Today was the opening day of Roots Tech 2016 and I watched the opening keynote session. The common theme for all the speakers was story telling. The speakers were all inspiring and made me realize just how important the stories are to those living now. All of the finalists in the Innovator's Summit are about capturing the stories verbally, through the written word, or in photos.
This month I have also entered the Family History Writers Challenge sponsored by Lynn Palermo. I will write the story of my Great-great-grandparents Georg Burbach and Catherine Caspary. Their story begins 1851 as a married couple with a young son. It will include their journey from Villmar, Hessen-Nassau, Germany to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. I want to show their triumhs and sorrows.
As part of the Family History Writers Challenge, I will be attempting to include dialog and descriptive scenes in the story. Part of the challenge is that I will need to make some assumptions about George and Catherine along with interweaving the facts of their lives. This challenge lasts for a month so I hope to become comfortable with this type of writing. If I succeed, I will develop other stories of my ancestors.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Today is the last day and what have I done? I selected a new color pallette for the blog after reviewing hundreds of color combinations. I really had to think about the viewpoint I wanted the
blog to imply. I think that I achieved the look I wanted except for the logo. I haven't quite figured out how to add that.
Here it is:
I also looked at fonts and changed a few and added some bolding.
Another challenge was to create a blog mission statement. It was easy because the point of my blog is two-fold. First to write about the things I learn and do while researching my ancestors and second as cousin bait. The cousin bait really works as I have made contacts in Norway, Ireland, and Germany as well as Florida, Texas, and California through my blog.
I am also doing Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over and DearMYRTLE's "Finally Getting Organized" challenges and will begin Lynn Palermo's Family History Writing challenge in February. Let me know how you like the changes! I am very open to suggestions.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
I have signed up for Lynn Palermo's Family History Writing Challenge during February. The concept is "One Month to a First Draft". As I was trying to decide who to focus on, I thought that I would choose my Great-great-grandfather who emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1856 with his wife and two small sons. Then I had a second thought: what if I wrote about his wife and her feelings about leaving the village she was born in and traveling to a new world. This will mean sorting through my files looking for items that will help me fill out the flesh for her story. There will be some research as I have uncovered a new twist to her story while doing some preliminary research. Can't wait to get started.
I have also joined the Blog Makeover Challenge. It's a short 10 day project led by Daniela Uslan of "Blogging on Your Own Terms". My blog will begin it's sixth year in February and I thought a makeover was in order. I won't be changing the name of it but I will be making cosmetic changes. So far I have written a mission statement and currently I am sorting through color combinations to find the best representation for the blog. When I first designed the blog it was enough to just have something that went with the title. Now it is time to refine the look of my blog.
I realize that these are BSO's to distract me from the Genealogy Do-Over but I am doing them along with the Do-Over.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
As I began the Do-Over, I determined that I would create new databases in two different programs. In each program, I began with myself and added my parents and grandparents. As I added them to the databases I entered the sources I had to prove the information.
As I scan images, I want to be able to store them in a way that they will be accessible to both software programs. After playing around with several ideas, my solution was to create a folder named "Genealogy Media" inside will be individual family folders. This will mean that I can scan to one place and access for both data bases.
I have established a workflow that I hope will halp me to work smarter not harder! As I begin to work on a family I will first gather any documents that I have and scan them into a media folder. As I enter facts for each individual they will be sourced and dosuments will be added to the record. The documents will then be filed in an appropriatly labeled file folder. After I have entered what I know I will begin also adding internet search results comptete with proper sources.