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Genealogy Training Videos

Genealogy 101 - Ancestry.com

       This 10 minute video is designed to drive a discussion around the basic genealogy, or Family Tree information, research, reporting and concepts. It utilizes the Ancestry.com Family Tree software in the Cloud, as a reference to demonstrate the various concepts and data sets associated with the topic. This will be one of many discussion presentations covering concepts, software, research and guidance in the Genealogy space.

Genealogy 102 - the Basics with Legacy 8.0

       This 14 minute video is designed to drive a discussion around the basic genealogy, or Family Tree information, research, reporting and concepts. It utilizes the Legacy 8.0 Family Tree software package from Millennia as a reference to demonstrate the various concepts and data sets associated with the topic. Your data resides on your computer vs. the cloud, and you can generate a web site from your tree.

Family Search.org & the 1910 US Census

       This 20 minute video demonstrates the use of Family Search.org, a free site, to easily find your family history information and build your tree. After finding the desired 1910 US Census, we'll examine the Census information form in detail, and provide some guidance and tips on how to use this tool and data source. What is it, where to find it, how to use it, and what can we learn from it. These are the questions we'll address. The "Geneaology 201 - the 1910 US Census" PowerPoint covers the same census form, excludes the on-line Family Search.org section, but includes some multi-census analyitical, reconciliation and review suggestions not covered in this YouTube video.

Genealogy 201 - the 1910 US Census

       This 13 slide PowerPoint Presentation is designed and configured to serve as a discussion and training document on the US Census reporting process, impact, data and value for genealogical research. It covers the complete data set of the 1910 Census, with mention of other fields from other years. It points out the challenges associated with using and understanding this document, and the information contained therein. It also covers a multi-decade analysis, reconiliation and review suggestions. See the "Family Search.org & the 1920 US Census" video for how to locate the US Census on-line. This presentation is best viewed through a computer and concurrent projector configuration, in the Slide Show mode, so the transitions, talking points and tips are visible for discussion. In the Slide Show tab, select the Use Presenter View, an then "From Beginning".


       This 7 minute video covers the use of the FindaGrave.com website and database, an excellent resource for Genealogy research. It is also a great platform for telling the family story to future generations. This publicly managed site enables anyone to add missing records or request updates and corrections to individual gravesite information. Every record should be owned and managed by a family member interested in the research and recording of the individual, family unit and family thread stories. Look for your great, great grandmother and see if her story is here. If not, itís waiting on you!

Next Up: Wiki Tree

       Another site that provides the ability to add your family tree for free. This one is unique, in that it can optionally incorporate your tree into a global, single tree view. As you add ancestors to your tree, it will present potential records already on file for the person. A great way to find other family members working on the same tree. I utilize this tree for research, but have not yet developed a training video. The Link will lead to the WikiTree website.


       Moving all the data and pictures to a Family Tree Software Package, the Core Family Tree of 6 branches (our four grandchildren's parents) is maintained to cover all their aunts, uncles and cousins. You can drill up from the bottom (grandkid links above), or go directly to the relative by selecting their name from the "Surname List" or "Index of Names" lists above. You can also visit the Ancestry.com version which only inlcudes the primary branches and those members who have been investigated. While it's not everybody (only 1,428), the ability to see the tree in a more readable tree structure is available there. Select the "Sample" button to see a good sample of the information in this 2019 Web Version of the Legacy 8 System.
            Not having found the Web, or Report, Tree Diagram inside Legacy yet, and having all the families effectively "generation diagramed" in the Census Analysis Reports using excel, I continue to use the excel version of the pedigree tree for summarization. I also have the pedigree and difficult members included in an Ancestry.com, Family Search.com and WikiTree.com trees for research purposes, all of which provide Tree diagrams. All 5,751 Tree members are only included in the Legacy 8 system and this WEB version of that data. If you're part of the family, or remotely connected and want to talk, drop me an email.

The Branch Pedigree Family Summaries of September 2018
The Gallagher-Tucker Branches Summary - The largest Branch due to the availability of several published geneaology studies. William Tucker arrived in Jamestown, the Virginia Company, in 1610, two years after the first "Investors" showed up. He later became a major influence and Leader of the settlers administrative and militia protection system. The branches include 16 generations and 77 branches. Discovered in November 2018, James Tucker (1698) is not the son of Robert Tucker, based on a recent YDNA test, so the oldest 6 generations, while maybe related to the Jamestown, Virginia settlers, are not in the direct family line.
The Van Arsdale-Malkiewicz Branch Summary - Only 8 generations deep and not as many members, as all are much more recent immigrations; between the mid to late 1800s. International research has not yet started in earnest. This Tree Trunk, only 14 branches, plus the Gallagher-Tucker branch, make up a common trunk for the four grandchildren driving the research.
The Jividen - Lou Johnson Branch Summary - The Son-in-laws Branches cover two of the Grandkids. 10 Generations deep with 42 branches, most of these hit the continent in mid to late 1700s.
The R. Johnson - Switzer Branch Summary - The Daughter-in-law's branches cover the other two Grandkids. 11 Generations and 43 branches, many of these lines are from the southern states where record retention and more importantly digitization are not as current, or comprehensive, as the older sections of the northeast.

The 2015 Visio Version of the Family Tree - 2,400 members

       Each member from the VISIO diagram included data elements added for genealogy information. All of the 2,400 members were included on a multi-page web page created from the VISIO file, and many members were linked to the appropriate point in the catalog (defined below). Unfortunately the .html generated out of that version of VISIO wasn't readable for pages larger than 20" x 20", and non-IE browsers didn't work well. And besides, who was going to learn VISIO and html to take this mess over.

The 2015 Family Catalog - linked from the VISIO Diagram

The 2001 isModeler Family Tree - 1,100 Members

       I was using this application in my Process Engineering Consulting work when I got interested in Genealogy. It seemed to be a logical fit for my new interest in my family tree. It was great for presentations, created the web pages with no effort, and included the ability to add information and attachments to each record. It was a 32 bit operating system package, it was not a commercial software application, and Modus Operandi was not going to upgrade it to 64 bits. Time to move to something else.