It has been quite a while since my last post, and there is a very good reason why. I knew it, and I broke the rule. What rule? Research one family at a time. This is difficult to do when the Staub, Smith, Wilt, and Groft families overlap. But then I discovered some of my Wildasin ancestors married one of the aforementioned Staub ancestors. I got sidetracked, and my punishment was three days of sorting, rechecking my database, and filing.
Another rule that I broke I made up myself: all newly found research should be added to my database within 24 hours and not tossed aside. I couldn't read my writing and some papers became mixed with others making it confusing to make sense of it all. After three afternoons, I finally got the mess contained, a new filing system established, and have photographs to scan.
Be safe this holiday and remember to be ever grateful of our ancestors who fought for our independence. Their sacrifice ensured our freedoms that we enjoy today.