Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday


From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings :

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):


1)  Dana Leeds on the Enthusiastic Genealogist blog asks "Did/Do Your Children Know Any of Their Great-Grandparents?"

2)  I thought that would be a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question - so please share your response with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

3)  For extra credit, or in case the answer is "No," then please answer the question for yourself, or your parents.


Luckily for my son, Hunter, he knows 5 of his great grandparents!  My mother's parents, my father's dad and step mom and my dad's mom.  He is very close with his great grandfathers and his grandfather; he spends a lot of time hunting with them.  (I hope he knows how lucky he is!!)


My maternal grandparents with their great grandchildren!
(Hunter is in the back)
I was also lucky enough to know my great grandparents.  I knew my maternal paternal great grandmother, my paternal paternal great grandparents and my paternal step maternal great grandmother.  My paternal paternal great grandparents lived out the road from house until Grandpa died in 1995.  When I was in elementary school I would go to their house after school and most nights we ate dinner with them.  My sister and I would go to church with them on Sunday's and out for lunch after church.  They were wonderful people!!

Harold Elwood Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandfather.

Hazel Killian Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandmother.

I miss my great grandparents more all the time!  I am very grateful that I was able to know them!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spreadsheet, Evernote, or Legacy To Do List???

I have been trying to figure out what to do about my research log.  Should I keep it in a spreadsheet, in Evernote or in my Legacy program??

I tried a spreadsheet...


but I don't really like it.  Then I tried a Legacy To Do List...


but I'm not sure if I like this or not.  Here is what I have in Evernote...


I like my Evernote research log / notes the best.  My issue is do I keep using Evernote and making a research log for every single person even when they only have a little bit of information (mainly those with only one entry)??  

Maybe I'm putting too much thought in to this!  Why change what is working??  

What do you do??


Friday, August 29, 2014

Evernote and Genealogy

In July of 2013 I did a post about Evernote called How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.  Since then some things have changed.

At one point I moved to OneNote.  Why?  I'm not quite sure.  It may have thought that it was maybe better than Evernote but in the end Evernote won and I switched back.  For me Evernote has better searching capabilities and I am all about making things easier.  I think I also spent too much time making things pretty in OneNote.

I reorganized my genealogy stuff in Evernote and changed names of notes to have everything fit better for me and I am LOVING how much easier it is to find things.  I still need to make better use of my tags so that is the next step in my Evernote redo.


Notebooks and stacks were rearranged, some deleted some new, to better organize my notes.


Notes were renamed in a way that made better sense and put my notes in alphabetical order.

You can find my shared notebook here.  There is also a Google+ hangout with Tessa Keough and I on the Legacy Virtual Users Group on Google+ where we discuss Evernote and genealogy.

As always if you have any questions shoot me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.


Update

A day or two after I posted US Marine Casualty Cards I received a follow up email.  They had seen my post and sent me the following email:

In response to your post about the code on the casualty card regarding the nature of Sergeant Thomas' death, we can tell you that what you see is a code for inputting into a larger (long since gone) database.  Because the original database that used this code is gone, we have no know way of knowing what the code stood for.  However, we have attempted to locate more information by accessing the muster roll for Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines for March 1945.  The muster roll unfortunately only stated that he was wounded and later died of those wounds.
Despite this lack of information, there is still an option left open to you.  The National Archives located in St Louis, Missouri, holds the service of Marines for this time period.  I would suggest that you contact them and obtain a copy of the military service record for Sergeant Thomas.  More information about getting copies can be found on their website at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ 
We hope this is helpful and hope your search for answers comes to fruition.  If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 They also sent me a pdf attachment of two sheets of the muster roll pertaining to Fred.


The next step in finding out more will be to contact The National Archives in St. Louis and obtaining a copy of his service record.

I am thoroughly impressed with the service they provided me and I hope that any of you who have US Marines in your family will use this wonderful resource to gain valuable information about your ancestors!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

US Marine Casualty Cards


Earlier this week I got my copy of Family Tree Magazine and I was reading an article that led me to World War II History Network and from there I found a link to an article about the United States Marine Corp making their casualty cards searchable.  You can find the database at Casualty Cards Database.

Fred Thomas, my husbands great uncle, was in WWII and in the Marines.  I searched the database and found :


On the first page it states : While the cards for World War II through Korea are not classified, however, they can often be very graphic.  Therefore, to maintain the dignity and honor of the Marines, the individual cards will only be released, upon request, on a case by case basis.  To request a card, please send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writting to:
 
United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134.   

I immediately sent an email {about 12:30 am because I don't sleep} requesting more information and did not really think much more about it.  The next morning I had an email with the images attached!!!  I almost deleted it because I did not recognize the email address...so glad I did not!!  There was a pdf file attached and it included 5 pages of card images for Fred Thomas.



On the card that has his death information on it does not say what kind of wound he died from, instead there is the number 8-46-001.  Now I am on a mission to find out what this code means.

Clicking around the internet and reading all there is about genealogy is a wonderful thing!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday Night!


On Saturday Randy Seaver posted Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at his Genea-Musings blog.  Randy's mission was as follows:

       1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

       2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?


       3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.

In Legacy I did a Source Citation Report.

Legacy Source Citation Report screen.

It took a little bit of time going through my report...thankfully it was only 20 pages long.

I have 152 sources in my database and 2,913 individuals in my database. [Some do not have sources but I am working on this right now.]

My top three are Find A Grave with 197 individuals, a Descendant Chart for Johannes Siegfried from a cousin with 83 individuals, and The Argus [Newspaper from Benton, Pennsylvania] with 57 individuals.

I do not care for how the report looks.  I wish there was an option to put it in either alphabetical order or in numerical order by how many individuals you have for the source.

Source Citation Report
Cleaning up my citations is an ongoing project that I have been working on for a few weeks now.  I am no where near being done but I am finding where I am missing information and sources so I am working on cleaning this all up.  [I figured I better do it now before this database gets any larger.]









Monday, April 7, 2014

Citing Ancestry.com Member Trees in Legacy Family Tree

I have been following Russ Worthington's posts at Family Tree Maker User about citing Ancestry.com Member Trees in FTM and I found a way to do the same in Legacy.  A way that works for me at least.

I chose to add a generic source and then from the drop down menu Online database.


The Source List Name is the name that you see in your source list for easy retrieval.  I put **USE THIS ONE** to make it stand out until I get the others cleared out.

I left the fields for author last name, author given name, author suffix, date and agency/creator blank to get the results that I wanted. Click save and move to the detail section.


In the item of interest field I put the name of the Member Tree in quotation marks, family tree by member name, profile for with birth and death information in parenthesis.


My citation now look like:

Footnote/Endnote Citation:
"Public Member Tree," database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Apr 2014), "davis /ritter/farver Family Tree" family tree by Sharon Lucille Davis, profile for John McKinney Buckalew (b. Feb 1866 d. 1936). 

Subsequent Citation:
"Public Member Tree," database "davis /ritter/farver Family Tree" family tree by Sharon Lucille Davis, profile for John McKinney Buckalew (b. Feb 1866 d. 1936). 

Bibliography:
"Public Member Tree." Database. Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com.