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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps

Gramps is a free software project and community. Gramps is a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Look to Microsoft for genealogy basics

If you are just getting started on your family history, you might want to check out Microsoft’s template gallery for some help. There are many programs both expensive and free that you can download to start tracing your family history but even with those programs, Microsoft has a few templates that can be helpful.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are- Friday March 26th @ 8pm NBC

Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick unlocks his family's mysteries and discovers his ancestors' roles in the Civil War.

Friday, March 19, 2010

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge #11

Week 11: Read the back posts from the Transitional Genealogists Forum
I spent yesterday afternoon reading the questions and answers in the forum. It was very interesting and helpful.
There was one post that was the most helpful to me. The question dealt with someone needing help with an occupation on the 1800 census. Many people posted what they thought the occupation was and one person posted a link OCCUPATIONS OF YESTERYEAR with the occupation and description for pre – 1900 records.
I printed it out and put it in my family history book along with the census I have on my family.
Did you know that Sawbones is a Physician?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Tonight former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith digs into the mysteries of his family roots on Friday in NBC's new series, Who Do You Think You Are?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wenesday: Dudley Farm

My Daughter is in college and one of her class projects is to visit places that were "energy efficient". One place on her list was Dudley Farm. An authentic working farm, sounded interesting, my ancestors were farmers so I decided to go with her.
Dudley Farm is an early pioneer farm established before the Civil War. Currently it covers 325 of the original 640 acres that were operated by the Dudley family for three generations. In 1983, the last of the third generation, Myrtle Dudley donated her family farm to the Florida Park Service.The homestead consists of eighteen buildings. These are restored - not recreated - and include the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex.
Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raising crops, and tending to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shuckings, and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, and bluebirds are still seen in the fields.
I had a great time. The best part is when my daughter learned what the corn cobs in the outhouse were used for! She will never waste toilet paper again.

Dudley Farm, Newberry Florida

Friday, March 5, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are? Book

Product Description
There is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered.

The ground-breaking NBC series Who Do You Think You Are? takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities-from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon-on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. The revelations are sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fascinating.

With the Who Do You Think You Are? companion guide, you will learn how to chart your own journey into your past and discover the treasures hidden in your family tree. Featuring step-by-step instructions from one of America's top genealogical researchers, Who Do You Think You Are? covers everything a beginner needs to know to start digging into their roots, including:

* Full-color profiles of the celebrities' surprising revelations * Starting the search-it's as easy as pulling out the old family photos * Census information-where to find it and how to use it * What birth, death, and marriage certificates have to tell us * How to track down immigration and military documents * The latest breakthroughs in DNA testing * The best online resources to conduct your searches, and store your newfound discoveries to share with family and save for future generations It has never been easier to bring your family history to life. You will be amazed at how much there is to discover!

About the Author
Wall to Wall Media is one of the world's leading producers of factual and drama programming. Now in their twenty-first year, they have won many major awards including an Emmy for Baby It's You and an Oscar for the feature documentary Man on Wire. Theya re the producers of the multi-award winning television series Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak is the chief family historian and spokesperson for, the largest genealogical company in the world. She has consulted for and appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. She has written articles for numerous ancestry and genealogy publications.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Genealogy Blog Finder

On Genealogy blog finder there is Genealogy blogs on just about everything: Genealogy news, personal research, national and ethnic origins, genetic genealogy, vlogs...etc. There is even a map of recent blogging activity. Take a few minutes to check it out and add your own blog to their listing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Don’t forget to tune in on NBC this Friday, March 5 at 8/7c to see if Sarah Jessica Parker traces her roots back to ancestors who participated in Salem Witch Trials.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

My mother and I went to the Micanopy Historical Society Museum on Sunday, this tombstone was part of their exhibit.