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    3. _________________________________ i'm EMAILING FOR THE GREATER GOOD Join me Genealogy Tip By Anna Fechter  Home for the Holidays What comes to the top of your mind when you think of the holidays? When I asked my co-worker this question she replied, “Family of course!” Nowthis may be due to the fact that we work for a family oriented company but I would like to think that most people would have answered the same way.  During the holiday season generally families gather together so use this time to add to your family history research.  There are a few things that I like to have with me when we are attending family events,  Camera  Digital recorder or video recorder  Pen and paper  My research binder  My laptop (if I can)  Here’s the why.  If you have a camera on hand not only can you take pictures of family members but you can also take pictures of their pictures, or family  belongings.  On one trip I took a picture of the front page of a family bible that contained a lot of great information.  Having a digital or video recorder will allow you to record family stories and if the opportunity arises you can also conduct an interview with a family member.  This past summer we interviewed my husband’s  grandfather who is now at a stage where he is not able to talk much –  having the interview where he tells stories, sings songs and just talks about the past is priceless!  It never fails that I wish I had Aunt Nancy’s email address or my cousin’s mailing address.  Bringing a pen and paper to events gives me a place to write these things down and I can also distribute my email address or contact  information to them.  My research binder contains a calendar, a recent copy of the family tree, my research log and the questions that I have not been able to answer.  When I am around family I inevitably can add a few names to the tree, cross a few items off my list of questions and I love having the calendar with me to record new additions to the family.  My laptop is obviously a great resource for various reasons – and if I have it I don’t need many of the other items on my list.  The greatest benefit of having my laptop (other than not having to bring anything else) is being able to share all of the cool things I am working on  – my family book,  the online family tree,  records I have located, etc – and not only have them look at these things but I can send them notes, or invite them to the tree right then and there.  I have found that when my family members realize that there is something to family history beyond sitting in dusty archives that they want to get involved and it gets them excited.  I hope you are as fortunate as I am and that you are able to visit with family over the  next month.  Before you gather think of how they can help you with your research and what you could accomplish by bringing a few simple items along.  Happy Holidays!  ========================  Names Can Vary From One Census to Another  My grandfather, John Martin Southern, wrote the names and birth dates of his children (by both his wives) in the family Bible.  The name he gives for his first son is Jabeth A. When putting together a detailed family list, I found Uncle Jabe on two censuses, but couldn't find him on an early Census. Frustrated, I asked the help of a friend who had been helpful in the past.  She found him... listed as A(xxxx) Jabeth Southern!  I am not giving the first name because my grandfather didn't give it in the family Bible. I will leave it to you to come up with reasons for a man, who'd been called "Jabe" all his life, to give the census taker his first name.  I don't know the answer, but thought you might try the idea of reversing given names, if you're stuck on a family member whom you know was alive at the time, but is missing from a census. Thanks to Odessa Southern Elliott =====================================  Correcting Census Transcriptions  When searching the census, using a first name,  year of birth, or state of birth will often help narrow the search.  I have even just done a search of the state, county, township which gives you everyone in the census for that area.  This works better for smaller rural areas.  Often the problem is in the interpretation of the written letters from the original census.  I always take the extra time to enter corrections when I am searching the census at so that others will be able to find family more quickly.  [I totally ditto this, has sure helped me so often so I do it too each time I see there is a need to do so and also put in the comments block who the guy or gals folks are and who they later married and how many kids they had  as it just doesnt take that long to do this and it really helps someone who follows behind you]  I appreciate when I find a family member because someone else took the time to add correct information to the entry.  I have always been impressed with how very helpful most genealogy researchers are.  [definitely ditto this esp in leaving postems on trees on ancestry or rootsweb, folks usually are grateful and take the time to write and either say thanks or ask for more info! love those postems] ============================  I want to add something myself I just really am grateful to for now....when you find a good tree of folks you are searching, now ancestry has put census on the page of the person you pull up, not the whole census but the part all you need to do is click on it and if you have an account, can go right to that census, click on it and wa lou you can see it quick and not be searching for the person or family half the day, this is totally awesome, and ocassionally the census is not of the family say if its a real common name like John Smith, but usually the ones listed there in a little block are of the family and it is just great to be able to have this new data inserted on the trees, makes time go so much faster and so often find a census you may never find too searching half a day, all thanks to ancestry, great assest if you didn't know about, go ck on a tree of someone you know or would research and see if there are some census there, also they put d! eath records and marr records there too, just whatever is known they put there on that person, way cool!]  Thanks to Mary Watkins ================================ Have a story, question, genealogy resource, or tip you’d like to share with RootsWeb Review readers? 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