Yesterday, I was looking at some statistics about my viewers and discovered that figures are provided about viewership by country. As you would suspect about 90% of viewership is from the U.S. What was surprising is that Russia was #2 at around 7%! I hope they are valid genealogists because I recently heard a presentation about computer security and the speaker mentioned that China and Russia were the top two countries involved in attempting to hack computers and run on-line scams in the U.S.
Cemetery in a Corn Field
In 1999 when I retired from Lockheed Martin in the Washington D.C. area, Joanne and I headed back to San Diego via a well planned route that included stops at the cities where my Ritchhart ancestors had lived during their migration from Pennsylvania to Colorado. One of those cities was Noblesville, Indiana; just outside Indianapolis. I had a cousin I hadn't seen in at least 40 years whom we were staying with for a couple days and he lived just a few miles past Noblesville. As we drove into town about 2 p.m., I figured we would stop at a gas station or fast food place and ask where Lowery Cemetery was. Now that I am 14 years wiser about genealogy research, I would be better prepared; but this was basically my first research trip.
You can see the corn field in the background of the photo above and how nicely the cemetery was maintained. At the time I commented to Joanne that I imagine the people in the cemetery, including my gggrandparents, lived on farms close to the cemetery. Later research revealed that my ancestors owned all the land surrounding the cemetery; thus, they probably donated the land.
|Red box represents the home of my cousin|
I believe he was a little embarrassed about the fact he hadn't been there despite the close proximity. The next time we visited him we drove over and took some photos, including the one below.
|Del and Ken Ritchhart|
The moral of the story is to be well prepared when you go on your research trips and don't take anything for granted! Something we all now know; but I had to learn the hard way.