More on the Roots Tech videos:
The Roots Tech 2012 video presentations are, for the most part, wonderful and the presentation by Ron Tanner was among the best. It was very informative and Ron is extremely entertaining and engaging. He says he’s “crazy” but from what I saw his really isn’t “crazy” but rather, his is excited about his work and what FamilySearch is doing in the future. FamilySearch Family Tree have some amazing things planned, ways in which collaboration in family tree can be much easier and still maintain accountability if/when someone changes something in a tree. The changes planned really have the potential to revolutionize collaboration. Some changes may not be implemented until the end of the year but the new family tree capabilities appear to be very desirable. I’m looking forward to the new features.
Family Search is one of my top sites and their improvements might move it to the top.
See: Videos Schedule | RootsTech.org:
Then select: “Saturday, 11:00 AM
Future of FamilySearch Family Tree
By Ron Tanner”
I ran into a great site as part of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives at
Department of Confederate Pensions (1912 – 1946). More than just the application for pension, it also contains supporting documentation. In the case of an ancestor that I was looking at, not only did the site have his application, it had confirmation regarding his muster dates, that he was wounded twice during the war. It also included his death certificate and some follow-up documentation (handwritten letters) about where to send his final payment – to a daughter who was going by a first name I hadn’t know beforehand.
Kentucky didn’t pass the Confederate Pension act until 1912, so the veteran had to live 47 years after the war (into the individual’s late 60’s or older) and needed to have remained in Kentucky.
A great feature is that you can search and display applications by county, so I could look at all of the applications from folks in Morgan county at once.
My intention for this blog is to document some of my findings and experiences doing genealogical research. Join with me as I document some of the many things I learn. I consider myself an advanced amateur who recently received his first paid gig. (So, I guess I am a novice professional.) I definitely believe in sharing information, tools, techniques, and tips so I hope to do a lot of that here. I live in Smyrna, Georgia and will also be blogging about my experiences with local resources.