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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Tuesday Tip - Organizing Digital Genealogy Files and Manipulating Digital Genealogy Photos

Tuesday’s Tip is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. What advice would you give to another genealogist or family historian, especially someone just starting out? Remember when you were new to genealogy? Wasn’t it great to find tips and tricks that worked for others? Post your best tips at your genealogy blog on Tuesday’s Tip.

My tip today is how to use your digital camera or scanner and software for your genealogy photos or scans. When I first started, I would make paper copies (aka hard copy) on the copying machine or printers at the library of documents or book pages as backup of my research. I.e. whenever I found a family on a microfilm of the 1880 U.S. Census, I would send it to the printer. Or if I found some information such as a will of an ancestor in a Will Index book then I would copy that page on the library copy machine. Now, I take along my camera and take photos of pages (be sure to take a photo of the title page too) or screen shots.

Now I am using Ancestry.com instead of going to the library to look at books and microfiche. From Ancestry.com, you can save a digital copy of that census page or record. You can save it to your Ancestry.com "Shoebox" (a digital filing cabinet that comes with your subscription) or to your computer. So I no longer keep hard copies of these things.

Then there are the photos of gravestones, cemeteries, churches, family homes, maps, etc. All this, I keep digitally.

There are two things I do to keep these digital files of documents and photos organized. One is to develop a filing system on my computer and the other is to make sure I make notations on these photos. Let's look at both of these.


Digital Filing Cabinet

Your computer can be organized using "folders" and "sub folders". You probably know of some of these folders already. They are "My Documents" and "My Pictures". You may also have "My Music" and "My Videos". These are on your hard drive and it's where you should already be putting your documents, pictures, music and videos. But you can further organize these main folders.

If you went into your company's front door and then walked to the Human Resources department and then to the filing cabinets that line one wall and went to the filing cabinet that is labelled "Employees" and looked in the top drawer labelled "A-B" and found the hanging file folder that was labelled "Aa-Ab" and then found the file folder labelled "John Aaron", then you have an idea of how to organize files.

How do we apply this to our computer? Well, your hard drive is the physical building (just like your company's physical building). The main folder of "My Documents" would be like that Human Resources department. Within that "My Documents" folder you can create sub-folders just like those filing cabinets ranging against the wall in the Human Resources department. Then, within the subfolder you can create sub-subfolders and sub-sub-subfolders just like the filing cabinet drawers and the hanging file folder in the example I gave you.

How do we create these subfolders? In File Explorer, you click on your hard drive, usually the C: drive unless you are working from a different hard drive. For instance I have a very large external hard drive (4 Terrabytes) hooked to my laptop via a USB cable and I use that as my main working drive. With Windows 10, you will select "This PC" which is essentially how they've organized the C: drive for you. Look for the folder, "My Documents" on the left side of the window and click on this to select "My Documents". Now "My Documents" is open in File Explorer on the right hand side of the window. Place your mouse inside the right hand side of the window and right click. Select "New" from the little menu that comes up. Now type a name for the new subfolder you want to create.

Here is how I have my folders and subfolders organized for genealogy:

This PC -> My Documents -> Genealogy Documents

So within "My Documents" is a subfolder named "Genealogy Documents".

Now I click on the subfolder of "Genealogy Documents" to open that sub folder in the right hand side of the window in File Explorer. Since this is a brand new subfolder, there is nothing in that right side of the window. I place my mouse indicator in that empty space and right click and create new sub-subfolders.

This PC -> My Documents -> Genealogy Documents -> Smith Family

I create subfolders for each family line that I research. So as I begin working on another family line, I create a subfolder for that family line in my Genealogy Documents folder. Right now I have probably 50+ folders and I add new ones as I work on new lines.

I do the same thing in the "My Pictures" folder. I created a subfolder called "Genealogy Photos" and then family folders within that one.

This PC
...My Documents
......Genealogy Documents
.........Smith Family
..........Doe Family
..........Harris Family
etc.

This PC
...My Pictures
......Genealogy Photos
.........Smith Family
.........Doe Family
.........Harris Family



Manipulating Digital Files

I use Adobe Photoshop Elements as the software that I use for my photo software. I use it to try and repair bad photos, for my digital scrapbooking and for labelling photos. There are other photo editing software that can do more or less than Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Let's look at this. For repairing photos, I'm not as proficient and my software is not as expensive and versatile to repair photos by too much. I can lighten, darken, remove some blemishes, etc. I consider that simple repairs. But some photos are so damaged that it takes more than what I can do. For instance I have no idea how to repair this photo. It seems to be a photocopy of an original. It's very grainy. It has some weird green splotches and plenty of blemishes. One thing to keep in mind is if you need to do extensive repairs, you need as good a digital copy of the file as you can get. The more pixels the better. So, if you are scanning a photo that needs a lot of work, be sure to scan it at the highest pixels or dots as possible. You can select the best resolution on your scanner and it will take more time to scan and will create a large file size.




Now, this photo I could do some work on. For instance, I can crop the photo so that I have the woman alone and/or the man alone. I can straighten the picture so that they are straight. I can lighten or darken. I can change it to Black and White.




Another way I use Adobe Photoshop Elements is to add information to a photo. I like to keep one digital copy of a photo without any labelling. But I also like to add labelling and save it as a separate file. Here are some examples:

This is a census page and I circles the pertinent family and added the source reference information in red at the top. I did this using a text box.



On this death certificate, I shaded the important information.



Here is a photo I took of my husband at the gravestone of one of his ancestors. This cemetery is nearly lost, in the woods on private property. I wanted to be sure I documented the GPS coordinates. I labelled this photo with where this cemetery is located, who is buried there, their relationships, the inscriptions.



Here is the same cemetery but not just one stone. Many of the graves are unmarked graves so I placed arrows in the photo indicating them.



In this group photo, I labelled the names of those in the group. If I had any further information, I would have noted that too such as what the occasion was, where the photo was taken, date it was taken, etc. But I don't have that information.



In this photo, I put the address of the homeplace and whose homeplace it was.



Another group photo but only one person is a family member. I used an arrow and text box to label this photo.



This is a map of the small town where I lived as a child. I was able to locate and shade places I remember and I labelled these places.



This is not a photo. I actually used Adobe Photoshop Elements to create a diagram of the old farmhouse we lived in while we lived in Elizabethton, TN. I added everything I could remember even to the furniture placement. Then I saved it as a .jpg (photo format) file.



Finally, here is a digital scrapbook page I created. This is a photo of my mother and a baby ME in front of the pink and white trailer we lived in before moving to Elizabethton, TN.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Amanuesis Monday - William Albert Conner and Elizabeth Dalton

William Albert Conner, Sr. would be my fifth Great Grandfather. Here is the line:
William Albert Conner, Sr.
....Isaac Jackson Conner
........Erwin McCoy Conner
............McCoy Conner
................Lillian Vianna Conner Reese
....................Wilford William Reese
........................Eleanor Elaine Reese Huneycutt
............................ME!

William Albert Conner, Sr. was born about 1796 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC.

His parents were possibly  George Conner, Sr (DOB About 1775 in Mecklenburg County NC; DOD 1840-1850 in Rutherford County, NC) and Susannah Doss (DOB 9/17/1785 in NC; DOD 1/5/1850 in Rutherford County, NC). I am not sure about who his parents were. Some family trees on the Internet have his parents as Samuel James Conner and Nancy Swearingen. I do not know at this time who his parents are. If you know, and have sources for your information, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

William Albert Conner, Sr. married Elizabeth Dalton. Elizabeth Dalton was born about 1796 in NC. At this time, I do not know who her parents were. They had 5 children that I know of:

1) Isaac Jackson Conner "Jack" (DOB 1817-1820 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1871 in Rutherford County, NC) married Adaline Thomason (DOB 1816-1826 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1870 in Rutherford County, NC). They had James Conner, Erwin McCoy Conner, Joseph Washington Conner, Thomas Conner, Martha Conner Wilson, William M. Conner, Emily Conner and Ursilla Conner Wilson.

2) Martha Conner "Patsy" (DOB About 1826 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1880 in Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, NC) married Marcus Rollin Crawford "Mark" (DOB 1820-1822 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1870 in Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, NC). They had Louisa Ida Jane Crawford Grant, Felix M. Crawford, James Crawford, John C. Crawford, Rachel Manerva Crawford Conner, Mary Martha Markannas Crawford Hall "Polly", Rhoda Malinda Crawford Hall.

3) Sarah Alta Conner (DOB About 1833 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1910 in Rutherford County, NC) married Noah Wesley Dalton (DOB About 1832 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC; DOD 12/24/1863 in Camp Douglas, Cook County, IL). C.S.A. NC 62nd Infantry Regiment, Co. F, Private

4) Johnathon Conner (DOB 2/14/1834 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC; DOD 3/28/1906 in Henderson County, NC) married Nancy Adaline Griggs (DOB 7/10/1838 in NC; DOD 2/26/1935 in Edneyville, Henderson County, NC). They had Marcus Alexander Conner, Martha Elizabeth Jane Connor Huntley, Joseph Grayson Conner, William Albert Conner, Elizabeth Ann/Jane Connor Hill.

5) William Albert Conner, Jr. "Billy" (DOB About 1838 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC; DOD 3/4/1893 in Bat Cave, Henderson County, NC) married Elizabeth Harriet Williams (DOB 3/30/1836 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 10/23/1911 in Bat Cave, Henderson County, NC). They had George Washington Conner "General", Laura E. Connor Wilson, Alice May Connor Wilson, Cynthia Susan Luella Connor Oates "Ella", Marcus Napoleon Connor "Mark" "Ian", William Mitchell Connor "Will", Jeanette Vernetta Bessie Connor Huntley "Nettie", Mary Jane Connor Freeman "Mollie", Samuel Rutledge Connor, Thomas Burgin Connor "Tom", Jerome Conner, Naomia Connor Gaston, Hattie T. Connor Freeman.
He served in the C.S.A. NC 25th Inf, Co. B.


1830 U.S. Census of Rutherford County, North Carolina, Series: M19; Roll: 124; Page: 447; Family History Library Film: 0018090, "William Conners"
Name: William Conners
[William Croner]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Rutherford, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2 (Isaac Jackson Conner would have been 3-13 yrs old.)
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 (? ?)
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 (William Albert Conner would have been 34 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 (Martha Patsy Conner would have been 4 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 (Elizabeth Dalton Conner would have been 35 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7


1840 U.S. Census of West of North Fork, Burke County, North Carolina; Roll: 355; Page: 345; Image: 700; Family History Library Film: 0018092, Line 16, "Wm Conner" {on Page 340 is Zack Conner and Jackson Conner and on Pg 342 is Gilbert Conner.}
Wm Conner
Name: Wm Conner
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 (William Albert Conner would have been 44 yrs old)
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 (Elizabeth Dalton Conner would have been 44 yrs old)
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8

Jas H. Ferney
Jno J. Falconer
B.M. Bracket

Isaac Conner
Name: Isaac Conner
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10
Wm Conner
Name: Wm Conner
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): West of North Fork, Burke, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8


1850 U.S. Census of Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina; Roll: M432_644; Page: 329B; Image: 205, Dwelling 1414 and 1415 and 1416 and 1419 and 1420, Family 1462 and 1463 and 1464 and 1667 and 1668, "Jackson Canner" and "Isaac Cornor" and "William Conner" (sic, it is Jackson Conner, Isaac Conner and William Conner), "Marcus Crawford", "Margaret Conner" Jackson Cannor, 30 yrs old (DOB 1820), M(ale), W(hite), Labor, Real Estate Value $50, Born in NC
Adaline Cannor, 31 yrs old (DOB 1819), F, W, Born in NC
James Cannor, 15 yrs old DOB 1835), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Ervin Cannor, 10 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in NC, Attends School
Joseph Cannor, 7 yrs old (DOB 1843), M, W, Born in NC
Thomas Cannor, 3 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, Born in NC
Martha Cannor, 1 yrs old (DOB 1849), F, W, Born in NC
Nancy Thomason, 65 yrs old (DOB 1785), F, W, Born in NC
Isaac Cannor, 49 yrs old (DOB 1801), M, W, Farmer, $100 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Rosana Cannor, 45 yrs old (DOB 1805), F, W, Born in NC
Susannah Cannor, 17 yrs old (DOB 1833), F, W, Born in NC, Attends School
Cyntha Cannor, 14 yrs old (DOB 1836), F, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Samuel Cannor, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
William Cannor, 10 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Sophiar Cannor, 6 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Born in NC
Calvin Cannor, 4 yrs old (DOB 1846), M, W, Born in NC
William Canner, 52 yrs old (DOB 1798), M, W, Farmer, $100 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Elizabeth Conner, 52 yrs old (DOB 1798), F, W, Born in NC
Atta Conner, 17 yrs old (DOB 1833), F, W, Born in NC
Johnathon Conner, M, W, Born in NC
Albert Conner, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC
Marcus Crawford, 28 yrs old (DOB 1822), M(ale), W(hite), House carpenter, Born in NC
Martha Crawford, 25 yrs old (DOB 1825), F, W, Born in NC
Louisa Crawford, 4/12 mos old (DOB 1850), F, W, Born in NC
William Crawford, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC
Margaret Connor (sic), 30 yrs old (DOB 1820), F, W, Head, Born in NC


1860 U.S. Census of Buffalo, Rutherford County, North Carolina; Roll: M653_913; Page: 371; Image: 192; Family History Library Film: 803913, Family 1392, Lines 23-25, "Wm Conner"
Wm Conner, 64 yrs old (DOB 1796), M(ale), W(hite), Day laborer, $0 Real estate value, $0 Personal estate value, Born in NC
Elizabeth Conner, 64 yrs old (DOB 1796), F, W, Born in NC
Albert Conner, 22 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC
Noah and Alto Dalton and family


Elizabeth Dalton Conner died 1/11/1862 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC. She is buried at Bills Creek Baptist Church, 1475 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, Rutherford, NC, USA.
FindAGrave.com
Elizabeth Dalton Conner
Birth: 1796, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1862, Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Born around 1796.
Family links: Spouse: William Albert Conner (1796 - ____)
Children:
Martha Conner Crawford (1826 - ____)
Isaac JACKSON Conner (1828 - ____)
Burial: Bills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Donna Hemphill Robbins
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40439421


1870 U.S. Census of Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, North Carolina; Roll: M593_1159; Page: 16B; Image: 36; Family History Library Film: 552658, Family 26, Lines 7-16, "Marcus Crofford" (sic, Marcus Crawford)
Marcus Crofford, 50 yrs old (DOB 1820), M(ale), W(hite), Farming, $500 Real estate value, $250 Personal estate value, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Martha Crofford, 45 yrs old (DOB 1825), F, W, Keeping house, Bron in NC, Cannot read or write
Loiza Crofford (sic), 20 yrs old (DOB 1850), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Can read, Cannot write
Felix M. Crofford, 19 yrs old (DOB 1851), M, W, Working on farm, Born in NC, Can read, Cannot write
James Crofford, 15 yrs old (DOB 1855), M, W, Farming, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
John Crofford, 13 yrs old (DOB 1857), M, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Manerva Crofford, 11 yrs old (DOB 1859), M (sic), W, At home, Born in NC
Mary Crofford, 7 yrs old (DOB 1863), M (sic), W, At home, Born in NC
Rhody M. Crofford, 3 yrs old (DOB 1867), M (sic), W, Born in NC
William Conner, 71 yrs old (DOB 1799), M, W, Farming, Born in NC, Cannot read or write


William Albert Conner, Sr. died sometime after the 1870 U.S. Census was taken. He died in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC. He is buried at Bills Creek Baptist Church, 1475 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, Rutherford, NC, USA.
FindAGrave.com
William Albert Conner
Birth: 1796, Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown, Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
William Albert Conner's grave cannot be pictured, but is located in the center of the graveyard where the field stones have been removed. His and Elizabeth's first daughter, Margaret, was born around 1820, so it is assumed that they were married before that time. His death was after 1860. (sic)
Family links:
Parents: James Conner
Spouse: Elizabeth Dalton Conner (1796 - 1862)
Children:
Martha Conner Crawford (1826 - ____)
Isaac JACKSON Conner (1828 - ____)
Burial: Bills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Donna Hemphill Robbins
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40424349

When we consider the times that William Albert Conner lived in we first know that he was born in 1796, just 13 years after the end of the Revolutionary War. John Adams was President about the time William Albert Conner was born. He would live to see Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant as Presidents of the United States. He lived through the War of Northern Aggression. He had at least one son that served the C.S.A. One son-in-law died during the War. He lived in the South during a time where slavery was a problem and lived through to see the slaves set free. He lived through the times when cotton was King and when War and Reconstruction obliterated the South's economy. He was a farmer in the western NC when farming was one of the hardest jobs and in an area where it would have been even harder. How many times did he plow by walking behind a mule? How many times did he hoe his crops? How many times did he pull weeds and haul water to water his crops? How many times did he cut wood with an ax for his fireplace and to keep warm? How many hog killings did he have to do and how many times did he go hunting to provide meat for the table? His family possibly lived in a log cabin that he built himself.

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