Friday, June 24, 2016

A Little Detective Work

As you may know, I work in a small public library in Central New York.  One of the books donated for the book sale was an old library book that had been withdrawn at some point and sold.  Little Lore Fauntleroy was written in 1886 by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  It was stamped and marked as book number 7010.  More interesting was that it was signed "Daisy Turner" with the date "Oct- 1886-".

Thanks to some research by one of my amazing pages, we think it was placed into the library in the 1930s.  Because I had some time while sitting at the circulation desk, I thought I would try to find out who Daisy was and why she donated this book to the library.

Thanks to Library Edition and Newspaper (also available through the library), I learned that Daisy Muriel Turner was born 10 Mar 1874 in Chicago and moved to Skaneateles in 1900 with her mother Helen (Wheaton) Turner after her father William died. She died in 1968 and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Skaneateles. It looks like Helen was born in Pompey and then lived in Syracuse prior to marriage.

I have no idea why it was donated it here, since Skaneateles did have a library at the time, however I'm glad she did and that I got to play detective.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Census Sunday: Eichhorn 1861 & 1871

I had two great finds on Ancestry this week for census records that I have needed for a while.  My 4th great grandparents, Nicholas and Dorothea Eichhorn and their son, my 3rd great grandfather, Charles Herman, in Chippawa, Ontario, Canada.


1861 census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Ontario, Welland, sub-district Chippawa, Chippawa, p. 21, Nicholas Thorn; RG 31; digital images, Operations, Inc., ( : accessed 22 Apr 2016); citing Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1080.

1871 census of Canada, Ontario, district 19, sub-district K, Chippawa, p. 22, dwelling 75, family 75, Nicholas Thorn household; RG 31; digital images, Libraries and Archives Canada, Libraries and Archives Canada ( : accessed 22 Apr 2016).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SNGF: Share Your Childhood Memories

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

 1) Judy Russell asked six questions in her Keynote address at RootsTech 2014 to determine if audience members knew certain family stories about their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. She demonstrated very well that family stories are lost within three generations if they are not recorded and passed on to later generations.

 2) This week, I want you to answer Judy's six questions, but about YOUR own life story, not your ancestors. Here are the questions:

 a) What was your first illness as a child? I had a lot of ear infections as a kid and got tubes starting around age 2 all the way until middle school.

 b) What was the first funeral you attended? When I was 16 I was asked to sing at a funeral for a baby who had died of SIDS. It was really, really sad.

 c) What was your favorite book as a child? 10 Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss.

 d) What was your favorite class in elementary school? According to an old paper I found, math class. I remember loving the gifted and talented class as well.

 e) What was your favorite toy as a child? Cindy, my stuffed mouse, who I still have.

 f) Did you learn how to swim, and where did you learn? Nope. Due to the tubes in my ears, I couldn't really go in the water. I still don't know how to swim, but maybe some day.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CNYGS April 2016 Conference

I attended my first conference through the Central New York Genealogical Society Saturday.  Featuring Lisa Alzo, the conference focused on how to write your family history.

I loved that a day long conference on writing began with organization in "Packrat or Genealogist? Effective Methods for Organizing Your Family History Research."  It's hard to write your family history when your research looks like this:

Now that we're all organized (hahaha), it's time to plan our writing.  In the presentation “Writing Your Family History Step-by-Step,” Lisa began by saying (loose quote) "You need a writing plan just like a research plan.  If you're just sitting around waiting for inspiration it isn't going to happen."  Brilliant, true, and similar what to what Liz Gilbert said in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, which I recently read and highly recommend.  Use your charts and timelines as a framework, think about your audience, and start writing.

“The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History.” As genealogists we often focus on facts and uncover so much information that our research produces nothing but boring lists. But do you really know what happened between the dashes of your ancestors’ lives? How can you share that information in a compelling and interesting way? This session will discuss how to using nonfiction writing techniques to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

“Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-Based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use" discussed Lisa's must have tools for writing which included programs such as  Any.Do, Evernote, and Scrivener (get it half off right now at Cult of Mac).

Overall it was a great conference and I am feeling very motivated to write up parts of my family history.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

OneNote and Genealogy

Over the past 6 months I have been getting back into my personal genealogy after a few year relative absence.  Part of this started when I was asked to speak to the Genealogy Interest Group of the Central New York Genealogical Society for February.  I was allowed to pick my own topic and since I have been using OneNote for my genealogy and wanted to figure out how to use it better, I chose that.   It turns out if you're going to present on something, having information for screenshots is a necessity, so I needed to update my database.

And I am so thankful that I did.  I began by looking online and seeing how other genealogists used it.  I already knew that Caroline Pointer had awesome videos on OneNote, so I started there and then started playing around.

Since over the past few years I restarted my genealogy by creating a new database in Legacy and re-entering all of my research to make sure it was properly sourced and that I wasn't missing anything, this became a continuation of that.  I adore Legacy and recommend it to anyone who wants to listen, but I don't like using it for proof statements, research logs, or research plans, so in 2010 I began using OneNote for this, but I still felt like I was missing something for both tracking and noticing [what should be] oblivious holes in my research.  I think I've finally figured it out.

Each of my ancestors now gets a page in OneNote under their surname.  On this main page, I created a timeline of their life.  These timelines have been eyeopening and I wish I had done this 10 years ago.

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They then get subpages for birth, marriage, and death, as well as one titled documents and one titled children.  Under documents, each document gets its own sub-subpage, where it is transcribed, sourced, and notes are made and I have a scan of the item.  Similar, under children, each non-direct ancestor child gets a sub-subpage with vital record and other pertinent information.  This last part is a recent addition as I was trying to figure out what to do with collateral relatives since I have done a LOT of cluster research.  I have to admit I wish for more subpage layers, but that's my biggest gripe with the program so far.

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I keep marriage records and children under the male, unless the wife married/had children with a non-direct ancestor and for other records, such as census, I place them under the head of household/main person listed.  With the ease of linking in OneNote, it is very easy to get to the page I want under different people as needed.

So far I've gotten through most of the records I have for my maternal grandfather's line (Casell/Casillo) and will hopefully be moving to my maternal grandmother's line by June.  All of this information is available to me whenever I have my laptop or an internet connection on another computer, which is fantastic for research trips.

Do you use OneNote for your research?  Let me know if you have any tips!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

FINALLY Get Organized Challenge: January 2016

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Part of my 2016 theme of connect is to connect to my ancestors be spending more time on my genealogy.  Over the past couple years I have been mainly re-inputting my information and sources into Legacy, making sure they're organized in binders, and organizing everything better in OneNote.  Dear Myrtle's FINALLY Get Organized! challenge is a great resource for this.  
  • Week 1: January 3-9:  This one was pretty easy.  I don't have a desk, I have all the supplies I need, I have Amazon Prime, and I tend to be the computer help.  I did create a "Genealogy Challenges" page in OneNote, so I'm now all set there.
  • Week 2: January 10-16: This week started off pretty easily, too.  My Legacy files are in Dropbox and they, along with every other file on my computer is backed up through SugarSync.  I've been using Legacy for many years now and love it, so I will keep it.
    • Then came the harder part.  First I created a binder for my maiden name, Acquard.  Then I started going through my papers and adding everything to Legacy and OneNote.  I don't tend to research my maiden name as I have a great aunt who does, so I didn't have as much for this as I would like.  
    • Once I got this taken care of, I printed out my 4 family group sheets, for my dad, my grandfather, Theodore, his father, Florian, and his father, Joseph.
    • Lastly, I need to "scan and file photos and documents relating to each of these four generations in your maiden name binder."  This is a work in progress.  All of these items are in acid-free page protectors.
  • Week 3: January 17-24: Step 1 is transcribing all of the documents from last week, and this is also a work in progress, but mostly done. 
  • Week 4: January 25-31: I already had everything done for this week, so I'm using my time to keep working through the previous 2 weeks.  
    • Myrtle recommends volunteering for FamilySearch indexing, which is something I already do and recommend to others in my introduction to genealogy class.  I also use FamilySearch regularly and know how to browse the collections and use the image-only collections.  I already have a binder for my mother's maiden name, Casell, and my sister's information is already in my program and in my binder.
I'm really enjoying this challenge so far and am looking forward to February.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review

Well, I haven't updated here in quite a while, but I've posted these for the last few years and want to keep it up.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Ordered books with other people's money.  In my new job, I'm in charge of collection development for adults; it's a dream come true.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year.  My word for 2015 was "passion"n and I wanted to focus on things I love and leave the rest behind, both in action and in stuff in our apartment.  I did pretty well with this, though it's a work in progress.  In fact, my 2016 word, "Connect," is a continuation of the passion idea.  I want to connect more with my family and friends and with myself, particularly in terms of my health and my hobbies.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Calvin, Ava, Charlotte, Harrison, Nora, and Anna (who just arrived and was a bit early; please keep her & her family in your thoughts!) were welcomed into the world.  I also found out about quite a few babies coming in 2016!

4. Did anyone close to you die? This was a hard year with my uncle dying way too young, and then my husband's uncle dying a few months later.  We also just found out that my cousin-in-law's father just passed away.  My husband's boss also died too young.

5. What places did you visit? My big trip was to Honolulu for work.  I went to conferences in Chicago and Washington, D.C for work and went to GRIP outside of Pittsburgh for fun.  For vacations we hit Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Niagara Falls.  We also spent lots of time around Central and Western New York and visited friends in Oneonta.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?   I'm keeping the same answer as last year, since I didn't do either: a trip to see friends in NYC and a trip abroad.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 1st, when and I started my first official librarian job.  March, when we lost my Uncle Brian.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?   Getting the job as the assistant director at a local public library.  

9. What was your biggest failure? ***

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I had pink eye for the first time ever.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My robot vacuum.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband, who could write a book on loving a strong, independent woman with wanderlust.  My mom, gramma, and sister for all their help with Julian.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The majority of the Republican presidential candidates and people who can't comprehend why our gun laws are inane.

14. Where did most of your money go? Daycare.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Julian becoming such an amazing talker.  He has whole conversations and is so inquisitive.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2015? Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon, (This Ain't No) Drunk Dial by A Thousand Horses [Concert with my sister], Vienna by Billy Joel [Concert with Aaron & friends], Girl Crush by Little Big Town, and Julian's kid CDs that we play over & over in the car.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Ending happier than I've been in a long time.
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner and continuing to go down.
c) richer or poorer? Pretty much the same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercising and paying off debt, but we're getting there with both.  

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Being angry about work stuff that now I can't even remember.

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2015? Christmas Eve with the Casells, Christmas Day with the Acquards, and the 27th with Perrines.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015? It just keeps getting better; we celebrated out 5 year anniversary.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Criminal Minds, still.  So easy to just have it on in the background.  For kids I really like Super Why and Daniel Tiger.

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2015? I had the morning off and read, I worked at night and my desk was decorated and I received beautiful roses from my son.

24. What was the best book you read? Fiction: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Non-fiction: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Book club: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Kids: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak.

25. What did you want and get? A new job!

26. What did you want and not get? A move to Hawaii, though it was the right choice and is working out well.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? Star Wars

28. Did you make some new friends this year? I've gotten closer to a few new-ish friends.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? I'm ending on a pretty high note.  Maybe if I had not hurt my ankle training for the Thanksgiving 5K?

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015? Simplify.

31. What kept you sane? My family and friends.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Bernie Sanders.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? The multitude of shootings in the US and the terrorist attack in Paris.

34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian.  At Christmas the lack of their presence was huge to me.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015. Life is really short; tell people you care about them now.