Genealogy To-Dos – August Wrap-Up

This was a very busy genealogy month.  I got a lot done, but somehow it seems the more I do, the more there is to be done.


  • Write 8 blog posts (not including “On this date” posts) – ideally, this will include 1 Women’s Timeline post and 3 Surname Saturdays, but anything counts. – I actually wrote 19 posts (this was partly due to my daily posts during FGS).


  • Extract information from 5 pages in Murray County Heritage. I was looking at this book a couple of days ago and I have about 40 sticky notes poking out; everytime I find something of interest, I attach a sticky note, planning to come back later. – Done
  • Scan last two death certificates and add information to database. – Done
  • Process 4 emails from my genealogy inbox (this includes due diligence to verify facts & then entering info in database). – Done
  • Transcribe Jim Butler military records received in July and enter into database. – I didn’t get to this.  It will go back on the list for September.
  • Look for Elizabeth M. (Tucker) Ellis on the 1900 census. – Found her listed as Elizabeth M Hany in Ball Ground.

Database Work:

  • I have a lot of duplicate notes resulting from a recent software conversion. I want to start going through, alphabetically, and deleting the duplicates. I’m going to start with the H’s, so that I stay slightly ahead of my work on The Notebook Project. – I did H and I.


  • Continue working on The Notebook Project – I’m on Gertraut. – I wanted to do 200 names, but I only did 81; Harris is the surname I got to.
  • Complete Lesson 3 in NGS “Family History Skills” online course. – Done
  • Attend the Federation of Genealogy Societies Conference in Knoxville. – Done

In addition to my written to-dos, I also worked on some non-list items.  At FGS, I realized that I don’t use FamilySearch enough, so I came back and played around on FamilySearch Labs one day.  I found three great indexes which led me to a lot of new information as well as some original records.  Another day I found a great source for Murray County, GA information:  Genealogy Trails – this is a similar concept to US GenWeb, but this site has information that is not found on the Murray County GenWeb site.  I also worked on source citations, updating about 200 in RootsMagic.

I give myself a solid A for the month.  Check back tomorrow to see my plans for September.

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