QUERY: Worthington Springs, Florida

May 22, 2016

Hello.

I’m trying to determine if we are related to Samuel Worthington who founded Worthington Springs, Florida. My grandmother told me stories of somehow we were related through either her mother, Martha Lucinda Shepherd or her father, Ezra C. Fisher. My grandmother’s name was Esther Ina Fisher. I’ve puttered on Ancestry.com, but couldn’t find a connection…in fact the trail runs cold at Martha and Ezra – I can’t find any records of their parents. Any insight would be much appreciated.

Blessings –
Ronda Mitchell
rondirooboo@gmail.com


Evidentia Software deal

April 29, 2016

 

I have First made a number of blog posts on my use of this GREAT  software program, Evidentia. I use it fore those difficult people the I find and really need to focus on the Documents in hand, really looking at the Claims those documents have to offer, in order to answer those difficult questions.

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May 1st through May 10th Evidentia Software will offer free shipping; after all, conference attendees wouldn’t have to pay shipping costs if they purchased in the vendor hall, and free shipping doesn’t impact your commission.

Second, we typically offer the $29.99 software package for $25 at conferences, a savings of 16%. Evidentia will offer a 16% coupon off everything in our store on those same dates – May 1st – 10th.

I will update this post when I receive the coupon code. In the meantime, there is a link to the EvidentiaSoftware website for you to take a look at.

At checkout, please us THIS COUPON CODEWORTHY2BE for your discount

The Evidentia Companion is a great book AND the QuickSheet Guide is AWESOME.


Homework: ESM QuickLesson 6

April 18, 2016

The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “The Research Plan: Two-step Next Steps?” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage(https://www.evidenceexplained.com/quicktips/research-plan-two-step-next-steps : accessed 30 Sept 2015).

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Two-Step Next Steps, was an interest question, based on a project I am working on, in a Class I am teaching.

The basis for the class is a chart I created based on a number of other resources. Mostly from Cyndis’ List, but also from the Genealogy Class that DearMYRTLE Study Group did.

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I like the image of going in circles. Starting with ONE Question and trying to find the answer.

A student presented her question. It was a very simple question, where was this person born.

Using the Google Sheet we used with DearMYRTLE: bit.ly/CousinRussResearchSheets we did a search for a Census Record for this person, using the search feature on FamilySearch.org. We were successful.

The next day, I ran into my student and she was all excited that she FOUND the ANSWER to her question.

The problem was that she has jumped based a couple of steps along the way. We in fact had a 3 times “around the circle” plan to find her answer. The problem is that she Jumped to a Conclusion too quickly or she skipped “Evaluate Sources” step.

She did find AN answer, or the answer she was looking for, but not THE answer.

What she will learn in the next class is that she ran into the Genealogical Iceberg. That record isn’t only (yet) according to Family Search.

With the circle approach, for me at least, is that the Question needs to be changed a bit. Not the Town he was born, but was he born At Home or in a Local Hospital.

We. as a class. are developing a Research Plan, but need to make adjustments based on the “new information” that we find as we go along.

The QuickLesson told me, that a revision in THE PLAN may change, based on the current findings. But my caution to the class will be Don’t Jump to a Conclusion too quickly.

Lesson Learned: Stick to the plan and make adjustments as you go, as required.


Road Trip with a Surprise

April 2, 2016

Just got back from a trip to Fairfax, Virginia to help DearMYRTLE with 4 presentations at the Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference.

On the way home, I had two stops to make. One was to drop off a book that I had created on the Worthington’s who lived in the Worthington House in the Monocacy Battlefield.

On the way there, I stopped by an old cemetery just south of the Battle field to see the renovations that had been done to the Zion Church and Cemetery, Founded in 1802.

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Here is a picture I took in 1999.

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and today

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Incredible.

Dropped of the book, as promised but stopped by the “Thomas Farm” house, the neighboring farm to the Worthington House. Have driven by it many times, but not close enough to take a photo.

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(the surprise is coming)

I have a 2nd cousin who lives just north of Gettysburg, but have never stopped by to visit.

The “back story” is that I works for my 2nd cousin’s father one summer. I knew about “the Gettysburg Farm” but didn’t know where it was. Today, I stopped, not out of the blue, but they were going to be home and it was OK to visit.

The surprise was as soon as the door was open, I thought I had escaped by 60+ years, as the smell of Apple Sauce cooking just rolled out of the door. It was like walking into the kitchen of my grandmothers house, or even my mother as they cooks apple sauce. I had forgotten just how great freshly made, home made, apple sauce really was.

Where was my camera when I needed it. On the stove was an apple sauce grinder just like my grandmother had and used on the stove, with it still dripping the sauce. In fact, the grinder was my grandmothers SISTERs apply sauce grinder doing all of the work, with a little help from my 2nd cousin.

Oh was that good.

After catching up a little and talking about what I had been doing, and sharing my spare copy of the Monocacy book, we talked about my other cousin DearMYRTLE and how we were connected. Now, my 2nd cousin was from Chester County. I mentioned one of the names on a Power Point slide the Myrt showed in Fairfax the day before, and my cousin know immediately the surname. I didn’t have to say any more. We talked a little more and mentioned Conrad Weiser, one my Myrt’s ancestors.

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This is the Conrad Weiser Homestead in Womelsdorf, PA.

As soon as I mentioned “Weiser”, my cousin’s face lit up, her husband got up and went to a collection of CDs and brought back a Music CD by a Weiser. (sorry, forgot the artist name). But my cousin’s children KNOW the many Weiser family members living in the area. Now the homestead is probably 45 minutes away from where I was, but to make that connection, was NOT Expected.


Ethics and the Genealogist

March 26, 2016

I spend the day listening to my friend Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM, CGLSM, The Legalgenealogist. I traveled a little over 3 hours to hear her speak. Not the first time, but I wanted to hear more about the Law and our research. All great stuff.

Until …. at least until her 4th Lecture. Oh, the presentation was awesome, it was the content of “The Ethical Genealogist” was presented. Then it became uncomfortable, but it was a follow up on my blog post of yesterday about my frustration with a specific website.

[ NOTE: all of my profiles were, in fact, remove ]

I uncomfortable reaction of yesterday, IF I understood Judy’s presentation correctly, was in fact what I should do, and should have done a long time ago.

Reading the Privacy information on the website, at the time I looked at it, left me with the impression that it was a Safe Place to gather information about living children. Some of my “problem” back then was not reading the information correctly, not understanding correctly, reading more into what was presented than was actually there.

When I saw “new” questionable behavior from the website is when my alarms when off. I did look at the Frequently Asked Questions to see what I had missed or what may have changed. A bit of an eye opening read. My gut reaction was to pull this tree off of the website. BUT, there was NO Delete Button. There was an FAQ page for that very question. I’ll not point to the website, nor post a link to that question. I further read where I could delete My Profile and the Tree. Attempted that and it could NOT be done. It went so far as to generating a system alert blocking me from further action.

Listing to Judy, I think that my action was appropriate. Lesson Learned so far, READ and Understand the Policies, Terms of Service and the Frequently Asked Questions. For me, I am sure that 4 years ago, I didn’t see that I could not delete the Tree later on. Common sense should have told me, not to publish living persons profiles on line. The way I read and understood the website at the time, the living persons profile were Locked and Private. I guess I really didn’t understand what Locked meant.

Having an understanding through testing, the Ancestry Member Tree could be Marked as PRIVATE. I did that, did some searching to make sure I couldn’t be found, so my understanding of this ‘new’ website had that as my understanding of what Locked was. I was wrong.

The issue of yesterday, from what I can tell, has been resolved.

BUT

What about my settings on my Ancestry Member Trees (AMT). I do some teaching and user AMTs to help the class members who might not have a genealogy software program, to demonstrate who you can use these Online Trees for research and collaboration. Some times its easier to demonstrate using the online trees.

When I got home a little while ago, I wanted to check how I had see ALL of my 25 Online Trees (guess I have some clean up work to do there). I normally put the tree online marked as PRIVATE, and a check mark telling Ancestry.com do not search this tree. Not looking for cousins, only using them for teaching. For the most part, they did not have children in those trees and not looking for cousins.

Of the 25, I turned 4 from Public Trees, to Private, no searching, 4 were Private, but had not turned to searching Off. They were my trees, some for testing, but some were for cousin bait, but I turned the search off. I ended up with 23 online trees, All Private, no searching.

The other two, were for DNA testing. Mine and a Cousin, whose DNA kit I manage. I left mine a Public, but turned the other one from Public to search only.

My gut reaction may be should have been to pull them all down off of the website, but I really need to think about the Privacy Settings that are available.

On the way home, I really thought about this, and really need to thing this whole Online Tree issue through and hopefully be part of The Ethical Genealogist presentation. My gut reaction is to create a trimmed down version of my online tree what would only include Names, Birth, Marriage, and Death information, stripping out all of the good stuff about my ancestors in those trees.

Is a trimmed down version of my tree enough? Can I trust the tree being Private but Searchable? Is the tree marked as Private and not searchable enough?

For DNA testing, results, and matching, is a Private, Searchable tree enough? I get very frustrated when I can not see a DNA Match Tree.

There are a number of websites that address this topic, starting on CyndisList.com.

Bottom line here, for me, is the Tension between “Cousin Bait” and the ethics of what my hobby is all about.


Frustration–OnLine Family Trees

March 25, 2016

I  have used a number of On-Line Trees as “cousin bait”, even ran a project that I have blogged about here. I continue to do that in order to collaborate with or help another person with their research. That is what this is all about.

The other day, I received an email alert from one such website, where another person on that website had uploaded a GEDCOM file, where the filename was not informative, nor the description. The alert was suggesting that the person who uploaded the GEDCOM merge that information with mine.

Now, if in one email there are 17 such suggestions, then I might or should know that person, right? I had received such notification in the past and by the Name of the person, the filename, I knew who that “cousin” is or was. This most recent one was now.

Looking at the suggested profile to accept or reject the suggested merge, I find this new profile, needs to be adopted. But wait, some one just posted that profile, suggested a merge, and that profile is orphaned? That, to me, was a RED FLAG.

Reading the may links, that the folks at the website have suggested that I read, indicate that there is NO Delete Button for a profile. I specifically am trying to remove from this website, information about my Living Cousins. As a user, the profiles are Locked, which should mean that someone else can’t see the information on that profile. The public view for the profile doesn’t show too much, but it does have names and relationships, from the way it appears to me.

My family trusted me with this project. From what I read on the Wiki when it started, this was the place to do this collaboration. The problem now is, I can’t remove these profiles, and those that my living cousins created on their living family members.

I guess one of the pieces of my problem here is that of being an early adopter using a new website. I am sure that IF I had read what I have read over the past couple of days, I would probably not have done my project using this platform. Being a Wiki platform, the content of the help pages change over time, which is how it should be.

I will not, at this point, mention the website involved, as they have a mission, and that mission probably hasn’t changed from the beginning, but how their mission is presented to us now, is probably clearer now than what it was when I started.

Lesson Learned: Think before you become an early adopter to a public, crowd sourcing genealogy website. That is going to me tough for me to remember.


FINALLY Get Organized–What to do when you can’t research

March 22, 2016

Big plans today, smashed, as I couldn’t do any research. FTM2014 isn’t “talking” with Ancestry.com, so what I am going to do. Oh, yeah, get organized.

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I have been really careful in this 5 Generation file about the Citation’s. Not that I haven’t before, but really working on the format and punctuation that is required. In the past, not so much.

Also, making sure that that “accessed date” was included. There is a unique with FTM2014 when using the Template feature about that.

Because I couldn’t do any real research, I decided to spend the time looking at my Citations.

One thing that I had been doing with this file, is entering the full name of the person in my database, as part of the Citation, as it should. Somewhere along the way, I trying to shorten the accessed date to me “Mar” and nor March.

So, I had to check what EvidenceExplained has to say about both. Although not spelled out, the examples were very clear. Then I had my dah moment, of course. The citation will reflect whose record I was looking at, but using the link would get me to THE person whose record I have just found. The examples also had the month spelled out.

So, I am now reviewing my 342 Citations.

So far, it’s going pretty quickly, not done too bad of a job, but well work the time to go back and clean them up. Get my Citations Organized.

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Lesson Learned: Review your reference material, like Evidence Explained, and review how I have implemented that information into my Citations


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