Thursday, January 24, 2013

23andMe Results Are In!

I almost hyperventilated with anticipation last night while reading an email from 23andMe about my DNA test results.  "Your 23andMe results are now available!!"  I had visions of new cousins dancing in my head, so imagine my disappointment when I logged in and found out that my Relative Finder results are still being calculated, and will take another week to complete.  Considering they sent me an email last week stating the results would be delayed until mid-February, I'm OK with waiting another week for this exciting new information.  I'm also waiting for my husband's test results to come in.  Stay tuned!

Floyd and Mildred Gannan Robertson

Happy 79th Anniversary to my grandparents, Floyd and Mildred Gannan Robertson.  They were married January 24, 1934, at the County Courthouse in Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas.   The probate judge, John Bell, performed the ceremony, and as far as I know, no family or friends were in attendance.

Here's another photo taken in the fall of 1937, with my uncle, Ron Robertson, and my mother, Kay Robertson.

I love this photo of my grandparents:

Grandma and Grandpa both passed away several years ago (my grandfather in 1986, and my grandmother in 2004), but they are still sorely missed and loved by all who knew them.

Happy anniversary, Grandma and Grandpa!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

DNA Testing

I had hoped to get my 23andMe results back this week, but apparently a drop in price = increased demand, so the results are delayed by a month.  In the meantime, I'll be reading  up on how DNA testing works, what the results will mean, and how best to utilize the results in my genealogy research.  I've seen a lot of genealogy blog posts on this same topic, but I'm going to stick with the experts and review the resource material on the various scientific websites, 23andMe site, and information from genealogists who specialize in DNA test results.  Also, I need to understand why everyone is bagging on DNA testing.  I've been able to locate several relatively close cousins so I don't think it's the bust that everyone thinks it is.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 - Renewed Focus and Losing Social Media

Happy 2013 to everyone!  While I rarely make New Year's resolutions, I've made a few genealogy resolutions that I hope will bring me renewed focus in 2013.

1.  First and foremost:  stop letting social media sites like Facebook and Twitter steal my time.  While both are very helpful tools for locating new research resources, I find myself focused on posting links and comments instead.  No one really cares what I have to say, and I'm not trying to establish myself as an "expert" in the field, so why not cut down on the number of people I follow on Twitter and visit once a day to scan for new resources.

2.  Clean out my Gmail boxes and save important emails to Evernote.  I wish Gmail had a "folders" option like Outlook (and yes, I know about tags).   This is pretty easy to do while I'm watching television.

3.  Go paperless.  I know this is high on everyone's list.  I have a ton of paper that still needs to be scanned and moved to Evernote or Dropbox.  Take one folder at a time so as not to be overwhelmed.

4.  Clean up my FTM tree.

5.  Start a list of contacts (name, email, snail mail address, phone #) for each surname.

6.  Pick a couple of lines to focus on, vs. my current "scattered" approach to research.

7.  Tackle the boxes of photographs that need to be scanned and organized.  This isn't really genealogy related, and might have to wait until 2014!

8.  Stop trying to attend every webinar out there.  Focus on the ones that will provide the most valuable information.

I have others in the back of my mind (learn more about DNA testing, become more involved with the local genealogy society, etc.), but my main focus for 2013 is to get organized.  After ten+ years of researching my family history, I've gotten a little disorganized.

Happy researching!