Saturday, April 11, 2009

Blogging Prompt #14 - Technology

Week #14 prompt:
Talk about the different types of technology you use in your genealogy research. Whether it’s a new search engine, a special application, or anything else “2.0,” let readers know what you’re working with, and how it’s working for you.

Right now the genealgy database software I use is RootsMagic4.  I really enjoyed working with RM3 so decided to upgrade to 4 when it came out.  So far so good.  I'm planning to "consolidate" all my genealogy into one RM4 database. (Not an easy task as I have information all over the place.  But I'll blog about that later.)  I actually have several database programs on my computer, including FTM,  Family Tree Legends, TMG 6&7.  I never really used any of these programs except FTM.  I switched to RM just prior to FTM's major upgrade in 2008(?).

I have a tribalpages genealogy website.  It is in desperate need of maintenance. (Something else I need to work on.)  Sometime back, I started a family wiki as well.  It did not really catch on so it now refers interested persons to contact me via email.

For research, I use Ancestry a lot.  It's worked well for me for many years and I've connected with several relatives via the message boards or more recently via the messaging system.  The Family Search Pilot especially the Texas Death Certificates has been a real boon. I have found approximately 140 death certificates.

The application I love is Geni.  Back in 2007, I started my site and have slowly addend more then 300 relatives (both living and dead).  I recruited my brother and he uploaded more then 3000 family photos to the site. Everyone that I run into on Ancestry or orther message boards that are related to me is invited to my Geni site.  Most recently a second cousin started to add her family to Geni.  Just wonderful!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - From Grandmom's album

[Original photo in possession of Dorothy Bynum.
Digital photo scanned to Geni website in 2008 by Jeff Bynum.]

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Grandma and Grandpa Bynum

Marker of my grandparents,
Thomas Lafayette Bynum and Viola Perdue Bynum.
Highland Park Cemetery - Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas

 Thomas Lafayette Bynum
21 August 1892  Leonard, Fannin County,Texas
23 June 1952  Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas
Viola Perdue Bynum
16 September 1897 Honey Grove/Sash, Fannin County, Texas 
20 June 1980 Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas

[Original photos of Tom and Viola in possession of Dorothy Bynum. Digital photos scanned to Geni website in 2008 by Jeff Bynum. Marker photo courtesy of Find A Grave contributer Joe Mauldin. ]

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Genealogy Space(s)

Here's the challenge for tonight from Randy Seaver over at geneamusings:

1) Take a digital picture of your Genealogy Space - whether it is a table, desk, bookcase, whatever. Take more than one if you want.

2) Show off your Genealogy Space to all of us in a blog post showing your digital pictures. If you aren't blogging or don't want to show us your pictures, go to 3) below without passing Go or collecting another ancestor.

3) Tell us something about your Genealogy Space. How long does it take you to find something? Are you thinking of reorganizing your space?

OK... Here is a photo of my table where I do all my work (genealogy, paying bills, etc.)  I am a "pile-er".  When I'm working on something, it seems to generate tons of paper and it gets all piled (by category, of course) on the table. I have to go every few weeks and re-organize/file (and/or throw away) things I'm no longer working on or have finished.

Below is a photo of my genealogy filing cabinet.  A few years ago I made all the color coded tabs and sorted the paperwork I had into files.  This system works OK for now.  I found that I can locate these filed items pretty quickly.  However,  if I have been working on them they are downstairs on the table in some pile or another.

I know I really need to "clean out" the upstairs bedroom/office so that I can work there instead of the table.  The family would actually be able to have dinner there.  Now there's a thought!  

How my second cousin found me

Yesterday, out of the blue I received this email:
I ran across your site, Would like to know how you are related to The Crew's. My grandfather would have been Emil Crew.

I was shocked and excited as I've not been able to connect with anyone so closely related on that side of the family.  Turns out my second cousin found me via Find A Grave.   (I've since invited my second cousin to my Geni site.)  I have high hopes for the future.

This connection never would have happened without the internet as my mother only met her uncle once and this was when she was a teenager.  She never was in contact with any of his family.

I'll keep posting and writing about my family.  Hopefully more of them will find the "bread crumbs" I've left and contact me.

Ain't the internet grand!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday - Montgomery family children

This is one of many half-marked photos that belonged to my maternal grandmother. When she died my mother inherited them. The back of the photo says " "May, Edward, Sidney, Pearl, Grace & one unknowned".

[Original photo in possession of Dorothy Bynum. Digital photo scanned to Geni website in 2008 by Jeff Bynum.]

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