Comments on: Five Genealogy Goals For The New Year http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year The official blog of Ancestry Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:10:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Michael Joneshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54278 Michael Jones Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:21:27 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54278 I’ve asked over the years about a report that would show all data that had no source and have always been told it didn’t exist. Did FTM 2012 add this? If not, how do you know what you have that needs a source added? With 16,000 people in my tree and many facts per person, there is no way I could go through them all just looking for something with no source attached.

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By: Mary-Jill Bellhousehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54265 Mary-Jill Bellhouse Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:12:42 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54265 I also have a comment for Jeff … Jeff, don’t worry about family members not being interested in the entire family history … just get whoever is interested in TALKING. It’s really important, as they are your LIVING history, and can provide up to date information for future generations. And the oral history recordings can be transcribed into written word to place with your family tree. It’s like trying to eat an elephant if you’re trying to get everyone to be interested in the entire history. People traditionally like talking about what they know, usually themselves, and there are many great connections that will come out of it, so I’d say, just get started and “eat the elephant one bite at a time”. Good Luck. MJxo

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By: Mary-Jill Bellhousehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54264 Mary-Jill Bellhouse Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:04:33 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54264 I have a great suggestion as to how to get your family members really involved in your family history. RECORD their memories also and thereby create a LIVING branch of your family tree and preserve those memories forever. I have been recording “oral” history for some years now and have worked with the National Library of Australia Oral History Program, and now run my own business recording family history. But I can’t be in more than one place at a time, and it can be a time consuming occupation, so I have complied a very easy to follow ebook to enable families to record their own memories. It’s not complicated, and it;s not difficult. It IS enjoyable. So why not check out my site at http://www.giftofmemories.org and pick up a copy of my easy ebook. I am passionate about this and want everyone else to share, as I did, in the joy that hearing your loved ones’ voices, long after they have gone. MJ xo

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By: Angelahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54263 Angela Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:15:16 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54263 This is a great article and has goals that I need to make in 2012 Doing genealogy research for my family tree has taken me many years and I would hate to lose it. So I will Backup, Backup, Backup as recommended.

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By: Markhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54249 Mark Thu, 12 Jan 2012 04:52:37 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54249 Maybe I’m unusual, but really, I don’t give a hoot what people do with the data I share. I use the trees of other people rarely, and then only to get a few new ideas to try to find support for. In fact, in FTM, I set the option to NOT show me hints from family trees. Too many people are just out to add names, with no discipline at all. I fall more into the amateur historian category, and want to have reliable info. Life is too short to get wound up about stuff I can’t control.

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By: Laurihttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54247 Lauri Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:04:56 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54247 I see that Rick already talked about using his digital camera for slides. This is what I used and they turned out fine. I had about 3500 slides from both my husband and my families. I used a lightbox to put the slide on, making a template to show where the slide should go. Set up the tripod so the camera was parallel to the lightbox, used autofocus and started taking pictures of the slides. Key is to have everything level, so used a small level. I got all 3500 slides done in two weekends. You need to do a bit of cropping, but it goes quickly. A friend had one of the machines and it took him over a year at about 1 slide per minute. For volume, I think it is worth a try.

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By: branded itemshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54244 branded items Wed, 11 Jan 2012 04:41:13 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54244 family are always there to cheer either if you fail or be successful to what you do. Since they are there as your prime supporters in your ups and downs.

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By: Helen Spencerhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54242 Helen Spencer Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:40:24 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54242 I have a large pile of ‘stuff for scanning’! Just a little tip for folks looking for a unique way to digitize – try http://www.saveeverystep.com. It’s a family website designed to help you preserve your memories in chronological order on a timeline of your life (or any family members’ lives). Free to use too.

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By: Monikahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54240 Monika Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:31:38 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54240 Chris #21
You did a poor job of reading my original message (#10). The subject matter of my message was “Make sure everything has its source!” I said “people can INFER information from your tree when they are in “search” mode!” (That is true whether you have a public or private tree.) NOWHERE did I say that this information was private! I do not have a problem with people having me in their tree (particularly if they should be related to me). All I am asking for is “do not show me as dead when I am still alive, because now you have unwittingly disregarded the rules of ancestry.com that say that you are not to “out” a living person in your tree!” And, if you have me in your tree, when you are barely related to me, at least make sure that your information is accurate and don’t give me husbands and children I never had. Where, in ANY of my messages did I refer to any of this data as “private” data? It is as important to interpret data on ancestry.com correctly as it is important to interpret messages in the blog section correctly! Even though I choose to keep my trees private, I invest an inordinate amount of my time in contacting others on ancestry.com to share data I have and add data to their trees that I have been able to obtain by visiting the places where these people lived (visiting historical museums in these places, taking pictures in cemeteries, etc.). We all contribute in our own ways, whether we choose to keep our trees public or private. My concern are the people who–unlike you–do not take a close look at census records, birth records, etc., and, in the process, turn genealogy into junkology. (E.g. Margarette Gamble who unquestionably was born in New York–confirmed by Census records, books written about the Goodrich family, and other historical data. But everybody who has her in their tree has her born in Moline, Illinois (unsourced data on One World Tree). THEN, because that was the only sets of parents they were able to find for her under the name of Gamble, they give her a set of parents who have lived (and died) their entire lives in Tennessee. So, the mother gives this Margarette birth in 1813, in Moline, Illinois, and then she has no additional children until she gives birth to all of her other nine children between 1846 and 1866, all of whom were born in Tennessee. Poor woman: she gave birth over a period of 53 years! What good are all the sources on ancestry.com if people use them in this fashion.) What good is a “source” if people misuse it?? Anyway, thanks for your input!

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By: Chrishttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/01/06/five-genealogy-goals-for-the-new-year/#comment-54239 Chris Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:34:29 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=6835#comment-54239 For Valerie, #20: copy your backup file to a flash drive (thumb drive). Copy it to the cloud, via one of the many free cloud storage services. Copy it to your own personal web space that your ISP may provide. Copy it to a CD or DVD and give it to a relative/friend/neighbor, or put in in a bank box.

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