Saturday, February 28, 2015

Genealogy Do Over ~ Week 4


I was very excited to read week 4 of Thomas's Genealogy Do Over. I was more than ready to move forward and quit working on "me." A lot of time was spent finding and adding sources to my research log, and working on that first person in my newest tree, "me." Now I am quite tired of "me." 

What I got excited about was starting another Excel worksheet! Yes, I know there are several of you who really don't care for Excel, but I love it! I have enjoyed entering information into the research log, and already feel and see the benefit of having it. So, yes to a new log!



Thomas MacEntee, of Geneabloggers fame, shares his "project management skills" with us in week four, and as I was reading his post I was already seeing the use of this log for much more than genealogy. I need one for my whole retired life! (I am not kidding!) I set up a template this evening. The bottom tabs in my workbook are rather small and hard to read. I spent quite a bit of time searching for a way to enlarge the tabs and words and finally found that I can't do it within Excel, so I have moved on and will let this be, for now. 

I filled in all the sheets with Thomas's samples, and saved it as a template, copyrighted of course, by him. Then I started my own worksheet. My list  is full for tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing the total amount of time I spend on each category for a week, and a month.


Over the years I feel I have slowed down and don't work quite as fast as I used to. As we age, I believe some of you may have noticed this also, our days seem to go so much quicker. At the end of every day I am shocked at how little I feel I have accomplished. I set my goals high, so lately I am disappointed because I don't seem to accomplish all that I feel I should. I am forever trying to figure out how to add more hours to my day. This log is sure to be an eye opener and a big help to me. 

I understand there is a tab in the Research Log template called "Search Attempts." I apparently didn't copy any tabs from that template, so I will go find it and adjust mine. Even though Thomas says we will think he is nuts doing this, I know the logic behind it and I am not laughing. I do not want to keep doing the same tasks over and over. This is my next step, preparing the Search Attempt's file.

Until next time...

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Genealogy Do Over ~ Progress on Weeks 1-3


It has been couple weeks since I have posted regarding the Genealogy Do Over. I had malware on my MacBook Pro, and have been striving to demolish it for well over a month. I have made short, but sweet progress each week until last week, when the malware (Genio?) was finally gone, KAPUT!

 Great, now I can start scanning! I pulled out my flatbed scanner, which is fairly new, and prepared for some MAJOR scanning. Next, I went through three thick piles of paperwork that had been building up in my office. These piles were all items needing to be scanned. I went through each pile and pulled out only those papers that pertained to me, personally. In essence, the three piles now became two. 
Ok, on to scanning these papers! It didn't take long to find out my scanner wasn't working. It was fairly new, so why wasn't it working? Dang. If it isn't one thing then it is another. I was neither prepared nor ready to go out and purchase a new flatbed scanner. Heck mine was only about a year old. Then, suddenly it dawned on me! When I first took my computer in to have the malware removed, they also upgraded my MacBook Pro.

Well, heck. My Family Tree program hasn't worked properly since the upgrade (that I never asked for by the way) and now the scanner doesn't work either. Even my printer won't work with the latest version I have been upgraded to. So, what do I do about all of this?

My first solution came when I decided to hook up the printer to my husband's desk top. Now anything can be printed from there. Next, I purchased the upgrade, Family Tree Mac 3 which works with Yosemite. Finally, I found an upgrade for the scanner. I was pleased to have handled all of this inexpensively. Time, however, it all took time.

I spent three or four days off and on scanning my "personal" pile. When it was completed I had scanned over 1000 pieces of paper! The scanning of "my" personal items always got pushed aside, as I previously focused on scanning photos and never felt it a primary function to preform. But, can you believe 1000 pieces? 

This is one item of memorabilia. 
A few years ago I won this with my dynamite
 looking Harley!

Since I scanned these items, Roots Tech came along, no I didn't attend, unfortunately. I did however listen to a few of the sessions that were live streamed. Valerie Elkins session about "The Write Stuff" as well as the Genealogy Do Over made me really realize it had been time to scan these items. After all, it starts with me and I want my descendants to know my stories, right?

I haven't finished scanning my personal items. I am most certain I have at least one scrapbook packed away in a box, somewhere. At that point though, I had over 1000 scans that needed labeling.

So, last week I scanned, this week I am labeling. What a daunting task this is! It would have been better to do this in smaller increments, but when I get on a roll, I am on a roll!

The best news? I have labeled about half of these scans already AND sourced my vital records and personal documents in my tree!  

How do I label my scans, you may ask? My labels look something like this:

Person-date-item (+ #1, #2, #3 if more than one page.)

Have you scanned all of your personal documents and memorabilia? How do you label your documents?

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 Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 7 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 7, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My second cousin once removed, C. Nolan.
The husband of my second cousin, P. Peterson.
My third cousin, C. Sperling.

MARRIED on Febuary 7
The second cousin once removed, C. Ness.
(m. M. Telstad)

IN LOVING MEMORY
May They Rest in Peace

Born February 7, 1888
The first cousin twice removed, Hilda Bakken. She would have been 109 years old today.
Born February 7, 1890
My first cousin twice removed, Halvdan Westby. He would have been 125 years old today.
Born February 7, 1873
The wife of the uncle of my step grandfather, Elizabeth Ann McCormick. She would have been 142 years old today.
Born February 7, 1882
The stepdaughter of the first cousin twice removed of my stepfather, Mary Ellen Brownell. She would have been 133 years old today.
Died February 7
The wife of my second cousin once removed, M. Schlegemilch.
The aunt of my step grandfather, Mary Catherine Fleming.
The sister of my step grandfather, I. Fleming.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

February 6 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 6, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
The wife of my third cousin once removed, B. Geurkink.
The wife of my fourth cousin once removed, T. Eng.
My third cousin, L. Jensson.
My second cousin once removed, A. Spurlin.

MARRIED on February 6
My first cousin twice removed, H. Westby.
(m. Louis)

IN LOVING MEMORY
May She Rest in Peace

Born February 6, 1906
My second cousin once removed, Helene Bakken. She would have been 109 years old today.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 5 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 5, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
The wife of my second cousin, P. Friesen.

MARRIED on February 5
My second cousin once removed, R. Whittaker.
(m. M. Unknown)
MARRIED on February 5, 1829
My third great grandfather, Anders Ersson (Eriksson.)
(m. My third great grandmother-Ingrid Andersdotter)

IN LOVING MEMORY
May She Rest in Peace

Born February 5, 1866
The father in law of the first cousin first once removed of my stepfather, Maria Greiner. She would have been 149 years old today.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February 4 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 4, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My third cousin, S. Cwiak.
The wife of my fourth cousin once removed, R. Coffelt.
The husband of my third cousin once removed, R. Boxx.

IN LOVING MEMORY
May They Rest in Peace

Born February 4, 1919
The husband of the second cousin of my stepfather, Y. Ebert. He would have been less than 100 years old today.
Born February 4, 1907
The brother in law of the first cousin once removed of my stepfather, Charles Andrew Meistrell. He would have been 107 years old today.
Born February 4
My first cousin once removed, R. Westby. She would have been less than 100 years old today.
Born February 4
My second cousin, J. Spurlin. She would have been less than 100 years old today.
Born February 4, 1884
The husband of the sister in law of the second cousin of my stepfather, Berie F. Hardway. He would have been 131 years old today.
Died February 4
My second cousin, J. Spurlin.
Died February 4, 1896
The father in law of the aunt of my step grandfather, Patrick Farrell.
Died February 4, 1989
My second cousin, Debra Braith.
My second cousin, Delma Mae Braith.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Announcing RootsMOOC - Free Online Genealogy Course!


Just received a forwarded email from the director of my local genealogy society. Thank you Patrick! Sign up for a FREE online course, introduction to family history research in the U.S. How awesome is this? Do you know anyone just starting genealogy? What a way to start, and learn! Let your friends know! 

"FYI!
massive open online course (MOOCan online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web."
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RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging. Enrollment is now open and class starts March 23, 2015! Sign up now!http://bit.ly/RootsMOOC

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and was created by the State Library of North Carolina and Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

RootsMOOC will benefit greatly from a critical mass of knowledgeable genealogists, librarians, and archivists. If you know of anyone else who might be interested in helping, forward this email to them!

You can also encourage your patrons to sign up themselves. Feel free to share the course URL on your library’s web site, in your social media streams, or in your monthly newsletters. http://bit.ly/RootsMOOC

Course details:
RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1
Enrollment is free and capped at 5,000 participants
Topics covered include:
·         Getting started with genealogy research
·         Digging into the U.S. Census
·         Working with state and local resources
·         Online sources and strategies


Thank you,
Rebecca

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February 3 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 3, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My fourth cousin once removed, J. Saetre.

IN LOVING MEMORY
May They Rest in Peace

Born February 3
The second cousin, E. Olson. He would have been
less than 100 years old today.
Born February 3, 1908
Brother of the son in law of the first cousin once removed of my stepfather, Blaise Raymond Eisenbeis. He would have been 107 years old today.
Born February 3, 1912
First cousin once removed of my stepfather, Catherine Fleming. She would have been 103 years old today.
Died February 3, 1901
The brother in law of the second cousin of my stepfather, James Laverne Glenn.
Died February 3, 1981
My second cousin once removed, Ole Bakken.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ FEBRUARY 2, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My third cousin twice removed, M. Andersen.
The second cousin of my stepfather, Arthur Anthony Farrell.

MARRIED on February 2
The second cousin once removed, C. Nolan.
(m. C. Russell)

IN LOVING MEMORY
May They Rest in Peace

Born February 2, 1902
The first cousin once removed of my stepfather, Marie Monica Fleming. She would have been 113 years old today.
Born February 2, 1659
The son of my eighth great grandfather, Thomas Richmond. He would have been 356 years old today.
Born February 2, 1855
My first cousin four times removed, Wilton Cook. He would have been 160 years old today.
Died February 2
My second cousin once removed, L. Erickson.
My second cousin once removed,  T. Andersen.
Died February 2, 1981
The first cousin once removed of my stepfather, Dennis Stanislaus Fleming. 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Genealogy Do Over ~ Do Over ~ Weeks 1 - 3


WOW!

ABOUT FACE...FORWARD MARCH!

I have been side tracked by life in general and recently found time to return to the Genealogy Do Over hosted by Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers. I quickly became stressed as I had no idea where I previously left off... sound familiar? (This was exactly as you feel when you don't use a research log, correct?)

I chose to read up on other's progress and watched Thomas MacEntee's webinar with Legacy, again. This time it wasn't late at night, and I took notes. The combination of these two things gave me a new frame of mind and the incentive I needed to get back on track.

You will never guess (at least those who know what I have been doing the past couple of years) what I decided to do now. Start another new tree! I originally stated that I would not be doing that, however, it is what needs to happen for several reasons. Thirteen weeks isn't that long a period of time, although I will do these thirteen weeks as time permits. This commitment of time will allow me to really work the process which hopefully will turn into a productive routine. My decision to start yet another tree and go at my own pace, really took the stress and panic away.

Next, I went back through the first three weeks again, because I am no longer following the modified version. I made notes from each week of the Do-Over. I am committed to using Thomas's Research Log. I plan to use family group sheets and other forms. I do not plan to use any of my old research or documents unless it is a document I paid for or is an original.


The back of a photo in one of my Lundberg grandparent's albums.

Here are the first three weeks of my Genealogy Do Over...Do Over!

"Re"- Do Over - Week 1

I have set my previous research aside and started my brand new tree. The last couple of days I have been preparing to research and organizing photos that still need to be scanned. I moved all of my loose paperwork aside, for now. I will not be using my latest "re"-do tree for this process.

I made a list of my genealogy goals, which will mostly likely be an ongoing project.

A) Digitize photos. Scan, scan scan.
B) Digitize any original or paid for documents that haven't been already scanned.
C) Label documents and photos with a tried and true convention of my choosing.
D)  Share! Share! Share!

"Re"- Do Over -Week 2

1) Conducting a self interview - I have been working on my life history for a few years off and on. However, I wrote up a quick page on myself to give a different perspective for this process. Next, I will gather the documents to proof the points. I have filled out a group sheet including my parents and myself.

2) Conduct family interviews - I have been doing this for several years, meeting up with the living and gleaning what information I can from them while I can. I did realize though that I have one uncle and one aunt who is still alive that I need to interview some more.
   
3) Setting Research Goals - I am seriously thinking about committing to Evernote for my research and genealogy in general. I will make research plans according to the proof I need after analyzing my Family Group Sheet.

"Re"- Do Over - Week 3

A) Tracking Research
I have been using The Research Log that Thomas supplied, but not long enough yet to decide if I want to adapt it. If you haven't yet, you can check it out here~

Excel Version of the Genealogy Research Log
http://www.geneabloggers.com/genreslog 

Google Sheets Version of the Genealogy Research Log
http://www.geneabloggers.com/genresloggdrive


B) Conducting Research ~ I will look for those items needed to prove the "Who, What and Where" about me. I will transcribe those documents, one by one, and log the information into my research log.

I really like the three main Golden Rules of Genealogy that Thomas posted ~

A) Track all work, even dead ends, negative evidence and non productive research.
B) Cite sources, even if only in a rudimentary manner to know the "Who, What and Where" information about a record.
C) Make the first pass the only pass.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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February 1 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History

TODAY ~ February 1, 2015

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My second cousin once removed, M. Dobbeck.
The wife of my second cousin once removed, L. Huff.
My third cousin, D. Steen.

IN LOVING MEMORY
May They Rest in Peace

Born February 1, 1875
My great grand uncle, Julius Alfred Gustavsen. He would have been 140 years old today.
Born February 1, 1866
The uncle of my step grandfather, Thomas Patrick Fleming Jr. He would have been 149 years old today.
Born February 1, 1905
The second cousin of my stepfather, Bernard Sebastian Farrell. He would have been 110 years old today.
Born February 1
The second cousin once removed of my stepfather, J. Bennett. He would have been less than 100 years old today.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!




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