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Don't forget to vote...

November 8th, 2016 at 05:37 am

Happy Election Day!

I say "happy" because I for one am really tired of all the political propaganda and the nonstop coverage on the news.

The last 2 days were NDDs, meaning "No Drive Days." The less I drive overall, the more money I'll save on my car insurance with RightTrack. As of today, I'm going to save 23% on my car insurance.

I must admit to sometimes creating reasons to drive here or drive there as a kind of entertainment or just to get out of the house, I guess. It's usually to buy groceries, get gas or something like that.

I made use of one of those postcards you get in the mail from Staples with a ridiculously good offer. Save $10 on a purchase of at least $10 (or more). So if you bought a $10 item, you could get it for free. I love this kind of offer and remember last year the coupon expired before I got to use it. So I did make a stop at Staples and cruised the whole store. In the end, I bought a large 2017 desktop calendar (I've used one for years) and the smallest notepad I could find. Most things were overpriced, but both these items together cost $11 and I wound up paying $1.

I've run into yet another "unsolved mystery" in my family tree research. I found a World War II draft registration card for my great grandfather that indicates his birthplace as "Kormasz Czecho-Slovakia."

I could not find Kormasz listed as a village, town or region anywhere in that country. Yet federal censuses confirm that my grandmother's parents were born in Czechoslovakia. I even reached out to several people who might know, including an American photographer living in Czech Republic and the Czech tourism bureau. Several people have told me the name sounds more Polish, Slovenian or Hungarian than Czech, yet still, a Google search brings up hardly anything. I found a young woman on Facebook with the same last name; she's from Poland. I messaged her this morning in the hopes she'll know.

My research into the Irish line in my family went relatively more smoothly because they all seemed to stay put in one place, both the village and the country! My grandmother's family was from a hamlet so small, it didn't even have roads. It was just a cluster of 90 families living at a certain intersection. Yes, the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses contain some great info, including the exact number of families living in Derrytrasna, Northern Ireland. I did learn what materials the dwelling was made of, how many windows it had and how many outbuildings there were on the property. My great great grandfather had a "cowshed" and stable with a 2-room dwelling (for 5 people) and 2 windows.

Today, Derrytrasna is a semi-rural village within a larger town. There is just a single road called Derrytrasna Lane which probably indicates where the original settlement was. I found someone on You Tube who lives there and has a drone and filmed the whole area, which is very close to the shores of Lough Neagh, a huge lake. The whole area is all residential with a few more densely populated developments but mostly large open fields and attractive homes. No signs of the 2-room homes or even any idea of where they stood. I would probably have to find some historical maps to determine the layout of the original hamlet. It's all fascinating to me.

I got word yesterday that the bloodwork came back and showed I tested "negative" for Lyme disease and the other tick-borne illnesses. Which leads me to wonder why the near-daily headaches. Sure, I am a little anxious about getting a job, but I don't think I am stressed to the level of getting headaches over it.

I'm still waiting to hear whether I got the freelance writing position at the educational website. I saw another remote freelance position writing resumes and cover letters, but the pay was very low.

14 Responses to “Don't forget to vote...”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Voted this morning! I was the last person in my house to do so, I think; at least three people (my partners and one of the downstairs neighbors) voted early. The line seemed a lot more manageable as a result. Everywhere should do early voting! I myself didn't want to vote until I absolutely knew I had no choice, since I'm displeased with the options, but I did what I needed to do today to stave off disaster.

  2. jokeabee Says:

    I voted this morning! No wait at the polls, but I don't think I have ever waited here. I did not expect to get emotional filling out my ballot-I wish my mom could be here for this.

  3. Kaycee Fisher Says:

    I voted last week via an absentee ballot.

    I too love those Staples coupons. I am fortunate to be a Rewards member so I get that coupon every week in my e-mail. Although I think it has more to do with my former employment. Smile I am able to buy large amounts of toilet paper or paper towels for no more than $3.00 A couple of times it has netted out to being FREE!

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Kaycee, I'm a staples rewards member too; i think that's the only reason they even have my home address. but i rarely get these particular coupons. Frown

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have a $10 off $10 Kohl's coupon - good online or in store. Not sure yet how I'm going to use it.

    I voted right after work -had about a 20 minute wait or so.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    I often get the $5 coupon to use at Kohls but the problem is it's virtually impossible to find anything to buy for $5 or less. Even socks and underwear cannot be purchased individually, but in sets of $15 or $20.

  7. jv Says:

    I have an odd question for you if you still check this. Did you ever find anything on Kormasz? My grandfather's WWII draft also says Kormasz, Czechoslovakia and I've not found a thing! Only dead ends.

    Thank you Smile

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Hey,JV. No, I never really did figure it out. I think the last thing I heard was that it sounded Ukranian.

  9. jv Says:

    Ah the never-ending quest!! Thank you for your reply. I'll let you know if I find anything conclusive Smile

  10. jv Says:

    I'm not sure if this is directly relevant to your ancestor, but I wanted to tell you want I found just in case. One of the documents for my ancestor had the spelling Kormasz, Czechoslovakia. I found another document that spelt it Kormas, Czechoslovakia, which is old spelling for the current town name Hromoš. I believe this is where my ancestor was born now Smile
    Hope this helps a little!

  11. jv Says:

    Oops sorry the other document spelt the town as Kormos, Czechoslovakia*

  12. jv Says:

    I referenced this page for old name spelling: http://www.cisarik.com/0_Hromos_Stara_Lubovna_PV_Saros_Saris.html

  13. PatientSaver Says:

    Oh, wow, JV!! Thanks so much for telling me!

    I have taken a little break from the family tree stuff, not because I'm not interested, but just becus I'm back to working f/t and I don't have a lot of free time. But this is great information.

    Thank you!!! Maybe this weekend I can do some research into Hromos. Thanks again!!

  14. PatientSaver Says:

    Your ancestor's name doesn't start with a B, does it?

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