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FINALLY Get Organized – Down to the wire but January is complete! Checklists for Jan 17-23rd and Jan 24th-31st

FINALLY Get Organized – Down to the wire but January is complete! Checklists for Jan 17-23rd and Jan 24th-31st

You can join in by following Dear Mrytle’s “FINALLY Get Organized” at .

I think the whole month of January would have been a bit easier if I had two functioning legs.  I have not mastered the art of the wheelchair - that has cost me some valuable time .  I knocked over my to file box and scattered my sorted papers; I have trapped myself in my office by blocking my way out with binders, boxes, and books.  Thankfully now everything has a place.  I am hoping to get at least one of my casts off in the next ten days.  I made it through /SLIG in a wheelchair I guess making it through some organization  shouldn't kill me but boy I would love the freedom of at least one good leg.

þ     Transcribe every document you’ve collected on the first 4-four generations in your surname/maiden name file.  I am so glad I did this, I caught a …

Wordless Wednesday: Lloyd Clark with Marine buddies


FINALLY Get Organized - Running behind but attempting to catch up...

Organization the perfect start for the new year.  I am running behind but here is my update on my progress for the month of January thus far.  You can join in by following Dear Mrytle’s “FINALLY Get Organized” at

þ       Back up your data!  Luckily I have been backing up my data with Backblaze for the past few years, so this was an easy task.  I also have an external drive that I use and store in our safe.  Then of course I use DropBox.  Can you ever take too many precautions to protect your genealogy?  I would rather have overkill then the possibility of losing any of my information.  That happened to me once about 10 years ago when my research was held hostage by an external drive – never to be retrieved again. 
þ      Decide on a genealogy software management program.  I am a RootsMagic girl.  

 I can always learn more to make the software work harder for me but I am confident in using the software.  þ      Starting with yourself…

SLIG 2016: A Learning Experience that will last forever

January 1st I fell.  I broke my right ankle and dislocated my left ankle.  After passing out from the pain my first thought was SLIG.  I had been waiting forever to go and I was faced with the possibility of waiting another year to attend.  However, my roommate for the event, Leslie Carney, volunteered to help me with all my special needs and the SLIG folks agreed to accommodate me.  Peg Ivanyo worked with the hotel to get me accommodations with a roll in shower and changed the buses to accommodate my wheelchair.  Sue Petersen worked with me to have an allergy free meal and kept my spirits up during the event.  Many, and I mean many, wonderful people helped me with doors, rolling my wheelchair, and assisting me during the week.  Good buddy and conference hubby J. Paul Hawthorne kept Leslie and I entertained and also helped push me around.   I am still not an expert on land however I am much more confident after attending Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre's land class.  …

Wordless Wednesday: My favorite pic of my Grandmother Clara Miottel Skibbe


FINALLY Get Organized: Getting it done with DearMyrtle - Week one completed!

Technically I cheated.  I had a head start on some of the tasks Dear Myrtle had listed on her  #1 Weekly Organized Checklist.  I did need to order some supplies but I am otherwise ready for week 2.  If your interested in joining in visit  Here is my list of completed tasks:

þ  Clear off the computer desk and make piles for everything.  The piles have been sorted into:
          To be Filed          Letters/Email to write          Research to do          Photos - I have temporarily boxed up my photos.
þ  Check your office supplies, and replace any missing or lost items.
            Ordered additional 3-ring binders            Ordered Document and Photo storage boxes            Flash drive            Will purchase file box – to be kept under desk for filing and paper management.  All I need to do is convince a child or husband to take me to the store.  No driving since I broke my right ankle and tore up my left ankle.
þ  Set up your co…

99 Genealogy Things

I read this on Valerie Elkins blog at Family Cherished.  This is a good list to use as a bucket list.  Here is where I stand:
Key: Bold:  Things that you have already done or found. Italics:  Things you would like to do or find. Blue:  Things that you have not done or found/don’t care to.
99 Genealogy Things 1.Belong to a genealogical society [I belong to state, local, and several Midwestern societies]   2.Joined a group on Genealogy Wise. 3.Transcribed records. 4.Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site 5.Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)