Over a year since I last posted – family matters have taken precedence. I’ve managed to do a bit of research, though.
My father, who researched our family for over forty years, and who started me on the trail, died last October, and I wish I’d taken better notes of the many things he told me when we chatted. The time when I could make a quick call, and ask “What did you say about …” has gone, and record offices just aren’t as convenient.
I’ve scanned and added quite a few photos, mainly on my husband’s tree. I’ve got a lot to scan that my father owned, which will be a major project.
I’ve managed to find some more information on my husband’s Irish ancestors, the Rubie family. The name changed to Reuby when they emigrated from Cork to London – presumably a mis-spelling.
I’m still using GRAMPS as my genealogy software, but I’ve increased my back-up options. I now back-up my photos to SpiderOak and to UbuntuOne, and my entire database (including images) to Dropbox. My two photo back-ups run automatically when the folders are updated, and I update my database manually when I make changes.
I’ve also been trying WikiTree, and I’ll probably make a separate post when I’ve got used to all it can do. One branch of my mother’s family were LDS (Mormon) Pioneers back in 1862, and I hope to get more information on possible links here.
I wasn’t happy when Shoeboxes was bought up by Ancestry. I used my shoeboxes to share photos with other family members, and Ancestry just isn’t designed to do that. I’ve been searching for a replacement with no success. Flickr allows lots of space, but the interface just isn’t attractive or easy to use. Again, it really isn’t designed to do what I want to do.
I’m using Google+ much more, now that I’ve got used to it. I find it more serious than Facebook, and the groups and posts are much more on topic. I still belong to several FB groups though. I would have dumped Twitter over their seriously unpleasant attitudes, but there are a couple of people who only post their genealogy stuff there, and I didn’t want to lose that contact. That was a really hard decision to make.
No more to report at the moment, so I’ll be back soon!