May, 2005

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Keeping track of research

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

I’ve found it almost impossible to keep track of all my research data. I’m thrilled that I keep discovering more and more about my ancestors, but all these piles just keep on growing.

Another problem developed with my website. I started with one or two pages and it kept evolving. I didn’t have a good organizational plan set up, and it became difficult and tiresome to update the site. I just realized I haven’t updated since 2002! Where did the time go?

To alleviate some of the problem, I have decided to get to work redesigning and reorganizing the site. I have begun a brand new organizational scheme, and created a new java script menu so that I don’t have to update 50-some pages every time I decide to make a new section or add a surname.

My husband, Rick, insists that a blog will help me keep track of my thoughts, research, and new developments along the way. So, here goes. . .

Work work work

Friday, May 20th, 2005

I worked on the site for about 5 hours today and it is beginning to shape up. I renamed all 250-some pictures with a good organizational scheme. I made a navigation bar that I’m happy with, after alot of trial and error. I updated every page and renamed them all.

I’m very excited about the revamped site, because I’m sure it will be much simpler to update. This blog will help me keep track of records that I discover. It may also be a good research journal.

I’ve thought of a few things I’d like to accomplish…
Update all the trees. I need to remember to keep information about living people out of the published versions. I also would like to add the 50 or so great pictures I’ve gotten for various families.

I have scads of birth and marriage records now from Scotland and Cornwall that I could scan and include. I also have many more census records.

Tonight, after I was worn out from all the re-organizing, I decided to see what ancestry.com has added to their records. They now have the WWI records for Virginia. I found Rick’s great grandfather, William “Matthews” Palmer, living in Suffolk, Nansemond, Va. (which is where I found him in the 1910 census. I still haven’t found him in 1920. He may have been in Michigan by then, meeting Iris. I found Robert Felix — I believe this is Mac’s son.

Another distant Palmer cousin wrote me about a month ago. I believe I found his great-grandfather, Virgil C. I must email him to see if he has access to ancestry.com or if he’d like me to get a copy for him.

I also need to remember to get together all the records that I found for Gene Dunnuck. I MUST get them in a large envelope and send them on to him. I keep intending to organize and report how I found each new record, but, at this late date, I think he’d be happy to get a big messy pile to sort through himself!

Another reminder: get a short report and copies of census records, etc. to Gary. I found a lot of his Missouri family and it will give him a great boost for his own research.

4:30 a.m. – I’d better get to bed if I’m going to be any good putting up drywall tomorrow.