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Monday Genea-pourri, Week of April 8–14, 2024

I have completed two hundred and fourteen (214) weeks of semi-lockdown due to Covid-19. This week besides the History Center, I went on a bird/wildflower outing, a hike, and to the train club meeting. Genealogy Genealogy Meetings:   Jacqueline and I continued our discussion about our upcoming trip to do research in Texas. Amigos met and we discussed citations and Legos. The Roundtable meeting was full of discussion that the time just flew on by. At Kinseekers Military SIG, we talked about WWI classification records, pensions, and claim files, and collected a few good websites for Army sources. Finally, book club discussed the book Woman, Captain, Rebel by Margaret Willson. Genealogy Writing/Research: In the process of filing digital documents I had downloaded, I entered them into RootsMagic and decided to write a short bio about Michael J. Sullivan, my great-grandfather’s youngest brother. Of course, in that process, more research had to be done, and to update the source citatio

SNGF -- Are You Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: It's Saturday Night Again - Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!! Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has our assignment for tonight: 1)  Are you experimenting with Artificial Intelligence (AI) for genealogy and family history?  What have you learned so far?  What have you done to date?  What GPTs have you used?  What results have you had - good or bad? Here’s mine: I have a subscription to ChatGPT but I have not used it much. I took a class last fall from NGS taught by Steve Little and learned how to write prompts. We learned how to get it to summarize text we have fed it, such as a transcription of deed or probate records. We learned to review the results to check against hallucinations. One of the first things I tried was to have it create an outline for a genealogy talk I wanted to prepare. It has some good ideas, but I ended up using only a few of the suggestions. Then I forgot about AI until this week when I took another workshop on AI, thi

School Days for Margaret Teresa Gleeson

Many of the women on my father’s side were teachers. This was a common occupation for women, especially those who never married. This was the case for Margaret Teresa Gleeson, my great-grandaunt. Margaret, the daughter of John Gleeson and Margaret Tierney, was born on 28 July 1873 in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada and baptized on 24 August 1873 at St. Philip’s Church in Richmond. [1] She was their ninth child and fifth daughter. She would have one younger brother. Childhood When she was six years old, her family moved to the United States, settling in Mitchell, Davison County, Dakota Territory. The youngest three children were not listed as attending school in 1880. [2] She attended Mitchell High School. On one program held at the school in October 1889, Margaret gave a recitation titled “A Slave’s Heroism.” [3] In the next month, she recited “Spinning.” [4] During Arbor Day in May 1890, gave an essay on grasses, “showing that many plants not generally known as grasses reall

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of April 1–7, 2024

I have completed two hundred and thirteen (213) weeks of semi-lockdown due to Covid-19. This week besides the History Center, I ran trains at a friend’s home, stood in line for three hours at Russian River Brewery for Pliny the Younger (and I don’t even like beer), and volunteered at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. Genealogy Genealogy Meetings:   Monday, Jacqueline and I continued discussion our upcoming Texas trip. I received some good advice about places to conduct research in Erath County and showed her some of the options. These are the same to look for in other counties. Our Cert Peer Group met on Friday and after checking in with everyone, we discussed the third chapter in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy book, the chapter on X-DNA. Genealogy Writing/Research: I continued working on documents I have found for NHO Polly and started a timeline. I will be looking for deeds and court records in Dallas County. After several emails back and forth with county officials, Kelvin Meye

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- When Has Someone Helped You Find A Record or Solve a Mystery?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It's  Saturday Night  Again -  Time For Some More  Genealogy Fun!! Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings assignment for us today is:  1)  We all need, and usually enjoy, a little help from our genealogy friends.  This week's challenge is to share a time when a genea-friend helped you find a record, or even solve a mystery.  It could be a recent help, or something from long ago. Here’s mine: Like Randy, I have had many people help me, especially early in my genealogy research efforts. I have a shout out to Susan Swindell, who took me to Sutro Library in San Francisco for my first effort in census research, using microfilm. She patiently listened to my efforts after that answering my questions and giving suggestions. She also led a genealogy roundtable for many years from her house, meeting on the second Monday of the month. This was a place where we brought our successes to share and our problems to ask for help. Many of us also took yearly

Lovingly Made by Mom

As each of us married, our mother made photo album cookbooks filled with her favorite recipes. She typed up the recipes on yellow paper and decorated the pages with photos from our childhood. The best part of the album is her commentary about the dish. It’s like she’s in the kitchen with us. These recipes came from many sources. Some were her favorites, personally massaged to her liking. The chicken roll-up recipe was her “gourmet” dish which she served to company. I have made her stew recipe many times, though I substitute pork shoulder for the beef. Others came from family members. Nana’s beer pork chops were always a favorite. It’s a pretty simple recipe but very tasty. We always had it with rice. However, Nana’s meatballs were served with mashed potatoes. In her discussion about easy chuck roast, she suggested using “cheater sauce” to make the gravy dark. This was Kitchen Bouquet and was used often in her kitchen, (but don't tell anyone!). Casseroles were very common in the 1

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of Mar 25–31, 2024

I have completed two hundred and twelve (212) weeks of semi-lockdown due to Covid-19. This week besides the History Center, I ran trains at the train club show and attended the last pre-season game at the Giants. Amazing, we traveled on BART and Muni and neither of us thought to bring masks. We escaped getting COVID-19. Genealogy Genealogy Meetings:   Monday, Jacqueline and I discussed our upcoming Texas trip. I showed her how I made a list from RootsMagic of people who had events in the Texas counties we might visit. She then tried to do the same in Family Tree Maker and had trouble. Amigos met on Wednesday and we talked on doing research for others. The RootsMagic SIG met also and the discussion centered around different fact events available as well as how to create one. Genealogy Writing/Research: This week I worked on recording newspaper articles about NHO Polly, who was a traveling minister in Texas. I found a mention of a Texas bill that was introduced in the Senate for “t