I've been reading Michigan Family Trails for 2 months - I absolutely enjoy every entry. Thank you. I also really like the look of your Legacy database pages. I'm wondering if you would mind sharing the color options you use.Thank you, again, for an interesting blog.--Michael
Michael - I'm happy to share the color options. I was very happy with my color scheme in 7.5 and tried to duplicate it in 8. I got pretty close. If you want to contact me at the email listed on this page, I would be happy to send the color scheme by email to you. Thank you so much for following my posts. I appreciate each and every one of my readers.Diane
Diane,I have just found your Blog and love it! So far I have even learned a few things...exciting for someone doing genealogy for 30 years! I, too, use Legacy 8 and love it. I would love to mirror your color scheme as well. My emal is firstname.lastname@example.org.Many thanks,Nancy
Nancy, Thank you so much. 30 years! You've got me beat by a little more than double. Good for you. If I'd have begun earlier I would have had more living immediate family to talk to and that would have been wonderful. I will be happy to email the color scheme to you. Since I recently changed my scheme, I need to know which one in particular you are interested in? I will send you an email this afternoon. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate all my readers.
With your Detroit and Michigan connection, I am surprised to see that you do not list the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research as one of your memberships. The DSGR has been publishing it's Magazine for 77 years and all issues are on line to the membership. For long time families in Detroit and Michigan there is probably a number of items of interest in those issues.
Pas. I don't disagree with you. I was a member of the DSGR for about 5 years. I still have all the issues of the magazine. I have also looked at their master index at the FHL. Surprisingly, I have not found a single link to my family mentioned in the magazine. I would join in a minute if I thought it would benefit my research. I really like to support genealogy societies. But, I, like everyone else, need to get a bit of a return for my membership. You can rely on the fact that if I lived near Detroit (I live in California), that I would be an active member. I wrote a blog not long ago about supporting genealogy societies. Thank you for your comment and for visiting my blog,Diane
Just discovered your site. I have enjoyed reading through it. I have a question on Legacy 8. Can I print my Family names out in file label format using Legacy.? I want to use them on Family files I am setting up.
Hi. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment very much. I know you can print several kinds of labels in Legacy 8. Click on the Reports tab, then Other Reports, then Name Tags. I've never done this myself, but believe from looking at the choices that you would be able to select something that would work for you, from the choices available. There seems to be plenty of options. Please, let me know if it works. I'm always curious and love learning new things.I hope you will visit again and I welcome your questions and comments.Diane
I found your blog through Pinterest - I was re-pinning some of your pins! I have really enjoyed perusing your blog - lots of great info. I saw you have Elliots in your tree and though I didn't see a direct connection to mine, I wanted to suggest that in further research, should you find that your Elliots came from the Anglo/Scottish Borders (directly or by way of Ulster), keep the Border Reivers in mind as the Elliots were one of the "Riding Surnames" of the Borders.
Patti - thank you for letting me know. I will keep your Elliots in mind. I just have the one Elliott, Martha who married Francis Boggs, Jr. and they are my 5th great grandparents. I have absolutely NOTHING further on her. Thanks for leaving me a message and thanks for stopping by my blog.Diane
Diane - I edit a bi-monthly newsletter for the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. I would like to use the 'Lessons We Learned' from the "Slap Your Forehead" Blog. I would cite your name, blog title and provide a link to the actual blog. May I use the 'lessons we learned?'As for turning the page over, I visited a cemetery in Maine, taking pictures of a monument with a family member listed. Later I asked someone from RAOGK to take pictures of all graves in that cemetery with that family name. She included the one that I had taken. And the other sides which included parents, etc., of the spouse! Oops; and bang my head on the wall!
Howland - thank you for your comment. I would be more than happy to have you use my blog post. I have a huge connection to Ohio on my maternal side. I'm a member of both the Ohio Genealogy Society and the Lawrence County Genealogy Society. I hope to submit my application for First Families of Lawrence County, this coming year. I will also send you a private message. I smiled when I read your "bang your head" moment. Comforting to know we all have them.
Thank you so much, Diane, for your kind comment on my Geneabloggers feature "May I Introduce You,,,,". I was delighted and honloured to be interviewwed for this series and I am pleased you found it of interest. Do let me know which part of Scotland and England your ancestors are from and if I can help with resources, pointers etc.
Hi Diane. I am helping my friend, Pearl Nielsen, research her RITCHIE family and have made the connection to your Charles Milne and Margaret RITCHIE. Margaret is her 1st cousin 4x removed. I'd like to share information with you. My email is email@example.com. Look forward to hearing from you.
Denise, Oh my gosh! This is exciting news. I have virtually no connections with people from my RITCHIE family. I will be emailing you shortly. Can't thank you enough for contacting me.
Hello:I first noticed your link on Find-A-Grave for Henry Hart #31946503. I have a potential mystery for one of my ancestors who happens to be my great grandmother, Amanda O. Barton (Find A Grave Memorial# 86949297) who may have a link to your family. She and your ancestor are both buried in the same small cemetery, Rose Hill in Armada, Michigan. There are several other ancestors of mine buried there as well, including my grandfather, Herbert Collins Barton (Find A Grave Memorial# 119409403.)Now for the mystery. While researching the 'Barton' family name, I was able to locate my grandfather, Herbert C. Barton's death certificate. My grandmother, E. Maud MacLachlan, his spouse was the 'informant.' E. Maud listed Herbert's mother as "Amanda Hart." While in itself that may not appear strange, all records I have insist her name was Amanda O. Tibbetts. I have sworn affidavits from my g-grandmother's pension claim affirming her name as Amanda O. Tibbetts who married my g-grandfather 1 Jan 1845 at Cambria, Niagara Co., New York. The plot thickens: On the Barton Historical Society's 'Barton Database,' someone had entered that same name, Amanda Hart as the spouse of my g-grandfather, Samuel Barton (Find A Grave Memorial# 82867004.) Their source was unknown. I contacted them and submitted much of my research for input, including that correction. Now after finding your Hart ancestors, I have begun to wonder. Do you have any information in this regard? Could Simeon Hart or another male Hart ancestor have possibly been perhaps a stepfather to Amanda? Why would my grandmother list that name? She certainly would have known - or should have known her husband's mother's name. Both the Hart and Barton families resided in the same area, mine at Armada, Macomb Co. and Berlin Township, St. Clair Co. at different times, and Olive P. (Find A Grave Memorial# 32188504) and John R. Tibbets (Find A Grave Memorial# 32188509.) in Armada as well. They were neighbors - and now I'm wondering whether there was a familial connection? I have been unable to locate any confirmed relatives for my g-grandmother Amanda O. Tibbetts whose birthplace was listed on censuses as Vermont. I see that Oren and Anna Tibbets were both from Vermont. A word of caution: there was another Amanda Tibbets who was their daughter [1849-1918]. She was not my g-grandmother however. That said, I can't help but think we may have a connection of some sort. Can you help? I would so love to add her family members to the tree.Thank youRoger Larsonroma10@wowway.com
Roger - thank you for contacting me. Let's take this to email. I will send you a message via email.
I scanned through your desire to find a link and I think your new acquaintance Roger Larson just might be on the right track.1. Most of Michigan was settled by people from New York area. 2. I was going to suggest you look in NY. 3. Vt was part of NY at one point and they separated after a very bad winter and not assistance from NY.Diane I hope this helps. I will keep my eyes peeled and if I get into the Michigan Archives in May will see what they have.Or I can send you Archivists name and have them dig also.Susi Pentico SusiCP@cox.net
Hi Susi - Thanks for your input. I welcome any and all ideas and value the opinion of other genealogists. I think Roger has a good point also based on other members of my Michigan family who came from NY and surrounding area. I will be at the FHL in June and hope to spend quality time tracking down every hint, tip, lead and idea. I really think I'm close, I can almost feel John C. Gould reaching out to me this year. I couldn't say that to anyone but another genealogist. I'll keep your email handy.Thanks for stopping by.
Hello Diane,Today I discovered a family tree that had your name on familysearch.com listing several of my husband's family ancestors: Alonzo Hart, Fred Ellis Hart and others. I am wondering if you would like to share any of the genealogy records that I have. Looking through them I do not seem to find the Gould or Hall surnames in my collection.Also, thank you for posting about the Bath school disaster anniversary. My own family does have connections to the Bath school disaster. Nelson and Clarence McFarren are relatives and Glenn Smith was married to another family ancestor.Karenfirstname.lastname@example.org
I have just discovered your site and am also wondering how to organise my paperwork for family members. The only question that has not been answered (as far as I know) is how we deal with a womans name change. Do we file under the maiden or married name for birth and death certificates?
Hi. Thank you for your question. Of course in our databases and trees we always list the women by their maiden name. As far as digital filing of vital records, I file the women under their maiden name until they marry. From that point on they are filed under their married names. To avoid issues with multiple marriages I file all marriages under both the bride and groom's names. That way you will always see a woman's marriages and know what name to find her under after a certain year. Which means I would file her death certificate under whatever name appears on the certificate. i will admit that many times when I am naming a digital file for a woman, I include her married name by using "née." An example would be LINDSAY_Elizabeth née THORP_death cert_6 Jun 1910_Detroit_Wayne_Michigan. I hope I've answered your question clearly. Thanks for stopping by.
Hi, Diane, I have tried for a while to leave a message and none of them took. I am in the line of William Gillen on my mother's side and have also been looking for Gillens prior to William. Let me hear from you please. email@example.com Hi
Hi Cousin, I responded to you on Facebook and will contact you tomorrow by email. Looking forward to it.
Hi- I have a William Gould (1874-1963) married to Cecelia Sarvis in my tree. Their son, Willis Gould (1901-1980), married Esther Jones. Any relation? Laurie
Laurie, What part of the country were your Gould's in? Those specific names & dates don't sound familiar. However, not knowing who John C. Gould's parents or siblings were has me in the situation where anyone could be related. I just have no way of knowing at this time. Let me know if you do find a connection to my Goulds. I would welcome any input.Thanks for stopping by.
Hi, I found you on Facebook which I only go on about once a year. I have a question, since you know so much about Detroit do you know of any orphanage's in the Hamtramck area that would of been open around the years 1930-1940? I am trying to find info about my father. If you have any please use my e-mail address to respond. Thank you for your time. Cathy firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi - Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I do not know about any orphanages in Hamtramck. However, Facebook is a wonderful resource for your genealogy research. There is a Michigan Genealogy group and a Detroit Genealogy group. Both groups have very knowledgeable researchers and we all help one another all the time. This is true for any part of the country. I use FB for genealogy nearly every day. I have connected with cousins, I have had people go and retrieve records for me and others give me information I was looking for.I will also send you an email with my response. Thank you for stopping by.
G'day Diane.. I live in Australia and have been researching for almost 30 years + and am still learning...I came across your website quite by accident and wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue to do so...After using FTM since the days of Broderbund ( still have the original discs and Manual) have progressed over the years to FTM2014, but after all the cofuffle have downloaded Legacy 8 deluxe, so this is a whole new learning curve for me ( am an elderly lady).... so looking forward to learning and reading more from you in the future.... Wishing you and your Family a " Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and wonderful New Year"... I don't like saying Happy Holidays... LOL..
Hi Fay - Thank you for leaving a comment. I'm glad you enjoy my posts. I just a few minutes ago posted another Legacy 8 tip. It is so difficult for us to change the way we've been doing things for years. I'm glad I switched from FTM to Legacy years ago, but feel very bad for those that are now feeling forced to change. However, I will tell you that if you watch the Legacy webinars and stay tuned to the Legacy Users Group on Facebook, you will learn a LOT. This will make your transition much easier. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family down under. I don't like saying Happy Holidays either :)
Diane-I am new Legacy user, transitioned from FTM upon receipt of the news. So far, quite pleased. While vising the Legacy Facebook page, stumbled across your blog. The first thing that caught my eye was the Michigan connection. My roots are also deep in Michigan back to the early to mid 1800s, primarily Washtenaw and Calhoun counties. The next thing that caught my eye was the Gould connection. Henry Nathaniel Gould b. 1825 Vermont d. 1824 Michigan was my 3rd great grandfather. I'd love to hear more about your Gould kin.
Hi Amy - thank you for leaving a message. I'm always happy to hear from other Michigan descendants. Especially Gould's. I have a HUGE brick wall in my 2nd great grandfather, John C. Gould Your Henry Nathaniel Gould's birth is around the same time as my John's. I think John was born in Michigan, but I've never been able to prove who his parents or family are. Anyway. I'm about to leave on vacation and have made a note to get back in touch when I return. You never know what connection we might have. Merry Christmas
Hi Diane, my GGGGGGGG Grandmother was Hannah Gould who was born July 18 1655 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Her father was Francis Gould and mother was Rose Whitehall Gould. I was wondering if there is a connection to your family.Don Deringer
Oh Don, if only I knew. Brick wall on 2nd great grandfather John C. Gould. Cannot connect him to parents or siblings yet. Been trying for a dozen years. Since it's my maiden name, you know it is a huge desire to trace my Gould family back further. I'll keep your comment handy and if I find a connection, I'll let you know. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Diane:Noticing "Gould" (which I assume is your maiden name) I felt the urge to inquire if you have additional generations of Gould ancestors. Aaron Gould, Sr. b. 1757 Brookfield, MA, d. 1826 French Creek, WV is my 4th Great Grandfather. His daughter Lydia Gould, b. 1794 Charlemont, MA, d. 1859, Timewell, IL, m. William Jackson Davis, my mother's 2nd Great Grandfather. My immigrant Gould was Zaccheus Gould, b. 1589 Hertsfordshire, England, d. 1668 Topsfield, MA, m. Phebe Deacon, b. 1597 Hempstead, England, d. 1663, Ipswich, MA. Are you connected to any of the MA Goulds? If so, how? George R. Perkins, Tallahassee, FL
Hi George, Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Yes, Gould is my maiden name. And, sadly, my biggest brick wall. In my 12 years of diligent research I have never located my 2nd great grandfather's parents or any siblings. I have my ideas, but not a drop of proof. I've even hired two professional genealogists in Michigan to try to help me. I've been to Armada, Macomb, Michigan where John C. Gould lived and was married and owned land. Still no leads on his family. As you can imagine this is near and dear to my heart. He and his wife had only one living child, my great grandfather, and my father ended up being the only descendant from the line. Very slim pickings as far as collateral research. I'd love to try to connect with your family. I've even done DNA testing as has my brother. But, I won't give up. I will keep your comment and should I find any connections, I'll be in touch.
As a new Legacy convert I have a question as to how to best use Legacy on both my desktop and my laptop. Have you blogged about syncing between multiple computers before? With the availability of of free cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, I-Drive, One-drive etc. ) I will sometimes use both computers to research. I use the desktop more because it has more memory and faster processor and the laptop is better for mobile location research. My goal is to when I stop to be able to backup my current state. I could use one of my external drives and just connect to both computers and just open my master file from there and solve my goal but the cloud option provides to me a better option as far as data loss protection? You can never have too many backups you never know when disaster will occur. All the above mentioned cloud storage solutions keep a local copy and that local copy syncs when a online connection is made. I find your blog post are very well thought out and presented. I have tried using the search this blog for my question and it keeps telling me the Custom Search is loading try back in a few minutes after a hour I gave up and wrote this post. Not complaining but If you have not done a blog on this I am sure there are others that probably have a similar question.
Jim - First of all, thank you very much for the compliment. I try to write my posts in a way that is easy to follow and in a manner that would be easy for me if I were reading them.I have not written anything about syncing between multiple computers. Much has been discussed on that subject in the Legacy User Group on Facebook. There are others much more well versed on the subject than I am. My personal strategy is that I do ALL my work on my desktop PC. Then I copy to a flash drive and transfer to my laptop for bi-monthly backup. I also back up my Legacy files to two external hard drives and Dropbox, and I use Carbonite. I agree, you can't have too many back ups. I've seen several comments in the FB group where people backup to Dropbox and then use that to sync with their laptops. So when they access their family file, they are accessing from Dropbox and not from their hard drive, as I do. As I recall, you are a member of that group. I recognize your name (I'm pretty sure). I would go to the group and "search" their files, or ask the question again, if you don't find your answer. I have no plans to write about that subject since it's not an area I'm well versed in at this time. Thank you so much for your comment and for reading my blog.
Please contact me and allow me to use/access the 5 & 6 generation pedigree chart "showing where each generation was born", on your MichiganFamilyTrails.com website - Eileen Cox, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen - I had several requests for access and processed them all yesterday. I am not familiar with Google share and truthfully did not know the link would lead to a shared item that needed access to be granted. Imagine my surprise when I had over a dozen requests. You should be good to go now though. Thanks for reading my post.
My Great Grandmother was married to George H. Thornton of North Muskegon born in Indiana 1866. Is this the George Thornton from your family?
Hi. I've checked my database and don't find a George H. Thornton born in Indiana nor any born in 1866. Sorry.Thank you for stopping by.
Diane: I am a new reader to your blog, So I been reading your older posts. I came across your Nov 12, 2013, "Easy Document Editing". You've made my day. I use Windows 7 and I never even knew I had Microsoft Office Picture Manager. I followed your instructions step by step. I've cropped, straightened, took your tip about "Auto Correct. This is fantastic. I'm not all that computer savvy, but with your instructions I could not go wrong. Thank you,Shirley Motes
Well Shirley, you've just made my day too. I really enjoy it when someone finds one of my posts helpful to them. I still use the Office Picture Manager and have even transferred Office 2010 to my new laptop which has Windows 10. Sadly, Microsoft has discontinued the Picture Manager in their later versions. A huge loss, if you ask me. It's just so easy to use and has many bells and whistles not found in other simple editors. The rotation by small degrees is a big one for me too. Have fun and thank you for leaving a comment.
I stumbled across your blog during a Google search for my wife's 2nd great grandfather, Albert Hungler. I think you got most of your info on Albert from my tree on Ancestry.com. Albert sure had an interesting life. You would be the 2nd great-niece of the wife of my wife's 4th great uncle. Her name is Margo Hungler and we live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hi Rich - I did get information about Albert Hungler from some of the trees online. However, I also found the 1870 census record and two newspaper articles on Newspapers.com. And I Googled him and found quite a bit. Yes, very interesting and sad. I appreciate the trees others post, however, I always try to find my own sources. I'm sure you do the same. So, according to my Legacy database I'm not related by blood to Albert, but he is my great grandaunt's husband's nephew. I never tire of doing research because there's always something else interesting to find. Best of luck in your own research and thank you for leaving a comment.
After reading your blog, I found it interesting as the Street listed was Ferguson on the Registration Card.I lived at 19941 Ferguson from 1950-1967
Small world sometimes, isn't it Marilyn. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by my blog.
Hi Diane, I'm related to the Hall family through the Loucks family Michigan and Vermont. I'd love to share information and see if our ancestors connect. You may contact me at email@example.com. I sure hope to hear from you and maybe connect to a new cousin:) Colleen Lockwood Shoshone, Idaho
Hi Colleen. Thanks for your comment/message. I'll send you an email.
Diane,I forgot to add my e-mail incase you want to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks so much!
Diane,Could these be your Goulds? These folks immigrated to French Creek (W)V about 1800. Given that we have so many surnames in common, it may be that your Ancestors fought in the Revolution or the War of 1812 and a got land grant that took them into Ohio, Michigan or Illinios.This is my Lunsford cousin's direct line:https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/30295678/person/220053726745/factshttps://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/30295678/person/220053726745/gallery?_phsrc=fpo31153&_phstart=default&usepubjs=trueThanks, Diane, conatact me through email@example.com
Please forgive my delay in answering. Some excellent information you've shared. I hadn't seen this before. Since my Gould line is my biggest brick wall, I keep every piece of information I get. I hope someday, one of those pieces will tie into my family. Thanks so much.
Diane,I just discovered your great blog today about the family of Johann Eberhard Martin ... he is my 6th great-grandfather.May I have permissions to use the pics of the original documents you posted (like his birth record and marriage record)?Thank you,Cheryl L.
Hi Cheryl, Thanks for contacting me. Please feel free to use the images of the records. If Johann is your 6th great grandfather, then we are cousins. Have you, perhaps, done your DNA? I have and would love to compare so we could find out where our connection is in regards to the chromosomes. Knowing, of course, that we may not share any DNA from that far back, if it didn't pass down to use. I'd love to hear from you. Sincerely, Diane
Thank you for granting permission! I have not done a DNA test yet but probaby will in the near future. I will let you know when I do. BTW - I am a descendant of Johann's daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Vaught.Cheryl
Cheryl. May I please have your email so that we can share info on our Martins? I am descended from Elizabeth's sister, Anna Barbara who married John Frampton. I have quite a bit of info on the Vaughts too. You may email me at michiganfamilytrails(at)Yahoo.com I always write out the word "at" so the web crawlers don't find my email and spam me 😃
Diane,Happy Thanksgiving. I also have been following your blog for quite a while and love it. Thanks to you! I am wondering if you could offer some advice on a Michigan record. I want to read the Probate (Will) record for a possible ancestor - Jens Nielsen. The record is supposed to be in the Oceana County Probate Records on Family Search. In the index, I found that Jens has a Number 2124. There is no direction that I could find about what to do with this number. I tried browsing through the records, and there doesn't seem to be any organization. The records do not seem to be either in date order, or filed by surname. There are directions provided, but they don't seem to relate to the online records. It appears they are for someone going in to the physical files. Any advice about how to find the record? Thanks!
I've found that the number in these indexes can refer to a page number or the number of the record in the collection. Each collection could be a bit different. In looking on family search, I did not find any probate record listing for Oceana County. However, that doesn't mean it isn't there. I may just have searched incorrectly. Browsing through records can take time and skill and even then the number indexed could be incorrect. I have no other suggestions than to persevere and come back to it several times. You may eventually locate it. Best of luck. And thanks for following my blog.
Diane, Thanks for responding. At least I now know there isn't any obvious answer. The Oceana records were tricky to find, I thought I'd solved the problem when I got that far..but, alas, it looks like I'll need to go record by record : - )Enjoy the rest of your holiday!
I just sent you a reply on my blog. Sorry but it a reply to a post of yours from 6/29/2015 about the Vaught family. And I love your blog site! I will spend some time looking at it. I am honored that you have included my blog on your list. Charles
Charles. Better late than never, I always say ;) It looks like you have several blogs. Which one did I include on my list? Thanks for the compliment about my blog. I certainly enjoy writing about my ancestors. In fact, I was just recently researching the Vaught line again this week. If there is information we can share with one another, please let me know.
Good morning. I am trying to work out how to post a photo! To give you a laugh and see 11 pieces of paper looks so good to me! Well done on getting them sorted. Lorraine
Hi Lorraine. It’s too bad we can’t post photos in comments. But, please feel free to send a photo via email at the email address I have posted. Don’t ever be discouraged. One step at a time, small bites, but work steadily. You'll get there. I really do work on my organization throughout the year.
Diane:Not sure if you have any interest, but just a reminder that MyHeritage will probably be offering the opportunity in the near future to have the DNA from envelope stamps and flap seals analyzed. I have letters from both maternal great grandmothers that I am waiting to have tested (assuming the price isn't out of reason).
Oh yes Del, I’m super interested. That’s why finding this letter inside an envelope was such a big deal. Now, if I can find one from my Daddy, I’d be over the moon. Hope you are doing well in your new home. We miss you.
I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.