Monthly Archives: November 2013

Conquering Genealogy Clutter

Since moving into a studio apartment with my fiance, I have had to pare down my stuff.  Space is at a premium and the slightest bit of clutter makes my apartment feel messy.  Do I really need this?  Do I use it?  Do I love it?  Do I have a place for it?  If the answer was no to any of these questions, then it couldn’t stay.  It either went into storage, the dumpster, or a donation bin.

And with all the paper and stuff I am getting in this teaching credential program, I don’t have as much space for my genealogy stuff as I used to.  I have to pare down yet again.

Family pictures, heirlooms, and family furniture is being kept at my Dad’s apartment.  This means no more midnight scanning binges or photo organizing. {My dad is cool.  But not that cool}

I’ve scaled back on my genealogy clutter and gotten more creative with my storage solutions.  Here are my lessons learned and some tips so you can do it too:

  1. Think about all the stuff you have to do your genealogy – pens, highlighters, notebooks, legal pads, binders, magazines, books, etc.  Do you really need all of it?  If you’ve read the books and you don’t find yourself referring to them regularly, then get rid of it.  Donate it to a friend or a library or a genealogy society so someone else can learn from it.  And do you really need all of those pens?  Or 15 highlighters?  {My answer is yes.  I love pens and highlighters.  I am addicted.  Hope is lost for me.  Do as I say, not as I do}Contain Your Office Supplies
  2. Categorize and Containerize.  I love boxes, bins, baskets, dividers, folders, binders, and creative solutions – both for physical items and digital ones.  Little bins or baskets from the dollar store can separate office supplies in your drawers or on your desktop.  Don’t have drawers connected to your desk?  No problem – I buy plastic drawers (often the Rubbermaid brand because that’s what at Target – but any brand will do) and make your own drawers.  You can customize the size to whatever you need so you don’t waste space.  And they are on wheels so you can roll it under your desk, in a closet if company comes over, or whatever.  For your digital files, categorize things into folders and put it all away.  If a folder gets too big to find things quickly, then break it up.Go Vertical for Organization
  3. Use technology to make life easier – not harder.  Space is limited in my house but I still like to take notes by pen and paper sometimes.  But if I keep those notes, then I have to file them away and I probably won’t ever look for it in the binder I filed it away in – and that all requires space I just don’t have.  So, when I use paper to take my notes, I snap a photo of it with my phone when I am done – it is automatically backed up to Dropbox where I can sort it into the appropriate folder right from my phone.  Plus, I can put that photo into OneNote using the app so it is with all of my other notes and searchable.  Then I recycle the paper copy and I just saved myself some physical space in a few easy steps.

  4. Put. It. Back.  If you take it out, put it back.  Put it away.  Because if you leave it lying around, it will pile up and before you know it, you have a mountain of stuff and it is so  much harder to put it away!

Honoring Lomita Veterans

For a few years of my life, I lived in a little town near the beach in Southern California.  The city of Lomita, California was founded in 1907.

For Veteran’s Day, I want to especially honor the Lomita Veterans.  My goal is to transcribe this memorial so that a family member or descendant of these  veterans may find this.  This memorial may be the first step in telling the stories of these veterans and their lives.

Lomita Veterans Memorial

World War I

Clyde Chester Blain – USN

World War II

Jerry Angelich – USA
George Reynolds Baker – USNR
Robert Barker – USAAF
Thomas Walter Beecham – USN
Raymond Bodam – USMC
Robert Brumpton – USN
Richard Cox – USA
Jack Cheek – USN
Martin Devries – USN
John Logan Egnew – USN
Robert Fenton – USA
Lory Garcia – USA
Bill Glover – USN
Chelsea Hamilton – USA
George Henderson – USN
Pete Hernandez – USA
Gordon Jacobs – USN
Richard Johnson – USN
Alvah Don Johnson, Jr. – USA
William Luedke – USA
Melvin Martin – USN
Clyde Maxwell – USN
James Meadows – USMC
John Mulkern – USN
Manuel Muro – USN
Charles Richard O’Brien – USA
Walter Owens – USAAF
Kristi Palica – USA
James Peightal – USNR
Floyd Ramsay – USA
Albert Reading – USCG
Allen Rider – USN
Dick Rider – USA
Pearl T. Roomsburg – USA
Marcus Rowin – USA
Wayne Sammon – USN
Jim Sanders – USN
Robert Schreib – USMC
George Stambaugh – USNR
Miles Stubblefield – USN
Malcom G. Tadlock, Jr. – USN
Eddie Tapie – USN
Jess Taylor – USA
Leonard Vorhis – USN
Norman E. Wilson – USN
Bob Wolverton – USN


Stuart Clark – USA
Donald Dana – USA
Charles Duncan – USA
Joe Hooker – USA
Duane Parsons – USA
Bobby Spratt – USA
William Teuchert – USA
George Washburn – USA


Jerry D. Atkinson – USMC
Richard A. Baglio – USA
Robert R. Bohler – USA
Perry Bozeman – USA
Curtis Brockinton – USA
John T. Carrol – USA
Dennie Ray Carter – USMC
Michael B. Carter – USMC
Michael F. Cook – USMC
Leon T. Culverhouse – USMC
Samuel R. Durham – USA
Alan R. Guymon – USA
Richard W. Hastings – USN
Don Ray Heimark – USA
Frederick R. Horridge – USMC
Richard L. Keeler – USN
John Lortz – USA
Raymond D. McGlothin – USA
Steven W. Musgrove – USA
Glen A. Musguire – USMC
Chester O’Brien – USMC
Alan P. Sandoval – USMC
John Roy Tighe – USA
John G. Turk – USMC
Leslie James Watson – USA

Global War on Terrorism

Jose Gutierrez – USMC
Sergio Rafael Diaz-Varela – USA