Thursday, July 31, 2008

Brierly (Brierley) Family

Here's a HotLink to Brierly (Brierley) Family website. There's a connection to my Henthorn family from England. The Brierly family emigrated from the area of Lancashire, England to Worcester county, Massachusetts in the mid-1840s.

I just learned about this website in the last few days. Prior to finding the website I didn't know that members of this family came to the United States.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Broken Links

Photo: Mr. Dickie (Longwood Gardens, PA)

On the homepage of my website, near the bottom, there's a button labeled "Links". This button takes visitors to a page with buttons to webpages created and maintained by others. Yesterday I did one of my periodic, and very infrequent, checks to see if these links are working. To my dismay, after only a few minutes, I found seven that weren't working. Then I got bored with the process and didn't check all of the links. Instead I went off to do something else.

Using Google I was able to find new URLs for two of the seven that didn't work.

The whole process is tedious and time consuming. Because this often happens when links to the webpages of others are shared one has to be welling to put in the time to do the necessary periodic maintenance.

I've never had any luck getting any help with the task. By this I mean that I don't ever remember any visitor to my website sending me an Email to let me know they found a bad link. I'd appreciate any help I can get with website maintenance issues and also with website proof reading.

Also, if you find a particularly useful website pertaining to one of the surnames that are featured on my webpages I'll consider adding a link to that information if you send the URL in an Email.

The purpose of this message is to let visitors know that I am aware of the problem with the Links page and that I intend to work on the project to insure that all of the links work. I make no promise as to when I'll have the work completed.

Thank you for your patience.

Mr. Dickie

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Atkinson Family of Monroe County Ohio

Today I'm sharing HotLinks to information about the Atkinson Family of Monroe County, Ohio.

Articles extracted from the Hardesty History

Atkinson, Stephen A.; Walton; Moore

Atkinson, Mitchell

Atkinson, Oliver

Citation to the 1950 article written by William C. Hudson

William C. Hudson - Cornelius Atkinson - Frontier Ranger

Articles about General Henry Atkinson

Henry Atkinson

Henry Atkinson —

Fort Atkinson, Nebraska - History

Bill M. Atkinson and Linda Cunningham Fluharty's Atkinson Family Webpages

Atkinson Family - Linda's Home Page

Cornelius Atkinson - Frontier Ranger

In June of 1950 a four page article (pages 123-127) titled, Cornelius Atkinson - Frontier Ranger was published in The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine (Vol. XIII, 5) by Atkinson descendant, William C. Hudson. The article consisted of two pages of textual information and three pages of genealogy descendant chart. There were five numbered citations in the article. Unfortunately the citations themselves were lost. In January 1996 researcher Professor Raymond Bell shared this article with me. Recently, in July 2008, I reviewed the article and decided I'd like to share it on the Internet.

To make a document that I could share I rekeyed all five pages. I entered the information into my genealogy program, RootsMagic. The textual information, which was on the first two-plus pages of the original article, was included in the notes of the appropriate individuals. I also wrote several paragraphs in the note fields when I wanted to comment on something in the orginial piece. I did resist the temptation to add additional information. My goal wasn't to create an updated Atkinson genealogy. Rather, I wanted to share the information from the original article in a format which uses more pages and which lends itself to publication on my website.

I selected a numbering system (D'Aboville (indented)) similar to the one used by Mr. Hudson in his article.

I hope readers will be pleased with the result. Anyone working on the Atkinson family of Monroe County, Ohio owes William C. Hudson a debt of gratitude.

As of Sep 2009 you will have to ask me about this document. It isn't available on the Internet.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Talk with Col. Samuel Baker of Marshall Co., WV

Here are two HotLinks to articles of interest to researchers of the Baker family of Marshall county, VA/WV.

The first piece is an article that appeared in the Wheeling, WV newspaper.

A Talk with Col. Samuel Baker of Marshall County

The second piece is an article I wrote commenting on the first piece.

Comments on Article about Col. Samuel Baker

Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Photo: Mr. Dickie - Melva's Iris

Today's HotLink topic is GEDCOMs. GEDCOMs are genealogy files that allow us to exchange genealogy information between genealogy programs. Some programs can read a GEDCOM file and create webpages. One program, Ancestral Author, can convert a GEDCOM file to a very nice PDF file with the names linked.

If you want to learn more about GEDCOM perhaps you'll find something helpful at one of these websites.

GENViewer Genealogy File Viewer - GENMatcher, Find Dupli

ViewGED 1.02 review and download. view, viewer, gedcom, ged

Gedcom Import/Export - GenoPro

Comparison of GEDCOM to HTML converters

GEDCOM Utilities

Ann Turner's GEDCOM Utilities


Ancestral Author: Convert GEDCOM to Hyperlinked PDF

Indexed GEDCOM Method for Genweb Authoring

Mr. Dickie

Monday, July 7, 2008

PDF Files for Genealogy

In the last few years PDF formatted files have been assuming a more significant role in online genealogy publishing.

The RootsMagic genealogy program can output PDF files. The Ancestral Quest program can produce very nice "linked" PDF reports from GEDCOM files. Other reports from genealogy programs can be converted to PDF using free or shareware programs.

The use of PDF insures that the recipient of the file can read and print the report with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on their own computer.

There's a PDF page link on the homepage of my genealogy website. From the PDF page you can access several reports that I have made available to anyone who visits.

If you are interested in learning more here are links to some useful websites.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Publishing Your Genealogy with Ancestra

Ancestral Author: Convert GEDCOM to Hyperlinked PDF - What Is PDF and Why Do I Care? - Free Program to Create PDF Files - Create Free PDF Files - More On PDF Files

Create PDF files shareware - Google Search

Mr. Dickie

Conger Family Websites

Today I'm sharing HotLinks to Conger family websites that may be of interest to Conger researchers.

Freda Babcock's Home Page

Conger Family

Schueths Family

Modified Register for James Clayton CONGER

New Jersey Historical Society

Society of Genealogy of Durkee

Van Bibber Family Story: Profile of: JOHN M. SINGER -

Van Bibber Family Story: Profile of: THOMAS JEFFERSON STOUT -


Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: User Home Pages Conger - Bricklayers and S


How Everton Conger helped start the American Red Cross

Descendants of Stockdale Coddington (Conger Links)

Shelby Co, IN Genealogy, Obits - Conger

PicoSearch: Cataloging Your Corner of the Web: Results

ISAAC SHARP of PA: clarifying daughters' marriages (Includes Conger)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Search Engines

Google isn't the only search engine on the Internet. You might want to try some of the others. The results are quite different. Some search other search engines. Try using the same search words with several different search engines to see what I'm talking about.

Here's an article about search engines followed by HotLinks to some of them that I have tried.

If you find any good genealogy sites about any of our common interests send me an Email with a short description of what you found. I can post the information to the Website News.

Major Search Engines and Directories Home Page


Clusty the Clustering Engine

Dogpile Web Search Home Page

Excite - Web Search Home Page



HotBot Web Search

LookSmart - Home


MetaCrawler Web Search Home Page - MetaCrawler

Netscape Search

Open Directory Project -ODP

Search the Web with AOL


Cemeteries and Cemetery Records

Live Search - MSN

Free People Search by ZabaSearch!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Baker Family of Ohio River Valley

Here are three HotLinks to information about the Baker family of the Ohio River Valley shared by other researchers.
In particular note the website of Valerie Kramer. She published a wonderful book about the Baker family which is still available. Look for information about how to obtain a copy on her website.
Baker Family of Valerie Kramer

WeDig Genealogy

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

State and County Websites of Interest

Photo: Internet

Today I'm posting links to County and State genealogy websites of interest. The source of these links is my AOL Favorites where I stored the URLs of websites I visited during the last couple of years. I tested all links to make sure they work as of today, 2 Jul 2008.

The first link is the the USGenWeb Project. This is a good place to start your search if you are looking for the various county websites.

There is no particular order to the list. I did group the links together by county.

If you have other links that you'd like to share send me an Email and I can post the link to this blog.

After visiting a website remember to use your browser "back" button to return to this page.

Mr. Dickie

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page

Appanoose County, Iowa Home Page - USGenWeb

Louisa County, Iowa IAGenWeb

Erin Springs, Oklahoma

Belmont Co. Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society - The Gateway to the West

Belmont Co., OH - Heritage Pursuit

Monroe Co., OH USGenWeb

Monroe County, Ohio History & Genealogy

Monroe County Chapter

Woodsfield [OH] Public Library Genealogy Holdings Page

Tuscarawas County Ohio GenWeb Page

Guernsey County Ohio GenWeb

Guernsey County Genealogy Links; Ohio genealogy


Nebraska - The USGenWeb Census Project

Warren County, Tennessee 1850 Census Database Project

West Virginia Genealogy

West Virginia Biographies / Family Lineage

Wetzel County, WV - Genealogy

Marshall County WVGenWeb Home Page

The Websites of Linda Cunningham Fluharty - West Virginia Genealogy, History &

Pike County Illinois