Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Signs You Have Genealogy OCD

Randy Seaver at Genea Musings has posted another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge!

From his blog:
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope that all of you do!), is to:
1)  Read Michael John Neill's post 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD (come on, give Michael some link love) and the comments too (I know it's an old post, we did this in 2011 too!).
2)  Make up any number of sentences that will add to his list of signs that you have Genealogy OCD.  From one to many, no limit!  Be creative!!
3)  Share your ingenuity and humor with us in your own blog post, in Comments to this post, in comments to Michael's post, or in a comment on Google Plus or Facebook.

I had a great time reading Michael Neill's post of 10 Sings You Have Genealogy OCD.  I was laughing and nodding my head for most of the list!

Here is my list:

  1. You spend your "extra" time randomly Google searching ancestor names.
  2. You check RootsWeb trees and forums multiple times a day to see if anyone has posted on your surnames.
  3. You spend hours building family trees for DNA matches to try and find how your related to them.
  4. You check Family Tree DNA and GEDmatch daily to see if you have new matches.
  5. Your pile of sewing, knitting and crochet projects continue to pile up as every extra minute you would rather be searching Ancestry or FamilySearch.
  6. Your children's story time is more about what Grandma and Grandpa did then the Little Red Hen.
  7. You go to all the used book sales in the area to scout for local history books.

What would you add to the list?  Head over to Randy's post to see additions from others "suffering" from GOCD.

Citing Wikipedia Articles in RootsMagic 6

While I've been working on a newer family line (Howatt from PEI) I discovered some of my cousins were involved in politics there.  I found this out by doing a Google search on their names and articles from Wikipedia came up in the top searches.

One of my projects this year is to add more social history to my files and using Wikipedia to find short biographies on people, places and events is helpful.  Yes they are secondary sources but there are many wonderful pages there.

The first page I'm working with is for my 1st cousin 5 times removed John Howatt Bell.  He was born 13 December 1846 in Cape Traverse, PEI and died 29 January 1929 in Los Angeles, CA.  John Howatt Bell was the 12 Premier of Prince Edward Island.

To source the page for John Howatt Bell in Roots Magic 6, I chose the "Website as a book" template.  This seemed to fit an encyclopedia style website the best.

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Wikipedia has a good page on how to cite pages from their website.

I chose to name my source with Wikipedia followed by the persons name or event.  This will make it easy to find in my source list.

The remaining fields I filled in as follows:

  • Author: Wikipedia
  • Creator or Owner: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
  • Title of Website: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia John Howatt Bell
  • URL:
  • Access type: accessed
  • Access date: 16 February 2013
  • Item of interest: John Howatt Bell December 13, 1846 - January 29, 1929

This produces the following footnote:
Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia John Howatt Bell ( : accessed 16 February 2013), John Howatt Bell December 13, 1846 – January 29, 1929.

Another option would be to list the author as Wikipedia contributors since it is a multi user written site.  I opted to use the permalink on Wikipedia for the article   It might not look as "pretty" as the default URL but it will take the person to the page exactly as it was when I viewed it.  Then the person has the option to view older or newer versions of the article.
To find the permalink option, in the menu area on the left hand side of the page click on "toolbox"  permalink is currently the 5th option down under that menu.

Next I copied the text from the Wikipedia page into my detail text field   This way I will always have a copy of that page.  Then I added a weblink to that page.  I set the source rating to Derivative, Secondary, Indirect.

How do you cite your Wikipedia articles?