A Question for Evidentia (part 2)

July 24, 2016

This is part 2 of a series on my use of the Evidentia Software Program. To see more about this program, click on the link in the Right Menu panel.

To start this project, I wanted to take inventory of where I am and how I got here. Two things became very clear, right up front.

  • The use of a Research Log
  • The “accessed date” in the Citation

Here is the research log for (for now) Person 1


Notice that there are Find A Grave and Find A Grave Index entries. I handle those two types of records differently.

Also, this points out a little my overall research strategy, built of relationships and the FFAN (Friends, Family, Associates, and Neighbors) Club, through Census Records and Find A Grave Records. These two records help be determine if other records are “my person”, because of the relationships these two records can show me.

Person 2


Notice the lack of Find A Grave records. That is a clue for me. Perhaps an alert that I need to keep an eye open for something.

Person 3


Back with the Census and Find A Grave records.

I should note two things about the two types of Find A Grave records.

When I do a Merge of data from the Ancestry.com Find A Grave Index, there may be data in the Web Merge that does NOT appear on the screen at the beginning of the Merge. Careful review of the Information that is brought in from the merge is very important.

The information from the Find A Grave website is a Manual selection of Data that is presented from the website. Birth, Death, and Burial Facts are then merged into my database. But, most of the time, there are links to other people on the Find A Grave website, which is good news and bad news. One bad link to the wrong person, may cause issues, in that the relationship may not exist in reality.

Oh, I did a Webinar on how I use Find A Grave. This is a subscription based website, but you can access it from that link and Selecting View by Presenter on this link.

My next step, is to put these research entries into an EXCEL spreadsheet. I will blog about that in the next update on this project.

A Question for Evidentia (part 1)

July 23, 2016

As some of you know, and I have blogged about this before, I use the Genealogy Software Program Evidentia. See the link on the right side of the page.

I use it when I have conflicting information in my research or a genealogy question that is difficult to answer. I causes me to look at my Source Information from a different point of view.

Well, I have one of those questions and I thought I would use Evidentia to help me with this question. I thought that I would walk through this problem and how I help resolve this problem with this program.

I have three people in my existing file, a male and two females. I while ago, I made a To Do entry:


I had started with one person, but that person, looking at the records, had two names. On 10 July 2016, I recognized that there was a problem. It bothered me so much, that I made two person records in my genealogy software program, where I too the record with the name Lucy H, and the second one Emma _____ (meaning, unknown birth surname.

As I was reviewed each entry there was something, in my evaluation of the new information that something wasn’t right, but didn’t know what. Most of the information “looked right”, but on the 10th I split my information.

I have a “husband” with one or two wives, or there is another relationship (husband) that I haven’t identified.

Between the 3, I have 15 to 20 records that I have looked at, and a few records that aren’t available to me (on line) or I just haven’t found the right record for the answer.

I will be doing a series of blog posts on how I use Evidentia to help resolve this problem.

Stay Tuned.

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 Ancestry.com 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 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

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