The Moral of the Story. . .

4 October 2008 Research

Since my last post, I’ve decided to completely redo both the genealogy site and the blog and now I’m left with a mess that includes not only a partially functioning database and loss of all my media links, but also a renewed determination to make this thing work like I want it to. The Backstory […]

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Website Update

28 September 2008 Research

This summer, TNG came out with a new version of the software I use to power my genealogy website. I had put off upgrading, because, frankly, I was apprehensive; I was afraid I would “break” the site and I wasn’t sure how much time would be required to redo all the modifications I had made. […]

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Columbus Public Library

5 April 2008 Research

On a recent business trip, I visited the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, GA. What an amazing genealogy collection! They have as many stacks in the genealogy wing as my local library has in the whole adult section. They also have wi-fi throughout the library, so I was able to post my notes directly to […]

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Whitener FamilyTreeDNA Project

20 March 2008 DNA

Link to the Whitener FamilyTree DNA Project. Whitener FamilyTreeDNA Project – Family Project Website Peter, Henry, and Daniel mentioned in the first two DNA kits are my ancestors.

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Wilfong FamilyTree DNA Project Website

9 March 2008 DNA

Here is a link to the Wilfong FamilyTree DNA site. The Johannes Wilfong referenced in the project background is my 7x great-grandfather. Wilfong FamilyTree DNA Project Website – Family Project Website

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mtDNA Testing

2 March 2008 DNA

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a DNA test this morning. I chose to use Family Tree DNA, which purports to have 90% of the genealogy DNA market share. I ordered the mtDNAPlus test kit. It’s a little more expensive than the basic mtDNA kit, but I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with lesser […]

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Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County, Volume I

1 March 2008 Military

I found a great source record last week at the library. It’s a book called Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County, Vol. 1. The author is Emmet R. White and it was published in 1984 by Southern Historical Press, Inc. of Easley, S.C. It has biographical sketches on many soldiers, including summaries […]

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A Gentleman Named “Pioneer Ben”

24 February 2008 Bios & Timelines

A fascinating biographical sketch on Pioneer Ben Burgin can be found at “Benjamin Burgin, the second child of John & Martha Burgin, was born in Kent County (Shrewsbury Parish) Maryland, November 30,1741 and was christened December 25, 1741. Kent County is on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just across the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay […]

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What’s New

9 January 2008 Research

It was a busy week in research, sourcing, and design. I added a photo of my great-grandparents, Newt Ward and Rachel Johnson Ward and I obtained a copy of Rosa Ellis Roberts’ death certificate. Probably the biggest change is the mapping feature added to the website. I discovered that my web software, TNG, offers the […]

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The Kindness of Strangers

6 January 2008 Research

A few weeks ago, I posted about Find a Grave. One of the features they offers is a “Request a Photo” program. Users of the website can volunteer to take headstone photographs and Find a Grave keeps track of their locations. When another user requests a photo from a particular cemetery, the website sends out […]

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