Last month I spent a day with Ancestry.com. My mother in law was beside herself with jealousy and I was just absolutely sure that there was nothing awesome about my family history (aside from my nose, OPA!) until I sat down with a research expert. Within several minutes I was looking at my Great Grandfathers World War I Draft registration card.
My grandpa left for Pearl Harbor two weeks after he met my grandma and he asked for her hand while he was deployed. (His words exactly, he asked for her hand…everybody now…awww.) They married after he returned over 60 years ago. He just turned 90 last week and is planning a trip to Hong Kong with my grandma in the Spring of 2010.
For a limited time (Nov. 11-13), Ancestry.com is making its entire U.S. Military Collection at www.ancestry.com/military available for free to the public as a way to honor the millions of American military heroes past and present. Within the collection, users will be able to search 100 million names in records spanning more than three centuries of military service, including the new Navy cruise book collection (A new collection of over 600 books just added containing over 450,00 names.)
-Taken from an email I received from Ancestry.com today.
Go poke around. See if you can find anything (Johnny Carson and George H.W. Bush are listed among the names in the Navy Cruise Books!) I know Ancestry wants to hear about any of your discoveries on Facebook or Twitter. But I want to hear them too. I told you about it. So tell me first.
And my apologies if I have seemed grumpy and ungrateful about this whole hotel living situation. It’s been really hard since my kid was like this most of the day.
And no, it’s not the swine flu nor is it from the hotel. The poor kid is just wrecked from puking all day.
I actually really kind of like our little hotel room. My family can never be too far away from me. I like that. Plus it’s close enough to Cody’s office that he can have lunch with us every day. And don’t forget the unlimited ice and towels (that I don’t have to wash, really kind of the best thing ever if your kid insists on puking dozens of times daily.)
Happy Veterans Day you Veterans you, thanks for protecting my right to say the FTC sucks and have guns in my closet. (Not entirely sure how many (if any) veterans read my blog, but you do! Go hug a veteran!)
(Oh, and P.S. FTC? I wasn’t paid by Ancestry.com for this post. It was of my own free will and choice because I liked what I saw when they (yes they) flew me out there to check out their sweet digs.)