Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Just taking a quick moment to tell you all to have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  I will be away from my blog for a few days enjoying some time with my family.

My surname tree was created at Tagxedo.  (The original idea came from Randy for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  I'm a little late but it was such a great idea :)

See you in 2015!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Find A Grave Legacy Project

I started a new project in Legacy in the beginning of December adding Find A Grave memorials to my Legacy database.  In the process of going through my list and going to findagrave.com to find the memorials I found my 5th great grandparents.  The best part was I wasn't even really looking for them.  They are from a line that I have not done a lot of research on.  Easy find!  Because of this I ended up adding close to 100 people to my tree that need more research done and Find A Grave information added.

Another discovery that I made was that some of the memorials that I added to my database a few months ago had changed and there was a lot more information added to them.  In the screen shot below is the information I added on 19 Jun 2014.  It includes birth and death year, his parents, his spouse and one son.


When I went to Find A Grave today and looked at Wilson Houseknecht's memorial I found different birth information, more complete death information, his parents, his spouse, a list of children and a list of siblings, and a photo of his headstone (see image below).


I was very excited about all of the new information but now I wonder how many other memorials have changed that I don't know about! Do I need go through them all and look for any changes??  I wish there was some kind of notification system that would send me an email weekly with memorials on my watch list that have changes!

How would you handle this??

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Creating a search list from tags in Legacy

** This post was updated to add more information and more screen shots on creating a search list **
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My last post was about using tags in Legacy so for this one I am going to show you how I make those tags work for me.

The image below is the Advanced Tagging window (I showed you how to get to this window in my previous post).


In the blue box (in the image above) is tag# 4 and it shows that there are 188 individuals that need Find A Grave events added.

I did a search in my database to find all of the individuals tagged on tag# 4.  Go to Search and then Find and the Search window below will open and then to the Detailed Search tab.  In the image below, you can see the Search window and my search conditions to find all individuals who are tagged on tag# 4.  In the bottom left of the window make sure Clear List before this search is checked and then click on Create List.


In the next window your Search List will open {image below}.  From here I can click on each individual and add their Find A Grave event.


I can work on each individual from this screen or I can select a person from the list and go to their individual information screen to work on them.  When I am ready to move on to the next person I untag the one I am finished with and then click on Search and then Search List to bring up the list I created above.

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{In my database I add Find A Grave as an event with all of the information from the memorial in the notes section, image below.}


The image below has the information added to the notes section and the event has the source added.


At the bottom of the above image is a check box that is checked to exclude this event from being marked a problem when I run a potential problems report.  Legacy would mark it a problem because the date of the event is after the death of Charles since I use the date the memorial was created on Find A Grave.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments below.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tagging in Legacy

Tagging in Legacy helps me keep track of projects and direct line ancestors.  There are advanced tagging options for individuals and marriages.


In the image above on Joseph Thomas you can see that he is tagged on #1, #4 and #9 and in the marriage section there are not tags.

The image below shows what the advanced tagging window looks like.  If you right click on the tags (see above image) the Advanced Tagging window will open.



In the image to the left, is a close up view of the Advanced Tagging window.  #1 is the individual person whose tags you right clicked on to open the Advanced Tagging window.  Clicking on change will bring up another window where you can choose a different person.  #2 shows what tags are active for the individual.  If you click on a tag number you can make that tag active for the individual.  #3 is where you can make changes to other peoples tags without going to each individual person.  #4 is where you put the tag descriptions.  Make sure you don't skip this step so you know why you have people tagged on certain numbers.  #5 lets you choose three tags that will show up in lists (when you create a search list the three tags will show up in your list of people).  In the image above you can see that Joseph Thomas is tagged on 1, 4 and 9.  Tag #1 means he is in my husband's direct line, #4 tells me that I need to add a Find A Grave event, and #9 tells me that something needs to be done...in this case there are to dos that need to be taken care of so I can fill in some Events.

My tags change often as I work on projects.  Right now I am trying to figure out what Rutan's belong to my Alvah Rutan so they are all unlinked from my tree in Legacy and tagged on #8 so I can find them quickly.  I have also been trying to clean up some messes in my database so I tagged everyone in my database on #9 and when I come across people tagged on #9 I will figure out what needs to be done and delete the tag once it has been taken care of; there are a few that don't need anything done so I just delete the tag.  I also use tagging when I am creating search lists to help narrow down my people even more.

How do you use the tagging feature in Legacy??


Friday, November 21, 2014

Entering Civil War Ancestors in Legacy Family Tree

In the Legacy Virtual Users Group (LVUG) on Google+ we were going to talk about data entry for our veterans in our month LVUG meeting but internet problems prevented us from having our meeting so I decided to post my data entry here.

We are going to take a look at Joseph Eugene Thomas; he is my husband's third great grandfather. ( I have blogged about his wife Elizabeth Jane Savage Thomas and I blogged about Joseph and shared his Civil War timeline.)  

While researching Joseph I added whatever I could find about his time in the Civil War to Evernote.  From this information I was able to put the timeline (shown in image below) together to help me understand my information better and I was able to add a lot of information to Legacy.  The timeline was created in OneNote (shhh...don't tell) and the cells in the table are able to be edited.

Screen shot from Evernote showing notes for Joseph Thomas,
Below you can see Joseph's family in the Family view in Legacy.


In the image below is Joseph's Individual Information screen.


First, I utilize tags in Legacy.  They help to keep me organized.

  • Tag #1 is telling that he is in Jason's direct line
  • Tag #4 is telling me that I need to add his Find A Grave event.
  • Tag #9 is telling me that something needs to be done and if I look in my to do list I will see that I have a note about locating him in the 1850 Census and another about finding his birth date.

The Events I have recorded in Legacy are:

  1. Military -- 2 Sep 1864 Enlisted in Co. H 198th PA Inf.
  2. Wounded in Action -- 29 Mar 1865 Battle at Lewis' Farm.
  3. Military -- 12 Mar 1866 Widow's Pension Index.
  4. Article -- 3 Sep 1931 an article in the Benton Argus about his family visiting his grave for the first time.
  5. Find A Grave -- I need to finish this and add my source.
I use a Military event for any general military information.  Wounded in action of killed in action are used when they are needed.  I use events for everything (even the blog post I did about Joseph in Jan got an event.)

How do you enter your's Veteran's information??

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Here are the details on his relatives visiting his grave for the first time:

The Benton Argus, Benton, Pennsylvania published 3 Sep 1931

Relatives of Joseph Thomas Locate Grave

Joshua E. Thomas and his son, Norton J. Thomas, of Forks, have returned from a motor trip to the Sourthern states.  While enroute they located the grave of Joseph Thomas, a Civil War veteran who was killed in the battle of Five Forks.  It is the first time any of Joseph Thomas' relatives have ever seen his grave.  He is buried at Hopewell, Virginia, in a cemetery that is maintained by the government.  Joshua Thomas is a son of Joseph Thomas, adn it was a great satisfaction to him to know and see where his father was buried.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Evernote Helps with Database Consistency


A quick thank you to Cousin Russ, at Family Tree Maker User, for all the great tips on adding the shaky leaves to our tree and to Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musings, for his great tips on searching a specific database for hints in your family tree.  We have a great genealogy community/family who is willing to share!

Before, I would go person by person adding hints and I felt like I was getting no where.  Using Randy and Russ' search techniques I have been able to go through all of my Pennsylvania Death Certificates and add them all to my database and currently I am working on the Social Security Death Index.

When I am extracting information from Ancestry.com to my database I like it all to be done in a uniform way.  To keep things easy I made a note in Evernote to use as a template.

Template in Evernote
In the Social Security Death Index event in Legacy Family Tree
Template filled in
Using the template saves time.  I copy and paste from Evernote and then copy and paste my data from Ancestry.com.  I use two monitors with Legacy Family Tree open on the left and Ancestry.com on the right.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Darwin Siegfried

Today is my great grandfather Darwin's birthday.  I never he met him or his wife, my great grandmother, Laura Houseknecht Siegfried.

Darwin was born 22 October 1892 in Sugarloaf, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA and he died 26 April 1976 in Mountain Top, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA.




embeddable family tree updated live from WikiTree


Monday, October 20, 2014

Evernote Web Clipper, Skitch and Screenpresso

I did a couple of screen shots today to answer some questions about the Evernote Web Clipper so I thought I would share them here and also talk about Skitch and Screenpresso.  I use each of these for different things.

Evernote Web Clipper


If I am doing genealogy or just looking for something on the web I will use the Evernote Web Clipper.  Why?  The Evernote Web Clipper lives in my Google Chrome browser.  By just clicking on the little elephant icon the Web Clipper appears!(#1 in image below).  In the Evernote Web Clipper I have various clipping options available to me.


They include(#2 above):

  • Article
  • Simplified article
  • Full page
  • Bookmark
  • Screenshot
I use Article, Simplified article and Full page the most; in all three of these you can use the highlighter to highlight text.  

It is easy to select the notebook you want your clip to go in and to also add tags.  Just below the Add tag button there is one called Add remark and here you can type anything about the clip (#3 in the above image).  The last step is to click the big green Save button and then off to Evernote it goes(#4 in image above).  When you go to the notebook you chose you will find your note waiting with the tags you added as well.  There are some web pages the web clipper does not play nice with.  For example, you cannot clip a document in from Ancestry when viewing the image.

Skitch




Skitch is a program not a browser plug in like the Evernote Web Clipper.  However, Skitch can save your screen snaps to Evernote.  You can do a screen capture to capture whatever is on your screen and you have a lot of options to annotate your image.  You have the option of saving to Evernote with one click or going to Skitch in the top left corner and saving to your computer.  Within Evernote you can use skitch to annotate images in your notes.  While in a note with an image if you hover over the image an annotate button comes up on the top right of the image.  When you click on Annotate it will open the image in Skitch.  Make sure you go to File then Save and Edit to save any changes to your image because if you just click on the x in the top left corner to close the window your changes are not saved.  The only option to save when you open Skitch in Evernote is to save back to Evernote. Once the image is saved in Evernote you can edit it to make changes and re-save the image.

Screenpresso



I use Screenpresso for my screen captures of web pages that I cannot use the Evernote Web Clipper for and for taking screen shots of my different programs when I am trying to explain something to someone.  Screenpresso has a few more options for annotations than Skitch does.  There is also a paid version of Screenpresso that will unlock more features.  I use the free version and I have for years the only downside is that every so many screen clips you get an advertisement to upgrade (they don't bother me).  Your screen clips are automatically saved to a folder that Screenpresso creates but you can also save them in other places on your computer.  Another reason I love Screenpresso is because it integrates with Evernote.


When using Screenpresso this box comes up in the lower right of your screen.  All of your screen captures are in here.  The best part of this window is the Publish button (in image above). By clicking on a screen capture and then the Publish button you get a lot of options.  I have Dropbox and EVERNOTE activated.  You can also publish your screen shot to the web and it gets its own URL (http://screenpresso.com/=HObbe).  

To send your screen clip to Evernote just click on the Evernote button and a window pops up where you can add a title, tags, description, and pick the notebook to send it to. (image below).


My note in Evernote from the screen capture created in Screenpresso below.


Another favorite feature of Screenpresso is that I can press the print screen button on my keyboard to activate the screen capture feature in Screenpresso.

As you can see they are pretty much the same kind of tool but each work a little differently and that is why I use each of them for different reasons.  Screenpresso and the Evernote Web Clipper are used multiple times a day to clip and save various information.  I use Skitch occasionally but it is still a powerful tool.

Do you do screen captures?  What tools do you use??

Happy ancestor hunting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Genealogical Sabbatical

Yesterday for the LVUG monthly hangout they discussed taking a year and doing research and visiting the places your ancestors were.  The origianl idea came from Jennifer Shoer at The Scrappy Genealogist.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to an unexpected visit from my aunt. (We always have such a great time when we are together.)

Luckily for me the majority of my family and my husband's family came from the area where I currently live.  Therefore, a lot of my research is focused on this area and the surrounding areas.



Month 1: I would first spend some time with my database cleaning up stuff, checking to see where I need to go, and making sure my to do list is in order.

Month 2 : I would spend my time between the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society (my local historical society in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society that is about 45 minuets away.  I am also researching for a marriage in Wyoming County Pennsylvania that I have not been able to find so I would go there and check out the court house and the other resources in the area.

Month 3 : Next I would go to Washington DC to the National Archives.  I have a lot that I want to research there but I don't think I would need the whole month so a little site seeing and relaxation would take place.  Before the next leg of my journey I would take review all of my information and make sure my database was up to date and check on my to do list to make sure it was up to date as well.

Month 4 : I would start out in New Jersey where I would research my husband's Rutan family and hopefully get through my brick wall!  Hopefully I would be able to get a visit or two in with Cousin Russ during my time in New Jersey.  From here I would go back to Pennsylvania and spend some time looking into the Siegfried family in Maxatawny, Bath, and the surrounding areas.

Month 5 : I would review and spend more time researching at home based on new information and prepare to travel overseas.

Month 6 to Month 10 : I would visit Germany, England, Ireland, and France for further research.  I am sure I will need a few interpreters along the way.  Hopefully, through my research I would be able to trace some family to Australia because it is a dream of mine to visit there some day.

Month 11 to 12 : I would need some time to recuperate from my traveling!  I would review and update my database.

I am sure I would find that I missed something along the way and need to plan for a future Genealogical Sabbatical!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Surname Saturday : Thomas

The map below shows the frequency of the Thomas surname; the greener to color the more frequently the surname appears in that state.



According to Find the Best Thomas is ranked as #14 in the United States.  On Find the Best the meaning of Thomas is a surname of Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, and Indian origin. It is derived from words meaning twin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip -- Sunrise Calendar and Evernote

July 2017 update : Sunrise Calendar was discontinued.  After some trial and error I found an alternative.  You can find the post here.

A few months ago I was looking for a new calendar app for my ipad that would integrate with my Google calendar; I tried a couple out but ended up sticking with Sunrise Calendar.

[Click images to make them larger.]

Here is the month view:


Week view:


Sidebar details included in the image below:

  1. These are the Google calendars that are attached to this calendar.
  2. This is my Facebook account; it shows birthdays and events.
  3. This is my Evernote account.
  4. Preferences (more detail on this below).
  5. Toggles the Sidebar on and off.



In each of the sections above (1, 2, and 3) you can use the check box to toggle your calendars on and off.

#4 Preferences detail:


The Accounts tab is where the magic happens.  When you first setup your account you will need to go to the Accounts tab to connect your other accounts.

The first image below lists the accounts that you can connect.  Once you connect your accounts you can see what you have connected by scrolling down to the bottom (the 2nd image below).



My favorite part about this calendar is that I can see all of my Evernote Reminders!  You can also drag and drop your reminders to different times or dates and it is updated in Evernote.  If I don't get all of my reminders completed today I will drag and drop them to another day that I think I will have time to get to them.  I have this calendar on my desktop, my Android phone, and my ipad mini.

I have not found a way to change the colors in the Sunrise calendar so I make any color changes on my Google calendar and then the changes sync to the Sunrise calendar.

The only thing I  found that I do not like is when you click on an Evernote Reminder there is a link to open the note in Evernote.  When I click the link it takes me the web version of Evernote and to a new note not my Reminder.  I wish it would open the correct note right in my Evernote desktop program.

You can see my first post about Evernote Reminders here and here.

As always if you have any questions please post here or send me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.

Happy ancestor hunting!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Evernote Reminders...Part 2


You can find my first post here:  How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

To day we will look at different ways to sort and view your reminders.


If you click on Notes this will give you all of your notes in Evernote (#1 in the image above) and it will also give you a list of all of your reminders (#3 in the image above).  If you click on the cogwheel (#2 in the image above) you will find your options for sorting your reminders (see the image below.)


I believe the default is to sort them by notebook but you can also sort by reminder date (in image below)


In the image below they are sorted by upcoming reminders in each notebook.


In the image below they are sorted by reminder date showing all upcoming reminders but not by each individual notebook.  This is the way I prefer to see mine.  You can also choose to show any recently completed reminders.


You can also view your reminders from within individual notebooks.  The image below is my Genealogy To Do notebook in my Genealogy stack.  You can see the list of reminders above the notes in this notebook.  The same cogwheel is there for you to sort your reminders.


You can also search for notes with reminders using Evernote's powerful search feature.  To find any note with a reminder that has been completed in the last 7 days you would use reminderDoneTime:day-7.  In the image below is my one note completed in the last 7 days.  You can see the date that the reminder was completed by the alarm icon; the date has a line through it (the green box to the right of image below.)

reminderOrder:*             -- gives all notes with a reminder
reminderTime:day          -- gives all notes with a reminder for today
reminderTime:day+7     -- gives all notes with a reminder in the next 7 days


I have not used Evernote's search feature very much with reminders so I am sure there are other ways to search for reminders that contain certain tags etc.

My next post will be about viewing your reminders on your calendar...I LOVE this!

Until next time...happy ancestor hunting!





Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday


From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings :

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):


1)  Dana Leeds on the Enthusiastic Genealogist blog asks "Did/Do Your Children Know Any of Their Great-Grandparents?"

2)  I thought that would be a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question - so please share your response with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

3)  For extra credit, or in case the answer is "No," then please answer the question for yourself, or your parents.


Luckily for my son, Hunter, he knows 5 of his great grandparents!  My mother's parents, my father's dad and step mom and my dad's mom.  He is very close with his great grandfathers and his grandfather; he spends a lot of time hunting with them.  (I hope he knows how lucky he is!!)


My maternal grandparents with their great grandchildren!
(Hunter is in the back)
I was also lucky enough to know my great grandparents.  I knew my maternal paternal great grandmother, my paternal paternal great grandparents and my paternal step maternal great grandmother.  My paternal paternal great grandparents lived out the road from house until Grandpa died in 1995.  When I was in elementary school I would go to their house after school and most nights we ate dinner with them.  My sister and I would go to church with them on Sunday's and out for lunch after church.  They were wonderful people!!

Harold Elwood Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandfather.

Hazel Killian Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandmother.

I miss my great grandparents more all the time!  I am very grateful that I was able to know them!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spreadsheet, Evernote, or Legacy To Do List???

I have been trying to figure out what to do about my research log.  Should I keep it in a spreadsheet, in Evernote or in my Legacy program??

I tried a spreadsheet...


but I don't really like it.  Then I tried a Legacy To Do List...


but I'm not sure if I like this or not.  Here is what I have in Evernote...


I like my Evernote research log / notes the best.  My issue is do I keep using Evernote and making a research log for every single person even when they only have a little bit of information (mainly those with only one entry)??  

Maybe I'm putting too much thought in to this!  Why change what is working??  

What do you do??


Friday, August 29, 2014

Evernote and Genealogy

In July of 2013 I did a post about Evernote called How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.  Since then some things have changed.

At one point I moved to OneNote.  Why?  I'm not quite sure.  It may have thought that it was maybe better than Evernote but in the end Evernote won and I switched back.  For me Evernote has better searching capabilities and I am all about making things easier.  I think I also spent too much time making things pretty in OneNote.

I reorganized my genealogy stuff in Evernote and changed names of notes to have everything fit better for me and I am LOVING how much easier it is to find things.  I still need to make better use of my tags so that is the next step in my Evernote redo.


Notebooks and stacks were rearranged, some deleted some new, to better organize my notes.


Notes were renamed in a way that made better sense and put my notes in alphabetical order.

You can find my shared notebook here.  There is also a Google+ hangout with Tessa Keough and I on the Legacy Virtual Users Group on Google+ where we discuss Evernote and genealogy.

As always if you have any questions shoot me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.


Update

A day or two after I posted US Marine Casualty Cards I received a follow up email.  They had seen my post and sent me the following email:

In response to your post about the code on the casualty card regarding the nature of Sergeant Thomas' death, we can tell you that what you see is a code for inputting into a larger (long since gone) database.  Because the original database that used this code is gone, we have no know way of knowing what the code stood for.  However, we have attempted to locate more information by accessing the muster roll for Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines for March 1945.  The muster roll unfortunately only stated that he was wounded and later died of those wounds.
Despite this lack of information, there is still an option left open to you.  The National Archives located in St Louis, Missouri, holds the service of Marines for this time period.  I would suggest that you contact them and obtain a copy of the military service record for Sergeant Thomas.  More information about getting copies can be found on their website at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ 
We hope this is helpful and hope your search for answers comes to fruition.  If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 They also sent me a pdf attachment of two sheets of the muster roll pertaining to Fred.


The next step in finding out more will be to contact The National Archives in St. Louis and obtaining a copy of his service record.

I am thoroughly impressed with the service they provided me and I hope that any of you who have US Marines in your family will use this wonderful resource to gain valuable information about your ancestors!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

US Marine Casualty Cards


Earlier this week I got my copy of Family Tree Magazine and I was reading an article that led me to World War II History Network and from there I found a link to an article about the United States Marine Corp making their casualty cards searchable.  You can find the database at Casualty Cards Database.

Fred Thomas, my husbands great uncle, was in WWII and in the Marines.  I searched the database and found :


On the first page it states : While the cards for World War II through Korea are not classified, however, they can often be very graphic.  Therefore, to maintain the dignity and honor of the Marines, the individual cards will only be released, upon request, on a case by case basis.  To request a card, please send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writting to:
United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134.   

I immediately sent an email {about 12:30 am because I don't sleep} requesting more information and did not really think much more about it.  The next morning I had an email with the images attached!!!  I almost deleted it because I did not recognize the email address...so glad I did not!!  There was a pdf file attached and it included 5 pages of card images for Fred Thomas.



On the card that has his death information on it does not say what kind of wound he died from, instead there is the number 8-46-001.  Now I am on a mission to find out what this code means.

Clicking around the internet and reading all there is about genealogy is a wonderful thing!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday Night!


On Saturday Randy Seaver posted Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at his Genea-Musings blog.  Randy's mission was as follows:

       1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

       2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?


       3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.

In Legacy I did a Source Citation Report.

Legacy Source Citation Report screen.

It took a little bit of time going through my report...thankfully it was only 20 pages long.

I have 152 sources in my database and 2,913 individuals in my database. [Some do not have sources but I am working on this right now.]

My top three are Find A Grave with 197 individuals, a Descendant Chart for Johannes Siegfried from a cousin with 83 individuals, and The Argus [Newspaper from Benton, Pennsylvania] with 57 individuals.

I do not care for how the report looks.  I wish there was an option to put it in either alphabetical order or in numerical order by how many individuals you have for the source.

Source Citation Report
Cleaning up my citations is an ongoing project that I have been working on for a few weeks now.  I am no where near being done but I am finding where I am missing information and sources so I am working on cleaning this all up.  [I figured I better do it now before this database gets any larger.]









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