Sep 052015

Betty and I have been in Dubai for 24 days!  Much of 2015 so far was consumed by us sorting through everything, departing from Germany, visiting family and friends in the United States, and finally going to Dubai.  We are slowly whipping our apartment into shape and learning our way through the local bureaucracy, which is substantial.

We have signed up for regular Internet service; right now we’re tethering off our iPhones.  With any luck, regular Internet will show up soon, although a rumor today said not.  We’ve made queries and we will see.  But this is the weekend, so we must wait until tomorrow (Sunday) for answers.  (The workweek here is Sunday through Thursday, holy day on Friday; think of exchanging Friday and Sunday.)

I hope to be able to put more time and effort into this website soon!

In the meantime, many thanks and my love to my dear wife Betty, who loves her new job and her new school, and who is holding up well in a new city and country and part of the world!

Nov 112014

Dear Family and Friends

John Tracy’s Tracings is in much better shape than when I announced it last month.  It includes not only our family history, but also my blog, and will eventually other pages such as favorite links.  Please join me at

The blog will feature a wide variety of subjects of interest to me, and I hope to you also.  Family history will figure prominently.

Please note that the site has two different logins, one for commenting on the blog and another for seeing some of the family history.

You will arrive first at the WordPress blog page.  Register here to comment on my blog posts, but not to see the family history.

Click on the “Family History” tab, and you will arrive at the Welcome page.  Register here (1) If you’re a relative, to see information about living relatives, or (2) If you’re LDS, to see ordinance information.

You can, of course, register for both the blog comments and for seeing the hidden parts of the family history.

The Family History part of the site right now has 1,038 people.  Now that the site as a whole is in pretty good shape, I will be going through these people one family at a time, cleaning up the records, and adding citations, documents, photos, and so on.

Please let me know what you think!  Suggestions and additions welcome!

Thanks and regards


Oct 172014

Dear Family and Friends

My website, including family history and blog, is up.  I am still working on it, but it can be used now even if it’s not always pretty.  Suggestions are welcome.

Over 1,000 of my relatives can be found on the site; click on “Family History”.  To see the living, you need to be my relative and get an account.  To see LDS ordinances, you need to be LDS and get an account.  (To get an account, click “Login”.)  Otherwise, you don’t need an account.  There is a link on the family history page to my pedigree.

My plans are to complete setting up the site and go through all the family history, one family at a time, to clean it up.  (This is long overdue.)  Then I will start expanding the site with favorite links and other such material.  I will blog occasionally and hope to post automatically to Facebook and perhaps elsewhere.

Please join me at!

Thanks and regards