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Help! Need Ideas to Obtain Baptismal Records

I’ll be traveling for my primary job over the next few days so I decided to save my Kinship Determination Project (KDP) in several places – the cloud (I use Dropbox), a thumb drive, my desktop, my husband’s computer’s desktop, and a hard copy.  Yes, I’m a little paranoid that my hard work will disappear!  This trip could not have come at a worse time as far as the KDP is concerned.  I was really on a roll with it and then company arrived last Sunday so I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I wanted to do.  Had a very busy week of classroom visits and meetings, took a webinar, and was fighting off a cold so the KDP was put on the back burner.  I really don’t want another week to go by without progress on it so I thought maybe I could edit the hard copy on the plane and make an update via the cloud when I land.
I resolved a few confusions - the first had to do with a death certificate not matching a tombstone; the second was too many people with the same name in the same place at the…

Careers of Yesteryear...And Today!

Last week I took an interesting webinar called Your Ancestor Was…Occupations of our Ancestors by Nancy Waters Lauer through the Florida State Genealogical Society.  I had never heard of many of the occupations the presenter mentioned. Have you ever heard of a brightsmith?  It's a metal worker. How about a bluestocking?  That was a female writer.

I guess this topic was in the back of my mind as I continue to work on my Kinship Determination Project for my Certified Genealogist portfolio this week.  Guess what century I’m working on based on the “hot” jobs of the individuals I’m writing about:         Blacksmith  Wagon Maker  Farmer If you speculated it was the 19th Century you are correct!
Funny, but I did an Interest Inventory with my students recently and I found many scored high in the areas of Transportation and Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources.  I doubt any of my students will turn out to be blacksmiths or wagon makers but the allure of travel and the interest in f…

The Kinship Determination Project and Its Emotional Impact

The Kinship Determination Project, aka KDP, has been looming as the last requirement I need to complete before submitting my portfolio for analysis to become a Certified Genealogist.  I had started writing before I submitted my application but in November, a few weeks into being "on the clock," I rewrote most of it.  I changed from end notes to footnotes so the judges would have an easier time tracking citations,  I wrote for many needed documents to give a more thorough look at the individuals' lives.   I  added additional background data, too much, in fact, which I removed yesterday. Not to worry, it's full of very interesting stories of the ancestors I'll be focusing on later so I'm keeping it safe for another project.  I think that it was good to start 3 generations prior to the 3 generations I'm focusing on as it gave me a better perspective of my main characters' lives.  We often become who we are because of the influence of our parents, grandpa…

ACES and Genealogy

Went to a training today on Cyberbullying and students' ACE Scores were mentioned.  It got me thinking of what some of my ancestors' scores would be!
ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences.  There's a phenomenal TED MED talk about how the effects of childhood trauma resonate well into adulthood, effecting not only mental, but also physical health.  You can view the video of speaker Nadine Burke Harris here.
I decided this weekend, since it's going to be cooooold and wet, that I would stay inside and keep the ACE test in mind as I look at my tree by working backwards.  By that, I mean I'll look at cause of death and then investigate the individual's early life.  Anyone dying of heart disease, lung cancer, or diabetes may have had a high ACE score.  Was it a one parent household?  Was the parent an alcoholic?  I can check that by looking at some of the newspaper articles that I've found and poking around some more for those that I don't have much in…

A New FAN Idea

FAN - Friends and Neighbors - of your ancestors is a tried and true way to help uncover brick walls. It didn't dawn on me that checking out your current Friends and Neighbors can also help you connect with the past. In December, I was talking to my office mate about my genealogical plans for the holidays.  She has no interest in genealogy but inherited from her grandmother all of the family heirlooms which she keeps in her garage.  GASP!  I almost had a heart attack when she told me she has an indentured servant record of an ancestor from the 1700's in her garage, along with civil war letters and tintype photos.  The look on my face must have said it all as she immediately told me I shouldn't worry as she had "all that stuff in acid free folders and binders" in rubber totes.  I mentioned no air conditioning, high humidity, bugs and rodents (hey, this is Florida and that is in everyone's neighborhood!), not to mention dust, mold and temperature extremes.  She …

Becoming a Certified Genealogist - An Update

The clock is still ticking and now that we're in the new year I've got less than 10 months to submit my portfolio requirements.  I actually accomplished way more than I thought I would during the holidays. My family kids me that I must be channeling the dead.  I don't know about that but I certainly had some awesome finds that propelled me forward.  Here's where I am and what I have to do:

1.  Preliminary application was submitted in October 2015 - DONE
2.  Signing the Genealogist's Code - that's easy!
3.  Background Resume - completed but needs to be reviewed and possibly updated right before submission - Almost Done
4.  Document Work - BCG Supplied and Applicant Supplied.  All transcribed and written, just need to review and make a final edit. - Almost Done
5.  Research Report prepared for another person - started this in late December.  This was unexpected but I loved the hunt so decided to switch what I originally had planned to submit that was already fini…

Tree Error in Ancestry - An Update

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Here’s an update on my blog, Faulty Family Trees - Erasing a Deadly Mistake, from 7 January regarding one of my co-worker’s mother being reported dead on Ancestry when she’s very much alive.

Of the 2 family tree’s that gave her a death date, therefore making her birth date and place visible, along with her marriage date and place, I received an email message from one tree owner who did delete the death date.  Unfortunately, although I had asked him to, the tree owner didn’t make the individual private so some of her info is still showing:

I cut off the rest of info, above, as I don’t want to publicize the year and place which are still visible.   I emailed him again to ask that he make the individual private but he didn’t respond. The other tree owner never responded so all information is still displayed. The other problem is if you do a search of the individual’s name under Family Trees this shows up as public:


Even though one of the tree owners removed the wrong death date it is st…

Faulty Family Trees - Erasing a Deadly Mistake

I’ve written before about the difficulty in correcting record mistakes but I didn’t expect the situation I’m about to describe as hard to fix.  Boy, was I wrong! Right before the holidays a co-worker’s adult son went online and discovered that his grandmother was reported as dead on someone’s Ancestry.com tree.  He had the free trial membership, was inexperienced with how the program worked and emotionally impacted by the wrong info, especially at holiday time.  He notified his mom what he discovered.  She told him she had seen the same information a few months earlier when she, too, did a trial membership.  The information was so off that if the woman had died in the 1950’s when the tree said she had two of her children would have never been born.  My co-worker asked me what to do to fix the information since it was upsetting to her children. I gave her Ancestry.com’s contact number and suggested she call Customer Support and explain the impact the wrong information was having on he…

Genealogical Resolutions

Exercise, eat healthier, lose weight - nope, not for me!  The time has come to resolve for 2016, that I will
diligently work on completing my Board of Certification of Genealogy portfolio and submit it before my deadline of October 24th.in my free time (yeah, right) start downloading all of the scans I have placed on Ancestry.com so when I can no longer afford a subscription I won't have lost anything.  I foolishly saved everything to Ancestry without downloading a copy to my overworked laptop.  continue blogging twice a week.plan my upcoming midwest research trip and find things that will interest hubby while I'm researching.really, truly set up an office that is functional.  I'll be reclaiming the dining room table in the interim now that the holidays are over.reread the genealogical bibles - the Genealogy Standards, Evidence Explained, BCG Skillbuilders, etc, to refresh the unfreshed mind.  fix my old citations in my family tree as they really were poorly done back in th…