Thursday, July 30, 2009

..And gasping for air

Not much to write's been a rough week...for more details visit my primary blog

I hope to have more to post with my genealogy.  But I am beat for tonight.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

..and Meeting The In-laws

I finally was able to scan some old pictures of family. I found one of Keith, his dad and his grandmothers.

In the picture below, on top we have Robert Earl (father in Law) and Keith. Sitting we have from left to right, we have Hazel (Keith's great grandmother) and Gladys (Grandma) and Amber (Keith's oldest daughter).


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

..And procrastinating

I started out the day thinking I would be able to devote it completely to researching the family. Nah, didn't work out that way. I had to run some errands this morning, then when I came back I had to watch the kids (that's 4 young school age kids, a 18 month old and a 6 month old, oy), then a family member from out of state showed up and here it is at midnight and I just decided to drop a quick note in blog to snivel at the way my day turned out.

Which leads me to my next question for my fellow Waders out there....How to you practice time management when you are researching? Do you research during a set time every day? Think about it and let me know...

Friday, July 17, 2009

..And reviewing products

So the FaceBook group Genea-Bloggers sent me an event invite to blog about the software I use to "Process"(?) my genealogy stuff.

I'm in the middle of the road and use Family Tree Maker 2009. I was using the 2005 version prior to that because it had been that long since I had actively been working on the stuff for the Gene Pool. (Have I mentioned that I am a procrastinator?). I like the program well enough. I like the fact that it interfaces with flawlessly. The Only real issue I have with the program is that if I lose my internet connection while the program is open, I will not be able to "reconnect" to the internet within the program. I have to close the program and open it up again for it to realize that my connection has come back. Beyond that, I haven't had any issues with it. I haven't tried any of the other programs simply because Family Tree Maker has always been sufficient to meet my needs. To be honest, I'd be afraid that my files wouldn't transfer if I switched, even if I back them up to .ged files.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

..And Laughing

Okay nothing too major today, just some Gene Pool funnies that I have found whilst roaming around looking for dead people.

One Liners:

  • Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!

  • I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.

  • Genealogy: A hay stack full of needles. It's the threads I need.

  • A family reunion is an effective form of birth control

  • Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census

  • So many little time!

  • Whoever said "seek and ye shall find" was NOT a genealogist


Top 10 Indicators that you've become a GENE-AHOLIC - Author unknown

  1. You introduce your daughter as your descendent.

  2. You've never met any of the people you send e-mail to, even though you're related.

  3. You can recite your lineage back eight generations, but can't remember your nephew's name.

  4. You have more photographs of dead people than living ones.

  5. You've ever taken a tape recorder and/or notebook to a family reunion.

  6. You've not only read the latest GEDCOM standard, but also you understand it.

  7. The local genealogy society borrows books from you.

  8. The only film you've seen in the last year was the 1880 census index.

  9. More than half of your CD collection is made up of marriage records or pedigrees.

  10. Your elusive ancestor has been spotted in more different places than Elvis! 

Monday, July 13, 2009

...And tripping over details

It occured to me that I needed to focus my genealogy stuff seprately then my Letters from Home stuff.  Ergo, Welcome to Wading in the Gene Pool.  It was going to be just the title of a post then I realized that I could do so much more with it. 

So my question is this:  If you start a tree with your child, then the tree branches out to your line and your spouses line...then branches out further with the grandparents and so on and so on until you have 50 different names you are researching.  At what point do you say "I am doing the tree for the Ellefsons, and a tree for the Hadsells..." so that the overall file is not huge!

I have two trees listed on Ancestry and they have some overlapping people, but the focus is for different sides of the family.  I plan on having a primary file with EVERYTHING but for publishing and sharing purposes, I don't want to share  Hadsell informaiton if someone says they are only interested in the Ellefson's even though they are both a part of my tree.

What are the guidelines?  Any hidden rules?