Working on my Stanley lines can be challenging because prior to 1850 the census records can be very vague, with very few details other than where family member generically fit on the census form by age. Because of how individuals are listed, it is hard to determine even a birth range for family members. There is a solution to this problem, CensusMate. CensusMate helps determine a birthdate to as few as 5 years., The best part is that the download is free. It's great to find a quality tool that helps bridge the gap of missing birthdates.
I've been doing a little bit of research in between sorting and filing my boxes of genealogy. I have made a lot of progress trying to get my genealogy sorted and filed. My husband heading back down with more stuff from our old house and hopefully no more boxes of genealogy! It's been interesting how many stages of genealogy the boxes contain. Some boxes are from my research I was doing while living in Las Vegas, another from Thousand Oaks, and some with my more recent genealogy. Now I'm trying to combine the data into my Legacy genealogy program.
I haven't had much luck finding anything about James W Wallace, my great-great-grandfather, but I did come across a new website that I have added to my Toolbox. It's wonderful to find new websites that will aid me in my research, but even more so when the site is free. The website, Ancestral Findings. This site is made up primarily of tips to help researching. In addition to the website, the website owner also sends out newsletters regularly. One thing about regular newsletters, it helps keep keep motivation and interest high.
As we are quickly saying goodbye to 2014 and welcoming 2015, I have decided that my genealogy needs to be one of my top priorities in 2015. I have so much to get organized and enter into my database with all of the proper documentation that goes with good genealogy practices.
While on the road to visit my daughter and son-in-law, I had a chance to read an article in one of my genealogy magazines. It was about heirlooms. The article talked about what makes an heirloom an heirloom. I had always thought that an heirloom was something old that remained in the family, only to find out that an heirloom was something in the family that had a story to tell. When my grandparents died, my mom got the clock she and my dad made for them in the early 70s. What makes this an heirloom is the story behind the clock. The clock was one of four ceramic clocks my mom and dad painstakingly made after being introduced to fired ceramics when my brothers and I were in 4-H. The mold had to be cleaned, painted and glazed.
Another heirloom is a clock my grandparents had. Yes it is old, but is it an heirloom? In the case of this clock, yes, as it was brought over from Germany by my grandfather's paternal grandparents. Some pictures can be heirlooms when they can tell a story. Heirlooms can also be more recent items for example a decorative pedigree chart, a map showing migration trails of your ancestors. Although I have some heirlooms that are old, it is important that I create heirlooms for my children and grandchildren.
I got to thinking about what one educational resource is the most important to me as a genealogist. Without a doubt, this one resource would be Legacy Family Tree Webinars. A new webinar is generally added each week, sometimes even more often. The best part is that live webinars are free and remain free to view for a couple of days after the event.
Geoff Rasmussen, the owner of Legacy Family Tree Webinars has recruited some of the top names in genealogy for these webinars, names like:
Well trying to post once or twice a week hasn't gone so well :(. All of a sudden, I've had so many doctor's appointments, tests, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy. This week, I have or had respiratory therapy twice, physical therapy twice, a sleep study, a CT scan, an ultrasound, and a doctor's appointment. The next two weeks aren't much better. I'm thinking that posting once or twice a week will have to be a New Year's resolution. I don't know how I would have figured working into my schedule, I would have been out of work more than at work.
It's always cool when you find a tool that really works. One of the craft websites I regularly visit had a link to PicMonkey, a photo editing tool. As I try to work on my genealogy, I'm also trying to work on my pictures. PicMonkey seems very easy to use and also features some tutorials. I've tried some photo editing programs in the past, but they were so complicated, I'd have to relearn it each time I used it. Although I didn't watch any of the tutorials, it was fairly easy to use (granted I didn't really use many of the features that were available). The basic version is free, and the upgraded version (includes some additional fonts and features, as well as being ad free). The upgraded version has a 30-day free trial. The subscription runs $4.99 a month or $33.00 a year. Both the monthly and annual subscription prices do not kick in until after the 30-day free trial.
I recently came across a genealogy blog (GeneaBloggers) that would give ideas for topics for bloggers to use. Coming up with ideas of what to blog about is my biggest challenge. With the suggestions from Thomas MacEntee, owner of the GeneaBloggers, I am going to try to keep up with blogging at least once or twice a week. The theme I chose today was "Monday Madness." Monday Madness could either be a post about an ancestor with mental illness, or about an ancestor who drives you mad!
James W. Wallace, one of my brickwalls, has driven me mad nearly ten years. James was the grandfather of maternal grandmother [Marideth (Stanley) Blickhahn] on her mother's side. I guess I'm not the only one he has caused some madness. I have been searching for James for quite some time. Things I know about James are: He was born in Ohio about 1861 (who only knows where in Ohio), he married Georgia Briggs on 4 Jan 1888. G
It's amazing what you can stumble across on the internet. I stumbled across the Forest Park Historical Society website. Although I never really lived in Forest Park, I felt I knew Forest Park better than any other place. It must have been from the many trips around Forest Park with my Grandpa (Edward Stange). As a young child, we loved walking up to Madison with Grandpa to get fresh bread from the bakery, to the bank, or to Des Plaines to Calcagano's (I'm sure I'm misspelling this). Boy did we ever love our walks with Grandpa!
Grandpa never drove, so everywhere he went was either on foot or on his Cadillac (what he called his bikes). I also remember walking to St. Peter's Lutheran Church for Sunday School and church services, especially for Christmas Eve services (more about our Christmas traditions closer to Christmas).
Not sure how many hours I've spent on Pinterest, but it can easily become overwhelming. There's just so many neat ideas, but my favorite is the genealogy boards. If there is anything a person wants to know about genealogy, it can most likely be found on Pinterest. As I was looking a genealogy boards, I found many genealogy crafts. As I'm looking forward to Christmas, I'm thinking I want to decorate my 4ft Christmas tree with genealogy themed decorations. I figure I need to get started soon if I'm going to make my ornaments. I'll post my ornaments as I get them finished, Then the final will be a post of the finished tree. I can't wait!!!
It has been tough to get much genealogy done between doctor, respiratory and physical therapy appointments (and recuperating from physical therapy). Then there's taking Timber (my service dog) to the dog park, so he can run some energy off. I wish I had even half of his energy (then maybe I'd get more done).
All of my genealogy has been sorted by primary surnames (Blickhahn, Stanley, Stange, Olerud) and my Blickhahn ancestors (I forgot how much information I had on my Blickhahn line - but it was the first line I researched) have been filed into their appropriate files. If I went in order, my Stanley line would be next, but I'm so afraid to tackle that. My Stanley line is SOOOO deep, going back 13 generations. To do my Stanley line in a way I'll be able to find my information, I'll have to make many more file folders. So, I'll be working on my Stange line, then my Olerud line, and finally my Stanley line.
My goal for this weekend is to file my Stange and Olerud. Then it's on to my Stanleys! Let's see if I can meet that goal.
I realized that my move here to Orange County is the 9th move I have made since beginning genealogy. These moves spanned 33 years of on again, off again periods of genealogy research. There were boxes of genealogy I hadn't opened in the last couple of moves. It was like Christmas, as I found some items I didn't remember having or those I had forgotten about. I'm in the sorting stages still, and it will be a while before I am ready to begin to input these finds into my genealogy database. With as much information I have, it will most likely take at least a month to finish sorting everything and probably 4 to 6 months to input everything. I won't have to go anywhere for a long time to do research. The Family History Library in Salt Lake is in the process of indexing and scanning documents in their possession. I tried to scan as many of the microfilm records for my ancestors during the trips I made to Salt Lake. Now many of those documents have now been scanned by the Library. This is good, as my scans were not as good as their scans. They are much clearer and easier to read. Now I just have to get in the mood to work on my genealogy!
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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.