Friday, April 29, 2011

Modern Gadgets we use in Genealogy

Well there is a Blog Carnival happening and it is about Current tech tools or programs, we use in genealogy.

I have to say I have some programs I use I like. But I am always looking for something that may be easier or better.

Again I was excited about getting an I-Pad and then things happened and I am awaiting to see
if the new computer will stop being non stable before I expend more money.

Right now I am wanting to learn more about the Droid device that Dick Eastman wrote about two days ago that is only $249. I am concerned for spending high dollar with minimal return.

I would never have dreamt my new machine would be so unstable and bouncy and frustrating.

I am looking forward to acquiring a hand held type scanner for pictures for my family from MOm's estate. I would like to know which one you all think is the very best and why. I am hoping to acquire and be doing this within the month.

So instead of talking up a item I use can you all talk up the reason for buying a good hand held scanner device and why that one verses other one. It is like a marketing device I need advise about the device.

I highly suspect my next system will be an HP. Should have done it this time.

I do like the Reunion program but Bruce Buzbee's program is very enticing and I could use it if I changed. I have used PAF, Paf for Mac, FTM, and Reunion, and use for cloud computing.

Now I can talk up it is a great site for sharing and gathering of information
with the ability to share with family and they add their own data. I can say I am a big advocate of

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interesting Tidbits garnered from Curt B Witcher, again.

Improving Societies and Gain Members

Listening to Curt B Witcher as he talks on the FGS blog radio talk.

Sharing the url here and hope you all listen to this.

I was surprised to hear a statement he said but it made sense.

If everything is always the same and if your not willing to reach out to make change and
bring people in we are not going to win more members. He said that (Same) is a scary word to
hear us genealogists use to work with in the society.

We are moving in the right direction but we need to pick up the pace and expose our
members to more methods of exposure.

Wanting so much to learn how to do a webanair, expose the members to a blog radio show like
this one.
Sad to say, I am not technical for doing research. I am still learning computerize.

My goal is to have our members log into a chat room and learn a topic about a various place
they are wanting to learn more about from the comfort of their home. At a time they are not
working and can share in the dialogue.

He also mentioned another word we need to be careful of using. I will make a comment about
the other word next time.

Suspecting major change is on the horizon for genealogists in our very near future. My fear
is we do not leave behind the ones who are older and do not have the ease of access that has
moved us forward.

Monday, April 18, 2011

1 June 2011, Anne Bowman, DDS Scot-Irish Heritage

Anne E. Bowman, DDS

Anne Bowman was born and raised in the suburban Chicago area and has lived in San Diego for over 25 years. She attended Loyola University of Chicago for both her undergraduate and dental degrees and earned a Certificate of Specialty in Periodontics at LSU in New Orleans. She spent five years on active duty as a Navy Dental Officer before opening a private practice in Chula Vista, retiring from dentistry after 36 years of direct patient care.

Anne’s interest in genealogy had an unusual beginning. Both of her parents were only children so she grew up without any aunts, uncles or first cousins and she knew only one of her four grandparents. When her first niece was born in 1998 she decided to investigate as much of her family tree as possible. What began as a casual hobby has evolved into a new career.

She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program in 2010 and is a member of the Linares Chapter of the DAR. She is currently enrolled in the ProGen Study Club and her ultimate goal is to earn Certification from the Board of Genealogical Certification. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, The Association of Professional Genealogists, The Polish Genealogical Society of America and The Southern California Genealogical Society.

Anne Bowman is going to do a presentation on Scot - Irish Research for us on this date.
8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, Ca 91945
Presentation to start at 6:10 p m class ends at 7:50 p m
There will be questions and answers time for additional information to be learned.

We look forward to her presentation on this group of peoples.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Genealogy Events on Line to Learn About and Attend

The only events here that everyone can not attend are those hosted on unless you have that as an address all others you can access.
' I teach Vital Records Chat with Rita on Thursday evening 6 pm pacific time. Each week a different Vital Record topic.

Dae and Jayne have been working Golden Gate Forum of old hosts also. We have been doing this for probably almost 15 years or more for some.

Fortunately for you all that Dae and Jayne also do chats(classes) on line at Also check out Dae's page for links to use in Genealogy.

Here is the schedule Dae sent me for this week.
Jayne & Dae's Weekly Genealogy Chats Reminder

For a real genealogical journey! 11 April 2011
Mondae, 11-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "America's Forgotten Insurgents." The past few years have changed all of our lives. For what we now believe is the first time, Americans know that we are no longer isolated from terror in the world. But there were other insurgents ... Join us at 9:00 pm EST in the AOL Genealogy Chatroom.

Mondae, 11-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "Nonconformist Researching." Nonconformists in England were Protestants who did not conform to the state recognized Church of England. Many American researchers have similar nonconformist ancestors whose families and backgrounds in England are nonconformist. Discovering if this is the case for a given ancestor and finding information about the forbears of that ancestor can be difficult using standard English research procedures. Come join us at 10:00 pm EST in the Genealogy Wise Chatroom.

Thursdae, 14-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "Evaluating the Evidence We Have Researched." It has been almost 14 years (summer 1997) since the Board of Certification of Genealogists rejected the phrase, "preponderance of evidence," or POE, as a standard of proof. How do we prove a family relationship, if no record clearly contains the required information? Come learn with us at 10:00pm EST in the chatroom of Looking4Kin.

Saturdae, 16-Apr-11, GENTREK presents our "Guide to Passenger Lists" Often more time is spent hunting for our ancestors on ship passenger lists than any other type of research. In our naiveté we might assume the records will reveal the country our ancestors left. It isn't always that simple. Come join us at 10:00 AM EST in the Genealogy Wise Chatroom.

U.S. Civil War Chats
Thursdae, 14-Apr-11 — The American Civil War History chat will be presented by Jim Avery. He will tell us about the Farnsworth House in Gettysburg. Join us each week at 11 PM EST in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs.

Fridae, 15-Apr-11, The American Civil War History chat will present "THE WRECK OF THE PRISONERS TRAIN." Not all the tragic waste of human life in the Civil War was on the battlefields and in the hospitals and prison camps. Far removed from the fighting front, in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania, near the little town of Shohola in Pike County, more soldiers died in the early afternoon of Friday, July 15, 1864 than were killed in many of the small battles that have received some notice in published Civil War history. Please join us at 10 PM EST in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs.

ShoeString Genealogy
Check out the utilities for Searching for Living Relatives.

And don't forget to vote for ShoeStringGenealogy: WorldWide Top Sites

Spring is sprung!
GENTREK for Saturdaes will continue throughout April, after which it will go on hiatus during the warmer weather. Get up earlier this Saturdae and join all of us!
Relevant Links
ShoeString Genealogy

Bits of Blue & Gray

Genealogy Wise


Tips from our chatters
You know...chats like this really help bring things back that we might have forgotten or rekindle the fire that we have when we start this quest...thanks Jayne/Dae ~~ Bob Mooney-PA,

I have a couple of more hints in researching women before normal documents (1800 or so) research the neighbors, friends and 2nd cousins of the man about the time of his marriage, particularly in Virginia and research any surnames that persistently show up later as neighbors and slave records. ~~ RKat91,

Last year a friend brought a film in and on the film a parish priest buried an old man and stated he was baptized a fortnight hence a despicable character who I am sure the devil was waiting with open arms for him actually written in the parish registers. ~~ BCRick,

I was bamboozled by Ft Wayne but love our Carlsbad and the new Hemet Library and the Los Angeles City Library stuffed with more data than I have ever seen in one spot. ~~ Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico,

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 6 Lemon Grove Library Event Genealogy 6 pm to 8 pm

8073 Broadway,Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619 463 9819

6 April 2011, Lemon Grove Library. Please do come to this event. We are to determine how many meetings you want a month? What the topics do you want?
Thanks to those who came to the Seminar talk at the Bonita Library on Saturday to hear the Attorney Mr. Murphy and Insurance Agent Mr. Steven's.

Even though we have talked of their topics in the past we were able to learn a lot about Insurance and what areas we should be looking into for information. Yes, there are areas that are public some areas are definitely not.

Of course, we knew Wills were public but I did not know that Trusts were not.

It helps put a complete different spin on the future of genealogy. Where are the phone books for cell phones? Where is the information on items in the past were available to us?

Are you keeping track of all your living relatives that you can so the future will know who is whom and where? Census data is due out next spring. It is has been said that much of it will not be made available and some say only select is available. Others imply we will get it all over a major long period of time.

Library's are talking of tossing books and going only digital? Good Grief they can't get all the books on line now. That means many books we will no longer have access to no matter what.

Worse who is going to keep upgrading the systems of the items put on line and what back up method will they use to preserve them for all to see 40 years from now. Yup, that not important to the people of today.

We are to much of a now generation.

Topics coming up at the Library will be: Mid Atlantic Research and the development of those states, New England Research and the Development of those states, Southern Research and the
Development of those areas, are some topics. I am talking to some speakers on Ireland, Scotland and England. I would love to present a talk on how to use a chat room as a class room to attend on line chats that are genealogical in nature and you can learn from your own home computer.
There are Webanairs, and many new methods coming into our existance. Are you familiar with them and the changes in our research? Do you know what Cloud Computing is? Do you back up your Genealogy on a daily or weekly basis? What formats do you use to back up? Do you carry your research on a thumb drive so you have access if you run into a potential kin?

We will also touch on early American Indian research on the eastern seaboard of our country. If I can locate a speaker for this area then maybe some information on our local tribes history also. IF you know of someone contact me please.

We are to let the Librarian now our topics for her to post to the system so please do come and share your voices.Contact me at for feedback if your not able to attend. I hope you come we miss you.