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Genealogy Hints & Tips

Clooz 2.0 Is Out

I haven’t been paying attention – one of my favorite genealogy applications, Clooz, has left it’s 2.0 beta testing and has now been formally released. The author refers to it as an “electronic filing cabinet ” for genealogy documents and files, and that’s pretty much an apt description.

The 2.0 series had a complete rewrite – in “.Net”, meaning it requires Windows XP unfortunately. Among the significant updates – new templates, census substitutions (for those times you can’t find somebody in the census, this is a good way to document where they were around then), and map tracking/information/storage, and most importantly, GEDCOM importing.

One thing I thought was pretty cool, they’ve added what is basically a building history area to track buildings and land that were important to your ancestors – I’ve mentioned before that people are starting to get into doing research on places and structures.

Grave Task: Society Documents Martin Dead

Sharon Wernlund has an article in the Palm Beach Post (Florida), Grave task: Society documents Martin dead, about Walt Bruetsch and the Martin County Genealogical Society‘s efforts to document cemeteries in the area and make the information available to other genealogists.

Excerpt from the article:

For two years, the retired Pratt & Whitney engineer has led a cemetery research project for the Martin County Genealogical Society, whose goal is to build a database of the deceased — whether they’re 6 feet under or have cremated remains — to help researchers, both local and worldwide, with their family trees.

Bruetsch is passionate about genealogy. He has traced his European ancestors to the 15th century and walked their footsteps from a Montana homestead to the towns of Ramsen and Frutigen in Switzerland.

“I’ve been researching my own family for years and it’s such a thrill when you find them and make that connection,” said Bruetsch, 69, of Stuart. “You just feel so at peace.”

Since 1996, the genealogical society has surveyed 10 of Martin County’s 14 cemeteries and one of four known columbaria of cremated remains for an online alphabetical listing of some 10,000 dead.

There’s also an evolving index of Martin County obituaries dating to 1913.

Martin County Genealogical Society

Following Footsteps

There is an article, Following footsteps, on icNorthWales, by Steve Stratford, covering a group of Americans who are traveling to North Wales in order to do genealogy research and to see where their families came from. I’ve read that because of the amount of genealogy information that is being made available on the internet, that it is reducing the amount of travel genealogists do, and while that maybe true to an extent, I think for a lot of people, nothing beats actually seeing a place in person.

Excerpt from the article:

Members of the Wynne Genealogy Club from the States will visit relatives and see the original homes of their ancestors at the invitation of the mayor of Caerwys, Phillip Parry.

There is an important historical connection between Caerwys and Philadelphia in the USA. Thomas Wynne, a local surgeon, sailed on The Welcome in 1682 with William Penn.

Experts to Offer Free Appraisals of Attic Treasures (Pittsburgh)

Bethany Hoffstetter has an article, Experts to offer free appraisals of attic ‘treasures’, in the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, about the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center hosting an interesting event, “Fling or Keep? What to Do with Your Attic Treasures”, this weekened (saturday to be precise). Hopefully it won’t cause people to go out and sell family heirlooms.

With the rising popularity of appraisal shows and interest in genealogy, collecting and researching family history has become the new craze. The history center hopes to provide Pittsburghers with the resources to discover more about the treasures around their homes.

Some of these shows drive me nuts as you’ll see conversations likes this:

Person: “Well my great-great-grandmother bought this when she was 15 – she saved up for six months, and it’s been in the family every since”
Host: “You’ll be glad to know, that this is actually over two hundred years old, and worth $5,000!”
Person: “Where can I sell it?”

For more information: Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

Study Those Surrounding Families!

Continuing on the census trail, George G. Morgan’s “Along Those Lines” column from last week, concerned the importance of documenting and studying past census information (as well as other related documents). Specifically – study the families around the person(s) you are researching, as at some point there maybe a chance they’ll be connected in some way (among other reasons, which George notes).

Excerpt:

One of the cardinal rules that most new genealogists are given when working with census records is, “Make note of surrounding families on the census population schedules.” While you may have been told to note a different number of families on either side of your family, such as two, four, six, or some other number, I heartily agree with this strategy. And while you’re at it, obtain a printed copy of the population schedule if you can for future reference. You will find yourself going back to the record again and again to reexamine some aspect of it. In “Along Those Lines …” today, I want to list some reasons why you want to make note of surrounding families, and not just in census schedules.

Via Legacy News