So far, so good on my New Year's resolution, and now I'm knee deep into putting together a research binder for my Stanley line. I think the research binder is what has been missing from my research. No matter what though, I need to focus on one family line at a time. I've been looking at a number of research forms, and the same information has to be entered on each of the different forms. Then I got the idea to create a form that combines the information I need most . This is what I finally came up with the worksheet below. To see the whole sheet, click on the image below to access the PDF version.
Last night I found a copy of a book on the History of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Chicago, IL. From my prior research, I knew that my Blickhahn/Keller ancestors were members of St. Peter's. I stumbled across this book while looking for a picture of the church. Unfortunately, there were no pictures in this copy of the book, so I was trying to copy and clean it up, when I noticed a link at the top of the document, indicating there were other formats of the document. I clicked on the PDF version. As I scrolled down the pages, there it was a beautiful drawing of the church, a picture of the alter and a picture of the congregation during a church service. My ancestors could have been one of the people sitting in the congregation. I down loaded the document as looking at it online was slow going between pages. I can't wait to see what other gems are waiting for me. Check out the PDF by clicking here.
The best laid plans for me never work out as something always gets in the way of my genealogy, but this time it was for good reasons...I didn't get to see my kids for Christmas, but our daughter came down the week after Christmas, and our son came out the week after that, and left on Sunday. In between all of that, I've been helping a friend from church's husband with proofreading his dissertation. His dissertation has been challenging for me, as his subject matter is very foreign to me (medical field), so at times, I'm not quite sure what he is trying to convey.
I did succeed in finding time to watch one of the webinars at Legacy Family Tree. Current webinars are free and also free for a few days after each webinar. Last Wednesday it was Lisa Louise Cooke. She is always very motivating. Legacy offers a new webinar each Wednesday and occasionally on a Friday. This week there is a webinar on Wednesday (Using technology to differentiate between two people with the same name) and Friday (Using the Snagit software for genealogy). My goal is to watch at least three webinars a week. (I have an annual membership so can watch them anytime). Legacy now has 293 top notch webinars in their archives).
My old laptop started giving me a lot of trouble, so with the great prices on computers before Christmas, I bought a new laptop. Because I was looking for a computer running Windows 7, it was really cheap (but with the specs I was looking for). In between visiting with my kids and working on the dissertation, I've been working with on putting pictures into digital folders on my new computer. Since I have a new laptop, instead of just copying all of my data over to my new computer, figured this was definitely the time to do Thomas MacEntee's "Genealogy Do-Over." This means I put the genealogy data aside and literally start over. I'm feeling like a newbie, trying to figure out how I did something or found something before. I think it will be good to start from scratch, as before, my research was not done on a consistent basis. Sometimes it would be several months before I could find time to work on my genealogy and I'm sure I missed things because of that. I'll be blogging about my progress.
I can't believe it is already 2016! My genealogy has really suffered in 2015 due to a number of reasons and not setting my genealogy as a priority, this year things are going to be different. My New Year's resolution is to spend at least 10 hours a week, working on my genealogy and blogging at least once a week. Since our kids decided to come visit us for a few days, Shannon for New Year's and Eric sometime within the next week or two, I had to get my computer room (which doubles as our guest room) in order and now, my room is ready to go, so now I can start in on my genealogy Monday morning. I'm not sure which line I want to work on yet. But I plan on figuring that out this weekend.
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Author - Dr. Kathryn M. Watts
I live in Orange, California with my husband Bill, and my service dog Timber. Genealogy is one of my favorite past times.