Technical Tuesday–Calendars

April 17, 2013

Although I am retired, I need A Calendar, especially with all of the Online activities that are available for doing family research.

I had been using Microsoft’s Outlook for years. Worked very well, but that would mean I had to be at MY computer. I tried many other applications including Google Calendar. It was OK, but had difficulty sharing it with my wife. My goal was a working calendar for me, and the ability to share it with my wife.

This blog post will attempt to share how I manage my Calendar (singular).

Let me start by saying that I have MY calendar. Thinks that I have scheduled. For example, today, I have a Genealogy Club that I find myself leading, and we are meeting for the first time.  We are meeting at an Adult living center. I have 3 webinars on the calendar today, and a Genealogy Conference starts today.

One of my sources for “things to do” is the GeneaWebinars calendar. It is a single repository (cool genealogical term) for members of the Genealogy Community to post their activities. I watch that calendar for new items, changes in an event, but I also “Follow” or “Join this site”. The Home Tab on that website talks about how to use it. But “following” that blog, I receive an email that something has been added, changed, or deleted. BUT I am not going to attend ALL of those events. There are so many great activities and I have so little time. Guess we know how that goes.

Going to my Google Calendar, I can link the GeneaWebinar calendar to MY Google Calendar as a choice of calendars that I have.

Lets start with a message that Pat Richley-Erickson posted on the Dear MYRTLE Genealogy Community recently (actually a few minutes ago). It’s a Google+ Hangout on Air, and it’s Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 6pm Eastern (New York time). Now Dear MYRLE provides us a lot of great detail about this event. Question: Am I going to attend. This one is easy, OF COURSE I will attend.

 

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OK, how do I get this event to my calendar, that is the events that I am going to participate in or want on MY calendar.

I head over to MY Google Calendar and SELECT the GeneaWebinar calendar.

There is My Calendar and Other Calendars. I have NOT selected my calendar and have only selected the GeneaWebinar calendar. It’s color is Green and any event on that calendar will show.

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You will notice that at 2:00PM, there are two GeneaWebinar events, but there is the new event that Dear MYRTLE added that I saw on her community page. So, she cross posted information about her event, once on her community of Google+ and added it to the GeneaWebinar Calendar (Thank you Dear MYRTLE)

Not marked, but there is a light green event, which means that it has already pasted. Mondays with Myrt was held yesterday.

Selecting this new event, the details of the event are appear.

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Be mindful of the Time and time zone.

I want this event to appear on MY Google calendar. You will notice a “copy to my calendar” link. Clicking on that link will cause THAT event to appear on my calendar.

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A page appears with the information from the GeneaWebinar page, like the date and time, that I entered “Hangout On Air” as a reminder for ME where this calendar event is going to take place AND that I have added it to MY calendar. This is a COPY of what was on the GeneaWebinar calendar.

If this was an event, from another calendar, where there as an In Person Meeting, or that I had to travel, the Address, for example, could be added in the “Where” field. That was MY entry on MY calendar.

If the “platform” of the event was a Webinar, the Go To Webinar platform has a registration page to sign up for the webinar. The Go To Webinar platform has built in Reminders  that will send an email prior to the Webinar. I liked the reminders.

How to get those same reminders for this Google+ Hangout on Air? Scroll down to the bottom of what is on the copy of the event and I can ADD the reminders that I want Google to send to me, and HOW I want to be reminded.

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The Event Color, is the color of MY Google Calendar. I have set up so that I receive an Email 2 hours prior to the event, and Pop-up window on my computer 30 minutes in advance, and an SMS (Smart Phone Text Message) 10 minutes in advance. These settings are of my choosing, and I can have more reminders IF I need them. Like an Email 2 weeks prior to an event, IF I am traveling and want to be reminded that I need to get ready for the event.

The default setting from some events, from Google Calendar, is 10 minutes for all 3 ways to be reminded. Email, Cell Phone, Pop-up windows are gentle reminders that something is coming up very soon. That’s OK for some events, especially online events, to get me in front of the computer.

I save that new event to My Calendar. When I saved that event, I was returned to My Calendar where I selected MY Calendar (in RED), so now I am showing the GeneaWebinar calendar and MY calendar.

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Oops, looks like I have a conflict just above the hi-lighted event. I have a choice to make at 2PM. Two webinar. I did that on purpose because I am interested in Both but may not make up my mind until the last moment.

I can now go back and de-select the GeneaWebinar calendar, just by clicking (with my mouse) on GeneaWebinars on the left.

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This is a view of of my calendar. Clicking on any of them, will give me details of what I entered or what came from the the “other” calendar.

This is great for me. I can see what I have scheduled for the day.

(Bonus for this posting)

During one of Dear MYRTLE’s presentations, she and her daughter of Not Your Mothers Genealogy, introduced, to me, an application called Cozi. 

It is also a calendaring program (Oh no, another program). I didn’t use it too much because it was “another calendar” to maintain. It is great for sharing information with the family, but more work. HOWEVER, this application has the ability to link my Google Calendar to my Cozi Calendar.

 

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In the Settings menu, on the Left, there is a Calendar URL that can be pasted from my Google Calendar, under Share Calendar, Calendar Details, Private Address, iCal, has the link for the Calendar URL.

After saving that calendar, now my Cozi calendar has my Google Calendar entries.

About 10 minutes after I added this Dear MYRTLE Genealogy Community, to GeneaWebinar calendar, to My Calendar (copy), this new event is on my Cozi Calendar, with all of the reminder coming from my settings in Google Calendar.

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Sounds like a lot of work, but I maintain ONE calendar, I can share that ONE calendar, AND I have all of the reminders that I want of an upcoming event.

Isn’t technology great?


Technical Tuesday–A thought about your Google+ Tag Line

April 16, 2013

Should we join Google+ ?

Should Google+ be in our genealogy tool box?

Can we find new cousin’s or family historians on Google+?

 

The answer for me is Yes!

 

Here is my experience.

I have been on Google+ for a while. I enjoy reading the folks that I follow, when they post information on Google+. I have created several Google+ circles. Not my topic today, but why do I add people to one of my Circles? So that I can follow them. The common interest for me is Genealogy or Family History Research. So, over time I have a number of people in my circles.

Recently, Google+ created “Communities”. I belong to a number of them, but my favorite is the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community.

The community continues to grow, but am I interested in adding any of the members in that community to my one of my circles. I don’t know about you, but I have a limited amount of time reading every post that is made, so I limit the number of people I add to my circles or that I follow.

In the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community, I look at the member of that community and see who might have the same interests as I do. How WE are presented on Google+ becomes important here.

Rather then write about it, let me show you.

If you go to the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community 

You will see the list of the members in this community.

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Clicking on the link called members you will see a list of the members, with a small bit of information about that person.

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I have blanked out the names of the people and their image, as that isn’t important, What IS important, for me at least, is the information that is just below their name.

Mine says “I collect ancestors and try to find and tell their stories”. The wording isn’t important, but I do have (at least) two interests, and they are the main reasons that I am on Google+. But the limit in the number of words needs to be understood. What key words are YOU looking for. The first example says “Genealogist, writer, editor”. Genealogist got my attention. The 2nd one that is in red also has Genealogist. I have added both to my Genealogy Circle. The 2nd person in my Genealogy circle is someone who I know, but hasn’t put anything in the field that I will show next.

Go to your Profile Page, and About tab, that TAGLINE, on the right, is where you put in a couple of key words that reflect YOUR interests

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This could be gardening, quilting, playing bridge, photography, etc. When someone puts you into one of their circles, you will receive a notice of that happening. I just don’t accept or just follow that person, I will click on the link for in the email, and look at their Tagline. If it’s blank, chances are, that is as far as I go.

BUT, look at what else you can include IF someone checks your About page. My surname list is there as well as some location’s that I research.

For me, the Tagline gets my attention, or not, then I can dig a little deeper to see what else is on the About page. It’s a great place to share your surnames and/or locations.

What does your Tagline say?

What else do you have on your About page?


Result of the use of WikiTree to gather information

April 9, 2013

I did a series of blog posts on the use of WikiTree to gather information from the “facebook” generation.

https://worthy2be.wordpress.com/tag/wiki-tree/

My goal was to gather family information about some nieces and nephews that I had lost contact with, so that I could generate a book and/or chart for my Aunt, my Dads younger sister.

What I had noticed, is that these nieces and nephews and their children were “online” on Facebook. So, how to gather their information for me to add to my genealogy database. Online … hmmmm … Oh yeah, there is WikiTree. http://www.wikitree.com/

I provided instructions to the upper right of my blog, on how I wanted “them” to use WikiTree, because I want that tree to be completely private as I was gathering information on living people, including a couple of babies.

Well, it worked. I had great help from a couple of cousins to pull this together and hope that I can get a couple of other cousins to help me fill out their “lines”.

I sent my data along to Family Chartmasters and my friend “the Chart Chick” Janet Hovorka, and the Family Chartmasters generated a beautiful Descendant Chart that I gave to my aunt. Now, when her great-grandchildren come to visit her, they can see that chart, find their name then listen to my Aunt tell her stories. And she has a bunch of great stories.

Item for my ToDo list: Take my digital recorder with me the next time I go to visit.

Here is that chart:

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DearMYRTLE and Not You Mother’s Genealogy–Fun Day in Fairfax, VA

April 9, 2013

This past weekend, April 5th and 6th, was the Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference, in Fairfax, VA. This is our second year for attending and had another great time.

Friday afternoon and evening, I listed and learned from Dr. Thomas W Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS for 3 of the 4 hours he spoke. There is so much to learn from him. I look forward to his up coming book Mastering Genealogy Proof.

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Day 2 was with my cousin DearMYRTLE and her daughter Carrie of Not Your Mother’s Genealogy. They did for presentations together, and were awesome.

  • Embracing Technology
  • Is Social Media A Genealogist’s Tool?
  • How Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Family History Research
  • I Have An iPad And I’m Not Afraid To Use It

4 hours of technology based tools for the Genealogy Tool Box.

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Carrie starts to talk about Technology

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Dear MYRLE enters with her technology

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She has her “stuff” all organized and color coded

 

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Dear MYRTLE’s Evernote (notes)

 

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Mr Myrt introduces Dear MYRTLE

 

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Carrie taking a picture of the class for a demonstration later.

 

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The class

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They are having too much fun

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Projecting what is on the iPad for the final class

 

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2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 REVISED

February 19, 2013

An update to this blog post:  2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion

Following the comments on the previous blog posts, a couple of Google+ Hangouts On Air with DearMYRTLE, active conversation between end users and the developer of Evidentia, an update was issued to the program.

The only change I made to the data in my Evidentia file was to update the Summary of Findings or the Summary Conclusion for the data presented.

I dated the first summary then appended the Summary Conclusion and created the Genelogical Proof Report, as seen in the following screens:

Summary of Findings:

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 1: (Assertion about the Marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 2: (probably not really required, but may be important information after other information is found – who the couple were married by)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 3: (noting that Sarah Bickle signed the record with an “X”)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 4: (noting the two witnesses, and that Daniel Prior also signed the record with an “X”)

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Recommendations for Continuing and End Notes:

As noted earlier in the blog on this Docu-Challenge, I had questions about the spelling of the town. The Recommendations for Continuing is a note, within Evidentia, for me to follow up on this issue and to find out more about this Church.

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Since this report is generated in my browser, I copied and pasted the report for easier reading.

 

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Genealogical Proof Report

for the Marriage of William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary of Findings

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon, in Cronwell, England, by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate. William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage. Sarah Bickle and Daniel Prior signed the document with an “X”, with the words “the mark of” the persons name, while William Warren and William Bickle signed their name. {12 Feb 2013).

After review of the comments on my blog, and an update of Evidentia to version 1.3, the Summary Conclusion has been revised to read (02/19/13)

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Werrington, county of Devon, in Cornwell, England.

Itemized Research Findings

4 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary (meaning the person providing the information was a knowledgable eyewitness or participant in the event). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct (meaning it adequate to answer the question directly).

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[2] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[3] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[4] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Recommendations for Continuing

  • The spelling of the down, on the image appears to be Warrington, but the text on FamilySearch.org shows Werrington. Need to identify the location for this parish

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

2Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

3Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

4Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

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2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 5 Summary Report for William Warren

February 12, 2013

Part of Dear MYRTLE’s 2013 Docu-Challenge #1, ( 2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry ) was to generate a Summary Report about William Warren.

So far, the 4 assertions on the Marriage Claim from this record has been reviewed, and the 1 assertion for the residence has not been reviewed. I had entered that William Warren lived in the area in Warrington (Werrington). With the spelling of the location in question, I will do further research on that, as attempt to locate another source for William before I complete the review of his residence.

 

Research Summary Report
Subject: William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary

The Evidentia® database includes 2 events and/or facts for William Warren. These include:

  • Marriage4 assertions, 4 reviewed.
  • Residence1 assertions, 0 reviewed.

Marriage

A Summary Conclusion has been created for this fact/event. Please refer to the Genealogical Proof Report for the Marriage of William Warren for a detailed analysis.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. This assertion is associated with 1 other subject(s): Sarah Bickle; and Thomas Waddon Martyn. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Residence

A Summary Conclusion is yet to be created for this fact/event.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren of this parifh (Warrington). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. This assertion has not been reviewed.

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

Evidentia® 2012


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion

February 12, 2013
Dear MYRTLE, in a series of Webinar’s and Google+ Hangouts has been discussing the software program Evidentia. We were to use the Evidentia Software and participate in a Docu-Challenge as outlined here:
2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry

I have made three earlier blog posts on this challenge.

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 1 Data Entry

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 2 First Step in Analysis

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 3 Revisit Source

Part 4 is to now really review and do our analysis of the claims in this online source.

The first will be to look at William Warren and what this document claims. Going to the Analyze Evidence, from the pull down arrow selecting William Warren and the Marriage Claim

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we see the following:

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The  Assertion is in the left column, we select the Evidence Quality, and if we double click in the Analysis box a mini-editor will appear. Because William Warren would have been present at his marriage, the Evidence Quality I selected as Direct.

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There were 4 Assertions to which I added my analysis.

1) William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parrish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

NOTE: It’s not clear to me if it’s Warrington or Werrington)

2) William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

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3) The marriage record of William Warren and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warrant, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

4) William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarsh Bickle

Once that is saved (Save Proof) the Summary Conclusion was entered.

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William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon, in Cronwell, England, by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate. William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage. Sarah Bickle and Daniel Prior signed the document with an “X”, with the words “the mark of” the persons name, while William Warren and William Bickle signed their name.

Again, the Proof was saved.

Not shown above, is that I added the date at the beginning of the Summary Conclusion, as I have only looked at ONE Source. When (or IF) I find additional sources on their marriage, I would update the Summary Conclusion, based on the new evidence.

Evidentia provides an HTML Summary Report. Selecting Reports, in the pull down menu, the Proof for the Marriage of William Warren, that was just completed, select the Font I want in the report and the Preparer’s Name.

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The report is then generated. Due to the length, it will be in 3 screen captures.

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This completes the first four (of six) tasks in this Challenge.


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