Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Keeping track of all of those to do's!

I recently found TaskClone through an article I read in Feedly. {I don't remember who wrote the blog post or even where it was.}  TaskClone will pull to do's in an Evernote note to a Task List note in Evernote.  You have to sign up for TaskClone and then connect your Evernote account.  The free version of TaskClone will only work with Evernote but with the paid versions you can connect with other to do apps.

In Evernote I have a notebook called To Do that I keep notes in that have reoccurring to dos and any genealogy notes that I am currently working on.  All of the notes in this notebook have a reminder set. {except for one because it is a transcription of an image in another note in this To Do notebook.}
Reminders

 In the image above you can see my To Do notebook in my Inbox stack {left column}, the middle column shows the notes in the To Do notebook, the blue box in the middle column is showing where the reminders are, and in the third column on the right is the note.  The red box in the note is where TaskClone does its magic.

Inside any note in Evernote insert a check box and then your to do.  Next, add the taskclone tag to your note, sync your note,  and watch the magic happen.  TaskClone will create a note called My Task List in your default notebook and then any note that you add a check box to and the taskclone tag will show up in that task list.  |TC| is added in front of the text box in your note so it is not added to your Task List again.

The two images below are of my Task List :


 
The image above shows what the Task List looks like once it is created from your tagged notes.  After this first bunch of notes came in I made some adjustments to my note and the way I label my to do's.


The image above is the current Task List version that I use to keep track of all of my to dos and where I am at with researching a specific person.  I add the date in bold for each day that I get to work on genealogy, even if it is only for a few moments.  As I create notes I add the check box and whatever the to do is and it shows up under the line at the bottom of my note.  I cut the text below the line and paste it under the correct date heading.  As items are done in the list I add the date completed and highlight it yellow.  Some of the dates have purple text under the date heading and that is for any notes to remind me of what I was working on and where I left off.  I also go to the note and remove the taskclone tag to help keep my tags organized and up to date.

Note : You cannot change the name of the My Task List note; if you do it will create a new note.  I created a short cut to the My Task List note so that it is easy to find and I don't have to go through a bunch of other notes in my Inbox notebook since that is my default notebook.  {To create a shortcut to your My Task List Note drag your note to the favorites or shortcuts bar and it will create a link to the note.}

I only use the free version of TaskClone but I can see my notes that have reminders in Remember the Milk and also on my Sunrise Calendar so I make sure I put a reminder in any note that has any to dos in it.  You can see the post I did about Sunrise Calendar and Evernote here.

How do you keep track of all of your to dos?


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Sources

The image below shows the list of sources for Myra Jane Kramer.  The ones highlighted in green are from the Cemeteries of Columbia County, Volume 2 book.  


This is the page where Myra Jane Kramer Hartman is listed.  It gives her name, her husbands name, her year of birth and her year of death.  The pages are arranged by cemetery so I know where she was buried as well.  The numbers by the names are the image numbers from my camera on the day we photographed this cemetery.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Do you "Google"?

You never know what you are going to find when "googleing" for something or someone.  

Image from clipartbest.com

According to Urban Dictionary the definition of googleing is "the act of looking something up on an internet search engine to include any people or background search to find out anything significant not previously known."

A few days ago I was searching for some information on Peter C. Hunter who is my 4th great-grandfather on my mom's dad's side.  I found a few links from a Google search that looked promising; one being a link to a Google book.  The book was Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania : including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early settled families.  So far the research I have done has not shown any Siegfried's in any of those counties but I figured it was worth a look.

What I found was information on a Peter Hunter married to Alice Siegfried.  {My grandmother's maiden name is Siegfried on my mom's side.}  Any time I see anything regarding the Siegfried {Seigfreid} name I have to investigate.  Another BOS!! 

I opened the full page and started reading.  The first column didn't ring any bells but when I got half way down the second column there were some Siegfried names I recognized.  It ended up being that the biography on this page was for Josiah Kresge who married my 2nd great great aunt Frances Siegfried.  Not only did it give the names of their children but also their siblings, parents and grandparents.  Some information was not new to me but it did verify what I already knew but a lot of it was new and I added a whole branch to my family tree.

Everything in orange has been added to my Legacy database to fill in more of the story!
I stayed up way to late adding information to Legacy and doing a little more research but it was so worth it!

What recent discoveries have you made??





Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Sources

A copy of the birth registration is below {click on it to make it larger}.


Transcription of the record :

Registration of Births registered by C. Robbins the Assessor of Fishingcreek East on the 25 day of May 1895

Name of Child -- Levi Harlan
Sex -- Male
Color -- White
Name of Father -- Thomas Joshua E
Name of Mother -- Clara B Thomas
Residence -- Asbury
Occupation of Father -- L {Laborer}
Date and Place of Birth -- February 20 1895; Asbury
Date of Makeing Record -- May 6 1895

The image below shows the event in my Legacy database.



NOTE : I have added USA after Columbia County, Pennsylvania in my citation to keep it consistent with my other source citations.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cousin Bait

I have a tree on Ancestry, Wiki Tree, and My Heritage.  The Ancestry tree is my work in progress tree and the others are mainly there for others to find and connect with me.  Recently, I made a connection through Wiki Tree when another member wanted to merge one of my ancestors with hers as they represented the same person.  While looking at her tree I recognized a lot of names in her tree. We chatted through email and found out that we are researching the same area and that many of our ancestors are connected in one way or another.

Below is my profile page on Wiki Tree


It really pays off having your tree out there for "Cousin Bait!"

Who have you been lucky to connect with using cousin bait??


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering our Ancestors

Today, I have been reminiscing about some of my research and remembering our ancestors.  Joseph Thomas was one of the first ancestors that I spent a lot of time researching and wanting to know more.  There is still more to find out and connections to make.  Below is a post I did last year about Joseph.

How are you remembering your ancestors this Memorial Day??


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Joseph is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  

Joseph was born in 1830 probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia from wounds received during the Civil War.

Joseph married Elizabeth Jane Savage (I blogged about Elizabeth's burial search before) 19 June 1854 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas (My husband's 2nd great-grandfather)
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
I have also been lucky enough to find Elizabeth's Widow's Pension file at Fold3; I have it on my to do list to go through it and document everything in Legacy.

The following is a timeline of his time in the Civil War.

Date
Battle
Joseph Thomas
Richmond - Petersburg Campaign
June 1864 - March 1865
Siege of Petersburg September 1864 to April 1865
Appomattox Campaign
March 28 to April 9 1865
Summer 1864
Regiment was recruited in the city of Philadelphia
    Co H 198 PA Inf
      {Joseph joins 2 September 1864}



      9 Sep 1864
      Organized at Philadelphia




        15 Sep 1864
        Mustered into the United States service




          19 Sep 1864
          Left Camp Cadwallader PA




            20 Sep 1864
            Arrived at Washington DC




              21 Sep 1864
              Boarded steamers Weems and         Thames for City Point




                22 Sep 1864
                Arrived in City Point




                  24 Sep 1864
                  Arrived at the headquarters of the First Brigade to which they were assigned to the First Division of the Fifth Corps.




                    30 Sep - 2 Oct 1864
                    Battle of Peebles Farm




                      8 Oct 1864
                      Reconnaissance to Boydton Road




                        27 - 28 Oct 1864
                        Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run




                          8 Nov 1864
                          Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president defeating Democrat George B. McClellan




                            6 - 12 December 1864
                            Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad




                              31 January 1865
                                Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery.  The amendment is then submitted to the states for ratification.




                                3 February 1865
                                Peace conference between President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens fails




                                  5 - 7 February 1865
                                  Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run
                                  Three killed and thirteen wounded




                                    29 Mar 1865
                                    Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads




                                      29 Mar 1865
                                      Marched toward Dinwiddie Court House and encountered the enemy near the Old Saw Mill (Battle of Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run)
                                      twenty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen wounded.
                                        {Joseph is wounded 29 March 1865 at Lewis Farm}



                                        Mar 30 -31 1865
                                        White Oak Rd




                                          31 Mar 1865
                                          Moved off and encountered the enemy at White Oak Swamp.
                                          six killed and forty six wounded




                                            1 April 1865
                                            Five Forks
                                              one killed and fifteen wounded
                                                {Joseph dies 3 April 1865}

                                                {Joseph is buried 4 April 1865 at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell Virginia}



                                                9 April 1865
                                                Appomattox Court House
                                                General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia





                                                  14 April 1865
                                                  Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin." 
                                                  During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13pm.




                                                    15 April 1865
                                                    Start their march home.
                                                    President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am.
                                                    Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.




                                                      18 April 1865
                                                      General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman near Durham in North Carolina.




                                                        22 April - 2 May 1865
                                                        Guarded railroad at Wilson's Station




                                                          26 April 1865
                                                          John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.




                                                            2 - 6 May 1865
                                                            Continue their march home through Petersburg.





                                                              The Fifth Corps was assigned a permanent camp on Arlington Heights, near the former mansion of Robert E. Lee




                                                                4 May 1865
                                                                Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.




                                                                  9 May 1865
                                                                  Marched through Fredericksburg.




                                                                    12 May 1865
                                                                    Reached Arlington Heights




                                                                      22 May 1865
                                                                      A large farewell party was held in the Fifth Corps' First Division camp, to honor General Griffin. Four huge hospital tents had been put together, to accommodate Division officers and their invited guests. For the occasion, Chamberlain had designed, and Tiffany's in New York had created, a pin in enameled gold of a red Maltese cross against a white background--a miniature replica of the Division's flag. The cross was outlined in diamonds, with a center diamond costing about $1000. Chamberlain was chosen by his fellow officers to make the presentation speech, and he pinned the badge to his commander's uniform. Griffin was quite overcome by the honor paid, and simply bowed his thanks to the assemblage




                                                                        23 May 1865
                                                                        Grand Review




                                                                          4 June 1865
                                                                          Mustered out of service.




                                                                            5 June 1865
                                                                            Broke camp and marched to Washington D.C.




                                                                              6 June 1865
                                                                              Arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning.




                                                                                12 June 1865
                                                                                They were paid and discharged and able to return to their families.





                                                                                  **Regiment lost during service**
                                                                                  6 Officers + 67 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 44 Enlisted men died from disease. Total 117.





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                                                                                  Monday, May 11, 2015

                                                                                  Took a little break...

                                                                                  ...to celebrate Mother's Day and my 11 year anniversary!



                                                                                  The last few days have been great!

                                                                                  Now back to our regularly scheduled program...my genealogy!