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Weekly Prompt #30 – My Social Network

I was reluctant to join Facebook when first invited by several family members, I held off for a long time, but, when I found out that my cousin, whom I’ve been out of touch with for over a decade was a member, I thought I’d join, just to keep in touch with her again. It’s been about two years since I joined, and I am not a “friend collector”, most of my Facebook friends are family members. I have found Facebook useful in getting the news and information out about our upcoming family reunion, since a group was formed for this purpose. I also joined Geneabloggers on Facebook as well. I look forward to the messages and invites from Thomas about upcoming carnivals and events. I use some of the apps on Facebook such as “I Remember” and “MyHeritage” but I don’t get into the games and other stuff.

I joined Twitter a while ago at the request of my daughter-in-law and forgot all about it (so did she). When I started geneablogging, I decided to start using Twitter. I joined the genealogy group on Twitter and started following a few people. When I started to get Twitter emails from people who started following me, I would check out their profile, and, if they had the same interests, I would follow them back. I’m not interested in making money on Twitter, so I don’t follow the marketing entrepreneurs, although they follow me and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. I tweet about the weather, interesting genealogy sites that I come across, my blog posts, current events and often participate in Follow Friday on Twitter, which is my personal reccomendations for people to follow, and Surname Saturday, where I tweet my surname interests so that anyone searching the names I post can contact me. I’ve even joined a couple of twibes. Most of the people I follow are in the Genealogy world, but I follow some people with different interests such as gardening, sewing and crafts. I often go to sites referred to by people that I am following, and have found some that I wouldn’t have found without their tweets.

I am still waiting to see if GenealogyWise is going to be of any benefit. I have joined a few groups, but there doesn’t seem to be much happening there as of yet. The forums are disorganized, no categories, just one post after the other. The blogs have no sense of direction either, they are all over the place. Some I wouldn’t even consider blog posts, they would have been better off placed in the forums. I joined a few groups on GenealogyWise, but I’m not very hopeful that they’ll help much in my research. Some groups were created as a way to get more exposure to blog posts, but I think there should be more to offer than just another place to read the same postings. Some of the groups don’t seem to have much direction either, just post your research interests and then what? I’d rather have some kind of directory for researchers to get in touch with one another.

Another social networking site I use is Multiply, one that is familiar to anyone who belonged to an MSN Group. I have a homepage and have started a few family groups there. Some of the things I like about Multiply is the control of privacy and unlimited storage available.

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Weekly Genealogy Prompt #29 – My Favourite Canadian Genealogy Websites

My Canadian genealogy is divided into several different time periods which I am interested in. First, the Acadians, who came to the maritimes from France in the early 1600’s, then there are the Canadiens, who came to the Quebec region in the 1600’s as well. The Loyalists came to Upper Canada in the late 1700’s, the Quakers, soon after the Loyalists. Each period in history is unique and I am listing my favourite websites for each of them.

Here is a list of a few of my favourite websites for researching:
Acadian genealogy:

  1. Acadian Roots
  2. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
  3. New Brunswick Provincial Archives

Canadien genealogy:

  1. Quebec Archives
  2. McGill University Library
  3. Your Folks

Loyalist genealogy:

  1. United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada
  2. Upper Canada Genealogy
  3. Ontario Genealogy
  4. Our Ontario

Quaker genealogy

  1. The Quaker Archives and Library of Canada

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Genealogy Prompt #28 – The Magic of Rootsmagic

I have been using Rootsmagic genealogy software for a few years, I started with version 3 and upgraded to version 4 when it was released in the spring. When I started researching my family history I used the PAF program to record my data. Although it was functional, and free, I wanted a program that had more features and was more user-freindly.

I used trial versoins of different programs until I found the one I liked. That was Rootsmagic, it has all of the bells and whistles anybody could ask for, editing, reports, charts, records, pdf. books, shareable CDs, scrapbooks etc.

The shareable CDs are fully functional Rootsmagic programs that only have one database, and is uneditable. Everything works just like the original program, even the web search feature! Books, reports, charts etc. are all printable. The opening page of the program is editable also, you can have a Title page with photos, if desired. I am going to be making some at my family reunion.

I really like the Rootsmagic-to-go feature in version 4, you can have a fully functional program anywhere you go, installed on a USB flash drive. If hard drive space is a premium, you don’t have to install the program on your computer. You can take it everywhere and open and edit the data when and where you are doing research, instead of gathering info to enter into your program when you get home, so that your database is kept up -to-date more accurately and efficiently.

Filed under: Genealogy, Research Resources, Weekly Prompts/09,

Weekly Genealogy Prompt # 22 – Be Always Sure You’re Right – THEN GO AHEAD!

Prompt: Dish the dirt on your celebrity ancestors. Don’t have a movie star in the tree? Then talk about ancestors famous for other reasons. This is your chance to be an historical gossip columnist!

Much has been written about this man and his adventures in his lifetime and ever since. He was “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” as the ballad about him says. He has been portrayed on television and song as a backwoods hero, with humble beginnings who grew to manhood with an honest and righteous nature. He has even written about himself in his autobiography “A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee”. David Crockett’s autobiography was written as a campaign tract for his congressional race, with literary assistance from Thomas Chilton.

He begins his autobiography with this poetic advice:

“I have this rule for others when I’m dead, Be always sure you’re right- THEN GO AHEAD!”

The reason for his autobiography, he states, is to correct an injustice done to him by the author of a book about him, and set the world straight about who he was and what he stood for. He also wished to satisfy the curiosity that the public had about him.

He writes:

“I know, that as obscure as I am, my name is making a considerable deal of fuss in the world. I can’t tell why it is, nor in what it is to end. Go where I will, everybody seems anxious to get a peep at me; and it would be hard to tell which would have the advantage, if I, and the “Government,” and “Black Hawk,” and a great eternal big caravan of wild varments were all to be showed at the same time in four different parts of any of the big cities in the nation. I am not so sure that I shouldn’t get the most custom of any of the crew.There must therefore be something in me, or about me, that attracts attention, which is even mysterious to myself. I can’t understand it, and I therefore put all the facts down, leaving the reader free to take his choice of them.

He starts out his book with a little history of his parents and where they came from, his father’s service in the Revolutionary war, Indians attacking and killing his grandparents, etc. He then goes on to his early family life, with a sense of humor. This is what he wrote about his birth:

“But before I get on the subject of my own troubles, and a great many funny things that have happened to me, like all other historians and biographers, I should not only inform the public that I was born, myself, as well as other folks, but that this important event took place, according to the best information I have received on the subject, on the 17th of August, in the year 1786; whether by day or night, I believe I never heard, but if I did, I have forgotten. I suppose, however, it is not very material to my present purpose, nor to the world, as the more important fact is well attested, that I was born; and, indeed, it might be inferred, from my present sie and appearance, that I was pretty well born, though I have never yet attached myself to that numerous and worthy society.”

Reading this book about the life of Davey Crockett, I get a real sense of his character and personality. He was not pretentious, he was honest and lived by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. He was a leader, not a follower. He was a true American Hero!

My Crockett Connections

Filed under: Family Files, Genealogy, O'Neil/Neil, Weekly Prompts/09,

Weekly genealogy Prompt#15 – Close Only Counts in Horseshoes … and Sometimes Genealogy

How do you know when close counts in Genealogy? In a perfect world, everybody would have legible handwriting, perfect spelling and photographic memories. I have ran across many a transcription error in censuses and vital records while researching. When I run across an error, I submit a correction, where possible, so others will find the information easier.
But what happens if it’s not a transcription error, but an error in the primary document? One example I recently ran across researching my Libby relations, one record I found had my ancestor’s surname as Sibley on the original record. On this record, I thought it was the wrong person until I read further. Here is the marriage record for Benjamin Libby.

The proven facts are:

Benjamin Libby was born in Cornwall, England on September 24, 1843.
Benjamin’s parents were Isaac Libby and Grace George.
Benjamin Libby’s wife, Hanna Duck Libby died Jan. 13, 1884, leaving him with eight children 13 and under.
Benjamin Libby’s wife in the 1891 census is Jane.
Mary Jane Hannah was born in Quebec.

Comparing the facts with what is on the marriage record:

The age of the groom is correct.
The country of birth is correct.
The father’s first name is correct.
The mother’s first and maiden name are correct.
The fact that the groom was a widower was correct.
The location was correct.

To be sure that it was the right record I checked any records for the Sibley surname.
According to the censuses, there were no Sibleys in Essex County in the 1871,1881,1891,1901 or 1911.
There were no records anywhere for Isaac or Benjamin Sibley, not even this marriage record when I searched under “Sibley”.

So, my conclusion is this:
Benjamin Sibley and Benjamin Libby are the same person
Isaac Sibley is Isaac Libby
Mary Jane Hannah is Jane Libby. She probably would have went by Jane, which is common when the first name is Marie or Mary. Jane was born in Quebec of Irish-born parents, according to the 1891 census.

Filed under: Genealogy, Weekly Prompts/09,

My Genealogy Research Techniques – Weekly Blogging Prompt # 14

Week #14: Talk about the different types of technology you use in your genealogy research. Whether it’s a new search engine, a special application, or anything else “2.0,” let readers know what you’re working with, and how it’s working for you.

I guess I am your stereotypical “pyjama genealogist”, I ‘m wearing them right now! I rarely go out of the house to do my genealogy research. I have gone to libraries, but my local library only has local family histories, so I do most of my research online.

I don’t have stacks of files, I started out printing everything out but soon found it easier and less expensive to put it on disks or USB drives. I have copies of all my research on two computers, desktop and laptop, on two USB drives and an external drive. If I want anything printed out, I have a wireless priter and a wireless PSC.

My office is my livingroom, I use my laptop most of the time, sit on the couch with a coffee and get comfortable. I’m usually on early in the day, checking email, posting on my groups, reading blogs, while I babysit my grandson. I can’t do too much research while he’s here, I’m up and down every few minutes with him. I usuall spend some time in the afternoon doing research, when it’s quiet. I have an online Notebook where I am sorting out and storing all of my documents and images. If I’m on late at night, I am usually uploading source files to my Notebook while I’m watching TV, which is a tedious process and doesn’t take much attention, or catching up with my cousin, who lives on the west coast.

I use Rootsmagic-To-Go and carry my USB drive with me, at all times, along with my camera. I can enter data right into the program wherever there is a computer.

As for websites, I have a Rootsmagic website, a family website, a reunion website, personal website, Tribal Pages website, five group sites (manager), a genealogy blog, personal blog, I am on Facebook and use Twitter.

I also have quite a collection of antique source books, in PDF form that I reference often. I buy source books as well when I can. I have a subscription to and have a tree there as well.

I do enjoy going out to photograph gravestones, visit museums, Forts, historically significant areas around the province.

I am not a genealogist, I don’t profess to be, I am not interested in making a career out of it, I do it for my own satisfaction, to learn more about my ancestors and share what I’ve learned with those who are interested.

Filed under: Genealogy, Weekly Prompts/09,

January 2021