Technology Tuesday–Evidentia

January 28, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of hosting on of Dear MYRTLE’s “Monday’s with Myrt” webinar series. You know how sometimes timing is everything? That webinar was one of those times. In preparation for that webinar, DearMYRTLE has an “Across My Desk” segment so I had been looking for articles to include. In this case, if found me. A Blog Post by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana, of The Last Leaf on This Branch. The specific blog post was Technology Tuesday – Pulling Evidence from Thin Paper

She talked about Evidentia, a relatively new software program that may be of use for genealogists. Laura did a great job of explaining how the program worked and why it might be a program to have in our Genealogy Toolbox.

As it would happen, I had a technical problem recording the Webinar. Based on the discussion and feedback, Dear MYRTLE will be hosting a two part Webinar on Evidentia.

So, what IS Evidentia

  • Not a database management system for families / people
  • Had heard of “evidenced based” research
  • Start with a CLAIM
  • Names, Dates, Relationships, etc
  • Each Claim has SUBJECT(s)
  • Quality of Evidence

I had heard some time ago about the need to have an Evidence based genealogy program. Or, rather then entering names and dates into a genealogy database program, you start with a document or record or “evidence”. I wasn’t sure what that meant until I saw were “evidence” in such a source CLAIMS something to be “true”. A census record claims that a person (named) was so many years old at the time that the census was taken. If further CLAIMS that this person was born in a certain state.

So far, we have three (3) claims: name, age, and state of birth.

Here is where Evidentia comes in. You enter the Source of the Claim, there are built in Templates for an appropriate Citation, and you enter the Claims that this source suggests. You are further asked to enter more information about the Quality of the Evidence, and each of the steps that the Genealogical Proof Standard suggests. I am not an expert in this area, but the program has the right questions for me to answer, and provides where to answer them. Its all still a learning curve for me. But it does help move me in the right direction for recording the Evidence that I gather for a specific person.

Here is a link to the Evidentia website: http://evidentia.ed4becky.net/

There are videos to help learn about and how to use the program.

So, I downloaded the free trial version of the program as I have a project that needs something like this.

At Christmas, I was visiting family and one of my nephews “brought” an old “book” that he wanted to show me. It was handed down from his great great great grandmother (I think). So, he allowed me to borrow it.

 

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It’s old, about 9” x 13’, and it’s a page numbers “log book”. Mostly Names and dates. The inside cover has writing about the “author”, the best that I can tell, and newspaper clippings.

 

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The first number of pages are information that might be found on Family Group Sheets. The names, birth dates, death dates, you can visually see relationships. Of course, none of it has any citations. The newspaper clipping that are scattered throughout this 300 page book have the date of the newspaper, nor newspaper name. Pretty useless, one might say.

Knowing many of the surnames throughout this book, clearly the people named in this “log book” lived is Chester County, Pennsylvania. But, there are some great pieces of data. I would NOT want to enter any of this into my genealogy database. BUT there might be hints that I haven’t seen before.

I have started to entering the Claims that this Source has to offer, and I am citing that this claim came from this log book. I have no clue IF any of this data will end up in my genealogy database, but I suspect it will. For example, the young man’s great great grandfather is listed.

There are about 40 pages of family listings, then for the next 150 pages are names and dates. Toward the end of the book are 5 interesting entries:

  • Weather
  • Cyclones
  • Earthquakes
  • Explosions
  • Fires

Page 286 has an entry “Earthquake Oct. 9, 9:30am, 1871

Page 287 A Darlington’s House burnt – Dec 25, 1888

Hey, that’s one of mine.

Page 78 – William L Howard, Newtown, May 4, 1881 – Kicked by a horse Age 50

Page 72 – Pres. William (James) A Garfield, Wash, aged 50, Sept 19 1881 (shot by Chas Julius Guitan. C Guitan hung June 30, 1882 at Wash at 12:35 pm

What about this newspaper clipping: Malvern Man Killed in Own Garage By Carbon Monoxide; William H Hicks, 37, is victim of fatal fumes, inhaled while placing new tags on car – Body is found in kneeling position by his wife. (hand written note: Jan 9 1931), but it’s between pages 92 and 93. The placement of this article, in this logbook doesn’t make any sense, but that’s where I found it and will leave it there.

Because of all of the potential data in this book, knowing that it will be returned, I want the data captured somewhere. I want to evaluate the data BEFORE any of it is placed into my database.

This log book, to me, is like a compiled genealogy. You know the books without Citations or Source information?

I will then look at my database and see who might the logbook entry be referring to in my database. IF I have a match, after evaluating the evidence (claims) I’ll enter the information into my database.

I have several family Bibles what are in the same condition, where I don’t want to handle them, but want to capture the Claims that are included to data entry later IF it applies.


Social Media strikes again

June 23, 2012

I was reading Facebook yesterday, and there was a picture of the Sign for the Burial Ground where my Grandparents (all 4 of them) are buried. A number of my aunts and uncles (Dad’s side) are buried there.

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My pictures, not from Facebook

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Who posted that photo? The gentleman who currently lives is the house where my Dad’s family lived.

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Little did my friend Steve know, that my Grandparents were married in this same building, the Birmingham Friends Meeting in 1915.

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This picture is from about 1915. My grandparents were married in this building June 17, 1915. I don’t know, for sure, the date that Steve was at Birmingham, but I am guessing it was a couple of days ago, around the their 97th anniversary. (happy belated Anniversary)

Not only were they Married their, but the are also resting in the Cemetery just behind this building.

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I send a link to my Find-A-Grave posting for my grandfather, as on his Find-A-Grave Memorial, there are links to my Aunts and Uncles who are buried in the same area of the cemetery and a link to where my dad is resting.

Henry Russell Worthington (1887 – 1956)

Good thing Steve is interested in Genealogy.

But why stop there, I have other family in the same Cemetery that Steve visited.

Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Who say’s Social Media doesn’t work. For me it works well, hope it doesn’t overwhelm Steve.


1940 Census–What did you do with that information

April 26, 2012

As you have seen, I have does my research in the 1940, UNINDEXED, Census records. Put all of the data from those records into my genealogy database management program.

I then took a day-trip to where many of those households were, and took photo graphs of the current houses. Since I have the Census Records in my file, I linked the photographs from that trip, also to the people who lived in those houses.

Google Maps, was the next stop, where you can see “my view” of West Chester, based on those Census Records.

I don’t know about you, but I have two aunts, from my parents generation and I have been wanting to do something for them.

Why not create a book, “Where were you in 1940?” My aunt isn’t “online” so won’t have access to the Google Maps ‘toy’, but her daughter and family and her grandchildren have access to it, but she doesn’t. The purpose of this small booklet was to show her each of the 3 Census Years that she appears in, and some of those pictures that I had taken.

I am able to do all of this, and more, from within my program. The book ended up by being 22 pages, is “at the printers”, and I’ll take it to her in the next couple of days. I know that I am missing a couple of homes where she lived, so the book will be updated. AND, I have a couple of pictures, where I need her help identifying who is in them. So, the 2nd edition is already planned.

Included in the “book” is an introduction, trying to explain what is in the book, a brief summary of some of the information in my file, all generated from within the program, then a Time Line view  of her life, at least the pieces that I can document. Putting her, into context for what is to follow, for anyone else you might receive or see the book.

The a list of 12 address, where she or some of her siblings lived, from information from the Census records. The intent is the link between herself and the US Census.

She was born before the 1920 Census, so I put an image of the 1920 Census. OK, you can’t read it, so I also included a blow up of the family. That is followed by “no picture”. (this is a “give me that address” set up). I think I know where the farm is, cut “Farm 45” isn’t helpful. I will ask if she can tell me where it is located. She might be able to tell me.

The 1930 and 1940 are pieces of cake, same farm, and it is where I lived, and that I have been back to visit a couple of times. I put a series of pictures of the place as it exists today. I don’t know if she has been back there in years, but I’ll guess that some of her grandchildren have not been there.

I tried to take pictures of where her first husband’s family lived. I had the data in my file from those Census Records, but the house number does not currently exist. Another lead in for questions. But, I did find where she lived when she was first married. I don’t know which of three houses she lived in, but she and her new family lived in one house, and a cousin lived two doors away. I can ask, OK, which was yours and which was your cousin’s.

There is another house, where the family when to picnic, at some early family gatherings. It’s ‘famous’, in my mind, as it is written about a family, “The Utah Woolley Family” and a picture of that house is in the book. I am sure there is a story or two about that house. So, I put a current picture into this book.

I then put a photo of my parents first apartment. This is where I found my parents in the 1940 Census, since they were not In the houses where their parents lived. I don’t know if she had ever been there, but if so, what it looks like now.

The next series of pictures are of where another brother lived, including his farm house. I know I hadn’t seen that place in many years, perhaps that picture will bring back some memories.

A photography of another house where we, as a family, visited on a frequent bases. It was where her mother’s sister lived, along with a number of cousins. All documented by the Census Records.

Just a couple of other pictures of houses, not yet in the Census, but should be in the 1950 Census, but houses that she knows. One was her mother’s house, but is also where her step-son currently lives, along with a photograph of her mother and one of our “Texas” cousins. She will know what that is about.

I concluded with two wedding photographs. Both have her parents in them, on of which is of their Wedding. But, I don’t know who some of the other people are. I want her to help be identify those ‘other’ people.

When I go to deliver the book, I’ll have my Flip-Pal scanner, two Flip-Pal Sketch sheet’s, Wet Erase Pen, copies of other pictures so that I can write on the Sketch Sheet as she identifies the people, and scan those pictures with the names on the Sketch Sheet, so that when I get back home, I can label those photographs with names.

So far, that’s what I have done from my “manual” research of the 1940 Census.


1940 Census–Henry Russell Worthington

April 26, 2012

There is no street address, but I know where this is. The 1940 Census called it Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 92 – Family 73.

My Grandparents, and all but one of their children were listed.

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The house was part of the Worthington Orchards, on U.S. Route 100.

This is the Rt 100 side of the house. (Photo not dated)

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This next picture is of my Grandmother, keeper of the Garden that was in front of her.

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This next picture was taken in 1999 on a visit to the farmhouse.

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The other side of the house, looking at the front porch. (1999(

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Another view of the side of the house.

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The entrance to the house in 1999. This is the entrance we all used. Behind the photographer was where the “Packing Shed” and farm stand once stood.

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The front of the house in 1999.

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The farm house with a little snow, but a photo of the Packing House where we ALL worked, year round.

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Thanks to Google Maps, a view of what was the Driveway, from Route 100 to the back of the house as seen above. The driveway above is covered with snow, but it was just up the hill from what’s left of the driveway today.

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1940 Census–Marshall Darlington Strode

April 25, 2012

There have been a number of Walnut Street houses, at least the South Walnut street area, but we’ll move north about 10 blocks. This next house was the largest of the group so far. Marshall Darlington Strode was my 1st cousin, twice removed.

Three ‘surnames’ in one name, is of interest, certainly the Darlington / Strode connection, but Marshall as a given name is also through out my tree. “Just down the road a piece” is Marshallton. Wonder if there is a connection there?

At this point, this household was at this address in the 1940 Census, but the family was there in 1935 according to the 1940 Census information.

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All four members of the household had college education.

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Could not get a ‘tree less’ or fewer trees to see the beauty of this house.


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