Friday, July 11, 2008

Dancin' 10 Feet Off the Ground...

Every once in a while some good vibrations in the cosmos ripple all over you and you just have to share it. Today is one of those days for me. I'm dancin' 10 feet off the ground and singing a very merry tune :-)

Why?

I spent yesterday at a local library looking up obits from the Detroit News. I had pretty good success (found 14 of the 20 I was looking for) and came up with some new names to add to my Legacy database.

And?

One of the new names I came up with, Rita, was for a first cousin once removed that I didn't know I had :-)

And?

Rita got married and moved out of Detroit to a little town called Pittsford, Michigan.

So...

So I was able to Google search her and actually find some information! This is a big deal for me because my family is virtually all from Poland or Detroit, two big places where there's no information available on peasants/poor folk unless they're law breakers or they do something noteworthy (nobody that I know of in my family falls into either category).

And?

And I know it's not much but I learned that back in the 1940s she was a head dietician for the Pittsford Area School. Granted that's not a lot of information but the discovery was very exciting!

And?

Timing is everything. I just so happened to have an appointment at the salon today.

So?

So I got a chance to share my discovery with my stylist, Linda, who just so happens to share my passions... genealogy, photography, and digital scrapbooking. I mean, who's lucky enough to be able to share the same passions as their stylist?

And?

And she had a new genealogy discovery to share too! Man, there's just nothing like connecting with someone who is feeling the same good vibrations of the cosmos as you are. We were like a couple of puppies falling all over ourselves in an effort to tell each other our good news. I think the other stylists and clients thought we were nuts but we didn't care.

And?

And she had a couple of tips for me. She recommended a book of genealogy extraction forms she'd just picked up that looks pretty cool. The Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook .

And?

She told me that bangs were coming back in style :-) So ladies, wear your bangs proudly!

And?

And I got a new 'do... with bangs of course!

And now?

Now I'm going back to entering the rest of my obit information in my Legacy database and then I'm going out to dinner to celebrate!

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. Darn! I just got my haircut too and I should have known bangs were coming back. What about spit curls?

    and

    That's great news about the obits and your new finds!

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  2. Linda didn't mention spit curls but I gotta think if bangs are coming back spit curls must be the next retro trend!

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  3. I'm assuming you mean the Pittsford that is in Hillsdale county, Michigan.

    I live in Jackson, Michigan. The Jackson County Library has a few Hillsdale related items if you would like me to take a look.

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  4. Oh my gosh, Renegade Tech, that is so great of you to offer! Yes, I am referring to Pittsford in Hillsdale County. My cousin is Rita Mordenski, her husband is Edwin. According to the web site I found, they moved to Pittsford in 1946. It appears that Rita died in 1997 but I couldn't find Edwin in the SSDI so I assume he's still alive. If you come across any information that you think might be of interest to me I'd appreciate hearing about it. You can email me privately at imjasia at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

    Boy, this day is just getting better and better!

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  5. OK, what are bangs and spit curls.

    My problem was butch wax in the 1950s - ever since then I haven't had enough hair to do anything with but try to cover up my blad spot (er, spots, um, head). I gave up on that about 20 years ago and now just keep it short and the fringe off the ears and collar.

    Glad you found some goodies...all of your "and..." got me hoping that you'd found a new ancestor or a cousin.

    Hugs -- Randy

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  6. What a great day! I am so very jealous.

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  7. Fantastic Jasia! I am delighted for you ;)

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  8. Jasia,

    Wow, you are having a great day.It's always fun and exciting to find a new ancestor. Hey, my hairdresser's name is Linda, too. Yay, I'm glad bangs are back 'cause I already have them!

    Kathryn

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  9. Jasia,
    Wow, your ARE having a great day! It's always fun & exciting to find a new ancestor. Hey, my hairdresser's name is Linda, too! I'm glad to hear bangs are back 'cause I already them.

    Kathryn

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  10. O Happy Day, Jasia. We're feeling your joy all the way out here on (burning) Pacific Coast!

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  11. You mean bangs have been out of style!!? I'm glad they're back!

    I'm happy you are getting to do a happy dance. Hope dinner is great too :-)

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  12. Congratulations Jasia. There's nothing like finding a cousin you didn't know about! Hopefully you can connect with her children, if she had any. Good luck!

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  13. Me, it was D.A. back in the day.


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    yep, serendipity in genealogy
    beats Dippity Do on the hair any
    day!

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  14. What's style? I've been out of it for so long I wouldn't know.

    I have and use the Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook and found it very handy. I used the US Map to plot my family's movements across the US.

    Congratulations on all your good Karma. But shouldn't Motor City girls have tons of Karma!

    fM

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  15. Jasia,
    Glad to hear that you had such a successful research day. It's what we all need every now and then. I firmly believe there are tons of info out there for us to discover. Those death notices will keep you busy for a long time. I knew a Jan Mordenski who lived on Lafayette in Dbn. Hgts. some years ago but have not been in touch.
    Bangs rule!
    Valerie

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  16. Jasia,
    A cheeky post which caught me off guard!!
    I'm right there with footnotemaven, so hoping you post a photo with your latest hairstyle. Unfortunately where I grew up that was a rather rude word - I'm saying no more.
    Meanwhile hope you will have little sleep until these latest obits are 'sorted'.

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  17. I have not been without bangs since kindergarten. I would feel naked without them!

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  18. Great post! Awesome news! And how cool is it to have such a connection with your stylist!

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  19. I just came across this blog on the Internet. It is interesting because Jan Mordenski is my cousin on my father's side and Rita is my mother. Looking forward to connecting with Jasia.

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