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This morning I received an invitation to join the “Getting to Know You Challenge for Bloggers” in order for those of us in the Genea-Bloggers group to glean more information on each other’s blogs.  There is also the upcoming Carnival of Genealogy 55th Edition – Show and Tell, 5th Edition Smile for the Camera – Crowning Glory, Blog Action Day on October 15th – Poverty, the on-going Genea-Blogger Group Games on Facebook, and my own Freaky Friday challenge.  The meme’s “Stores of Yesteryear” and “The Soundtracks of my Salad Days” have already been written.

And I’m partially done with writing a biography on one of my ancestors for the Group Games.  Looks like some great challenges coming up which give me a chance to flex my writing muscles (as opposed to those leg or arm muscles being used by the athletes at the Olympics!) in order to publish some wonderful posts.

Yesterday I noticed that footnoteMaven wrote an article on Using Family Photographs on Shades of the Departed on how to create a MOO greeting card. This looks like something (as a digital scrapbook artist) I would like to do – which means one more thing to add to my list!

I want to thank the hosts for these carnivals, meme’s, and challenges.  If you have not joined the Genea-Blogger group on Facebook, I urge you to do so.  You aren’t required to participate in any or all of the challenges however the topics do provide inspiration.  If you have tons of documents and photographs that need to be scanned – you are also encouraged to participate in Scanfest happening this coming Saturday.  I won’t be participating as I hope to be car shopping (and buying) on Saturday.

If you have Central European or Irish Ancestry, there are also the 10th Edition of Carnival of Central and European Genealogy hosted by Jessica at Jessica’s GeneaJournal and Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture hosted by Small Leaved Shamrock.

I urge you to give any one of these challenges a look and serious thought to participating!

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I spent a couple hours yesterday evening on the Rootsweb Social Security Index page in an attempt to check on death dates for people in my Amore family (and extended family, in-laws, out-laws, etc.)  I was able to find dates for over 20 people and make the correct citations for my sources!  I plan on doing more of the same today.

My genea-blogger game stats as of today stand at:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources - I had completed 50 citations and have actually done several more – Platinum Medal

2. Back Up Your Data – have not done any of this yet.

3. Organize Your Research - B. Complete; D. Complete; E. Complete (both adding people to the database and scanning in over 20 documents/photos) – Gold Medal

4. Write! Write! Write! - A. Complete; B. Complete (I’ve participated in both the “Smile for the Camera” – Favorite Photograph; “Carnival of Genealogy – 54th Edition” – Family Language”; “Stores from Yesteryear” (meme); “The Soundtracks of My Salad Days” (meme); as well as Wordless Wednesday, Tuesday Thingers, and have started my own challenge – “Freaky Friday”. C. Complete – I think I’ve completed 3-4 draft mode posts that I publish within a few days of drafting.  Working on currently – D. Write a Brief Biographical Sketch.  Gold Medal

5. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindess - A. Complete; B. Complete (I’ve joined several); C. Complete; E. Complete (Find a Grave). Diamond Medal

I think I’m pretty much on track with my goals – and then some.  I’ve also spent time entering documentation into my research log.  For ease I started with my children since I know pretty much where all legal or offical documents are located or have already entered the information; then myself; my parents and grandparents. If I move from myself backward I find that I have more official documentation and can see exactly what I still need (censuses, death records/certificates; obituaries; baptismal; etc.)

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Actually yesterday I worked some more on tagging photos and making sure I had good descriptions.  It was Texas Tax Free Weekend and I had yet to get my grandson some new school clothes and shoes. So to take advantage of no sales tax, we went shopping yesterday afternoon.  I also thought a lot about the biography that I will be writing about one of my ancestors. I have decided who I’m going to spotlight so stay tuned for that post! 

I also spent yesterday looking at other genealogy blogs and signing up to participate in the Songs that Shaped My Youth meme.  I found out that there is a national blogging day in October and the theme will be on Poverty so have been thinking a lot about how to tie in genealogy and poverty as it applies to my ancestors.

Today I’m enjoying the rain in North Texas. We’ve had some lately but no where near enough.  But today it’s been pretty steady so far.  Hopefully our grass will be greening up!

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I didn’t have much time yesterday to post about my daily progress in the GB group games due to the rain (in North Texas we were asking ourselves – what is that coming down from the sky? And enjoying it!), work, and daily household stuff!

Yesterday evening I scanned 24 photos as part of Category 3: Organize Your Research, part E. Create at least 20 data entries in your database, or scan 20 photos, or scan 20 documents.  After scanning, I went through and added Descriptions, who was the photographer (if known), who was in the picture, where it was taken, why it was taken (reunion, party, holiday, etc.), year it was taken (if known), how those in the picture are related, and who has ownership of the original photo.  My software asks for Keywords instead of Tags so I inserted all the keywords I could think of in that area.  I also made sure they were in the correct digital files.

So for that Category, I am now up to the completion of 2 items which gives me a Silver Medal.

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(Written on Thursday, August 14th)

This morning, using John Wiley’s “How to Cite Sources” , I completed 68 source citations.  Actually it was easier than I thought.  I started with my grandchildren, then my children, my husband and myself, and on up the family tree.  I included citations on birth, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, marriages, occupations, associations, and residences.  So I’ve finished with a Platinum Medal in “Cite Your Sources” (Category 1).

Under Category 4 “Write! Write! Write! I’ve completed 4 tasks as of yesterday and achieved Gold Medal status.  I’m still working on D. Write a brief biographical sketch of one of your ancestors.

I hope to have more organization under Category 3 completed today.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get much done in the way of research, sourcing or writing.  I had to spend two hours listening to a Webinar on doing the elementary school’s web site.  I’ve built two web sites and use a template to manage my high school class’ site, so most of it was pretty boring.  At least I can add that to my list of PTA Accomplishments!

I did spend some time reading many of the Genealogy blogs especially the posts on Stores of Yesteryear and other new tidbits of information.  There are some great writers out there!

Tomorrow I’m hoping to get some sourcing done and perhaps some scanning as well.

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Today I have actually tried to do more research than work on my goals for the Genea-Blogger Group Games.  I did write one post that I scheduled to be posted at another time (part of Write! Write! Write!).  The research I was doing today consisted of gathering information so I could write a thorough biography on one of my ancestors.  I will either be writing about my maternal grandfather, Col. Glen R. Johnson, or my paternal great-grandfather, James Emory House.  Both of them were military veterans.  Grandad (Glen) served from WWI through the Korean War and James was a Civil War infantryman.  Since writing about my grandfather would be much easier because he lived until I was in my 20s and I knew him personally, it may challenge me to write about a man I didn’t know and don’t have much information about except for what my dad and aunt have told me.

So stay tuned to see what decision I’ve made.

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