Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: The Old Loyalist Burial Grounds

On the tour of Saint John, New Brunswick, we were taken to the center of the city to go to the Old City Market.  However, on the map there was mention of an old cemetery just down the block from the market.  As such, my husband and I quickly walked through the market and then headed down the block to the Old Loyalist Burial Grounds.

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The oldest cemetery in Saint John, it was founded in 1783 and closed in 1848.  There were a lot of people walking through it on their way to class or work.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Legacy Cruise: Day 5, Saint John, New Brunswick

On the 5th day, we entered Canada, specifically Saint John, New Brunswick.  I had been very excited for this stop, as I had always wanted to see the Bay of Fundy.  This was also the only stop where we paid for an excursion put together by Royal Caribbean.   We took a 7 hour bus tour that went all over Saint John and the surrounding area.  As such, this is going to be a multi-day post:-)

Upon exiting the ship we were greeted with a rose for each woman and a pin for each man, as well as the normal maps and brochures.  We were sent right to our tour bus, which was nice considering the rain and darkness (it was earrrrrly).

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Our first stop was the Bay of Fundy!  We spent a lot of the tour as various points along the Bay and it was amazing to see the change.  The Bay has the highest tides in the world.  Twice a day, the tide rises so high that, at the Reversing Falls, it pushes the Saint John's River to flow backwards.  (If you think that is as cool as I do, vote for them as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World).

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When we first got to the Bay, it was very calm, with hardly any movement.  Even in the short time we spent there (15 minutes) it was amazing to see the tide slowly increasing in movement.

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We left the Bay to head to the market, which I will discuss tomorrow:-)

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Legacy Cruise: Day 4, Bar Harbor, Maine

Day 4 was further up the Maine coast, in Bar Harbor.  I was here on vacation about 10 years ago, so it was nice to go back.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great, so we didn't get to see much of Acadia Park, but it was still a fun day:-)

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Our ship was too large to dock at shore, so we had to board whale watching boats and take that into port.  I was nervous when I first heard this, as when I went to visit Helgoland in Germany we had the same thing.  There, they literally threw you from the big boat to a small metal speedboat.  It was much easier this time around:-)

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We took a trolley tour around town, which included a stop at Jordan Pond.  Next time we go, we want to stop here for lunch.

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After the trolley tour, we wandered through the stores near the dock and then had fresh seafood for lunch.  Then it was back to the ship to sail up to Canada.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Legacy Genealogy Cruise: Day 3, Portland, Maine

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Day 3 of the cruise was our first in port.  We spent the day in Portland, Maine, which is a wonderful city.  We arrived early in Portland, so we spent some time at a coffee shop near the port, relaxing and getting caffeinated for the day ahead.  Around 9:30, we headed to Victoria Mansion.  Built between 1858 and 1860, the mansion's contents are about 90% original to the first owners.  They have turned the carriage house into a gift shop, which I thought was a great use of space.  We were able to take a tour (included in the price of admission) with a very knowledgeable docent.  The taking of photographs is not allowed in the house, so I recommend checking out their website.

After our tour ended, we spent time wandering around Portland.  Eventually making our way to the pier.

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We decided the best way to see the area of Portland was by trolley, so we took a short tour of the area.

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We followed the tour with a late lunch at Bull Feeney's Irish Pub and then headed back to the ship for a relaxing night as we sailed further up the Maine coast to Bar Harbor.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Legacy Genealogy Cruise: Day 2 (PM)

After our lunch break on day 2, we came back to two more sessions: “managing your genealogy data” and “building a research toolbox” with Thomas MacEntee.

I think many (most? all?) genealogists have a data management problem.  It is hard for people who love the search to always sit down and put the information into notebooks and computers in an organized fashion.  "Managing Your Research Data" focused on organizing your genealogy data on your computer.  Thomas gave a multitude of ways to store your data, with the most important part being to do what makes sense to you.  I really liked his discussion on tags in Windows.  By tagging your images, both photographs and record images, you can make it easier to find the data you are looking for.  Tags I am now using include my surnames, "Census", "Military", and "Birth".

I loved the way he sets up his genealogy information, basically one big folder with files titles "Surname-First Name-Record".  For instance, I now have a file titled "Whitehead Charles William Census 1900".  This is simple, everything is easy to find, and makes it easy to remember how to name files.Thomas uses maiden names for women's documents and "unknown" for a woman whose maiden name has not been found.  I spent the rest of the trip moving files into a new folder under this naming idea and making sure all the information from them was added to my Legacy database properly (so easy to source everything thanks to this mornings session!)  After the tagging session, this was the session that most helped me out (3rd were the photo sessions by Steve Salisbury that were later in the cruise).

Next Thomas continued his recommendations on data management by gaving a presentation on "Building a Research Toolbox".  He has previously done this as a webinar for Legacy, which you can purchase.  He also has his toolbox available on his personal blog.  The toolbox is all about being able to find the websites and resources you have used in the past when you need them.  Again, it is important to use a format that you enjoy and will keep updated.  Ideas include a basic text or spreadsheet format, a note taking program, a blog or a social bookmarking site.

After classes were over, it was time to run back to the room to get ready for our first formal night.  Held in the dining room, this was a fun time to meet other genealogists on the cruise and discuss research.  The ship then sailed on to our first port, Portland, Maine.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Legacy Genealogy Cruise: Days 1 & 2 (Morning)

Day 1 of our cruise was spent driving to New Jersey, checking in and having a quick safety drill.  We followed this by dinner and an early bed time after a long day.

Day 2 was a full day at sea.  For me, this meant a full day of genealogy classes.  The first class, given by Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy,  was on timelines.  A key item in any genealogists toolbox, timelines give hints of how to further research your ancestor in a way just looking at a family group or pedigree chart cannot.  Looking at a chronology report can show you possible problems, such as if an ancestor had a baby at 11 (unlikely) or which piece of conflicting information looks to fit in better than another.

Looking at this piece of the chronology report for my great-great grandfather, I can see that I am missing the birth place for two of his daughters and one son.  I can assume that they were born in Buffalo looking at when the other events in his life occurred.  This gives me a starting place for research into their birth records.


 Timelines can also be interesting when you insert historical data around your ancestors life.  What happened when great-great grandpa was 7?  Using Our Timelines, a site Geoff recommended, I found out that the telephone was invented, the Battle of Little Big Horn was fought and Colorado entered as the 31st state in the Union all during the American Centenial year of 1876, which also happened to be when my great-great grandfather Jacob Gress was 7.

The timelines lecture was followed by one titled "Sources Made Simple, Standard & Powerful", also by Geoff.  He discussed why sourcing is important and how to write a good citation.  The easiest way to create proper citations in Legacy is by using the SourceWriter.  SourceWriter offers templates using Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained.

What most excited me about this class was learning about the source clipboard.  In the past, I have gotten extremely frustrated entering the same detail information for a family of 12 in a census record.  Using the source clipboard, I can enter the information once and then easily apply it to every person in the record.  I am glad I learned about this prior to entering in all of the census records of my father's family, as they all had a lot of children, and this would have been very time consuming!

In the afternoon, we learned about "managing your genealogy data" and "building a research toolbox" with Thomas MacEntee, then had our first formal night.  I will post on these tomorrow!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Legacy Genealogy Cruise: The Basics

We began our cruise aboard the Explorer of the Seas on Thursday, September 29th.  Lasting 9 nights and 10 nights, this cruise is through Legacy, so in between ports, genealogy classes are offered.  The ship is HUGE!  15 decks, a rock climbing wall, lots of restaurants and bars, a casino, a movie screening room, and a gym are all on board, among other things.

There are 3 days of genealogy classes and stops in Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine, Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston, Massachusetts.  I will post on each of these over the next week or two (depending on how many posts per day I get up and how much I separate the activities).  I will also have a giveaway mid-way through for everyone following along!






Monday, October 3, 2011

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?: Cruise Reads

Sheila at the Book Journey started the meme “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”.  This is my second time participating.

10 whole days of no work, just relaxing, taking genealogy classes and visiting new places means lots of time to catch up on some reading materials.  I brought the following books with me:

  • The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

  • A Year in the World by Frances Mayes

  • The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart

I also have a bunch of magazines to flip through.  Will I get to all of them?  Doubtful, but I won't run out:-)


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...