October 7, 2015

Genealogy Re-posts from Pentimento – 1

In a previous blogging life, I posted all my articles on Pentimento, including some genealogy-related ones. Now that I have changed iPentimento over to predominantly a genealogy blog, I am going to migrate some of those genealogy post links here. No sense letting them languish somewhere else when they can all be found here in one place. And so, without further adieu…

A New Genealogy Kid On The Block  An introduction to the (pay) service called GenealogyAgent.

FamilyLink Yourself  Review of the FamilyLink site.

Alternative Affordable Genealogy Sites From Family Tree  I am a big fan of Family Tree Magazine!

Yes, There Are FREE Ancestry Databases  If you think you can’t use the Ancestry site because it’s a paid site, think again! :)

What Constitutes Fame?  One of the early pioneers of Oregon is buried in Mt. View Cemetery. William Holmes (in my eyes) was a famous person in his time, but the Find A Grave website disagreed with me. See what they had to say.

Let’s Go Visit Dead Fred Another one of my favorite genealogy-related sites, Dead Fred’s site lets you upload information on where your ancestors are buried, as well as pictures and tributes too.

PSU offers space for Portland’s archives Hats off to PSU for creating space for Portland’s archives.

Medal of Honor could be back in family soon | IndyStar.com This was a great story.

How I Am Related To Robert Bruce  Yes, I really am related to Robert the Bruce. Read how!

Genealogy Blog Finder and More  If you haven’t visited this page yet, you might be missing a genealogical breakthrough.

Would You Donate To Me?  Read the article written by me and tell me what you think about it.

More links will be coming in a following post!

Get Your Family History Book Ready For Christmas Now

I can tell you from experience, there is no point at which you will arrive and say, “I have finished my family tree”. That said, if you’ve been thinking of putting together a book to give to your family this Christmas, the time to get organized is now. Hold off on looking for “one more thing” and just resolve to make a book out of what you have now.

While this is an affiliate link ad, I am most sincere about getting your family tree into book form.  Ancestry’s Family History Books were not available when I wanted to publish my own family tree, so I had to do it myself. I did use the Family Tree Maker program’s book section to do it, but I still had to go to Kinkos and ended up with less than wonderful looking photo pages. If it wasn’t for all my cousins and immediate family paying for their books up front, it might never have gotten done.

Maybe you’re just beginning your genealogical research and wondering which program you should use to compile all that you find. Why not try the latest version of Family Tree Maker (2009). Ancestry has a super deal right now as you can see from the above ad. I am a subscriber to Ancestry Magazine and one year for free will be of tremendous help to you.

I Solved A Census Transcription Mistake

Sometimes, you get a transcribed record for a census and you wonder how the transcriber came up with a completely different name than what it actually was.

For example, I have a transcribed census record with my ancestor’s surname spelled Aytes instead of Yates. It might look like a transposed letter error, but then I found an actual census image today that might present another reason for a transcription error: it wasn’t one.

Look at that loop in the Y , but the name in the 1840 census record where I found this lists him (correctly) as David Yates. Can you see how this could be misinterpreted by a transcriber though?  Heck, they could have thought it said “Gates” too.

None of this is a slam against transcribers or anything.  Genealogists owe them much gratitude for the hard work they’ve done. This just points out (again) the need to used every imaginable spelling combination to find your ancestors.

What’s your most memorable “name” story?



COG – Modest Genealogy Goals For 2010

Carnival of Genealogy

I don’t usually make New Year’s goals, but here are some things I hope to accomplish this year in my personal and professional genealogy:

  • Last month I ordered a Civil War pension file for George O. Barlow, an ancestor of my niece-in-law Jill Hohensee Yates, and after it comes in the mail I hope to glean some additional information from it before sending the records on to Jill’s mom Carol. I’ve been doing some research on Mr. Barlow through Ancestry and other sites too, as well as collecting pictures of headstones from Find-A-Grave. When I feel I have ‘enough’ and have reached a stopping place in the research, I plan on putting it all on disk for a backup version and then printing most of it off for a notebook to give to the family.

Genealogy vs Real Life

My own family research has taken a far back seat this last year as my husband and I adjust to him being retired. When he was working I could allow myself several hours a day of an uninterrupted wallow in my paperwork, pictures and emails as I forged ahead filling in the family trees. We have some home projects going this year (bathroom remodel, raised bed garden) but once those are done I might be able to get some genealogy done. I would really like to have a cook to make meals so I would only have to show up to eat. 😉

  • It’s a never-ending quest to find my ancestor Miles Yates who married Deborah Holmes in 1840 Roane County, TN.  I suspect Miles might have been a ‘family’ name, and his real first name was something else.
  • After I find the article again, I want to write about one of my Holmes cousins who was on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour as an award winning fiddle player.  She was self-taught and lived in Missouri and Iowa during the time she held her champion titles. I know she was one of my Holmes cousins, but I need to find the newspaper articles about her to state her full name. So many cousins, so little memory.

These few things should keep me busy all winter and spring, don’t you think? What are your genealogy goals for 2010?

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