AmericaGen Study Group

25 July 2018 AmericaGen Study Group tackles “Chapter 7 Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings” from Val Greenwood’s The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.)

Feedback from attendees:

  • 11:06:37 From Irene : This was a great session! Thank you.
  • 11:06:55 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Wow…what a great webinar !!! Thank you.

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Val Greenwoods book

Note: All panelists were invited ro read the chapter and then write about how that chapter relates to their personal research habits. AmericaGen_Chapter 7 “Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings” Combined Homework



10:00:35 From Deb Andrew : Good Morning
10:00:42 From Sheri Fenley : Good morning from sweltering Stockton, California!
10:00:53 From Jo Ann Lawrence : Good Afternoon from New Jersey
10:01:00 From Melinda Culpon : Morning everyone glad to be here!
10:01:11 From Kale Hobbes to All panelists : Good Morning from Alberta, Canada
10:01:54 From Cousin Russ : AmericaGen_Chapter 7 “Organizing and Evaluating Your Research Findings” Combined Homework
10:04:38 From Cousin Russ : The Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook

UnPuzzling Your Past10:05:28 From Molly McKinley : Sounds interesting.
10:06:19 From Lisa Gorrell : I like to investigate the used copies of books.
10:06:35 From Jacqueline Wilson : Can you repeat what Shelley said as I could not hear (last comment)?
10:07:13 From Sheri Fenley : She mentioned that the author Emily Croon had passed away

10:08:27 From Lisa Gorrell : I love using color pens when taking notes. Especially when I re-read my notes and add new comments.
10:08:35 From Jacqueline Wilson : It is called a Disc binder
10:09:08 From Cousin Russ : TUL Pens and Notebooks
10:09:12 From Shelley Murphy : I like the tool pens
10:09:23 From Jacqueline Wilson : If you really want to spend the money . . . The Levenger brand has them as well.
10:12:37 From Melinda Culpon : Something I learned about Levenger Products is if you call your order into the stores – Chicago and New York they will ship everything for free
10:14:19 From Molly McKinley : Tags save you soooo much time! I also make stacked books for same subject files.
GenScriber10:15:23 From Cousin Russ : GenScriber
10:15:49 From Shelley Murphy  : Evaluating too!
10:16:36 From Jacqueline Wilson : Her voice is too soft to hear.

Genealogy Do-Over
10:27:00 From Cousin Russ : Genealogy Do-Over by Thomas MacEntee
10:27:34 From Cousin Russ : Kindle version is FREE today.

10:28:48 From Cousin Russ : Gaylord Archival Flip-Top Document Preservation Box

10:29:36 From Lisa Gorrell : I want to see Sheri’s wall!
10:29:40 From Cousin Russ : Pendaflex 62699 Archival-Quality File Folders, 1/3 Cut Top Tab, Letter, Manila (Box of 100)
10:31:27 From Lisa Gorrell : I love reviewing old documents. I always see something new. Sometimes about a person listed that you didn’t know who they were.

10:32:16 From Jacqueline Wilson : Darn – GenScriber will not work on a current Mac. [NOTE: Use a Windows emulator such as CrossOver when you wish to use a Windows program.]
10:33:54 From Sheri Fenley : Lisa at the moment I have a bare wall. Starting a new project today and will send you photo after today’s work session.
10:34:09 From Lisa Gorrell : Thanks, Sheri!

10:35:09 From Cousin Russ : Melinda Couplon’s worksheet in Google Sheets format

[NOTE DearMYRTLE, who could barely keep quiet during this webinar, made a recording showing two ways to make a copy of this worksheet for yourself.]

10:36:09 From Sheri Fenley : Good timesaver to have templates
10:39:31 From Deb Andrew : You just need the notebook that you write in and uploads to the cloud.
10:39:46 From Cousin Russ : Goodnotes
10:39:49 From Cyndy Bray : I love Goodnotes

[NOTE: GoodNotes makes handwritten notes possible in iPads.]

Marceline Beem’s Chapter 7 homework details her digital filing system, see:


10:41:04 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Funny you should mention filing. That is what I am doing as I listen.
10:41:06 From Melinda Culpon : The only time I file is when a hurricane is coming – LOL
10:41:30 From Launa Droescher : Recently used phone to take pix of screen when I had made updates to program, I normally keep paper trail of when I work in Legacy program.
10:41:34 From Lisa Gorrell : I don’t mind filing. I like organization.
10:45:10 From Irene : I also add the year of birth after 1st name since I have so many with identical names.
10:45:32 From Jo Ann Lawrence : Marceline, would you use marriage last name?
10:45:40 From Deb Andrew : It is on the Clavin Knight website, also mentions Calving;
10:45:41 From Molly McKinley : I’m getting all sorts of great ideas today!
10:46:16 From Irene : I also add the year of birth after 1st name since I have so many with identical names.
10:48:03 From Molly McKinley : I do that with probate records. Smith-John-1880-mass-probate; Smith-John-1895-fl-probate. This keeps the same names by name, death date and place.
10:49:14 From DaveRobison  : Marceline, Richard Grantham is one of my great grandparents and I have several other “Richards!”
10:50:08 From Randi Patrick : I use the same format but by maiden name, id a female and I include the person’s date of birth. My birth father had 3 brother’s who named their children after them and are Jr’s.

10:50:09 From Melinda Culpon : Something I add to this is – ANC(ancestry) or FS (familysearch) FMP(find my past) – for sources on where I found the information
10:50:09 From Jacqueline Wilson : How do you differentiate between people of the same name?
10:50:24 From Lisa Gorrell : I file by couple so I have lots of folders. Each file starts with a year date.
10:51:09 From Sheri Fenley : Genealogy codicil for your will
10:51:25 From Deb Andrew : I have shown mine to my husband and the person who is to receive the information if something was to happen to me.
10:51:52 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : I like the idea of a “WHAT you need to know” notebook.
10:52:01 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : (sorry. I got excited and typed! 🙂
10:53:02 From Randi Patrick  : Just use a birthdate!
10:53:08 From Deb Andrew : I put year born if the name is the same.
10:53:31 From Sheri Fenley : maybe you can use a birth year or s/o or h/o
10:53:58 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : I have many same name (NMN) so I have to use the date/year of birth.
10:54:22 From Jacqueline Wilson : I have been using the person’s DOB to differentiate
10:54:41 From DaveRobison : I have 15 ancestors named “Richard Grantham.” Mostly, I use dates from vital records or military records
10:54:53 From Randi Patrick  : Yes Shelly!
10:55:40 From Sheri Fenley : duct tape Myrt – duct tape!
10:56:11 From Shelley Murphy : I heard Mryt!!!! lol
10:56:38 From Marceline Beem : Dave, we need to talk! I descend from Richard’s daughter, Hannah, who married Moses Smith
10:57:26 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : I’d be afraid I would forget to transcribe something into my software.
10:58:41 From Sheri Fenley : table of contents or index?
11:05:18 From Susan Bleimehl : What about using a small audio recorder?
11:06:37 From Irene : This was a great session! Thank you.
11:06:55 From Janine Edmée Hakim : Wow…what a great webinar !!! Thank you
11:07:21 From Randi Patrick  : I wouldn’t say isn’t dead yet, I’d say is still alive. LOL.
11:08:15 From Molly McKinley : One folder would not work for me as I have people with the same name from both Mom and Dad’s family. It is too easy for me to get them mixed up.

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