FC 78 Sustainable Genealogy with Richard Hite

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Richard Hite, author of the book Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends.

Bio – Richard HiteRichard Hite on Fieldstone Common

Richard Hite is State Records Coordinator of the Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration. Previously he was Assistant State Archivist at the Ohio Historical Society and from 2003 until 2012 he served as President of the Hite Family Association. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Book Summary

There are a lot of textbooks that describe how to find your ancestors; this new one by Richard Hite clarifies how not to. In short, Sustainable Genealogy explains how to avoid the traps many family historians can fall into. Whether it’s a proud family legend, a venerable publication, or the claims of an Internet family tree, the unsubstantiated genealogical source is like a house of sticks before the Big Bad Wolf–it won’t stand up. As Mr. Hite demonstrates in this collection of case studies, many are the “oral traditions that have fallen by the wayside under the lens of careful research in primary sources and more recently, DNA testing.”

Here are just a few of the lessons from Sustainable Genealogy that can protect you along genealogy’s primrose path:

  • Recognizing when identical surnames conceal different nationalities
  • Understanding when and why death certificates can be “wrong”
  • Knowing when ancestors’ middle names are not family names
  • Respecting the role of geography in establishing ancestral ties
  • Taking the genealogies in 19th-century “mug books” with a grain of salt
  • Accepting that all relationships must be chronologically plausible

Book InfoSustainable Genealogy with Richard Hite on Fieldstome Common

Title: Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (2013)

Trade Paperback; 110 pages

Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

Richard and I talk about how he got involved in genealogy and the many rabbit holes he went down before he sorted out the myths from reality in his family history. Trouble areas that we touch on are surnames with multiple spellings and multiple national origins, maiden names, the royalty seekers, the would-be famous ancestors, the infamous Indian Princess and much more!

Prize Winners

One copy of Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends was given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of Genealogical Publishing Company.

The winner is:

  • Margot Thompson of Massachusetts

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to Genealogical Publishing Company for their generosity in donating the book!

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Show Notes – Palatine Families of NY with Henry Z Jones

The Palatine Families of New York with Henry Z. Jones on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 4 April 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Henry Z. Jones, author of The Palatine Families of New York and Psychic Roots.

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The Palatine Families of New York, published by Picton Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online as well as directly from Henry Z. Jones.

The Palatines were a group of people who left what is now Germany in the early 1700s on route to the American colonies via London. Some of the Palatines ended up settling in Ireland while others made it to New York in 1710.

Hank Jones explained that Palatine in this time period refers to German speaking from anywhere and not necessarily specifically to the Palatine region.

Hank is an FASG – Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He was inducted in 1986. This honor distinguishes only 50 genealogists at any given time and it is conferred for life.  If you’d like more information on the American Society of Genealogists please check out their website at FASG.org.

Hank Jones is the author of eight books:

You can learn more about Hank at his website. Hank is an frequent public speaker. You’ll find him speaking all across the United States. View his speaking profile and search (enter his name) for upcoming talks. Hank will be giving four talks at the Palatines to American National Conference in Albany, New York on June 22, 2013.

The Genealogical Publishing Company, the publisher of Psychic Roots, donated two copies of the book which were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Delaware and Maryland. A big thank you to the Genealogical Publishing Company for their generosity!

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Palatine Families of New York with Henry Z. Jones

The Palatine Families of New York with Henry Z. Jones on Fieldstone Common

Henry Z. Jones

LIVE: THURSDAY, 4 April 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Henry “Hank” Z. Jones, author of The Palatine Families of New York.

We first knew Hank Jones as a regular on the show My Three Sons and as an actor in Disney Films. While he continued acting, he also discovered his love for family history. Once he realized he had German Palatine ancestors Hank Jones kept searching until he had discovered nearly everyone’s Palatine ancestors. The result was the two-ShowPhoto-Jones-2volume Palatine Families of New York. Hank became a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1986.

We will talk to Hank about his Palatine research as well as his books Psychic Roots and More Psychic Roots. Tune in for a great show with one of America’s most beloved genealogists.

The Palatine Families of New York with Henry Z. Jones on Fieldstone Common

Hank Jones as a Disney film actor

The Palatine Families of New York with Henry Z. Jones on Fieldstone Common

Hank Jones as a Disney film actor