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November 2009 Blog Posts (82)

Friday's Fun and Friday's Done for Friday's Following

Following Frida,y O yes, Following Friday is Saturday and Sunday etc. But we know that is not what the intent was for the blog post. :>)

I posted my response on my page but thought I would make more comments here. For those of you who

have not started to blog or not sure how. It is a great source for getting information out to family, friends and kin. It breaks up the tedious sometimes reading of Wills, Deeds, County HIstories etc. It can enlighten you and help… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 6, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Genealogist's view of Windows 7

I have been running Windows XP since shortly after its release. After reading many reviews, I elected not to upgrade my home computer to Windows Vista but some time ago, our office computers were all upgraded. So I have been running both Windows Vista and my older versions of Windows XP for a considerable time. During the past week, I have been working with Windows 7 installed on my iMac using Parallels Desktop. I feel that I have a pretty good level of experience with both Vista and XP to… Continue

Added by James Tanner on November 6, 2009 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Gates family of Groton CT and then Leyden,MA Peter Gates who was his father?

Looking for the Father of Peter Gates from Groton, New London, Connecticut. Peter was born 26 Feb 1750. An ancestry tree puts Peter as the son on Zebadiah Gates and Sarah Woodmansey but the Book (found on Google Books) Stephen Gates of Hingham and Landcaster, Massachusetts and his descendants by Charles Otis Gates does not support this. It has a completely different list for children of Zebadiah Gates which does not include children: Mary, John, David (brother of Peter who owned land with him… Continue

Added by Gwynn Socolich on November 6, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Desire Avery and Irena Avery are they related?

I am researching two ladies in my collateral line. One is Desire Avery and the other is Irene Avery. Desire Avery married Ephriam Gates whose sister Lephe Gates married John Riddle (Riddell). Desire Avery was born 5 March 1788 in Leyden, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The other Avery is Irena who married Miles Coon of Manlius, Onondaga New York. Irena Avery was born in 1818 and died in 1903, she is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Palymra, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. One of my research… Continue

Added by Gwynn Socolich on November 6, 2009 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Google Your way to a Quilt

Google your way to a Quilt

Sometimes after I’ve tried the library, the archives, and NEHGS- I next resort to finding genealogy information is just Googling names to see what comes up. Now, with the addition of Google Books, I’m often surprised at what happens. And sometimes names that didn’t draw any hits six months ago suddenly have interesting results. This is what happened to me last week.

My Munroe lineage… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on November 6, 2009 at 11:37am — No Comments

Is Google Wave the future of collabrative genealogy research?

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 6, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

To Build, or not to Build? That is My Ahnentafel Question!

"They" say that "doing genealogy" is an addictive endeavor.

"They" say that it's a waste of time, the past is past and you cannot change it. Even "He" said, "Let the dead bury their dead."

The problem of that is that "He" also talked about eternal life! How that it was available and how that "He" was come to that we might have "... life, and have it more abundantly."

I'm not dead. Neither are my ancestors, "in Him."

I come from a rather large family.… Continue

Added by Joseph A. 'Joe' Hittle on November 6, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

New FamilySearch -- Down to the last two Temple Districts

With the Jordan River Temple District gaining full access to New FamilySearch by November 9, 2009, there are only two more Temple Districts left until the introduction process is complete in all of the Temple Districts in the United States. There may still be areas where the program will still have to be developed in non-Roman alphabet languages, like Chinese, but it looks like the introduction is essentially over for the time being. The last two Temple Districts, still waiting for an… Continue

Added by James Tanner on November 5, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments


UNITED POLISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES 2010 joins in for the NGS 2010 Family History Conference coordinated by the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 UPGS Banquet, 7 PM Salt Lake Palace featuring nationally known speaker Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs and a Polish buffet. Please join us for this UPGS fundraiser.

Thursday, 29 April 2010, 8-11 AM; Family History Library Lab, Thursday, 4-6 PM Eastern European Workshop with Daniel… Continue

Added by Ceil Wendt Jensen on November 5, 2009 at 9:50am — No Comments


Added by Ceil Wendt Jensen on November 5, 2009 at 9:49am — No Comments

Latest update to FamilySearch Record Search

As of November 3, 2009, FamilySearch Record Search has added a number of new collections. These updated records include the following: [Descriptions from Website]

Added by James Tanner on November 5, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

Bumping into Great Great Great Grandma

Leavitt Cemetery, Chichester, New Hampshire

Not too far north of Nutfield is Chichester, New Hampshire. My mother’s grandmother was a Batchelder, and she was born in Chichester, but the family lived in Boston. Their roots were on the New Hampshire seacoast, because the first Batchelder in the New World was the Reverend Stephen Batchelder, who founded Hampton. The Batchelders didn’t have their roots in Chichester, but all the brides,… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on November 4, 2009 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Hello EveryOne

Added by cyndi on November 4, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge

If you follow me on any of the social media platforms such as Twitter (@stefanitwyford) or Facebook, you’ll know that I spent the previous week at the 2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge Pennsylvania.

Having never been to the Philadelphia area, I was particularly excited to be spending time at Valley Forge, the historic site of the American Revolution and birthplace of everything we now take for granted as being intrinsically American. I was not… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on November 4, 2009 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Parade of States -- online digital genealogy resources -- California

Everyone would expect California to have a lot of digital resources and they would be right, to a point. In actual numbers of records, they fall way short of Washington State, but they do have some very interesting collections which I have used in researching early California families. All in all, California is long on pictures and short on actual source documents given the large population and long history of the state. There are a lot of records and indexes online on the subscription Website,… Continue

Added by James Tanner on November 4, 2009 at 8:17am — No Comments

Temptation with Research

It is so tempting at times to just take data and run with it. But it is not mine and I can not say if any of it is true.

It may all be correct and that is just fine but the work is still not mine.

Does any one cold call yet today? Do we get a directory and contact all people of a certain surname to see if they have a chance to be akin of thine?

Do we call the Chamber of Commerce in the small towns and villages to ask for advise as to what area would know where we… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on November 4, 2009 at 1:43am — No Comments

USA, United States or nothing

One of the features of the newer genealogy database programs is the ability to regularize or standardize place names. But, the standardized place names are anything but standard between programs. For example, New FamilySearch, the huge database from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has a feature called Standard Finder and according to this source, the place names in the U.S. are appended with "United States." However, there are major database programs, like Legacy Family… Continue

Added by James Tanner on November 3, 2009 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Mill Girls from Derry and Londonderry

Country Girls in the Big City

Years ago I took my Londonderry Girl Scout troop to Lowell National Park, to see how the mill girls lived and worked. The girls were about twelve years old, not much younger than some of the mill workers in the 1830s and 40s. We took a canal boat ride, and toured the noisy Boot Mill (a big hit for kids) and finally went into the boarding house. We earned a merit badge with some of our activities in… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on November 2, 2009 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Beating depression by family history

This is my first post, and used the tool "Google translator".

Since I published a blog, I offer my help for people who want to know about their ancestors Chileans have received requests for Chileans living outside Chile, and also a U.S. citizen.

He noted there is a growing interest in finding the names of ancestors and their stories. There are a lot of anxiety and even "desperate" to know… Continue

Added by Omar Acuña on November 2, 2009 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Home videos donated to film project

From the

Isabel Ramos-Quinones' father shot home movies of family parties -- childhood memories that are now beginning to decay.

But she found out a way to preserve the old film, now tucked away in her closet.

An added bonus: She will be helping document history.

Miami Dade College's Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives compiles donated films for its collection. It… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on November 2, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

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