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Marine Casualty Card Database

While I was writing Top 10 Blog Posts for 2019 I discovered that my top post was US Marine Casualty Cards from 2014.  Wow!  {There is also an update to the original post here  where I show some more information that was sent to me.}  I went back to read the post and discovered that the links no longer work.  I did a little digging and found a link to the Casualty Card Database at the Marine Corps University website.  At this site you click on the war you want to search and download a searchable spreadsheet.  Once you locate your Marine you send an email to request the card.  There are also links to download information about what the codes mean on the cards. I also found that you can search the U.S. Marine Corps Casualty Index, 1940-1958 , at  It gives the casualty date, type, unit, and service number.  There is a link to go to another website from the Ancestry database but that link does not work. {I believe it is the same as the link from my original post

Top 10 Posts of 2019

You might be wondering why I would do a post like this when my blog only had two posts in 2019.    I looked at my stats at the end of 2019 and was amazed at the hits my blog was still getting and what the popular posts were.    This year I included the top 5 searches on my blog.    You can see the 2018 list  here . Top 10 of 2019 US Marine Casualty Cards  - 2014 (+1) Goodbye Evernote, Hello OneNote  - 2018 (+2) Evernote Research Checklist -- update  - 2018  Using Evernote for my Planner  - 2017 (+2) OneNote | A Look Inside  - 2019 (new) Evernote To Do List Update  - 2015 (-1) The Great Genealogy Shape Up of 2018!  - 2018  (new) Evernote to OneNote | Importing Notes  - 2018 (new) OneNote | Anatomy of a Notebook  - 2018 (new) Top 10 Posts for 2018  - 2019 (new) Top 5 Searches of 2019 Evernote Legacy Family Tree OneNote Thomas Rutan Some Thoughts I'm surprised once again that US Marine Casualty Cards is still on this list and it is now the #1 pos

5 Tips to Break Down Your Brick Wall

Originally posted at Lost Tree Project as a guest post February 2019. Eventually we all hit a brick wall.  My first brick wall was with Joseph Thomas {my husband's 3rd great grandfather} I spent months searching.  Brick walls can last weeks to months to years.  Below are some quick tips to help you break through that brick wall. Research another ancestor for a while and then go back to your brick wall .  You will see your brick wall ancestor with new eyes. Use a checklist to see if you missed any records.  {You can find my Evernote Research Checklist in my shared genealogy notebook.} Revisit your research.  Maybe you missed a piece of information in a document.  Maybe something seemed like it wasn't important but now that you have more information you find it is important. Learn something new.  It does not need to be genealogy related.  When you shift your thinking to something else and then go back to the brick

Top 10 Posts for 2018

The top ten posts for 2018 were as follows: The Great Genealogy Shape Up of 2018 US Marine Casualty Cards (from 2014) Evernote Research Checklist (from 2018)   Goodbye Evernote, Hello OneNote (from 2018) Evernote To Do List Update (from 2015) Using Evernote for My Planner (from 2017) Tagging and Notebooks in Evernote (from 2015) How I Process Death Certificates using Evernote Reminders (from 2017) How to add the Genealogy Notebook to Your Evernote (from 2016) Putting Pen to Paper (from 2018) The most surprising one was the US Marine Casualty Cards post from 2014.

OneNote | A Look Inside

I still have a few more notes to move over from Evernote but I am loving OneNote.  I keep to do lists, goals, projects, ideas, genealogy research and so much more in OneNote.  So what does my setup look like?  Lets take a look! {I usually use OneNote 2016 but I have tried the Windows 10 app and it works just as good.} The first screen shot below is OneNote 2016 and the second is from the Windows 10 app.  My first notebook is my task management notebook.  In this notebook I have my Inbox, which is my default section for incoming stuff, calendar and lists.  {Emails that I have sent to OneNote and screen clips go in my Inbox section.} The next notebook is for my blog, and then the Genealogy notebook is for research notes, then I have the GBT notebook which I use for notes and reminders for GeneaBloggersTribe, the Reference notebook is for things that don't belong in one of the other notebooks,  and the last notebook is the Archive. Lets take a closer look at some o

Wordless Wednesday | Christmas 1978

Wordless Wednesday | A Christmas Photo