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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Genealogy Road trip of 2015

Genealogy Road Trip

Over the next few blog posts, I will be chronicling my recent road trip across the mid west of the USA, talking about my successes as well as my failures.  My goal is to make you laugh and cry, but to also help everyone who is planning a trip like this, so your trip is successful.

Mt carmel Illinois city limits sign 

Day one: We, (my daughter Liz and I) left Charlotte on a Wednesday after I got off work.  The car was packed, (over packed actually) and we were raring to go! Bellies were full and funny posts went on facebook, "Westbound and down, loaded up and trucking"... Our first stop, pre loaded into "Tommy" our GPS, was about 12 hours away in Mt Carmel Il.  

But of course we had to get through North Carolina, Kentucy, and Indiana first. We had driven this first leg in NC many times, as it went to Asheville, and we used to go to the local Girl scout camp several times a year.

As we drove along, passing all the highway exits, random memories flashed in my head.  My thoughts wandered; At this exit you can see the McAdenville Christmas lights, I took the girl scouts to the Gastonia Planitarium off this exit, I had a papered chef party at this exit, and so on.  Once we got to Shelby, thoughts and prayers went out to families from the horrible SC murders, as we passed where the killer was caught.

It was dark when we hit Tennessee, but my goal was to get as close to Mt Carmel as I could, so we would have lots of daylight to "shoot" the cemetery, where my birth mother's family was buried when we got there.

Mountain driving is  not fun, especially in the dark, but there wasn't much traffic or oncoming lights to blind me as I drove.

Kentucky was the next state we came to, and Liz had been asleep for hours, as I drive on, singing to the songs on the iPod, trying to stay awake.

I finally stopped in Lexington, to get a few hours of sleep, as it was after 2 am and I had been up for almost 20 hours.

Day one was a complete success! went through 3 states, and almost to our 1st genealogy stop on the adventure.

Stay tuned for the next installment!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Don't Be a Cow About It!!!!

Everyone in this cycle of the genealogy Do-Over is busy writing down what their plans are to help keep them on track.  Everyone is posting their documents and one really struck my fancy....

Thanks to Melissa Elder of Thornbury NZ, for her funny but honest approach to her Ethics and Practises (yes those down under spell it that way, and not how us "yanks" (people from the USA) spell it.

Here are screen shots of her Code of Ethics and Practises and are pretty spot on.

Here's hoping we can see more from Melissa, as she has a great way with words.

tagging files in windows explorer

This is a video I did to show how to use the tagging feature in windows.

By using tags, you can limit your file name and the great thing about tags is they are searchable

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Do Over -Week one Round 3

This week starts the third round of the Genealogy Do- Over.

The Do- Over is where you look at how you have been researching, your habits both good and bad, and the research documents you have.

Each week you have a list of "to do" items for you to think about, review, then evaluate how you can make the items more effective in your research.

A foundation is always the most important thing to establish so I decided to create a webinar to help us understand why designing the filing system is paramount before adding/renaming and filing our documents and photos for our genealogy proof.

Feel fre to have a look at the webinar, as it also will apply to any organization task you set out to "do over"

Friday, June 12, 2015

My daughter's genealogy wish

I'm posting this for my daughter, please share so we can get a wide audience for my daughter's quest to go to Prague, and research her family line. I'm so proud of her for taking this journey!! It has brought us so close together, as we both share the love of Genealogy. I've seen her passion first hand as she discovers a new relative, as well as her compassion as she discovers the horrors that her ancestors endured.

My name is Elizabeth Filipek Buckholz and I am 18 years old and currently a sophomore in college. I am raising money to go to Europe to find my biological...

My name is Elizabeth Filipek Buckholz and I am 18 years old and currently a sophomore in college. I am raising money to go to Europe to find my biological family of Filipek.  The picture shown is of a family farm has been in the Filipek family since 1547 and I would like to go there to get information about the Filipek family before they immigrated to the United States and settled in Minnesota. This will be the first stop that I make on this trip. 

While in DC, I discovered many Filipeks that were in German concentration camps during World War 2. I also found a Katarzyna Filipek who was killed in Poland by the German Nazis for hiding a Jewish family for several months. These discoveries have increased my desire to go overseas to Czech Republic to find my family.

My trip will include visiting some of the concetration camps where the Filipeks were imprisoned, churches, libraries, as well as goverment buildings to gather data, pictures, and stories. I will also be reaching out to living relatives who live in the vicinity to get their stories and to share information about their American relatives.

I have been doing genealogy research with my mom since I was about 10 years old, and I have been bitten by the genealogy bug. I want to know where I come from and learn about the hardship and struggles that my family endured so that I could be alive today. 

Thank you for your support. 


Genealogy Tool Box

Genealogy Tool Box

Week 5 (I think) was about building/creating a genealogy tool box.  A virtual place to store all your websites (outside of the top sites like ancestry, fold3, family search)

Well I've dabbled in all of the options mentioned in this week's topic.

First and the most difficult (IMO) is the external list method.

This is where you keep a separate sheet in excel /or word or worse on paper to keep all of your links.

For me, this method is cumbersome way to keep track.  One would have to take the spreadsheet with them (or have it online somewhere) and if storing it online is the goal, there are much easier ways than a spreadsheet or document. Another thing to think about is, does the computer you will be using somewhere else, have the software to open the document/spreadsheet. Even with Google docs, some public computers are blocking the use of google docs, so now we have this wonderful list of places to search, but alas, we don't have access.

Now let's move on to what most people would say is obvious, a browser's bookmarks.  While they work great for a one computer use, however with the new updates coming out for browsers, bookmarks may be portable.

One of the suggestions was to build a weebly site, which I tried, and even with my website building background, I found it cumbersome and hard to manipulate the book marks I already had. So I scrapped that after about a week of beating my head against the wall.

Way back in the day I came across a website I absolutely loved.  It was called back flip.  It was a site you logged into and you could log the sites you visited with the click of a button.  There was a place to give the site a name, a description as well as the link.  This was any computer you went to, all you had ot do was log into back flip and poof! there were all your links.  I loved back flip and promoted it to everyone, this was "cloud computing" in its infancy.  I'm sad to report, back flip fell by the wayside.

So fast forward a few years and we now have Icrumz.

This setup is similar to back flip.  It is a website where you set up a free account, and then you drag a icon to your toolbar.
Icrumz icon

Any website you visit, can be added to Icrumz, by clicking on that icon. So I can be on face book, see a link I want to save, click on the link, then click on the icon.  The links in Icrumz can be moved around with in a folder, or across folders.  If you are at another pc, just log onto Icrumz and your links are there, drag the icon to the top of the tool bar, and you can save additional websites you find.

So if you want something easy to use, with no learning curve, Icrumz is the answer.