On Again, Off Again

   Posted by: HystoryByts   in Genealogy, History, Projects, Research

One of the beautiful things about genealogy is that it’s always there. You can take off a day, a month, a year, and there’s always genealogy. Sometimes life takes you away from your research and that’s okay – your ancestors aren’t going anywhere from where they were before.

It’s actually likely that the increase of information available might make your research easier, faster, or simply provide that one piece of information you couldn’t find before.

On the other hand, stuff happens for the worse, as well. There are plenty of articles about “old, moldy records” having to be destroyed as health hazards. For that matter, buildings burn, taking all the records with them as well. Relatives pass, and their belongings which had rich sentimental value to them, are disposed of, because no one in the family knows that value.

So while you are active in genealogy, take the time to find your relatives, and talk about what’s valuable. Having the family photo album doesn’t do much good if you cannot identify anyone. Do what you can, as you can, and do it thoroughly. The information you save, may well provide that special link to someone in the future.

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Updating Your Education for Free

   Posted by: HystoryByts   in Education, Genealogy, Research

Taking genealogy courses allow you to update what you already know, or learn new things. There are PLENTY of genealogy places that offer courses, so you need to review who’s giving the course, what the course subject is, does it require any prerequisites to take the course you want to take, is it online learning or at home learning, and – sometimes the most important part – how much it costs.

Anyone can get started in genealogy without needing any education. But we often find out that a course or two really enhances our knowledge. There are many paid sites where you can register for courses, but Genealogy.com offers FREE courses through their Online University. Their course offerings include Beginning Genealogy, Internet Genealogy, Tracing Immigrant Origins, and Researching with Genealogy.Com. They also have some fundamental articles on Getting Started on their site.

FamilySearch also offers free courses online. Their courses also range from beginner to advanced, and cover many topics from ethnic groups to international research. And their courses are offered in a variety of languages. Family Search is provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As with any popular hobby, there’s always someone out there trying to do their best to lure you in to their website fraudulently. About.com offers a great page on “How to Identify & Avoid Genealogy Scams” which you should check out if you have any questions about the site or an email that you receive.

On a quick aside: thanks for the inquiries that have come personally. Having had some health issues the past few months has side-tracked my ability to post. I appreciate your concern and well wishes!

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Sometimes, you just get lucky.

   Posted by: HystoryByts   in Genealogy, Research

I run a regular search for specific family names online, and recently it popped up with a website about an antique family Bible. Hmm, I think, what’s this? I go to visit the page, and it describes some of the ancestors as Wills, Cobb, Moore and Massie. Well, the first three are my direct lineage! As I read, it says that the Bible is listed on eBay and I’m thinking, oh no! eBay!!! run run run and bid on it. But it sold on the 19th of May. *sigh* That’s the BAD thing about eBay, often listings don’t get picked up by the search engines until AFTER the sale is over.

Now, eBay doesn’t let you see who purchased things… but you sometimes get lucky. In this instance, the buyer left feedback for the auction! So from there, I could email them using the eBay system – and left my name and email address thinking they might be cousins or some form of kinfolk. ACTUALLY.. they’re a couple starting a new business because they want to see family stuff returned to families, and eBay listings are just not long enough. So they purchased it hoping someone in the family would come along who wants it!

That would be me.

I’m waiting on it to get here, but from the pictures it appears that it went of with the sister of my great-grandmother. How it ended up in West Texas, I’ll have to try to figure out, but for now, I’m not only getting the Bible, but it also has obituary clippings from 1909 and 1912 in it, as well as a few other articles. I can’t wait!

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Washington DC Records

   Posted by: HystoryByts   in Genealogy, Research, Vital Records

Today in their mail out, the National Archives wrote:

On this date in 1802, Washington, DC was incorporated as a city. Since that time, our nation’s capital has hosted some of the most historic events in American history. From the arrival of the B&O Railroad to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the District of Columbia has a rich history. What is your favorite moment in DC history?

Well, I have to say, my favorite moment is being born in DC! For so many years, when filling out forms, trying to explain I had no state to use, or no city if I used DC as the state, was an adventure! Times have changed, and at least most of the time, I can claim my birth city. But DC isn’t a state, even though they function like one in many ways.

Like any other state (even though DC isn’t one), you have to go through them to order vital records. The address in DC is:
Department of Health
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-9303

Also, DC doesn’t process requests online. Like many other states, you have to go through VitalChek at vitalchek.com if you want to place your request online.

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Society Saturday: Why Bother To Join?

   Posted by: HystoryByts   in Geneabloggers, Genealogy, Research

Proven information! In a nutshell, there’s a TON of information out there in the societies.

Now, you still need to verify the information, especially if it’s fairly old. Organizations 100 years ago didn’t ask for documents to prove you were descended from somebody – normally you only had a letter from someone saying that Joe’s cousin Sally was your grandmother’s sister.. or something along those lines. So, you have to use a good dose of skepticism when you look.

My paternal grandmother is a line I know little to nothing about. In 1928, her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) application was hand-written and while it does have her address on it, and it does state that she’s married to my grandfather, it does NOT tell us when she was born or married! The DAR at that time only asked where you were born: “I was born in _______, County of ________, State of ________.” That’s all. Her “proof” for her information consisted of “Family Bible” “Heitman’s Historical Register, page 299″ and “See National Number #145919″ After the application was verified, it was stamped, “Verified By National Number 145918″ Not a lot of information to help us out!

But I had two new applications to look at: numbers 145919 and 145918. 145918 – the ‘earlier’ application – was Rebecca Moore Darden Snow, whose grandmother was Rebecca Moore. Since the patriot for this line is Peter Moore, you can see there may be a naming pattern going on. But, this application does the same thing that my grandmother’s does: it only gives us names and years of birth, death, and marriage – no dates, no places. But certainly not a dead end!

On the later pages of the application, it tells me that Peter Moore was married twice: to Sarah Littleton at Franklin, VA in 1775 and to Mary Ellis at Franklin VA, in 1795. So searching on Sarah Littleton online, I found this information:

Peter Moore. b @1750; d 1820 Southampton County, VA
Married Sarah Littleton: children by her
  Elijah (no wife known)
  Littleton m Margaret Daughtery
Mary Ellis about 1795 in Southampton County, VA
  Sarah, m. Jason Gardner
  Mary, (never married)
  Nancy, (m Joseph Buxton)b @1798; d 1870
  John, (Delilah Edwards)
  James, (no information)

Nancy Moore m Joseph Buxton: children
  Elmina Cephus Buxton m Allen Hardy Cotton (1826; d 1894)
  Lydia Marian Buxton
  Margaret Buxton
  George Edward Buxton
  Joanna Buxton
He has two other wives and 4 more children

So by using the resources available to you through lineage societies, you can often find good leads to help you fill in your own genealogy. I’m off to follow up on this information and see what I can learn about this branch of the family tree.

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