Brokeass Ancestors

My mom sent me a link to a family history website while visiting Pennsylvania, where part of her family lived while she was growing up.  This inspired me to find and search a Danish family history website to discover more about my great great grandparents who immigrated from Denmark.

To my great surprise, I made progress!  The research was slow going because:

  1.  Denmark doesn’t have that many unique names, making thing confusing
  2. Danish people didn’t keep the same last name before 1900, making it hard to find the parents.
  3. Names were misspelled / changed over time

But I think I’ve finally correctly identified my GGG grandparents… but I found that there were a good number of single moms in that branch.  I also found that my GG grandparents worked as housekeeper / laborer before traveling to the US.  Once in the US, the dude became a coal miner, and his wife was busy raising their… 8 kids.  They were pretty broke.  Later on, decades after the GG grandparents died, when their kids were dying, there was drama.  My mom wasn’t able to get a lot of family history information from the house when her grandmother died, and the house was eventually sold with a bunch of stuff still in the attic… so a lot of it was probably thrown away.

Anyway… it’s clear this was all due to a lack of planning.  The home was in Pennsylvania, and the coal industry died over time.  Today, the home built in 1900 (allegedly by my great great grandfather) is worth around $50k.

It’s inevitable when learning about this stuff that I ask how it reflects on me.  I think what is says… is that you have to make moves and prepare if you want to grow / stay wealthy.  When my ancestors made changes, they did well.  When they stayed the same, they didn’t.

 

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Payday

Also, it’s cold now.  48 degrees outside.  The highs are still in the 80s (lame for October).   Smoke from the wildfires has ruined the air quality and prevented me from going on as many walks.

Nice local bump, but it’ll be crushed when the property tax e-check hits the account.  In 4-5 days though, the retirement money will arrive to save the day.

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Phone Transition Complete

I lost all my voice mails, but I since I don’t remember anything I lost… it’s okay.  Money is now credited back to my account.  I’ve tried to tune my phone to turn off all the stupid data usage (e.g. background app refresh).  I guess we’ll see how it goes.  I kept my number the same.

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Also, property tax bill came, and I paid the first installment ($1300ish).  Hooray 😐

Phone Cancel

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Canceled my phone preorder b/c I found a $50 t-mobile plan that works on my current phone.  So I’ll just keep my watch and not spend $816 while decreasing my bill by $50/month.  It has 10GB data and unlimited talk… should be enough.