Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wordless Wednesday




Saturday, August 25, 2018

Evernote Tags and Notebooks | How I use them




I did a post in 2015 called Tagging and Notebooks in Evernote and since then some things have changed with my tagging and notebook system in Evernote.

The image below shows what my tags and notebooks looked like in 2015.


The next two image show my tags and notebooks today.



As you can see I have a lot more notebooks and tags currently.  The number of tags changes quite often because a lot of my tags are temporary, and I also delete notes when I am done with them.  I routinely go thorough Evernote and delete notes that are no longer relevant.  Once I do that I eventually have tags with no notes so I will go through my tags frequently and delete all tags that do not have any notes associated with it.

Each notebook stack, except for 5 - HOUSE, 7 - TEMPLATES, and z FILING CABINET z do not have an @ tag associated with it.  The tag for 5 - HOUSE is currently nested under the @SHANNON tag because it keeps my tag list shorter and because there are only a handful of notes in that notebook.  {5 - HOUSE notebook stack is a temporary notebook that is holding some projects we are working on in and when those projects are complete most of the notes will be deleted and any that need to be archived will go to z FILING CABINET z.}  I do this so that none of my notes will be without a tag and because it keeps my tags organized under each section.  I tag my notes sparingly because Evernote's search feature is so powerful.  I can always find the note that I am looking for very easily.  

I have gotten some questions about what is in my 1 - GENEALOGY notebook stack.  {To be honest, this notebook stack is a mess right now.}  The images below show my 1 - GENEALOGY notebook stack and my @GENEALOGY tag stack. 



Notebook Stacks

!!INBOX - has temporary notes. Things that need to be added to my Legacy Family Tree database and snippets of information while doing research.  There is also a Genealogy Master Note that is updated frequently and it includes links to notes in other notebooks that reference research that I am doing, best practices for a document I am working on, etc.  I try to clean this notebook out weekly.

**RESEARCH** - is a big mess...lol.  This notebook currently has every genealogy note in it.  I have been going through this notebook and making sure the information in the note is in my Legacy database, if it is an image I am making sure that it is saved to Dropbox, etc.  I delete the note if I do not need it any longer or it gets put in one of the other notebooks.

BEST PRACTICES - holds notes pertaining to Legacy Family Tree and how things are entered into my database and include templates to extract information, etc.

CCH&GS - this notebooks holds notes with information on people that I want to research at my local historical society.

EDUCATION - holds blog articles, webinar notes, handouts, etc.

RESEARCH NOTES - holds research notes for people that I am researching.

Tags

The following tags are nested under the @GENEALOGY tag:

{In the image above, CCH&GS is a tag but while writing this post that tag has been deleted and also the last tag in the list is missing which is z SURNAMES z. Nested under the z SURNAMES z tag are all of the surnames that my notes are tagged with.  The surname tags also get purged often.}

add to to do list - this tag is helping with the cleanup in the **RESEARCH** notebook.

Coal Mining - my great grandfather owned a coal mine and I am researching the coal mine and coal mining in the area.

Email - are email queries that I have received and forwarded to my Evernote account.

Find A Grave Requests - these are photos that I have taken at cemeteries for other people

Legacy Family Tree - shortcut keys, user guide, webinar notes on Legacy Family Tree, etc.

Locations - nested under this tag are tags for locations that I am researching.  Most of the notes in the locations tag have information about the location.

More Research Needed - this tag was created to help in cleaning up the mess in the **RESEARCH** notebook.

Research_Log/Notes - exactly what you would expect this tag to be used for

Toolbox - notes with information about citations, topics I am researching, websites to research, etc.


Hopefully this helps show you some ways you can implement tags and notebook stacks in Evernote.  Are you using tags and notebooks in your Evernote system?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Just a Little Brain Surgery

Going home today!  Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Monday, August 21, 2018 I had brain surgery to hopefully fix the pain I have been having from the blood vessel wrapped around my Trigeminal nerve.  To read more about Trigeminal neuralgia click here.  The Trigeminal nerve is a nerve that runs from the brain stem to the face.  The procedure that I had done is called microvascular decompression So far so good...the pain seems to be gone.


Morning of surgery for my MRI brain mapping.

And my lovely incision.  There are about 13 staples in my head.  Thursday, August 23, 2018.

 I am feeling okay.  There is not a lot of pain; mostly burning and itching from the start of healing. I am told that I cannot do much for 6 to 12 weeks (at first I was told about 2 weeks and a much smaller incision).  I guess this leaves more time for genealogy and crafting while I recover.  And lets face it...no housework for 12 weeks is win win for me!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday



 

Edward C. Lewis

Born : 1 Oct 1824 Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey, USA
Died : 14 Aug 1891, Union Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA
Buried : Aug 1891 at Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA

Edward is my 3rd great-grandfather.  He married Eleanor Bonham 27 Mar 1842

You can read more about Edward in this post.  

I have added Edward to my to do list as I still have some unanswered questions.  Watch for more on Edward C. Lewis.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Evernote Genealogy Shared Notebook | An Update



I have been working on updating the Evernote Genealogy Notebook with some new templates and new screen shots.  If you have not joined the Genealogy Notebook you can find the instructions here.  I have also reorganized the notebook so it is easier to find things.  All notes are now linked through the index and the note titles and numbered to correspond with the index.

Updated Index Note

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Putting Pen to Paper




Over at Anglers Rest Julie Goucher posted Planners, Notebooks & How it Came to be about her planning system.  I thought I would share how I plan and keep track of everything that I do.


As most of you know I use Evernote for my brain but sometimes I just have to write things down.  I have always used some sort of planner.  I even used Evernote for a planner for a while but I missed putting pen to paper.  


There are tons of options for planners.  I currently use a Chic Sparrow Traveler's Notebook.  It is in the Mr. Darcy Leather and the color is a retired color called Mayflower.  {This was gifted to me by a wonderful person and friend...she is the best} I've also grown to love fountain pens but that is a post for another time.  



Inside the front cover there are some sticky pockets with clips and some business cards.  On the right is a dashboard that I made and in the pocket are some stickers.


This is the other side of the dashboard with a picture from our wedding almost 14 years ago.  On the right is the front of the Rhodia dot grid notebook that I use.


The back of my dashboard with a notepad in the pocket.  On the right is another notebook that I use for GeneaBloggersTRIBE stuff.  In this travelers notebook I have room for 4 notebooks.  I currently have three in this one; the one you do not see is where I write down my monthly goals.



 I keep many different things in my Rhodia  notebook.  I track my migraines and my fibromyalgia pain each day.

 A monthly calendar with appointment and important dates and bills that need to be paid.


  Each week has a two page spread where I keep my work hours, appointments, and to dos.  There is also a tracker for each week where I track cleaning, blogging, and personal care.


 At the end of all of my weekly spreads there is a place for notes.  Usually there are genealogy notes here.  Sometimes it will include notes from YouTube videos, Podcasts, and Webinars all about various topics.  If I jot something on a sticky note it ends up here as well.  {This note is about how my husband and I are 5th cousins...another post for another time.}


I also use my Google Calendar for monthly appointments and future planning so I have it with me on the go.  My travelers notebook usually sits on the left corner of my desk where I can easily get to it.  It is perfect for tossing in my bag if I need to take it with me.


 What planner do you use? Or do you do something different?





Saturday, August 4, 2018

Database Stats




Have you looked at your numbers recently?


I have not done a statistics post since 2015 {or even looked at my stats}.  In 2015 I had 3,109 people in my Legacy database and today I have 3,397.  In the last three years {probably more like 2.5 years}  I managed to only add 288 people to my database.  I took a break from Genealogy for a few months.  When I did return to researching I found that it would be wise to focus on cleaning up my information and sources.  

My focus for the rest of 2018 will be to work on adding Find A Grave information for those in my database that do not have it.  Once that is complete I plan to head to Ancestry.com to add death certificates.  

What do your stats look like?

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