Notes from the past…


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Last Week’s Research Activities

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. James Arthur Matthews, Jr
  2. Isaac Matthews
  3. Ira Matthews
  4. Sena Mae Matthews
  5. Fred Bowie Matthews
  • 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 #12 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!

Another busy week: Ramping up to Monday’s release of the 1940 U S Census! The excitement is building, I’ve made my list and checked it twice, I’ve been less naughty and more nice… IS IT MONDAY, YET???

Also received 4 marriage licenses from Hill County. Very,very, very excited about these! And when I tried to scan them for inclusion into my data files, I found that a couple where too long for my scanner. Hummm, bummer… what to do… ? The answer should arrive sometime today. According to the website, it is already on the FedEx truck, headed my way… :)

Plans for this week:

  • Research and document my findings for
  1. Fred F Cannon
  2. Florene Lenora Cannon
  3. Olivia Waterwall
  4. Tommie H Kennedy
  5. John Frederick Kennedy
  • 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 #13 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • INDEX, INDEX, INDEX!!!
  • And starting on Monday, 2 April 2012 at 8AM (Texas Time)- WHO NEEDS SLEEP!!!


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52 Weeeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #12: Podcasts

Podcasts: make it easy to learn about genealogy on the go. Which podcast is your favorite? Who hosts it and how has that person, pair or group helped your family history research?

If you have an iPod or iPhone, then you have no excuse for missing out on genealogy podcasts. Whether working in the yard, driving to and from work or just piddling around in the house, these broadcasts are free and convenient. A no-brainer!

I have listened to the Genealogy Guys, Genealogy Gems and Family Tree Magazine’s podcasts. They are all informative and fun. I download them to my iPhone and listen as I take my routine neighborhood walks.

And today, as I write this post, I am listening to an episode of Geneabloggers on BlogTalkRadio for the first time. This is a live 2-hr radio show, hosted weekly on Friday evenings by Genealobloggers founder Thomas MacEntee. As I usually work on Friday evenings, I have never caught the show live, but past episodes are available on-demand.

This morning I am listening to an episode from February, a recap of the recent RootsTech conference. I was unable to attend in person, and didn’t catch any of the online coverage, either, so this broadcast is a nice review of the conference’s activities. Thomas has several guests, including DearMyrtle, Lisa Alzo and George Morgan, making this a lively discussion.

My only complaint is the length of the podcast at 89 minutes, which seems a bit long to me. But maybe that’s just me: I have a hard time keeping my focus sometimes. It seems like I always have a thousand things to do!

But overall I like Geneabloggers Radio and expect to download upcoming episodes to listen to on my iPhone as I go about my busy day. Another tool for my genealogy research!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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What is the 1940 U S Census occupation code for “blood-sucker”?

I’m giving away my age here, but I’m a big fan of Dark Shadows, that wonderful, gothic, creepy soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC. (By the way, the new Dark Shadows movie, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, opens on 11 May 2012!) I used to sprint home from school every day to get there in time to watch it!

Collins pedigree

Collins Pedigree Chart

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Dark Shadows, then you know that the Collins family history plays an integral part in the show. The dreary old mansion that the Collins family occupies in Collinsport, Maine is filled with portraits of dead (or are they?) family members, and the cemetery and family mausoleum are frequent episode locations. Dr Julia Hoffman even comes to Collinwood in the guise of a genealogist to study the Collins family history, though she’s actually there to try to cure Barnabas of his vampirism! But I digress…

So what would a census-taker find if he knocked on the door of Collinwood on 1 April 1940?

Collins FamilyThis particular census-taker was never seen again…

Collins Pedigree Chart courtesy The Dark Shadows Wiki.