Yikes! A reader alerted me to the fact that today is my (woefully neglected) blog’s 2nd anniversary! Lots of exciting things have been happening lately in my genealogical world, but unfortunately they’ve drawn me away from my beloved Mahoganybox…
A few of the things…..
I’m nearly two thirds of the way through the NIGS Certificate in Genealogical research program for American Studies, and it’s been going really REALLY well
The processing of 11 Hollinger archival boxes of an Erie family’s personal papers is wrapping up. I’m quite proud of my 35+ page GUIDE FILE, but it’s taken up pretty much all of my time allotted for genealogical writing for the past few months.
I’m giving a talk at our genealogy society’s beginner workshop this month, and I want my Powerpoint to be perfect……
The ProGen assignment for the last two months has involved Proof Arguments….probably the most time (…more)
I think I read somewhere that I’m not supposed to do this; that it’s hard enough to stay on top of one blog, let alone three. But here’s my logic….
Mahoganybox.net was created as a tribute to my grandparents and as a means of sharing their family trees and my adventures in researching my British roots from the comfort of my armchair in the United States. Sometimes I talk in general terms the other side of my tree, but I prefer to keep the focus on England. Still, I’ve amassed a wealth of info on my father’s side of the family and I am dying to share it and strike up some conversations with others who might be researching some of my French-Canadian lines. So…..
I’d like to introduce ErnestNapoleon.net the blog I’ve started in tribute to my paternal grandparents: Ernest Napoleon Varrieur and Elsie Mae Ebert. My grandfather’s roots (…more)
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)
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)
(but would really rather not)
In no particular order–
Which John Denchfield married Elizabeth Brewer on 6 January 1736 in North Marston, Buckinghamshire? Was is John, son of John Denchfield and Elizabeth Purchas, baptized in North Marston on 19 Dec 1716, or John, son of Richard and Anne Denchfield, baptized in North Marston on 5 September 1714?
Was William Baker’s wife Ann Denchfield the daughter of John Denchfield and Mary Gurney? And if so, why did John leave her out of his will?
William Turner married Anne Wells in Caversham, Oxfordshire, on 10 February 1748/49, but his origins are unknown. When was William born, and where did he come from?
Where did Miss Sarah Collcutt (1750-1838), spinster from St Aldates Oxford, get all her money? Did she inherit from her mother Sarah, whose surname remains a mystery?
Was Hannah Eden the mother of George Meadows, hairdresser in Winslow? (…more)