Friday, April 29, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 29, 2011

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Yes, I've got it too: Royal Wedding Fever. Sure, I'm a yank with no known royal ancestry, but I still love all the pomp and pageantry (it's a chick thing). I couldn't quite bring myself to wake up at 1:00 a.m. this morning to watch the live event; however, I have watched the "re-runs" so many times that my daughter is now bored (I can tell by the sighs and eye rolls). In case you haven't had enough yet yourself, I offer the following...

Royal Wedding Fever

This one's been around the blogs a few times, but in case you missed it: The Genealogy of the Royal Family from The Geni Blog by Grant Brunner.

Things that make you go "Hmmmm." The Middleton Family Tree: Does Kate Descend from King Arthur?

Get your shopping on: eBay: Searches For Royal Wedding Products Up 1,815 Percent In 2011.

Things Royal -- Follow Friday from Life From The Roots by Barbara Poole.

Wordless Wednesday: I've Been To London To Visit The Queen from In My Life by Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski.

This explains the Winsor research: Congrats Cousin Will, Best Wishes Kate from The Family Curator.

More on Kate Middleton's Genealogy from Sassy Jane Genealogy: An Archivist Blogs about Family History.

Yum! Family Recipe Friday - Royal Wedding Scones from The Armchair Genealogist by Lynn Palermo.

In the News

Bummer. Iceman Mummy Lost Darwin’s Game: He Seems to Have No Modern Kin.

I knew it: Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Were Righties from Wired Science by Bruce Bower, Science News.

This explains a lot: Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You're Awake from Wired Science by Brandon Keim.

And the story of the week that made me the angriest: Graffiti Vandals Leave Own Easter Message at Santa Barbara Mission. Seriously, people: get a life. One that doesn't involve spray paint.

Help Wanted

Voice your opinion to the FDA: Public Comments Due on Possible FDA Regulation of Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing from The Spittoon by 23andMe.

Jim's Girl asks: Where eXactly was Martha Burrows born? in X is for X Marks the Spot from from Jim's Girl Family History Blog.

Tessa needs some help "redecorating" her blog: Tech Tuesday - It's Time to Freshen Things Up! from The Keough Corner.

Which one is it? When shared information doesn't add up, Part 2 from Blog of a Genealogist in Training by N. LaRue.

Where did they go? My Ancestors Were Abducted by Aliens! (so were mine; maybe we're cousins?) from Are My Roots Showing? by Jenny Lanctot

Got sleuthing skills? Help the Library of Congress solve a mystery

Be part of the TEAM: Genealogy Success Team Wanted by Laura at It's All Relative.

From the Blogs

Must-Have Genealogy Tools from Wolfram|Alpha from the Wolfram|Alpha Blog. (Haven't tried them yet, myself, but they look interesting.)

A couple of interesting posts from The Map Room: Tornado Deaths Since 1950 and Mapping Long-Term Radiation Exposure at Fukushima.

Part VII: Profiling Your Ancestors from "Good to Know" by Heather H. Doherty.

Fancy Chart How-To: Ethnicity in America from Minnesota Family Historian by MNFamilyHistorian.

Titanic's Unknown Child Given New, Final Identity from Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.

Something Worth Knowing from The Hunt for Henrietta by Suz.

Great list of resources: Genealogy for Children from Adventures in Genealogy by Deb Ruth.

Three posts I enjoyed on the topic of bringing your genealogical society out of the "dark ages": Getting others involved in your genealogical society from Paula's Genealogical Eclectica by Paula Stuart-Warren; 21st Century Genealogical Societies from Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver; and Bringing Genealogy Societies into the 21st Century: Recap by Amy Crow on the Amy's Genealogy, Etc., Blog. All were in response to the first episode of the My Society internet radio show sponsored by the FGS.

The Last Byte

In spite of all the Royal Wedding news, my favorite story of the week has nothing to do with royalty or weddings at all. It's the story of a "tech savvy 11th grader" who took matters into his own hands to fix what the government and military could not. For your warm fuzzy of the week, read Teen makes digital record of Arlington graves, via the Los Angeles Times.

As one commenter on Facebook said: "Here, here. It took a boy to do what the bureaucrats couldn't. Maybe we need to get more kids to help run the government. Things might get done a lot faster." (Considering how slowly my daughter moves sometimes, I'm not sure that kids would really speed things up, but they would most likely cut down on the red tape.)

What was your favorite story this week?

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


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See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...
~Charles Kingsley

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Wishing you a very blessed and happy Easter, from our house to yours!

Vintage greeting card from Yestercards.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 22, 2011


How did you celebrate Earth Day today (or this week)? Sadly, I spent most of the day with a cold, adding to the landfill by using almost an entire box of tissues. I'll try to make up for it by putting them all in the recycling bin tomorrow (can I recycle used tissues?).

Up Front

In honor of Earth Day: Color Your Family Tree Green.

Planning to attend the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree? There's an app for that.

Winners of the 2010 GENEii Family History Contest have been announced (and again I say, "Maybe next year.").

Canadians, Become part of history on May 2, and don't be erased for future generations of genealogists (via John Reid at Anglo-Celtic Connections).

Freebies

In honor of Royal Wedding fever, Ancestry.com is offering free access to their U.K. and Canada Marriage Collection through midnight EST on April 30, 2011. Start searching here.

Gale Digital Collections is offering free access to their 19th century newspaper collection through April 24, 2011. You still have 2 days to try it out! (via Taneya of Taneya's Genealogy Blog).

Lost Cousins is offering free access to their site until May 2, 2011 (via Scottish GENES - and don't miss the funny comment by Judy W.).

Not free, but every little bit helps: Lulu.com Sale -- 20% off Purchase Through 26 April 2011 -- Genealogy Research Resources You May Not Have Known About! (via UpFront with NGS).

In the News

It's about time: Bill would create memorial to Revolution, War of 1812 patriots.

Fresh Evidence Adds Weight to Human Ancestor's Identity

I'd hate to meet this guy in a dark cave: Biggest Spider Fossil Ever Found.

The genetic genealogy world just got a little bit smaller: DNA Heritage ceases operations and transfers databases to FTDNA by Your Genetic Genealogist.

TV mogul Norman Lear to bring original copy of Declaration of Independence to Eisenhower Library

Close, but not quite: DNA links bones to martyred saints.

How would you enter THIS in your genealogy database: Three-parent babies a step closer after watchdog gives research go-ahead despite 'life meddling' fears.

For your warm fuzzy fix: Waukesha girl's sweet gesture returned by grateful troops. Awesome!

Help Wanted

Photo Detective Maureen Taylor would like to hear your stories of how you found photos of your Civil War ancestors in unlikely places. Share your story and Help a Fellow Genealogist (Civil War-Style).

Kate T. of ArchivesNext asks What would you want out of a History & the Web conference? Stop by and share your thoughts.

Valerie at Begin with 'Craft' posted My Most Wished For Genealogical Records. If you have suggestions on where she might find similar records, please let her know.

Jen at Climbing My Family Tree is Having a Slight Panic Attack. She's getting ready to move (again), and wants to know how you deal with your genealogical data during a move?

Family History Day at the California State Archives wants your resources. What resources would you suggest for the beginning genealogist?

David at Family History Tracing Needs help with Slovak Record.

Ginger Smith of Genealogy by Ginger's Blog needs help with James Godwin of Sampson Co NC.

John at TransylvanianDutch has begun delving into his fiancee's Norwegian ancestry, and needs help Deciphering a name.

Pugbug at Gravestoned wants to know What do you see? (Not a clue. A petrified surfboard?)

The Utah Genealogical Association has Openings Available for several volunteer opportunities.

No law gainst destroying the bronze markers on veterans graves? Seriously? last2cu says I Need Your Help For A Friend!

From the Blogs

I was so sorry to hear that Cheryl Palmer's Great Swedish Adventure has come to an end. Read the final installment at Heritage Happens.

Taneya of Taneya's Genealogy Blog has set up a new research tool for genealogists: The Genealogy Digital Bookshelf. Give it a try, and let her know if you find it useful.

Frustrated with Ancestry.com's search feature? Julie of GenBlog has some great Search Strategies. Check out part 2 here.

Need a distraction? Family History Game Launches on Facebook.

Debbie Parker Wayne (who recently received her CG - congratulations, Debbie!) at Deb's Delvings in Genealogy offers perspective on Educational Sources for Historical Context.

John Speed's atlas, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine has been digitized and put online (via The Map Room).

I hate scrapbooking (I know, what kind of MOTHER am I?). But Denise Barrett Olson makes it look a little bit more fun in Keynote Scrapbooking – Playing with Papers at Moultrie Creek Gazette.

Lovely story by Barbara Poole at Life From the Roots: A Blog, An Obituary, and A Little 1892 Dress.

So that's how they did it: Photo buttons by Photo-Sleuth Brett Payne.

And we think earthquakes are scary: Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Again? by footnoteMaven.

If you're like me and can't keep your great-greats and twice-removeds straight, you'll want to check out Vickie's lovely Tech Tuesday :: Kinship Chart at BeNotForgot. Thanks for the PDF, Vickie!

The Last Byte(s)

Yes, I've read the "posts-that-everyone-is-talking-about," and yes, I have an opinion. But after wading through more than 1,000 blog posts this afternoon, I don't think I have much to add that hasn't already been said, and I'd just rather not go there right now. For those of you who do want to go there, Greta Koehl did a nice summary in her Follow Friday Newsletter today on Greta's Genealogy Blog, so I encourage you to check out the posts there.

I will, however, say that I'm disappointed. There's room for everyone in the genealogy sandbox, folks, and there's no reason not to play nice. In the words of the infamous Rodney King, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?"

If you've ever been blasted by the "Anonymous" nasty commenter, visit WHY I OUGHTA!!! by Lori E. at Family Trees May Contain Nuts. You go, girl!

Finally... in honor of Easter, you won't want to miss Genea-Rabbits Rock! by none other than The Educated Genealogist Sheri Fenley.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 15, 2011


I'm in Washington, DC, with my daughter this week, so will not be able to keep up with the blog reading. But here are a few good ones I saw before I left:

Up Front

You knew it was coming... THE CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY BLOG CHALLENGE IS HERE!

In the News

April 12th was the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin. Relive the First Orbit.

Looking for family heirlooms among the rubble: Japan's Memory Hunters (hat tip to Tracy at A Multitude of -sens)

Genealogy database may help link Parkinson's to some cancers

What a way to learn about history: Kids discover neglected grave of Revolutionary War soldier

The road less taken: Downriver War of 1812 trail gets its due

Amazon Announces Ad-Supported Kindle For $114 (That’s $25 Off)

Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees

This explains a lot: Brain Scans Show How Multitasking Is Harder for Seniors

Help Wanted

D Lee at A Patient Genealogist asks: Tech Tuesday: Help!?! I don't know what to do next on Ancestry.com

Maybe if you squint... Can You Read the Address?? by Mary at me and my ancestors

British TV Looking for People with Long-Lost British Roots by Kimberly Powell at About.com Genealogy

From the Blogs

Kinship explained... beautifully - Tech Tuesday :: Kinship Chart

From Leslie Albrecht Huber of The Journey Takers Blog, Two Common Mistakes People Make Tracing Immigrant Ancestors

Interesting explanations of the differences in Civil War headstones: The Start of the Civil War by Joy at A Grave Interest.

Is your blog accessible? by Denise Barrett Olson at Moultrie Creek Gazette.

I won't get one on this trip: Myrt's Day at the Archives by DearMYRTLE.

Follow-up to last week's story: The National Archives- They read my blog!? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ogden, UT, Temple Mural to be Saved


This is a bit off the genealogy topic, but it does have to do with preservation...

I received an email this evening from Scott Haskins - a professional art conservator based in Santa Barbara - asking me to share the news that the mural on the Ogden LDS Temple will be saved from demolition. Mr. Haskins is driving to Ogden this weekend to being work on the project.

You can read more about the mural preservation project on his web site. He has promised to post pictures of the conservation process.

In addition to the preservation of fine art and murals, Mr. Haskins is the author of the national best seller, "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster." He is an expert when it comes to preservation tips for the home and business, and has been personally involved in 9 major California disasters. You can read more about him here.

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SAR Massing of the Colors

I had the pleasure of attending the 136th Annual Meeting of the California Society Sons of the American Revolution this past weekend. They are a great group of fellas, and I thank them for their hospitality.

On an almost completely unrelated note, I thought I would share with you some photos that I took at another SAR event, the Massing of the Colors and Salute to Our Armed Forces held in honor of George Washington's birthday each February. This was the 29th annual event, and is hosted each year by the Sons of Liberty Chapter SAR at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. Where else can you see Boston's Old North Church in California?

It's a pretty spectacular event, with over 60 different color guard units - not to mention fife & drum corps, cannons and muskets - participating each year. If you're in the Los Angeles area next February, you should try to check out this free event.

Color guard units start lining up.
The program begins.
George Washington thanks the audience for showing up to celebrate his birthday.
The Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) are invited to say hello.
The flag-folding ceremony.
BOOM! Cannons and musket fire!
George Washington takes a moment to pose for a photo with our motley crew.
(He's actually quite a bit taller than I expected.)

You can view more photos from this event on the Sons of Liberty Chapter's web site.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 8, 2011

The Civil War (anniversary) is coming! Are you ready?
Can tonight seriously be the season finale of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? It seems like only yesterday when season 2 began, and we were arguing over whose story would be the most interesting. Now that you've seen them all (or you will have, tonight), whose story IS the most interesting? Did you have a favorite? A least favorite? And what will you be doing with your Friday nights now?

Up Front

Miss the Carnival of Genealogy, 104th Edition? Check it out at CreativeGene.

Gena Philibert Ortega wants your food (your recipes, that is). Visit Your Family's Food Tradtions Wanted for a New Book at Food.Family.Ephemera for more information.

Found your "Civil War relative(s)" yet? SCGS has issued a challenge to its blog readers to take advantage of Ancestry.com's free access to Civil War records to research "Civil War relatives" and share your results in the comments of their blog post.

Also along those lines, Bill West has issued a CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY BLOG CHALLENGE on WEST IN NEW ENGLAND. You have until April 10th, folks, so get busy.

Not that I want the competition, but be sure you enter Family Tree Magazine's Enter the Life in Civil War America Sweepstakes.

Help Wanted

Don't have enough to do? Maybe you can help these folks out.

Kathleen of the Moore-Mays Blog is taking a genealogy trip this summer, and would like for you seasoned travelers to help her pack. Visit Planning Tips Welcome to share your wisdom.

Think you're having a bad hair day? Maureen Taylor asks you to Vote for Your Favorite Bad Hair Day at The Photo Detective (I like the guy with the wedgie).

Marian Pierre-Louis of Roots and Rambles is asking you to Help [her Facebook friend] Locate a WWI Italian Soldier's Grave in Austria.

Finally, I asked readers if they had ever encountered an ancestor who had been in Two Places at Once (enumerated twice in the same census year). Have you seen this? If so, how did you resolve it? (I'm pretty sure Hank and Oscar were doing the counting this time.)

In the News

I love happy endings: DNA detective work uncovers names of Fromelles fallen.

DNA test IDs 103rd stolen baby in Argentina


Betsy Ross got out just in time: Huge Historic Cemetery Shuts Down.

The life and legend of freed slave from Raynham Toby Gilmore

And I have them both. Like caffeine? There's a gene for that -- two of them, actually

Grrrrrrrr. $10,000 reward offered for missing Downey Cemetery headstones

Glad when the unidentified finally come home. Pedestrian killed in 1986 identified through evidence database

From the Blogs

This one kept me giggling: Twice Told Tuesday - Suffrage & Backhanded Reasoning? at Shades of the Departed blog. I won't comment about the men I know who still think this way!

If you need some warm fuzzies, read this: Moments Like This Are Why I Love My Job by Sheri Fenley of The Educated Genealogist.

Who doesn't love a freebie? Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie shares his latest finds in 25 Great Books on the Civil War Era–FREE! Do any of these come in ePub, Craig?

James Tanner of Genealogy's Star has been exploring the outer limits this week in his series The Limits of Genealogical Research (the link goes to part 6, so you'll need to work your way backwards to part 1).

Carolyn L. Barkley reminds us that It's Tax Time! at GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com. Great article, but not my favorite subject, especially this time of year.

"Does it matter if our stories are flawed?" As an archivist, Melissa Mannon of ArchivesInfo thinks it does. Check out Flawed Stories and Diverse Perspectives Part I of II and you be decide.

Leslie Albrecht Huber of The Journey Takers Blog discusses Hobbyists in Our Midst and why they are important. Which one are you, and are you proud of it?

Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy has good and bad news about George Washington's signature in The National Archives - Good News/ Bad News.

Beautiful and yet creepy at the same time... Joanne at Keeper of the Records shares Victorian Hair Art (which I secretly find fascinating). Part 3 is here, but be sure to work your way backwards to read the whole hair story.

Do you share or hoard? There have been several interesting discussions about sharing (and not sharing) of genealogical information for the past week or so. Greta Koehl of Greta's Genealogy Blog gives the latest opinion - and shares links to some previous thinkers on this subject - in Sharing and Scholarship.

On the flipside, how do you deal with cousins who think YOU are the selfish hoarder of family secrets? Betty of Betty's Boneyard Genealogy thinks Persistance is a Virtue...Sometimes! And Sometimes Not... and would like your opinion.

Clouds - of the computing variety - have been in the news a lot this week. Denise Barrett Olson gives a Mac perspective in Building My Own Cloud at Moultrie Creek Gazette. Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog gives a PC version in Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining. (Personally, I love Dropbox too, and have the app on my desktop, netbook, and iPhone.)

Also newsy this week are politicians showing off their genealogy - and whether or not Michelle Bachmann (in this case) got it right. Kathleen Brandt offers her thoughts in Genealogists and Politicians: You Can't Change the Records. Michael John Neill of RootDig.com shares his opinion of Chirs Rodda's math/research skills in Let's Get It Right--Chris Rodda on Michele Bachmann (which comments on an OpEd piece that has moved here). What do YOU think?

The year was 1988... Mark Tucker of Think Genealogy shares his thoughts on Family History in the Year 2364. (Did not know Mark was a Trekkie, but I knew there was a reason I liked him.) And Mark, thanks for the memories of PAF 2.1. I'm sure I'll have nightmares for weeks.

If the weather's getting you down, you can turn green with envy by checking out Steve Danko's vacation pics at Steve's Genealogy Blog. You can start with Birds of Curaçao and work your way backwards until you can't stand anymore. (Glad you enjoyed yourself, Steve!)

Because I was doing my taxes and needed a laugh: Katie O's You might be a Genealogist if... at You Are Where You Came From.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Faces

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"Faces." Digital image. Undated. Original photograph privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Benton Co., Washington. 2010.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Upping the Ante: Introducing the new Y111 test at Family Tree DNA


My husband and I both have the same problem with our DNA: we don't match. Anybody.

You see, I had my mtDNA tested a couple of years ago - by two different companies - and I have yet to make a meaningful connection with another DNA-bearing human. It's discouraging, but I continue to wait.

My husband had a Y-DNA37 test done a few years ago, and he didn't match anyone either. For some reason, he was advised to upgrade to the Y-DNA67, which he did, and - surprise! - he still didn't match anybody.

Ok, he did, but they have a wildly different surname, and he insists that the test is flawed. I know. Don't go there.

So when I received this announcement today from Family Tree DNA, my first thought was, "Cool, we can upgrade Hubs to 111 markers!" But then I realized that if we did that, he could not match anybody at 111 markers. Not helpful.

But I'll admit it's tempting. Upgrades always are (for me).

My father, on the other hand, matches everybody. I get notices of new matches for him at least weekly, and that's only for 37 markers. I suppose the upgrade money would have been better spent on my father, right?

So if more is better in your case, please check out the announcement below and let me know how it goes for you. Somebody should at least get a match!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Y-DNA111 test!

This test includes a panel of 111 Y chromosome Short Tandem Repeat (STR) markers.* With 44 additional markers, Y-DNA111 is the highest resolution Y-DNA test offered by any company in the world.

The Y-DNA111 test is recommended for customers who already have close matches at the 67 marker level and are looking to tighten the calculation for the time to Most Recent Common Ancestor (tMRCA).** Due to the specialized nature of this test and in order to evaluate the potential benefit of this type of upgrade, we ask that customers with Y-DNA12, 25, or 37 results upgrade to 67 markers first before considering the 111 marker test.

With that in mind, this new test is now available as an upgrade for customers with existing Y-DNA67 results and also as a standalone test for individuals looking to prove a close relationship on the direct paternal line:

Y Refine 67 to 111 (Upgrade)             $101

Y-DNA111                                                          $339

View our FAQ section to learn more about this new test.

Thank you,
Family Tree DNA

*This figure is based on the typical number of allele values we see for multi-copy markers. The number of allele values we observe and report for these markers may vary.

**Please note, both test-takers must have the 111 marker test to be compared at this level.

For information about the Swanay/Swaney DNA Surname Project, please visit our public project page, or FamilyTree DNA. Please also feel free to contact me if you have questions.

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Two Places at Once


For years now, I've complained that I needed more hours in the day. Or a secretary. Or a clone.

Wouldn't it be great to have the ability to be in two places at once? Think of how much you could accomplish: you could be cleaning your house AND visiting the Family History Library! You could go to work AND go to that genealogy conference! All at the same time!

Ok, I know my cloning fantasy is a little twisted, but I've actually been thinking about this subject for another reason. While doing some research for a client, I ran into an ancestor who seems to appear in the census twice in the same year, and this is causing me a great deal of annoyance.

For example:

* John Smith A, age 37, shows up in the 1870 U.S. Census in Connecticut living with his wife and children. His occupation is listed as "minister."

* John Smith B, age 37, shows up in the 1870 U.S. Census on his parents' farm in Vermont with his parents and siblings. His occupation is listed as "farm worker."

Weird, no?

Now, I suppose this isn't completely impossible. After all, the two census enumerations were taken at least 2 months apart. Connecticut and Vermont aren't all that far away from each other, distance-wise, so I suppose John Smith could have left his wife and children to run down to his parents' place to do a little late-summer farming.

But why?

And why the two different occupations?

I envision John's little brother answering the door saying something like, "Oh, he's just here working on the farm." 

Farm worker. Check.

So my question for you is: Have you ever run into an ancestor who was in two places at once, or enumerated twice in the same census year? If so, how did you resolve this apparent ancestor duplication problem?


* NOTE: Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent. And yes, I'm sure that this is the right guy. And no, he wasn't a "boomerang" child. Did they even do that in the 1870s?

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: April 2011



April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

Saturday, April 2
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
12:30 PM Cafi Cohen - "Hiring a Professional"
1:45 PM Ruth Lang, CG - "Finding Gold in Probate Records: The Case of Thomas Metts"

Sunday, April 3
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Ava F. Kahn - "Jews of the Pacific Coast"

Thursday, April 7
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Shelley McFadden - "Using Historical and Genealogical Societies to Help Find Your Ancestors"

Saturday, April 9
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
One Incredible Genealogy Seminar
Registration
Featuring Dr. Roger P. Minert (Germanic Genealogy) and
Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck (U.S. Genealogy)

Tuesday, April 12
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Pat Harmon - "FamilySearch Sites"

Saturday, April 16
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Sharon Eames, Red Cross Volunteer and Family Tracing Specialist

Saturday, April 16
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Kathleen Trevena - "Ancestral Dollars and Cents: Occupations, Money and Consumer Spending in Early America"

Tuesday, April 19
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Genealogy Tools
Liz Odle - "Tour of the Genealogical Section of the Library"
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting
Kerry Bartels - "Hidden Treasures in the National Archives and How to Find Them"

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