Saturday, May 27, 2017

James Tanner -- Responding to 21 May, Approach to Genealogical Research.

  James Tanner -- Responding to 21 May, Approach to Genealogical Research.

I sure missed meeting you recently but health issues in family eliminated my arriving to hear you talk.

You just always are so in tune to my thoughts, it is like we already had this conversation and seem to
think along the same lines. I could never post it as elegantly as you do though.

You have no idea how excited I was to see this topic and done by you. I just did a presentation on
who we are and how we became whom we are.  Needless to say I started in Africa and used's map with their permission.

As the modern methods seem to swamp the older standby methods sometimes we have to go back to the original method and prove it out.  With one line I had going to the Mayflower group, I did the footwork for years and contacted many people before a computer was functioning for laymen.
The joy was I was able to get the information, yes it takes time and diligence and determination.
 Last our group did DNA data and it confirmed all the information we had gathered.   Hurray

Not every name will do this and I would suspect it be less than 20 %  that does but it is slowly rising to higher percentages.

Somethings about computers and humans frightens me.  So many have no internet yet in the USA.
Yes, this is so true. Yet these are the people that generally have more information and accuracy than those in a big city.

Being exposed to this about 8 years ago by flying to Michigan, not even upper Michigan but our son's area had minimal to no internet service and what service offered was over the average persons budget. I used the library's system for two urgent matters. I received a call saying data was sent.
Our area had no internet. Library was accommodating, thankfully.  Today, yes they have internet
available.  It still costs far more than in our region.

 Family in Montana has no internet in some areas. Some do but cost is prohibitive.
I recall PRES OBAMA got on TV one day and was notifying American's of something and said he was doing it via email and the internet.  I wonder how many million never got the message. So what other areas are still skimpy with internet?

As a deeply interested history and  geological person, I have followed our discoveries of how old they (scientists) think we are.  Only last week they posted a new date line and found (released) new data on we are much older than they last thought.

Being a Geologist was my 2nd choice if I ever got to a University.

Now we have groups that have large amount of members but as stated by your post. Not many in most of the groups are modern day up to speed. I myself have never taken a formal
computer class but have set in classes as taught by instructors to master more skills. I have paid for assistance to learn more information on computer usage.  I also had a great son that really hand taught me as he learned in college.

Worse, when I taught computer to others in 1974-5, all that is not viable. The concept took off and left many, many people behind.

A friend was in the other day and she said ,"I did all these things on the computer when working and when you decide to go back to it, very little is the same." She then stated she need a brush up class for modern computers.

Our society runs a basic  computer class, we also highlight specific topics and then we have a class to talk about reaching various sites and how to do a gedcom and other activities.  Attendance is spotty at best, especially considering we are members of over 80 people.

Those that attend are making forward progress, but if they do not practice what shown they are not able to remember for next event.  Myself included, so I know it is true.

Some of this applies to our age I suspect. I was taught to teach students how to use a computer long, long before I had one.  By the time I could afford a computer much of what I had originally learned was obsolete.  Worse we were taught a computer can be upgraded and you won't have to worry about replacing it often. That was most of the teachers concerns, was cost and efficiency.

So as we move forward we must go back and pick up the scattered pieces that were left to wither and die.

 I believe that is a must for those of us that that have moved forward.

We are a lot older a species than is yet determined I am sure.  To many things point to a rebuilding of whom we were before and us coming back to it now moving ahead.

After all the writings on the stones in Wisconsin are not Indian as they kept telling people but they belong to early nordic  people that were here 200 + years before Virginia and Massachusetts and Florida.  The Indians were here a very long time and were very knowledged of our environmental
needs to be able to survive conditions.   Rotate where lived, rotate crops, do not deplete supplies, move and keep alert to changes, share when given a chance.  Nor did they waste like we do.
Almost no part of an animal was wasted. A use was found for it.

Thanks for your blog post.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

RUN OVER TO - UpFront with NGS, yes click on it.

UpFront with NGS

Click here and read some great tips to help your research.

I am doing mine via birthdays but pick a method and you will be amazed at how much it can help you organize and present your data for your family to enjoy down the road.  It also shares data with cousins that do not live near and would love to learn more about your family.

Just this morning early like 3 am I read an article about a distant cousins child's struggle to graduate school.

Reading the great report given regarding the student we here can so relate.

Genealogy to me is number one way to track down the medical knowledge we should all have for when we raise our family.  Thankfully my Mother felt that way also.  (She lost her baby brother )

 A long short story that he ultimately died a young teen do to injuries as infant that no one had control over.   We need to know if we have lung issues, heart issues, blood issues, mental health issues in our family.

 Why loose some one if it could have been prevented. I thought 23 and Me was right on  to offer medical knowledge with their tests and never understood the reason to stop it.

 O YES-   INSURANCE ;  That was it.  So our lives are not our lives any more,
such a sad shame.

So go to NGS's page for today and read their blog post. #52 stories.

Thanks, let me know if this helps you.

On my personal blog page I have started doing this via birthdays.

I wrote about Dad then my Uncle'(Aunt's Hubby) then  my Aunt (Mom's sis).

I bet you can do this too.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEW Place on Facebook.

As I was wandering around Facebook the other day I run across another site.

You may want to try it out.

If you are looking for adoption help there are two sites here on Facebook also for that.

See if you can find them????

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Migration of Humans and lots of data and maps.

Google migration maps.. and you can have fun. 

The talk was given starting in Early World and how people migrated some times slowly and some times more quickly to various regions of the European and Asian communities. Mostly in the Mid Eastern area, Starting at the Aegean Sea, Anatolia, Turks,  moving into the other regions at various times.  The Ceasar's conquering of their world moved things along and created even more interesting turn of events. The Split between the Church into 2 then 3 major church groups created even a greater division. 
Persian then and Persia today plays a major roll in the movement of peoples in the world.  

Sometimes we forget we are (I suspect) in the same throes of life that the 1750's to 1860's of the America we know.  Adjusting to influx of people and adapting and changing and modifying life.

It is generally accepted that the Bantu-speaking peoples originated from West Africa around 4,000 years ago, although there is less consensus on the exact reasons for and course of their expansion. Prior to that time, the southern half of Africa is believed to have been populated by Khoisan speaking people

Map of the world by Eratosthenes, circa 200 B.C.E. In antiquity, the names Ariana (Āryānā) and Persis were used to describe the region where modern-day Iran is found.

Much to learn here.

more history here


We are a very old planet in some ways. Humans been around longer than most can fathom.
 We are fighting the adaption worse than some did in the past, and better than others.

Depending how long the person lived in a region, (10,000 years or so)  it brings a tidbit of many nationalities one would not suspect. Exposure was given over and over for us to all be one big melting pot.

Welcome Brothers and Sisters.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Migration and Humans & more Charts and Urls.

Posted: 02 May 2017 03:54 PM PDT
The May 6th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  

The subject will be “Migration and Humans” presented by Susi Pentico, plus a follow up on the 1 April meeting to discuss brick walls and share information learned.  Come early to connect your laptops to the Library wi-fi.  

Please register on the CVGS website ( on the Events tab so we can plan refreshments and handouts.

This event is free for all to attend. 

Courtesy of Randy Seaver on Genealogy Cafe. 

Lots of new links and ideas to explore will be shared.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sharing Information on Washington Co. PA.

 This is a link to a lot of information in Washington County, Pa.

Many listings of at least 5 cemeteries.

 Listings of Newspapers early.

 Give it a try and  learn more about your ancestors.

Remember Washington Co. was a part of Westmoreland before becoming it's on county.
Remembering also that Greene Co. was a part there of as was Fayette Co. when
Westmoreland Co was the parent county.

Then you have to remember Virginia was part time caretaker of some of this region prior to the 1790's. Many did not recognize PA as parent state because they did not like that states laws verses Virginia's.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Some Great Tips For for Book Researchers.


 A site I get information from sent this information recently.   I hope you take the time to go there and learn what they have to say.

Since I have a book missing I am going to give it a whirl this weekend.  I wish to get the answer to my Foulk/Myers family.  We had it and lost the link to it at FHC and have not located it again.



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Did you know that FamilySearch has a free collection of online digitized family history books, journals and other publications? We'll show you how to mine this collection for four key types of family history resources that may hold important genealogy information about your ancestors. Read More...

There are many other topics discussed at various times but I wanted to share about the books.

 I find that books carry so much information and not everything is on the internet.  

 We keep telling you that over and over.  

 Grab a book and read some of the history of the area, the Wills, Deeds, Probate Records.
 Learn what they grew for crops and how the lived.  It fills in some blanks.