Friday, March 25, 2011

Adding detail to my family trees

The last few weeks I have been making use of several websites to advance the detail in various family trees. Find A Grave can lead you to tombstone data on family members. After that I then go into and search for census and other data to add to the profiles. I add this information directly into the Notes field. I may also look at World Connect. I have also been making use of a new genealogy web site, to find new information. Some of this "new detail" appears on the family trees I have on World Connect (Kip/Kipp Family in America and Link_Mathes). My family trees on will be updated sometime in April.

Allen County Public Library

We were recently doing research at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My main focus was on Quaker records and records dealing with Kip/Kipp families in NY and NJ. I managed to get through the items we had found in their catalogue in advance and also added a few more. We spent a little over a day and will probably go back in the future. They have a very large genealogy collection, most of it on open shelves. You can take as many digital photographs as you wish. So if you decide to go there take you camera and your computer.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

February 2011

Feb 1 to 6
Another fast week with not time for genealogy research. We managed to get in two cross country skis this week. We just ski for a few kilometres along the Ottawa River which isn't very far from our house. We spent a few hours working on our slide shows for our trips last year.

Feb 7 to 13
Continued working on slide shows of our trips. This week we managed one skate on the Rideau Canal and a longer cross country ski along the Ottawa River. Not much genealogy work this week. On Saturday we went to the BIFHSGO meeting where we sat in on two interesting talks: one on Online Family Trees at Ancestry; the other on Tracing Dawson's Canadian Adventure, which was about George Mercer Dawson whose family came from Edinburgh to Canada. He travelled all over Canada in his explorations with Boundary survey parties and the Geological Survey and eventually became head of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Feb 14 to 20
On Monday evening we attended the Opera to see Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi which was a rerun of the Live HD presentation from the Met in New York City. It was very long but good. This was the ultimate in tragedies. I would say the more things change the more things remain the same. Went skating before the temperature ruined the ice on the Rideau Canal for the weekend.

Feb 21 to 28
Rideau Canal is open again so we got to skate on it again. We purchased a new cultured marble top for our upstairs bathroom vanity. It is now installed and looks very nice. This week I have been working on Kip and Kipp names I have found in At the same time I am searching to find Census and others records for these people. This is taking a long time but I am finding a lot of new information. Sunday we went skating on the Rideau Canal again. We have made it out 5 times this year as compared to once in 2010. Last day of February we finally received a nice snow fall, about 12 cm.

In the February I read the following books:
1) The Immigrant Experience: The German Americans, by Anne Galicich & Sandra Stotsky, General Editor. Chelsea House Publishers, New York. 2001.

2) Edison: The Man Who Made The Future. by Ronal W. Clark. G P Putnam's Sons, New York. 1977.