Church Records

May 9, 2019

I was preparing a presentation for a recent Genealogy Conference and wanted to demonstrate how to “begin with what you know” entry into a new Genealogy database. I talked about entering myself and my parents into that database and my next slide, in the presentation was STOP. Why stop? To talk about Citing your Source and to create a Research Log on what I had just done.

I added that I wanted to add a new Fact / Event for my father and described my dad’s baptism, on a specific date, in  a specific church. The kicker was that I had First Hand Knowledge of that event. My dad, brother, and I were all Baptized on the same day. My purpose was to expand the information for the three people in this new database, while crafting a First Hand Knowledge Citation.

Because my genealogy program has a Fact, Citation, Rating system, as described in the book, Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, I demonstrated that as well.


I walked through the 4 Quality measures for Rating a Source and the Justification for the rating I chose. The Justification being “Was present at the event, age 6, but will need other documents to prove this fact”.

I then proceeded to upload and sync this small database (52 people) to Ancestry to start to receive hints from their records. This is where the fun began.

The first Hint I followed, keeping in mind I am trying to prepare for a presentation and not doing research, I found this record.


It was a Quaker Record where my Grandfather is listed, along with my Dad and his siblings. The date was 30 June 1927. Rotating the image to see what was written on this “blue line” page in a record book, it read Certified from the Chester Monthly Meeting. The 3rd column was labeled “Gains”.

I had not seen this record before, I knew that my Grandfather should have been a member of the Chester Monthly Meeting (in New Jersey), but had figured that his membership would have been moved much earlier. He and my Grandmother were married in the Birmingham-Lafayette Monthly Meeting in 1915, so was surprised to see the official transfer in 1927.

What I hadn’t realized was the my Dad and is siblings were also part of the Chester Monthly Meeting, I guess by default, with their father. Just never thought about that. For a time line, for my Dad, this was where the Church Records start.

The very next hint was:


A typed document, same date as the earlier one, but a document from Quaker Records, showing who was part of the committee that visited my grandfather, my dad and his siblings. Of interest were two surnames that I recognize, and will look at later (FAN Club).

The next Hint, was a record from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, receiving my Dad into that church. It was dated well after his Baptism. Timeline is not out of line, consistent with what I knew.


Seeing that this page was really two pages, the next image was this.


That was the indication what my Dad was transferred, in church records from the church in Pennsylvania, to the church in New Jersey. Again, the timeline is correct in sequence, but the timeliness of the event is delayed a lot (couple of years). I guess it takes time for the Church Paperwork to catch up with the reality of the surrounding events.

I should note, that these images do not have citations on them, because I have not entered this information into my genealogy database program yet. These records are from hints, so I can keep track of these hints.

I do not know that last time that my grandfather went to the Quaker Meeting in Moorestown, NJ, nor to I know if my dad and his siblings ever attended there. I do know that my Dad has been to that Quaker Meeting, because I took him there.

And, he died in an Adult Care Center within 5 miles of this Quaker Meeting.

Lesson Learned: Be a little loose at Dates when looking at Church Records, as the dates when the records were created may be several years off from the dates you may search for. I had enough information in my database, so that the Ancestry Shaky Leaf Hints found these church records. I was NOT looking for these records, but these were the first four Hints that I saw and followed.

New Blog for Family Tree Maker

September 17, 2008


Thank you for visiting this Blog. It is retuning to sharing my research on the Worthington Surname.

A new Blog has been established for this User and how the Family Tree Maker program is used to capture and record Genealogy Research.

The link to the new blog is:

Please visit this new Blog.

Thank you,

Family Tree Maker Version 2009 Tasks

September 17, 2008

On the Plan or Opening Screen, is a list of Tasks to be done in this file and some notes that I want remind me of what or why somethings are in this file.

FTM 2009 Task List

FTM 2009 Task List

When the Task is created (topic and details later) there is a choice to place a priority on the task or note. This is the High Priority List in this file.  This contains the Task Description, the Task For, Category / Location, Due, and the Date Created. Remember that this is just a summary.

Here is what is indicated here:

  1. Task Description – A brief description of the Task or Note. For example, the first one is “?? Fort or Ft. ??” . It is marked as Follow Up in the Category / Location column. This is a note for me to make a determination on how I want to “name” a military location, like Ft. Dix, New Jersey, in the Location or Description fields.
  2. Task For – In the screen above, the Task For is a General Task. In another part of the full Task List, might contain the identify (and link) to a specific individual that needs to be followed up on.
  3. Category / Location – In this example, I have Follow Up or Notes. The Notes are for my general notes on why certain things appear in the data base. For example, I have a number of Place Names that have not been resolved. There are two entries that start “Do Not Resolve” as a reminder as to the plan to resolve this Place Names. (more later)
  4. Due – A Date can be entered here. The Date of Completion will be entered when the Task Is completed.
  5. Date Created – The date when the entry was created.

My use of this feature is to remind me what I am doing and why AND a ToDo List that need to be followed up on. In an earlier Blog Entry, the full opening (Plan) screen showed that there are several Family Files that are being used. Each file, when opened, will bring up its own ToDo List.

Family Tree Maker Version 2009 Menu’s

September 17, 2008

This is a summary of the Menu’s available from most screens.

This is a listing of Menu selections under each of the above Menu Items. The Menu selections may or may not be active on the specific screen that you are on.

File Menu: (Now that you have the program open, and you do not want to work on the current file, you can…)

  1. Open – an existing file, and close the currently opened file
  2. Open in New Window – open an file in a new window
  3. Import As New Tree – Import a file into a new tree (Family File)
  4. Merge – Merge information from another file into the currently open file
  5. Close – Close the existing File
  6. Export – Export the existing file
  7. Backup – Back Up your Existing File
  8. Restore – Restore a file from an existing Back Up File (one created by #7 above)
  9. Privatize File – Family Tree Maker allows you to assure the privacy of others (as well as your own) by designating certain facts as private. This prevents this information from being imported/exported, printed, copied, or published on the Internet (more details in the Help Menu)
  10. Go Offline – Will allow you to work Off Line from the Internet
  11. Exit – Close the Existing File and Close the Family Tree Maker program

Edit Menu: (basic editing, depending on the screen you are on)Details to follow

  1. Undo
  2. Redo
  3. Cut
  4. Paste
  5. Delete
  6. Select All
  7. Insert Symbol
  8. Edit Person
  9. Find Duplicate Person
  10. Find Individual
  11. Find and Replace
  12. Manage Facts
  13. Manage Sources
  14. Manage Repositories

View Menu: Another way to navigate what you want to look at. They do the same of the Buttons at the top of the screen. Details to follow

  1. Back
  2. Forward
  3. Plan
  4. People
  5. Places
  6. Media
  7. Sources
  8. Publish
  9. Web Search

Tools Menu:

  1. Date Calculator – Helps you calculate the date of an event, the amount of time between events, or the age of a person.
  2. Relationship Calculator – Shows how two people from the tree file are related.
  3. Soundex Calculator – Displays the Soundex code for a name.
  4. Resolve All Place Names – Helps you find the correct spelling for a place in your tree file.
  5. Compact File – Reduces the memory size of the tree file while fixing possible database errors.
  6. Convert Names – Changes the surnames in the tree file to either mixed case (capitalize the first letter of the name) or upper case.
  7. User Information – Lets you enter your personal information so it can be included on charts and reports.
  8. Plugins – Lists the applications that work with Family Tree maker to extend its functionality. All of the installed plugins are listed in the Manage Plugins dialog box. For information about installing plugins and how they work, see the documentation that comes with the plugin.
  9. Options – Opens Family Tree Maker’s system settings.

Help Menu: (F1 Key)

  1. Help for Family Tree Maker – Built in Help program
  2. Online Help Center – Access to Technical Support and the Knowledge Base Website
  3. Training Tutorials – The Family Tree Maker website will open and let you run various Online Tutorials on the use of the program.
  4. Register Family Tree Maker – offers registered users of Family Tree Maker the following special benefits: the powerful Family Tree Maker Web Search feature and the ability to merge records into your tree; access to dynamic maps; discounts on future versions of Family Tree Maker; and notifications of updates.
  5. Activate Ancestry Subscription – If you are already a member of or if a free membership came with your Family Tree Maker purchase, you can activate your subscription within the software. Once you’ve activated your account, you can use the Web Search feature to merge records into your tree.
  6. Check for Update – Ability to check to see if there are any updates to this version of Family Tree Maker.
  7. About Family Tree Maker – Will provide the current Product Version of the program. [ Family Tree Maker 2009, Version is the current version ]. Information from this screen is important when seeking help from the various Message Boards and Email lists that address the Family Tree Maker program.

Getting Started Guide

The Getting Started Guide can also be viewed as a PDF on your computer. If you chose to include the guide when you installed Family Tree Maker 2009, follow the steps below to find and read the guide. If you didn’t install the guide on your computer, you can find it on the CD-ROM.

  1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
  2. Double-click the icon labeled C: (the default location for installing programs).
  3. Double-click the Program Files folder.
  4. Double-click the Family Tree Maker 2009 folder (or the folder you chose to install the software in, if different).
  5. Double-click the Manuals folder.
  6. Double-click the Getting Started Guide (Guide.pdf).

If you are not able to view the PDF version of the manual, you will need to install Acrobat Reader, which is available for free download from the Adobe website <>.

This is a link to the Getting Started Guide for Famliy Tree Maker 2009

Family Tree Maker Version 2009 Plan Screen

September 15, 2008

Welcome to Family Tree Maker, Version 2009

Family Tree Maker Version 2009 is here. I have just installed the program and plan on educating myself in its use, and plan on sharing some of my learnings on this blog.  The opening or Plan screen is below. There is a lot of information on this screen. I will try to indicate what information is here that may be important to others.

This screen is the opening screen of the current file that I have opened. The Home Person, the Current Person is listed, along with the Date that the file was created, Last Saved, and Last Backed Up. Don’t be confused by the Date the file was created, as it was created by Version 2008 and opened by Version 2009. This happened automatically upon installation of Version 2009, as expected.

What is obvious, is that a Back Up of this file be done soon. Once the file is backed up, that Back Up date will be updated.

There are some numbers on the screen to be pointed out, briefly, below:

1 – Is the list of files that have been opened, the Date when they were last opened, and the file this is currently opened. In this case, MasterFile is currently opened.

2 – Indicates the number of People or Individuals in the file, the number of Marriages, Generations, and Surnames included in the file, along with the Size of this File.

3 – A list of Tasks (or ToDo List) that has been entered in General or by Individual. This will be covered in more detail in another Blog Entry.

4 – The Web Dashboard indicates that I am logged into various online offerings at The Generations Network. There is a link to Log Off of these websites, if I so choose.

As the Plan Button on the Family Tree Maker Tool Bar has a different color, that is the screen that is currently opened. Other buttons will be high lighted in future Blog Entries.

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