Thursday, January 31, 2013

Overview of your Research, Keeping up to Date

Overview of your Research, Keeping up to Date  12 to 3 pm Saturday, Bonita-Sunnyside Library

Overview of your research and keeping up to date are the topics of Saturday's workshop at the Bonita-
Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Rd. Bonita, CA next to the Sheriff's station and the Chula Vista Golf Course.

Saturday, I advise all to bring their laptops and we are going to see how up to date we all are on our database and what we should possibly look at for the next step.  If no laptop please bring your 5 Generation Chart with you filled out the best of your knowledge.

Printing out a 5 Generation Chart just may surprise you as to what you have completed and what you have missing yet in your files.

Tips and hints will be  given to assist your research.

 How to  Keep your Research logs current?

Are you missing places, dates, weddings, deaths, or cemetery records,?

Have you looked at Grantor/Grantee Indexes for clues?

Have you read Probate or Will or Guardianship records?

Then we look at Land Tax, Road Tax, School Tax. Voters Tax records

Do you follow the Migration trail for people of the community you find the kin in?

As I learned in Michigan, most of that state was settled according to the Head Archivist by New York residents so that is the reason so much NY Research data is in their library.   No I did not know that even though I did not have Michigan ancestors I did have New York Ancestors and the books were fabulous to go through and different than what is held in the holdings on the west coast.
Yes, some were the same but most were not.

So  you do not need to have kin from that state but if that state was settled by people from an area your kin was from they probably have information to share.

All Rights Reserved,  Susi Pentico

Monday, January 28, 2013

CVGS Meeting, Butch HIBBEN, Creating Your Life's Story.

 Chula Vista Genealogical Society is Presenting BUTCH HIBBEN
Wednesday, Jan 30 at 12 noon 
Library Auditorium
Chula Vista Civic Center Library 365 F St., Chula Vista, CA 
Presented By: Butch Hibben      
L. A. (Butch) Hibben, Certified Legacy Advisor, has been involved in the field of family history from his youth, when he took a typing class in school in order to help his grandmother by typing up the family group sheets and pedigree charts for the family's Book of Remembrance. Knowing about his ancestry has been as much a part of his life as knowing basic life skills. Fortunate enough to speak with his forebears about their experiences as Arizona pioneers, Butch has remembered the stories and the roles his family played in the history of the states of Utah and Arizona. Butch, like his ancestor pioneers, was a trailblazer in the field of computers, having become involved in the field in the late 1950s while serving in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he continued in the field as a computer technician for many years until his retirement in 2008. It is no wonder that he was inspired to assist others in preserving their heritage when he was introduced to the Living Legacy Project in 2011 and, again, he is carrying on his ancestors' tradition of pioneering in the world of on-line preservation. He has his own legacy to pass along, having sired five children, four of which have gone on to make him grandfather to twenty-four and great-grandfather to twelve. He serves as Assistant Director in the Corona Family History Center and is married to its Director and Corona Genealogical Society President, Jean Wilcox Hibben. They make their home in the Lake Mathews area of Western Riverside County, California. Butch, a former square dance caller, is an audio technician and plays saw and spoons. He can be reached through .
How can you preserve your family (and personal) memories and photos for future generations, making them accessible to only those you choose? Learn about this, along with specifics on interviewing and hints to get information from relatives, from a Certified Legacy Advisor.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Social Media on Google + for Genealogists

Yes, there is a big social media on Google+ for genealogists. Having been a member since the HangOuts started it has really opened doors for me.

HangOut you ask, is a room set aside for ten  people to interact on a personal basis talking about what ever topic you have set to discuss or an open topic.

As a member of the Original (Longest Hangout) I met people from all over the world. Yes, what a treat to greet and speak to others.  Yes, amazingly in English, a wee Spanish and American slang.

Was exciting to know how many countries have mastered our language quite well and yet we have done little to improve ours to more than one language.

Spoke to a nice person in Iceland and he introduced me to his wife and children.  Spoke to a man in Siberia and he shared an address of a potential family member.  He happened to live near seven families of that unusual surname.  Met a nice young photographer, designer lady from China. Great Scientist from Australia. A neat Genealogist from Australia. Math Instructor from Colorado, retired man from Miami, interesting lady from New York and other genealogists from New England, Utah, Washington, Tennessee, Kentucky and about any where you can think of.

Having met a photographer or two it was such fun. Also met Weather people not sure they were all meteorologists, some were scientists,

It was my position to bring up and discuss genealogy with the new people that came in and out of the Hangout Room.

Meeting people from England, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy, Bosnia, Germany (many from Germany), Poland, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Mexico, India, Philippines, Guam, Greenland, Novia Scotia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the list rolls on. We did this for almost 3 months, 24 hours a day with someone always in the room.

I am hoping we can grab a Hangout Room and do chats on a daily basis on Google+.  We can share information, look at each other eye to eye, we can type on the sidescreen, for those who have trouble hearing. We can share urls and really have lots of fun.

Having gathered about ten new distant family members I think we can make it a great place for genealogists to start to hang out and share information.

I have a Recipe Swapping friend in Peru and a language sharing friend in Mexico to improve my Spanish, that I had stopped speaking after leaving Montgomery Jr. High School in the 1970's as an Aide.

It works by putting people, in various circles and then you share information with those people.
In my photography group are many very famous Photographers. The same applies to Artists, and to other acquaintances I met along the way.

Let's pick Monday evening at 6 West Coast time and try for a HANGOUT?
Email me if you want to try. Room only holds 10 but we can do other hours and days as we grow.

First and third Wednesday of every month I am teaching at a Library so those evenings are not available but others could do this. Pick a topic, Pennsylvania, Deeds, Wills, Rhode Island, what ever
lets get this going. or

Sunday, January 20, 2013

More on Internet Usage Facebook Groups

More on Internet Usage  Facebook Groups

Have you been to Facebook, have you seen how many genealogical groups have joined here?

Hurray for I have and was able to learn more information on my JONES Genealogy. Yes, it is a way
to find information by asking others of like mind if they have news or clues.

There are many great genealogy groups on Facebook.  All of them seem to have helpful caring people wanting to share and care.

My latest join was this group.(5) Ohio Genealogy.

My other group before this:  (5) Ohio Genealogical Society
It represents group of same name.  Jana Sloan Broglin posted an update regarding it.
Now  you want to go here instead.(5) Ohio Genealogical Society

They also posted a  CALL FOR PAPERS for 2014.

New England Genealogy  another great place. It was with this group I received JONES assistance.
(5) New England Genealogy

Trying for Massachusetts?  (5) Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

It also has posts that tell you about Seminars and Conferences.
Here is one.

I belong to several counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia

Our local societies are here, I belong to both.
(5) Chula Vista Genealogical Society

(5) The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego - CGSSD

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Using Charts to Follow Your Progress

Our meeting group was small but we covered the use of charts to help follow your sources when doing genealogy.

Having brought a folder with many forms in to share we had 5 people with out the chart to keep track of the internet research we do.  Yes, we do internet searches, whether we are home or at the Library using their sources, most of us do Internet Research.

Want to say, there are places yet in this great United States that Internet is still not available and otherwise prohibitive to access. We need to be careful how fast we go and not leave those without Internet service behind in our talks and presentations.

Yes, I have found many places in the USofA that the cost is beyond the means.  Mostly in communities away from large cities but it happens there also.

So for those whom do use the Internet one needs to document those sources just like a book, Census, and other data we locate, not on line.

There are a few good forms to use, or you can create your own.  My preference is a Spiral, 3 hole capable binder, Staples, Home Depot have them.  If it has three hole punched, it can be in your working binder when your at a repository. Then you do not go off and leave it at a table.

Using the form that Randall Seaver created in 2003, transferring that data to the front page of my binder, I can follow the formula he has given.  He passed these forms out at a meeting back then.

Randy lists the places for research, names and locations, and follows up with a results column.

It has been very helpful to have this information when doing research at ones finger tips.

He labeled it (Internet Research Summary).

You can make your own but you should include this information, I also include in mine, what repository I was at and the date of the collecting.

The results column is the one you must record accurately  to know what book, page, full name and do not miss the little things.

Do you use an Internet Research Summary?  If your reading this you probably are doing Internet Research.

Please share your methods for keeping track, for it may help others.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Genealogy Tidbits to Share

Some months back I wrote about a site replacing the Random Acts of Kindness Site we lost due to a death.
If you go to this site I am sure you will be pleased with the results that you get.

Generous Genealogists

We also talked about translations, and a site I have used for quite some time was brought up.

Google Translate

In verifying this applications site I see they have it for mobile devices now also.

Maryland information

Abstracts of Maryland Wills - Liber 23 1743

Whilbr - Western Maryland Historical Library

Mid Maryland Roots

Do not forget all the USGENWEB sites

Here is one that will link to others if you try.

Washington County, Maryland USGenWeb - Land of the Free Genealogy and Family History - Copyright 1996-2010 FamilyHart

Remember when doing Maryland research that some lands are in YORK CO. PA area of old, because they squabbled over the border line up to near Berks Co. of old and  Pa claimed down into Maryland quite a distance.  If you look there are maps to guide you and Dr. Hively has done some extensive work on the deeds for these regions. Adams Co. also was involved.

Dr. Hively did a great presentation on this situation with his maps and books.

Another site with a twist on your history.  We all have them.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Beginnings, Start Anew, To Do List

New Year's Beginnings, Start Anew, To Do List for January

Want to have a more successful year?  Start reviewing what you have done in the past year or years, depending on how much you accomplished this last year.

Someone years ago said to start anew in January and it was some of the best advice I have been given.

Sometimes we get so much information at once we do not place it properly in a timely manner, we neglect to go back and fix little things. They then can become huge things in the program.

1. Print out your 5 Generation Chart.

2. See who or what is missing what in each generation

3. Check Birth records, should be easily available for the first 3 generations, generally.
    Older generations may not have birth records, though Churches may have Baptismal information.

4. Death records are they complete for the first 3 and should be complete for the first 5.
    This information can be found in many places besides Death Certificates. Church Bulletins,   
     obituaries in newspapers, family bibles, memorial cards, etc.

5. Marriage Records,  the one thing almost everyone kept track of.  Court houses, churches,
    newspapers, bibles, marriage announcements, social security, are the most common of areas.

6.  Bible Records, review that you have included all information.

7.  Land Records, much data in older  land records.*

8. Census Records,

9. Tax Lists, school tax, road tax, town maintenance tax, etc

10. School Records

11. Probate Records

12. Wills or Estate Records

13. Historical Records, references to serving in a major battle or jury or town council, church council,
      School Boards, service to the state or country.

14. Medical Records, Civil War has many that can help families learn of families inherited traits.

15. Newspapers, near the area they lived and area they came from.  Many do not check the 2nd.

16. Court records from various offices the county may have, Guardianship, etc.**

17. Hospital's and Asylum's

18. Pauper's Homes, many times run by Churches or towns. Sometimes this is a tax in that town.

19. Archives, Libraries, not just a genealogy library but college library, town library, etc.

20. Message boards, on line sources, my favorite is lists, started by  my deceased friend John Fuller long ago. Yes, it is part of Ancestry but that part is free. No charge at all.

Modern type of information could be Baby Books, Older records showing proof can be hand written journals for verification of situation or time.  Journals are important and many do not write one or use them.

Another suggestion is to do the 5 Generation chart with yourself at the beginning then do it with your parent at the beginning.  Here is an age factor learning experience.  No, you do not have a death date if the person has not passed.  Alas, many of us have already experienced that and do.

* My next post, will describe how critical a land record can be.

**  Included will be the need for the Guardianship information. Any child whose parent dies before they are 18 are in need of a Guardian being appointed. Early records through today. Home Page  Truly become familiar with all the assistance on this page.
Message boards, mailing lists, search engines, sources and much more.