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October 2009 Blog Posts (128)

Can you do genealogy on a Mac?

One of the most re-occurring questions asked me at the Mesa Regional Family History Center involves running genealogy programs on a Macintosh computer. Very frequently, during a class on Ancestral Quest Family Tree or RootsMagic 4, someone will ask if the programs can be run on an Apple Computer. The answer is yes, but with qualifications and the solution is not necessarily simple.

Added by James Tanner on October 31, 2009 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Adopted Living Children Who Are Unaware...?

As far as your record keeping, I presume you'd always want to take note of the fact in your software [Reunion for Mac] entries that someone is adopted. My concern is that someone still living and reviewing the online or published record might discover that fact and be both devastated and dumbfounded by the knowledge...especially if they were previously unaware. Are there any less conspicuous or more sensitive means of art to deal with the fact while preserving the accuracy of the… Continue

Added by BJohnston on October 30, 2009 at 2:03pm — 7 Comments


any news about Edmund Procter, perhaps born in London, presbyterian, married with Matilde Modini from Venice, dead probably in Istanbul, Turkey, in the year 1844-1850. He was the father of my great grandmother Emma Procter
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Added by paolo sorgato on October 30, 2009 at 7:22am — No Comments

Cleaning up the database

I was prompted by a post in the Legacy Users group to check my database for duplicate and inconsistent entries.

I have collected and collated individual contributions, downloaded GEDCOMs and pulled in family trees from a variety of sources. And they are all different! Or so it seems.

How many different ways are there to enter Arlington Cemetery? Or to spell Massachusetts? (I had to spell check it, so I hope it is right?)

However, the thing that surprised me most… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 30, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

President Barack Obama is related to all other U.S. presidents except one.

7th-Grader: Obama, Most US Presidents Related

Girl, Grandfather Allegedly Create First President Family Tree Chart

October 23, 2009
A seventh-grader and her 80-year-old grandfather are allegedly the first people to discover that President Barack Obama is related to all other U.S. presidents except…

Added by Johnny on October 29, 2009 at 11:36pm — 3 Comments

Douglas Barony for sale

I have been working on the Douglases of Brigton, and their connection with Dudhope Castle. As I was writing up the ancestry and history, I did not know that there is an opportunity to buy the Barony of Dudhope!

But checking on some amendments on, I went back to my research and found that The Lordship and Barony of Dudhope are being offered for sale at a cool £75,000.

Any takers?

Further details can… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

First Salt Lake Valley Temple to gain complete access to New FamilySearch

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Draper, Utah Temple District will be the first in the Salt Lake Valley to have full access to New FamilySearch. The roll-out will be complete for the Draper Temple District on November 2, 2009. This leaves the only the three remaining Salt Lake Valley Temple Districts without online access to the program.

Added by James Tanner on October 29, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday is not wordless here.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY took place on my

blog spot.

My day has been anything but wordless. Except when Randy S was given his Vacation presentation at the Library for the society. BTW, Randy that was a really nicely done job. You were able to show that if one's mind is set right one can do genealogy and enjoy family and have a great vacation all rolled into one.… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 28, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Looking for Family information in Pittsburg, Pa 1906 to 1910 time periord.

Felix Kalinowski, Wife Christiana, would be members of a Catholic Church, Felix would be buried in Pitt.

Added by Theodore J. Verner on October 28, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Pinkerton Tavern Ghosts, Derry, New Hampshire

Pinkerton Tavern Ghosts

A Post for Halloween!

In October, thoughts of ghosts and witches come to mind. There were plenty of accused witches, even one who was found guilty in the 1600’s, and New Hampshire has its share of ghosts. When we first moved to Londonderry over 25 years ago, the first ghost we heard about was the one haunting the Pinkerton Tavern, in Derry. At the time, this building was an unfinished furniture store, and… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

New Scottish History Website Goes Live

A wealth of information about Scotland's past is now freely available through an online resource developed for the use of pupils, teachers and those seeking to put their Scottish ancestors into an historical context.

Scotland's History Online covers a range of subjects, from prehistoric through to 21st Century Scotland. With more than 200 topics that include links to over 1,000 other online sources and a… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 28, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Preview -- a genealogist looks at Windows 7

While my copy of Windows 7 has been ordered and is on its way, I have been looking at the reviews. Bear in mind that the previews and early reviews for Windows Vista were all over hyped, I began looking to see if the glow of the initial release of Windows 7 had begun to dim. I remember the introduction of Windows Vista and clearly recall that there were multiple sources in the genealogical community that were panning the program and telling users to wait to upgrade. I was one who waited so long… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 27, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Searching the Family History Archives

FamilySearch's Website has a tab for "Search Records." This tab has pulldown menu items for both Record Search and the Family History Archives. In the menu, Record Search is called the "Record Search Pilot." Unfortunately, the Family History Archives name does not appear anywhere on the menu list. The item is called "Historical Books."

Added by James Tanner on October 27, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

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Added by Holly T. Hansen on October 27, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Exhibitor Opportunity!

Added by Holly T. Hansen on October 27, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Searching for an occupational surname, eg Miller, Farmer or Potter

The following article is reprinted from "Facts & Genes"

The ancestral country for your surname is England. Looking at a surname distribution map, based on the 1881 census, shows your surname present in every county except 2, and a concentration in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and London. The fact that the surname found in almost every county, plus the fact that there are over 17,000 persons with the surname in the 1881 census for England and Wales, indicates that this is a multiple… Continue

Added by William Douglas on October 27, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

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Added by robyn anderson on October 26, 2009 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Good Morning!

Hello! My name is Douglas Edward Noblehorse.

When it comes to genealogy, I've taken the road heavily traveled - I didn't consider genealogy a productive pursuit until after my father, Earnest Robert Payne, passed away in December 2004. My biological mother, Virginia Mae Gulick, had passed away in March 2008, while my stepmother, Jennie Lee Wilson, passed away in November 1994.

In my defense (such as it is) I had always been told and believed that my mother Virginia had… Continue

Added by Douglas Noblehorse on October 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Milestone for Family History Archive

The BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Family History Archives has reached a milestone of over 50,000 items, 50,092 to be exact. To quote from the site:

Added by James Tanner on October 26, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

WILLIAM MILLER ancestor of Deb Staley Her Black Sheep or one of them.

William MILLER father of below William MILLER. Tennstadt, Germany area since son born there.

No further information known about him.

William Miller b 1829 in Tennstadt, Germany, the son came from Tennstadt Germany to New York.

William married Anna Katherine HINTERMEYER in Utica, NY, USA.

William died in Illion New York in 1909Y

Anna Hintermeyer was born in Bavaria ( 1832) and died in 1898 in German Flatts Township, New York

Seeking information on… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 25, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

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