Scott_J on Family Tree Circles
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Where can you turn to find information on your ancestors when the vital records from the town or county that you are looking in are simply gone?
A user posted a journal here with this scenario where the records were blown up (!).
I have a similar situation where apparently the records from Barnstable county here in Massachusetts were lost in a fire.
What are some other ways to get to this information?
Back at the end of 2011, I posted a chart of where familytreecircles visitors come from. You can see it here.
And here's an update...
The United States 27.5% Australia 25% New Zealand 23.3% The United Kingdom 11.5% Canada 4% Poland 1.6% South Africa 1.1% Ireland 0.8% India 0.7% Czech Republic 0.6% Germany 0.4% France 0.3% The Netherlands 0.2% The Philippines 0.2% Sweden 0.2% Spain 0.1% Russian Federation 0.1% Italy 0.1% Switzerland 0.1% Singapore 0.1% 100+ Others 0.2%
It's no surprise to me that Australia/New Zealand makes a strong showing here, and significant growth over 2011, thanks to some of our top users being from that part of the world, also evidence that they're the friendliest people in the world. :)
There are charts to view, but does anyone have an easy to remember explanation of this, so that when you hear second cousin once removed, you know what it means intuitively?
Or even a FamilyTreeCircles post! It's important to cite sources, of course. What's the best way to do that? Do you have a template that you use?
I always say it in my head, I think in the wrong direction (wrong name first). And is it a term that's commonly used when doing family history?
The following went to the FamilyTreeCircles email list today.
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I've got a few mayflower ancestors, but none of those stories feel very unique or "real" to me. Maybe because they're so well known. Do you have a great story?
Guys, it's just been a few days since the updates, but I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the activity recently.
In the past few weeks, we re-launched FamilyTreeCircles Answers. Basically, to create a place for people to ask questions about genealogy (rather than about a specific family member). My goal is to create something even more than the amazing journal content that we already have.
The first launch of this was lackluster and I was a bit nervous about a relaunch. I shouldn't have been, as I now see that it was more how I positioned it before than the willingness of people to ask and answer genealogy questions.
I sent out an email yesterday featuring a few of the recent questions. One was one that we just put here as an example:
and the other one was by a user, SallySparkman (I'm not sure she realizes that her question went out to tens of thousands of people in email :) )
Both got incredibly well thought out responses, as did many others. And the questions poured in. Thank you!
One thing that's becoming apparent to me is that we need another post type for lookup requests. These aren't genealogy questions so much as a request for help on a specific person or surname. I'll be working on that so we can easily keep the three types separate:
- Journals - stories and information that you know and want to share with the community. What I call "Cousin bait".
- Questions - genealogy questions that are bigger than just a lookup. The context may contain specifics, but there's a general question there, like, "What are all the ways that people may have emigrated from Nova Scotia to the US?"
- Lookups - Requests from people who are stuck on a person or line and need help, or another set of eyes. Brick walls.
Lookup requests happen a lot on FamilyTreeCircles, and I think giving them their own space will improve the quality of the requests, as well as allow Questions from getting cluttered.
If you have any feedback on that, I'm all ears. Post a comment here.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for that change, as well as some others.
Again, thanks for being a great community. If you want to keep a close eye on questions that need a response, I added an "Unanswered" item in the menu at the top a well as few others.
I've changed the layout of the site so that it is a fluid design, rather than fixed width.
That's for two reasons: 1. the new sidebar just needs to be wider to accommodate the new content, and it was screwing things up with the fixed width because the content side got too narrow, and 2. the world is moving toward mobile, and a fluid layout will work better on mobile.
I've been around the site, but don't have every browser to test on. If you see anything that doesn't look good, please comment here and let me know, along with what browser you're using.