Notes from the past…


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Let the Happy Dance Marathon begin!

I just got an email back from Hillsboro, of my 10 couples who had been married in Hill County, Bill & Mollie of the Hill County Historical Commission found marriage licenses for 3 of them!

Most exciting: a license for my 3rd GGM Susan William Lee Martin to her 2nd husband J C Skipwith. Until today, I really wasn’t sure about this marriage, but now I have a document!

“I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m out to lose my mind
And I think I like it!”

 


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RootsMagic to the rescue again!

Yesterday, I posted about the Hill County, Texas marriage certificates becoming available. I have a lot of ancestors on my Mom’s side from Hill County…

I need a list!

Rather than going through my database willy-nilly and hoping I don’t miss anyone, I once again turned to RootsMagic’s Custom Reports feature.

Here’s how I created my list:

Step 1: Open RM5, click on Reports at the top of the page, then click on Custom Reports.

Step 2: Click on +New, then create a 4-column report, with headers for Surname, Given Name, Marriage Date and Marriage Location. (Notice the little cubes with the arrows above the columns? That’s how you add or delete columns).

Step 3: Click on the next line below Surname (Line 1), choose Cell Type: Field and from the drop-down menu choose Surname. Do this across the columns of the report (Given names, marriage date, marriage location).

Here is my Hill County Marriages custom report so far:

Step 4: Click OK at the bottom of the page, choose a name for your report, click OK, and you are back on the main Custom Report page.

Step 5: Now comes the fun part… first, highlight your report from the Available Reports list, then on People to include, click Select from list.

Step 6: Go to the top left of that page, click Mark group, then from the drop-down menu Select people by data fields.

Step 7: Click the first Select field and from the drop-down menu select Marriage, from the next column’s drop-down menu, select place, then from the next column’s drop-down menu select equals, then in the next column enter Hill.

Here’s my report now:

Step 8: Click OK at the bottom of that page, you will be shown a page that states Marked 20 people, then click OK on that page, click OK at the bottom of the next Select People page, and you are back to the original Custom Report page.

Step 9: Click on Generate Report at the bottom of that page and I have my Hill County Marriages “Wish List”!

Now that I’ve figured out how to create a Custom Report with RootsMagic, I see it as an invaluable tool in my research!


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Last Week’s Research Activities

This post just seems to get done later and later in the week…

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. Ada S Kennedy
  2. George Montgomery Hibbler
  3. Easley, Tandy Walker
  4. Jessie A Kennedy
  5. Lizzie Melton
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #10 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!

A busy genealogy week for me! Did a lot on indexing of the Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 collection and also indexed the simulated 1940 U S Census. The latter was most interesting, as a lot of new questions were asked on this census.

Also, it’s fixin’ to be Happy Dance Time! I have created a list of my Hill County, Texas marriage licenses (10 couples so far), and I hope to get down to Hillsboro (120-mile round trip) one day next week to see what I can find. I’ll be happy to get only 2-3 licenses out of that batch, all 10 would be a Happy Dance Marathon!

Plans for this week:

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. Jessie A Kennedy
  2. Lizzie Melton
  3. Mary Melton
  4. Bobbie Melton
  5. James Arthur Matthews, Jr
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #11 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!