Sunday, November 10, 2013

Evernote is Handy for the Family History Library Researcher

I like pen, paper and lists when I'm researching. To me, marking something off a list is satisfying. It says "I'm done" or "Done with that one, on to the next." However, I love technology and the convenience it brings as well.

I'll be in Salt Lake City in the upcoming week for business. I'm hoping to make it by the Family History Library a couple of evenings for a little research time. I know (possibly from past experience) that showing up unprepared is a huge time waster. So even though I've waited until the 11th hour, I am identifying records I want to look at.

I am clipping the FamilySearch results pages to Evernote. The links are fully clickable from within Evernote which is especially nice because I can then drill-down to the film or call number I need. Then, in order to satisfy my need to check things off, I added the check boxes right to the clipped image. The image below is from Evernote not from FamilySearch.

I'm looking forward to researching at the FHL library again and checking off my items of interest...after I've found some genealogy gems of course.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Autosomal DNA Directions

If you've received your Autosomal DNA results and are wondering what to do now, you will want to listen to this podcast. Bernice Bennett interviews CeCe Moore and Shannon Christmas and they discuss 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA.

While parts of the podcast gets very detailed (a dot on your 17, is a 5th cousin closer than a 1st cousin 4 times removed) the episode is very informative.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Agricultural Pop and Accomplished Calamity Howler

Besides being a fantastic resource for genealogical information, old newspapers can be interesting and amusing. What do you suppose we would call an "agricultural pop and accomplished calamity howler" today?

The Kearney Daily Hub is my favorite newspaper resource these days while searching for my Everinghams, Smiths and Gilpins around Buffalo County Nebraska.