Monday, April 10, 2017

Cute idea--Do you have a spouse who wants to spout off?

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/columnists/genealogy/confessions-of-a-genealogist-s-spouse/article_e40e841c-0a4e-5c21-86cc-6fc7364acb06.html#tncms-source=article-nav-prev

At least, I find this humorous.  I was known to drag my husband in and out of cemeteries and archives, on occasion.  Do you relate?  (No pun intended).

More often, I left him home to fend for himself and make dinner for the Kid. 

Ed in the Kitchen, Having Fun



Saturday, April 01, 2017

I'm a newbie to DNA

Though I've attended conferences on DNA and read a bit about it, I really didn't get involved until I broke down and got my autosomal dna done at FTDNA.com. 

From my most recent attempt at educating myself, I attended a seminar (in two sessions) of four hours each.  The presenter said that right now, the easiest route is through Ancestry.com's autosomal dna program.  Why?  You might ask. 

Ancestry has a lot of family trees.  They also have a database of like 3 million or 4, by now, probably, of people who have sent in their dna.  They have developed some tools that make it pretty clear how to find out your matches.

Heritage is also doing some kind of wild things and might be really good for you if you have European or Middle Eastern.

I think each of us just has to make a decision and carry through with it and I chose FTdna.com a company I felt like would be a good one for me.

There are also folks working on different programs that will allow you to put your "kit" info in and they will triangulate it or compare it.  One of those programs is GEDMatch; you submit a gedcom of your family trees (everyone is supposed to do that) and they have a large amount of folks using them, also.  So, I recommend getting invested in this Genetic Genealogy thing.  Make sure you menfolk go for your Y-Chromosome study as well as your autosomal.  Ladies, get your Mitochondrial (Mother's line) done and do your autosomal.  As we obtain more and more people in the database, it will be easier to find our relatives.  And our descendants will also be able to have that opportunity to uncover their families and ancestors, as well as cousins.

https://isogg.org/wiki/Beginners'_guides_to_genetic_genealogy

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to find resources (genealogically helpful resources) for Locations aka "Places"

There is magic in the air!  You just have to find it.  Just as Worldcat.org is a magnificent place to find the holdings of libraries far and near, so is the FamilySearch Wiki a wonderful key to the world of resources for locations. 



Mathew Bishop lived most of his adult life in Marion County, Alabama.  Because he was born in 1807 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the records for his forefathers [and mothers] are a bit of a mystery, right now.

I decided to learn as much as I could about Marion County and the Bishop family in Marion County and hope that it will lead me back to some clues for his genealogy in South Carolina.  There are several ways of going about that quest but FamilySearch Wiki is a good beginning.

I know I've talked about this before, but I truly appreciate the function of the Wiki at FS.  And I challenge you to pick a place of significance for your ancestors and put it into the search box and see what links you can lean upon to find out more.

Of course, you will also want to check Google and WorldCat and anything else you can think of, but at FamilySearch, you are apt to get not only links but also information relevant to the topic, relevant to your research. It's in the menu under "SEARCH".

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I love to learn and try different things.

 
Spring Flowers



WeRelate.org is a wiki genealogy website, that provides genealogy tools and data. It bills itself as the world's largest freely licensed genealogy wiki, with almost 5 million wiki pages. Its information is free, and the site is non-commercial and nonsectarian. ... The site runs on the MediaWiki software.

I recommend that before you enter any information into this database, you look and read the “Home Page”. There are tutorials and you could just jump right in, but why not do yourself a favor and watch the tutorials?!!

Articles and/or reviews abouthttp://www.werelate.org:





WeRelate.org is the world’s largest genealogy Wiki.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Five-Point Formula for the GPS

Christine Rose, in her book Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, discusses how all five points must be applied to successfully build your case.  Are you familiar with the five points?  

There are resources available in periodicals, in blogs, in books, and on the Internet.  Explore and educate yourselves so that others will accept that you are a serious genealogist, but more importantly, so that you will prove your research and know that your ancestors are yours! 




Friday, March 10, 2017

Look forward but keep marching.

We are the family historians, by choice or by default.  Ours is the task to ferret out our ancestors and tell their stories. 

How will we accomplish this vast assignment? 

The Genealogy Community will help!  Continue to reach out for the "breaking news" of family history.  You can use this news to lift you up when you are discouraged. 

The news will also stir your concerns and prick your conscience and you may have to save a cemetery or preserve a record that is about to be discarded; you may have to mingle with bureaucrats and lobbyists, with agents of governments small and large--the destruction of our history, of our family's history may be in peril.

We have talked of bloggers in genealogy.  Share your stories, help your neighbor, or write a blog for your family members or others.  Read the blogs of Dick Eastman and others.  Let them know you are interested in our future, our present, and our past as it pertains to growing and knowing our family tree and the family tree of mankind.  The concept is that once you realize you are related to your neighbor, town folk, etc., you will treat each other more kindly.  We will treat each other like family members ought to be treated. 

Now, before I get too carried away:

Those of you who have put your family tree on FamilySearch.org have an opportunity to participate in Relative Finder in conjunction with the other members of this class.  This isn't a closed group, but it's a seed that will be allowed to sprout.  It will stir your imagination and inspire you to get busy, stay involved and continue to gather not just facts about your kin, but also learn about their culture, their time, their challenges and their joys.  If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here.

Again, I digress!

I have formed a group, with the help of Marvin Cochrane and Ed Pfeiffer and of course, my sorta sidekick, Val Moreland.  This group is called CLL Genealogists.  This group is represented at Relative Finder, online.  If, and/or when you put your ancestral tree on FamilySearch, you can join this group.  The results will be posted for you to see who and how you are related to each other and to famous or notable people.  You may personally invite other genealogists to join, in your family, or whatnot.  You can form your own family group, you can form a church group, or whatever.  The invitational url will be posted today in class.  We will not invite the internet to join because I manage this group and I don't want to have to work too hard!  Talk to you later, friends.  E-mail me if you forget or lose the invite URL.  Oh, and there is a password, also.  I want this group to be meaningful to you, or relative as they say.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Next Friday (last day of CLL): Stump the Chumps.  Time to ask those questions about genealogy methodology.  

Examples:
  • How do I find my ancestor's World War I Draft Registration?
  •   What is the key to finding out who my ancestor was and what he went through in his life?
This is not a brick wall session.  No time in class to do that, but if you need research guidance in general, this is the time to let loose!

One of five people who has most influenced the direction I've gone in my Family HIstory quest.  Megan Smolenyak, "Honoring Our Ancestors".

Why I admire Sally Fields and how that is pertinent to my life as a genealogist:
1.  She is persistent.
2.  She forges ahead against all odds.
3.  She aims high.

Dick Eastman: Genealogy News Guru.  "98% of the records you need": 


 Reading Dick Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter (he also does the news about technology) has been a wonderful education
for me every week.  #2 Influential person in 
my genealogy life. 

Stay posted.  More to come.  Watch this 
blog and win a prize next week!