Feb 23

GeneaGlogger’s 2010 Winter Games, Task 4B

This task asks that I create a timeline using a free application; I used the suggest application, Timetoast.

This subject of this timeline is my dead-end great-grandfather, Charles Yuen/Ewen/Ewens/Yournd/Yearnd, about whom I have previously written.

The genealogy program I use, RootsMagic, displays a wonderful timeline in the individual’s view, but I tried this anyway.

To illustrate, I added a date of birth for every indirect source I had.  I also added his children’s births, which don’t show up on an individual’s detail screen. A weakness that I noted was that day, month and year were required.  To be honest, the farther in my research I travel, the less sure I am of dates.  Since many dates are hard to pin find myself using “about” or “between” quite often.  This tool did not allow for that, so that info had to be placed in the notes.

I prefer the list view, not because the timeline is not pretty, but because I can see all the information at one time, in the order they occurred. I do not have to click or highlight a dot to see an individual fact.  I can not make the list show here, but you can look at it that way from the public link.

Feb 20

Some Wexford County Obituaries

As part of the 2010 Geneablogger Winter Games, I have been organizing my files, renaming some, adding tags and so on. While doing that I came across some information which may help some of you! I posted these on the Wexford, Michigan RootsWeb e-mail list years ago. I think adding it here might reach some people who just “Google” their names. I am often surprised at the search terms which land people on this blog.

While I was copying obituaries from a scrapbook, some “extra” obituaries which were on the pages with my subjects hitchhiked home with me. If you are researching any of these people, please click the “contact me” link at the top right of this page, and e-mail me the name of your subject. I will e-mail you a copy of the obituary.

Last First Year
Agren Gordon Lee 1942
Albright John 1942
Badder Caroline 1942
Baird Mrs. Richard 1942
Benson John 1942
Boggs Kate 1942
Brewer Smith 1942
Brooks Ruppert 1942
Bruyette Mose 1942
Clark Almeda L. 1949
Edelman Mrs. Charles Anna Lindberg 1942
Flynn Frank W. 1942
Fourman Pharon 1942
Greef, Jr. Karl 1949
Ingemanson Mrs. Ola Selma Samuelson 1941
Johnson Mrs. Albert G 1942
Ketchum Alton 1942
Lamunion Glen A. 1940
Long Mr & Mrs George + 4 children 1942
Manktelow Mrs. Albert Florence Chapin 1940
Merrill Lt. Donald W. 1942-1949
Meyer William F. 1942
Miller William R 1942
Miller Frank W. 1949
Monroe Charles Edward 1942
Nelson Baby of Mr. & Mrs. George Nelson 1942
Older Mrs. John Susana Shirer 1942
Rogers Mrs. Charles Blanche Smith 1942
Russ Luie 1942
Servis Clyde 1949
Servis Mrs. Frank Mary Ellen Krager 1942
Stevens Harvey H. 1949
Thompson Orlo 1942
Van Ocker William 1942

Feb 19

Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games — Progress!

Over the past couple of days, I have been doing the factory work of genealogy. Since I committed to do a lot of that in my resolutions earlier this year, it is about time I got to it!

A few years ago, I went through my shelves, and read through every notebook filled with copies, notes and information. I entered all data into my computer, added sources, scanned everything, and breathed a sigh of relief, which I am sure was heard in Siberia.

Then Evidence Explained was published, and my genealogy program was updated to help me cite properly. All of this lead to my realization that a citation is not a citation, or at least every citation is not created equal. Luckily, I can print a report showing my sources and where they are used in citations. Thank you RootsMagic!

Well maybe not. The report is 339 pages long. No, I did not print it, I saved it as a pdf. If there is any good news here, it is that I have actually sourced my facts, and the information I need is present. Additionally, my newer citations are entered more correctly, and will not need revision. The bad news is that many of my sources need to be re-entered, changed around, or somehow corrected.

On to the Winter Games progress for on Task 1, “Go back and cite your sources!” I have thus far added 64 correctly formatted citations to my database, qualifying Granny’s Genealogy for a platinum medal in Task One. The work will continue!

For Task 3A , I filed 32 new items properly in their notebooks  these hard copies are not original documents and can be replaced, so they are organized by Surname, First Name and added into my huge ring-binder collection.

I moved on to Task 3B, and can report that I renamed, organized, tagged, and separated into computer folders, 282 digital files containing transcriptions of various events, including deeds, obituaries and so on. These are now filed in folders by surname, the same way my hard copies in notebooks are. I am happy to have this done, and it will make adding new transcriptions and locating the material already transcribed much easier.

So, I am in the running for at least a Silver medal in Category 3, and there is time left before the closing ceremonies!

Feb 19

Progress Report Number Four, 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games

Task

1  – Complete.  This requirement fit in nicely with my current push to reformat my citations recommendation by Mills, in Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. I reformatted 59 of those sources February 17-18.  The drudgery will continue!

Category 1 – Platinum

______________________________________________________

2A – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2B – Hoping for clarification, help me out, read and comment here: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2C – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2D – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2E – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg

Category 2 – ????

______________________________________________________
3A – I filed 32 new items properly in their notebooks on February 17, these hard copies are not original documents and can be replaced, so they are organized by Surname, First Name and added into my huge ring-binder collection. http://xrl.in/4kab
3B –
3C
3D
3E
3F

Category 3 — Silver

______________________________________________________
4A – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6
4B
4C
4D
4E – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12

Category 4 — Silver

______________________________________________________
5A
5B
5C – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12 , http://xrl.in/4it6 ,
http://xrl.in/4j14, and this one.
5D
5E
5F – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6

Category 5, Silver

______________________________________________________

6A – I read 10 new blogs 15 February 2010, and commented on several.
6B – Added 32 memorials and grave photographs to Find-A-Grave to satisfy this requirement on 15 Feb 2010
6C
6D
6E
6F
6G – Complete, I have used the Google follow feature for a couple of blogs. I will probably change them over to my feed reader, since what is how I prefer to follow, but I did meet this condition and will leave them as followed for the duration of the Games!

Category 6, Gold.

I am pretty pleased with myself and my progress.  I will continue and keep my nose to the grindstone.

Feb 18

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words, Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games Task 2 In Five Parts

Task A, security plan for hard copies and photos:

All my collected data relating to my research is scanned, and available in digital format on my “main” computer. My scanned data is in notebooks on shelves, and is not in water proof containers. My irreplaceable original hard copies are stored in our safety deposit box at our credit union. Those are limited to records of a family estate and a hand-written genealogy handed down from an ancestor.

Task B: Secure hard copies and photos in waterproof containers:

I have no plan to store my data in waterproof containers, since I have digital copies of every page, and a total of 3 backup copies of all digital copies. The volume makes it impossible to even dream of waterproof storage.

My limited number of ancestral photographs and keepsakes are stored at home in a fire-proof safe. Digital copies and or photographs reside on my computer. I have not investigated the possibility of waterproof containers for the photos.

Task C: Back up all your data, external, flash, CD, online, or whatever.

Please refer to my data backup plan. This has been in effect for 2+ years and I am satisfied my files and digital photographs are safe. You can enlarge by clicking the thumbnail.

backup plan

If you have questions, please post them in a comment, I will be glad to answer.

Task D: All hard copies and photos scanned and secure them either in a fire-proof safe or offsite in SD box/secure environment. OK, on this one I admit I am confused. Should the hard copies and photos be in a fire-proof safe, and a waterproof container? Task B says waterproof, this one says fire-proof. Help!!!!!! Please comment on this one.

My plan does not change for this. Some irreplaceable photographs are stored in a fire-proof gun safe here at home, but it is not practical to store every document there.

Task E: all data is backed up digitally and secured physically and you can recover form any disaster while only losing one month or less of research.

I am confident about my plan for my digital data. I do not feel I will lose more than a month of data. But I am not waterproof and I cannot tell if the tasks build on each other.

I hope some of my GeneaBlogging friends will comment here and tell me what award I deserve. I am not waterproof, and probably will never be, but my digital copies are safe. The award criteria is:

  • Complete Task A – Bronze Medal
  • Complete Task B – Silver Medal
  • Complete Task C – Gold Medal
  • Complete Task D – Diamond Medal
  • Complete Task E – Platinum Medal

As much as I think I am safe, and deserve at least a diamond medal here, I am open to opinion and suggestions for improvement. What say you?

Feb 18

Progress Report #3, 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games

Task

1

2A – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2B – Hoping for clarification, help me out, read and comment here: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2C – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2D – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg
2E – complete: http://xrl.in/4jhg

3A
3B
3C
3D
3E
3F

4A – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6
4B
4C
4D
4E – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12

5A
5B
5C – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12 , http://xrl.in/4it6 ,
http://xrl.in/4j14, and this one.
5D
5E
5F – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6

6A – I read 10 new blogs 15 February 2010, and commented on several.
6B – Added 32 memorials and grave photographs to Find-A-Grave to satisfy this requirement on 15 Feb 2010
6C
6D
6E
6F
6G – Complete, I have used the Google follow feature for a couple of blogs. I will probably change them over to my feed reader, since what is how I prefer to follow, but I did meet this condition and will leave them as followed for the duration of the Games!

Feb 17

Task 6B, 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games

I found it quite embarrassing to notice what task B is: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find-A Grave. I was embarrassed due to this file folder set on my main computer. You can enlarge it by clicking on the thumbnail, but I wish you would skip it. I can tell you what I found, 472 files in 25 folders. I think I was going to submit spreadsheets, and then add the photos when the memorials were posted.

find-a-grave

This set of folders are photos which I have already posted on my blog, and which I intended to post to Find-A-Grave, “when I had time”. Ha. The time is here, and the task says, “one or more”.

I added 32 memorials and photographs on 15 February 2010, to satisfy task 6B. I will try to add a few more each week until I catch up!

My Find-A-Grave profile is here, if you are interested in looking at it.

Feb 16

Progress Report #2 for the 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games

Task

1

2A
2B
2C
2D
2E

3A
3B
3C
3D
3E
3F

4A – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6
4B
4C
4D
4E – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12

5A
5B
5C – complete: http://xrl.in/4j12 , http://xrl.in/4it6 ,
http://xrl.in/4j14, and this one.
5D
5E
5F – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6

6A – I read 10 new blogs today 15 February 2010, and commented on several.

6B
6C
6D
6E
6F
6G – complete, I have used the Google follow feature for a couple of blogs. I will probably change them over to my feed reader, since what is how I prefer to follow, but I did meet this condition and will leave them as followed for the duration of the Games!

Feb 16

Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games Task 4E



Made with WordItOut

I used Word it Out to create this graphic which shows the surnames in my family. Somehow, just the names seem very incomplete, so here is a little more.

The Johnstons and the Rapiers arrived in Huron County, Ontario from Scotland, where they married.

Long and Myers arrived in Ontario, already married with a family, from the disputed territory of Alsace-Lorraine. They always said they were French, and claimed birth in France.

A Kaiser came to Huron County, Ontario from his home in Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada. His ancestors, who were loyal to the King, had walked to Niagara and then settled in Kaiserville, near York (now called Toronto). You can find out a lot more about them at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

A Long married a Kaiser, they lived in Huron County, Ontario, then migrated to Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan.

In Cadillac another Kaiser married a Johnston. Did I say that the Johnstons also migrated from Huron County, Ontario to Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan?

A Yearnd/Yournd and a Detmann/Detman, already married, dropped into Howell, Livingston County, Michigan from outer space Germany? One Yearnd completed his education and traveled to Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan, where he married a Kaiser.

William H. Yearnd and Winnie Alice Kaiser were my paternal grandparents.

Howard married Winn somewhere near their home in Rombow Precinct, Fishkill, New York. A Winn married a Ham, they lived in Columbia County, New York.

There another Winn married a Sherwood; they lived in Washington County, New York.

Then another Winn married a Palmer. They lived in Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer, New York.

But wait, the Palmer was adopted, his name was Askey or Ascha at birth. He came from Bennington County, Vermont, or Columbia County New York, or perhaps Berkshire County, Massachusetts. His parent’s surnames were Ascha/Askey and Ackert.

A Herrington, or perhaps Harrington dropped from outer space Ireland? into Rensselaer County, New York. He married a Palmer, who had previously been married and divorced from a Hill.

David Henry Herrington and Helen Lois Palmer were my maternal grandparents.

Somehow, Marjorie Helen Herrington found her way to Detroit ca 1949-1950, where James Austin Yearnd was attending Wayne State University. They married on January 20, 1951, at his mother’s home in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan. They were my parents.

If you are researching any of these names, in outer space, or a location I have indicated for that name, please contact me from the link on the upper right.

This graphic was created and posted to satisfy the requirement of category 4, Expand Your Knowledge, task E for the Winter 2010 Geneabloggers Games. Additionally, it was created on 15 February 2010, and posted with a scheduled time for publication of 6:00 a.m. EST, in partial satisfaction of task 5C.

Feb 15

Happy Blogoversary To Me

Thanks for the good wishes from everyone, I am happy to be observing my 3rd blogoversary today, February 15, 2010. I hope I can continue through the next year!

In other business, my progress in the Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Winter Games:

Task

1
2A
2B
2C
2D
2E
3A
3B
3C
3D
3E
3F
4A – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6
4B
4C
4D
4E
5A
5B
5C
5D
5E
5F – complete: http://xrl.in/4it6
6A
6B
6C
6D
6E
6F
6G

 

With the count down to the end of the games well underway, I need to pick up some speed!

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