Follow Friday – May 31

Well, I managed to get caught up on my blog reading this week, and unlike last week where I could only note a few posts to check out, this week I actually had to pare down the list so that I wasn’t listing every blog that I read!  There were a lot of great articles this week especially with the Memorial Day holiday.  My first two articles are just two of the great Memorial Day posts that I found.

Honor Roll Project, Memorial Day 2013 – This is a fantastic project that brings the names and dates on so many local memorials into the digital age so that perhaps someone can find a long lost ancestor who served their country.

Visiting the American Cemetery at Normandy –  This post over at A Sense of Family hit my favorite list because she does a wonderful job of describing the cemetery at Normandy in both words and pictures.  Visiting Normandy is one of my “bucket list” items, so this post tugged at me pretty hard.

Creating Relationship Reports in RootsMagic 6 – I always enjoy when Randy Seaver posts one of his “how-to” articles, and I’m truly enjoying his posts on RootsMagic because I have been evaluating using RootsMagic instead of or in addition to Family Tree Maker and Randy’s posts are definitely making this decision easier!

Myths, Rumors and Lies – I love James’ description of a dilemma that I think every genealogist faces at some point…debunking the myths, rumors and sometimes outright lies that are part of our family’s history.

Watson, Why Did You Change Your Name To Frederick? –  Jana’s post is a great example of using bits and pieces from all available sources to try to piece together a solution to a genealogical mystery.  Since I have an ancestor that had a somewhat similar issue, I enjoyed following her reasoning and detective work.

and finally….

A Beautiful Night For a Flight – I always enjoy Jen Baldwin’s writing both for her own blog and for The In-Depth Genealogist, and this was no exception.  This is one of what I presume will be a series of follow-up posts talking about the NGS Conference and what lessons she took away.  This should be a great series to read.

Unfortunately, I didn’t add any new blogs to my reading list this week, but I’m sure that will change this next week!


Thankful Thursday – Mind Mapping for Genealogists by The Armchair Genealogist

I ran across an article on another blog yesterday that is the inspiration for today’s Thankful Thursday… “Mind Mapping for Genealogists” over at The Armchair Genealogist.  Lynn Palermo wrote the article about a year ago, but I just now found it. (Yes, I dig through other blogs looking for those hidden gems like this one!)  Her article was one of those inspirations that came at just the right time because it offered me a solution that I needed at just the right time.

In her article, Lynn discusses the basics of mind mapping and suggests several ways that the concept can be applied to genealogy projects.  I won’t go back over everything that she discussed because she did a tremendous job of it, and I want to give credit where credit is due.

What I will tell you is that after reading Lynn’s article, I went and downloaded a couple of the software programs that she mentions and began playing…and continued playing…and then very quickly got serious about using mind mapping in not only my genealogy, but in other areas of my work life. 

I have to say that the iMindMap program that Lynn mentioned is by far my favorite of the programs I’ve worked with since reading her article.  After about two minutes of having the program loaded on my computer, I created a quick mind map to start helping me “de-clutter” my thoughts on what I wanted to do in the area of genealogy.

As you can see, what I started with isn’t extremely fancy or in-depth, but that was what I came up with in less than three minutes of using a brand new program.  Since that picture, the mind map has exploded and also spawned three other maps with the potential for a few more.
At this point, my intention is to utilize the concept of mind mapping to help plan out my research projects, organize goals, organize writing projects, and develop a self-education plan.  And that is just in the area of genealogy!  I can see mind mapping software being useful in many, many other areas of my personal and professional life.
I highly recommend that you go take a look at the article that got me started with mind mapping and download the free trials of a few programs.  See what mind mapping can do for you, and you’ll understand why The Armchair Genealogist inspired my Thankful Thursday!  (Thanks, Lynn!)

Tombstone Tuesday – Newton and Lola (Welty) Link

Today’s tombstone is for my great grandparents, Newton and Lola (Welty) Link.  Newton and Lola are buried in the Nevada Cemetery near Nevada, Ohio.

Newton Henry LINK b. 22 Nov 1876 in Eden Twp, Wyandot County, Ohio
                                   d. 22 Mar 1967 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
                                  m. 07 May 1897 in Wyandot County, Ohio

Lola WELTY             b. 27 Aug 1875 in Defiance County, Ohio
                                   d. 13 Nov 1928 in Franklin, Ohio

I have a great deal of conflicting evidence as to Lola’s middle name.  In several records, I have found her middle name listed as Laverdia, or Verdie, but interestingly, her tombstone has the middle initial of “D.”  I have not been able to find any evidence to suggest what the D may have stood for, so at this point, I have to leave Lola’s middle name as a mystery.

Sunday’s Obituary – Hannah (McCleary) Hill

Today’s Sunday Obituary is for my 2nd great grandmother, Hannah (McCleary) Hill.  Hannah was the wife of Samuel Hill as well as the namesake of my grandmother, Hannah (Hill) Link.  As with many obituaries, this one provided me with some invaluable information when I was first starting out on the hunt for Hannah’s family, including the information about her first marriage!

Upper Sandusky Daily Chief,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
5 October 1908

The McCleary family is one of the few that I have where I’ve not done much research beyond the initial survey stage, but from what I have found so far, it should be an enjoyable hunt!

Mission Accomplished!

I received news yesterday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, that I have successfully accomplished one of my major genealogical goals which has also been a personal goal (actually a
bucket list item for me) for many years.  As of May 21, my genealogy has been accepted for membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution!

A couple of months ago, I wrote a Military Monday post that told the story of my Revolutionary Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  I won’t go back over his story here, but I do want to share my lineage back to Adam.

Adam LINK b. 14 Nov 1761
                     d. 15 Aug 1864
                     m. Elizabeth LINK in 1789

          Shepley Holmes LINK b. 24 Jun 1814
                                                d. 06 May 1875
                                                m. Mary DICKSON 23 Feb 1847

                         Isaac C. LINK b. Jan 1854
                                                 d. 12 Dec 1910
                                                 m. Anna BROWN 08 Aug 1873

                                  Newton Henry LINK b. 22 Nov 1876
                                                                     d. 22 Mar 1967
                                                                     m. Lola WELTY 07 May 1897
                                                Earl Celvester LINK b. 07 Apr 1901
                                                                                  d. 05 May 1967
                                                                                  m. Hannah HILL 16 Jun 1925

                                                         Suzanne LINK b. 14 Jul 1944
                                                                                  d. 27 Dec 2006
                                                                                  m. Edwin WASHLER 27 Jul 1968

                                                                      Christopher WASHLER

I have to say that getting the news that my SAR lineage was accepted right before Memorial Day is almost more fitting than I could have hoped for.  This weekend is a time for us to honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country, and while Adam did not die in the Revolution, to be able to honor an ancestor who truly helped to give us our freedom is a dream come true for me.

Follow Friday – May 24

I’ve had a bit of a busy week, so I’m way behind on my blog reading.  This week’s Follow Friday list is a bit on the slim side, unfortunately.  Below are some of my favorite posts from this week that I have gotten through.

Google+ and Genealogy – A Happenin’ Place – This is a great article about using the power of social media in genealogy research.   
Explosion! – Jen Baldwin is what I would consider one of the “founders” of a new genealogy society that is geared toward the younger generation of genealogists – those that, unfortunately, some more “established” societies tend to discount.  I’m quite proud to say I am getting in on the ground floor of this amazing effort.
Genealogists are not being pushed out, Reinforcements are being invited in – I had planned to write a blog post in response to the article that Devon is talking about here, but after reading her response, mine would be completely redundant. (And probably not nearly as well written!)
I’ll try to catch up this weekend and stay up for the week!