Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Monday -- How Many Trees Are In Your Database??


I was catching up on some blog reading and saw that Randy Seaver recently posted Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Trees in Your Database?

I thought I would check my Legacy Family Tree Database. To do this go to View and then select Trees.  This will bring up the Tree Finder window.  {The image below shows the Tree Finder window.}



A few surprises here.  First, I have 52 total trees.  The largest has 3,191 people and the smallest have 1 person and there are 42 of them.  What!?  {The trees with only one person may have come from a GEDCOM import I did a long time ago.} I see some pruning of some bushes in my future.  Second, there are five trees with the Rutan surname.  I believe these are trees that I started when I was researching a brick wall and trying to see if there were any connections. {I will keep these...you never know when these will come in handy.}

There are a few things you can do in this window to make clean up easier.  I am going to select all of the trees with 1 person in them and click on the Add a Hashtag to the Entire Tree of the Hightlighted Individual.  My hashtag is going to be PRUNE.  To do this select what you want to hashtag and click the Add Hashtag button.  The image below show the Select Hashtag window.  I do not have a PRUNE hashtag.  You will create the hashtag by selecting add and then filling in the next window with your hashtag and description.



So now I have another database maintenance activity that needs to be done.  Add it to the ongoing To Do List! I have a To Do List in Evernote {which you can see below.}


I am also trying out Bullet Journaling for Genealogy so I also added it to that To Do List {see below.}


Have you pruned your trees and bushes lately??

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Some Interesting Things from Around the Net.


Here a few things I found interesting.  I am really behind on blog reading (and posting and doing genealogy).
What interesting things have you found??

Friday, April 21, 2017

I'm still here!

Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I have been absent for a little while.  We went on vacation to Florida for 11 days.

Some pictures of my happy place!





Then I had emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder.  With some time to recover I have finally found some time for a post.

I'm hoping to get back to genealogy and some regular posts.

I recently got Legacy 9 so I will be posting about that and some new features that I am loving.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Around The Web -- Bullet Journaling


Bullet journaling is very popular right now.  You can find a lot of inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest; there are also Facebook groups for bullet journaling.  Bullet journaling has its own hashtag #bujo.  The concept of bullet journaling was started by Ryder Carroll; you can find more at bulletjournal.com.

My first weekly spread in my bullet journal

This past week's daily pages.

The genealogy community is getting on the bullet journaling bandwagon as well.  Here are some genealogists who are sharing their bullet journal experience:



Another page of dailies and my favorite mug filled with some pens and colored pencils.

My favorite Bullet Journaler is Boho Berry.  Kara is very creative and shares everything that she does.  She also has an Etsy shop where she sells stickers that she creates for you to use in your bullet journal. You can also find a lot of inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest and a Google search will give you lots to look at as well.

I was using Evernote for my planner but I found that I did not use it like I thought I would.  After being in front of the computer all day at work there were nights that the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of my computer.  Writing things down helps me remember them.  I can take my journal with me in my purse.  So far the bullet journal is working great for me!  It is much easier to keep track of what is going on and any notes or other things I need to remember.

Do you bullet journal??

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Using Evernote as a Planner Update

In my last post I explained how I was using Evernote to plan my life.  After using it for about a month its not working!  I think the biggest reason it is not working for me is because I sit in front of a computer all day at work and most nights it was a chore to have to go to Evernote to see what was going on.  When I am at home I want to spend my limited computer time doing what I love and planning in Evernote was not it!  I'm a little disappointed because I thought I had found the perfect solution.

Enter the Bullet Journal or #bujo!  I am super excited about this.  This is my current planning system. {I am not an artist so please excuse my sad drawings and not so wonderful handwriting}



I am able to plan my days ahead and also as things happen that day.  I can be as creative as I want to...which is the biggest reason I love this system.  I have lists throughout my journal.  Everything is easy to find using the Index at the beginning of the journal.  This is so much more than a planner!  I like that I can journal about my day and keep track of things like my health and any habits I am trying to keep up with.  All of this could be done in Evernote but there is just something about actually writing things down.

I have been keeping a genealogy log in my journal as well.  I do have a separate notebook for genealogy research notes.  These notes then get scanned to Evernote.  My journal will also be scanned into Evernote for easy reference.  Hopefully I have found my planner peace!


Did you try using Evernote to plan your days?  Did it work or are you using something else?


Monday, January 16, 2017

Using Evernote for my planner

In my last post, I mentioned how I am using Evernote as my planner; a few of you have had some questions so here I am.

I started using Evernote the week of December 23rd.  I was looking for a new planner for 2017 and I was not liking anything that I was finding.  I keep lists of all sorts of things in Evernote so it only made sense to try and find a way to use Evernote for my planner.  I did a little bit of research and found these templates for 2017.  With a little adjusting, I was able to make the weekly template work for me.

I first created a folder called Day Planner {I put the folder in my Inbox stack because I spend the most time here}.

!Inbox -- default notebook.  Anything coming into Evernote goes here to be sorted and dealt with {It is piling up today}. Ideally, this is emptied every day but for me, it is more like a few times a week.

!TO DO -- This is the notebook that holds some of those lists.  My genealogy to do list, my blog to do list and my brainstorming list live here along with some notes that I am currently working on don't want to get buried in all the other notes.

Day Planner -- This is where my weekly pages are, my master cleaning to do list, my daily routine reminder note, and a list of my current projects.

IFTT Feedly -- In Feedly anytime I save something for later it goes to this notebook.






The image to the right is what is currently in my Day Planner notebook.

  1. Current week
  2. Next week
  3. Master cleaning to do list {This list includes daily, weekly, and zone cleaning lists.  I do not stick to these lists they are just used as reminders.}
  4. Daily routine note {This is a breakdown of what my ideal day would look like.  My days never go like this but I am trying to get more organized and I am trying to watch where and how I am spending my time.}
  5. Online Storage {This is a new list.  I am moving things around in Dropbox and Google Drive and I needed a way to keep me organized.  This is a temporary list and will be deleted once I am done with my project.}
  6. Projects {This list is a list of projects that I want to do with notes and todos ready to go so when I get started I have everything all together.}
  7. This was my first week using this system {this note and the one below it will be archived in my archive notebook.  I think I have decided to only keep the last two weeks in here to keep this notebook from getting too cluttered.}
  8. The second week
  9. The third week
  10. Last week 
Note how the titles of my notes are done in a specific way.  All of the notes except for my current week and next week have an x in front of the note name.  Using the x keeps my notes in order...the order that I want them.

Below you will see my current week. {well part of it anyway.}

As things happen this week I am able to add them to each day.  I check off any tasks that I have completed.


I'm still using a planner for my monthly calendar, goals, and some other miscellaneous stuff. Eventually, all of this may end up in Evernote.




What do you use Evernote for?




Friday, January 6, 2017

Around the web



A few things I found of interest on the web.  All are Evernote related but the very first one.  

  • A blog post by a mom that I graduated high school with who has a daughter with Rett Syndrome is doing her part to help find a cure.  Please read her post Small Town, Big Heart. While you are there you can find out more about Rett Syndrome and what you can do to help.  
  • Evernote as a Planner -- I have started using Evernote to organize my days.  It is some trial and error but so far I am really liking it.



Happy New Year!!
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