Friday, October 24, 2014

Follow By Email

The "Follow By Email" option is now available on all four of my Google blogs. You have to scroll to the bottom of the first page on each blog to find it and subscribe.

If you subscribe, when I post to that blog you will receive an Email message with the link to the post. This eliminates the need to constantly check the blog to see if I am posting.  This will be particularly useful in the case of the Obituary blog which I infrequently update.

Dick Henthorn
24 October 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Narratives Written by Charles H. Gander

Today I'm making available two narratives written by Charles H. Gander of Arlington, VA.

The 23-page PDF document, which is hosted on my Google Sites, includes:
  • Hugh Jackson (6 pages)
  • James Henthorn (9 pages)
  • List of Sources (8 pages)

Richard E. Henthorn
23 October 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Richard Earl Henthorn

Did you know there are two people named Richard E. Henthorn who work on Henthorn Genealogy?

One is yours truly, Richard Edson Henthorn of Maryland.  The other is Richard Earl Henthorn of Florida. We both use the genealogy program, RootsMagic.

Richard Earl shared a copy of his genealogy file with me and I loaded it into my genealogy program. He also graciously offered to share some of the information from his file on the Internet and I agreed to prepare the Descendant Report in PDF format and to host the report on the Internet.

We are sharing a seven-generation report of 109-pages which includes End Notes, Name Index and Place Index. The report was limited to seven generations to reduce the possibility of including information about the living.

The reported is hosted on the Google Sites web space of yours truly.

Genealogy of Richard Earl Henthorn

Please respect the Copyright restrictions outlined on the first page of the document.

Richard Edson Henthorn
22 October 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

David Conger & Rachel Willson

Here's a link to a PDF Descendant report I created today from my Conger genealogy file on RootsMagic.

David Conger and Rachel Willson

This couple lived in Hallowell, Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada.  There are five generations in the report of 62 pages.  The report includes Name and Place indices. It is hosted on my Google Sites.

You can also go to the Google Sites by clicking on the Henthorn Genealogy Site on Google in the right hand sidebar

Dick Henthorn
21 October 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Importance Of Learning GEDCOM

If you haven't learned how to export and import GEDCOM files with your genealogy program you are missing out on some of the fun.

A GEDCOM file is a "text" file format created by the genealogy programmers and the LDS genealogy staff that allows the various genealogy programs to exchange information. You don't have to know anything about the internal structure of a GEDCOM file to take advantage of its power.  My illustration for this post shows, for those who are curious, the first forty lines of a GEDCOM I created from Personal Ancestral File (PAF 2.31) and loaded into my current genealogy program RootsMagic 6. Notice that it's "text" that you can read, with data tags like "2 DATE" and "2 PLAC" on the left of each line in the file.

A GEDCOM file can be created (exported) and shared by attaching the file to an Email. They can also be staged on the Internet (uploaded) for sharing with others. I've found several on the Internet that were of interest.

If you get lucky enough to find another researcher who is working on the same families that you are you can use GEDCOM to exchange the information each of you have recorded.

When loading a GEDCOM from someone else into your genealogy program always create a "new" file with your genealogy program, with a "new" name before you load (import) the GEDCOM.  That way you can check the quality of the work of the other person.  For example, you can see if you both enter place names in the same way.  And, you can see whether there are duplicates in the file you are receiving.  It's never fun to remove duplicates once they are in your master genealogy file.

To learn more about GEDCOM you can practice creating a GEDCOM (exporting) and then adding it to a "new" file (importing) on your own computer.  Backup you own genealogy file first, just to be on the safe side. Just remember that when you load the GEDCOM into your genealogy program you want to create a "new" file with a "new" name.  You don't want to load your practice file into your main genealogy file.  That would create a mess because every record would be duplicated.

You don't have to include all the records in your file when you create a GEDCOM. You can tell your genealogy program which records to include in the GEDCOM.  For example, you may only want to share a branch of your tree rather than the entire file. Practice this also to see how it works.

Dick Henthorn
19 October 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GenViewer Update

In the past some researchers shared their information with me in the file format used by their genealogy program.  For example, some Family Tree Maker users sent me a file with the .ftw file extension of Family Tree Maker. Several computer disasters back I owned a copy of Family Tree Maker.  Therefore, it wasn't a problem to load their file into my program when I wanted to view the information.  This was so long ago I no longer remember which computer allowed me to do this.

I still have copies of some of these Family Tree Maker files on floppies and on Zip Discs.

The paid version of GenViewer can read GEDCOM files and some files of genealogy programs such as Family Tree Maker.  

Yesterday I realized that it would be convenient if Windows 7 had an association for the .ftw with the GenViewer program.  That is to say, if I clicked on a file name with that extension the GenViewer program would start up and load the file I clicked.

I had an awful time establishing the association.  I read my Windows 7 book.  I read the Windows help file.  I looked at online tutorials.  After about thirty minutes I was ready to tear my hair out.

When Cyndi came home I asked if she knew how to do it.  She stood behind me and talked me through the process.  In less than five minutes we'd accomplished what I never got close to doing.

The blog post image is a screen capture (that's another story) of a file on a floppy named: bacus.ftw. I have a floppy drive connected to the laptop computer via a USB hub.

Dick Henthorn
18 October 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Here's a link to the website for the program: Transcript.

I'm trying out the program to see if it will be useful for transcribing information from scanned images.  I like to include typed text from documents in the Notes of my genealogy files.

The program displays the scanned image in the top half of the screen and you type in the bottom half. You can Zoom in on an image and you can change the contrast.  Bold face, italics, underlining and so on are supported.

I tested the program by typing the information about a log cabin at Blue Springs, NE that I found on the Facebook.  I was pleased with my first experience. I shared what I typed on Facebook where I found the image and in my own family's Group.

Dick Henthorn
17 October 2014

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