Thursday, July 31, 2014

FTM2014 - How to identify people with no 1900 Census Records - REVISED

This is a revised video for:

Question from the Cousin Russ Community

Question:

Is there a good query language in any tools where you can query your family tree in a more advanced way?

"Give me all people where you have descendants born before 1900 and I have no source connected to it from the Census 1900"



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Thanks to reader Karen Jaquish for pointing out that I had removed too many people from my search.

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RE: Do Search Engines Provide What You Request?

I was reading Randy Seaver's blog:

http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/07/do-search-engines-provide-what-you.html

and thought I would give it a try. I was wondering if I would get the same results or different results, based on how I search on Ancestry.com. This is from the Ancestry.com website and not from within Family Tree Maker.

Here is my Input: [ my default Search settings ]


I entered Sampson Seaver, Birth year of 1830, and selected New York, USA when I typed New Y

Then clicked on Search.

Since Randy was looking for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 U.S. census records I selected the Census and Voting Lists

I got them all in ONE search:


I think the importance of my results are the Sliders. I use them ALL OF THE TIME. I am usually pretty successful with my search results. I do this type of search while teaching a class.

Here is the slider settings that I see as my defaults on this generic type of search.


The first name was fairly broad, which would pick of variations on Sampson. The Born date and location were broad.

Now, if I were to get too many results, I would move the Birth date and place tighter.

Now, I don't know if the census records were Randy's Sampson, but the information in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 were consistent, would have to know if the 1880 was Randy's person.

Thanks Randy for the challenge.

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FTM2014 - How to identify people with no 1900 Census Records


Question from the Cousin Russ Community

Question: Is there a good query language in any tools where you can query your family tree in a more advanced way?

"Give me all people where you have descendants born before 1900 and I have no source connected to it from the Census 1900"



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Test for Evidentia

This is a test post from Evidentia: Genealogical Proof Report

Summary of Findings

02 August 2013 - The working hypothesis is that Charles Wake was born in New York between 2 Aug 1802 and 1 Aug 1803

Itemized Research Findings

2 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.
The 1850 US Census - Charles Wake (Xxx, YYYY) asserts that Charles Wake is 47 years old on 01 August 1850 which would mean born about 1803. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary (meaning we must assume the informant was not a knowledgeable eyewitness or participant in the event). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect (meaning the evidence is implied, circumstantial or fails to answer the whole question).
The 1850 Census asserts that Charles Wake was 47 years of age as of 01 August 1850, indicating that he was born between 2 Aug 1802 and 1 Aug 1803
The 1850 US Census - Charles Wake (Xxx, YYYY) asserts that Charles Wake was born in New York. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.
the 1850 Census asserts that Charles Wake was born in New York

End Notes

1850 U.S. Census, New York Ward 8, New York, New York, Population Schedule, Page 203A, Line 11 - 16, dwelling 344, family 863, Charles Wake; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2014); citing NARA microfilm M432, roll 542, Image 10.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Changes Coming in October 2014 to Family Tree Maker

I saw the following on Facebook:
"We’re making updates that may impact your Family Tree Maker experience. Starting in October 2014, Ancestry Web Search within Family Tree Maker software will have reduced functionality or may not be supported by Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista or Internet Explorer 8 or 9. Moving forward, Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 will be required for Ancestry Web Search functionality to work properly. "
I believe this to be true. But let me see if I can break this down a little bit further.


  1.  Version 16 & Earlier — The Web Search features in V16 will no longer be supported after July 31.  The V16 & earlier software will continue to run, but the web search functionality will not work.
  2. Windows XP — Ancestry is making changes that require newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Because FTM uses an embedded IE browser, upgrading to a different browser will not help those customers.  Microsoft Internet Explorer on a Windows XP computer cannot be upgraded beyond IE 8, and Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP, so those computers will not be able to run this updated functionality.
  3. FTM 2008 – 2012 — These customers may also see the XP message even if they have upgraded their browsers.  Ancestry support can help them make a change to their registry that will get them past this message.

Like other recent announcements by Ancestry.com, these also do not surprise me. I am totally aware of many users and their love for Version 16. I was there, but with FTM2014 I can't go back. Absolutely no reason for me to look back, was I think FTM2014 is the best version to date.

If I find additional information, I'll pass it along, but I think I have read the information correctly.

Come on up to FTM2014. Don't worry about the earlier versions, just come on up. 

One user's opinion.

Russ
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