Friday, April 26, 2013

ARE READY TO UNCOVER THE SHOCKING?




I have given up a couple of things in my life right now to give me time to do other things that are more important to me, one of which is time sensitive. By giving these two things up, I have gained an extra 7 hours in a week! Definitely time I can use!

One of the things I have been wanting to accomplish is to get my "New" tree completed. I miss researching. I told myself over a year ago that I would not do any researching until I get this tree done. 

Did I say I miss researching?

I have spent some time this week working on my tree and feel like have accomplished more than I have in the past year! To date I have added over 1000 people with the details of their lives I have thus far and have everything sourced. I finally feel I am getting somewhere! I have primarily been working on my birth father's line, and have much more to add. 

Did I say I missed researching?

Someone asked me why I get don't use a Gedcom to enter my information. My answer is, by entering every bit of information myself I feel I am learning those details I don't remember or have never quite resonated with me. This time I believe more is making sense, I can put two and two together, and I find I am questioning things I may never have otherwise. 

Did I mention I miss researching?

When someone asks me about researching genealogy, I always caution them about making sure they are ready for ANYTHING they may find, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know most genealogists feel the same way, right? Do you mention this to newbie researchers? 

Did I mention I miss researching?

Yesterday, while I was entering data, there were questions that came up regarding a couple of deaths. My heart sunk when I realized a couple of similarities in these deaths. Such sadness. So, I bet you can guess what I needed to do, right? Yes, RESEARCH! 

I think I mentioned I missed researching...

It didn't take long, I uncovered a story that is so far off what I was imagining. My feelings went from sadness and compassion to major shock. From there I eventually went to denial, anger, and more shock.     More sadness...and then I realized this is one of those stories you wish you never found! But I did, so now I am slowly letting it all process and have reached out to another for more information.

Did I mention I miss researching?

This is not the first time in the many years I have worked on my genealogy that I have learned something shocking, and it may not be the last. I am still processing....

I think I will take a break from researching....

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Search Marriage Records on Ancestry





Are you aware Ancestry dot com is offering two weeks of access to their Marriage Records for Free?

I was busy working on my "new tree" late this afternoon when it dawned on me access opened today! I decided to take a gander at the records and pulled up information on at least six marriages in no time. I am glad it is free for two weeks, and not two days. I wonder how many more indexes or records I can find in that time? 

I refuse to pay for Ancestry while I am updating my tree because I figured I wouldn't use it AND not having access would keep me from getting sidetracked with my "new tree."  By not having Ancestry, the hope was that I would complete the project sooner than later.  

Now however, I welcome a bit of a break, especially since I am almost half way through the new tree! I am starting to feel I am  accomplishing something, and boy, does it feel good!

I think I deserve the break! How about you? 

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 





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Friday, April 12, 2013

Fain Friday!




Yes, I have another Fain Friday! Wouldn't you if you had been sent a 50 (or more) page genealogical report on one of your lines? Now, this is my kind of busy! Better get moving....

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Google Plus and Google Earth



I FINALLY attended one of Dear Myrtle's Genealogy Communities Google+ sessions. It happened to be her one month anniversary, which was fun. Lots of reminiscing and prizes. It had been a LONG time since I had done anything on Google+ and I really enjoyed it! Yes, that did surprise me, and let me tell you why.

Several months ago I found myself annoyed that almost everything I seemed to want to do, I had to learn how to do it. Technology keeps you on your toes like that. Learning is very time consuming and I had little time as it was to do anything I really wanted to be doing so the learning aspect took a backseat. Then when my husband had emergency surgery my life as I knew it also took a back seat.


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Now that things are getting back to normal, I find I have been away from genealogy far to long! So, now I am reinventing the wheel (for me)! Ha!

Google+ was new to me as far as attending pre-scheduled online classes/sessions. I needed to learn how to log into a session and even where to leave a comment. I almost felt silly asking any questions, almost. Some sessions are saved automatically and can be found on YouTube, another learning process, where on YouTube do you find these? Well, different areas depending on what you are looking for.

I became very jazzed about this session as there was a gentleman from Sweden in one of the windows with Dear Myrtle and Russ Worthington. Since I still plan to go to Sweden, I asked how to get in touch with him privately. Russ informed me to go to the community and talk with him. Duh! I knew that! I did feel pretty dumb then. But, only for a minute, because not long after that, Dear Myrtle lost power and our Google session was over. Not a fun way to end her anniversary bash...but we all moved on.

I realized that Dear Myrtle had moved on with the advancement of technology once again, and if she could do it, so could I! So, thank you Dear Myrtle for opening my eyes!

From there I was invited to a hangout with this gentleman, Olle Andersson! For awhile it was just the two of us and so we visited, he shared his screen and showed me where he lives in Sweden, via Google Earth and he found where I live, here in California. We chatted along until a couple of others joined us and Olle went about helping someone with their research.


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After these sessions, I was really jazzed about new technology all over again! The uses of Google Plus, and the reminder of how amazing Google Earth is. Genealogy people are so fantastic, caring and giving! I am so very happy to be feel the excitement and have a bit more time for genealogy again! 

A couple of days later I spoke with my father and shared with him Google+ and Google Earth. He was amazed and told me he "was still looking for telephone booths on the street corners." I gave him some instructions to play with Google Earth, and his first response was he wanted to go to Oklahoma and see the house he was born in. I should pull that up and save a copy! 

Technology is so very exciting. I am happy I had a break, and happier to be back. Have you been to any/many hangouts? Have you been to any Google+ genealogy scheduled classes/sessions? Have you researched any of your ancestral areas with Google Earth? I would love to hear your stories!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Niles Canyon








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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Organizing ~ Cousins Found

I finally took time yesterday to do something I have been wanting to do for awhile now. It has been several years since I started genealogy and blogging. Many cousins have been found. But, how many? Who?

I have not kept any kind of system to log these cousin contacts. I was past due, do I even remember all of them? Well, that was the goal here. I started a spreadsheet of "Cousins Found."

I titled columns with things like, phone number, address, email address, surname, how/where we made contact, and if I have met them. I am all about meeting my living cousins and their family members, it does my heart good, plus you never know how long they will be with us. Of course, they may also have information to help us in our genealogy research. 

 I started listing the cousins names I remembered making contact with, those were cousins I generally keep in contact with anyway, so that was easy. Then, sporadically, I would remember someone contacting me on one e-mail address with connections to a certain line, but I couldn't remember their name! Exactly why I wanted this contact cousin list!

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I went through each of my email address lists and added those cousins I found who I hadn't added yet. Many were found through this blog. Next, I checked Facebook and added several more cousins. I received information on some cousins from other cousins I had already been communicating with. And then...

I found cousins I had totally forgotten about!
(Shamefully I admit this)

Well, that prompted me to send out an email or two, just to keep the contact alive! My plan is to add an email to a couple of these cousins every week if possible, I certainly don't want to lose contact with them since they have now been found! 

I haven't completed my list yet, but have a good start. I have a lot of detail information to fill in yet. I may also rearrange these cousins by the family line they belong, and add any other pertinent information each person may have, for instance, the date of first contact.

Do you remember all of your cousin contacts? Have you kept a list of your cousins with their information? Have you kept in touch with each of them to make sure you do not loose contact?

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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Friday, April 5, 2013

Fain Friday!

Yes, this is a most Fain Friday!

I have been diligently working to remove spammers from attempting to post on this blog. It was getting out of hand. 
I am sure there were more than 3 or 4 that kept spamming here and it was getting very annoying. I would get 2 or 3 each day from each one. Not ever having much spam prior, I was about to give up. I thought this blog was done. I was ready to close it down. 

I starting removing a couple widgets each day or so and noticed the spamming getting less and less. Suddenly, I was only getting one or two spams a day but I was about to give up, I wanted it all gone and I was loosing patience.

I posted on Facebook regarding the spam and my frustration and I received a response from Linda McCauley that set me back on track and thinking straight, thank you Linda. Her remark? 

"A few days ago a distant cousin commented on a post from a couple of years ago. That's enough to make me tolerate the spam."

Isn't that what we all want? Immediately, I started rethinking closing the blog down, and what timing too, the spam has disappeared! I woke this morning and not even one spam message to delete! This was such a "Fain Friday" morning!

I hope it will be a long while until I see another spam message. For now, I am thrilled to start posting again!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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