Thank you so much for your kind thoughts; we are just about out of the woods. The fire
came within one mile of our house but we were spared. My son's Eagle Scout project (a
rural trail) saved the local human society by serving as a fire break. So far, we have
lost 400,000 acres and 1800 homes in San Diego alone. I took a drive around the county
today and it is just terrible. All of the backcountry that we hike in is lost and the fire
swept through the city taking whole neighborhoods with it. At one point the fire was
consuming 6,000 acres per hour. This is why so many people died; they couldn't even
outdrive the fire. One of the girls (Ashleigh Roach) who died was a high school junior who
had planned to attend Trinity College. I remember the fire storm in Austrailia a few years
ago. Unfortunately, when it is in someone else's backyard we never think it will
happen to us.
You are so right about organizing important data in advance! It used to be more
complicated when everything was on paper. I had 4 boxes of "stuff" (documents,
photos etc) that I have always kept near the door ready to go in case of fire or
earthquake. Now I am in the process of scanning and digitizing everything. CD's are
great. Another tool that I have just purchased is a USB flash drive so that I can back up
my important computer files nightly. They are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand
and hold up to 1 GB of data, and it only cost me $50 usd. Now if I can just get my cousins
to start scanning their pictures we'll be set!
On a different note, I found a good web site this week. For those of us who have family
that moved around the British Isles: http://www.pro.gov.uk/
. Many records are digitized
and you can place an order over the internet for a specific record. Once payment is
processed you are emailed a link to the document for download. I have found several wills
from my COOK family in southern England in this database.
Thanks again for you thoughts!
researching: Livingston, Roe (Ire), Whelden, Cook, Hobbs (Eng.)