27 November 2009
I hope your shopping trips were as successful or more so than mine.
I did not see any genealogy services on blackfriday.info but I think there should be sales on genealogy research so until the end of 2009, if you contact me and pay for a research project you will receive the 20% discount. Just mention this post.
10 November 2009
06 November 2009
"November 4th, 2009:
Getting Our Bill out of Committee
Our bill (HB 931) is 'Stuck in Committee'. In an effort to get it out of committee and voted on by the entire PA State Assembly we could use your help in getting the head of the House Health & Human Services Committee Rep. Frank Oliver to have it voted on by that committee.
Below is a sample letter addressed to the Rep. Oliver. Feel absolutely free to change or rewrite as you please, to use one of the sample letters from the main page of this website or write your own letter. But please send a letter or email or something. Any letter or email sent is better than no message and a message not sent accomplishes nothing. Silence will not draw attention to the bill. Even if you have already sent a message about this cause it doesn't hurt to send a second one. It only shows you consider this cause to be important. It also doesn't hurt to send a message to the other committee members. The link to find them are also below:
Letter to State Representative Oliver
The members of the House Health & Human Services Committee can be found at: HHSC"
As a very calm genealogist I spend hours looking through records to find even one name of an ancestor.
I am willing to do it. It is so much fun for me! I love it!
What is the problem you ask???
PA currently has laws against open access for even the oldest Death Certificates which prohibits millions of people from finding more about their ancestors!
Sure they say they will look a record up for you if you pay them, wait a few months, give them a copy of your ID, sign your life away, etc. etc.
But who thinks that is fair???
26 October 2009
I have not made an effort to duplicate all the announcements from these other good blogs and I recommend you subscribe to them. I was surprised when recently I was informed of a new service in beta by FamilySearch that was not detailed on their Labs Blog. Generally, all of their beta or pilot projects are discussed there. Goes to show they just keep on going even if we do not get the news updates. It is comforting to know that such an influential genealogy organization is moving forward with so many projects.
The project I speak of is Community Trees. Check it out: http://histfam.familysearch.org/
I can't wait until all of their tools are brought together into their home page:
UPDATE: The FamilySearch Labs Blog stopped being updated on 14 Apr 2010, but the projects discussed on the FamilySearch.org Labs site continue to show FamilySearch's efforts to improve user experience.
"tools are brought together" on FamilySearch.org in January 2011. See my blog post about it.
Many genealogical websites offer the opportunity to volunteer your time to help others find their ancestors more easily. This effort consists of reading images of original records like census and vital records so you can type what you see on them.
The typed 'index' can then be searched by researchers.
Recently a few changes were made to make the process more user friendly.
Look closely. There is a hint of many more projects to come.
See details here: https://fch.ldschurch.org/fsinformation/Messages/en/FSI_New_Features-Oct_2009.pdf
24 October 2009
20 October 2009
Christ Church Episcopal
Colonial English Parish
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Created October 20, 2009
All photos taken June 17, 2009 and
contributed by Michael W. McCormick
View text transcription of this cemetery
Juliet M. Hamersly
For additional information on this cemetery, please contact
Ye Olde Sulphur Spa Historical Society
Adams County PA USGenWeb Archives - Tombstone Photos
Adams County PA USGenWeb Archives - Index
USGenWeb Archives - Pennsylvania
Created for use in the USGenWeb Archives by
Kathy Francis © 2009
16 October 2009
Lutheran Church Cemetery, York Springs, Adams Co., PA (15 Oct 2009)
05 October 2009
Years ago one of my many favorite genealogy sites was ZabaSearch.com
Everyone needs a little more zaba. I was there when it was new. I was there when it was no longer available for free and now I'm back when I see that I can get good stuff for free again. When it wasn't so free I began turning back to other sites.
Over the years I have come to love Intelius.com because without paying you can see relatives of most living people (their immediate family who have lived at the same address.) Intelius will list the ages for free too which you can calculate approximate birth years from. (You have to search for each name individually to find a person's age.) ZabaSearch will give a persons birth year and sometimes month next to their name for free too. There once was a very good website where you could get almost anyone's birth date who was living or recently passed. I forget the URL because I was also there when it closed. There is a site BirthDatabase.com that tries to do the same, but in my opinion is no better than the two search websites I just discussed.
For those of us who are really into the web wouldn't it be nice to be able to find living relatives' profiles on Facebook, Twitter or MySpace by searching one simple site? I thought so. Then one day I saw an ad on Ancestry.com for MyLife.com which promised just that. It works better for that purpose than any other site I know about, but it has a long way to go. I use a combination of these and a few others in this order of usefulness:
So you know what websites to use, but how do you use them. Let me use an example. One of my many genealogy goals I set awhile back was to contact and keep in touch with all the descendants of my 3rd-great grandfather Samuel McCormick. Because my great grandparents had some interest in keeping in touch with their family I had the names of many of Samuel's descendants within a couple generations of him. It cut off around 1900 on most lines though. I filled in gaps by tracing them forward on the census (to 1930). I gathered all the Social Security Death Index records I could, as well as other records that can be found on Ancestry. Then phonebooks and directories come in. Often a person who was a child on the 1930 Census will be an adult on the directories of the 1980's-2000's on Ancestry. If the person's age and location are nearly the same you can judge you have found the right person. Often the phone numbers on these records are out dated (it doesn't hurt to check.) If they don't work that is when you look on the other sites like Intelius.com to get a more updated number. ZabaSearch often gives you many of the older listings for people too which is good for tracking moves, but you may find yourself trying ten numbers before you get to the right person. It is so worth it when you get back in touch though. Then on these sites you often can find the younger generation between 20's-60's in age who may potentially use Facebook. Search for all of their names on there and you have instant e-mail connectivity as well as an easy way to share pedigrees and photos.
Happy hunting, cousin!
24 September 2009
The mission of PaHR-Access is to promote legislation that will make directly accessible vital records of our deceased Pennsylvania ancestors. These records are some of the best sources to expand our pedigrees as they will often list parents names. Having a copy of the record will also help us build stories about our ancestors. Even those who have no genealogical interest may benefit from statistical knowledge and/or history as well as potentially learning their ancestral medical histories. Some such records may be obtained after long processes, mail-in forms, identification and fees currently, but anyone who has done this will understand the need to have direct public access.
Though not officially affiliated ELG has grown alongside PaHR-Access for the past two years. With permission of the administrator, Tim Gruber, the founder of ELG created a social network group on Facebook to help make others aware of this cause. For some time we were running ads on the Internet to help inform individuals of the need for action. In local churches we posted fliers and were able to obtain a majority at one congregation to send letters encouraging PA House Representatives to stand with us on this issue. The majority of my contact with state governmental officials on this topic has shown their opinion is in the affirmative.
It is a slow hard process as with most changes in legislation, but with continued effort we will prevail. Anyone who has ancestors in Pennsylvania will benefit from the passing of the recommended legislation directly. Though I have few Pennsylvania ancestors I take a personal interest in this for my clients as well as the entire community.
It is encouraging that several genealogical and/or historical organizations have been endorsing the movement.
Please do whatever you can to contribute your time. You can go to the website by clicking the title on this post or get ideas here.
23 September 2009
Not to give too much away, we are developing ways to use video in reaching our audience. If you would like to contribute to these developments leave a comment.
22 September 2009
August 2011. The official website of Enduring Legacy Genealogy has moved entirely into this blog.