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Margaret Harris

Genealogy Search and Social Networking - TopTenREVIEWS - 0 views

  • Online communities have been around since the early days of the internet, but it wasn’t until a site called introduced the idea of “profiles” and “friends” in the late nineties that the concept began to spread like wild fire. Nowadays it plays a major role in every aspect of communication.
  • The chance to connect and build solid relationships with our friends and family is one of the greatest appeals of social networking. Anyone who has ever delved into genealogy search knows the more information you uncover about your family history the more fascinated you become with connecting your past with your present life. With the advances in technology, genealogy 2.0 sites are starting to use progressive networking technologies like wikis, RSS, mapping, and online family tree building to help people connect with family members and other researchers in a Facebook like way.
  • While the traditional genealogy search sites like are still the most comprehensive online choice for searching, the trend is tipping toward sites that can offer the competent search databases of the traditional sites, while also creating a platform to track a genealogist’s activity within the community. Many of these sites are all encompassing, offering features like family web pages, blogs, forums, family calenderer, interactive photo uploads, and much more.

    Here are a few genealogy 2.0 social networking web sites and what they offer.

    Can we really afford to ignore social networking as a tool in our research process?
Margaret Harris

Our Family History » Blog Archive » Murder in the Family, Part 3 - 0 views

  • Prior to Jennings’ death, North Alabama suffered under an outbreak of violence including burglary, arson, and murder. According to Arthur Jennings, John B. Jennings drew the ire of a political candidate because of something Jennings said at a political rally. In an alternate version of the story, the grudge between Jennings and the candidate originated with an article that had appeared in the The North Alabamian newspaper during the summer political canvass.
  • He walked over to the door and shot John in his shop from across the street. John B. Jennings was struck by four large buckshot and died within a half hour.
  • His trial took place on June 28 and 29, 1875. He was acquitted of murder — it was determined he acted in self-defense. If Arthur Jennings’ version of the story is true, it is hard to believe that George C. Almon acted in self-defense, but I have a feeling that Arthur Jennings’ version is rather kinder to John B. Jennings by virtue of the fact that he was family.
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  • An account of the murder was published in a Tuscumbia, Alabama newspaper. The writer, using the pen name Russel Villian, “found fault with both men[:] Jennings for insulting [Almon] and [Almon] for acting with [S]outhern chivalrous behavior” (Jennings 3). Russel Villian did not say what exactly it was that John B. Jennings said to George C. Almon, but it may be that it was bad enough that the jury apparently felt Jennings’ murder was justified;
  • Almon prospered in Alabama government and politics. Five years after the murder, Almon was a practicing lawyer in Russellville (Jennings 3). He was appointed a probate judge, and in 1886, he was elected to the Alabama State Senate in the 12th district.
  • Fannie moved the children to Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas in 1880. Ten years later, the family moved to Swisher County in the Texas Panhandle.
    A detailed, well thought out blog about the Family History of Dana Huff. Many resources here.
Margaret Harris

Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information? - Eastman's Online Genealo... - 1 views

  • Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?
  • many of the biggest and most valuable resources are now available online, including national census records, the Social Security Death Index, military pension applications, draft cards, many passenger lists, land patent databases, and more.
  • We all should be thankful that these databases are available today and are in common use.
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  • State censuses, birth records, marriage records, death records, naturalization records (which originally were recorded in many local and state courts), county histories, and much, much more are still being placed online.
  • Of course, this is great news for genealogists who cannot easily travel to the locations where the original records are kept
  • Yet, I am guessing that 98% of the information of interest to genealogists has not yet been digitized.
  • If you do not know where to start, I would suggest reading the applicable Research Guides found at
  • church parish records, local tax lists, school records,most land records (other than Federal land grants), and many more records are not yet available online and probably won't be available for years. If you are limiting yourself to "... only through the Internet," you are missing 98% of the available information.
  • f you have the luxury of living near the places where your ancestors lived, I'd suggest you jump in an automobile and drive to the repositories where those records are kept. There is nothing that matches the feeling of holding original records in your hands. Make photocopies or scan them or take pictures of them or do whatever is possible to collect images of the original records.
  • If you do not enjoy the luxury of short distances, use microfilm.
  • Many (but not all) of these records have been microfilmed, and those films may be viewed at various libraries, archives, or at a local Family History Center near you. There are more than 4,000 of those local centers, so you probably can find one within a short distance of your home. The Family History Centers are free to use although you do have to pay a modest fee for postage when you rent a microfilm by mail. See
  • State censuses, birth records, marriage records, death records, naturalization records, county histories, and more are all "work in progress" projects. That is, they are not yet complete. In fact, I doubt if all of them will be available online for at least another two decades! If you only look online, you are missing a lot.
  • Which option would you prefer: accessing 2% of the available records or 98% of the available records or 100% of the available records?
  • Add to that the fact that some folks want it all to be free as well.
  • The Research Guides had been converted and are available at the moment in and they are more up to date.
  • When you do the research yourself you're not only finding out information about your ancestors and other relatives, you're also gaining experience that will prove invaluable in the future.
  • I run into the "if it's not on the Internet it must not exist" attitude a lot. I recently suggested to one person that he go across the street to the Iowa State Historical Society and look at microfilm of land records. His comment was that it would be too much trouble and he would look on the Internet because it had to be there someplace.
  • However on a vacation out west I spent a day in the huge FRC in SLC - Mecca to us amateur genealogists I thought. Extremely disappointing. Several people tried to help me but all they did was use! Duh I didn't travel 2000 miles for that. They sent me into the film stacks and helped me use the microfim reader but the info was in German. Another lead went nowhere because it was a list of names living in an Irish town but without the other family members named how could I know if that Patrick Cassidy was mine? I found the whole microfilm experience frustrating mostly due to lack of experienced assistance. I know I need to give it a lot more time. But I must share my best online experience - the community forums on Rootsweb, et al and RAOGK volunteers. I connected with an English women living in the town in Germany my father's family came from and she was able to find our ancestor's in the microfilm at their library - back to the early 1600s. I was thrilled. And every month or so I get emails from distant cousins who find my postings on line and we exchange trees and fill in empty branches. I love the internet for that reason alone.
  • However, I help that process by volunteering my time to work on the indexing projects with Ancestry and Family Search. I get the joy of knowing my work will help someone else find that elusive connection and know that one day, that elusive connection will be online for me.

    Even if I never leave my home, there is no substitute for sending a

  • However, nothing was more satisfying to me as a genealogist than actually holding in my hands the original (not photocopied) will signed by my 4th-great grandfather in 1818. It was written on a single sheet of heavy paper with linen-weave texture, written on both sides. He listed all his children, first all his daughters,in order of birth, then all his sons (he had 12 children). His first bequest was to "Elizabeth Holms my oldest Child ...". When I read that, you probably could have heard me cheering all over the North Carolina Archives. That woman was my ancestor, mentioned by her married name
  • Oh dear, Barb! I am so sorry you had such a disappointing experience at the Family History Library in SLC. I have never run into that. I am always helped tremedously when I visit that facility, even to the point of being introduced to "volunteer amateur experts" on areas and subjects of interest to me. If there is ever a "next time" for you, be sure to look up everything you can on the Family History Library Catalog online before going, so that you will have a specific film or fiche to begin your research for that day
  • But...if you ask your questions to various people, eventually they will realize they don't know the answer and send you to someone who will. They always have at least one very experienced researcher - usually at the desk - but sometimes you have to make it very clear that you aren't getting the answers.
  • There are plenty of other options for people unable via physical limitations or financial limitations to research off-line. Mostly, you just have to return to how people did genealogy prior to the Internet, but some nicely complement Internet research.
  • 1. FHC films and fiches, as Dick has suggested.
    2. Interlibrary loan materials from all over the US.
    3. Letter writing to potential relatives, your actual relatives, record office holders, newspapers, etc.
    4. Interviewing living relatives for materials that they may have - and even if you've asked before, sometimes a second or third interview can unearth some treasures!
    5. Exchanging research tasks with another researcher (ie, you research someone where you are for them and the other person researches someone where they are for you)
    6. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, where you take advantage of their service but ALSO volunteer in your area.
    7. Calling/writing/faxing government offices.
    8. Volunteering to transcribe records for a genealogy society - two in particular I've worked with will mail copies of records in exchange for you returning a nicely formatted transcription and electronic scans for them (and a small donation to cover postage, never more than a couple dollars in the US).
    98% of genealogy isn't on the Internet
Margaret Harris

Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog - 0 views

  • In my opinion, new FamilySearch is one of the most complicated research tools we have. 
  • The Research Process requires careful analysis comparing each of the data against each other.  Genealogy proof is not just choosing what appears logical or reasonable.  Your ancestors are not just data on a sheet either.
  • The computer cannot accommodate duplicates.  Current testing is to eliminate the many, many duplicates that are in there now, merging these duplicates into one unit. 
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  • When the databases are merged into a reasonable size, they will be opened to the world at large–so other genealogists can add their knowledge, their photos, their documents to build a world family tree.
  • a good sense of  humor at the ready is your best tool!
  • genealogy evidence guru
    I've been working all night on record groups; luckily I stumbled onto the blog you see here.  I wish I had known hours ago that there was a genealogy evidence guru!
Margaret Harris

NARAtions » What do all those numbers associated with NARA records mean? - 0 views

  • record group numbers
  • Record Group (RG) number – A unique number assigned to each record group.  A record group is a grouping created by NARA that comprises the records of a large organization, such as a Government bureau or independent agency. To search ARC by RG number, enter the RG number in the description identifier field and then select just the record group in the level of description filter.  Click on “Search within” to search for series descriptions linked to that RG
    Does everyone know that not only are some records from NARA available through, but are also available at  In addition, many NARA microfilms are in the FamilySearch FHLibrary database.  Well, they are copies with FHL film numbers, but my thinking is that perhaps the FHL created the microfilms at NARA or helped with them.  Does anyone know how that goes?
Margaret Harris

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Why Cloud Computing Makes Sense for Genealogy - 0 views

  • cloud computing refers to a computer application running on a distant computer.
  • Your local desktop or laptop works as a "remote terminal," with your local video screen showing what is happening on the distant computer and your local keyboard and mouse being used as input devices for the same distant computer.
  • All the computing power and disk storage is being provided by a powerful computer or perhaps a bank of powerful computers in some distant data center
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  • ou can use the application program running in the distant computer in the same manner that you run applications in your own computer. However, you benefit from the power and storage capabilities of those distant, powerful computers.
  • The word “cloud” refers to the Internet
  • all the complexity of the Internet is hidden from the user. Therefore, it is a cloud. The phrase “cloud computing” really means “running programs on distant computers via the Internet.”
  • the application you use might be a word processor, a database, a spreadsheet program, a sales management program (such as, or a genealogy program.
  • Whatever the application, you use it in almost the same way as any other program you have used in the past.
  • A cloud computing provider is a company that provides processing services on the Internet. That is, the provider company owns the distant computers and provides the software that runs on those systems. If you want to use cloud computing, you start by establishing an account with a provider of the application(s) you wish to use. You then connect to the Internet, connect to the provider's system(s), and then run the application(s) offered by the provider.
  • Automatic backups and other systems maintenance tasks.
  • Convincing people to switch to online word processors, spreadsheet programs, and presentation programs strikes me as an uphill battle. The picture changes quickly, however, when you begin to discuss programs that not everyone has or programs that cost a lot of money.
  • There are only two true cloud computing genealogy applications today: (formerly known as and
  • No discussion of genealogy cloud computing is complete without a mention of, New, The Next Generation, or PhpGedView. These products vary widely in design and implementation, but all of them allow multiple people to run genealogy applications in distant computers
  • In addition, the latest versions of RootsMagic and AncestralQuest have the capability to exchange data with cloud computing databases. However, neither of these last two products uses cloud computing for its core functionality.
  • In other words, the consumer uses the cloud computing application in almost exactly the same manner as today's user of The Master Genealogist, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, AncestralQuest, Reunion, MacFamilyTree, Personal Ancestral File, or any of dozens of other genealogy programs. The major differences are:
      • The consumer does not pay for a program to be installed in his or her own computer. Instead, he or she signs up for a free or low-cost account on a cloud computing service.
      • All data is stored on the distant computers, not on the local hard drive.
  • Shared access.
  • One factor in the growth of cloud computing is the emergence of netbooks. Netbooks are low-powered, inexpensive laptop computers that have become enormously successful in the past year. (“Netbook” is a contraction of the words “Internet notebook.”) Netbooks are selling by the tens of thousands while the sales of higher-powered laptop and desktop computers are dropping rapidly.
  • Software upgrades
  • While most genealogy cloud computing providers do charge fees, the cost may be significantly lower than purchasing software and frequent upgrades for software installed in your desktop or laptop computer.
    I am working my way through this article. It is heavy reading in the sense that I am not a geek, though some would disagree. I don't understand technology, but I seek to understand it. I try to keep up with tech news just so I can know how it affects my genealogy life.
Margaret Harris

Grandmas Apron Poem | Treasure Maps Genealogy - 0 views

    Aprons were a favorite uniform when I was younger, for mamas and grandma's.
Margaret Harris

About Us - 0 views

  • The Louise K. Fitzgarrald Genealogy Department boasts one of the finest genealogy collections in the state of Florida. Over 7,000 volumes of printed materials and 1,200 microfilm reels from Federal Census records and other references are available for use. The library also offers free access to subscription based online genealogical services.
    There are small jewels in our midst; we just have to find them.
Margaret Harris

Genealogy's Star: Google Chrome vs. Firefox -- a genealogist's perspective - 0 views

  • Genealogy is rapidly becoming more and more technology based.
  • chances are, that the average genealogist is using Explorer.
  • The only other major web browsers with a significant market penetration are Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari.
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  • I do not use Internet Explorer at all on personal computers. I do however, use it almost every day at work, at the Mesa Regional Family History Center and on almost everyone else's computers
  • With this recent upgrade, I have been comparing Chrome to Firefox.
  • However, if you load up iGoogle with lots of slow apps, Firefox really starts to slow down. Whereas, Google knows Google and they have apparently taken pains too optimize the use of Google apps, as could only be expected
  • the current version 5.
  • most technologically savvy people switch from using Internet Explorer (unless they work for Microsoft).
  • The present version of Chrome is a huge improvement over the first releases. If it continues to get better at the a similar rate, it will like become more appealing than Firefox. Since both are free, it is anyone's guess how the usage ratings will come out. It is a sure thing however, that both will continue to take market share from Microsoft, unless Microsoft does something really spectacular
    I find this discussion generally handy and helpful for the average genealogist.
Margaret Harris

Genealogy's Star: Bing vs. Google revisited for genealogists - 0 views

  • Bing was unveiled by Microsoft on May 28, 2009 and went online on June 3, 2009, so it is almost one year old.
  • Google has something over 85% of all web queries,
  • The real question for genealogists is whether Bing has made any progress in finding genealogical resources on the web?
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  • five of the returns are for the same collection of documents in the Northern Arizona University Library
  • None of the returns found any of my blog posts using my Great-grandfather's
  • Google's returns are once again exactly on point.
  • so did Bing win this one?
  • Bing has only four returns that even refer to my ancesto
  • Bing search reduced the returns to 40 almost all of which referred to the word beaver and only four of which actually referred to Sidney Tanner in Beaver, Utah.
  • I'll try again in another year or so, but for the time being, I'll stick to Google.
    An informal comparison of the two search engines, Bing and Google, as pertains to all things genealogical.
Margaret Harris

Genealogy's Star: New Web services may impact finding your family history - 1 views

  • ten new web services that are changing the ways we share information. His opinions were that the developments may be disruptive of the normal ways of sharing information.
  • It's likely to gain ground quickly in the U.S. now that Google has sent out a QR code to 100,000 of the most popular companies in its Local Business Center. When those companies display the QR code, customers can use code-scanning applications on their iPhones and other devices to retrieve the firm's individual Google listing."
  • I think QR Codes are likely to intensify the Web as a means of communication. Businesses and organizations that have no Web presence will become literally invisible to the rest of the world.
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  • How will this affect genealogy and family history? It will probably increase the trend towards Web based communications for families and likely facilitate setting up family history sites. It may well come to the day when your holiday greeting cards will contain a QR Code link to your own website, rather than any other message
    I'm not sure that I understand the mechanics of this new technology, but if it facilitates the sharing of genealogical data, then I'm all for it !
Margaret Harris

1969-4.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 0 views

    pts. John Ingle, b. 23 Feb. 1826, d. 10 July 1868, Winston Co., Ala., m-l Ruthie (?) ,
    had dau. Sarah A. and son Harmon; m-2 Sarah Ann Hallmark, b. (1), N.C., d. (?),
    sons Andrew (Jack) Jackson, William John. Jasker Newton Green, b. 8 Dec. 1831, d. 18
    Feb. 1905, Sargt. T., Co. K. 1st Calvo of Ala., discharged 19 July 1865, m. Martha J.
    Burnett, b. 1 Sept. 1837, d. 25 Sept. 1903. Thomas Irvin Sims, b. 13 Feb. 1848 Ga., d.
    29 Aug. 1822, m. 11 Dec. 1875 Josephine P. Ingle b. 1 Mar. 1857, d. 5 Apr. 1933. John
    Pierson Winter b. 24 Sept. 1864, d. 15 Oct. 1939, m. Sarah Elizabeth Dupree (Dupre) b.
    20 Jan. 1862, d. 11 May 1942. Thomas Green Dupree (Dupre?) m. Nicey D. Price Dupree.
    Would like info. on pts., ch., imigrants, d., m., on all of the above.
    Look for tidbits of family history in documents that are authored by multiple writers on multiple family names.
Felix Gryffeth

Mississippi Plantation Diary That Inspired William Faulkner Discovered - - 1 views

    The author William Faulkner appears to have drawn the names of characters and other inspiration from a plantation diary just discovered by scholars.
Margaret Harris

Top Search Results - (Library of Congress) - 0 views

    Searching for background information can help you get in touch with your ancestral ties. "Washington County Florida" is the search I performed as I looked for a county history or similar book.
Margaret Harris

Publishing Your Family History, State Library of Victoria - 1 views

    It's something we would all like to do, but here is a guide for those seriously into publishing their family history.
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