Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bradley

Bradley is a family history consultant and he spent most days with us. He is such a good friend and was so helpful in assisting us in many ways. We had a little time one day and so we went to Nan Madol. The complex of Nan Madol is constructed on a series of artificial islets in the shallow water next to the eastern shore of the Pohnpei island. The site encloses an area approximately 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and it contains nearly 100 artificial islets.
Nan Madol seems to have housed the ruling elite caste of Saudeleur dynasty. It was a political and ceremonial seat of power. As a means of control of their subjects Saudeleur dynasty had succeeded in uniting the clans of Pohnpei. The rulers forced local chieftains to leave their home villages and move to the city where their activities could be more closely observed. According to local legend, the stones used in the construction of Nan Madol have been flown to the location by means of black magic. Archeologists have located several possible quarry sites on the main island, however the exact method of transportation of construction material is still not determined.



Family Search Training

We were able to do Family Search Training when we arrived in Pohnpei. Family Search is updating the site daily and we were able to train many consultants while in Pohnpei.


The youth were excited that they can connect to Facebook on Ancestry which connects to Family Search as soon as we finished training they went to start connecting Facebook relatives to their family tree.
Keiji's friend kept the children entertained while we trained the parents!

Pohnpei

We arrived in Pohnpei on Tuesday, October 20, three days later than planned. We had sent some computers for the Family History Center. So once we checked into our hotel we drove to the church to make sure they had arrived. We were able to meet some of the people and set a time to meet them the next day for training. Wednesday morning we went to the National Archives, we are digitizing the microfilm they have. Fifty rolls of microfilm had been sent to Salt Lake. Technicians there had to clean them and remove tape that was holding some of them together before digitizing them. They had received the films back and were so glad that we were able to help preserve the records that we are now sending more than 100 rolls of microfilm for them to digitize. Unfortunately the films are in poor condition because of the humidity here in the islands and their ability to store them. The films we are digitizing have records from all of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

National Archives, Pohnpei
I found some interesting collections in the archives from states in the United States. 
This is Betty, she is over the collection that we are digitizing. When we finished we were then directed over to the College of Micronesia to their library and to discuss the possibility of digitizing some of their vital records.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Majuro

Since we were in Majuro we decide we should help the people with their family history. We were able to help several members with issues they were having on family search. The senior missionaries were very helpful while we were there. We even met a senior missionary whose brother knew my cousin and her husband. Sometimes it's a small world.
We did have some time to drive on the island. The people there are very poor, most of them live just in the jungle. Most don't have running water or electricity. We took some pictures as we drove on Majuro. It is a beautiful Island, it is 38 miles long and 1/4 to a mile wide. So we had to adjust our schedule. We spent four days in Majuro.


View from our hotel room.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The trip to Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk!


We were scheduled to visit three Island, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk (formally known as Truk). United Airlines has an island hopper that goes to all these islands and then to the Marshall Islands and then to Hawaii. We were suppose to start at Kosrae and then work our way back to Guam. When we left Pohnpei there was a heavy rain storm on Kosrae and so the plane circled waiting for it to clear so we could land. Unfortunately the airplane did not have enough fuel to keep circling so we flew to the Marshall Islands. The first stop was Kwajalein, a military base and we could not get off there, so on to Majuro, they had all the passengers going to Kosrae get off there. So at eight we landed, waited an hour in the rain to go thru immigration, then customs. When we were trying to decide what we should do a lady came up and said you need to call your church, she called a senior missionary who came to take us and find a place to stay. Now it would not have been a big deal except a tribal chief had passed away and there were no hotel rooms available or rental cars. So we ended up staying in an apartment that the owner of the complex uses for hotel rooms. The next morning we learned that it would cost us $250 a night. Luckily the general manager of United works with the mission home to fly the missionaries around so we received the news that they had made arrangements for us to stay at the Marshall Island Resort and gave us vouchers for our meals. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MARC (Micronesian Area Research Center)

Tony, Omeria, Me and Art
On Friday we spend the morning at the MARC, they are digitizing a collection for the church. When they finish the church will get a copy and the MARC will also get a copy. When we volunteered here yesterday we found out  that Tony's father grew up in the small town in Idaho that my mother's family lives in. We are checking to see if we might be distant relatives. Sometimes it is a small world!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Air Force Base

Thursday we went to the air force base with the Thomas', they are here as missionaries for military relations. They keep track of the military members that are here. They were meeting with a young man that is stationed in Minot, North Dakota. They invited us to go meet him since we are from North Dakota.  The first picture is of us on a beach that is on the military base. Then some pictures of this beautiful island we are on.




 Art took the picture of the Thomas' and me.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Chamorro Village

Wednesday evening the Chamorro Village has a festival, Chamorro's are the native people on the island. They set up booths and sell items that are made by the people on the island. Here are a few pictures we took last Wednesday night.

This is a local gentleman who gives rides on his Carabao and takes pictures for folks. This animal is almost a symbol of the island. It's used for farming. They use chickens for fighting.


 There are also plenty of vendors selling typical Chamorro food!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Leo Palace

The Senior couples get together on Monday. This Monday we went to Leo Palace for a Musical Experience. The Honorary Consulate of Italy in Guam and The Leo Palace Resort in Guam sponsored Japanese Concert Pianist Keisuke Shimatani and Jazz Pianist  Yuki Tateichi performed. There was also a jazz flute player maybe the Consulate of Italy,
it was an amazing evening. 



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bugs!!!!!

So one morning last week I went to set down to eat breakfast, I felt something under my foot, I looked down and there is a big cockroach!!!! So here are some pictures of the creatures we live with........


Not by choice!!!! We have ants, cockroaches, snails, geckos, if that's not enough we have brown snakes! They brought them in to kill off the rodents, they ate bird eggs thus they're are not many birds on the island. I saw a bird today for the first time today!