Friday, June 11, 2010

New Webpage & Blogs for Buffalo & Erie Co. Library

I love when I get emails about great new things to do with Buffalo genealogy.  Here is one from yesterday:

The Grosvenor and Rare Book Rooms of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library have new Web pages. Please visit to learn more about our local history, genealogy, and rare book collections. Mark Twain fans have a new page to consult: . Two new blogs are also associated with these Web sites. A Local History and Genealogy Blog: a Rare Book Room Blog:
Please pass this information onto potentially interested parties. If you should have any feedback or questions, please email me off list at the address below.

Fantastic Find Friday: Microsoft OneNote

I have a problem when it comes to my research log.  Well... logs...  I have started and stopped over a dozen research logs over the past couple years.  I will find this great form/excel sheet/word document set-up/family tree software idea, do it for a couple weeks or months and then stop.  I know I am not alone in this...

Needless to say I was thrilled to see How Do You Take Notes? On We Tree, by the amazing genealogist Amy Coffin (who is also a librarian:-))  Kelly, who's blogger profile is not yet activated, and Elyse Doerflinger, an amazing genealogist & blogger, both recommended Microsoft One Note.

Lucky for me, that is one of the programs I can download free from SU as an iSchool student.  Well, I downloaded it and the rest is history.  I am OBSESSED and use it for everything.  Sick of having a million little Word documents?  Make a new OneNote tab.  Forget to cite where you copied something from online?  No worries, OneNote does it AUTOMATICALLY when you paste something into it.

If you can find a copy of it or have this program already - I highly recommend you check it out.  It makes research logs so easy, particularly with the automatic pasting of the URL.  It is also an easy place to keep things such as research for school, projects for work or volunteer organizations, to-do lists, exercise logs.  Anything you could want is located in it under different tabs.  Easy, organized and you can add fun colors;-)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Citation Listserv/Study Sessions Being Set Up

This went out on a lot of lists I am on.  I signed up, as someday I would love to be able to source things without my Legacy SourceWriter or thumbing wildly through EE.  Elizabeth Shown Mills even replied that she wants to be involved in case of questions that others can't answer.  Hope to see some of you there!

I've set up a restricted yahoo group called SourceCitations.  What I'm planning is a moderated study session group, restricted to those who don't have a high level of confidence in the writing of source citations.  It will not be like TheoryGen (which is completely wide open as to content and membership).  It won't be a place to debate the BCG or professionalism or anything along that line.
I think I'm well placed to moderate such a group because I have 25 years of experience with research methods, both historical and genealogical, and yet I have a strong interest in really taking a detailed look at source citations.  The idea would be a round table series of study sessions,  using reference material such as Evidence Explained, going step by step through that text, from front to back.  Plus looking at how the genealogical approach compares and contrasts with the Chicago Style Manual.  Also side sessions on the source citations preferred by major archives.  And a look later at the source citation requirements for different genealogical journals and magazines.

This is an open course structure, but not a place for those who already have a high degree of confidence in writing source citations already.  Members will be invited to bring their own source citations 'puzzles' to the table at different points in the sessions (they would have to be appropriate for the session that was current).

And anything on the list can be taken by any member who wants to solicit opinions and comments on another list or from an expert (non-member) off list.  There will be some restriction on that type of cross-posting.

Because it is a closed, restricted study group,  there will be an ability to examine actual documents and case studies.

Goal:  That participants hopefully will come out of it with a high level of confidence in the writing of good genealogical source citations.

Participants are invited to participate at a level that they feel comfortable at.  You can join at any point later as the sessions proceed, but I recommend you go back and read through the earlier entries and material.

the Source Citation study sessions will utilize the following Yahoo group:

The group is open now, and the first sessions will begin in about two weeks.  I need to prepare some outlines but in the meantime, the door is open for introductory discussions. I'd like to get a sense of what interests participants,  who you are, what your motivations are for joining, and just general ideas on the subject itself.

I think this is going to be really an interesting, quiet learning environment for us all.


Larry Boswell BA, PLCGS
"Experts in Historical & Genealogical Research"
Listowner, TheoryGen (a non-archived list)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SNGF: Feeling lucky?

A fun Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy at Genea-Musings

1) Go to and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

4) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, as a comment to this post, or as a Note or comment on Facebook.

Mine is through, as it is the default in Germany

"Amanda Acquard" - My Facebook page

Genealogy - (so weird)

"Amanda's Athenaeum" - (my friends post where I am listed on her blogroll.  Ironically, I gave her the idea for this post)

"amanda genealogy" - (looks like a nice site)

"acquard genealogy" -

What did I learn?  I obviously need to start paying;-)

Surname Saturday: Tross

This is pretty much the same as last week, with my direct ancestors in red.  I really need to work on this line...

–1-Wenzel Tross d. Bef 1900|

+Maria Strassheim b. 18 May 1841, Eberstadt, Giessen, Oberhessen,|   Darmstadt, Germany, d. 18 Feb 1921, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA

+-2-Balthasar Tross b. 19 May 1869, Eberstardt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany|

–2-Elise Tross b. Abt 1876|

–2-Katharine Tross b. Abt 1877|

–2-Augusta M. Tross b. 6 Sep 1877, , , , Germany, d. 1 Jan 1939, Buffalo,|    Erie, New York, USA|

–2-Heinrich Tross b. Aug 1875, , , , Germany|

–2-Philip Tross b. Abt 1883, , , , Germany, bur. 30 Oct 1958, Cheektowaga,|    Erie, New York, USA

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Old Buffalo church to be Reborn in an Atlanta Suburb

As many of you know, I am from Buffalo and over the years I have seen more and more things in the city close and heard stories of what it had been like there in the '40's when my grandmother was growing up compared to now.  I am unsure of my feelings by the news that people want to take "99-year-old St. Gerard's" out of Buffalo and move it to an Atlanta suburb, where it will become Mary Our Queen in Norcross.

So many Catholic churches have been closing over the past decade in Buffalo (as in all of western and central NY from what I have seen), so it is a nice idea to give the building new life again.  So many of the closed churches are just crumbling to the ground due to the rules the church has put on who can purchase them.  It is so sad to see the lifeless buildings, particularly those people want to purchase but are not allowed to.

The problem, however, is summed up in the following quote by Buffalo Council President David Franczyk, "You can't strip-mine a city's historic heritage."  Can you imagine finding out your ancestor went to this church.  He was baptized, married and buried there, but to see it you have to go to Atlanta?

This is one of those questions that has no easy answer.  Do you let the building stay in Buffalo and rot or give it new life hundreds of miles away.  If you say move it, which is an understandable position, what happens when they want another of our buildings?  Then another and another, going down a slippery slope, until the heritage of a city has all been shipped away, one brick at a time?

Personally, I like the idea of giving the building new life, I just hate that to do so it needs to be moved so far away.  As the citizens of Buffalo continually flock south, to areas with more jobs, lower taxes and less snow, do we really want to see our buildings do the same?  If the church stays in Buffalo will it just rot until it is one more condemned building to deal with?  It is much harder to answer when church is from the city I am from, one that I love and wish to return to someday.  I look forward to your remarks and beliefs on this.

To read the entire article, go here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Marienkirche, Rostock, Germany Part 2

Here are more tombstones from Marienkirche.  I also posted some last week.

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Top of crypt[/caption]

Bottom of crypt

Closeup of Skeleton
Closeup of Skeleton

[caption id="attachment_408" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Interesting tombstone carving"]Interesting carving[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_405" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Interesting Tombstone"]Tombstone[/caption]

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...