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Thursday CoronaBuzz, October 29, 2020 25 pointers to updates, useful stuff, research news, and more.

Please wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay at home if you can. Please be careful. I love you.


KVVU: Nevada Resilience Project launches website to provide resources for coping with COVID-19. “The Nevada Resilience Project announced the launch of a new website Wednesday to help people manage the impacts of COVID-19. NRP was created to help build coping strategies for those experiencing stress or anxiety with COVID-19, the group said in a press release. The website… will list resources and information related to job loss, housing insecurity, isolation or healthcare challenges.”


New York Times: ‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink. “A hospital in Idaho is 99 percent full and warning that it may have to transfer coronavirus patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., turned away ambulances on a recent day because they had no room for more patients. And in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee,
an emergency field hospital erected on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair admitted its first virus patient this week.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota reaches new highs in COVID-19 hospitalizations, daily cases. “South Dakota set new highs in the daily number of people infected with COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as reported new infections. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 1,270 new infections, as well as 412 hospitalizations, an increase of 17 in the previous 24 hours. Nine additional people died, bringing the statewide total to 384.”


Washingtonian: Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined. “Dr. Brown said he would charter the plane himself. He was nervous—the patients wanted him at their summer home in St. Michaels to screen them for Covid immediately. But it was a Thursday in summer, and driving would take forever. Forget about taking the car. Instead, Ernest Brown, owner of Doctors to You, a Washington-area concierge-medicine group whose house-yacht/private-jet calls start at $600 a pop, drove to Gaithersburg and hopped a puddle jumper to the airport in Easton. The patients, who needed to be screened in order to meet with another VIP, sent a car to meet him. All told, Brown was at their waterfront estate for ten minutes, max. Results: negative.”


Kansas Reflector: ‘Manufactured crisis’: Mask hater enlists followers to defy mandates at Topeka, Manhattan businesses. “The facemask-despising owner of a martial arts school in St. Marys is enlisting like-minded science deniers to participate in mandate-defying flash mobs at Topeka and Manhattan businesses. Jason Harpe claims COVID-19 is a ‘manufactured crisis’ and mask mandates are a plot to test the public’s willingness to comply with government demands.”


BBC: Toymakers expect strong Christmas sales despite coronavirus. “Toymakers are expecting strong global sales during the critical end-of-year festive season, after a surge of pandemic-fuelled demand for items such as Barbies and board games.”

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic. “One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since March. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing ‘hard times’ as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.”

Seattle Times: Amazon extends working from home into summer. That could rattle downtown Seattle retailers, restaurants.. “ will let corporate employees work from home through June 2021, the latest company to push back reopening offices as COVID-19 cases surge again across the U.S.”


Bloomberg: Vaccine Makers Can Skip U.S. Inspections. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects a few thousand drug manufacturing plants every year to ensure their standards are up to par. Many of those inspections are required before a pharmaceutical company can gain approval of a new drug. They serve as a check on whether drugmakers can produce quality therapies. But that won’t be the case for Covid-19 vaccine developers that gain emergency authorization of a shot.”

Politico: ‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss. “At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing for dozens more officials to depart swiftly if President Donald Trump loses re-election.”

BBC: Covid-19: How the Czech Republic’s response went wrong. “The Czech Republic was praised for its swift response to the coronavirus crisis back in spring, but seven months on it’s now recording 15,000 new cases a day and has the second highest per capita death rate over seven days in the world. So what went wrong?”

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push. “Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, and South Dakota will be the next states to get “surge” virus testing sites as Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rise and federal officials push for ‘smart testing’ strategies.”

New York Times: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance. “In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, William J. Flynn said his agency might have to cut an additional 2,400 jobs and divert funding from critical capital projects, such as the multibillion-dollar tunnel between New York and New Jersey — called the Gateway program — and improvements to New York Penn Station. His total budget request to Congress is $4.9 billion. That includes the rail agency’s $2 billion standard appropriation.”

Politico: White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities. “New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.”


Argus Leader: S.D. House Speaker battles COVID-19: ‘It’s been the most devastating stuff I’ve ever had’. “A high-ranking lawmaker in South Dakota had a case of COVID-19 that sent him to the emergency room twice this month. Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader Monday that he spent the last two weeks dealing with a severe case of the coronavirus that’s infected thousands of South Dakotans in recent months.”


Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”

BBC: England v Barbarians: Thirteen Barbarians players charged by RFU after coronavirus protocol breached. “Thirteen unnamed Barbarians players have been charged by the Rugby Football Union after Sunday’s game against England was cancelled because of coronavirus protocol breaches. Players face a range of charges including ‘individual breaches of the protocols’ and ‘providing false statements during an investigation’, the RFU said.


CNN: A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn’t have internet at home. “A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home. Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Marin high school suspends in-person learning following ‘large’ student party. “A Catholic high school in Marin County suspended in-person instruction for two weeks after administrators learned of a large party hosted by students. The principal of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield announced the suspension of in-person classes in a letter to parents posted on the school’s website, in an attempt to curb the potential spread of the coronavirus.”


NBC Connecticut: UConn Pauses Free Tuition Program Due to Financial Struggles Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. “Announced by [UConn President Thomas] Katsouleas last fall, the program allows any in state student with a family income of less than $50,000 to attend UConn without tuition being charged. The intention was for the program to solely be funded by donors, but with the coronavirus comes concerns that the program may not be sustainable.”


STAT News: CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions. “Previously, the CDC described a close contact as someone who spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious. Now, the agency says it’s someone who spent a cumulative 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious over 24 hours, even if the time isn’t consecutive, according to an agency spokesperson.”


Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?. “The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. Researchers have been presenting their results online or sending them directly to media outlets rather than awaiting publication in prestigious academic journals. And the stodgy process of peer review has evolved into forthright — and sometimes acrimonious — assessments in the unbridled atmosphere of the Internet.”

EurekAlert: Relieving the cost of COVID-19 by Parrondo’s paradox. “The health and well-being of the population will be affected if the community is kept open, but the lockdown strategy also incurs economic and financial impacts. Each strategy on its own will increase the total ‘cost’ to society. Can both losing strategies be combined in a manner that leads to a winning outcome? That is the question that researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) set out to answer in a recent paper published in Advanced Science.”

BBC: Cheaper to prevent pandemics than ‘cure’ them. “The world needs a new approach to prevent future pandemics killing millions more victims, a report says. It says contact between people, wildlife and livestock must be curbed to cut the risk of bacteria and viruses crossing from animals to humans. Health care should be provided for people living close to animals in high-risk areas. This would help stop outbreaks of disease before they have a chance to spread more widely.”


Des Moines Register: Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds. “Iowa’s government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says. Iowa used the money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to help pay for a new accounting system.”

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Genealogy News and Education Bytes — Tuesday, 27 October 2020

   Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education — Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education – Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 28 October, 11 a.m.:  In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries, by James Tanner

5)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 120: Identifying and Preserving Photographs with Maureen Taylor

*  The Genealogy Professional:  TGP 62 – Paula Stuart-Warren

* Fisher’s Top Tips #218r – The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

*  Ancestral Findings: Get With the Plan: Breaking Bad Genealogy Habits | AF-392

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library: BYU Ancestry Academy by Ann Tanner


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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FindMyPast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast. 

Findmypast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

Explore First World War Rolls of Honour covering Caribbean troops who served with the British Army, new Kent parish records and a host of newspaper updates this Findmypast Friday.

Caribbean Rolls of Honour WW1

Trace military ancestors and their incredible stories in our new Caribbean Rolls of Honour. The records list soldiers from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who served with the British Armed Forces during World War 1.


For Jamaica, which provided the largest Caribbean contingent to the British and Allied war effort, there are records for army officers from, or connected with, the island as well as NCOs and other ranks who lost their lives in the conflict. For Trinidad & Tobago, the collection is more complete and comprehensive. It is believed to contain the great majority of men who served in the War, including some who served with the French Army.


As well as soldiers of Afro-Caribbean descent, there are men from the Indian Sub-continent, presumably in most cases the descendants of indentured labourers, as well as men of Latino and Jewish heritage.


Releases for other islands in the Caribbean will be added to this collection over time.


Kent Baptisms

Over 7,000 parish baptisms covering Sutton-at-Hone, Woolwich and St Mary Cray have been added to the collection. Explore these transcripts and images of original church registers to discover new Kent family milestones.


Baptism records are essential for getting further in your family tree. They can reveal your ancestors’ names, birth and baptism dates, where they lived and importantly, their parents’ details.

Kent Burials

Was your ancestor laid to rest in Kent? Discover where and when they were buried with over 5,000 new burials from the parishes of Eltham and Thames & Medway.


Findmypast is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Kent family records online. You can also delve into marriages and bannswills and probate indexes and poor law union records from the Garden of England.



This week, we’ve released four brand new papers and added more pages to 10 publications.


The latest titles to join our expanding archive include:


·         Civil & Military Gazette (Pakistan) covering 1884 and 1891-1893

·         Indian Statesman covering 1876

·         Weekly Dispatch (London) covering 1820-1829, 1831-1850 and 1852-1868

·         Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette covering 1879-1880, 1889-1899, 1901-1919 and 1921-1922

And we’ve added even more issues to:

·         Huddersfield Daily Chronicle from 1883

·         Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper from 1894 and 1901-1912

·         Dundee Courier from 1989

·         Cambridgeshire Times from 1872

·         Carmarthen Journal from 1841

·         Derby Daily Telegraph from 1990

·         Daily Mirror from 1994 and 1998-1999

·         Sligo Chronicle from 1880-1891

·         Marylebone Mercury from 1933, 1935 and 1938

·         Tralee Chronicle from 1881


Seavers in the News — George N. Seaver Dies in Delaware in 1943

 It’s time for another edition of “Seavers in the News” – a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week’s entry is from  The News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper dated 21 July 1943:

The transcription of the article is:

“George Seaver Dies in Hospital
Former Credit Manager Of
News-Journal Company Stricken Last Friday
“George N. Seaver, 69, of 1372 West Seventh Street, retired credit manager of the News-Journal Company, died shortly before noon today in The Memorial hospital.

“He was taken to the hospital last Friday after suffering a stroke at the Kent Hotel dining room.

“Mr. Seaver retired May 15, 1942 after 17 years in credit and collection work.  He served nine years as News-Journal credit manager, and eight years as assistant business manager of the Evening Journal.

“Coming to Wilmington from New England as a young man, he became a group leader of draftsmen at the Edge Moor office of the American Bridge Company, and was later associated with the late Charles H. Ten Weeges in the coal business before coming to the Evening Journal.

“Mr. Seaver, who has been a local resident about 50 years, was unmarried.  He is survived by a brother living in Waterbury, Conn.

“He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, No. 14, A.F.&A.M.; St. John’s Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar; the Delaware Shrine Club, Lulu Temple, A.&O.N.M.S. of Philadelphia; and a past high priest of St. John’s Chapter, No. 4, R.A.M.”

The source citation is:

George Seaver Dies in Hospital,” The News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 21 July 1943, page 3, column 1, George N. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 15 October 2020).

This obituary provides a name, a death date, a death place, an age, a cause of death,  his employment history, the fact he was unmarried, but no names of his parents or brother or other relatives.  I did not have his death date and place, or his cause of death, in my RootsMagic database.

George Newton Seaver was born 5 November 1873 in Templeton, Massachusetts, the son of John Holden and Laura Lucretia (Fiske) Seaver of Templeton.   George had a brother, John Dwight Seaver (1883-1969) who resided in Waterbury, Connecticut, but in 1943 he had other siblings still living – Henry Holden Seaver (1871-1949), Charles Adams Seaver (1879-1971), and Warren Luther Seaver (1886-1968).

George Newton Seaver (1873-1943) is my 4th cousin 2 times removed, with common Seaver ancestors of my 5th great-grandparents Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver. 

There are over 9,500 Seaver “stories” in my family tree – and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person leaves home and has no spouse or descendants.  I am glad that I can honor George Newton Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Ken McKinlay posted My Top 10 Fee-based Genealogy Sites this past week, so I’ve made it the challenge this week (thanks to Linda Stufflebean for the suggestion!).

2)  List your Top 5 or 10 top fee-based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share you list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.

Here’s mine:

1) — it has the most record collections, the most complex search system, the most record hints, etc.  I do a lot of my record finding there.  I’m in it every day.

2) — I have so many New England ancestral families and AA has so many records that other sites don’t have.  This is my go-to site for probate records in estate file form, for many vital records, etc.  I’m in it every week at least.

3) — this is my favorite education site, with several recorded webinars every week and a library of about 1,400 webinars.  Amazing breadth her.  I’m in it every week.

4) — it has many collections, and some are unique to MyHeritage.  The record hints are more accurate than any other site.  I love the search by source for people in my MyHeritage tree.  I’m in it several times a week.

5) — the newspaper collections are wonderful, but the OCR indexing leaves something to be desired.  I’m in this site several times a week, often as a result of a Hint on Ancestry.  

6) — it also has many collections, and some are unique to Findmypast.  I have many English (but no Irish, Scots or Welsh!) ancestral families so the breadth here is very useful.   I wish it had more from records Wiltshire and Somerset, though.  I use the NewspaperArchive and PERSI links occasionally.  I’m in this site several times a week.
7) — this newspaper site (plus other useful collections) is excellent, and includes the San Diego papers.  I’m in this site at least once a week.

8) — this collaborative family tree can be very useful for finding one-name study people, for other researchers with my ancestors, and for relationships with famous people.  I’m in it at least once a week.

9) — this site is my go-to site for military records, and it used to be the only site with indexed city directories and big city newspapers.  I’m in this site several times a month.

10) (I count this as fee-based because I had to pay to use it) — this DNA site is excellent, and the family trees can help me find distant cousins and most recent common ancestors.

That’s my ten.  I don’t use or; I do use but they don’t have match’s trees; I don’t have a GEDmatch Tier 1 subscription; I do have a Genetic Affairs monthly subscription which was very helpful for DNA clusters before Ancestry canceled it;  I do have Virtual Genealogical Society and DNA Central subscriptions; I don’t subscribe to ScotlandsPeople or The Genealogist or any Irish fee site; I don’t have any other subscriptions to other fee-based sites to my knowledge.  I didn’t consider software programs, genealogical or historical societies (except for NEHGS/AmericanAncestors) subscriptions.  

I know I’ve missed or forgotten about some websites – I look forward to exploring some that others comment on.


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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What to do with records of Female Ancestors


Based on a discussion in The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group, we tackle the question of what to do with the records of our female ancestors. It all boils down to whether she keeps her maiden name or not, as a cultural influence where she lived, and what system works for each researcher.

We used the example of Pat’s father, who married four times. We also delved into the situation where we had much for a woman’s married life, then discovered her maiden name. Research on that maiden name takes on a new focus, as we attempt to discover her parents and grandparents. And then there’s the problem of what to do when we find other people in the same place and time who have the same surname/maiden name, but we have not yet proved if they are related to our family.
We agreed it’s best to make a digital copy of everything found to identify an ancestress. We also agreed that although we may put trees up on websites for the hints that can crop up, it is best to have our complete and most accurate database on our personal computers, backed up to the cloud in case of disaster like a hard drive failure, or calamities from Mother Nature.

Below my signature, find the unedited comments from attendees.

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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

19:01:37 From  Myra Lindgren : Good evening everyone……It was an easily made decision not to watch the debate…
19:01:48 From  Flo Merritt : Hello all
19:02:21 From  Pat Jackson  to  All panelists : hi from Kentucky. have the debate on mute.
19:05:15 From  Launa Droescher : I use last names. ie. merritt-tillitson_1938 for marriage
19:05:40 From  Betty-Lu Burton : Does blank spaces count in that 256 character count
19:09:10 From  Betty-Lu Burton : We are thinking English centric research. Both my Norwegian and Italian lines the woman keep her maiden name and even her death record is listed under the maiden name
19:09:47 From  Myra Lindgren : Same here with the Swedish and Danish.
19:09:54 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I only have the mic on my computer
19:10:21 From  David Hopper  to  All panelists : English speakers favor farther for physical distances and further for figurative distances.
19:11:22 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : That is also true of French-Canadians until about 50-100 yrs. ago.  A woman kept her maiden name for her entire life.
19:11:25 From  Sheri Snodgrass : From Grammerly:  People use both further and farther to mean “more distant.” However, American English speakers favor farther for physical distances and further for figurative distances.
19:14:44 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : Korean / Japanese – women keep their maiden name all their life. Its the children that take on the fathers lastname
19:15:59 From  Pat Jackson : yes
19:16:08 From  Betty-Lu Burton : Remember to change from panelist to panelist and attendees
19:16:29 From  Myra Lindgren : Same here Betty – am at the desktop.
19:17:18 From  Sheri Snodgrass : The system that is best for each of us is the one that we will use consistently
19:17:22 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Sorry, looks like my headset is not going to carry the mic, it just lets me hear you.
19:18:34 From  Betty-Lu Burton : One thing that will determine the folder system is going to be what happens to the woman’s name when they get married
19:18:49 From  Pat Jackson : good point, Sheri
19:21:34 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I have been going back and forth on whether I want to do a separate file for may Italian family while I am working on the records in Aosta, Italy
19:21:40 From  Sheri Snodgrass : I have separate trees for me and hubby (no children) and have recently realized we have a cross family connection – my uncle by marriage is his 2nd cousin.
19:23:30 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : I like what Myrt did with her dad’s wives. I need to do something similar for my brother’s 9 wives (you got that right – 9!)
19:29:09 From  Sheri Snodgrass : What messes me up is when they hyphenate only the kids surnames – ugh! 
19:29:35 From  Pat Jackson : I agree with Russ
19:29:39 From  Kathy Richardson : A woman disappears into her husband’s surname. I use my maiden name as my middle name
19:29:40 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : Sometimes women take back their birth surname when they get a divorce, or their spouse dies
19:30:39 From  Pat Jackson : I do also, Kathy, and my maiden name is Richardson, lol.
19:31:41 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : I agree with Russ.  I was taught, 30 yrs ago to always use maiden names for females and have followed that advise successfully.  For my husband and myself, most of our immigrant ancestors to back to 17th century MA, but it has caused no confusion
19:31:49 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I choose a main name and then do a alternate name when I find them with a different spelling of the names and then I attach the record to the alternate name also
19:32:23 From  Kathy Richardson : Pat, my maiden name is Cox. They were Quakers in PA, NC, KY and IN as they migrated
19:32:41 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : I rely on my genealogy program for connections
19:33:14 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Just realized hubby’s cousin’s wife’s given name included her mother’s maiden name as her middle name – don’t see that often for women.
19:34:44 From  Betty-Lu Burton : My document files are by surname, but my source citations in my software are by location
19:34:53 From  Pat Jackson : I have lots of PA to OH Quakers. only Cox name I can think of is on a different line. My Quakers were Palmers, mostly.
19:39:24 From  Betty-Lu Burton : In the early days when I would be finding several families in the same microfilm or book, I then kept those records by place
19:40:24 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Had a discussion over the weekend about this how to order – and recommended if you have a physical order that makes sense to you then order your computer files the same way.
19:43:31 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I have done that many times to. It would always take me a few minutes to figure out how to use the microfilm printer. 
19:45:04 From  Betty-Lu Burton : How things have changed from the days when I copied pages of IGI micro fiche to work on my family
19:45:37 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Save originals of important or sentimental items
19:46:38 From  Flo Merritt : If possible, every thing should be saved digitally. But…Originals or only known copies should be kept forever. 
19:46:42 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : I tend to only keep the digital copies. Although I still keep the photocopied Civil War pension file that I photocopied at NARA.
19:46:45 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : keep Birth x Marriage x Death and Censuses x Military plus photos (under 20 , 30s x Older)
19:49:02 From  Myra Lindgren : Digitalizing everything. Originals are in the safe.
19:50:16 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Discussion with folks in flood or fire zones makes me want to have everything digitally just in case.
19:50:39 From  Launa Droescher : they should be scanned also
19:51:31 From  Pat Jackson : I don’t plan to get rid of my dad’s binders. would like to scan them but they’re huge and have tiny tabs down the side for generations.
19:52:37 From  Launa Droescher : while I research copy to ever note also  past image into evernote
19:53:18 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : I use it to keep notes of things to retrieve from archives, but most of my notes go into FTM.
19:54:18 From  Kathleen Daetsch : I have used evernote It’s great to use while you are doing research on that family  
19:55:09 From  Myra Lindgren : Roots Magic only.
19:55:56 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : In Roots Magic I have one db for my family and one for my husband’s.  In My Heritage it is just one.
19:55:58 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Only FTM.
19:56:03 From  Kathleen Daetsch : yes I have done that also.
19:56:06 From  Pam Wade : Roots Magic only
19:56:14 From  Flo Merritt : FTM
19:56:15 From  Sheri Snodgrass : I have a main tree database and several working for other lines/families in FMT
19:56:18 From  Sheri Snodgrass : FTM
19:56:32 From  Pat Jackson : I work in Ancestry and back up to FTM
19:56:57 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : I have 2. One is a total mess, the other is my “clean” one. I drag and drop between them. 
19:57:02 From  Pat Jackson : yes
19:57:11 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Like Pat – I have separate trees on Ancestry
19:57:12 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Tree at Ancestry is my test one.
19:57:30 From  Myra Lindgren : Ancestry, Family Search, and multiple other genealogy sites.
19:57:46 From  Pat Jackson : I have a DNA spec tree and a “real” tree
19:57:51 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : Ancestry = 4 trees / MyHeritage = 2 trees / Family Search = 1 tree / Software
19:58:04 From  Pam Wade : Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage and Wiki Tree
19:58:10 From  Janet Iles : one database for my family — Brother’s Keeper; but I download my Ancestry tree into RootsMagic (not as many names); 
19:58:23 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : That’s an excellent idea.
19:58:31 From  Launa Droescher : main one is in Legacy, with bits and pieces  on MyHeritage,  Familysearch, Ancestry
19:59:41 From  Kathleen Daetsch : I will set up a second tree to try to figure out how a group of people are related to each other. 
20:00:02 From  Pat Jackson : I have unproved DNA matches in my spec tree and hope to someday connect. by having them in there with my people it’s easier to see common surnames.
20:03:02 From  Kathleen Daetsch : My gg grandmother was married to her brother in  laws cousins, I had a separate tree for that group so I could figure out how they were all related.
20:03:58 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Great discussion!   
20:04:28 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Did a class on Ancestry downloading and had someone say – didn’t realize he needed to download it.
20:04:43 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : So interesting and much food for thought!
20:05:06 From  Flo Merritt : Thank you! 
20:05:10 From  Myra Lindgren : Thank you! I enjoyed this much more than watching the debate.
20:05:31 From  Kathleen Daetsch : good ideas but I still have a mess of files.
20:06:52 From  Kathleen Daetsch : thank you good meeting

Online Discussions of Revolutionary Theater and Civil War Statuary

Here are a couple of online historical events coming up this week.

The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts the next session of the Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar on Tuesday, 6 October. Prof. Heather S. Nathans of Tufts University has shared a paper titled “‘Our Turn Next’: Slavery and Freedom on French and American Stages, 1789-99.”

As the French abolitionist movement gathered momentum alongside the Revolution, Parisians could have seen hundreds of theatrical performances on themes related to race and slavery. By contrast, the American stage grappled with the choice to perpetuate a slave system within a democracy. Some performances hinted at slavery’s cruelty, some depicted newly-freed black characters living happily alongside whites, and others proposed returning blacks to the continent as the solution for a dilemma Thomas Jefferson described as holding “a wolf by the ears.” This paper explores the black revolutionary figure on the U.S. and French stages during the last decade of the eighteenth century, as both nations struggled to put their principles of universal freedom into practice.

Jeffrey Ravel of M.I.T. will comment on the paper, and then attendees can submit questions through by chat or video.

This seminar is scheduled to run from 5:15 to 6:30 P.M. Attendees must register in advance. This event is free, but to get a P.D.F. of Prof. Nathans’s paper and others in the series I recommend the $25 subscription.

On Wednesday, 7 October, Historic New England will host an online talk titled “Monuments, Memory, and Racial Justice” by Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders.

Historically, African American engagement with Civil War legacy has spiked during broad social movements and periods of civil unrest. The calls to remove Confederate monuments in the wake of the 2015 massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., therefore cannot be viewed simply as a reaction to that one specific incident. They were a product of the broader, ongoing Black Lives Matter movement that was founded in 2013, which has longstanding ties to local anti-monument organizing. Conversations about local history and public commemoration beyond the Civil War are increasingly becoming part of community-wide goals toward racial justice and antiracism.

Dr. Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders is an Assistant Professor of African American History at the University of Dayton. Her online talk will cover the historical legacy of Civil War monuments and why the current movement centered on racial justice has spread to conflicts over historical memory and the commemorative landscape all across the nation.

This event costs $15, less for Historic New England members. Register here.

(The picture above shows the burning of Boston’s first theater on Federal Street in 1798, only five years after its controversial opening. It had become so popular that it was rebuilt by the end of the year and remained a landmark for decades.)