So, today is the last day of the GeneaBlogger Games, I have to say this has been an excellent activity to participate in! I haven’t done as much as I’d liked, but I’ve had fun doing what I have done.
I’ve been very busy this past week with work and home life so haven’t done all that much, nor really felt like doing much genealogy actually. But, over this past week, I have completed the following tasks for the games.
- Category 4: Write a brief biographical sketch of one of your ancestors — There is a new Heritage Series book being published for Edgecombe County. Since my ancestry goes back before 1855, I can submit up to 1,000 words. I have chosen to break this up into two 500 word entries – one for my ancestors Rufus & Mariah (Wimberly) McNair, and one for Mariah’s parents – Allen & Della (Battle) Wimberly. Prior to the games I wrote my entry for Rufus & Mariah, but this morning I wrote my entry for Allen & Della.
- Category 5: Participate in an indexing project – I currently am the county coordinator for Blount County, Tennesse’s UsGenweb page. I recently compiled a bunch of obituary and funeral home records into a database for central searching. A few weeks ago, a volunteer submitted some cemetery transcriptions, some of which I entered into the database. I wrote a blog post about her submission and I’ve entered 72 of the 750 names she submitted into the Death Records Database. I do not plan to add any more for she has done the fabulous work of entering them all into FindAGrave.
- Category 5: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup – I’mnot exactly sure if this counts, but a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a distant relative of someone I’ve been researching – James Carrol Napier. I happened to mention to him that I had a copy of the manumission papers for James Napier and his father, William Carroll Napier and he expressed interest. So, I scanned them and will send them to him today. Hey – it was a request right?
- Category 5: Join a genealogical society - for awhile now, I’ve been wanting to join the Middle Tennessee Genealogy Society, so I finally did my application and put it in the mailbox today. Yeah!