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!

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...