Friday, November 21, 2014

Entering Civil War Ancestors in Legacy Family Tree

In the Legacy Virtual Users Group (LVUG) on Google+ we were going to talk about data entry for our veterans in our month LVUG meeting but internet problems prevented us from having our meeting so I decided to post my data entry here.

We are going to take a look at Joseph Eugene Thomas; he is my husband's third great grandfather. ( I have blogged about his wife Elizabeth Jane Savage Thomas and I blogged about Joseph and shared his Civil War timeline.)  

While researching Joseph I added whatever I could find about his time in the Civil War to Evernote.  From this information I was able to put the timeline (shown in image below) together to help me understand my information better and I was able to add a lot of information to Legacy.  The timeline was created in OneNote (shhh...don't tell) and the cells in the table are able to be edited.

Screen shot from Evernote showing notes for Joseph Thomas,
Below you can see Joseph's family in the Family view in Legacy.


In the image below is Joseph's Individual Information screen.


First, I utilize tags in Legacy.  They help to keep me organized.

  • Tag #1 is telling that he is in Jason's direct line
  • Tag #4 is telling me that I need to add his Find A Grave event.
  • Tag #9 is telling me that something needs to be done and if I look in my to do list I will see that I have a note about locating him in the 1850 Census and another about finding his birth date.

The Events I have recorded in Legacy are:

  1. Military -- 2 Sep 1864 Enlisted in Co. H 198th PA Inf.
  2. Wounded in Action -- 29 Mar 1865 Battle at Lewis' Farm.
  3. Military -- 12 Mar 1866 Widow's Pension Index.
  4. Article -- 3 Sep 1931 an article in the Benton Argus about his family visiting his grave for the first time.
  5. Find A Grave -- I need to finish this and add my source.
I use a Military event for any general military information.  Wounded in action of killed in action are used when they are needed.  I use events for everything (even the blog post I did about Joseph in Jan got an event.)

How do you enter your's Veteran's information??

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Here are the details on his relatives visiting his grave for the first time:

The Benton Argus, Benton, Pennsylvania published 3 Sep 1931

Relatives of Joseph Thomas Locate Grave

Joshua E. Thomas and his son, Norton J. Thomas, of Forks, have returned from a motor trip to the Sourthern states.  While enroute they located the grave of Joseph Thomas, a Civil War veteran who was killed in the battle of Five Forks.  It is the first time any of Joseph Thomas' relatives have ever seen his grave.  He is buried at Hopewell, Virginia, in a cemetery that is maintained by the government.  Joshua Thomas is a son of Joseph Thomas, adn it was a great satisfaction to him to know and see where his father was buried.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Evernote Helps with Database Consistency


A quick thank you to Cousin Russ, at Family Tree Maker User, for all the great tips on adding the shaky leaves to our tree and to Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musings, for his great tips on searching a specific database for hints in your family tree.  We have a great genealogy community/family who is willing to share!

Before, I would go person by person adding hints and I felt like I was getting no where.  Using Randy and Russ' search techniques I have been able to go through all of my Pennsylvania Death Certificates and add them all to my database and currently I am working on the Social Security Death Index.

When I am extracting information from Ancestry.com to my database I like it all to be done in a uniform way.  To keep things easy I made a note in Evernote to use as a template.

Template in Evernote
In the Social Security Death Index event in Legacy Family Tree
Template filled in
Using the template saves time.  I copy and paste from Evernote and then copy and paste my data from Ancestry.com.  I use two monitors with Legacy Family Tree open on the left and Ancestry.com on the right.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Darwin Siegfried

Today is my great grandfather Darwin's birthday.  I never he met him or his wife, my great grandmother, Laura Houseknecht Siegfried.

Darwin was born 22 October 1892 in Sugarloaf, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA and he died 26 April 1976 in Mountain Top, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA.






Monday, October 20, 2014

Evernote Web Clipper, Skitch and Screenpresso

I did a couple of screen shots today to answer some questions about the Evernote Web Clipper so I thought I would share them here and also talk about Skitch and Screenpresso.  I use each of these for different things.

Evernote Web Clipper


If I am doing genealogy or just looking for something on the web I will use the Evernote Web Clipper.  Why?  The Evernote Web Clipper lives in my Google Chrome browser.  By just clicking on the little elephant icon the Web Clipper appears!(#1 in image below).  In the Evernote Web Clipper I have various clipping options available to me.


They include(#2 above):

  • Article
  • Simplified article
  • Full page
  • Bookmark
  • Screenshot
I use Article, Simplified article and Full page the most; in all three of these you can use the highlighter to highlight text.  

It is easy to select the notebook you want your clip to go in and to also add tags.  Just below the Add tag button there is one called Add remark and here you can type anything about the clip (#3 in the above image).  The last step is to click the big green Save button and then off to Evernote it goes(#4 in image above).  When you go to the notebook you chose you will find your note waiting with the tags you added as well.  There are some web pages the web clipper does not play nice with.  For example, you cannot clip a document in from Ancestry when viewing the image.

Skitch




Skitch is a program not a browser plug in like the Evernote Web Clipper.  However, Skitch can save your screen snaps to Evernote.  You can do a screen capture to capture whatever is on your screen and you have a lot of options to annotate your image.  You have the option of saving to Evernote with one click or going to Skitch in the top left corner and saving to your computer.  Within Evernote you can use skitch to annotate images in your notes.  While in a note with an image if you hover over the image an annotate button comes up on the top right of the image.  When you click on Annotate it will open the image in Skitch.  Make sure you go to File then Save and Edit to save any changes to your image because if you just click on the x in the top left corner to close the window your changes are not saved.  The only option to save when you open Skitch in Evernote is to save back to Evernote. Once the image is saved in Evernote you can edit it to make changes and re-save the image.

Screenpresso



I use Screenpresso for my screen captures of web pages that I cannot use the Evernote Web Clipper for and for taking screen shots of my different programs when I am trying to explain something to someone.  Screenpresso has a few more options for annotations than Skitch does.  There is also a paid version of Screenpresso that will unlock more features.  I use the free version and I have for years the only downside is that every so many screen clips you get an advertisement to upgrade (they don't bother me).  Your screen clips are automatically saved to a folder that Screenpresso creates but you can also save them in other places on your computer.  Another reason I love Screenpresso is because it integrates with Evernote.


When using Screenpresso this box comes up in the lower right of your screen.  All of your screen captures are in here.  The best part of this window is the Publish button (in image above). By clicking on a screen capture and then the Publish button you get a lot of options.  I have Dropbox and EVERNOTE activated.  You can also publish your screen shot to the web and it gets its own URL (http://screenpresso.com/=HObbe).  

To send your screen clip to Evernote just click on the Evernote button and a window pops up where you can add a title, tags, description, and pick the notebook to send it to. (image below).


My note in Evernote from the screen capture created in Screenpresso below.


Another favorite feature of Screenpresso is that I can press the print screen button on my keyboard to activate the screen capture feature in Screenpresso.

As you can see they are pretty much the same kind of tool but each work a little differently and that is why I use each of them for different reasons.  Screenpresso and the Evernote Web Clipper are used multiple times a day to clip and save various information.  I use Skitch occasionally but it is still a powerful tool.

Do you do screen captures?  What tools do you use??

Happy ancestor hunting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Genealogical Sabbatical

Yesterday for the LVUG monthly hangout they discussed taking a year and doing research and visiting the places your ancestors were.  The origianl idea came from Jennifer Shoer at The Scrappy Genealogist.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to an unexpected visit from my aunt. (We always have such a great time when we are together.)

Luckily for me the majority of my family and my husband's family came from the area where I currently live.  Therefore, a lot of my research is focused on this area and the surrounding areas.



Month 1: I would first spend some time with my database cleaning up stuff, checking to see where I need to go, and making sure my to do list is in order.

Month 2 : I would spend my time between the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society (my local historical society in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society that is about 45 minuets away.  I am also researching for a marriage in Wyoming County Pennsylvania that I have not been able to find so I would go there and check out the court house and the other resources in the area.

Month 3 : Next I would go to Washington DC to the National Archives.  I have a lot that I want to research there but I don't think I would need the whole month so a little site seeing and relaxation would take place.  Before the next leg of my journey I would take review all of my information and make sure my database was up to date and check on my to do list to make sure it was up to date as well.

Month 4 : I would start out in New Jersey where I would research my husband's Rutan family and hopefully get through my brick wall!  Hopefully I would be able to get a visit or two in with Cousin Russ during my time in New Jersey.  From here I would go back to Pennsylvania and spend some time looking into the Siegfried family in Maxatawny, Bath, and the surrounding areas.

Month 5 : I would review and spend more time researching at home based on new information and prepare to travel overseas.

Month 6 to Month 10 : I would visit Germany, England, Ireland, and France for further research.  I am sure I will need a few interpreters along the way.  Hopefully, through my research I would be able to trace some family to Australia because it is a dream of mine to visit there some day.

Month 11 to 12 : I would need some time to recuperate from my traveling!  I would review and update my database.

I am sure I would find that I missed something along the way and need to plan for a future Genealogical Sabbatical!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Surname Saturday : Thomas

The map below shows the frequency of the Thomas surname; the greener to color the more frequently the surname appears in that state.



According to Find the Best Thomas is ranked as #14 in the United States.  On Find the Best the meaning of Thomas is a surname of Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, and Indian origin. It is derived from words meaning twin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip -- Sunrise Calendar and Evernote

A few months ago I was looking for a new calendar app for my ipad that would integrate with my Google calendar; I tried a couple out but ended up sticking with Sunrise Calendar.

[Click images to make them larger.]

Here is the month view:


Week view:


Sidebar details included in the image below:

  1. These are the Google calendars that are attached to this calendar.
  2. This is my Facebook account; it shows birthdays and events.
  3. This is my Evernote account.
  4. Preferences (more detail on this below).
  5. Toggles the Sidebar on and off.



In each of the sections above (1, 2, and 3) you can use the check box to toggle your calendars on and off.

#4 Preferences detail:


The Accounts tab is where the magic happens.  When you first setup your account you will need to go to the Accounts tab to connect your other accounts.

The first image below lists the accounts that you can connect.  Once you connect your accounts you can see what you have connected by scrolling down to the bottom (the 2nd image below).



My favorite part about this calendar is that I can see all of my Evernote Reminders!  You can also drag and drop your reminders to different times or dates and it is updated in Evernote.  If I don't get all of my reminders completed today I will drag and drop them to another day that I think I will have time to get to them.  I have this calendar on my desktop, my Android phone, and my ipad mini.

I have not found a way to change the colors in the Sunrise calendar so I make any color changes on my Google calendar and then the changes sync to the Sunrise calendar.

The only thing I  found that I do not like is when you click on an Evernote Reminder there is a link to open the note in Evernote.  When I click the link it takes me the web version of Evernote and to a new note not my Reminder.  I wish it would open the correct note right in my Evernote desktop program.

You can see my first post about Evernote Reminders here and here.

As always if you have any questions please post here or send me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.

Happy ancestor hunting!