Time to Update this Site
February Family History Writing Challenge Over
I participated somewhat in this year's Family History Writing Challenge, but not to the extent that I had originally hoped. I did write a few stories but other challenges presented themselves this February that kept me from some of my goals. Most stories tend to be 'non-public' which means the Writing Challenge Blog Category is pretty empty right now.
Time to Finally Update this site!
For the past 3 years or so, little was done to maintain this site, as I tried different approaches including using Wordpress, or other Blogging capabilities. But I keep going back to Joomla which gives me both the structure and privacy capabilities that I desire. And Joomla will better support my plans for sharing Family Stories and Narratives going forward.
Four years ago, this site was much more active, and was well integrated with my TNG Genealogy Database. But technology keeps changing, and the approaches used then are no longer supported. So I have multiple versions of the Genealogy Database, and the link above is only to the Public one - a database that currently displays just names, vital dates, and places. There are other databases which have various levels of detail, and this information will be integrated into the one linked above.
Over the past four years I have tried several different genealogy programs, but early this year settled on using ReUnion 11 by Leister Productions, Inc. to document my ancestors, and use Family Tree Maker for Mac by Mackiev to download data found on Ancestry.
Almost everything I do is on a Mac, and while I still run some Windows programs on my Macbook using VM Fusion Virtual Machine, I have decided to simplify and do all genealogy only on my Mac. Also in the past few years using multiple operating systems and genealogy software applications, my work is fragmented across multiple systems. To make matters work, NoteBook by Circus Ponies which I have used to capture notes, ideas, and interim results is no longer supported. So I have a lot of transition to work through in order to migrate my events and sources from Family Tree Maker (now running on a Mac), and Legacy 8 (running on my Virtual Windows), to have everything documented in ReUnion (structure with source citations) and Family Stories in Scrivener.
In a little over a week from now, my current subscription to Ancestry.com expires, and I don't plan to renew it until I work through the issues above. But for the next week I am focused on linking information spread across multiple Ancestry Trees, where the unique persons and families have been integrated into one Ancestry Tree late last year.
Change in Approach
I have decided to focus on specific Surnames, and provide Family Narratives of my Ancestors starting with those that emigrated from Germany, Alsace-Lorraine and Switzerland. In each case I will start with the family or person that emigrated to the USA, and describe what is known about them. For each, I will provide a brief pedigree containing information found about their ancestors, but the focus will be mostly on that emigrating family. And then I will write about their arrival in the USA, and continue to write about each successive generation after them.
After my Ancestry subscription expires, my First article will identify fourteen Ancestors who immigrated to the United States in the 1840-1879 timeframe. I will focus on surnames in this order: Kuehn, Rist, Bersett, Roettgen.
So Stay Tuned...