Thanks for hosting Pip. Oh wow, that's some water! Glad that it didn't come into your house. Shame about the landscaping.
Yes, spring has sprung. It's really pretty, but our pollen count was 10.2 today (is 10 the top?), so I've felt really nasty today.
We are getting ready for a few days camping with the daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, their friends, and his parents. We made a huge pot of soup, so maybe it will not be cold. It sounds like I should take my rain boots.
On the genealogy front it has sort of been two steps forward and one step back. When we were in Florida the cemetery didn't have any record of my grandfather's grave. His death certificate arrived this week with a couple of surprises. Yes, he was buried at that cemetery. No, his aunt was not his mother. Um, I really doubt he was in the nursing home for 5 years since at age 87, a couple of years before his death, he just showed up at our door, having hitchhiked from Florida to Central NY. While there he and his friend (the same age) across the road would mow a 1 acre lawn with a push mower. After he spent some time with his other daughters in the area, Mom and I gave him a ride back to Florida, where he lived with his eldest daughter. Ah the (in)accuracy of vital records!
Other progress was learning that the old church records which I need are available on microfilm and can be obtained via interlibrary loan. I went to the library to request them. I guess the librarian forgot to mention microfilm, as it came back that they could not loan rare materials. With luck the librarians from the two libraries can work it out.
I also got the death certificate for a great grandfather. It did confirm his mother's last name. Unfortunately it said she was born in Connecticut -- but all her census show Rensselaer County, New York, and her brother's Vermont. Maybe this is a clue to this brick wall that the family came from Connecticut.
The Methodist Church is willing to work with you on finding records, but if the specific church still exists you need to contact them. Their records burned in a fire in 1875. Also, the church doesn't have records for the circuit riders around 1822.
Other than that, I'm slowing adding descendant for one set of great great grandparents.