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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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I didn’t check back in last night to update my progress in the Genea-Blogger Group Games.  I realized I could do an indexing project (Number 5 “Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness; Part E. “Participate in an Indexing Project”).  I went on Find a Grave and added 20 new names with pertinent information and some photos. Names and info I entered: maternal grandparents – Vesta and Glen Johnson; aunt and uncle – Glen and Mary Johnson; aunt – Lois Johnson. They are all in Glenn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clark County, Ohio. My maternal great-grandparents: John and Katie Johnson; their two children – Letis and Mary. They are in East Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, Indiana. John’s parents – James and Amanda Johnson and several of their children – placed in Little Blue River Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana. Vesta’s family (her mother, step-father, and two brothers) – in Greenwood Cemetery, Leaburg, Oregon. Vesta’s father, step-mother and half-brother (Joe, Anna and Albert Wilt) in Beswick Cemetery, Harrison County, Indiana. Vesta’s brother and his wife – Clarence and Maud Wilt – in Mendon Cemetery, Madison County, Indiana. And my brother in Welcome Cemetery, Cullman, Alabama.

I also added a new genealogy blog to Facebook – Linda Robbins’ HollingsworthRobbinsFamilyTree blog. On Facebook, you can find it Here. Please visit Linda’s blog and let her know how much you enjoyed it! Linda’s also pretty new at Facebook and we want to welcome her!

So that tallies up to finishing 4 tasks under that category = Diamond Medal!

I also wrote a post for the upcoming 54th Edition of Carnival of Genealogy on the Family Language (as part of Write! Write! Write!, Part B).  So that tally under that category is now 2 tasks complete for the Silver Medal!

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Already been pretty busy this morning.  The tasks I’ve completed this morning include:

Write! Write! Write!
Task A.  Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site.

The Post Below is my submission for that task.  I also added a New Page to my blog.

Reach Out and Perform Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
A. Comment on a new (to you) genealogy blog.

I just started reading Rainy Day Genealogy Readings the first day of the competition but today was the first day I posted a comment.

B. Join another Genea-blogger’s blog network on Facebook Blog Networks.

Yesterday (as I posted in Day Two), I joined these  5 Blog Networks: Elyse’s Genealogy Blog, 100 Years in America, Gtownma’s Genealogy, Home Town Edition – Kratochvil & Secor” (I also confirmed the author), and Small Leaved Shamrock.

C. Invite another genealogist to join Facebook.

I sent an email to Jeanna from Roots Reading inviting her to join Facebook. (I’ve also sent invites to about 3 other bloggers on the Genea-Bloggers group to join my blog network.)

On Friday evening I completed a task for Organize Your Research. 
D. Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

This was probably the easiest as the first photos that popped up on my ACDSee program were from my vacation in July.  They were already in the correct folder, the metadata was added automatically when I uploaded them.  I went through and labeled all of them with date the picture was taken, where it was taken, the people in the photo and how they were related, what ocassion it was, and other “fun” and historical information.  I also included the name of the photographer.

So my tallies so far:
Gold Medal in Reach Out and Peform Genealogical Acts of Kindness
Bronze Medal in Write! Write! Write! (I will be working on B. C. & D. of this event as well and hope to finish with a Diamond Medal.)
Bronze Medal in Organize Your Research (I will be working on B. E. & F. of this event and hope to finish with a Diamond Medal.)

The only category that I have not started working on is Cite Your Sources.  I have saved the information from John Wiley’s “How to Cite Your Sources” and hope to begin doing this soon. I would love to be able to cite 50 sources and achieve Platinum Medal status!

I didn’t list that I would compete in the Back Up Your Data challenge.  However I have a brand new flash drive that is just begging for data to be added to it!  Since I did not list this as a goal I would work on, I’m not sure if I would be “disqualifying” myself by competing in this category.  No matter what – I do need to back up my data a lot more than I do now!

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