Saturday, June 9, 2012

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Day #3 - Saturday

This was the first full day of classes at the Jamboree, and the place was packed.  Some classes were overflowing and some had few attendees. 

*  We were up early, at breakfast by 7:15 a.m. and I went off to watch the Jamboree Genealogy Idol competition webinar at 8 a.m. hosted by Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree.  Tessa Keough was the winner in my book, and the winner selected by the voters on the webinar.

*  I walked through the exhibit hall and talked to several vendors - Geni, FamilyChartMasters, and Moorshead Magazine among others.  I decided to attend Daniel Horowitz's class on "Mobile Devices and Applications for Genealogists."  I tweeted throughout, which can be read on Twitter and Facebook.

*  I was on Blogger Summit Panel I, and that went fairly well with Thomas MacEntee, Gena Ortega, Tonia Kendrick and Caroline Pointer.  There were lots of questions from the audience.  Thomas showed blogs and other websites on the screen.

*  Linda and I had lunch in the patio - I had a cheeseburger, banana and cookies from the vendors.  We sat in the warm sun.  I went into the cool and shady exhibit hall and wandered for awhile.  The 2 p.m. program was Blogger Summit Panel II with Thomas MacEntee, Michelle Shimkus, Denise Levenick, Elyse Doerflinger and The Ancestry Insider on the panel.  I tweeted through this one also. 

*  That was over at 3 p.m., and we took the yearly geneablogger picture in the hotel lobby area.  I went over to see the Ancestry prize drawings - but they were held at 1 p.m. today.  Oops.  Drat.  Then I talked to Geoff Rasmussen, Kathryn Doyle and CeCe Moore in the hallway.  I went and put my name into the 23andMe drawing also.  I missed some of the next class, but sat in on the end of Lisa Cooke's class on "Ten Ways to Add Volume to Your Family History with Video."

*  Back into the exhibit hall to browse and take some pictures, then I went to the bar and found the usual suspects there.  I should have gone to a presentation, but I didn't.  I hung around the blogger lounge area and then the exhibit hall.

*  I went up to get Linda at 6 p.m. and we met the ProGen class members for the picture at 6:15 in the hotel lobby area.  We met Steve, Gini, Emma, Angela and Cheryl to go to dinner, and Bruce, Laurie, Janet and Adam invited us to join them at Branagans.  It was a Mexican place - who knew?  When we walked in, there was Gena and her son, and A.C. and his family.  So we had 17 for dinner!  It was fun, and good.

*  We were back by 8:45 p.m. and I grabbed my laptop case while Linda went to bed.  I set up down in the blogger lounge on the table and added to the Best Of post and then wrote this post.  It's 10 p.m. and everybody but Nancy and I have disappeared. 

I posted some pictures from the Hollywood Gala last night on Facebook but cannot add them to my blog posts until I get home. 

Sunday is the last day of the Conference.  The last class is over at 3 p.m. and we have a 4:25 p.m. train ticket.  I may not get a blog post done on Sunday due to arriving home relatively late.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your Genealogy Idol?

Hey genea-philes - it's SATURDAY NIGHT, and time for more GENEALOGY FUN!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Legacy Family Tree webinar viewers selected the second Genealogy Idol today (see  Did you watch it, and vote in it?  If not, you could watch it now (I hope...).

2)  Decide which genealogy industry persons you would like to see compete in the next Genealogy Idol competition.  And tell us why!

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook status post, or a Google Plus Stream post.

Here's mine:

I'm tempted to rattle off three of the most famous genealogists in America at this point - like Tom Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.  That might be really interesting, but I would hate for any of them to lose.

Here are my three contestants for the "Google" Genealogy Idol contest:

*  Lisa Louise Cooke - the author of the book "The Genealogists' Google Toolbox."

*  Daniel M. Lynch - the author of the book "Google Your Family Tree."

*  Gena Philibert Ortega - presenter of "Using Google in Your Genealogy"

These three well known and wonderful presenters would certainly give the audience a number of superb tips on how to use Google for furthering our genealogy research.

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

Surname Saturday - BLOETGOET/BLOODGOOD (Holland > New York > New Jersey)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  I have some blank spots after #473 (last week), so I am up  to number 479, Elizabeth Bloodgood (1698-1760). [Note: The 6th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts] 

My ancestral line back to Elizabeth BLOODGOOD (and three more generations) is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) 

6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

14.  Charles Auble (1849-1916)
15.  Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)

28.  David Auble (1817-1894)
29.  Sarah Knapp (1818-ca 1900) 

58.  William Knapp (1775-1856)
59.  Sarah Cutter (1785-1878)

118.  Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)
119.  Tabitha Randolph (about 1751- 1841)

238.  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????)
239.  Martha Gach (1729-????)

478.  Thomas Gach, born 1702 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States; died before 09 March 1770 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.  He was the son of 956. Thomas Gage and 957. Elizabeth Hunt.  He married 17 August 1721 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.
479.  Elizabeth Bloodgood, born 29 May 1703 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States.
Children of Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood are:  Elizabeth Gach (1722-1724); Mary Gach (1724-????); Elizabeth Gach (1726-????); John Gach (1727-1770); Sarah Gach (1727-????); Martha Gach (1729-????); Anna Gach (1732-????); Thomas Gach (1735-????); Catherine Gach (1737-????); Martin Gach (1739-????); Esther Gach (1741-????); Phillip Gach (1744-????).

958.  John Bloetgoet, born before 04 August 1672 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States; died before 18 May 1716 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States.  He married 
959.  Mary Morgan, born about 1672 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States.  She was the daughter of 1918. Charles Morgan.
Children of John Bloetgoet and Mary Morgan are:  Deborah Bloodgood (????-????); Jeffrey Bloodgood (????-????); Francis Bloodgood (1694-1766); John Bloodgood (1696-????); William Bloodgood (1698-1756); Elizabeth Bloodgood (1703-????).

1916.  Frans Jans Bloetgoet, born 1635 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands; died after 29 December 1676 in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States.  He was the son of 3832. Jan Hendrickse Bloetgoet and 3833. Geertgen Thomas Van der Gouda.  He married 08 February 1653/54 in Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
1917.  Lysbeth Jans, born 1633 in Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
Children of Frans Bloetgoet and Lysbeth Jans are:  Geertje Bloetgoet (1658-????); Aiantje Bloetgoet (1660-1722); Isabella Bloetgoet (1662-1716); Judith Bloetgoet (1665-1761); William Bloetgoet (1667-1720); Neeltje Bloetgoet (1670-????); John Bloetgoet (1672-1716); Lysbeth Bloetgoet (1675-????).

The Dutch ancestry and New Amsterdam history of these families was described in the articles:

Howard L. Swain, "Frans Bloodgood (Bloedtgoedt) of Flushing, New York," New Netherland Connections, Volume 12, Number 1 (January-March 2007), pages 1-11.  

John Blythe Dobson, "The earliest generations of the Goetbloet alias Bloetgoet family," New Netherland Connections, Volume 12, Number 1 (January-March 2007), pages 12-15.

These articles are available on the NEHGS website ( in the Journals and Periodicals collection, or at local and regional libraries.

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

Friday, June 8, 2012

SCGS Jamboree Day #2

Round tables, speaker presentations, exhibit vendors, red carpets, tiaras, lights, camera, action!  That was Friday at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree for me.  Unfortunately, I cannotp ost pictures from my files on Blogger now from my laptop...but that's OK, because I didn't take many pictures today until the evening Hollywood Gala.

We were down to the blogger lounge at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, and I went off to the round table meetings at Genealogy World at 9 a.m.  I talked to Pam Journey about data organization, Jean Hibben about Folklore, and then the DNA table with Betty and Doug.  After that hour, I went back to the blogger lounge (there is no "Blogger Island" this year, and checked my email and Facebook on my iPhone.

Linda found me at 11 a.m., and we went across to Subway for a quick lunch, and were back in time to go into the Exhibit Hall when it opened at noon.  I got a T-shirt at 23andMe, a pen at MyHeritage, saw many old friends, met a few new ones, and had a good talk with Earl and Dovy about AncestorSync (it's coming soon...).  I also spoke to Bruce Buzbee about RootsMagic 5 sources and he showed me how to tailor the templates - I'll try it when I have some time.

At 1:30 p.m., I went off to hear Janet Hovorka's presentation on Hatching Eggs Case Study, about enticing her three teens with family history.  I tweeted some highlights, including the URL for her presentation at

After that, I went to the Tech Zone to look at English records on FindMyPast, but I didn't find anything useful for John Richman or John Rich of Hilperton in Wiltshire (besides census records which I already have).  Back to the exhibit hall where I didn't win today's prizes.  Talked to Hal Horrocks of OCCGS for awhile, then to Geoff Rasmussen about the Legacy cruise. 

Nobody was in the blogger lounge area, so I ventured into the bar and enjoyed a drink with several geneabloggers.  We left after 5 p.m. and I wandered back into the exhibit hall for awhile, then went upstairs to get ready for the evening Hollywood Gala.

We put on our Geneaholic shirts, the beads, and fashioned bead tiaras for our heads.  Those garnered some stares in the hotel lobby where we waited for the doors to open.  We walked down the red carpet, were handed a glass of sparkiling cider, and then tried to find a seat.  All of the tables with chairs were taken, so we asked if they could bring out more tables, and they did.  We went off to get food at the buffet - I had carrots, celery, chips and fettuchini. 

The program started with Leo Myers as MC, the two movie stars in attendance were introduced, and Denise Levenick awarded the Suzanna Freeman scholarships to A.C. and Elyse. 

We had front row seats for the picture taking area.  They had a fine assortment of wigs, funny glasses, boas, hats, etc. for people to wear for their glamour shots.  They took four shots, and then handed each group one copy of the four pictures on a 5 x 7 sheet.  The pictures are supposed to be on Facebook also.  Linda and I did one series, and I joined Elyse, Missy and [insert name later, senior moment] for another series.  I also took lots ofp ictures of geneabloggers and may post some to Facebook.

We mixed a little, and Linda went up to go to bed and I got the laptop and brought it down to the blogger lounge to write this post and try to read my 230 messages on Googfle Reader (three fails so far!). 

That's it for Day 2 - I'll write up Day 3 on Saturday night if I can get a wi-fi signal in the blogger lounge.

Review: "Genealogy to Go!: Migration: Canada and the United States"

Elizabeth Lapointe, a Canadian genealogist, ( has published several Genealogy To Go! laminated research guide booklets that are extremely useful as basic guides to the subject at hand.  They cover the why, when, and how of each of the events in North American history.

This booklet, Migration: Canada and the United States, explains the long migrational history between Canada and the United States.  topics on Canadian migration include the Acadian migration to Louisiana, migration to the "Boston States," and French-Canadian migration.  Topics on american migration to Canada include New England Planters to Nova Scotia, the United Empire Loyalists, and the settlement of Central Canada.  Migration patterns are also discussed.

This Genealogy to Go! booklet includes:

1.  Canada

*  Acadian Migration

*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Migration to the "Boston States"
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  French-Canadian Migration
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Migration to the Midwestern and Southwestern U.S. States
*  Online Resources 
*  Books
*  Migration from Canada to the United States Due to War
*  Online Resources
*  Books

2.  United States

*  New England Planters to Nova Scotia

*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  The United Empire Loyalists
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  The United States Migration to Central Canada
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  The US Migration to the Prairie Provinces & the Yukon
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Migration from the US to Canada as a Result of Wars
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Migration of Blacks from the US to Canada
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Some Famous Canadian Migrants to the US

I was very impressed with the historical and resource listings on this four-page booklet.  It will be very useful for further research into my Canadian and American ancestors who migrated to Canada.  .

The booklets are currently available in the United States from Family Roots Publishing Company ( and in Canada from Global genealogy ( and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this booklet from Elizabeth Lapointe via postal mail and promised to provide a review of it.  

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

23andMe Announces New Genetic Ancestry Features

The personal genetics company 23andMe ( has announced several new features at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree today.  Here is information about these features passed to me by their staff:

"All four of our new ancestry features will be in beta by the end of June. Because they are still in development, the attached screen shots are just approximations, the final products will likely look a bit different but these do effectively convey the enhanced functionality. The names of these features may change a bit as well - depending on the input we get during the beta testing period.

"Ancestry Painting Update - Currently our site provides an Ancestry Painting that displays 3 major world regions (European, African and Asian). We are refining this feature to provide Ancestry Paintings based on approximately 20 world regions. The attached example features the real data of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. host of "Finding Your Roots on PBS." For Dr. Gates, the updated Ancestry Painting shows more detail between his Northern and Southern European ancestry and is able to distinguish his Native American heritage from Asian. 

"My Ancestry Page - One of our most exciting new features. This page will pull the highlights from each individual's ancestry and surfaces them on one easy page - no need to go digging around for special labs or tools. From Countries of Origin to how much Neanderthal DNA you have - it will all be conveniently displayed on one page.

"Relative Finder - Map View -  Forget "Where's Waldo," now you can see where in the world all your 23andMe Relative Finder matches are. Individuals can also add details to their profile so you can see not just where they are living now but known locations of family in the past so you can better zero in on family searches by location.

"Family Tree - Watch your family tree grow with 23andMe. Build and share your family tree. Add in details for individuals that include places, life events, traits, skills and fun facts. 

"Individuals interested in being beta testers for these new features can sign up at the 23andMe booth (#706/707) at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree."

Thank you to Catherine Afarian of 23andMe for the news, and the images that show these new features.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 1 at Jamboree

It's been a restful and eventful day at Day 1 of the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree.  Not!

We boarded the Amtrak SurfLiner train in San Diego at 9:30 a.m., flew past the beaches, back doors, train stations and brush lands for almost four hours, and got to the Burbank train platform at 1:30 p.m.  We called the Marriott, and they sent the shuttle over for us and we were in the hotel room by 2 p.m.  Drew Smith, George Morgan, Sheri Fenley, Amy Coffin, Kim Cotton and Kathryn Doyle were stationed by the door to make sure no blogger snuck past them.

We went to the hotel restaurant for lunch, then hung out in the lobby and then the lounge area with all of the geneablogger folks and spouses/friends.  I can't list them all!  Many retired to the bar and eventually had dinner there.  We had dinner with Robert Raymond in the hotel restaurant.  Then it was to the lounge area to read blogs and write this post.  The wi-fi here is not bad...but Blogger doesn't work well any more with Internet Explorer 8.  What? 

Before dinner, I went over to the registration desk and got my bag and information packet.  I picked up the pink sheet (schedule) and the printed syllabus - I got the syllabus on CD in the packet. 

Who's here?  Here's the bloggers I've talked to so far:

*  Elyse Doerflinger is sitting at the table with me.
*  Kim von Aspern was here a minute ago.
*  Nancy Loe was at the table for over two hours.
*  Megan Smolenyak
*  Steve Morse
*  A.C. Ivory
*  Thomas MacEntee
*  Lisa Alzo
*  Kathryn Doyle
*  Cheryl Palmer
*  Caroline Pointer
*  Amy Coffin
*  Tonia Kendrick
*  Sheri Fenley
*  Janet Hovorka
*  Lisa Louise Cooke
*  Maureen Taylor
*  The Ancestry Insider
*  Drew Smith
*  Kim Cotton
*  George Morgan
*  Donna Wendt
*  Gini Webb
*  Denise Levenick
*  Missy Corley
*  Mark Olson

I may think of others and put them on the list later.

It's time to go up to the room and see if I can get some sleep.  The Exhibit Hall opens at 12 noon tomorrow.  I will attend the round table discussion groups in the morning, and might even go to one of the classes in the afternoon.

Review - "Genealogy to Go! The War of 1812: Canada and the United States"

Elizabeth Lapointe, a Canadian genealogist, ( has published several Genealogy To Go! laminated research guide booklets that are extremely useful as basic guides to the subject at hand.  They cover the why, when, and how of each of the events in North American history.

This booklet, The War of 1812: Canada and the United States, examines the reasons for the war, who fought in the war, lists the battles, and gives a detailed summary of relevant websites and books for recommended reading of interest, for both Canada and the United States, with a portion devoted to Britain.  Blacks and Natives who fought both both sides are also included.

This Genealogy to Go! booklet includes:

1.  Canada

*  Who Fought in the War of 1812-1814, including full-time Militia units
*  The Main Battles in Upper and Lower Canada
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Native Peoples Who Fought for the Canadians
*  Blacks in the War of 1812-1814
*  Loyalists in the War of 1812-1814
*  Britain's Role in the War of 1812-1814
*  How the War Started...

2.  United States

*  Who fought in the War of 1812-1814
*  The Battles (by date)
*  Online Resources
*  Books
*  Native Peoples Who fought for the Americans

I was very impressed with the historical and resource listings on this four-page booklet.  It will be very useful for further research into my Canadian and american ancestors who participated in The War of 1812.

The booklets are currently available in the United States from Family Roots Publishing Company ( and in Canada from Global genealogy ( and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this booklet from Elizabeth Lapointe via postal mail and promised to provide a review of it.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

Treasure Chest Thursday - Death Certificate for Elijah McKnew (1836-1912)

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to share an artifact or a document image from my collection of ancestral stuff.  

The treasure today is the Death Certificate of Elijah McKnew (1836-1912):

This Death Certificate was obtained from the County of San Francisco.  The San Francisco County registration number (on the image above) is 2086.  The information on the Death Certificate is (handwritten entries in italics):

Place of Death:  City and County of San Francisco 

No. 4131 19th St., 5 Dist.
FULL NAME:  Elijah P. McKnew
Sex:  Male
Color or Race:  White
Single, Married, widowed or divorced:  Married
Date of Death:  April 4, 1912

Date of Birth: March 29, 1836
Age [at death]: 76 years 0 months 6 days
Occupation:  Merchant
General nature of industry:  Retired, 7 Yrs
Birthplace:  Maryland
Name of Father:  McKnew
Birthplace of Father:  United States
Mother's Name:  Unknown
Mother's Birthplace:  Unknown
Length of Residence (Place of Death): 37 years
Length of Residence (California): 61 years
Informant:  Henry L. McKnew, 3718 16th St.
Doctor's Statement:  I attended deceased from Apr 1 1912 to Apr 4 1912 that I last saw him on Apr 3 1912 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 7:30 P.M.
Cause of Death:  Oedema of lungs
Duration: 3 days
Contributory:  Arterio sclerosis & Senility
Duration: [blank]
Signed: A.B. McGill, M.D.
Date: Apr 6 1912
Address:  291 Geary St.
Place of Burial or Removal:  Cypress Lawn Cemty
Date of Burial:  Apr. 7, 1912
Undertaker:  Bunker & Lunt, 2666 Mission St.

There is quite a bit of new information in this Death Certificate, including the cause of death, the length of residence at the address (37 years implies 1875) and length of residence in California (61 years implies 1861).  It is disappoionting that the informant did not know the names of Elijah's parents or their birth places.  I believe that they were Jeremiah and Allethia (Pickrell) McKnew, both born in Maryland.  
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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FamilySearch Facts for June 2012

I updated my "Exploring - The Very Best FREE Genealogy Website" presentation last week in preparation for my talk next week (Tuesday, 12 June at 10 a.m. at the Carlsbad (CA) City council chambers) to the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS).  

Part of the talk is a review of the progress that has made over the past year or two.  I contacted for an update on their holdings and received this from Paul Nauta:
  1. Number of searchable names from original source records in’s Historical Records Collections: Over 2.80 billion
  2. Number of searchable names from user contributed records in FamilySearch’s Trees collections online: Over 500 million.
  3. There are 1,164 historic record collections at [as of 2 June 2012]
  4. Number of browsable digital images of historic documents at 560 million.
  5. Number of hits on Over 10 million hits per day.
  6. FamilySearch Indexing is the largest community-based transcription initiative in the world.
  • Over 200,000 active (index at least one project/year) volunteer indexers.
  • Indexing 500,000+ arbitrated names per day.
  • Over 850 million names indexed since the application was launched in 2005.
  • Publishing over 200 million indexed names per year now (double entered, arbitrated).
  • Over 130 current projects. New projects added weekly. See the current lists of projects at
  • Search completed indexes and un-indexed images at
  • Indexing program is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish,Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish with more language interfaces and international projects coming.
  • Greatest need is for native language indexers for international projects and volunteer indexing arbitrators.
  • Many partners—historical societies, state, national, and religious archives—use it to improve access to or accuracy of their indexes.
  1. 2.4 million rolls of microfilm (Search the catalog online at for more details)
  2. FamilySearch is producing over 160 million new digital images a year from original source documents.
    1. 100 million digital images a year created through microfilm conversion.
    2. 60 million new digital images produced a year from new field captures.
  1. 15 high-speed scanners are dedicated to converting existing films. Time to complete the digitization of the film collection is projected at 6 years.
  2. 185 camera teams currently filming records in 45 countries (new field captures). Most are digital cameras.
  3. Search digital images and indexes at Millions added weekly.
  4. 4,600 Family History Centers in 126 countries
  5. Scanning digital books in cooperation with select public libraries. Search over 50,000 historic books at     
In another email, Paul shared this:

The 1940 US Census, respective to FamilySearch activities, is:
  • 1 of 1,173 historic recollections online
  • 1% of total new digital image content we'll put online this year (1940 has 3.8 million images; we'll publish around 400 million images this year)
  • From an indexing perspective, it is getting a lot of focus from our indexing resources. It is 130 million names indexed when done. FamilySearch volunteers will index over 300 million names (double key; arbitrated). So it represents almost half of the indexing production for the year (unless we can keep all of those new volunteers engaged in the other 100 projects in the queue currently!)
If you read between the lines of the last two bullets, you'll see that our active volunteers are indexing about 2 to 3% of the total digital content we're putting online each year. And we'll be significantly increasing the number of cameras in the field each year—which means more and more digital images published online yearly. There's a huge need for additional online volunteers to try to keep pace with the growing number of collections and digital images we're publishing. Digital images being published are far outpacing the actual indexing output.

I asked Paul if I could share this information, and he said that it was intended for public dissemination, so there it is.  I appreciate FamilySearch's openness about their work and progress.  

Compare the statistics above with my last post on this subject - FamilySearch Bloggers Day - FamilySearch Indexing.  While the categories are not the same, you can see how the effort has progressed over the past 20 months.  The one thing I noted was that, if there are 3.5 billion images on the FHL microfilms and microfiches, and if they are converting 100 million microfilm images per year (stated above), then it will take 35 years to get them all digitized.  FamilySearch has stated that they won't digitize ALL of them due to copyright and other restrictions on some material, so it won't be 35 years, but it may be close to that.

Needless to say, I am ALWAYS impressed by the sheer size and scope of the FamilySearch effort to bring family hostory and genealogy records to the genealogy world -- for free use by all persons, not just LDS church members.  It is difficult to keep track of their progress.  The 1940 U.S. Census Indexing progress is phenomenal, and I hope that the Indexers and arbitrators keep up the indexing effort in other record collections when the 1940 census is completed.  

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

SDGS Program on Saturday, 9 June Features Ann Montgomery

The June 2012 program of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is this Saturday, 9 June, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8375 Lake Murray Blvd) in San Diego.  

The featured speaker will be Ann Montgomery, presenting on:

1) "Genealogy Resources at the Carlsbad Public Library"

2)  "What's New at Family Search"

Ann is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS in Dental Hygiene.  After 20 years as a dental hygienist, she discovered her new loves in Family History Research and teaching.  Ann volunteered and taught classes in the Family History Center for the LDS church for eight years before being employed at the City of Carlsbad Library Genealogy division.  She enjoys teaching customers how to use the collection, the third largest collection of genealogy resources in California.  "We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful facility right here in our midst," Ann says.

Classes she teaches at the library include the paid databases offered by the library, Ancestry Library edition, Fold3 (formerly footnote), AmericanAncestors, Heritage Quest Online, and Access Newspaper Archives.  The library offers classes twice a month and society meetings twice a month.

Ann lectures on FamilySearch (Ann's favorite website), how to use the Carlsbad Library, and how to access and use the User's Guides provided by the staff for more extensive and difficult record collections in the library.

Ann is employed by the County of San Diego Library system and works in Encinitas where she gives small computer classes each month.  Ann has spoken at the North San Diego County Genealogical Society meetings, the Escondido Family History Fair, and presented at the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego.

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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 208: Strawberry Fields

 I am posting photographs from my family collections for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday (you know me, I can't go wordless!).    

Here is a picture from our recent Royal Caribbean cruise (Norway-France-Ireland-England-Scotland-Norway):

This photo shows my wife, Linda, standing at the gate to Strawberry Fields in Liverpool.  This "field" of strawberry plants was a favorite place of Beatle John Lennon to romp during his childhood.  The tour of Liverpool that we took featured stops at Mathew Street (where The Cavern is), The Beatles Story (which catalogs the family history and careers of all of the Beatles), Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Do the Research Notes Transfer via GEDCOM to Legacy Family Tree 7.5?

In Creating Research Notes in RootsMagic 5 - Post 1 and Post 2 last week, I demonstrated how to create a set of Research Notes in RootsMagic 5 (using the "Detail Text" field in the Source citation menu), and how to create a "Research Notes Report" that puts all of the Research notes, with their sources, in chronological order. 

That's great for users of RootsMagic, but the next question for me is: 

Does that information transfer, via GEDCOM, to other genealogy software programs?  And can it be put into a report format in the other program?  I posted  Do the Research Notes Transfer via GEDCOM to Family Tree Maker 2012? yesterday, and this post concerns Legacy Family Tree 7.5.

I created a small GEDCOM file of Alpheus B. Smith and his family in RootsMagic 5, and exported it to a file.  Then I opened Legacy Family Tree 7.5 and imported the GEDCOM file just created. 

The Family View and Individual's Information window for Alpheus B. Smith looks like this:

I wanted to look at the text associated with the Source Citation for each Event/Fact on the list, so I clicked on the "Source Citations" icon (the "three books") to the right of the surname in the window above.

The "Assigned Sources for Alpheus B. Smith" window opened, and I clicked on the 1826 Deed entry:

In order to see the Source Citation text, I clicked on the "Edit Detail" button in the window above.  The "Source Detail" window opened and there were four tabs of information - "Detail Information," "Text/Comments," "Multimedia" and "Overrides").  I clicked on the "Text/Comments" tab and saw:

For this Event/Fact, and its' Source Citation, the "Source Text" information (which was in RootsMagic as "Detail Text") was included.  I checked the other Facts with Source citations, and the "Source Text" information was included on all of them.

That's GOOD NEWS - the "Source Text" came across in the GEDCOM transfer.

Does the "Source Text" information get printed in any Individual, Ancestor, Descendant, Source Citation, or Timeline Report by Legacy Family Tree 7.5?

The only one that I found that printed the information was the "Source Citation Report."  From the "Reports" window, I selected the "Source Citation Report:"

The "Source Citation Report" window opened.  There are two tabs of input data here - Include and Options.  On the "Include" tab, I checked all of the boxes in the "What to Print"" section for "Master Sources and all Citations for each one" which included a check box for "Include citation text" and "Include citation comments."

I checked all of the boxes on the "Options" tab also, which included a check box for "Include Source Text" and "Include Source Comments."

The first page of the "Source Citation Report" looked like this:

For each Source citation, the report included:

*  The Source (master and source comment).
*  The names of the person(s), with the "Event," the "Citation Detail," and the "Source Text."

The seventh page of the report provides the information for the 1826 Deed noted at the beginning of this post.

I noted that the "Source Citation Report" was created for ALL f the Sources utilized in the database, not just the Sources used for one individual, and that they were listed n this report alphabetically by Source title.

I could not figure out a way to make a source citation report for ONLY one person or one family.  I could not figure out a way to make an Individual Report with the "Source Text" information included.

A similar report to the "Research Notes Report" referred to in the RootsMagic 5 posts could be created in Legacy Family Tree if:

*  One individual or a set of individuals could be selected for the report.
*  The Report was ordered chronologically by the Event rather than by an alphabetical Source list.

To sum up, Legacy Family Tree 7.5 can read the Source Citation detail text through the GEDCOM import feature, the detail text shows in the "Source Text" box on the "Text/Comments" tab in the "Edit Detail" window, and can create a list of the "Source Text" in the "Source Citation Report."  However, it apparently cannot create a report for one individual or a set of individuals, and cannot order the report chronologically.

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Are We Strangers in Genealogy Land?

James Tanner wrote No Big Deal today on his Genealogy's Star blog today, lamenting (?) that genealogy blogs really don't have a significant readership in the bigger Genealogy World.   His experience at the Family History Expo Conference, and in his classes at a local FHC, pretty much mirror my own experiences when I make presentations at genealogy societies or teach a class.  We often seem to be "Strangers in a Strange Genealogy Land."

If I'm lucky, perhaps 10% of the attendees at a presentation have at least heard of my blog, and maybe 5% actually read it regularly.  New genealogists are at 0%.  The group on the Legacy Family Tree cruise was at the 10% level too.  I doubt that 10% of my local Chula Vista society, with 100 members, actually reads my blog.  almost everyone knows I have one, and most probably think that I waste my time writing it.

It's even worse than that.  I took a survey at my society meeting last week, asking who was on Facebook (about 20%), on Google Plus (about 10%), or on Twitter (about 10%).  Only about 20% had a smart phone or a tablet mobile device, and only 10% said that they used it for genealogy research or education.  My talk was on using mobile devices for genealogy, and most that I talked to afterwards said "I'll talk to you if I get one."

It seems to me that there is a small group of "tuned-in" persons (10 to 20%) who are into social networking, online research, and collaboration and a larger group of "occasional" persons (80 to 90%) who go to society meetings or check out online databases on a haphazard basis.  Most of the latter group seems to have no real interest in genealogy conferences, or online collaboration.  Some are either scared of, or intimidated by, or befuddled by, using computers for genealogy.

James Tanner and I, and most of our regular blog readers, are in that smaller group of "tuned-in" and first adopters, as are most genealogy bloggers, conference planners, conference and seminar speakers, and some conference goers.  How big is this group?  Based on my blog statistics, Facebook friends, Google Plus followers, conference attendance, etc., there are perhaps 5,000 persons who are really "tuned in."  They write and read blogs and magazine articles, work in their local or larger societies, and attend conferences and seminars.

Because of this difference in participation, the idea of collaborating rarely gets adopted by the larger group.  Many have done their research the old way with forms, pencils, photocopies and microfilms, and don't really take part in the online activities enthusiastically promoted by the smaller group.  It's just how it is.

I receive a number of emails every week from people who have found my blog articles for specific family lines or persons, so I know that "blogging works."  I try to respond to these emails with helpful information and perhaps a genealogy report in PDF format, and encourage the correspondent to add content to my database.  Other geneabloggers have the same experience.  For me, blogging has taken the place of the message boards and mailing lists, which all seem to be dormant (with some exceptions).

While has 1.7 million subscribers, and there are millions of family trees on Ancestry with billions of persons (many are duplicates), I receive relatively few messages through their system - perhaps one a week.  It seems like the average number of persons on an Ancestry Member Tree is about 100, and that indicates to me that most of the trees are relatively small and probably dormant.  There are a number of persons with relatively large trees (mine is about 40,000 persons) and there is a good chance of finding common ancestry on those larger trees.  But there is little real collaboration.

The inter-connected family trees on and have a relatively small number of submitters, but the number on is larger.  However, on, the average number is probably about 100 persons submitted by a user since there is no GEDCOM capability.

The "next" big inter-connected family tree system is the FamilySearch Family Tree, where the hope is that significant collaboration will occur, discussions, documents and source citations will rule, and the Mother of all Genealogy Family Trees will blossom.  IBIWISI - I'll believe it when I see it!

This post kind of meandered through a number of fertile fields, didn't it?   I think that's it's not one of my best efforts, but I spent a lot of time doing it so I'm going to post it anyway!  If anything, it can always be a bad example of a genealogy blog post.

Is our band of merry geneabloggers doomed to wander through cyberspace forever, or will thousands of new genea-readers suddenly appear from the rest of the Genealogy World?

What do you think? 

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Tuesday's Tip - Search Fold3 War of 1812 Collection - FREE in June

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Access to the War of 1812 collections on is FREE during the month of June 2012.  

The home page for is:

The FREE collections include:

*  Letters Received by the Adjutant General, 1805-1821 (99% complete)

*  War of 1812 Pension Files (3% complete, all states, A and B names only)

*  War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern District Court, New York (100% complete)

*  War of 1812 Service Records (Lake Erie and Mississippi only)

The information page for the War of 1812 Collection provides much more information:

 The user can search for records on the home page or on the War of 1812 page above, or can Browse for records on|.

Here is the Browse screen for the War of 1812 Pension Files.  I chose Connecticut, and the B surname list:

Scrolling down the B name list, I chose Beach and saw four pension files for this surname in Connecticut.  I highlighted Samuel Beach and could see the page image thumbnails available:

Clicking on one of the images, it opened in the Fold3 image window:

This particular record lists the file numbers, soldier's name, service, spouse's name, residences, death dates for both, bounty land warrant numbers, and remarks about the soldier's service.  There are 68 pages in this particular War of 1812 Pension File.  I hope that this is one that is for my colleague's Beach ancestors!

The War of 1812 Pension Files  is a joint project between the National Archives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  At this date, it is only 3% imaged and indexed.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Using the Genealogy Jamboree App to Pick My Classes

I posted last week how to access the syllabus material using the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree app in Getting Ready for SCGS Genealogy Jamboree NEXT WEEK!  

I need to choose the classes that I might want to attend on the three days, so I used the App again to do that - picking one or more in each time period.  Here was my process:

1)  On the SCGS Jamboree 2012 App Dashboard:

I chose the "Classes" icon.

2)  The list of classes for each day, and each time period for that day, appeared.  I scrolled up and down and picked at least one class from the list in each time period by tapping the star to the left of the class title:

On the screen above, I picked Robert Raymond's talk on "Baby Steps with ..." tapped the star, it became dark.  I went through the entire schedule doing this.

You can move from day to day by tapping the arrows to the right or left of the Day/Date.

3)  Back on the Dashboard, I selected  the "My Schedule" icon and saw:

The classes that I selected for Friday afternoon are shown in orange, with the time frame for each class or event.

Have you picked out your classes yet?  Have you downloaded the Jamboree app and used it yet?  Go for it!

We're really looking forward to the Hollywood Gala on Friday night - this may be the only time I ever get to walk on a red carpet.  What should I wear?  A Hawaiian shirt?  Cheryl's hula skirt?  A Burger king crown?  

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Do the Research Notes Transfer via GEDCOM to Family Tree Maker 2012?

In Creating Research Notes in RootsMagic 5 - Post 1 and Post 2 last week, I demonstrated how to create a set of Research Notes in RootsMagic 5 (using the "Detail Text" field in the Source citation menu), and how to create a "Research Notes Report" that puts all of the Research notes, with their sources, in chronological order.

That's great for users of RootsMagic, but the next question for me is:

Does that information transfer, via GEDCOM, to other genealogy software programs?  And can it be put into a report format in the other program?  I'm going to look at Family Tree Maker 2012 first.

I created a small GEDCOM file of alpheus B. Smith and his family in RootsMagic 5, and exported it to a file.  Then I opened Family Tree Maker 2012 and imported the GEDCOM file just created.

The People Workspace and Individual & Shared Facts screen for Alpheus B. Smith looks like this:

A quick review of the Facts, sources, Media and Notes indicated that everything I wanted to transfer across in the GEDCOM file was included.  I was curious to see if the "Detail Text" notes in the Source citation was transferred.  Here is the "Source" tab contents of the  "Edit Source Citation" window for the Birth Fact:

As you can see, the "Detail Text" note is labelled "Citation text" in the bottom part of the window.

On the "Reference Note" tab, the "citation text" is included after the Source and the Citation detail:

The GOOD NEWS is that the "Detail text" material is transferred using GEDCOM into the Family Tree Maker 2012 database as "Citation text."

What about Reports?  Is there a Family Tree Maker 2012 report "just like" the RootsMagic 5 "Research Notes Report?"

Not exactly...After checking out all of the Report options in the "Publish" Workspace, I found two Reports that provide similar information.  Here is the first page of the "Documented Facts" Report for Alpheus B. Smith (I selected only him):

Here is the first page of the "Source Usage Report" for Alpheus:

As you can see in the two screens above, both reports provide the person's name, the Fact description, the Source citation, and then the "Citation text" information.  The Facts are listed in alphabetical order, instead of chronological order.

Further down in the list, a problem appeared.  Look at the text in this Citation text:

Any text formatting (e.g., bold, underline, italics) in the Citation text, which is transferred via GEDCOM in RootsMagic has formatting indicators of <b> <u> <i> throughout the FTM information.   When I created the GEDCOM file, I checked to save note formatting and special RootsMagic formatting.

If I uncheck those items in the GEDCOM export, create another GEDCOM report and import it into FTM 2012, then the resulting Report in FTM 2012 looks like this:

The formatting problem (at least for bold, underline and italics) is solved.  However, the general GEDCOM import problem to FTM 2012 remains - there are spaces throughout all Notes and Sources text because FTM 2012 doesn't do the text concatenation task correctly ( a known problem).

It appears that FTM 2012 does import the "Detail text" as "Citation text" and a similar report to RootsMagic's "Research Notes Report" can be created using the "Source Usage Report" or the "Documented Facts Report" for an individual.

If Family Tree Maker 2012 modified their "Documented Facts Report" for an individual to have the option of putting the Sources in Chronological order, rather than alphabetical order, the report would be equivalent to the RootsMagic report.   Another option would be to add the Source and Citation text to the "Timeline Report" to create a "Source Citation Notes Report."

I hope that Family Tree Maker will take these suggestions to heart and add these features to their program.

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Amanuensis Monday - 1826 Deed of Lebbeus Smith to Alpheus B. Smith

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday. What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is the deed for land in Medfield, Massachusetts sold by Lebbeus Smith to Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840) in 1826.  This deed is in:

Norfolk County (Massachusetts) Register of Deeds, "Land Records - Deeds, 1793-1890," Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, on 373 microfilm reels.  Volume 78, Page 166 (accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 839826), Deed, Lebbeus Smith to Alpheus Smith, dated 29 June 1826, recorded 1 July 1826.

The transcription of the deed is:

Smith to Smith [in right margin]

that I, Lebbeus Smith of Medfield in the County of Norfolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, husbandman, for and in consideration of six hundred and twenty dollars to me paid by Alpheus B. Smith of said Medfield yeoman, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have given, granted, bargained, sold and conveyed, and do hereby give, grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Alpheus B. Smith and his heirs and assigns forever.  A certain parcel of land situated in MEDFIELD aforesaid, and bounded, and described as follows: containing by estimation twenty acres be the same more or less, it being the homestead of the said Lebbeus, bounded northwardly on land of the heirs of Eliakim Morse in part, and in part on land of the heirs of Elias Mann, westwardly on land of Elisha Clark in part, and partly on the road leading to Walpole, southwardly on land of Asa Hamont, and eastwardly on land of David Smith together with all the buildings consisting of a house, barn, & smaller building thereon, with all privileges, and appurtenances thereto belonging.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the aforegranted premises  to the said Alpheus B. Smith and his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever.  And I do hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, covenant with and engage to and with the said Alpheus and his heirs and assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises; that they are free from all incumbrances, that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the Alpheus, and that I and my heirs, executors and administrators shall and will warrant the same premises to the said Alpheus and his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.

And I, Lois Smith, wife of the said Lebbeus of said Medfield, for the consideration aforesaid, do hereby remise, release and relinquish to the said Alpheus and his heirs and assigns forever all my right and title to dower in and to the aforegranted premises.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we the said parties Lebbeus Smith and Lois his wife as aforesaid in token of her relinquishment of her dower in said premises have hereunto set our hands and seals this twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

Signed, sealed and delivered .............. } ..................... Lebbeus Smith [seal]
in presence of us ................................} .....................  Lois Smith [seal]  
   Daniel Adams ................................ }
   Samuel Guild ................................. }

Norfolk ss. June 30th 1826.  Personally appeared the above named Lebbeus Smith and acknowledged the above instrument, by signed and sealed, to be his free act and deed, before me, Daniel Adams, Justice of the Peace.

July 1st 1826.  Received Entered and Exmained by Enos Foord Sec.

This was the deed that I missed when I was in Salt Lake City back in February.  It clearly details that Alpheus B. Smith purchased the land on which he raised his family, which was later sold by his estate and his widow.  

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver