Week 2 of 52 Ancestors in 2017 has been posted. This week I am highlighting one of my great-great grandmother, Maria Eufrosina Pineschi Petrini. You can read about Eufrosina here on my PETRINI blog.
To learn more about my 52 Ancestor in 2017 challenge check out this blog post.
I have been very inconsistent in blogging about my genealogy research, and have done nothing about writing my stories down and sharing them, so I have decided that 2017 will be the year I will do something about that! One way I will work towards this goal is to participate in a 52 Weeks challenge.
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a challenge created by Amy Crowe Johnson in 2014 to motivate her to blog about her research. Her ‘rules’ were very simple — blog about a specific ancestor each week! It doesn’t have to be a research thesis; 3 or 4 sentences that summarize what you know about the person is good enough!
If you want more details, you can refer to Amy’s blog here, or visit the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog post on the Family Search site.
This is a 3 year old challenge and I’ve thought about participating in the past, but I’ve just never done it for various reasons…’it is the middle of the year’…’I don’t know where to start’…’I don’t have a blog’…..
well, you get the idea! But I am going to make a real effort to blog more this year. And the help me keep my focus, I am keeping my rules very flexible.
One more minor detail is WHERE I plan to post. Because I have individual blogs for several of my family lines, if the person I blog about belongs to one of those lines, I will post on the blog for that line. If not, I will post here, with the option to move the post someday when I set up a blog for that line. And no matter where I post, I will post a small reminder on this blog to go look for the post. I will also keep and index post here, linking the blog posts by week. And I will tag the relevant posts with ’52 Weeks’.
Ok, I think I’m all set! How about you? Are you doing anything to record the history you’ve learned about your ancestors? If you are doing anything like the 52 week challenge, feel free to include a link to your blog in the comments and I’ll come read it.
Happy New Year and happy ancestor hunting!
I discovered a 'new-to-me' blog this week and it inspired me. The blog is Organize Your Family History by Janine Adams, and the post that inspired me was Tracking Progress. One of the things I've struggled with through the years is finding an easy way to see what documents I've collected on a person and what I still need to find. So when I saw Janice's 'Progress Tracker' I was intrigued. Like Janice, I use Reunion for Mac for my family history data and Apple's Numbers for my spreadsheets, so I was easy to adapt her idea for my needs.
Actually, 'easy' may be overstating things a bit because it did take me awhile to set this up, but a lot of that was due to my poor genealogy habits. It was relatively easy to export my list of names from Reunion and import them into Numbers, but the bigger problem was my inconsistency in how I name people. When I have found a married woman whose name I do not know i've used 'Unknown Unknown', "UNK UNKNOWN', '??? Unknown', '???? ????', and Mrs. Unknown. So I decided to standardize how I enter 'unknown' people and that alone took me 4 days!
I also made a few minor changes to my spreadsheet.
Once I got this set up, I saved this as my 'Master Sheet' so I don't have to do it again. Then I duplicated the sheet and labeled it US Census. I added census years across the top, and used Janice's color coding method to figure out where I am.
Here is an excerpt of my 'in progress' Census sheet.
I haven't actually entered any census tracking into this yet, but already it has been worthwhile! I am using dark gray to indicate that a person was not living at the time a census was taken and light green to indicate that he was alive at this time. The light gray indicates that I do not know the person's status that year. It is very easy to see very clearly when I need to do some more research to determine birth and death dates!
There are a few modifications I am thinking of making as I start my tracking.
After I get my census data tracked, I will move on to adapting Janice's spreadsheet to track BMD documents, but I'll save that for another day.
So what do you think? Would you find something like this useful? Do you have a method that works better for you?
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I decided it was time to add a blog to this page, to provide general updates to what I've been doing with my family history research. I have blogs on my branch pages to talk about people I'm researching and information specific to that branch, but I've needed a way to post general information that applies to more than one branch of my tree, as well as information that may be applicable to your research. So this is it!
What will you find here?
I have been researching my family history for almost 20 years. Some of the main surnames in my research include DEBEE, FRERICHS, HAHNENKAMP, HIXON, HOLTON, JANCO, KOLK, PETRINI, POYNTER, STRIEBEL and WEISS. Contact me if you think you are related!
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