Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Tracking Names

September 25, 2011

As some of you may know, I use the Family Tree Maker program. Based on the Goal of this project, Identifying the Parents of Ridgely Howard, I needed a way to clearly identify relationships between people as the research progressed.

I did find the parents of David Ridgely Howard, but that wasn’t good enough for me, because I really wanted to find the Revolutionary War person that was referred to in the movie and since I have Ridgely and Howard Surnames in my family, I really wanted to determine if I was related to Ridgely Howard.

I just posted some details about how I used Family Tree Maker to track relationships as I found them.

A way to track Relationships from Census Records

This recording of information has helped with this project.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life –Revolutionary War Records

September 23, 2011

One thing that this study has done for me, is to get me to look into records that I have not used before.

Earlier I had mentioned Civil War Records. Still working on them. What has been interesting is reading a book about the 1st and 2nd Maryland C.S.A. that David Ridgely Howard was a part of. This book documents the activities of the unit, and the CW documents for him complements that book.

I have gone back to the notion and James Wallace (Union Soldier) and David Ridgely Howard’s ancestors were in the Revolutionary War together, with George Washington.

As I have developed the family units in Baltimore, there are a couple of people that might be the same people or they may be two different people.

Doing a search for a couple of people in the file, I found five (5) Revolutionary War SAR applications. I spent all of today entering about 200 pieces of information on just 3 of these applications. It has helped separate the families and has given some clear indication of how the people in my file are related, especially against the Census Records that I have looked at.

I’ll get back to the Civil Was tomorrow, as I have found some very interesting information about this family line or lines. Some good documentation of just how many brothers and cousins were in the Civil War AND why they chose to serve in the C.S.A., That’s a story for another day.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Update

September 18, 2011

I thought it was about time to post an update on this project. It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

  1. Another project took way some research time, but that project was very important to this project
  2. Took a side trip to pay our respects to the Flight 93 National Monument in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011.
  3. On the way to the Flight 93, we spend part of the day at Gettysburg


Slide Show from our visit to the Flight 93 National Monument

I did blog about our visit here

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial – Signs tell the story

What I learned in this visit, is how important it is to help preserve the Stories of People. There are 40 Hero’s who lost their lives on that day in 2001. We say, “never forget”, but how will they be remembered. One way is to Blog about our experience.

There is no way for me to blog about the experience, only to share some pictures. We did see family members, first responders, supporters of the families. All we could do was to ‘be there’, for those family members.


Gettysburg was a different experience, and will have to blog about that at some point in time, but what I did learn was telling stories about People in that battle field.

We took a bus tour of Gettysburg. First time doing that, but the Tour Guide told stories of what we were looking at, and the people involved at the time.

I had a chance to talk to our Tour Guide for a moment. I mentioned that I was interested in Culp’s Hill, which we had already passed, and why I was interested. His response made my day. “Didn’t he have a couple of brothers here?” Yes he (David Ridgely Howard) did. This gentleman knows “his stuff”.

After the bus tour, we went back to Culp’s Hill. A little disappointed that we didn’t find the 2nd Maryland CSA monument, we knew we were in the right place. It was very nice to see where this Civil War soldier was wounded.



It was raining, but this rainbow was to our left.


Enough for trips, or In the meantime, what have you been doing.

After looking at many Census Records, putting families together, I have begun going to my favorite research website, when trying to gather, not prove, relationships and date. That is Find-A-Grave.

So far, I have not been disappointed in the findings on this website.

I have spent a little time making sure that I have standardized how I record information. I have been using a feature that I haven’t used before to document where and how I found the relationships between people.

The one sad part, so far, is that I haven’t found David Ridgely Howard on Find-A-Grave.

Back to my research.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – 1890 Census Substitute

August 9, 2011

As I reviewed the Census for the various years, learning what information is added as each version of the Census progresses. Then running into 1890. What do you do to see where the family was in 1890. The households changed over time, where were they in 1890.

The first place, in a broader search, I remembered City Directories. Looking in the Baltimore City Directory, there is David R. Howard.


The address, 939 St Paul, is consistent the previous and following Census Record.

Will then look for the other family members in the same City Directory. This will also help see household members who were in the 1880 Census, but not in the 1900 Census.

This is a reminder to Search Broadly.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Family Tracking

August 3, 2011

My friend and Genea-Blogger Dear MYRTLE had an interesting Blog recently.

Using custom report features of your genealogy program

In that blog entry, she had this question:

We are new to Genealogy and have and Family Tree Maker.
This is a question that I am sure must have been answered a million times but we have not been able to find a solution doing Google searches. We would like to use Excel to help sort out what we know and don’t know from the tree that we have built so far.

Is there any software that will download an existing gedcom file onto an Excel spreadsheet?

I thought, that is exactly what I am doing for this project. So, why not share it here.

Since I know very little about David Ridgely Howard, I wanted to see if the Census Records could help me build what his family might look like, using Census Records, since other records were not helping me identify his parents. The census would help build households that my subject was in in various census years. Hopefully, one of them would give clues to his parents. As census years progress, relationships could be established within the Household. So, I wanted to build an EXCEL file, as was indicated in Dr. Tom Jones’ discussion on Inferential Genealogy.

Since I use Family Tree Maker, Version 2011, and the question was the same, here is how I created my EXCEL file. Please keep in mind that I didn’t start out with this file, but I had data in my genealogy program file.

The key for me was to use a feature of Family Tree Maker and that is for the program to assign, with some user control, a PersonID. I did that, and each PersonID will begin with DRH (David Ridgely Howard), there is a reason for me to do that, which is not important (yet). So that I can see the PersonID in my file AND in EXCEL.

In Family Tree Maker I went to the Publish Workspace, Person Collection, and selected Custom Report.



This will allow me to select the information that I want in EXCEL.

When I brought up the Custom Report the first ICON when that screen opens is Items to Include. Clicking on that ICON will bring up this screen.


I included the Name, PersonID, Birth, Marriage, and Death FACTS. I wanted the EXCEL file to have the Name format to be Last Name, First Name, Middle Name. As that will be the first column in EXCEL.

Selecting name, in the above screen, then Name Options, I select Last, First, Middle to get the output of the Name in the format I want.

Here is what that report looks like in Family Tree Maker. My subject is in the red box. All I have at this point is his Name, the PersonID that Family Tree Maker generated for me, Birth and Death Dates.



That’s a good start and will help generate an EXCEL file so that I can track the Census Records. I select Include All in the Right Hand Panel in the Publish Workspace for the Custom Report. (won’t show all of the Family Tree Maker screen, as that can be a topic of my other blog)

With that report on my display, I click on Share, and select Export to CSV, a format that EXCEL can read and understand.


I want the data to appear in Columns, That is one row per person. So the first button, is selected.



Once exported, you are given the option to Open the file. Here it is in EXCEL. You can see David listed. So, my data is now in EXCEL to do what I want. Maybe not in the format that I want, but the main pieces of information is there.


I made some changes in EXCEL, like moving the PersonID column from the 2nd column to the first column. Normal Cut / Paste features in EXCEL were used. I did, but really didn’t have to, split up the Name from one column to three. Over time, I knew that the exact wording of the names would change over time.

For David, he is DRH001, I changed DRH1 to DRH001, because of the way EXCEL sorts. I wanted the FACTS to be in a column followed by the Date of that Event (or Fact), followed by the State, Place that it occurred and a description as provided by Family Tree Maker.

All of this was a little extra work, but the Sorting in EXCEL and Filtering that you can do with EXCEL it was worth the extra time to reformat what Family Tree Maker had provided.


I knew the Birth and Death Dates for David, so I entered those Facts with Dates. In Family Tree Maker when a Census Record is used, the Residence FACT is used to record where the person was in the Census. Above you can see that I have gathered the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 Census, but haven’t found (yet) the 1920 Census. He died in 1927.

I added the Residence FACT dates If I hadn’t found them yet, so in looking at this spreadsheet I can tell I need to look for that.

Using the Sorting and Filtering capability of EXCEL I can see households over time. Who is in the household, who is not in the household, then later the Relationships.

I won’t post more about that, as what is really an EXCEL lesson or two, and that isn’t the purpose of this Blog.

I wanted to track females, over time, in Census Records. The first thing I did was to put a background color for them.


In this example, I do not know her birth Surname. For unknown names, I enter 5 underscores “_____”. I know her birth and death year AND when she got married. So, for the Census years before she was married, her surname has those 5 underscores. There are ways to find that information, but for this spreadsheet I wanted to be reminded visually that I need to look. Since she married a Howard, and I found her in the 1880 Census, just after her marriage, I changed her unknown surname to Howard. I know here death date, so I also have a visible reminder that I need to find her in those census records.

I thank Dear MYRLE for posting the question and I hope I have provided an answer to the question asked. I know that this spreadsheet, generated by Family Tree Maker has really helped me with this project.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Reward

July 24, 2011

In searching ‘broadly’, I decided that I would try to find more information about David Ridgely Howard’s C.S.A. Unit, the 1st Maryland Infantry, C.S.A. While visiting the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA, the 1st Maryland was there. I blogged about that here:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #6


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–CSA Unit Book

In the picture there are two books. The one I am reading is First and Second Maryland Infantry, C.S.A., by Robert J. Driver Jr, published by Willow Bend Books, 2003. (ISBN 1-58549-901-3)

The book talks about the history of this unit during the Civil War. There are details in the life of the unit, the conditions, places, interaction within the unit, and interaction within the locations where they were. It would appear that the author spent considerable amount of time reading letters and documentation written about the unit. Like my great-grandfather, Samuel Worthington, many soldiers wrote letters home, it would appear.

I have already posted the Civil War Records that are online and within the book.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Civil War Papers

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls

and for David Ridgely Howard’s brother:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls #2

Really getting into this Civil War ‘thing’.

When I turned to page 204, who do I see, a picture of James M and David Ridgely Howard, in uniform.

Searching Broadly certainly has paid off in the pursuit of finding the Parents of David Ridgely Howard. Not sure I am closer to reaching my goal, but really have a better view of D.R. Howard and his family.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls #2

July 18, 2011

As a follow up to

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Muster Rolls

That post was about David Ridgely Howard, but it referred to a brother. Here is that information.

First and Second Maryland Infantry
Muster Rolls

Page 445


Pvt., Co. C(2nd), 1st Md. Inf. b. Baltimore 3/26/39. Att. St. James College & U of Va. Res. of Baltimore. Enl. Richmond 5/17/61. Ab. sick Strasburg 6/25-31/61. Ab. sick in camp near Centreville 10/29-31/61. Ab. on detached service at Haymarket 11-12/61. Discharged 6/23/52. Promoted Lt. Of Art. 6/24/62. Assigned as Acting Asst. Adjt General on staff of Col. T.S. Rhett, commanding the artillery defenses of Richmond 1862-63. Ord. Officer on Gen. Elzey’s staff, 5-7/64. Asst. Adjutant General on Gen. Stevens staff 8/64. May have served on the staffs of Gen.’s Nicholls, Hays and B.T. Johnson 1864. NFR. Emigrated to Canada 1865. M.D., Baltimore. Served in Engineer Corps, Baltimore, postwar. Lawyer. Member, Army & Navy Society, Maryland Line Association. d. Oakland, Md. 1/31/16. Believed bur. in the Old St. Paul’s Cem., Baltimore.

NFR: No further record

As with his brother, I have his Civil War records.

His venture to Canada wasn’t very long, as he is in the 1870 Census with David.

No further along to the Parents, but the Family is taking shape.

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