Monday, August 26, 2013

Hugh Jackson, Sr.

I completed extensive edits to my genealogy file for Hugh Jackson, Sr. and his descendants. The file has been moved to RootsMagic5, thus improving my ability to update the file and to share information with others.

There are 4283 individuals, 1450 marriages, 842 place names in the file.  A descendant report with notes and name and place name indices is 476-pages.

There were marriages to Henthorns, Watsons and Ganders in the Jackson family.

During the course of my edit project I discovered that some living members of the Utah Jackson family can trace their ancestry to Latter-day Saints patriarch, Orson Pratt.  Among many contributions made to the LDS by Orson Pratt was urging members to record their genealogy.  There is a very nice Pratt family website, created with RootsMagic. Orson Pratt and his brother, Parley P. Pratt were sons of Jared Pratt.  It was Parley who converted Orson at the age of nineteen.

Jared Pratt Family Association

Dick Henthorn
26 August 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thomas Clegg

Today I posted a link to a five-generation (51-page PDF) descendant chart for the family of Thomas Clegg to the Collateral Families page on the Henthorn  Family Wiki. Additional information is available by contacting the compiler.  The report was generated from my "charts" file.

One small branch of the Henthorn family is included in the report.

Dick Henthorn
22 August 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

More Files In RootsMagic5

Project Update: I've completed moving and editing two more files.

Years ago I obtained some records from the LDS Ancestral File and loaded them into Personal Ancestral File (2.31).  I wanted to see how useful this information would be.  I was disappointed to discover that the quality of the work wasn't very good.  Too much time has passed to remember how much use I got out of the data. At any rate I still have the genealogy file, named Anstfile.  I'm reporting that I have successfully moved a copy of this file to RootsMagic5 on my laptop computer.  There are 498 individuals and 184 families in the file.

More significantly I'm reporting that another file, named Charts, has been moved to RootsMagic5 on the laptop.  This file consists of 6,227 individuals and 2,290 families.  I created this file from some of the information in the 1997 book, Ancestor Charts - Volume 2, published in 1997 by the Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (MCCOGS).  I, along with a number of collaborators, submitted many of the charts in this book.  Other researchers, working on collateral lines, also submitted charts. The charts showed either four or five generations. It was often possible to link information from chart to chart. Once the charts were available in my genealogy program I could produce Ahnentafel charts of eight or nine generations in some cases.  That was the reason for creating the file, to show a broader picture of the family relationships. My file includes "Notes" from many sources which adds to the value of any reports prepared from this file.

Dick Henthorn
21 August 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mozena Family

I successfully copied the Mozena family to my laptop computer where I loaded the GEDCOM into RootsMagic5.  This family has strong connections to Monroe county, Ohio and links to these other families: Foote, Buskirk, Henthorn, R. David Thomas (founder of Wendy's, who married a Buskirk).

Dick Henthorn
18 August 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

John Henthorn Family

Today I uploaded the John Henthorn family, using a GEDCOM file, to the RootsMagic5 genealogy program on my laptop computer.  Prior to today this file resided on my desktop computer in a RootsMagic3 file.

Henthorn researchers believe that the first two Henthorns to arrive in the British colonies were brothers, James and John. The John Henthorn family is the smaller of the two.

My genealogy files were originally created with the LDS program, Personal Ancestral File (PAF) version 2.31, on a computer running the DOS operating system. Getting from that point to today entailed years of work and many computer disasters. It's a relief to once again have the data at my finger tips.

A Descendant report created from this file, with place and every name indices is 508 pages.

Dick Henthorn
17 March 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Conger File Conversion

My John Belconger (Conger) file, consisting of 44,780 records and 16,989 families is now loaded to RootsMagic5 on my laptop computer.

Here's a example of the amount of information available, a descendant report, in the PDF format, for Job Conger, son of John Belconger, is 2,279 pages.

I used GBridge to move the Conger GEDCOM file from my desktop computer to my laptop computer.

This is a major achievement in my long-standing battle to convert my genealogy information from Personal Ancestral File (PAF) version 2.31 to RootsMagic and move the data to the laptop.

Dick Henthorn
5 August 2013

George Lemley & John Otho West

Today I added a descendant chart for George Lemley & John Otho West to the Lemley section of the Collateral Families page on the HenthornFamily Wiki. To the same area I also added a link to an Ahnentafel chart for Rufus Lemuel West. There is a connection to the Yoho family.

Several years ago this information was shared by Samuel Lee West of Benson, AZ. Thanks to Mr. West for his willingness to share.

Dick Henthorn
5 August 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A RootsMagic Caution


RootsMagic only prompts you to backup your databases when you exit the program. If you edit a database and are ready to close it, but not exit the program, you must run the backup program from the File, Backup menu before closing the database.

The above Caution is from the RootsMagic5 documentation. I just noticed that there was no Backup prompt and did the research to learn why. It's nothing serious once users are aware of how it works.

Mr. Dickie
4 August 2013