We’re Related–Evidentia to the Rescue

December 11, 2016

As announced earlier today, Evidentia Software, Version 3 is available. There is a link on the right for more information about the program.

I have observed something from the APP that I have been looking into. That is a Female, common ancestor, with the next generation children with two different Surnames. Since the APP uses Birth Surnames, in most cases, I started to mark them to follow up on. I have blogged about a couple of them here.


Phebe Birdsall appears to have been married twice. Once to a Bartlett and once to a Havens. In my APP database, I already had Nathan Bartlett so I know that one was good.

Instead of the pen and paper approach to resolving this, as I had on the earlier one, I thought about firing up the new version of Evidentia.

The first thing I did was to enter, into Evidentia the data from the above spreadsheet.


Nice, colorful screen, nice ICON, very clear. I think, right out of the box for me, it was easier to enter the data.

Then I went to my Ancestry Member Tree and entered the data from there.


Low and behold, right in my Ancestry Member Tree, was the answer. Yes, she had married twice. Looking at the Citation information for Phebe, I was able to look at the Source of the data provided.

I actually found two errors in my data on the AMT and in my genealogy database program. The first is the birth date for Phebe is more accurate in the APP than in my database. The source in my database is where I got the bad data from.

My genealogy database has a new ToDo list to follow up on the relationship between the Bartlett and Haven gentlemen.

Lesson Learned: by attention to the APP, it may help you identify problems in my own database.

Thanks go Evidentia and the APP I have specific issues to resolve that I didn’t even know that I needed to resolve them.


Free Online Education

December 8, 2016

Just signed up for 112.50 Hours of Online Education at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

There is a link to the website on the Right side of this Blog and Blog Post.


The are great sessions and handouts. The Speakers are the best. Not to mention the Host, Geoff Rasmussen, what a wonderful job he does.

The best part, is that they are recorded. That is most beneficial for me, because two days a month, I am teaching a class while the Webinar is live. I can watch it when I get home.

I have been known to show a couple of minutes to my class so they can see what it is all about.

The best part, if this isn’t enough, I have an annual subscription, which really helps me with my scheduling issue.

I signed up for the year with ONE mouse click. From the Legacy Family Tree Webinar newsletter announcing the schedule for the year.

Please use the link that I have provided

Thank you

We’re Related APP–an example of Collaboration

December 4, 2016

In a Facebook posting that a Chart that you will see below:

Facebook Posting by Molly McKinley

In that post she pointed out that there were “two different mothers” for this one person.

Now, Molly and I have worked together with DearMYRTLE in the past. She is a far better researcher than I. But, there is a problem. the Parents of Henry Patton Foote Blythe are Different.


Within an hour, of a “Facebook” conversation we knew what the answer to the Question: Did he marry twice? was. Molly was so great to color code the problem, making identifying the problem very easy.

If the had not looked at the APP, either of us, probably, would have questioned our own research. The APP “made us look”.

A quick search, in the Ancestry Find A Grave Index, pointed us to the Find A Grave website that clearly showed that he, Did in fact marry twice.

This will lead us both for more research to PROVE these relationships, but at least we know that there was a second marriage.

I consider this example as a good Collaboration story and a good use for this Genealogy Tool.

Molly gave me permission to use her graphic. Thank you Molly.

We’re Related–Update 30 Nov 2016

November 30, 2016

This is still a work in progress and will continue to work this as a project. Lots of leads to follow up on in my Master genealogy file.

One of the readers of this blog, wanted to know what all of the information was about in the status reports I have given so far.

See if this will help:


Most of the information comes directly from the program, as I have developed the information I wanted to track.


The 1,007 Tasks (To / Do) lists have categories where I can get some other information so that I can report it.

Here is where the file is now.


All Facts have been documented, as there is an Undocumented Report that I have available. All people have a Research Log, another report, almost 60 pages of research logs.

I am now in the process of Documenting the APP data against other records.


I have blogged about this recently, but of the 55 We’re Related Cousins, I have DISPROVEN 2. That means that I have NOT Proven the other 53. Still working on that. But I have disproven 2.

The observation on those two were where the Common Ancestor was Female and the two “children” of that Common Ancestor had different surnames, as if that common ancestor had married twice. In both cases, I have found indication / evidence that they were two different people.

This is NOT a linage study, it is only study of the APP.

Lesson Learned to date:

  • Good Review of your current database
  • Many hints for future research

We’re Related–The APP was correct

November 29, 2016

I did a blog post earlier We’re Related–Case of Sarah Howard earlier, but after thinking about it, something wasn’t right.

Again, I went into my Genealogy Tool Box and pulled out EXCEL again. This time to put together a Timeline of events that would cover Sarah Howard and Sarah Dorsey. I wanted to see if the truth or a different story would show up and would the timeline make some sense.


This is my line so I reviewed my existing database. Bottom line is that the APP was giving me correct information and that I had the Birth Date for Sarah Howard incorrect. I had it as 1650, to be close to her husband. I reviewed that conflicting information and have determined that 1668 is the correct birth date.

In the previous blog post, I had miss read the Find A Grave text, for the birth and marriage date. I read both as the same year, instead of different years. The review of the Timeline now makes sense AND the APP showed me the error of my way. Oh I have the documentation, just had evaluated it incorrectly, years ago.

Lesson Learned: Review your data carefully. The Hint may come from the APP.

We’re Related–Disproven Line

November 29, 2016

As I have worked on this project, I, for what ever reason, made “gut feeling” notes as I went.

From my spreadsheet:


My existing database had Nathaniel Allen; born about 1798, death date unknown. But entering the date into the spreadsheet, I Hilited the entry above his, Jonathan Thorndike. In my Todo list I noted where did Thorndike become Allen.

One of the resource that I have been using for this project is the Find A Grave search results and Hints from Ancestry.com.

In another We’re Related cousin, had Nathaniel Allen’s wife of Ruth Herrick.

Another We’re Related cousin had Jonathan Thorndike’s wife as Lois Morgan. So, I have 3 cousin’s lining up here but with conflicting information.

The answer to the Conflicting information was on the Find A Grave website;


Lois Morgan, was not the wife of Jonathan Thorndike, but the wife of Jonathan ALLEN. Jonathan and the birth and death year are the SAME, the Surname is different.

The other records in the cousin connection is pretty solid, but this one struck me pretty quickly, as I was transcribing the information from the APP to the point where I hilited it.

My current thinking is that this is a Disproven Line.

We’re Related–John Kerry

November 29, 2016

One of the things I have been doing with this project, is to look on Wikipedia about my more widely known cousins.

One of my 7th Cousins, 1x Removed is our 68th Secretary of State, John Forbes Kerry. We actually are weeks apart in age.

BUT, that is not the important piece of information that caught my eye.


Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and between 1968 and 1969, he served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Heart Medals.


Sometimes, a picture says more than the story


That smaller boat is one SWIFT BOAT, like the one that Mr Kerry was one. This was a year earlier (1967), and I took this picture from another Swift Boat. Some of us, from the USCGC Halfmoon (the rusty one in the background, we honored to be able to spend a day or two “on the river” on one of these Swift Boats.

I do remember that night, as we were running up and down the river, doing what ever we were supposed to be down, when there were Helicopter dropping what looked like “walls of fire”, down on the enemy. I guess it’s one of those images that you never forget.

I guess I don’t remember hearing about all of his medals, including 3 Purple Hearts. But when in comes to politics, I stop listening.

This is one line that I am going to prove, to myself at least, as he comes from my maternal grandmother’s line, from New England.

Looking at my database, I have disproven another connection to Mr Kerry, with one of my Facebook / Genealogy friends.

I am honored to be related to John Forbes Kerry.

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