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    Post The Genealogical Researchers Desk

    This thread will serve as a place for all of us on the forum who actively work on our genealogy to have a place to discuss current workings, learn research tips, maybe find help on a search here and there, share links and answer new researchers questions.

    I thought the History section made a better spot for this thread than Family & Parenting since to me ones family tree/genealogy is all about history and Family & Parenting I think is geared more for the living side of the family. Maybe we will get lucky and this will be made into a sticky.

    A couple of guide lines so as not to clutter up the thread:

    #1 This is not a thread solely for posting queries on who your researching. There are lots of surname & location message boards online for that. Please keep these to a minimum but we will help on these if you are at a brick wall.

    #2 We already have other threads for naming whose famous that your related too so do not reply here as just another one of those threads. Although we will mention well known ancestors here we are not naming them just to name them, there may be more discussion on them.

    #3 There will be no arguing, rudeness or belittleing of anyone or their information whether you believe is incorrect or not. I will report you immediately, this is not a debating thread! Calm, mature discussions only.

    I will be providing links here as I get the chance to help ones research and to other threads that may by on MW already pertaining to Genealogy.

    Research links resource list

    So jump on in and lets get the ball rolling, please let us know things like (and update with new answers if/when you feel necessary)....you don't have to anser every queestion here.

    How long have you been working on your genealogy?

    How big is your tree?

    Where do you conduct your research? i.e. online, libraries, traveling to each destination

    What frustrates you about genealogy?

    Where so far does your family hail from?

    What surname line or royal connections/dynasty are you currently working on?

    What do you feel you've gained from learning about your family history, how important is it in your life?

    Are you currently or are you considering making genealocial research a career?

    Do you belong to any genealogical or historical societies or organizations?

    How often do you take breaks from your research? We all know it can make us nuts without breaks. Can you tell when you need a break? :collapse:

    Anything else you'd like to contribute to the discussion please do.
    Last edited by Haerfest Leah; November 2nd, 2006 at 08:00 PM.

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    Good idea.

    Can I highlight an extremely good website at http://www.genuki.org.uk

    It's got a host of resources from the UK and Ireland, going all the way down to local towns and parishes.

    gwyn eich byd

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    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls View Post
    How long have you been working on your genealogy?
    About four years now.

    How big is your tree?
    It's been a while since I counted, but I think somewhere around 2000 names, including my wife's side of the family.

    Where do you conduct your research? i.e. online, libraries, traveling to each destination
    A lot is done online, some is simply by talking to older relatives. I've also looked through family records and I have a couple books of other people's previous research.

    What frustrates you about genealogy?
    My patrilineal side is extremely frustrating. My great-great grandfather left his family, so I have almost no information about him. To make things more difficult, there are two people with the same name in the same region, so there's no way for me to know which one is my relative.

    Where so far does your family hail from?
    My mom's side is Dutch and German, my dad's mother's side is German and French. My patrilineal line is thought to be English, but I've had an incredibly difficult time verifying that.

    What surname line or royal connections/dynasty are you currently working on?
    The Bourbon dynasty.

    What do you feel you've gained from learning about your family history, how important is it in your life?
    I feel a stronger connection to history, a greater continuity between past and future. In particular, it's great when I can discover stories and trace family traits (like my wife's family's great love of education).

    Are you currently or are you considering making genealocial research a career?
    Nope.

    Do you belong to any genealogical or historical societies or organizations?
    Nope.

    How often do you take breaks from your research? We all know it can make us nuts without breaks. Can you tell when you need a break? :collapse:
    I'm sad to say I take frequent breaks ... at first I made a big flurry of work, but I've kind of stalled out for lack of funds. Every few months I'll make another poke at it.

    Anything else you'd like to contribute to the discussion please do.
    The hardest part has been wrenching stories out of people. I want to hear about my deceased relatives before their personalities fade from memory, but it's hard to get people to sit down and write down what they remember about these people.

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    How long have you been working on your genealogy?
    Roughly 5 years

    How big is your tree?
    Currently over 2800 people, in some spots I'm back to the 5th century CE.

    Where do you conduct your research? i.e. online, libraries, traveling to each destination
    Mine is mostly all online except for the most recent generations. I obtain actual documents online and from different archives.

    What frustrates you about genealogy?
    #1 Countries like Germany and Belgium that don't have records online and if they are their in German or Flemish.

    #2 When you have relatives who don't know anything about the family and could care less.

    Where so far does your family hail from?
    From most recent: the US and came from Belgium, Germany and England. From England back to the mainland to Normandy. Descendant from Normans, Franks, Saxons, Norsemen and some Scots.

    What surname line or royal connections/dynasty are you currently working on?
    This week I started on my mothers, gr grandmothers Oliver line and went down a long line of Parkers that I was verifying. They connected to English royalty and brought me into the Plantagenet & Ottonian Dynasties for the 1st time who connected me back to Carolingian & Capetian Dynasties I already had.

    What do you feel you've gained from learning about your family history, how important is it in your life?
    It's told me a lot about myself and why I have felt at home in certain countries I've been to when I had previously never been there before. I feel this information is extremely important.

    Are you currently or are you considering making genealogical research a career?
    No

    Do you belong to any genealogical or historical societies or organizations?
    I have a membership at ancestry.com

    How often do you take breaks from your research? We all know it can make us nuts without breaks. Can you tell when you need a break? :collapse:
    I don't get a whole lot of time in the 1st place to devote to it but when I do get the time, sometimes I come across large amounts of info, so I work on that till I feel I've reached a point where I can stop.

    I can tell I need a break when I start getting grouchy every time I'm interrupted because I get so focused on my work.

    I'm having to stop now because for #1 my husband is out of the country on an assignment (& we have 2 kids I'm mommy & daddy for right now) & #2 I start back to college tomorrow so I won't have any time whatsoever for a while.
    Last edited by Haerfest Leah; April 14th, 2008 at 08:00 PM.

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    How long have you been working on your genealogy?
    Off and on for awhile.

    How big is your tree?
    Right now. Not so big.


    Where do you conduct your research?
    Talking to my grandmoth and doing some surname search online.

    What frustrates you about genealogy?
    Ha. Everything.
    I can't really progress. I've had to focus on my grandmother's side as my father doesn't keep in contact with his family, but my aunt on his side has all the family history and paper work. Stuff that shows were are in fact Cherokee, blood quanities and all that. If I had that then perhaps I'd be able to progress.

    Where so far does your family hail from?
    Mother's side: Ukraine (or Russia) and Germany. Immigrated here recently (my great-grandparents)
    Father's side: America. Native American.

    What surname line or royal connections/dynasty are you currently working on?
    Well right now I don't know my Grandfather's info. He was adopted off a Reservation which makes things tricky too. I got to get in contact with my aunt.
    So I'm mostly focusing on Grandmother, whose maiden name was Shevchenko. There was talk in the family that we're somehow related to the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko...so I've been trying to make connections...without any luck. I might be looking in the wrong places though.
    And on my father's side we have some relatives that were in the Trail of Tears. I don't know their names though.

    What do you feel you've gained from learning about your family history, how important is it in your life?
    Well I wish I knew more than what I do. Grandma had a stroke not too long ago so I made sure to record what she remembered. I think it's important to learn where you come from, and if I ever had kids I'd love for them to know about their ancestors.

    Are you currently or are you considering making genealocial research a career?
    No.

    Do you belong to any genealogical or historical societies or organizations?
    No.

    How often do you take breaks from your research? We all know it can make us nuts without breaks. Can you tell when you need a break?
    Well I don't research like crazy. I mostly get frusturated at the lack of info and stuff avaliable. So I just give it up only to try again a few months later.
    Last edited by Agaliha; November 1st, 2006 at 05:26 AM.

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    Too easy! My family loves to research our family history... in fact, the whole clan does, we have a website and everything... Chieftain (Madame Pauline 30th. Laird of Hunterston), castle and everything.
    http://www.virginbiz.com/clanhunter/door/
    http://www.clanhunter.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls View Post
    How long have you been working on your genealogy?
    It only took me a few hours to expand on the work my Father and Grandfather had done... I love my l33t internet search skillorz

    How big is your tree?
    My direct line is huge! My Great Grandmother had 13 children.

    Where do you conduct your research? i.e. online, libraries, traveling to each destination
    all of the above.

    What frustrates you about genealogy?
    Not much

    Where so far does your family hail from?
    Pre-11th century, Normandy... then Scotland and Ireland for a bit... now Australia.

    What surname line or royal connections/dynasty are you currently working on?
    On my Mother's maternal side, we have connections to a British noble family (Rex)

    What do you feel you've gained from learning about your family history, how important is it in your life?
    It's a large part of our family's culture.

    Are you currently or are you considering making genealogical research a career?
    Nah, I don't really give a fig about other people's family genealogy.
    Do you belong to any genealogical or historical societies or organizations?
    no

    How often do you take breaks from your research? We all know it can make us nuts without breaks. Can you tell when you need a break? :collapse:
    Well since I'm exceedingly good at digging up info, I didn't need a break.

    Anything else you'd like to contribute to the discussion please do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ap Dafydd View Post
    Good idea.

    Can I highlight an extremely good website at http://www.genuki.org.uk

    It's got a host of resources from the UK and Ireland, going all the way down to local towns and parishes.

    gwyn eich byd

    Ffred

    Good link, that is a good site. I use it.

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    Geneaology Links

    Here is a list of helpful genealogy links that I use. Listed in no particular order. I will update this list so if you want to add a really important link to it, please PM them to me and I'll add them.

    Standards for Sound Genealogy Research
    ~ Recommended by the National Genealogical Society

    Good starter and intro to research:

    Genealogy 101 - How to Begin and Create a Family Tree
    http://genealogy.about.com/od/make_family_tree/

    Beginner’s Guide to Online Family History
    http://www.ancestry.com/learn/librar...?article=11225

    Where to Begin?
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson1.htm

    Beginners Guides, Hints & Tips
    http://www.cyndislist.com/beginner.htm

    Starting Genealogy and Family History Research
    http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/about-research.html

    Also....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy
    http://www.google.com/Top/Society/Genealogy/
    http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/Genealogy/

    Encyclopedia of Genealogy
    http://www.eogen.com/

    Genealogists Helping Eachother
    Books We Own
    Find A Grave
    Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

    My favorite basic FREE sites that have tremendous resources:
    http://www.cyndislist.com/
    http://rootsweb.com/
    http://www.usgenweb.org/
    http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ (requires library access)
    http://www.genuki.org.uk/
    http://www.censusdiggins.com/index.html
    http://olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml
    http://stevemorse.org/ (One Step Webpages)

    $$$$ Sites that are very useful:
    http://www.ancestry.com/ (the best IMO for record access)
    Caution: Community trees here are notorious for incorrect information, I see ancestry.com only good for accessing important records that are not available for free elsewhere & if your past the year 1790 the site is pretty much useless. (JustMyHumbleOpinion)
    http://www.genealogy.com/index_n.html


    Other FREE sites:
    http://www.familysearch.org/
    NOTE: Can be of good help but also notorious for incorrect information.
    http://www.geneanet.org/
    http://www.gencircles.com/
    NOTE: So far I like Gencircles
    http://www.us-census.org/states/
    http://www.e-familytree.net/surnames.htm

    Immigration:
    http://www.immigrantships.net/ (Transcribers Guild)

    1830 -1892 Immigrations to NY
    http://www.castlegarden.org/

    1892-1924 Immigrations to NY
    http://www.ellisisland.org/default.asp

    Great for royalty: I love these sites! Use them often!
    http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page5.asp

    http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/genealogy/royal/
    http://www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/genfam.htm
    http://thepeerage.com/
    http://www.burkes-peerage.net/welcome.aspx
    Foundation for Medievel Genealogy

    Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_family
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynasty
    NOTE: I love wikipedia for their royalty & dynasty sections (plus other famous individuals) BUT since it is a user edited site only trust articles where sources are listed and then go check out that source.

    Online Genealogy Classes:

    http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro.htm
    http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/freecourses.cfm
    http://genealogy.about.com/od/free_classes/


    Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter with RSS feed



    Their are tons of other sites out there, this is just some of the main sites. Please refer to the starter links for many more.

    I'd say that atleast half of the genealogical research now is done on the internet since it's expensive to do all that traveling. Not everyone checks out their sources and when you let them know they either don't reply or don't care that their tree is wrong. Always take info you find in someone elses tree with a grain of salt until you find more evidence to back it up. Your not always going to be able to trace every person to a paper source. This is where books and documented history come into play.

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    Note: Information found in genealogical work is not 100% accurate. Reliable sources must always be recorded and sources re-checked. My method for going back hundreds of years is obtaining all documentation for all sources possible for recent generations and noting published works the individuals are mentioned in. Then if you are lucky enough to somehow tie into a line of royalty it is easy to then follow what has been historically documented for the lineages online & in books and just keep following till they end. You may chose to stop at or continue on down mythological lines.

    Also when connecting to a line of royalty please remember that information aquired prior to the 1500's is always subject to history's recordings. Many times, lines were recorded incorrectly. There are also ties made between people and particular clans for POLITICAL reasons, rather than necessarily because *it really happened*. There may be no blood relationship at all, but it sounded good in the geneaologies, and justified whatever cause the person who created it is trying to further, no one will ever know. But it's still fun to work on anyway, just approach with an open mind.
    Last edited by Haerfest Leah; December 19th, 2007 at 05:29 PM.

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    I've come across information today that may be of interest.

    It's called Hunting for Witches in the Family Tree

    http://genealogy.about.com/od/famous.../a/witches.htm

    It lists some links where you can find information on specific people accused of witchcraft to see if their in your tree. Here are a few to be of importance...

    Salem Witch Trials - Documentary Archive & Transcription Project
    http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/

    The Associated Daughters of Early American Witches
    http://www.adeaw.us

    Genealogy of Witch Trial Ancestors & Families
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....s/reports.html

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    We've had a genealogy breakthrough!

    Another genealogist I met online a month ago who was researching a different line for my fathers birth surname "Verheyden" said they were getting ready to go to the archives in Antwerpen Belgium and if I sent them some family info they'd do some looking up for me.

    This person emailed me last night with all the information they found on my grandfathers line in Antwerpen. It took my tree back to Bef 1720's where before we only barely had to the 1860's.

    I'm so thrilled, this was my biggest brick wall till now. I can't wait to enter the info into my file and start looking for additional material. Has anyone else had a breakthough lately?
    Last edited by Haerfest Leah; February 10th, 2007 at 09:46 PM.

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