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January 2010 Blog Posts (93)

Family Tree Connection - Update (31/Jan/2010)

Family Tree Connection

Family Tree Connection has added the following genealogy items to its database:

Navy Pension Fund 1803 Annual Report - Letter from The Secretary of the Navy accompanying a Report of the Commissioners of the Fund for Navy Pensions. 28th December, 1803, Read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Washington Hospital for Foundlings…


Added by Illya Daddezio on January 31, 2010 at 12:13pm — No Comments

"New FamilySearch" integration now available in Legacy Family Tree 7.4 (public pre-release)

We have a great new update for you to download. This update has been several years in the making and for those with a "New FamilySearch" account you will be especially excited.

Watch the video

We've published a few videos showing you all about the new FamilySearch tools. Visit and click on the links in the Video Tutorials section.…


Added by Geoff Rasmussen on January 31, 2010 at 7:36am — No Comments

The future of FamilySearch

FamilySearch, the genealogical organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is well known for its Website, However, the Website for the actual organization is that of The Genealogical Society of Utah, the previous name of the organization. In answering the question, "What is FamilySearch?' the Website says:

FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is dedicated to the discovery and preservation of a record of the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on January 30, 2010 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Famous family

I am a first cousin 5 times removed of President Andrew Jackson.
Bonnie Morris Conrad

Added by bonnie Morris Conrad on January 30, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Scott Research Mix Mash Mulligan in Orange Co. VA

As I am watching the early film THE FUGITIVE I spent my time scanning early records that were posted on I did not find much but some tidbits that sent me to to find queries that

people have posted over the last ten years.

It appears an old friend is going to link in again to another line. It also appears I may have found where

to seriously dig for more information.

The site boasted an early map of Orange Co and its splinters off but it… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 30, 2010 at 1:20am — No Comments

Stome cutters Art

· The term "relict" on a tombstone means that the woman was a widow at the time of her death.

· The term "consort" on a tombstone means that her husband survived her.

· The term "cenotaph" engraved on a tombstone indicates an empty grave, with the stone erected in honor or memory of a person buried elsewhere (often erected in honor of a person lost at sea or in war)


· Arches - victory in death

· Arrows - mortality

· Bouquets, Flowers -… Continue

Added by John A Gwinn on January 29, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Backing up your family tree

Ok, I admit, it was my fault, I hadn't backed up my tree for TWO whole months, and then kabang - computer dies, loose all my photo's documents (read certificates), well, just everything. Panic, what to do, I got a computer guy out who couldn't retrieve much either. It was just gone. I was devestated, and the reason this guy told me mine had gone is that Windows 7 has a tendency to do that - well why the heck wasn't I told. Too late.

So, the very next day I ran out and bought a… Continue

Added by Jo Kotylak on January 29, 2010 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

The end of the Family Tree Project

For the past few years, if you have been watching the FamilySearch Labs Web page, you are likely aware of the application called Family Tree. In an announcement made in the FamilySearch Labs Blog, Dan Lawyer notes that "The time has come to retire the very popular Family Tree project from FamilySearch Labs." Many users of the New FamilySearch program became acquainted with the Family Tree version of the program and used it to show a more developed pedigree view of the data and also to provide… Continue

Added by James Tanner on January 29, 2010 at 5:05pm — No Comments

JOHN KOZINKSI? Orphan train ring a bell to anyone??

My paternal great grandfather was on the orphan train in 1909. He had a tag around his neck saying his first and last name. It said "john kozinski", he had no middle initial. We know that he was born in 1906, was born in nyc, ny (manhattan area we believe). His mother had other children that we believed she did not give up for adoption. He was adopted by the damborinos in bay st. louis, ms. If anybody has ANY information on this missing link, it would be helpful.

Added by Kimberly Ellen Hale on January 29, 2010 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

Genealogy Changes over the Years.

Changing Research Methods over Time

Mini version of talk presented to CVGS.

I have done research for many years, my Grandfather Hoffman had a great hand in developing the curiousity for research of the family. My Grandfather Jones created the same curiosity by saying " You won't like them, they are not nice". That only fueled the want to learn more. BTW, The family wasn't bad when I met them but they did have one individual that had made many peoples lives very miserable.… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 28, 2010 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Census Advise that is good besides unique.

A friend just sent this to my mailbox and I am going to mention it here. What a terrific idea and how silly it makes me feel that I never thought of doing this myself.

When you census papers arrive, after you fill them out copy them for your files and save them. Then in before 72 years shows up your data is there for future generations. Attach your census data to you genealogy that the family will have for the future.

Now I am wondering if under the Freedom of Information… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 28, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

Free Webspace

There are a number of places on the internet where you can upload your GEDCOM files to share your family tree research. Of course, Ancestry, My Family, and its RootsWeb World Connect are three of the most popular on the net. There are others! This site is hosted by several free internet webspace providers. One of those is They have much to offer including FTP access. The Genealogy Box on offers a forum. You can even host your own Word Press blog on… Continue

Added by The Genealogy Box on January 28, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Who IS John DuBell?

My Great-Grandfather, John DuBell was a colorful man and we are still striving to find the truth of his journey to America!

My grandfather, Alexander “Alec” DuBell was the first generation born in America in his paternal family… his father; John DuBell came here in 1864/69 from The Netherlands. He bought farmland in Franklin Parish, Louisiana and raised a family there.

The stories are:

1. He was “Shanghaied” by a “press gang” in Amsterdam and made to work on a… Continue

Added by Lisa Gilmore Lier on January 28, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Recursos de Historia Familiar -- Hispanic Family History Resources

FamilySearch announced new Hispanic Family History Resources for its popular FamilySearch Website. The resources are available both in English and Spanish and link to the Hispanic Family History Resources Portal of the FamilySearch Wiki. Interestingly, our own Mesa Regional Family History Center is featured as a related Website. For the past few months, I have been helping translate the Center's Website and organize the materials at the Center for use by Spanish speaking patrons. There is also… Continue

Added by James Tanner on January 28, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

Family Biography - A Lesson in Writing

Part 1- Preparing to Write a Family BiographyThis week I have been crazy busy writing family biographies. Three years ago, I began researching and writing the Kowalsky Family History Book. (I may have mentioned it once or twice before) From this process, I have learned a great deal about writing a family biography.

A biography is a life story written by someone other than the subject. A family biography is a bit different. It features more people, all related in some way. It… Continue

Added by Lynn Palermo on January 28, 2010 at 8:08am — No Comments

The Full Wiki revisited

A comment by a reader (See comment by John) on my last post on The Full Wiki, got me back to look a little more deeply at the Website. First of all, John is right, it is not technically a wiki, it would be better characterized as a wiki search program. It seems to compile information from the underlying Wikipedia, among others and present it in a different format. By clicking enough times, you can sometimes get down to the original Wikipedia article.…


Added by James Tanner on January 27, 2010 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Lafayette visits Derry, New Hampshire

In New Hampshire we have a Lafayette Social Club in Manchester, started by the French Canadians, and a Lafayette Road along the seacoast, otherwise known as Rt. 1. There is a Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains, which rises 5,260 feet from the side of Interstate 93 in Franconia Notch. All of these were named in honor of General Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution. He made an extremely popular, triumphal tour of New Hampshire in 1824-25, in celebration of the 50th… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on January 27, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

What Kind of Person Has a Video Biography Made?

In talking about my business to families and individuals, I often come across the perception that you have to be “almost famous” to have a video made about you or your family. People will say, “well there’s nothing really that interesting about us. We’re just a regular family doing regular things. Nothing like the people you see on TV.” The perception being that your life has to have been distinguished by something remarkable and media-worthy in order to justify the production of a biography.… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on January 27, 2010 at 12:50pm — No Comments

The Full Wiki -- another valuable tool for genealogists

It seems like there is a never-ending stream of new vastly large Websites that add functionality to the Internet. The Full Wiki came online in January of 2010 claiming to build the largest collection of free licensed work on the Internet. Apparently, they have already brought together the collective works of Wikipedia, Wikiquote, WikiTravell, Wiktionary and for nostalgia, the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1911.

Added by James Tanner on January 27, 2010 at 8:44am — No Comments

35mm Slide/Negative Converters

Does anyone currently use a 35mm Slide/Negative Converter? If so, what make and model are you currently using? I am currently comparing different models and was looking for feedback.

Found this simple model but not sure of it's quality...does anyone own it?

Also discovered a company online that will scan them… Continue

Added by Deanna Ramsey on January 26, 2010 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

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