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January 2012 Blog Posts (36)

31 March 2012 Spring Seminar Information

This is a one day event. It is an all day event.  I truly believe it is going to be the best of the best because of the topics and whom our speakers are.…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 31, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Birdwatcher's Guide to Genealogists

A humorous look at genealogy types on my blog at

Added by Randall Dickerson on January 30, 2012 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Join the RootsMagic Online Treasure Hunt and Win an iPad

It’s been a tremendous last few months here at RootsMagic. We’ve been busy with the new releases of Personal Historian 2 and RootsMagic 5. We're also excited to participate in one of the largest genealogy events in North…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on January 30, 2012 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Attend the RootsTech Conference from Home

RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, announced today that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on January 30, 2012 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments Partners with Historical Society of Pennsylvania Partners with Historical Society of Pennsylvania to Bring the State’s Rich History Online

Family History Leader Adds Millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records to its Pennsylvania Vital Record Collection



PROVO, UTAH – (January 26, 2012) –, the…


Added by Gena Philibert Ortega on January 29, 2012 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

My Top Five Photo Sharing Websites

One of my blog readers recently wrote asking me about the best way to share photos with family members who are far away. She was interested in having family members help her identify people in her photos but was hesitant to put the photos in the mail, fearing they may not be returned. This is a pretty important thing to be fearful of and many of my clients have reported losing photos to well-meaning family members. My grandmother was notorious in our family for coming over while we were out…


Added by Stefani Twyford on January 28, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society- Annual Seminar 11 Feb 2012 Saturday



Noted Genealogy Speakers, Gene Philabert Ortega and Joel Weintraub will be the featured speakers at the HSJGS annual Seminar to be held Saturday 11 Feb 2012  at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham, Hemet, CA.  The 1940 Census will be one of the Interesting Subjects discussed.   Click on the URL to see the brochure.

Call the Duffin…


Added by Donna LaVonne Senff-Mata on January 27, 2012 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Genealogy Chat , Follow Friday , COOK


 Genealogy Chat

 Today I logged on and found many of my old friends and distant kin right here in this chat program on GenealogyWise.

 It was fun for we shared links and data and names.  We find we have new names we can compare. Of course we have not chatted in a few years so our lines now go back farther. Be interesting to see if some of the newer names find we are  linked distantly also.

Some of the urls shared by cousins of old this morning…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fellow Genealogist Request for Volunteers

Hello Fellow Genealogy Enthusiasts,

I am trying to gather statistics for a business class I'm taking and have put together a survey about a service oriented to people interested in genealogy.  The survey is completely anonymous and does not capture names OR e-mail addresses.  I am the only person who sees the answers and will analyze them for my project.  The more people I can get to answer the survey, the better my statistical analysis will be.
I am a genealogy nut who…

Added by Jaime Aulet on January 25, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Burnup Surname

Hello Everyone!  I am new today to this website.  I am looking for anyone out there researching the surname Burnup.  I have many relatives that were in Ontario, Canada  and upstate New York that have been traced back to London, England in late 1780's.  I am at a roadblock here and feel that only through others may I go back any further in  y family history.  Great project for the cold gloomy winter months here in Michigan!

Added by Carol Burnup Fenner on January 24, 2012 at 11:23am — No Comments

Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video

Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get-togethers. Now let’s delve a bit deep into the process by discussing the first of four main phases used in multimedia productions – concepting / script writing.

First, try to develop a concept that really captures the spirit…


Added by Stefani Twyford on January 22, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments

5 Habits of Ineffective Genealogists

(Also published at


I would love to say that this post is an original idea, but that isn't true. It was inspired by a blog at

Chris Wake wrote a very effective post on the subject, which you can read here. I've only adapted these great points  to apply to genealogists.

1. Consuming more than you…


Added by Randall Dickerson on January 22, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Tombstone Tuesday, Celtic Cross of Elmwood

Cemeteries--09.jpg by Randall Dickerson Cemeteries--09.jpg, a photo by Randall Dickerson on Flickr.

Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. This cross is…


Added by Randall Dickerson on January 22, 2012 at 12:13pm — No Comments

The "Do List" Update; 13 Jan 2012

(Also posted at: on


OK folks, here's the first update for my New Year's Resolution Concepts.

Resolution Concepts 1.    Do less.

Pretty easy one here, since I haven't posted a blog in several days! (grin) And my twitter-time is reduced by choice as well. This is because of high-priority items.

2.    Do more.

I'm on the 2nd full…


Added by Randall Dickerson on January 22, 2012 at 12:12pm — No Comments

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Free Off Line Tools by SusiCP

Free Off Line Tools 

1. Family

2. Libraries

3. Seminars/ Meetings…


Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 20, 2012 at 11:08am — 1 Comment


Sorry I hadn't replied to the January 2011 post; notification must have come in while I was out of state burying Mom.


As to Mr. Sheldon, yes, I have concluded Johnson Dobkins has to belong to Evan & Margaret-his first name is a dead giveaway, at any rate.  Plus the fact that no one else claims him.  We have the same problem with Eleanor Dobkins that married William Brickey-no one claims her; and it is my theory that she and Thomas Dobkins who married Mary Compton Brickey…


Added by Carol Dobkins Keith on January 20, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments

SOPA Blackout

SOPA Countdown

Give us our freedom.

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 17, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

23andMe and Yoruba Roots

I had DNA testing through 23andMe and my roots were traced back to Yoruba.  I believe my ancestrors were sent to Barbados and later to the states.  The earliest grandmother I can trace to went by the surname GIST from Union SC.  Can anyone help me or give me suggestions on how I can trace my roots?

Added by K. Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Downline Pentico from 1800 Benninghoff Family

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on January 16, 2012 at 6:19pm — No Comments

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