Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Information Shared, West Virginia's birth

West Virginia's Birth

 Yes, I am sharing this information with you and asking you to go to a friends site to read this information to assist you in the development of West Virginia.

There was much turmoil in the USA at this time and more in the counties of what is today West Virginia.   The War had started. Upheaval was everywhere.   Judy has done another excellent job and I am not about to mimic it.

Please go to this site and learn more on West Virginia.

The Legal Genealogist | Genealogy, the law and so much more

Judy, Thanks for another great article.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Virginia Urls and Information

Some Virginia Urls and Information

To be a Virginian 
either by Birth,
 Marriage, Adoption,
 or even on 
one's Mother's side
 is an Introduction to
any State in the Union ,
a Passport to
 any Foreign Country, 
and a Benediction from Above

(William Faulkner?)

Basic Sources One Should Use

Library of Congress                        
National Archives           
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Online databases include family histories, Bible records and military files, with special gateways for African-American and American Indian research

Search detailed information on about 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites—both slaveowners and non-slaveowners—extracted from legislative and county court petitions, wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions and court proceedings. For slaves, data may include information otherwise lost to the tragic history of slavery, including age, dates of ownership, economic and family information.

Collecting more than 10 million genealogy records from nearly 4,300 sources, this is a good place to check for less-obvious resources such as school yearbooks, alumni lists and city directories. You’ll also find some vital records, censuses, passenger lists and military records.

This Library of Virginia site stands out for the richness and genealogical usefulness of its digital collections. Local history lessons are nice, but what we love are the real records found here: Revolutionary War land bounties, court records, family Bibles, Civil War pension rolls and disability applications, WWI veterans questionnaires and more. Even if you don’t have Virginia kin, the index to Confederate Veteran magazine may be worth a visit.

North Carolina Archives

Archives of Maryland
Maps and Photos

For any state and for each county within  the state plus check their archives
Maps, Pictures, Government records

Launched in 2000 as a place to share vintage family photos, this site now also includes family stories and even recipes. Photo tags make it easy to look for pictures of everything from cowboys to royalty.

historic maps and county boundaries

Interesting combo site for seeking street views etc

New way of researching, shared data by others.

Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries.

Civil War Faces

 Fee Based Sites..............  $124. 99 a year   historical maps  fee based

Fee based  I think worth it.

Genealogy Bank, Newspapers. U.S. Military Records

now owned by MyHeritage 
 I have used this.

Free and mixed free and pay for same site.

It’s time to stop playing FarmVille and start taking Facebook seriously for genealogy. Not only is there a constant stream of apps for family historians (see our rundown in the July 2011 Family Tree Magazine), but research tools such as WorldCat now even have their own Facebook apps.

Both Y and Mtdna is shown here. 

Since its founding in 2008, this wiki-style tree-sharing collaborative has grown to 3.3 million profiles contributed by 47,500 “WikiTreers.” You can choose to join in and share your family finds or keep everybody less than 300 years old private. Membership is by invitation; you can request one through the site.

Excellent for matching lines, make sure they match, not just appear to match. I use it nearly daily. Like it better than the Shaking leaves on Ancestry.   mixed free and fee $4.95 p month,

 Virginia sources

1. Remember they had Independent Cities plus Counties.

2. Parishs of Virginia


Genealogical and Historical Societies

      map of the state

The Virginia Genealogical Society
            5001 W. Broad St. #115
            Richmond, VA  23230-3023



Use Google for Googling books and other information. Just Google a name, a town.

Remember to pay attention to boundary areas and look both sides of the fence when dealing with county lines and state lines. This applies to all research.

Also recall, that Virginia due to agreement with England covered to the Mississippi River , fur traders, and mountain men, guides and Indians, all had a development hand in the creation of this state and it's outlying regions. It also reached north near the Canadian border and south to about Louisiana, which the French held. Florida region was held by Spain.  Remembering again that Britain and France were in control of Canada.

The waterways were key vital methods of travel. 

More on another post.   All Rights Reserved.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

W VA and VA Resources WED Evening

West Virginia and Virginia Resources

Come join in the learning of the great state that the Civil War  split.
This was one of the largest held land groups prior to the major development of the country.

 It covered to the Mississippi and to Canada and down to near the south.

It happened due to the Fur Traders that Britain had set up.  As the areas developed the boundaries shrank back ultimately to what it is today.  The last major change was during the Civil War when the northwestern part of the state split.

6 to 8 pm Lemon Grove Library  In  back corner of shopping mail Anna's Rest. is on the front corner.

3 plus  pages of urls and data to digest.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today was Farmers Day

Today was declared Farmers Day.    

Since you look on a census and so  many people put Farmer as the occupation this may be a good topic to address.

 Abraham Lincoln created the U. S. Department of Agriculture in 1862.  

We do not know when this day was first created, many say it came about during the mid 1800's.
Reason was, as I stated above, was so many people then were farmers.  They were the backbone of our country.

 The things I learned about some of my farmers were,  they were anything but farmers. Multi talented human beings that cared and shared with their neighbors in a manner we some how have forgotten.

One farmer ancestor build several bridges with his sons and a couple of neighbors, he build homes, he built the first free standing stairwell and I have the article of it being in the paper. He also built churches in his community.  I suspect that maybe building was his hobby, since he did not say it was his profession.  A talented man he was. I have pictures of some of the bridges, houses and a church he build.  Yes, he did a covered bridge or two and some with out covers.

I also know he grew food  crops and had hay fields for the animals.  He raised pigs, sheep, chickens, and had a few cows not  to many. I think cows were  mainly for milk to make butter, buttermilk and
use in cooking and feeding the pigs. I found his name in the tax lists for selling products in the town.
It also listed what he sold.

Many of my ancestors listed them selves as Farmers but were they really farmers or other professions?
I even noted that Mr. Gallentine in State Office listed himself as a Farmer not a statesman.  His family married into this family.  When French nobleman came to visit he was out working in his fields and the nobleman was stunned.  That was also written up in the newspaper.

His son called himself a Farmer, but he was a Lay Minister in the church of his calling. Yes, he farmed but it was not what he spent his spare minutes on.

I had a relative that was a Farmer and they lived the life of a Farmer, up early by 5 a m. Out in the fields and working until dusk and some times taking only a short break for snack and daily  needs.
It was hard grueling work but he seemed to enjoy it. He also shared his tools with neighbors and helped them to cut the grain and run their grains to the grain mills.  Long days from like 5 am until at least 7 pm in the evening and sometimes longer if the machinery broke down and the next day was already planned.

So what was your Farmer?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Follow Up, CeCe Moore, and New York Resources.

Follow Up  CeCe Moore and New York Resources.

This is the Follow Up of this past week.  Shirley gave a great talk with 3+ pages of urls for people doing New York Research on Wednesday.  We had one new guest attend.  Peoples you missed a great talk.   To find the links she shared they can be located on this blog. Yes they are free. She discussed the confusing naming system of the NY State county set ups.  I still struggle with a town is not a town, it is in my mind a township?  You find Villages in Towns?   They also share borders with Canada, and present day Vermont, which used to be part of New York and snuggle up next to Pennsylvania.
Another state gave claim to for pensioners of the Rev War to a segment of New York, also

Check out these pages of information.  Also would like feedback as to whether  you feel like this helped you find your lost data.

 CeCe Moore and one of her great graphic charts.

 Today we did the Workshop in Bonita at the Library and were thrilled with the presentation by CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist.  I myself found, I loved the charting format she used, the color coding of explaining the links and combinations of potential links, etc.  

We had two hours of information and questions and then we went another 40 some minutes into a multi of many more questions. We had a nice attendance and many guests.  We asked her back for the Spring Seminar 30 March at the Chula Vista Golf Course.

Hoping to share some photos I took with you all tomorrow so you can see her chart lay out.

Remember our next meeting event we will be talking about Old Virginia and West Virginia for resources 18 October.  

You may also like to refresh what you can learn at a library by reading this:Research and Where to Look - Genealogy Wise

Thursday, October 4, 2012

7 October Bonita Sunnyside Library, CeCe Moore DNA

DNA with CeCe Moore            FREE no Fee

Come listen to CeCe Moore talk about DNA and what it can do to help us in our research.

Mark the day, CeCe Moor is coming to the Bonita-Sunnyside Library to talk on DNA. October 7th from 1 p m to 3 p m.
CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist and writes the popular blog "Your Genetic Genealogist." 
She is the Southern California Regional Coordinator for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and the administrator of the organization's DNA Newbie Yahoo Group. 

CeCe serves as an " Ancestry Ambassador " to 23andMe
and advisory board of the Mixed Roots Global Adoptee Genealogy Project. She is the administrator of several DNA projects at Family Tree DNA and a member of Mensa.

{October 7th 1 to 3 pm Bonita-Sunnyside Library}

Light refreshments will be served.