Saturday, January 24, 2015

Searching in Evernote Part 2

In the first Searching in Evernote post you learned about Evernote's search syntax.  Using the same methods as in the last post you can also search dates.  You can search for notes created or updated on a specific day, 30 days ago, this month, last year, etc.

The image below shows notes created last week using created:week-1



By using created:day or updated:day where day is replaced by any of the following day terms below will give you the notes you are looking for.

Day Term

Use with created:day or updated:day

Date20141215 or 20140407
Todayday
Yesterdayday-1
30 days agoday-30
This weekweek
Last weekweek-1
This monthmonth
Last monthmonth-1
This yearyear
Last yearyear-1

You can also search for notes by source by using the following:

To Find

Search Syntax

Emailsource:mail.smtp
Web pagesource:web.clip
Mobilesource:mobile.*
Applicationsource:app.*
Delicioussource:delicious

Reminders are also searchable using the following:


To Find

Search Syntax

Reminder done in the last 7 daysreminderdonetime:day-7
All notes with a reminderreminderorder:*
All notes with a reminder for todayremindertime:day
All notes with a reminder in the next 7 daysremindertime:day+7

In the image below you can see all reminders that are due today.


I save searches that I use often in the shortcuts bar.

Saved searches for quick access.

No matter what you put into Evernote you should be able to find it using tags and Evernote's search Syntax.  Evernote is a powerful tool to help keep you organized and on top of things.

Do you use Evernote's powerful searching??  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Statistics in Legacy

One of the nice features of Legacy is that it can provide you with a lot of information about your data in the form of numbers and charts in Statistics.

The image below show where you find Statistics in your Legacy program.  It is under the Tools tab and then near the end of the Tools ribbon you will see the Statistics icon.


What kinds of things can you learn from Statistics??

The image below shows what my database file look like in Statistics when I opened it today.  You can get lists of the most popular surname, the most popular given name, the most popular locations, etc.  As you click on the items in the list you will see the Show Graph, Create Search List, and other buttons become available near the bottom right of the screen. (See image below)


The image below show what one of the graphs look like.  There are a few different options for the type of graph you want to see.  (I'm not big on their color choices and I don't see a way to change them).


In March of last year I used the statistics for a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings on this blog post.

I decided that I wanted to keep track of certain things in my database after that post as a way for me to measure my progress.  I used Microsoft Excel to create two worksheets for showing some of my numbers. 

The next two images below show how many ancestors I have found in each generation up to 15 generations for both were done on 20th of January; one in 2014 and the other in 2015.  I have two of these one for my direct ancestors and another one for my husband's direct ancestors.  (These were created by doing an Ancestor report and counting how many ancestors were in each generation.)





In the last image I have a comparison between certain data points in 2014 and 2015.  It is interesting to me to see what has been added .  


My plan is to track this information on a regular basis.  I have set up a note in Evernote (in my To Do notebook) with a reminder to check out my Legacy statistics.  I am going to go for every three months for now but I think it will be more like every 6 months.



How do you use Legacy Statistics??



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Allen Erwine

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Online Research tonight...

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of E surnames is.  Or the first person on your list of I surnames.  Or Q surnames.  Or any other name you need to research.  Your choice!

3)  What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more research if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.



Here is what I know from my database about my great grandfather:


Information

Source

NameAllen W. Erwinefrom my grandmother
Birth16 Nov 1916 in Shickshinny, Luzerne, PennsylvaniaNo
Death10 Jul 1970 in Shickshinny, Luzerne, PennsylvaniaNo
Burial1970 at Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn, Luzerne, PennsylvaniaNo
SpouseCharlotte Masonfrom my grandmother
ParentsHoward Oliver Erwine
Myrtle H. Houseknecht
No
Residence20 Mar 1950 at 29 N. Main St, Shickshinny, Luzerne, PennsylvaniaVeteran Compensation Application from WWII 
DaughterMy grandmotherfrom myself
SonAllen W. Erwinefrom my grandmother



Allen's individual information screen in Legacy Family Tree
I went to Allen in my tree on Ancestry.com and reviewed my hints.  

1920 Census -- They are living at 91 Railroad St, Shickshinny, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.  Allen's birth year is listed as 1916
  1. Howard Erwine age 33
  2. Marthel Erwine age 33
  3. Sheldon Erwine age 10
  4. Karrie Erwine age 8
  5. Ella Erwine age 6
  6. Howard Erwine age 5
  7. Allen Erwine age 4

1930 Census -- They are living at 24 Susquehanna Ave, Shickshinny, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.  Allen's birth year is listed as 1916.
  1. Howard Erwine age 43
  2. Marthel Erwine age 43
  3. Sheldon Erwine age 21
  4. Carrie Erwine age 18
  5. Edith Erwine age 17
  6. Howard Erwine age 16
  7. Allen Erwine age 14
  8. Bobbie Erwine age 3
1940 Census -- They are living at 43 North Main St, Shickshinny, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.  Allen is not with the family.
  1. Howard Erwine age 53
  2. Marthel Erwine age 53
  3. Carrie Erwine age 28
  4. Howard Erwine age 26
  5. Robert Erwine age 13
  6. Harry E Kester age 52 is a lodger
A search for Allan Erwine and All* Erw* in the 1940 Census gave nothing.
A search for Charlotte Mason in the 1940 Census has her living at 44 North Main St, Shickshinny, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.  She is living with Allan's brother Sheldon and his wife Rebecca and their son Sheldon.

I also took another look at Allen's WWII Veteran Compensation Application (below) and found there is a LOT of information that I need to add to my database.



Not bad for an hours worth of work and I only used Ancestry.com.  I added some new information with sources, I still have some to add and I need to find out where Allen is in the 1940 census.

Searching In Evernote

One of the best features of Evernote is Evernote's searching capabilities!  You should be able to find anything in Evernote no matter what notebook you placed it in.  There are so many ways to search that this will have to be broken down into smaller posts.

The search box in Evernote is in the top menu bar.


Clicking on Notes in the side bar will allow you to search all of your notes.



If I wanted to search in my RESEARCH notebook for the surname of Everitt my search would look like notebook:RESEARCH + tag:Everitt.  


To search a notebook that includes two words it would look like notebook:"BEST PRACTICES" + tag:CITATIONS and this would give me all notes in the BEST PRACTICES notebook tagged with CITATIONS.


To search for all notes that are tagged you would use tag:* and for notes that are untagged -tag:*
Right now I have a saved search for untagged notes so that I can easily find notes that need to be tagged.

To search for notes that include check boxes you would use todo:false for unchecked and todo:true for checked.  You can also search for both unchecked and checked with todo:*

You can search your note titles using intitle:Thomas and this would give you all notes with Thomas in the title.  If you want to search a specific notebook for a note with a certain title you would use notebook:RESEARCH + intitle:Thomas


If you want to do an overall search in Evernote that will check for body, title, and tag attributes you can search for the keyword.  Make sure if it is more than one word you are searching for you use "My keyword"  The keyword that you are searching for will be highlighted within each note.  Evernote Premium users get the added benefit of Evernote searching PDF files for your keyword.


 A recap: 

To Find   

Search Syntax

To search within a notebooknotebook:GENEALOGY
To search for a tagtag:EVERITT
To search GENEALOGY for the Everitt surnamenotebook:GENEALOGY + tag:EVERITT
To find all tagged notestag:*
To find all untagged notes-tag:*
To find all notes with unchecked boxestodo:false
To find all notes with checked boxestodo:true
To find all notes with either checker or uncheckedtodo:*
To search for keywords in note titlesintitle:Thomas
To search all notes for a keywordEvernote

If you have any questions about searching in Evernote leave me a comment here or you can email me at sthomas51004@gmail.com.

Part 2 of Searching In Evernote will cover searching dates, saving searches, and some keyboard shortcuts.









Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tagging and Notebooks in Evernote

With the Genealogy Do Over going full force there has been a lot of Evernote questions popping up and most have to do with tagging and notebooks so today I am going to share how my notebooks and tags are set up.

Notebooks shown in blue box and tags are shown in green box.
Inbox Stack :
  • The Inbox notebook which is my default notebook is where everything goes before it gets tagged and moved to the correct notebook.  
  • The To Do notebook holds all to do's both genealogy and personal and they all get assigned a reminder.  Once the task is complete they are moved to the appropriate notebook with correct tags added.  
  • The Blog notebook is a temporary notebook that holds information and ideas for blog posts.  Once I don't need the information any more it is either deleted or moved to the appropriate notebook.
Genealogy Stack : 
  • The Best Practices notebook has citation information and information pertaining to my Legacy Family Tree genealogy program.
  • The Research notebook is all of my genealogy research.
  • The Resources notebook holds all of my genealogy resources.
  • The Shared Genealogy notebook is a public notebook that has templates and other information about genealogy and Evernote in it.
  • The last notebook xTemplatesx has all of the genealogy templates that I use.
Genealogy Trails stack has all of my information for genealogy trails.  I host Columbia and Montour counties in Pennsylvania.  I keep track of things that have been or need to be added to the websites in this notebook.

zArchivez Stack :
  • This stack holds information that is non genealogy that I do not want to part with and shared notebooks that I have joined are also in this stack.
The image below gives a better look at my tags.  I have 5 tag categories that include:
  1. Genealogy
  2. Genealogy Trails
  3. Shannon (holds personal notes, recipes, crafts, etc.)
  4. Templates
  5. Archive
Note:  there is an extra template tag that has no notes associated with it.  It seems to be stuck there I cannot delete it.

My tags in Evernote.
One of the best things about tags is that you can nest them, which makes it easier for me to keep my tags organized.  The first green box shows my @Genealogy category tag and under that you can see all the genealogy related tags.  The second green box is the zSurname tag (the z is to keep it at the bottom of the list) and nested under this tag are all of the surname tags that I am currently using.

Those of you who are just starting out with Evernote don't get hung up on creating all of your tags right away.  I have been using Evernote since about 2007 if not before and my tagging and notebook structure has undergone many transformations.  You have to do what is the easiest for you.

Next up will be searching in Evernote.

Please post your comments and questions below! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Louisa Nagle Kinley and / or Pealer


I have a death certificate for a Louisa Pealer with a date of birth as 4 Oct 1830.  My Louisa Kinley has a birth date of 4 Oct 1830 {she is buried with her husband George Kinley} which I found on findagrave.com and confirmed by going to the Creveling cemetery in Almedia, Columbia county, Pennsylvania and taking a photo of the headstone.  The death date of 5 Nov 1908 matches as well.
Headstone for Louisa Kinley wife of George Kinley in Crevling Cemetery, Almedia, Columbia county, Pennsylvania.
Close up of headstone.
Pennsylvania Death Certificate for Louisa Pealer
On the death certificate it lists the informant as Fanny R Sutliff and from census records(see below) I know that George and Louisa had a daughter named Fanny. Louisa's parents are listed as Jocob and Rebecca Moyer Nagle.

Census Comparison Sheet following the family through the census'

Also, the death certificate lists the date of burial as being 9 Nov 1908 at Almedia.  Bingo!  The cemetery that my Louisa and George are buried in is in Almedia!

Another clue...the death certificate states that she died in Fishing Creek, Columbia county, Pennsylvania.

(The funny thing about the death certificate is the note I wrote to myself...the person writing this is either confused or drunk.  LOL).

I do believe this is my Louisa.  I will look for a marriage notice and or record for her second marriage to another person with the surname of Pealer.


Sources :

Columbia County, Pennsylvania, death certificate no. 111823 (1908), Louisa Pealer; digital image, "Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944," Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 29 Aug 2014).

1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Bloom Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania, USA, dwelling 345, family 359, George Kinley; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 18 Sep 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 769.

1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Scott Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania, USA, p. 102 (written), dwelling 774, family 774, George Kinley; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 18 Sep 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1098.

1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Centre Township, Columbia county, Pennsylvania, USA, p. 1, dwelling 8, family 8, George Kinley; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 18 Sep 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 1329

1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Scott Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA, enumeration district (ED) 186, p. 340B, dwelling 140, family 140, Louisa Kinley; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 9 Jan 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1119.