Ian Sun, 06/03/2012 - 11:41
2012 is the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812. While living in Baltimore, MD, I learned a bit about the war. Baltimore played a pivotal role in the war, and was a hub of America Privateers. I have many friends in Baltimore that are both members of the NSSAR and General Society of the War of 1812.
With that in mind, Fold3 (Formerly Footnote) has made several records set free for the month of June. You can click on the image below to take you to those record sets.
Ian Wed, 04/18/2012 - 00:11
One of my stated goals this year was to work on improving my source citations in my Family tree. Part of the reason that I find genealogy interesting, is that it is very much about the details. I would imagine that it is very similar to detective work, and somewhat like science, in that you are trying to unravel a series of facts to figure out what happened. In Science, the work that you do is only as good as the documentation you can present. The documentation is presented so that others can review your work and then try to reproduce it. Genealogy is (Or rather should be) the same. All of the work that we do as genealogists is only as good as the documentation or sources that we provide for it. Source citations are key, and that is why I am working on improving the sources in my family tree. My goal (and I feel like it should be the goal of every genealogist) is to document my tree to the point that there is no question about the information presented. When I do this, others in the future can work on solving issues that I could not, rather than re-inventing the wheel, covering the same ground that I already have.
Over time, I have improved with sourcing my research, but there is always work to be done. When I first started I did not add sources to anything. Eventually I started adding references to census records, but these entries were pretty lack luster and in retrospect, I doubt that they would have done anything to help other genealogists in the future.
Ian Mon, 04/02/2012 - 10:35
Ian Wed, 03/07/2012 - 01:00
Great news for those of us out there that are always on the lookout for new source material. After reading a post over on Dick Eastman’s blog, I learned that the familysearch.org website has announced that they have digitized over 40,000 family history books, and posted them online. Here is what the Familyhistory website has to say:
Ian Wed, 02/08/2012 - 21:35
Ian Sun, 01/08/2012 - 16:30
Every year I set a few goals for the year, and often time, goals about my family tree are in the works. In the past I have been more concerned about "growing" the tree based on the number of individuals alone, but this year I am also looking to improve the "Quality" of the tree, by increasing the number and use of sources in the tree. Previously, it was easy to discern if I had met my goal, just record the number of Individuals that I had before the year started, and compare to the number I have at the end of the year. This year, I will be looking at more than just the number of individuals that are added, so I need to record more data at the start of the year. This post is intended to do that. With that said lets get started.
Ian Sun, 09/04/2011 - 21:21
These three individuals are really giving me problems. These three are all that stand in the way to me proving Thomas Arbuckle as a patriot for myself and the NSSAR as well as my mother and grandmother for the NSDAR. I am looking for any and all information that can be credibly sourced to help me document these Individuals.
Here is what I know:
- James Arbuckle: Born: 1769. Died 1845 in Rush County, Indiana. Married Susannah Bland. Shows up on the 1840 US Census records in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Son to Thomas Arbuckle. Father to John Arbuckle (Below)
- John Arbuckle: Born: 1788. Died 1853 in Washington County, Indiana. Married Margaret "Peggy" Stucker. Shows up in the 1840 & 1850 US Census records Bartholomew County, Indiana. Father to James Arbuckle (Below, I know...name recycling can cause some confusion....)
- James Arbuckle: Born: 10 Oct 1816. Died 02 July 1883 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Married Henrietta louisa Spaugh (Spach). Shows up in the 1850 & 1860 US Census records in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Father to Martin Arbuckle.
These lineages are commonly accepted, but I have yet to run across any sort of document that can offer an sort of proof. I have proved that James Arbuckle (1769) is the son of Thomas Arbuckle. I have proved that Martin Arbuckle is the son of James Arbuckle (1816). But I still need help proving that:
Ian Wed, 08/24/2011 - 12:24
Where in the world did this happen?
Ian Fri, 08/19/2011 - 00:46
I have to thank Mr. Dick Eastman for pointing this out, but it appears that Ancestry.com will be making the images and index to the 1940 US Census free for all to access. According to a statement released yesterday (17 Aug 2011) on their "Corporate Blog" (which you can find here) Ancestry.com States: "Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery."
For me this is big news, as I have dropped my Ancestry.com membership and had talked (here) about joining again for the 1940 census records. Looks like I may not have to do that.
Ian Thu, 06/30/2011 - 23:45
So I have to admit, I knew this was coming, but today, Ancestry.com made it official. NSSAR applications and lineage documents have been digitized by Ancestry.com and are now included as part of Ancestry.com's extensive collection. For a short period of time (Until July 4th), there will be "Free" access to the records. What is not really advertised is that this is not all of the applications, but rather all of the applications up to about 1970 or so. I am not sure on the exact date, but you get the idea.
The documents are not what I would consider "primary sources" but they can offer some great clues. To become a member you must be able to trace your family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. You then will need to "Prove" each generation with a document (Census record, Family Bible etc.) and list those "Proofs". This information is included on the applications, so they are a great source of information and could potentially identify a new source for you.