Webinar Wednesday & Wacky Wednesday are Back after Roots Tech 2016

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Scots Irish webinar wednesday 10 feb 2016

I blogged about the return of our weekly webinars on Monday. I’m looking forward to Peggy’s Scot-Irish in America. My Munroe and Duncan clans still need more research. I’m hoping to find a new approach.

I wander which of Dear Myrtle’s cousin will be visiting tonight?

Goals for today 10 Feb 2016:

  1. Indexing on Family search
  2. Watch Legacy Webinar  The Scots-Irish in America presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
  3. Wacky Wednesday with Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ
  4. Work on siblings in first 4 generations (this will be an ongoing project)
  5. Review digital files for duplicates and streamline my hard drive. It appears to be running out of space.
  6. Just have fun, relax and enjoy the day.

My blog post for the last three days have been short and sweet. I’m working on my goals. That is where I’m spending time. A reminder to pace yourself, work on what is important to you, yet don’t forget that posting your legacy is part of those goals. My #365daysofjune is a part the legacy of who I am, how I spend my time and maybe entice the next generation to carry on. Short and sweet sometimes is the way to go.

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First in the Nation Primary Day: I Voted

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2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary  the first primary was held on 14 Mar 1916.

My friend Janice Webster Brown blog about the First in the Nation History. You can read her Cow New Hampshire History blog post here.

Michael Daniel Butka and June Lee Stearns Butka both voted on 9 Feb 2016 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire at 10:15 in the morning. One of the volunteers kindly used my husband’s IPhone to snap a photograph of us. He asked us to stand behind the machines that insert your completed ballot into.

I didn’t notice that we were standing behind th,e “R” for Republican, box. Michael is a registered Democratic. I am a registered Independent, who declared, either Democrat or Republican, in this Primary election. I was able to return to my independent status before leaving the balloting area.

I will not say who I voted for. In our extended family keeping your council is the wisest move to make.

I always encourage my family to vote, weather they agree or disagree with other family members choice. Our ancestors fought for and sometimes, gave the ultimate price, for our right to vote.

Vote your conscience. You are the only one who needs to live with your decision, no one else.

We Voted.

9 Feb 2016

 

Goals for today 9 Feb 2016:

  1. Indexing on Family search
  2. Work on siblings in first 4 generations (this will be an ongoing project)
  3. Review digital files for duplicates and streamline my hard drive. It appears to be running out of space.
  4. Just have fun, relax and enjoy the day.

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Webinar, Hangouts and Live Streaming Time

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Monday with Myrt resumes today. [Russ Worthington reminded my on my Facebook page”Russ Worthington June Stearns Butka – We did Monday with MYRT from the 3rd Floor at the Family History Library. We even extended the HOA to cover all of the folks that stopped by to see it. We didn’t do Wacky Wednesday however. Kinda busy Wednesday until Saturday” . I did see them live at RootTech 2016.] Last week Dear Myrtle,  Cousin Russ, Geoff Rasmussen and about 4,000 other genealogy people, from across the globe, spent their time in Salt Lake City at Roots Tech 2016. That meant that our usual Mondays with Myrt and Legacy Wednesday would not be held last week.

What is a girl to do? I watch RootsMagic training videos, Dear Myrtle’s Ambush Cam videos from Roots Tech 2016. I also watch the Live Streaming programs Roots Tech presented. They will be posting the recording sometime this week to be viewed at our leisure if we missed any.

I warmly welcome back my normal Schedule this week with the Return of Dear Myrtle today. I’m looking forward to hearing about Root Tech 2016 experience and any new genealogy news.

Goals for today 8 Feb 2016:

  1. Watch Mondays with Myrt
  2. Indexing on Family search
  3. Work on siblings in first 4 generations (this will be an ongoing project)
  4. Review digital files for duplicates and streamline my hard drive. It appears to be running out of space.
  5. Just have fun, relax and enjoy the sunset

8 Feb 2016 sunset

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Data Clean Names: Finally Getting Organized

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Data Clean Names; Getting Organized

Data Clean Direct Ancestor Names

Data Clean Direct Ancestor Names

Yes, today is a day of rest. A genealogist never has a total day off if they want to continue researching and organizing their data. My day of rest is not spending more than 1-2 hours spread out over the day on my family genealogy.

Today I will continue data cleaning my RootsMagic Family Tree. I spoke yesterday about Data Cleaning Places, today it will the start the Names Data Clean with my direct ancestors. This breaks the task down to a manageable work load. (Remember I told you the importance of pacing yourself. It will be there later. Genealogy should be fun, informative and for me a passion I enjoy.)

Today’s goal:

  1. Write Blog Post (a daily goal)
  2. Direct ancestor name data clean
  3. One person index on Family Search (a daily goal)
  4. Enjoy the day with Family and Friends or in this case cuddling with Ninja Buddy. My family all have the Stomach Bug going around. Mike is working. Ninja Buddy and I will watch videos/webinars and enjoy the day together. Maybe even take a walk mid-day to see the glistening snow banks, in the 40 degree sunshine predicted here in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

 

Source citations:

Finally Getting Organized with DearMyrtle

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

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Data Clean-Places: Finally Getting Organized

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Data Cleaning your family tree program is a must to keep yourself organized. If you do a monthly data clean on your tree, it will help reduce duplication as you proceed. It will also pace your clean up of your older tree, as you work forward. I know that my, FTM2014 and Legacy, still have clean up needs from when I first started putting information into them. I was overwhelmed with the repairs that were needed. Pacing myself makes it manageable. Choosing one type of Data clean at a time.

Doing the first five generations with last years Genealogy Challenge from DearMyrtle’s and Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over/Go-Over, helped me learn the importance of starting from my root person, me, and working with my known family members first, moving on to lesser known families members gave me the confidence to pace myself. I will always find new information on my ancestors. I will add that information, to the best of my abilities, into my research excel to-do list with proper citation, links and notes, so that when the time comes to add them to my family tree program of choice, it will be the most accurate. Doing the monthly Data Clean, reminds me of the importance of recording correctly in my To-Do list. It will also limit the number of tree in my database. I should not be adding people to my database until I know their family relationship. I will have the information at my fingertips when needed.

Dear Myrtle may not have mentioned this in her getting organized blog, YET, I’m sure she will for whatever family tree program you have. I have down it for my other two programs; FTM2014 and Legacy. I just uploaded my “My Heritage” family tree GEDCOM to my Roots Magic tree. I have been working on this tree, so I felt confident it was fairly accurate in its files.  When I did the Data Clean overview, as per the webinar instructions, I found my Place names were not that bad. A good place to start.

However, missing information Data clean will be a challenge that will take several days, if not weeks or years to resolve.  Many are unknown surnames for the wife, date of birth, date of death and/or marriage/divorce. I knew my distant generations were missing information, but 23 pages of missing information surprised me. What also surprised me was that I have 46 trees in my database. I thought I only had one tree. When I saw 46 I was in shock. Then I thought about it. I have several people I found that I believe are related but was not sure how. Each person is not linked in my tree, but are in my database. It make sense why I have 43 trees, most with 1 – 5 people (a family.)

Data Clean-Places: Finally Getting Organized

Places Data Clean

Places Data Clean

I decided while waiting for RootsTech 2016 to restart the afternoon Live streaming I would check my RootsMagic program place names for errors.

I watch the Cleaning Your Family Tree in RootsMagic webinar #7 previously. I started with the Data Clean drop down menu under tools. I had 53 Place problems. [Sorry no photo.] I corrected the places; mostly were missing United States, had an extra punctuation marks, and the Street Address was not in the description.  I did have a few with duplicate county entries (Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties for the same location.) I noted the time period for that record added the current county it is listed by and placed the Historical/Parent County in the description box. I pressed clean places, closed out when it was done and finally re-did the Data Clean search for places. I did a, Happy Dance, when the screen popped up without problems.

Source citations:

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

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Day 36 of 365 Days of June: Thank You Genealogy Peers

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Indexing

Indexing: A New Batch to Start

Here are the links of my Blog Posts that I created for this project. When I review my post, it seems like my thought process is a little scattered. May it is. My goals in writing about my family history research included; my approach to research, capturing family traditions, memories and stories, getting my research organized for future generations, the importance of finding the first four generations medical history and giving back to the genealogy community. How I plan my week is divided into daily goals.

  1. Each day of the week is set aside for eight grandparents lineage [at least one new member updated daily per grandparent line.]
  2. I save Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for Webinars and indexing [for Family Search or Find-A-Grave] in addition to the daily family additions.
  3. Some weeks I stay on track better than others. Life and family time comes first.
  4. A day of Rest usually means I complete the daily family addition, scan or organize my digital photos [1-2 hours spread out over the day.] There are some days that nothing gets done. Don’t fret about it. It will be there when you get back to it.
  5. Finally Getting Organized with DearMyrtle

Most of my work periods are set to 15 minute intervals [you can get a lot done in that time.] My blog post usually take about an hour, sometimes more if verifying information. The hardest part for me, still remains the proper citation for sources. I lean toward using the links available in my blog post saving the proper citations for my family tree program. It is an ongoing challenge and process of updating to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained citation format. I began my research in the mid 1970’s with the college style citations. At least I was citing my sources back then or it would be even more difficult to cite the sources now.

I hope my overview of my approach is helpful to newbies to genealogy. I know that the support of people like DearMyrtle, Cousin Russ, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo, Geoff Rasmussen, Lisa Louise Cooke, the Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, Legacy, RootsMagic teams, my Geneablogger Peers, along with many others in the genealogy world, provided and continue to provide that support to me.

I want to give a special shout out to Heather Wilkinson Rojo  of NutfieldGenealogy  for warmly welcoming me to the Special Interest Group of Geneabloogers at my first New England Genealogy Conference  [2011] in Manchester, New Hampshire. I met so many interesting genealogy peers that night. I started my first blog about genealogy with their encouragement. I learned so much about researching on-line, citing source the genealogy way, and that I wasn’t alone in my passion of genealogy.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support over the years.

1 Jan – 31 Jan 2016

#365daysofJuneday1 Welcome 2016!
#365daysofJuneday2 Tree People, That’s Me!
#365daysofJuneday3 Sit and Chat A While
#365daysofJuneday4 Tea Is Just Not Tea
#365daysofjuneday5  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 1
​#365daysofjuneday6  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 2
​#365daysofjuneday7  Cooking Time With the Family Challenge
#365daysofjuneday8  Family Time Memories
​#365daysofjuneday9  Organized, Me? It might happen in 2016
​#365daysofjuneday10  Town or County Clerk-Oh, No!
​#365daysofjuneday11  De-cluttering = Disencumbering Your E-mails, too!
​#365daysofjuneday12  Maps = Clues to Family’s Life
​#365daysofjuneday13  It’s In The Records. So…
​#365daysofjuneday14  A Day of Rest
#365daysofjuneday15 What, She is Married?
​#365daysofjuneday16 Family Tree Done!!! Really?
​#365daysofjuneday17 K.I.S.S. Method of Genealogy-My Way!
​#365daysofjuneday18 Family and Humor
​#365daysofjuneday19 Remembering Our Pets-Tess
#365daysofjuneday20 Remembering Our Pets-Yoda
#365daysofjuneday21 Remebering Our Pets-Duchess
#365daysofjuneday22 Horsing Around can lead to…
#365daysofjuneday23 Transcribing Everything is the Key!
#365daysofjuneday24 Tess and Yoda Cuddling
#365daysofjuneday25 Pictorial of Nelson William Stearns
#365daysofjuneday26 Shooting in the Woods: He made it out alone
#365daysofjuneday27_ Snapshot of My Family Stats
#365daysofjuneday28_ From A Distance: The Challenger Remembered 30 years later
#365daysofjuneday29_Teenagers and Haunted Places
#365daysofjuneday30_Finally Getting organized with Dear Myrtle-Update
#365daysofjuneday31 Day of Rest – Sorta

1 Feb – 29 Feb 2016

#365daysofjuneday32 First Day of the Month = Backup Time
#365daysofjuneday33_Finally Getting Organized: Packing Slips and Genealogy Research
#365daysofjuneday34_Transcriptions of a Different Kind: Find-A-Grave
#365daysofjuneday35 Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized

Source citations:

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

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Nelson William Stearns (1930-1988) Pictorial

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When Nelson William Stearns was born on April 8, 1930, in New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire, his father, Nathan Augustus Stearns, was 42 and his mother, Lillian may Stearns, was 34. He married Shirley Beatrice Pease on July 3, 1953, in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire. They had a baker’s dozen of children in 16 years. Six children remain living; June Lee, Vickie Mae, Marjorie Rae, Eleanor Ann, Susan Ruth and Nelson Neal. He died on August 12, 1988, in Bridgton, Maine, at the age of 58, and was buried in Millwoods Cemetery South Sutton, Merrimack,  New Hampshire along side his son, William Nelson Stearns 1962-1962. His other children were still born. He had one sister, Eleanor May Stearns Duncan.

Here are a few photographs from his lifetime:

Nelson age 3, 1933 Sutton, New Hampshire

Nelson age 3, 1933 Sutton, New Hampshire

 

Nelson 1944

Nelson 1944

 

Nelson loved to fish circa 1970

Nelson loved to fish circa 1970

 

Nelson at the Garage circa 1972

Nelson at the Garage circa 1972

I believe this is the Pembroke Garage in Pembroke, Merrimack, New Hampshire. It is possible that it is the shop on Route # in Hooksett, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Nelson and Destiny 1972 Pembroke, New Hampshire

Nelson and Destiny 1972 Pembroke, New Hampshire

He loved to barter. He bartered stud fees for meat with the farmer, Mr. French, across the street. I remember working beside my parents cutting, grinding and package our meat for the freezer.

Nelson William and Shirley Beatrice Pease Stearns 35th wedding anniversary party June 1988

Nelson William and Shirley Beatrice Pease Stearns 35th wedding anniversary party June 1988

This is one of the last photographs of my father before he died 12 Aug 1988 of colon cancer. The happiness and loved they shared just exudes from this photo.

I love and miss you both. You are in my heart and thoughts daily.

 

 

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