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12 Family Lines-12 months ~ The Process

12-family-linesA new year a new challenge. I am working through 12 Family lines this year and January is being dedicated to the Batson Family line. Last week I began reviewing this family line that began when Caroline (Carrie) Batson married my paternal great grandfather Gilmore Francis. I reviewed what records I have for Carrie as detailed in last weeks blog and entered them into my “Clooz” program. “Clooz” is a record keeping software by Ancestral Systems that I use.

clooz-screen-print

This is a screen shot of a census report that shows the records I have input to “Clooz”.

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The above is another shot of a Census report for the Batson Surname. Click on the image to enlarge and you can see the individuals and the years that I have them recorded in a census. The last number under personal file # is the file number I have assigned that document. The only significance is the letter B which is the first letter of the last name.

I had none of the Batson documents recorded in “Clooz”, so this is an area that definitely needs work. The other area that need lots of work is the linked documents from the Ancestry.com website to my Family Tree Maker program on my computer. When things work correctly I should be able to go to my FTM program and pull up the profile of Carrie Batson and see the documents that are attached to her under Media. From there I should be able to click on the document thumbnail and the file should open.

ftm-person-profile

I have noticed over the past several years that many of these links are broken. Considering how large the media file for this tree is, it has always been daunting to think about fixing all these links.

ftm-media-index

I do not understand how this happened, but if you look here, you see the 1860 United States Federal Census 16.jpg~1860 United States Federal Census 27.jpg. I was looking for the one that had Carrie Batson’s parents listed. Ancestry says it is attached to John R. Batson in this media file. It was not shown on his media page. And while I find 5  different ones that were from Hopewell, Muskingum Co. Ohio, the one for John R. Batson’s family was not there, and I looked at all 33 different .jpg’s.

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Now you see in the above image were I have identified the 1860  census that contains the John Batson family.

As I go through each family line these are two of the tasks I will need to do for every individual. Then I need to review and update the binder for that family. Included in my binder are:

  • Pedigree Chart
  • Individuals tab
  • Family group sheet
  • Individual’s time line
  • document log
  • photos
  • Documents

Copy of birth record

copy of marriage record/s

copy of each census found

copy of deeds

Copy of death record.

  •  Map of area showing property owners during individuals time frame
  • Photo of internment
  • Other documents
  • Research Log
  • Next individual’s tab
  • Family group sheet
  • etc.

Too often I have been lazy in keeping my research log. Any hints on how to improve on this?

Another record I would like to develop is a log for contacts I have made on each family line. I could call it a “contact log” and place behind the pedigree chart. I would include the contact information and the relationship along with a log of their correspondence. Has any one else developed something similar?

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Watermarks and Why Use Them

Watermarks were originally embedded in paper to identify the manufacturer. Wikipedia tells us

A watermark is an identifying image or pattern in paper that appears as various shades of lightness/darkness when viewed by transmitted light (or when viewed by reflected light, atop a dark background), caused by thickness or density variations in the paper.[1] Watermarks have been used on postage stamps, currency, and other government documents to discourage counterfeiting.

We can place watermarks on photos and documents before placing them on the Internet. Have you posted a photo to Ancestry that you took off the Internet? Did you give credit to your source? Maybe the copyright police will not come down on you but it is a sure way to have a “cousin” lose interest in sharing with you.

After seeing over 90 new “hints” last night on my Ancestry App. I thought I would take a look. Imagine my surprise when I found all my photos from my blog attached to a “cousins” family tree. These photo’s did not just appear once in my “hints ” but three or four times.  How do I know they were my photos? Well after 100 years I would be surprised if two photos had creases and fly specks in the same spots. I am conflicted, 1. I want family to share and correspond about genealogy and 2.  I want people to read and enjoy my blog.  Taking  photos off the internet and using in a Family Tree is done all the time. I’m always getting “hints” of a dePutanham Coat of Arms image  for any of my ancestors with the Putnam surname. That just clutters up my “hints” and I have to click on each to “ignore” so they will be eliminated.

Putnam Coat of Arms

Putnam
Coat of Arms

How can we keep from cluttering the internet and our “hints” on ancestry with images. My solution is that my tree on ancestry is not made public. If a “cousin” asks I will share with them. My next solution is to place a watermark on all my images that I place on my blog or any other place that one of my images might show up.

There are several apps and software that are available to do just that. Photographers who makes their living from selling their prints would most likely invest in a program that would do all their photos from one shoot at a time. Me I just need to do several at a time so I can use one of my photo programs I already have.

Coat of Arms with watermark

Coat of Arms
with watermark

So now if you were to save the photo you would know where it came from. As a courtesy always ask to reuse another’s photo or at the very least give credit for your source. Posting a photo without crediting the source is not proper internet etiquette.

 

 

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