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I am a wife and a mom to 1 adult son named Hunter and 3 furry kids (a Fiest named Cash, a Yellow Lab named Milton and our newest addition is a beagle dachshund mix named Hank).
Besides Genealogy I am a photographer, scrapbooker, and all around crafty person.

I am researching in Pennsylvania right now (Columbia, Montour, and Luzerne Counties); I am lucky enough to live in the same area where my ancestors lived. Some of my main surnames are Seigfreid (spelled many different ways), Thomas, Hunter, Masteller, Killian, Gensel, Halderman, Hartman, Kinley, and Savage.
I am a member of GeneaBloggersTRIBE. I take care of Twitter, Pinterest, and the Blogiversary posts.

Contact me if you have any additions or corrections or with any questions. My email is sthomas51004@gmail.com. I enjoy searching our roots and look forward to finding out as much as I can.


Jason and Milton
Hank

Cash.





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5 Tips to Break Down Your Brick Wall

Originally posted at Lost Tree Project as a guest post February 2019.

Eventually we all hit a brick wall.  My first brick wall was with Joseph Thomas {my husband's 3rd great grandfather} I spent months searching.  Brick walls can last weeks to months to years.  Below are some quick tips to help you break through that brick wall.

Research another ancestor for a while and then go back to your brick wall .  You will see your brick wall ancestor with new eyes.Use a checklist to see if you missed any records.  {You can find my Evernote Research Checklist in my shared genealogy notebook.}Revisit your research.  Maybe you missed a piece of information in a document.  Maybe something seemed like it wasn't important but now that you have more information you find it is important.Learn something new.  It does not need to be genealogy related.  When you shift your thinking to something else and then go back to the brick wall you are li…

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…

Marine Casualty Card Database

While I was writing Top 10 Blog Posts for 2019 I discovered that my top post was US Marine Casualty Cards from 2014.  Wow! {There is also an update to the original post here where I show some more information that was sent to me.}  I went back to read the post and discovered that the links no longer work. 
I did a little digging and found a link to the Casualty Card Database at the Marine Corps University website.  At this site you click on the war you want to search and download a searchable spreadsheet.  Once you locate your Marine you send an email to request the card.  There are also links to download information about what the codes mean on the cards.
I also found that you can search the U.S. Marine Corps Casualty Index, 1940-1958, at Ancestry.com.  It gives the casualty date, type, unit, and service number.  There is a link to go to another website from the Ancestry database but that link does not work. {I believe it is the same as the link from my original post.}



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