I can see I will have my work cut out for me when I go to Salt Lake City in June. Finding Helena is going to be challenging as records for Elberfeld, Germany are scarce. If I am lucky, there is one set of church records I could possibly find Helena. If I am unable to find her in the church records, I will begin looking at the marriage record for Otto Cleff and Helene Ritz. As I will be attending the Ancestor Seekers Research week, I'm hoping that the researcher on the International Floor will have some ideas on how I can find information on my great-grandmother, Helena W. Cleff.
One blog I subscribe to is The Armchair Genealogy. In her blog this week Lynn introduced a ten step plan to getting your citations under control. Her approach is very straight forward, and makes the process very systematic, one line at a time and one ancestor at a time. I've decided I would start with my Stange line (my Stange line - specifically Helena Cleff, will be one of my focus ancestors when I go to Salt Lake in a couple months).As I work through my Stange line, maybe I'll find information I already have, but didn't realize I had. Completing the citation process on Helena, I'll be able to effectively create a To Do list for Helena and her parents. I'll do the same for Marietta Wallace once Helena is finished.
As I was organizing my reasearch, I realized my new two drawer file cabinet is not going to hold all my file folders. My Blickhahn and Stanley files are now to massive for one drawer, not because I have so many records, but because I have to many families (I have one folder for each ancestor and one for each of the siblings.
I hate to do it, but I may leave only the family lines I'm working on (that would be my Stange and Stanley lines), as they are my focus for my Salt Lake trip.
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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.