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 LINKS   The monthly Journal of the

 SOUTH BAY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

DECEMBER 2011          Mostly genealogy, with some history, and a bit of humor          VOL. 17   NO. 9

THE DECEMBER 20th  MEETING

 Jim and Terry Willard will return to tell ofThe civilized internet for Genealogists.” Since 1960, Terry and Jim have been teaching students from age of 5 to 95. From 1995-2000, they served as co-hosts for the popular PBS Television series Ancestors.

THE DECEMBER MENU

The menu for December is Chicken salad on a croissant with a side salad,  or a large chef salad without meat, assorted dressings and a roll with butter. For dessert, we will enjoy our traditional Holiday Bread Pudding.  Yum, Yum.

 NEED GENEALOGY CHARTS?
You will find s selection of free charts in the Genealogy Room at the SouthShore Regional Library.  If those doesn’t fulfill your needs., check some of the following.
byub.org/ancestors/charts
vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/family-tree-template.html. freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gentutor/instruction.html
. This source tells how to effectively use the charts.
obituarieshelp.org/genealogy_forms_downloads.html                                                                                                                         Includes some unique forms, such as an obituary checklist and a tracking chart. 
cs.williams.edu/~bailey/genealogy  has charts in PDF format                                                                                           shoestringgenealogy.com/form/FormsView/index.html  includes a Cemetery Log                                                                           ancestry.com/trees/charts/census.aspxhas Census forms for US, UK and Canada
familytreemagazine.com/freeforms  includes Oral History, Heirlooms.  Plus Immigrations Forums - custom lists 1821-1882  and 1883-1897 and passenger lists 1897-1942 -  All are in PDF format. genealogy.com/00000023.html?cj=1&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688.  Provides sample letters for writing to institutions and family members in English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.
 

PLANNING AHEAD FOR 2012 

          UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Jan. 18 – Donna Murray “The Name Game" 
                (surnames, nicknames and 
                  names).

Feb. 21 – Debra Fleming, “Newspaper

                Resource; following the lead”

Mar. 20 – Donna Mouhty, an Irish program

Apr. 17 – Jean Morris, “Migration by river

                and canal from PA, NY, VA and MD

                 to the west.

May 15 – Ann Mohr Osisek, “Out of the 
               Census: into the book stacks” –      
               using library sources. 

LOOKING AHEAD

Due to early voting at SBGS for the Florida Presidential Primary, our January luncheon has been moved to the Royal Palm Restaurant at Little Harbor.

BEWARE THE TRANSCRIPTION

Ye Old Editor’s mother’s name was meant to be UARDA, from the heroine in a book her mother enjoyed. Her birth certificate spelled it VARDA and it appears on my FamilySearch record as WANDA.  No wonder Professional Genealogists charge so much.  

For info about identifying, cleaning, repairing  or enhancing gravestones, check the FAQs at  gravestonestudies.org/faq.htm#Symbolism%20on%20Gravestones

TREESTONES … are basically grave markers in the shape of a tree.  They were derived from the Victorian rusticity movement, and at one time could be ordered from Sears Roebuck.

SAME SEX?
With 6 states and D.C. currently allowing same sex marriages, how will genealogy handle it? My genealogy program doesn’t permit me to list a same sex couple.  What about children from such a union?   If they were born during this marriage, there must have been a third-party involved.  How is that handled?  It ain’t getting any easier, folks. 

FACTS VS FACTS?
According to a recent Swiss study, half of European men are directly descended from the famous Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun,. However, the guy died at 18 having had two still-born daughters. No other children are documented!  How much faith should we place in such a study?

GENEALOGYTRAILS.COM
is an all volunteer website dedicated to free content. The site contains original data submitted by volunteers.

WHEN GENEALOGY BECOMES POPULAR
The 1876 centennial of the Declaration of Independence, a series of centennial events, focused America's attention on its history and heritage.  This inspired a popular search for one’s roots. It became all the rage for those in high society to trace their lineage.

 

Newspapers published genealogical columns. Family historians browsed libraries and collected the names and dates of ancestors from tombstones in cemeteries. Soon, genealogical research trickled down to the upper middle class and became the popular hobby it is today.

        Extracted and adapted from Genealogy Today

 

 GENEALOGY =  WHERE WE CAME FROM
Modern Man emerged from Africa 45,000 years ago,
during a time known as the Paleolithic. On arriving in Eurasia, these people met other humanoid beings who had already occupied Eurasia for 200,000 years.. These folks  had survived an Ice Age some 20,000 years ago by retreating to relatively warm refuges in the south of the continent, before expanding into northern Europe again when the ice melted. (Global Warming?)

A few thousand years after Europe had been resettled by these hunter-gatherers, the continent underwent a major cultural change. Farmers spread westwards, from the area that is now Turkey, into Europe, bringing with them a new economy and way of life. 

 The extent to which modern Europeans are descended from these early farmers, versus the indigenous hunter-gatherers who settled the continent thousands of years previously, is a matter of heated debate. But, the latest research leans towards the idea that most of Europe's residents (our ancestors) descended from the stone-age hunters 

The latest genome analyses show that each of us inherited up to 4% of the Neanderthal genome.  This implies interbreeding, which is going to make your research even more difficult.  How far back do you want to go?

WHY WE DO IT
Genealogy offers us a chance to glimpse into other people's lives (focusing on the key events and ignoring the boring bits), and helps us remember that the names on lists represent real people - our ancestors.  

WHY IS IT?

We hear a lot about the Mayflower and the pride of its descendants, but little about the Jamestown community.  The Jamestown settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607, 13 years before the Mayflower crowd.  Both groups were about the same size,  102 for the Mayflower and 105 Jamerstowners. 

Several SBGS members are decedents from the Mayflower and belong to the Mayflower Society, but we don’t know of any local members of the Jamestown Society.  Is this a matter of PR or what? 

Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) has been rechristened  “the FamilySearch Catalog”, according to Robert Kehrer, FamilySearch product manager

 IRISH GENEALOGY

surf to goo.gl/X4QEN  to find a list of online Irish genealogy sites

 FOOTNOTE CHANGES

Ancestry.com has announced Footnote.com is being retargeted as a military history website and is renaming it fold3.com. The Fold3 name is derived from the third fold in a traditional military flag folding ceremony.

 GOT AN iPhone?

The Scanner Pro ap converts it to a scanner and creates a .pdf form.  You can then upload this file to your computer. Available from the iPhone App Store (s $6.99 ). Learn more at: readdle.com/products/scanner_pro_iphone 

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR 2012 DUES YET?

If not, we request that you do so now.  It simplifies our bookkeeping and assures that you will not miss a single issue of this wonderful publication.                              Ye Olde Editor             

        P. O. Box 5202

 Sun City Center FL 33571

 

   OUR 21ST YEAR