Windowbox Planters

My husband and I are planning on doing repairs and expanding our deck in the back yard. Included in those plans is getting flower boxes for the deck rails and window boxes for the lower floor level all the way around the house.

I have always hated gardening, but learned something of value this year. For Mother’s Day my husband and kids presented me with hanging planters of tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. They are hanging off the deck and I realized that I actually like looking after them. What is the difference? I realized that it’s the weeding! When using planter boxes and hanging plants, weeds aren’t the same problem at all.

After checking out some window boxes on the Windowbox Planters site, I’m going to use my newly found bravery to transplant the strawberries into a windowbox once the fall comes around. I’ll leave them in there over the winter, hoping they’ll survive and plant more vegetable and flower window boxes next spring after giving the deck a nice new coat of stain.

Get Your Education Online

Library of Knowledge
photo credit: ShironekoEuro

I considered pursuing a certification or degree as an Archivist online because of my strong interest in genealogy and historical records and documents. I’m too old and entrenched to uproot and move to attend a university or college and I was hoping to find online courses programs. I thing online training is an ideal option for those of us who have invested a lot in our current residence, families and jobs.

I was disappointed to note that there is very little available online in archival studies, but I have noticed a huge expansion in other possibilities available online now compared to when I originally went to university quite a while ago.

If you’re interested in pursuing a degree or any other studies online, you may want to consult the National Center For Education Statistics College Navigator at

Whether you’re looking for online degree programs in fine arts, photography, graphic design, music, game design, web design, communication, broadcasting, human resources or business management, these are only a small portion of the entire list of course options available.

My daughter is presently pursuing a career in photography and if she hadn’t already registered with a college, I’d have recommended that she look at the online programs listed on this site.

Tugs at the heartstrings – foundling swatches tell a story.

Foundling swatches are ‘bits and pieces’ such as cloth scraps, mementos, jewelry or any other identifying objects that were left with abandoned children upon admittance to the foundling hospital. These swatches were sometimes helpful in reuniting the child and mother at a future time.

Foundling swatches tell a story.
Foundling swatches tell a story.

Numerous such foundling swatches were rediscovered approximately 250 years after they had been left with the children. They were long forgotten as they were wrapped in paper that was folded numerous times and filed away in books at the Foundling Hospital opened by Captain Thomas Coram in 1741 by charter from King George II.

Among these sad ‘scraps’ were a needlework sampler found with a boy later named William Porter in December of 1759, who sadly died on May 27, 1760; a patchwork scrap with an embroidered heart that had been cut in half (presumably the mother kept the other half) left with a boy later named Benjamin Twirl by those at the hospital and who was later reclaimed by his mother Sara Bender on June 10, 1775; a swatch of linen painted with an array of playing cards left with a boy named Joseph Floyd and apprenticed in 1769; a red wool heart cut from a garment and left with a girl named Isabel Crane on November 22, 1758, who died on December 16, 1758 .

The opening of this foundling hospital was an innovative idea at the time and provided some hope for the children who might otherwise have been abandoned, neglected, or have died of disease and/or malnutrition..

Periodically, these foundling swatches helped to achieve a happy ending, as in the case of Benjamin Twirl and Sara Bender.

photo credit: limaoscarjuliet


New Pioneer Database Updates at

Check out the list of updated and/or added pioneer databases at for information about your ancestral pioneers.

  • Photos from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah
  • Pioneer History Stories of the Mississippi Valley
  • Queensland [Australia] Early Pioneers Index 1824-1859
  • Pioneer Catholic History of Oregon
  • Historic Background and Annals of The Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • History of Custer County, Nebraska

A link to the search of the pioneer databases is below:

New Link: Online Newspapers Archive

Learning of this online newspapers archive site was very exciting to me. Some of the most valuable information we can find in our genealogical search comes from newspaper accounts because they provide a more detailed reflection of the lives of our ancestors – not just facts and figures. I have added this link to the main ‘Genealogy Links’ page in the top menu.


Online newspapers archive.
Online newspapers archive.

The Online Newspapers Archive site endeavours to centralize the thousands of historical newspapers from various sources in one location.

The first newspapers I looked for were those in the Acadian territories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before, during and after the expulsion. My family names do show in the papers available after 1850, but it will take some time to sift through them.

The newspapers for Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Kentucky also look promising as a great deal of our family history took place in these states.

One great disappointment, though is that there is nothing yet for the United Kingdom.

Although there are great gaps in the newspapers available for some geographical regions, what is available could provide that ‘gem’ one or more of us have been seeking.

I definitely intend to investigate this site further.

Want to Work at Home? Be a Clickworker!

George on Estate's Gazette work experience
photo credit: EG Focus is a site that believes in the principle of ‘crowdsourcing’, which means breaking down large projects into smaller tasks and assigning the smaller tasks to several people to ensure a quick turnaround and accurate results.

Registration is totally free. Some skills testing is required to qualify for specific tasks including writing, proofreading, researching, etc. Each job opportunity will explain the skills assessments required, if any. Each project is individually priced, so you are free to assess whether that particular job is right for you.

If you’re looking for a ‘stay at home’ income, it’s worth checking out!


Empty Nest Ancestry is a partner site with Blythe Genealogy

I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

Empty Nest Ancestry is a website designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.


My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.


Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.


My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu.

This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first.

There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.