March 2020

Changing Lives, Changing Plans

     There's a saying that goes, "If you want to see God laugh, tell Him your plans." Throughout my life, I have found myself changing plans due to changing circumstances. And today is no different.
     By now you've probably heard that the corona virus has hit Washington State, and several schools are closed today for cleaning. That's the main reason I'm rethinking my travel plans, but not the only one. My husband will be having cataract surgery in March and April, and as a result of that and other considerations, I'm postponing my trip to Michigan, and cancelling my planned attendance at the NGS conference in Salt Lake City.
     However, that doesn't necessarily cancel my plans for research and education! There is a great deal of Michigan research I can do online, and I can always hire someone local to visit courthouses and historical societies. As I have in the past, I will be ordering the NGS livestream packages, and ordering the audio recordings for sessions I don't want to miss. And for networking and news, there's always Facebook and Twitter.

What I've Been Doing
*   Planning to order the videos from last months' I4GG conference
*   Watching archived sessions from RootsTech 2020  
*   Researching yet another unknown parent case
*   As always, reading, reading, reading 

What I'm Reading
I've started writing a family history, beginning with my beloved Grandma Stoelt (who was actually my mother's stepmother), and tracing her family to New York. Grandma was a Christian Scientist, as was my maternal grandmother, perhaps contributing to her death at age 31. This is an important part of the family history. God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church, written by a woman who grew up in the Church (on Mercer Island, here in Western Washington) is a fascinating history of Mary Baker Eddy and the church she founded.
In the News
 She built a stronger sense of self with family history

Long-forgotten secret passage discovered in Parliament

Summer's first school photo
Upcoming Presentations
Please note: last month's newsletter had some incorrect presentations; here are the correct ones:

Thurs. March 5, 2020, 1pm
I've Done the DNA Test; Now What?
Franke Tobey Jones, Tacoma

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7pm
I've Done the DNA Test: Now What?
Parkland-Spanaway Library, Tacoma, WA

Thurs. April 2, 2020, 1pm
Beyond Ancestry
Franke Tobey Jones, Tacoma

Saturday, April 4, 2020 All Day Seminar
Clallam County Genealogical Society, Port Angeles

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6pm
Beyond the Internet
Duvall Historical Society
Duvall Visitor Center

Thurs. May 7, 2020, 1pm
Discover Your Family History
Franke Tobey Jones, Tacoma

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 6pm
Using Social Media for Genealogy
Tacoma Pierce Co. Genealogy Soc.

I am pleased to announce that I've been chosen as one of the presenters for the Pierce County Library System Summer Reading Program! To date, 11 libraries have booked me for presentations. Too many to list here; you can see them on my website here.

My calendar is filling up fast - contact me to book a lecture for your library or genealogy society!
DNA News

Here's a handy DNA process chart (PDF to buy & download)

Here's the handout from Blaine Bettinger's RootsTech presentation: DNA and Law Enforcement

This brother and sister in England and Australia connected in amazing ways
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