Saturday, February 26, 2011

SNGF: Count Your Trees

Today's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun brought to us by Randy at Genea-Musings:

1)  Open your genealogy database in the software of your choice, and use the Help function to determine if your software can count the number of separate family trees you have in that database.
2.  Follow the directions if the program can do it, and Count Your Trees.

3)  Tell us about how many trees you have, and who is the "root" person in the biggest tree.  Tell us if you have any big surprises - did you find any disconnected trees that should not have been disconnected?

4)  Write your own blog post, write a comment on this post, or write a Facebook status or comment.

In Legacy, I have 2 trees.  My first has me as the start with 735 people.  The second has my mom's cousin Lori as the start and she is the only person in the tree.  Not sure why she is in her own private tree, but I will be fixing that now.  How many did you find?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fantastic Finds Friday: Book Editiom

In my recent travels in used book stores and on PaperBack Swap, I have found some pretty cool genealogy books I thought I would share with you.


I really enjoy reading older genealogy books.  The methods in most books today focus on internet sources, which tend to be few and far between for my areas of research.  Older books teach methods that are still useful and quite important to expand ones research skills beyond that of beginner.

What genealogy books do you find useful?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Olivia Langdon Clemens

Olivia Langdon Clemens tombstoneOlivia Langdon Clemens, wife of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Mark Twain's Study

Mark Twain's StudyThis is the study Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, wrote in while in Emira, NY.  Currently, it is on the campus of Elmira College, but it used to be at his sister-in-laws home called Quarry Farm.  I have to admit it is not what I imagined, basically a gazebo with windows.  For more information, visit the Elmira College website.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Mark Twain

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


Celebrating my first married Valentine's Day:-)  (This picture is from right after we got engaged<3)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Elevator Pitch

Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch?  Imagine you are in an elevator with someone who could be very  important in helping you and you only have 30 seconds, the length of the ride, to tell them your proposal and get them interested in hearing more.  That 30-second sound-bite is your elevator pitch.

I am joining in a 31 Days to Build a Better Blog group over at The SITS Girls.  It goes with my New Year's Resolution to become a better blogger.

Our first task: to write an elevator speech.  Both a short one and a longer one.


Genealogy, Libraries, and Wanderlust: My Life, In Blog Form.

Genealogy, Libraries, and Wanderlust: My Life, Digitized. <-My favorite

Genealogy, Libraries, and Wanderlust: My Life, Uploaded.

Genealogy, Libraries, and Wanderlust: My Life, Online.


Amanda's Athenæum: A genealogist with wanderlust turned library student, discusses culture, her heritage, discovering new places and life as a grad student.

To quote an undergrad professor: "Questions, Comments, Concerns?"  Let me know what you think below:-)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Food

From Geneabloggers:

Week 5: Favorite Food. What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?

mashed potatoes(Source)

My how times have not changed.  My favorite foods, then and now, are the same.  Mashed potatoes and dill pickles (not together, of course).  Simple, delicious and probably not changing any time soon:-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January Goal Update

Didn't so so well so far.  I am going to print these out and put them on my calendar so I can remember and work towards them.


  • Become a better blogger, posting at least 3 times a week and commenting more on other blogs. - Not so much

  • Train for and run a half-marathon - On my way to do this

  • Read at least 2 new books a month -Yes!

  • Plan more game nights/dinner parties/etc. to see friends more often - Not really

  • Become more active with my church Social Justice Committee and History Committee - No

  • Send birthday and anniversary cards to friends and family - Sent Facebook messages...


  • Write one ancestor profile a month for the blog - No

  • Create written research plans, at least one per month.  Post on my blog, along with follow-ups as to how the research goes - No

  • Complete at least the first two CDs of the NGS home study course - Working on it

  • Attend at least one national genealogical conference - Not yet

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...