And this week I have been bad…


I have only indexed one batch this whole week, and I feel guilty about it.

I know there is a new app for indexing. Perhaps if it works for the Kindle Fire, I can start doing it at lunch at my desk.

If not, it may be time for me to get a smartphone. An hour commute to work in the morning on the metro, then 8-5, an hour commute home, that’s a lot of time I could spend indexing, when all I do now is sit and wait to get where I am going. Something to think about this weekend. Or, I suppose I could haul my laptop and do it offline at lunch. That’s a thought!

Well, I am going to do a batch right now, then get to my schoolwork. I think I may have over-committed a little with work, school, genealogy commitments, and service commitments. I don’t want anyone to think I am complaining. My life is pretty much perfect right now, I just need to get used to a faster pace.

On an unrelated note, my in laws may be coming for Thanksgiving this year. I want to make sure I know the National Archives like the back of my hand before that, so I can take my Mom in law. I think she would love it. She shares my love for genealogy, but she has much less time on her hands than I do. Even with that, she has provided me with a wealth of information that I will be indexing for years to come.

No ancestor will be found tonight. Still on cloud 9 about Mary, but tonight, sleep may be more important. After classwork… and indexing… and the dogs…. oh heavens… no sleep for me.


Rootsweb Win!!!


I have been looking for Mary’s maiden name for over 10 years. Literally. There were just WAY too many to narrow down.

Well, a year or so ago, I posted on RootsWeb again looking for my specific Mary and blam, just found the answer. And enough information to prove that it’s the correct one.

I am drinking my celebratory Ovaltine right now… WITH marshmallows. Yeah, that’s right, going whole hog. Which is funny, because finding her opened up another big long line for me including the name Hog!

This has been a fruitful day. So my one name, that I go back to every couple of months FINALLY just opened up a whole new world to me. I am a happy girl right now!

Oh I have been good! And bad about telling you about it.


I have gotten so much done this week. I have been doing indexing. I don’t know if I mentioned, but there is a point system on if you do a certain amount of indexing, based on the number of entries and the difficulty of the project, you get more points. Well…. when my husband realized there were points, game on… Not exactly fair to him right now because I don’t start work until Friday, but still. I am way ahead. For now…

I strive more for the accuracy percentage, so when I get one back with a poor percentage score, I go over it with a fine tooth comb. I have only disputed one so far, but I am so sure I am right, I hope it comes back corrected to the value I entered.

Now, the visit to my grandmother. Well, it was incredible. She’s an amazing lady. Adorable to the tip of her toes. She is 90 and the best word I can think to describe her is sprightly. Sadly, I didn’t learn as much as I head hoped to in the way of names and such, but I did get to meet my cousin that has provided me with a lot of great information for that side of the family. She is lovely, and I can’t wait to get to know her better. Her son is a little firecracker. Best of all, I met  my Aunt Joyce. I just felt like I was meeting someone I had known my whole life. We like the same books, have many of the same hobbies, I can even see a family resemblance, which shouldn’t be too surprising as she IS my aunt. She just blew me away. She’s smart and funny and she kept the conversation going and I just don’t think it would have gone as perfectly without her. The best thing though, after realizing about what her age must be, I was THRILLED. She looks amazing and I have the same skin tone as her. I definitely didn’t get the SKINNY gene from that side of the family, but if I got the SKIN gene, I am pretty happy with that!

I did give her the photo album that I mentioned I was making. She seemed to really like it, but the thing I will always remember is when she got to the page where her father’s World War I and II draft cards were, she traced her finger along his signature. Gave me goosebumps.

After teaching my class on Sunday, came home and had a consult with a sweet girl from the ward and her mom and brother. She is in Young Women’s so she can’t attend my class on Sundays, but I can work with her one on one. She was very bright and picked up on things so quickly. It was so refreshing to see a young girl like that wanting to learn family history. And her reasons, although personal, so I won’t share them here, just touched my heart. I hope to be spending many a Sunday afternoon teaching in my makeshift living room classroom!

Sorry for the delay in posts, but well, as you can tell, I sure have been busy. Going to work on my fan chart this weekend, and considering doing a Family History open house after church on Sunday, but I had better decide on that pretty quickly. Maybe next Sunday would be better for that.

For anyone in the class that might be reading this, Lillian already won some treats for this Sunday! Don’t forget to write down a memory of a person in your tree.

And sometimes old acquiantances…


I have to go to bed, so tonight’s post is SHORT.

I spent almost my entire day trying to figure out the networking between computers in this home and I was ready to throw everything with a cord out the window, but I live on the first floor and the punishment would not be nearly severe enough to fit the crime of what Windows 7 put me through today.

So… tomorrow I am making a scrapbook. The pictures have been sent over to Target so they can get printed out, and I will get the other shelf for our gorgeous genealogy workstation.

But as I woke up at 1 am this morning? Yesterday morning? Whatever. So I am exhausted. I did find a World War I and II draft record that I need a family member to match up to a Prisoner of War record I found. Interesting stuff. I think while I am at Target tomorrow, I had best pick up a fresh cartridge of black ink… Just in case.

Oh right, where I was. A friend of my uncle contacted me, she had done some research on our family, as my cousins had been her nephews by marriage. Very nice lady it seems. I passed on the information to the people in the family who might remember. I hope she finds what she’s looking for.

I know I sure didn’t today!

Good night

PS. I still indexed a batch. My accuracy rate is up to 97%

My first small impasse


Well, to start out, I did find that on some of my records for some reason, my paternal grandfather’s name was listed as Herbert, when it is indeed Howard. Rather an important distinction. I have been able to find him on a couple of census’ and his SSDI (Social Security Death Index) but I am not happy with those. Therefore, I think it’s time for me to locate a birth record.

As far as I can tell, he was born in Waymart, PA.  I didn’t get as far as I would have liked to on him today, so he gets my full attention again tomorrow. There are other entries in family trees that reference him, and that is a good thing, especially since I know one is from a cousin who lives quite close to them and likely knows first hand. However, I would really like to see something specific.

Tomorrow, I will be putting together a bit of a scrapbook for my grandmother. She has never seen my children, or my grandchild. I have some records of her parents that she might like to see. I know it was a thrill for me to see my grandmother’s signature on her wedding certificate and recognize that her style of handwriting is very similar to my own. Funny the things that get passed down.

I really hope to get a lot of information from my grandmother next week, but I definitely want to give as much as I get.

All my strength reserves have been used up today. Going to walk the dogs and go to bed!

Hoping I will have lots of information for you tomorrow!

Getting ready for a family interview


First news today. I got a full time job. I start on the 13th. Genealogy will still also be a full time job, so I am going to be really super busy.

I will be meeting a family member for the first time ever next week. Actually two. An aunt and my paternal grandmother. This is good timing because I will be starting work on the 13th. I have somewhat of a family tree on her side, but I don’t know how accurate it is. It will be good to ask some questions, but since this is my first time meeting her, I need to make sure I don’t overwhelm her.

I asked my family history class to help me come up with some questions. I know the basics. I have to ask names and dates, but considering I have never known this side of the family, what I want more is stories.

So my ancestor of the day is Mary Elizabeth R. (Until I know she is comfortable, I won’t be sharing last names.) When doing genealogy, it is very important to protect the identity and privacy of the living. From what I can tell, she is the only daughter of 5 children. I am relatively certain of her parents names from a census report I found. I plan to print it out and show it to her to see if it’s accurate.

Friday, my printer and scanner are going to get a huge workout. I wonder if it would be inappropriate to bring my scanner with me. At least maybe I will bring my digital camera and get photos of whatever documents she might have to share. I printed out her mother Nellie’s birth record. I will bring copies of whatever I can for her, so it’s not just a one way interview.

I am going to need a bigger binder.

Going to do a batch or two of indexing before I hit the sack. Still sick so I am super tired. Too much to do tomorrow. Will still have time for a name. Tomorrow is Mary Elizabeth’s husband.

Wish me luck.