Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who were their people? My grandmother used to ask. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her, I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery and helping others discover theirs.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

February 7-February 13

February 9~
 Catherine Ann (Singleton) Dargan (1729-1808), my patenal 6th Great Grandmother, was born 287 years ago in Virginia. She was the daughter of Robert and Alice Singleton.

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
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RootsTech From My Rocking Chair-Part 3

   The last day of RootsTech 2016 came quickly. Once again, bundled up in my blanket, sitting in my rocking chair I participated via Livestream.

Mike Leavitt

Opening Session:
    Only one opening session speaker was livestreamed for this last day of RootsTech. Micheal Leavitt, former Governor of Utah and cabinet member of George W. Bush, shared his memories in a unique way. He gave attendees and viewers the opportunity to text in and vote on what story he should talk about. His election as Governor, days at the White House, and being part of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee were chosen. A heartwarming tale of a young boy chosen to run with the Olympic torch led him to tell us that our family stories are "Fire on a stick."


  Photos-Emerging Technologies in Photography-Jens Neilson
     A native of Denmark, Jens discusses the history of cameras and the technology of today. A touching story of his mother's death and the naming of his company, Pictureline, for her, emphasized the importance of photos. He states that the best way to archive your photos is to print them. 

Anne Mitchell

Become a Master Searcher on Mitchell
   In this session, Anne, known as Ancestry Ann,  says that we need to have a question before we start to search. We need to look for specific records for a specific person. What do we need to tell their story? What is our end goal?  The search box on ancestry was explained, and tips were shared on how to use filters, wildcards for a more focused search result.
 Try different ways to search. Remember to read the data collection description! 
              If you use, this is a must see presentation.

      There was a glitch in the livestream, so a replay of yesterday's talk on Google Searches by Lisa Louise Cook was shown.
     Then instead of the presentation on Genealogical Proof Standard, we were able to watch a previously recorded session by Maureen Taylor. 

     There are also other talks available on the RootsTech youtube page that were not shown on the livestream presentations each day.

Maureen Taylor

 5 Steps to Identifying Family Photos-Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

    Know the provenance of the picture. Who owned it, and when. What type of photo is it? Maureen goes through the ways to identify your photos. She says to look at the picture like you've never seen it before. What are they wearing, what is surrounding them? What are the props? Is there a caption and is it true?  By asking these questions and doing your research, you may be able to figure out who is in the photo.
 Never underestimate the power of a family picture in helping you learn about your family.

Peggy Lauritzen

Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers-Peggy Lauritzen
   In Peggy's presentation, hints tips and records types were talked about to help find maternal lines. Some of the suggestions included sources created by the woman and sources created about her such as newspaper announcements, diaries and court records. Research the local history of where your female ancestors are from. Don't forget to look at manuscript collections. Maps help you see who your ancestors neighbors were. Woman often married their neighbors. To find your female ancestors, look for her in the records of her family. Parents, husbands, children and grandchildren.  Peggy is a wonderful presenter. Her warmtth and love for genealogy work come through as she gives these and other ideas to help find our formothers.

Here is the link to watch Saturday's Livestream:

      What fantastic few days of amazing talks and presentations. 
Thanks to RootsTech for making the Livestream available so that those who couldn't be there could take advantage of this educational opportunity.

   Next year, my hope is to be there in person instead of watching from my rocking chair!

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our poeple. 
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

RootsTech From My Rocking Chair Part 2

Day 2 of watching RootsTech via the Livestream broadcast. With my blogger beads and blanket, I settled in for a day of learning and fun. 

Opening Session: 

Shipley Munson and A.J. Jacobs

   Shipley Munson, the founder of RootsTech, started off the morning by welcoming attendees from all over the world. He introduced A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author and founder of the World Wide Family Reunion in 2015. He announced that the World Record was broken for the largest family reunion and that it would be featured in the season finale of Finding Your Roots.  The reunion will be back in 2017!

Naomi and Josh Davis

Josh and Naomi Davis from the Love Taza Blog-
  Talking about stories, they encouraged the recording of inspiring events of our day to share with our posterity and the world. Their blog shares the everyday happenings in their family, and we were encouraged to find a way to tell ours.  We all have a story to tell they said. Sharing our stories in the best way to leave a legacy. "It's not a story if it's not told.".

David Isay

David Isay-CEO of StoryCorps
    StoryCorps is a platform for recording life stories. A booth is set up, and questions are asked and answered.They are recorded to preserve the power, grace and poetry of life.  Several initiatives have been created to record the voices. Some of these are 911 witnesses and those that are suffering from terminal illnesses. The StoryCorps recordings shared in this presentation are powerful examples of the importance of telling and listening to stories. There is now an app where anyone can record conversations and have them uploaded to Library of Congress to have them preserved for future generations. 

RootsTech Innovator Showdown
 The final six contestants battle to win as they answer tough questions from the judges. The People Choice winner was decided by a text message vote from those attending and watching on the internet. If you haven't heard who won, I won't give it away. Check out the video and learn about the companies and their new products.


Lisa Louise Cook

 Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogists-Lisa Louise Cook
  Lisa is a Google pro. She teaches how to set up your Google searches in a way that will be the most productive for getting hits on your ancestors.  Did you know that there is a formula for telling Google what not to put in search results? This is very helpful for names associated with other things. She uses the example of Ivory. You don't want websites that talk about soap! In my case it's Price. I don't want the price of something; I want my ancestors!

Robert Kehrer

Finding Elusive Records on Kehrer
  Tips and tricks for narrowing down and getting more relevant hits when searching and how to browse records that are not indexed were demonstrated in this session. A must see for anyone searching for their ancestors on

Myko Clelland

My Ancestors are From Britain-What Do I Do Next?-Myko Clelland
 Myko from gave a humorous presentation on British records found on the site. Parish, Census, and others were often annotated by the person filling in the forms. Drawings and commentary about the applicants were added to the records. One census listed the name of a little girl's teddy bear while another had the name of the family cat. Even if you don't have family from the British Isles, this is a fun one to watch.

               Another day of learning and wishing I was there! 

                                                                   In a way, a part of me was.
         This picture of my Great Grandparents was part of the Findmypast booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Wedding photo of
William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae Price (1897-1980)
Married 28 June 1914
                                                                                     How fun is that? 

If you didn't get a chance or would like to review some presentations, you can watch Friday's sessions here. 

One more day of RootsTech and you guessed it, I'll be watching from my rocking chair!

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
Thanks so much for stopping by!