Notes from the past…


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My research wiki

For several months now, I have been methodically reviewing my database, updating each person and adding sources. In some cases, people that don’t belong have even been deleted.

This task is progressing fairly well. I am now over halfway through the 13-page list. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

What will I do when I complete the list? Well, beside dancing, that is…

Do to time constraints, the majority of my research has been done online. In most cases, that has yielded satisfactory results.

But with my direct-line ancestors, I want to dig deeper. I want to know more about their everyday lives. And there’s only one way to do that:

OLD SCHOOL!!!

Gonna have to turn away from my computer screen and pick up a pencil and start writing letters (I guess I could use OpenOffice for this :)).

I’ll also need to make more trips to the library and court house and to the local FamilySearch Center.

In short, I’ll have to do my work the old-fashioned way: LEGWORK!

In order to keep up with this more meticulous research, I have set-up a wiki site at PBworks. I am gradually creating pages for my direct-line ancestors. This wiki is open for viewing by everyone and if we have an ancestor in common and you would like contribute, please let me know. I welcome the collaboration!

 


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A bit of remodeling….

Since I began participating in Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog challenge, I have really been looking closely at this blog. At the behind-the-scenes action, if you will.

And what I have realized is the obvious: I need to post more often.

But there are also other things that could be done to spruce this place up a bit…

To that end, I have spent quite a bit of time on Facebook in the past couple of days. I edited my personal profile, “filling in the blanks”, sharing a little more of me with the geneasphere. Maybe you will find it interesting.

Also, Ruth’s Genealogy blog now has it’s one Facebook page. I even created my own logo! Simple but effective, I think. Please drop in and say “Hi!”

Here at home, I did a bit of renovating, too. I added my Twitter feed and a link to said Facebook page, both now found in the sidebar to the right. There is also a link in the main navigation bar to my research wiki.

Time to rest from all this carpentering work! Supposed to be 106 in Fort Worth today, don’t wanna over-exert myself in all this heat… :)