Friday, February 16, 2018

Benjamin and Mary Edgell

From time to time I like to run a test to determine how many pages of information there would be in a Narrative Descendant report if I decided I wanted to share with someone.

The RootsMagic narrative descendant report, as I compile it, includes an "every name index" and a "place name index."

This morning I ran a test for the family of Benjamin and Mary Edgell. There were 1,411 pages in the report.

I'm willing to discuss an exchange of information with members of the Edgell family, but there must be a willingness to share in order to obtain the information I have compiled.

Dick Henthorn
16 Feb 2018



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ice Family Project

Ice Family Project


Working on a big Ice family project today. A while back an undated, typed, family history of four pages was shared on Facebook. It was written by Charles Lee Ice. Very difficult to read because the ribbon was probably old when the piece was written. I used Google Voice Typing to read the document out loud. The results left a lot to be desired. Next I used my text editor to compare my product with the original to do the clean up edits. In the next step I will attempt to post the contents of the document to my genealogy file. I'm considering posting the entire piece to the record of Charles Lee Ice as well as posting pieces to the records of people I can identify. The final step will be to share my readable version of the document to the Ice page on Facebook. I'm leaving this step until last in case I discover errors that I made. Recently I was asked why I type obituaries. I type documents because I want to be able to read them and I want to be able to incorporate them into my genealogy databases. And, I like sharing.

Dick Henthorn
15 Jan 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Why I Seek Typed Obituaries

Why I Seek Typed Obituaries


This morning a frequent contributor to the Ice Family page on Facebook asked why I am typing and sharing obituaries.

Here's my reply.
Here's how I do genealogy. I use a genealogy program [RootsMagic] to record the information I obtain about each person. Each person can have a Note field where "text" can be stored. When I obtain an obituary I transcribe the information to "text" and save it in the Note field. This allows me to create narrative ancestor or descendant reports that show everything I know about a particular line. These reports are what I call, genealogy. In my opinion storing digital images in a genealogy database wouldn't work very well when one wants to print out the information.
Collecting "raw" data is an important aspect of the genealogy hobby, but in and of itself will never produce a readable genealogy. The only way this can be accomplished is to process the "raw" data and enter it into your genealogy program of choice.

Dick Henthorn
12 Jan 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Tri-County Researcher

I Seek

Does anyone have back issues of the West Virginia Tri-County Researcher that you want to sell?

I'm also interested in obtaining a copy of a 1983 volume about the history of people of Wetzel county, West Virginia. Title: History of Wetzel County, West Virginia, 1983, published by the Wetzel County Genealogical Society.

If the price is right I may be interested.

Dick Henthorn
11 Jan 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Finding the Records of Researchers in RootsMagic

Finding the Records of Researchers in RootsMagic

I wanted to be able to find all people in my file who I considered to be a Researcher

I created a Fact with that name. 

When I created their record I selected this Fact. When I want to remember more about a researcher I also write about their interest in the Note field. 

When I want a list of all of the researchers I go to: 
  • Lists,
  • then Facts Type List, 
  • then scroll down and select - Researcher, 
  • then click on Print. 
The result is a list of all Researchers with their RINs. 

Dick Henthorn
9 Jan 2018

RootsWeb Status Update as of 9 Jan 2018

RootsWeb.com Home Page:

RootsWeb has been down for several weeks. Today, 9 Jan 2018 an update message was posted to the Internet.

If you are interested in steps made to resolve the problems and plans for the future you can learn more at this link

Dick Henthorn
9 Jan 2018

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