Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound is a group of people that meet at the Lemon Grove Library once a month to share their genealogical data. We welcome beginners to advanced to attend. We meet the 3rd Wed of every month at the Lemon Grove Library from 6 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend.
New Lebanon Central School is in very northern Columbia County, but some of its students come from Stephentown in southern Rensselaer County. I taught biology and general science there for three years in the early 1960s, so I have always had an interest in the school. It was very enjoyable teaching those rural teenagers.
I spent about two months working everyday trying to locate obituaries for that school system, and continue to update them. At present, I have found 267 obituaries for 313 known deceased graduates from 1925-2010. Social Security information and Findagrave data and photos have been added to the webpage for many of those whose obituary could not be found. I also have found 88 obituaries for 91 known deceased employees of the school system (teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, etc.).
The graduate obituaries are arranged by graduation year, then alphabetically by graduation surname within each year. The idea was to make it easy for a visiting graduate to quickly find classmates.
Do you follow various speakers in Genealogy in blogs, twitter or workshops? Do you find them as informative as I do?
I attended a workshop put on by Thomas MacEntee yesterday at a reasonable fee. I learned some though not what I was wanting to know. I think it is great that 23 and Me.com will let us increase our tests with the full medical. Ordered a kit and Federal Government stopped the tests so we only received the genealogical data.
When you are working within your family with adopted members with no medical pass down knowledge it can be very frightening at times. Been there done that. Grandson lived on breathing machine for several months as a very small child. His brother suffers horrid headaches and we don't know why. Aware everyone goes through some of this, due to parent dying young and information not passed down and families not wanting to share for who knows why.
Anything I can do to make my descendants life better I feel is my obligation to do it. There are so many things we can not do, they must do themselves to be solid stable adults.
Workshop yesterday revealed an interesting tidbit. Did you know that if you dislike cilantro, it has a strong connection to your ancestry? Some people it tastes so bad worse than soap, hereditary factor.
I like it, so it did not affect me that way but we have a married in family member that does not care for it at all.
Have you asked your cousins, distant or close about their medical background? Has there been lots of Heart attacks, Kidney infections, Pneumonia, (sign of weak lungs), strokes or blood diseases?
We have had Heart attacks in the family as young as 26 shortly after the Civil War, we have had many that died from Diabetes, Pneumonia, Kidney failure (lots in family related to them body parts).
As adults have you made the younger generation aware of the ailments they should keep eyes open for? What about the various Cancers that are out there? Many totally curable if you catch them quick enough, sadly not all though.
Lost a cousin in 1995 at Scripts Greene with a fast moving brain cancer. From time found to death was less than 4 weeks. They did not see it before that at all.
It was a very rare form of cancer. Wonder if the hospital has more knowledge now?
Please take this seriously and share data with your family, close and distant.
Realizing I wrote a wee bit some time back about the Michigan Archives and the things that they hold. I really should have stated more about what Archives do and have available to help genealogists and historians.
Today a cousin contacted me in need of help & advice. The answer he needed was worldgenweb.org
I am a very large user of the genweb.org sites. whether it is usgenweb.org or worldgenweb.org.
They were the early to go to sites, and in my esteemed opinion they still are some of the best to start with especially if you are a beginner or novice.
There are many, many free sites we can use.
Yes some times we need to resort to a wee more help but then I grew up with books supplying the census answers and ships lists records.
Being amazed that all the books we have used in the past that the LDS Library didn't toss them instead of ceasing with the microfilm. I love the old way and the less costly way.
Understanding it costs to much to replicate a film now so they are stopping but that is not a good thing I fear.
FamilySearch.org has cleaned up much of the error prone data thankfully. I am still major cautious when I am using their sources.
The other day I mentioned Facebook, wow did the reader ship go down. I guess to many people are not aware of what Facebook is doing to help genealogists. I love the individual sites for the various states and counties and forms of technical information. The adoption areas to help find your lost family, 2 sites I am aware of, is very productive.
As I wandered through my to discuss or talk about topics I found a couple of good spots to share.
I followed this person for some time and then due to situations beyond my control had to back off.
But there in my work pile it was listed.
We are going to talk about how we preserve our data a bit today.
We started with hand drawings of peoples places and faces.
We moved up to paintings
We then went to early photography taken on glass
We then moved to a more modern convention daurogatypes?
We then had early Kodak Eastman films.
Eastman Kodak used to send to my Uncle a Camera's to try out and
send back to main office to develop. It would come in big boxes.
Yes we are related to that family and he was chosen to try out the box style camera.
You had to put powder on a bar, plug it in somehow and hide in the box to set for the picture.
When ready he would say don't move. Then POOOOF a flash from the bar would capture the pictures.
Wonder if Bob M knows which ones they were his Dad took.
Sometimes it hurt your eyes and other times not so much.
My first camera was a Brownie. It took great pictures. Actually better than some of those on the market today.
It was made by Kodak.
Dad had a cool 4 x 6 x8 Kodak Camera and it came with a spool type film you had to thread into the system.
The picture of MOM on the beach was taken with it.
Then the world started to spin and everytihing went quick and fast.
Movie films of course came out. slides were avaiable. and the list goes on.
Today you may have a cell phone that takes pictures and some of them are better than some camera's.
WE have lots of paper data, book data, records data,
Are you preserving it correctly or just setting in piles or folders ?
Our Modern? world has acid free, paper, ink, sleeves, folders and storage boxes for us to spend money on to salvage our data.
I definitely use acid free pencil and pens on photos, One should never write on the picture unless it is the very edge and acid free.
For having family help identify people, I make copies on thumb drives and acid free paper and send to the Reunion groups to post that I can not attend to have them name more people not recognized in our ancient album.
Supplying them with lined paper and numbered pictures so that they are writing beside the picture not on it.
Preserving Photographs & Documents Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki
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Lately it seems we are having to explain that in order to do genealogy with out some of the major hiccups that do happen, one needs to learn some history of the region of which you are researching.
As a avid historian, I was amazed to learn but should not have been that Connecticut and it’s neighbors fought over their boundaries. For all the research and reading I have done and a cousin that lived in Connecticut that shared lots with me I never really gave Connecticut borders a thought, for boundary changes. DUH ME. Right.
It seems every major border probably had some disagreements. After all Iowa and Missouri did, why not every state or even counties.
Struggled for years over the location of some of the JONES family in New England. It seems New York, Massachussetts and Vermont had some very major disputes. A cousin related to me that the border moved east then west, then north then back again more than once in one region.
My Great Grandfather’s home was on the Iowa -Missouri border. He died in Missouri and was taken out the door to Iowa for burial in Iowa. The door on other side of house was in Missouri.
After all, Virginia claimed a share of the lower part of Pennsylvania, as did Maryland and promised the new land owners that they were buying Virginia land. Why? because the rules by British Crown were different for Virginians than Pennsylvanians. Virginia was more settled and laws were (what I think were more fair). Mr. Penn’s agreement was not as gracious as what Lord Fairfax and his other compatriots had gotten some years earlier.
Maryland on the eastern side of PA claimed up several miles into PA for land. PA did the same down into Maryland. So watch the dates for when and where records may be.
This caused a major exodus of Southwest Pennsylvanians to go to Monroe, Belmont and Guernsey Co. etc, area of Ohio. But not limited to that area. When Pennsylvania claimed this land after the borders were re recorded Mason – Dixon Line.
My ancestor Henry Huffman/Hoffman went with carrying chains as a young man on the early mapping of the border, prior to the final one done.
It seems my family of ancestors seemed to like to live in areas of dispute often. When Dad bought his land, he had option to purchase some that was on other side of creek. Option came about because home and building were in Sonoma County and the creek was boundary to Marin County. Ultimately he only rented that land from the family and did not purchase it. The taxes were prohibitive on the Marin side and it was barren land with tulle plants covering a good share of it. We used it for summer pasture.
So take the time to read a bit about the region you are going to dig into to better understand the lay of the land and the politics of the region at that time.