Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, 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. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nostalgia for the Present

These are the good old days!

Things have been very busy. My FamilySearch support mission has required a lot of time. It was very rewarding work though, and I hope to apply again after our house has sold and we have moved into Spruce Grove. I am also teaching a genealogy class on Sundays, and serve a shift at the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre with Judy, and a weekly shift with Judy at the Edmonton Temple. I have appreciated the flexibility that my mission assignment gave me. Since my 30-month mission ended on March 12th, I have the time I need to start preparing the house for sale.

This is a wonderful house, but maintenance was easier when I was younger. I will miss it greatly. This is the house we built, the house where our children grew up. But the new house we will share with James and Karin will be better suited to our future needs, as we get older. With our own separate apartment, we will still have our privacy and independence. It will be just a few minutes from doctors and a hospital, and church, and shopping. When we need to travel to Edmonton, the trip will be much shorter. Judy has been promised a small garden plot, which will be easier to manage than the 3 gardens we presently have. And our laundry room will be on the same floor as our other rooms, so there will be no need to carry laundry up the stairs. With city water, we won't need to take our white laundry to the laundromat to avoid mineral stains building up on our clothing. We even have a little park area out back. But it won't be our 9 acres of bush in the country.On the other hand, having real broadband internet access to be a big improvement.
I am the new director of the Edmonton Riverbend FHC. We had our first staff meeting last Saturday and it was very well received, to my immense relief. I am learning to do the monthly reports and sending and receiving microfilms. (There is no escaping paperwork!) When I move to Spruce Grove they will need to replace me as director, as I will no longer be living within the jurisdiction that operates the FHC. But they know that, and wanted me anyway. It is funny, but knowing that made me feel good.


My granddaughter's gymnastic team won a gold medal in the Alberta Winter Games. Congratulations girls!


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