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In honor of Boy Scout Day – The Genealogy Merit Badge

Today is Boy Scout Day! And I am a Genealogy Merit Badge counselor.  Today I am going to feature this merit badge on the website. I you are at all familiar with Merit Badges, you know that they consist of a series of tasks (or requirements) that the scout has to complete to earn the badge.  Before they start earning “credit” for the badge, the must approach the merit badge counselor, let them know they would like to earn the badge, and get a blue card that is signed by the ScoutMaster.  As they complete the tasks, they meet with the counselor to go over their tasks, and get them signed off as complete by the counselor.  When all of the requirements are complete, they turn in the blue card and … Read entire article »

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Tech Tuesday – WordPress Editorial Calendar

Editorial Calendar Plugin for WordPress I have been writing and scheduling all of my post through a great plug-in called WordPress Editorial Calendar.  The calendar can be set to view anywhere from a week to a whole month.  This makes it great to see how many posts you have planned, any series or memes you want to participate in, and generally the activity of your blog. You can draft a post by adding a title on a date.  You have the option to Edit it fully or Quick Edit the post.  Once the post is written, you schedule it for a date and time.  One nice thing about this plug-in is that if you decide you aren’t ready for something to be published, you can just drag and drop the post title … Read entire article »

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Abundant Genealogy – wk 6

Prompt: For which family heirloom are you most thankful? How did you acquire this treasure and what does it mean to you and your family? I am not the keeper of the family heirlooms, yet.  I do have 1 that I love that my grandmother made sure I had before she passed away 6 years ago.  It is a cutting board made by her grandfather and handpainted by him.  It was meant to be decorative, and I hang it on a wall,  My g-g- grandfather was Danish, so this cutting board shows heavy Scandinavian influences.  The picture is stylized.  I feel a deep connection to my grandmother’s family and the cutting board hung in our kitchen with care brings them to mind daily.  Grandma gave up many of her family traditions when … Read entire article »

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Friends of Friends – Bill of Sale to Moses Tison

  It is the first Friday of the month, and I have another Pitt County deed (in this case listed as a Bill of Sale) to share with Friends of Friends.  This document, transcribed to the best of my ability, is from Deed Book DD, page 179, Pitt County, North Carolina.  It reads as follows: W. Hanrahan to Moses Tison, Bill of Sale State of No. Carolina, Pitt County.  Know all men by these presents that I , Walter Hanrahan of the County of Pitt for and in consideration of the sum of three Hundred and seventy – five dollars current money to me in hand paid by Moses Turnage[sic] of the County aforesaid at and before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained slod … Read entire article »

Filed under: Deeds, Friends of Friends, NC, Pitt County

Andrew Karstensen (1893-1960) of Union City, IA

Andrew Karstensen was born October 30, 1893 in Shelby County, IA.  He was the son of Andreas Karstensen and Nicoline Juel.  Both immigrated to America with their parents and settled in a Danish community in Iowa. Andrew Karstensen married Alma Julianna Nelsen in 1920 at Union City, IA.  Alma was also a child of Danish immigrants.  They settled and had 4 children.  They were a very outdoors oriented couple, always camping, fishing, and hunting. Andrew died a few months before his wife from injuries due to a car accident.  He died June 9, 1960 in Adams County, IA.   I will post a picture of Andrew as an update as soon as I get one.  His family group sheet is here. … Read entire article »

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Motivation Monday – January Goal Review/ February Goals

January flew by and now it is time to look over what was accomplished and what was not.  Here are my January goals: Smaller Goals: Join 2 genealogical societies.(I joined GRIVA and the Virginia Genealogical Society) Attend 1 Rootsweb webinar (Took the first one in the series and learned some basics) Post 3 blog posts per week. (Did this.  Hope everyone enjoyed!)   Larger Goals: spend 2 hours per week digitizing and organizing my records and notes  (Did some, but not every week) order the first deed book for my “Opus” from LDS  (Can’t seem to get over there, but I promise I will this week) spend 2 hours per week on inputting  Briley deeds from Pitt County (I have most of them photocopied) into Deed Mapper  (This may have to wait until after April) Look for more “modern” records … Read entire article »

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Abundant Genealogy – wk 5

Prompt:  Sometimes the challenges in life provide the best learning experiences.  Can you find an example of this in your own family tree?  Which brick wall ancestor are you most thankful for, and how did that person shape your family history experience? While I would not say that I am “thankful” for this brickwall, I do have a very challenging direct ancestor.  James Briley born circa 1800 and died before 1845.  His land was auctioned off by the sheriff.  He has been the hardest ancestor to trace and I have been piecing together his life little by very little for at least 20 years.  My first introduction to James was as a name on the marriage record of his son, Marcellus.  So I started to look for him, and look some … Read entire article »

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Surname Saturday – McCaul/McCall

My husband’s father, Eammon (Edward) Conleith McCaul was from Newbridge, Kildare County, Ireland.  His father, James Joseph, was born in Cavan County, Ireland. At that time, the spelling of the last name was McCall.  It seems there was some sort of falling out between brothers and my husband’s grandfather changed the spelling of his last name. There was another family story I heard that also explained the spelling change.  James Joseph fought with Michael Collins (not directly, but under him in the “army”) for Irish Independence.  To give some semblance of protection to his family, he changed the spelling of his name.  I know that his sons were aware of what their father did, but they only learned about it later and through family friends, against the wishes of their father. There are many McCalls … Read entire article »

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It’s Mega Swagbucks Friday!

Have you been eyeing that genealogy book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble?  Do you like to have a little extra in the PayPal account?  Then let me introduce my method of earning free gift cards to keep me in the Nook Books.  Meet Swag Bucks.  Swag Bucks is a search engine that rewards you.  When you sign up for a free Swag Bucks account and start using their search engine you win random Swag Bucks rewards.  And on Friday, you can earn Mega Swag Bucks which are random awards of 100-1000 SB.  Just so you know, a $5 gift card to Amazon is 450 Swag Bucks. I have been using Swag Bucks for a few years.  I have certain blogs and news sites that I visit everyday and I use … Read entire article »

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What I am reading – Take Back Your Life: Using MS Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized

  I have been reading an organizing book this month.  I need some ideas to go paperless even more and wanted to learn how to use what I already have (Office with Outlook 2007 soon to be udgraded to 2010) more efficiently.  So, while surfing my library site I found this book:  Take Back Your Life:  Using MS Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized by Sally McGhee.  When this book was written, Outlook was then in the 2003 iteration, however, the concepts she uses are easily adaptable to my 2007 version.  She has an updated version for Outlook 2007, but I went with what our library had, and will check out the other book later. This book has some very useful ideas that I have already started to incorporate into my everyday.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 goals, books, organization