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July 2018

Look Closely at the Records
     Last week I finished writing a family history for one of my clients, and turned it in to my publisher. In the introduction I stated that I have refuted or corrected several issues of identity or relationship that are widely disseminated in family trees across the internet.
   My research conclusions were made simply by going to the records and looking at them. They include:
 
  • Evan Smith who was born in North Carolina about 1805 and died after July 1870 was not the Evan Smith of Co. K, 28th NC Infantry, as that Evan Smith was age 30, and died at Elmira, New York in April 1865.
  • The James Smith who was living with his parents in Union Co., N.C., age 17 in 1870, was not the James Smith who married Adeline Polk in Union County in January 1870. In that marriage record, James Smith and Adeline Polk are not minors, as their parents are not named, and in addition to that, they were listed as Black.
  • The Elizabeth Sasser who died in Wayne County, N.C. in January 1918 was not the widow of Dennis Sasser who died in Union Co. N.C. in March 1917. She was probably the daughter of Wiley and Chloe Holt, and the wife of Asa Lafayette Sasser.
  • Mary Tucker Jordan, the wife of Miles Jordan, who was living in Moore Co. N.C. in June 1880 was not the Mary Jordan who died in Franklin County in February 1880, having been a resident of that county for 50 years.  
Genealogy is a matter of identity, most of all.  Just because you found someone of the right name in the right place at the right time does not mean they are your target person.
     
What I've been doing:
*  Registered for SLIG Academy for Professionals, in January 2019. I'll be taking "DNA for the 21st Century Professional"
*   Proofreading the family history mentioned above and sending it to the publisher. I hope to see it in print in about 3 months! It's called On the Banks of the Pee Dee: the ancestry of Mary Gladys Jordan Sells.
What I'm Reading
 
Jim Beidler is an expert on newspapers, having worked as a newspaper copy editor, and as a genealogist using newspapers for decades. This is a great guide to using paid and free online newspaper databases, and how to search (and re-search) more effectively.
In the News:
  
Join the Virtual Genealogical Association and watch webinars at home 

A Summer of DNA online conference on August 4

Beloved genealogist Laura G. Prescott honored with a SLIG scholarship named in her honor

Free to download: State Library Resources for Genealogy
Crystal Lake, here I come!!
Last Presentations of the Year
 
This year has been full of health and family difficulties, and as a result I'm slowing way down on lecturing. I don't have anything scheduled beyond these, so if you want to come hear me, mark your calendar and register if necessary!

Saturday, July 28, 2 pm
   Orting Library: Discover Your Family History: An introduction to genealogy

St. John's Episcopal Church Family Camp: August 6-10
Registration is Required
Click on "Tickets" at the link above, and register - my classes are free!
Tuesday, Aug.7: Discover Your Family History 
Weds. Aug. 8: : DNA and Genealogy
All classes will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor, WA

Wednesday, September 5, 2 pm
   Frank Tobey Jones: DNA and Genealogy

Wednesday, September 12, 2 pm
    Franke Tobey Jones: Case Studies in DNA

Recent blog posts:
DNA Discoveries: Lisa's Story

The Education of a Genetic Genealogist
   

 
DNA Tools and Events

DNA-Central, a new subscription database created by Blaine Bettinger

For the beginner (and not-so...): Learning DNA and Getting Help with Analysis Tools, by Debbie Parker Wayne

For the advanced user: Getting Started With GenomeMate Pro, a series written by Dr. Leah Larkin. I've been following this, and using it with my own and clients' DNA test results

XCodeLife Releases Free DNA Analysis Tools, from Dick Eastman

FindMyPast and LivingDNA team up - for a limited time, upload your raw data for free!
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