Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

GeneaBloggers Games Final Tally Sheet

I attempted all six categories of the Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games, and amazed myself by completing enough Tasks to earn a medal in five of the six. I'm so glad I participated--I got so much done!


Category 1: 10 citations . . . Bronze!
Category 2: . . . . . . *pffft!*
Category 3: 5 Tasks . . . Platinum!
Category 4: 2 Tasks . . . Silver!
Category 5: 3 Tasks . . . Gold!
Category 6: 4 Tasks . . . Diamond!

Details below:
  1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources! I completed 10 source citations. Getting my wisdom teeth pulled was less of an ordeal.
  2. Back Up Your Data! As per Task C, I've burned my Legacy database to a DVD. At least I think I have! Not a moment too soon, either, because my computer is acting very strangely and I can't get it to run the DVD so I can check to see whether it's readable! Update: it appears my DVD writer doesn't. I certainly seem to be beatin' my head against a wall when it comes to making a backup! You may recall my January attempt to backup to the external hard drive failed for lack of remaining space!
  3. Organize Your Research! Task A completed (over 20 ancestral items sorted and filed!). Task B completed (41 digital files organized!). Task C completed (20 photos organized!) Task D completed (over 100 digital photos organized!). Task E completed (over 25 people entered and sourced in my database!).
  4. Expand Your Knowledge! Task A completed (I learned how to make a customized Googe map and embed it in a post!). Task B completed (created and posted a Kate Pettis Kerr timeline!).
  5. Write, Write, Write! Task A completed (wrote an About page for my blog!) As per Task C, I've prepared and pre-published six posts. For Task E, I've created a Surnames page and a Helpful Hints page for my blog. I'm frustrated, because when I tried to add them to my blog as tabs, they show up as a list of links instead, moving my current post further down the page.
  6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness! For Task A (hardly a task, more like fun!), I've visited and commented at a few new-to-me genealogy blogs. Also, as per Task G, I've hit the Follow button on those blogs that have one, as well as subscribing via Google Reader. Two of the ones I visited were Me and My Ancestors and My Ancestors and Me. How funny is that! Task B completed (four entries at Find-A-Grave!). For Task E, I've renewed my registration at Family Search Indexing and completed my first batch for 2010, a hellacious page of the 1910 Michigan census, which I chose because I figured I would recognize a lot of Michigan names even if the handwriting was bad. So I hereby apologize to all the Italian, Finnish and Norwegian researchers out there who hope to find their Gogebic ancestors. Good luck with that!


lindalee said...

Good work so far. I was behind and worked like a dog today ;-)

Dan said...

The Geneablog game looks like work...but the tombstone info is neat.

Tonia said...

Great job! Congratulations on your accomplishments and your medals.

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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