My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cemetery List in Google Spreadsheet

When I began my quest to find certain cemetery stones, it was almost like a rain shower, each cemetery had so many of my direct ancestors, plus siblings and other children. Back then I didn't have a digital camera, as a result, I only took photos of my direct ancestors.  The process was buy the film, take it to be developed and return later to pick them up. Then had enlargements of my favorite shots made as 8 x 10s. My husband and I went all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, a few places in New York and Quebec.

I had to get organized before I forgot every cemetery name and who was buried where. I still don't have anything written on the backs (sure is hard to admit that), but it was a blessing that I decided, from the beginning, to do the chart below. Since I had Microsoft Access, that is what I used, and decided to add a few additional bits of information, not usually found on a chart like this, or at least I don't think so.

But, I had problems last week with this chart, because it was on my XP, which I rarely use, and I wanted the chart on my Vista, which doesn't have Access or Excel. There was absolutely no way I was going to retype these 129 names, plus an additional 15 or so. What to do? Then I thought of Google documents spreadsheet, and tried it. First opened a new spreadsheet on the XP, then went to the Access chart with my cemetery list, selected the table and pasted it to the new spreadsheet. So quick and simple.  Went immediately to the Vista computer and opened Google docs and there was the whole thing, just waiting for me!  Almost like it flew from one machine to the other, no disks needed, no wireless needed and no cost.

What you see below is the alphabetical list, but I can at any time change it list all cemetery names together, locations or relationships to me, or anything else.

Now with all these photos in a huge messy pile, I need to organize them as well. I have no desire to keep them, so my project very soon is to scan them and enter them on FindAGrave http://www.findagrave.com/, which I have done with a few already. And, I will probably put every one on this blog for Tuesday Tombstone. I hope somebody will find a name or two that is familiar, and if you do, please let me know.







2 comments:

Jenna said...

Barbara,

That is an impressive list you have from FindAGrave! I forget about all the options that come with Goggle Docs, thanks for the reminder.

I've chosen your blog for the Kreative Blogger Award. You may view at my blog.

Barbara Poole said...

Jenna, Thank you so much for the comment, but I might need to be a little clearer in what I wrote. Those are all cemeteries I have visited, and need to put on FindAGrave.

It means a lot that you commented on this, because I thought it was a great way to use google documents.

Thank you for the award, I really mean it, but I have decided to decline it (as I have for several other people). Just want a super clean and uncluttered site. I won't put any icons, counters or anything else on it. Really, thank you.