Staying Organized with OneNote and Evernote

I am always trying to find ways to reduce the paper clutter and have finally found an easy way to achieve this. Over the past few years I’ve been scanning all my photos, genealogy documents ie. death certificates, obituaries etc.  into my computer. I have finally achieved that task. I back up my computer every time I use it.

I have found two note organizing programs that are working great. I use two, OneNote and Evernote. OneNote is super for all my genealogy notes. The cost is reasonable, about $69.00 and can be downloaded from Microsoft. I’ve  set up my notebooks by surname and category. As I run across things that I want to keep for future use, I just copy and paste into OneNote. It’s a good way to keep things organized.

I love collecting recipes but after a while it becomes difficult to find the ones I want to use. Here comes Evernote, which is free but does have storage limits. This is part of the reason for using the two programs. Both programs can be synced to use on several different devices which is great! When I’m cooking dinner I use my tablet to look up recipes! Oh so easy.

Here is a great article written by Tanya Bomsta on how to set up OneNote for genealogy purposes. I found it very helpful and hope you do to.

How to Use Microsoft Onenote to Organize Genealogy Research Notes – Yahoo! Voices –


God Bless!


John Colyer 1803-1876

Records show several different spellings of  the name of Colyer such as Collier, Collyer, Colyear, and Colier  just to name a few. Even within my family line the spelling of the name has been Colyer and Collier.

My gr-gr-gr-grandfather was John Colyer who was born April 30, 1803 and died October 19, 1876. John married before 1829 Margaret Keller who was born June 24, 1808 and died January 30, 1893. They had seven children: Mary A., born 1829; John W., born 1835; Susan M., born 1839; Elias B., born 1842; Candace E. (my gr-grandmother), born 1846; Samuel W., born 1847 and Joseph M., born 1850. My Colyer line has been found primarily in the Huntingdon and Blair Counties of Pennsylvania.

Over the years a group of us, cousins have exchanged information on John and his brother, James and their descendants. None of us have ever been able to find any information on their parents or other siblings.

A very dear cousin hired a genealogist to research James Collier and his brother, John. I received a copy of the research and boy was I surprised at the information. All of these years we focused on Blair and Huntingdon Counties and the family was also in Centre County, Pennsylvania. This was amazing because not only did I have their parents and grandparents but also other siblings that I had no idea existed! What a wonderful treasure!

Carol you are an angel for sharing-thank you so very much!

Vital Records Chart

Family Tree Magazine has a  vital records chart  (click on the link) in pdf format,  that lists the year states officially began collecting birth, marriage and death information. Keep in mind that some counties and towns may have kept records earlier.

A couple of notes:
Delaware state birth and death records stop in 1863 and resumed again in 1881.
Louisiana birth records are found in parish clerk offices.
Tennessee does not have state records of birth or death records for 1913.
Washington, D.C. birth records start in 1874, marriage records 1811 and death records start in 1855. No death records were maintained during the Civil War.

This is a great resource tool to have on hand.

Depp Wants to Buy Wounded Knee and Return It to Indians –

I just saw this article and wanted to share. I hope Mr. Depp buys the land and gives it back to the Native Indians. What a grand thing that would be!

Depp Wants to Buy Wounded Knee and Return It to Indians ICTMN Staff July 10, 2013 Buried in this Daily Mail feature on Johnny Depp is this tidbit that could pay big dividends to American Indians:

“Such is Depp’s commitment to the Native American cause, he is planning to spend millions of his own money to return land, Wounded Knee, in South Dakota, to their ownership.

The site, the scene of an 1890 massacre, is up for sale for $3.9 million. Local Native Americans say they cannot afford to buy it. Depp is outraged.

“It’s very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there. And in the 1970s there was a stand-off between the Feds (Federal government) and the people who should own that land. This historical land is so important to the Sioux culture and all I want to do is buy it and give it back. Why doesn’t the government do that?”

Is he really prepared to pay for the land?

“I am doing my best to make that happen. It’s land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.”

Much more to come on this developing story.

via Depp Wants to Buy Wounded Knee and Return It to Indians –

Native American Research

The desire to trace a persons  Native roots is not easy most of the time and will lead you into new researching territory. The census records, land and military records will still be searched for clues but you will also be digging into the Native rolls and looking into regional records as well.

Start with your family and what you know. However, don’t be surprised if your run into resistance. Many families hid Indian blood and may still be cautious about discussing old family stories. Ask questions and listen carefully to all the stories, no matter how ridiculous they may seem.  If possible, record the stories for latter reference. A small reference to a name or location could be just the clue that you were looking for.

It will be helpful to learn about tribal culture, history and migration patterns. If at all possible, try to locate your ancestors tribe. Research the locations where your ancestors were from and possibly resettled. See what tribes lived within the same areas and same time frames as yours.

Be on the watch for naming patterns. Some infants were given names that were connected with their clan.  However, later children would receive names that might reflect their personalities or deeds. Some Europeans also gave names to the American Indians they associated with and nicknames were also common.

Census records from 1790 to 1850 included Indians living in settled areas that were taxed and didn’t claim any tribal connection. Indians living on a reservation were not taxed and therefore, were not counted.  Also, those Indians living a nomadic life were not taxed or counted.

The 1860 federal census added the “Indian (taxed)” category to the form. Starting in 1870 until 1910, the census had the “Indian” category but reservation Indians were not included until 1890. Most of the 1890 census was lost to fire so the 1900 census is the first that lists most of the Native Americans.

Make use of the online resources available and there are many. Use the mailing lists, query boards and publications.  Access Genealogy has a great site that offers a tremendous variety of information for Native American research. GenForum American Indian query board is a great place to start reading and posting queries about your heritage. For publications in print resources be sure to check Native American Print Media Resources for they list close to a hundred publications.

There are many small towns that have not listed their records online. The sources on this post and on this blog is a very small part of what is available.  If you don’t find something right away don’t get discouraged. Records are added every day. I once found a great deal of information after waiting 20 years!

Links to Native American Sites

Following is a list of links to Native American sites that I thought were interesting and worth sharing. Hope they will be of help to you!

All the links are working correctly, as of this posting,  but drop me a note should you find that one is not. Thanks!

All Things Cherokee

Blackfeet Nation

Cherokee by Blood

Chickasaw Nation

Delaware Tribe of Indians

Eastern Band of Cherokee

Federally Recognized American Indian Tribes

Heart of America Indian Center

Hopi Information Network

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet

Mohawk and Iroquois Index

National Museum of the American Indian

Native American Genealogy Resources

Native American Links

Native American Resources

Navajo Nation

Northern Cheyenne

Oglala Lakota Nation

Oneida Nation

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Rosebud Sioux

Sioux Heritage

The Cherokee Nation

The Seneca Nation of Indians

Shoshone Indian Tribe

The Six Nations

Tuscarora and Six Nations Web Sites

United Tribe of Shawnee Indians

Native American Indian Old Photos

Anyone researching Native American history might find this site of interest. Here’s the link:!/pages/Native-American-Indian-Old-Photos/10150102703945578

It has 28,265 old photos posted in 337 photo albums covering the period of 1845 to 1950 from many Tribes and Nations. The albums are listed alphabetical by Tribe or Nation. Many of the photos have the Native name and English name.

Click on Photos, then Albums and scroll down the alphabetical listing until you find the one you are looking for.

It’s a wonderful site and well worth spending the time looking a the photos and who knows who you may find!