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  • Genealogy Strikes Back

    Whilst in Milo today, I got a lead in my genealogy research!  Dad had dug out an old genealogy that had been given to my grandfather in 1995 from some distant cousins, as their research involved some of our ancestors.  I got looking into it, and found that the linking family was the Dolans, the one I'm most interested in researching.

    Michael Dolan (my father's name-sake) was born in Ireland in 1790. As the family story goes, he immigrated to Milo, Maine (of all places) during a potato famine.  I've been trying to find records of him, where he came from, and his ancestors, but with no luck, as I was working off the dates of the potato famine.  I had always been under the impression that his wife, Tamson, had come from Ireland with him. This was WRONG. 

    In the genealogy that Dad found, it had more information.  Tamson's maiden name was Harding, and she was born in Prospect, Maine!  This means I need to drastically adjust my time frame for his immigration. Their first kid was born around 1830, so he had to have come here sometime before that.

    The roadblock in front of me now is the immigration records I need are on Ancestry.com.  I think I need to finally give in and get a damn account.  I just hate the idea of paying $20 a month for access to their crap.  Think I'm finally seeing that if I want to be serious about this, I'm going to have to break down and get the account.  It will help me by leaps and bounds, I know.  I'm just stubborn.


  • Annoying Dilemma

    Whilst digging through my genealogy crap, I realized like 2-3 years ago I made a big breakthrough, connecting Frederick Barden back to a line of other Bardens, starting with his supposed father Stephen Barden.  Well, I forgot to make any reference of WHERE I found that tidbit of information.  I know I wouldn't have entered all that crap in if I wasn't at least pretty sure it was a real connection.  But now, I can't remember…  And its been driving me crazy for like 3 hours now.  I've scoured the internet and given myself a headache.  Its just bugging me that I can't even find a slight hint of the connection.  As far as the internet and history are concerned, Frederick Barden walked into Dover, Massachusetts out of nowhere, with no family.  But SOMEWHERE I found the name Stephen connected, and the dates / ages lined up.  Once upon a time.

    Sigh, that is all for now.  Back to uploading Google Map Data.


  • Genealogical Progress Goes Boink

    I've finally gotten myself into a grove of working on some Genealogy stuff.  No actual research just yet, but I'm doing some major overhauls on my family genealogy webpage.  The old software I was using was severely outdated, so I've upgraded to a new software called Webtrees.  Its based on the system I was using, so its very similar, just not as outdated.  

    Today I'm working on finally getting the Google Maps portion of this thing to work.  I could never get it figured out before, but I got it working on the new system.  Just requires me to upload a ridiculous amount of CSV data files to give it coordinates and whatnot.  The end result will be that any properly entered location will have a corresponding map marker!

    The key issue is I need to get everyone who enters information here to use the standard layout for place names.  All of the US will be entered when I'm done, so its important!  The layout is "Town, County, State, Country".  For instance, Milo would be listed as "Milo, Piscataquis, Maine, USA". (I chose USA instead of United States of America simply cuz its much shorter.) If anyone has questions about place names, let me know!

    http://family.sethen.com


  • Genealogy Dilemma

    I really wanna get back into researching some family genealogy, but I’ve got an issue.  I’ve been doing all my work using http://family.sethen.com/ which uses a system called PHPGEDView.  But, its getting quite outdated.  It hasn’t been updated in several years now.  So, I’m debating what I should be doing.

    I want my work to be available for the whole family, and have the ability for everyone else to work on, which makes online the ideal option. I’m just not sure how to do it anymore.  Ancestry.com looks great, but I’m not about to pay $23 a month to use it, and then I don’t think I can share it with family members unless they pay for an account.

    Pretty much all the online systems are pay-only.  The only other real options are to do it locally on my computer, or keep on keepin on with the website deal.

    Anyone got an opinion? suggestion? comment?


  • New Year

    I’ve been trying to settle on a good New Years resolution.  I think I’ve finally chosen a good one.  I haven’t done much with my genealogy research in quite some time, so I’m making it my resolution to start working on it again, and dig a little deeper 🙂  I also want to get some copies of all the old photos my Dad has been scanning to add to the genealogy website!


  • So much Royalty!

    Worked again on the Fitch Genealogy book tonight.  I need a break though…  I’ve come to find alot of dates in the book that are wrong, names spelled incorectly, etc.  I can’t say too much, this book was printed back in the 80’s, and I’m sure more information is available now 🙂 I’m cross-checking everything with Wikipedia to get dates, and names correct.  Right now, I’m back to William the Conqueror 😀

    Funny thing though…  In this line, I’m descended directly from William.  Going back up the Fitch tree, following the Fitch name, I can trace it to a man that’s listed as a “blood relative” of William the Conqueror 😀