Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, k today I am going to say something u wont believe.    But, when searching digital databases ignore the surname.   That's right, ignore the surname.    Scanning given names and other criteria in search forms results in success.   sometimes the surname is illegible, oddly spelled or incorrectly indexed.   U can sometimes even find married daughters, remarried widows, etc.....Try it and let me know your success.   Cant wait to hear from u.   cg

Monday, June 27, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Monday, fellow hunters!   I still didn't get any Free questions from Friday?    R u all experts now!!   I must be doing my job!    I still welcome the free questions but save them till Friday!   Hope ur genealogical weekend was great and productive.    Going to Probate court today to find some marriage licenses from 1876.   Lets get to today's blog.    Do u just search and then accept what is told 2 u.   The best way is 2 search, double search and do it again.   Interview Grandpa Jones again.   Last weekend story may change this weekend and he will love seeing u again.    Sometimes what u didnt see 1st time, will jump out at u the second.   Happy hunting   cg

Friday, June 24, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Free Friday!   Ask me any genealogical question and I will get u a answer free!    Check out my website ceirrageorgia.weebly.com   Hope to hear from you today.   cg

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Thursday, June 23, 2011  "Expand ur search area"   Do not limit ur geographical area when searching.   Even tho automobiles were  not in the picture in r ancestor's time, it is not uncommon for relatives 2 attend church 20 miles away.    Meeting someone (spouse) 2-3 counties away happened.   Remember, early settlements were small and ministers served several congregations around the different counties.  The records for the church for many counties may be found all together.  cg

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Its hump day and the weekend trip is slowly coming upon us.   Today's talk is about "expanding our search area"  Do not limit ur geographical area when searching.   Even tho autos were not in the picture in our ancestors time, it is not uncommon for relatives to attend church 20 miles away or meet your spouse two to three counties away.   Remember early settlements were thin and ministers serviced several congregations  in a wide region.   The church records may all be found together.   cg

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011  Happy Day fellow hunters.   Are u stuck today?   Frustrated?  need a little nudge?   Then I have a great idea!   Sit down and write out all the information you have gathered in a narrative.   Tell a story about your ancestors.   Often by writing a story, citing sources, you will find a gap in your research.   Read the narrative over and you should be able to break through the wall.   Maybe u forgot to check the different spellings of the name?   Perhaps u searched the wrong time period?   Actually, u might have all the information u need.   All it takes is putting it together.   cg

Monday, June 20, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Monday, June 20, 2011.   Hello hunters!   Did u have a great productive genealogical weekend?   Would love to hear from you all about your weekend.   In case u missed Friday, every Friday will be FREE friday.   Ask me ANY questions and I will get an answer for u free.   Maybe it is something you are stuck on.   Fresh eyes will loosen the thought.   Have a great day.   cg

Friday, June 17, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Yea its Friday....Free Friday at that!  Whats that?   Ask me any question about genealogy and I'll answer you for free.   R u stumped, ask me and I'll try and find the answer.  Remember, every friday, will be free question friday.   Looking forward to your answer.   Happy weekend!   cg

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters, it is Wednesday again working toward the weekend...Do u have anything planned for this weekend like going to cemeteries, visiting older relatives?  Let me know, I would love to know and maybe help u with some pointers.   Today, Newspapers (historical) lets u search but uses OCR (optical character recognition)  What is that u say?  U type a keyword like Robert Glasgow, and it looks for Robert and Glasgow which of course is going to bring up thousands of unnecessary information and is very unreliable.  If u search twice it will bring up different information each time.   If u r looking for a death notice use the date and then search within.   Try putting the whole name in parenthesis and hopefully it will bring up only the Robert Glasgow's u need.  Just a tip, the library in your town might have access to early historical newspapers.   Try.    Again, let me know how u make out.   cg

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters!  Have you ever searched the census and said, what does that say?   You just cant read the short hand of early record keepers.   They used some obvious shorthand, like jno = john.   Does that make sense?  Thos = Thomas.   After 30 years of reading the censusus, I am still learning.   Good luck hunters....Have you come across any strange appreviations, let me know.    cg

Friday, June 10, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy "Searching the databases": "Hello Friday.....Weekend is here!! Searching multiple databases at one time can bring you too many results that you have to sift thru. Be..."

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello Friday.....Weekend is here!!  Searching multiple databases at one time can bring you too many results that you have to sift thru.   Best policy is to know exactly what you want to search and search that database specifically.  If, after doing that, you want to run a search through all the databases, you can.   But, be aware of results and don't become overwhelmed.  Have a gr8 weekend see ya all on Monday.....comment on how searching the databases went!  cg

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the Internet downfalls"

Indexes and Images - So its thursday, already, heading for the weekend...When you get search results and it includes an index make sure you also check the original.  The index is only as good as the data operator.  For example, a L could be taken for a T, etc....Also, there is more information on the original than the index.  Don's miss out on important information.   Slow down, don't be in a hurry.  cg   Keep cool

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters.   Let move on today to how you search databases.   Always check on the  home menu on how to search.   Doing this first will save u time and frustration.   Don't be in a hurry when searching.  A good number of the databases allow flexibility.   Wild cards, partial names, soundex.
a..Wildcards - what r wildcards?  usually it is a *.   Say for example you have the name Robert Glasgow.  To search using a wildcard would be Robert Glas*.
b..Soundex converter is usually with the census.   Censuses workers had different handwritting and sometimes the people didnt even know how to spell their name.  You can also identify the spelling variations for a given surname.  Example..soundex for glasgow is G420.   Some other names that have that exact soundex is gales, galik, gallehawk, giles, gilhaus, gilkey, gilles.......u get the picture.
c.  Part of the name...example Robert would be rob.  Any comments or questions, bring it on?   cg

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Its Tuesday, happy day!!  How do we search the databases?  Focus on young children if you can.  The children seem to be more accurate in the databases.  Adults, even in the late 1800's, do not give accurate information.   Any idea why?   Would love to hear your comments on this.   cg

Monday, June 6, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the Internet downfalls"

Hello hunters..... happy Monday.   Are u having trouble getting information out of ur database search?   Best way 2 search databases are:
1..know what ur searching.   Learn on the homepage what the database has to offer 4 u.  R u searching censuses, passenger lists, indexes or property?   Make sure the database covers the area u need before searching.  If you have any questions, please leave comments and I will answer you.   cga

Friday, June 3, 2011

Genealogy - Hunting for the weekend

Fellow hunters  it is the weekend and I know  you are going to go talk with some of your older relatatives...Remember to read my blog first....Going to the cemetery?   Do you have a camera?   Do you have a friend that can help you search?  I have equipped you with all the tools you need to start your genealogy. Have you?   Let me know.   Do you have any questions?   Post them and I'll answer promptly.  Check out my webpage at ceirrageorgia.weebly.com.  Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday....cg

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization"

Legacyfamilytree.com - this is a software that needs to be downloaded onto your computer.  Standard version is free.
Myheritage.com is a internet based software that is free, private and secure.  You start the software by adding your name.   The software is limited to only 250 names (do you have that many in your tree)   Congratulations, if you do.   They do have a premium version that you can pay monthly or yearly.  Please go to myhereitage.com and start organizing your tree.   You can also add pictures, let others access.   Nice feature is you can download pictures from your cell phone (just like facebook)   and really handy when you are out hunting tombstones or  visiting relatives.  I like this software.  No software download on your computer and it has different reports.   Try it out.  cg