Monday, February 29, 2016

FINALLY Get Organized! February 14-28

I'm still working my way through the 200+ newspaper articles discussed in my last post, plus I've had a lot of other things going on, so I didn't write a blog post for the week of February 14. That week was focused on citations...reviewing what we have already done, getting familiar with the sourcing feature of our software program, and reading a couple of articles. I have always been a stickler for source citations, and use that feature of Legacy quite extensively. In fact, the first week we worked on our surname, part of my review was to update all of my older citations using SourceWriter. So that week I read the required articles, and continued working through the newspaper citations.

For the week February 21-27, we were to focus on our ancestor's siblings. My father was an only child, so that generation was a cinch! My grandfather had four sisters, and I did manage to record the information I have on them. I am missing some marriage information and obituaries, so those are on the to-do list for future research. My great-grandfather, Arthur Beem, and his parents and siblings are the focus of those 200+ newspaper articles. I am missing some marriage and death dates for some of Arthur's siblings, and those are now also on the list for future research, if I don't find the information in the newspaper articles.

Overall, this month has been more challenging, in large part because of the mother lode of information I am still processing. It's been fun, and I've learned a great deal about my grandfather's side of the family. Some of the new information raises a lot of questions for further research. I'm also waiting on a reply about Arthur's Spanish-American War Pension record, which will hopefully answer a question or two...and probably raise even more questions!

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