Saturday, February 2, 2019

A New Chapter in My Life

There have been a few people who have figured out why I am in Salt Lake City for two weeks.
I am now part of the Ancestry ProGenealogists team!
This decision did not come easy. After one of my presentations at #RootsTechfour years ago, I was approached by one of the founders, who gave me his card, telling me to contact him if I ever wanted work.
But, it would have meant moving to Utah.
So, time kept moving forward. I saw on their FB page they were looking for specialists in southern research. I clicked, filled out a couple of lines, decided no, and backed out of it.
Then, I received an email. Then, a phone call.
After about 2 1/2 months, I decided this would be a very good thing. And, I said yes. And, it's all because I can do it remotely from Ohio.
My first day was Monday at the headquarters in Lehi. That whole area is undergoing tremendous technology growth. It is lovingly called "The Silicon Slopes".
The moment I walked in, I was greeted by people calling out "Hello, Peggy!" How in the world did they know me. Even the man grilling chicken in the cafeteria knew me.
Today, my training was in SLC, and it continued to be wonderful and thorough. Again, people were calling out their greetings to me like they knew me. I met many friends I hadn''t seen in awhile, and some I only knew from FB.
And, Mr. Kerry has totally supported me in every move I have made. He made it clear this was my decision to make, and that no matter what I decided, he was behind me all the way.
Now, will I still continue to do presentations at conferences and teach at institutes? Yes. I will still do webinars. It will come down some. For instance, I did 73 last year. This year I will do 53, and am not apt to accept any more for this current year...unless you beg. I don't think I have to worry about that.
The people here are wonderful, and they treat each other well. As a new employee, they have made me feel welcome and valued.
I happened to ask why in the world they would ever want someone like me at my age. He said, "You are exactly what we want. Many people today only know how to research using technology. But, you have been in the trenches of cemeteries, courthouses, libraries, and archives."
So, I am beginning a new chapter in my life. It took me awhile to make the decision, and I dragged my feet a bit.
But for now, it's the right thing.

 Ancestry Headquarters, Lehi, UT

 Ancestry ProGenealogists Headquarters, SLC, UT

 Ancestry ProGenealogists Front Desk, SLC, UT

 New Employee Strategic Training, SLC, UT


Our Mascot, SLC, UT

Friday, January 18, 2019

Gifts for the Russians

I have decided something. I have decided that people from other countries are much more giving than I am. I need to work on this.

In 2005, Kerry and I went to Russia to be with Erik Lauritzen at the end of his mission. As we were getting all of the visas, passports, and everything else we would need in place, our travel agent suggested we take gifts with us to give to the Russian people, for they would be giving them to us.

I had no idea what to take. I heard that they love Levi jeans, but I couldn't pack up a suitcase full of them, not knowing the size of anyone.

I tried to think of something "American", and my mind was blank.

Finally, the agent suggested something that the Russian people love that they can't get in Russia -- Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Kool-aid.


She assured me they would be loved by the many people we saw. So, I went to Big Lots, and loaded up my cart with as many as I could find. Then, off we went.

They we were warm and welcoming. And, as we would leave each home, we exchanged our gifts. I gave them salt and Kool-aid. They gave me Russian nesting dolls, hand-carved boxes, handmade lace, tablecloths, crystal bowls, fur hats, etc.

I was mortified!

But, they really did love my gifts. They would open the salt, take a whiff, and just moan. They made the Kool-aid, not even adding sugar, and drank it with gusto! Their version of the drink was using what was left in the bottom of a jam/jelly glass, and adding water to it.

Today I received a beautiful gift, and I am always stymied at what I can do in return.

Salt and Kool-aid just seems to lame...

What we gave...

What we got...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RootsTech 2019 Giveaway!!

This is one of the last opportunities to win a free 
4-day pass to
RootsTech 2019!!!

Let's do it!

Perhaps you have changed your mind,
and really want to attend.
Perhaps you are wondering how you can do it.

Perhaps you have heard more about the speakers and celebrities
you will be able to see and hear at the conference.
You can see those here.

Perhaps you want to meet some of the some of the
wonderful speakers
you have heard at conferences and through webinars.

Or, maybe you want to spend a bit of time
in the world famous
Family History Library.

But, you're still just not sure.

Here's your chance!

Scroll to the bottom...

 Do you feel you connect with your ancestors?
Do you feel that you belong to something bigger?

I actually won a Dell laptop last year!
I am using it to write this blogpost.

Simply respond in the comments 
what it would mean for you to attend.

Please do it by:


18 January 2019

at midnight.

I will announce the winner on Saturday.

Come on!!!

You know you want to!

PS...If you have already paid for your registration,
it will be refunded to you.