This week's newsletter is being sent from a cruise ship, presently located about 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii. The Carnival Spirit departed Vancouver, British Columbia last Wednesday with more than 2,500 passengers, including 100+ enthusiastic genealogists. Luckily for me, I am one of those genealogists.
Millennia Software, producers of Legacy Family Tree software for Windows, is sponsoring their annual genealogy cruise for their customers and other interested genealogists. We are now in our fifth day of the 13-day cruise.
The genealogists have been attending many different presentations about the use of Legacy Family Tree as well as talks about other genealogy-related topics. Topics have included how to proper document the sources of information found; use of GPS satellite navigation to find cemeteries, courthouses, family homesteads and other locations of interest to genealogists; wikis for genealogists; and more. I'll be delivering a talk tomorrow about DNA.
The weather was cool and heavily overcast with occasional fog for the first few days. I haven't heard any complaints from the passengers, however. Everyone has been staying inside and enjoying the many, many activities found on a cruise ship.
Today's weather is much warmer. Early this morning there were a few breaks in the clouds. As the day progressed, the clouds slowly dissipated and the temperatures increased. Thermometers are now reading in the high seventies and we are all enjoying bright sunshine. The weather forecast says bright sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, our last day at sea. We will arrive in Kona on Tuesday with sunny skies expected, as well as warm tropical breezes.
I am writing these words on my laptop computer while seated outdoors at the Fantail Bar. The Wi-Fi signal is strong and works well from this location with a gorgeous view.
I am seated under a canopy, looking out at the sunny Pacific Ocean. Even closer, I am also looking at the adults-only swimming pool and the nearby hot tub. An oversized chess board is nearby (the king and queen are about three feet tall). Soft music by Enya is playing in the background and waiters are delivering Pina Coladas and other beverages of choice upon request.
All this and genealogy studies as well. I cannot think of a better way to spend a vacation!
This Plus Edition newsletter includes all the articles posted in the past week on the newsletter's web site at http://www.eogn.com. I'll still be on the ship and on various shore excursions for a bit more than another week. Please do not be surprised if there are fewer articles than normal this week as the distractions here are overpowering!