Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Wow finally finished the list so all the pedigree charts are up to date now to fill in the interesting bits for you...
AMUSING THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...
I was going through Chronicle extracts for 1863 this morning and there were 4 items which took my interest..
John married Mary on the 29th March 1863 and on 31 March 1863 Charles ( Mary's brother) who was employed by John was accidentally DROWNED... suspicious or not.. mmm
William and Mary got married on the 13 March 1863 and the first child was born on the 17 Dec 1863 exactly 9 months and 4 days .. what a wedding night that must have been... or was there hanky panky afoot..
See Ya on the Flip side
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Monday, 18 May 2015
Yes I know self praise is not really a true value of ones achievements but I am a champion because I have not hoarded one piece of paper for my personal family tree in just over 4 days and today I cleaned up my desk.
Yes thats right I sorted and filed the trays, sorted the piles and now I sit here and look thinking what am I to do now .
But I will admit I have piled my personal stuff into piles to resort as there is so many bits and I have to work out what to do with them.
Then along comes a distraction like a facebook group I have been added to and I think to myself - where is that last will and testiment of the unknown Henry Collett.
I accidentally purchased it and yet I don't know who it belongs to maybe I will post the details into the group and see if we can link him up somewhere..
I set my self a goal of 30 mins per task per day and the list is endless I have to do for example each day I try and complete the following.
1. Update and write in my blog
2. Research and update another property in Plantations, Stations and Farms.
If you would like to read this one its at Plantations, Stations & Farms.
3. Do more family history for me
4. Sort out at least 10 Floppy disks
5. Type up old school records for the Big M database
6. Work on setting up the excel dashboard for the Big M
7. Decipher old records and file them.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Another week is about to start and whilst watching a show on British Monarchs I am thinking about what I am going to achieve next week.
Last week we spent the aafternon at the volunteers expo and my office is not looking any cleaner.
So after a huge week promting the society I think I need to focus on my records and definitely digitise my records.
Do you set yourself weekly goals and lets look at ways I can help you with your family tree.
So if you dont already follow me on google+ then makr sure you click on the follow button.
Tomorrow I am going to pull out all my single pieces of paper band set about digitising them - what are you going to achieve ???
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
I have even started files as everything needs a spot to work from or an address..
So because my office is used for work, study , play I have a set of manilla folders on the desk.
The first one being for family history ( mine) and it is labelled simply TODO.. that way when the file gets too big I will have to empty it.
I have set up a personal TODO folder too with the same sort of thing in in. Now some of this stuff has dates to go with it and I am shocking at remembering things.
So I stapled a piece of a4 paper to the front, and have listed the things in the folder that have a date on them, with the closest date on the top.. that way I can check it daily and then cross it out if it needs doing on that date.
VOLUNTEERS EXPO.. We are going to be at the volunteers expo being held at Maryborough on Thursday 14th May I am looking forward to it. it will be a great chance to meet some new people and attract new blood into society, not that the group we have is not amazing and so much fun but we are always discovering new projects and looking for more people to help us... So if your at the expo tomorrow drop in and say hi....
Sunday, 10 May 2015
I read a post on facebook this morning that said to move ahead in life and achieve your goals you need to have tidiness..
* a clean desk,
* organised to do lists
* a productively organised day
* an uncluttered mind..
So what do we do then.. we make a cup of coffee sit at the desk and think what a brilliant idea. But the mind wanders, you find a fascinating tale or a book you didn't realise you had and in my case.. it was time for my weekly session of GAME OF THRONES...
Okay I know I am a lost cause but I have started the week off good, am cleaning up a little, getting things sorted and today added pages to my blog for each family ( well a few more anyways)
To go directly to the pages we updated today go to the links below.
I have put up the descendants pics and when we get the list finished I will start giving you info that I have and if anybody has anything to add to this then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I would love to hear from you. ..
so the goals for this week are to clean up the computers, sort and file all my paperwork and get organised so I can move ahead with the next step in all my research projects...
You can all stop smirking and laughing now .. I will achieve this without hoarding anything new this week.. you just wait and see drop back tomorrow to see how I am going.. till then.. have fun.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
I got an interesting email this morning from Microsoft.. do you use the Microsoft Office, like most of us but it can be expensive when you want to update to the newest version and yep there is a new release apparently about to come out.
But I was stoked as we use Office 365 at home and there are a couple of bonuses to this.
1. My subscription allows me to have 5 devices using the programs.
2. If one device dies then I delete it and add another device.
3. This gives me full access to the whole suite of programs.
4. The updates are regular. ..
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL.. We get the new version when its released as part of our subscription.. awesome I am excited.
Your probably sitting there thinking yeah right and thats a huge cost that I can't afford, and you probably won't believe me when I tell you its worth about $12.00 per month. Yes its true - what a great investment for peace of mind, and having a teenager studying it ensures we can do anything across the different devices and it will still be the same format.
You pay the money, download the programs and away you go.. the link below explains it all and if your on your own you can have a smaller package..
So on the technical side this afternoon I am going to work on my Excel dashboard some more and then try and open some more floppy disks to see what amazing things I can discover. .. I was reading a page the other day from the courts and a chap was fined for "aggressive driving" the old term for Road Rage..
The difference between the old days and now is the way the written word was done, I get so lost in the flourish of the writing and you can slip back into time so easily when they are describing something, not it is so sterile and lacks oomph.
Then after an hour or so of floppy disks I am going to try a new project, we recently found a whole pile of negative films in the Society Rooms and I have found a way ( thanks to Professor Google) to read and digitise the films so I am going to attempt it on some old negatives I found and see what happens...
If your interested in trying this yourself this is the webpage I found that I am going to work from. Photo Scanning
So check back in to see how it all goes and I will hopefully have success and be able to put some shots up for you..
Till we come out on the other side.. Seeya
The Marborough District Historical Society is gettin with the times and we are digitising and indexing all of our records.. I know pretty amazing hey, and so when we started the project it didnt' sound that big...
But with time and finding more and more records of all shapes and sizes which we have been so busy adding it has been my job to put it into a format that we can use.
Now I have torn my hair out over this, bemoaned into many a cup of tea and already once during the pregnancy of this baby gutted it and redid it as it was in no way user friendly.
So in the dark of night I decided if I could build a database then we would have a really user friendly ( I swear it would be really), and it would cope with growing at a huge rate... But Database you say Database.. what on earth is that and how is anybody going to use it.. well it didn't happen after many a video on youtube and how to pages this morning I decided that I just couldn't do it.
Why .. because its way above my volunteer pay grade and I don't have the skills.. YES I am admitting defeat on the database...
So back to the drawing board and WHAM... along came the Excel Dashboard. Now if you haven't seen a dashboard you need to do a google search and type in Excel Dashboards in images and up it comes..
They look something like this ...okay I was going to show you a picture but its just not going to happen something to do with my eyes going dazzled by sitting in front of the computer screen for way too long.
So anyways if you go and have a look at Google Images they are awesome and I am not on a compulsive run to get them all together and we will have a main index page that will look like a webpage with all these super cool buttons to press and it will take you to new spreadsheets ..
For the Society this is the next step to becoming the premier research centre in the Wide Bay and we will eventually have the largest repository of digitised records locally... Woohoo..
It has been a huge day today and another one tomorrow to finish some of the new MDFHS Dashboard.. ( yes it is defintely a V8 under the dash) finished so
have a great night, and sleep tight I know I definitely will and I will catch you on the flip side.
PS If you have a huge amount of files and would like to create a dashboard let me know and I can give you a hand... :)
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
|For those of you who don t know what a floopy|
is ... this is them
So I dropped Cheyenne at school and came thinking yep start extracting the info and save it to the hard drive we use for the Index then made a coffee and prepared for the fun.
First couple were okay opened okay then saved and converted them. Started reading the titles thinking OMG if there is what I think is on there I will be in heaven... BUUUUUUUUUUUUT
Upon opening them there would be a list but no there would be the full family history on one of the most well known names in the Howard area.. inclusive of some local names we know..
So I would be extracting like mad and then I would find a format that wouldnt open.. I don't have the program and I am normally a fairly computer savvy person but this can be so frustrating.. after many curse words and the dog escaping with his tail between his legs I would save the files and move on to the next.
On of the coolest things I have found with doing these things is you find some of the most interesting documents. Today I found copies of extracts of court notices, judges journals, short stories written about different things. But one of the ones that I found interesting was the
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MARYBOROUGH POLICE
So tomorrow we will see what pops out of the files and we are doing old photos so I will be able to update you on how to convert film to digital images.. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
To share a coffee, and to share your life and its ups and downs, to be able to make a comment and get an overwhelming response is one of the most important things we should find when we come together for the same purpose.
One of the things I most certainly enjoy the most would be the fact you can be sitting there trawling through books and records and all it takes is somebody to ask " What are you looking for " and the whole room galvanizes into action. Your mountain has just turned into a community anthill....
Family History research is definitely not limited to the old and weary, it is a mix of all ages, races, types that have the same purpose.. to get lost in history.
Then to top off our brilliant morning we had a visitor to the rooms - Jodie is doing research into the fishing and its history in the Wide Bay area and poor Jodie was mixed up in the laughter and jokes.. We did actually achieve some information that she was looking for and we told her some of the funny anecdotes on local families and some of the juicy scandals that we knew..
A couple of us are distantly related by marriage so we I am sure looked like mischievous trouble when one of us related her family and how they were part of the pioneer history of the Wide Bay. But proud descendants we are and we will tell you our story anytime..
We are all volunteers and we love our job, we might not see each other every day of the week but we are like an extremely wierdly extended family.
So when you decide to do your family history or want to join a group that has ancestry as an interest make sure you find one that is cool, fun, full of people with a sense of humour and a love of history and most importantly of all make you feel welcome.
What a day, what a day... when I first joined Maryborough District Family History Society I was intimdated by the knowledge, and history that was floating around the rooms.
Some of the members were like walking history books and I must admit I was a little concerned over ever asking for anything due to my lack of knowledge.. time has flown and 3 years later I would classify myself as one of those books of knowledge.. haha..