Free Genealogy Site for POW Vets in WWII

Although this is free website, this website is in honor of Robert Stanley Jackson. I have been asked to do genealogy class at church. I was assigned to come up with resources. I already had bucket full. But I decided to go on line and see what else I could find. This is one site I found and thought I would share. If you are familiar with this so be it, but if you aren’t it is an eye opener.

Then I came across 50 Free Genealogy Websites, have not taken time to investigate them yet, but will give you link here to share with you

12 Genealogy Sites You Must Search If You Have UK Ancestors


World War II Navy


Every once in awhile something or someone will prompt you to do something. I want to thank Moore Genealogy wordpress for his wordpress theme. I have been digging for family history the past thirty years. I have helped a lot of people long the way too. I think sometimes helping someone else, open doors for me.

My daughter, has gotten closer to my dad as he has gotten older. He is now 92 and suffering with aspiration of the lungs. It seems every December/January he gets pneumonia but this year he is suffering with aspiration too. Not fun thing.

When I was growing up he would not talk to us girls about his experiences in the Navy. It seemed to be hush hush circumstances. When I got married the 2nd time, he seemed to open up to my husband and he would share things with him. But not us girls.

Well my daughter works for the Veteran Administration, and she works with the veterans. Seems he didn’t mind talking to his granddaughter about his tour..  So I am fortunate that my daughter did share some things with me.  I had them written in my family history file on the computer. But recently my computer died and I have had to start over with my family history and some stories have come back to me, but some information I guess is lost. 

  My daughter told me my dad was machinist on ship, that was news to me.   I guess I didn’t ask the right questions.  My daughter found that he was  board a ship that went to thru the Panama Canal,but he had the measles and wasn’t allowed to get out off the ship, I imagine he was in sick bay.  At the end of the war he went to Japan. He was also attack by the Kamikaze. When he back to states they landed in San Francisco, California. I did not know this either. So now I know a little more about my dad, thanks to grandchildren that have more clout.  Thanks for listening. 

On Call Doctor

We had an “on call Doctor” visit my father while he was in the hospital recently. After all he is 92, but he keeps getting aspiration pneumonia with complications. This time he spent some time in ICU. Then he was transferred to regular room. But there were some questions that needed to be answered. So the nurse contacted us stating there  was “doctor on call” that would answer some of our unanswered questions.

When this “on call Doctor” arrived, he approached Dad on the left side of his hospital bed, we told the Doctor he needed to be on the right side as that was side dad could hear better from.  The one thing I liked about this doctor was when he was near the bed, he turned to see who we were. I spoke up and told him I was Mary, a daughter, my sister said she had power of attorney for dad and my daughter introduce herself.  It was nice that he acknowledge us. He said he could tell that we were caring family. He probably noted that our mother wasn’t there but nothing was said about her.

So the “on call Doctor” walked around to the other side of the bed so dad could hear,  then the  doctor placed his hand on his shoulder and told him there was nothing more the hospital could do for him, and that he was dying.

I wondered how my father felt when this kind doctor had to give him this news? My father didn’t  bear any sign or crack in his voice at all, he didn’t have any tears in his eye.  Then the doctor went on to say that his father died when he was 20 years old, but was taken care of by hospice  and highly recommended that for our father. I felt that this particular doctor was sent to us. I felt he was an angel to deliver this message in such a way. I just felt something special about this doctor.

The next day the Hospice came the next afternoon to talk to all of us. Arrangements were going to be made as he would be returning back to his nursing home. The hospice would come in and check on him two times a week. When he gets his complications again they would be there to administer what was needed to keep him comfortable.

My sister asked us not to let our mother know when he passes. But I know that my mother has always had six sense about her. So I think even if we don’t  tell her she will know.

So it has been about 3 weeks and he is weak but he is still with us. He has good head and is alert through out all of this.




To the Rescue

I am retired now, it feels good. Sometimes some of my weeks feel like everyday is Saturday.  So many Saturdays I had to work and wasn’t able to be out in the sunshine but now I can be outside. It feels good.

Now that I am retired I wanted to volunteer some place, but haven’t decided. I am not in hurry as I am still enjoying being home and doing some things that I have been wanting to finish up when I was still working.  I also moved to larger city so I am excited to explore the town that I had lived in when I was 11. Anyhow, an old friend called and invited me to a Club she belongs to. They raise money to give to local charities. So my friend picked me up 20 minutes before the meeting was to start.

She was texting when I got into the car. Boy everyone is texting. I thought to myself, I had forgotten to ask all the pertinent questions, like how long was this meeting going to last. So we tried this for two months to attend,  but each time the snowy weather and cold temperatures were not on our side. Finally this week we were able to attend. I went as her guest. I knew she had lady coming to talk about heart health but that was all I knew.

Seems you sign in, sign up for upcoming events. They were selling raffle tickets for white elephant gift someone brought for this month. If you new or visiting you get a Guest badge to wear. Lots of people came to say hi or asked if I was going to join. Kept telling them I wasn’t sure.

My friend is the program chairman and she was concerned as her speaker had not arrived.  She contacted the speaker only to find out speaker had written her engagement on wrong day.  So they were trying to decide what to do. So I spoke up and said I would do it. My friend was shock that I would offer the first day there. But I have had a lot of experience in getting up in front of people.

I told my friend that I could give talk on genealogy. I just had done program at Genealogical Society on Monday, so felt I could pull something off my cuff. Everyone was surprised that being there for the first time that I was willing to help them. I involved the members so they didn’t have to just sit and listen to me. I had lots of people come up to me afterwards and either identified with the information or thanked me for coming and being brave to get up.

I feel I have been taught to be a leader, it makes one feel good to help out. That’s my story and I am stickin to it.

5% cash back

Got an ad in the mail the other day. A credit card company would give me it was either 2% or 5% back on the first $2,000 dollars I spent using their credit card.

Boy what a rip off. Besides charging isn’t always good way to go. Living within your means is.  Then I thought to myself, I wonder how many  people fall for this. Then my next thought was, if I spent that somewhere, then the person that turns it in has to pay a fee and then they raise their cover the fees.  So why not just pay cash, they get their money and the price doesn’t go up to ridiculously.

So in that deal who really wins, do you enjoy spending more for product because of gimmicks?  I shook my head, and threw the ad into the trash, they wasted their stamp to my mailbox.

Those are my thoughts today. Till later…


How many times do you hear some one say “I’m Sorry” ?

of course some people like to say read my lips, LOL

Not really, I was at restaurant recently and this older couple was sitting at table eating dinner. The lady kept coughing her head off and kept saying sorry to her partner. Then she would cough some more and say sorry again. First of all it wasn’t her fault, she apparently was eating something that was irritating her throat making her cough her head off. Then a lady next to their table, asked if she was alright. She replied that the pineapple was making her cough that is was tickling her throat. She thanked the lady for making sure she was alright. She continued to tell her husband sorry that she had uncontrollable cough. He never said a word that I could hear.

How often do you use “Sorry” ? I was just observing from across the way. But kept hearing this sorry which I didn’t think she needed to say. Perhaps she was nervous and it made her feel better. I am not sure, as I was not in her shoes.

I like to observe people. When you don’ t talk much, that the only other thing to do is to listen. Listening  to people around you, you learn lot about a person. I have noticed in some families that some people talk non stop (babbling brook). I remember my step daughter was pregnant and I took her some of her favorite Vines licorice. Her mother was there and was shocked that her daughter liked that kind of candy. The difference between her mother and I was, her mother talked non stop so she really never listened to what other were saying or feeling or even liked.

So with that said, I like to observe, I don’t feel I need to talk all the time. I try  to listen to others and I might note the things I need to remember about them. Another thing I recently didn’t know, is some people study mannerism. I guess I am one of them too. This is example of what happens to me: I might be at Wal-mart shopping and I can tell who is who just by the way their walk or the wave they have in their hair in the back, or shape of their head will tell me who they are without having to look and see who it is. I don’t know how I started doing this but I guess I do it all the time. I study people all the time.

Hope you stay warm and be kind to others.