25 January 2016

Excuse Me? Call Me Confused Or......?

I know you saw the post title and wondered if I had lost my mind?  Nope!  I'm just as crazy and loopy as always but.... This post has some graphics that may slow down some readers.  For a closer look click on images and use your back button to return to GFOM.    

I was doing some digging on my Presley/Preslar (yes, Elvis!) ancestors.  I turned to my first jumping off research place, Ancestry.com.  That's where the real fun began.  Stick with me, there's a valuable lesson here.

I've never 100% trusted anything I find on Ancestry.  No slam intended, but something always seems to be fishy.  Why I thought this time would be different I don't know.

So I put in the info I was searching for  ---

Pretty basic stuff, I put in one of the two places I know Andrew had lived, the first being Maryland the second being North Carolina.  I hit enter and one of the things that popped up was the following data base,  I thought Pennsylvania? This is strange but lets have a look --

So I clicked thru...

IF you look down at the bottom of page 112 it reads, 
" Andrew Pressler son of Andrew Pressler and Ann his wife, granson of Vollintine Pressler was born the 4th day of February 1732/3." 

Yes!  That's my Andrew.  But wait,  this is Pennsylvania stuff right?   Let's look again.

So, according to this header,  this record is from where?  Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records. But wait, Andrew was never in Pennsylvania.... at least not that I knew of.  Oh wait, another header under the Pennsylvania one, in smaller letters.  It says... 

St Stephen´s Episcopal

HUH?  to my knowledge Andrew had been in Maryland, he was born there, but Easton County?  It was one of only two states I knew him to be in.  Still not happy with the information I saw displayed, I decided to go and look at the book the items were in.   And when I did, this is what I found - 

This "book" that had been scanned and added to this collection, filed under PENNSYLVANIA was actually from Cecil County, Maryland.  And yes, this was my Andrew, in the correct place!  Notice that the header for the title of the data base had not changed.  It still says Easton County. I did go and look at the full listing for the data base and it does state.....

"The documents in this database are mostly Protestant church records from congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but there are also some for locations in the neighboring states of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia..."

I had actually found on a website with NO sources that Andrew was born in Cecil County, Maryland, but it offered absolutely no viable source information and when asked the owner of the site was of no help either.  You can imagine my excitement in seeing the record of his birth in that book.  I was confused as heck seeing his birth being recorded in Pennsylvania?  That made no sense to me at all.  But then following thru and chasing back to the cover & title pages of the book, showing that it was indeed St. Stephen's Parish, Cecil County, Maryland made it worth the the chase.

You can't be too careful when documenting the lives of your ancestors.  Take the time to "dot the i's and cross the t's" as I was often told in grade school.  This certainly proves that if something doesn't make sense, take the time to figure out why.  I now have a birth record for my 6th great grandfather.  How cool is that!?!?!?!?

Happy Researching!

05 January 2016

So Many Ways - So Little Time (Reunion Software Post)

Let's face it, no two pieces of genealogy software are the same.  It's not that one would expect them to be, but if they could at least make it a bit easier for people switch between two different ones it would make things a bit easier.  But we all know that isn't going to happen right?

One of the things that seems to bug people coming into Reunion, or at least exploring that option is how sourcing works. 

First of all let me say that this is MY opinion.  This is what works for ME. 
Second of all,  to those coming in from FTM,   this isn't FTM and it doesn't work the same or look the same, that's why its Reunion.  And yes, its for the MAC.  Now that we have those out of the way, let me show you how I do the source thing in Reunion. 

First up, this is how you find your source list. 

 Double click it and it will open another window -  this one a listing of the sources that you have.  In the image below, you can sort them by name or by their number.  You can also sort them by type using the box at the top. Double clicking on any one source open up that source.  A great place for editing & "fixing" the sources. 

I am working thru all my sources in the above list. One by one cleaning them up and fixing them.  Arranging them by title makes it easier for me to locate them.  The screen below shows how I am writing my sources.  One by one down the list, adding the information I feel I need for either myself or you, to find the book or document I am using.  You can customize this by adding fields you feel you need for each source on your list.  I can NOT stress enough that this is totally up to YOU, customize it to fit YOUR needs.   When I source an item,  This is MY SOURCE.  I list this ONCE. 

Below, you can see that I reference a source, and I've done a citation.  If you click on the image it SHOULD open in a new window for your viewing.   On YOUR left you see the source listing with all the sources listed for the birth of a given birth.  Then to the right of that is the details.  I consider the details to be the information needed to find your information in the source.   So if the SOURCE is the 1940 Federal Census (yes, I clarify as I also use the State Census) and the citation is E.D. 84-62, Sheet 4-B, Lines 48-50, Household #94; John Thomas Ligon household, 167 UP - W. Hollywood Avenue, Block 6, FIrst Ward, Detroit City, Wayne County, Ohio. 

Keep in mind, this is how I DO IT.  That doesn't mean that its the only way nor will I tell you its the best way, its MY way.  I've put this post here to give some who just need more explanation than what is found out there.  

Said it before will say it again - Try all the programs you can.  Compare them, work with them.  How does your information transfer in?  Is this something that will work for you?  Do you like the way it works?  The way it looks?  Regardless of what it is, find one that works FOR YOU!   If you don't like it, if it doesn't work for you, you won't use it and you'll be kicking yourself for a very long time. 

Good luck & happy hunting!

04 January 2016

In Memory.... Joy Anderson Hinkle (1969-2016)

So many other things I was going to post but heaven had other idea's.  Woke up New Year's day to the sad news that one of the youngest of the cousins had passed.  Heaven has another Angel, my sweet cousin, Joy Hinkle, shown above with her husband Ronnie, died in her sleep some time in the early hours of New Years day. 

She leaves behind a family that loves her dearly, a husband, a son, a mother, her sister, her brother and tons of cousins & friends.  Waiting to meet her on heaven's shores were her father, several uncles and two sets of grandparents.   Rest in peace Joy!