Mining Camps. The food was excellent, the beds comfortable, and my wife was extremely happy with the rocks she collected.
I’ve still got a lot of followup to do after the vacation, catch up on email, incorporate photos into iPhoto and categorize them. But soon it will be back to my normal life and I’ll be able to support the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society, work on my genealogy, and, of course, blog here.