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Genealogy Chat November 9, 2008

The Bellaonline Genealogy Chat will be on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:00 PM EST. The first one was held on November 9th. Here is the link to that chat:

Genealogy Chat Log

The next chat will be held on November 23 and you are invited to join us!

November 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

I am thankful for (fill in name) because….

I am thankful for my grandmother for all the meals she made while she was alive.  She always had 3-4 meats, several veges, all kinds of pies and cakes and much more.  The smell of breakfast cooking will remain with me all my life.  I’ve never tasted gravy as good as hers, but my cousin Jill almost has it down for which I am thankful.  My grandmother would wake up early to cook and go to bed late getting ready for the next day.  Oh, and her fried chicken was sooo good. 

So, my thanks goes to Mamma, Sarah Bonnie Murphy Smith (1915-2002)

November 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm 1 comment

Bellaonline Genealogy Chat: Starting November 9th

Genealogy @ Bellaonline is going to start having genealogy chats to give its members a place to discuss their research questions. There are several reasons why discussing a genealogy problem or plan with someone might help.

A. Another researcher may have already broken that brick wall you are hitting now.
B. Comparison of surnames might introduce you to a distant cousin researching the same family ties as you.
C. Researchers from different locales could come together to help each other. Someone in Tennessee might chat with someone in California who could look up a document for them.
D. A place for beginners to learn tips from those more experienced researchers.
E. To learn about genealogy events coming up.
F. Chats can occasionally be specialized for a certain group. For example, African American, Native American, Italian, Adoptions or the many other groups.
G. Case Studies on research projects can be discussed and analyzed.
H. Chats can be held to help those interested in becoming certified, accredited or becoming professional.
I. Genealogy related books or magazines can be discussed.
J. A chance for you to moderate a chat on a topic you are familiar with.
K. Special guests that can help us in our research endeavors.
L. Invite your friends and introduce them to family research.
M. Plus much more…….

The first chat will be announced on the genealogy forum. The genealogy forum is a great place to list suggested topics you might be interested in. If a chat has to be canceled, this is the place where that would be listed. The schedule will be the second and fourth Sunday evenings, at 6 PM EST.

In order to enter the chat, you will need to do a FREE registration for the Bellaonline forums. Your forum name and password will get you into the chat rooms. Once you are in the chat room, you can pick an icon if you wish. If you are a private/shy person, you can remain anonymous if you wish. You can communicate via your forum name you have chosen. Bellaonline has weekly chats that you are welcome to visit. You might visit one before the genealogy chat to make sure you know how to enter the chats beforehand.

The first chat will be a time for everyone to introduce themselves and where they are from (if they wish to share). A discussion can be held on what each person’s individual needs and expectations are for the chat. The moderator, Tina Sansone, Genealogy Editor, will take notes and try to arrange future chats based on everyone’s need. If there is enough interest, she will be happy to set up a chat to start a beginner’s group.

Check the genealogy forum for the first chat date soon to come and leave any questions you may have.  (First Date is November 9th at 6 PM EST)

October 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

TN Genealogical Society’s Upcoming Schedule

Here is the TN Genealogical Society’s upcoming schedule. Why not share yours?

http://www.tngs.org 

Navigating the Stacks in the Regional History and Genealogy Center
When: Thursday, 9/11/2008, 7 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Germantown Library Associate Jennifer Baker and our own long-time librarian Loretta Bailey will teach us how to get the most out of the books and documents in the library stacks. Free and open to the public.
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Personal Computers 004 – Family Tree Maker 2008
When: Tuesday, 9/16/2008, 10:00 am- Noon
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
This class will cover the basic use of FTM 2008. How to enter data related to your family and how the family tree is constructed in the computer database. The most important task is how to maneuver within your family tree without getting lost. This course is NOT intended to make you an expert in the use of FTM 2008. Free and open to the public but registration is required (call 901-757-8480).
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Shelby County Archives Relocation
When: Sunday, 9/21/2008, 3 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Vincent Clark of the Shelby County Archives will talk about the relocation of the Archives to Shelby Farms and update us on the latest genealogical resources on the Archives website. Free and open to the public.
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Personal Computers 001 – What and How to Choose your Next Computer
When: Tuesday, 9/30/2008, 10:00 am- Noon
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
The material covered in this course will show you how to do many of the fundamental tasks you must be able to do with your computer. One of the most important topics will be the understanding of the Filing (Folders) system used in computers including how to create, name and delete folders. We will discuss topics such as copy, cut, paste, and move. A more detail coverage will be covered in a following class along with limited hands-on practice. Free and open to the public but registration is required (call 901-757-8480).
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Personal Computers 002 – Introduction into How to Use Your Computer
When: Tuesday, 10/14/2008, 10:00 am- Noon
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
The material covered in this course will show you how to do many of the fundamental tasks you must be able to do with your computer. One of the most important topics will be the understanding of the Filing (Folders) system used in computers including how to create, name and delete folders. We will discuss topics such as copy, cut, paste, and move. A more detail coverage will be covered in a following class along with limited hands-on practice. Free and open to the public but registration is required (call 901-757-8480).
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Planting Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: Tales from the Archives of Temple Israel
When: Thursday, 10/16/2008, 7 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Author Judy Ringel will talk about early Jewish families in the Mid-South. Free and open to the public.
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Historic Shelby County
When: Sunday, 10/19/2008, 3 pm
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Dr. John Harkins will read from his new book and will autograph copies that will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.
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Personal Computers 003 – Nitty-Gritty
When: Tuesday, 10/28/2008, 10:00 am- Noon
Where: Tn Gen Classroom, 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
In this course we will go into much more detail on how to do the many tasks such as copy, paste, cut, delete, rename and creating files. This will be a “Hands On” class where you will be able to perform many of these tasks on a computer. Practice on using the internet and downloading information and files from the internet to your computer. Participants are encouraged to bring in their personal computer laptops for use in class since the number of classroom computers will be limited. Actual hands on experience will depend on the size of the class. Free and open to the public but registration is required (call 901-757-8480).
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Fall Day Long Genealogy Seminar
When: Saturday, 11/8/2008, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Pickering Center next to the Tn Gen offices, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tn
Seminar presented by TNGS members—Topics include Migration patterns to the Mid-South; Researching your Female Lines; and DNA in Genealogy. – Open to the public; registration required. Additional details will be posted on our website as they become available.

September 6, 2008 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

55th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy

This carnival is a “Show & Tell”.  I have chosen a picture I found of my mom (Betty Helen Roaten Smith McKinnis) and dad (Marlow Roger Smith) about a month before they got married.  This puts the photo taken about May 1960.  I was even told this may have been the dress she was married in.  The photo was taken in front of my dad’s house in Booneville, Prentiss County, MS.  Although they are not presently married, they are still best friends and they frequently double date with their new spouses.  I was born in May 1961, so almost a year later from the time this picture was taken I came into the world.  Yeah…. This is the only picture from that time that I know of that has them together.  I am so happy that I found it.

September 1, 2008 at 9:45 am 3 comments

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was established by the War Department on March 3, 1865. Its primary function was to supervise all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen. It assumed custody of abandoned or confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory.

The National Archives gives us the following information: “In the years following the Civil War, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) provided assistance to tens of thousands of former slaves and impoverished whites in the Southern States and the District of Columbia. The war had liberated nearly four million slaves and destroyed the region’s cities, towns, and plantation-based economy. It left former slaves and many whites dislocated from their homes, facing starvation, and owning only the clothes they wore. The challenge of establishing a new social order, founded on freedom and racial equality, was enormous.

Read more at http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art58414.asp

September 1, 2008 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Reuniting Families: Dead or Alive

I had an awesome experience this past week.  I am helping a friend of mine discover her family roots.  Much to the dismay of my friend, Barb, I often volunteer my services at no charge.  Just loving having a family to research.  As I said in an earlier post, I am a genealogy addict, was not just words, FACT.

Anyways, I had been doing her family and got to where I was hitting bricks.  She is African American and was pretty basic research following the census as best I could to the 1870 census.  The male  lines were pretty easy, but of course the maiden names of gg grandmothers were hard to come by.  I had quit working on her lines for the last 3-4 weeks.  With school starting back, and knowing I’d see her again, I went back to the lines.  Just in that short few weeks, a new posting had been put on Ancestry.  One of my brick walls on her grandmother was there, the maiden name.  But, some things did not match up, so I was not wanting to just take what she said without proof.

After a couple emails, the researcher on  Ancestry cleared up my questions.  She was a cousin to my friend and had lost her contact information.  They had corresponded a year or so ago and lost touch.  It was great to be able to get permission and provide the contact information to this lady and reunite this family.  So, not only did I solve a link and add a couple more generations to this friend’s family roots, but reunited her and her mom to a cousin.  Is it just me, or do others get just as excited over things such as this.  My kids just roll their eyes as I tell them of my excitement…LOL

And, although, the money is nice, I feel like I was paid.  And it goes to show you, if you are hitting brick walls, just put the family down for a week or so, maybe it will take longer, but eventually someone else might just post something that will help you continue with your research.  This just took less than a month, but I’ve had cases where it was almost 2 years later, and I get an email from a message board telling me someone answered my post I did years before and there is that missing element I so needed to continue. 

So, any Fralicks out there from Autauga County, AL, please hurry up and post something I need so I can finally break that Fralick brick wall.  LOL.  To summarize, I am just as excited to reunite the living as I am discovering a family that has died several years ago.

August 25, 2008 at 7:15 am 2 comments

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