December 1, 2015

Genealogy Posting For Posterity And Bait


With thousands of genealogy blogs out there, I certainly don’t expect all of them to visit my blog every day. Some may never visit here, and I may never visit theirs.  And you know what? That’s OK.

I don’t write posts for traffic (although I do appreciate my readers immensely) or even tons of comments.  The reason I write is to create a collection of my posts for posterity.  I use Tabbloid to save them in PDF format where they go into a special file folder named :::surprise::: iPentimento as Tabbloid.  I may put them on my external drive someday, but currently they reside on my desktop.  Tabbloid converts all the text and photos included in the articles and makes it look like a magazine.

When I write an article about a surname I always include it in the post title, and have post tags for the search engine bots to find.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from a cousin or made a new friend just because they “found” my post while doing a search.

Lastly, I’m not in any specific category of genealogy or history blog writer.  I’ve learned to use a WordPress self-hosted blog platform by trial and error.  If you had to put me in some niche, I suppose it could be a gen-geek.  I love plugins that make my life easier;  technology is fascinating to me and I use as much of it as I can afford.  I try not to fall back on making excuses for sporadic articles because I have fibromyalgia, but it is a big factor in how I feel each day.  It doesn’t define me though. I write about genealogy to take my mind off any pain I might be feeling that day.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Smiley from

Next Post: Surnames for Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson


iPentimento Genealogy Search Quick Tip

This shows a search in Ancestry, but try it too at any genealogical database like Family Search, Rootsweb or even FindAGrave.  Family Search might be a little difficult since they have a set way to do searches with surnames, but Rootsweb will look in any nook and cranny (including archives) for that combination of names.  At FindAGrave, many times the woman is listed with her maiden name along with her married name.

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Adding An Ethnicity Fact In Family Tree Maker

Isn’t it amazing how our friends in the genealogy community can open our eyes to not only new tools, plugins, and other handy blog add-ons?  And, they do the same thing when it comes to making genealogy programs work for 21st century researchers.

As an example, George Geder at Geder Genealogy has done a whole series this week on genealogy software and how it needs to change to reflect the needs of blended families, etc..  I was left asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  One suggestion that he made really hit home with me:  the ability to add ‘ethnicity’ to a person’s individual profile.

I’m still using FTM 2006, so I can’t speak to more recent versions, but I was able to add a new fact quite easily, and it might be something you would like to add also. Here’s how I did it:

Add Fact

The Add Fact dialog box lets you add a new fact to an individual or marriage record.

To select from the existing fact list, click the down arrow attached to the Type field and select the Fact Type from the list that appears.

To add a new Fact Type, enter a brief description in the Type field. [ I added Ethnic Origin as my fact name] Note that there are separate Fact Type lists for individual and marriage records, and that a new Type added to one list will not be added to the other.

Enter the Date and Place or Description information in the appropriate fields; then click the OK button to save your new Fact.  Entering date for ethnic origin wasn’t relevant exactly, so I left it blank, but in Place or Description I added African American for this particular family member.

By adding this new fact category, I will now be able to add more detailed information about family members.  Since our families [mine and Jim’s] are predominantly Caucasian, denoting ethnic heritage will only be added when it’s a known fact.

The above photo was taken in May 2000 when my cousin Tracy Prantl Richardson turned 86 (near center in pink sweater) and my cousin Fran Prantl Harbeston’s widower Herb (front row, right of Tracy) Harbeston turned 90.  Everyone in this photo is related by blood or marriage. I too am in this photo just back from Herb in the second row.

When my first cousin Gordon Yates married his wife Christl Messerschmidt in 1976, our family was enhanced by Christl’s Indonesian ethnicity. (Photo above was taken in 1996; left to right: Dustin, Gordon, Brett, uncle Wally and Mike Yates.

And the ladies of the Wally Yates family – 1996: L-R Sandy (Boom), Stephanie, Twyla, Jennifer, Sarina and Christl Yates.

Celebrate Your Differences

One last note, I think we should celebrate our differences, not let them divide us.

Two Upcoming Centenarian Birthdays In Our Family

– Tracy Prantl Harbeston passed away in 2007, but Herb Harbeston turned 100 on May 20, 2010.  The other centenarian was one of my Breedlove cousins.

Two Genealogy Tips On Tuesday





The title sounds catchy, but if I come up with more than two, I’m not changing it!

Fill Our Your Profiles!

Here’s the first one:  Fill out your profiles on sites such as Ancestry.  It doesn’t take that long to type in your name, add a profile photo, etc.  I am currently exchanging messages with a very nice lady who is probably a cousin, her name sounds familiar, but she has not yet filled out that profile so I’m left scratching my head and wondering how I connect. Which leads me to tip number two.

The Home Person In Your Family Tree – Shouldn’t It Be You?

On Ancestry, if you have uploaded a GEDCOM (privatized, of course) you have the option of making yourself the home person.  This just makes sense since you’re the one who uploaded the file and will be sharing it with the world.  People would like to know who the owner is and this is another easy thing to do.

I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: Genealogical research is all about connecting. Connecting with people, connecting your family trees, and even connecting your profiles. I don’t know how long it’s taken me, but I always take the time to connect my social networking sites to one another.  When I sign up for a new site I take the time to add them.  Genealogy isn’t for hermits, is it?