Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Where did the day go?

I've spent most of the day on the computer, and just realized it was after 4:30 PM.

The morning started with boxing up the wall pictures, the knick-knack stuff, and the china hutch contents in the living room so that we can paint the living room.

After reading my email, and making one blog posting, I checked out Illya D'Addezio's web site www.famousroots.com. That's interesting - he has started adding genealogy information about famous people, in a blog-type format. One link led me to Ancestry.com, and somehow I input SEAVER in the surname box and decided to see what was in some of the databases that I haven't browsed through before.

The "Family Data Collection" was a database that I have never explored - the "database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease." Interesting. It had many records of SEAVER people, especially children of Seaver women, that were not in my Seaver database. It is unclear where the records really came from, and it may be that it was obtained from researchers who participated in a genetics project. From what I could see, the data was consistent with other data I've collected from many sources.

So I put the Ancestry window next to my FamilyTreeMaker database window and entered data (mainly birth, marriage and death dates and places, but some spouse names also) into my FTM database. There were 456 SEAVER entries in the database. There were also 156 SEVER entries in the database. I started that at about 12 noon and completed the SEAVER set at about 4 PM.

Have you explored the "Family Data Collection" for your folks? Although it is secondary information from derivative sources, you never know what you might find!

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