Thursday, May 18, 2017

What's Going On Now?

I was very ill through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and my birthday, which takes me into March. Being immuno-suppressed is bad when so many bugs are around. It was a bad winter. I'm trying to get back where I was. It may be a while.

In April I took over the Jackson County site on the INGenWeb again. The last Coordinator removed the site completely. I have been digging through my external HD trying to find all the data from back then. I have found quite a lot, but not everything. Why would someone delete data that had been submitted over many years? This time I will keep a close accounting of everything, that is, if anyone trusts that going to the trouble of submitting data is worth the trouble. I am hoping that they will.

My do-over was going very well until I got busy with the site. Will get back to it soon.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

More Fun to Add to FamilyTwigs

I'm going to be so busy all winter. I just keep setting up projects to do. The one that I am eager to get to is more yearbooks to add to the site. I have 7 new ones! I have 1923, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1943 of the "Patriot" from Seymour, Indiana. I have the 1925 one too, but it was already on the site. My brother let me scan his copy and put it up. Now I have my own copy. I also have the 1961 "Panther" from the Park School in Indianapolis, Indiana. I haven't looked into that yet. What fun to have one from Indy!

The Patriot is from Seymour, Indiana.

1923 Patriot

1925 Patriot

1938 Patriot

1939 Patriot

1940 Patriot

1941 Patriot

1943 Patriot

1961 Panther
Park School
Indianapolis, Indiana

To see the school material already on FamilyTwigs, go to my Schools page. (

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Great Gift!

My daughter just handed me a gift on Saturday. It is a great gift too!  It is Sunny Jane Morton's book, "Story of My Life: a workbook for preserving your legacy".

It looks like a great idea. I'm going to have a go at it. Let you know how it goes as I fill it in. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Genealogy Do-Over Goes On and On and On . . .

The lack of posts on this blog would indicate that nothing is being accomplished here, but that is not so. I admit that it is going so slowly that it sometimes seems I am completely still. I do have many days that I am not feeling well due to the cGVHD, but I am getting things done. Just slowly. Very slowly.

My decision to do the Genealogy DoOver that Thomas MacEntee started was a good thing. I started my research in the mid part of 1970s. Need I say more? It really was in a mess. My research techniques and citation abilities improved over the years but I never really went back to fix the old problems. So, my work has just begun.
The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook
by Thomas MacEntee
I had not been able to bring myself to add my fathers data to the file after he died in 2006. So that was completed in the Do Over. I also did not realize how many living I had to add to the file. So many, I felt like I would never get to the ancestors. I will try to keep up now. As a matter of fact, I have added 2 new grand-nieces to the file since I began my DoOver. My eldest granddaughter graduated high school and that needed to be added. The family had grown since the 70s. I was always looking back instead of looking around me.

This is how far I have gone in just over a year.
I've been scanning and organizing and printing (yes, I am old-school and keep paper files) as I'm able. It's a relaxed schedule that is bringing back the joy of the research. I was afraid I had lost the passion after the BMT. So happy that it has returned.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Books

I have 2 books to add to my genealogical library.  Genealogical Proof Standard by Christine Rose and The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Coomb and Joseph M. Williams.

I love new books.  I love old books.  Actually I love any book.  So I'm happy.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Productive Week

The first week of the Do-Over has been productive.  I've decided the basics for the new file.  File naming, forms, storage and anything to do with basic research. Everything is neat and waiting for data.  I have started renaming documents and photos already.  I'm not really in a hurry as I can rename them as I work on the new file.  My folder naming will remain the same system, as it has worked well for me in the past.  I have used Folder Marker for a long time and colored my folders the same as I use in my RootsMagic to mark families.  My files, documents and photos, are getting a new system.  I didn't come up with it.  Diane Ritchie showed her naming system in the Facebook group Genealogy Do-Over and I adopted it with minor changes.  I'm happy with it.

I also watched Dear Myrtle's Beginning Genealogy Study Group.(YouTube link)  I really enjoyed it.  I will try to get to all of them.  I had enjoyed Mondays With Myrt as well this week.  You can see Mondays with Myrt on YouTube as well, or check the DearMyrtles's Genealogy Community on Google+.  I don't really know how to link to that one.

I am feeling better but the Do-Over has me excited again about my research. I have needed that in a big way.  I feel it has been a good start on week number one!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over 2015!

 Finally it's a new year.  I can say with absolute certainty that I am not sorry to see the old year gone.  The past 2 years have been awful.  Today, I welcome this new year with the hope that it will be a better year.  I intend that it will be a more productive year.    For the first time I have set my intentions in writing.  Not resolutions.  Intentions.  I do not need to "resolve a problem".  My "intent" is to have a better year.  So I step into 2015 with purpose to have a great, productive year.  My hope is for better health and strength. 

I will start my year off in the morning with the Genealogy Do-Over.  I'll be following along with Thomas, putting the right research habits in place as I go.  I hope to learn a lot of new techniques.  I've been at this for so long, over 30 years, but I didn't start online until 1999.   I have a lot to work on in the citation area.  I am unable to travel so I will be learning good ways to obtain records by mail, I hope. 

I have been sitting and watching everyone rush around over this thing.  I can not move so quickly so I have waited.  I will be going at a slow pace.  I want to do it right this time.  I don't want to pile it on so big I run out of steam.  I really have a final goal to reach.   When you are told you are dying, a lot of stuff goes through your head.  One of my thoughts was my work.  Why had I worked so hard for so long on my family history?  What was I to do with it?  Well, I have figured that out.  My goal is to have a clean and well documented file to leave online and to create books to leave a hard copy for those who come in the future.  Tada!  I have a plan and I get to live too.  Good stuff there! 

I have closed my big file (a little over 7000 individuals) for the last time.  I will have a nice clean, empty file to start work on come morning.  When I open my shiny new  RootsMagic7 in the morning it will be the beginning of a new adventure.  By the way, congrats to Bruce for the "Best Genealogy Product of 2014" (for RootsMagic7) by Tamura Jones.   I will not argue about it as I am in total agreement!

Good Hunting Everyone!