Judy and I continue on our holiday hiatus, but I decided to create and post my monthly to-do list anyway. I’m hoping it will help me get *something* done this month on my genealogy. Happy holidays to all!!

Research
* Write to Christ Church in Cincinnati to see if there are records there of Lucy and Thomas O’Shaughnessy’s marriage.
* Write to Ditchling church about possible archives and records for Denman family.
* Set up Salts database and add what I’m learning about the Tennessee Salts.

Organization
* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do. Determined to do this over the holiday season. [I actually made a start the end of November and may have a brief post about this process at some point. I learned (finally put together) some things about how to do this process.]
* Back up the blog! Plug-ins found to automate this task don’t meet my needs.

Education
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I watched Mary Hill’s webinar on the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources which was very interesting. She did a case study to illustrate the uses of each kind of record and talked us through the analysis of the evidence.]
* Still looking for more sources of webinars – preferably free.

Research
* Search the Hamilton County Probate Court site for the marriage of Lucy Barry Dalton and Thomas O’Shaughnessy.
* Send a message to the general JewishGen listserv about my Scheier family questions.

Organization
* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do.
* Back up the blog! And look for something that will back it up automatically. Is there a plug-in?

Education
* Read book I got from the library about how to create and use a wiki. I watched the Thomas MacEntee webinar but need more education. And sometimes having it in front of me in print is easier.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [It’s so easy to do, and there are some sites where I can even watch on my own schedule.]
* Find a new webinar site that archives and/or puts up free webinars.

Research
* Source all O’Shaughnessy findings so I can look at what I know and be ready to share it with a new contact.
* Continue to search for and correspond with Scheier living relatives – send a message to the general JewishGen listserv about my questions.
* Develop research plan forms as presented by Marian Pierre-Louis in her webinar (this could be considered Organization but should further my goal of researching more effectively and efficiently) [I got nothing done on this task so am leaving it on for September. Maybe the Fall will be more conducive to this work.]

Organization
* Empty inbox on desk: sort, source, enter in appropriate database and put away. [I *finally* got the pile of papers on the desk finished. One inbox to go and my desk is pretty much cleared for the Fall!]

Education
* Continue learning how to use Clooz3; I watched the intro videos, and am following the listserv with interest. Working on putting what I have learned to use.
* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [I got really carried away in August and did not only the 2 I had pre-registered for – one on using wikis and the other on using the Library of Congress online site and resources but a series of three on getting started with house history that Marian Pierre-Louis offered. And then I listened to Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, present about circumstantial evidence, over at my old stand-by Legacy Family Tree webinars. I learned so much in August!]

Disclaimer
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I just wanted to note, to any who have noticed, that I managed to mess up our usual appearance when I upgraded the theme files we use a week or so ago.  Of course, I had not correctly backed up the parts I had customized!  So I am still in the process of fixing the problems.  In the meantime our blog doesn’t look quite as put together as it did, and you may catch it changing appearance as I try out something.  It will be back to usual soon.  Thank you for reading anyway and putting up with the construction woes.

Friends

Pat and I are going to Newport, RI tomorrow.  Newport in February I hear you say? Place selection is part of a longer story, but we’re going to meet our other two best friends.  We live all over the country and we try to be together as often as possible, but it has been two years since last we met.

Two of us have lost parents since our last meeting.  There will be hugs and condolences and probably tears.  Then there will be laughter, loud, raucous laughter, eating, drinking and talking, talking, talking, possibly followed by more talking. Other patrons will be  driven out of restaurants by the energy field that we generate when we are together, also by the noise.

These women know things about me my children will never know and they know things about my family.

And so it was with my parents and their best friends and your parents and their best friends.  You remember, the ones who aren’t really family, but who you called  Aunt and Uncle when you were growing up.  If you are lucky enough that your parents’ friends are still alive talk to them.  If not, talk to the friends of your older relatives.  They’re usually far more pleasant about being interviewed than your blood relatives and they know things, all kinds of things.

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