My 2011 accomplishments and goals for 2012 – Part 2

The other day I posted about my accomplishments made in 2011.  You can read it here.  Before we get to my goals lets take a look at a few stats on my blog.  Wordpress has gathered the statistics on my blog emailed them to me yesterday.  Since  the start of my blog in January 2011, it has been viewed 2,200 times.  Most of the visitors came from the U.S while others came from the Philippines and Australia.  The most popular five posts were:

It was exciting to get these stats as I was unsure if there were many people reading it.  I’m glad to find that I didn’t need to worry about that.

Now on to my goals for 2012!!

1.  Education – Well I have been accepted into the next ProGen Group and it should start sometime this month. I’ve already purchased the book we are working out of, Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills and have read it completely.  I am anxious in getting this started and completing it.

2.  Contest – Well I am working on and will complete my submission for the NGS Family History Writing Contest.  You can read about it here.  I am still working on the draft and verifying family relationships.  I am hoping that I win this contest.

3.  Writing –  Like most bloggers, I want to post more to my blog and be more consistent.  Well I have two outlets that will help me to keep this goal.  First, I am participating in Geneabloggers 52 Weeks of Abundance Genealogy.  What is 52 Weeks of Abundance Genealogy?  You can read about it here.  The second outlet is from  They have a monthly NaBloPoMo or National Blogging Post Month.  I will be participating in the posts for January.

4. Research – I want to work on and extent the Luna and Stanard family line.  I also need to interview my dad’s older sisters, specially my Aunt Jessie who this April, will be 100 years old.

5.  Organize –  I have been reading other genealogist’s goals for 2012 and I have notice that there are several that have that same goal and I do when it comes to organization.  I want need to organize my photos in a better fashion so that it could be easily found and to label them to be easily identifiable.  I also need to go through my Legacy Family Tree database and verify or correct the citations.

6.  Technical – I really, really, REALLY would like to get by the end of this year a digital recorder for those interviews I need to conduct and a FlipPal!!  I have heard nothing but great things regarding FlipPal and am jonesing for one really badly!!!

7.  Earlier this year, I was interviewing my uncle during a telephone call and he told me that he found my grandmother’s grave site in Santa Clara, CA.  However, he told me that she was buried in a pauper’s grave and that there is no tombstone.  So I want to go and take a look myself and talk to the employees at the cemetery to see what information they can give me.  I am thinking of planning this trip for spring or early summer.

8.  In anticipation of the 1940 Census being released in April 2012, I have volunteered to help with indexing.  My goal is to complete indexing a minimum of 100 pages (1940 census and other documents) by the end of 2012.  I volunteered with  I highly recommend that if you can, volunteer to help with indexing with  You can find more information here.

9.  I would love to breakthrough my brickwall.  My brickwall is my grandmother, Vicenta Luna.  I have been told of her birth date and found the marriage and death information, but I have no collaboration information on her parents.  I have been told that her father was Esteban Robles and her mother has the first name of Pabla, but that is all I have.  I know of no other relatives other than those from my grandfather’s line.

10.  Last but not least, it is my goal to attend SCGS Jamboree in June 2012.  I hope to not only see the friends I made last year, but to definately meet new ones.

So that is my list of goals.  I can’t wait to read more from other genealogist!

Happy New Year y’all!!



Tuesday’s Tip – Converting Cassette recordings to Digital Files

Last night, I was cleaning up my desk/computer area and came across some micro-cassettes that I had used to interview relatives about my family history.   I found one micro-cassette that had an interview of one of my paternal aunts and it reminded me that I wanted to try to convert all of my micro-cassettes with genealogical information on them to digital files.  I want to do this so that it would be 1) easier to listen to them and not have to pull out the old micro-cassette player every time; and 2) I think it would last  longer on my computer instead of the original tape material. 

I found easy to understand instructions on how to convert old cassette recordings to digital files at   Rick Broida wrote an article, Alpha Geek: How to digitize cassette tapes and I found it very interesting and though it might be helpful for others in the genealogy world and decided to blog about itYou can read his full article here.

Rick essentially says that there are three things needed to convert old cassettes to digital files.  They are 1) a cassette player; 2) a stereo patch cord (according to Rick about $5 at RadioShack) which connects your cassette player via headphone jack to your computer’s line-in jack; and 3) Audacity, which is a program that you can download and it makes it easy to convert the files from cassette tape to digital files.  Rick has more details on exactly how to convert the audio, but this is the gist of what is needed to accomplish this task.

For me, because I have a microcassette, I might need an adapter for the stereo patch cord, but that should be easy to find.  I am very happy to have found an easy to understand and easy to follow instructions on how to convert the old cassette tapes (and micro cassette tapes) to digital files.  I hope this tip helps some of you.  🙂

Have Blog/Website will travel!

Hello everyone,

This is my first official on my new blog/website!!!  I originally wanted to wait until I had everything ready to launch my blog/website, but because I had several things happen this week that I just wanted to share, I couldn’t wait and decided to start posting and will upload my family history information and photos as I get them done.  I hope you all don’t mind.

My first exciting thing:  Last Saturday, I had three of my sisters and my mother over for dinner along with a cousin that I haven’t seen for several years.  As you can imagine, there was good food, a few tears and a lot of reminising that night.  I was able to firm up some information about my uncle, my cousin’s dad, and my cousin was able to make sense of a few things by talking to my mom.   I was so happy to have found my cousin again and I hope that his brothers and sisters will soon follow and reconnect with me and my family.

My second exciting thing:  I had this past monday off due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and my mom called me and ask me to go with her to breakfast.  After a delicious breakfast, we went back to her house.  She told me that she wanted me to go through her genealogy research and help her organize it.  My mother had been concentrateing so much on the research that she wasn’t keeping track on where she was putting the documents.  She has 5 filing drawers full of files that need to be organized.  I am excited to take on this project and estimate it could take up to a year to complete if I keep it to the weekend, shorter if I can work on it during the week.

My third exciting thing:  My daughter has been eager to help with my genealogy research.  I haven’t been able to find anything for her to help me with until now.  With the help of my older sister, we have compiled a list of where our family members are buried and which cemetaries they are located in.  With my daughter’s help, who is also a budding photographer, we will try to go to each grave site, pay our respects, tidy up the gravestone if necessary and photograph the gravestone for my genealogy records.  We are both very excited for this project and we can’t wait till we start this project.

This has been the beginning of my week and I have been bursting at the seams to post it. 

I hope you all have a great day and happy genealogy hunting!!!