The Hawk Took It! –
Other Travelers Part 4
(Part of the Series – “Other Travelers”)
by Vicki Ruthe Hahn – SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter
Well this is a new one for me.
We know all of the usual hazards in preserving and maintaining family history paperwork and electronic records while searching for our genealogy. How many different ways can we lose important historical resources?:
- computer crash
- flash drive defect/aging out
- our older relatives losing memory
- those that know passing away without sharing
- the library/house/historical society/architectural site/religious site/courthouse was burned or flooded or got bombed or torn down
- paperwork got lost
- the handwriting or photographs faded away
- family members that have it, won’t share
- deleted or thrown away by someone who thought it was just old junk
- the baby tore it
- the dog ate it
- the hawk grabbed it and flew to the top of the neighbor’s tree!!
And the last one really happened to our speaker today before she got to the Library.
Kim Caswell did a great presentation on “Funeral Practices of Our Ancestors“.
She had a full program based on years of research, all saved onto her USB flashdrive which was protected from the morning mist in a ziplock bag. Kim also had it in another bag with a battery operated stuffed cat that “mewed” when you moved it. This was going to be a joke gift for her sister at a quick coffee time before the program.
Kim put the bag onto the top of her truck, while she went back in to get her laptop. Meanwhile, the neighborhood hawk hearing the “cat” mew as Kim put down the bag, swooped down to snatch the bag and flew to the top of the neighbor’s tree!!
As Kim said, “I can’t make this stuff up”.
So as you face your usual genealogy search challenges, remember this to get some perspective, and a little chuckle, that at least you did not have your research snatched by a hawk!
I can’t even believe that Kim’s presentation could have been more awesome. Her back-up was very informative and seemed complete to us, and even had photos. Kim is determined to get her bag out of the hawk nest when she can.
Good luck Kim, and thanks for being a good sport. We have fun at the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library!
Remember to always back-up, off-site of hawk snatching locations.