December Classes and Events at JCGL
Tue, December 2, 1:30 – 3:00pm. This informal group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!
Sat, December 6, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Shane Loveland, Steve Kious and Ruth Wade are the facilitators at this brick wall session. Bring your questions and get help with suggestions to break through your brick walls and find those relatives! Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations welcome.
FAMILY TREE MAKER MAC USER GROUP
Wed, December 10, 10:00am – 11:30am. Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy, and Mac computers. Please call 541-512-2340 or email email@example.com or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop. Free!
Thur, Dec. 11, 10am-12:00pm. Members Only Workshop: Excel Tips and Tricks. Rick Black and Rich Miles will help you learn to use Excel more effectively in this workshop. Please bring your personal laptop for this session, $10. Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Sat, December 13, 12:00 – 3pm. Join RVGS volunteers and members for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Please go to the section on RVGS News to read more about this luncheon.
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES Sat, Dec. 13th
DIGGIN’ IN THE DARK
Tue, December 16, 3pm – 9pm. Diggin’ In the Dark: Genealogy After Hours. How’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who are here to assist you when the library remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime and use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites and peruse our world-wide book collection. Come join us for an evening of family history FUN! Bring your known family information, your USB flash drive for saving what we find, your dinner, and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email email@example.com. Free.
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Mon, December 22- Sun, December 28th
LIBRARY CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY, Thu. Jan 1st
Tue, January 6, 2015, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. This informal group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!
2015 MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP
Thu, Feb 5 – Mar 26, 10 am -1 pm Joan Hill, published author of the genealogy blog, Root’n’Leaves, will present an eight-week memoir and family history writing workshop beginning February 5. The workshop sessions will be Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cost for the series is $75 for members and $95 for non-members. Class size is limited to between 6 and 10. Register early to insure your place. Last year’s workshop series was well attended. Each attendee can schedule one or two written pieces for class presentation and critique: length, 700-1000 words. There will be in-class writing exercises and discussions. Topics will include themes, fleshing out the bones of those snippets of family stories; using photographs, letters, old documents and diaries as part of your writing; publishing and self-publishing resources; and why belong to a writing group. Stop by, call the library 541-512-2340, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
SAVE THE DATE: SPRING SEMINAR: RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH FAMILY HISTORY
Mon, March 30, 2015, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Full-day seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish Research presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members: $45, non-members: $55. Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members: $55, non-members: $65. Follow the links to the Registration Form and Conference Brochure.
Register by mail or in person at JCGL.
OUT OF TOWN
GRANTS PASS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM AND GENERAL MEETING
Tue, January 13, 2015, 1:30 PM. Presentation by Celeste Guillory on Ellis Island and Castle Garden ports of entry begins at 1:30 PM. 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass. Free.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
January 12-16, 2015 Utah Genealogical Association sponsored Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Each year the Institute offers twelve tracks, each presenting twenty hours of in-depth genealogical instruction over a five-day period. Coordinators and instructors represent some of the best educators the field has to offer. SLIG is dedicated to offering a variety of tracks – from country-focused to technology-based to records rich. Christy Fillerup, SLIG Director, has worked for the past four years to assure that SLIG remains in the forefront of education on methodology and emerging technologies. Go to http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42 to learn more.
February 11-14, 2015, Combined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center. Registration is open and early bird pricing is available now. Workshops and luncheons fill rapidly. Hotels are filling fast, don’t delay your reservation. Go to https://rootstech.org/?lang=eng to learn more about this huge conference. Go to https://www.fgsconference.org/ to learn more about the joint FGS Conference.
St. CHARLES, MO
May 13-16, National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America. As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference. RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss migration via the Oregon Trail. Please click on this link, NGS 2015, to bring up the conference brochure. Registration opens in December, 2014. Hotels are filling fast!
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS
WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS
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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES – 2014
Members are invited to join us for the Annual Christmas Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Installation of RVGS 2015 Officers. This is our way of saying “Thank You” to our volunteers for their hours of dedicated service to our Library and Society. The Luncheon is free to volunteers, members and guests. The Luncheon will be held December 13th, at our Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford at 12:00 Noon.
We have raffle tickets for sale for Super Services of your choice. In the event that you will be unable to attend, you can still help us say “Thank You” to the volunteers by purchasing raffle tickets. You do not have to be present to win. This year we will raffle some of the special services provided at our Library:
- 1 year free membership, value $30.00. Can be used for a future year’s membership for yourself or used as a gift.
- 2 hours of special scanning, value $30.00. Bring your priceless documents (even large format documents) or pictures and we will scan them to your flash drive or to the cloud to preserve them for you.
- 2 hours of mentoring, value $30.00. Do you have a particular ancestor who is difficult or just need help with what to do next in your research? This is for you. You will be assigned a qualified researcher to help you over the hump.
Click here, Raffle Tickets, to access a page of the raffle tickets. Print the tickets, fill them out, and mail or bring them to JCGL at 3405 S. Pacific Hwy; Medford, OR 97501 with your check. We hope you will help us honor our volunteers by purchasing these raffle tickets. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to cover expenses for the Christmas Luncheon.
We will also have a money tree at the luncheon with proceeds going to the Leave A Legacy fundraiser. All tree donations (your check is your receipt) are tax deductible and will be applied to our mortgage which we are pleased to say is NOW under $96,000. Those not attending may still participate in this end-of-the-year fundraiser by mailing your check to the address above or by making a donation using the Donate button on the RVGS website.
If you plan to attend, it is imperative that you RSVP either by mailing in the reservation form, by bringing it to the library, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 541-512-2340. If you are responding by mail or in person print the reservation form, fill it in, and mail or bring it to the address on the form. Click here, reservation form, to access the reservation form. PLEASE LET US KNOW NO LATER THAN December 8, 2014. We had a wonderful turn-out last year so we need to know the number attending this year to provide the amount of food needed.
WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE?
Upcoming issues of the eNews will feature short pieces that will allow you to share a photo, artifact (e.g., purse or glove), or document (e.g., birth announcement) about your family. What’s Happening Here (WHH) will replace the longer stories highlighting member successes that have appeared in past issues of the eNews. Please send longer pieces for publication in The Rogue Digger edited by Cara Davis-Jacobsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get the ball rolling with WHH series, I’m sharing a picture taken in 1946 of a man leading a Holstein cow in a parade as shown below:
The man is my dad, Al Holz, who is shown in 1946 with one of many such cows he led during the annual parade in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. The city parade accompanied the annual county fair in Kootenai County. My dad’s cows won the “Dairy Queen” award for Kootenai County for many consecutive years. The Dairy Queen was a cow who produced the greatest volume of milk in the county/ per year. My dad grew up in the dairying region near Lynden, Washington and had a keen eye for bovine ladies.
Please search your albums or shoeboxes to share your memories with fellow RVGS members. Please send your submissions to email@example.com and attach your photo, document, or photo of artifact to your email describing What’s Happening Here.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION MEDAL OF DAR IS PRESENTED TO CHARLEEN BROWN
The Historic Preservation Medal of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution has been awarded to Rogue Valley Genealogical Society member and Past President, Charleen Brown.
This honor recognizes a person who has done extraordinary volunteer work over a long period of time at the community level, and who has promoted and shown dedication to historic preservation. The medal has been awarded to only 30 people in the US.
Charleen Brown was sponsored by the Crater Lake Chapter of DAR. Three essays capturing her many contributions as a 13-year President of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society were completed by three non-DAR society members.
In addition to the office of society leadership, she is a published author and indexer of the 1930 Jackson County Census records. Her involvement and support in the society and community activities are too numerous to name. She continues to work on many cemetery projects, teach genealogy classes and serve as Past President on the Board. Charleen was instrumental in the society’s most current move to a larger facility at 3405 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford to house the genealogy collection of Jackson County and records and books from all 50 states and abroad. JCGL is the largest genealogy library between Sacramento and Portland. The society began in 1966 as a grass roots DAR organization and was granted non-profit status in 1978. It is now an all-volunteer genealogical society with 650 members who sponsor and support the Jackson County Genealogy Library.
Pam Olson of Crater Lake DAR presented the medal to Charleen at a public meeting of RVGS on Oct. 21st, 2014. Many members of the Crater Lake branch attended.
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 2014 END OF YEAR REPORT ………………..Submitted by RVGS President Andrea Patterson
We look forward to seeing all our dedicated volunteers at the Volunteer Luncheon this December. They represent many categories of service in our society. Most of you get to know the librarians, who help with the computers, give tours, direct you to the book collection and make sure you sign in, but there are so many individuals in the background. The 15 member Board meets each month. Most all officers, directors and special appointed groups conduct committee meetings and issue reports. A new 5 year Long Range Plan was devised. Chuck Eccleston and Betty Miller are our statistic gatherers. Here are some impressive numbers for 10+ months of 2014:
Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31st we have documented 14,842 volunteer hours. This includes librarians, board members, indexers & proof-readers, and maintenance among the many jobs and projects being done. If we conservatively estimated 1,200 hours for November and 1,200 more hours for December we would have over 17,000 hours being completed by volunteer “staff” for 2014. For the first 10 months in 2014, we have had 3,312 researchers in our library, 186 Experience Works assignees and 2,604 volunteers sign in. That is a total of 6,102 coming through our doors!
We have worked this year on organizing our projects, the goals, assignments and the results that eventually make their way to our Jackson County Genealogy Library website and often are bound. Researchers from around the world have found our websites and we get revenue from providing records per their requests. The requests came from every State except 10. Worldwide requests came from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. The “leading” request was for obituaries, but other records are popular such as birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, pioneers & newspaper clippings. Further, our newsletter [eNews] is delivered to 1,576 subscribers through email, our blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts.
The RVGS Board just completed their annual retreat to pull together ideas. Topics included how to better assist our editor with The Rogue Digger, [our genealogical publication], getting more RVGS members involved, fine-tuning new services such as scanning documents and photos for patrons. We evaluated our current organization memberships for three Chambers of Commerce, local and national affiliations. Suggestions for improved technological equipment at the library for classes, programs and patrons were discussed. We adopted improved procedures for our Speaker’s Bureau, Mentoring Program and how to best serve our patrons. How can we improve on programs and classes for beginners and advanced genealogists and reach other societies and organizations encouraging them to visit our library? And, of course we are always discussing the balance between paying off the mortgage and budgeting conservatively for services and fixed expenditures during the year.
Our Financial Review Committee advised that our records were in order. The membership can remain confident that we are financially sound. Your continued financial support is needed and appreciated.
Next year we will focus on the Two “M’s”……Mortgage ……Reduce it significantly and Membership Retention……..making our members feel welcome and connected.
We are also bringing back the “Suggestion Box”. We are interested in your ideas and feedback.
The current RVGS Officers will remain in 2015. There will be some Board member changes. We know you appreciate being part of this grass-roots developed organization that has proven successful. We are all proud of our role in preserving genealogical records for our community with the establishment of a sound, enthusiastic society and valuable and unique library. Thank you for your continued membership participation, your volunteer service and all those interested in genealogy. We have had a good year! Andrea
CONNIE MILLER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
RVGS Vice-President Connie Miller’s memorial service was well-attended. For the future RVGS will establish a fund in Connie’s honor. The purpose of the fund will be to provide help to JCGL patrons, a purpose highly-valued by Connie according to her husband Greg, who has already contributed generously to this new fund. We’ll have more information about this fund as the program develops.
Annual Fund Drive 2014. We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the Annual Fund this year. These funds are used to cover our operating costs, including the mortgage payment, insurance, utilities, genealogy website subscriptions, office supplies, and facility maintenance. Without your support we wouldn’t have our wonderful library. Contributions this year total $12,155.
Katherine Alsing, David & Karen Asche, Ronald Atkins, Al & Marilyn Ayres, Colista Bailey, Carolyn Beron, Lucille Bigelow, Anne Billeter, Rickard & Dana Black, Leona Blankenship, Ellen Brannick, Donna Brewer, Anne Brockway, Charleen Brown, Jennifer Bryan, Vicki Bryden, Alan Buchta, George Busby, Charles & Edith Carlson, Linda Carr, Darlene Casteel, Kendall Clarke, William & Marion Collins, Mike & Carol Coy, Carolyn & Robert Craig, Carita Culmer, Catherine Culver, Pam D’Allura, Cara Davis-Jacobson, Judith Drais, Julie Drengson, Suzanne Dunford, Chuck & Colleen Eccleston, Gayle Ellison, Sarah Forbes, Doug Foster, Sharon Freeburne, Marie Fulbright, Lillian Fullerton, Sharon Funk, Kari Gries, Cheryl Haas, Robert Hawk, Sharon Hawley-Crum, Patricia Healy, Melinda Henningfield, Gene & Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg, Linda Hildreth, Ann & Larry Horton, Horton Family Foundation, Linda Kestner, Sheila Kimball, Elizabeth Koester, Suzanne LaChat, Norb Leiberg, Lynn Leissler, Wayne Luckinbill, Judith Mallchok, George McEwan, Barbara Middaugh, Susan Milburn, Connie Miller, Jeff Monosoff, Ginger Montes, Alice Mullaly, Duane & Margaret Murray, Helaine Noble, Marjorie O’Harra, Janice Parret, Andrea Patterson, Karen Pendergast, Wanda Perdue, Dorothy Pruitt, Rhoda Ralston, Charlotte Redfield, Leon & Jean Richardson, Roger & Nancy Roberts, E. Diane Ross, Sybil Russell, Deanna Russell, Dee & Barbara Selby, Judy Simpson, Lynn & Doris Sjolund, Diane Smallback, Sherri Snider, Judith Stevens, John & Janie Stewart, April Thomas, Donald Thomas, Kim Thurman, Myrna Wagler, Vern Weaver, Evelyn Williams, Leona Wobbe.
LEAVE A LEGACY: YOU DID IT! Last month we asked for your help to reduce the balance on the mortgage to $100,000, and you did! Our balance is under $96,000. The $13,000 that was applied to the balance this last month will save us almost $800 in interest in 2015. Now, let’s see how fast we can reduce the balance and save even more in interest.
If each member contributed $120, along with pledged donations, we could pay off the mortgage the beginning of 2015, saving us more than $5,000 in interest in 2015. Not everyone can contribute that amount, but every dollar helps reduce the balance and saves us interest. Please contribute what you can.
We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Make your contribution in person at the library, by mail with a check, or at www.rvgsociety.org. If you make a subsequent matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust (www.culturaltrust.org), you will be eligible to claim a 100% tax credit up to $500 for individuals or $1000 for couples when you file your Oregon tax return. Your donation to OCT supports cultural and heritage programs in Oregon and Jackson County.
Thank you for your support!
IT’S A RAFFLE!
RVGS is raffling a beautiful Irish Tapestries King-size Bedspread, circa 1970’s, made of off-white wool woven in the Republic of Ireland. The raffle is in conjunction with our Irish Seminar, featuring speakers Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Ulster, Ireland coming in March 2015. You could be the proud winner! Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. View the bedspread at JCGL near the Reception Desk. You can buy your tickets at the library or you can mail your check to JCGL. If you mail your check, specify (1) the number of tickets you are purchasing, (2) your name and telephone number, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we can return your raffle ticket stubs to you.
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COMMEMORATIVE QUILT FOR MEMBERS ONLY
The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016. To commemorate that event, The Quilt Committee will create an Anniversary Quilt for RVGS and its members. As a member you are a part of RVGS history, and a name of your choice can appear in the 50th Anniversary Quilt which will represent RVGS history from 1966 to today. If you participate, the Book Name you select, i.e., the name of the person you choose to honor, will be embroidered on a fabric patch cut to represent a book spine, so that the person’s name is the Title of the book. The “Books” will be arranged on “Book Shelves,” as shown below in a blown-up view of a portion of the quilt.
In turn, the “Book Shelves” will be incorporated into a quilt that will depict objects important in the history of the society, e.g., train engine, gold pan, covered wagon, pear blossoms, wigwam burner, bundle of letters, suitcase with books, pictures of our library over the years, pictures of society presidents over the years. A mockup sketch of the completed quilt is shown below:
RVGS members may purchase a Book Name (any full name of your choice–an ancestor or yourself) as the title on the spine of a book for $50. Only 110 Books will be depicted so don’t miss your opportunity to select a person to be honored in the Quilt. Book Name Applications are available at the library (JCGL) or you can print the application by clicking on this link, Book Name Application. Mail the Book Name Application along with your check to JCGL, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501. The price of each Book Name is $50. You can also purchase a Book Name online by donating $50 to RVGS using the Donate Button on the RVGSociety Website, then email a copy of the Book Name Application to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify that you donated $50 via the Donate Button.
JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS
VIETNAM VIRTUAL WALL
[Editor’s Note: Information submitted by RVGS member Claudia MacMillan, thanks Claudia! Please, if you know of new sites or new additions to existing sites let us know… email email@example.com]
“I am a new member as a result of the recent OLLI [Osher Lifelong Learning Institute] classes, so the JCGL volunteers who taught the OLLI “Introduction to Genealogy” course will realize how they embedded their enthusiasm and desire to get out and search all sources!” Click on the image below to open this site:
First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It could show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals, and even a stone rubbing of the name from the wall.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.
A QUICK NOTE FROM PRESIDENT ANDREA PATTERSON
This may be of interest to our members: if you are an AARP member, you can save 30% on an Ancestry.com membership, follow this link to get your savings. If you are already an Ancestry member you can receive a discount as well. Andi also mentioned that she enjoyed working on Find My Past for Ireland this past weekend. If you have Irish, British, Wales, Australian etc. ancestors, don’t forget to check Find My Past for records.
New Additions to JCGL: November, 2014
610.3 D318 Lon Longley, Elias
Student’s Pocket Medical Lexicon Giving the correct Pronunciation and Definition of all words and terms in general use in medicine and the collateral sciences, the pronunciation being plainly represented in the American phonetic alphabet with an appendix, containing a list of all poisons and their antidotes, abbreviations used in prescriptions, and a metric scale of doses. [Reprinted from 1889]
929.2 Cameron Cameron, C. E.
Family Hierarchy in Canada and the United States of America, 1619-1971 : Cameron, allied Kinze and Warth Families including many other allied families with proved ancestral lines of this Cameron House from their arrival at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 on the first ship “Mayflower”
929.2 Patton Munday, H. A., compiler
Record of the Family of John Patton ; the 1900 edition updated to the present time
941.73 G932 Smi Smith, Brian
Guide to Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors
974 E432 Mary & John v.27 Spear, Burton W.
Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, volume 27, New Ancestral Discoveries, Part 3
974.465 V381 Vit
Vital Records of Bellingham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
974.744 M177 Mar
Marriage Record of Schenectady Reformed Church, 1694-1852, Schenectady, New York
974.883 C242 Cem
Cemetery Records of Greene County, Pennsylvania, volume 3, 1975, Cumberland Township
975.6 G242 Bui Buie, Scott
North Carolina Scottish Genealogy; volume 1, volume 2
976.4212 L142 Red
Red River County Deed Abstracts : Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico), vol. 1
976.4245 L142 Was
Washington County, Texas, deed abstracts, 1834-1841 : Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)
976.4252 L142 Aus
Austin County, Texas, deed abstracts, 1837-1852 : Republic of Texas and State of Texas
976.4554 C242 Com v.IV
Comanche County Gravestone Inscriptions, Volume IV
977.354 C242 Taz
Tazewell County, Illinois, Cemeteries, Volume V : Little Mackinaw and Mackinaw Townships
977.5 N298 Oeh Oehlerts, Donald E., compiler
Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1957
978 H388 Tow Townley, John M. Trail West : a bibliography-index to Western American Trails, 1841-1869
979.3 H388 Smi Smith, Philip Dodd, Jr. Sagebrush Soldiers : Nevada’s Volunteers in the Civil War
Atlas Case 979.527 H388 Bon, Bondinell, Carl Continuing History of Jackson County [Oregon] : a Special Supplement to the Morning News
994 I443 Mel, Melton, Jim
Ships’ Deserters 1852-1900 including Stragglers, Strays and Absentees from H.M. Ships [Australia]
RECENTLY RECEIVED MAGAZINES
Oregon Historical Quarterly, v.115,#3, Fall 2014 [Circ 979.5 P273 OHQ] Special Issue: “Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon.”
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, v.101,#3, September 2013 [Circ 292.05 NGSQ] “Overcoming Common-Name Barriers to Identify Parents: James Johnson of Amelia, Essex, Lunenburg, and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia;” “Dead Men Do Not Sell Timber: The Sinking of the Snow Owen and Captain Plato Denney’s Two Deaths” are two of the articles in this issue.
NEW MAGAZINE TITLE:
Argyll Colony Plus: Journal of the North Carolina Scottish Heritage Society, v.1,#1-v.7#1, April 1986-April 1993. [Circ 975.6 P273 Arg] This magazine includes photos, maps, and detailed information about specific places, events, and people in Scotland and North Carolina.
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“FINDING YOUR ROOTS” ENDS SEASON
Go to http://www.ancestry.com/cs/finding-your-roots?o_xid=63061&o_lid=63061&o_sch=Email to find the full season of shows from the TV series, “Finding Your Roots.” The final show of the season featured using DNA to solve genealogical puzzles. As a companion to the show, Ancestry published a flyer about using DNA in genealogy and how to participate in Ancestry’s DNA program. Click here, Ancestry DNA 101, for a copy of Ancestry’s brochure.
WOW! A TECH BREAKTHROUGH FOR GENEALOGISTS: ROOTSMAGIC + MY HERITAGE AND FAMILY SEARCH
This is a real tech breakthrough for those of us who build our family trees on our home computers using genealogy software, in this case Roots Magic. If you have created a family tree using Roots Magic genealogy software Version 7, your tree can be searched for matches in family trees on My Heritage and in Family Tree on the Family Search website. Sources from either site can/will be suggested for people in your family tree in Roots Magic, and you are not obligated to add your information to either of those online trees. Here’s a quote from the blog, Granite Genealogy:
I am a dedicated user of RootsMagic software. The announcement of a new version 7 provides me a direct link to those “source hints” that are located in both MyHeritage and also in FamilySearch sources.
By selecting the “light bulb” icon next to a person’s name as seen here,
you will then see this pop-up:
As I click on the pending “number” of possible sources or matches, the applicable web page opens and displays the source/match. When I confirm or reject them the numbers will change and be added to the confirmed or rejected columns. If I want to save the MyHeritage source to RootsMagic, I have to create a source for each fact/event. Yes, it would be great if it automatically saved to my file! But, hopefully, that may be a feature in the future. However, the link to those hints stay in my database behind the little “light bulb” icon on each person in my database.
My Heritage family trees can be accessed through the World Vital Records website from the Website Menu on all patron computers at JCGL. My Heritage Family Trees now contain 1.5 billion names in 21 million family trees. However, to use this matching function through Roots Magic, you must have a personal account with My Heritage. You can build a family tree with My Heritage Family Builder for free as long as your file is not large. Here is the link to download a free copy of their software which in turn provides access to their online trees. RootsMagic software is free unless you want deluxe features, here is a link to download the RootsMagic software.