Monday, April 18, 2016

Bleah (Been Sick)

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I haven't forgotten the blog.

I just  haven't had the energy to  research or write, for too long.

In March I got the flu, ... then I got bronchitis. After I finally went back to work, I came down with the stomach flu that had been going around the office (thanks, guys).  Then last week I got glutened and was really sick for the rest of the week.

I am truly sick and tired of being sick. I declare it done! Over With!! NO MORE SICKNESS!!!

I have ideas for several posts floating in my brain. They will get written and posted as I start having more energy after work.




Saturday, March 5, 2016

NoteWorthy Reads #26

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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found recently which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful. When I have the time I review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will remain available through the blog's search function.

[Note: Just because I list an article does not mean I endorse its contents. It just means I want to be able to find it easily in the future when I may want to consider the issue in more depth.]



CANADA

Update on the Alberta Homestead Collection from Olive Tree Genealogy blog – perhaps the index of the Alberta Genealogical Society is a better choice to research then Ancestry’s new Alberta Homestead index


The Scots as a Military Strategy from The In-Depth Genealogist – great short-version explanation of the intentional migration of the Scots to the lower boundary areas of the North American British colonies.  For the long version read “Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada,” by Lucille Campey (which is fascinating if you think your ancestors were part of that)- I have it as a Nook book so I suppose there's a Kindle version as well as regular hard copy books..


DNA
(I'm a beginner with genetic genealogy, so I collect explanations. It helps on these posts to read the comments as well.)

Finding Your Irish Family Homeland from The In-Depth Genealogist discusses a DNA test which helps pinpoint the specific area of origin in Ireland your family comes from.
But see also, Dubious Commercial Claims, an article from the  University College London website. The article casts doubt on the methodology used in the Irish Origenes, Scottish Origenes, and English Origenes websites. 



Concepts – How Your Autosomal DNA Identifies Your Ancestors  by the DNAeXplained blog – explained in layman’s language; very helpful. The most understandable explanation I've run across so far.



ENGLAND

Bibliography of British and Irish History  – including not only books but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes. It now includes over 570,000 records. Searches can be conducted through the Subject Tree on ‘advanced search’.



GERMANY

NEHGS Searchable German Duplicate Records  from the Many Roads blog - church records for the territories of Baden, Brandenburg and Posen, Germany


GREAT STORIES

More Brick Wall Busting Going on Here from Ellie’s Ancestors blog – time for genealogy happy dance!

Birth & Death of John Stufflebean  from the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog – captured by Indians during the Revolutionary war and sold to the British for a barrel of rum.…

Fugitive Slave: Freedom, Capture, Redemption (Part 1)  and Fugitive Slave: Eyewitness of the Trial (Part 2) from the Tangled Roots and Trees blog  - I had to know what came next, and figured you would too!


HISTORY




Lakshmibai, the Warrior Queen Who Fought the British Rule in India  from AtlasObscura.com - I recently watched a British documentary on the colonialization of India which touched on some of the same events. It is interesting to read the other perspective.



INTERESTING ARTICLE

1878: Four Days in May from the Borders Ancestry blog – a fascinating article showing how a diary extract from 1878 can provide a rich source of historical and genealogical information.

The Olive Tree Genealogy blog  ran an interesting four-part series, titled “Solving a Challenging Genealogy Puzzle: Finding Rachel” in which she explains how she determined who were the parents of Rachel Van Slyke. Read them in order:






Ancestral Stories – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up from the Lineagekeeper’s Genealogy Blog – a long time brick wall comes tumbling down with the aid of perseverance, cousins, and serendipity!



           
IRELAND

Finding Irish Marriage Records from GenealogyBank.com – I did not know that it was common for Irish-American newspapers to publish accounts of marriages solemnized in Ireland.


No Luck of the Irish  from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog  – Dianne has collected over 60 links to genealogical resources for Ireland

and 

No Luck of the Irish 2 from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog - discusses a new resource for Irish genealogy searches, enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801 -1922.



Bibliography of British and Irish History  – including not only books but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes. It now includes over 570,000 records. Searches can be conducted through the Subject Tree on ‘advanced search’. (Yep, the same one as above under "England". Cross-referencing made easy.) 


TIPS



Know Your Suffixes from the Vita Brevis blog, a blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society – I did not know that a century or so ago a denotation of so-and-so, 2nd or 3rd did not necessarily mean that the persons of the same same were related, but rather that there were multiple people with the same name in the same County! Maybe I can stop trying to shoehorn some people into my family, hmmm.... (P.S. Always read the comments, more to learn!)

My Search Was Unsuccessful, Now What? from ModRoots blog – don’t give up, what to try next.







TOOLS


What Was It Worth? Calculating the Historic Value of Money from the LegacyTree blog – explains the various calculators at MeasuringWorth and their relative usefulness in learning more about our ancestors. 


New Research Tool – Town Land Explorer – Launched  from Irish Genealogy News– allows researchers to search a Superintendent Regular District to reveal a list of all the civil parishes and towns included within the registrar’s district. (Ireland)

Don’t Leave the Courthouse Just Yet! from the LegacyTree blog – treasures can be found in the Index to the Court of Common Pleas

Top 3 Reasons Why FamilySearch Historical Records Articles Should Be Your Favorite Research Resource  from the FamilySearch blog -  I don’t know about “favorite” but it’s up there in the top 10 or so.


USA

OHIO

Ohio’s Digitized Newspapers  – this page includes a full (linked) listing of Ohio’s digitized newspapers on Chronicling America and Ohio Memory.


RHODE ISLAND

My Favorite 100 Rhode Island Roots Articles  from the One Rhode Island Family blog – a compilation of links to wonderful Rhode Island resources. Most of these I have not seen before. I can’t wait to try them! My Mom assures me we’re related to Roger Williams; I haven’t made it far enough back on her lines to confirm that yet. Perhaps these will help?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I Ran Out Of February!


Climbing My Family Tree: What I'm Reading Now
What I'm Reading Now
(a book is a book, whether it be paper, ebook, or audiobook)
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February is too short! I am working on Noteworthy Reads #26, but it’s not going to get done tonight unless I stay up all night and I’m too tired for that. It also won’t get done tomorrow night since I have a class. So at this point, I am aiming for next weekend.

The reason the Noteworthy Reads for February will be late is that I flew over 1500 miles to see my parents and my brother’s family and had a lovely visit, without my laptop. After I returned, this past Sunday night I went to see Altan, an Irish music group, in concert as my choice for my parents’ Christmas present to me. I’ve loved their music for over 20 years. I had a blast! (There was dancing in the aisles!) [Here’s a sample of their music on YouTube: John Doherty’s Reels (instrumental) or an old favorite song, Dulamon.]

I’ve also been ordering, and reading, books to help me more understand the world my ancestors lived in, and the events they lived through. Here’s a list of books I’ve been reading recently:
    

  • The Patriots and the People: The Rebellion of 1837 in Rural Lower Canada by Allan Greer
  • A Deep Sense of Wrong: the Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels after the 1838 Rebellion by Beverley Boissry
  • The History of Huntingdon and of the Seigniories of Beauharnois and Chateauguay, by Robert Sellar (150th Anniversary Edition)
  • Famine in West Cork: the Mizen Peninsula Land and People 1800-1852 by Patrick Hickey
  • Commemorating Canada: history, heritage, and memory, 1850s-1990s (Themes in Canadian History) by Cecilia Morgan.


I’ve also recently reread/skimmed The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, Glengarry and Beyond” by Lucille H Campey.


Further, I’ve discovered the treasure trove of old (off copyright) history books on Amazondotcom that can be downloaded to the Kindle app on my iPad. I think they are mainly the same sort of digitized old history books that I have been reading over the last year or so on Google Play books, but instead of getting a crick in my neck trying to read the whole book on my laptop through the bottoms of my bifocals, I can read them in the same position I would any other e-book on an e-reader – much easier on the neck! I'm going to take a closer look at the Canadian history titles later this week.

Check back this coming weekend for my next installment of NoteWorthy Reads, #26!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Of Lack of Time, New Cousins, and Deep, Deep Roots


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This month has just gotten away from me. I intended to do regular posts and here it is more than half a month into February and this is my first post of the month. Not what I intended. But life got away from me.

It has been a full month. It feels as though I’ve been busy almost every evening. But I have been able to research on the weekends, and I have been reading a lot of Canadian history. Most particularly about the rebellions of 1937 and 1938, which I’d never heard of before, but it looks like I have at least two ancestors who were involved in the conflicts (on the side of the British). My research will lead to at least two, possibly three ancestor articles in the next month or so. I really can’t wait to share it with you but I want to try to fill in some more holes before I do (if I can’t fill them in within the next few weeks I’m just going to publish them and ask you to help me fill them in.)

As a result of all my recent research, I’ve also suggested to The Great Courses that they produce a course on Canadian History because listening to their courses on American history helped me so much in understanding my ancestors lives and in getting ideas of where to look next when I lose them. What I’ve learned from them has also informed my posts here. So I went looking for a course on Canadian history and they don’t have it. So I suggested it to them through their website and through their Instagram account. They tell me that they will take it under advisement and that they like to produce what they think their customers want and will use. So I’m now putting out a plea that my readers also request that Great Courses put out a course on Canadian history. I figure the more of you that do that the more likely that I will get my Canadian history course sooner rather than later!

I have also been lucky enough to be contacted by several people inquiring as to whether we may be related, which required going through our trees to try to find where we meshed. We figured it out for one on my mom’s side, on the Erwin line. We’re in an ongoing process of figuring out a connection on my dad’s side, on the Bennett line. And I had a person contact me making queries about the Henn line, based on DNA results, but after I responded with links to various pedigree charts, I never heard from her again, so I’m thinking that one did not match up. (She never sent me a link to her pedigree chart so I don't know for sure.)

Finally, I’ve uploaded my AncestryDNA results to GEDmatch, so that I can compare them against a larger pool of genealogy-seekers. GEDmatch is a free website that allows you to upload your autosomal DNA test results from AncestryDNA, from Family Tree DNA, or from 23 and Me to their website and compare against others from any or all of those (pay) sites. In comparing your DNA with others, you can see the results numerically or through a graphic representation similar to that which you see on Finding Your Roots on PBS. You can also see not only how they match you, but how they match each other, which I understand can help figure out the distance to the common ancestor (I don’t understand that part yet), and it shows you their email addresses so you can contact those you choose to contact. There was also a tool that let me separate out which parts of my DNA came from my mother and which came from my father, which was interesting, and another tool which compared my mother and my father to determine whether they are related to each other (they aren’t). Additionally, there are seven different options for displaying ethnicity or deep ancestry data. 

Of course, I played with the deep ancestor admixture charts. I discovered that they are talking about deep, deep roots on these tests. Really deep roots!

You know how I’ve been telling you that I that I come from a long line of farmers? I had no real idea of exactly how long that could possibly be!

Here is my MDL P K 13 Ultimate-Deep Origins of Populations Calculator result:


Climbing My Family Tree: MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for Jo Henn; Chart from GEDmatch.com
MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for Jo Henn
Chart from GEDmatch.com



The key that accompanies the results identifies the codes as follows:

ANE = component from North Eurasian component by interpolating the non--East-Asian part of Native Americans ancestry.

Caucasus-Gedrosia = identical to Pontikos’s Caucasus-Gedrosia cluster (no real idea of what that means yet)

ENF = the component of the ancient European Neolithic farmers with the peak in the ancient samples of the LBK culture. Among the modern populations -- the highest values have been detected in Sardinian’s, Corsican’s, and Basques.

Near East = the modal component of Middle Easterners

WHG-UHG = the native component of the ancient Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. Among the modern populations -- the highest percentage in the population of Estonians, Lithuanians, Finns and others.

Ancient European Neolithic farmers. Now I know that my family have been farmers for a long, long time! And did you catch that I have American Indian DNA? It’s apparently ancient, but it’s there. 

I ran Dad’s and Mom’s DNA data for comparison.

Here's Dad's:

Climbing My Family Tree: MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for my Dad; Chart from GEDmatch.com
MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for my Dad
Chart from GEDmatch.com


So I didn’t get the AmerIndian from his side. LOTS of ancient farmers, though.

And here's Mom's:

Climbing My Family Tree: MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for my Mom; Chart from GEDmatch.com
MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture results for my Mom
 Chart from GEDmatch.com


I got the AmerIndian from mom’s side. She also has a sub-Saharan component.

Sub-Saharan is explained = the second African component (Mandinka, Yoruba, and Esan). 
Perhaps Mom's family is older than Dad's.


Utterly Fascinating!


Monday, January 25, 2016

NoteWorthy Reads #25

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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found recently which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful, and occasionally “wacky” or “wonderful” will likely sneak in as well. When I have the time I review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will remain available through the blog's search function.

Note: Just because I list an article does not mean I endorse its contents. It just means I want to be able to find it easily in the future when I may want to consider the issue in more depth.

I realized in preparing this that it’s been about two months since my last one and that I have been saving articles all along, which made it quite difficult to pare down. I am ignoring the FTM/Ancestry kerfluffle because it has been discussed to death in blog posts and Facebook groups and Google Hangouts and YouTube videos.


A GOOD THING

Papers of the War Department 1784-1800 from The In-Depth Genealogist - the project is trying to reconstruct files and papers which were lost when the War Office burned on 8 November 1800. Copies of these documents were filed elsewhere and are now being brought together me in this open online digital archive. You can help! They are looking for people to help transcribe these documents.


CANADA



Canada Patents from Genealogy: Beyond the BMD - She found out that her ancestor invented something in Canada. I wonder if any of mine did. 




– I have a good number of ancestors who lived in Canada West (which became Ontario)


Don’t Miss the Rural Diary Archive from Olive Tree Genealogy– this talks about a new resource which sounds very cool for those of us who want to know how our people lived! I can’t wait to look at it in more detail.



COPYRIGHT

Where Is the Public Domain? from The Legal Genealogist – can you use that photo without getting sued? (Be sure to read the comments too!)



DNA 
(I'm a beginner with genetic genealogy, so I collect explanations. It helps on thise posts to read the comments as well.)


Saying Hello in the DNA World from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog  - How to introduce yourself to that new DNA match in a way that will encourage a response that might be useful and will not make the recipient uncomfortable? 




DNA Tools from the Study by Night blog - Explains three tools that help her with her genetic genealogy research


The Ancestry 200 from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog - She has 200 shaky leaf DNA matches at Ancestry - what that means, and the ramifications, with illustrations


DNA Resolutions for 2016 from The Legal Genealogist – resolutions for all of us attempting genetic genealogy research (and, thankfully, ones that I can understand)








(Personal recommendation: add the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog to your blog reader, or subscribe to it. The author is extremely knowledgeable; researches extensively, utilizing both DNA and paper trail genealogy; and explains both very well, with illustrations.)


EDUCATION



Tune in During 2016! How to Listen to the Free Genealogy Gems Podcast  from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems - believe it or not, I have never listened to a podcast. I appreciate the explanation. Maybe I'll try it.



GERMANY/German Immigrants


Was Johan Adam Hacker a Redemptioner? from A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy blog – I’d never heard of a redemptioner, and now I will consider that in relation to my German ancestors - interesting post.


German Immigrants in American Church Records from the Legacy Tree blog  – possible way to find ones ancestors' town of origin in Germany



GREAT STORIES (albeit not all happy ones)




    and

Lulu Was a Badass from It’s a Beautiful Tree - unrelated stories, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut either one: Julie writes so well!


To Save Lucille from A Southern Sleuth blog – the tragedy of tuberculosis







HISTORY


A Look inside America Secret Atomic City from History Daily – I suppose I’m fascinated by the secret history of nuclear facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee because my grandfather had the opportunity to work there during World War II, but ended up at the Plum Brook Ordinance Works munitions factory in Ohio instead because grandma didn’t like the potential living quarters – not to mention the fact that it was part of the Manhattan project, building a nuclear bomb. 


120-year-old Astronomy Photo Plates Found in Neils Bohr Institute Basement from The History Blog – nothing to do with genealogy but fascinating nonetheless 


Trunk of Undelivered 17th Century Letters Rediscovered from The History Blog – wouldn’t you love to read the letters? Wouldn’t it be cool if one of them referenced one of your ancestors?









IMAGES – FOR BLOGGING

NYPL Images Free to Use from The Legal Genealogist NYPL = New York Public Library. 180,000 free digitized images. Wow!



INTERESTING ARTICLE




The Three Unique Sources Didn’t Prove Anything from the Life from the Roots blog – trying to nail down that elusive “fact”.


Newspapers Help Smash a Genealogy Brick Wall from the FamilySearch blog – a search story with tips along the way


The Average American Lives 18 Miles from Their Mom  from mentalfloss.com – I am not average; I live 1559 miles from my mom


George III’s Huge Map Collection Digitized  from The History Blog – “The British Library has begun a massive project to digitize all of King George the third’s 50,000 piece map collection.…” Can you imagine how it might help you find where your ancestors have lived if you had contemporaneous maps in which to look?



SCOTLAND





TIPS






Finding the Neighbors from This American Mutt blog – if you can’t find your ancestor, try this!


Paper Notices  from Genealogy Tip of the Day  – a possible saving grace if the courthouse burned down




Tuesday’s tip: My Favorite Lesser-Known Websites from the Pages from the Ancestry Binders blog – there are two or three here that I have not heard of that sound helpful; I intend to check them out



TOOLS


Read the Directions from The Legal Genealogist  - she found a downloadable .pdf, which explains exactly what the census takers were told to do for each and every U.S. census from the first census in 1790 all the way up to the census of 2000. That will be a huge help. 




Legacy 8 Tips the Michigan Family Trails blog has an ongoing series on tips for using Legacy 8, a genealogy desktop software. This link is to the gathered index page all of such posts on her blog (as such, it will grow).


Using the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mennonite Vital Records from Ancestry.com blogs– over the course of many years, the Lancaster Mennonite historical Society compiled more than 200,000 index cards with records of Mennonite families in the region, and ancestry has them! Oh boy, oh boy!


Dear Randy: How Do You Use Your Smart Phone to Do Genealogy? from Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog – and I thought I was good with a smartphone! There’s a lot more out there than I was aware of.





Old Genealogies in the Digital Age from the Vita Brevis blog – the New England Historic Genealogical Society is adding genealogies published in the 19th and early 20th centuries to their digital library


Allen County Public Library Online Resources  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog – she  often stresses the importance of traditional documentary research as she does here regarding the excellent resources online from the ACPL Genealogy Center for African American and Native American genealogy research.



USA


         ARKANSAS


From the Depths of the Law Library from The Legal Genealogist – if you have ancestors who lived in pre-Arkansas, sometime between 1809 in 1834, you’ll want to read this.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Noteworthy Reads Revisited

Climbing My Family Tree: Noteworthy Reads
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Despite my New Year’s intentions, it turns out I can’t quit doing the Noteworthy Reads posts. I’m addicted to doing them. I caught up on all of my blog-reading over the past few days and found myself bookmarking blog posts that I just had to share! Except that there’s a limit on how many I can share with friends on Facebook since many of my friends are not into genealogy. I started thinking that I would miss sharing the interesting articles I found on my blog. This led to wondering whether I really had to stop doing posting the Noteworthy Reads; which led to me considering how I would do it if I did continue to write them. This was just one step away from deciding that I was going to feel better if I continue to write them.

Moreover, I found out that quite a few people like the Noteworthy Reads posts and were sorry to see them go. A few people suggested that that doing shorter Noteworthy Reads post would be easier. I can see where that would seem to be a good idea, but, in actuality, that’s not how it works. I read the same number of blog posts either way. In the past four or five days, I got all caught up, having gotten behind during Christmas the Christmas break and the beginning of January; I read or skimmed approximately 2000 posts (do you all have to be so prolific?) and bookmarked articles I really wanted share as I read. Before writing a Noteworthy Reads post I go back over everything that I bookmarked and determine which ones are the best to include – deciding which of a bunch on the same subject is the best written for my audience, which explains something the best, which I now find the most interesting as some may have hit the mainstream media since I bookmarked it and there’s no need to post it if everyone knows about it, etc. If I was going to do a shorter post I would have to be far more stringent in my choosing, which would take more time. [I once told a boss who wanted something written quickly (within two hours) succinctly and well, that he could have written quickly or succinctly, but not both. I tend to write long. If what I have produced is relatively short, I had time to edit. Good editing occasionally takes longer than writing the original, as it requires more strategic thought.]So having decided that I will be writing more Noteworthy Reads posts, I also decided that the posts will likely be as long as they were before, containing quite a few links. However, I decided to only commit to putting up the Noteworthy Reads posts up sporadically, not on a set schedule.

I realize that stating that the Noteworthy Reads posts will go up sporadically is not good business sense as it makes it difficult for readers to predict when they will be posted. However, this blog is a hobby, not a business; and, it’s only going to be a hobby as long as it is still fun. The Noteworthy Reads posts may end up going up fairly regularly, but to say at the outset that they will go up sporadically is a psychological trick on myself since if there is no deadline I am not stressed by not making it or staying up all night in order to make it. So with any luck, the next Noteworthy Reads post will go up sometime in the next five or six days.

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In other updates, I didn’t get much genealogy research done this week because I worked late most nights and the night that I did not, I had a church meeting in the evening. On this nice long weekend I just had, I found myself doing more organizing than research, as well as chasing down things to photograph for my Instagram 365 project. I don’t mean to say that I was organizing the research itself, but I was organizing the space in which I do the research as I find I get very little done in a place that looks like it’s drowning in paper. On my last move. I downsized to a one-bedroom apartment, and my office is my living room couch. I seemed to have grown piles of paper all around one end of the couch because I didn’t have a readily accessible place to put them. This weekend I found a small stack of drawers that look like huge books that I bought and placed beside the bookcases, and into which I’m putting the documents that I took from my parents on my last visit and the items in emails from distant cousin connections that I want to check out or verify someday in the future. The area looks much neater. I’m really looking forward to starting work to work there (but I have another church meeting tomorrow night).

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tours, Books, DNA, oh my!

Climbing My Family Tree: New York State Library Genealogy and Local History section.
New York State Library Genealogy and Local History section.
Photo: mine.


This past weekend I on a Walking Tour of the New York State Library’s Genealogical and Local History section. One of my friends had seen a write-up of the program in the newspaper and called to tell me about it since it said it was limited to 15 people. I went online to the library’s website. The program notice on the library’s website was enticing, “Join us for a tour highlighting published genealogies, local histories, church records, DAR records, United States and New York State census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories, and more.” I quickly signed up at their website, and that’s how I came to find myself down at the New York State Museum/Library/Archives on Saturday, a bit before 11 AM.

The shameful thing is that I had never been there before – well, I’ve been to the museum parts of it, but not up to the library or archives – and I only live 7 miles away! I have used their online resources before, particularly in finding out more about the unit history of the New York artillery unit that my second great-grandfather fought in during the Civil War, along with some other things, but I hadn’t been to their physical facilities before.

The Genealogy and Local History department is on the seventh floor of the building that houses the state museum and state library and archives, on Madison Street in downtown Albany. Our guide for this one and a half hour tour was Shawn Purcell, Senior Librarian and subject specialist for genealogy and local history at the library, and the class turned out to be much bigger than 15 people. I think there were about 40 of us.

He showed us the online catalog at a station near the librarian’s desk and taught us some tricks I hadn’t figured out on my own on how to make our catalog searches better. To save time, and their resources – in terms of available computer stations dedicated to the online catalog – I can access the online catalog at home and do my initial search is there, then write down the information I need or print it out before coming to the library. Then I can either go directly to the stacks or fill out one of those green forms to have the item retrieved from archives.

Climbing My Family Tree: Cemetery, Church & Town records - lots of them!
Cemetery, Church & Town records - lots of them!
Photo: Mine


Mr. Purcell showed us their surname and vital record card file which contains information noted by former librarians, which is not contained in Google or in Ancestrydotcom. Then he showed us through the book stacks on the seventh floor pointing out where the genealogy pamphlet/ephemera boxes are kept, the church records, the DAR records, County information, and biographies, folios, and the microform and microfilm areas, including city directories, newspapers, Civil War unit histories, and something called the Gabit Index, which, as I understand it, is an index in which a former librarian wrote down all marriage and death notices in the state (and one county into each bordering state) during the time that he was librarian. The hour and a half tour just flew by. It seemed like only minutes had passed when it ended. I will be back to look up the Henns in Oswego and Onondaga Counties in the late 1800s!

DNA image from Pixabay.com

I believe I’ve mentioned recently that I’ve made a DNA connection, or rather my Dad’s DNA has (apparently I didn’t inherit that bit), to a woman who connects at the person I had found in designated a probable third grandfather, Thomas Bennett of Schull, County Cork, Ireland. She descends from one of my second great-grandfather’s probable siblings. I suppose if it’s a DNA connection is more than probable, but I mean to say that I don’t have a documented connection yet. So recently I have been researching the persons she named in her tree as my second great-grandfather’s siblings because in the past I have found that I am able to make connections up and sideways through research done on siblings that I have not been able to make through my direct ancestor. Researching siblings has been very helpful to me. In the course of this I was contacted by another DNA connection to my Dad; she seems to be related through my probable third great-grandmother, the wife of the aforementioned probable third great grandfather. I didn’t have anything she needed and I haven’t heard back but it does seem to confirm that relationship, so I continue to do collateral research. There are quite a few siblings is going to take a while.

In addition, this past week I was contacted by another distant relative, whose father connects in a bit lower on the same line, and I’ve been checking my paper files to see if I have clues that will help her cut through one of her brick walls. So this past week I did not get anything done toward scanning or recording the information I picked up from my parents when I last visited them.

I also received some books in the mail that I had forgotten I’d ordered:

Climbing My Family Tree: Recently Received Books to Help with Genealogy Research
Recently Received Books to Help with Genealogy Research


These will be fun to go through when I have (or make)  the time.

I also made some corrections to my article about Aunt Angie, supplied by her husband after he saw it.

As to the other intentions I mentioned in my New Year’s post, well, this is my first “chatty” post this year that does not involve an ancestor bio. I’ve kept up with my 365 photography project and have tied in with a 365 project on Instagram in which they give you a word for each day of the week and your photo is supposed to represent that word somehow. I was able to use my family history material in the 365 project when the word of the day was “old” and I took and posted a picture of several old family photos of my grandparents, my great-grandparents, and my second great-grandmother on my Wilcox line. (The Instagram account for The Genealogy Roadshow “liked” my picture – oh wow!). I haven’t managed to watch the genealogy webinar yet, but I bought one. I also haven’t watched any of my CLE webinars, or the ones I bought from The Great Courses during their huge sale around New Year’s. I still haven’t taken the camera out of the box. I started a book of short stories but haven’t finished it. I have lost 3 pounds, but have failed miserably at getting more sleep, averaging four hours a night in the past week. I have not yet done anything with the YNAB software other than download it. I’ve realized that I forgot to set aside a day for church work other than Sunday in my planning, and that I’ll be at the church nearly every Tuesday night. I haven’t been getting home from work any earlier, and, while I have limited my time on Facebook, to a degree, that has been more than offset by my discovery of Quora!

So I remind myself that not everything needs to be done at once. I need not even start on all of my intentions at once. There are 11 ½ more months to go. And now...I should go to bed.