"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Post Scanning Reflection

So its taken me a few days, but I've almost completely scanned everything in my genealogy files.  I have a few more pages to go and my scanner won't scan those 11x14 inch pages, I think I'm going to have to buy a flatbed scanner that will scan that size page.
I think taking on this progect was one of the best things I could have done for my genealogy research.  I kept a stack of 4x6 index cards and wrote notes to myself on things I needed to follow up on and was also albe to reassess the information that I have already complied.  I discovered some new leads that I had in my own informat on my Fitzgerald ancestors and wrote a follow up letter to one of the churches in the area where they lived for possible additional information.  Keeping my fingers crossed!  Every little tid bit of information gets me one step closer to breaking down this brickwall. 

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

William Henry Bennett
b. 27 Dec 1818 Steuben County, New York
m. Mary Ann Rowlader 28 May 1842 Wheeler, Steuben County, New York
d. 18 Jan 1863 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
buried Nashville National Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Louise Mary Valley
b. 10 Jun 1912 Mapleton, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
d. 23 Dec 1920 Mapleton, Grand Traverse County, Michigan
buried 25 Dec 1920 St Joseph's Catholic Church, Mapleton, Grand Traverse County, Michigan

My own Mini Scan fest

With the recent death of my beloved Grandma, I have inherited many family documents, things that may be rather benign to the common observer, but are genealogical gold to those of us whose life’s work has gone to researching our roots.  In as much I have realized, looking at the piles of paper that I have accumulated over the years, what happens to all my paper as it deteriorates….so now here I sit at my trusty laptop next to the scanner, even as I type…oh excuse me a second….even as I type, scanning in page after page of my research.  I am having my own little private scan fest…one that will probably last for days.  So my New Year’s resolution is to get all this scanned…and I’m not waiting until January 1st to get it started.  The one thing that I love about our HP scanner is the program with it allows me to scan in PDF files and all multiple pages for one file.  Makes scanning things and naming them a lot easier…can’t wait to scan all 75 pages of my Great Great Grandpa’s Civil War service record.  Oh and don’t worry, I do plan to back up all my files online and to disk just in case my trusty laptop decides to bite the big one….that would be tragic!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Families for the iPhone

It's no secret that I am an avid legacy user.  Now my favorite genealogy program has made me love them more!!!  I joined the techy world this year and got an iphone.  I also discovered the program Families for my iphone that works with my Legacy program on my computer.  Now I can my ENTIRE legacy file, including photos, anywhere with me just by remembering my phone.  It's lots of fun sharing some old family photos with my coworkers.  I'm also to take more than one Legacy file with me. 

It's a pretty intuitive program, but you definately have to read the directions to get your file out of legacy properly, but after that it's pretty easy.  You also have to download the sync file to your computer....I found this out the hard way...I guess I should have taken my own advice and read the instructions. 

So my recommendation is that if you love Legacy and your love your iphone, this is a must get!  It isn't very expensive and it is well worth the investment!

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

William "Bill" Fitzpatrick Glynn
b. 1 Jul 1977 Lampasas, Texas
m. Shalene Loper
d. 1 Dec 2008 Belliare, Antrim County, Michigan
buried Southern Cemetery, Central Lake, Antrim County, Michigan