Friday, October 30, 2015

I'm back!!

Yes, I am still alive; it has been a busy few months and I needed a break.  A break from life would be nice too but that will never happen.  I started a new job back in August and it took some time to get use to the new schedule.  My family was calling my name and waiting to be discovered once again.

Getting started where I left off was not as difficult as I thought it would be.  I started using Evernote to keep track of what I was doing before my break so when I picked it back up again I knew where I had left off.  My Evernote Task List looks a little different from last time.

Time to jump in and discover more family and their stories!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Evernote To Do List Update

Last month I started keeping track of my to do list in Evernote using TaskClone.  It worked great and with a few minor adjustments this moth has been going even better.

One of my concerns was that My Task List note in Evernote was going to get very long and hard to navigate if I kept adding to the bottom of the list.  At the end of June I made a copy of the note and renamed it to z -- My Task List -- 26 June 2015 and moved it to my Research notebook.

Now that I had a copy of My Task List note I reviewed my original note and realized that I did not need to use date headings and removed them and all completed tasks.  I saw that most of my to dos were topic related mostly by surname.  With a little rearranging I came up with my new to do list for the month of July.  As I add more notes TaskClone pulls the to dos and adds them to the bottom of the list.  I cut and paste them in the correct area.

At the end of the month I will make a copy of the note, rename it (following the naming scheme I have already used), move it to the Research notebook, and then delete all completed tasks from the original My Task List note.  By creating a copy of the note and saving it for the previous month I am able to see what has already been done and retain the links to the information in the notes.

Have you tried TaskClone yet??

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.}

 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

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??