December 19, 2014

Learn More About Genealogy Using YouTube

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Just out of curiosity, I did a search in YouTube tonight for the term “genealogy” and got 183 hits. Not all of them are something I’m interested in watching, but it certainly is something worth investigating.

How about some other search terms?  Use some of your own interests like railroading, logging, gold mining, or wine making.  Try locations too!

Have you used YouTube in your family history research? What kinds of things did you find. Was it helpful?  Don’t forget to leave a comment. :)

Directory List And Print – Freeware A Genealogist Will Appreciate

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I have just finished printing off 25+ pages of census records, a genealogy report and various other records. I can tell you it was a ‘job well done’!  Yes, I am kind of patting myself on the back, but I found a neat new freeware program in the process and that’s why I’m so pumped. :)

This program, Directory List and Print isn’t just for genealogists, but it sure will come in handy for us. I had a folder with all the genealogical files for this one project I was working on and I wanted to be able to print off the files I’m sending to the client.  DL&P was the perfect solution because one of the options for printing the file was in Word.  I just clicked the Word button in the DL&P program and it opened the Word program for me with the files listed.

I could even have by-passed any other program and just printed it from the working screen, or pressed Excel or just copy it to my clipboard.  There are several ways to fine tune the results before printing too. Take a look at the checklist above.

This was not a paid review.  I just liked the program so much I wanted to share it with my readers.  If you download it, please come back and let me and everyone else just what you thought of it.  See you soon!

2010 Census: Keep A Copy For Your Descendants

1930 Yates, Bordeaux, WA

1930 Yates family, Bordeaux, WA

Have you filled out your 2010 census and sent it back yet? If not, make sure you do, and be sure to make a copy for your records so your descendants can find it 72 years from now!  Granted, there’s not a lot of information they ask for in this census, but it’s still important to keep a copy of it.

Quick tip: I’m pretty sure it’s OK to add additional information where you can on the census you keep.  A little additional ‘gift’ for your descendants.

Finding Ancestors Using DAR Chapter Webpages

If you’re like me, I bet you try almost every way and means to find your ancestors. Voting records, tax records, newspaper subscription records, etc.,  but have you ever thought to look for your ancestors by checking DAR Chapter websites for them?

I will use my own Chapter website as a ‘for instance’. I live in Washington State, but the DAR Chapter I joined was in West Plains, Missouri. That probably seems a bit strange, but it happened that way because that is where my Grandmother Minnie Smith Yates was born and our cousins still live in Howell County even to this day. One of my older cousins wanted me to join there since she was helping me with documentation for my Patriot Capt. Thomas Poindexter. So, while I live in WA state, and I am an associate member of the local Elizabeth Ellington Chapter of the DAR of Bremerton, WA, my main Chapter is in Missouri for sentimental reasons.  I belong to the Ozark Spring Chapter of the DAR , and have since 1998.

With that explanation in mind, you might consider that other ladies have joined in much the same way. Not always of course, but it is something to consider as you look for connections. Keep in mind, not all DAR local Chapters have web pages, but more and more do, and it is worth looking for them on the main DAR webpage.  Currently, there are over approximately 3000 Chapters in the United States and abroad.

On the left sidebar of the National DAR site click on “become a member” and a drop down menu will appear; then click on Chapters at the bottom of that menu list. I have included a link to the state and local Chapters here also.  Once you have found a Chapter in the geographical area of where your ancestor lived, try checking their Patriot List for surnames that might sound familiar.  Below is a list from the Ozark Spring Chapter.

Patriot Ancestors:


Allison, Alexander NC Lawson, Randolph VA
Allison, William NC McMahan, William PA
Carpenter, Benjamin VT Morgan, Joseph MD
Coolbaugh, Moses PA Newberry, Samuel VA
Craig, David NC Norman, David SC
Dowden, Clementias PA Olinger, John C. VA
Gentry, Nicholas PA Pease, Abner (2nd Lt.) NY
Hardy, Phineas NH Poindexter, Thomas NC
Harrison, James NC Poppleton, Samuel NJ
Harmon, Charles VA Thomason/Thompson, John NC
Hensley, William VA Turner, James SC
Holbert, John NJ Walker, James CT
Howle, Alexander SC Walker, John NC
Howle, William GA Yadon, Jacob VA

As you can see, my own Thomas Poindexter is in this list, but I also see the name of another one of my ancestors, James Harrison. That gives me a clue that even though I’m not a member of this chapter through that particular Patriot, someone else is. In that case, I would go back and check the site map and find the contact information, click on it and send an email to them asking for more information.

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