04 January 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today my mother, Sharyn Ann (Senecal) Coughlin, would have been 67 years old.  She was born at Champlain Valley Hospital, Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York to Ernest John Senecal and Eulalia Mary (Duprey) Senecal of AuSable Forks, Clinton County, New York and was their only child.

Plattsburgh Press Republican, January 5, 1945 Page 4

I found a cute baby picture of my mother in my GOLDMINE :

And I can't resist another photo of me, Mom and my sister Pam when she was a baby:

Unfortunately my mother died of a brain aneurysm on January 3, 1992 in North Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina.  She is buried at Dorchester Memory Gardens, Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina. My father wanted to make sure she was facing St Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church, which is across the street.  (Please remember there are very few Catholic churches in South Carolina!)

I have so many wonderful memories of my mother.  There was so much more I wanted to learn from her but never got the chance.  I hope one day my nephew will know that he has  both his maternal and paternal grandmothers smiling down at him from heaven!!

03 January 2012

Phone Love

I had to get a new phone so after much thought and research, I decided on an Android phone. So I got a Samsung Stratsophere. So far so good!! My last phone was a Windows based "smart phone" that really had no good apps. Now I'm making up for lost time!! The Kindle app came on the phone. I've added Find-A-Grave (beta) (Android Market Link), Legacy Family Tree's Families (Android Market Link) as well as a few others.

So far I've downloaded a few of Nancy Hendrickson's books (Ancestor News) and Amy Coffin's new book (The We Tree Genealogy Blog) on the phone and have read them on my commute. Looking forward to reading more genealogy books on my phone in the coming year!

I've already had to use the Families app to check a few dates quickly. It was so nice to whip out the phone and watch my co-workers and friends laugh at me. Laugh away people but I have the satisfication of getting the dates RIGHT!!!

Legacy Family Tree will be having a webinar on April 12, 2012 by Malcolm Green entitled: "Genealogy on the Go - the Families app for your Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad". To register, go to Webinar Registration. If you haven't attended a webinar, I HIGHLY encourage you to do so soon!!

And now, Jill Ball of Geniaus fame has started another blog called Android Genealogy: Android News for Genealogists. I look forward to seeing what this Aussie has in store for us!!

Well, that's about as "techie" as I get!! One day I'll catch up with all my retired friends and tech toys until then, off to work I go!!

2012 - Goals, Hopes & Reality

Well, 2012 is here....whether we are ready for it or not!! 

I really didn't have too many goals for 2011.  I had hoped to blog at least twice a month.  Didn't happen.  Life, work and "things" kept getting in the way.  While I wish I could control these items, I know I can't but can come up with several alternatives to Plans A and B.

Lesson Learned:  PLAN PLAN PLAN

I was able to go to the NGS Conference in my hometown of Charleston, SC in May. That was great!! I wasn't really able to take advantage of all the social aspects of a conference BUT I was able to see my best friends and attend my nephew's 1st birthday party.

Lesson Learned:  Enjoy the family that is here today.  And "family" doesn't always mean blood!!

Now for 2012 or as I like to call it, the Year of KISS. Not the rock group but that wonderful acronym "Keep It Short & Simple/Sweet" !!
  • BLOG:  Try to blog at least 2-3 times a month. 
  • BLOG:  Fine tune it the way I want.  
  • ORGANIZATION:  I have been in the "gathering" mood for years now.  Time to take stock of what I have and I still need to get. THIS WILL BE MY MAJOR FOCUS THIS YEAR!!
  • SCANNING:  I really want to step up on this goal in this KISS year.  
  • SOCIETIES:  I belong to 2 local societies and 1 mail away society as well as NGS.  I plan to attend as many of the remaining meetings as possible.  Even though the local meetings are local focused topics for the most part, I am enjoying the fellowship of fellow genealogy addicts lovers and picking up a tip or two on my research areas.
  • CEMETERY PHOTOS: I have taken quite a few local photos over the past year.  I need to continue posting to Find-A-Grave as well as few other sites I have just discovered.  None of my family is from this area so hopefully someone will be able to benefit from the postings.
And that's all I will commit to (in writing) for this year (unless I win the lottery then I'll start taking trips and DNA tests and....now to start playing!).  

Happy Genealogy New Year Ya'll!!!