What would you take?


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.


(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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?

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?


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.


Air Quality is important too:

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Brick Walls, Dead Ends and Getting Stuck in the Mud


You are on a roll and finding all kinds of information and then all of a sudden, Nothing. You can’t find anything anywhere. You have written to everyone that you can think of, you have called every place and everyone you can, and you have emailed and searched on-line all resources possible and still nothing. What to do now, you know your ancestor didn’t just appear out of thin air. There are clues to where you can search, but not one thing is turning up.

Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait. Sometimes you have to accept that there is nothing there to find, at least right now. You may have to wait for a couple of years before anything shows up, or even longer. Perhaps this is one mystery that won’t be solved.

Leave it alone and go to another relative. It is okay if you don’t find anything. Over the course of time documents and books and records get destroyed by insects, fire, floods, mice, thrown away or even put in a ‘safe’ place that doesn’t make any sense at all that it is there.

More and more records and documents are being digitized and perhaps something that has been on a dusty shelf in a basement somewhere will soon be digitized. We have a relative that has several books and documents that prove he came from Scotland, but finding anything about that relative on a ship manifest to America just isn’t there. Many ship manifests were sunken with the ship, or other fires and floods destroyed them.

Make sure you document what you know about you and your parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles, even your own siblings. The more that you document, the more your descendants won’t be hitting the brick walls, dead ends and getting stuck in the mud.

Next week I will try to give a good account of 3rd generations, what we know today is usually lost by the 4th generation. One example of this was my cousins grandchildren didn’t know who our grandparents were. I was shocked, because I always had photos of them and told my children about them. But here were some great grandchildren that didn’t know the stories and their lives. I guess I had better get busy and write down more stories about grandma gripping the seat of the car her son was driving at 35mph because it was too fast for her! or her kicking the rocks out of the road while she was a passenger, or pushing on the brakes – My uncle used to tell her, “Mom, you’re going to wear a hole in the floorboard if you don’t quit trying to step on the brakes”. Laughing as he spoke, All in fun.