Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 IGS Conference Recap

Yesterday I had a great time attending the Indiana Genealogical Society's annual conference. Diane VanSkiver Gagel was the speaker and she gave 4 great presentations. She talked about adding historical information to the records that you find on your ancestors to learn even more about their lives and to write more interesting narratives. She also discussed the roles of women in the civil war and their presence in court records. I highly recommend listening to Diane if you ever get a chance.

I also had so much fun in the ride from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis with my friend Marge, who is highly involved in our local society, the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. We solved all of the world's genealogy problems on the trip and talked about our own research. I was able to sit next to and hang out with Amy Johnson Crow and her iPad. I was wearing my Geneabloggers pin and Diana Biddle from Adventures in Brown County Genealogy found me because of it. It's always great to meet other bloggers.

I also somehow got made Vice President of IGS. Apparently no one voted for the blank space that ran against me. This all came about in November when I wasn't working as much and was still able to make my weekly trips to ACPL. I'm researching my family and Curt Witcher sits down besides me and asks where this genealogy thing is going for me and invites me to the IGS board meeting that was taking place that weekend in Fort Wayne. And when he has convinced me to go to the board meeting, he springs on me that he thinks I would be a good Vice President. So for all of you who think Curt is such a rock star, just wait until he cons you into something.

I am excited to start getting more involved in the genealogy community and hopefully get more records for my Switzerland and Ohio counties available to others. If you have Indiana ancestors, you should really consider joining IGS. They have lots of online databases and are currently digitizing records and making them available to members. Mark your calendars for the 2012 IGS annual conference in Fort Wayne on Saturday, April 28.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Grandpa Cited for Selling Inferior Potatoes

I found this newspaper clipping about my grandpa, Roy Suckling, in a tub of photos at my grandma's house. It's from a Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper circa 1953. I'm glad that it gave my grandfather's age so that I could date it. I wonder if there are any court files on this citation.

Cited To Court
On Charge of Improper Marking State Wars On Few Dealers

The state department of agriculture yesterday declared war on produce dealers who sell inferior potatoes.

Cited to court was Roy Suchling, 31, 4643 Carter Ave., driver for the Benny Mandel Produce Co., Water and Plum Sts. He is charged with hauling potatoes not properly marked under standards set up by the state board.

Suchling was trailed as he left the A. B. Corbin Co., Sycamore Street, returning potatoes that were not up to standard, reported John Roddy, chief inspector, and John Engle, district inspector.

Patrolmen James O'Brien and Kellie Angus made the citation. Suchling will be arraigned in police court this morning.

"Cincinnati has five or six produce dealers who try to get by." Roddy told City Prosecutor Robert Paul. "We are after them and they had better change their method of doing business. Other Cincinnati dealers abide by the standards."

Roddy added that five or six produce dealers sell at premium prices potatoes and other produce that are not standard grade.

Monday, April 11, 2011

RootsMagic Webinars and Spring Break

Yesterday marked the end of spring break here in Fort Wayne. I didn't get a chance to go on my research trip due to the weather, but will try again in May. I made 4 trips to ACPL and was even able to do some research on my own family (instead of just my husband's lines).

While entering data into my genealogy database, I watched all the archived RootsMagic webinars. I have been using RootsMagic for 2 years now. There are many things I love about the software, but there were many things that I wished that it could do. Apparently, it does a lot of the things I thought that it didn't.

Here are just a few of the things that I learned:
  • There's a calculator built into the date field that can be used to find birth dates when tombstones only contain death date and age at death. No more having to open up a website and then copying the date over to my database.
  • You can print reports of where all your sources are used. This is going to really help me clean up some of the old sources that I still have in my database when I redid. I don't think they are still being used as citations, but I want to make sure before I delete them.
  • There is a "missing information" report that will print out a list of names and a blank for whatever field you are looking into filling.
  • You can make custom reports. There is a whole webinar on something I didn't even know I could do.
If you are using RootsMagic software, make some time and watch their archived webinars. You will be amazed by what hidden gems you find available to you. I recommend downloading the videos instead of streaming them. I had some problems with the streaming and you will want to go back and watch some parts over again anyway.

Disclosure: RootsMagic did not pay me for this review. They did send me the Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic book for Christmas 2009 though. (Or Santa uses a RootsMagic email address.)

Friday, April 1, 2011

March Goals Reviewed and Pushed to April

So I didn't do much of my genealogy goals this month. But I did make some money since I had to work almost every day of March. For someone who usually only works 3 or 4 days a week, working 2 weeks straight was a little much. Plus I was planning some research time that never happened.

But the good news is that I am now on Spring Break for the next week. I've already been to ACPL once and plan to get a few more trips in before work picks up again in May. I'm also heading down to Cincinnati to do some research in Hamilton, Ohio and since the weather isn't cooperating for a cemetery expedition to Switzerland County, Indiana, I think I'll go to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Then I can see the crazy place where 5 generations of my family lived. Plus I'll stop by grandma's and pick up some more slides and ask her some more questions about her life.

Here were my genealogy goals for March 2011:

  • Finish scanning the slides that I borrowed from my grandma. This will allow me to get more at the beginning of April when I visit her again. I have 2 more to do this weekend before I visit grandma and get more.
  • Work on adding metadata to my digital photos. This is something that I haven't really done yet and it needs done. I'm going to research a few metadata software choices and start working on this. I looked into some, but haven't really worked with them yet.
  • Work on husband's family lines in Alsace, France. (I found them in France, but I have to be in the right mood to deal with records in French. Two weeks of being sick in February didn't help.) Did not do. Work got in the way and I remembered that I needed to research his line in Butler County, Ohio so I could add it to my research trip for next week.
  • Work on my Norfolk, England ancestors. FamilySearch added more Norfolk images online and I need to search through them for my ancestors. You would think I would have worked on my own family lines, but I didn't.
So this month it is easy to make my new genealogy goals. Please see above. Hopefully April will give me some time to research before the busy month of May. I'll also be attending the Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference on April 16 in Indianapolis.

What are your April goals?