29 May 2010
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12 May 2010
11 May 2010
I'm working on this family for issue 42 of Casefile Clues.
To see a larger image click on the image that appears with this blog post.
What does that last name look like to you? I'll post what it is "supposed" to be in a few days. And based upon the actual name, this variant isn't all that far off, but it's the only time I've seen it.
Information on the trip is at http://www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html
10 May 2010
05 May 2010
This is a followup to my original post about the timelines on the Family Trees at Ancestry.com.
The "ages" as shown in the timeline are not pulled from the census, but rather are pulled from the year of birth listed in the timeline. I concluded, incorrectly, that since the year of birth was approximate that ages shown in the timeline would also be shown as approximate.
The image here with the birth empty does not have any ages shown, which seems to indicate the age is pulled from the birth.
The second image with the year of birth, listed as approximate, shows ages.
When I create timelines based on approximate years of birth, I include "about" in front of every age because the ages at specific points in time are not based upon a precise date of birth.
If there was one improvement I could suggest, it would be to include "about" before ages that are calculated from an approximate year of birth.
That said, Ancestry.com is not drawing the ages from the census enumeration. It was incorrect when I indicated they were. The problem is that nowhere on the screen does it indicate from where the ages were inferred. Had I had other records for Abraham, the ages would have been shown for every event.
All of which points to the importance of citation. I'm not certain Ancestry.com really has room to cite sources in these timelines and I'm not certain people really want that. But I bet it wouldn't be too hard to insert an asterisk after the age indicating it was inferred from the year of birth. And that might even encourage more genealogists to be concerned about citation and that wouldn't be a bad thing.
04 May 2010
03 May 2010
I received the same email DearMyrtle referred to. Take a look at more detail on her site. I won't repeat it here.
Seems to me that Genealogywise needs to be careful in using the email of members.
I was doing a few quick lookups on Bernard Goldenstein for an upcoming Casefile Clues article at Ancestry.com and decided to try the "famous relative" link that came up.
Imagine my surprise when it actually pulled up someone--president Tyler's third wife.
A quick look at her ancestry did not indicate where the connection was made and the link to show relationship was not working.
Mrs. Tyler had an ancestor born in the Netherlands which is close to Ostfriesland where Goldenstein's ancestry originated. However looking at her available pedigree chart did not reveal any connection.
Being 5th cousins 5 times removed to Mrs. Tyler means that Ben Goldenstein's 3rd great-grandfather/mother was a fifth cousin to Mrs. Tyler. My guess is that the program is "grabbing" one of Mrs. Tyler's Dutch ancestors and assuming it is the same person as one of Goldenstein's Ostfriesen ancestors.
Without seeing the way Ancestry.com is connecting them, it is difficult to tell. I'm pretty skeptical that there is any relationship.
When it indicated a relationship between Goldenstein and a famous person, a more realistic possibility (and I said POSSIBILITY) is the late Senator Everett Dirksen. He was from Illinois (where Goldenstein's family actually settled) and was also of Ostfriesen extraction. Perhaps senators don't qualify as "famous."
I'll update on this if the "connection" ever shows at Ancestry. I got error messages when I tried it again just now.
01 May 2010
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