02 March 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 9

Four more weeks and this Genealogy Do-Over is not really done. Thomas MacEntee is going to start off with Week 1 soon after. I can't believe its March! I know I still have to put up my Crestleaf review I'm in the process of editing it and updating my progress of organizing my dad's genealogy but everyday responsibilities come in and another day is put off. I'm working on it. I know you folks juggle things daily and weekly just like me.

Well, here is Week 9 GDO Topics: 1) Conducting Cluster Research and 2) Organizing Research Materials – Documents and Photos.

First of all, what is Cluster Research? Here's Thomas MacEntee definition, "Here is the definition of Cluster Research that I use for my own research: When you research the friends, associates and neighbors (aka F.A.N. club) who were part of the community of your direct line ancestors. Most times this means focusing on the geographical area where your ancestors lived or the locales from and to which they migrated."

Organizing Research Materials - Documents and Photos 
This is what I am working on now. Thomas shares his tips and resources. I know this is one GDO week I'm looking over again.

Next Week: Week 10 – 6-12 March 2015
Reviewing DNA Testing Options
Organizing Research Materials – Digital

23 February 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 8

Week 8 Topics: 1) Conducting Collateral Research and 2) Reviewing Offline Education Options
Also, Thomas MacEntee posted that after the GDO ends on April 3, 2015 he will be restarting with Week 1 the very next day!! Awesome!!
Here's the link to week 8.

RootsTech 2015 Videos

If you didn't get a chance to view the live sessions for Rootstech 2015 here is the link or you can click on the picture. The Syllabus is still available as well here is the link. I've been reading over the syllabus and found some great resources. 

Here's some AWESOME NEWS!!!

Looks like Rootstech 2016 in already set!!

17 February 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 7

Genealogy Do-Over Week 7 Topics: 1) Reviewing Genealogy Database Software 
and 2)  Digitizing Photos and Documents. 

I look forward to Thomas MacEntee's GDO Weekly  posts. Reality set in that we are half way through GDO. At least I can go back and read all his posts. I was looking forward to this week topics about genealogy data software program and digitizing photos. 
So, my current genealogy software program is Legacy, but I've been having problems integrating it with FamilySearch I always get a "error loading type library/dll". I've contacted Legacy, got their email, followed their instructions, researched online and still haven't figured out how to connect to FamilySearch. I'm not sure if I'm going to stay with Legacy or switch. I'm leaning on switching. 
I've digitized most of our family photos as I've been going through my dad's records. I do have a book and photos that are 11x17 to scan. However, my scanner can't fit them. So, still gotta tackle that one.
Here's the link to GDO Week 7.

10 February 2015

Rootstech 2015 Live Streaming Sessions

If you can't make RootsTech this year like me - Live Stream IT!! I plan on planting myself in front of my computer and watching the live sessions. All sessions will be on Rootstech.org  home page sessions will automatically refresh if they don't then hit your refresh button and you are good to go!!

09 February 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 6

I've been talking with some of my friends and family about Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over and some think its a crazy idea and some don't. I had wanted to start this Genealogy Do-Over as I knew someday I would have to tackle my dad's genealogy. He has not been in good health and his records have been in my care. I knew that some of his records were not in order, just put in boxes. My first week into this GDO and honestly a week before it I pulled out all of my dad's records and most of it was not in order. With juggling so many things and his care the organizing of his records will take a few months. In the meantime, I'm so excited about Thomas MacEntee's GDO cause I can apply that at anytime. So, my Do-Over is more of organizing at this point but that doesn't stop me from reading each GDO post.

Here's what's in store for Week 6

Topics: 1) Evaluating Evidence and 2) Reviewing Online Education Options

Rootstech 2015 Class Syllabus

Awesome!!  Here it is.....Click on link or the picture to the syllabus website.

GenealogyInTime Top Genealogy Websites 2015

Cool infographic of the Top Genealogy Websites 2015

02 February 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 5

Genealogy Do-Over Week 5   Topics: 1) Building a Research Toolbox an  2) Citing Sources. 

My Research Toolbox formed three years ago each year I clean it up, now that I think about it I should clean it up this week. The reason I started my Research Toolbox were by these few questions I'd say to myself over and over again, “Where did I put that link?”, “Which site did I see that record on?” and  “I’ll just bookmark it and find it later.” I’m guilty of these sayings.  And for record, when I did bookmark a link and needed it later it took me forever to find it because I had to scroll through my looooong list of bookmarks. Frustrating! Since creating my Genealogy Research Toolbox it has helped me tremendously to easily find a website, blog or newspaper article online. I'll share my Research Toolbox in upcoming posts. Meanwhile, If you haven’t created one yet read Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over Week 5  he gives great tips to start and for a bonus he shares some websites to help you get started.

Next Week: Week 6 – 5-11 February 2015

Evaluating Evidence
Reviewing Online Education Options

27 January 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 4

I'm really enjoying Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do Over Posts here's Week 4

Topics: 1) Managing Projects and Tasks and 2) Tracking Searches

Thomas shares how he manages his projects on an excel program. Click here scroll down the page to see the video. I think this is a great idea. I might try something like this to help me manage my projects. Tracking your searches is something I could do better on. Here's the link to Week 4

Next Week: Week 5 – 30 January – 5 February 2015

Building a Research Toolbox
Citing Sources