Research

* plan trip to Neversink, New York with my sister; get dates on calendar.

* switch gears to Dan’s family lines to get ready for the IAJGS conference in August.

Organization

* scan box of Salt pictures and album; put in protective sleeves; order box for the two albums?

Education

* watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. July 2 I’m signed up to do the Jamboree Extension Series on NSDAR Resources for your Revolutionary War Ancestors. [I watched the Geoff Rasmussen’s webinar on adding a marriage record in June. The free webinars are lots of fun and I pick up lots of new information.].

* continue working on learning to use Photoshop Elements to label and fix my pictures. As my friend says, there is a steep learning curve for this program (I’m somewhat intimidated by it) but I’m determined. I really want to learn how to do some of the photo restoration for myself.

Research
* continue to look for sources for births/marriages/deaths of direct line ancestors as part of sourcing goal.
* work on finding my Boothby cousins and trying to get more information on Grandma Carrie and her life. I want to try to get the unknown people in her photo album identified.
* work on connection between James Boothby in Ohio and who his parents were.
* plan trip to Neversink with my sister; get dates on calendar.

Organization
* file all the information recently received from Denman family members.
* scan the pages from my father’s photograph album found recently.

Education
* watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. Geoff Rasmussen’s webinar on adding a marriage record is available unitl June 6. [I did two in-person workshops in May, the full-day NEHGS one by the Genealogy Guys (and Judy) and one short one on Revolutionary pictures with Maureen Taylor at the Boston Book and Paper Expo; I also did a webinar with DearMyrtle about using Facebook.]
* learn to use the Organizer part of Photoshop Elements (which I just bought and installled).

There is a nor’easter headed for New England and I am planning not to have to leave the house tomorrow.  With any luck the electricity will stay on, and I will have a genealogy day all to myself.  Fingers crossed!

 

Research

  • process 4 more headstone photos from my first Ashford cemetery trip (August 2009). [I’m finally making actual progress on this goal. I have settled on several templates for how to do this sort of work which feel ok to me – I realized that there is no right/wrong answer, but that settling on a standard way of doing is the important thing. I have now done that, and am now making progress on my digital images of gravestone. YAY!! Best of all I figured out how to add metadata to each file that gives all the information about the image. I got sidetracked going back to add some of the headstone pictures I took on a trip to Ohio in 2005, and so I added at least 4 of those as well as some Ashford ones in March.]
  • continue to look for sources for births/marriages/deaths of direct line ancestors as part of sourcing goal. [I received more photocopies from the FHL in March and added them to my sources in my database. I also sent for another set of records, mostly marriages toward the end of March.]
  • continue to try to track the current owners of the old Salt house to get some information. This has been on a back burner and I want to bring it to the front this month.
  • success with tracking the original Denman deed! I talked with the Town Clerk in Neversink and then the next day with the source she recommended and I met a new cousin (well, his wife). We had a very nice conversation and I learned a little about how they fit into my family tree. Best of all there may be a picture of the original William Denman.

Writing

  • write at least 2 blog posts (plus To-Do list) [Since I don’t have a current goal for other genealogical writing I am going to remove this category from my To-Do list. First, though, I have to come up with another category to take its place. Gotta keep myself moving forward.]

Organization

  • copy marriage sources for Dan’s side in Clooz to RootsMagic (sourcing each certificate and attaching to individual who is primary) [I got some of these done in March but not all, so it’s on the list to finish up in April.]
  • process info in one file in Research Notes 2010 directory (enter into RootsMagic; move file to appropriate directory) [I got another one done in March and will continue to plug away at this goal. Since this is one more place I have stashed info, I need to catch up with myself on this one, so I don’t re-invent the wheel too many times.]
  • create the database of images scanned and labelled with metadata.

Education

  • watch one online video about genealogy [I watched Thomas MacEntee’s webinar on backing up your data in March, although I couldn’t attend live. Not strictly genealogy education but important. I think this month I’ll watch another RootsMagic webinar, since learning how to use the program more effectively can only be helpful.]

Research

* process 4 headstone photos from my first Ashford cemetery trip (enter data into RootsMagic; make sure saved as tif file; save in archive directory) [Note: I’m having trouble addressing this one and I’m not sure why. I need to change it to something I can and will do, rather than just repeating it from month to month.]

* find way to contact Steve P. and/or his mother about pictures of the old Salt house before all the work was done [This is another one that I need to move on, or take off the list.]

* In February I found another address for the Denmans and sent another letter out to them, looking for the original deed to William Denman and seeking a copy

* Send for another set of certificates, etc. from FHL

Writing

* write at least 2 blog posts (plus To-Do list)

Organization

* spend half an hour a week, either Monday or Wednesday, dealing with the things already in sheet protectors on my desk (enter any data in RootsMagic; if photo make sure scanned; file in appropriate binder) [So far, even with putting it on my calendar, I’m not getting this done either. Not necessarily a fun job, but it really needs to be done – so I know what I already have and so my desk is clearer for the next round of research.]

* copy marriage sources for Dan’s side in Clooz to RootsMagic (sourcing each certificate and attaching to individual who is primary) [I got the births done, and am starting to understand how to use the sources in RootsMagic. Yay!]

* process info in one file in Research Notes 2010 directory (enter into RootsMagic; move file to appropriate directory) [I got another one done in February and will continue to plug away at this goal.]

Education

* watch one online video about genealogy (I watched the RootsMagic webinar on sources and citations in February and found it helpful. I have another RootsMagic one to watch, and am planning to attend Thomas MacEntee’s on backing up your data on March 23.) [Looks like I am better at pursuing education than organizing! I have also discovered that I like having things I can go back to and re-watch or re-listen to. I just went back to the sources one to verify how something works. Handy!]

* read first chapter in Evidence Explained

After the excitement of the iGenes, I turn to more mundane issues.  And here, ta-da, is my genealogy to-do list for February.  As I explore using this method of holding myself accountable, I would like to particularly thank Tonia for the Writing and the Education headings.  For now my goal is to keep up the every other week blog post that Judy and I alternate.  I am often surprised at how much time and how much thought it can take to get one done.  And I like the idea of pushing myself to do educational activities each month, even if it is only watching a video to start with.  Maybe I can build up to doing a course.  Education is the area I fall down in most, although the others are all a close 2nd place.

Research

  • process 4 headstone photos from first Ashford cemetery trip (enter data into RootsMagic; make sure saved as tif file; save in archive directory; there may not be more than a few that are really useable) [I got started in January and got discouraged by the number of images that could not be read. I also still need a consistent way to name files.]
  • find way to contact Steve P. and/or his mother about pictures of the old Salt house before all the work was done [This was on the January list and I still haven’t found a way to contact them. Perhaps the realtor would give me that information?]
  • find a new address for the Denmans I want to contact about the original deed to William Denman in 1795 in New York. The letter I sent off in January came back with a mysterious postal code that there was no mail receptacle and that it couldn’t be forwarded. Wonder what no mail receptacle means exactly? Was their mailbox buried in the snow (always possible this winter)? Hm.

Writing

  • write at least 2 blog posts (I’m on the schedule to post for the 14th and 28th I think) [Plus my Genealogy To-Do List which doesn’t count as a regular post I have decided. Judy will be glad to hear this.]

Organization

  • spend half an hour a week, on Monday or Wednesday, dealing with the things already in sheet protectors on my desk (enter any data in RootsMagic; if photo make sure scanned; file in appropriate binder)
  • copy birth sources for Dan’s side in Clooz to RootsMagic (sourcing each certificate and attaching to individual who is primary)
  • process info in one file in Research Notes 2010 directory (enter into RootsMagic; move file to appropriate directory)

Education

  • watch one online video about genealogy (TBD which one)
  • read DearMYRTLE’s February Organization Checklist which I’m hoping will help me with my image file naming and filing issues. I’m not sure whether this is Organization or Education, but since it is something I need to learn I’m putting it here.

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