Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Darwin Siegfried

Today is my great grandfather Darwin's birthday.  I never he met him or his wife, my great grandmother, Laura Houseknecht Siegfried.

Darwin was born 22 October 1892 in Sugarloaf, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA and he died 26 April 1976 in Mountain Top, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA.






Monday, October 20, 2014

Evernote Web Clipper, Skitch and Screenpresso

I did a couple of screen shots today to answer some questions about the Evernote Web Clipper so I thought I would share them here and also talk about Skitch and Screenpresso.  I use each of these for different things.

Evernote Web Clipper


If I am doing genealogy or just looking for something on the web I will use the Evernote Web Clipper.  Why?  The Evernote Web Clipper lives in my Google Chrome browser.  By just clicking on the little elephant icon the Web Clipper appears!(#1 in image below).  In the Evernote Web Clipper I have various clipping options available to me.


They include(#2 above):

  • Article
  • Simplified article
  • Full page
  • Bookmark
  • Screenshot
I use Article, Simplified article and Full page the most; in all three of these you can use the highlighter to highlight text.  

It is easy to select the notebook you want your clip to go in and to also add tags.  Just below the Add tag button there is one called Add remark and here you can type anything about the clip (#3 in the above image).  The last step is to click the big green Save button and then off to Evernote it goes(#4 in image above).  When you go to the notebook you chose you will find your note waiting with the tags you added as well.  There are some web pages the web clipper does not play nice with.  For example, you cannot clip a document in from Ancestry when viewing the image.

Skitch




Skitch is a program not a browser plug in like the Evernote Web Clipper.  However, Skitch can save your screen snaps to Evernote.  You can do a screen capture to capture whatever is on your screen and you have a lot of options to annotate your image.  You have the option of saving to Evernote with one click or going to Skitch in the top left corner and saving to your computer.  Within Evernote you can use skitch to annotate images in your notes.  While in a note with an image if you hover over the image an annotate button comes up on the top right of the image.  When you click on Annotate it will open the image in Skitch.  Make sure you go to File then Save and Edit to save any changes to your image because if you just click on the x in the top left corner to close the window your changes are not saved.  The only option to save when you open Skitch in Evernote is to save back to Evernote. Once the image is saved in Evernote you can edit it to make changes and re-save the image.

Screenpresso



I use Screenpresso for my screen captures of web pages that I cannot use the Evernote Web Clipper for and for taking screen shots of my different programs when I am trying to explain something to someone.  Screenpresso has a few more options for annotations than Skitch does.  There is also a paid version of Screenpresso that will unlock more features.  I use the free version and I have for years the only downside is that every so many screen clips you get an advertisement to upgrade (they don't bother me).  Your screen clips are automatically saved to a folder that Screenpresso creates but you can also save them in other places on your computer.  Another reason I love Screenpresso is because it integrates with Evernote.


When using Screenpresso this box comes up in the lower right of your screen.  All of your screen captures are in here.  The best part of this window is the Publish button (in image above). By clicking on a screen capture and then the Publish button you get a lot of options.  I have Dropbox and EVERNOTE activated.  You can also publish your screen shot to the web and it gets its own URL (http://screenpresso.com/=HObbe).  

To send your screen clip to Evernote just click on the Evernote button and a window pops up where you can add a title, tags, description, and pick the notebook to send it to. (image below).


My note in Evernote from the screen capture created in Screenpresso below.


Another favorite feature of Screenpresso is that I can press the print screen button on my keyboard to activate the screen capture feature in Screenpresso.

As you can see they are pretty much the same kind of tool but each work a little differently and that is why I use each of them for different reasons.  Screenpresso and the Evernote Web Clipper are used multiple times a day to clip and save various information.  I use Skitch occasionally but it is still a powerful tool.

Do you do screen captures?  What tools do you use??

Happy ancestor hunting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Genealogical Sabbatical

Yesterday for the LVUG monthly hangout they discussed taking a year and doing research and visiting the places your ancestors were.  The origianl idea came from Jennifer Shoer at The Scrappy Genealogist.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to an unexpected visit from my aunt. (We always have such a great time when we are together.)

Luckily for me the majority of my family and my husband's family came from the area where I currently live.  Therefore, a lot of my research is focused on this area and the surrounding areas.



Month 1: I would first spend some time with my database cleaning up stuff, checking to see where I need to go, and making sure my to do list is in order.

Month 2 : I would spend my time between the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society (my local historical society in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society that is about 45 minuets away.  I am also researching for a marriage in Wyoming County Pennsylvania that I have not been able to find so I would go there and check out the court house and the other resources in the area.

Month 3 : Next I would go to Washington DC to the National Archives.  I have a lot that I want to research there but I don't think I would need the whole month so a little site seeing and relaxation would take place.  Before the next leg of my journey I would take review all of my information and make sure my database was up to date and check on my to do list to make sure it was up to date as well.

Month 4 : I would start out in New Jersey where I would research my husband's Rutan family and hopefully get through my brick wall!  Hopefully I would be able to get a visit or two in with Cousin Russ during my time in New Jersey.  From here I would go back to Pennsylvania and spend some time looking into the Siegfried family in Maxatawny, Bath, and the surrounding areas.

Month 5 : I would review and spend more time researching at home based on new information and prepare to travel overseas.

Month 6 to Month 10 : I would visit Germany, England, Ireland, and France for further research.  I am sure I will need a few interpreters along the way.  Hopefully, through my research I would be able to trace some family to Australia because it is a dream of mine to visit there some day.

Month 11 to 12 : I would need some time to recuperate from my traveling!  I would review and update my database.

I am sure I would find that I missed something along the way and need to plan for a future Genealogical Sabbatical!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Surname Saturday : Thomas

The map below shows the frequency of the Thomas surname; the greener to color the more frequently the surname appears in that state.



According to Find the Best Thomas is ranked as #14 in the United States.  On Find the Best the meaning of Thomas is a surname of Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, and Indian origin. It is derived from words meaning twin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip -- Sunrise Calendar and Evernote

A few months ago I was looking for a new calendar app for my ipad that would integrate with my Google calendar; I tried a couple out but ended up sticking with Sunrise Calendar.

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Here is the month view:


Week view:


Sidebar details included in the image below:

  1. These are the Google calendars that are attached to this calendar.
  2. This is my Facebook account; it shows birthdays and events.
  3. This is my Evernote account.
  4. Preferences (more detail on this below).
  5. Toggles the Sidebar on and off.



In each of the sections above (1, 2, and 3) you can use the check box to toggle your calendars on and off.

#4 Preferences detail:


The Accounts tab is where the magic happens.  When you first setup your account you will need to go to the Accounts tab to connect your other accounts.

The first image below lists the accounts that you can connect.  Once you connect your accounts you can see what you have connected by scrolling down to the bottom (the 2nd image below).



My favorite part about this calendar is that I can see all of my Evernote Reminders!  You can also drag and drop your reminders to different times or dates and it is updated in Evernote.  If I don't get all of my reminders completed today I will drag and drop them to another day that I think I will have time to get to them.  I have this calendar on my desktop, my Android phone, and my ipad mini.

I have not found a way to change the colors in the Sunrise calendar so I make any color changes on my Google calendar and then the changes sync to the Sunrise calendar.

The only thing I  found that I do not like is when you click on an Evernote Reminder there is a link to open the note in Evernote.  When I click the link it takes me the web version of Evernote and to a new note not my Reminder.  I wish it would open the correct note right in my Evernote desktop program.

You can see my first post about Evernote Reminders here and here.

As always if you have any questions please post here or send me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.

Happy ancestor hunting!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Evernote Reminders...Part 2


You can find my first post here:  How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

To day we will look at different ways to sort and view your reminders.


If you click on Notes this will give you all of your notes in Evernote (#1 in the image above) and it will also give you a list of all of your reminders (#3 in the image above).  If you click on the cogwheel (#2 in the image above) you will find your options for sorting your reminders (see the image below.)


I believe the default is to sort them by notebook but you can also sort by reminder date (in image below)


In the image below they are sorted by upcoming reminders in each notebook.


In the image below they are sorted by reminder date showing all upcoming reminders but not by each individual notebook.  This is the way I prefer to see mine.  You can also choose to show any recently completed reminders.


You can also view your reminders from within individual notebooks.  The image below is my Genealogy To Do notebook in my Genealogy stack.  You can see the list of reminders above the notes in this notebook.  The same cogwheel is there for you to sort your reminders.


You can also search for notes with reminders using Evernote's powerful search feature.  To find any note with a reminder that has been completed in the last 7 days you would use reminderDoneTime:day-7.  In the image below is my one note completed in the last 7 days.  You can see the date that the reminder was completed by the alarm icon; the date has a line through it (the green box to the right of image below.)

reminderOrder:*             -- gives all notes with a reminder
reminderTime:day          -- gives all notes with a reminder for today
reminderTime:day+7     -- gives all notes with a reminder in the next 7 days


I have not used Evernote's search feature very much with reminders so I am sure there are other ways to search for reminders that contain certain tags etc.

My next post will be about viewing your reminders on your calendar...I LOVE this!

Until next time...happy ancestor hunting!





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

Today while I was at work I got a notice on my phone that I had an Evernote note with a reminder for today.  I was excited because I knew when I got a chance to do some genealogy today that I would be following up on this reminder instead of sitting at my computer trying to figure out what I needed to work on.

First I created a Pennsylvania death certificate search list from my Legacy database and saved it as a pdf.  When I have some time I go through my list and look for the death certs on ancestry.com  When I find the death certificate I save it to my computer and then process it.

I saved Christianna Elizabeth Daum's death certificate as Christianna Elizabeth Cadwallader Daum(6769) in my Cadwallader surname file on my computer.  [Christianna is my 4th great grandmother].  I then pulled [drag and drop] the death certificate into Evernote in a new note and add the appropriate tags [#1] and title [#3].  I also add the url of where I got the death certificate from [#2].

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To the right above the note you will see an icon that looks like an alarm clock with a check mark in it. [circled in green in the image below]. If you click on this you can add a date for when you want to be reminded about this note.  For Christianna's death certificate I picked a day that I thought I might have some time to do some research about her for my reminder date.


I then went to Christianna's research log in Evernote and added an entry that the death certificate needed to be sourced and added to legacy [the last entry].


Fast forward to today ... I got my reminder for my death certificate.  I went to Evernote looked to see what the reminder was for and then opened Christianna's research log and saw where I had left off and what I needed to do.  I updated Legacy with the information and also updated my research log.


It looks like a lot but it really only takes a few minutes to complete.  I'm finding that reminders are great in so many ways.  I will have another post soon with more information about reminders and how you can see reminders on your calendar.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Happy ancestor hunting!!