1) On My RootsTech 2013 Checklist (14 March 2013):
* John D. Tew said: "Whew! After accomplishing all that you need to have on your list (at the bottom). Relax and veg out for three solid days upon return to San Diego!! ;-)"
* Denise Levenick offered: "Remember to take your vitamins and drink lots of water. Jamboree is less than 3 months away!"
* Deb Brunt commented: "Have you heard of the app "Tripit"? It is available (free for the basic version) for iPhone & iPad as well as PC. You forward all your confirmation emails to Tripit and it creates a trip for you so all of your travel documents are in one place. And you can manually add items to it as well."
My comments: Thank you all for commiserating and encouraging, and thank you, Deb, for the Tripit lead.
2) On Finding Genealogy Gems in Ancestry Member Trees (14 March 2013):
* Tim Forsythe noted: "I've also found some good sources on trees in Rootsweb's World Connect Project. It pays to go looking sometimes. I recently purchased an Ancestry DNA kit and needed an ancestry tree to connect it to, so I added a few generations to it so that Ancestry would be able to find close relatives based on DNA matches. I found that Ancestry's shakey leaf kept finding new sources based on the vital data I provided and their algorithms that search for people in similar trees. Pretty soon I was building up more and more generations just to see what it would find. It went pretty quickly and even though most of the sources I already had in my database, there were some new ones as well. I was also able to add several new ancestors to my daughter-in-law's tree. That being said, the hints they provide need to be analyzed thoroughly before accepting them. They suggest a lot of poor quality sources as well such as the "Family Data Collection" and the "Millennium File", which are really nothing more than large databases of unsourced family trees. Ancestry does allow you to turn off their Ancestor Trees from the hints, which was nice. Ancestry won't find every source, so a quick search is also useful. My take away is that Ancestry can automatically locate some very good sources for ancestors in matching trees with very little effort."
My comment: Agreed on Rootsweb WorldConnect - it's where I point my beginning students to find leads for their ancestry because it's free and is a fairly large collection (and most of it is duplicated in Ancestry Member Trees). When I did my study on "You don't even have to know what you're looking for" last year, I found that about 90% of the Hints that Ancestry offers are for the person of interest. As Tim says, some of the databases are index collections that I don't waste my time on. I can ignore them and find the more authoritative sources that are actual records.
3) On Dear Randy - Two Names, Two Birth Records for One Child? Or Two? (11 March 2013):
* Geolover noted: "...your suggestions are good, but the seeker should also look into any surviving newspapers (was there announcement of twins born?), land and court records in addition to divorce proceedings.
"What if there were twins and the husband absconded with one of them? I can think of a scenario unrelated to the following.
"One of my cousins married in the 1830s and had a child. The husband abandoned them, went to another State and filed for divorce, which was granted. He returned and took away the child -- I have not had an opportunity to see whether there were Court records in the husband residence County and State regarding custody of the child. The marriage was not recorded, and births were not being recorded in the mother's home State at this time.
"My only clue to look for something about this woman's marriage was the 1880 US Census notation that she was divorced. Once my eyes were opened I was lucky to locate a report of a lawsuit by the taken child, claiming his now-deceased mother's land. She had conveyed it by deed and died intestate. The court decided that the conveyance was legitimate, and ruled against the plaintiff. The proceedings commenced some 46 years after birth of this child, which is just a pointer to not confine a search to an immediate time period. The court record has myriad sworn statements by relatives and neighbors as to relationships between the deceased mother, her sister and various nephews, which helped resolve another couple of issues on this family.
I certainly wish the seeker good hunting."
My comment: Life can be much stranger than fiction, can't it? Great detective work, a little luck and good court records solved your problem and added to your family history. Excellent lessons for all of us.
* Susan offered: "Look up the entry, born March 3, 1861, to see if RCE appears in the left hand column.
(2) a mobile app that syncs seamlessly
(3) a number of the fixes or suggestions that forum members have provided over the past two years taken to heart by Legacy rather than more bells and whistles - Legacy has plenty of those already."
"I was not aware that Ancestry.com had any version of FTM that worked with new.FamilySearch."
"Will here be family tree database software where you can add references direct from the libraries catalog? I doubt that since then they can not follow Mills.
"Will some interface with a reference organizing software such as Zotero?
"An open API to the user trees on Ancestry.
"I would like to see someone start using Maridb or MySQL as their database. So the DB engine is separated from the genealogy program.
"I do not think Legacy will have a new version they may talk about it. They have a slot reserved at the SCGS Jamboree June 7."