Writing the Narrative

I’ve always thought that a story is more attractive to read or to tell as compared with just handing someone a standardized genealogy chart, such as a pedigree or family group form.

Some software programs will create an outline of the facts as you input them; this is fine as far as it goes.  You then want to edit that document and put in a few other elements, such as photos, descriptions of the occupation of the main bread winner, or find and summarize the history of the area.

For example:

Aileen Robinson was the daughter of Philo H. Robinson and Bridget A. Ryan.  She was born in Illinois on the  23rd of October, 1884.  I know this, in part, because her name appears in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census of Decatur, Illinois (Macon County).  The record shows her as being sixteen years old.  I wonder what it was like to be sixteen in that place and age?

According to a source, (Wikipedia), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur,_Illinois,   it is now the largest city in Illinois and was founded in 1829.

Genealogy Volunteers


At the north end of our county, is an unpretentious little museum; the space is divided between relics of yesteryear and family history.  Many in the community have contributed family stories, either in the form of a published product or in the form of a three ring notebook containing typed or handwritten stories and data.

There is a place for old newspapers and maps and a project to scan donated photographs continues.  A small gift shop offers mementos of days gone by, plus souvenir related items.  For about $20 a year you can become a member and supporter of the North Okaloosa Heritage Association.

Who has contributed time, effort, money, and sustained this historical gem?  Volunteers.  Countless hours have been spent in maintaining the museum and expanding its mission.  It is a sacrifice laced with love.  Thank you Ann Spann, Judy Cadenhead, Jeanette Henderson, Mary Ellen Wexler, and Joe Fisher, to just name a few!

Genealogy and History are inextricably connected.  People who love history become genealogists and vice versa.  The key to the survival of our family and heritage linked community history is man and woman-power.  The archives and legacy will not be preserved otherwise.  Thanks, to all genealogy volunteers, everywhere.



Genealogy Pleasures

Genealogy Pleasures:

I open up my genealogy software program (RootsMagic.com) and choose the view that shows my information in pedigree format. I notice that there is a small-ish lightbulb icon beside some of my ancestral names. Some are yellow and some are white. Some are pending, some are confirmed. To learn more aobut this function in the RootsMagic database, look under “Help” in the options navigation bar at the top of your screen. Web Hints now include possible matches from three sources:

  1. FindMyPast website
  2. FamilySearch.org and
  3. MyHeritage.com

It is up to you to determine if these hints really pertain to your ancestor. The information box that pops up when you click on the lightbulb tells you the total number of hints and whether the hint is pending, confirmed, or rejected. You can also edit the person’s profile if you want to include or correct something from the hint information. Say for example, the hint confirms something that you already expected, such as a given name. If the hint seems valid, maybe you will want to add an alternate name in the ancestor’s profile.

Screenshot:  For lightbulb matching

At least I’m guessing this is the way it works. For further help in the WebHints or RootsMagic, read some of the material at the RootsMagic Facebook page. Now, I’ve used the lightbulb many times but when I realized that the function is even greater than I had previously supposed, I wanted to share with you! In the “not too long ago” past, I used Personal Ancestral File genealogy software; it was years before I realized that I had barely scratched the surface of what all I could accomplish with the program.

I’m excited to delve further into the RootsMagic function for Web Hints!

Marg In Gainesville

Genealogy is a Journey, not?

johnny-automatic-path-to-star-300px If Genealogy isn’t the journey, then, what is it?

It is, at the very least, that vehicle by which we travel the highways and byways of Family History.  In the genealogy toolkit we will find the tools to navigate ancestral trails.  The pot of gold, the treasure, comes to us in bits and pieces as we wield the tools, so every part of the journey—the Family History Journey—hopefully takes us “home”.

In my mind, I picture the vehicle running smoothly, but the truth is that sometimes it goes round and round in circles!  This circuitous route is alright with me because we are learning and progressing and finding our way.  Take time to savor the journey and leave yourself open to discovery and serendipity.

So what about the toolbox?  1390787932-300pxHere are some of the items I want with me on my trip:

  • A pedigree chart (also known as the “ancestor” or “ancestral” chart)is the bones of your lineage map.  Download for free at ancestry.com.  Or, when I’m trying to stay on track  in my Internet searches, I open my RootsMagic genealogy software which has various (including the pedigree) views.
  • A research log, or your genealogy program “to-do” list is another item that will help keep you from getting off course.  I find that I have a tendency to get distracted when I’m on the Internet!

What other tools can you identify as essential parts of your research objectives?  Hint:  Look at what others have to say–Google “genealogy tool box”.  I especially like this one developed by Mr. MacEntee!



Sultan Knish: Where the Black Flags Fly


Sultan Knish: Where the Black Flags Fly.

I so admire this fellow, this Daniel Greenfield.  He provides for me an alternate view from the media of televised news and liberal blogs.  I feel he is more in touch with how our enemies think because he has lived the reality.  I especially hear the ring of truth from his statement,

It’s been a while since Westerners lived in a society in which human life was truly worthless, in which no one trusted anyone else and it was easier to kill than not to kill.

I have read a few things that confirms that truth and though I’ve never experienced it, personally, I have his perspective with which to weigh the truth.


Muscogee County, Georgia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Muscogee County, Georgia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

My Grandmother, Eunice Tucker Hill Hall, spent time in this county;  her second husband was in the army at Fort Benning.  This is what I found in the record of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census:

1940 Census, McCrary, Muscogee, Georgia

Household 3, line 14

 Page 106-43 B

1.  Floyd D. Hall (head), age 60

2.  Eunice [Hall] (wife), age 52: This is my grandmother, whose maiden name is Tucker.

3.  Beatrice Scarborough, age 33; [Aunt Bea was born Beatrice Meda Hill; she was the oldest of three children.  Other husbands include James Bentley Beverly and Clarence Edgar Hunt. See below].

4.  John Scarborough, (John Olney Scarborough), son-in law, age 37

5.  Beverly, Barbara Ann(e), granddaughter, age 13

6.  Earl R. Hill, step son, age 31 (This is Earl Rudolph Hill, my dad’s brother).