Thursday, October 30, 2014

When and Where Did Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863) Die or Be Buried?

I've been working on my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks biography for Friday - this week it is #51 Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863), wife of Daniel Spangler (1781-1851).

The Spangler surname book (Edward W. Spangler, The Annals of the Families of Caspar, Henry, Baltzer and George Spengler Who Settled in York County Respectively in 1729, 1732, 1732 and 1751, with Biographical and Historical Sketches, and Memorabilia of Contemporaneous Local Events (York, Penn. : n.p., 1896), page 191) says this about Elizabeth:

"Elizabeth, his wife, was born March 5, 1796, died March 18, 1863, in Conneautville, Pa."

There's a clue!  It gives me a death date and place.  But it's a surname book based on information collected over time and is, generally, without sources.

I've looked in online databases, and historical newspaper websites, and have not found an actual record that defines the death and/or burial of Elizabeth (King) Spangler.

I Googled "Conneautville Cemetery" and found a set of burial records at http://cvahs.org/cem/conn/. The page for "Snyder to Spencer" is:


Hmmm.  That shows an "Elizabeth Spaigler" not Spangler, with a death date of 18 March 1883.  Not 1863. The death date (18 March) matches, but the death year is 20 years different. That's quite a coincidence - similar name, same location, same day of the year.  It also says she was age 56, so the age at death is 11 years different.

Is that "my" Elizabeth (King) Spangler?  I don't know.

I looked at Find A Grave and found essentially the same information for "Elizabeth Spangler:"



However, there is no gravestone photograph.  Where did this information come from?  Did someone walk the cemetery and note the inscriptions, or did they use a cemetery index compiled by someone many years ago.

Is the gravestone still standing, and is it readable?  I don't know.  I requested a gravestone photograph of the Elizabeth Spangler stone to see if this is my third great-grandmother.  I'll report back if and when I get a response!

I asked myself why was Elizabeth buried in Conneautville in Crawford County, Pennsylvania when her husband, Daniel Spangler, died in 1851 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.   The answer to my question is, I think this:  Two of her daughters, Louisa (Spangler) Power (1839-1883) and Helen (Spangler) Brown (1831-1905) resided in Conneautville from the 1850s until their deaths.  After Daniel died, Elizabeth probably went to live with one of her daughters.

Daniel Spangler (1781-1851) is reported to be buried in Sheakleyville Cemetery in Sandy Creek, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  However, that cemetery on Find A Grave is reported to be 88% photographed, but there is no listing for Daniel Spangler.  I made a photograph request there also, hoping that there is a gravestone and/or a cemetery record.  I'll report back if and when I receive a response.

So I've struck out on both of these 3rd great-grandparents for now!  But there's a mystery, a significant coincidence, and therefore hope...

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Demonstrating Adding Ancestry.com Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database

I have written several blog posts in the last month about finding record hints in a specific Ancestry.com database for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree - see Finding Record Hints for Persons in a Specific Database on Ancestry.com (posted 15 October 2014) and More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on Ancestry.com (posted 17 October 2014).

Last night (29 October 2014), on the Wacky Wednesday Hangout On Air (hosted by DearMYRTLE), I demonstrated the process I use to "mine" a specific database on Ancestry.com and add information from that database to my RootsMagic 6 family tree database.  The YouTube video is at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmY0QPSahQw&list=UUZlX5znu6d7CCz6xobwMXOA.  You can watch it here also:



During the video, I demonstrated the following:

*  Finding your Ancestry Member Tree number (needed to find records in a database for persons in your Ancestry Member Tree)
*  Finding the Database ID number for the Ancestry.com database you wish to "mine."  In this case, it was the 1940 U.S. Census (dbid=2442)
*  Modifying the example URL for your own Ancestry Member Tree number and Ancestry Database ID  number.
*  Viewing the list of the matches in the target database, and getting to the record image for the selected record.
*  Saving the file to my computer files, and renaming the file.
*  Accessing the Ancestry source citation information for the selected record.

*  For the person in the Ancestry record, finding the person in my RootsMagic database, and opening the Edit Person screen.
*  Adding a Census event for the 1940 U.S. census, using the place name from the Ancestry.com record.  Adding the street address to the Census event.
*  Adding a source citation for the census event using the location, ED number, page number, and roll number from the Ancestry source citation, and the dwelling number and head of household name, to the source citation created in RootsMagic.  Memorizing the source citation so I can use it for other Facts and Persons in the census record.
*  Adding the saved record image as a Media item to the target person in my RootsMagic database, and tagging it to the Census event.
*  Adding an Occupation event and description in RootsMagic, using the record information and Pasting the memorized source citation from the Census event.
*  Adding the Census event for other persons in the census record and Pasting the memorized source citation.

*  Saving the Ancestry.com record image to my Ancestry Member Tree.  

One item I did not demonstrate (because I forgot to do it!) was to add a Note to the Census event in RootsMagic that abstracts the information in the census record for the family.  I could have added other information from the Census record as additional Events in RootsMagic - like the Residence in 1935, the gender, approximate birth year and birth place, the education level, the household income, etc. to the Edit Person screen for each person in the household.   I usually add those items to the Event Note abstract for the head of household rather than create separate events and duplicate the Event Notes for each person in the household.

During the demonstration and in the discussion following, I made several other points;

*  Your Ancestry Member Tree needs to be "mature" - you have to give Ancestry.com time to find all of the Hints for the persons in your Tree.  My experience is that Ancestry.com adds 5 to 20 Hints each day to my tree added in July 2014 (the one I used for the demonstration).  I don't think the process is finished!

*  A user can enrich (or seed, or enhance, or drive, or tease, or stimulate) their Hint list by going into my Ancestry Member Tree in the "Family" view and selecting specific persons (say a 3rd great-grandparent), thereby seeing their descendants.  Ancestry will find Hints almost immediately for those persons in their databases (not only the 1940 U.S. Census).  I did that recently for a number of Seaver, Carringer, Auble and Vaux folks) and was rewarded with hundreds more Hints for the 1940 Census (and other databases also).

*  The Ancestry.com database of interest needs to be "mature."  If Ancestry just added the database to their collections, not all of the Hints from that database will be immediately added for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree.

*  I have found that almost all matches provided to persons in my Ancestry Member Tree in the 1940 U.S. Census database were accurate - perhaps 1 to 2% applied to another person with the same name.

*  One of the most useful results from this capability is that married daughters and remarried widows may show up in the Hint list with their spouses and other family members.  That provides not only the relevant census data, but an Ancestry.com census record can be used to provide "Suggested Records" for those persons that may provide more information about their lives -  census records, vital records, burial records, directory records , newspaper records, etc.

I have several reasons for "mining" specific databases, including:

*  I haven't added Census record events, and their source citations, to every relevant person in my database.  I've concentrated on my ancestors, but not the siblings of my ancestors, or their spouses, or the parents of the spouses.

*  It enables me to systematically add children or siblings of the target persons.

*  It is much easier for me to add events and source citations from one database at a time.  I can get into a rhythm of abstracting information, adding source citations, etc.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/demonstrating-adding-ancestrycom-hints.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 238: Henry Austin Carringer's 1888 Great Register of Voters Entry

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1888-1892 Great Register of Voters entry in San Diego County for Henry A. Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather:


The left-hand page is above.  The right-hand page:


The entry for Henry A. Carringer (left-hand page only):


The data extracted from this entry:

*  No. 491
*  Name:  Henry A. Carringer
*  Age:  35
*  Country of Nativity:  Penn[sylvania]
*  Occupation:  Carpenter
*  Local Residence:  National [township]
*  Naturalized:  [no information]
*  Date of Registration:  August 9, 1888
*  Sworn:  Sworn
*  Cancellation:  [no information]

The source citation for this entry is (using the Evidence Explained template for "Court Record Books, local (archived off-site)"):

San Diego County, Great Register of Voters, 1888-1892, no page number, No. 491, Henry A. Carringer entry, 9 August 1888; accessed at San Diego Central Library, San Diego, Calif.

Note:  There was not a specific source template for a "Voter Register" in the RootsMagic source template list, so I used a template for something similar - "Court Record Books, local (archived off-site)." 

Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer arrived in San Diego in October 1887, and settled first in National township (now National City) just south of San Diego city.  Austin worked on the railway terminus that was located in National City.   

I found this document last week when I visited the San Diego Central Library and specifically asked for the Great Register of Voters for this time period. These were apparently created for each four-year election period.  I also asked to see other Great Registers up through 1920, and they had some of them, but only for San Diego County entries.  Austin and Della moved into San Diego city by 1894, and therefore the library did not have the specific Great Registers.  I was especially interested to see how early Della Carringer registered to vote.  Perhaps the San Diego Historical Society has the registers I want.


copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Different" Occupations in the 1880 U.S. Census

The 1880 US census search function on Ancestry.com permits you to search on "occupation."  The 1940 U.S. census does also.  

I can't help myself sometimes...so I spent a few hours recently throwing words into the Occupation box in the 1880 U.S. census and seeing what comes out. Among the usual farmers (4,090,933 of them), servants (897,028 of them), bankers (6,870 of them), mill workers (1,844 of them), engineers (78,688 of them), baseball players (71 of them), there were also:

* Jos M. Wilkins of Titusville PA was "engineer in a slave mill." Probably an error - a stave mill?

* Elwin Willard of Silver Creek NY "works in smut shop." He's probably Hugh Hefner's grandfather (just kidding).

* John Sowers of Newark NJ was a "brass cock maker." Just what I always needed...

* Stephene H. Martine of Tanner Creek VA was a "proprietor of monkey house."

* Jos. Seymour of Manhattan NY was a "sh!t manufacturer." Shirt?

* W.T. Scott of Buena Vista CO was a "bull whacker." I'll bet the bull was mad!

* Horace Greeley (age 25, born NY) of Wichita KS was an "Oklahoma Boomer." Is this the Horace Greeley who went west?

* Mary Toomey of Boston MA was a "cash girl (fancy bust)" I'll bet!

* William Haller of Cincinnati OH was a "peddler & philosopher." He probably wanted a penny for his thoughts.

* Wellington Beatty of Monroe LA was a "farmer & thinker." 

* Adolph Schuarymann of Brooklyn NY was "publisher of Puck." Was that a magazine?

* Tarrant Putnam of Wilton MN works at "anything that's honest." Diogenes reincarnated, eh?

* Oliver Ewing of Fort Scott KS "steals for a living." 

* Benjamin Trulon of Bordentown NJ was "too lazy to do anything."

* Sally Vaughn of Louisa VA was a "trick woman." Hmmm...

* Both Anna Bren and Agnes Bren of Brutus NY were "ladies of pleasure" (residing in a hotel).

* Laura Johnson of LaCrosse WI was a "pleasure girl" (residing in a "house of ill fame" with others with the same occupation.)

* A.E. Lindhofer (and 23 others) of Hammond IN "work in stink factory." I thought there was enough back in 1880 that they didn't have to make it.

* Briget Malone of Bradford PA was a "pot wrestler." Probably a kitchen worker with a sense of humor.

* Austin Robbins of District 8 TN was a "perfect idiot." 

* Edwin Marsh of Roundhead OH was an "idol." Probably the first "American idol."

* James Oxford of Gardner MA job was "laziness to perfection." His father must have been mad at him that day.

* J. William Miller of Rye NY was a "speculator" and his wife Ellen's occupation was "hoarding." Teamwork!

* Tom Johnson of Navasota TX job was "beating tin can from morning to night." Poor tin can, but I'm sure his wife was happy, unless the noise got to her.

* Bernard H. McCabe of Rosendale NY was a "hotel moper." Probably sat around all day...

* John MacGaal of Brooklyn NY was a "mad weaver." His wife was probably looming...

* Amanda Williams of Nile OH "boards in grim house." 

* Matilda Adar of Springfield OH was a "mad wife." Her poor hubby...I hope it wasn't John MacGaal.

* Charles Young of Virginia City NV was a "lover" residing in a whore house with lots of prostitutes. I guess it kept him young...

* Peter Hogg of St. Louis MO was a "cat. drover." Is this the same as a cat herder? Isn't that impossible?

Well, that's enough for today - I love this stuff!

What goodies have you found in census occupatons?

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/different-occupations-in-1880-us-census.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Dear Randy: Do You Research All Family Tree Connections?

I received an interesting email from Joan recently, asking the question above:

"... there is one question that I can't seem to get an answer to, from people in this field.  How far back into distant relations do we research and where and when is it appropriate to stop?  My daughter keeps telling me that if they are not directly related to me then they are not our relatives and I shouldn't keep wasting my time on them.  In past generations, people had extremely large families and these offspring married into other extremely large families.  Are these distant relations part of my family tree?

"For instance, my great-uncle Benedict was a bit of a rogue and in his twenties left his family in Chicago and moved to California to work in the oil fields.  He married a young woman, Pansy, but that marriage fell apart within a year or so.  He then married again to a young woman, Minnie, of Mexican descent and rapidly had 5 children. When Minnie died a few months after giving birth to her last child, he abandoned his family and married again to a woman named Vera.  Each one of these women has an intriguing family history and story and I have spent time digging into their families and connections. 

"Minnie is the only one who had children. One of Benedict and Minnie's daughters married into the Dana family who through other family members can be connected to the pioneers who were influential in establishing the state of California.  Also most of these families had between 12 to 15 children.  Do I include them all?  Do I trace their spouses and their children?  When do I stop?  

"Is there a clear rule in genealogy that answers any of these questions?  What do you do as I have noticed in portions of your family tree that you post you also have family members with a large number of children.  Do you research all these connections?

"Any advice and suggestions that you could offer would be greatly appreciated as I am beginning to feel a little frustrated that I might be heading off in directions that have no relevance for me."

1)  My first answer is simple:  "There is no clear rule.  It is 'your' tree - you can put whomever you want into it."  

2)  My general rule is that I add persons, and content for those persons, that may be my cousins.

Now the persons I choose to add are completely my choice.  I have chosen to:

*  Add all siblings of my ancestors, and their spouses, and their children, and their spouses, and sometimes more generations.  These are, after all, my cousins.  I tend to follow the lines from the more recent 19th century great-grandparents than from the 17th century great-grandparents.  This has become even more important with the widespread availability of autosomal DNA tests.  Those 3rd and 4th and more distant cousins, that the DNA tests show a match to me, may have a surname several generations removed from my ancestral surnames.

*  Add families that may be my ancestral families, but I haven't yet found the link to them.  For instance, I have done some work on Newton families in Maine, because my third great-grandfather, Thomas J. Newton, was born there in about 1800, but I don't know who his parents are.  Those families are a "family bush" in my database.  I have several like that!

*  Add all persons with my "one-name study" surnames, and their spouses, and perhaps their children.  My "one-name study" surnames include Seaver/Sever, Carringer, Auble, Vaux, Dill, Buck, McKnew, etc.  By "collecting" these persons, I may be able to help other researchers who are just starting their research. 

*  Consequently, I have one large "family tree" of my ancestral families, and many smaller "family bushes" that are not connected to the bigger family tree because there is no link found to date.

*  I couldn't find a way to show all 43,000 persons in my RootsMagic 6 database.  Here is a small portion of a chart for 6 generations of descendants of James Vaux (1787-1839), my 4th great-grandfather:


This chart extends over 100 feet side-to-side...this is why a family tree program is very useful!

3)  Joan's question really relates to her own research, and her great-uncle's two spouses and their children, one of whom married into a famous family, that Joan has researched.  

My advice to Joan is to keep that collateral family information in her family tree program, and share it in a book (published or ebook), and/or in an online family tree, whether a separate tree (like an Ancestry Member Tree) or a unified tree (like FamilySearch Family Tree).  In the future, someone from that family line may become interested in family history, find Joan's work in a book or online tree, and appreciate the work she's done on it.   Do what you want to do, but prioritize your efforts.  don't ignore your own ancestral families, but don't forget the collateral lines.  

Thanks, Joan, for the question!


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Hallowe'en Costumes in 1960 -- Post 331 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I am posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't "Wordless" - I am incapable of having a wordless post.


Here is a photograph from the Marion (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill family collection handed down from my Aunt Marion in 2000 after her passing. 
 

This is a Hallowe'en costume picture from about 1960 in San Diego.  The three kids are Randy, Scott (in the Lion costume, holding his costume head) and Stan.  Our mother made the costume (or bought it ... I'm not sure).  Why don't Randy and Stan have a costume?  Well, we've outgrown the deal (I was 17!) - we just went trick or treating for the candy on the way down to and back from to the Hallowe'en carnival at Brooklyn School.  Scotty was really into it, though, and was a great lure for the candy contributors to open the door.

Check out the flattops!  Butch Wax worked!  Stan had a ducktail in back, but I could never get my hair to do it.  

I think that this is the only Hallowe'en picture that I have in my digital photo collection.  It took awhile to find it!

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/halloween-costumes-in-1960-post-331-for.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair is FREE This Week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Updated

The United States National Archives are hosting the second virtual Genealogy Fair from October 28 to 30 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) this week.  The live broadcasts start at 10 a.m. Eastern time (7 a.m. Pacific time).  They will be available for FREE on YouTube.  There is no need to register or download software.  You can watch the live video stream on YouTube.  Visit theNational Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair page for more details and links to the live feed.


The presentations should be available on YouTube during and after the live event.  I found these links:




The link for the schedule of the three day event is http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2014/schedule.html which lists the presentations and has links to the handouts (probably after the talk).

Here's the Tuesday (28 October) schedule:


The Wednesday (29 October) schedule:


The Thursday (30 October) schedule:


As of 4:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, I don't see any links for Handouts.


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


ISHFWE "Excellence in Writing" Competition Call for Entries

I received this press release from Tina Sansone and ISHFWE:

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International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)
Website: ISFHWE.org Email Address: competition@isfhwe.org



 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column - not features. 

Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. 

These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015. 

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISHFWE.org.

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

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The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/ishfwe-excellence-in-writing.html


New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch - 19-25 October 2014

I'm trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list).  As of 25 October, there were 1,841 record collections on FamilySearch (up 2 from last week, which two were they?).

Here are the new and updated collections for the week of 19 to 25 October 2014:

*  Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid District Court Records, 1985-2013; Browse Images, updated 24 Oct 2014
*  Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1938; 412,760 indexed records with images, updated 24 Oct 2014
*  Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795-2010; Browse Images, updated 24 Oct 2014
*  Tennessee, Probate Court Files, 1795-1955; Browse Images, updated 24 Oct 2014
*  New York, State Census, 1865; 2,623,218 indexed records with images, updated 24 Oct 2014

*  California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994; 106,375 indexed records with images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988; Browse Images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996; 1,308,522 indexed records with images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998; 155,924 indexed records with images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005; 407,918 indexed records with images, updated 23 Oct 2014

*  Peru, Municipal Census, 1831-1866; Browse Images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Republic of Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957; Browse Images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004; Browse Images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959; 264,123 indexed records with images, updated 23 Oct 2014
*  Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008; 48,385 indexed records with images, updated  22 Oct 2014

*  South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970; Browse Images, updated 22 Oct 2014

Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell which collections are brand new and which ones are updated.  The asterisk they use is for "new or updated."  I am particularly interested in new collections, for the obvious reasons.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the major updates also.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/new-or-updated-collections-at_28.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Tuesday's Tip - NEHGS Subject Guides at the Learning Center

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to check the FREE Subject Guides available on the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) website, AmericanAncestors.org.

The AmericanAncestoes website has a Learning Center (http://www.americanancestors.org/learning-center/) with links to videos, logs and charts, and subject guides.


I clicked on the "Read" link on the screen above, and the "Read" page (http://www.americanancestors.org/read/) showed a link for Articles and for Subject Guides:


The available Subject Guides include:


Let's take a look at one of these - I chose the "New York Research" guide (5 screens below):





For New York, after a brief introduction, the first section is a list of Guides and Finding Aids, followed by a list of different Record Types (e.g., Census, Church Records, Vital Records, etc.).  If there are NEHGS online databases, they are listed and linked.

These Subject Guides provide an excellent bibliography that can be found at the NEHGS Library in Boston, and most of them can be found at a decent genealogical, regional or local public library in the USA.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/tuesdays-tip-nehgs-subject-guides-at.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Monday, October 27, 2014

Kinpoint Can Be Used To Find Research Opportunities

Donna Potter Phillips on her Tika's Teachings blog posted Tika & Kinpoint... A New Genealogy Opportunity today.  This was the first I had heard of it, so I had to try it out.

The website is www.KinPoint.com, and it works in tandem with the FamilySearch Family Tree.  The "About" page for KinPoint says:


 When you first come to the site, you need to log in using your FamilySearch credentials (they are free).  Usually, that identifies you as the #1 person on the pedigree chart.


The default was five generations.  The boxes for the four grandparent lines are color coded (the user can use the "Themes" menu to change the colors).  On the right is information about myself, since I am highlighted.

I wanted to see eight generations, so I clicked on the "Generations" down arrow and selected 8, and saw:


If I run my mouse over a person on the chart, I can see the basic details in a popup window.  If I click on a person, I can see more vital record and relationship information about the person.

If a person is color coded, then I think that means that birth, marriage, death, spouse and parents have been identified in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

If a person on the chart has a white background, that means that the person has been identified, but one or more elements of the vitals and relationships are missing.  I clicked on Thomas J. Newton and saw that the death, father and mother were missing:


The boxes with a gray background indicate that no one in the FamilySearch Family Tree has been identified as a parent for the child with a colored or white background.

Some of the boxes with missing data have one or more orange dots, and some have one light orange dot.  I clicked on Jonathan Keyes, who had a white background and one orange dot, and saw:



I think that this fan chart is useful in identifying information that is missing from the FamilySearch Family Tree.  I can go to a specific person profile in the FamilySearch Family Tree by clicking the green "tree" icon next to the person';s name on the right-hand side of the screen.

Of course, if the FamilySearch Family Tree has sparse data, or the information is wrong, those problems will carry over to the KinPoint fan chart.

The best use of this chart is to identify missing data, not as a printable chart.  There are other options for a large printable fan chart - see www.TreeSeek.com.  Here is my current 9 generation TreeSeek chart, which also uses FamilySearch Family Tree data:


I still love this chart!  Looking at it in detail, I see that I still need to do a lot of work in the 8th and 9th generations!  Some relationships are wrong, and some are missing (assuming my research is correct).

My thanks to Donna Potter Phillips for the pointer to KinPoint!

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/10/kinpoint-can-be-used-to-find-research.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver






NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair is FREE This Week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

The United States National Archives are hosting the second virtual Genealogy Fair from October 28 to 30 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) this week.  The live broadcasts start at 10 a.m. Eastern time (7 a.m. Pacific time).  They will be available for FREE on YouTube.  There is no need to register or download software.  You can watch the live video stream on YouTube.  Visit the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair page for more details and links to the live feed.


The presentations should be available on YouTube during and after the live event.  I found these links:




The link for the schedule of the three day event is http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2014/schedule.html which lists the presentations and has links to the handouts (probably after the talk).

Here's the Tuesday schedule available now:



Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver