Saturday, August 5, 2017

I've hit a brick wall!


alvah russel rutan


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.

alvah russel rutan



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 anything about Alvah Rutan please let me know.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.

Death Certificates in Evernote


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].

[click on images to view them larger]


To the right above the note you will see an icon that looks like an alarm clock with a check mark in it. [circled in green in the image below]. If you click on this you can add a date for when you want to be reminded.  For Christianna's death certificate I picked a day that I thought I might have some time to do some research about her for my reminder date.


I then went to Christianna's research log in Evernote and added an entry that the death certificate needed to be sourced and added to legacy [the last entry].


Fast forward to today ... I got my reminder for my death certificate.  I went to Evernote looked to see what the reminder was for and then opened Christianna's research log and saw where I had left off and what I needed to do.  I updated Legacy with the information and also updated my research log.


It looks like a lot but it really only takes a few minutes to complete.  I'm finding that reminders are great in so many ways.  I will have another post soon with more information about reminders and how you can see reminders on your calendar.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Happy ancestor hunting!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

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.  

This is what you will see when you get to Cronofy.

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).


Supported calendar services.

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

The screen you get when your connections are made.

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


Google Calendar with my Evernote Reminders.

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


Do you sync Evernote Reminders to your calendar?  Do you use a different method?  Tell me how you do it in the comments.  As always if you have any questions please let me know.

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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