Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Journal Entry # 4

27 March 2020

How are you doing today? 

My Thoughts and Feelings:

Today is my 22nd Wedding Anniversary! My husband Tommy is the best! He loves our family and the source of my strength! I love you with all my heart and then some. Since we can't really go out to celebrate I am going to make a crustless quiche for dinner tonight!

September 2019

We also had a good visit with our dear friend, Bill. We certainly enjoyed his company and look forward to his next visit, hopefully sooner rather than later! 

Last night we had a beautiful sunset! Here is one of the pictures I took.

COVID-19 Update:

As of yesterday, the city of Myrtle Beach has closed down hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties including Airbnb's, VRBO properties and all campgrounds. Anyone who is currently at any of these types of properties must be leave by noon on Sunday, 29 March 2020. Any reservations beginning on Saturday, 28 March 2020 must be cancelled or rescheduled for after 30 April 2020. The only exception are those who have been occupying units since 1 March 2020 however, they are restricted from having visitors stay with them until further notice. For more information on this you can read about it at here.

Just for fun: 

Here are the names I am researching for my maternal line. My Mom's family is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her oldest ancestor arrived in Louisville sometime between 1820-1850. I put 1850 as the latest date because that is the first census I find my 4th and 5th grandfather's Charles Karl Rueff and William Rueff, respectively. They are immigrants but unfortunately I have not been able to find their arrival into the US, yet!

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Journal Entry # 3

24 March 2020

How are you doing today? Are your kids driving you crazy? Bored? What are you doing to get through self-isolation and/or sheltering in place? 

My Thoughts and Feelings:

I am worried about my husband, my Mom, my siblings and their families, my son, my daughter in love, my grandsons, my aunts and uncle who are all high risk, my cousins and their families. I am also worried about my friends who are still in the travel industry. I am worried about friends who like me are in high risk categories. I am also worried about friends who are not in high risk categories. 

Right now, I am grateful that my children are adults and that I don't have to home school them because they would definitely flunk math for the year! I am keeping teachers and students everywhere in my prayers because this is a big adjustment for all of them!

How I am Spending My Time:

I have set aside an hour every day to work on writing exercises from Laura Hedgecock's, Memories of Me. During this time once I have done the exercise I then write in the journal in which I am telling the story of me, my adoption, my adoptive and biological families for my grandsons.

I will admit that I am not very good at keeping a research a log but I am determined to become more disciplined! I am currently working on a newspaper research log for one particular surname. I started my newspaper research in January but I didn't open a research log but as I added each new obituary to this particular research tree I placed a source citation in the description field. Now it is just a matter of pulling up each obituary (about 400) and transferring the information into my research log. I am sure that genea-friends who are much more disciplined than I are cringing!  

I have read the first 3 chapters in Diana Elder's, Research Like A Pro and I am working on the tasks set out in these chapters. I am currently working on the task in Chapter 1, you are asked to analyze your pedigree and to come up with a research question/plan. Well that is easier said then done when you have some brick walls that you have been working on for decades. So I decided to look at each line with a brick wall on my pedigree and formulate a plan for each. I will share those in another post this week. 

COVID-19 Updates:

Well, there are now 16 positive cases here in Horry County. A total of 298 positive cases in the state of South Carolina. These numbers were last updated on 23 March 2020 at 5:18 PM. This information is from SCDHEC website.

Just For Fun:

Several years ago I posts about the surnames I am researching. I made graphics to go with each post. So I thought I would re-post just the graphics to let you know which names I am still researching! This is my paternal line of Williams.


Elder, Diana and Nicole Dyer, Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist's Guide. Highland, Utah. Family Locket Books. 2018.

Hedgecock, Laura, Memories of Me. Springville, Utah. Plain Sight Publishing. 2014.

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Journal Entry # 2

19 March 2020

How is everyone doing so far? Are you going crazy yet? What are you doing to get through?

My Thoughts & Feelings:

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw my post on March 5th where Tommy and I drove all the way to Augusta, Georgia for my endoscopic ultrasound and the doctor canceled it because I attended RootsTech and I had flown, so there was no telling whether I had been exposed to COVID-19. The staff went kind of crazy too! They put me in a mask, the nurses and doctors went and put on protective gowns, gloves and masks. The nurse told us they were moving me into a negative pressure room and the whole nine yards. I was to say the least flabbergasted! This was 6 days before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. I was told I would have to make my appointment for 3 weeks from the date of my return flight, the incubation period I was told. I rescheduled the endoscopic ultrasound on April 2nd in Augusta. 

As of today, that is still scheduled but it could change at any moment. I decided on Monday to self isolate until then to protect myself. I really don't want to postpone this test any further if possible because I have 18 cm tear in my esophagus and my allergy season has started a little earlier than I am use to. Between my sneezing, the itchiness in my eyes and ears and my asthma which causes me to cough, I can't help but wonder if I am making that tear worse! So yes, I am worried about the possible cancellation but I am also worried about making this tear worse and what that means.

How I am spending my time:

Tommy and I moved from Columbia, SC to Myrtle Beach, SC on Valentine's Day. I unpacked what I could before heading to my first RootsTech conference. While I was gone he put all the boxes in the rooms they belonged. I have slowly been going through them. I spent yesterday unpacking boxes and moving my clothes from one closet to another. Then last night I had my husband move the dresser from the guest bedroom to our room because I needed more drawer space! 

Today, I am going to finish with the boxes in our bedroom and get the rest of my belongings in the dresser. After that I am going to watch a couple of videos about DNA with Legacy Family Tree Webinars while doing laundry. After that I am hoping to get a couple more chapters read in Blaine Bettinger's The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, 2nd Edition. 

Personal copy of D.M. Kogutkiewicz, photo by D. M. Kogutkiewicz

Tomorrow I want to start the first couple of chapters of Research Like A Pro by Diana Elder, AG. I am really excited to read this book as I have been following Diana's blog for sometime now. 

Personal copy of D.M. Kogutkiewicz, photo by D. M. Kogutkiewicz

Finally I want to work on some writing exercises from the book Memories of Me by Laura Hedgecock. I am using Laura's book to guide me through my journal entries for my grandsons about the story of my adoption, my adoptive and birth families. 

Personal copy of D.M. Kogutkiewicz, photo by D. M. Kogutkiewicz


Here in my home county of Horry there are now 5 positive cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday. I have not heard or seen any updates for today.

My Reading List:

I am always reading! I never go anywhere without my i-Pad Pro Air which has both the Kindle and Nook apps or a book. I have books in my nightstand, I keep books in my car (never know if I will remember my charge cord for my i-Pad!). I  also have a very eclectic library too.

I have just finished Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate which goes between Memphis, Tennessee in the 1940's and present day in Aiken, South Carolina. The story is about a family torn apart by Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Last night I found her series, The Shores of Moses Lake Collection: Four Novels in One in Kindle Unlimited for free so I am looking forward to reading these books too. 

I have also recently read The Milkman's Son by Randy Lindsay. This is the story of how the author discovered that man who raised him was not biologically his father and his quest to discover the truth. 

Personal copy of D.M. Kogutkiewicz, photo by D. M. Kogutkiewicz


Bettinger, Blaine T., The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Second edition. Cincinnati, Ohio. Family Tree Books. 2019.

Elder, Diana and Nicole Dyer, Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist's Guide. Highland, Utah. Family Locket Books. 2018.

Hedgecock, Laura, Memories of Me. Springville, Utah. Plain Sight Publishing. 2014.

Lindsay, Randy, The Milkman's Son: A Memoir of Family History, A DNA Mystery, and Paternal Love. Salt Lake City, Utah. Shadow Mountain. 2020.

Wingate, Lisa, Before We Were Yours: A Novel. New York. Ebook Edition. Penguin Random House LLC. 2017.

Wingate, Lisa, The Shores of Moses Lake Collection: Four Novels in One. Ebook Edition. 2015.

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Journal Entry # 1

16 March 2020

Are you journaling about your experiences, thoughts and worries about COVID-19 or Coronavirus? I have decided to use my blog as my COVID-19 journal for the most part. These will be short posts and I am also keeping a small journal that I will pass down to my grandsons. Here's what I plan to do by journaling on my blog.
  • Write about recent COVID-19 updates
  • Write about my thoughts and experiences
  • Try to keep politics out of it if possible
  • Share my day whether it is genealogy related or not
I will start with updates first however keep in mind that I am only listing local COVID-19 updates and information I have found that I think is helpful or interesting. It is my goal to keep this upbeat not depressing!

Today, I found this link on Facebook stating that Australia MAY have a cure but further testing is needed. See Coronavirus treatment: Australian researchers ‘within reach’ of cure. I am also following The Washington Post Coronavirus Updates which is FREE! I am also checking The CDC website  and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The Johns Hopkins site right now is my favorite. Johns Hopkins has a pdf on Coronaviruses Fact Sheet that I found very informative.  

The local news here in Myrtle Beach has reported that there are now 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Horry County. All of them are currently isolated at home.

What I am doing today:

My day started with phone calls to my Medicare Advantage plan and Social Security for change of address since moving in February. Two more things checked off my list! 

I decided last week to start a journal for my grandsons telling them the story of my adoption. I am also telling them what I know of my biological family as well information about our family. My plan is for them to read it once they are old enough to understand. Below is the beginning of my journal entry for today, explaining that E may or may not remember this and that K would learn about it in school.

I am also working on DNA matches and specific lines in my birth family hoping to break down a brick wall in my birth family for my paternal great grandmother, Eugenia (Judy) Bessinger. It is her great grandfather that is my brick wall. Wish me luck!

Stay healthy and safe my friends!

©2020, Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, genealogical researcher and writer of Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved.