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I've hit a brick wall!

I have been stuck on Reverend Alvah Russel Rutan for quite some time.  He is my husband's 3rd great grandfather.  He born in New Jersey 7 Mar 1821 and he died 12 Mar 1877.  I loose him and his family in the 1870 census, then I have an 1876 map that shows where his farm is, and then a will dated 10 March 1877 (the will brings up many questions for another post).  I have no idea who his parents are.

Alvah is most notably known for his involvement in the Fishing Creek Confederacy he was arrested at least twice in 1864 before being sent to trial for draft resistance.




The image above is Alvah's Individual Information screen and you can see in his Events/Facts the two times he was arrested, his trial, when he was sent to prison, and when he was released from prison(where the green arrows are).  You can also see that I have an Event/Fact called note; I use the note Event/Fact to keep all of my information together where I can easily see it in Alvah's timeline.
If anyone knows anythi…

Interesting finds around the web

How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

Today while I was at work I received a notice on my phone that I had an Evernote reminder for today.  I was excited because I knew when I got a chance to do some genealogy today that I would be following up on this reminder instead of sitting at my computer trying to figure out what I needed to work on.



First I created a Pennsylvania death certificate search list from my Legacy database and saved it as a pdf.  When I have some time I go through my list and look for the death certs on ancestry.com  When I find the death certificate I save it to my computer and then process it.

I saved Christianna Daum's death certificate as 6769 -- Christianna Elizabeth Cadwallader Daum in my Cadwallader surname file on my computer.  [Christianna is my 4th great grandmother].  I then pulled [drag and drop] the death certificate into Evernote in a new note and add the appropriate tags [#1] and title [#3].  I also add the url of where I got the death certificate from [#2].

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Evernote Search Cheat Sheet

I found a new cheat sheet today for Evernote.  It has been added to my Evernote Genealogy notebook.  Below is a screen shot of the cheat sheet.



The cheat sheet was found at Cheatography.  The cheat sheets are free; you can also create your own. This particular sheet was created by ferdipeeters on 22 April 2017.  The cheat sheets are licensed under a creative commons license.  You can view it here.

Also, you can find the pdf in my shared genealogy notebook or by going to this link to download the pdf.


I am in no way affiliated with cheatography.com I just really enjoy the simplicity and ease of use of their cheat sheets.

Google Calendar + Evernote Reminders = A Perfect Match

Do you wish you could see your Evernote Reminders in your Google Calendar??  You can and I will show you how!
1.  Go to Cronofy -- Cronofy syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar with 2 way syncing.  You can change the title in your calendar and it will also change it in Evernote.  


2.  Select your calendar service. (I set mine up so they show up in a separate calendar in Google Calendar called TO DO.  If you want to set up a separate calendar do it before connecting your Google Calendar.  If you do not know how follow these instructions).



3.  Connect with your Evernote account.  
4.  Select your settings.  
5.  Connection complete!


It may take a few minutes to see your reminders in your calendar.



If you want more information on Evernote Reminders below are links to some other posts I have done :

How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote RemindersEvernote Reminders Part 2Most Poplar Evenote Posts
Do you sync Evernote Reminders to your calendar?  Do you use a different method?  Tell me ho…

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 …

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). Amy Johnson Crow -- Why You Should Download Your Files From Ancestry and Every Other WebsiteJulie Cahill Tarr -- Genealogy Blog Reading PhilosophyTechnology -- Google Earth Relaunched with New Storytelling Features and Chrome SupportRandy Seaver -- Dear Randy, How do you Handle Female NamesRandy Seaver --  Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Released - Lots of New Features! AND Getting Hints on Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Profiles by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-MusingsJanine Adams -- My Digital WorkflowCheri Hudson Passey @ World Wide Genealogy -- Watching April and Other Distractions -- s0 happy she had such a cute little guy!What interesting things have you found??

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.


Around the Web

Organization -- Top 2016 organization posts from orgjunkie.com
More planner stuff -- The current issue of Paper Planning Magazine
Evernote -- free Evernote templates

What have you found interesting this week??

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.



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


Dear Mytrle -- she has a whole series on setting up her bullet journalDear Myrtle's Wacky Wednesday -- What's Bullet JournalingJennifer at the Occasional Genealogist shares some genealogy collection ideasMary at Celebrating Family Stories shares her genealogy bullet journalYoutube video of a webinar titled Bullet Journaling for Genealogy

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…

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 p…

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…

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.

Digital Planning and Evernote -- I use Wunderlist, Google Calendar, and Evernote2017 Evernote calendar templates -- I am using the 2017 Weekly Calendar with a few tweaks to make it my ownUse Evernote to Make the Most of Every Week -- I have not implemented this yet but I am thinking about something similar to use to review goals and plans.13 Way To Use Evernote -- There are some great ideas here.
Happy New Year!!