What would you take?

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With all the wildfires and forest fires going on this August and September of 2017, many people are displaced from their homes, praying and wondering if they will have a home to go to when the fires have either burnt out on their own, or have been put out by the many firefighters and volunteers fighting the fires. Many people have had little notice to leave their homes, some are waiting to hear if they need to leave and to find a place to live until it is safe to come back to their homes, if their homes will even be there.

Sep2017https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/firemap.aspx

(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…environment/…fire…/f7df5910-9298-11e7-8482-8d…
10 hours ago – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic … has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. … People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.”
septfire2017 http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

“Washington residents on evacuation notice after fire jumps Columbia …
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/washington/…on…fire…columbia-river/471357268
13 hours ago – More than 100 people are at a shelter run by the Red Cross in Stevenson, Wash. … It’s pretty surreal but the view of as we were leaving the house which … from the Eagle Creek fire flew all the way across the Columbia River …”

“Eagle Creek fire grows overnight; rescue underway for hikers …
http://www.oregonlive.com/…/eagle_creek_fire_grows_overnight_hikers_still_trapped.html
3 days ago – Gallery: Hikers trapped by Eagle Creek fire reunited with friends and family … trailhead, after a fire broke out near the popular Columbia River Gorge trail. … of Interstate 84 are being told to immediately leave their homes. … A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail had been closed for weeks due to another fire, the …”

“Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West | The Columbian
https://www.columbian.com/…/interstate-84-remains-closed-due-to-eagle-creek-fire/
13 hours ago – The Eagle Creek fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge since Sept. … to warn residents on the Oregon side of the river to leave their homes. … 84 was closed in both directions because of thick smoke and falling ash and … People living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River …”
It is not just here locally, but across the world, too:
“As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and are … because of wildfires in 2003, when more than 50,000 people were … B.C. wildfire resources ‘stretched’ as around 37,000 residents forced to …https://www.thestar.com › News › Canada”
“Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high …
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/…/40000-people-told-to-evacuate-grenfell-tower-fire/
Jun 26, 2017 – UP to 40000 people face being told to leave their homes over fire safety …”

Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?, an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado? What would you take at a moment’s notice – besides your family and pets? Is “it” easily accessible to grab and go? Is “it” packed away somewhere?

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Perhaps you have “it” in a safe so if you have to go, you don’t have to worry about it while you are gone? Perhaps “it” is in a storage unit somewhere that is not in danger, or burnt_gun-safe-300x225
http://gunsafereviewsguy.com/articles/myths-about-gun-safe-fire-ratings/ 9 Myths about Gun Safe Fire Ratings

Perhaps the storage unit is in danger, but you and your family are not?
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When your health is on the line, do you even think about “it”, or have you prepared ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about “it” when emergencies do arise. Disasters are never comfortable to think about, but you have precious memories that need to be cared for . Now is the time to prepare and plan ahead to protect what you have, so you can share it with many generations of descendants. Pass along to them the ways in which they can be protected. So many documents, photos, letters, and items have been lost to fires and flooding because of no protection or little protection or of not understanding how to protect them. Now is the time to learn all you can, in an affordable and manageable way to protect your family treasures. You can contact your local genealogical society, museum, archival center, library or even search on-line for ways to best protect the items you have.

columbiagorgefire2017http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

Air Quality is important too:

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Resources, more

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Is your email full of helpful resources? Are you utilizing the plethora of genealogical resources available to the world, to you?

Wow, that would be an accomplishment!

There is too much information that it would overload any one person if they had all of it in your face everyday!

What to do?  I am going to just give you a few insights that I have showing up daily in my email, that I don’t use every day of the year, but they are there to remind me that help is only a click away…so to speak.

Family Tree University – classes to learn more

Family Tree Magazine – suggestions and helps

GenealogyBank.com more info to help out

Fold3.com good history help

TheGenelogist more history

Archives –  lots of informaiotn

Historical Society of …[you can enter your own place here] – this is a specific Historical Society of a place that my ancestors lived. They have lots of information about my family. I support them even though they are clear across the nation, because, they are caretakers of my and others family histories/documents/photos/items and I want to see they stay in business.If not for my family, for others. They are VERY (yes I am shouting how important they are, because they are very important) to anyone that wants to find out about their family. 

A Historical Society has many helpful resources and insight. Use them!

S&N Genealogy Supplies – always helpful

World Vital Records – yes they have them

Ancestry.com – good to keep up with what is happening specific to my family lines and my cousins

and then there are a few that are specific to people who email me at least once a month.

Just a few to help you along, there are many more that may be more specific to your family, some specific to your country of origin, your state, your province, your area, your county, your city or town or village. Search them out to get some ‘reminders’ that are visible to you each week. Even if you don’t actively use them daily, the reminders are there to let you know you are not alone on this journey.

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Historian vs. Genealogist

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This is a short blog this morning.

Why choose one over the other? What does each offer? What is best for the research I am after? Perhaps I should use both, but who can afford that?

Why choose one over the other?
This depends on the next two Questions. What do they offer and what are you looking for?

Historian:
  a student or writer of history;

Genealogist:
:  a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families

Now a Family Historian could give you the history of your family, the stories and the history behind your family.

A Genealogist could give you the names and dates , the facts and figures and places.

However, they can work together, gathering their research and that brings us to the last question – Perhaps both are the best way to go.

What are you after, who are you searching, why are you searching for that information? These are questions you need to ask and answer before you choose one or the other, or both. Get detailed in your answers.This will help you make the best choice.

Because, the next question you ask, is how much can I afford to spend on either one, or on both. Should you use a Genealogist first to get as much info as you can, then use an historian to get the stories behind that information? This will put your cost out over time. Maybe you need it soon and so you hire both, but give them specific search guidelines.

A Little Gem for you:
Remember to start with what you know. Write it out. Ask yourself questions about the person or event or ??? whatever it is you want researched. See what you can find out yourself about it. Ask yourself questions again to make sure you know what you are after and when you think you have gotten as far as you can get, then find a Family Historian and a Genealogist and give them the info you are seeking for and ask them what they can do for you to help you get your answers.

Hope this helps you out. I know it is some general information, but it should help you to find a path that will help guide you on your journey.Home