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Lisa(VA)says...
Hi Van,

I am actually trying to get in touch with Page Blakeman. She is a family friend, since I was a baby, and my mom asked me to try and find her. (It has been approx 10 yes since we last spoke - right around the time of her mother's passing. Any help would be appreciated.

Regards, Lisa
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Manny(Fallbrook, CA)says...
Hello Van and thanks for an interesting and informative site.

What led me here was your review on the Loftek D-1 Sentinel PTZ IP camera. Have mine installed in a similar configuration (solar) and was wondering if you are using a charge controller, inverter and A/C adapter.

My question is do you know if the camera will work with 12vdc straight from a battery bank? Am trying to reduce load by bypassing the need for extra components in the circuit.

Semper Fidelis, R/M
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Van Blakeman(Joshua Tree)says...
Hi Manny [Emmanuel Magos],

Interesting question. I am using an Outback charge controller and Outback inverter (my Exeltech blew out a few weeks ago).

My Loftek A/C adapter is plugged into a power strip that can be switched off when the solar battery bank gets low on rainy days.

The problem for us with PTZ cameras is the motor. As with any motor (fan, fridge, etc), it is going to consume a significant amount of power, where the camera itself will utilize very little power, being only a circuit board of sorts.

Instead of switching it off entirely, you could just deactivate the PTZ function, locking it into one viewing position, so that the motor never kicks in.

I suspect that trying to wire the camera directly to a 12V battery (not using the A/C adapter) could risk burning out the camera and/or its motor. If you do try this, let me know the results.

May I add your last name in case any of your buddies, family or creditors are looking for you? Also, did you have a nickname someone might type into a search instead?

Semper Fi!

[FWIW: I later copied this from the main web page message board here to my USMC board. The time of his message was actually 10:38:10 AM.]
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Cynthia Shockley(Oriental NC)says...
Have been researching my husband's family -- the Giles of Salem/Marblehead. Wondered if you have any interest in following that line? If so, I'd be delighted to share what I have found!
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Van Blakeman(Joshua Tree)says...
Hi Cynthia,
I assume you are referring to my Blakeman Genealogy page, though it does have its own message board.

We are only doing Blakemans on that page, which includes John Giles Jr and his children, since his mother is Hannah Blakeman.

However, I have sent him a copy of this in case he would like to explore the heritage of his father’s family, in which case he would need to contact you directly.

Thank you for your interest.
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Van Blakeman(Joshua Tree)says...
I have copied this over to my Greenleaf Genealogy message board and replied to it there (and by email).

To get there, go back to "Van's Journal", go down to "Genealogies ... Greenleaf" and click on the latter. Then find the blue box that says "Add/Correct" and click on that.

Or select, copy and paste this into the Address box at the top of your browser:

http://www.blakeman.net/_VA/Us/Fam/Gen/Greenleaf/_genealogyGreenleaf.htm
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Andrew Greenleaf Lawrence(Fairfax Station, Virginia)says...
Donald Leal Greenleaf was my maternal grandfather. Did you know him? I have names, birth dates and dates of death for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren -- do you want them?