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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
http://www.Ancestry.com has been one of my favorite places to gather information about my family. I feel it's well worth the cost of the membership. There are many sources you can search including census records, immigration records, marriage records and birth records, just to name a few.

Something to keep in mind though is that the folks who've entered information on that site into their family trees are just regular folks like you and me.

Janet
ImageHappy_1
Feb 3, 2010 1:39 PM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hi Janet,

Going to do this, really.

Are the results of your searches put on your hard drive? Was wondering what happened to all the stuff if you are no longer a member.

Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hey Nancy,

Yes, the results are on my computer, stored by family. Since I did so many different families at the same time, I started saving the info into groups.... Research (census, etc.) Photos, Obituaries and Gravestones, and then the main file for the PDF Book itself. I did that for each NAME of families. It's become invaluable for quickly finding certain photos or records that someone will request. Every time I came across a new census, I hit print and it would automatically make a PDF file for that census. I don't know that all machines have that capability, but I have a full blown Adobe Acrobat program on mine, so that is why I was able to do it that way.

Something else I found that worked really well with me was when I scanned my old photos... I renamed the scans like this.... 19698 Duke Reunion by using the number 1969 and the 8 it puts the photos into chronological order making them easier to find. If you are unsure about the date, take a guess based on clothing and what you remember. A guess is better than just having them floating around out of order.

Now, as for Ancestry and what happens when you are no longer a member.... I don't know since I am still a member. I read earlier this morning (I think it was ecrane that said it, but don't get me to lying about that) that the info is stored on their site, so that even when you let your membership lapse it's still available, you just won't be able to add records to the family tree. Linthicum said he gets short term memberships and works on it a little at a time when he knows he will have a block of time to devote to it. In that case, he must be able to return to his family tree or he'd have to re-enter everything.

Now I have been thinking about getting the Family Tree Maker. I saw Linth suggesting getting it on ebay. I found the 2010 version for less that $35 with shipping. I figure I could move the files from Ancestry directly into Family Tree Maker since they work closely together. I'd really hate to lose all of that information I have collected that is in one on-line place now. Heaven forbid!! I've got my printed books that I made, but ya just never know...

Good luck in your researching. It's a lot of fun. I will offer this word of caution though. Be prepared to put on a few pounds. Get up frequently from the computer. It's easy to get lost in all of those records and stay there for what seems like DAYS at a time. I spent almost an entire year working on it and even dreamt about some of the ancestors I had found. :-)


Janet
ImageHappy_1
Feb 3, 2010 6:11 PM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Yikes, I'm all ready in trouble with DG. Can't imagine anything worse?

Sorry, but I'm still confused.
Is all the info that you have collected still available to you on your PC or is it on their web? If you never went on their web site would you still have all the info?


Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 6:54 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Yes. I used Adobe to save any webpage I wanted to refer back to.

"Every time I came across a new census, I hit print and it would automatically make a PDF file for that census. I don't know that all machines have that capability, but I have a full blown Adobe Acrobat program on mine, so that is why I was able to do it that way."

I also saved Mini Family Trees (only 5 generations can be printed at a time on Ancestry.com) of all of the different families.

Perhaps I'm not the best explainer. :/
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
How are you in trouble with DG? Inquiring minds wanna know!
ImageLiz
Feb 3, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
You remembered right--I did post on the DG genealogy forum about Ancestry keeping your tree even if your membership's not renewed (I was ecrane3 over there). You should still be able to log in and look at the tree, but you wouldn't be able to add records to people or anything like that. All the info is stored on their website though, if you want it on your computer without having to go to their website, then the easiest thing is to get a program like Family Tree Maker which can sync up with your info from Ancestry but save it on your computer. Or if it's just a few pages/records that need saving then you can "print" things to a pdf file even if you don't have the full Acrobat on your computer--all I have on my home computer is the Acrobat reader and I've done that many times.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 9:07 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Liz! Thanks and I'm glad it was you and that I remembered right. Welcome to Cubits. It's great to see you here. I've always gotten lots of goof info from your posts. I hope you'll make yourself at home here in the Ancestry Cubit.

Janet
ImageLiz
Feb 3, 2010 10:52 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
Well, genealogy is a new addiction of mine (even bigger addiction than gardening at the moment since my back's gone bad on me!) so I do plan to stick around!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 11:17 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I hate to hear that about your back. Not much worse than back pain. Just remember to get up and stretch. I'd find myself sitting there for hours at a time and when I did get up to cook dinner my feet were asleep. I sit on my foot all the time. I know it's bad for my hips, but it's a habit.
ImageHappy_1
Feb 4, 2010 8:26 AM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Janet. I'm not in trouble at DG, DG is trouble for me. I spend too much time there. Now with this site....YIKES!!!! Get my drift.

Thanks for the info. Will start it soon.

Yeh, I want that stuff on my PC.

Thanks to you too, Liz

Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 4, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
OK just wanted to know if I needed to take up a collection for bail money. HAHAHAHA
ImageHappy_1
Feb 4, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Not yet, but hand on to that hat!
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 4, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I'll do that.
Imagerylaff
Feb 4, 2010 8:18 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
I have been doing genealogy for about 13 years. And a member of Ancestry for that length. You can imagine the info I have amassed over that time. Some on paper and some in the computer.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 4, 2010 10:25 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
WOW! That's a long time to be gathering info on your family. Have you come across anyone famous in your tree?
Imagerylaff
Feb 6, 2010 5:00 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
Daniel Boone, George Washington's wife, one of the settlers of the Jamestowne Colony (direct descendant), Lt. Governor of NH back in the 1700s (direct descendant), one of the women jailed for witchcraft in Salem, the first book maker in the New World (direct descendant). Hmm gues thats it. What about you?
My geneology stuff takes up a book case.
Oh, I have quite a few ancestors who fought in the revolutionary war, the war of 1812 and the Civil war.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 6, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I am related to Sam Bass and John Alden, (not the outlaw, but one of the first settlers that came over on the Mayflower). Also to John Quincy Adams and A relative married into George Washington's family. Some of the Yates are pretty famous back in the days of martyrdom with the Christians. Their houses were used to hide some of the Jesuit priests. There have been some documentaries done on them. It's been fascinating finding out these things about my family. One of my relatives on the Yates side has uncovered quite a few famous folks.

There weren't any famous soldiers, but many of my family served in the Civil War. I am planning on creating a book about these heroes. Regardless of which side they fought on, they fought for what they believed in. To this day, my family serves in the military and I'm quite proud of them.

Imagedarius
Feb 7, 2010 9:23 AM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
I use Ancestry.com a lot. And I hate it just as much as I like it.

I've been working on my family genealogy off and on for over 30 years, and certainly having all the information Ancestry and other online sources supply is a huge benefit.

Most of my early research (1970's) was by snail mail, and now I have progressed to the point that there are few if any really old records online, and any that might exist will need personal visits to courthouses, cemeteries, etc. Very costly.

I hate the wait time when working on Ancestry. You'd think that their Church could afford enough servers to not bog down during peak traffic. I also hate that folks just copy stuff into their trees without much thought to the reality... like adding a man who had 7 children 30 years after he died.

But the comments about genealogy here are spot on... it is very addictive!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 7, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
darius wrote:I use Ancestry.com a lot. And I hate it just as much as I like it.

I've been working on my family genealogy off and on for over 30 years, and certainly having all the information Ancestry and other online sources supply is a huge benefit.

Most of my early research (1970's) was by snail mail, and now I have progressed to the point that there are few if any really old records online, and any that might exist will need personal visits to courthouses, cemeteries, etc. Very costly.

I hate the wait time when working on Ancestry. You'd think that their Church could afford enough servers to not bog down during peak traffic. I also hate that folks just copy stuff into their trees without much thought to the reality... like adding a man who had 7 children 30 years after he died.

But the comments about genealogy here are spot on... it is very addictive!


I know exactly what you mean. When I first began the project and began using Ancestry.com, I didn't realize how important verification was. There were a few things that were saved in my tree and I carried on without realizing that there was no way that could have been true, until later on down the line. Correcting the errors is so time consuming, so it's best to verify as you go along.

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