Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jump Right In! The Water is Fine


How Internet Tools Can Give You Fresh Perspective on Your Family!


This is an app that was originally intended to manipulate data in your family tree at FamilySearch, as well as other data that has been contributed at FamilySearch, that might be relevant.

Now, you can use the gedcom from your Ancestry.com Tree(s), or the software you have been utilizing on your home computer, (RootsMagic, Legacy, Family TreeMaker, etc.

I have barely begun to explore all the things that PUZZILLA does to pull out information from your family tree. It is, of course, all about relationships and the family structure and dynamic. You can view the ancestors or you can view the descendents---all of the descendents. And that's just one small part. Here is a screen shot of one of the ancestors' descendent views.

The highlighted area represents the progenitor, in this case Jesse Mitchum. I don't that much about him, but his daughter, Sarah (or maybe, Susannah), married Richard Perkins in South Carolina. And I wanted to know more about this family who are connected to my Adoptive Dad's ancestry. The flower that blooms at Puzzilla is a compilation, here, of Jesse's descendants.

Figure 1

How many ways can you spell Mitchum?

So far, I've seen “Mitcham” and “Mitchem”.

In the next illustration, I've clicked on one of the

descendants (points) that I want to review.

Figure 2

There are so many descendants for Jesse Mitchum! By reviewing their “stories”, the vital records of their lives, I hope to learn more about Jesse. (Each cousin represents an opportunity...someone in their line may have blazed the trail, already...may have found original documents, etc., or maybe I can push the evidence envelope)!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Genealogical Publishing Company

Like to read?

Looking for Genealogical CD's full of info?

Treat yourself to a Christmas gift of reading genealogy.  I'm not getting paid to advertise for this company; I'm just saying that if I had a few extra dollars, I wouldn't mind building up my genealogical library. 

In addition, the e-newsletter is free.  Check out all that Genealogical.com has to offer at the home page.  Thanks Dick Eastman for reminding me of this great resource.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History

Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History

This is a UK web site, but it has value even for us in the U.S.A.; Take a look at the list and let me know what you think--which of these links might work for youj?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Your Family: Past, Present, and Future - Wait But Why

Your Family: Past, Present, and Future - Wait But Why

What about this article impresses you?  We will share on Friday in class.  What about the way we live these days gets in the way of preserving family history? Do you agree that we're incredibly self-absorbed?

What age do you think this person is, the writer?  Is the article written to a younger audience?  Is there something that even we, the "over the hill gang" can learn from in this article?  How many articles do you read a week about genealogy?  (Online or off)?

If our ancestors (all of them) are already dead and gone, how can we bring them and their histories back (not completely, of course)?  How can we share our personal history with our grandchildren, nieces and nephews?  One day, they will care and appreciate the stories you made them listen to.  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

RootsMapper Blog: an application to use with FamilySearch Family Tree

RootsMapper Blog

Above left, is a link that will take you to an application, (one of several that is available),  that was developed to work with FamilySearch's Family Tree.  Get an account (free) with FamilySearch and start playing with the app, today!

Reasons You Would Want to Put Your Family Tree Online:
  • You will find collaborators.  
  • You will find new cousins.
  • You will get a new perspective on "your" tree, which it turns out, at some juncture is also     someone else's family tree.  
  • You might learn something new about your family.  The input you get might be invaluable.    Conversations can happen.  Exchanging family stories may finally, become a reality.
  • If you never put your family tree online, it may die with you.  All that work, all that research, for nothing.
Why FamilySearch?  FamilySearch is Free.  No one will pay a penny to store or share or get information from this source.  FamilySearch is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Their objective is to have correct and accurate family histories "out there" in cyberspace, so that answers can be found and connections made. 

FamilySearch shares.  FamilySearch partners with other genealogical concerns (like libraries, genealogy and historical societies, states, countries, etc.).  Here is a place that you can store and share your photos, your memories, find official or original records for ancestors and document their history.  If you want to.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

What You Might Not Know About the 1940 Census



Jefferson Tayte, Fictional Character and Genealogist!

Do you know who Steven Robinson is?  He has just completed his fifth novel about a genealogist by trade and a solver of mysteries "OBTW" (OH, BY THE WAY).  I've read four of his novels and can't wait to get my hands on the new one!  
Professional Sleuth and Genealogist!

Jefferson Tayte is a very human genealogist--He's no young and stylish dude; his appeal lies in his unrelenting efforts to find his own heritage when he gets a break from finding others' ancestors.  Here is the author's web site; its always fun to take a break from real-life ancestor hunting and read a fictional account of someone else's trials and tribulations with climbing the family tree! 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Free Seminar at Local Family History Center

Our local Family History Center in Fort Walton Beach will sponsor a Free Seminar on November 5th (a Thursday), 2015 at 1p.m.-3p.m. at 339 Lake Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL,  32548.

Please reserve your seat(s) by calling and leaving a message at 850-244-3338 OR e-mail margmarieh@cox.net (Put "RESERVE" in the subject).

Check out Janice's website:   http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/

Feel free to copy Flier/download and distribute to your genealogy group.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Do I have Native American Ancestry...or Not?

Tribal Nations Maps - Aaron Carapella - Tribal Nations Maps

I was spurred to click on this link because of my own unproven suspicions that I am (according to various family stories), part Cherokee, part Creek, and part Choctaw.  The original article that I was reading today was a link on a Facebook Post.  An amazing article, really, (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2015/10/cherokee_blood_why_do_so_many_americans_believe_they_have_cherokee_ancestry.html).

Thanks for the referral, Megan Smolenyak!  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why Should I Put My Family Tree in More Than One Place?

Why Should I Put My Family Tree in More Than One Place? 

We've discussed this in class, but almost anything you read at FamilySearch translates in clearer language than I can utter!
So read this blog/article if you want to know more on this topic.