Thursday, June 30, 2011

Family Tree Road Blocks

Lately, I haven't been finding the information that I have been seeking. This is a huge deterrent in my overall genealogy research. Why can't I find what I need? Am I looking in the wrong places? I'm thinking so, at this point. So what do I do now? Keep forging on! Go, Go, Go!! Right now, I've been searching the Sutherland part of my family branch and have come to a detour of sorts. I've tried multiple search engines and keep coming up with the same sites that I've seen a hundred times over. What do you do when the road seems to have come to a dead end?





Things You Can Do:
1. Take a break!
2. If you have an idea, write it down. (Or you can do as I do and leave yourself a little note via your iPhone).
3.Read some of the message board forums. I know Ancestry.com has some good ones.
4. Talk to family members, they may have something to share with you too.
5. Talk to other Genealogy researchers, bloggers, even librarians! Someone should be able to help or at least point you in a new direction.


Have you thought about a research plan? You may be able to isolate the problem and come to some type of conclusion. It might even get you out of the rut that your research may currently be in.




Free Genealogy Forms


The Bailey's Free Genealogy Forms


Printable Charts and Forms


Ancestry Charts- Free Download




There are also many audio/video podcast's that you can listen to via iTunes! Check it out!
If you do not have iTunes, you can download it here: iTunes Download


Here is a sample podcast link for you!
Genealogy Gems Podcast (Episode #103)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Genealogy Services~ Ways to Protect Yourself From Being a Scam Victim

There are many reputable Genealogy web sites you can go to, but unfortunately there has been some not so savory websites that focus on what they get from you, and not what you can gain from them. They make fraudulent claims to sucker you in. They get your money for a "membership" and you get? NADA. No results. Guess what? 'You just got scammed!' Pathetic really, but how do you protect yourself from these types of predators that promise you everything, but in reality you really have nothing to show for your new "member privileges"?


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Think about what you would do if you had never heard of a particular business before. Can you say Internet search? I do this all the time, for example I know someone who gets all this junk mail in their mailbox at home. They think it's all on the up and up, but really if it weren't for the Internet, I think a lot more people would be scammed out of their hard earned money ten-fold! Maybe even more. So I researched some of the companies that this person had gotten letters from, I can tell you there were many reports through both the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a web site I use called Complaints Board. I have seen another web site called Rip Off Report, but have heard on the Complaints Board that they may even be a scam themselves. Who do you really trust these days? On the Rip Off Report web site I personally just like to read the web sites newest rip off reports, and there's actually several, and some are businesses that we have heard off; big box stores like Wal-mart. Really? OH YEAH! For more information on this particular rip off, go to Rip Off Report - Complaints


Ask yourself these two questions first.
1. What types of services is this so-called Genealogy research company offering to you, the consumer? 
2. What am I getting for my money?


Next you will want to look for contact information, a physical address, phone number or even an email. You have probably heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!" This couldn't be further from the truth. You know when a product or service is advertised as "FREE", you have to ask yourself, "Okay, what's the catch?" Nothing in this world is absolutely free of charge. Oh yeah, you can search a surname for free, (just an example) but to see what the real results are you have to pay. Hmmm.. sounds like a little bit of false advertisement, doesn't it?


Check this out! I submitted a genealogy report on the Rip Off Report web site and just take a look at some of the reports they have listed. I do hope that no one was burned by any of these companies.


Genealogy Rip Off





My Day at the Byodo- In Temple

Yesterday was a great day off from my genealogy research that I have been doing practically nonstop. I just wanted to share my day with you! Located at the foot of the Ko'olau mountains in the Valley of the Temples of Kahaluu, Hawaii. The day was perfect and serene; even though it's a popular attraction for visitors to the island of Oahu, being that I live here, I just wanted to go anyway. It's not too far away from my home in Kailua; so it was just the three of us that went to the temple- my mom, my husband, and I had a great time feeding the Japanese koi fish while the nearby birds tried to get the food before the fish did! I can't forget the one brave turtle that popped up in the middle of all the thrashing koi to get his share too. 





Byodo-In Temple, Hawaii
(My Personal Photo)

The Byodo-In Temple is a replica that was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant worker that came to the Islands to work the sugar plantation fields. It is a replica of the original 950 year old temple that is located in Uji, Japan. 
Bridge to the Temple
(My Personal Photo)

In the above picture, the bridge takes you towards the temple; it was also used for the proposal scene for Sun and Jin in the ABC Television series, Lost. (House of the Rising Sun episode)


Lotus Buddha
Notice that the image is called this because the Buddha sits upon a Lotus flower.
(My Personal Photo)

The Buddha was carved by a famous Japanese sculptor by the name of Masuzo Inui, and it is an original work of art; the largest of its' kind that was carved in over 900 years! How's that for a little history lesson?

Enjoy your day and happy hunting!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Searching For the Root of Your Family Tree...

Are you ready to throw in the towel? Have you come to, what seems an endless brick wall? Are you looking at the big picture or just an element of that picture? If the wall seems endless, are you able to go around it? No? Then climb over it! There's always a different way to approach an obstacle, than the one that seems to be right in front of your face. In my experience with my family tree, I have faced plenty of obstacles! But there has to be a different resource to utilize right? Have you thought about seeking out classes on Genealogy? You can do this online, if you aren't the type to be on campus with the younger generation of students. Which is okay; you may be younger, older, and wiser, or already have your desired degree. Nobody says that you have to go back to school again, just to be fulfilled with your family tree results and research. So what will your next step be and where will it take you?


You may just want to organize what research you have already accumulated; or you may want to research your family to pass on to the younger generation, namely your own children or grandchildren one day. But for whatever reason, the online classes may help you. It sure couldn't hurt right? One day, you may find your perfect family treasures!


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Below you will find a link to the classes that are offered. This isn't your run of the mill mini-course!
There are four different sections, the first section is more or less your introduction and leads into other topics as you go. So in this first section, there are 14 lessons; in the second section there are 31 lessons! I won't drone on about each section here because you can view it for yourself!


I am seriously thinking about starting this course too! Can't have enough knowledge right? What are you waiting for? Let's DO this!


Online Genealogy Classes~ Click Here To Learn More!



Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Experience With the Family History Quick Start Mini-Course (Series) Lessons 6-8*

Continuing on with the mini-course (Family History Quick Start), in lesson 6, I learned that some programs aren't   the best for creating a family tree, such as Word Perfect. If you remember Word Perfect, you may recall that Microsoft Word couldn't open Word Perfect files, and if you had a disc with a document created with the program you didn't have, you were out of luck trying to read the document. How frustrating was that? The best program I think works for me the most is Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, because I can create multiple word documents and import them into Acrobat to make one PDF file. The PDF will preserve pictures, formatting and the text. You don't have to buy software to open this type of document, and it is accepted by the community as a standard for preserving documents.


The Rich Text Format  is a good alternative to the PDF. It can be opened by almost all word processors and is compatible across platforms. This format will preserve pictures and text. You can easily go back and edit text in this format, whereas a PDF is generally used for final, finished editions. 


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In lesson 7, the problem most people have are saving their files with descriptive names that are related to the content of the file itself. It is much easier to save the file with a descriptive name, maybe add a note inside the document that has the date that the research was done or the date that the picture or video was taken. When writing your own documents, be sure to include:
1. The date
2. Your Full Name (and full name of the person it's about if different)
3. A title for your document
4. Add some information that could be cross referenced either in your documents content or description such as your birth date, spouse's name, references to your children's names, etc.
5. Number your pages and/or put a footer at the bottom of each page just in case a page gets lost.

Remember to cite your sources so you know where the information came from- very important when trying to back up your research efforts with the facts!



Lesson 8 involves finding ancestors in your family tree that may be famous. Not everyone will have a famous person in their ancestral lines, but it's worth checking it out, in any case! As you research your family tree, the number of ancestors you have increases exponentially? That means by just going back a few generations, you're descended from millions of ancestors. Which, in turn, would actually increase your odds of being related to someone famous. You do the math! Your parents each have their own sets of parents and grandparents, and those parents and grandparents have their own set, and so on down the line.  

Steps for finding famous relatives:
1. Research your family tree as much as possible
2. Connect your family tree into one of the large ancestor databases made available online
3. Do a famous ancestor search for a common ancestor to someone famous.
It may sound complicated, but it isn't too hard if you have the right tools. 

Here is a book link from an email I received from the instructor of this course.


Canute the Great~ Viking King

Canute the Great was my 11th great grandfather, I must say it took me a long time to acknowledge the relationship as being true, but I still need to get the documentation to prove it. There are many web pages that have much information on his life and history as King of England, Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden. Canute the Great was born circa 994 and died circa 1035 in Shaftsbury, in Dorset and was buried at the Winchester Cathedral, where his bones are located inside a chest.


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He was the son of King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark and the Slavic princess Gunhilda of Poland. Canute was proclaimed King on February 3, 1014; he famous story that he was so vain, he allowed himself to be convinced by flattering courtiers that he could hold back the ocean's tide, is one of the chief events of the reign for which he appears to be remembered. To be so powerful as to hold back the tide of the ocean, that is such a joke! 


There is a book which is free to Google account holders which can be read online. The book is entitled, Canute The Great  995 (circa.)-1035 and the Rise of Danish Imperialism During the Viking Age, Volume 4.   written by Laurence Marcellus Larson in 1912. 


The link to this book can be read here: Canute The Great E-Book





Here are some images I found on the web of Canute the Great~ enjoy!

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YouTube Video of Canute The Great





Friday, June 24, 2011

William Canute

William Canute was my 8th great grandfather who was born circa 1669 in Southampton, England; his death date is unknown to me at this time. He married Elizabeth Canute Cornutt in 1695 (she was 26 years old at the time) and had a daughter by the name of Ann(e) Canute Cornutt, born 1697. William Canute shares the same exact name with his father, who was born circa 1606-1626, exact birth date is unknown. The father (William Canute) died circa 1680. 


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Does anyone have any information or documentation they would be willing to share? Comment below if you do!

Clan Sutherland

Family research is ultimately, a voyage of great discovery. Full of intrigue and fascinating history, it's a pastime that will reward you many times over. You need to fully gain an understanding of what your heritage is all about, not just by researching in the comforts of your home, but by getting first hand accounts by visiting the places your ancestors have come from. I understand that many of you cannot just pick up and go anywhere you please, at the spur of a moment. There are details you must see to and then for most of us, the issue of having enough money to sustain us during a trip. 
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"The dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the north of Scotland are the ancestral homeland of the Sutherland Clan. The chiefs have a long and well documented history, taking their name from the Norse name of the land 'Sudrland', they became the most wealthy and powerful clan in the north of Scotland." (Sutherland Ancestors)

"There were two branches of Clan Sutherland associated with the Sutherland Earls, these were the Sutherlands of Forse and of Duffus, both of which were outside the county of Sutherland itself."

The motto of Clan Sutherland is "Sans Peur", which is French for "Without Fear". The official pipe music of Clan Sutherland is "The Earl of Sutherland's March". This pipe tune has apparently not been published, making it hard to find. 

For more information on Clan Sutherland go to this link:Clan Sutherland Society ~ Official Page



Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Taste of Scotland

I have always wanted to visit Scotland but now that I've discovered that my ancestors lived there once upon a time, it makes me want to go even more. Just to be able to walk the land as they did hundreds of years ago, the culture that surrounded them, their lifestyles, and even the food they they may have eaten. I want to experience Scotland's history and their culture, I want to stand on the picturesque landscapes where my ancestors may have stood, I also want to be a part of the events they may celebrate, eat the food and drink with the local people. But I must say, I don't have much of a taste for whiskey! I want to experience this all first hand; and maybe one day I will. But in the mean time, my adventures will all have to be of the online variety.


Scotland's Culture

Scotland has a myriad of different types of festivals ranging anywhere from the arts and comedy to the more traditional forms of entertainment. One of Scotland's winter festivals is called Hogmanay, which is a fire festival of sorts, and a street party of live music and fireworks.






If you are like me and have yet to visit Scotland, have you ever wondered what some of Scotland's food may taste like? How about trying out a recipe? Are you brave enough to try your cooking skills? If you are, then try this recipe and let me know how you liked this particular one and if you would like to share a photo of how it turned out, family responses to the meal and so on.


Cullen Skink Soup

Ingredients                                  

(Serves 4)


1tbsp olive or vegetable oil 
1 leek, well- rinsed, chopped and cut into rough 2cm cubes
1 liter homemade fish stock or reduced-salt fish stock cube (or half standard stock cube) dissolved in 1 liter of water
200g of peeled waxy potatoes cut into roughly 2cm cubes
300g undyed smoked haddock fillet
1 bay leaf
Freshly ground pepper
2tbs whipping cream
Roughly chopped chives



Method
Warm the oil in a pan, add the chopped leek, cover and gently cook for a few minutes until soft.
Add the stock, bay leaf, potato and haddock. Season lightly with black pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the haddock from the pan with a slotted spoon. When the fish is cool enough to handle, remove any skin and bones, then flake the haddock back into the pan.
Blend a ladle full of the soup in a liquidizer and return to the pan.
Stir in the double cream and simmer for another 2 or 3 minutes.
Add more black pepper if necessary, then sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve.

***Serve with chunks of fresh wholemeal or grain bread.***

Recipes provided by Andrew Fairlie, chef at the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel.

My Experience With the Family History Quick Start Mini-Course (Series) DAY 3

The fourth lesson of the Family History Quick Start Mini Series explains how to add 30 generations to your family tree with some amount of ease. As you probably know by now, research can be fun but also time consuming; researching can be hard work at times. Although time and work aren't necessarily bad things, but sometimes you might wish that you could alter the one and automate the other. Well there is a genealogy tool that you can use to help you speed up your research and automate the work involved. It's called One Great Family, and it can help ease the load of searching for your family history. The site automates your family tree search. You would then enter as much information as you know about your family tree, and One Great Family then searches to connect your family tree to the over 190 million names in their database. When it finds matches, you can include them in your family tree and instantly have an expanded tree!


Success Stories


What I Like About One Great Family


1. How could one person researching their families not like the fact that having a way to merge your family trees when a match has been found and it's all automated! Love it! 


2. I really like how it identifies and eliminates duplicated data; this can be such a chore to have to go back and try to find any duplicate entries especially when most names are frequently the same.


3. One Great Family works around the clock; it will do all the search work for you and this aspect saves you the time, effort and headaches of conducting these searches manually by yourself.


Check it out and see if it's something that you could benefit from! With a little luck, you'll be able to add a few generations to your family tree. With a little bit more, you may expand it by 10-30
generations!





Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sir Francis Bryan I

 Aloha!


I hope everyone is having a great day, wherever you may be. Currently, it is 8 a.m. here in Hawaii, and I can see it's going to be another beautiful day! I have just been taking it easy with the multiple postings each day, but some days I just get really chatty on the subject of genealogy. Currently, I am utilizing multiple resources to build upon my Cornett family tree. A few days has passed since I started using the Ancestry.com web site and I am pretty impressed by the features so far. Another great resource I am using and (I just have to share it with you) is the My Heritage Family Builder software. This site is a great tool and as a Premium Plus member, I have many more features to utilize to expand my tree. First off, the site creates your own personal family tree website, where you can use Smart Match to merge your tree with others and upload family photos, if you have access to them. Some other features are slide shows, time lines, time books, charts, reports etc. I uploaded a GEDCOM file to this site which displays over 5000 of my ancestors! This is a great system that allows anyone like you and me to create a private site for their family, build their family tree and share family photos. I will provide the download link for you to try if you wish. 


Family Tree Builder Software Download


The person in my family tree that I will be discussing for today, is another one of my 10th great grandfathers, named Sir Francis Bryan I. Francis was born June 1, 1490 in Munster, County Clare, Ireland and died Feb 2, 1550 in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland. He was nicknamed the "Vicar of Hell" and was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. He was also Chief Gentleman for the Privy Chamber for Henry VIII of England. 

Sir Francis Bryan married Joan Bryan, Duchess of Ormond (born Fitzgerald), they had two sons, Francis "Justice of Ireland" II and Edward Bryan, Lord of Upper Ossary. Francis Bryan I parents were Thomas "Thomas de Bryan" III and Margaret Bryan (born Bourchier). 


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Below is an article found on the web in regards to Sir Francis Bryan I.


SIR FRANCIS BRYAN* (d. 1550), poet, translator, soldier, and diplomatist, was the son of Sir Thomas Bryan, and grandson of Sir Thomas Bryan, chief justice of the common pleas from 1471 till his death in 1500. His father was knighted by Henry VII in 1497, was 'knight of the body' at the opening of Henry VIII's reign, and repeatedly served on the commission of the peace for Buckinghamshire, where the family property was settled. Francis Bryan's mother was Margaret, daughter of Humphry Bourchier, and sister of John Bourchier, lord Berners. Lady Bryan was for a time governess to the princesses Mary and Elizabeth, and died in 1551-2. Anne Boleyn is stated to have been his cousin; 


Bryan is believed to have been educated at Oxford. In April 1513 he received his first official appointment, that of captain of the Margaret Bonaventure, a ship in the retinue of Sir Thomas Howard, afterwards duke of Norfolk, the newly appointed admiral. In the court entertainments held at Richmond (19 April 1515), at Eltham (Christmas 1516), and at Greenwich (7 July 1517), Bryan took a prominent part, and received very rich apparel from the king on each occasion. He became the king's cupbearer in 1516. In December 1518 he was acting as 'master of the Toyles,' and storing Greenwich Park with 'quick deer.' In 1520 he attended Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, and took part in the jousts2 there under the captaincy of the Earl of Devonshire;


Bryan was also a student of foreign languages and literature. It is clear that his uncle, John Bourchier, lord Berners, consulted him about much of his literary work. It was at Bryan's desire that Lord Berners undertook his translation of Guevara's 'Marcus Aurelius' (1534). Guevara, the founder of Euphuism, was apparently Bryan's favourite author.


Sources:Lee, Sidney L. "Sir Francis Bryan." Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. VII. Leslie Stephen, ed. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1886. 150-152.


Sir Francis Bryan I







Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Harthacanute

Harthacanute, also known as Hardeknud or Hardacanute, was my 10th great grandfather who was born in 1018 of Denmark and died June 8, 1042 in London, Middlesex, England. By these calculations, he must have died when he was only 24 years of age.


Please Note:Below is information taken from the New World Encyclopedia in which I found an article on Harthacanute. I hope you enjoy reading this, as I did.




"Harthacanute (Canute the Hardy, sometimes HardicanuteHardecanuteHörthaknútrDanishHardeknud) (1018 – June 8, 1042) was King of Denmark from 1035 to 1042 as well as King of England from 1040 to 1042. He was the only son of Canute the Great and Emma of Normandy. Harthacanute's reign belongs to the end story of England's Anglo-Saxon period and of an era when involvement with the countries of Scandinavia dominated external relations. Payment of the danegeld and constant invasion by Vikings often meant that England was more or less a vassal, or subject state. Historical force however now favored a closer relationship between England and continental Europe, which was to be achieved through Harthacanute's Norman relatives in the person of his mother's great-nephew, William I of England. Arguably, had England remained an off-shore island culturally isolated from Europe, she would not have played the role she later did in world affairs, emerging as a major power and ultimately as a defender of freedom against tyranny in World War I and World War II.
Harthacanute's reign is not credited with any significant achievement. His significance lies in helping to bridge the transition period between the old and the new order. His eyes were more fixed on his Scandinavian, than on his English, inheritance." 



Harthacanute Legacy
"Harthacanute did not rule long enough to achieve very much. According to accounts of the time, apart from levying a heavy tax to pay for an invasion fleet he did not actually use, he did little enough. Emma's references to his rule are more positive. She speaks of him arranging "his affairs in peace and "being gripped by brotherly love" inviting to Edward "to come and hold the kingdom with himself." Harthacanute, through his father, was a link to a past, when the Scandinavians had regarded England as within their sphere of interest. It was Harthacanute's preoccupation with securing his Scandinavian inheritance that all but lost him the English throne.
Emma's own marriage with Ethelred had been arranged in order to create a new alliance with the Dukes of Normandy. It would be this alliance, rather than any continued link with Canute's Denmark, that dominated England's future." (New World Encyclopedia)




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Harthacanute


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Genealogy Search- Have You Hit the Proverbial Brick Wall?

Throughout the years of searching for your genealogical roots, I'm sure many of you have come to a brick wall in your searches. I know I have a time or two! How are you conducting your searches? The obvious answer would most likely be Google. I "Google" everything from computer problems to issues I may have with my car! You name it and Google has it; or do they? In recent news articles, genealogists have depended upon Google Archives to base some of their online researches and in the process, gathering information from archived newspapers and the like. Google Archives will no longer be there for us when we need it. Another brick wall indeed!
Google Newspaper Archive Shutdown


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So you've hit a brick wall; what does that do to your research? Is there another way around this wall? Of course there is. There has to be another route to take! Which way will you go to get around this wall?
Here are a few things we can do as genealogists:


Lack Of Internet Structure- mainly people like yourself conduct online researches from the skills acquired by using their local libraries, archives, and structured websites like Ancestry. Your typical search for topics over a broad network of web sites won't get you very far. So just think about it for a second, the Internet has no basic structure in which to base a really good, thorough search on whatever topic that you may need information for. Genealogy records are historic archives, which are probably hiding among the dust particles of the Internet, waiting for you to dust them off. If no one finds them, they will be there forever collecting even more dust bunnies.
Bring your searches within reach!


Put On Your Search Engine "Thinking Cap"- A search engine doesn't have a brain like we do. It just searches for what we tell it to. You could search for <chair> or the name <Robert> for example, we know <Robert> is the name of a person but the search engine doesn't; it's just searching for that particular tag and then delivers the web pages to you based upon what you typed in the search bar. So you will need to think more on the lines like a search engine does. 

The results weren't exactly specific to what I was originally seeking. Think outside the search engine "box", if you will. Hopefully your future searches will be fruitful and give you the exact results you were looking for. Proximity searches look over the text of billions of web pages for the tags I mentioned earlier. How do you think this affects my research when I am seeking an ancestor? I'll tell you, its not very good. It would be easier to search for an ancestor with a unique name versus "Ann Jones". The results you receive will be much better. So it's much easier to start off searching for the least common names in your family tree, then work from that family of names that were included, such as siblings, or parents. 

What is the best genealogy search engine to use? Here are a few links to try just to see which one yields the best results for you.






Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Experience With the Family History Quick Start Mini-Course (Series) DAY 2

The Family History Quick Start course that I started on Saturday continues. So basically, the course is just a newsletter that tells you how to do certain things, or at least it has been so far. Today, I have pretty much been asked to create a hierarchy of folders (which I already know) how to create the file names and so on. But anyone can create a folder on their computer right? Well, that's not exactly what I am trying to get at here. It's the way you create your structure and what you name it that counts in today's lesson. It's all about organizing your ancestry files for easier accessibility. 


So if I follow this assignment correctly, I'll have a folder with my name (Kelly) and I'll put any documents that pertain to me in that folder, but I can also create a sub-folder with some photos if I like. My next folder will have two additional folders- one for my father and another for my mother, last name first and so on. (Example: Smith_John_1737)  Inside their respective folders they will have two folders for their parents. I'm pretty sure you understand where I am going with this, or at least I hope you do. But going back further into your ancestry's lineage, you will most likely have names that are alike, so you will probably want to include the year they were born to keep everything separate from the other person with the same name. Every folder created so far will have all documents that pertain to that person inside. For example, marriage certificates, death certificates, census reports, war draft cards, photos or whatever you you may come across in your research that pertains to that individual.
Pretty easy, huh? I'm really waiting to gain knowledge here, something I don't already know how to do. Hopefully tomorrows lesson will be more challenging!


Naming your files depends upon your own research and what you need to name them in which to remember what file goes with a particular document. As we research our genealogy, we end up with a large amount of different files, documents, scans, and photos and we want to include these to further document any findings we have; so naming your saved documents and putting them in the right folder will only help you later!











My Canute Family

I am near ecstatic today after doing some research on the Canute lineage and finding out that not only did our family descend from royalty, but there are some ancestors way beyond the Canute people. Starting off, there is Erin First Canute, Harthacanute, Canute the Great, Richard I of Normandy, and thousands of others. I'll be researching for years to come! I have spent some time going through all the data that is involved and I'll give you the link to view the entire family tree on the Ancestry Web Page. * You may have to already be a member of the site to view this, just so you know!

Members of Ancestry.com can view my Cornett Family Ancestry Tree here. You shouldn't have any problems viewing the tree, as I have made it available for public viewing for a limited time only. If you cannot view it, my apologies as it will probably require you to become a member to do so.
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At first, I wasn't really wanting to pay for the subscription to Ancestry.com but really, it is worth it in the end. There are documents, war draft cards, photos, and other members trees in which to view, but there are also documents from the UK that can be viewed also. They offer many great features and free services if you don't feel that you wish to become a member at this time.

Here is one of the stories of William Longsword I that I retrieved from the Ancestry web site; it was originally submitted by another member of the site, whose name I do not want to mention for privacy reasons. 

William I Longsword (French: Guillaume Longue-Épée, Latin: Willermus Longa Spata, Scandinavian:Vilhjálmr Langaspjót; 893 – 17 December 942) was the second Duke of Normandy from his father's death until his own assassination. The title dux (duke) was not in use at the time and has been applied to early Norman rulers retroactively; William actually used the title comes (count).
Little is known about his early years. He was born in Bayeux or Rouen to Rollo and his wife Poppa. All that is known of Poppa is that she was a Christian, and the daughter to Berengar of Rennes, the previous lord of Brittania Nova, which eventually became western Normandy. According to the William's planctus, he was baptised a Christian.
William succeeded Rollo sometime around 927. It appears that he faced a rebellion early in his reign, from Normans who felt he had become too Gallicised. Subsequent years are obscure. In 939 William became involved in a war with Arnulf I of Flanders, which soon became intertwined with the other conflicts troubling the reign of Louis IV. He was killed by followers of Arnulf while at a meeting to settle their conflict. His son Richard the Fearless, child of his first wife, Sprota, succeeded him. William also left a widow, Liègard (Liutgard), who died in 985.

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