I’m way late to the party with the 15th week of Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog series but it’s such a good topic I couldn’t pass on it. The task at hand is to write a post which solves a problem that your readers (or potential readers) have. Tonia discusses six ways to identify such a problem:
Solve your own problems
Look for questions in search referrals
Analyze internal searches
Ask readers for questions
Look for problems on other sites
Get ideas from friends and family
I didn’t even have to look past #1 to find something to blog about today
My main genealogical problem these days is finding time to solve my own problems, at least ancestrally speaking! I’ve got no end of excuses. Lately, aside from the general joys, trials, and tribulations of every-day life, my time has been spent on:
ProGen13 – I LOVE it! this (…more)
This month the focus of my ProGen study group is on building a personal genealogy library. My studymate Melinda was gracious enough to post her assignment early by way of a link to her online library catalog at LibraryThing.com and the rest of us are shamelessly borrowing her pretty marvelous find.
It goes without saying that, as a keeper of a blog, I LOVE the written word and, as an avid reader and writer, I’ve amassed, as I imagine a lot of bloggers have, quite a collection of books over the years. My house is bursting at the seams with books: many on overstuffed bookshelves; stacks balanced on spare chairs; the ever growing collection of must-reads on my night stand; lists of recommended titles I’d like to read but don’t own yet, tucked into my book club journal ; and bags in the garage, filled with books I’ve read but, for a variety of reasons, feel are (…more)
Thomas MacEntee from Geneabloggers posed this question the other day and I think it’s a good one.
The purpose of my blog was threefold:
to share knowledge: I wanted a place where I could securely upload my Gedcom file and share the results of 30+ years of research while still maintaining control over the data. Although I’d originally planned on using Rootsmagic4 to create static webpages of my genealogy reports which I could then upload to a page on the blog, Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation (TNG) software turned out to be a much more fluid and functional solution. TNG is a database which allows users to search my data and filter it any number of ways to create unique reports and see exactly what they’re looking for. With some effort, and Darrin’s infinite patience, WordPress and TNG work seamlessly together. It’s pretty awesome!!!!!
to hone my writing skills: I love to (…more)
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of this blog It’s been a great year! Blogging has given me a chance to delve deeper into palaeography and my beloved Denchfields. Blogging prompts (thanks Thomas and Tonia!!!) have been a creative inspiration and a big help to my writing. I’ve connected with distant cousins from around the world and met some fascinating people on the message boards at Rootschat.com, at the genealogical and family history societies I’ve joined, and through the 2011 Spring Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research program and the ongoing ProGen13 study group. Also can’t forget to mention my fellow bloggers and Twitter co-horts
This past year, I’ve enrolled in classes at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, completed a draft of Turner Collins Genealogy my family history book, traveled to England for a family vacation/genealogical research fieldtrip, and begun volunteering at the local county history (…more)
In the Name of God, Amen I Mary Dench=
field of the Parish of Aston–Abbots in the County of Bucks
(and Widow of the late John Denchfield of North–Marston~
in the same County Dairyman) being weak in Body but
of sound and perfect memory and Understanding do
make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament,
as follows:— I give and bequeath unto my Son ~~
Richard the Sum of Fourscore Pounds:—I give
unto my Daughter Elizabeth Fifty Pounds:—I give to
my Daughter Sarah, the Wife of John Parrott of East~
Claydon, the Sum of Twenty Pounds:— I give unto my
Daughter Ann, the Wife of William Baker of North–~
Marston aforesaid, Forty Pounds:—I give to Susanna
the Wife of William Curtis (my Daughter) of Denham,
Forty Pounds:—I give unto my Servant and Grand–
son John Chantrel, Twenty pounds, all which before=
mentioned Legacies I desire my (…more)
Way back at the beginning of August, I laid out a genealogy plan for the rest of the summer. It was a really busy summer. While I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, I made a dent and then some…
My beloved Denchfields, a real thorn in my side these days… Mike Dewey of the Buckinghamshire Family History Society kindly sent copies of several wills which, while they filled in some gaps, threw a wrench into one of my working theories of this confusing branch of my family.
In depth study of the Peaches of Peterborough – took a backseat when I discovered my Denchfield error.
An opportunity presented itself to spend time on my father’s maternal German ancestors and it was a refreshing change of pace. I find it interesting that I’ve been able to go back hundreds of years in my UK research, but I’ve run (…more)
The very kind Mike Dewey of the Buckinghamshire Family History Society, BFHS, made a visit (several actually) to the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, CBS, on my behalf and sent me images of several Denchfield wills today, including this one made by Henry Denchfield of Quainton in 1662. Thank you Mike Dewey!!!! Although the Internet is a wonderful thing, making available all sorts of records from around the world, there is so much more to be had. Over the next several months, Mike will be scanning manorial records, court rolls, court books, terriers, and village surveys dating back to the 1600s, in search of references to my Denchfields and any clues which may help sort out the jumble of Johns, Richards, Marys and Elizabeths which have haunted me for years. I have nearly exhausted sources available online for my Denchfields, including census records, parish register transcripts, some probate records and land conveyances, (…more)
Miss Elsie Mae Ebert
7 April 1914-12 January 1999
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I recently began experimenting with Microsoft OneNote and wrote about my first impressions here. Since then, I’ve uploaded some of the templates I’m using for research and they are available here: OneNote Research Templates.
One of my favorite uses for OneNote is laying out a chronology. When faced with a genealogical puzzle, I’ve found the best way for me to see what I know and where the holes are is to organize my facts into a chronological list. Once that’s done, I fill in gaps, connect relevant facts, and chip away until I find a solution, or at least see a path for further research. I’m partial to highlighters in different colors, and my favorite research pen is the kind that has four different colored inks built into it.
Sometimes the problem carries on over months, or even years. When that happens, (…more)
Another great topic from 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!
The benefits of forward and backward linking of related blog posts:
Offers readers an easy way to navigate to posts with a similar theme- and navigation is everything
Or, in my case, links posts which are parts of a series (e.g. the never ending saga of my beloved Denchfields!)
Gives a sense of cohesiveness to blogs which cover a wide variety of topics
It is easier for the reader to click on an embedded link, than to select from tags or categories on a sidebar
Tags and categories are another way I connect related posts. For the most part, a post falls into one category, but often has a number of tags. I think of the category as a chapter heading, and the tags as a sort of index of ideas or themes.
When writing a post, I (…more)