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Genealogical Guffaws & Ha-Ha History

Time once again for The Online Genealogist to dip into his bag of garba- er, TRICKS and bring you the “best” and “funniest” items you will ever “see”!  Gotta love the quotes; no disclaimer required!

For you newbie readers of this garba- er, BLOG, that would be any family history-related tidbit found in print, such as newspapers and city directories.  But mostly, newspapers and city directories.  Most anything that fits into the “Ya just can’t make this up and if you did; why would you want to?” category.

And newspaper marriage combos are my favorites!  I could be so lucky to find most humorous pairings like STRAW-HOUSE, MOORE-RONN or KNOTT-PFUNNIE; so instead, you get this garba- STUFF!  From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Bklyn Eagle 18600810a Church-Church

Two Churches married by a Rev. Bell… in a church!

Not living up to his name…

Bklyn Eagle 18600801a Elder

…and an oxymoronic exit from this earth…

Bklyn Eagle 19260127 Lively death

Ah, yes – a Lively death.

On the flip side, here’s a boring couple for ya…

Bklyn Eagle 18601201a Moore-Knapp

They’re a hit a parties!  Zzzzzzz.

Besides the splotchy print, what is wrong with this marriage announcement?

Bklyn Eagle 18610520a Doherty-Rev. Pise

Score 50 points if you answered “Wait a minute!… Who’s gettin’ married here??”

Fortunately, it was corrected the next day.

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…after a lengthy tongue-lashing from the furious bride, I’m sure!

Well, well, well…

Bklyn Eagle 18620307a Crowell-Cornwell

Many confusing introductions at THAT reception.  Ya think??

Is this a marriage or chess commentary?!?

Bklyn Eagle 18700203a Bishop-Trappall

Of course, BISHOP-KNIGHT would’ve been funnier.  Though maybe not for Miss Owatta Knight.

This is probably more common than you’d think…

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…marrying the girl that sat behind you in school!

What’s worse than two families flipping out, worrying about the upcoming marriage?

Bklyn Eagle 18600906a McFarland-Ashfield(x2)

…having to go through that hell, times two!!

Jeez, the McFarlands and Ashfields took up so much room that last newlyweds Arnold and Amaret were left with SQUAT!

Not looking for Lois and Clark; but super, man.

Bklyn Eagle 18700429a Kent-Lane

From the 1915 (!) Lebanon, NH city directory, it’s not Sam Carpenter, house-builder, but…

Directory Lebanon 1915 175a

Staying in Lebanon, but this coming from the Granite State Free Press.

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We can only hope!

Here’s another “Fire the ad agency!!”-worthy ad in the Norwich Bulletin

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See comment below barber Pat… above.

It’s May 18, 1861 and this Bangor Daily Whig ad says Uncle Sam is NOT looking for soldiers to sign up for the barely-started Civil War.

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“You’ll never see combat!  Only fifes and/or drums!!”  Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

And the typesetter is getting a little tipsy at the Omaha Daily Bee

Omaha Bee 19150612 18a Crooked Type

Oh, today’s e-editors have NO idea.

Should you be worried if your newspaper editor may also be QUACKING?  From the Bradford page in an 1858 Vermont atlas…

Dr. Editor Mann

Voodoo doctor?  Super, Mann!

Even so, sounds better than his colleague Dr. Farr; a mechanical dentist.  I can hear the machinery nearing a patient’s mouth now.  Oh, the screams.

And the July 19, 1856 issue of the Boston Transcript shows that it was NOT a good day to be a George Russell in New England.

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And so ends this Ancestry.com-free blog posting!!!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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Just in case you have a few billion dollars kickin’ around

Big news of the day is that Ancestry.com is pondering a sale of their website.

Two people talk at the Ancestry.com booth at the Rootstech Conference sponsored by Family Search in Salt Lake City, Utah February 7, 2014 REUTERS/George Frey

Two people talk at the Ancestry.com booth at the Rootstech Conference sponsored by Family Search in Salt Lake City, Utah February 7, 2014 REUTERS/George Frey

Hell, if I had the money, I’d put in a bid!  Better yet – why don’t subscribers pool their funds to buy it?  Owner benefits would include a free lifetime World Explorer Plus membership!

Going in another direction, what if the LDS folks snatched it up?  Combining Ancestry.com with FamilySearch.org would be HUGE.  Sure, there’s much overlap; but each offer their own great collections of exclusive information.  And both have already been partnering with other major genealogical websites!

I would have NO problem with paying for a subscription to AncestryFamilySearch.com.  That “extra” money would go towards the acceleration of LDS’s digitizing microfilm for online databases; a massive undertaking.  How incredible would THAT be??

Yes, many would yell “Monopoly!”, but don’t these two websites, the TOP TWO of 2015 (and located less than an hour’s drive of each other!), combine to be a sort of monopoly anyway?  And what would be wrong with that??

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Logo courtesy of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org and Photoshop and John B.

Finding the majority of your sources on AFS.com would surely make online research just that much easier.

Yes, it’s always nice to imagine the possibilities.

 

 

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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Hal O. Wene and other fitting names for All Saints’ Eve

The subject of onomatology has always interested me.  Not so much the origins of surnames, but more so fueling the wordplay fun you can have on holidays such as Halloween.

While I couldn’t actually find Mr. Wene in any census records or city directory listings, I discovered more than enough of seasonally scary names…

Like Mary Scary, with husband George and son Charles, living in Boston, 1940.

Scary

How about Henry Horror in Allegheny, PA 1880 with mother Jane and two sisters?

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Many Native Americans had the most colorful names, which usually involved animals or earth elements.

Ghost Head

Ghost Head in South Dakota 1900 fell into neither category, opting for spiritual decapitation instead there.

Then things got a little HAIRY in Paterson, NJ…

Wolf, Man

As here, the twelve year-old’s file-heading…  Wolf, Man!

And yes, there are plenty of creepy families in genealogical records.

Creep

Jennie, Anna & Helen in Philadelphia 1940… Whatta bunch of CREEPS!

Ten years earlier in Warren, Rhode Island…

Zombie

The Zombies!  With Anna being the HEAD of the family.  And Rob Zombie’s real name is Robert Bartleh Cummings.  Sorry, all you White Zombie fans.

And going back to 1940 for a very thirsty New Jersey family in Morris County.

Dracula

George and Mary Dracula, with little daughter Dolores Dracula.  Ya think she got teased in school at all, especially around this time of year?

And we can’t talk about ANY Halloween family without mention of…

Addams

Yeah, I had to go for 411Locate to find the pair of them.  Though they’re current, it’s both Gomez and Morticia here, along with their double “D” spelling of Addams.  A comic trifecta!

It was a similar deal for this duo.  Still eerie to find them together; in Idaho, of all places.  Found on PeopleFinders, of all places.  Cue up the Dick Dale-like intro theme!

Munsters

There were several Herman and Lilly Munsters in census records, but not together like this.  <Insert classic Herman laugh here>

All right, so those last two pairs were probably a goof, though I couldn’t resist adding them here.

And how’s THIS for a gravely resting-place name?

Sam E Terry

From Find A Grave, of course!

Then there’s another head-scratcher from Ancestry’s mysterious U.S. Public Records Index.

Casper tf Ghost

Is this even a real source??  Their “original data” doesn’t tell me where Mr. Ghost’s info was extracted from.  But this is a whole post topic in itself!

So, can we safely assume that Casper’s middle name is “The Friendly”?

And one of my all-time favorite bad pun names…

Frank

Frankie, Baby!!  In Minneapolis, 1920.

There were way too many Stephen Kings and Alice Coopers in census records to include here.  Heyyyy, I’ll feature them in my Halloween 2015 post!

Non-Dislaimer Clause:  None of these names were manufactured fictionally by me.  Click on any of the snippets.  They link to the originals.  They are all “real”.  And as often is the case, ya just can’t make this stuff up!

Another thing I will NEVER make up is genealogy research!  I may be extremely silly at times, but when it comes to family history research, I am DEAD SERIOUS.  Get it?  DEAD Seri- oh, just hire me and you’ll see…

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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Got Brooklyn ancestors? a.k.a. Wanted: Eagle-eyed genealogists

BDE

If you have any Brooklyn residents in your family history, you’ll surely want to check out this valuable resource… the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

With enormous thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library, we have free online access to much of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1955.  Fully searchable and browsable, this newspaper is chock full of great information of Brooklyn and her colorful residents throughout the years during New York City’s largest period of growth.

While the Eagle has the usual stuff – obituaries, marriage announcements, probate and other legal notices – there are extra goodies to be found within this cool little neighborhood paper.

How about sale of property due to unpaid taxes?

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These listings go on for PAGES!  Check out any Wednesday Eagle in 1860.  If it’s more than four pages, then you’ve got several MORE pages of Brooklyn properties, with owners and locations.  Look at all the names here!!

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And this is only ONE PAGE out of EIGHT!

In looking for your Brooklynite, start off with the OCR search.  Though don’t fully rely on that here; especially with all of the dots and numbers to confuse that iffy software.

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So, who’s got an Alden S. Crowell or Hugh G. Crosine in their line?

Also, in the Things You Wouldn’t Usually Expect in a Newspaper category, the BDE sporadically published a…

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This column for idle Brooklyn mail is broken down into a Ladies’ List and a Gentlemen’s List.  This is particularly noteworthy as there are so few resources in the mid-1800s that actually list HUNDREDS of women’s and wives’ names.  Look at those ladies’ names going all the way down to the center of the page!  Genealogy GOLD.

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Being on this list would mean you’ve moved, you’re in jail, you’ve gone underground, you’re dead or you’re just plain LAZY.  No matter, it’s proof of residence – at one time or another.  Well, if that actually IS your Della Hall listed above there…

I barely scratched the surface in this post, but can confidently say that the Brooklyn Daily Eagle is an excellent neighborhood newspaper which should be at the TOP of your research list for all things Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any Brooklyn family.  But it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy electronically flipping through the pages of the Eagle; with over 100 years to choose from!

Whether it be in Brooklyn, NY or Brookline, MA,  I will research your family history – I’m The Online Genealogist!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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The Online Genealogist presents his Top 10…

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I’ve been wanting to do a genealogy Top 10 for a while now, but for WHAT?  I’ve also had this link I’ve been wanting to weave into a post.  So, why not combine the two??

Old DiseasesWe’ve all seen several of these mostly-obsolete terms on the COD line of a death certificate or in an ancestor’s obituary.  And now with a few new newsworthy diseases lately, I thought the timing was perfect for such a blog post.  Not to mention Halloween’s coming up.  So, without further ado!…

The Online Genealogist proudly presents…  The Top 10 Old Diseases!…

#10:  Trench mouth!  They’re “painful ulcers found along gum line, caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene”.  So, is trench mouth the disease itself or a fitting aftermath term for it?  Either way, it doesn’t sound very pleasant.

#9:  It’s a 3-way tie!… The American plague, Bronze John and dock fever are all — yellow fever!  Sometimes, a single medical term is not enough.

#8:  Cacospysy, which is an irregular pulse!  My favorites are the ones that sound much worse than they actually are.  Though, I’ve never had an irregular pulse nor do I know what may come after said pulse.  Moving along…

#7:  Then there’s strangery!  Which is a rupture.  The list doesn’t specify what’s been ruptured, so I’m assuming it’s all-encompassing.  “I’m sorry, but you have a serious case of strangery.”  “Oh no, doctor – did I rupture a disc?”  “No, I just think you’re a weirdo!”  <Tha-doomp>

#6:  And how would you like to suddenly come down with a case of… eel thingOr would it be THE eel thing?  No, it’s not one of those early ’60s fad dances; it’s erysipelas.  Cleared that up, huh?  Which turns out to be the desired result of this disease.

#5:  It’s a two-fer!  Or one may be a condition of the other?  St. Vitas dance is defined here as “ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntary aka Viper’s Dance”.  Then, chorea is a “disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing”.  So, what happens here?  Does one with chorea go into the Viper’s Dance and then St. Vitas dance?  Or is everything occurring at ONCE??  It’s all so confusing!!!!

#4:  Here’s another one of those sounds-much-worse-than-it-is diseases – epitaxis!  If you have epitaxis, does that mean when you hail a cab, over 50 come out of nowhere?  No such luck, as it’s a nose bleed.  “And dun’t be bleedin’ inside my cab, now!”

#3:  Grocer’s itch?!?  Oh, so many things come to mind for THIS one.  But it’s probably a condition that’s been crossed off the CDC watchlist for quite some time now, being a “skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour”.  And no, I won’t tell you what I was thinking.  The mites sound much worse.

#2:  Then there’s the dreaded sanguineous crust, which is a GOOD thing to have!  A scab means you’re healing nicely, so that wound did NOT get seriously infected and amputation wasn’t necessary.  See?  A GOOD thing!

#1:  My favorite, which I’ve never used as an excuse in the past!…  “Yeah, I won’t be into work today……  “I’ve got scrivener’s palsy“…… “Yeah, it’s really bad, I’m afraid. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this afternoon.”  And unless your boss knows what a scrivener and palsy are, you’ll be free and clear!  If you don’t know either, you can refer to the above webpage for the description of this terrible affliction.  We should have a GoFundMe page for it, it’s so bad!

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BONUS EXTRA DISEASE:  This one is inevitable.  For all of us.  Decrepitude.  “Feebleness due to old age” sounds so broad.  One person’s “feeble” is another’s “Doin’ OK for an OLD fart!”

And remember:  You have more of a chance of being comically flattened by a steamroller than catching ebola in America.  Well, right NOW, at least…

Hey, if you’re family history research is leaving YOU feeling like the aforementioned ribbon person, hire me… The Online Genealogist!  I’ll even throw in the guarantee… that I will NOT be giving you ebola!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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What’s going on in the genealogy world today?

Oh, there’s ALWAYS something happening with regard to family history research.  Here are just a few highlights…

While I don’t frequently link to others’ blog posts, there are some that simply NAIL IT with regard to what’s been going on or what I’ve been thinking about in genealogy land.  I touched upon this a few blogs back, but delves deep in the “Online Genealogy: Free vs. Subscription” debate here…

Olive Tree

As I said in my post, I fully understand that information costs money.  My gripe was with the yearly membership costs grand total I need to pay for those several websites and societies I’m a member of.  It adds up quickly!

And not a moment too soon, it’s a new “free” website we’ll end up paying for anyway (via taxes) – MyHeritage Library Edition!

MyHeritage

Great news for the “I only use FREE genealogy websites!” crowd.

And for those doing research in the land down under {insert flute here}, Trove keeps growing and growing…

Trove

Trove is a great starting point for your Australian research.  Not just newspapers; they have books, maps, photos, videos and archives websites.  Very much like an Aussie Internet Archive…and also FREE.  And, no – I will not be trying a Vegemite sandwich any time soon.

It’s always good to see the “mainstream media” run a genealogy-related article, such as this one from the Deseret News

Deseret

I’m sure we’ll be seeing an increase of similar stories as genealogy gets a boost from shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow.

Happy Family History Month to everyone!

 

For The Online Genealogist, every month is Family History Month; hire me and I’ll prove it to you!

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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How many genealogy pay sites does one really need to subscribe to?

Ancestry

I wonder if any fellow researcher has determined how much it would cost per year to subscribe to ALL of the major annual-payment genealogy websites.  What do you think that dollar amount would tally up to?

Just off the top of my head, I’d say $1,000 would be a good ballpark figure.  Of course, only the (wealthy!) genealogist who needs access to EVERYTHING would ever dole out that $1k each year.  So, we can probably agree that subscribing to ALL of them is not necessary.

So, how many and which ones should you cough up the dough for?

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Not to sound all wishy-washy, but it depends on YOU and what kind of family research you are doing.  Some of us are perfectly content in sticking with the multitude of free websites available, but others (such as myself) do realize that the information we glean from the pay sites is WELL worth the cost of admission.

Let’s take me, for example.  To me, subscribing to Ancestry.com is a no-brainer.  And I’m just talking the U.S. Discovery package here.  I was a World Explorer once, but with going pro (again), I really only needed the States stuff – which is sufficient.  The breadth and scope of Ancestry’s domestic offerings are just what the doctor ordered for researching successfully for myself as well as others.

When it comes to military records, Fold3 is tops in my book.  They’ve got everything from enlistment records to actual pension FILES; and everything in between!  And now, under the Ancestry umbrella, military searches on there may bring up results linking directly to Fold3.  Pretty slick, I say!

NEHGS

As my research specialty is New England, NEHGS’s American Ancestors was another must-have.  They’ve got the Barbour Collection (CT vitals), The Great Migration Begins 1620-1633 (earliest immigrants) and their NEHGS Register, with Volume One dating all the way back to 1847.  Yes, there was genealogy back then.  The major selling point for me, though, was the ability to access Deaths Reported in the Boston Recorder and Telegraph, 1827 & 1828!  <–Joke.  And a bad one at that.

Is that it?  Of course not!  Just today, I decided to sign up for WorldVitalRecords and GenealogyBank.  Both offer trial periods (free and not), and I’ve had them on my to-check-out list for a few months now.

WVR

GenBank

Why these two?  Well, WVR because of their world vital records (duh) and Everton’s Genealogical Helper, an old favorite that I just enjoy flipping through.  For you young folk, it was THE genealogy magazine, before this whole crazy interweb thing.  Yes, a magazine.  Kind of like a book, but more flexible and chrono-relevant. 

GenealogyBank has newspapers, newspapers and MORE newspapers.  But again, this was after finding that it had the best selection of New England newspapers, compared to all the other guys.  Newspaper.com, NewspaperArchive.com and MORE newspaper-prefixed dot-coms.  GB also appears to have top-of-the-line OCR (Occasionally Correct Reader) software.  I was very impressed on a few of the items found, given the original papers’ condition and film quality.

Whenever I’m checking out any potential pay site, the very first thing I do is enter my name in the “free search” box.  No first name; only the last.  It’s uncommon enough so that I can tell what they have by what results come up for it.  You may want to try one of your obscure family names to get the same idea.

Speaking of free searches, I use Mocavo only for the search results and then find the links on my own.  As it’s a Google for genealogy, most things can be found easily enough once you know what they are.  If that makes any sense.  Sorry, Michael.

Bottom line: try before you buy.  LOOK at what records they actually HAVE, which I know can be difficult to do with some of them at times.  Do a few of those oddball searches, and if you go “Oooooooooooooooooooooo!” upon seeing the results; you’ve got your answer (heh).

And going back to the aforementioned Genealogical Helper, here’s a page from 25 years ago!

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Pretty scary, eh?

 

And if YOU’RE looking “for a CHEAP estimate”, contact ME… The Online Genealogist!!!  Replace “Brockton, MA” with “West Lebanon, NH” and “Southeastern Massachusetts” with “New England, New York and Eastern Townships (early Quebec)”, and we’re there!

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The Online Genealogist sez “Great Scot!…but still UK”

110 PercentRegardless of CNN’s bad math (heh), it appears that Scotland will remain as part of the United Kingdom.  Why do I care?  Because I’m roughly 3/16th of Scottish descent!

My great-great-grandfather, James Morison, emigrated from Glasgow around 1886-1887.  He and his family spent most of their American life in South Boston, MA – at ten different addresses.  Which was NOT unusual for immigrants in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Being The Online Genealogist, I thought I’d share some of the best links for Scottish research.

I’ve definitely had the best results using Scotlands People.

ScotPeeps

Even though it’s a credit-based service, if you can pinpoint where your ancestor lived via other methods, it’s well worth the cost.

Besides the usual FamilySearch.com, Ancestry.com, Cyndi’s List (etc.), here are some other links I’m SURE you will find helpful!

NatScot

ScotLib

ScotLib2

GenReg

Origins

ScotArch

SGS

GenUKi

IGS

ScotLinksThese are ALL great starting points for your online Scottish genealogy digging.

Here are a few websites specifically for Glaswegian research.

GlasgowHist

HistGlasgow

GlasgowDirs

GCCSpringburn is the village of Glasgow where James Morison lived prior to coming to America.

SpringAnd yes, it’s always fun to brag that my great-great-grandfather IS “Jim” Morison – heheheheh.

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Do you need help to Break On Through (To The Other Side) with regard to your family history research? Assisting with tearing down your genealogy brick walls would surely Light My Fire!  OK, this is The End of bad Doors references.

Anyway, you could always hire ME!…The Online Genealogist!!!!  And NOT feel like Riders On The Storm.  Sorry, it slipped out.

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johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

A few recent genealogy items worthy of note

FaGraveFind A Grave (via Ancestry.com’s blog) announced that the 100,000,000th photo was uploaded onto their website.  Yeah, I could’ve written it as “100 Million”, but look at all those ZEROES!

That’s a great milestone and pretty impressive for a website that many originally blew off as a celebrity-worship “ooooo, this is where he’s buried!” novelty destination that would be gone in a few years.  But after 19?  Boy, did they prove ME – errr, THEM wrong!!  Find A Grave is a definite boon for genealogists, historians and the entire goth community!  Me eating crow.  Poorly.

And has THIS finally been successfully proven?

Mail OnlineMr. Edwards claims he was able to extract DNA from a shawl found by one of Jack’s victims. How??  Ya gotta buy his BOOK to find out!!

JackEh, in all fairness, the article is rather meaty and has several photos, so I will not mock.  Thank you, Mr. Edwards!  The free plug for his BOOK should make up for any ill will.  Fascinating stuff, for sure!

And NOT to sound like a broken record regarding online records, but here’s MORE!!

FamilySearchScroll down a bit for the numbers.  FamilySearch.com is surely living up to their promise of a continuous flow of digitized records – indexed and non-indexed!  So, instead of waiting for the entire indexing process to catch up to the records (a few years??), they keep adding all sorts of goodies for us to BROWSE through.  Did I ever mention I love to browse? 

Well, even with all the indexes, I often end up browsing anyway.  Whether it be to find the actual ancestor I’m looking for or learn more of what and who’s around that ancestor if some promising results came up in the initial search.

These two FamilySearch items are of special note to U.S. researchers, as they are NEW sources; the others were updates to existing collections.

FS New 01FS New 02I’ll close out with something I came across today, from nearly 100 years ago, it’s the 1915 Norwich, Connecticut Tax List via the Norwich Bulletin!

NorwichThis is a great mid-decade resource for placing your Norwich, CT ancestor.  Check it out.  You could actually find someone you “know” in there!

But if your ancestors never lived in Norwich (99.9999% of us), I can still help you out!  Hire ME — The Online Genealogist!!!

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The Online Genealogist asks “Why is CITING so often unexCITING?”

Citation Tools

As genealogists, we know that we need to cite each and every record used in our family history research.  That much I’m sure we all agree on.  But HOW we do that is where much disagreement arises.  The topic could fill a book.

In fact, it already has; several of them at that.  These are the two biggies when it comes to genealogy.

Evidence           Cite

I must admit, I’ve always had trouble with citations and footnotes in general; how to format them, where to put them.  Which comes first – the author or the date?  Should the footnotes be on the same page or at the end of a chapter?  Do we really need to be so particular as to how they’re constructed?  Apparently so!

It used to be acceptable to include enough information so that if someone else were to come across our research, they could easily determine where a particular record originated from.  But apparently, that’s not good enough anymore.  Now it seems they need to be constructed perfectly, with all items in a particular order as if our research report was some major term paper to be graded by a panel of red marker-holding genealogy professors.

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The date should NOT be written in Roman Numerals as it appears in that old book!  City of publication, publisher and date HAVE to be in that order, WITHIN parenthesis!  You’ve got a COMMA where a SEMI-COLON should be and a SEMI-COLON where a COMMA should be!  It’s enough to drive a genealogist MAD!  Or at least write a blog post about it.

And the RULES vary for each type of record!  Whether it be a family bible filled with names and dates, Burlington Free Press newspaper obituary, Civil War pension application, 1910 census record or Italian marriage allegati, the RULES are different for each type.  One size does NOT fit all.

The consensus seems to be – there IS no consensus!  How CAN there be with so many different types of records that we’re attempting to document?  And these RULES are for U.S.-based genealogists only.  “Our” RULES do not apply to England or France, where they have their own set of RULES for citing reference materials.  Are you somehow getting a sense that I have issue with many of these RULES??

comic28Anyway, enough ranting on the subject; how about a solution to a problem that many of us seem to have when attempting to link a citation to an electronic record, which we’re obviously seeing more and more of these days.  What good is ANY citation “correct” or otherwise if it’s not with the record it pertains to?  You might as well not cite that source at all if you’re keeping the records in one place and the actual citations in another.

But with most electronic files, there IS a way to have the two always connected.  As most of you know, sites such as ancestry.com and familysearch.com have come a long way to help ease our pain with all things needing to be cited.  Most times, when you bring up a record on either site, the citation is RIGHT THERE, available to cut and paste.

So, where have I been successfully storing these handy-dandy citations?  In the electronic file’s COMMENTS area!  Here’s how…

Pick a record – ANY record!  For this example, I randomly chose a New Hampshire marriage record on familysearch.com.

Citation 01

First step, of course, is to download the record.  Then, as noted at the bottom left, is the little “Show Citation” box.  Click on that and up pops the citation for this record.

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Hitting that “Copy Citation” will send it to your computer’s clipboard.

Next, go to your downloaded file and right-click on that, then hit “Properties” at the bottom, where you’ll get…

Citation 03

Hit the “Details” tab, then go down to “Comments”.  Place your cursor anywhere to the right and an “Add comments” box appears.  Click anywhere within and you’re now ready to paste the citation you copied.  Like so…

Citation 04

Hit the “OK” button and the citation will forever remain within this .jpg file!  Pretty slick, huh?

And don’t worry about not being able to fit it all in that small-looking box.   You’d be amazed at how much you can get in there!  I have yet to fill it up and for music mp3s, as I sometimes put the song’s lyrics in there no problemo!   So, you can add anything you’d like in there without any Twitter-like character restrictions.

For ancestry.com, the process is similar; they just have a different way of copying the citation to the computer’s clipboard.  The rest is exactly the same.

Two file types I have NOT seen a Comments box in the Details tab is .png (mainly via the Windows 7 snipping tool) and .pdf.  The only way I know of getting around this is to copy the file to a .jpg format in PhotoShop, etc.

The main negative in using this method is that you’d have to (somehow) let it be KNOWN that you’re saving the citations in this manner, as it’s not very intuitive.  But if we all start cutting and pasting the citations and adding them to the comments in this manner, it would be a non-issue!

With this, you’ll never have to look for an electronic record’s citation elsewhere ever again!

Come to find out, though, most of the citations on these two websites are “unacceptable”, according to the two books above.  But I’m not going to worry about that now, because I at least have SOMETHING useable attached to each record!

 

And if you don’t want to deal with citations or footnotes, hire ME, the Online Genealogist!!

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johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

 

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