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Building A Single Family Tree

posted Feb 17, 2014, 8:37 PM by Jeffrey Bockman

My good friend Leland Meitzler just posted the following article at his Genealogy Blog.
Identity Theft issues are also addressed in the letter.

An Open Letter to Leaders in the Online Family Tree Business

Last October, my good friend Jeff Bockman sent the following letter to a number of the folks in leadership positions within the genealogical community. I haven’t heard that he’s received a response from anyone, but he shared the letter with me – giving me permission to post it on this blog.

For many years now, Jeff has been looking to the future of genealogy. In fact, I’ve published two articles written by him on that topic, One in Heritage Quest Magazine, and another in The Genealogical Helper. Jeff has some good ideas – and if they could be accomplished, it would be a boon for genealogists. However, in order for his ideas to work, some giant corporations would have to agree to work together on the development of a Single Family Tree. Whether that’s possible or not, I don’t want to hazard a guess. However, we’re seeing a lot more cooperation now than in years past.

Following is Jeff’s letter:

Regarding: Building a Single Family Tree

Dear Leaders of the Genealogical Community.

Since the number of major players in the genealogical industry has definitely consolidated and many of you are already cooperating on various projects it occurred to me that this might be the right time for you to cooperate even more and take a step from providing genealogical data to providing an easy way to finding families and information and potentially provide a service to more than just the genealogical community.

As a researcher it can be tedious checking all of the numerous sites for genealogical data. It is difficult and often impossible to search the numerous online family tree sites, many of which only show information to subscribers or have portions of the data blocked out.

A single starting point would be wonderful for researchers, students, and anyone just starting to look into their family history or looking for information about a person. It would actually be beneficial for the subscription genealogy sites as well. A single publically available family tree with the basic birth, marriage, death, and parent data would make it easier for researchers to locate their family. This would reduce the effort and resources from multiple people researching and adding the data to various sites. By following the links to the supporting information at the various sites would actually help to increase the traffic to the subscription sites that hold the additional information or records about the various events, photos, stories, etc. while reducing the unnecessary searching activity on all sites. Family History has grown way beyond just adding names and dates to a pedigree chart so why not automate it for once and for all. The data in the tree is not proprietary to the site especially if submitted by a user.

A researcher should be able to build their family tree wherever they want and then be able to add it to or connect it to the public tree. They should also be able to extract a portion as well.

Almost everyone agrees with the concept of a single tree, however, they want to be “The Single Tree."

Read the rest of the article at the Genealogy Blog.

All Status Animarum Records for 1875-1886 online

posted Apr 17, 2013, 9:52 AM by Jeffrey Bockman

All 788 of the Status Animarum records covering the 1875 - 1886 period from the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Stari trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia have been posted. These records often contain three generations.

The following villages are included: Decina, Deskova Vas, Dol, Dolenja Podgora, Gorenja Podgora, Dolenji Radenci, Srednji Radenci, Gorenja Radenci, Jelenja vas, Kot ob Kolpi, Kovaca Vas, Mocile, Paka pri Predgradu, Predgrad, Prelesje, Sodevci, Stari Trg ob Kolpi, Zagozdac. A few of the villages have been indexed.

To learn about and view these valuable records, please visit www.alenjes.com/stari-trg

1918 Letters Home continue

posted Apr 12, 2013, 9:03 PM by Jeffrey Bockman

John G. Stevenson's letters sent home from France in 1918 during WW I.
13 April 1918 - There were two letters sent home today.
Told about the "Thatched Roof" building.. "they built a house built the furniture, fire place & everything else – it is very attractive – has a thatched roof & the sides are made of home made adobe (straw & clay) the interior is rustic – whole trees for beams & big rocks for fire place. The chair seats & backs are woven of reeds & branches."
 
I also leard a little about his sense of humor "The rain has stopped and it looks very much as if we would have a nice Sunday for a change; the average is about five rainy days each week and the mud is a fright; our quarters are about two miles from here and nothing but deep slimy, gooey mud to walk on; Don’t be surprised if I come home with web feet."  Read the rest of these and more at www.alenjes.com/John_stevenson/letters/1918april13

Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can't Buy – Record & Preserve Your Family's History, 5th Edition

posted Apr 12, 2013, 11:15 AM by Jeffrey Bockman

Nice Review Today
 
What book, out of hundreds available, would I give to a family member or friend, who might express even a mild interest in family history? Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can't Buy – Record & Preserve Your Family's History, 5th Edition is just that book. This inexpensive volume is the ideal book for getting started in genealogy. It contains the perfect combination of instruction, case history, forms, and tools to get anyone off and running with their family history. And best of all, Gift Your Family A Gift starts the prospective genealogist just where they need to get started - with themselves, and the artifacts, pictures and such that surround them - right there in their own home. This is the book they need to read BEFORE they tackle the Internet and it's meriod databases and resources. I recommend it. - Leland K Meitzler, Editor, GenealogyBlog.com
 

GATJ - They Came on This Ship

posted Apr 6, 2013, 11:49 AM by Jeffrey Bockman   [ updated Apr 6, 2013, 11:56 AM ]

The article They Came on This Ship was just added to Genealogy According to Jeff. It was originally published in the Everton's Genealogical Helper.
 
Ships have a birth, life, and death of their own. Ship names were occasionally used over again on a newer vessel. Ships were often renamed when they were sold to a new owner. Finding the history and genealogy of a ship might be necessary in order to find a photograph of the correct ship and to be able to say for certain that "They Came on This Ship."

Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can't Buy - 5th Edition

posted Mar 19, 2013, 2:42 PM by Jeffrey Bockman   [ updated Mar 23, 2013, 7:56 AM ]

The new 5th edition of my book is at the printer.
 
It has a revised Research Section and several new topics.
Libraries will be happy that 12 pages of forms have been removed and replaced with:
- Immigrants - a summary of records and hints on finding their hometown
- Didn't Find It In the Index - tips for finding records on the internet
- Genealogy Travel - More than just Records - tales of walking in my ancestor's footsteps
- Case Study: Finding Alvar A Not So Great Dane - summary of a 22 year search for my grandfather.
 
There are still enough forms for the person who only wants to record what they remember: 3 Family Group Sheets, 1 Ancestor Chart, Two Timeline pages, and a Notes page.
 Throught a joint venture agreement this issue is being published by Family Roots Publishing LLC.
 

Stari trg ob Kolpi - Church Records Online

posted Mar 19, 2013, 2:31 PM by Jeffrey Bockman

The early church records from the Parish Church of St. Jozef in Stari Trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia for Prelesje and Stednji Radenci have just been posted at www.alenjes.com/stari-trg.
 
These records were filmed during March, 1999 at the church by Nancy Ohlde.

Abel Triplett - DAR Patriot

posted Apr 16, 2012, 7:33 AM by Jeffrey Bockman

I have had several inquiries about the Stepehen Triplett family lately a people are trying to connect back to Abel.
Interesting research links have been added to my Triplett page.
 
In reviewing my grandmother's old files I came across a 1927 note from a Triplett cousin that listed the births from the "Old Triplett Bible." A copy is now posted at a new Triplett Bible page.
 
Now we just need to find out who has the Bible. Neither of the two Shepard girls living in Bureau County had any descendants.
 
In the Hortense Abbot book Aquilla's daugher Mary Margaret was shown as died young. She married in 1851 so the fact that she was not in the 1860 Census might have caused people to think that she died.

Thank You for a Wonderful 2011!

posted Dec 26, 2011, 12:26 PM by Jeffrey Bockman

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, & Seasons Greetings
 
Thank you for a wonderful 2011 with 43 programs to 1,302 people and the continued sales of my book.
Jeff
 

Is-sur-Tille coming to Naperville

posted Oct 13, 2011, 5:47 PM by Jeffrey Bockman

Christian Baujard, the editor of Is-sur-Tille's blog and bulletin, the Is ci et là, is coming to visit us in Naperville along with his wife. They will have the opportunity to meet my 91 year old mother, the only surviving child of John G. Stevenson who was stationed at Camp Williams during WWI. An article about my May 2011 visit to the camp was just published in latest issue of the bulletin, http://www.is-sur-tille.fr/bulletin/Iscietla_46.pdf. See page 20 

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