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How I use my “We’re Related” Application

How I use my “We’re Related App.

Russ Worthington posted a question in his “We’re Related” Facebook Closed Group, asking how we use our We’re Related app. I posted a quick answer.

Then I decided since I was working with a new hint from my app, I would record each step in a blog. It showed that the quick answer I gave Russ left a few steps out of how I use the application.

This is MY Own Way of Researching. You probably have your way.

My goal is to show one way to research those hints from the We’re Related app.  The same principles can be used for any hints you find.

My second goal is in honor of Women’s History Month, I plan to find one new female ancestor each week in March 2017.

 

  1. I add the people hints first to my Excel Spreadsheet Data, using Russ Worthington’s format.
    We're Related App

    We’re Related App

    2. I check my Main Ancestry Tree, to see if the people are there.

    Ancestry Fowler Search

    Ancestry Fowler Search

    3. I continue searching until I find the generation in my tree. No “Ring” Surname, then checked Colby. I do have a Judith Colby the mother of John Collins in my Ancestry Family Tree.
    4. Using the information from the We’re Related Application on Ancestry’s search

    Ancestry Search Bar

    Ancestry Search Bar

    Ancestry Search page

    Ancestry Search page

    Judith Colby results

    Judith Colby results

    5. I NOW have 153 hints to research

    6. I do the same filter search in Family Serach

    Judith Colby Family Search Results
    7. It yielded only a Family Tree, no records. I do not search Family trees, unless I hit a brick wall. Thia prevents ME from becoming lazy in my OWN research.

     

    8. I compare my person, Judith Colby, with my Ancestry Tree information I already researched. I also check my shoebox for any save records that may be for Judith Colby. I did have one for birth for a Judith born of Judith and Er Colby on 7 Oct 1764. I also had save to Judith a Find A Grave Record with the same birth date.

9. I DO NOT add this birth record to my tree. The other hints from my Ancestry search need to be evaluated for location, and possible parentage of Judith.

10. I will go to the next generation, Judith Ring and do the same research I did for Judith Colby.

11. I will research, town histories, deeds, [no censuses for this time frame will give me names of the household members,] marriage records and death records. This is just a few of the records I research and compare, before adding Judith Colby’s parents.

Source information:

  1. Ancestry We’re Related App, http://www.ancestry.com/wererelated/share/ (accessed 3 Mar 2017) via IPhone
  2. Ancestry, https://www.ancestry.com/ Stearns Butka Family Tree (accessed 3 Mar 2017)
  3. FamilySearch Rights and Use Information (Updated 2/3/2015) | Privacy Policy (Updated 3/18/2014) © 2017 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  4. com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

 

 

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January 2017 Recap Week 1

I may not be posting here in my blog post as much as I should. I am posting on Facebook. Below is a recap for the first week of January 1-7, 2017.

My goal is to at least post a monthly review of my Facebook posting here. February will follow in a day or two.

I did something unusual for the New Year, No resolutions other than to take each day as it comes with a smile and enjoy the moment.

1 Jan 2017 post on June Stearns Butka’s Facebook Page:

We each have our crosses to bear. It is how we deal with them that makes us who we are.

It is difficult sometimes to accept the changes, that some perceive as weaknesses.

Naomi King reminded me that, although I can’t do what I once was capable of, I still have a lot to offer.

I may not be able to bake, cook or make crafts, due to the muscle weakness; I can still offer support, love and give my family a sense of where we came from.

We are made of strong stuff, we stay positive and we adjust to what life has given us.

Live life to the fullest, no matter what challenges you meet. You will be happy with yourself. Maybe even at peace with yourself.

Happy New Year. 🎆

This is my wish for all of you: love yourself, accept what challenges life gives you, and maybe life will be brighter, happier and healing of spirit for the New Year.

4 Jan 2017 post on June Stearns Butka’s Facebook Page:

I quick challenge to my family and friends.

Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know about.

I’ll start.

Did you know that I helped my Dad, build and race Dune Buggies?

Friend Responses included:

  1. Friend I learned how to take a car engine apart and put back together with my dad. June Stearns Butka I didn’t know that we had progressive Dad’s. Friend Yes I guess we did that’s why we are so close. 😀😀😀❤❤❤
  1. Friendt Did you know that my first language was French? June Stearns Butka Yes, You mentioned it once.
  2. Friend first language was Polish; I studied concert piano for years. On my 16th birthday my Dad bought a Steinway Grand Piano which is no in my sister’s house.

 

January 4th also carried the sad news of Carrie Fisher’s death. I great loss for the world entertainment community, her family and friends. She was taken ill on her flight home after completing the filming of a Star Wars movie.

A Productive day: Dear Myrtle at noon Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group,” Book Club In the Blood,’ Webinar Wednesday DNA, Joe Hill Live (on Facebook) newest book discussion and top the night off with Dear Myrtle Wacky Wednesday Pinterest and Public Television Castles of King Ludwig ll.

5 Jan 2017 post on June Stearns Butka’s Facebook Page:

Genealogy Tip for today:

One that bears repeating- Review the whole page for family, including notes and side bars.

Lines 25 & 26, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35 are one family. You will notice that the Derosby Family divides them. The Ancestry index list lines 31-35 as child for John C. Derosby. Where in fact they are the children of Edna. Edna is the mother of all the children on line 31-35. Walter is the father of Walter line 31

Check the house number and the sidebar for more hints of corrections when reviewing any documents.

1930 US Census Waterville Maine

1930 US Census Waterville Maine

7 Jan 2017 post on June Stearns Butka’s Facebook Page:

Today’s Genealogy tip:

Take time to review for duplicate entries on your Ancestry People list. Check any Family Tree for duplicates.

Sometimes, especially in the early days of my tree, I forget to check that the person is already in my tree linked to another person, before adding them to my tree.

You save yourself a lot of work when verifying and merging your duplicates.

I’m still cleaning up my tree I began with on Ancestry. It is a slow process but one that is needed to be done.

I try each month to review for duplicates. Even through I leave off at a certain letter, if I worked on my tree in the interim, I go back to the letter “A” and review from the beginning.

I was slack in reviewing when working on a project as a Christmas gift. So, I started at the beginning. I made to the “C’s” before I decided I should write the Genealogy Tip for today.

It looks like I need to verify if my Samuel Chase’s are different people.

Bonus Tip: Even if they have a DOB within 3 years of each other and not DOD, on at least one, I verify that they are not the same person. Same in the reverse, if I have a DOD and not DOB for at least one, I check it.

Happy Reviewing.

Partial Ancestry People List

Partial Ancestry People List

 

Most of the first week of January was down time to recuperate from holiday gatherings. We all need to remember the importance of Heal thyself.

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Day 36 of 365 Days of June: Thank You Genealogy Peers

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Indexing

Indexing: A New Batch to Start

Here are the links of my Blog Posts that I created for this project. When I review my post, it seems like my thought process is a little scattered. May it is. My goals in writing about my family history research included; my approach to research, capturing family traditions, memories and stories, getting my research organized for future generations, the importance of finding the first four generations medical history and giving back to the genealogy community. How I plan my week is divided into daily goals.

  1. Each day of the week is set aside for eight grandparents lineage [at least one new member updated daily per grandparent line.]
  2. I save Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for Webinars and indexing [for Family Search or Find-A-Grave] in addition to the daily family additions.
  3. Some weeks I stay on track better than others. Life and family time comes first.
  4. A day of Rest usually means I complete the daily family addition, scan or organize my digital photos [1-2 hours spread out over the day.] There are some days that nothing gets done. Don’t fret about it. It will be there when you get back to it.
  5. Finally Getting Organized with DearMyrtle

Most of my work periods are set to 15 minute intervals [you can get a lot done in that time.] My blog post usually take about an hour, sometimes more if verifying information. The hardest part for me, still remains the proper citation for sources. I lean toward using the links available in my blog post saving the proper citations for my family tree program. It is an ongoing challenge and process of updating to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained citation format. I began my research in the mid 1970’s with the college style citations. At least I was citing my sources back then or it would be even more difficult to cite the sources now.

I hope my overview of my approach is helpful to newbies to genealogy. I know that the support of people like DearMyrtle, Cousin Russ, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo, Geoff Rasmussen, Lisa Louise Cooke, the Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, Legacy, RootsMagic teams, my Geneablogger Peers, along with many others in the genealogy world, provided and continue to provide that support to me.

I want to give a special shout out to Heather Wilkinson Rojo  of NutfieldGenealogy  for warmly welcoming me to the Special Interest Group of Geneabloogers at my first New England Genealogy Conference  [2011] in Manchester, New Hampshire. I met so many interesting genealogy peers that night. I started my first blog about genealogy with their encouragement. I learned so much about researching on-line, citing source the genealogy way, and that I wasn’t alone in my passion of genealogy.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support over the years.

1 Jan – 31 Jan 2016

#365daysofJuneday1 Welcome 2016!
#365daysofJuneday2 Tree People, That’s Me!
#365daysofJuneday3 Sit and Chat A While
#365daysofJuneday4 Tea Is Just Not Tea
#365daysofjuneday5  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 1
​#365daysofjuneday6  The Practical Side of Family History: Part 2
​#365daysofjuneday7  Cooking Time With the Family Challenge
#365daysofjuneday8  Family Time Memories
​#365daysofjuneday9  Organized, Me? It might happen in 2016
​#365daysofjuneday10  Town or County Clerk-Oh, No!
​#365daysofjuneday11  De-cluttering = Disencumbering Your E-mails, too!
​#365daysofjuneday12  Maps = Clues to Family’s Life
​#365daysofjuneday13  It’s In The Records. So…
​#365daysofjuneday14  A Day of Rest
#365daysofjuneday15 What, She is Married?
​#365daysofjuneday16 Family Tree Done!!! Really?
​#365daysofjuneday17 K.I.S.S. Method of Genealogy-My Way!
​#365daysofjuneday18 Family and Humor
​#365daysofjuneday19 Remembering Our Pets-Tess
#365daysofjuneday20 Remembering Our Pets-Yoda
#365daysofjuneday21 Remebering Our Pets-Duchess
#365daysofjuneday22 Horsing Around can lead to…
#365daysofjuneday23 Transcribing Everything is the Key!
#365daysofjuneday24 Tess and Yoda Cuddling
#365daysofjuneday25 Pictorial of Nelson William Stearns
#365daysofjuneday26 Shooting in the Woods: He made it out alone
#365daysofjuneday27_ Snapshot of My Family Stats
#365daysofjuneday28_ From A Distance: The Challenger Remembered 30 years later
#365daysofjuneday29_Teenagers and Haunted Places
#365daysofjuneday30_Finally Getting organized with Dear Myrtle-Update
#365daysofjuneday31 Day of Rest – Sorta

1 Feb – 29 Feb 2016

#365daysofjuneday32 First Day of the Month = Backup Time
#365daysofjuneday33_Finally Getting Organized: Packing Slips and Genealogy Research
#365daysofjuneday34_Transcriptions of a Different Kind: Find-A-Grave
#365daysofjuneday35 Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized

Source citations:

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

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