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.
I add the people hints first to my Excel Spreadsheet Data, using Russ Worthington’s format.
2. I check my Main Ancestry Tree, to see if the people are there.
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
5. I NOW have 153 hints to research
6. I do the same filter search in Family Serach
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.
I delayed posting my second days prompt. It involved a time line. I spent time creating a blank timeline. I still wasn’t happy with it.
I have timelines already in my genealogy software FTM2014 and Legacy. I’m more familiar with FTM since I have been using it since 2002 with a recent 2014 upgrade. I use Legacy for Josh’s family and started using it in January when I began Thomas MacEntee Genealogy Do-Over.
My question to myself is why and I trying to learn something new when I have something that already works for me, that I am comfortable with?
Why indeed. Here are my two time lines. The blank one I created and the FTM2014 for Isaac Stearns.
Our prompt is church records. I have many church records in my family tree. We have a very diverse religious foundation.
My husband’s side is primarily Catholic;
My Dad’s side in Protestant, yet not just one type, Methodist, Baptist, Congregationalist, Unitarians;
My Mom’s side is basically Baptist even that runs for Free Will to Southern Baptist.
As I look back into my distant ancestors and current relatives- I notice, Jewish, Mormon, Seven Day Advent, Quakers, Puritans, Native American beliefs, Celtic beliefs, Wicca and no belief at all.
My point is DON’T RULE OUT a different religion when you are researching your ancestors. See what churches are located in the town or sister town of your ancestors. Review all records, you may be surprised with what you find. I was, especially in the colonial days when my ancestors came over with a church group and suddenly they were following someone else or remove from the Bay Colony for practicing something other than the accepted church beliefs.
#31daysgen Day 5 Today’s prompt was a familiar one to me, Family Search Wiki.
I will research this on another day. I decided to continue working on prompt #2-Timelines. I am reviewing my Isaac Stearns timeline to use in my book about him and his descendants.
I found many events for Isaac that I had not put a date on. I am adding those events to his timeline with the correct date, whenever possible, along with the source citation.
It seems each day that I think I’m getting close to sending my book off to my Beta readers, I find something to add.
I’m I delaying the process or actually improving the book. I’m not sure. I am anxious about sending the book on to be reviewed. Yet I feel there is more of Isaac’s story that needs to be told.
My goal is to have it off to my readers by Columbus Day. NO MORE DELAYS!!!
Our prompt today was to interview a relative or record you own story. It reminded me of my week 2 Genealogy Do Over with Thomas MacEntee. I am re-posting my January 2015 Blogpost of my self-interview/obituary.
I am still trying to connect with my Aunt Bea for another, hopefully, taped interview of my mothers’ family. Aunt Bea married my mother’s brother. She is the only one of that generation left in my family on both side.
I got side tracked with BSO’s (Bright shiny Object’s) from another ancestor’s census sheets. I will get back to Isaac soon. I’m glad I did a little census search for Ezekiel Knowlton. I found some of his children including the one that proved my aunt’s story about being related to Moses Trussell who first broke ground for New London, New Hampshire. He married Sarah Knowlton daughter of Ezekiel Knowlton and Elizabeth Woodbury. I love proving the family stories I heard. She was a cousin line, but still related. Happy Dance.
When I search the area I start with reviewing each page of the census to find out who are the friends, associates and neighbors.
When you find another family member who you know should be on the census and was unable to find in previous searches is a plus.
Tip as to why they didn’t show up-hold the mouse over the name. The photo here show my 3rd gig grandfather as Augustine Rowell.
All the surnames on this page of the census listed everyone under the surname of the first person listed on the page.
Browse the census, not just google search the index. You may just be surprised by what you find.
I made a note of correction to Ancestry, it then allowed me to add Augustus and his family under their own surname.
Augustus Stearns rather than Augustin Rowell
Correction due to an error in transcription.
All person listed on this page are given the surname Rowell. That was the first person listed on the page. You will find many other surnames when you browse the page.
June Butka on 10/9/2015
1880 U.S. census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Sutton, Enumeration District 203, p. 3 (penned), dwelling 27, family 30, Augustus Stearns: digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed (09 Oct 2015); from National Archives microfilm publication 1254767 roll 767, image 0167.
On this week’s Mondays with Myrt there was a discussion about media images and syncing between FTM2014 and Ancestry. I wanted to do a follow-up to my concern about not having the media image available when you do not have an active Ancestry membership.
Our FTM2014 go to person, Cousin Russ Worthington, assured us if we synced our tree the image would be there. I went back to find the image I was originally talking about that I could view when I wasn’t an active member of Ancestry. It was an SAR application for John Hart Stearns, I had linked to Isaac Stearns, the immigrant ancestor from England.
This is the image that was saved and synced to my computer. That is all good when I have ancestry membership because I can be taken to subsequent pages on this application.
I also save the next image, I thought, to my FTM2014 that provides the family lineage. What I found was that the link was saved but not the image. When I didn’t have an active membership, I wasn’t able to access the link. (See upper right hand side of the page for the drop down to save the link.)
This is a screen shot of the next page of the SAR application. I recommend saving both the link and a screen shot of all pages on any application or document you find, for future use and visibility. This is a closer view, making it easier to view what is written.)
The other thing I do now is put the ancestry citation information in the Meta Data section of the screen shot jpeg photo either in the comment section or the copywrite section. It depends on how much I need to write in the comments.
I am not a FTM2014 expert like Russ Worthington or an Evidence Explained citation expert like Elizabeth Shown Mills. The purpose of this blog is to show how I deal with saving images to my FTM2014 program for future generations to view, even if they do not have a membership to Ancestry.com
I welcome all feedback, comments, constructive criticism. I strive to improve my research and documentation daily.
Sources are taken from Ancestry.com for the purpose of this blog, not put in Evidence Explained format.
Volume: 106; SAR Membership Number: 21109, U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Ancestry.com (accessed 25 Sept 2014), Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2011, Provo, UT, USA, FamilySearch.org
“Public Member Tree,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Sept 2014), “Stearns Family Tree” by June Butka, profile for Isaac Stearns (b. circa. 1595 England- d. 19 June 1671 in Watertwon, Massachusetts), some undocumented data updated 25 Seot 2015.
Also in attendance was Elizabeth’s husband, Steven Handler and my niece Abby Junkin’s (my ride and photographer of the day.) We missed those who were unable to attend.
We participated in a pot luck meal of New Jersey Cooler Corn,Rhode Island Pastries, , Maine Red Snapper Hot Dogs, Homemade Boston Baked Beans, just to mention a few dishes of the day.
Conversations about blogging, books, possible cousin connections and plans for future endeavors were happily creating memories for future blogs, while watching the active harbor of kayaks, sail boats, motor boats and listening for the train that stops a short distance away in West Manchester.
Thank you all for the great past and present memories shared.
My preparation the past two days for Genealogy Do-Over included working with my new toy that was posted here a few days back. The Jumbl 126KPK Scanner. I was pleased with the photos scanned from negatives and slides. The photos scanned from the 8mm was easy to work with but the quality was very blurry. My husband reminded me that we are taking a snap shot of moving pictures (8 frames equals’ one picture.) The emotions came through but not clarity. I wish there had been a reel to add the film to as I was scanning the images. Overall a good purchase to aid in gathering those memories to fill in your genealogy research when you begin.
A father’s love for his new born daughter and first child just exudes from this blurry photo. Circa 1978
How people did drafting before computers came along. Circa 1978
Cross Country Meet Manchester, New Hampshire. Circa 1994
These three photos will be used in telling the story of my family when I return to my research. I will have more than just the facts. I will have a taste of their lives to add to the “Story that is Us.”
Yesterday I spent my day preparing by watching Beginning Genealogy with Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ, Webinar Wednesday with Geoff Rasmussen at Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Wacky Wednesday with Dear Myrtle on how to create a Blog Graphic.
Watching the Hangouts on air and Webinars follows along with my ongoing preparation and goal to continue my Education in Genealogy. Keeping myself up to date aids in streamlining the research process. The time spent watching comes back tenfold with organization and research knowledge learned from our genealogy family.
Geoff Rasmussen hosted Lisa Louise Cooke on Wednesday with “Genealogy on the Go with iPads and Tablets
I have provided links for the above presentations in hopes that you will take the time to watch them, maybe even learn more than I did. Even if you are not a beginner, one can always learn new things by the informal conversation during Dear Myrtle’s Hangout on Air. I know I did. You can even post your own two cents worth in her Genealogy Community under the presentation, so the newbies can learn from you.
First week goals:
Set aside Previous Research
Preparing to Research
Establishing Practices and Guidelines
Goals met the past two days:
Established some new Guidelines and Practices
Resolved unexpected issues with as minimal stress as was possible
Most importantly, I had FUN doing my genealogy Do-Over Preparations.