Monday, November 28, 2016

From Peter at LOST COUSINS

A recent enquiry from a LostCousins member prompted me to put together this piece of advice…..

I don't add someone to my tree unless I'm convinced that they're a relative of mine.

Citations don't prove anything but they do remind you why you thought someone was a relative of yours, and they allow others you might share the tree with to understand your logic. So they're a necessary but not sufficient condition.

Similarly, finding other trees online that show the same information doesn't prove anything - even if it has multiple citations. Many mistakes are made simply because the wrong information is more accessible than the right information, so if one person makes the mistake, the chances are others will too.

My family tree program allows me to record people and families who have a possible or probable connection to my tree without actually connecting them. There are lots of families whose details I recorded over a decade ago, but have yet to be able to connect to my tree. Having them present, but not connected, is extremely useful; one day I may be able to connect them - perhaps I never will - but being able to record information about them as I find it is very useful.

The program I use also allows me to connect someone who I am certain is an ancestor of mine, but where no proof exists (perhaps because a page is missing from the baptism register), with a different-coloured line, to remind me that I need confirmation from another source, possibly DNA.

If the family tree program you use doesn't allow you to do both of these things (albeit in a slightly-different way) you might want to consider changing it for one that does.

Never use an online tree as your main tree, and never post information online unless you are absolutely certain it is correct. Ideally never post a public tree online.

When it comes to adding relatives to your My Ancestors page at the LostCousins site the situation is a little more relaxed. There are times when it simply isn't possible to identify the right person on the census, especially someone who has recently left home and is working as a servant, so I introduced the 'possible relative' relationship. It's not intended as a replacement for research - it's designed for those situations where having tried everything you can't find the answer.

I hope this helps, and encourages you to complete your My Ancestors page so that I can start connecting you with the many other members who are your 'lost cousins'. Much as I like to be able to help and advise members, I can't possibly do as good a job as someone who shares your ancestors and understands the challenges you're faced with.

Hope this helps,
Peter


Note: the main family tree program I use is Genopro, but whilst it does what I want it's not necessarily the best for you; Family Historian is a very powerful program (and it was written here in Britain) - if I was starting from scratch it's the one I'd go for. Unfortunately I can't advise members on family tree programs, not even the two I've mentioned, because it's a very personal choice - what works for me may not work for you - but if a family tree program is worth buying they'll almost certainly offer a free trial version.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Irish blood in the family?


FIND MY PAST is giving FREE access to Irish records. From 15th to 18th Sep click here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Family Tree programmes

For those of you looking to download a family tree programme here is another one. Family Historian  this programme is not for Apple Mac computers,
you can look here & see what is available.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sorting out.....

While sorting my family history I came across some certificates that weren't mine. Managed to find a person on Genes Reunited to send one to, still have 4 to go.
m. JACKSON/TAYLOR Manchester 1865

m. BECK/JACKSON Skipton 1863

d. William BECK  Croydon 1943

d. Elizabeth POOLE Bristol 1901





Saturday, August 13, 2016

1856 will of John George KESTEN

Executor Susanna KESTEN daughter also mentioned James Edward BALL.
Can't make out a lot! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Help with your family history

Family History Group at Yanchep
Wednesday afternoon between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm volunteers help people with their family history research. This group (at the moment) uses all 4 computers in the main area.
Tea and coffee are provided. For further information contact the library on 9561 1110

Family History Morning at Wanneroo

Monday mornings from 10am to 1pm expert volunteers assist with family history research. The Centre offers free access to Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past.  For further information contact the Community History Centre Librarian on 945 5925
Genie Exchange at Joondalup
On Friday mornings, between 10.00am and noon, volunteers from the Western Australian Genealogical Society help people with their family history research. The Genie Exchange is held in the Local History Library. No bookings are required for these free sessions. There are 6 computers (more available if needed). Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. For further information contact the library on 9400 4746