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Motivation Monday: June Goals

Here we are, the middle of 2012. How fast time flies. This year has been busier than I expected and because of this, I had to take a minor break from my genealogy goals. I have been busy in the genealogy world with The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) and the planning for all we want to do there. But, I digress. The In-Depth Genealogist has nothing to do with what I want to do here on my personal blog and in my genealogy research.

June Goals:

Writing: Most of my time has been spent with writing or working at IDG, I want to get back to blogging here, on my personal blog at least once a week. I am working on a weekly calendar to keep my time divided for everything I need to do.

One of my goals is to write a book on one of my families this year, I have not started that at this point. But, it is still something I want to do. It might move to be a goal for next year. Jen Holik told me that I needed to read Sharan DeBartolo Carmack’s book, You Can Write Your Family History. I need to get a copy and move from there.

I have started a book project and have the chapters I want already in place, plus a few of the chapters have been started on. I need to put this in my weekly calendar so that I can move the project forward.

Organization: This seems to be the area that will never be complete! Just this past week I cleaned my desk off again. I made some file folders and got many things filed, now I just need to get a file box for all of them. I also still need to go through all of my family files and get them cleaned up and organized. I also might put together some files for the places I am researching to keep up on the history of that specific area (thanks to Pat Biallas of Geneajourneys for this great idea).

Education: I am into month 4 (I believe) of ProGen 15. So far, I am loving the opportunity to have monthly discussions with my peer group. Second best is going over everyone’s assignments. Personally, I am a visual learner and I tend to learn more by looking at everyone’s assignment rather than the reading. I am trying to stay ahead on this, but it seems that I usually get my assignment in just in the nick of time. Need to get ahead of this, that way I can have the rest of the month to work on everything else.

Where are you with your goals for the year?


Motivation Monday: Week of April 16

After the 1st week, I think I am moving forward with the goals I set for the month. My updates are in blue.

Research: Find the following people in the 1940 Census, Marie Jonas, Rose McAvoy, Joseph Lachney and family, and John James Hilton and family.

Continue researching the family of Daniel P. O’Connell, brother of my great grandfather.

Writing: The goal is to beat 11 posts for the month, (this is post 3). I also am working on a  book project, I have a rough draft of chapters and would like to work on the first chapter for this month. Only basic information will be given on this project until it starts coming together and I know it is something that I will complete.

With the writing of this post, I am at 10 posts for the month and have made a good effort to have the information scheduled for future dates. 

For my book project, I have inserted the introduction and started one of the chapters.

Some other things I have done that are not included in my goal is I completing my article for The In-Depth Genealogist (are you subscribed? If not you can subscribe here so you do not miss the next issue). This has become a large part of my writing goal in the last few days. We have made many changes to the newsletter and have so much more happening in the near future. 

I also published an article for, which is about Travel. You can read my Examiner articles here

Organization: Get the last of my magazines files in order and start on my folders for the families.

Education: Continue with Progen 15 and participate in a few webinars. I cannot watch them on my computer, but I downloaded an app for my Iphone where I will be able to attend that way. I signed up for the ISGS webinar next week and will see how that works.

I finished reading my ProGen 15 homework on Tuesday, 10 Apr. 

The In-Depth Genealogist

Did you get a chance to read Corn and Cotton’s post this afternoon? It is about her News From the Field, newsletter. It has a new name, The In-Depth Genealogist! I am not going to reiterate all she had to say, except that you need to sign up for the newsletter and see the changes as The In-Depth Genealogist grows.

Looks like there are changes to the newsletter and new writers this month.

I hope everyone has signed up to receive the newsletter. If not, you can sign up for The In-Depth Genealogist at You do not want to miss all that is to come! Also, follow them on twitter @indepgen and facebook is Make sure to like the page and share with your friends.

March in Review

It was not a stellar month for following what I set out to do. So, I will recap what I have done and move on with April…

March Goals:

Research: Finish putting together my research plan for the ACPL, notes are started on all of my great-great grandparents lines. Quite a few of the lines are from the Midwest (IL, IN and OH). I am hoping to find some new information on them.

I put together a 2.25 page list of books I wanted to look through at ACPL and went through them quickly. Now that I have been there and seen what they have to offer, I believe it will be easier to put together a research plan for my next trip.

Writing: Continue blogging. I wrote 10 posts for the month of February, to me that is not enough. Especially since 4 of those posts are my goals. I need to blog about substantial research and findings, at least one post per week.

For the month of March, I wrote 11 blog posts. That is one more than last month. Without looking into what I blogged about, I know I need to continue working in this area. I have started another writing project that I am not ready to discuss yet. But, I believe it will really have me focus more on writing altogether.

Organization: Still need to get the last of my magazines into my book shelf and filed by the correct month/year. Then, I will work on cleaning up my family file folders.

While going through some file folders, I came across more magazines and I also picked some up, courtesy of Thomas MacEntee while we were in Ft Wayne and they all need to be filed. However, I spent some time this month organizing all of my bookmarks on my computer. It took me an hour or so, but now they are all separated by subject and easy to find. 

Education: Continuing ProGen, I feel good about our first month. Assignment for this month is to read another 2 chapters and and assignment, an optional assignment and of course the discussion questions.

ProGen is going well. I finished my assignment on time and even submitted the optional assignment. I was not able to read ahead in the book, but I hope to change that in April.

My Finds at ACPL

Everyone survived! We had a great weekend in Fort Wayne, IN and did a lot of research at the ACPL. What a library! The size of the building is impressive and the collections within these walls, amazing. Can you imagine being in a room filled with Family History Books, completely surrounding you? It was never a thought in my mind. Now that I am home, I just want to go back.

Unfortunately, I did not make any great finds in my research this weekend. To be honest, I think I was completely overwhelmed by all the great books and resources at my fingertips. I did find one clue that I will need to follow-up on this week. If this clue pans out, I might have found the final resting place for my last O’Connell great-uncle.

I also was able to eliminate a branch on my Richmond tree. Many who have done the research before me believe that our line connects with Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. According to the books I looked through this weekend, it does not seem this is possible. It seems that there were many Richmond lines in the area and will really need to see who William Cody Richmond belongs to. It was definitely sad to delete this line, lets face it, we would all like to find a bit of fame in our tree. You cannot get more famous than the Mayflower. Of course, it is possible that the family lines connect at a different place. I will have to spend a lot of time on this family to see if I can take it any further.

Anyhow, We all made it home safely and had a great time at ACPL and in Ft Wayne. Plans are being set in motion for a fall get together. I hope many more of our blogging friends will be able to join us.

Kids and the Silly Things They Say

This weekend I dropped my youngest off at my cousin’s house to babysit. The girls are cute and lets face it, they crack me up. It’s saturday afternoon, St. Patrick’s Day, my daughter asks the oldest girl, she’s 8, how come she is not wearing any green. 8 year old replies, matter of fact, “I am NOT Irish!”

I chuckled and told her she was, we went back and forth many times and she refused to believe me. She finally asks her dad if it is true. He replies, how do I know. Terri should know. So, I explain to her that her grandma and Becca’s grandma are sisters and if Becca’s grandma is Irish, well then so is her grandma. She says ok and then proceeds to show me the dark green shorts she has on (we were sitting at a breakfast bar in the kitchen). She completely had my cracking up, because no matter what I told her as an adult, she refused to believe me.

Then she tells me she has to do a family tree for homework and it is due Monday. I offer to help her, well because I am the family genealogist and she politely tells me no, she does not need my help. So, I start telling her a few stories. Like, how I have one of our lines back to the Civil War. She asks when that was and I told her way back in the 1800’s. To which she replies, “is that when you were born?”

Excuse me, I laugh and tell her no that I was born in the 1970’s and she of course gasped and thought that was old. Kids are funny and they do not hold back on what they have to say. She made me giggle quite a bit on Saturday.

Oh, and I did get to help with the family tree on Sunday. I order some prints of family pictures and took the tree back to her great-great grandparents on one line. They needed to put together a poster board with either pictures of the family or their names.

I got a big laugh out of the instructions, the teacher had the tree flip-flopped with the woman on the right (the number 2 spot) and men on the left (the number 3 spot). I had her put her post together the correct way. Then I told her dad why I did it that way, he replied that he thought it looked wrong too and that was fine. I told him that if the teacher asks why it is backwards to make sure she knows that a genealogist sat and helped with the homework and made sure it was put together correctly.  The 8 year old cousin plans to hang her family tree in her room, once it is graded and returned. She was very thankful for the pictures I brought her and told me thank you many times. She also told me that I know lots about the family tree and that was cool.

Since we are discussing genealogy and teaching kids; if you, your school, scouts troop, home school group or anyone else you know are interested in teaching genealogy to children, please check out the new books that are being released this week by Jennifer Holik. You can find a listing of her books here.

It’s the Final Countdown

In just one week (and a day) many Geneabloggers will be descending on Fort Wayne, Indiana. We will be researching at the Allen County Public Library and having a get together at the home of fellow geneablogger Tina Lyons and her husband. We have a great list of people coming, some from Illinois, Ohio and Canada. Yes, you read that right Canada!

The Midwest Geneabloggers Facebook page has been listing the blogs of those attending, but I thought I  would put together a post here for everyone to read. That way, you will know who’s blog to read for updates on our weekend and to see if we get any research done. Plus, this will be a first time trip to ACPL for many, so I am sure there will be some posts about that as well.

Here is the list, in no particular order:

Tina Lyons of Genwish List

Jennifer Holik of Generations

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana of The Last Leaf on This Branch

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman of Corn and Cotton Genealogy

Derek Davey of Genealogy – Northwest Ohio

Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers

Patricia Desmond Biallas of Genea Journeys

Linda Swisher of Round Tuit Genealogy

Diana Ritchie of Random Relatives

Jen Alford of Jen-Gens Family History

Susan Clark of Nolichucky Roots

Diana Biddle of Adventures in Brown County History & Genealogy

Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking 4 Ancestors

Brenda Leyndyke of Journey to the Past

Shelley Bishop of A Sense of Family

Lisa Ellam of The Faces Of My Family

Lisa VonLanken of The Shy Genealogist

Karen Bennett of Karen’s Chatt

Margel Soderberg of 2338 W. Washington Blvd

I apologize if I missed anyone. If there is someone you know that is attending, please leave a comment so I can add them to our list.

That is a total of 20 bloggers all together. What a group. There are many bloggers listed that I have not met, yet. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. If you have spare time in the next week (because you are super organized and have a research plan completed already) take some time to stop by these blogs and introduce yourself. See if you have any common surnames or areas to research. Maybe we can break a brick wall down together.

Motivation Monday: Week of March 12

Its late in the day and I wanted to update where I am so far this month. I have only moved forward a bit this week.

Research: I have not worked any further on my research plan for the ACPL. I did listed to Thomas MacEntee’s webinar, Navigating the 1940 Census, which set me out looking for where I will be able to find my family. I have noted on my set up of all my 2nd great-grandparent files where I should be looking for a few of the families.

Writing: have not really written anything since last week. Enough said!

Organization: If our weather stayed the same, I think I would be organized by now. I have not worked in my office because it is too cold there. Now that spring is here, I am slowly moving back into the office to take care of things.

However, I did receive an early birthday gift of an external hard drive. It started out with just asking some questions about updating my Mac Book Pro to the new OS Lion. Turns out that since my Mac is so old, it is not really worth it to do so. While discussing updating the memory on the computer as an option to change to Lion, I was told I would lose everything on my hard drive, 1000’s of pictures and all of my family records I have collected through the years. I think my heart stopped. Well, a very nice family member decided I needed to have an external hard drive right away and went and purchased it. I moved many of my files and a bit of the photo’s over that night. It feels great to be able to have things backed up and off the computer, in case something bad happens here. Plus, with moving things over to the hard drive, I have opened up 5GB of memory on my Mac already!

Education: I read 1.5 of the 2 chapters for ProGen already. Starting to formulate my plans for the homework.

Motivation Monday: March Goals – a wee bit late

I’m not sure how I got to Wednesday and did not post my goals for the month of March. To be honest, I thought that I had it finished and scheduled to post last week. Guess again! So, here it is Wednesday and I am putting together my goals for March.

Research: Finish putting together my research plan for the ACPL, notes are started on all of my great-great grandparents lines. Quite a few of the lines are from the Midwest (IL, IN and OH). I am hoping to find some new information on them.

Writing: Continue blogging. I wrote 10 posts for the month of February, to me that is not enough. Especially since 4 of those posts are my goals. I need to blog about substantial research and findings, at least one post per week.

Organization: Still need to get the last of my magazines into my book shelf and filed by the correct month/year. Then, I will work on cleaning up my family file folders.

Education: Continuing ProGen, I feel good about our first month. Assignment for this month is to read another 2 chapters and and assignment, an optional assignment and of course the discussion questions.

Motivation Monday: Week of February 27

It’s a bit late in the day, but I wanted to let you all know where I stand for the month. I have a terrible headache so this will be a quick post on what I need to finish in the next few days. Because, come next Monday I plan to be laying out the plans for March.

Research: I started looking into the Chicago Rail Co, I have a great-great uncle that died in an accident involving them and I would like to find a newspaper article giving me more details. So far, I have found nothing. The only records I have to go off of are the death certificate and the coroner’s inquest which reiterates the death record.

In the next few days, I will go through all the information I have been analyzing to make sure I have everything I need to put together a research plan for the ACPL.

Education: I completed the first assignment for ProGen 13 and want to reread the reading homework and go through the questions we will be going over on Sunday. Also, need to go and comment on everyones homework.

Writing: I completed three posts last week and have nothing ready for this week. I need to really push myself on this. I have taken on a new project that I am not ready to share yet that will probably be taking up a lot of my time. So, I need to really focus on this.

Organization: I spent time last week going through genealogy, personal and work files. I pulled out more genealogy magazines and quarterly’s that I need to file on my book shelf. I also reorganized my work files. I plan to work on my genealogy files in next month or two.

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