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October 2010 Blog Posts (34)

Calling Bagot researchers

In the past few weeks I've had quite a lot of correspondence with people researching the Bagot family, and we've had a fruitful exchange of information.

As a result of this, and to facilitate further exchanges, we've set up a Bagot family forum on YahooGroups, and invite other Bagot researchers to join us…

Added by Steve Hayes on October 31, 2010 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Interesting things you find out with DNA testing Hullinger

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Our tests confirmed out Swiss paternal heritage.

But it also showed that our paternal ancestor came originally from…

Added by Craig Harlan Hullinger on October 30, 2010 at 7:37am — No Comments

Genealogy, pages, images, books, documents and records -- What???

In my recent post about statistics for FamilySearch, a comment by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings

got me thinking about the statistics and terminology used online by all

of those huge records collections, everybody from FamilySearch to to the Library of Congress. One of the most influential

books I have ever read is a small 144 page treatise written in 1954

entitled "How to lie with Statistics." Here is the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 29, 2010 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment


The following article appeared in the Newberry County, S.C. newspaper dated Nov. 13, 1838.:

Today at the historic Bush River Baptist Church was unveiled a marker erected by the D.A.R. at the grave of Mary Cole, "THE HEROINE OF THE REVOLUTION". She was nee Mary Golden, widow of Lochlin Lenard who was killed by the Tories in 1781. She married Rev. John Cole in 1783.

I am a direct decendant of Rev. John Cole. He was minister of the Bush Baptist Church in Newberry…


Added by Sherlene Riddle on October 27, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Top ten genealogical repositories in America -- have you been there?

In a recent FamilySearch Blog post on 25 October 2010, DiltsGD offered a list of the top ten genealogical repositories.

There is no doubt that the libraries on the list offer huge

genealogical resources, but the most important question for researchers

is how accessible are the collections? What access is there to the vast

stored material? How much of what the library contains is original

source documentation… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 26, 2010 at 8:31am — No Comments

5.5 million page views of the FamilySearch Research Wiki

Nearly two thousand contributors averaging about 500 new articles a week

go into the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Now linked and integrated into


website, the Wiki is accessed through the "Learn" link on the startup

page. Here is a screen shot showing where the link is located:…


Added by James Tanner on October 25, 2010 at 8:15pm — No Comments

James Wilson- America’s first Globe Maker

James Wilson was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire on March 15, 1765. His father was a farmer, and James was an apprentice to a blacksmith. He had little formal education. In 1796 he…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 25, 2010 at 7:25am — No Comments

Upcoming RootsTech Conference in February, 2011

Early sponsors of the upcoming FamilySearch RootsTech Conference

in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 10th through the 12th, 2011 include

Brigham Young University, the New England Historic Genealogical

Society,, the National Genealogical Society and the

Federation of Genealogical Societies. The conference with bring together

the resources of three other conferences, the Conference on

Computerized Family… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 24, 2010 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Entertainment or Education -- the genealogy conference experience

As soon as I got back from Utah and my visit to FamilySearch, I taught

two classes at the Fall Genealogy Workshop of the Family History Society

of Arizona. The conference seemed very well attended but being at a

genealogy conference raises some issues, including whether or not

attending a genealogy class is more entertainment than education. The

classes I taught were on specific software products and it was

interesting that more than a few of the attendees had… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 23, 2010 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Social Networking For Genealogists

I'm working on a program for our local genealogical society on how people use Social Networking sites for genealogical research.

Does anyone have a success story they would like to share on how GenealogyWise, Facebook, Twitter, or any other Social Networking site have helped you in your genealogical research? I'd love to hear them!

Added by Brian Bouchard on October 22, 2010 at 3:37am — 2 Comments

New Blog Posts recently

I have made a number of new Blog posts recently while I am here in Utah for the first ever FamilySearch Bloggers Day. Here are a few of the newer ones:

More to Salt Lake than Family History Library
Feedback and Community Support on the Beta
Updated version of FamilySearch Indexing

and a few others


Added by James Tanner on October 20, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

Casino in Gettysburg

Once again the powers to be are trying to get the ok to build a casino in or near Gettysburg.

How could anyone think something like this is the right thing to do.

This is one of our nations most treasured national parks.

Please go online and sign the petition to stop this from happening at

Check out what others are saying about this threat to our national treasure.… Continue

Added by Bob Mooney-Pa on October 18, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

A very selective New FamilySearch Beta test?

We had an interesting occurrence this past week or so. On October 5, I

received an E-mail from the New Beta Test Team, as


Dear Member, We are looking for individuals who can participate in evaluating before each quarterly update.
We need individuals with different levels of computer skills, family history backgrounds, languages, and experience.
We try…

Added by James Tanner on October 17, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

Body Snatchers 1819

An early Halloween Story.....

In the spring of 1819 the residents of Ipswich’s Chebacco Parish (now the town of Essex) saw lantern light in the graveyard at night. Soon they discovered that the graves had been disturbed, and several families discovered that their relative’s graves were empty. Eight graves, going back to…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 15, 2010 at 7:53pm — 3 Comments

Epiphanies, Ira Glass, and Why I Tell Stories

Since 1995, Ira Glass, one of the greatest storytellers of our time, has been the host of the radio show “This American Life,” a weekly hour-long show that is primarily journalistic non-fiction but also features essays, short fiction and occasionally memoirs.

I had the pleasure of seeing Ira live this past weekend at Jones Hall here in Houston. My experience was less like sitting in a…


Added by Stefani Twyford on October 15, 2010 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Civil War Maps.

The NOAA announced they have posted a website for viewing civil war maps online for free.
This could be a valuable tool in plotting the areas your ancestors fought and possibly died during one of the most historic events in our nations hsitory.

Added by Bob Mooney-Pa on October 15, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

Forms & Things

When you go to those seminars-check out the new things offered for sale during intermission. I found a pack of Census Records-for 1790 t0 1930. I don't WRITE on it much, but I grab it for reference ALL THE TIME, when my old eyes can not see the record I am looking at.
I teach a lot of classes, and I can not stress enough-the great use of a time line. I do my notes by year-or approximate year. You are able to see what you are missing-as well as what you have.

Added by Ms. Gerry Hill on October 15, 2010 at 2:04am — No Comments

Things I Have Found

I just came across some interesting information regarding my grandfather, Frank Boyd. Frank originated from Waycross, Georgia. What I now know about Frank is his mother's name was Parilee and Peter Boyd was his father.

What is my interesting information? Frank had a wife. Her name was Inidiana and they had a daughter, Annie.

To some this just may be this is great, you found a grain, that little piece that gives our search gratification. What I found was…


Added by Cheri Boyd on October 13, 2010 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Curious Douglas family links

This morning, I received a message from someone in Mexico, who was telling me about a fountain in Nacozari, Sonora, where he lives. This town was apparently founded by James Douglas in the late XIX Century. In the early 1920s, his son, James S. Douglas built a fountain as a monument in honour of his father. This fountain still stands today in the plaza in front of the Town Hall.

James Stuart Douglas (1837-1918) was born in Quebec City, son of Scottish-born father, Dr. James Douglas.…

Added by William Douglas on October 13, 2010 at 5:53am — No Comments

A lost art -- writing in cursive

I had a very well prepared and attentive group of teenage boys in a

genealogy class recently. They all had a Spanish speaking heritage. They

all came prepared to the class with information about their

grandparents who were born in Mexico. With the new records on

FamilySearch's Record Search, we were able to find some of their family

records right online. As I showed them the records we had found, one of

the boys raised his hand and said, "Mr. Tanner, we can't read… Continue

Added by James Tanner on October 11, 2010 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

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