Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I have one #ImprovementSuggestion and that is to have the ability to enter the census header information as well as the line item information. Other than that, I find #GenScriber to be a nice addition. Thank you #DickEastman for the article on the software!
Now for the second piece of software, #Evidencia. As I said, I have not started to use it yet, but I am a bit perturbed with the vendor since they sent me an email to sign up for a class on how to use the software. When I click on the sign up button,it takes me to a page on their web site that says there are no events. Really bad form. If there is nothing to offer, do not sent out an offer!!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Happy Trails to me!!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Now, I am not totally unfamiliar with strange spelling of names. My mother's name was Jmae (pronounced J me). So, there had to be a reason Phebe dropped the O.
I finally started going back up the tree. Phebe's mother, Mary Ann Cummings Gardner, died at an early age and her husband, William G Gardner married three more times. So, that end was a scramble. All I had was Mary Ann's father was Abner and they were living in Connecticut at the time Mary Ann and William were married. Well, I did what I was supposed to do and started the #Census search for Abner. To the best of anyone's recall Abner had died in 1848, so I was looking before 1850. I found Abner with the appropriate household members in the right are of Connecticut, But, this was all before 1850. No names of family members other than Abner. So, I stared in #1850Census since it contains a list of all the family members and looked for Mary Ann Cummings in the same town in Connecticut. Well, what popped up, but Mary Ann as the daughter and Phebe as the wife. That is right PHEBE. Wife, not Widow. Well she was Line 1. Wonder what was on the #previouspageofthecensus. Abner was alive and well. In fact he lived until 1884, not 48.
So, my great grandmother was named after her grandmother, using the same spelling. There was a reason. What is in a name? Sometimes, a whole lot of family history....
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The best of intentions. I did 1940. I started 1930. I got busy. Then I received a note from a distant Weaver cousin which has me back in the 1850 - 1880 census records for the Weaver and Lane families. It was a great kick in the pants. Now, there are all those other lines that need to be caught up......
#LegacyFamilyTree #CensusUpdate #Genealogy
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Too often we forget the purpose of a death notice is more that to say so and so died. It is to give a capsule version of their life and family; those who meant a great deal to the deceased. As a genealogist, the purpose is to leave a trail for future researchers to follow. So, as I alluded to, I am cleaning out my parents' house due to the recent death of my father. I had control of the notice that was placed. Future researchers, you are welcome!
#DeathNotices #Obituaries #Genealogy
Monday, August 18, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
So, think about all your stuff and where it is kept. I know I intend to rethink a lot of what I have and what I will be bringing in from my parents' home.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
So, if you have a number of family #heirlooms be sure that there is a record of their origin that someone (your next of kin) can find when you are gone. Otherwise, it is anyone's guess and your children just might toss out great grandma's rocker that if they had only known. And if you think sharing this information with your children though they years as they are growing up is all that is needed, WRONG. You might get lucky and one of them remember what each of the items are, but there is no guarantee that is the one that is going to sort though your stuff. #WRITE IT DOWN! #MAKE IT FINDABLE!
Just a side note. Make sure you store the SIGNED copy of your will with in a bank safe deposit box that your executor has access to enter. Do not get fancy and stash it where no one can find it. A copy of the will that says signature on file is worthless.
#end of rant Tuesday
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Apparently, my father had a better relationship with his mother-in-law than my grandmother did. My parents purchased a plot and have been interred head to head with my mother's parents.
#Odd Family Stories #VJ Day
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
No matter how disrespectful, it may seem, ask to see the signed documents, make copies, and then ask exactly where they are going to keep them (what bank's safe deposit box that you are a signer to access).
At least my father will leave a paper trail in the probate system for future generations.....
Sunday, March 16, 2014
OK, the results of my first attempt at a spit in the vial DNA test came back. Did it through ancestry.com. Found out Grandma was spoofin about being part American Indian. The rest was no big surprise. Until I got an email from the husband of a woman who is supposed to be my first or second cousin. She does not know who her biological father is. Sunames for her mother do not match. I have no known male uncles. I smell a family scoundrel! A genealogist dream.