Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Searching for Persons and Cemeteries on BillionGraves

I have not explored the Billion Graves website at all over the past few years.  At this time, there are about 10 million gravesite photographs.  I want to look deeper at the site.  Most features on the site are free, but there is a subscription component, called BG Plus, also.

Billion Graves permits volunteer photographers to use the free Billion Graves mobile app for iOS and Android units to take a photograph of a gravesite or gravestone, and the app uploads the photograph, along with the GPS coordinate of the grave, to Billion Graves servers.  Once the photo is on the website, then volunteers can transcribe the photographs.  The transcription information, and the photograph and GPS location, are then available to search on the Billion Graves website and on the FamilySearch website (  FamilySearch updates the collection on a regular basis.

I explored finding cemetery maps and adding gravestone transcriptions in Billion Graves Cemetery Maps and Gravesite Transcriptions (posted 20 October 2014), and the BillionGraves mobile app in Technology Tuesday - Billion Graves Mobile App (posted 21 October 2014).  

In this post, I'm going to explore the Search function - for persons and cemeteries.

1)  Here is the top of the Billion Graves home page after I signed in with my credentials:

The "Search" button is on the top of the page, in the center, just to the right of the BillionGraves title.

2)  I clicked on "Search" and saw a search form - with the "Person Lookup" active.  There is also a "Cemetery Lookup" tab.

In the "Person Lookup" form, I entered the Last Name "seaver" to the search field to see what they have in the database:

Below the search form above, there are a number of helpful search tips.  There is an "Exact Search" check box and a "Phonetic" check box.

I clicked on the blue "Search" button and received 232 matches:

For each match, there is a thumbnail photo of the gravestone, the person's name (as a link) with birth and death years (if known), and the cemetery name, and the location.

I noticed that one the persons on the results list was "Seaver" in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.   Here is the information for this person:

The page above has a small photo of the gravestone, a map of the cemetery with a stickpin for the gravesite, and information (birth, marriage, death, cemetery) about the person below the photos.

If I had more information about this person, I could click on the blue "Edit" button (top right above the cemetery map photo) to add or modify information about this gravestone.

3)  I wanted to see how many entries that BillionGraves had in Massachusetts for the "seaver" last name, so I added information to the search fields:

The search results provided 11 entries for "seaver" in Massachusetts.

4)  The user can search for cemeteries in a specific country, state or county.  I clicked on the "Cemetery Lookup" tab and selected "United States," "Massachusetts," and "Worcester" from the dropdown menus:

After clicking the blue "Search" button, the list of 259 cemeteries in the BillionGraves system for Worcester County, Massachusetts appeared:

On the list above, the cemeteries are listed alphabetically, with the number of images available and the location of the cemetery.  The cemeteries with photo images are listed with dark blue links.

I scrolled down to find Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts, clicked the link, and saw:

The satellite map of the cemetery (zoomable) and stickpins for the gravesites with photographs appeared, along with information for the cemetery (address, GPS coordinates), and the list of persons entered into the BillionGraves system.  There are tabs for "Records," "Photos," "Contributors," "Requests" and "Comments."

5)  The Search features are excellent, and work quickly.  This part of the website is easy to use.  A user can quickly determine if there is a BillionGraves entry for a target person.  If there is not, a "Request" for a photo can be submitted on the "Request" tab.

I will explore more features, including the BG Plus features, in future blog posts.

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Aunt Marion and Aunt Gerry Visit in 1978 -- Post 330 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 Seaver/Carringer family photograph collection from my 40 years of photo albums, boxes and piles of family photographs:

This photo was taken in about 1978 in San Diego, California,.  The persons in the photo are (from the left):

*  Lori Seaver, my daughter
*  Marion (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill (1901-2000), my Aunt and my father's oldest sister
*  Randy Seaver, beardless (I started growing it in late 1978 after my appendectomy)
*  Geraldine (Seaver) Remley (1917-2007), my Aunt and my father's youngest sister.

I don't know where this picture was taken.  It must be in San Diego.  It's not at our house, my parents house on Point Loma, or the Chamberlain house in Kensington.  It may be at my brother's home.  

This was probably the first visit by Aunt Marion to San Diego to visit her brother (my father) and our family.  What a sweetheart she was. Marion visited at least two more times, and we visited her in South Carolina in the 1990s.   It may have been Aunt Gerry's first visit also.  She visited us more often over the years in San Diego, and we visited her many times from 1982 to 2006 in Florida and Maine.  

Both of my aunts really enjoyed being with our two daughters, and with us.  This was before I started doing genealogy research, and these two were the keepers of family lore.  They loved to tell stories about my father and his brother.  Fortunately, they both made audio tapes about the Seaver family life in Massachusetts and I have transcribed them.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch - 12-18 October 2014

I'm trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (  As of 18 October, there were 1,839 record collections on FamilySearch (up 1 from last week, which one was it?).

Here are the new and updated collections for the week of 12 to 18 October 2014:

*  Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991; Browse Images, updated 17 Oct 2014
*  South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970; Browse Images, updated 17 Oct 2014
*  New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792-1906; Browse Images, updated 16 Oct 2014
*  New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885; 59,040 indexed and imaged records, updated 16 Oct 2014
*  Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988; Browse Images, updated 15 Oct 2014

*  France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1790-1891; 138,452 indexed and imaged records, updated 15 Oct 2014
*  Argentina, Marriages, 1722-1911; 145,904 indexed records, updated 15 Oct 2014
*  Oregon, Deschute County Records, 1871-1985; Browse Images, updated 14 Oct 2014
*  Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975; 163,484 indexed and imaged records, updated 14 Oct 2014
*  Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid District Court Records, 1985-2013; Browse Images, updated 14 Oct 2014

*  Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982; Browse Images, updated 13 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.

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Three Interesting MyHeritage Announcements

There have been three interesting announcements from this month:

1)  Today, in MyHeritage Announces Major Collaboration with 23andMe, they announced that users of 23andMe (a personal genetics company that pioneered autosomal DNA analysis) will be able to access MyHeritage research tools and access to MyHeritage family trees, while MyHeritage users will offer 23andMe services to all of their users.  Both companies have a subscription or fee cost at present.  The first phase of product integration will be in early 2015.  You can read the press release on Dick Eastman's blog here.

Gilad Japhet, the founder of MyHeritage, was interviewed on Bloomberg TV today - the YouTube video is below and at

In addition to the information about MyHeritage and 23andMe, there is an interesting question near the end of the video about a MyHeritage initial public stock offering (IPO) in the future.

The press release and blog post are useful, but they raise an umber of questions that I, and probably other observers, have, including;

*  Will MyHeritage users receive a discount on the 23andMe autosomal DNA test?

*  Will 23andMe users receive a discount on a MyHeritage Family Tree and Data (record collection) subscriptions?  Or will access to one or both be free?

* Will MyHeritage Family Tree users be able to see their autosomal DNA matches from 23andMe users, and their tree on MyHeritage?  Perhaps a list of matches, links to the 23andMe chromosome browser, and a chart of the lines from the common ancestor(s)?

*  Will the 23andMe family tree feature be replaced by the MyHeritage tree?

What other questions do you have about this?  Perhaps a MyHeritage executive will answer our questions.

2)  On 7 October 2014, MyHeritage partners with EBSCO Information Services to bring MyHeritage to libraries and educational institutions worldwide was posted on  This announced MyHeritage Library Edition for subscribing libraries.  At subscribing libraries, users would have free access to MyHeritage record collections to research their ancestral families.  

There is more information, and a tutorial video, at  The video is an excellent overview of the MyHeritage offerings.

I did not find a link to public or academic libraries that have the EBSCO service.  The MyHeritage databases are not yet listed on the EBSCO Digital Archives website in the "History and Genealogy" dropdown menu.

3)  MyHeritage is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT, on Spooky Genealogy: Death Records, Gravestones, and More!  You need to register for free to attend the webinar online - see

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Technology Tuesday - Billion Graves Mobile App

BillionGraves has a mobile app that can be used to find cemetery locations, take photographs of gravestones and upload the photos to the website, and find records of gravestones that have already been uploaded.  

The mobile app is FREE from the App Store for iOS products, and from Google Play for Android products.  A user must have a FREE BillionGraves account in order to use the mobile app to its fullest potential.  

1)  The opening screen of the BillionGraves mobile app  on my iPhone looks like this:

There are five buttons on the opening screen - for "Take Pictures," "Records," "Cemeteries," "Dashboard" and "Photos."

2)  I haven't taken any pictures yet, so I won't go into the "Take Pictures" and "Photos" sections.  Here is the "Dashboard" screen: 

That reflects my pitiful BillionGraves status as of this morning.

3)  I tapped on the "Cemeteries" button, and saw:

Since the app knows where I am, it lists the nearest cemeteries to my present location.  

I tapped on "Glen Abbey Memorial Park" and saw the gravesites already in the BillionGraves system:

4)  I wanted to see what information was available for Leominster, Massachusetts cemeteries.  I entered "Leominster Mass" in the "Search" field on the "Cemeteries" screen:

When I tapped on "Search," it said there were no records.  So I went back and entered "Evergreen" in the "Search" field and got a long list of cemeteries named Evergreen listed by distance from my location, but it stopped before it got to Massachusetts for some reason.  

My expectation was that I could enter a location and get a list of the cemeteries in that location, with perhaps an address and a map to help me get there.  Perhaps I missed that?

5)  I also wanted to search for a person.  I chose Bogdan Kijanka, whose gravestone I transcribed yesterday.  On the "Records" screen, I entered the name in the "Search" field, tapped "Search" and saw:

I want to see the gravestone and find the gravesite on a map of the cemetery.  When I tapped on the name on the screen above, a popup asked if I wanted to "View on Map," "Add Image from camera" or "Cancel."

I chose "View on Map" and saw the stickpin for the gravesite in the cemetery.  I tapped on the stickpin and it told me who the person on the gravestone:

I wanted to see the gravestone, so I tapped on the thumbnail image above (I could have tapped on the icon in the upper right-hand corner also), and the screen went dark and said "Done."  Hmmm, I never could see the gravestone image, after trying several times.  I tried it from the image on the "Records" Search screen and could not see the gravestone image.  I tried this for several persons.  Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.  

6)  The BillionGraves mobile app finds records already photographed and transcribed, and can find most cemeteries, but there doesn't appear to be a way to see the gravestone, at least on the persons I tried (I did try several persons).  

The real use of this mobile app is to take photographs of gravestones with a smartphone, which also records the GPS coordinates of the stone, and uploads the photograph and GPS information to the BillionGraves website for transcription.  I will explore that process in a later post after I take some gravestone pictures.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

My Top Genea-Discoveries -- Kemp Family Records

Betty on the Betty's Boneyard Genealogy Blog wrote My Top Ten Genealogical Discoveries--So Far! on 31 August 2014, and I've been meaning to write about my own genea-discoveries ever since.  

I'm not going to rank them all, and I'm going to do them one at a time so I can describe them in some detail - perhaps my experience will help others, or perhaps a reader can suggest more resources for me to find.

Genea-Discovery:  Family Records for Abraham James Kemo and Sarah Fletcher, and descendants.

1)  When I started my genealogy research back in 1988, my mother provided one  handwritten sheet of paper that provided names, birth/death dates, and spouses names for the children of James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) and his two wives, shown below:

This was a sheet that my mother probably copied from other records, and then added the later family information.  I don't know the source that my mother used.

2)  A second sheet of paper was provided by Mark Putman via correspondence in the mid-1990s, with information about the children of Abram James Kemp (1795-????) and Sarah Fletcher (1802-????) (parents of James Abraham Kemp and his siblings), which provided their names, birth and death dates, and spouses names:

This paper was apparently obtained from John Wesley Kemp of Santa Maria, California before Mark sent it to me.

3)  In the mid-1990s, I visited the Huntington Beach Public Library in Orange County, California, which included the surname files of the Orange County, California Genealogical Society.  I found another piece of paper with more information about the Abram James and Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp family:

The top of the typescript provides the source of the information - from an 1877 Bible that belonged to John Evans Kemp, son of Peter Evans Kemp, son of Abraham and Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp.

The bottom part of the typescript above provides birth dates, and a marriage date, for Abraham Kemp and Sarah Fletcher, plus information about their children.  

This remains the only source that my Kemp family has for the marriage of Abram Kemp and Sarah Fletcher, and for the birth date of Sarah Fletcher.

Back in March, 2014, I was at the Huntington Beach library again, and looked for this record in the card catalog, and did not find it listed.  Perhaps it is in a drawer that is not cataloged.  I will have to ask the docents and librarians next time I visit (probably on 3 January 2015).  

4)  Unfortunately, there are no locations provided on any of these papers.  Since I found the third paper, I, and other Kemp family members, have found many more birth, marriage and death records, plus census and other records, for these families.

5)  I know the families of Abram James Kemp's parents and grandparents.  However, I don't know who Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp's parents are.  The 1851 Census of Canada names her as "Sephrona" and says that she was born in France and was of the Catholic religion.  

I have more research to do especially for Sarah (or Sephrona?) - I need to look for Fletcher families in the 1800 to 1820 time frame in Prince Edward County, or Lennox and Addington County, Ontario.  I have looked in the Quebec Drouin Collecton for a baptism of Sarah/Sephrona, with no record found to date.

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Billion Graves Cemetery Maps and Gravesite Transcriptions

I have not explored the Billion Graves website at all over the past few years.  At this time, there are about 10 million gravesite photographs.  I want to look deeper at the site.  Most features on the site are free, but there is a subscription component, called BG Plus, also.

Billion Graves permits volunteer photographers to use the free Billion Graves mobile app for iOS and Android units to take a photograph of a gravesite or gravestone, and the app uploads the photograph, along with the GPS coordinate of the grave, to Billion Graves servers.  Once the photo is on the website, then volunteers can transcribe the photographs.  The transcription information, and the photograph and GPS location, are then available to search on the Billion Graves website and on the FamilySearch website (  FamilySearch updates the collection on a regular basis.

1)  Here is the top of the Billion Graves home page after I signed in with my credentials:

On the "Dashboard" view above, you can see that it knows my location, and tabulates the number of photos I have uploaded, number of transcriptions, number of cemeteries visited, and number of cemeteries added.  There is a "Request Board" in the left-hand column for gravesite photos near my location.  The right-hand area provides "Billion Graves Activity" for recent additions to the collection.

There are menu links at the top of the page for "Search," "Blog," "Store," "Get Started" and "Community."

The tabs are "Dashboard," "Photos," "Tools," "Transcribe," "Notifications" and "BG Plus."

2)  In the "Tools" tab, I clicked on "Cemetery Map:"

The map for the San Diego area, centered on my location, opened, and I could see the location of the  cemetery sites that have gravesite entries, color coded for number of entries:

I can zoom into an area on the map using the zoom bar at the top left, or with my mouse scroll wheel.

Here is the map of Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California, which is the closest cemetery to my location:

The color coding is in the lower left-hand corner of the screen:

*  Purple for a cemetery with 1000+ BillionGraves images.
*  Yellow for a cemetery with BillionGraves images.
*  Green for a cemetery with less than 20 BillionGraves images.
*  Blue for a cemetery without BillionGraves images.

3)  To transcribe an image, I clicked on the "Transcribe" tab (which has 923,367 images waiting for me and others to transcribe them!), and it opened for gravesite in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita.  I guess it choose the cemetery nearest the user to transcribe entries.

There is a photograph for the gravesite, and fields to enter information on the "Buried Here" tab.  The fields shown are Prefix, Given Names, Family Names, Birth month-day-year, and Death month-day-year.

There is an "Advanced Options" link, which adds fields for Maiden Name, Marriage date, Suffix, and Age-at-death.

There are links to Add military specific info, Show/hide Hebrew dates, and Others not buried here.

The icons on the Cemetery name line are for "New Individual Buried here" (e.g., if more than one person is on a gravestone) and "Add Epitaph/Notes."

I added the name, birth date, death date, military information and epitaph/notes to the form, as shown below:

Before I could Save the transcription, I clicked on the "thumbs up"  icon at the top of the photograph to indicate that the photo quality was good.

When I was finished, I clicked on the green check mark at the top right of the form.  That showed the transcribed information in a form:

If I wanted to transcribe another gravesite, I can click on the dark blue right-arrow at the top right of the screen above.

That was pretty easy, but the icons and some links to add information are not particularly noticeable for new users.  Once you've done some transcriptions, the process gets easier.

I will explore more features, including the BG Plus features, in future blog posts.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 240: 1872 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to Alexander John

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

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

The subject today is an 1872 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith selling land to Alexander John. 

The transcription of this deed is (handwritten text in italics, form fields underlined):

FROM:  D.J. & A.A. Smith   }       Filed for record, this    6th   day of      June     A.D. 18 72 at
                                                  }                               6    o'clock,    P.  M.
TO:         Alex John                }      
                                                  }                             E.G. Medford, Recorder
Know all Men by these Presents: That      I. Devier J. Smith and Abbie   
    A. Smith wife       of the County of   Taylor   and State of    Iowa   
in consideration of the sum of    Thirty two Hundred ($3200)                                    Dollars,
in hand paid by         Alexander John                     
of     Taylor     County and State of     Iowa    do hereby SELL AND CONVEY
unto the said        Alexander John        the following       
described premises, situated in the County of   Taylor    and State of   Iowa    to wit:
      The North Half of the South West Quarter of Section No. Twenty Three   
    (23) in Township No Sixty Eight (68) North in Range Thirty four (34) 
and   We   hereby covenant with the said     Alexander John                            
that   We   hold said premises by good and perfect title, that   We   have good right and lawful authority to sell
and convey the same; that they are free and clear of all liens and incumbrances whatsoever, And We covenant 
 to WARRANT AND DEFEND the said premises, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.  
And the said       Abbie A. Smith                        
hereby relinquishes her right of dower in and to the above described premises.
Signed this    5th      day of     June          A.D.  18  72 
IN PRESENCE OF          {   $ 3.50 U.S. Rev.Stamp     }        Devier J. Smith       
                                            {Annexed and Cancelled by }         Abbie A. Smith     
                                            { D.J. & A.A.S.                        }
STATE OF IOWA,     Taylor       County        SS
On this   fifth   day of    June       A.D. 18 72  , before me    E.G. Medford      
a    Notary Public      within and for said County, personally came    Devier J. Smith     
   and Abbie A. Smith     personally known to be the identical person s whose 
                        name s are  affixed to the above instrument as Grantor s , and acknowledged the same
                        to be   Their   voluntary act and deed, for the purposes therein expressed.
{ N P  }           In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my 
{ seal }            official seal at     Bedford  Iowa     on the date last above written.
                                                                              E.G. Medford            
                                                                               Notary Public        
     I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original deed, as filed for record on the
     6th      day of      June      18 72  
                                                            E.G. Medford          Recorder.

The source citation for this Deed is:

Taylor County, Iowa, Taylor County, Iowa, deed records, 1855-1953; index, 1855-1902, "Deed Records (Land) v. O (cont'd), 1873-1874, v. P 1871-1873, v. Q (to p.391)" Volume P, page 290(stamped), Deed of Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to Alexander John, 1872; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,635.

Devier J. Smith purchased the entire Southwest quarter of Section 23 in Township 68 North, Range 34 West (160 acres) on 10 December 1867, along with 60 acres in Section 18 of Township 67 North, Range 33 West, for $1400.  In the present deed, he sells the northern half (80 acres) of Section 23 for $3200.  This is a tidy profit (perhaps about $2700) after five years of holding and improving this land, which may have had their farm house on it.  

Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith are my second great-grandparents.  By 1875, they were residing in Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas.  Subsequently, they moved in 1885 to McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1885, and then bought land in Cheyenne County, Kansas before Devier died in 1894 in McCook.  Abbie came to San Diego to live with her daughter's family in the early 1890s.

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 October 2014

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*   Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy, Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy - ISOGG Meeting, and Decennial Conference On Genetic Genealogy - Sunday by Jennifer Zinck on the Ancestor Central blog.  Jennifer has a lengthy summary of presentations and Q&A at the FTDNA Conference.

*  Brick Wall Buster Strategies by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda offers tried and true methods to break down your brick wall problems, plus some of her own examples.

*  And the Results Are ... by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael had to wait for autosomal DNA test results and found out how his mother was related to her siblings.

*  Tenth Annual Family Tree DNA Conference Wrapup by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta shares her experiences at the FTDNA Conference last weekend.

*  Lessons From the Lectern by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights the BCG lecture series in Salt Lake city.

*  Naming Relationships by Nancy Messier on the My Ancestors and Me blog.  Nancy describes different ways of naming relationships.  I've always been confused about great-grand aunts myself.

*  12 Keys to Analyzing the Vitals Section of Historic Newspapers by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken looks at vital record information found in newspapers.

*  Forward Into the Past by Tim Firkowski on Sherlock's Genealogical Adventures blog.   Tim shares his father's memories of visiting his Polish homeland.

*  Back to the Old Home -- Genealogical Research in Dublin;  Digging for the Truth at the National Archives of Ireland;  How Many Repositories Can I visit in One Day?  Irish Land Records Not Just About Land!  by Polly Kimmitt on the Polly Blog.  Polly shares her experiences researching in Dublin, Ireland.

*  My Top Ten Genea-Mysteries by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane updates her list of significant mysteries in her ancestral research.

*  And Now For the Serious Search; Let the Grunt Work Begin;  Luck, Guardian Angels and the Irish; Walking the Rainy Streets of Dublin;  The Aw-Inspiring Moments of Research; Race to Finish by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi shares her Dublin research experiences, and finally finds something helpful.

*  Gaenovium -- Keys to Open Data and Open Standards by Sue Adams on the Family Folklore Blog.  Sue highlights her experiences at the Gaenovium conference last week.

*  Caught Up in the Research by Susan Olsen LeBlanc on the Gopher Genealogy blog.  Susan describes the client project she's been working on, with great success.

*  Free Transfer of DNA Data From Ancestry to Family Tree DNA! by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  This is great news for spitters who want a chromosome browser.  Miss Kitty shows us how.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 17 October 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows, 17 October 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of Our Ancestors blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 17, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 10/17/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (October 18, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite blogs This Month) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1540 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Is Your All-Time Favorite Song?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


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

1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It's hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song? 

3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on a Facebook or Google+  entry.

Here's mine:

I listed some of my favorite all-time songs, mainly from the 1950's and 1960's, in several posts here and here. I never got past 1964, it seems, on my list. That sort of dates me, huh?

From that list, my #1 all-time favorite is from 1961 - I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters. You can hear the song here and read the lyrics here.

Why this song? 1961 was my high school graduation year and I was a hopeless teenage geek (5 foot 6 inches tall, 125 pounds, googly glasses, goofy overbite grin, pimples, butch haircut - you get the picture!). No dates, no girlfriends, no hope...just music to swoon by.

Like every red-blooded male teen, I yearned for a girlfriend and more, and songs like this really raised my, um, spirit. It took eight more years before I found the love of my life, but it was worth the wait!

I wonder if my daughters and grandchildren will ever find this post and learn a little bit more about my life?

It will be interesting to see the music mix from the bloggers and readers for this SNGF, since we are such a diverse group!

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