Thanks I think, I'm 63 and have been dabbling for over 35 years. Not all that many young people were in the genie sections of the libraries in the Dallas area back then. And there was no internet.
In response to Keith's 20,000 name gedcom.... I've mentioned this before, my eldest brother does statisical analysis in Social Networking. This is not facebook. They look at entire families and collaterals for several generations (they need us genies to do their grunt work) to see how many times families re-engaged. Thats the official term. This is important in France and parts of Europe where they have villages that have been togather for centuries.
I told my brother how to set up Legacy and how to download from Familysearch. WELL!!! After several months he still hadn't done it. So I decided last night I'd do it. Quickest way to rebuild my database, which I keep backing up to a flash drive and losing my drives. Or disks or whatever media I have used.
So, I started the download.... its been running nearly 24 hours. I set it for 20 generations. Including children. Right now it on its on the 16th generation and there are over 16,000 names so far. I forgot to uncheck preferred parents so I'll have to check for other spouses and children.
And yes, I will source them but I'm going to stop it at Jamestown. I"m also going to compare the list to what is at WT.
As you may have read, Legacy software has been sold to MyHeritage. On facebook alot of us are very displeased with the sale. I checked the Jesters at MH and you can't see the trees at all unless you are a member. but I can tell that most are just duplicates from ancestry, where most of the trees there about my family contain fictious persons, with no evidence whatsoever, or misinterpreted evidence. And yes, I have to take responsibility for some of it.
I asked the peeps at the Legacy page on facebook why hold yourself hostage paying to keep your genie data, when you can't delete afterwards? And of course some don't like the idea of a collaborative tree either.
Back to the re-engaging... I have an ancestor that I share with a few others here.DeLoach-66 She marries a Bloodworth. Down the line another Bloodworth m. into my Thornton Line Lucy Thornton sister of my 2nd ggf (And I just found her on WT unconnected to her parents.) What I really need to do is connect Solomon to Milly somehow!! And then track the Deloaches down to the guy my gramma Davis almost married.
then another case I need to investigate is... William N. Jester-38 's family. Wm N's gdau Ada Jester-107 m. James H. Burdeshaw-28 the son of Wm N's half brother(??) As much as the Wm N people want to put him in the House of Thomas Jester-129 he doesn't fit. When I got to WT, Wm N was listed as the some of Levi Jester-113, and he is listed on several trees at ancestry. Other Wm. N Peeps have tried to put him as the son of William Jester-132 because 132 does have a son named William b. about the same time. Trust me, I have argued against Wm N's placement because it just didn't fit our research. AND once I found Susan's marriage and a 16 Newton in the census, that gave enough pause remove him from the House of Thomas with open minded genealogists.
But the Burdeshaws and its numerous spellings... and this does call for some more research. Jane Singletary who may or not be in WT yet, I haven't put her in, m. Harmon Burdeshaw. Jane is a descendant of Jemima Jester-131 Wood. I haven't found out who Harmon belongs to yet. But Burdyshaw in its numberous spellings isn't that common either. Since they got m. in 1886. I should be able to find him in 1880.
the primary question is, since Wm N isn't of hte house of Thomas, then who is he? Who was in GA at the time of his birth. We can eliminate The house of Thomas. The two brothers who stayed in GA are fairly well documented. And we know he's not of Levi Jester-372 in Butts County GA, he's fairly well researched also. But a NC Jester researcher says that Jacob Jester-160 and some of his family went to GA!! That makes the perfect alternative. Just got to find one who married Susan Jenkins.
Does this make me a WikiTreer?