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Imagerylaff
Feb 7, 2010 10:14 AM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
Ditto, been there and done that. Ahhh, if what we know now, we could have known then
Imagedarius
Feb 7, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
Well, I shouldn't be throwing stones... I have many errors in my tree but at least it's still private so no one else copies my errors! With such a common name, and the congestion of families with that name bunched in various locales, it's hard not to make errors when reading the census reports. I have something like 218 Elizabeth Hardesty's in my tree!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 7, 2010 11:01 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I found that adding (I II, II, etc.) to the first names at least lets me know which one I'm searching for in the whole list of folks.

There have been duplicates added because I share my tree with a cousin. When I find them, I compare information and make sure everything is there. Then together we decide which one of them gets deleted.

Our families overlap like you wouldn't believe. The Comptons married into every branch of my family on both my mother AND my father's sides. It's been a chore with that family because of the overlaps. I figured the Comptons much have gone to every social gathering in the county to have integrated so deeply into my family. HAHAHA

I am looking forward to having the 1940 census available soon so I can update more thoroughly the more current folks in my tree.
Imagedarius
Feb 7, 2010 1:56 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
You may be right... I even have 16 Compton's in my Hardesty family!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 7, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Were the Hardestys in Virginia also? Perhaps Warren County?
ImageHappy_1
Feb 8, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hey there Darius. How have you been? Long time no talk.
Nancy
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Imagedarius
Feb 9, 2010 1:38 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
Oh, yes... many Hardesty's came from Virginia. I don't know where Warren County is... Quite a few of mine came from or lived in the Shenandoah Valley, and a whole bunch were in the area south of Frederick, MD.

Genealogy in Virginia is quite tricky, since Virginia once went all the way to the Mississippi, and included what's now part of Kentucky, Ohio and even part of southwestern Pennsylvania. So if someone was said to be born "in Virginia" it could be a far cry from where we think.

I have some incredible maps showing some of the old designations. They have helped me more than I can tell you in understanding and tracking my family roots in this country.

Nancy, nice to see you!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 9, 2010 2:25 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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Smiling My family is from the Shenandoah Valley. They lived in Front Royal, Browntown, Bentonville (aka South River), Compton/Overall and Luray.

On my trip to Virginia last summer, I spent a month there and my mother took me around to all of the hold homesteads she could remember. I was so pleased to see that the majority of them have been kept up and improved over the past 100 years. I created a slide show of the various areas we traveled to to share with my family. I also included Google Maps to identify where we went.

One of the most fascinating day trips we made was to the Burner Homes. The Burners married the Yates. They lived in an area called Burner's Bottoms. We drove from Bentonville to Luray, and then crossed the South Fork of the Shenandoah and headed back toward Luray. There was only one road to get back to these old homes. So as the crow flies, we drove about 5 miles, but as the car drove, we went almost 45 minutes to get there. Anyhow, As we stopped to take photos, I tried not to be a trespasser and take the photos from the road. At the last house on the road that we stopped at I was standing in front of these trees, trying to get a good view of the house and a lady walked out to the front porch. I announced who I was and asked if this was John Burner's home. She said she was just a visitor but went in and got the "lady of the house". Her name is Christine Andrea. She came outside and invited me and my mother inside to look around. She had some of the old family reunion photos, which she allowed me to take photos of. She also had drawn around the people and identified all of them. My mother recognized many of the people in the photos. We didn't stay too long, but really enjoyed visiting with her. She was no relation, but the history of the house stayed with it when she and her husband bought it back in the early 1970's. Thanks to my cousin, John Yates, I had already seen photos of these houses from the 70's and I wanted to get updated photos to send back to him in California. He was delighted to see the photos I took, but sadly told me that his Uncle, who inherited the Burner Land had no children. After his wife died, he had a neighbor looking after him and the guy talked him into deeding over all of the property. The Uncle had already told John's Dad that it would be his some day, but he had suffered some mental issues and the deed was transferred before anyone knew what was happening. That was why the owner didn't want the family history of the place. Needless to say, John was sad, but yet excited to see this history (family photos) come to light.

I had no idea who Christine Andrea was, but I did notice on one of the tables, short stacks of papers. Mom and I speculated (we're real good at that, and I do come by it naturally) that perhaps she was a writer. So, when we got home, we googled her name. She is an artist and an author. Several articles have been written about her in those local papers. She has books on Amazon. She's a mystery writer. She told us that she and her husband lived in Overall, just across the river. She said that they keep a rowboat close by so they can get from one house to the other.

OK, so fast forward to another of those days. We decided to head up to overall to see if we could find any of the Comptons. Overall is a very tiny place. One small street that is barely paved. The road headed up the mountain. Now for 3 weeks, my relatives kept saying they wished I'd see a bear. We headed up the road and Mom rolls down her window. It looks like the road is about to end, but it actually turned to the right. I look up and there in a field before us is a black bear. I quietly told Mom to roll up her window. (Yeah, I'm a wuss, but I didn't know what to expect!) Mom, looked at me and I pointed up ahead. Wouldn't you know that it was the ONLY day I didn't take my camera with me. I had my cell phone, but it was rather new to me, and I was having a hard time getting the camera to work. besides that I was driving. OK, so we slowly creep up the road and the bear was watching us. Every time we'd head up a little more, the bear would head up a little more too and sit down to watch us. Then I had a thought.... What if we are "steering" this bear into a yard and there is a child playing. YIKES! Well the road eventually ended and so Mom gets out her cell phone and sends a text to my husband (still in Beaumont) and to Connie (also in Beaumont). She told them about seeing the bear. I laughed and said I can tell you exactly what each of them will say. Rick will say.... Did you get a picture? and Connie will say... Good Lord! And I was right on the money with their responses. We both laughed so hard when their replies came back.

OH.... by the way Christine Andrea lived at the end of that road in Overall!

ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 9, 2010 2:26 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Smiling My family is from the Shenandoah Valley. They lived in Front Royal, Browntown, Bentonville (aka South River), Compton/Overall and Luray.

On my trip to Virginia last summer, I spent a month there and my mother took me around to all of the hold homesteads she could remember. I was so pleased to see that the majority of them have been kept up and improved over the past 100 years. I created a slide show of the various areas we traveled to to share with my family. I also included Google Maps to identify where we went.

Edited to add the Slide Show Link: http://uniquetreasures.phanfare.com/4252621#imageID=77074741 I also added photos of the family associated with the photos when I had them.

One of the most fascinating day trips we made was to the Burner Homes. The Burners married the Yates. They lived in an area called Burner's Bottoms. We drove from Bentonville to Luray, and then crossed the South Fork of the Shenandoah and headed back toward Bentonville. There was only one road to get back to these old homes. So as the crow flies, we drove about 5 miles, but as the car drove, we went almost 45 minutes to get there. Anyhow, As we stopped to take photos, I tried not to be a trespasser and take the photos from the road. At the last house on the road that we stopped at I was standing in front of these trees, trying to get a good view of the house and a lady walked out to the front porch. I announced who I was and asked if this was John Burner's home. She said she was just a visitor but went in and got the "lady of the house". Her name is Christine Andrea. She came outside and invited me and my mother inside to look around. She had some of the old family reunion photos, which she allowed me to take photos of. She also had drawn around the people and identified all of them. My mother recognized many of the people in the photos. We didn't stay too long, but really enjoyed visiting with her. She was no relation, but the history of the house stayed with it when she and her husband bought it back in the early 1970's. Thanks to my cousin, John Yates, I had already seen photos of these houses from the 70's and I wanted to get updated photos to send back to him in California. He was delighted to see the photos I took, but sadly told me that his Uncle, who inherited the Burner Land had no children. After his wife died, he had a neighbor looking after him and the guy talked him into deeding over all of the property. The Uncle had already told John's Dad that it would be his some day, but he had suffered some mental issues and the deed was transferred before anyone knew what was happening. That was why the owner didn't want the family history of the place. Needless to say, John was sad, but yet excited to see this history (family photos) come to light.

I had no idea who Christine Andrea was, but I did notice on one of the tables, short stacks of papers. Mom and I speculated (we're real good at that, and I do come by it naturally) that perhaps she was a writer. So, when we got home, we googled her name. She is an artist and an author. Several articles have been written about her in those local papers. She has books on Amazon. She's a mystery writer. She told us that she and her husband lived in Overall, just across the river. She said that they keep a rowboat close by so they can get from one house to the other.

OK, so fast forward to another of those days. We decided to head up to overall to see if we could find any of the Comptons. Overall is a very tiny place. One small street that is barely paved. The road headed up the mountain. Now for 3 weeks, my relatives kept saying they wished I'd see a bear. We headed up the road and Mom rolls down her window. It looks like the road is about to end, but it actually turned to the right. I look up and there in a field before us is a black bear. I quietly told Mom to roll up her window. (Yeah, I'm a wuss, but I didn't know what to expect!) Mom, looked at me and I pointed up ahead. Wouldn't you know that it was the ONLY day I didn't take my camera with me. I had my cell phone, but it was rather new to me, and I was having a hard time getting the camera to work. besides that I was driving. OK, so we slowly creep up the road and the bear was watching us. Every time we'd head up a little more, the bear would head up a little more too and sit down to watch us. Then I had a thought.... What if we are "steering" this bear into a yard and there is a child playing. YIKES! Well the road eventually ended and so Mom gets out her cell phone and sends a text to my husband (still in Beaumont) and to Connie (also in Beaumont). She told them about seeing the bear. I laughed and said I can tell you exactly what each of them will say. Rick will say.... Did you get a picture? and Connie will say... Good Lord! And I was right on the money with their responses. We both laughed so hard when their replies came back.

OH.... by the way Christine Andrea lived at the end of that road in Overall!

Imagedarius
Feb 9, 2010 5:35 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
Great stories Janet! Wonderful that you could make that trip, too.

I have some Comptons and Yates in my gigantic tree... I'll try to remember to see who and where.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 9, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Ya mean we could be cousins???? Isn't that wild!

Yes, it was a trip of a lifetime for me. I enjoyed the time I spent with Mom more than I'll ever be able to express. It was the most time we've spent together since before I got married 30 years ago. She said she would never have gotten out like that by herself, but had always wanted to go back to see those old home places. Oh the stories she told me. She's still one very sharp tack with a memory like you wouldn't believe.

Imagedarius
Feb 9, 2010 5:58 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
LOL, yes, probably 42nd cousins, or 16th cousins 18 times removed, or some such designation!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 9, 2010 7:38 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
HAHAHAHAHA The way I look at it, we're all related via Adam and Eve. I tip my hat to you.
Imageokus
Feb 10, 2010 1:46 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Hi there,

I have been working on my tree and my other half's for around 35 years

I use Ancestry.co.uk - sister site but UK only records and find a great deal of very useful stuff has been added recently.
Church Registers going back to the mid 1700s and earlier in some cases. Not a complete set yet by any means but the quantity increases regularly particularly for the London area and I've unblocked one or two walls that way.
Finding a witness to a marriage that has the right name can help to confirm that its the right family and the whole register is available to view if you need to search.

In days of yore I used to think the IGI was a nearly complete record and it was just my family moving about that caused the problems. Now I know its only a fraction of what is still out there.

Another useful source is Findmypast.co.uk. Their census records are more accurately transcribed than Ancestry's. They actually went back to the original documents instead of copying copies. That means they also have records, whole census pages, totally missing from Ancestry. Their burial records are a great help too for working out ages so you know when and maybe where to look for the birth.
Carol

ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 10, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Carol!

Welcome to the past! Smiling

Thank you for your suggestions. Can folks who are on Ancestry.com use Ancestry.uk also? I've never tried it in the past, but since many of my waybackthere relatives came over from England and other UK countries, that would be an invaluable resource. Is Findmypast.uk a free to use site, or do you have to subscribe to it? So many times I've run up against walls when I get to the "immigrants" and Ancestry.com give syou hints, but you need to join this or that to actually see anything, usually for more money.

I am interested in getting the Family Tree Maker to get a "big picture" of my family. For those that use it, can I just download my family from Ancestry into it, or am I going to have to re-enter everyone. I've seen GEDCOM (I think that's right) options, but since I don't have such a thing, I don't know if they go both ways, for download and upload. And if it is possible to download the family, do the photos, stories, etc. travel with them?

Imagedarius
Feb 10, 2010 2:50 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
Wish I could offer help w/FamilyTreeMaker... but it doesn't work on a Mac. I did buy a Mac program and downloaded the GEDCOM into it, but haven't really played with it to see what info I actually got from the GEDCOM file.
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Imageokus
Feb 10, 2010 4:12 PM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Hi Janet,

I use Family Tree Maker and yes you can import directly from Ancestry into it. You don't need to do more than click on the right options and the instructions are with it and clear.

You can also merge trees, so if like me you have 2 or 3 on Ancestry for different bits of the family you can import them all into a megatree in Tree maker, and export again to Ancestry if you like. It will also create Gedcoms for you as well if you need it to. As I have almost 4,000 people in my tree now I would hate to have to start and input them all again!!

Findmypast is subscription but if you don't want much you can pay as you go. If you want a lot then a subscription is worthwhile.

Ancestry.co.uk is available via the .com system, but I think you have to have the worldwide option. I know I could have the transatlatic records myself on .co.uk if I paid the extra sub.
Carol

ImageHappy_1
Feb 10, 2010 6:11 PM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oh, Carol, this is such great info for me for my father's family is all from England and I have the family tree dating back to 1752 with names, addresses, churches of marriage/baptism, etc. This is great. As soon as I get my taxes done, I will start this REAL search for documentation of my family. I also have my grandmother's tree dating back to almost the same time.

Thanks so much for this info.

Nancy
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 10, 2010 8:45 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks for the words of encouragement on the Family Tree Maker! I will get it ordered and get working on creating the whole thing! YEAH!!!!!


Hey Nancy!!! Good to see you again!

Darius, I saw your message (it was the BASS family in the Family Names Forum) I have had my granddaughter here all day and we've been playing on the computer. Soon as I get my bath I'll check on what you wrote in the cmail. Thanks for the info!
Imageokus
Feb 11, 2010 4:13 AM CST
Name: Carol
Lincolnshire, UK
Happy if you have something specific you want to know about I can do a look up for you. What part of the UK, do you know? I ask because I also have some parish records for a couple of Deaneries in full too. Uk Church records are by Church (thats Parish) each Church is part of a Deanery and there may be several Deaneries to the County. Lincolnshire has 5 Deaneries but other smaller counties fewer. London has several all on its own.
Carol

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