Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finally Get Oranized : January Update




January 10th – 16th

Data backup :
  1. Genealogy Files -- are saved in One Drive [I got a lot of free space when I got my new computer].
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    From my Evernote Database.  Right click on Notes and choose export.  Make sure you click on the Options button to choose what is included.
  3. Evernote – notes are exported as web pages every few months [I have an Evernote Reminder set for this] and they are saved in One Drive.
  4. Photos – are saved to my computer and then automatically backed up to Flickr and Google Photos.
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    The backup options in Legacy Family Tree.  This window open every time I close my database.  I just click on backup because my backup location is already in there.
  6. Legacy Family Tree – backs up automatically every time I close it; both media files and my database are backed up.
  7. Crash Plan – Everything is backed up with Crash Plan and saved to the cloud for easy retrieval if needed.  I review my backup every now and then to make sure all of my files are being backed up [also an Evernote Reminder].
Genealogy Management Program :
  • I use Legacy Family Tree.  When I first started doing genealogy I used Family Tree Maker but it did not play nice with my computer.
  • Whatever program you use you should take the time to really learn what the program does.
Older Generations :
  • Still working on getting what I need for these but I am getting close .
Binders :
  • I skipped the binders because I am trying to have as much of genealogy on my computer as I can.
What Happens to My Genealogy :
  • I do need to write my introduction file to place with my files.  In the meantime my husband knows what to do with all of my genealogy stuff if no one in the family wants it.

January 17th – 23rd

Transcribing Documents :
  • I have not had a lot of genealogy time this week…bummer!!!
  • I try to transcribe any document that I find as soon as I have it.  In Legacy, I create an event and transcribe the document in the Event notes and attach the document image to the event.
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This is the Event screen in Legacy Family Tree where the document is transcribed in the notes and then the document is attached to the event.

January 24th – 31st

Family Search :
  • I love Family Search!!  I try to put time aside each month to either transcribe or arbitrate.  It is relaxing to me!
  • I have found a lot of great information in the non indexed images at Family Search.
Siblings :
  • I only have 1 sister and her and her family are documented in my database.

January Conclusion :

I did not get as much Genealogy time this month as I would have liked! [who really does].  While I try to transcribe documents as soon as I get them that does not always happen and I do have a backlog of documents to be scanned, transcribed, and attached in Legacy. 

When I first started out I did use binders for holding documents but soon realized that I was more a digital genealogist than a paper genealogist.  It has taken some time to come up with a system that makes sense and works for me without having to think about it.  Currently, the only paper files I plan to keep are original documents or things that are important to me [like military records].

My back up process was set up a long time ago so I took some time this month to verify everything was being backed up correctly.

I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish this month and look forward to what is to come!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

2015 Legacy Stats

Last January I did this post on 2014 Legacy statistics.  This year I decided to do the same thing. What I found was very surprising to me.


My numbers did not change from last year!  What?!  I know I added new people to my database. Then I looked at my husbands and I lots 3 from last year!  What?!

Looking at my overall stats I added 104 people and 35 marriages.

Last year I worked on sources.  Cleaning up sources was my main objective and I think I accomplished that.  {I have a handful that still need some work.}

This year I want to find more documentation for the people in my tree and hopefully add some more ancestors.  My plan is to do what +Russ Worthington and +Randy Seaver do and mine ancestry databases.  First up will be Pennsylvania death certificates.

How did your 2015 genealogy go and did you make plans for 2016?





Friday, January 8, 2016

Finally Get Organized! Jan 3rd-9th 2016 : My Progress

+DearMYRTLE's first checklist was posted this week.  I am so excited to get started with this organization project!  To prepare I cleaned my office {which is also my crafting space} and did a little bit of organizing.  I hate the color of my office but painting seems like such a pain.  It use to be my son’s room but when he outgrew the color he moved to the other bedroom and redid it for him.  This then became my office and the color is awful!  Some day it will get painted.
  1. Make piles.  I have three that include papers to be filed / scanned, a pile of research to do, and photos.   Included in the list was to make a pile of books but I don’t have many and they are neatly organized.  Also, a pile for letters or email and fortunately for me that is one thing I am caught up on.IMG_20160108_184746
  2. Office supplies.  I bought some more sticky notes {I can never have too many of them} and some labels for my file folders.
  3. Set up your work area.  I cleaned and rearranged my desk space to make more room and moved my crafting table closer to my computer area {don’t worry I will just craft on the dining room table.}  I am considering a third monitor.  I love having two and I usually use my Ipad if I need more space but another monitor would be amazing! {I hope my sweet loving husband is reading this!}IMG_20160108_180920
  4. A place for computer problem notes.  I will be using Evernote.
  5. A place for genealogy challenges notes.  I will be using Evernote.
While working on this project I realized that most of my genealogy is digital so I may have to apply this to my digital files as well.  I know I have one big folder on my computer with genealogy information in it that needs some major attention.

How are you doing on your checklist??


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Goals

This year I am setting goals instead of making resolutions.  Goals seem like less pressure than making resolutions.

In 2016 I wan to :  1. Get organized {not only in my genealogy life but in other areas of my life}, 2. Do more genealogy, 3. Learn more {by watching more webinars}, and 4. I want to blog more {I want to tell more stories and share genealogy with others}.

With some help from the genealogy community I am hoping to accomplish my goals for 2016.  +Tessa Keough at the LVUG Community at Google+ posted a short video about genealogy plans for 2016.  I am taking her advice and planning to read, write, or watch something genealogy every day.  I am also hoping +DearMYRTLE 's Organization Lists will help keep things going for 2016.

I spent the last two days rearranging, organizing, and cleaning my office in preparation for the fun genealogy year ahead.

What are you hoping to achieve in genealogy in 2016?
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