Research Journals

If you are working on a long-term project and need to do research on it, it’s a good idea to have a research journal. That’s a journal where you record where you searched, what you looked for, and what you found. I have been using OneNote for my family history research journal. It’s useful in that you can add pages on the fly, which are already date and time stamped. If you are doing research online, you can capture screen shots of the data right into OneNote. However, it can get somewhat disorganized after a while. The file can also get rather large. My solution is to see if I can move the pages I created last year into Scrivener. OneNote lets you send pages to any Office product, so I will do that. I will export the text, and any images to Word. Then I will import it into Scrivener. I have been organizing my journal so that it reads better then I will begin the move to Scrivener as an archive. I will continue to use OneNote, but I think I will be better served if I just put my archived material (pages from previous years) into Scrivener, where they can be compiled into a PDF file or even just a single document. I rather think the PDF file would be best. That’s what I’m doing.

Having a research journal allows you to see where you have already searched as well as what you have. My current arrangement was by surname, which got cumbersome rather quickly. That’s when I switched to chronological. If I use the PDF format, I can create an index that will allow me to navigate the file easily. I was thinking that one file for every two years of the journal would be useful, but I will have to make that decision when I see what I have. I’m still reorganizing it.

Going forward organizing the journal chronologically is likely the best solution, although it is useful to have it by surname. What I think I will end up doing is creating a series of cross reference pages, by surname. That way I can find the information that I want quickly and easily. Compiling to PDF, I can even have that cross-reference in the OneNote file and find the volume that I want. Then I can search in there by having an index of that file as well. Active indexes will let me navigate to the information I am looking for. it might be a two-stop process, but it will be easier than searching by turning pages. It will definitely be better than duplicating my research.

A research journal can also give you an idea of places to look again for updated records. It’s a good idea to keep a journal of your research. Even if you just do the bare bones of a list of what you searched for and where you looked, it is an invaluable tool to put in your research toolbox.

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If you would like to keep a journal, just sit down and write for ten to fifteen minutes a day Set some time aside to do that. All you really need to do is write. I write about the weather a lot in my journal when there isn’t much else to write about. It’s not that hard if you approach it correctly. If you aren’t into writing, you won’t be keeping a journal. I’m into writing so I do that as much as I can. I look at it as an exercise, like your daily fitness workout that you do to maintain your good health. Journaling will do that for your writing skills. You can hone them in your journal.

Some people keep journals by hand. I used to do that, now I use Word on the computer. There are apps for your phone that let you journal on the go, if that’s what you need. I have one that I rarely use because I use the computer and the rest of my journal is there. so that is the gist of what I could write about. I could write about the different ways people keep their journals. Pen and paper is the most secure, because you can physically lock it up. there’s the cloud, and word processing apps for your phone and even journal apps that let you write your journal on your phone. I don’t like working with such a small screen.

So I use Word. You can use Word if you want but there are other software packages that will do the job just as well. I have considered using OneNote to hold my journal. Scrivener is another option. You create your entries in their own file, which is held by the overall program. The disadvantage of using OneNote is that if you want to print out your journal, you have to do some extra work to do so. What you would have to do is to select all the pages in the journal en export it to a pdf file. Then you can print that. With Scrivener, you can export the journal to Word, html, pdf, or even just print it straight to paper.

You can also use blogging software like LiveWriter or one of the many applications that are available for download. You could even just grab a pencil and paper. The point is not how you journal, or the tools that you use to journal. They aren’t important. What’s important is that you journal at all. All you have to do is sit down, set a timer and write. Journaling is the best form of free writing there is. Set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes and just write. That’s really all there is to it.

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Profile of Susana Hubert dit Lacroix

Susana HUBERT dit LACROIX was my sixth great grandmother. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 9 August 1709. She was the daughter of Louis HUBERT dit LACROIX and Magdelene TR0TIER. She married Pierre REAUME on 20 January 1737 or 1738. The couple had one child, my fifth great grandmother, Marie Louise REAUME, born in 1749/50.

That’s it. That’s all I know about her. This is one of my ancestors that I clearly need to do more research in order to profile. She is included in this series because she fit the criteria that I used to choose the ancestors I would profile, namely that she is born on or near the date that this blog is published. How do I handle this? I have names. I have the computer. I will do some research at into her. I also have access to so I will try looking there for her. Another good source of information is, but I no longer have the subscription for that website. I will need to do some creative searching.

There is a Canadian archive website that I can search. It’s at this address: It’s not as easy to search here, as I will need to use finding aids to locate the microfilms that I will need and to get them through interlibrary loan. Yes, the Canadian archives will do interlibrary loans to a US library. the catch is that I will have to do the research at my local library. it beats driving to the archives in Ottawa, Canada, although that is also an option.

That said, there are some records that have been digitized and made available through this website. However, they do not really cover the time that Susana lived. My preferred method of research of a site like this one is to simply try looking up the surname of the subject of my investigation. You either get something or you don’t, but it’s important to try because record availability changes often. In this case, I got five hits. one mentions Susana’s father by name. the record is older than she is, but it is still valuable since it could hold information about her father. Therefore, I collect it and add it to the research gleaned for him. it’s a record of a sale to another person, something that involved L’hotel Dieu. I placed that record hit into my research journal along with the website and keywords that I searched. That will enable me to find the record again, should I need it.

Now something else I noticed while doing that – the surname Adhemar. Adhemar was a notarie, someone who would have been involved in the sale. I have some microfiche with some of his acts on them. This gives me the option to search that as well and see what I can learn. So the internet search gives me two options. I can request a reproduction of this record and I can see if I already have it. I’ll do the latter first. I’ll keep you posted.

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Feline Freedom League August 2014 Monthly Report

From: Agent Storm To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 3 August 2014
Subject: Quarterly Mission Report

They took me for interrogation along with the others. Agent Cuddlebug’s impulsive attack on Agent Alistair was ill advised and has far-reaching consequences. I gave nothing up, as always. I must admit that I was certain that one of the others would break, but on consideration, I must conclude that they have all acted in accordance with regulations and gave nothing up to the human interrogator. Even young Agent Probie comported himself with honor. I believe that he will eventually mature into a fine agent.

Agent Smudge has a skinned nose. I told him that he needs to make a report on his injury, but he refuses to speak of it. I do not believe that he is aware that I was a witness to the incident in which he skinned his nose. Therefore, in accordance to Regulation 65, section 12, I make my own report of the incident. Agent Probie has taken to practicing his pounces on whichever of us presents ourselves as a target. He did so with Agent Smudge, who was taken unawares. Agent Probie pounced on Agent Smudge and pushed him into the wall. Agent Smudge skinned his nose at that time. He intimidated Agent Probie with threats of charges, then used those threats to force Agent Probie into not filing an accident report. Pride is a good thing, but it can be taken too far. Agent Smudge was too embarrassed to make this report so I have taken it upon myself to report what I saw.

From: Agent Luna To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 3 August 2014
Subject: Quarterly Mission Report

Agent Cuddlebug still has not been reprimanded for his attack on Agent Alistair. I know that Agent Snickers has not reported Agent Alistair’s attack on her. I believe he is smitten with her and harassing her, as a result, but she will not report it. Perhaps she likes it. I would not and I would report such behavior, but she swears that there is nothing to the incident and that it is only a misunderstanding. I have my doubts, but I have no proof. Therefore, I will let the matter rest.

It is a sad thing to lose weight for your health and only the enemy notices. My colleagues used to tease me about my weight, but since I lost it and am now at my healthy weight, I get nothing. It is most aggravating when the humans notice something that my own kind missed. It’s also a bit humiliating, I must admit. However, I can report that I have successfully reduced my weight to the desired weight I should have. While it would be nice to have some sort of acknowledgement of the accomplishment, I didn’t really expect it. They are tomcats, all of them. They take no notice of anything in their midst. They only play fight and whine when they get hurt. Then they come to me. I am no nurse and I tell them so. I do not know how Agent Smudge skinned his nose, although Agent Storm’s report seems to be a likely cause, so I will say only that he came to me for aid. I gave what I could but I also warned him to make a report. If he fails to do so, it is not my fault or affair.

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My great grandfather, Carl Mauritz HENDRICKSON was born 28 July 1865 in Gravarne, Sweden. He was christened two days later in Kungshamn, Goteborg Och Bohus, Sweden. His father was Henric Pehrsson and his mother was Brita Eliasdotter. He had at least one brother, Hilmer Paulinus who was born 2 October 1867 and christened the next day, also in Kungshamn, Goteborg Och Bohus, Sweden.

That’s about all I know about his life in Sweden. I haven’t been able to nail anything else down. He married Amy Augusta PETTERSON in St. John German Lutheran Church in Montreal Canada on 7 July 1894. Their first son was my Grandfather, Axel Mauritz HENDRICKSON, who was born 9 March 1895 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The family immigrated to the United States because I next find him in the 1900 US Census in Barre, Washington, Vermont, USA.

My great grandfather, Carl Mauritz HENDRICKSON was born 28 July 1865 in Gravarne, Sweden. He was christened two days later in Kungshamn, Goteborg Och Bohus, Sweden. His father was Henric Pehrsson and his mother was Brita Eliasdotter. He had at least one brother, Hilmer Paulinus who was born 2 October 1867 and christened the next day, also in Kungshamn, Goteborg Och Bohus, Sweden.

That’s about all I know about his life in Sweden. I haven’t been able to nail anything else down. He married Amy Augusta PETTERSON in St. John German Lutheran Church in Montreal Canada on 7 July 1894. Their first son was my Grandfather, Axel Mauritz HENDRICKSON, who was born 9 March 1895 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The family immigrated to the United States because I next find him in the 1900 US Census in Barre, Washington, Vermont, USA. By nineteen hundred, the family had moved to Barre, Washington, Vermont where he worked as a granite polisher. It also had grown to include Carl Albin HENDRICKSON, and Amy C. HENDRICKSON. They were followed by an unnamed child, Walter R, George Raymond, and Rita.

Carl became a citizen of the United Stated 1 September 1904. The family was not in Vermont for the nineteen ten census, but was back for the nineteen twenty census. Axel had married Florence by then and had the first two of their three children, my uncle, and my father. Carl Albin had also married Anna.

The nineteen thirty census has only Rita living with her parents. She disappears after this census.

By nineteen forty, Carl was living with his son Carl and his family. Amy seems to have gone to live with her daughter, Amy, and her family in Connecticut. The nineteen forty census shows an Amy of the right age, living with a family in Connecticut. She is listed as the mother of the head of the house, but her surname is different. The wife of the head of the household is also Amy, born in Vermont. I’m reasonably confident that this is my great grandmother and her daughter. I need to research marriage records to prove that Amy, the wife in that census, is Amy the daughter of Carl Mauritz and Amy Augusta Hendrickson.

Carl Mauritz Hendrickson died in 1946 in Waterbury, Washington Vermont and is buried.

I haven’t found Amy’s death record, as yet, but I am still looking.

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Finding the Balance

Life is a balancing act. You have to balance work and play, work and family, diet and exercise and for me, at least, work and writing. Even in writing, there is a balancing act that authors do when writing fiction. It’s called tension and that is what drives the work, you balance the information you give your readers very carefully. in dieting, you need to balance your caloric intake with what you spend. In the working life, some people take their work home, which encroaches on their family life. Work and play are equally important. Too much play and the work suffers. Too much work and the play suffers, causing work to suffer. Play rejuvenates us. People who don’t play enough tend to die young.

If you are working eight hours a week, you are not playing enough. The number of heart attacks and strokes would go down, if people would just lighten up and play a bit. Playing is good. There’s a reason “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is considered a truism. It is true. Jack also runs the risk of health problem. Where’s the fun in that? nowhere, that’s where.

As far as dieting goes, too much activity is just as bad as not enough activity. Not enough activity can make you fat and prone to health issues. too much activity and you may not be able to get enough fuel to continue. Either way, you end up with health issues.

Writing is a sedentary occupation, so I have to balance it with some kind of activity like mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or just plain going for a walk. With my tablet, I can walk and write at the same time. I usually don’t, but I could. What I usually end up doing, is composing things in my head as I walk, then come back and write it down. The rough draft is mental, so to speak, because when I write it down, I inevitably change something. it works well enough. That’s the key. Find a way to combine your needs into one thing and you can do more with the time available. With writing and walking, you can do that, although you should also remain alert to what is going on around you.

Most of the time you can’t combine two activities like that. I might walk in the rain, but I wouldn’t take my tablet out in the rain. I suppose you could walk and eat at the same time, but, really, that is not recommended. I’m not entirely sure why that would be a problem, unless it could lead to issues with digestion.

So try to find a way to balance the various aspects of your life. Only you know what works for you. In the meantime, I’m still looking for what works for me.

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Replacing a Window Screen

Sometimes it’s necessary to replace the screening in your windows. It’s not hard to do, but you will need materials. You will need screening of course. I used the nylon stuff although the aluminum stuff would last longer, the nylon stuff is easier to work with, it’s your choice. You will need a roll of spline. Spline is a kind of rubbery cord that fits into the groove around the window frame. That is what holds the screen in place. You will probably have to replace it along with the screen. They do not last forever.

It’s not as hard as it might seem. Your first step is to remove the screen from the window. You should have a flat surface ready for when you do this. You will need to rest the screen frame on the flat surface to re-spline it.

Lay the window screen on a flat surface and pull out the spline. You might need to use a screw driver to pry the spline out of the groove. Then take out the screen and discard it. Lay the roll of new screen over the frame and unroll it to cover the entire frame. Then you simply cut it to fit. That’s why nylon is easy to work with – you can use scissors to cut it. Then you take the roll of spline and put one end into the groove of the frame, with the screen between the spline and the frame. Take the spline tool, which consists of a hand grip with two wheels on either end. One of the wheels is convex, while the other is concave. Use the convex one to push the spline into the groove. You use the convex one to smooth it all out. Make sure you have a taut screen while you are doing this. Go down the side of the frame, along the bottom, up the other side and across the top. Then you are done.

Things to be aware of, cats like to sit in the middle of the screen while you are trying to hold it taut, so make sure to shoo them away. If you try to work on the floor, keep your dogs away as well. They will be curious and step right in the way on their way to getting in your face.

Take your time with this task. Speed is not your friend here as you can easily pull the screen loose before you get it completely pressed into place. This is the Voice of Experience. If you hold the screen too taut, you will pop the spline out of the groove on one side even aas you are doing the other side. Make sure that you leave enough edge to hang onto while you are pressing the spline and the screen into the frame.

Once you get the screen splined in, and it is nice and taut, just trim off the excess screen, put the newly screened frame back into the window, and enjoy the fresh air. That’s all there is to it.

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