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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….

A new beginning in 2010

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I just spent a couple hours updating my blog. My old one wasn’t resident on the heritage site, so I created a new one, imported my banner, and copied all the old blog posts into the new one.

Wow, were my posts sporadic! I have to set up some type of schedule to keep up on all I’ve found since these last posts.

I also made a new name in twitter, and all my new posts will automatically be posted there as well. I hope this helps distant cousins discover my site.

I have a lot of goals this year: scan all of my family pictures, reorganize and cull new facts from all the research I’ve done over the past 10 years, get together with family members who want to share genealogical info, and renew acquaintance with those I haven’t emailed in the past couple of years.

I’d also like to blog about our wonderful trip to Europe and some of the info I discovered there.

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.