We made it back from our weekend trip to Jersey. It was touch and go for a little bit, but we made it a little after midnight. I’ve been to very few weddings in my lifetime. It comes from living all by ourselves down here in Maryland. So I walked into this with my mind wide open.
Then I wondered if it was fate or my cousin was just being the smart alec he’s always been. The hotel where wedding guests were staying was right next to a huge cemetery. It might have freaked a few people out but I couldn’t help but wonder what the oldest date in the cemetery was.
The wedding didn’t start until 2pm on Sunday. That left us with some extra time. We decided to take a small road trip to Dad’s hometown, Caldwell. We drove around seeing all the old houses. Then we decided to go to the cemetery.
I have only been to Prospect Hill Cemetery once before. I didn’t have a camera at the time. So I never got pictures of the graves myself. Luckily, I’ve had a lot of people that have sent me numerous pictures over the years. It never tops actually going yourself though. Especially because I’m going to use Google Earth to map out where the separate plots were in the cemetery. I didn’t expect them to be so spread out from each other!
Walking around the cemetery, I could definitely see that I’ll have to go back in jeans and sneakers. I only walked about half the cemetery but I did find a Love ancestor I didn’t previously have. Grace Love-Leonard. After walking around a bit, we got in the car and headed to the wedding. My sister summed it up perfectly when she posted to her Facebook while I was walking around the cemetery. “We’re dressed for a wedding and end up walking around a cemetery. Only our family.” My sister had one part wrong though, it’s not only our family! It’s just a genealogy thing!
Last night, I sat down and decided to finish off my 10 pages of indexing the South Carolina Estate Files. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about how estate files worked, I made improvements on deciphering handwriting, and I helped out the genealogy community! It was a win win situation.
I can’t say it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I found it a bit of a challenge, but a fun one! It was a big eye opener for me in terms of what the country was like at the time. I was indexing estates from 1849, so it was before the Civil War. It was so strange to see people referred to like they were. I just can’t imagine living in a world where that was happening. Even though I’ve always known about that dark part of our history, this made it so much more real to me.
Once I got into the swing of indexing, it was much easier and I got a bit faster (which wasn’t the point of it, I was previously doing just 1 page every few days). Those last 6 pages flew by! Between these records and indexing for FamilySearch, I’ve realized how much I really enjoy the challenge of deciphering handwriting!
Once I knock out this site redesign in the next few weeks, I’m definitely doing another 10! If you’d like to volunteer too, you can sign up at the LowCountry Africana website. This is a very important project and even if it doesn’t pertain to your family, you could be helping out someone else!
A few months ago, I found a newspaper article thrown into the mix with a bunch of cemetery deeds. That article made me wonder about what happened to Lt. Frank A Greene, who married my Great Grandmother’s cousin. A very helpful commenter on that post, Liz from My Big Fat Family Blog, pointed me to a records collection at Footnote.com. There is where I found this report on what really happened to Lt. Frank A Greene, including a hand drawn map of about where his plane went down.
I’ve had a pretty busy few weeks. If all goes smoothly, I will have a Surname Saturday post this weekend. I found something useful among some of my old papers that I wanted to share. To set the scene, I was trying to decide if I should mention a hypothesis I have about a generation of the Menzies family. I remembered that I had a list of 18th and 19th century English naming patterns. I decided to consult the list and if the names from the family matched the patterns, I’d go ahead and mention it. I’m sorry to inform you, you’ll just have to wait to see if it matched. Until Saturday, you can have fun with these helpful naming schemes. I’m unsure of the exact source. I’m pretty sure one of us printed it off in our beginning days.
First-born Son – Father’s father
Second-born Son – Mother’s father
Third-born Son – Father
Fourth-born Son – Father’s eldest brother
Fifth-born Son – Father’s 2nd oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother
Apparently when you’re researching your family history in Scotland, your Google Earth knowledge doesn’t help a whole lot. It helps for sure, but it’s hard to really see the lay of the land so to speak. I found two great maps though that really helped me. I found these through Google Image Searches. - I really don’t get paid by Google to say these things all the time, I just REALLY like Google. -
The first one is this Clan Map. There are all kinds of clan maps around. I like this one because it’s basic and easy to read. I just wanted to see a general area of where the Clans were based.
This second one is a map of the Civil Districts/Counties. It’s hard when you’re researching a country you have little prior knowledge of. When I was trying to see where exactly the Menzies and Loves were turning up in Parish records and censuses I needed maps. Maps that didn’t over complicate things and required constant scrolling and zooming. I was amazed at how helpful this simple map turned out to be!
Both maps were found on Wikipedia/Wikimedia through the magnificent power of Google. They both now live on my hard drive where I feed them twice a day… Okay sorry, that was over the top. You can see the large, full size versions by clicking on the pictures. Enjoy!
Wordless Wednesday is a daily blogging theme I got from GeneaBloggers. To participate in Wordless Wednesday simply create a post with the main focus being a photograph or image. Some people also include attribute information as to the source of the image (date, location, owner, etc.). Some have begun doing a “Not So Wordless Wednesday” with the main focus still being an image but there is a backstory to the image.
Today I was supposed to go into town and visit the LDS Family History Center. It’s been there forever and I’ve never known it.
What kind of genealogist am I?! I know the answer to that, the hermit type. I will get my license by December of this year if I have to save my pennies and give up my Ancestry.com membership to do so. I’ll just have to sacrifice Ancestry for awhile, I can always get it back right? The Ancestry price alone is half of the fee for driving school. I’m not into self torture or I would have given up my website hosting fee too. That wouldn’t do at all. I’ve had this website (moore-mays.org) since May 2003 and we won’t even discuss all my little pet projects that give me joy. No that’s not an option.
Back onto the subject, I won’t be visiting the FHC today because the woman who volunteers there knew that we were coming and she left town in a fit of hysterics. Since she knew that our friend was planning on bringing us in and showing us around, she gave him a call this morning to say that she had an emergency and didn’t know if she’d be back to re-open the center at 6:30 tonight. So there go my big plans for the day! I don’t think my fractured family file could have taken it anyway. There was an incident this weekend.
Since I won’t be doing that, I decided to use today to get myself better prepared for next week when I try again. To be honest next week works better time-wise anyway. One of the things that I realized yesterday was that I have absolutely no note taking system. Zilch. Nada. Negatory. I realized this gradually over the last few weeks to be honest. I’ve been hitting a few genealogy blogs (We Tree, Tonia’s Roots), well more than a few but I have no notes to come back to. :p A huge topic in the genealogy blog sphere is note taking. Everyone is giving such great tips and tricks. I was reading JLog a few weeks back and decided labeling my media files (birth, death, marriage cert.) with the Person ID I’m using in my RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker files was a great idea! (Don’t get my brain started on the idea of using TNG as my main program for everything, thanks Tonia!)
Currently one of my favorite methods of note taking is the Sticky Note feature of Windows 7. I love it to pieces. I like to line up all my sticky notes on my second monitor and keep the clutter over there. It would look way more cluttered in the screen shot if I hadn’t done a little cleaning first. Yesterday I was in a scramble because I’d just found one of my Moyer/Meyer/Myers/Meyres/Meyers/BenAffleck guys in the 1850 census. I had to go page by page, the old fashioned way since his name was so often spelled in those various ways, minus Ben Affleck of course. What do you take me for? The township I was going through was littered with people with all the spellings I’ve ever come across. I didn’t want to just forget those people. So I ran to our office supply collection and grabbed a new notebook and started writing down everyone.
Then I started reading about Evernote and One Note from a few other blogs (I’d mention you but I didn’t take notes :/) I’m usually very smart, but for some reason it never occurred to me to actually check out the One Note program when I installed Office 2007 last year. Oh boy have I been missing out. I’ve only been using it this morning but I can definitely see how this is going to be a huge help.