• Personal Research,  Research Plans

    Weekly Wrap-up: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

    Another relatively lazy week– I always feel the laziest in the days between Christmas and New Year, and since I didn’t have anything major to do, I just embraced the procrastination. That said, I did get some stuff done: This Week (Dec. 27-Jan. 2) 1. Continued to manually add in relatives to MacFamilyTree. Currently at 159/186 people (+8 from previous week). I switched back over to my mother’s side of the family and started adding people from there; this is the side that has a LOT of newspaper articles about their missionary and church work, and I will need to add all that to their Sources list eventually. However, in…

  • Professional Development,  Webinars & Talks

    Webinar: Ten Databases You Need to Know About (Legacy Family Tree)

    Title: “Ten Databases You Need to Know About ” Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett, T2 Family History Date viewed: December 30, 2020 (1h20m) Permalink: https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=1216 Summary: Researchers depend on the internet but often look at only a few sites. These 10 databases are not frequently visited but should be! Notes: Always love learning about niche databases for genealogy research. Also had a brilliant idea to organize lists of databases on a spreadsheet, which I’m going to start doing ASAP. I have things bookmarked, but I do find it difficult to navigate. And it’ll be easier to start from a curated list of websites that I use regularly as opposed to digging through…

  • Professional Development,  Webinars & Talks

    Webinar: Exploring Manufacturers (Non-Population) Schedules (ACPL)

    Title: “Exploring Manufacturers (Non-Population) Schedules” Presenter: Cynthia Theusch, librarian at Allen County Public Library Date viewed: December 29, 2020 (1h) Permalink: https://acpl.libnet.info/event/4723939 Summary: As early as 1810, the U.S. government gathered basic information and statistics from a variety of manufactures. Learn about investments of owners, wages of employees, products produced and more. See how you might add some of this information to your family story. Notes: I think I must’ve attended a presentation on this topic before, because it all seemed very familiar to me. It was interesting seeing the difference between a presentation from a library versus a professional (genealogist) presenter– the tone was more overtly informative, kind of…

  • Personal Research,  Research Plans

    Weekly Wrap-up: Dec. 20-26, 2020

    This Week (Dec. 20-26) I basically took this week off and didn’t do much of anything! There were no live webinars or events happening due to Christmas, so I took a break as well. 1. Posted a transcript of Joseph E. Johnsen’s 1947 obituary as part of Amanuensis Monday. 2. Added Nicknames: Past and Present by Christine Rose to my library. It wasn’t as comprehensive as I was hoping; it’s focused mainly on English and Italian nicknames, with and appendix on English equivalents for Dutch/Frisian names. Still, it should come in handy eventually. Next Week (Dec. 27-Jan. 2) I have two webinars scheduled, and I will continue to add people…

  • Personal Research

    Obituary for Joseph E. Johnsen, 1947

    Amanuensis Monday – this daily prompt, developed by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch, encourages bloggers to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. (An amanuensis is someone employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.) Today’s transcription is an obituary for Joseph Edward Johnsen, my great-great grandfather. This newspaper clipping was found in a collection of scanned notes compiled as part of a family photo project from a number of years ago. Original text: Citation: [Currently unknown.] Transcription: [June 12, 1947 written at the top in pen] Joseph E. Johnsen, Sr., 58, of route 3, box 508, Duluth, died yesterday in…

  • Personal Research,  Research Plans

    Weekly Wrap-up: Dec. 13-19, 2020

    It was a very casual week here; enjoying the cooler temperature (cooler for Southern California, anyway) and listening to a lot of podcasts. This Week (Dec. 13-19) 1. Continued to manually add in relatives to MacFamilyTree. Currently at 151/186 people (+76 from last week). I ended up doing a little research while copying over info and so more people were added to the tree overall (last week was at 150-something total). Most of my direct ancestors had huge families, like 8-10 kids, so it very quickly adds up. My workflow for MFT is starting to really (ha) work for me, and I’m glad I purchased it a few months ago.…