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Laura Connors

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I wanted to share/seek feedback on a proof I created for the birth of my great-grandmother. I decided to start working with Evidentia, for practice, with something that I didn't have a lot of questions about, just to get familiar with the product. Of course, as I entered all the evidence, I realized that I did have some conflicts, and Evidentia helped me work through them logically. (I've taken out the evidence/classification/information sentences for length). Let me know what you think...

Genealogical Proof Report
for the Birth of Faller, Anna Ida [James Connors] (1894-1972)
Summary of Findings

Anna Ida Faller was born on 30 January 1894. The records that explictly
state a birthdate all agree on this date, including a baptism record which was produced about 6 months after the birth, and the Social Security Application where Anna provided the information herself. There are 2 censuses that indicate a slightly later birthdate, but the 1930 census, which shows the largest discrepancy (2 years) has other errors which cast doubts on its accuracy, and the 1920 census is only off by a year, which is certainly in the realm of census reliability, and not enough to cast the proposed birth date in any real doubt. That said, a birth record and death certificate should be sought to confirm the date.

Itemized Research Findings

11 assertions from 10 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Anna Faller Baptism, First United Church of Christ[1] asserts that Annie Ida Foller was born 30 Jan 1894.
This record explicitly states a birth date of 30 Jan 1894. It was recorded by a pastor at the time of baptism, several months after Anna's birth. This record, considering that it was produced very close to Anna's birth seems likely to be correct, particularly since it is also likely that Anna's mother provided the information to the pastor.

The 1900 US Census - Schuylkill County - Henry Faller[2] asserts that Annie Faller was born Jan 1894 in Pennsylvania, and was 6 years old.
This record indicates a birthdate of January 1894. This matches the other records that indicate a birth date of 30 Jan 1894. This census's proximity to Anna's birth offers less opportunity for inaccuracy.

The 1920 US Census - Schuylkill County - James Connors[3] asserts that Anna Connors was 24 years old and born in Pennsylvania.
This record indicates a birth date between 1 Jan 1895 and 1 Jan 1896. While this is slightly off from the 30 Jan 1894 birth date indicated elsewhere, it's not off by much, certainly not enough to provide a real conflict considering that we don't know the source of the information.

The 1930 US Census - Schuylkill County - James Connors[4] asserts that Anna Conors was 33 years old, and born in Pennsylvania.
This record indicates a birth date between 2 Apr 1896 and 1 Apr 1897. This does not match with the birthdate of 30 Jan 1894, but it is not too far removed from that date. Additionally, there are a number of what appear to be inaccuracies in this census for this family, which may indicate that the informant was a neighbor, or someone else who was less well-informed.

The 1940 US Census - Schuylkill County - James Connors[5] asserts that Anna Connors was 46 years old and born in Pennsylvania.
This record indicates a birth date between 2 Apr 1893 and 1 Apr 1894. This information, provided by Anna herself, fits for a birth date of 30 Jan 1894.

The 1910 US Census - Schuylkill County - Henry Faller[6] asserts that Annie Faller was 16 years old and born in Pennsylvania.
This record indicates a birth date between 16 April 1893 and 15 April 1894. This also fits with a birth date of 30 Jan 1894.

The Anna Connors entry - Social Security Death Index[7] asserts that Anna Connors was born 30 Jan 1894.
This record explicitly states a birth date of 30 Jan 1894. However, it is a derivative record, and the original social security application should be acquired to ensure accuracy. That said, the birthdate matches the date recorded at her baptism, and presuming that everything was extracted correctly, Anna likely provided the information herself on the application.

The Anna Faller Confirmation, First United Church of Christ[8] asserts that Annie Faller was confirmed at First United Church of Christ in Pottsville on 4 Apr 1909.
Presuming that confirmation took place between the ages of 12 and 16, which seems reasonable, this record implies a birth date between 1892 and 1897. This fits with the other records, for an assumed birth date of 30 Jan 1894.

The Anna Connors headstone, Mt. Laurel Cemetery, Pottsville[9] asserts that Anna I Connors was born in 1894.
This record states that Anna Connors was born in 1894. This is in line with the birthdate of 30 Jan 1894.

The James Connors-Anna Faller Marriage, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania[10] asserts that Anna Ida Faller was born in Pottsville, and was 20 years old.
This record indicates a birth date between June 1893 and June 1894. This age was reported by Anna Faller herself, so it should be accurate, and it is in line with a birthate of 30 Jan 1894.

The Anna Ida Connors Social Security Application[11] asserts that Anna Ida Connors was born Jan 30th, 1894, and was 42 years old.
This record, completed by Anna Connors herself, probably about 1936, records her birth as 30 January 1894, the same date as other sources.

End Notes

1. First United Church of Christ (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), Register of Baptism, page 70-71, Annie Ida Foller Baptism, 1894; digital images, "Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985," Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 4 Dec 2015).

2. 1900 U.S. Census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pottsville Borough, 2nd Precinct, 5th Ward, enumeration district (ED) 190, sheet 20-B, dwelling 436, family 448, Henry Faller household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Dec 2015); citing NARA microfilm T623, roll 1485.

3. 1920 U.S. Census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pottsville, Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) 100, sheet 12A, dwelling 250, family 255, James Connors household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Dec 2015); citing NARA microfilm T625, roll 1651.

4. 1930 U.S. Census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pottsville, 5th Ward, enumeration district (ED) 54-92, sheet 5B, dwelling 101, family 101, James Connors household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Dec 2015); citing NARA microfilm T626, roll 2146.

5. 1940 U.S. Census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pottsville, Ward 5, Block 500-600, enumeration district (ED) 54-114, sheet 11A, family 198, James Connors household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Dec 2015); citing NARA microfilm T627, roll 3605.

6. 1910 U.S. Census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pottsville Borough, 5th Ward, 2nd Precinct, enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 23A-23B, dwelling 513, family 507, Henry Faller household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Dec 2015); citing NARA microfilm T624, roll 1418.

7. U.S. Social Security Administration, "U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Dec 2015), entry for Anna Connors, no. XXX-XX-XXXX.

8. First United Church of Christ (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), Register of Confirmations, page 155, Annie Faller entry, line 3; digital images, "Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985," Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 6 Dec 2015).

9. Mount Laurel Cemetery (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), Anna I. Connors headstone; visited and photographed by Laura Connors, March 2013.

10. Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Marriage License Docket 25: 501, James Connors and Anna Ida Faller, 1914; digital image, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMCY-TPG : 6 Dec 2015), imaged from FHL Microfilm 2,131,384.

11. Anna Ida Connors, SSN XXX-XX-XXXX, undated, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), US Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.
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It looks good to me. You could include an explanation about why you beleive Anna Fuller is Anna Connors in the census records after 1910
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Marie Gale

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New dilemma, which I'm wondering about using Evidentia for. Actually two.

First, in my research of the Scotch-Irish Harper family who immigrated to Maine in 1720, I've amassed quite a bit of historical information about the time, location and historical events. It doesn't specifically mention MY family, but it does give peripheral information that is (or may be) of help. For example, in one history my family isn't mentioned, but in discussing what happed to the community the author mentions that the leader of the group ultimately moved to an area of Boston ... which is where the next generation of my family was born. So there was some social connection of some kind - but I don't (yet) know how it affected my family's movements. Suggestions of how to put that information in Evidentia --- or if there is a better way to record the ideas so I have a clue when I am able to follow up?

Second, related but different, I have searched many books, and several archives and manuscript collections. Sometimes I find something ... but more often I don't. I do have a research log, but is there a suggested best practice for using Evidentia to document the NOT found details/families in a source? I would think that doing so would serve two purposes - 1) to show a "reasonably exhaustive search" and 2) to keep track of what was already searched and viewed. Best practices for how to record that information?
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That makes sense. I'll try working with that.

Is it possible to print a list of sources?
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Unable to Edit / Update a Research Note.

On the Analyze Evidence screen, I have made a research note / follow up. I did the follow up but now can not update it. The note still remains in the Proof Report. Clicking on the note ICON will not bring up the research note screen.

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Ed - "Uncaught node.js Error" is what i see when I run "clean" - Sorry can't add the image will post the image and you can then delete it if you want.
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I am trying to determine what a Proof for Null means and how to resolve this problem. I checked the Help Menu, the Website, and the Google+ Community. Please see that attached image.

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Ed - Thanks for asking. I clicked on the Research Notes ICON and it opened. I added an update, Ran the Proof Report but all the report has was a bullet, and not text. I went back to the Research Notes and I do NOT have access to them. Sorry

Russ
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Discuss Evidentia: Genealogy software that gives a voice to your sources by turning what you know into sentence statements you can use in your analysis. Input what source data you have in this intuitive format and see what you really know about your research. Evidentia is a tool for the modern genealogist whose goal is to draw conclusions based on the sources gathered in their family history research.
 
I have run into an issue with the program. I have several proofs that I am working on but when I go to enter the summary I get a few words entered and then it stops letting me enter more. I have the analysis somewhat done, I even have the option to allow conclusion edits even if the analysis is missing set.

I have tried closing and reopening the program to see if that helps but it does not.

Has anyone run into this problem? If so how did you resolve it?

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>>Also, would it be possible if we double click on a the assertion in the analyze evidence screen it would take us directly to the Catalogue Claim screen for that citation?<< that is supposed to be what it does.
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I'm having the toughest time getting started using this program. I think it's me and maybe just overthinking things. How I want to use Evidentia, to begin with, is to help me sort out which of the four men with the same name, living in the same region of the country is, in fact, my great-great grandfather. Is this something I can use Evidentia for? To be more specific, I have found both an 1880 US population and an 1800 agricultural schedule for (1) Prince Maxwell living in St. Andrews Parish and another set for (2) Prince Maxwell living on Edisto Island. Then I have an 1870 census for (3) Prince Maxwell living in the city of Charleston, a 1900 census for (4) Prince Maxwell living in Beaufort. This last (4) Prince Maxwell also shows up in the 1910 census (same wife). I tried creating an excel chart listing the different pieces of information, but quickly lost interest in that.

Is this something Evidentia would be used for? If so, how should I approach sorting this all out? Would I add a subject named Prince Maxwell to Evidentia, then list all the different sources found and the pieces of information extracted from each source? Or, should I create fields for four different PMs then add the source pertaining to each and just continue to look for sources of info until I'm sure I have the right person?

My family is on Edisto Island, so it would make sense that the PM from there is the right one. The problem is that I have a death certificate for my great grandfather William Maxwell listing Prince Maxwell as his father. The informant says that PM was born on Jehossee Island (next to Edisto) which goes with the CW pension file I found for PM #1 living in St. Andrews Parish not #2 living on Edisto where William and all the rest of my family lived and died right up to my grandmother who died in 1975.

Again, is this the kind of task for Evidentia? Many thanks for your help.
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Oh! Then never mind. Since it was only three sources I entered in the wrong database I'll just delete them and do them over again in the correct one. Exporting and Importing would do more harm than good.  It's good to know what's possible though.  Thanks Ed.
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Marie Gale

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Another procedural question that someone may have suggestions for ...

In entering the claims found in a document or book, sometimes there are odd details you notice as you're entering the information . That a different spelling is the way it was spelled in another document, but not most documents, or that the author made an error in another claim, so to be careful about this one, etc.

When it has to do with comparisons with other material, it's really part of the evaluation part of the process, which dosn't come until after you have all the information entered. But it's when you are sifting through the document that you might have these thoughts and make some connections. In my experience, when I come back to evaluate the information later, I tend not to remember some of those little sparks that I had at the time.

What is the best way to record those bits so they are there when you come back for the next step, but you don't go haring off after some bright shiny object when you should be just entering the claims?
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I put the information into the assertion as well as entering it at the end of the citation. There is a note field that you can use on the row in the Catalogue Claim screen. Unfortunately it is not visible in the Analyze Evidence screen, that is why I enter it in the assertion. Another You could go into the Analyze Evidence screen and enter it into the analysis if it affects the analysis.

As for the name issue, I added a Claim Type of Name to evaluate names, mis-spellings and such. This also has helped me to find nicknames.

Hope that helps.
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Ed Thompson
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I have an Evidentia v3 design conundrum, so I thought I would reach out to the community for feedback.

One of the features requested is the ability to open a citation listing in the citation creator using original template that created it.

In v2 once the listing is created it is "disconnected" from the template (but can still be edited in the editor). In v3 if the citation is created with a template, it is "connected" to the template, so you can edit it in the citation creator using the template if you want to make a change.

HOWEVER...
If you make a change to the listing outside the citation creator, the data in the listing and the data in the template is now 'out of sync'.

For example, I use a template to create a listing. However one of the fields in the template was not relevant to me, so when the listing is created, there is a stray comma. I can remove the comma in the text box and it will be saved. Or maybe I misspelled something, and I correct the spelling in the text box instead of in the citation creator. Either way the listing is now out of sync with the fields I saved in the citation creator.

What would you expect the behavior to be next time I want to edit the citation?

I have some ideas, but I don't want to offer multiple choice (yet) in case someone can think outside the box I am stuck in.

Appreciate the feedback.


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Uncaught node.js Error image
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As a follow up to my previous post about "Proof for Null", I was searching for the answer and when I returned to Evidentia 2.4.3, I found this error message. Had to close and re-open Evidentia.

Thank you,

Russ
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Hmm, that usually only happens when you click outside the box asking if you want to enter a license, which I wouldn't expect you would even see anymore. .If you restart Evidentia does it still happen?
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I have an HP Pavilion laptop with Windows 10, 12 GB of RAM. Evidentia worked fine until I linked a document to a jpg of the documents. After that it slowed down considerably (taking more than 3 minutes to move between tabs). Removing the link didn't speed things up, so ran the compatibility troubleshooter, and it said to run Evidentia with Windows 8 compatibility. Once I did that, everything worked fine again. Just wanted to share in case anyone else ran across a similar issue.
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I can think of no connection between what you did and your performance hit. That usually only occurs when you load a large set of subjects from a GEDCOM.
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Just starting with the program and am getting some error messages - not sure if it's me or a bug. Do you want to see these? Can you read it?

Also having trouble finding appropriate templates for some online sources? Is this a good place to ask? Thanks in advance!
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Thanks to you both.
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