Journal May 9

I thought some may like to know “my other life”.  I am an ESL tutor who works with Korean children and also a volunteer tutor to a young Cambodian woman and her 8 year old son. I learn from these experiences every day.  There is so much to learn about people from other countries. Some may know the horrible history of Cambodia’s genocidal war.  For my student, life goes on and  her attitude belies the grim realities she has faced. Somehow, she retains a type of innocence and finds joy in the simple things. She is raising her son strictly and he is a joy to teach. I in turn, find my own kind of joy in helping them navigate this “strange new land”.

I have become hooked on the history of the American Revolution thanks to the series “Turn” and am now trying to navigate the book, Washington’s Spies, The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose. Somehow the books are seldom as entertaining as the series but you get more insight into character and circumstance. My interest naturally turns to my Beauchamp ancestors again and whether any of them were involved in the war. I listened to a podcast at maplestarsandstipes.com, a French Canadian Genealogy resource for Americans which gave me some ideas on how to track possible connections. I will be looking into that.

I decided that it would be more expedient to upload the information I have on my family to ancestry.ca in lieu of writing a book about it for the time being, so that I can get onto what I want to do, write historical fiction with my family as a base. That is just a little harder than I had thought simply because I am not the most organized person in the world and have 10 years of files in hidden places on my computer. It has had a cathartic effect on me simply because it is bringing some order to my records. Ancestry will also make a simple story for you about your ancestor though not a good as Family Tree Maker.

I have had some inquiries and notices related to the DNA test I did last year, a few of which I have no idea what the person is talking about. I suppose I could do something about transferring data to gedmatch but somehow distant cousins aren’t as fascinating to me as they should be. Can you tell I am not a science geek? I do however appreciate that “with age comes wisdom” and many things in my life are beginning to piece together and gel, though I am not sure I will ever completely understand my relatives!

There will be more updates to come just so you know I am still alive… Cheers, Yolanda