18 July 2016

Monday Musings

It was quite the research trip/vacation.  We covered so much in the 2+ weeks we were on vacation.  Made over 300 paper copies and probably as much if not more, in digital copies.

We found obits, photo's, deeds, will and colonial records.  And we have copies of all of it.  Copies to be moved, cropped, linked and typed.

I spent part of last week moving all the photo's around, putting them in my digital photo filing system.  A few have been added to digital multimedia files to the persons that they pertain to in Reunion.  Lots more to get done. 

I'm most excited about the colonial records I found on my ancestor Thomas Ansley, who was in Wrightsboro, Georgia in the early 1770's.  I'll be sharing those images in the next days & weeks as I get them processed. 

Of course coming back from a vacation means "stuff" always needs to get done - things need to get put away,  some minor cleaning never hurts, and of course I HAD to take time out to see the grandsons & kids.  We brought my mom back with us, so a bit of adjusting to having a third person here in the house with us. 

So its been quite the month so far.  Any interesting discoveries for you this month?  Are you researching at all?  Perhaps you're enjoying your summer gardens and your own vacation.  Either way, enjoy!

Happy researching!
Karen

09 July 2016

On The Road with the Mac

Over the past year or so, the primary focus has been the rebuilding and reorganizing of our data base in Reunion.  It has had a learning curve and we've had to re-evaluate the way we do some things but I think we've finally got things to the point where I can say we've made it.

Reunion is such a powerful piece of software, but at the same time is so flexible, that getting it so that it works for you can be a bit time consuming.  BUT, once you get it set so that you have things the way you want them there is no end to the capabilities of this great genealogy software.

I think we've finally got everything set up the way we want it.  We're still occasionally finding an image link that we have to add or a fact that didn't import the way we wanted, but over all I think we're finally on top of it all.

I love using the logs. I use them for to do list, both for the data base as a whole, and for individuals that I want to focus on.  Now with Reunion 11 we are enjoying the sync feature using multiple computers & drop box.  Works so well having Mark typing on the Mac while I have the iPad mini open with the data base & logs while I search for obits or newspaper articles. We also have the Reunion touch App on the iPad mini and the phone.

All of these great features and availability help keep us focused and on track with our research!

Happy Researching!
Karen

05 July 2016

It's Hot.... But it doesn't matter!

The biggest focus of this entire trip is Georgia.  The Georgia Archives and the National Archives (Southern) both have branches in Morrow (just south of Atlanta), in the same city, in the same parking lot.  If it gets any better, I'm not sure how.

We made our first visit to the Georgia Archives last year and loved researching there.  So when Mark said we could come back to research this year, I was not going to argue the point.  Sure there are other places I could research, BUT why, when he's offering Georgia, would I argue?

So many brick walls here, so many pieces of missing information to be filled in, ancestors to be discovered.  Well here we are, day one of the Georgia Archives research.  Lets hope that success awaits us inside these doors.  Trust me any goodies I find - YOU will be the first to hear it, right here on this blog.  Unless of course you happen to be in the archives when I make my fabulous find! 

Stay tuned!

Happy Researching!
  Karen