31 October 2006
Registration is very reasonable.
29 October 2006
24 October 2006
A partial list of topics is posted on my site and my current speaking schedule includes dates that have already been booked and more current topics. New topics can be developed upon request, with adequate lead time.
If you are interested in having me present for your group, send me an email.
23 October 2006
You can pick whatever name you want. Heck, even make one up. It will let you purchase a coat of arms for the Idiot family (I tried but changed my mind when they asked for a credit card--after all, I'm no Idiot), but most of those "seven dirty words" are forbidden (ok, I tried a few of those too but I won't admit it to my kids).
If you've tired of overpriced jewelry and other knick-knacks......
I won't post the URL here...but clever websurfers can probably find it easy enough ;-)
(we'll return to real genealogy in a future post)
21 October 2006
19 October 2006
There was a time when women could not own property, could not will property, could not be guardians for their children, etc. etc. In some cases, a failure to understand the law of the time may create brick walls that do not exist.
For example, my ancestor Sarah Turberville, left a will in Virginia in 1761, mentioning no real property. What? How can that be? The family had a farm, etc. etc. The reason is that in 1761 Virginia women could not own property in their own right...that is why.
We've posted more articles on searching for female ancestors on our site at:
And some of us might not have the same number of male and female ancestors, but that we'll leave that for a later post.
17 October 2006
Anyone who has a social security number has an SS-5 form, the "application for Social Security and Tax Account Number" appears on the right.
I don't often get these. They are $27 from the Social Security Administration and are open to the public for anyone who is deceased. They are helpful when other records are not available or other records are confusing. The one on the right is for my wife's grandmother. It is one of the few I have...because in her case records were inconsistent.
Keep in mind that for more individuals these forms were filled out by the applicant themselves. That is usually not the case with death certificates and why in some situations these records provide information that is at odds with the death record.
More about SS5 forms can be located on our site at http://www.rootdig.com/ss5/
- Many church records can be translated using a handful of words.
- Many church records follow boilerplate text.
For these reasons, word lists from the Family History Library (http://www.familysearch.com) are particularly effective. Also it is extremely helpful to copy all the register entries on the same page as the located entry and to find entries for all family members, not just your direct line.
A column of mine from the Ancestry Daily News, Catching Christening Clues: Belgian Baptismal Beginnings , discusses several entries I obtained from Belgium. The images themselves have been posted on my website for anyone who wants to try their hand at reading Latin (http://www.rootdig.com/stofferis/).
15 October 2006
The workshop was held at the Library of Virginia, home to an excellent collection of Virginia archival materials. http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
09 October 2006
The website for ordering materials will have additional links added to today. That link should be in your handout.
The URL for the Missouri Death Certificates is:
They are still working on it, but those who have people in this place during the time period of the records should give it a go.
If there are other URLs or links that you need from the seminar, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send them to you privately or post them here for others to use as well.
Thanks for having me as your speaker. Spokane is certainly a beautiful city and the short tour I got Saturday night from Donna Potter Philips was greatly appreciated. It's clear she loves Spokane and knows a great deal about its history as well.
Here is a link to the book I mentioned during the lecture, Prairie Patrinomy. The link is at Amazon...you don't have to get it there, but that will give you enough bibliographic information to either interlibrary loan or purchase it as is your pleasure.
Links mentioned that weren't in handout:
World Connect http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com
Mailing Lists at Rootsweb http://lists.rootsweb.com
Message Boards at Ancestry http://boards.ancestry.com
04 October 2006
Individual sessions can be downloaded for just $1.99. Special packages of 15 sessions are available for $25 – a discount of 17% off the usual price. Once you download the sessions you can listen to them on your computer, iPod or other MP3 player. Visit www.lulu.com/fgs2006 to download your sessions now. If you have any problems or questions about downloading, please contact the FGS office at email@example.com .
My searching lecture is
and my UFO Ancestor lecture is
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03 October 2006
If your ancestor moved from point A to point B, what brought him there? Determing the likely reason lead to new research opportunities. Of my numerous immigrant ancestors in the 1840-1885 era, I thought I only had one who came "alone." Turns out they didn't come alone after all---I just missed the links because the links. The connection was not obvious and involved several degrees of "in-laws." All of my immigrant ancestors during this period (nearly a dozen families) immigrated to where they had family or relatives. Keep looking...there's probably a connection somewhere.
Readers of the Ancestry World Journal will see my story on this migration chain in an upcoming edition.
And if anyone knows what caused August Mortier to be one of the earliest Belgians to settle in Moline/Rock Island, Illinois (they arrived in 1880 which was a decade before significant numbers came to the Quad Cities)...let me know. I have several Mortier descendants living in my house, but am not one myself ;-).
I'm a little tired in this picture...but someone asked me for a recent one and it is the most current that I have. Juliana Smith (of Ancestry.com) snapped it at NGS in Chicago in June (I'm probably working on two hours of sleep...) . At every conference...she's got that darned camera ;-).
The following weekend, I'm in Richmond, Virginia, for a workshop at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Anyone who is interested can email me and I can put you in contact for more information.