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M is for Military

I am fascinated by military history, something that didn't happen until after I started doing genealogy. My son is a military buff and he is always happy to help me when I have a military question.  He use to get mad at me when he was little because I was not interested in anything military related and the first time I asked him a question his face lit up {I will forever remember this.}

Early in my research I found out that one of my husband's ancestors was killed in the Civil War {I'm still working on piecing all the information together for him.}  Researching more about Joseph Thomas and his family is what got me totally 1000% hooked on genealogy!


Joseph Thomas' Event/Fact section.  Joseph is my husband's 3rd great grandfather.  Joseph died on 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George, Virginia.  He almost made it to the end of the war!

This is Fred Thomas' military information in his Events/Facts.  Fred is my husband's great uncle.  Fred died of his wounds on 8 Mar 1945 in Iwo Jima. He left behind a son and his wife who he was only married to for a short time.

My husband's grandfather was also in the the military and served during WWII.  He was wounded twice.  He was lucky enough to come home to his family.  But he missed his brother greatly!

As you can see in the images above I keep my Event/Fact names consistent for each person.  I often go the the Master Event Definition List and combine any duplicate events names.

How do you record your military information?

See you tomorrow for letter N.

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How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.

NOTE: 2 Feb 2014 -- Link updated to shared notebook

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Today I did a Google+ hangout on air about Evernote for Genealogy.   Once I watched the video I saw that I was not a very good cameraman!

Hopefully this will clear up any questions you may have.





How I use Evernote for my genealogy.

I use Evernote to store everything including my genealogy research.
You want to use Evernote in a way that makes sense to you.  Tags, notebooks, no tags or no notebooks; do whatever works the best for you.
Notebooks (the blue box)
Notebooks are sorted alphabetically so if there are notebooks you want at the top of your list you can use ! or @ or ~ in front of your notebook title.  In my image, for example, I have my INBOX notebook with an ! in front to keep this notebook at the top of the list.  I use a ~ to keep my GENEALOGY notebook stacks together.  I have an ARCHIVE notebook and in front of that I put an x to keep it at the bottom of …