Sunday, September 28, 2014

Evernote Reminders...Part 2


You can find my first post here:  How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

To day we will look at different ways to sort and view your reminders.


If you click on Notes this will give you all of your notes in Evernote (#1 in the image above) and it will also give you a list of all of your reminders (#3 in the image above).  If you click on the cogwheel (#2 in the image above) you will find your options for sorting your reminders (see the image below.)


I believe the default is to sort them by notebook but you can also sort by reminder date (in image below)


In the image below they are sorted by upcoming reminders in each notebook.


In the image below they are sorted by reminder date showing all upcoming reminders but not by each individual notebook.  This is the way I prefer to see mine.  You can also choose to show any recently completed reminders.


You can also view your reminders from within individual notebooks.  The image below is my Genealogy To Do notebook in my Genealogy stack.  You can see the list of reminders above the notes in this notebook.  The same cogwheel is there for you to sort your reminders.


You can also search for notes with reminders using Evernote's powerful search feature.  To find any note with a reminder that has been completed in the last 7 days you would use reminderDoneTime:day-7.  In the image below is my one note completed in the last 7 days.  You can see the date that the reminder was completed by the alarm icon; the date has a line through it (the green box to the right of image below.)

reminderOrder:*             -- gives all notes with a reminder
reminderTime:day          -- gives all notes with a reminder for today
reminderTime:day+7     -- gives all notes with a reminder in the next 7 days


I have not used Evernote's search feature very much with reminders so I am sure there are other ways to search for reminders that contain certain tags etc.

My next post will be about viewing your reminders on your calendar...I LOVE this!

Until next time...happy ancestor hunting!





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminders

Today while I was at work I got a notice on my phone that I had an Evernote note with a reminder for today.  I was excited because I knew when I got a chance to do some genealogy today that I would be following up on this reminder instead of sitting at my computer trying to figure out what I needed to work on.

First I created a Pennsylvania death certificate search list from my Legacy database and saved it as a pdf.  When I have some time I go through my list and look for the death certs on ancestry.com  When I find the death certificate I save it to my computer and then process it.

I saved Christianna Elizabeth Daum's death certificate as Christianna Elizabeth Cadwallader Daum(6769) in my Cadwallader surname file on my computer.  [Christianna is my 4th great grandmother].  I then pulled [drag and drop] the death certificate into Evernote in a new note and add the appropriate tags [#1] and title [#3].  I also add the url of where I got the death certificate from [#2].

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To the right above the note you will see an icon that looks like an alarm clock with a check mark in it. [circled in green in the image below]. If you click on this you can add a date for when you want to be reminded about this note.  For Christianna's death certificate I picked a day that I thought I might have some time to do some research about her for my reminder date.


I then went to Christianna's research log in Evernote and added an entry that the death certificate needed to be sourced and added to legacy [the last entry].


Fast forward to today ... I got my reminder for my death certificate.  I went to Evernote looked to see what the reminder was for and then opened Christianna's research log and saw where I had left off and what I needed to do.  I updated Legacy with the information and also updated my research log.


It looks like a lot but it really only takes a few minutes to complete.  I'm finding that reminders are great in so many ways.  I will have another post soon with more information about reminders and how you can see reminders on your calendar.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Happy ancestor hunting!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday


From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings :

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):


1)  Dana Leeds on the Enthusiastic Genealogist blog asks "Did/Do Your Children Know Any of Their Great-Grandparents?"

2)  I thought that would be a great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun question - so please share your response with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

3)  For extra credit, or in case the answer is "No," then please answer the question for yourself, or your parents.


Luckily for my son, Hunter, he knows 5 of his great grandparents!  My mother's parents, my father's dad and step mom and my dad's mom.  He is very close with his great grandfathers and his grandfather; he spends a lot of time hunting with them.  (I hope he knows how lucky he is!!)


My maternal grandparents with their great grandchildren!
(Hunter is in the back)
I was also lucky enough to know my great grandparents.  I knew my maternal paternal great grandmother, my paternal paternal great grandparents and my paternal step maternal great grandmother.  My paternal paternal great grandparents lived out the road from house until Grandpa died in 1995.  When I was in elementary school I would go to their house after school and most nights we ate dinner with them.  My sister and I would go to church with them on Sunday's and out for lunch after church.  They were wonderful people!!

Harold Elwood Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandfather.

Hazel Killian Seigfreid.  My paternal paternal great grandmother.

I miss my great grandparents more all the time!  I am very grateful that I was able to know them!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spreadsheet, Evernote, or Legacy To Do List???

I have been trying to figure out what to do about my research log.  Should I keep it in a spreadsheet, in Evernote or in my Legacy program??

I tried a spreadsheet...


but I don't really like it.  Then I tried a Legacy To Do List...


but I'm not sure if I like this or not.  Here is what I have in Evernote...


I like my Evernote research log / notes the best.  My issue is do I keep using Evernote and making a research log for every single person even when they only have a little bit of information (mainly those with only one entry)??  

Maybe I'm putting too much thought in to this!  Why change what is working??  

What do you do??


Friday, August 29, 2014

Evernote and Genealogy

In July of 2013 I did a post about Evernote called How I Use Evernote for My Genealogy.  Since then some things have changed.

At one point I moved to OneNote.  Why?  I'm not quite sure.  It may have thought that it was maybe better than Evernote but in the end Evernote won and I switched back.  For me Evernote has better searching capabilities and I am all about making things easier.  I think I also spent too much time making things pretty in OneNote.

I reorganized my genealogy stuff in Evernote and changed names of notes to have everything fit better for me and I am LOVING how much easier it is to find things.  I still need to make better use of my tags so that is the next step in my Evernote redo.


Notebooks and stacks were rearranged, some deleted some new, to better organize my notes.


Notes were renamed in a way that made better sense and put my notes in alphabetical order.

You can find my shared notebook here.  There is also a Google+ hangout with Tessa Keough and I on the Legacy Virtual Users Group on Google+ where we discuss Evernote and genealogy.

As always if you have any questions shoot me an email at sthomas51004@gmail.com.


Update

A day or two after I posted US Marine Casualty Cards I received a follow up email.  They had seen my post and sent me the following email:

In response to your post about the code on the casualty card regarding the nature of Sergeant Thomas' death, we can tell you that what you see is a code for inputting into a larger (long since gone) database.  Because the original database that used this code is gone, we have no know way of knowing what the code stood for.  However, we have attempted to locate more information by accessing the muster roll for Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines for March 1945.  The muster roll unfortunately only stated that he was wounded and later died of those wounds.
Despite this lack of information, there is still an option left open to you.  The National Archives located in St Louis, Missouri, holds the service of Marines for this time period.  I would suggest that you contact them and obtain a copy of the military service record for Sergeant Thomas.  More information about getting copies can be found on their website at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ 
We hope this is helpful and hope your search for answers comes to fruition.  If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 They also sent me a pdf attachment of two sheets of the muster roll pertaining to Fred.


The next step in finding out more will be to contact The National Archives in St. Louis and obtaining a copy of his service record.

I am thoroughly impressed with the service they provided me and I hope that any of you who have US Marines in your family will use this wonderful resource to gain valuable information about your ancestors!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

US Marine Casualty Cards


Earlier this week I got my copy of Family Tree Magazine and I was reading an article that led me to World War II History Network and from there I found a link to an article about the United States Marine Corp making their casualty cards searchable.  You can find the database at Casualty Cards Database.

Fred Thomas, my husbands great uncle, was in WWII and in the Marines.  I searched the database and found :


On the first page it states : While the cards for World War II through Korea are not classified, however, they can often be very graphic.  Therefore, to maintain the dignity and honor of the Marines, the individual cards will only be released, upon request, on a case by case basis.  To request a card, please send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writting to:
 
United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134.   

I immediately sent an email {about 12:30 am because I don't sleep} requesting more information and did not really think much more about it.  The next morning I had an email with the images attached!!!  I almost deleted it because I did not recognize the email address...so glad I did not!!  There was a pdf file attached and it included 5 pages of card images for Fred Thomas.



On the card that has his death information on it does not say what kind of wound he died from, instead there is the number 8-46-001.  Now I am on a mission to find out what this code means.

Clicking around the internet and reading all there is about genealogy is a wonderful thing!!