Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday


My father John (Jack) Christopher 10th grade 1950.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

My great grandfather Vesty Burton Stier. Picture taken in West Virginia. Date unknown.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

My maternal grandparents Carl Alexander Stier and Daisy Mae Stout Stier. Picture taken in West Virgina. Date unknown

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Genealogy Do- Over Cycle 4 Week 1-Begin At The Beginning


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Let's begin at the beginning. I got into genealogy back in 2000 wanting to prove what my great grandfather's  last name really was. Some thought it was DeNardo. Other's thought it was Rinaldi.It was DeNardo as confirmed by his birth registration in Italy where he was born. This got me started on my journey and also got me started into some bad genealogy habits. One of them was not sourcing where I found my information properly. About a year or so ago I went back and sourced my information the best I could. Problem was I couldn't remember where I found some of my information. 

When I found the Genealogy Do-Over  Facebook group back in January contemplating putting all your information on hold and starting over again had me intrigued. I tried to do this during the first cycle in January and found myself overwhelmed. There was so much wonderful information and ideas I didn't know where to start. I decided to just sit back and see how other people handled it all.
After sitting on the sidelines and watching for three cycles I have decided to wade into the deep end and really do this. Along with the Do-Over I'm also giving this blog a Do-Over. I started it about a year and a half ago and after about three posts I got sidetracked and did't post anymore. So I am going all in and using this blog the way I had hoped to a year and a half ago.

Week 1 of the Genealogy Do-Over includes:

1. Setting Previous Research Aside

Off line paper research shouldn't be too much of a problem for me. I recently sorted my paper files using the Mary E. V. Hill Color Coding Organizing System. It is all in one place and I can easily hide it in the closet so it won't entice me to get sidetracked.

Digital files are another thing altogether. My digital files and family photos are all over the place on my pc. I now have three folders set up to use in this way:

The folder named Genealogy Do-Over Hold (Gray) is for all the genealogy documents,photos and other digital files that were previously all over my pc. I'm just dropping them in there for now. I'll get to sorting them out and renaming later.

I have a new folder for my Genealogy Do-Over files from the Facebook Group called Genealogy Do-Over (Brown). All files from the group will go here.

I have one more folder. Teresa's Genealogy.This is where my new genealogy files will go. I used the program Folder Marker so my pc folders will be similar to my paper filing system.

Each surname has a folder.

Then within each surname folder are family group folders.

Inside each of these folders will be folders for each person which will contain that person's documents and pictures. This seems like it will work best for me. Hopefully.

2. Preparing To Research.

This could be interesting. I usually don't prepare when I do my genealogy research. My usual technique is just to dive in and hope I find what I'm looking for. So I've set up a few rules for my self.

Teresa's Rules For Preparing To Research

1. Turn the TV off. I live in a little studio one room apartment and the TV is right there to distract me from my genealogy.

2. Have something cold to drink handy by my side.

3. Notebook with pencils sharpened and ready. (No pen.Things in genealogy are constantly changing. And I always mess things up in pen.)

4. Have a plan. Don't just dive in without a plan of action. This will the hardest rule for me to follow.

5. Fire up the laptop and open up research log. (I am going to be giving Thoms MacEntee's research log a try. I'm not too good with spreadsheets so hopefully I won't get too frustrated.)

6. Have my Kindle Fire out and ready with Evidence Explained ready to use.

7. I will do my best not to chase after BSO's. (Bright Shiny Objects.)

8. The above rules are subject to change and more may be added as I go along with this Genealogy Do- Over and learn what works for me and what doesn't.

9. We are all human. If I find myself not following any of these rules I will shake myself off and get back up on the horse and try again.

3. Establishing Base Principals and Guidelines

I have a few principles and  guidelines that I try hard to follow where my genealogy is concerned. And without further ado here they are.

Teresa's Base Principals and Guidelines

1. Don't assume others work on your ancestors that you may find is accurate OR wrong.You may come across others working on the same names as you are. Just because their information matches yours doesn't make it right. And when it doesn't match yours it doesn't necessarily mean they are wrong. Make sure any of this information that you accept is sourced!And even when it is verify that source yourself. 

2. Cite your sources when you find them. If I don't cite documents when I find them I tend to procrastinate and not cite them at all. 

3. Share Your Genealogy. This may not be important to some people but I like to share my genealogy with other people. I want to be able to connect with other people who may be related to my ancestors. I have been lucky enough to come across a few people searching the same names as I do and it's really fun to find someone with a common ancestor. Isn't that why we do genealogy? To connect with others and share our findings? It's one of the reasons I do it. 

4. Don't be afraid to ask for help and give help. The genealogy community is a great group of people who love to help others. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. I have lost count how many times I have been on the receiving end of genealogy kindness. And don't be afraid to help others yourself. I love it when I am able to help someone with their genealogy.

5. Be polite and treat others with the respect you would want yourself. This especially holds true online. Just because you are not there in front of a person does not give you the license to be rude or disrespectful. I can proudly say that I haven't seen too much of this in the genealogy community. Just remember to treat people you come across with the same respect you would want yourself.

This was my first document made in One Note. It is a to do list of the things I want to accomplish with the Genealogy Do-Over. I can check them off as I accomplish each task.

Yay! I did it! (Does this make me a OneNote expert?)

        That's about it for week 1. Yes I'm behind but I am determined to take my time and do this right. Don't get overwhelmed. You can't use everything mentioned in the group. Don't I wish. You will find some things that work for you and some that don't. Pick what fits in with the way you do things. And Remember...

Have Fun!