Technical Tuesday–A thought about your Google+ Tag Line

April 16, 2013

Should we join Google+ ?

Should Google+ be in our genealogy tool box?

Can we find new cousin’s or family historians on Google+?

 

The answer for me is Yes!

 

Here is my experience.

I have been on Google+ for a while. I enjoy reading the folks that I follow, when they post information on Google+. I have created several Google+ circles. Not my topic today, but why do I add people to one of my Circles? So that I can follow them. The common interest for me is Genealogy or Family History Research. So, over time I have a number of people in my circles.

Recently, Google+ created “Communities”. I belong to a number of them, but my favorite is the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community.

The community continues to grow, but am I interested in adding any of the members in that community to my one of my circles. I don’t know about you, but I have a limited amount of time reading every post that is made, so I limit the number of people I add to my circles or that I follow.

In the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community, I look at the member of that community and see who might have the same interests as I do. How WE are presented on Google+ becomes important here.

Rather then write about it, let me show you.

If you go to the Dear MYRTLE’s Genealogy Community 

You will see the list of the members in this community.

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Clicking on the link called members you will see a list of the members, with a small bit of information about that person.

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I have blanked out the names of the people and their image, as that isn’t important, What IS important, for me at least, is the information that is just below their name.

Mine says “I collect ancestors and try to find and tell their stories”. The wording isn’t important, but I do have (at least) two interests, and they are the main reasons that I am on Google+. But the limit in the number of words needs to be understood. What key words are YOU looking for. The first example says “Genealogist, writer, editor”. Genealogist got my attention. The 2nd one that is in red also has Genealogist. I have added both to my Genealogy Circle. The 2nd person in my Genealogy circle is someone who I know, but hasn’t put anything in the field that I will show next.

Go to your Profile Page, and About tab, that TAGLINE, on the right, is where you put in a couple of key words that reflect YOUR interests

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This could be gardening, quilting, playing bridge, photography, etc. When someone puts you into one of their circles, you will receive a notice of that happening. I just don’t accept or just follow that person, I will click on the link for in the email, and look at their Tagline. If it’s blank, chances are, that is as far as I go.

BUT, look at what else you can include IF someone checks your About page. My surname list is there as well as some location’s that I research.

For me, the Tagline gets my attention, or not, then I can dig a little deeper to see what else is on the About page. It’s a great place to share your surnames and/or locations.

What does your Tagline say?

What else do you have on your About page?


Result of the use of WikiTree to gather information

April 9, 2013

I did a series of blog posts on the use of WikiTree to gather information from the “facebook” generation.

http://worthy2be.wordpress.com/tag/wiki-tree/

My goal was to gather family information about some nieces and nephews that I had lost contact with, so that I could generate a book and/or chart for my Aunt, my Dads younger sister.

What I had noticed, is that these nieces and nephews and their children were “online” on Facebook. So, how to gather their information for me to add to my genealogy database. Online … hmmmm … Oh yeah, there is WikiTree. http://www.wikitree.com/

I provided instructions to the upper right of my blog, on how I wanted “them” to use WikiTree, because I want that tree to be completely private as I was gathering information on living people, including a couple of babies.

Well, it worked. I had great help from a couple of cousins to pull this together and hope that I can get a couple of other cousins to help me fill out their “lines”.

I sent my data along to Family Chartmasters and my friend “the Chart Chick” Janet Hovorka, and the Family Chartmasters generated a beautiful Descendant Chart that I gave to my aunt. Now, when her great-grandchildren come to visit her, they can see that chart, find their name then listen to my Aunt tell her stories. And she has a bunch of great stories.

Item for my ToDo list: Take my digital recorder with me the next time I go to visit.

Here is that chart:

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DearMYRTLE and Not You Mother’s Genealogy–Fun Day in Fairfax, VA

April 9, 2013

This past weekend, April 5th and 6th, was the Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference, in Fairfax, VA. This is our second year for attending and had another great time.

Friday afternoon and evening, I listed and learned from Dr. Thomas W Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS for 3 of the 4 hours he spoke. There is so much to learn from him. I look forward to his up coming book Mastering Genealogy Proof.

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Day 2 was with my cousin DearMYRTLE and her daughter Carrie of Not Your Mother’s Genealogy. They did for presentations together, and were awesome.

  • Embracing Technology
  • Is Social Media A Genealogist’s Tool?
  • How Ancestry Trees Can Jump Start Your Family History Research
  • I Have An iPad And I’m Not Afraid To Use It

4 hours of technology based tools for the Genealogy Tool Box.

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Carrie starts to talk about Technology

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Dear MYRLE enters with her technology

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She has her “stuff” all organized and color coded

 

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Dear MYRTLE’s Evernote (notes)

 

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Mr Myrt introduces Dear MYRTLE

 

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Carrie taking a picture of the class for a demonstration later.

 

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The class

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They are having too much fun

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Projecting what is on the iPad for the final class

 

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2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 REVISED

February 19, 2013

An update to this blog post:  2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion

Following the comments on the previous blog posts, a couple of Google+ Hangouts On Air with DearMYRTLE, active conversation between end users and the developer of Evidentia, an update was issued to the program.

The only change I made to the data in my Evidentia file was to update the Summary of Findings or the Summary Conclusion for the data presented.

I dated the first summary then appended the Summary Conclusion and created the Genelogical Proof Report, as seen in the following screens:

Summary of Findings:

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 1: (Assertion about the Marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 2: (probably not really required, but may be important information after other information is found – who the couple were married by)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 3: (noting that Sarah Bickle signed the record with an “X”)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 4: (noting the two witnesses, and that Daniel Prior also signed the record with an “X”)

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Recommendations for Continuing and End Notes:

As noted earlier in the blog on this Docu-Challenge, I had questions about the spelling of the town. The Recommendations for Continuing is a note, within Evidentia, for me to follow up on this issue and to find out more about this Church.

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Since this report is generated in my browser, I copied and pasted the report for easier reading.

 

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Genealogical Proof Report

for the Marriage of William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary of Findings

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon, in Cronwell, England, by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate. William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage. Sarah Bickle and Daniel Prior signed the document with an “X”, with the words “the mark of” the persons name, while William Warren and William Bickle signed their name. {12 Feb 2013).

After review of the comments on my blog, and an update of Evidentia to version 1.3, the Summary Conclusion has been revised to read (02/19/13)

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Werrington, county of Devon, in Cornwell, England.

Itemized Research Findings

4 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary (meaning the person providing the information was a knowledgable eyewitness or participant in the event). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct (meaning it adequate to answer the question directly).

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[2] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[3] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[4] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Recommendations for Continuing

  • The spelling of the down, on the image appears to be Warrington, but the text on FamilySearch.org shows Werrington. Need to identify the location for this parish

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

2Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

3Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

4Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

Evidentia© 2012-2013


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 5 Summary Report for William Warren

February 12, 2013

Part of Dear MYRTLE’s 2013 Docu-Challenge #1, ( 2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry ) was to generate a Summary Report about William Warren.

So far, the 4 assertions on the Marriage Claim from this record has been reviewed, and the 1 assertion for the residence has not been reviewed. I had entered that William Warren lived in the area in Warrington (Werrington). With the spelling of the location in question, I will do further research on that, as attempt to locate another source for William before I complete the review of his residence.

 

Research Summary Report
Subject: William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary

The Evidentia® database includes 2 events and/or facts for William Warren. These include:

  • Marriage4 assertions, 4 reviewed.
  • Residence1 assertions, 0 reviewed.

Marriage

A Summary Conclusion has been created for this fact/event. Please refer to the Genealogical Proof Report for the Marriage of William Warren for a detailed analysis.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. This assertion is associated with 1 other subject(s): Sarah Bickle; and Thomas Waddon Martyn. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Residence

A Summary Conclusion is yet to be created for this fact/event.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren of this parifh (Warrington). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. This assertion has not been reviewed.

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

Evidentia® 2012


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion

February 12, 2013
Dear MYRTLE, in a series of Webinar’s and Google+ Hangouts has been discussing the software program Evidentia. We were to use the Evidentia Software and participate in a Docu-Challenge as outlined here:
2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry

I have made three earlier blog posts on this challenge.

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 1 Data Entry

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 2 First Step in Analysis

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 3 Revisit Source

Part 4 is to now really review and do our analysis of the claims in this online source.

The first will be to look at William Warren and what this document claims. Going to the Analyze Evidence, from the pull down arrow selecting William Warren and the Marriage Claim

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we see the following:

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The  Assertion is in the left column, we select the Evidence Quality, and if we double click in the Analysis box a mini-editor will appear. Because William Warren would have been present at his marriage, the Evidence Quality I selected as Direct.

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There were 4 Assertions to which I added my analysis.

1) William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parrish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

NOTE: It’s not clear to me if it’s Warrington or Werrington)

2) William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

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3) The marriage record of William Warren and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warrant, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

4) William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarsh Bickle

Once that is saved (Save Proof) the Summary Conclusion was entered.

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William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon, in Cronwell, England, by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate. William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage. Sarah Bickle and Daniel Prior signed the document with an “X”, with the words “the mark of” the persons name, while William Warren and William Bickle signed their name.

Again, the Proof was saved.

Not shown above, is that I added the date at the beginning of the Summary Conclusion, as I have only looked at ONE Source. When (or IF) I find additional sources on their marriage, I would update the Summary Conclusion, based on the new evidence.

Evidentia provides an HTML Summary Report. Selecting Reports, in the pull down menu, the Proof for the Marriage of William Warren, that was just completed, select the Font I want in the report and the Preparer’s Name.

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The report is then generated. Due to the length, it will be in 3 screen captures.

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This completes the first four (of six) tasks in this Challenge.


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 3 Revisit Source

February 12, 2013

Posted earlier the data entry phase and the first step in the analysis phase of Dear MYRTLEs 2013 Docu-Challenge #1

2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 2 First Step in Analysis

Links on the above blog post will take you to earlier blog posts on Evidentia.

During my Data Entry phase, I had remembered two entries that were not listed in Part 2. Those entries were the “witnesses” to the marriage. So, I went back to my source to take another look.

Here is a screen capture of the heading of the page, to show Werrington vs Warrington for the location.

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Here is the top of the Digital Image

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I am not a handwriting expert, but that looks like Warrington.

This information has already been entered into Evidentia. But, back to the review of the No. 107 entry on that page is this information.

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In the Prefence of:

Here is one clue that may be helpful in the future, and that is the first witness of William Bickle. Is this a brother, father, or another family member? We are still in the data entry mode, and the beginning of the data analysis. Also, the 2nd witness is that of Daniel Prior, who, like Sarah Bickle used the “X”, with the name entered as “the mark of ….”. This same gentlemen was also a witness on No. 108, again as a witness to a December 1833 wedding.

I added these two new pieces of information to my file in Evidentia, and added the Subject and Claim Type. I created a Claim Type of Witness for Daniel, and added the Parent Claim Type for William Bickle. This entry may have to be changed later, after more data is found in other sources.

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All this is trying to point out, is re-check your source or sources as you begin the Analysis of the Evidence that is found.


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