Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

What I Do…

Today’s genealogists and family historians have a great number of tools with which to work that were not available for previous generations. Thomas McEntee at Geneabloggers  decided to create a meme in which we share the tools that we use everyday to do what we do to inform beginners and experienced researchers about what tools are available. Well here’s my list of what technology I use to do  
What I Do:

* Hardware: HP Pavilion desktop with 250 GB hard drive with XP SP 2; Lenova Notebook with 160 GB hard drive with Windows 7.

* External storage: 160 GB Maxtor Mini ext.HD, 1 TB Iomega ext. HD

* Online storage: Skydrive (25 GB), Springnote (@ 2 GB), Dropbox (2 GB)

* Online Image Storage: Picassa, Flickr, Facebook, Picnik on Facebook

* Image Editors: Windows Live Photo Gallery, Picassa, Facebook, Picnik on Facebook

* Backup: 16 GB Sansa backup USB flash drive(backup program), 8 GB Rally USB flash drive (Rootsmagic-to-go), DVDs, 160 GB Maxtor Mini ext. HD

* Online Blog backup: WordPress, Springnote

* Offline Blogging: Windows Live Writer, email and SMS

* Online Backup: McAfee Online Backup

* Firewall: McAfee Internet Security

* Virus protection:
McAfee Antivirus

* Spyware: Windows Defender

* File cleaner:: McAfee Internet Security

* Printer: Lexmark 1400 wireless printer, HP Photosmart Essentioal 3.5 wireless PSC.

* Phone: Blackberry Curve

* Mobile media: Lenova Notebook, Blackberry Curve

* Music player: Ipod Nano

* Car audio: Kenwood

* eBook Reader: Adobe
Reader 9.1

* Browser: Mozilla Firefox

* Blog: Blogger, WordPress, Viviti

* RSS: Google Reader

* FTP: Filezilla

* Text editor: Notepad, Wordpad, Open Office, Office Live

* Graphics: Windows Live Photo Gallery, Picassa, Paint

* Screen capture: Win 7 Snipping tool

* Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Genealogywise, Google Buzz, Windows Live Messenger

* Office suite: Open Office

* E-mail: Google, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail

* Calendar: Google Calendar, Reminderfox, Blackberry calendar

* PDF generator: Adobe Reader 9.1

* File Conversion: Paint, Irfranview,  

* Genealogy database: Rootsmagic 4, Rootsmagic-to-go

* Genealogy tools: Rootsmagic 4 tools (reports, charts, books etc.)

* Online Family Tree Sites:, Tribal Pages, Bravenet

* Other gadgets:

  • Win 7 Speech Recognition
  • Win 7 Magnifier
  • Win 7 Sticky Notes
  • Blackberry to-do lists
  • Blackberry memos
  • m.Google (Notebooks, Maps, Reader, Photos, Calendar etc.)
  • Tom Tom (for directions to cemeteries, libraries etc.)
  • digital cameras
  • WiseStamp 

I didn’t realise how many tools I use for my research until I created this list!

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Sentimental Sunday – Cemetery Ceremony

My husband and I went to the renaming  of the Steele Cemetery to the Doan Cemetery yesterday on our way home and unveiling of the plaque presented by the Heritage Port Colborne Committee.

There is an article about it here: Welland Tribune.

Here is a video of the unveiling of the plaque by the mayor of Port Colborne, Vance Badaway. He spoke of the history of Port Colborne and Humberstone Township and the Doan family’s mark on the community. The hospital in Port Colborne is on land originally owned by Joseph Doan Sr., Aaron Doan’s father.

A recent article: Port Cemeterey Designated as Historic
I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the video, it is my first one and I don’t know what happened but the audio didn’t get recorded.

The  ceremony was continued at Aaron Doan’s grave site with four people receiving their UEL certificates , some family members spoke about the life of Aaron Doan and family history and members of the Doan family placed roses on his grave. The ceremony was closed with the Loyalist’s Prayer.

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I am just sitting here outside the tent with my coffee thinking about going fishing. I haven't done any researching this week, just waiting for the weekend to get back at it again.

We decided to go to the UEL cemetery renaming on Saturday afternoon, but we are going to stay in the area and visit Fort Erie afterward instead of going to St. Catherines to check out the Friends of the Loyalists Collection, we'll go in August instead, we'll have more time.

We are going to the Doan family reunion Sunday, I want to talk to the family historian and find out more about my great-grandmother's family and correct a few errors. First error I would like corrected will be that Harriet was not Polly and Isaac Doan's daughter, as it shows in the Doan Family book.

There was a transcription error, the will of Isaac Doan lists a daughter, Ha____(illegible) Fernetta and it was assumed that this was Harriet Fernetta. Since Isaac Doan's will was proved in 1850, a few years before Harriet Fernetta Doan's birth it is likely that it might be Hannah Fernetta named in the will. I also have Harriet's death record which states her parents were William and Rachel Doan. They may have come from Ohio, I can't wait to see what information there is about this family and their connection to the Isaac Doan family.

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Being Canadian

I was born in Canada, live in Canada and I imagine I will most likely die in Canada, and I wouldn't want it any other way. But being born here doesn't make me any more Canadian than anyone else that has chosen Canada as their future home.
Being Canadian, one of the youngest countries in the world, is the pride that can't be put into words, pride in our ancestors achievements and pride in our nation's acceptance of people from different cultural backgrounds since the vast majority of the population of this country was created by immigrants.
This is what seperates Canada from other couintries, our multiculturalism. Where the United States is a "melting pot" where individuals from different cultures are supposed to assimilate and become "American", we in Canada take pride in the celebration of people's different cultures, heritage and customs.

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July 2010