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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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.…

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    Obituary for Grant Mitchell, 1920

    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 my great-grand uncle, Grant Mitchell, who died December 19, 1920. Original text: Tue, Dec 21, 1920 – 16 · The News-Journal (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com From Newspapers.com. Citation: GRANT MITCHELL. (1920, December 21). The News-Journal (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), p. 16. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/65312097/ Transcription: GRANT MITCHELL Grant Mitchell, aged forty-five years, died on Sunday morning at 8 o’clock…

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    Weekly Wrap-up: Dec. 6-12, 2020

    I finally decided to get back to genealogy blogging this week! This year’s been a horrible for trying to stay focused on anything for long, but I’m determined to at least accomplish SOMETHING before the end of the year. As part of that, I’m going to start keeping track of what I do each week. This Week (Dec. 6-12) 1. Continued to manually add in relatives to my new genealogy program, MacFamily Tree. Currently at 75/157 people. I decided to manually build my new tree so I could double-check sources, download documents, and make sure everything’s matched correctly. Sometimes GEDCOM imports put things in weird places, and I’d rather just…