Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bouse Genies Will Be Starting Soon

The Bouse Genies, a genealogy interest group from Bouse Arizona will be starting up soon. To date these are just tentative dates but they will be starting soon:
September - 26
October - 10, 24
November - 7, 21
December - 5, 19
January - 2, 16, 30
February - 13, 27
March - 13, 27
April - 10, 24
May - 8, 22

They will be meeting at the Bouse Community Building, which is the old cafeteria, the building to the East of the Bouse Public Library 10:00 AM to Noon (44031 Plomosa Rd, Bouse, AZ).

Please keep checking here or at for any changes.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Giving Back - Genealogy Style

Elyse90505 is going a great job of teaching genealogy, it is simple to understand. In this video she talks about giving back, a way to help others. She mentions UsGenWeb, unclaimed persons on facebook, make you own genealogy website, offer to do lookups for others.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oral History: Memory Triggers

It can be a bit intimidating when you ask someone if you can talk to them about their memories. Why not just ask them if you can look at some of their old pictures, nic nacs, maybe just ask them to tell you about pictures you have. Even just go over to watch an movie or listen to Old Time Radio. Taking them to a museum is an incredible way to get them talking about their life, you have the drive to & from to talk and the old items they used in their life. Another good way is at family reunions, just sit in the back and listen. Whenever possible ask them who, what, where, when & why.

When they are looking at old photos it is going to bring back memories that you want to make record of & fill in gaps you may have. I enjoy listening to Old Time Radio when I was driving and it was about 125 miles to take my mother to the doctor. She would tell me about her life while that was playing. I found out how proud grandpa was of his first radio, how they had to take the battery out of the truck to use it, and a simple as a commercial she wondered if that was why her father started drinking postum, just to name a few gems.

You can get digital recorders now that can record hours of content and aren’t very threatening. There are several free programs you can edit these files so you can snip out the information you don’t want or paste different talks together. That way you can either transcribe it or you have a recorded treasure.

I would like to hear what you use as memory trigger, so please leave a comment.

IGI Batch Numbers

I don’t know if I haven’t been paying attention or if this is new to Please see this page for the explanations of the batch files .

I went to familysearch and ran some names through it and got several types of results:
  1. Messages: Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
  2. Messages: Record submitted by a member of the LDS Church.
  3. Messages: Record submitted by a member of the LDS Church. (Has a Batch Number)
  4. Messages: Extracted birth or christening record for locality listed in the record. (Has a Batch Number)
  5. Messages: No source document or additional information exists. LDS Church membership record of a deceased person. (Has a Batch Number)

In my opinion the IGI is still just an index and shouldn't be used as more than just a clue, but only the last 2 came from real records and the others you just can’t verify the accuracy of the information.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

New Video From Rede

Labeling Your Digital Images
How to label your digital genealogy images so you & others can easily identify them later. There are plenty of free good programs out there, you will just need one that you can change the canvas size & add text. For this I will use GIMP , a good free program.

Embedding Information In A Digital Photo
How to embed text in an image with properties

Pro Photo Tools Part 1
Pro Photo Tools , a free program to embed text into your digital photos. This video will go into location name, GPS coordinates, identify location on a map, view images on a map.

Pro Photo Tools Part 2
A brief explanation of other text you can embed in a digital photo and other information you can view with Pro Photo Tools . This will include description, date time, other, categories, shot, camera, and photographer.

Site Search Genealogy Style
Using Google Tool Bar's "Site Search" to help you search a website, or use "" in a search engine to speed up you genealogy searches.

Descendant Book Numbering System
The Register System is a very easy way to use a descendant book. I hope this video will help you enter the information into your genealogy.