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Well, that was another three years gone. As anyone still reading here can tell. I have stopped updating my genealogy blog. For awhile it was because I just could not find the time to write about all my adventures. Then life hit. You know how it is. You are going along, working, living. Then a bunch of things happen all at once. Before you know it, you haven’t opened your genealogy for 2 years and you haven’t posted on your blog in even longer.

About the Comments section

I had to close it down to put it as simply as possible. If you are also a regular here, you know I never keep things simple and I like to ramble a bit. So here we go. I never intended to be away for so long. I never intended to close the comment section down. The comments section is a happy surprise somedays. It’s someone finding my posts through a random google search and making a connection. It’s someone hoping for a connection with my family, but finding a connection in the comments instead. Interacting with others researching these family lines is my sole purpose for everything on this website.

However, the bots have won for now. There were over 1000 bot spam messages to deal with today. Yikes! Yes I know how to fix the problem. Sadly it involves funds that I just can’t allocate right now. Holding onto my website is not free, and I never ask for donations and never will. It’s my happy side project. Most anti-spam software these days costs real money, as it should by the way. I would never suggest anyone not get paid for their work. Its just right now, for a website I’m not actively updating and working on. I can’t spare the expense right now. This could change in 1 week, 1 month or 1 year.

Are you still doing genealogy?

The short answer is Yes. The long answer is more complicated. It used to be, I logged into Ancestry and my email multiple times a day. That is not the case now. Sometimes it is over a week before I do either. I’m not sure what is going on with me. I just haven’t had the mental energy to deal with it. I feel like I should have been more active with all of this during the pandemic and lockdowns but I found myself going further from it instead of closer. I lost many family members during this time. Many of whom I used to discuss my genealogy with daily. So I suspect it has something to do with that.

Anyway, one of the same reasons that I can’t allocate funds to anti-spam software is even truer for genealogy expenses. I am currently only paying for genealogy as I’m in the mood to research it. So for now I have an Ancestry subscription, but come January. It will be gone again. Then I will get it back once I have the funds and the mental capacity to research again. We all know I’ve never shied away from free methods either but it’s mainly that for some reason I am genealogy blocked right now when it comes to actively researching.

Will this website stay?

Yes. As long as I keep paying the hosting bill and my brother doesn’t forget to renew my domain name. This website isn’t going anywhere. Whether the comment section is open or not. I’ve had some form of this website since the domain was first purchased in 2003!!!! 2003. That’s coming up on 20 years. I can’t believe something I started as a genealogy obsessed teenager has stuck around this long.

I’m sure at some point I will even come back and redesign it all again and make huge updates on the progress I’ve made. In fact I think I’m close to a breakthrough on finding my Irish town of origin for the Moores. It’s really exciting. Sadly, the person I always discussed my Moore research with has now passed. My Aunt Lori was my biggest genealogy buddy and I miss her so very much. It’s really a bittersweet find. So exciting to make such a discovery, yet sad that the one I most want to tell is no longer here.

What’s next if we can’t comment?

I’m going to slowly, and we all know how slow I can be since my last post was 3 years ago, work on posts answering questions in my comments section. That’s the easiest way I can think of to get some answers out there and maybe bring a toe back into writing again. I do miss writing.

Once my comments are answered, or maybe even concurrently. I will update what I can on old entries. If there is something particular you would like updated or answered, feel free to mail me at leeny.genealogy [at] gmail.com . When I turned off comments, it turned them off for posts older than 14 days. So if you find this post in the next 14 days. You probably can still make it in! I also turned on approval before publishing comments. So don’t be worried if there is a delay in your comment appearing.

Final Thoughts

Thanks so much for all your support, knowledge, help and generosity over the years. I didn’t realize until I was writing this how much I missed you all.

There are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life: never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.

Roy Bennett
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