* Earhart project: I received the Civil War pension file for Margaret Earhart applying based on her son Tilford’s death. This record was pulled and scanned for me by Pamela Loos-Noji at Kinwork Connections. I found her by using the Association of Professional Genealogists website’s Find a Professional section. Easy peasy. Pam was very responsive and I had the file of 81 scanned pages in less than a month. I’m still reading through this 81-page gem and getting ready to transcribe at least some of the affidavits, which look like they contain much useful information. Unfortunately, so far I don’t see any reference to my Mary Elizabeth Hockman. But hope springs eternal. Realistically, reading through this file and transcribing is likely to be my major project for this short month.
I see that once again I have a set of goals that mostly aren’t getting accomplished. I will try to do better this month. Honest I will.
* Pick a family group in Evernote that is tagged To-Analyze and enter into my database. The information isn’t going to jump in all by itself (drat!). I actually did get started on this one in January. I got some of the Boothby information transferred and organized but then, as usual, got distracted by searching online for the details to fill out the picture. So now I have images of Boothby certificates or registers sitting on my desktop along with a couple of Earharts and a couple of Justices. So back I go to try again.
* Pick a group of census records and really learn how to enter them in Clooz – a program which I really like my early experience with but which I need to learn to be more proficient using.
* Type notes from Maine trip and file information. Figure out next steps. Since this is my Boothby family line, I will make the family group from my Evernote files to start on the Boothbys. Also since I can travel pretty easily to Maine, even doing a day trip for some places, I need to keep myself focused on this goal.
* I am registered to watch a webinar titled “Find Your 17th-c. New England Ancestors with NEHGS” which I am looking forward to. I recently seem to be reading and listening to books set in the colonial period of the U.S. Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower was a good listen as an audiobook and I’m still listening to Woody Holton’s Abigail Adams. I am addicted to podcasts and audiobooks to make my hour-plus each way commute pleasant. It makes a huge difference.