I received the following email this morning from Barb Deyo; it read: Hi Mark, I wanted to send this to you yesterday, but I have been having trouble with my e-mail. I read about you finding a picture of your ggg grandparents on line. That night we went for a short walk in the cemetery(…)
One of the great joys of doing genealogy work is that every once in a while, you make a great find. A find that brings on a feeling of joy, wonder, and belonging. Yesterday was one of those days for me. [singlepic id=3063 w=320 h=240 float=left]I know I have been offering a lot of insights(…)
One quick trick I discovered for repairing problem Genealogy data involves using an editor -I like geany and gedit… probably because I run on Linux. But truth be known, any editor with a global find & replace function should do just fine! Here’s the typical scenario. You have a data corruption problem that occurs throughout(…)
Ancestry files require a lot of clean-up before they are really useful or accurate. As I noted earlier, the files themselves need to be scrubbed of duplicates, overlapping records and more. In order to accomplish these repairs, I use numerous tools to address the requisite tasks including: GRAMPS (a Linux Genealogical Toolset)- I like this(…)
I don’t know how many of you, like me, use Ancestry.com as their data collection and ‘easy analysis’ site. I suspect quite a few. As you may be aware I have been pouring through a significant section of my father’s family- the Deyos. This research effort has generated a set of over 500 people. Also(…)
Norway offers exceptional internet research facilities for genealogy. Although we have not been working in the Sivertsen family line very long we have uncovered some very helpful web-tools. Thus far we have unearthed several excellent, dare I say indispensable, tools: Norwegian Historical Data Centre (a wonderful repository) – The Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC) is(…)
Books offer some of the best information! Personally, I find history texts and map books to especially helpful in doing my genealogy work. So if you are like me and are always looking for good places to obtain free textbooks, I highly recommend the following web locations: Project Gutenberg (the grand-daddy of them all!)- Many(…)
Genealogy of Canada is a great site for researching French Canadian ancestry. I discovered the site two days ago when I was stumped trying to locate some relatives. The site is developed primarily for native French Canadian language speakers and offered in translated English. I have had no major problems with the English variant; it(…)
Ancestry download issues?? Like the rest of you, I need to download my Ancestry work files. Also like many of you, maybe all of you, I encounter problems. Here’s how things don’t work for me. To perform a download of a gedcom file is not difficult, although the function is pretty well hidden. To access(…)
As you work on your genealogy be sure to work on branches and items in logical groups. Do not scatter your efforts too much or you risk becoming confused, muddled and inaccurate. I find that my best and most productive work comes when I work in a single or focused area of my family either(…)
Some of the most useful genealogy sites and locations, often are not genealogical in nature, include the following: Internet Archive. This site is associated with the wayback machine, for those who remember that. The site provides access to a wealth of source documents, histories, etc. All the documents provided are free of copyright encumbrances, which(…)
Honesty is one of the most important dimensions of good genealogy and family history. We all have backgrounds that we would like to say were ours. However, sometimes we have to settle for the fact that we are who we are. If you truly want to provide and accurate family history and genealogy, you need(…)
Yesterday while working on my genealogy, I accidently got carried away. Hard to believe but true. Here is what I found myself doing, then questioning and finally fixing. I was conducting initial research on Ancestry, seeking the basics about who was born of whom and where. As is typically the case, I was using the(…)
During the past few months, I have been honored by my friends at the Parker Family History Center; they have expressed interest in having me speak at numerous genealogy groups with which they are involved including the Parker Genealogy Group, the Colorado Genealogical Society and the Parker LDS Family History Center. Presentations Completed & Downloadable(…)
Beware the hints! I know, I have said that before but the entire prospect of using poorly proofed Ancestry materials conerns me. As many of you may have noticed. I just broke through a block in my family genealogy (the block of Joseph and Julia Deyo’s parentage and life before entering the US). Once my(…)
Family stories are not always true. If you have been doing any amount of genealogy perhaps you have discovered that out. If not, you may be in for a rude awakening. My family, like most, comes with it’s fair share of myths and fables. Certain family members are seen as being larger than life, other(…)
I don’t know how it happens but it does, at least for me. As I noted in an earlier post, not all source documents are easy to read. Often they are muddled, smudged, faded, and torn. Sometimes the authors had been quills, bad penmanship or unsteady hands. Yet somehow this stuff is readable. Even when(…)
For those of you who have not used genealogical source data before, I can assure you this is an adventure. In most ways, my experiences have been very positive as well as curious. I should also admit that almost all source material I have used has been either German or French Canadian. I have never(…)
Probably one of the most valuable primary sources of genealogical information today is provided by the LDS (Latter Day Saints- Mormon) Church- FamilySearch.org. The website itself is not really the most useful aspect of their service. In truth, I personally find the online components to their site to be less valuable then that of their(…)
A very important dimension of genealogy involves history and context. You may already know that and if so, perhaps this posting is not for you. However for those of you who do NOT remember your geography and history, here are some recommendations. These recommendations are based on the assumptions that: our ancestors lived in a(…)
Genealogical research always presents dilemmas. These dilemmas almost always have significant impact and represent important family history decisions. I will try to provide some examples. First every family historian or genealogist needs to decide their role and its potential impact: Are you simply trying to gather bunches of names and places -or- are you doing(…)
Maybe your family is like mine. We come from a long line of hard working, salt of the earth people. Yes, that means many of them could not read or write.
Where does one get good genealogy data? Unfortunately, there is no single correct answer to this question. The answer depends in large part on where you are researching and what you need.
So how do you prevent yourself from becoming a contributor to the vast amount of bad genealogy data?
Beware of the free hints at Ancestry.com. One of the biggest problems with Ancestry.com hints is in the poor quality of the research that backs up the actual hint recommendations. Couple that with poor heuristics used by Ancestry for ‘hint’ data validation and you can some real genealogical data disasters. As I noted in an(…)
Genealogy requires assumptions… Over the past few weeks, I have been working on discovering (perhaps rediscovering) a family line. My Deyo family tree was incorrect, in a major way!
Getting a good picture from an aged image is crucial to developing and maintaining a good family history. Unfortunately as you look around ManyRoads, you’ll notice countless images that ought to be fixed. Aside from being a tad lazy, the skills required to accomplish this effort are significant and confusing.
Time and patience are great virtues in life and genealogy. It is simply amazing how many things can be accomplished by letting them simmer a while.
I’d like to take a brief opportunity to thank the many people who have sent me information, pictures, and data to place on ManyRoads. It is my hope to keep this list up to date. So if you have sent me materials and through an error of omission (not commission) I somehow have neglected to(…)
Image & document restoration is key to successfully reading many genealogical documents. The source documents we have available to us today are often simply scanned or photographic images of original handwritten documents. Many of the originals are themselves are in poor or suspect condition even before they are digitally captured. Given that is the case,(…)
One of the great genealogical research problems, for me, is my recent relatives. The folks I am refering to are either still alive or recently deceased. In either case, they are near enough that their data is most difficult to ferret out. Most marriages, births, etc that have occurred in the last 50 years and(…)
Data Quality is the first in a series of posts on “Genealogy Gotchas”. (I thought this might present useful tips & pointers to our readers while I await your votes on my little poll.)
It has been on my mind for quite a while that I should share a bit of insight into which Genealogy tools I find useful, have tried to use, etc. I’ll expand this posting theme over time but here goes… Genealogy Databases-
Today is a big day for me. As of this writing I now have full-time access to all but two of the Zeyer ev. Kirche books. It is like having my mother’s family come home. Or more precisely, it is more like have them nearer to me. I am now able to go to the(…)
I guess this is what makes genealogy addictive… I found another generation of Saengers in my mother’s family. Not only did I find a set of g-g-g-g-parents but I found all of their children as well as the spouses of these children. I am always amazed at what original source documentation provides in terms of(…)
I have come across a few extra-special web based resources for genealogy and history research. The resources include: The Internet Archive-”The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the(…)
Our theme song… Blowin’ in the wind (or How Many Roads) is written by Bob Dylan, and sung here by one of our favorite groups, Peter, Paul & Mary.
Yesterday was the very first time I was able to view Zeyer Church records, courtesy of my local LDS (Mormon) Church Family History Center and the Salt Lake City, UT Genealogy LDS Offices. I can hardly find the words to explain the experience. It was like a trip into the past. I had my very(…)
I am not certain if there will be multiple posts here or simply one on-going post. Either way, I think it is worthwhile sharing some thoughts on ‘doing genealogy’ work. The first thing I noticed when I began tracing genealogical information is that there is lots of it! Some is easy to find, some is(…)