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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Do you have relatives who want gift ideas?

Check out this blog by Diane Boumenot, One Rhode Island Family. Great ideas!

50 Gifts for Genealogists this Christmas

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More catching up to do…

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

There is so much to blog about – I’ve heard from a few distant cousins, I’ve found some interesting facts, and I’ve enjoyed some new tech gadgets that make genealogy more accessible and enjoyable.

What I haven’t done is keep up on this blog – but that’s about to change.

Can I make a New Year’s resolution in December? Okay, I’ve decided that I can.

I write blogs for clients and for our small business. I enjoy blogging, my vocation is writing, and I have no trouble keeping the business tasks and projects up to date. Now…I vow to keep up my own genealogy blog.

Luckily, things in my life have slowed down for the first time in about 3 years. My husband and I have spent more than the past 3 years working on renovating an income property. We did it almost all by hand. It’s sold! My time is once again my own!

I’ve been relishing the extra time, and have especially enjoyed the ways that the free time has benefitted my genealogy hobby. Of course, I still have a 40-hour a week job writing for a local engineer, and my husband and I own a web and print design company, but the home improvements we were doing IN ADDITION to all that were what put me over the brink.

Since selling the house, in the last 2 weeks I’ve caught up on quite a few things that have needed attention. I’ve also begun enjoying hobbies and other interests again. I took a few evenings and a weekend to clear out my office and files. I now have all my tools, information, and ancestor’s relics easily at hand. I’ll admit, the paperwork could be better organized, and the photos need some heavy sorting, but what I’ve done so far has made it easier to plop down in my chair any evening and pick up on research where I’ve left off.

Last night, I did just that. In fact, the results of that will be the subject of my next blog….

Back to my roots

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
St. Breward, Cornwall church

St. Breward, Cornwall, Church

Things are finally slowing down in my “real life,” and I finally have time to move my bins of genealogy records, photos, and memorabilia into my new office. It’s really fun rediscovering old files and unfinished business.

A coworker was asking me about different free sites for his granddaughter to access for a class project. It reminded me that I need to update my resources page, and I took a look at the site. I haven’t done any updates or blog posts in over a year!

I’m putting aside one evening a week for genealogy. Don’t try to stop me, world!

More to come as I unearth records, write and post pics from my genealogical journey to Cornwall, scan old photos, and update my tree…

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.