When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thank you Crista Cowen!

  Tuesday, I took a few minutes to sit down, relax and watch Crista Cowen, on Ancestry.com Livestream, as she talked about Correcting Mistakes in Your Family Tree. If you've never watched Crista and her fun tips about genealogy research and Ancestry.com, I would encourage you to do so. You can watch the Livestream broadcasts whether or not you have an ancestry.com subscription. They are archived if you can't tune in on Tuesdays.
 I do need to say that although I have an ancestry.com banner on my blog, I have never received any compensation from them, nor will I for this post!

 I have been using Ancestry.com since it came on line so I thought I was using the features as well as I could...until Crista showed this drop down box under Tree pages. This box is right next to your ancestry,com on line Tree Name. 

Screen Capture:Tree pages Drop Down Box -Ancestry.com

The drop down box leads to this when clicking on Tree Overview: A detailed page of all the comments, pictures, hints, etc. that you have on your tree! 

Screen Capture: Tree Overview page Ancestsry.com

WHY hadn't I noticed it before?! OK, I am sure everyone else who uses Ancestry.com already knew it was there!

Looking at the right side of the page, I noticed this list:
Screen Capture Hints on Tree Overview page Ancestry.com

Oh, my goodness! Hints listed in a manageable way! Instead of looking at that Shaky Leaf at the top of my Home Page and feeling a bit overwhelmed, I could have been coming here and looking for specific types of Hints.
 I started with photo's first. Skimming through a list of only 385 seemed reasonable. It didn't take long to find these pictures.

Screen Capture Picture Hint Results Ancestry.com
 The links were for two of the sisters of Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940),  my Paternal Great Great Grandfather. 

Mary Ellen Baker Richardson (1853-1946)
Picture Courtesy Sarah Fulton, Ancestry.com
Laura Montgomery Baker (1858-1948)
Picture Courtesy Sarah Fulton,Ancestry.com

   Next, I clicked on the Stories link and found these. 
Screen Capture Stories Results page Ancestry.com
  Susan Rebecca Thames Beatson (1853-1940) was the daughter of my 3rd Great Grandparents, Thomas Lemuel Thames (1827-1863) and Rebecca H. Stukes (1830-1870).  The links led me to information about Rebecca, her parents and her brother Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931). my Paternal Great Great Grandfather.
Story submitted by fordafunofit Ancestry.com

Story Submitted by cbcabler Ancestry.com 
    In an hour, just by finding one tab that I didn't know was there, I was able to find pictures and stories about my ancestors and their families. I have reached out to the submitter of each and asked to be able to share information with them. Hopefully they will respond so that I can get source information that will tell me how accurate the stories are and make sure the pictures are who they are reported to be.
In any case, I have more clues to go on and a new understanding of tools to help me with my research.
  So, thanks Crista Cowen! I will be watching again next week!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Feb. 23-Mar.1

Feb. 24- The 242nd anniversary of the birth of my Paternal 5th Great Grandmother, Mary Strother Dargan (1772-1822). Mary was the daughter of William Strother and Catherine Dargan. She may have been born in Sumter District, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

It's My Blogiversary!

   Two years ago after watching a Dear Myrtle Webinar on blogging, I decided to dive in and start this blog.
 I am so glad I did. Through it I have made many friends in the Gene world and have made several connections on both my Maternal and Paternal sides.
 In writing the stories of my ancestors I have been able to see where I may have gaps in my research. That has lead me to do more research and discover more than I had before.
 It is still a work in progress but I am so glad that I took the plunge and am looking forward to another year of sharing information about who my people were and what their lives were like.
 Thank you to all who have taken the time to read, comment and contact me. It's such a thrill to me that anyone would!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar


Feb. 17-The 128th birthday of my Paternal Great Grandmother Louvinia Blanche Thames Hudson (1886 -1918) Blanche was born in Clarendon County, SC to Benjamin Thomas Thames(1854-1931) and Margaret Francis Gibson (1854-1929).

Feb. 20-My Paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Alice Dargan Bradford (1825-1875), died 138 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Newspaper Tributes- My Great Grandmother Blanche Hudson

Manning Times, Manning, SC, 10 Nov. 1919, pg. 3

Louvinia Blanche Thames Hudson
( 886-1918)
Original owned by Cheri Hudson Passey
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Manning Times, Manning, SC, 31 Dec. 1919, pg.8

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, February 9, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Feb. 9-15

Feb. 9-
 The 285 birthday of my Paternal 6th Great Grandmother. Catherine Ann Singleton Dargan (1729-abt. 808) was born in Virginia and died in Sumter County, SC.

Feb. 14- My Paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976) died 38 years ago in Lake City, Florence,SC. Ben is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey