There’s an APP for that / Find A Grave

July 6, 2016

I have been a contributor for the Find A Grave website for a long time. Posted Memorials, taken photographs, and used it as a research tool. I have used the Find A Grave APP since it first came out (in Beta) years ago. Always on my smart phone.

But, last fall I purchased a “Blue Tooth” enabled vehicle.

I am currently working on a research project that I have talked about here of late. Needless to say, this local family is in many local cemeteries. I know where most of them are already but I was challenged with a cemetery that I hadn’t visited before. The Find A Grave website did not have an address, only a town and county name. Not helpful.

I had visited two cemeteries and really wanted to visit this third one. As is my custom, I get as much information as possible before I ‘hit the road’, and this was no exception. I thought I knew about where the cemetery was, knew were several others are in the area, but I just couldn’t find this one.

I stopped driving about about an hour earlier than I would have in the past and thought, why not use the Find A Grave APP, on my Blue Tooth enabled radio. Pulled up the Find A Grave App, went to the Map, which showed the Cemeteries “in the area” and there was the listing I had seen on the website.

I noticed that I could get directions from the APP. It uses Google Maps and started to talk to my mode of transportation. I followed the voice’s instructions, right up to the front gate of the Cemetery (without any signs with the Cemetery Name). No wonder I didn’t know where it was. It wasn’t marked.


As the saying goes “There’s an App for that”.

Today, in the mail

July 5, 2016

I have been expecting a letter from my Colorado cousin. Today it arrived. There are two pieces, one about a family story that is DNA related, but the most important item can only be shared with a picture.


I’ll take a better photograph later. But, couldn’t wait to set up my Studio in a Box.

This is a lock of hair from my Great Grandfather Samuel Worthington (1843 – 1897).

The 27th Regiment, New Jersey Infantry

July 4, 2016

A couple of days ago, I posted Soon to be Expert ( ??? ) on a project I was starting on. Being the 4th of July, I was drawn to take a look at the Civil War record of William H Ort, the Great Great grandfather of my daughter’s boss.

The Soldier and Sailors website has information on the Regiments in the Civil War so I wanted to look a little more into this regiment to see if there were any battles what other Civil War units that I have looked at before.

So, why am I posting this today. Well, I missed an anniversary, by two days. On 02 July 1863, the 27th Regiment was mustered out back in New Jersey. Guess I spent too my time in Cemeteries over the past couple of days.

Here is a quick map that I created to show the 27th Regiment during the Civil War (03 September 1862 – 02 July 1863)


A Timeline Report is here if you care to look at it.




Russ Worthington photograph; privately held by Russ Worthington, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840, 2016.  Headstone Photograph for William H Ort in the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Churchyard, Pleasant Grove, Morris County, New Jersey.

Soon to be Expert ( ??? )

June 27, 2016

You know, a Drip under Pressure. That’s me, right now.


You may see this image a couple of more times over the next couple of months.

It appears that the Century mark (100 years) has finally set in for me. First, both of my parents were born in 1916, as was the FIRST Ort Farm in Long Valley, New Jersey.

This past Saturday, Ort Farms had a “Friends and Family” Picnic and a Birthday party. As daughter Jenn has been working for the farm for about 10 years, we were invited.

Here is a few photos from the picnic: Ort Farm 100th year Family & Friends Picnic (06/25/16)

At the party, there were at least 4 generations of Ort’s and related family there. As expected, a small table with some pictures, new and old. A couple of family photos, a picture book and one “in progress”.

Here is a photo of 3 generations:


One of the photos was of all of the Grandchildren who work on the farm, even today.

I can see “been there, done that”, in that I do remember the farm gatherings, both Family and Friends as well as other Picnic of other Farmers, Orchard growers mostly, where we would go to a farm and have picnic, like this, EXCEPT not on a Farm that has been in “the valley” for 100 years.

When I got home from the picnic, what did I have to do, but see if I can find “Sr” in a Census Record. That story will be told elsewhere, but One search on gave me enough information to get back to the “first” Ort in Long Valley. The real bonus, HE was a Civil War Soldier.

The icing on the cake (couldn’t resist that) was that 5 years ago, I took a photograph of his Headstone AND the Civil War marker. I found a photo of “Sr’s” Father on the Find A Grave website, with a cow. Hmm, a cow on a Produce Farm? Well yeah, there were actually 2 farms. the first being a dairy farm, from what I can tell.

Do you see some research that needs to be done ???

Oh, and there IS a Civil War Pension file. DE / NARA here I come.

So, I gave my findings to Jenn, that is the history of the 27th Infantry Regiment New Jersey and the two cemetery pictures to see if the family would like me to do some research.




So, the pressure comes in a matter of time. In the fall, is the official, public celebration of the 100th year of Ort Farms in Long Valley. There will be photos, with a little genealogy research thrown in. I suspect that the Washington Township Historical Society will have a couple of visits from me very soon. I guess it’s a good thing I gave a presentation to them a couple of years ago. Hopefully, they’ll let me do a little research on the family. I am sure that have a “ton of stuff”.

There is a P.S. here. Like the Ort family farms, the Worthington’s also had two farms. A Dairy Farm and an Orchard. The Ort Civil War soldier has only a middle initial (so far) of H. Jenn said that it was either Henry or Harvey. My dairy farming uncle was a HARVEY, and my Dad (100 years old this year) and his father were both HENRY.

QUERY: Worthington Springs, Florida

May 22, 2016


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, 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

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. is a special deal for us going to the NGS Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and those of us who are not able to attend.

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.

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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( : accessed 30 Sept 2015).


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.


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: we did a search for a Census Record for this person, using the search feature on 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.

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