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31 October 2012

Heritage Scrapbook Basics... Color Palette Resources

One of the hardest parts about creating a digital scrapbook is choosing the right color combinations. I'm not a graphic artist per say, so I love when I can find resources to help me identify which colors come together nicely. I have found a website that I LOVE.

The Color Combinations website is primarily used for selecting carpet and paint colors for a home. However, color schemes and color palettes that work well in nature work well in home deco. And color palettes that work well in nature and the home, often work well in scrapbooking.

Here is just a sampling of color schemes that I found on the website that could be useful in selecting a color scheme for a heritage album. Using these color palettes as a guide will help you pick coordinating papers and embellishments that will enhance your family history album.

ColorCombo 295
ColorCombo295 uses browns and pinks
ColorCombo 287
ColorCombo 287 uses monochromatic greens
ColorCombo 191
ColorCombo 191 uses maroon and gray

ColorComb12 uses navy blue and gray
ColorComb12 uses navy blue and gray

ColorCombo29 is probably one of my favorites
ColorCombo29 is a personal favorite

(Update: these color schemes are no longer available at Color Combinations, so if you find a combination you like, download the image for later use!) 

As you can see, there are a variety of color palettes to choose from. Use these color schemes as a starting place for your next heritage scrapbooking project. There is nothing that says you have to use these suggestions exactly as recommended. I love having a starting point to tweak.

If you're unsure about which color scheme will work best, play with them on a sample page your create. Check out this post where I Play With Color on a Cover Page to see which combination I personally like best.

Let me know what resources you have discovered for color scheme inspiration, in the comment section below. 

30 October 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Loomis Siblings

Loomis Sibling Marker at Green Lawn Cemetery
Loomis Cemetery Marker for four siblings
Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio

When I come across interesting stones, I feel  need to share. This would be one of them. On the surface, this looks like an ordinary stone. However, it is the grave marker for four siblings. As I was searching for information about Edwin and John, if finally dawned on me that the birth dates of these individuals could be siblings. I found John D. Loomis as head of the household to his siblings in the 1900 US Census but not the head in the 1930 US Census. I found John in the 1880 US Census which gave me a clue for the parent's names. Finally, I searched for Margaret's Death Index Entry and that gave me the parent's full names. And then I had the pieces all fit together.

Maybe I'm doing too much work for people I'm not even related to. But it feels good to update Find A Grave with photos and the relationship of the individuals in the plot sections.

Tech Tuesday: Separating Scanned Images with PaintShop Pro

Single scan of three images, needs separating
Single scan of three images, needs separating
If you are using your scanner to digitize your photos and flat memorabilia, I'm so excited! Way to go. You're doing one of the best things to preserve your memories available. It's something that even if you hate genealogy, or if you're family history is 'all done', you can do.

If you're trying to efficiently scan that MOUND of documents, you are probably grouping your photos and scanning once. Then you're separating the images into individual files.

If you are using Paint, you'll have to zoom out, crop the image and save as a new image. Then you need to undo your changes and hopefully not have saved over the original scan. I've had too many OOPS! moments to count with this method.

If you're using PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements, you have a one click button called "Scan & Crop". Now it works if you leave enough white space around each scanned item. If you have images with a lot of white around the edges (think snow, classrooms, sunny days), then you'll need to scan your images with a black background.

If you're using Corel PaintShop Pro, then they have a three-step process that isn't very difficult. I wish I had learned this earlier. But I know it now.

If you're using Corel PaintShop Pro or higher, then open the image that you want to separate.

Separate Photos in Corel PaintShop Pro
In PaintShop Pro, open file you wish to separate.

Next, with the crop tool selected, draw a box around the image you wish to separate. This is cool because you can fine tune your crop!

Separate Photos in Corel PaintShop Pro
Using crop tool, select the image you want to separate.

Using your mouse, right click on the image. You'll see a pop up box that says Crop as New Image. Click on this option. It will open a new file for you (no more saving over the original!!!)

Separate Photos in Corel PaintShop Pro
Right click on the image to open pop up menu.

After you have repeated the process for each photo, you can save them all and you're all set.

Separate Photos in Corel PaintShop Pro
When all the images are have had the "Crop as New Image" option applied,
you can save your files.

It still seems like a lot of work, but with the Crop As New Image option, I know I'm not going to crop the original, save it, and then have to rescan my image. Additionally, I can do precision cropping at the beginning of my separating process.

Happy scanning (and separating!)

29 October 2012

Tech Tuesdays: Tips for Submitting Update Requests to Find A Grave Volunteers

I can't tell you how grateful I am for the Find A Grave website. The volunteers have saved me countless hours of traveling to far away places to locate my ancestor's photos. Living in Iowa, it's very hard to get to Ohio or Ontario, Canada. But Find A Grave brings those cemeteries to me.

I took over 500 photos of grave stone photos while I was in Franklin County, Ohio this past May. As I started submitting photos to the website, I also wanted to provide any additional information I had on these individuals. Call me crazy, but I even attempted to look up the person's death certificate using As I did so, I was able to provide the Memorial Manager with updates for the individual's memorial including parent's names, spouse, and children.

Perhaps I didn't read all the instructions on how to make a request, as I like things to be intuitive. I submitted about 20 names to a volunteer in a 'poor' fashion before he sent a sweet email. He gave me the following tips to ease his work and I'm going to share them with you. Perhaps you already know this, but it's a great reminder. If you didn't know this, no fear. Now you do.
  1. Linking a child to two parents does not link the parents. You need to send a separate request from a parent requesting a link to the spouse. 
  2. You can only like spouses one way (either husband to wife or wife to husband), BUT once they're linked, they're linked. So only send one link request for a husband/wife combination.
  3. You can't link parents to children, only children to parents. Send a separate correction request from the children's memorial page for each child.
  4. Include the memorial numbers for the person's to connect. That way volunteers don't have to look up the reference you're indicating.
With regards to these points, if I was submitting a request to link a child named David Brown to his father John Brown and his mother Anne Collins,  I would:
  • Access David's memorial page on Find A Grave
  • I would select "Submit A Correction" under the Edit tab
  • I would request that David's parents be linked to John Brown #0000000 and Anne Collins #0000001 
  • If the parents weren't linked as husband and wife, I would access John Brown (or Anne, doesn't matter) and send a separate "Submit A Correction" using John Brown's memorial page and providing Anne's memorial number.
  • If David Brown had a sister of the same parents, then I would access the sister's memorial page and send an additional "Submit a Correction" using the sister's memorial page and providing the parent's names and memorial page numbers.
Another tip that I discovered is sending a copy of the corrections to yourself. Some volunteers will complete the update requests quickly. Others may not ever make the updates. If you have taken time to provide additional information to a volunteer, you'd want to know if the work is completed. If you're submitting a large number of photos at one time, it is easy to forget who you found information on. So, send a copy of your work. When the information is complete, you can delete the copy of the request. If it isn't in 30 days, you can submit the request to Find A Grave help set, provide the date you made the request, and they'll be able to assist you.

Hope that helps.

26 October 2012

Photo Friday: Lucky Photo Shoot

When I was visiting my Aunt in Ohio, she let me see a number of wonderful treasures that belonged to my grandmother. My grandmother passed away in January, and I knew it was a difficult process for my aunt. Thankfully, I was blessed to have one afternoon where all the elements of a great photo shoot worked out for me.

Having read that soft natural light is often best for taking photographs, I took my home made light box outside to the backyard. It was around 3 pm in the afternoon. I could tell by how the shadows fell on the ground that the natural light was very soft. I placed the box on one of the lawn chairs and my camera on my tripod in front of it. I turned the box until it appeared to be filled with bright light. Then I set to work.

Grannie's Mother's Pin
Mother's Pin
f/6.3, exp 1/640, exp bias  -0.3  , ISO 400, Manual White Balance

f/5, exp 1/400, exp bias  +0.3  , ISO 200, Manual White Balance 

Daughter's Bell
Daughter's Bell
f/5, exp 1/320, exp bias  +0.3  , ISO 200, Manual White Balance 

I took a number of other photos as well that I will share in later posts. The frustrating thing about these photos, is that they look perfect on my camera's LCD monitor. When they are on my computer, they look really dark. I am in the process of learning why that is and if it's possible to tweak the photos in a photo editor to make them match how awesome they look on camera.

However, with little knowledge of using natural light, I truly believed I lucked out. I had a nice collection of photos with my grandmother's artifacts. I should have taken two additional photos. One, my set up outside. And two, all the items as a collection. Points to remember in the future.

There was only one thing that I wasn't able to take a photo of inside my light box - my grandmother's high school diploma. Now this is so awesome because I didn't realize that Grannie went to high school and graduated. She did talk about hanging out with the "Gas House Gang" during her teenage years while at school. So it should have clicked. But sometimes, an artifact makes the whole story connect.

To take a photo of this rather large diploma that had been folded up and tucked away in a box for many years, I had to set up differently. First, I laid out a white cloth on the a lawn chair. Then I raised my tripod to the tallest setting it could go. Next, I placed the diploma straight on top of the white cloth (no box). Finally, I positioned (and re-positioned) a white foam board in front of the diploma until it was illuminated nicely. Then I snapped a few photos.

Grannie's Diploma
f/5, exp 1/800, exp bias  +0.3  , ISO 200, Manual White Balance

Again, I have some tweaking to do post photo shoot. However, I'm so excited to have had God smiling down on me to take these photos with my amateur skills and be very pleased with the results.

25 October 2012

Using Google to Find Inspiration For Scrapbooking Memorabilia

I have been taking a lot of photos of the memorabilia of my grandparents, parents, and self. What in the world will I do with it all?

In some cases, I'll insert these photos into a written book that details the lives of my ancestors. But that is down the road. Instead, I'm on the hunt for ideas on how to include these special mementos in scrapbooks about my family members.

In doing a search for inspiration, I came across some terms that worked better than others. Using Google to do an image search for "scrapbook memorabilia," I came across very few great leads. I did come across an article at the The Daily Digi about using mementos. I applaud their inclusion of artifacts in their scrapbook page examples. Some of them are just too busy for my liking. I really liked the page featuring London.

I like to use of the memorabilia on this traditional scrapbook page.

Browsing further, I came across a layout that used a shot gun shell. My husband loves shooting guns and so I was attracted to this layout by mshanhun in the Studio Girls ScrapbookGraphics gallery.

Clay Pigeon Shooting by mshanhun

Although I could browse further, I still wasn't great inspiration as easily as I hoped. I tried a new search term. This time I searched "shadow box emphemera."

I found a lot of inspiration by thinking 'out of the box'. Most shadow boxes are organized in such a pleasing way, I can easily imagine future scrapbook pages based on some of the following shadow box examples. Sure some are overwhelming, but I understand the ideas of placing things as a collection to tell a story. Or, of compartmentalizing items.

Photo Source: La Belle Brocante.

Photo Source: Pink Chic Boutique on Etsy

The final search term I used for inspiration was "Shadow Boxes Military". I found this example and could easily see a future scrapbook page about my grand father who served in the military with his awards and such nicely arranged around his photos.

Photo Source: Legend of the Hearts

So this point of this post is to imagine ways you'll use your memorabilia in scrapbook pages. Whenever I come across another awesome incorporation of memorabilia in a scrapbook layout, I'll be sure to highlight them. Now... to get to work on my own layouts using memorabilia.

24 October 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Gravestone Symbolism That I Don't Understand

After taking 600+ photos in two days from several cemeteries, I began to notice symbols on the stones. Some of them fascinate me. Thankfully, many of my questions regarding the Gravestone Symbolism has been answered by a post at Grave Addiction. The listing has photos and explanations in most cases. I found two stones in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Lockbourne, Ohio with symbols I don't understand. Hopefully someone might know what they're all about.

The Symbol on the right half of this stone in the oval. It's really pretty.

The symbol in the middle of this stone looks like it could relate to light and unity.
But then again, I could be reading more into this symbol that I should.

Since both of these stones are located in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, my guess is these may have religious means. But they might not and just be cool. Hopefully someone will know what these are.

23 October 2012

Tech Tuesday: How to Get Access to People's Stuff

For Christmas last year, I created a digital scrapbook for my mother about her and her heritage. The book was 20 pages long. Just long enough to provide an overview of her life and heritage and still get it complete.

When she opened the present, early because she was excited to see what I created, she shed many tears and now shares the book with anyone who might be interested. After seeing what I did with her photos, artifacts, and answered questions, she was inspired to send me more stuff.

One item that stands out is a picture of my father in bed with his leg wrapped. I remember that my father had had leg surgery at some point because I remember his scar on his knee. Now I have a photo that tells me when, 'where' he recovered, and Mom can tell me more about the surgery. I also remember the dot pillow case to his left very well. I also remember the football team pillow case. It's these little things that have such memories and are great treasures. They lead to more questions and a richer story.

When I showed the album I made about my mother to my Aunt in Ohio, she pointed me in the direction of her photo albums and artifacts and said have at it. Amongst the items she had were photos of my grandmother's honeymoon and Grannie's high school diploma.

I have created a 'rough' draft of my family history research in a narrative format. I sent these copies to my father's cousins. When I showed up in Ohio to meet them, they were prepared to show off  the photographs and artifacts they have. Now, I need to update the family history research and make some scrapbooks or more elaborate books for them. I'm sure it will generate even more things.

A photograph of my grandfather's bracelet inspired relatives
to show off the artifacts they have.

With Love Louise Inscription on WWII Military Bracelet

As I've posted photos that I have taken of family artifacts, both my aunt and mother have given me items to photograph to complete the story of my family members. By posting about my grandfather's military bracelet, I had access to my grandmother's mother's pin and my mother's charm bracelet.

Mother's Pin
My grandmother's Mother's Pin was shown off after I posted
the bracelet belong to my grandfather.

Here's the biggest event to date.  My husband has been very supportive of my quest for my family history. He's helped me numerous times in developing set ups for artifact photography. He's edited the family scrapbooks as well. Through this, he's seen my skill develop and is very appreciative of the talent I have. As I started photographing my personal mementos in attempts to remove clutter from my home, dear hubby let me include much of his items in the pile. Yeah!!!

Then he shocked me and said he wanted my help in creating a better scrapbook of his mission. Oh yeah! The scrapbooks he had were a collection of photos and documents but no stories and such. So he's willing to write the stories and organize the photos. He wants me to work my magic on laying out and decorating his scrapbooks.

Okay, now before you think, 'You just created a big project for yourself", I'll say that's true. But I'm so excited. My husband is an amazing man and I want the kids to truly understand what made him so. As he began to open up to me about 'his stuff', he also said that eventually he wanted to work on his scrapbook pre-mission. Now that is a gold mine for me. You see, the pages are lacking, to put it nicely. I'm so glad photos and documents are gathered in a safe place. But my kids say (and see if this happens in genealogy too), "What is that picture of?" Me: "Um, I don't know. Ask Dad. Oh wait, he's not here right now."

Old Scrapbook Page
Page from my hubby's scrapbook. Notice: no dates, no
location, no story. And one picture is not like the others.

So, I've sped up eventually for him just a bit. I'm wearing out my scanner by digitizing those pre-mission scrapbooks. The photos will be better organized and saved. As hubby has free time, he'll write about the mission and then work on the pre-mission days. Then I can work my magic on his stuff. During his 'eventually', I'll still have my aunt's, mother's, and father's cousin's collections to work on.

As I create more works that can be shared, I know I'll have even more access to other people's stuff. And I think that's AWESOME. It's amazing what can be obtained and learned when we access the stuff. In short, if you want access to people's stuff, create something so those you're trying to gain access to will appreciate. It might take some time before the treasure trove opens up, but if you show how much you value the items people share, they're more willing to share.

Good luck and let me know how things work for you.

21 October 2012

I Wish I Had Bookmarked That Site on Homes and Map Plotting

Street View on Google Maps.
I've discovered Google Street View which has shown me today's view of a family home. Out of respect for the persons living in the home, I won't say where it's located. I'd love to have a photo of this home back in 1949 when it was fresh and young.

But I keep remembering that I can across a genealogy blog that said you could see just that. I didn't not bookmark this site in any way. I thought it would be easy to find this website again. But I'm at a total loss. So, does anyone remember what the website is where you can see what a home looked like in the past? Or am I making stuff up again?

The other thought I had was that I wanted to plot on a map where different family members lived or where a particular family member lived throughout their life. I've seen this done on several websites. But again, now that I want to use that tool, I can't find the websites that used them or the blogs that mentioned the service. I sure could use some help.

And, I promise to do better at saving the links in the future so I don' have to ask people for help. But, I also know so many genealogists are always willing to help another genealogist out. It just seems to demonstrate again the multiple means for my website A Patient Genealogist. Sometimes the patience is for the finding of information I want. Other times it is being patient with myself as I learn things, such as bookmarking.

19 October 2012

Photo Friday: Throwing Out the Rules?

I'm still quite the novice photographer, but I enjoy learning as I go. Today, I just wanted to take a photo of some more memorabilia and decrease the clutter in my home. In my younger life, I competed in pageants and had to wear special shoes for the evening gown competition. I also had special shoes for the swimsuit competition but those shoes are long gone. In any case, I tried something 'on the fly' (i.e. not following any 'rules').

It was 4 in the afternoon. My usual window that I like to experiment with didn't seem very bright at this time. I went to another window but was afraid the light was too bright. I had several options. Put my light box on the floor or move the box around in the room until the harsh light from the window was diminished.

I put a black piece of cardboard inside my light box and put the light box directly on the floor. I have read a series of posts about having light directly from the top rather than the sides. So, I positioned my lightbox so the harsh light was coming through the top of the box. I'll admit that this didn't work as I hoped so I moved the box around until I thought I found something worthwhile.

I put the shoes in the box and fired away. I didn't bother adjusting the white balance or any of the settings. I had recently done a practice session so I thought I'd let it be and deal with adjustments later. Here's what I got straight out of the box.

Pageant Shoes

Not to bad straight out of the gate I must say. I tried several more angles and positions and kept coming back to this one. Then I started to worry that the shoes looked terrible because of the wore out toe spaces and the liking flaps where the ball of the foot goes. Then I thought, it shoes that I wore this shoes out! I really like the clear heel on these shoes but I just couldn't get a good picture of them. Oh well. I'll just have to note that they have clear heels. 

Pageant Shoes
Cinderella Pageant Shoes

Now these shoes are slightly different in that they have a beaded strand across the foot. They feel more like Cinderella shoes. I tried to mimic the positioning of the first pair of shoes and the lighting. Unfortunately, I had done so many adjustments to the first pair before I put in the second pair, that I couldn't replicate the look. However, I really like the effect of not having the exact same positioning.

I did notice a white light reflecting in these shoes that wasn't present in the first pair. I had to move the shoes and box position until that white shining blob stopped looking like a person. The photo above and the one below show the results of that effort. 

Pageant Shoes

I was just so shocked at how well these photos turned out without a tripod and without trying to 'line up' the shot. Perhaps I'm getting better at photography. Perhaps the combination just 'works'. Whatever the case, it was fun to ignore the rules I've been learning and just do a quick session without the stress. I just don't know if I can do that again. I don't know what I did right.

I really believe the two Cinderella shoe pictures look so great, but slightly different. Since the angles are so similar, I don't wish to include both in any project regarding my pageant experience such as a digital scrapbook. The photos are too similar in that regards So, I need to decide which Cinderella style shoe is better. What do you think? The top Cinderella or the bottom?

18 October 2012

Warning... Creativity In Action

I know the cardinal rule of blogging is to not show others your blog redesign until you fully like it. Well, I'm playing around with a lot of things right now. I'm not sure what I really want. I love scrapbooking, photographing artifacts, and finding the clues in my family history research. I want a blog to reflect that. SO creativity is important. I don't want something boring. But I don't want something too busy.

Right now, I think I'm going in the right direction but I still don't like the design. I'm of the opinion of playing with it a little and revisiting it. I welcome comments of all kinds while I mess around with the design process. I know the current irritation is the side bar is hard to read. I had also hoped my background photo would be large enough to not be tiled (it wasn't, boo-hoo).

I just wanted to give my faithful followers fair warning that my creativity is in action. Hopefully you won't be too upset with me while I play around!!

17 October 2012

Heritage Scrapbooking: My favorite products for Digital Scrapbooking

Many websites share their favorite finds and I'll be no different. Here are some of my favorite digital scrapbook items.

Home of the Brave Kit by Nikki Barber
I love this collection for military or American themed albums

Hello, Aunty by Coreen Silke
Hello, Aunty by Coreen Silke
Mother May I by Coreen Silke
Mother May I by Coreen Silke
Spring Rains by Coreen Silke
Spring Rains by Coreen Silke

I LOVE Coreen Silke's work. In lew of posting all of her wonderful albums, I'll just refer you to the (Computer) website for more wonderful kits by Coreen.

Moments in Time by Jen Reed
Jen's embellishment kit is great. I often find myself muting her coordinating paper kit.

Plentiful by Shabby Princess

Happy Go Lucky by Shabby Princess
I like many of the papers and some of the elements in the Shabby Princess kits.
I often find myself using the more muted tones or changing the intensity of color,
but keeping the wonderful patterns.

Romantic Roses by Rebekah Jennings/Jessica Safty
Romantic Roses by Rebekah Jennings/Jessica Safty
I love the Romantic Nature of this kit.
It's perfect for mothers and grandmothers too.

True Love by Rachel Dickson
True Love by Rachel Dickson

Another wonderful romantic kit. Some papers I still mute to soften the look.

So there you have some of my favorite digital scrapbooking products for family history albums. I admit to mixing and matching, but I love kits that get me pointed in the right direction. I also love playing with the levels adjustment slider and the lighten slider in my photo editing software. This allows me to use the designer's wonderful talents but tweak their creations to my needs. 

16 October 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Some Cool Things I Noticed While at the Cemetery

If you haven't noticed, I like to use Tombstone Tuesdays more than a 'throw away' post. Sometimes I just post a photo and move on. Other times I like to share what I've learned and what I've found interesting. Today I wanted to share three gravestones that I found interesting for various reasons. See if you agree....

Though we're told to move flowers to take a photo,
sometimes the flowers can't be moved.

This stone looks like there should be someone else on it. Perhaps this person
is in their 100s. If so, best wishes for continued health and vitality. If not, I
wonder where the second person is located.

Okay, perhaps this is one of my craziest thoughts. The floral cluster in the center of this gravestone
reminds me of a pageant tiara. Take a look again and tell me if I'm seeing things.

What interesting things have you noticed while taking photos in a cemetery?

Tombstone Tuesday: Jennie R Williams and Walter E Williams

Jennie R Williams
September 30, 1903 - August 11, 1993
Find A  Grave Memorial #93334805
Walter E Williams
Sept 14, 1929 - Oct 30, 1995
Buried beside Jennie R Williams
Find A  Grave Memorial #93334700
I came across these two stones and they have me perplexed. Again, these are photos that I have taken purely on a volunteer basis. In short, I was in Green Lawn Cemetery and snapped additional photographs while I was there. These two stones have me confused a little bit on their relation. They are placed besides each other. So, one could assume that they are husband and wife. But not necessarily so. When I looked up Walter E Williams on, I found that Walter's parents last names are Williams and Hefner. When I looked up Jennie R William's information, the parent's name is Hefner. But on closer inspection the mother's surname is Hefner. So, I have two theories:
  1.  Perhaps Jennie and Walter are siblings
  2. Perhaps Jennie is Walter's mother

I'm thinking theory two is more likely, but I don't know enough from to be able to make the decision. 

15 October 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Michael Geisler

Is Michael Geisler of Bavaria part of my family? I'm not sure.

The last name my ancestor line of Geisßler is similar to that which is written for Michael. The name Geisßler has been spelled so many ways since my immigrant ancestor Joseph entered Franklin County, Ohio. Bavaria and Baden are both German locations, so Michael could be a relative of Joseph (or Joseph himself). Since Henry Mack declared his intent to naturalize in October 1856 and that's the same year Henry Mack, Karl Pusecker and Joseph Geisßler purchased property in Prairie Township, the date on this record of October 1856 lends more weight to a need to investigate this person. It might be a wild goose chase. 

I didn't think the last name of Geisßler was that common, especially in Franklin County, Ohio. However, I found three males with names of similar spelling in a short time frame in this county. All I know is that these records are worth saving and investigating at some future date.

Declaration of Intention.
Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County Ohio.

The State of Ohio, Franklin County, SS

Be it remembered that on the 11th day of October of the year eighteen hundred and fifty-six, PERSONALLY APPEARED before me ALBERT B BUTTLES, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, within and for said County and State, Michael Geisler an Alien, a native of Bavaria who being duly sworn according to law, on his oath doth declare and say that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty, whatever and more particularly all allegiance and fidelity to the King of Bavaria whose subject he is.

Attest: A B Buttles, Clerk
by M M Powers, Dpty

13 October 2012

Surname Saturday: Baumgartner Plat Maps 1856

I found the Baumgartner name while I was researching in the Franklin County, Ohio 1872 Historical  Atlas and Plat Maps 1842, 1856, 1883 reference book. Though this is a very collateral line (husband of sister-in-law of grand uncle of my dad), I have a habit of snagging the research while I'm in the source just in case I was meant to find the record for someone else.

These maps are from the 1856 Plat Map section specifically for Jackson Township.

1856 Jackson Township, Franklin, Ohio

Just under the printed word 'Jackson' you'll find a collection of Baumgartner properties. This close up image highlights the ones I found.

1856 Jackson Township, Franklin, Ohio
Baumgartner family properties highlighted

Thus far, I found a Jno, Levi, and H Baumgartner properties. The land sizes very from about 60 to around 200 acres. Large enough to be seen on the map without too much difficulty. That's pretty impressive.

Hopefully a Baumgartner relative will stumble across this research and find it beneficial. If it was redundant work, I'm okay with that. Looking at the maps was fun and I have more to share.

Ugh... I wish RootsMagic could Sync with

I admit that I love RootsMagic because it Sync's nicely with But I REALLY wish it would sync with Is that too much to ask? A program that did both?

Okay, so I'm not a tech guru, but here's the deal. I have used for over a year now. I don't feel that I will always keep my subscription. Sometimes I'll let it slide for other research reasons, but I love that let's you 'restart' your subscription at any time and you don't loose the tree you created. Also, thinking long term. Though is tops of the market today, who knows that they'll be around forever.

On the other hand, will be around as long as the Latter-Day Saint Church promotes family history work (BTW that will be forever). So my preference is for a program that syncs to BUT, here's the deal, starting with the story.

As I said, I've used for over a year now. I have connected with various family trees which is nice. But the important part has been to link documentation to the individuals in the trees that I have created. So, after a year and not wanting to copy the information from to RootsMagic  I downloaded by tree. (Wish I knew how to only download a segment of the tree rather than the whole tree, but that's a different issue). In any case, with the generated GEDCOM file, I began the process of assimilating the research to RootsMagic.

I was going to have a split screen of the facts and then manually type the information over to RootsMagic  Until I found out that I could copy facts about one person to a person in a different database file (that happens to be the same person). This was great so that I didn't mess up the facts that I already had (i.e. citation information).

Well, I made a HUGE mistake as I was doing this. I selected an option to move everyone in a particular person's tree over. That moved the entire database over. I guess what I was hoping was to have only the family relations (since they were new to my old database file). In retrospect I see my mistake. So, I could have gone through and started with a backup version of the file. But I had gone through 75 people's facts line by line and I didn't want to go through it again.

So I began the process of merging persons where I only wanted to align their facts (i.e. sync new information but maintain the old). As I went through the merge process, I noticed duplication of source citations. So not only did I need to make sure each of the 900 person were merged properly, I had to eliminate duplicate citation entries. I could not find an easier way to do this. And, to top it off, many of the events (i.e. Residence in 1900) were duplicated as well. So even more tedious elimination work was necessary.

I honestly don't know what an the efficient way of accomplishing my goal is. Perhaps this is why so many people are fans of Family Tree Maker (it syncs with I don't think FTM syncs with If it does, I just might have to investigate this further.

But the short version is, I wish RootsMagic  would sync with It would make updating new information a whole lot easier. It certainly does when working with