Excel spreadsheet for New Hampshire – a combined planning tool and research log
After my first day at the Family History Library, I realized I need a major over-haul of my research log. For quite a while now, I’ve used Excel to plan what materials to research at a repository and updated the spreadsheet with what I’d located. However, I didn’t have a really good way of incorporating that into a research log.
However, I think I’ve come up with a system that will work and is relatively simple to use. Continue reading
The Family History Library
I feel like a kid that ditched church to go fishing.
I was bad.
I was VERY bad!
Here I am in Salt Lake City, registered for the RootsTech conference, but spent 80% of my time at…..DRUM ROLL please….THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The library has been a place I’ve sought to visit for the last 25 years. After checking in to my hotel on Wednesday, I made a beeline for the library and oriented myself to the various floors and holdings. Thankfully, it’s very user friendly and organized well. I made quite a few finds, but most importantly, found a book, written in 1991, on the Westcoat/Wescoat/Westcott/Wescott/Wasgatt family. There wasn’t a ton of new info on my own line, but I did get a few new hints to follow up on. In addition, I was able to review dozens of rolls of microfilm and books, and have completely overhauled how I’m handling my research log. (See my post about Excel, Evernote and Roots Magic here.)
Back to RootsTech…the sessions I did go to were very good. I will leave the details to the official bloggers who’ve done a phenomenal job covering the event. The energy and amount of interest in genealogy was awesome. Oh yes…also had to make my purchases in the Exhibit Hall.
Here’s my loot:
Books on researching, books on writing, and webinars by Thomas MacEntee, Marian Pierre-Louis, and Karen Clifford
I’m hoping to listen to Karen Clifford’s webinar, “Organizing For Success” at the airport on my way home tomorrow. While I may not have had as much time as I’d planned at the conference, my time here in SLC was certainly well spent!
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has produced a wonderful series entitled, “The Story of Maine.” The YouTube video above shows Part I of Program 3 in the series, “They Came By Sea.” (You can download the entire broadcast here.)
This was particularly interesting to me with deep roots in Mount Desert Island, Maine, where my 5th Great Grandfather, Capt. Benjamin B. Stanwood, was born. The sea was a way of life for many in that region, whether supporting their families by fishing, boat building, sailing, or as in the case of Benjamin, as ship’s captain. The video showed how many wives would take their children and join their husbands on board. I wonder if Benjamin’s wife, Margaret (Wasgatt) Stanwood, was one of those adventuresome types, sailing abroad, or did she stay home with their children? Another question to ponder in my ancestral search!
Parker College Baseball Team, Winnebago, MN, 1914 – back row, 2nd from left – Robert Wasgatt; 3rd from left, David Wasgatt; 6th from left, John Wasgatt, sitting next to his father, Frank Wasgatt, coach. (Photo courtesy Madge Pedersen)
There is a story behind each name we discover, each date we enter into our genealogy databases. As new genealogists, most of us began simply seeking those names and dates; however, as we grow in our research and learn the value of reverse genealogy (working forward to assist in find out more about the past), many of us find ourselves seeking our living relatives. When we are able to connect with cousins or others who may be researching our same family lines, our research can expand exponentially, and most importantly, we can begin to learn the stories of those who lived before us.
Earlier this week I received a large envelope full of photographs sent by my grandmother’s fifth cousin, Madge Pedersen. I “met” Madge online after doing a Google search for others descended from Thomas and Margaret (Davis) Wasgatt, and we’ve been corresponding for several weeks now. Continue reading
Screenshot of the Scrivener “cork board” which allows you to organize your writing
Growing up I always had pen and paper in hand. I’d sketch out newspaper templates, and would write amusing articles for my family’s enjoyment. As I grew older, the pen was replaced by a typewriter. In my Sophomore year at Elsinore Union High School, I was given the opportunity to write for The Rancho News, where I’d cover the happenings at our local high school for the community newspaper.
One of my first newspaper articles, published in The Rancho News
By 15, I was taken on as a paid, freelance reporter. Toting my 35mm camera, I’d cover stories such as the design of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services (the predecessor of 911), area floods, and how the gas crisis of 1979 was affecting Temecula residents. My first paycheck was a whopping $18.37, but I was in heaven – getting paid for something I LOVED! Continue reading
My Daddy, about 1980
When my Daddy died on June 23, 2010, I wrote a tribute to him which you can find here. He was not my biological father, but very few people knew that – he loved me as though I was his own, and I adored him. He was a kind, quiet person – but hysterically funny with a wicked sense of humor when you got him talking. He loved to fish and he LOVED his tools. (Don’t all carpenters?) When Daddy got sick and moved in with us, he brought all of his many tools, guns, fishing poles, and other treasures with him. My husband has spent the last three weekends cleaning and organizing these tools, and boy did Daddy have a LOT of them! He would be so happy to see how Ed has them all sorted and hanging on the peg board, ready for our household projects!
While the tools didn’t surprise me, the photos below which Ed found mingling among some of Dad’s other papers did! Continue reading
PDFs are great for compiling documents
I love PDFs. They are great for compiling photos of documents. Take, for example, the photographs of the pension file for Thomas H. Stanwood who served in the Civil War. The original documents were photographed by my cousin who lives in Washington, D.C., and was kind enough to visit the National Archives and take the digital images for me.
After reading (and re-reading) the documents, I like to draft a summary of my findings and copy the images into a Word document. Continue reading