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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?
Felix Gryffeth

In Push to Detect Early Alzheimer's Markers, Hopes for Prevention - 1 views

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

The Apalachicola & Carrabelle Times - 0 views

  • A large stack of books containing family memorabilia was on hand at the entrance to the reunion, a testament to the work that Martha Pearl Ward, Buddy Ward’s wife, has done in chronicling the family history. Martha Pearl Ward traces her descendants to early Mormon settlers, followers of a denomination that sets the nation’s standard in keeping records of family genealogies.
    The volumes of history tell a story that can be traced as far back as the late 1600s in England, when John Ward and his wife, Frances, set sail for the New World. Later, in 1777, a Ward descendent, John Ward III, would marry Nancy Knight, the daughter of Jackson Knight, an Indian chief who operated a blacksmith shop near Fort Mitchell.
  • Indian princess when he was a boy, about how she could sit upright in a straight-back chair and lean back and have her long black hair touch the floor.
  • After a delicious dinner of every imaginable seafood, and vegetables brought from the family in Mt. Pleasant and Grand Ridge, door prizes were given out, including baskets of fresh cucumbers, flowers and peppers, and Mason jars of canned figs.
    I might consider faking a relationship just to get some of that good food served at a Ward Family Reunion in 2006!
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 - 0 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 !
Felix Gryffeth

Op-Ed Columnist - The Banality of Good - - 0 views

    What was it like in wartime Germany to watch your Jewish neighbors trooping head bowed to the nearby train station for transport to extinction?
Margaret Harris

Mountain West Digital Library - 0 views

    An amazing resource for those with roots in the West.
    From the Genealogy Star blog...a new resource.
Felix Gryffeth

Book Review - 'The Making of African America - The Four Great Migrations,' by Ira Be... - 1 views

    Ira Berlin reconceptualizes African-American history as the story of a people uprooted and searching for home.
Margaret Harris

Census History and 20th-Century Firsts - 0 views

  • They recorded the number of free persons by sex and color, and slaves. Slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person, while Indians were not taxed and therefore excluded.
    This web site gives a brief background of the first census.
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.
Margaret Harris

Dupree's in The Civil War - 0 views

  • Thomas Green Dupree served as a private in the First Alabama Legion, Company E, 2nd Battery of the Confederate Army. This Company was later
    consolidated with others and became Company B of the 59th Regiment Alabama Infantry. Sometime in the spring of 1864, Thomas was promoted to Corporal.

    Thomas had enlisted at Montgomery, Alabama, June 15, 1862.He was wounded and captured April 4, 1865 at Sutherland Station between Petersburg and Burkville, Virginia, just 5 days before Lee's surrender. Sent as a prisoner to Point Lookout, Maryland. He was paroled from there June 11, 1865 at the conclusion of the war and upon swearing allegiance to the Union.
    Thomas Green Dupree
    This is my ancestor, (Thomas Green Dupree).
Margaret Harris

Florida in the Civil War - 0 views

  • This issue takes you back in time to 1860—when Florida was a slave state and third to join the Confederacy. Read about the cotton plantations, the cow cavalries and coastal smugglers, the salt works and the Swamp Fox, the hopes and the heartaches of Floridians in the war.
Margaret Harris

A recipe for preserving family history / The Christian Science Monitor - - 0 views

  • Include letters or other relevant items that will tell part of the family story
  • a connection to the past,
  • they bring back memories of particular relatives
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  • He suspects that interest in comfort food and family cookbooks has intensified since 9/11, because people want to evoke "some of the security they felt in childhood.
  • familiarity provides another kind of comfort today, when counting calories and cutting carbs seem to be a national obsession. "By virtue of using a family recipe, you may be freeing yourself from the anxiety associated with dieting," says Dr. Shipley. "Rather than being concerned about how much butter goes into a dish, you think, 'This is how Grandma did it.'
  • their lasting value may come from the fact that they are often modern-day versions of the family Bible - the book in which the family's history is recorded.
  • Connect with many family members, because "the key to your family history may be in the drawer of some cousin you haven't met yet." One of her cousins had pictures of her great-grandparents that she had never seen before
  • She wants to preserve the tradition of one generation's teaching another through oral instruction.
  • There are so many people who have learned the recipes at a very young age, and then repeat the motions and the ingredients from their hearts, not from a piece of paper."
  • By learning about their family, [people] understand that history is evolving and learn how their own family is a part of it."
Margaret Harris

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: Make your OWN Generations Project - 0 views

  • Monday nights?
  • document the challenges and joys of climbing our family trees.
  • emancipation documents
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  • as she encounters documents proving her ancestry and goes a few steps further by studying her ancestors in historical context. Unlike other family history shows, the research process is openly described.
  • The non-genealogists in the family will find a family video more compelling than a printed book.
  • swap out the paper for digital video?
    I have been fortunate to catch one of these series, so far. It was very instructive and also very in touch with the emotions we grapple with when we go digging up our Family History.
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.
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