Thoughts and Prayers to Those with Madeiran Cousins

Huffington Post has a story that the island of Madeira is flooding and there were major mudslides.  The storm has claimed 32 lives as well as causing destruction.

I know that some of the readers of this blog have Madeiran roots and may even have cousins on the island.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you.  I hope your loved ones are safe and sound.


Winter Games Progress Report #2

This is my Friday Winter Games progress report.  I’ve been able to accomplish quite a bit this week. Here’s my progress category by category:

Category 1–haven’t done diddly so far

Medal earned–None

Category 2–I’ve backed up all my data (including databases, files, and photographs) to my flash drive.

Medal earned–Gold

Category 3–I haven’t worked on this yet

Medal earned–Nada

Category 4–I created a surame Wordle.

Medal earned–Bronze

Category 5–I have been furiously posting in draft mode.  I’m creating a several part series on the Hawaii State Archives digital collection, updated some old articles that were previously published elsewhere and readied them for publishing, and finished a couple of posts I had previously started but forgotten about.  So far, 12 posts are waiting in draft mode.

Medal earned–Bronze

Category 6–This is where I have accomplished the most.  I’ve commented on a new blog, posted photos at Find A Grave, added a new cemetery to Find A Grave (and listed two burials, so far–does this count as working on an indexing project?), and used the follow feature on Blogger.

In the works…I am doing an RAOGK for a person on a forum I participate.  I planned to research her family in the 1930 census.  I’m currently back to 1900 with a couple of state census records, a marriage record, and two births records in the mix.  As if I really thought I would do only one lookup.  Ha! Ha! Ha!

Medal earned–Gold (and on the way to Diamond)

I’m pretty pleased with my effort so far.  I’ve done some things I would normally do.  I played around far too much with Wordle having a grand ol’ time with my surnames, and I’m having a generally good time accomplishing something.  I hope to have more accomplishments to show for over the weekend.


Winter Games Progress

I got quite a bit done today.  I’m working on challenge #6, Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindess.

I completed Task A–comment on a new blog to me.  I left a comment at “My Big Fat Cajun Irish Scottish English German French Southern Family” blog.  And, I thought I had a lot of countries to work on.

I completed Task B–Adding photographs to Find A Grave.  I went as far as adding a whole new cemetery!  You can see my efforts in my blog post from earlier today.

I completed Task G–Using the Follow feature on a Blogger based blog.  I am now following two blogs.

Finally, I have taken on a genealogy project for someone who is new to genealogy.  I’m looking up her West and Joelson lines in the  census.  I was able to do quite a bit of work on the West lines, but the Joelson family eludes me.  It may be that her ancestor arrived after 1930.  I’ll give it another go before throwing in the towel on that one.  I’ll document my results later this week when I’ve got it all together.

That gives me a Gold Medal for three completed tasks in this category and I am on my way to the Diamond.  Wow!  Just like  Apolo Ohno…Though, I doubt anyone will be comparing me to the feats of Bonnie Blair though.