Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm a 1940 Census Ambassador!

It is only 37 days until the release of the 1940 census! I am proud to be an Ambassador for this project!

On April 2, 2012, the website through the National Archives, will open the 1940 census, the only place on the internet where we will have access to this census. Of course, this census will not yet be indexed as I am sure most of you are aware. 

Did you know that 132 million people (according to the Census Website) were living in the 48 Continental United States in 1940? That is a lot of indexing that needs to be done! I have signed up to work on this project and have the appropriate software downloaded and ready to go. If you haven't signed up for this very important project, you can do so at The more people that help index, the sooner it will be done!

A few of the questions asked on the census that you may not be aware of are ~
  • Where did you live 5 years prior? (in other words, where did they live in 1935? Isn't that great?)
  • What was the highest degree of education you reached?
  • Your detailed income
Looks like we have things to learn about our ancestors we probably didn't know! Of course, if we were aware of things like this, we would now have verification of these facts. 

You can follow and learn more at the website links I gave above, plus you can follow along on these sites ~
You will need to know the enumeration number of where your family lived if you want to find them in the census, at least until the census is completely indexed. I highly recommend watching this video at the blog, which shares how to find the enumeration district you are looking for along with interesting information regarding the preparation of this upcoming release.

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mediterranean Cruise ~ Monaco ~ Part 10

While in the area of the "Rich and Famous" I took some pictures of vehicles we don't see every day at home. We were walking in front of the Monte Carlo we saw this ~

 We also saw this, parked in front of the Cafe where we stopped to get a drink.

 Then, right in front of Prada, this car was being tended to ~
(I somehow don't think it was a big deal to anyone here though)

 I was excited to see who was going to come out of the car!

Wouldn't you know one important to me!

I have to say though, some awfully NICE cars! Don't you agree?

In case anyone driving these cars decides to get a wild hair...or go a bit crazy, located in this square, one would also find this ~ 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1940 Blog Ambassador and/or 1940 Federal Census Indexer?

Are YOU a Blogger? Are YOU interested in becoming a 1940 Blog Ambassador? If so click on the link and read more about supporting this program! Then Register!

Have YOU considered indexing the 1940 census? Have YOU signed up? I signed up a few weeks ago and am looking forward to this project! If YOU are even considering this, let me help YOU out. This is the link where YOU can sign up! The 1940 Federal Census. The more people we get indexing, the sooner it will be complete! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Going From a PC to a Mac ~ Part 3

I have to admit that I have made this transition out to be more complicated than what it really is. But, that is very typical for me and about anything I try to do, it always becomes more involved for me than for others, for whatever given reason for each specific task.

Actually, the complication came when my laptop started dying. Access was wishy washy at best. I needed to transfer my tree to a more reliable computer because I couldn't get the migration utility to work on the dying laptop. Once I moved the tree to my husband's computer, all I needed to do was find the information on how to make the transfer, which I found on I saved a couple of links I used and am posting them here, they may be of assistance to you too ~

How do I transfer a Family Tree Maker file from one computer to another?

How to Transfer a File Using a Mac

I would also like to share a couple of comments from readers who were kind enough to offer assistance to me. Unfortunately, I had already completed the task, but these are very helpful links to share also, so please, please take note!

Russ Worthington from A Worthington Weblog  said ~

If I understand the issue, you want to get a Windows based version of Family Tree Maker file to your FTMM-2 version for your Mac.

FTMM-2 will read FTW files (Windows base Version 16 and earlier) BUT for FTM files (Windows base Version 2008 and newer) you need the Migration Program. It's on the FTMM-2 Installation CD and also on the Website.

Please go to the Knowledge Base website:

and enter 5313 in the Search Support field and click on the Search Button. That will take you to an article that should help you with this.

Ben Sayer shares from Genealogy Tools ~ (He has done a really nice post on this process!)

In addition to the resources Russ pointed out, I'll offer another in case you're a visual learner. I recently published a video, Migrating Family Tree Maker 2012 and 'for Mac Trees, on my site, I think it would help you to see the process.

Thank you Russ and Ben! I LOVE our genealogy community! We have the most thoughtful, caring and sharing people around!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Going From a PC to a Mac ~ Part 2

Here is Part 1 in case you haven't read it and care to ~ If you have read it you will remember I am trying to move my Family Tree Maker tree from my PC to my new Mac with Family Tree Maker Mac2.

After the hard shut down on the laptop, I put it in the office on the floor, restraining myself from hucking it through the window. Then I moved my Mac back into the office next to my husband's computer, again. I did a search on Google again to try to come to the same spot I found before while in the dining room on my laptop.  Luckily, I soon found what I wanted, did the download, added my file, and finally had a converted version! (I never realized I needed to convert the file in the beginning of all of this.)

I let out a BIG sigh of relief, as I mentally told myself, "I did it!" I was so pleased, and excited that I finally was finished with this project. Now, I just needed to go back and delete the program I had just used off the hubby's computer.  I needed to remember to remove the first one I had added also, the one that I didn't need. I would do that one later, though. I was on a roll and wanted to finish my things first.

It was just a few seconds later when I realized I was out of directions and didn't know what to do next! I felt my blood pressure rising again, and wondered if planning to get this done in one day was even logical for me to accomplish.

So, it was back to finding new directions on what to do next. I put my new converted tree on my memory stick, brought the Mac to the family room and decided to sit in my chair with it and relax a bit while finding directions that were useful for me with the next step of this process. After a bit of searching I found what I needed to do next.

I put my memory stick in the Mac to proceed, and a little window popped up telling me I needed to "convert to a newer version!" Oh no... really? My head was about to explode. I just did this with their online info, why hadn't it converted with the latest version to begin with? Of course I said yes, convert to the latest version, I couldn't go any further unless I did this step anyway.

Next, I needed to download the converted tree from the memory stick to the program. The newly found directions helped me to proceed. I followed the directions, closed FTM for Mac2 program and reopened. The tree wasn't there in the program! I saw it...but didn't looked like it had saved. But why not? I didn't have a clue. I went through the routine again, closed down and opened back up.

This time it was there, in my program, not once, but twice! I'll take twice, I can delete one of them and also update the name of the file I keep. Now, I truly accomplished this task! I did it, and on my own! But oh, what a process. I am very grateful we had another computer to move my trees to, although I have them stored in the cloud and on a portable hard drive also. I needed computer access to first convert the tree!

Although the whole process seemed to take forever, it actually only took me about 3 hours of researching, reading, hooking up to the PC (twice), working the directions, getting frustrated, re-trying, setting up a laptop, taking down a laptop, moving the Mac here, there and everywhere and an interruption before I finally saw the perfect outcome of my determination. Actually not to bad, time wise, although someone who really knew what they were doing would have accomplished this in less than have that time.

Last year I was in la la land trying to set up my own URL, that was a several week issue. After that, I told myself I was done learning, my brain was fried, I didn't want to learn anymore, about anything! Whose idea was it anyway for me to buy a Mac? Oh yeah, the daughter who lives hundreds of miles away, who wouldn't be able to help me get everything transferred, nor would see the frustration I would go through to accomplish that. But, bottom line, it is not her fault, it is mine as I went along with the idea.

So far, I have to say I like the Mac, in general. It is very easy to use and tends to "makes sense" on how you think things "should be." I had better learn to LOVE it though, because I do not wish to change computers again for a very, very long time!

I won't try to put a time limit on the life span of my Mac, as I tried to with my last PC. Maybe, just maybe, that is what jinxed me with the laptop, I gave it an "expected lifespan." Heck, it didn't even make it half way through that expected life span.

In my next post, I will lay out the directions in accomplishing this task as it should be, and in order. With these directions it would take no time at all to complete this task. I am hoping the directions I post will save at least one person some time in making the same transfer.

Russ Worthington was kind enough to take time to add a comment to Part 1 of this post, which gives a link or two with directions on transferring FTM from a PC to a Mac. I will include his directions in the next post also. Thank you Russ, I greatly appreciate the information. Watch out now though, as I  am sure I will have a question or two for you in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Going From a PC to a Mac ~ Part 1

Most of you know from previous posts that I am NOT "Miss I-T." Please keep this in mind as you journey through my experience of learning yet something else "new," this time with actual computers.

I have been so excited, I received my new Family Tree for Mac 2 in the mail! It showed up at my door in less than a week from the day I ordered it. I have felt a bit lost not having access to my family tree at any given time, funny how we get. Aren't we all used to having our genealogy information handy 24/7?

I have not been excited however in even thinking about how to transfer my family tree to the Mac. My schedule had been very busy since the new program showed up at my door, and I am thinking that was probably a good thing. It didn't allow me time to worry or stress about how to do the transfer.

A few days ago, I had some time, so I downloaded the new program to my Mac. I also downloaded a Gedcom of my tree to a memory stick. I did this because I was afraid I would not be able to get into the laptop, or be able to be in it long enough to get my tree information before the laptop either died or locked up on me. I knew my days, hours, minutes were numbered with the laptop.

One evening after I did these downloads, I decided to put the Gedcom on my Mac and into my tree. Wow, was I wrong! That was just not going to happen at that particular time! I was instantly reminded of where my mentality was...on a laptop! I knew nothing about the Mac! Oh no, the challenge has begun.

Well, today was the day I chose to tackle this, as it was the first day I have actually had free time. Plus, I would be alone the majority of the day, without interruptions etc., except for the drop off of the beautiful King Charles Cavalier I am watching through the holiday weekend.

My initial thought was that I needed to start on my husband's awesome computer I bought for him a year ago Christmas. I was sure I wouldn't be able to get much use of my laptop, it had become so unreliable. For those who are unaware, my laptop had some electrical issues after it was only two years old. I would call it "a poorly laid out electrical plan" which turned into my having to hold the cord in all angles you can image in order to keep power to the darn thing. This was the laptop that was suppose to last me five years.

I brought my Mac right next to my husband's computer in the office. I started his computer, while reading directions on my Mac. I previously had downloaded Family Tree Maker to his computer along with Roots Magic, about a week before. I knew if I totally lost my laptop, I would still need to work on my trees in order to transfer them to the Mac. This was why I felt comfortable starting on his computer.

Last night I did a bit of researching and saved a few links that I felt would help me this morning, which in turn made me feel more confident that I could handle this. I immediately downloaded FTM 2005 Starter Edition on my husbands computer, as per the directions. The directions stated I needed to convert my tree to make it work with the Mac. Made sense to me, even though it made me rather nervous. The next step in the directions didn't seem to work, so I eventually came to the conclusion I hadn't actually downloaded the FTM program to his computer! Had I only downloaded a copy of the tree?

At this point I figured things may go a bit faster if I could turn on my laptop and get what I needed from it, verses downloading FTM to my husbands computer and then load my tree to it. I proceeded to move my Mac into the dining room table, pulled out the PC and set it up there also. I turned on the laptop and waited for what seemed like eternity for it to totally boot up. I lucked out! The laptop turned on, and was charging! Ok, this will be good if I can only hurry and get done what I need to before the laptop freezes on me.

I went to Google and asked for a link to convert my tree from FTM to Mac. Here, I began reading about all these different file types, (the part I was stuck on at my husband's computer) not having a clue what any of this information meant at this point. I poked around a bit longer and found a whole different link telling me what I should be doing! I read through that a bit, and it made more sense to me to follow those instructions as my FTM program was a 2009. I never really understood why I needed to use a "2005 Starter Edition" to begin with. My mind only told me that maybe I had to bring it "back to a point where it would convert."(Remember, I do NOT do "I-T"!)

So now there was a different download I needed to make in order to proceed. Ok, I have to hurry it up....oh no... darn...I had to start thinking like that...but I knew it would guessed it...the dang laptop froze! Well, doesn't that just take the cake? I was so mad, I did a hard shut down. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have wanted to throw the darn thing through the window!

To be continued...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mediterranean Cruise ~ Monaco ~ Part 9

One of my recent vacation posts was a picture of Monte Carlo. On that post I was asked if we went inside. I was going to get to that, but was beaten to the punch!

We arrived at the square and looked around a bit. We could see many of the elite shops where the rich and famous purchased various goods.

Across the street to one side of the Monte Carlo was this beautiful hotel, The Hotel de Paris. It is a five star hotel with luxury rooms that overlook the Mediterranean Sea, the city, the center square and gardens, or the casino. My kind of room, by the sea please! But no, of course we didn't stay there as we were on the cruise ship.

Together with the friends from the ship, we decided we wanted to sit and get something cold to drink so we headed directly across the street to the other side of the Monte Carlo Casino where we spotted a restaurant. Available to us was outside seating and we liked that very much. 

The restaurant was the Cafe de Paris. We did the touristy stuff, checking out the people, architecture and other sites. We were here in the morning, it was in between breakfast and lunch, so we weren't ready to eat, a drink did us just fine.

My husband and I were ready to check out the Monte Carlo but our friends weren't interested yet, so we head over there without them. When we got to the bottom of the stairs we noticed there were guards standing at the doors refusing all visitors. Interesting, I wonder why? 

My husband went on up the stairs to talk to them, to find out what the problem was. Well, it was quite simple actually. The Monte Carlo doesn't open until the afternoon for visitors! I wish we had been informed of that! I wanted to pick up a chip or two and see the famous casino. As it turns out, there are no camera's allowed, so I wouldn't have gotten any pictures anyway. We had places to go and people to meet, so we decided not to stay for another two hours or so until we could enter.

        Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Friday, February 10, 2012

Please Help Save the SSDI!

We need your help! 

We are trying to bring attention to this matter to as many genealogists (and non-genealogists) as possible. I am sure most of you have heard that we may loose access to the SSDI! Have you signed the petition?

Yes, there is a petition to try to stop this from happening ~ We need your support by signing the petition! We have until March 8 to get 25,000 signatures!

Why is RPAC initiating a petition with the “We the People” site at the White House?
At this time, a key piece of the strategy is to get publicity for our message.  The “We the People” website is a commitment by the Obama Administration to highlight issues that a significant number of Americans feel are important. Those issues are then sent on to decision-makers in Washington who can best implement solutions and improvements.
RPAC is using this vehicle to deliver a strong message to the IRS that they have the power to solve this problem TODAY; they don’t need legislation and they don’t need to remove public access to the SSDI.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies page has a link: Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC). When you click on this link you will be taken to a page of frequently asked questions which explains about saving the SSDI, the hows and whys of the petition.  

The mission statement of RPAC s as follows~

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices. 

This petition needs 25,000 signatures before March 8, 2012. Word is being sent throughout all genealogical venues in the country, mostly via social media, regarding this petition with the attempt to get every genealogist to sign it.

The petition to save the SSDI entitled "Stop Identity Theft Now," has step-by-step instructions on how to register with to sign the petition, available at

Here is another link with more information ~

Plus a link to a post by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak ~

And a link to DearMyrtle's post ~

Please be sure to spread the word! We need everyone to sign 

this petition and continue to spread the word! Be sure your 

genealogy society has also been informed. This is critical, it 

could be the beginning of loosing other record access also if we 

lose the SSDI! Thank you!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Family History Writing Challenges

Monte Carlo, Monaco, France, September 2011, photo taken and held by Cheryl Palmer, California.

Yes, you read that correctly, I said "Challenges!" I have joined in on not one, but two family history challenges! At the end of January, I attended the first meeting of my local genealogy society's Writers Group! Four days later, I was also participating in an online writers group for the month.

There were five of us in attendance at my society's meeting. A few others want to join also, but weren't available for this first meeting. We had a great discussion regarding who we all chose to write about. I was amazed, we managed to zip through two hours in no time! We were there to commit to our writing projects and support one another. Although there isn't a punishment if we don't do it, we all tried to chose an amount of words we hoped to write each month. I was not feeling that I could commit to many words because of how busy I am, but did chose a rather small amount knowing this was just a start. Something is better than nothing!

Then, on February first, I also joined The Armchair Genealogist's  (Lynn Palermo) "The Family History Writing Challenge!"  What was I thinking??? Well, I was hoping I could get double the incentive! Lynn's challenge is only for the month of February. She has a Forum where we can discuss anything related to writing, stumbling blocks, ideas,  support, etc. She will have a few guest speakers on her blog, writing about writing, and Lynn is sharing lots of great ideas and tips with us!

It has been almost a week and a half for the local writers challenge and one week for Lynn's challenge. I figured I could commit to both groups the same amount of words. I have enjoyed the emails with the local chapter (we will be meeting once a month) and also each of Lynn's postings and ideas! Between the two, I have really given me the desire to write! So who am I writing about?

Who do I know best? Why that would be myself, of course! I tried to begin this a few years ago, I wrote several pages on paper (which I haven't found yet) before loosing any momentum I originally had. I have been disappointed that I didn't continue. To me, this needs to me my first written story, my memoir.

Today, there was a nice email from the society group, and an update from Lynn's group. Wow, if we all pull off what we have chosen to accomplish, it is going to be amazing! My commitment for both groups is 250 words a day. I have accomplished this everyday, although one day I was 20 minutes late finishing, which actually had me into the next day. I haven't written yet today, but I am very pleased with my total of 2513 words for six days! I have almost doubled my intentions so far, without having completed my commitment yet today!

This is very exciting, I hope I can continue like this throughout the month!

Have you belonged to any writing groups? How did it work for you? If you haven't belonged to a group, would you consider starting one?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Program Decision ~ Not a Scientific One

I thank everyone who commented on my post here, where I could not decide what family tree program to purchase for my Mac. I learned a few things from those comments, and appreciate the time involved in responding to my post. 

Just to be up front and honest, I have no affiliation with any of the family tree programs I have been discussing in that post, or this post today.  

I finally made a decision yesterday and purchased Family Tree Maker Mac 2. I know everyone is wondering why, and how, I finally came to that decision, right? Well, it wasn't as scientific a decision as it could have been, or that I was apparently trying to make it.

Friday night I was signed in to GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio on my Mac, nice and early, ready to go. Just before the program was ready to start,  I realized I wasn't logged in with my name, I was logged in as a guest. Now I was fumbling, not knowing really how I ever signed up with the radio program originally, what my password was, etc. I knew my PC was all set up, piece of cake to log into the radio show, so I hopped over to it and logged in.

It was no time at all before I was enjoying GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio, happily socializing with my comrades. (I haven't been able to do much of that lately) All of a sudden, the PC froze. Now I had to bring the Mac to the table and log back in as a guest, so I wouldn't miss the rest of the program! I was disappointed however that I could not socialize on the chat board anymore.  

I kept playing with the PC, but couldn't get anything to work. It was still showing power, which was my main reason for getting my Mac, there is an issue with the electrical cord. I suddenly remembered that the PC had started freezing up quite a few times lately. I shut the darn thing down.

While virtually attending Roots Tech the next day, it suddenly dawned on me that I must purchase Family Tree Maker Mac 2 as Family Tree Maker is the program my full tree is on at this point. If I want to pull up my tree as I have it, I had better get the same basic program, and do it quick before I couldn't get to it on the PC anymore! (Hind site tells me it is actually backed up in the cloud and on a portable hard drive...) So I ordered it.

Now wasn't that a scientific way to choose a program? To funny. I continue to think of all kinds of ways I can work other programs as well. I see myself eventually adding Roots Magic (did you know Roots Magic 5 is now available?) and maybe even Legacy Family Tree as well. I have no idea why I made this whole thing such an ordeal! I thought I would be able to choose one program and stick with it. But no, I see myself gravitating to exactly what I was doing before.  

Time will tell, if I add more programs but for now I am waiting on Family Tree Mac 2. I am anxious to see how it compares to the PC version.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved