Monday, January 10, 2011

The 2010 iGene Awards for Two Sides of the Ocean

The COG 102nd edition topic has been named by Jasia and is "The 2010 iGene Awards". I have never participated in an iGene Awards topic and thought it would be interesting to see what I could come up with. Impacting my choices involves the fact that I only posted 17 times in 2010. Come along with me to see what I can contribute....

Best Picture - What was the best old photo that appeared on my blog in 2010?

For this category, I chose the photo of Thomas & Ida Padgett from approximately 1888 that I posted with the topic "Whose Mother Are You?" on Mother's Day, 2010. This portrait came to me via my friend, Karen, who had rescued it along with its old frame from an estate sale. She had intended to remove the portrait, discard it and sell the frame at her antique booth. She was only too glad to pass it along to me instead when I expressed dismay that a lovely old portrait would be destroyed. Not only did I rescue the portrait but I researched the people in the photo, contacted their great-granddaughter who had sold the portrait and did some extensive research on the lives of Thomas & Ida. It was a most rewarding journey.

Best Screen Play - Which family story from 2010 would make the best movie? Who would I cast as my family members?

Best Comedy - Which was the best funny story that I wrote in 2010?

My screen play would be a comedy and would involve my post on "There's One In Every Family...The Jokester" which appeared on November 28, 2010. This post told the humorous antics of my uncle and godfather, Melbourne Schulte, along with photos of his various hi-jinks and hilarity. The main characters in this comedy would be my uncle and I feel that James Garner would be an appropriate actor to portray him. Why? Because James Garner is my favorite actor of that age range, he is darned good looking still and I especially liked his comic antics in such movies as "Move Over Darling" and "The Thrill of It All", both movies with Doris Day.

To portray my aunt in the movie, the woman who was willing to get married on the start of hunting season in Michigan, willing (?) to spend her honeymoon at a hunting cabin while her bridegroom went hunting, who was willing to put up with anniversaries with her husband off hunting and who has just celebrated her 69th anniversary with her husband would be Peggy McCay as she is one of my favorite actresses of that age range, she has played a long suffering wife on "Days of our Lives" and she has the wit and backbone to laugh at her circumstances but also show some toughness in putting her man in place from time to time.

Best Biography - What was the best biographical article I wrote in 2010?

My submission for best biographical article would be my post on "Religious Rites in my Family" which was posted on November 1, 2010. In this post, I detailed extensively the various confirmations in my family, with one baptism, complete with photos and details on the religion that the majority of my family have participated in.

Best Documentary - Which was the best informational article I wrote involving my family's history in 2010?

Saving the "best for the last" in my humble opinion would be my 9 part series on "The Family Kolberg/Colberg". This series covered a time span of 25+ years of my research on the history of my Kolberg family from Klein Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern and my efforts on tracing the 7 sons of my great-great grandparents, Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg and his wife, Henriette Amalie Kautz. In this series I cross the ocean to Germany, discover a fellow genealogical cousin there and together we combine our efforts to reach success on tracing 6 of the 7 Colberg/Kolberg brothers. This would be my favorite post of all time from my blog and definitely my favorite from 2010.

I hope all my readers enjoy my selections for my 2010 iGene awards and come along for the ride.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My 2011 Genealogy Plan

Ok, resolution time is upon us on this first day of the year. I don't do resolutions as they put undue stress on me but I was intrigued by Jasia's Carnival Blog subject for the first Carnival of Genealogy for 2011 - "Describe your Genealogy/Research Plan for 2011". I am going with the thought that a "plan" is not a resolution.

I have been involved in genealogy since the mid 1970's. Yep, way back then when I was just a child, (ok, TK and I were both children, right TK?). Back in those days, there were no personal computers, family history software or the Internet and my research consisted of leg work visiting cemeteries, county buildings, libraries, writing multitudes of letters, etc and typing up my results on the old LDS family history sheets.

I started out with lofty plans involving researching all 8 surnames of my great-grandparents so I had stacks and stacks of typed Family History sheets, documents, and as the years went by, many photos that I acquired as my reputation as the family historian became more pronounced and multitudes of cousins shared information with me.

Where are all these materials now? I was organized - of a sort. I used an individual envelope box for each surname (the type of boxes that 500 #10 envelopes came in), some surnames required more than one box but they were all the same shape and size of boxes with the surnames neatly labeled on the ends and all stacked up on shelves.

In 1998, I decided that Family Tree Maker was my software of choice and I would start inputting this data in the computer. I chose the surname in which I had the most information which is my Kolberg family. The reason for that choice was that my mother and I were planning a 1999 Kolberg family reunion and I wanted to have all that data computerized so that I could print out a huge family chart. It took just shy of 12 months for me to computerize all that data in FTM and I admit that I slacked greatly on sourcing my information. Well, that is another subject for another time.

Since that time nothing else has been computerized. And being an over-fussy person I have been debating just how to bring order to the chaos (though neat chaos) that are my genealogy files.

I have upgraded to FTM 2011 and installed that on both my desktop and my new laptop in a different file from my old FTM 2006. I have installed Picasa and my Paint Shop Pro on the laptop as well and have installed Drop Box on both computers.

Now, the plan.....

I will begin inputting into FTM and start with the surname that I have the least information on which is my Rubis family. By starting with the smallest amount of data, I hope I get motivated to continue. I am going to be scanning all the documents and photos that I have on this surname as well (very few photos and a minimal amount of documents on this Polish surname) and will be placing the originals on heavy bond paper, sliding them into archival sheet protectors for final placement in designated 3-ring binders.

That is the plan; let's see if I can get going...