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Software...Sometimes I love it and sometimes I wish I never heard of it. Computers...Sometimes I love them and sometimes I wish I never heard of them! I just published a blog post about my recent experience with an upgrade to Family Tree Maker. Don't worry, it all works out in the end!
http://oldbonessearch.com/?p=4407
In 1998, I was wandering around Circuit City, a company that went out of business maybe 7 years ago or more. I really don't remember what I was looking for. Stereos, cell phones, DVD's, whatever. I had recently bought a desktop computer and eventually I walked down the software aisle. Somewhere in ...
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Hi True! Now that I have FTM under control, I'm planning on tackling Evidentia soon. I keep paying for the software upgrades! For now, I'm trying Trello. Pat and Russ seem to get a lot out of it. 
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Our January 2017 newsletter is now available. 
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So you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Perhaps you feel like you’ve searched every record and uncovered every document, and there’s still a missing link. Maybe tha...
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I'm posting this for 2 reasons: First, it's a human tragedy that happily does not involve loss of life or injury. But second, because this home's origins are in the 1600's. So aside from the humanity, the historical loss is also devastating. Mr. Wlodyka vows to rebuild. Let's help him!

https://www.gofundme.com/jimmy-wlodykas-fire-fund?ssid=805408307&pos=1

My wife and I had to pull over to allow the fire trucks and police to get by us last night as we drove home. Turns out it is a much bigger event than we ever expected.
James "Jimmy" Wlodyka, a long time resident of Ludlow Massachusetts, came home last night to nothing but the clothes on his back. His home engulfed in flames, burnt down to the ground. Jimmy's home was an historic farmhouse in Ludlow, parts of which were built in the 1600s. Our hearts are heav...
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'Excited and scared': Adopted siblings reunite after 54 years.
The siblings were 4 and 5 years, and 7 months old when they last saw each other in 1962.
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Genealogical serendipity. I have the good fortune of being the president of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Good fortune because we have a highly motivated membership and a forward-thinking board of directors. Fran Malone, +Katy Krause, +Ann McDougal, Jeanne Leblond, Nancy Netherwood and Janie Tarver are all helping to rebuild WMGS back to an influential regional genealogical society.

But I want to talk about the "serendipity" I experienced after last Wednesday's meeting. Janie approached me and asked if I knew +True Lewis. "Of course," I said! I know her as she is an active panel member on "Mondays with MYRT," one of several weekly genealogically oriented Google hangouts with Pat Richley-Erickson. But Janie lives here in Western Mass and True is in Kentucky! "Why do you ask?" Janie stated that she has just discovered True is her 2nd cousin! When I contacted True, she couldn't have been more excited. True knows Janie's family well and is looking forward to connecting with Janie with whom she has been looking to connect.

Serendipity? I think so. 
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All good things come to good people!
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Now here's an interesting interaction I had with the friendly folks at Ancestry.com tech support. I've always had good luck with them. They answer within a reasonable amount of time and are consistent with their friendly, knowledgeable assistance. Until yesterday. Don't get me wrong, they were responsive but I managed to stump them.

It began with my Chapin family project. Someone asked to join my "Descendants of Deacon Samuel Chapin" Facebook page and I always check to make sure they are, in fact, a descendant of the Good Deacon.

When I tried to double check whether the Deacon was my own 8th or 9th great grandfather, I discovered, much to my surprise, that he was a 6th cousin 4 times removed of the wife of.....and on and on.

Curious to see how that happened literally overnight, I checked my FTM database and there he was correctly indicated as the 9th great grandfather as he should be. What happened between the last sync and the thousands of sync's I had done in the past.

Ancestry.com, I found out, doesn't have a category for "divorced" as FTM does. In a tree that I've had running for 16 or 17 years, suddenly I could only indicate "other." Since I've been a member since 31 Dec 1899 according to my profile (really...check yours out, too!) I can't believe that I missed this. So, I changed the status of my first wife from whom I was divorced in the mid-90's to "Other." Then the relationships that had been correct for the past 16 or 17 years suddenly fell into place

Two things: 1) Ancestry doesn't know why the relationships suddenly went berserk and 2) the tech support person who was assisting agreed completely that there should be a "Divorced" option in the relationship drop-down menu. After all, I told her, it's not a new concept! She said she'd put it into customer feedback/suggestions or something like that... We'll see what happens. At least I know that I am still the 9th great grandson of Deacon Samuel Chapin (1598-1675) and I can continue to be a member of my own Facebook page!
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One of the many people I've met while mentoring researchers at the Chicopee Library's Genealogy Department is a 76 year old woman who has never married but has an adopted daughter. Taking on a 10 year old daughter while single is in and of itself a large challenge. But that's just the surface of the story which I plan to write about over the next few weeks. About 35 years ago, this woman flew to El Salvador by herself to finalize the adoption and take her daughter home. Now, the daughter is interested in a DNA test to determine if any siblings or other family members got out safely. For historical perspective, just a few weeks after they came back to the States, several Catholic nuns were murdered and left by the roadside. Not a fun place to be. So the story will take a while to cover as she won't be sending in her sample for a couple more weeks and then she'll have to wait for results. I hope she has more patience than I do!

Stay tuned! I'll be writing about this at my blog: 
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Who said that widowers don't have a sense of humor!
Were it my choice that either of the twaine. Might be restor'd to me to enjoy again,. Which should I chuse? Well, since I know not whether,. I'll mourn for the loss of both, but wish for neither. An English gentleman who had four wives decided to move them to a new burial ground.
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WMGS has been assisting the genealogical community for over 40 years. Meeting the first Wednesday of every month year round, WMGS consistently sponsors interesting local and national speakers and events. The Society also sponsors genealogy research clinics which are free to members or $10 per session for non-members. Annual membership is only $25.

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"Forensic Genealogy - CSI Meets Roots" with Colleen Fitzpatrick scheduled for 6 pm Eastern on January 4, 2017. Virtual seating is limited. (You're still invited to the live meeting at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts)

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Name changing at Ellis Island. It's an interesting story to tell, but it's a myth. This article provides a clear explanation of the reality.
On the 125th anniversary of the famous portal to the U.S., history shows inspectors were not the ones changing people's names
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REGISTER using your favorite social media button below. Then check your confirmation and reminder emails for your personal link to VIEW and COMMENT. For first time users: FAQ. System requirements for: Computers, Android devices, iPhone / iPad. If you need a time zone converter, this is the one ...
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The fourth 2017 New England Regional Genealogical Conference E-zine is now available at http://www.nergc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NERGC-2017-E-zine-4.pdf It introduces our Opening Session speaker, provides information about the new "Technology Classroom" and African American track, updates information about Exhibit Hall booth rental and sponsorship opportunities, and more.

For additional information about NERGC and "Using the Tools of Today & Tomorrow to Understand the Past," visit our Web page, www.NERGC.org, our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NERGC, or our blog, http://nergc.blogspot.com/.

NOTE: REGISTRATION DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL LATER THIS MONTH. WATCH FOR A SEPARATE ANNOUNCEMENT ONCE REGISTRATION OPENS.
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Compact Day at the Stoneforge Tavern in Raynham hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants featuring +Michael Tedesco, co-host of the PBS series, Genealogy Road Show.
Cash Bar 11:30am - 12:30pm. Luncheon 12:30pm. Stone Forge Tavern, Raynham, Mass. Mary Tedesco of Genealogy Roadshow “Searching for My Mayflower” Brick walls in Maine? Dead ends in New York? A light-hearted look at Mary Tedesco's ongoing search for a Mayflower ancestor.
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Free download from Family Tree University: 48 Ancestry.com Search Tips. FREE!!
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I've just learned tonight that my Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor was not recognized as such until just a few years ago!

His is the last name at the bottom of the second row. Timothy Blodgett is the Patriot ancestor who appears on my application to the SAR which was approved this past July. Induction is October 22nd in Boston.
The Lexington Minute Men have inscribed a new name on a local monument, nearly 237 years after the Battle of Lexington.
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Thanks, all of you! October 22nd will be a very busy day. The SAR is causing me to cancel 3 other "important" activities...but I think it's worth it. 
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A DNA Interest Group has been started in Sturbridge, MA. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 29th, 6 pm in the Joshua Hyde library meeting room. Please feel free to join us!
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We just might be able to make that happen soon.
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Researching Your Italian Ancestors with Mary Tedesco, genealogist and co-host of the PBS series "Genealogy Road Show."
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome Gloucester native, Mary M. Tedesco, Co-Host / Genealogist on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” (season 2 & season 3) and the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, to speak about researching your Italian and Sicilian heritage. Do you have Italian roots?
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New database at NEHGS/AmericanAncestors.org listed in the Weekly Genealogist Vol. 19, No. 33, Whole #806, August 24, 2016 in the Database News section:

"Hampshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1600-1858 contains the records of 8,821 Hampshire County probate cases including wills, guardianships and administrations. This new database is possible through a partnership with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives."
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Yes. I did find some probate records for Benjamin King from Adams in Berkshire County - 1757. I also typed Heath into the location box and found 223 pages of records for folks from Heath in Franklin County prior to 1812. Need to go through my files to find ancestors from Berkshire and Franklin counties.
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