#31daygen Week #1- You Can Teach an Old Dog a New Trick


#31daysgen week one has been a challenge and a great learning experience. Check out my day Facebook post from my first week of Amy Johnson Crows 31 Days of Genealogy for October 2015.

#‎31daysgen Day 1

Today I’m starting Amy Johnson Crow‘s 31 Days to Better Genealogy Day 1

Short Term Goals- Create an Excel timeline; Finish Isaac Stearns Genealogy Book Citations (Delayed due to illness.) 3 Day Target Date

Long Term Goal- Review Isaac Stearns Genealogy Book once more before sending to all my Beta Readers. (Delayed due to illness.) 2 weeks Target Date

‪#‎31daysgen Day 2

I delayed posting my second days prompt. It involved a time line. I spent time creating a blank timeline. I still wasn’t happy with it.

I have timelines already in my genealogy software FTM2014 and Legacy. I’m more familiar with FTM since I have been using it since 2002 with a recent 2014 upgrade. I use Legacy for Josh’s family and started using it in January when I began Thomas MacEntee Genealogy Do-Over.

My question to myself is why and I trying to learn something new when I have something that already works for me, that I am comfortable with?

Why indeed. Here are my two time lines. The blank one I created and the FTM2014 for Isaac Stearns.

Blank Excel Timeline
Blank Excel Timeline
FTM2014 Timeline
FTM2014 Timeline

‪#‎31daysgen Day 3 to do list includes:

Day 3 to do list includes:

  1. Continue working on Isaac Stearns timeline and

2 Annual town inventory records or tax records for Isaac Stearns i what I will use instead of the “Census record” prompt suggested.

Census records did not start officially until 1790, long after Isaac’s time

Annual records comparing Massachusetts Bay Colony towns. Watertown Massachusetts Records Vol I page 983, show that Watertown, Massachusetts was taxed higher than most surrounding towns.

Watertown tax rates
Watertown tax rates

‪#‎31daysgen Day 4

Our prompt is church records. I have many church records in my family tree. We have a very diverse religious foundation.

My husband’s side is primarily Catholic;

My Dad’s side in Protestant, yet not just one type, Methodist, Baptist, Congregationalist, Unitarians;

My Mom’s side is basically Baptist even that runs for Free Will to Southern Baptist.

As I look back into my distant ancestors and current relatives- I notice, Jewish, Mormon, Seven Day Advent, Quakers, Puritans, Native American beliefs, Celtic beliefs, Wicca and no belief at all.

My point is DON’T RULE OUT a different religion when you are researching your ancestors. See what churches are located in the town or sister town of your ancestors. Review all records, you may be surprised with what you find. I was, especially in the colonial days when my ancestors came over with a church group and suddenly they were following someone else or remove from the Bay Colony for practicing something other than the accepted church beliefs.

‪#‎31daysgen Day 5 Today’s prompt was a familiar one to me, Family Search Wiki.

I will research this on another day. I decided to continue working on prompt #2-Timelines. I am reviewing my Isaac Stearns timeline to use in my book about him and his descendants.

I found many events for Isaac that I had not put a date on. I am adding those events to his timeline with the correct date, whenever possible, along with the source citation.

It seems each day that I think I’m getting close to sending my book off to my Beta readers, I find something to add.

I’m I delaying the process or actually improving the book. I’m not sure. I am anxious about sending the book on to be reviewed. Yet I feel there is more of Isaac’s story that needs to be told.

My goal is to have it off to my readers by Columbus Day. NO MORE DELAYS!!!

The map below is of the original land allotments to Watertown, Massachusetts as seen on Wikipedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/…/File:Henry_Bond_map_of_Wate…

Watertown 1649
Watertown 1649

‪#‎31daysgen Day 6

Our prompt today was to interview a relative or record you own story. It reminded me of my week 2 Genealogy Do Over with Thomas MacEntee. I am re-posting my January 2015 Blogpost of my self-interview/obituary.

I am still trying to connect with my Aunt Bea for another, hopefully, taped interview of my mothers’ family. Aunt Bea married my mother’s brother. She is the only one of that generation left in my family on both side.

I’m a little presumptuous in my obit.


I got side tracked with BSO’s (Bright shiny Object’s) from another ancestor’s census sheets. I will get back to Isaac soon. I’m glad I did a little census search for Ezekiel Knowlton. I found some of his children including the one that proved my aunt’s story about being related to Moses Trussell who first broke ground for New London, New Hampshire. He married Sarah Knowlton daughter of Ezekiel Knowlton and Elizabeth Woodbury. I love proving the family stories I heard. She was a cousin line, but still related. Happy Dance.

‪#‎31daysgen Day 7 prompt was search the area.

When I search the area I start with reviewing each page of the census to find out who are the friends, associates and neighbors.

When you find another family member who you know should be on the census and was unable to find in previous searches is a plus.

Tip as to why they didn’t show up-hold the mouse over the name. The photo here show my 3rd gig grandfather as Augustine Rowell.

All the surnames on this page of the census listed everyone under the surname of the first person listed on the page.

Browse the census, not just google search the index. You may just be surprised by what you find.

I made a note of correction to Ancestry, it then allowed me to add Augustus and his family under their own surname.

Augustus Stearns rather than Augustin Rowell
Correction due to an error in transcription.
All person listed on this page are given the surname Rowell. That was the first person listed on the page. You will find many other surnames when you browse the page.
Submitted by:
June Butka on 10/9/2015

1880 Sutton New Hampshire Census clip
1880 Sutton New Hampshire Census clip


1880 U.S. census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Sutton, Enumeration District 203, p. 3 (penned), dwelling 27, family 30, Augustus Stearns: digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed (09 Oct 2015); from National Archives microfilm publication 1254767  roll 767, image 0167.

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