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Genealogy Research Expanded May 3, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrants — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been working hard at finding more ancestors to add to my family tree and also to identify those who immigrated to North America.

The ancestor count is now nearing 11,000.

And I have a list of over 100 possible immigrants I didn’t identify the first time around.

This work has been rather tedious but I have felt compulsive about it.

Now filling in the missing details will be more interesting.

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Work continues.

 

 

 

Searching For Ancestors April 23, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 5:54 pm

Ancestry.com has introduced a new feature whereby they find all your ancestors.  All I have to do is click a few highlighted boxes and presto, each generation unfolds.  So instead of tediously jotting down names and dates and fathers and mothers etc., I can now hit keys on my keyboard in the right sequence and a new ancestor appears.  This is a beta version of a new program.  I’m not sure I like it or that it’s good for me.  It certainly saves paper and notebooks but it is so impersonal and mechanical.  By handwriting names and dates etc. I felt I was getting to know each ancestor a little bit, and I had to do a bit of thinking and digging to connect the dots.

My ancestor count has soared as a result of this new program.  I was close to 8000 ancestors on my tree – now in just a few days of using the new program the count has soared to close to 9000.  And I have to follow up on new names that have appeared in my sublist of immigrant ancestors.  And the additional coats of arms – well I’m overwhelmed.

On the plus side, this feature – beta search for a glowing green symbol and tap the key – should in theory give me more time to search for the information I’m really interested in.  The names and dates of birth and death are just the start.  I want to know where when and how they lived, etc.

 

Another Book To Use In My Genealogy Research January 18, 2018

IMG_5078  Wow – what a compendium.  I can now check what I’ve found so far working mostly with Ancestry.com

 

New Total Ancestor Count December 27, 2017

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Genealogy — Janet @ 11:39 pm

The total ancestor count has reached another milestone – 7200.  Trying to fill in the gaps on my family tree, I keep finding more information.  Either I missed these people initially or more information is coming to light.  Whichever, I am happy to keep working on my genealogy research.  I am particularly pleased when I find more early immigrants to North America.  That list keeps growing.

 

Ancestor Count Keeps Climbing November 28, 2017

Over Thanksgiving weekend the number of ancestors I have identified passed the 7000 mark.  Read the Plantagenets book – finished at last – I found that some of the players mentioned are also to be found in my genealogy.  e.g. George Latimer Neville

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Ancestor Count Revisited October 15, 2017

I’ve now reached a total of 6,700 ancestors in my genealogy research.  People ask me what I’ve been doing lately or in the past few months.  I sort of fumble for an answer and then only after the conversation has moved on do I think of how I have spent my days – GENEALOGY RESEARCH.

And this work has sparked a great interest in reading history books.  the last is Alison Weir’s The Life of Elizabeth I.    IMG_4541  A bit of a slog but well worth it in the end.

 

Keeping Track September 2, 2017

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 12:55 am

In my genealogy work I’m trying to identify as many ancestors as possible.  My tree keeps growing.  As part of this work I want to be sure I identify all the individuals  who immigrated to America.

The ancestor count as of September 1, 2017 stands at 6476.  That’s a lot of people.

Here is one of the immigrant ships

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