November 23, 2014

2012 Genealogy Goals

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I’m going to do my best to set some attainable goals for my genealogy for next year and actually try to attain them.

Blogging: I’m going to try to include more Wilkerson genealogy articles on this blog.  I have so many about my own family, but perhaps I can get some of Jim’s family to visit and join in some conversations.  I hope to share some family pictures too.  Maybe there are some the family has that they would like to share also?

Family Trees: I need to go through and merge duplicate people.  As someone else said, “that may take me all year”. :)

DAR goal: I’d like to get going and send in my documentation to my DAR Chapter at Ozark Springs, MO to get Richard Osgathorpe (Osgatharp) recognized for his service during the Revolutionary War. I actually have a copy of his pay vouchers.  I think I stand a very good chance of getting him in the roll of Patriots.

That’s about the gist of my goals. I think those three will be time-consuming enough, don’t you?   What are your genealogy-related goals for next year?

 

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Personally, I use Carbonite for our computers, and even though I already knew about them, it was interesting for me to read the review and learn that Carbonite has done a news release at least saying they are going to add new features like:

  • Full system backup
  • Backup and restore for external hard drives
  • Automatic online backup for video files
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I hope you will bookmark and plan to spend some time looking through all the tremendously helpful reviews at Online Backup Deals. It’s a very robust site, easy to navigate and very well written by the authors.

Genealogists know full well the value of backing up their files, documents and photos!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Water

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Water, Water Everywhere

It seems like I’ve been around water in some form almost all my life.  The above picture is of the Port Orchard, Washington marina where were currently live.  But I was born in Olympia, WA which is surrounded by water sources of many kinds: It’s located on Budd Inlet; the Deshutes River flows into the inlet from mountain snows in the Cascades.

The west side of Washington state is the ‘rainy’ side of the Cascades, while to our west is the Olympic Mountains with it’s famous rain forest. It’s not a  tropical rain forest that you would naturally think of, but a temperate one with giant firs, native maples, and ferns that grow on the side of trees.  There’s even a blue glacier up there!

My parents lived in a small logging town south of Olympia from 1926-1941 and their lives were surrounded by water there too. Nearby were lakes such as Black Lake and Deep Lake, and “cricks” and small rivers like the Black, the Cedar, Waddell.

In my article Car Camping—50’s Style I describe our trips to Waddell Crick/Creek and all the fun we had getting muddy, wet and enjoying food in the great outdoors.   The article is on my older blog Pentimento if you have time to read it.

Florida Beaches & Rivers, and The Mississippi at Clinton

That’s not the extent of my adventures with “water” though.  When I left home after getting married in 1970 we visited for a short time in Jim’s home town of Clinton, Iowa.  Clinton is right smack dab on the Mississippi River and is the eastern most point in the state.  I remember the night we drove up on the levee to see the river and having ( Bye Bye) American Pie playing in my head. Oh, and we were in a ’57 Chevy too. :)

I don’t remember being around water when we were in Germany, other than knowing the Rhine River was not too far away.  We came back to Iowa in 1972 and for eight years I got to know the Mississippi in all it’s incarnations: at flood stage, frozen over, brown and dirty, and full of nice cat fish.  Our travels brought us to Port Orchard again in 1980 (just after the volcano blew!) and we lived here until we migrated again, this time to Amelia Island in Florida.

Amelia Island is located at the northeastern most point of Florida and a barrier island with the St. John River flowing between the island and the mainland.  In order to get to the island you only cross and bridge at either end to go over the river.  North of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is a beautiful location, but it does get some cooler weather, unlike further south into the state.

The Pacific Ocean

I think I love the ocean here the best. Yes, Washington does have rocky beaches, with lots of driftwood and is prone to wild storms on occasion too. All during my childhood we made multiple trips to places like Moclips (where my uncle Lem and aunt Della Yates lived), Copalis, and Pacific Beach to dig clams or just to visit and enjoy the sound of the surf and play in the sun.  If we went with friends we’d run all over the beach (within sight of our parents), splash through the tidepools and hunker down behind the windbreaks Dad and his friend Al would build back near the rocks.

A Visit To Old Bordeaux

Thank  you to Amy Coffin at WeTree and Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers for making this meme possible!

The Next Step For Genealogy Societies: Embrace Social Networking

I just watched a new video by the Federation of Genealogical Societies presented by Thomas MacEntee entitled Social Networking for Genealogy Societies. I would encourage all genealogy societies to watch this video and share it at your next meeting.  I think it will open you eyes as you listen to Thomas’ presentation because he is giving you a very valuable lesson in how to bring your local society up to speed by utilizing social networking.

Social Networking Is Affordable Advertising

FREE: Your society may already be on Facebook, but if not, you may want to create a page and take advantage of this no cost way to advertise your organization. As Thomas MacEntee said, Facebook is now surpassing Google when it comes to being found on the Internet.

FREE: Twitter should be your additional choice for social networking. It’s a great tool for keeping your readers up to date.

FREE: Vimeo is where the Social Networking for Genealogy Societies video presentation is located.  Be ready to take notes when you watch the video because you’re going to want to refer back to other social networking sites and the mentioned ideas if your genealogy society is ready to “get social”.

 

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