Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yesterday, the installer from Xplornet installed our satellite internet access. It looks very good so far. I have used dial-up access for many years with local BBS and then the internet. Until two years ago this worked well. But by a year ago the difficulty in connecting increased to the point that I bought a new modem, assuming that the old one was becoming defective. The new modem has the same problem as the old one. Over the past year it has become so bad that it has taken up to an hour for the modem to connect with the ISP. Very often the connection speed was 7.2 or 9.6 kpbs - much too slow for internet access. I investigated DSL, digital cellular internet access, and wireless, but none of these couild reach my rural home. Satellite was the only option left. I had to cut down 30 trees to get satellite access, but it is working!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Last Wednesday I bought an electric chainsaw. On Friday I cut down about 30 trees with the help of Cliff McD. then I drove to Stony Plain and paid $750 to connect to satellite internet. In the evening Judy and I visited Kate E. and I installed her new kitchen fawcett, giving her the luxury of hot and cold running water in her kitchen. It was a good productive day. Sunday I faxed my papers to World Wide (family history) Support. Yesterday I phoned Elder Low and left a message in his voice mail. Today I had an email from him. He has received my recommendation papers, and in three weeks I should have my formal calling as a Family History Service Missionary.