FC 91 Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is John Grenham, the author of the book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. The Northeast has the highest concentration of Irish ancestry in the United States and with the help of John and his book we are going to get you started digging into your past.

Bio – John Grenham

John Grenham writes the ‘Irish Roots’ column in The Irish Times and runs the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website. He is a fellow of The Irish Genealogical Research Society and The Genealogical Society of Ireland. John came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham on Fieldstone Commonof the panel of researchers in the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland. As in-house researcher for that Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in setting up the Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Genealogical Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives and was a founder member of The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 1986. Among his publications are Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), Generations (1996), ‘The Genealogical Office and its Records’ in The Genealogical Office (1999), Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder (CD-ROM) (1995-2006), Grenham’s Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003) and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree. His website is www.johngrenham.com.

Book Summary

This new 4th edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the familiar structure of previous editions but is now more useful than ever. Combining the key features of a textbook and a reference book, it describes the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use.

The biggest change from previous editions is in its approach to the Internet. Online research is now an essential part of any Irish family history project, so the 4th edition serves as a directory to online records, discussing their uses and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of the data available online makes a guide such as this all the more essential, and in the hands of a master it is indispensable.

Along with its step-by-step instructions in the location and use of traditional genealogical records, its discussion of civil records of birth, marriage, and death, as well as land records and wills, and list of Roman Catholic parish records and source lists, all expanded, updated, and indexed.

Publication InfoTracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham on Fieldstone Common

Title: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

Publisher: The Genealogical Publishing Company (2012)

Trade Paperback; 577 pages with  a bibliography, an index, and some maps and illustrations.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview John Grenham and I get into a discussion of Irish immigration to America from what caused the immigration to what happened after the Irish arrived. And of course we talk about genealogy, providing tips for those just getting started researching their Irish ancestry.  John will be coming to the United States in August for the Celtic Connections conference and in September for the IFEST event (see links below). This broadcast is packed with history, genealogy and great information!

Links mentioned during the interview:

Prize Winner

One copy of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of The Genealogical Publishing Company.

The winner is:

  • To be announced next week

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FC 86 Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, FASG, the author of the book Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Bio – Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Thomas W. Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, author, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994, Tom serves the board as a trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Achievement Award, 2004 recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones on Fieldstone Common1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for scholarly articles in the NGS Quarterly. Tom also is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Tom teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. He coordinates week-long courses at the British Institute, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. Tom also conducts frequent seminars for state and local genealogical societies, nationally and internationally. His presentations focus on methods of genealogical research, reasoning, and problem solving.

Personal and professional genealogical research since 1963 has taken Tom to records of all states east of the Mississippi and four western states. His experience includes on-site research in courthouses, libraries, and archives in most of those states, the Family History Library, and other major genealogical repositories. He also has conducted research in records of France, Germany, Italy, and Ireland, and on-site research in Ireland.

Book Summary

Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues. Answers are at the back of the book along with a glossary of technical terms and an extensive resource list.

Publication Info Mastering Genealogical Proof with Thomas W. Jones on Fieldstone Common

Title: Mastering Genealogical Proof

Publisher: National Genealogical Society (2013)

Paperback; 178 pages with 2 appendices, a glossary, a reading and source list and answers to the exercises.

Mastering Genealogical Proof is available for purchase from the National Genealogical Society website .

The Interview

Tom and I dive into the various aspects of the Genealogical Proof Standard. Tom provides examples about how to formulate questions, the process of analysis and correlation and what to do when there are evidence conflicts. He even discusses how to approach citations so they are not so scary!

Links mentioned during the interview:

Prize Winner

One copy of Mastering Genealogical Proof was given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the National Genealogical Society.

The winner is:

  • Fiona Telleson of Australia

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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

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FC 72 Advanced Genealogy with George Morgan & Drew Smith

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guests are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, authors of the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques.

Bio

George G. Morgan & Drew Smith

George G. Morgan & Drew Smith

George G. Morgan, an internationally recognized genealogy expert, is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and vice president of membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of several books, including three editions of How to Do Everything: Genealogy. George co-produces The Genealogy Guys Podcast with Drew Smith.

Drew Smith, MLS, a librarian at the University of South Florida, is the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He is chair of the Family History Information Standards Organization and president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.

You can learn more about George G. Morgan and Drew Smith at the Aha! Seminars website or on the Genealogy Guys podcast website.

Book Summary

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.

You’ll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research–and achieve success!

  • Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
  • Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
  • Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
  • Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
  • Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
  • Use crowdsourcing–genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
  • Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
  • Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
  • Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
  • Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log

Book Info

Title: Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education (2013)

Paperback; 206 pages with an index and BxW photos and illustrations.

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview George, Drew and I talk about how to use more advanced research techniques to solve genealogy problems. As well we discuss DNA, crowd sourcing and when it’s appropriate to bring in a professional genealogist.

Prize Winners

Two copies of Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques were given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the McGraw Hill Education.

The winners are:

  • Pam Carter of Minnesota
  • Lori Hamilton of Connecticut

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New England Research with Helen Ullmann

LIVE: THURSDAY, 12 September 2013 at 1:00pm EDTHelen Schatvet Ullmann on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews genealogist Helen Schatvet Ullmann, FASG, CG about her work and books on southern New England. Helen has transcribed several books on early Connecticut court records which are particularly helpful to genealogists and historians researching in the colonial period. We’ll be digging into the topics of colonial records, indexing, transcribing, editing and writing reports.

Helen Schatvet Ullmann, FASG, CG, is associate editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and editor of NEHGS’s Western Massachusetts in 1790 project. She is the award-winning author of a number of compiled genealogies, including Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut; Some Descendants of Roger Billings of Dorchester, Massachusetts; Descendants of John Mills of Stamford, Connecticut; A Mills and Kendall Family History; The Pierponts of Roxbury, Massachusetts; Some Descendants of John Helen Schatvet Ullmann on Fieldstone CommonSibley of Salem, Massachusetts; and Descendants of Richard Coman of Salem, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, she is the author of many genealogical articles, as well as the transcriber of Hartford County Court Minutes, Vols. 3 & 4, and Colony of Connecticut Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669–1711. Ullmann lives in Massachusetts.

 

 

Show Notes – How to Archive Family Keepsakes with Denise Levenick

How to Archive Family Keepsakes with Denise Levenick on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 13 June 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Denise Levenick about her book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn how to preserve family photos, memorabilia & genealogy records.

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How to Archive Family Keepsakes, published by Family Tree Books, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.Denise Levenick

You can learn more about Denise at her website. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

During the interview Denise Levenick announced that she would make available a Free Worksheet from her recent Preserving Keepsakes Workshop for Fieldstone Common listeners.  Read the blog post to learn how to use the worksheet then download the form for your own use.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes covers organizing your photos, papers and artifacts as well as digitizing paper documents and photographs. The final section of the book provides strategies for genealogy success including organizing your research, source citations and discovering helpful software.

Family Tree Books, a division of F+W Media, the publisher of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Michigan and Oregon. A big thank you to the Family Tree Books for their generosity!

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How to Archive Family Keepsakes with Denise Levenick

LIVE: THURSDAY, 13 June 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

How to Archive Family Keepsakes with Denise Levenick on Fieldstone CommonThis week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Denise Levenick, the Family Curator, author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

In every family someone ends up with Mom’s and Dad’s “stuff”—a lifetime’s worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one’s estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn’t take over your home or life? How to Archive Family Keepsakes gives you step-by-step advice for how to organize, distribute and preserve family heirlooms.

Whether you have boxes filled with treasures or are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home, this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for fuDenise Levenickture generations.

Denise Levenick is a writer and genealogist who writes about organizing, preserving, and sharing family history at her website www.thefamilycurator.com, voted one of Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and in 2011.

 

Show Notes – Lost Babes with Melinde Lutz Byrne

Melinde Lutz ByrneFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 2 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Melinde Lutz Byrne about her book Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745.

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Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745, published by the author (1992), is out of print. You can find it for sale from used booksellers but perhaps the best place to find it is at a local or regional library. Here is a link to the book on the Worldcat website. If you enter your zip code it will show you the library closest to you.

The first part of the show discussed the ins and outs of fornication cases and how the courts handled them from a legal point of view. We discussed what happened to the mothers, the fathers and the role of the midwife during labor.

In the second half of the show we discussed the Jane Doe forensic case involving an unidentified woman who was murdered in New Hampshire many years ago. Melinde described her involved in the case and the course she took on facial reconstruction.

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Show Notes – Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, MA

The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 25 April 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child about the book The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is available for purchase from the New England Historic Genealogical Society online bookstore.

Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child, the authors of the book, both work for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Scott is the Director of Publications and Chris is  Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press.

Judge John Lowell was not the immigrant ancestor for the Lowell family which hailed from England but he was the progenitor of a long line of successful Lowell descendants. You can learn more about Judge John Lowell on Wikipedia.

During the program we discussed writing up a family genealogy. Chris and Scott mentioned the helpful book Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century, 2nd edition (Boston: NEHGS, 2006). There is also, a register style template created by Helen Schatvet Ullmann which is available free for download (you do not need to be a member to access this).

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the publisher of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, donated two copies of the book which were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Utah and Georgia. A big thank you to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for their generosity!

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Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass

LIVE: THURSDAY, 25 April 2013 at 1:00pm EDTThe Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Christopher C. Child and Scott C. Steward who wrote The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

This book won three major awards:

  • The 2012 Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists
  • The 2012 National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book.
  • The grand prize in the 2012 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Literary Award Contest.

This book demonstrates provides a perfect example of excellent and thorough published research. We will take the opportunity to learn from the author about the research skills and effort that goes into a work like this.

The first full treatment of the Lowell family since Delmar R. Lowell’s 1899 genealogy, The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts traces John6 Lowell’s descendants to the present day, or for as many as another nine generations. Among the famous descendants (and their spouses) covered in the book are Francis Cabot7 Lowell, for whom the city of Lowell is named; John8 Lowell, Jr., founder of the Lowell Institute; James Russell8 Lowell, the poet and diplomat; Isabella Stewart Gardner, art patron and museum founder; Civil War general Charles Russell9 Lowell, Jr., and his wife, Josephine Shaw Lowell; the astronomer Percival10 Lowell; Harvard president Abbott Lawrence10 Lowell; the poets Amy10 Lowell and Robert Traill Spence11 Lowell; Guy10 Lowell, the architect; and the statesmen brothers William Putnam12 and McGeorge12 Bundy.

Scott C. Steward has been Director of Publications at the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 2005. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Sarsaparilla Kings: A Biography of Dr. James Cook Ayer and Frederick Ayer, with a record The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child on Fieldstone Commonof their family; The Le Roy Family in America 1753-2003; and most recently The Descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill, Massachusetts—the first full account of the Saltonstall family in more than a century.

Christopher C. Child is the author of numerous scholarly articles, he is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton. Originally from Putnam, Connecticut, Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997, became a full-time employee in July 2003, and has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. Currently Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, he is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton and author of several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant.