Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Daniel McCardle 1821-1898 - Ancestry

Daniel McCardle 1821-1898 - Ancestry:

He married three times.  He had 11 children with Priscilla Burge whose mother was Elizabeth Goddard.

I saved this link because I want to extract the information about the McCardle family.

Dick Henthorn
15 Nov 2017

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Find A Grave Issues

Find A Grave Issues

Here are a few Find A Grave issues that are driving me crazy.

  1. Some people enter middle initials without a period.  This impacts searches.
  2. West Virginia didn't become a state until 20 June 1863.  Place names for events prior to that should be entered as: Virginia or Virginia/West Virginia
  3. I like to see women's maiden names in italics, i.e., Joan Melissa Doe Jones.

Dick Henthorn
14 Nov 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Preserving the Work of Billy Lynn "Bill" Cunningham

About the Work of Billy Lynn "Bill" Cunningham (deceased)

OLD website (Bill Cunningham’s) - No changes can be made
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/

NEW website: Wetzel County WVGenWeb
Glenda Thompson; Wetzel County Volunteer County Coordinator
http://www.wvgenweb.org/wetzel/index.html
http://www.wvgenweb.org/wetzel/contact-me.html

The program that Bill trained me on for the Wetzel genealogical website on Rootsweb was extremely outdated. I had been having problems with it crashing in the middle of my work. I spoke with Bill’s family & the decision was made to just leave the website as it was. Ancestry .com acquired (who acquired Rootsweb) started doing updates and links started going bad, and then saw a post they made on the main Rootsweb page. I was concerned they may pull page(s) and/or close the site down.

Their post:
“As you know, RootsWeb is a collection of products that has grown organically over the last two decades. Many of these have not been updated or maintained in years. Ancestry is currently working on updating and revising World Connect, Mailing Lists, and hosted sites such as Free Pages over the next twelve months; however, all other products and functionality are under review. We will continue to notify you of updates here as decisions are made.”

I spoke again with Bill’s family and informed them of my concerns. It was decided that I turn the Wetzel County WV’s Rootsweb website over to the WV Genweb state coordinator, as they use their own server. All of the data on the old server (Rootsweb) would be transferred over to the new (WVGenWeb). This move would guarantee that the data would not be lost & the site could be updated. This was made with the condition that Bill’s work was to be left online, for as long as ancestry decides to leave it there.

Many thanks to:
Glenda Thompson (WVGenWeb Coordinator) & Connie Burkett (WVGenWeb Asst. State Coordinator) who worked tirelessly transferring the data to the new website.

Linda Cunningham Fluharty for her guidance/support throughout my tenure as Bill’s designated replacement.

Barbara, Brian & Diane Cunningham for their support/assistance with this transfer.

Bill Cunningham for all of the work he did to create & maintain the “Go To” place for Wetzel County, WV genealogy for many, many years. He is fondly remembered & greatly missed.
(Written by Joyce (Schaefer) Yowler, 10 Nov 2017, on the Wetzel County, West Virginia Genealogy page on Facebook)

Shared with permission of Joyce (Shaefer) Yowler
Dick Henthorn
10 Nov 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Your True Heritage

Is there a reputable company that will look up your true heritage???
Here's my comment to this question posted on Facebook RootsWeb Genealogists.
In my opinion there is no such thing as "looking up your true heritage." This implies that someone else has done the work and left a copy somewhere it could be found. This kind of good luck is highly unlikely. If you want to hire someone to work on doing your genealogy that is another story. I think they charge by the hour, plus travel expenses. Before you decide to hire someone ask to see samples of their work and to talk to some of their customers.

Dick Henthorn
22 Aug 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Broken Links

Broken Links


This weekend I worked on a project to find and remove broken links on my genealogy Wiki and on this genealogy blog. In the process I sent out a couple of messages to friends to confirm they'd shut down their genealogy related websites.

The project reminded me. If you are working on genealogy and you find something of interest that you plan to come back to you'd better not count on it. I suggest downloading a copy of the information of interest.

While on the subject of broken links. If you see something, say something.  That is to say, if you notice a broken link on something I posted, please help me out by telling me about it.  Thanks.

Dick Henthorn
30 May 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

HenthornFamily - Cemeteries

HenthornFamily - Cemeteries:

New Cemetery Reports - May 2017

Today I added seven new cemetery reports to my WikiSpaces genealogy website.

These cemetery reports were created using information in my RootsMagic file, named, pafyoh. To create the reports I had to master the creation of Custom reports on RootsMagic. It's a multi-step process. Once you get the hang of it it isn't too complicated. I found the learning curve challenging.

The reports are in the PDF format and show cemetery information based on county names. The reports can be viewed on your computer screen and they can be saved on your computer.


There are three columns in the report.

  1. Surname, Given
  2. Death Date
  3. Cemetery location and cemetery name

The reports are sorted by: Surname, Given Name, Date of Death.


When death dates aren't complete or cemetery names are not present, I seek this information.

Dick Henthorn

27 May 2017
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Blogspot Backup

Blogspot Backup

Today I created five folders on my computer in My Documents for the purpose of storing backup files for my five blogs on Blogger. It was necessary to create a folder for each blog because when Blogspot creates the backup files all have the same name using the date of the backup.

Once the folders were in place the steps required to do the backup for each blog were relatively simple.

I can't remember when I last backed up the blogs or where I put the backups. This time I wrote a page of information about the process in my Steno notebook.

Dick Henthorn
22 May 2017