Password problem fixed!

Thanks to Bob Cihla, I dis­cov­ered there really was a pass­word prob­lem here on the site. It is now fixed!

Since I’m always logged in to the admin area, I didn’t see the prob­lem. It had to do with extra secu­rity we had in place because of cer­tain inter­net attacks this spring. Nobody should see any­thing else requir­ing a pass­word. (Unless you’re try­ing to log in as the site administrator!)

Nothing needs a Password!

Grandpa Needham Dierlam and Beverly Dierlam, 1932

Grandpa Need­ham Dier­lam and Bev­erly Dier­lam, 1932

From time to time, I have some­one offer to “sign up” on this site, or ask what the user name and pass­word are. There isn’t one! Every­thing on this site is pub­lic. As the Web­mas­ter I have a pass­word for site admin­is­tra­tion. Beyond that, we have no pass­words or spe­cial mem­bers areas!

That’s my mother in the photo, being held by her grand­fa­ther in 1932.

Splitting our Historian 2: Genealogical Information

This arti­cle is con­tin­ued from Split­ting our His­to­rian 1: Peo­ple.

The other side of the coin is our vast trove of genealog­i­cal infor­ma­tion. Our five pub­lished Strong Fam­ily Updates vol­umes are only a small por­tion of the infor­ma­tion we have col­lected and organized.

The SFAA is a genealog­i­cal soci­ety. One of the best ways to serve our mem­ber­ship and poten­tial mem­ber­ship is to pro­vide author­i­ta­tive infor­ma­tion regard­ing the Strong fam­ily and descen­dants. We have the infor­ma­tion to be shared, but it’s just not that simple!

This is the quandary that I’ve been strug­gling with for years.

The Offi­cial Geneal­ogy Database

Elisha and Mary A. (Strong) Richards

Elisha and Mary A. (Strong) Richards

I remain con­vinced that our ideal sit­u­a­tion would be to have one or more “offi­cial” geneal­ogy data­bases, such as with Fam­ily Tree Maker. At any point in time, we can click a but­ton and gen­er­ate a new book with the lat­est infor­ma­tion received. This book is in elec­tronic form. It can be pur­chased and mailed out on CD, or even be put up for sale on Ama­zon, Barnes & Noble, EBay, etc. EBook pub­lish­ing is def­i­nitely the way of the future AND it’s what the younger gen­er­a­tion has come to expect.

The huge advan­tage of ebooks is that we don’t need to deeply cut our mate­r­ial. Our cur­rent pub­lished books, the five Strong Fam­ily Updates vol­umes, were very heav­ily con­densed to keep the num­ber of pages down. With ebooks, adding another dozen pages just does not mat­ter. There is no addi­tional cost!

With ebooks, we can (in the­ory) add any num­ber of pho­tographs and other research doc­u­men­ta­tion. We can add sto­ries and essays just as with the pub­lished vol­umes. We could include spe­cific essays, for exam­ple, on Northamp­ton and the Deer­field Raid of 1704.

The dif­fi­culty is that we do NOT have such a geneal­ogy data­base. We need to cre­ate it, one name at a time, by hand. I’ve tried a num­ber of ways to scan our mate­r­ial by com­puter and cre­ate the data­base, but the result is just not 100% accu­rate. That means the result is NOT accept­able! In short, we need to tran­scribe our thou­sands of printed pages, by hand, in to Fam­ily Tree Maker. Ulti­mately we need to do this… I don’t see any way around it.

Look­ing for­ward over the next 10, 20, or 50 years, our geneal­ogy data­base allows us to enter new infor­ma­tion as it is received. We can turn around and imme­di­ately pub­lish the updated mate­r­ial for our membership.

To be sure, merely adding facts to Fam­ily Tree Maker is not the same as cre­at­ing a pub­lish­able book. How­ever, just get­ting the facts out in book form is a great start. We may have to leave the proper edit­ing of those facts to a future gen­er­a­tion! Our part is to ensure our future gen­er­a­tion has those facts to edit.

Our Unpub­lished but Orga­nized Material

We already have a lot of mate­r­ial which has not been published.

First, we have the “man­u­scripts in progress.” After pub­lish­ing our Strong Fam­ily Updates books, we received addi­tional infor­ma­tion from our read­ers and new mem­bers. Our prior his­to­ri­ans turned these into updated Updates man­u­scripts but they were never published.

Sec­ond, I have about 24 shelf feet of paper mate­ri­als sub­mit­ted by our mem­ber­ship over the decades. Much of this was orig­i­nal source mate­r­ial for the Strong Fam­ily Updates books. How­ever, the mate­r­ial was very highly con­densed to fit in the pub­lished books. It would there­fore ben­e­fit our future to work through this mate­r­ial, folder by folder, glean­ing all infor­ma­tion suit­able to be pub­lished. With elec­tronic pub­lish­ing there is no con­cern over the length of a book, or the length of a person’s bio. I, for one, would like access to all the infor­ma­tion available!

Third, we have infor­ma­tion sit­ting in the base­ments of our mem­ber­ship, par­tic­u­larly with our mem­bers who wrote the Strong Fam­ily Updates books.

Finally, we have the more recent infor­ma­tion submitted.

We obvi­ously can’t just dump this hap­haz­ardly upon our read­ing pub­lic. This is the quandary. Con­tinue read­ing

Splitting our Historian 1: People

The role of His­to­rian is too much for any sin­gle per­son. We have vol­un­teers avail­able, but nobody wants to take on every­thing. Nor should they!

As you per­haps take on a small role, time per­mit­ting, match­ing your inter­ests, your small help becomes an impor­tant part of the whole. Let’s take a look.

The Cor­re­spond­ing Historian

Corresponding Historian

Cor­re­spond­ing Historian

I see this as the most impor­tant role of all over the next few years. What we need is a “peo­ple per­son” who loves to have con­ver­sa­tions! We’re not look­ing for a genealog­i­cal expert. We don’t need this per­son to research inquiries, do look-ups, check through the archives. As you’ll see, we have other peo­ple for that!

What we need is some­one to keep the con­ver­sa­tion going. Think about it. Remem­ber when you were first start­ing out and dis­cov­ered a pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. You per­haps needed some guid­ance. In my case, the con­nec­tion was to Strong Updates Vol­ume III. More impor­tantly, my con­nec­tion was to Dr. Walther Barnard, also of the Sarah (Strong) Barnard line.

Our Cor­re­spond­ing Historian’s role, then, is to con­nect peo­ple to peo­ple. Our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian is the face of the Asso­ci­a­tion for things genealog­i­cal, in the same way as is our Cor­re­spond­ing Sec­re­tary for every­thing else.

When things come down to actual research, a spe­cific inquiry, etc., our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian can hand the ques­tion over to one of our researchers. Because our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian is also keep­ing in touch with our researchers, our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian will know who’s the best avail­able per­son to take on the inquiry. Our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian will still be respon­si­ble for ensur­ing follow-ups hap­pen as expected.

We often receive a vague inquiry, some­thing like “My grand­fa­ther was George Strong. Are we related?” With­out a bit more infor­ma­tion, or even the rel­a­tive age of the per­son ask­ing the ques­tion, that’s not some­thing we can answer! That’s where our Cor­re­spond­ing His­to­rian takes up the ques­tion. Ask more ques­tions. When we have a con­crete inquiry (spe­cific names, fam­ily mem­bers, dates prior to 1920 or so, etc.), we can hand it off to one of our researchers. Con­tinue read­ing

Old SFAA Sites Removed

As part of my online cleanup, I have removed old ver­sions of the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica web sites which are still online. We had the site as it existed in 2008 for ref­er­ence, and we had the orig­i­nal SFAA Pages cre­ated by Martha Strong. I have moved both offline.

The prob­lem was that each of those areas looked like a real web site — because they were! There was no way to tell that you were NOT look­ing at the cur­rent infor­ma­tion, and this has been caus­ing confusion.

Over the com­ing months, I will be plac­ing Martha Strong’s SFAA Pages back online, but in such a way that it clearly is a his­tor­i­cal arti­fact rather than cur­rent Asso­ci­a­tion mate­r­ial. Every­thing from 2008 is already online with the cur­rent site.

I still have updates to do related to our 2012 SFAA Annual Reunion. I need to update the Offi­cers and Direc­tors, update the Books & Mem­o­ra­bilia Cat­a­log, update the Con­tact Us forms, and answer my email. That’s my plan for this upcom­ing week!

I will also be reor­ga­niz­ing and rebuild­ing the Direc­tors Area. I have not quite decided how to make that area as acces­si­ble and use­ful as pos­si­ble. We’ll be let­ting you know as soon as it’s back open!

Finally, I have a lot of genealog­i­cal con­tent to place online over the next few months. Our online pres­ence is growing!

Secrets Behind Taking Genealogy Online

Genealogy Online

Online Geneal­ogy As PHP Code

I have cre­ated The Geneal­ogy Webmaster’s Jour­nal aimed at explain­ing and advanc­ing the tech­nol­ogy under­ly­ing online genealogy.

For a few days, I had the start of that jour­nal here on the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica web site. I didn’t like the look! We don’t want vis­i­tors to drop by, seek­ing Strong Fam­ily His­tory and Geneal­ogy, and see a bunch of tech­ni­cal material!

I have there­fore moved The Geneal­ogy Webmaster’s Jour­nal to a com­pan­ion site, OT Scripts. We’re doing a lot of work cre­at­ing a larger online pres­ence for the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion. You’ll see the results here, and for those fol­low­ing in our foot­steps, I’ll be writ­ing about the process in the Geneal­ogy Webmaster’s Jour­nal.

In fact, I’ve taken most of this hol­i­day week­end rebuild­ing OT Scripts from scratch, to become an online geneal­ogy resource. I wanted to do that first, so I would have a place to doc­u­ment tips and tricks as they happen!

Whew! One site is rebuilt and run­ning. Now it’s time to do a bit of cleanup here. Watch this space, we have more com­ing online soon!

Share Large Photo Archives With Your Relatives Using Windows Live Mesh

Grandpa Need­ham Dier­lam and Bev­erly Dier­lam, 1932

One ques­tion I’m con­stantly fac­ing is, “Now that I have all these pho­tos scanned, what in the world do I do with them?” I have rel­a­tives who say they would love to see them. But it takes far more work to get the pho­tos to them!

Now that they are com­puter files, I can email them out, a few at a time. I can post them on my web site or on Face­book. These days you can cre­ate cof­fee table books, cal­en­dars, etc. All of those things take time, and there­fore, chances are they won’t actu­ally hap­pen. At least, in my case, not soon!

I have found the @Dropbox ser­vice is a great (and free!) mech­a­nism for file shar­ing amongst friends and rel­a­tives. Let me take a moment and explain Drop­box from this stand­point, because we’re going to be doing the same thing with Win­dows Live Mesh. Drop­box, accord­ing to Wikipedia, has over 50 mil­lion users. It’s a mature, reli­able, and securely encrypted service.

The orig­i­nal idea with Drop­box is that you use it for your­self. You install Drop­box on each of your com­put­ers (includ­ing your phone), and every­thing in your Drop­box fold­ers is always avail­able to you, on every com­puter. You can also use a web browser and obtain your files through their web site. It’s quite handy!

The free ver­sion of Drop­box has lim­its, some­where between 4 GB and 21 GB of file space. That is an awful lot of space for day-to-day usage. On the other hand, when you begin mak­ing thou­sands of high-resolution scans of pho­tos and old hand-written doc­u­ments, you run out of Drop­box space in a hurry!

Con­tinue read­ing

Historian 4x6 Research Index Cards

File Card Trays

Two File Card Trays of 4x6 Genealog­i­cal Data

I have scanned two trays of 4x6 inch index cards — thou­sands of cards. Each of the below links will give you the PDF file for that sec­tion. I’m not sure if these are of any use to any­one, but I am hereby shar­ing what I have!

Genealog­i­cal Data — Mis­cel­la­neous Families

Sur­name A
~~ Sur­name B
~~ Sur­name B con­tin­ued
~~ Sur­name B Bates
~~ Sur­name C
~~ Sur­name D
~~ Sur­name E
~~ Sur­name F
~~ Sur­name F Funk And Related Fam­i­lies
~~ Sur­name G
~~ Sur­name H
~~ Sur­name H con­tin­ued
~~ Sur­name H Har­baugh Hollinger Funk New­comer
~~ Sur­name I
~~ Sur­name J
~~ Sur­name K
~~ Sur­name L
~~ Sur­name L con­tin­ued
~~ Sur­name L Linthicum
~~ Sur­name L Lohr Lower etc
~~ Sur­name L Lohr Lower etc con­tin­ued
~~ Sur­name M
~~ Sur­name Mc Con­tinue read­ing

Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard

The head­stone says, Rosanah Wife of George A. Barnard. Who would know she was mar­ried at 16, mother at 17, widow at 18? Years later but still in her early 20s she became the wife of George Allen Barnard, and together they became my great-great-great grandparents.

How did she feel, in barely-settled Kit­tan­ning, widow and mother at only 18? Her mother had died, and her step-mother was barely older than she.

I won­der if she saw lit­tle but a hope­less life before her. She lived 81 years, and her son lived to be 98. I like how her memo­r­ial dom­i­nates the sky­line at Glade Run Pres­by­ter­ian Church ceme­tery, Day­ton, Arm­strong County Pennsylvania.

7. George Allen Barnard (1809–1885) was the son of George Barnard and Sally Higley. Rosanah John­ston (1814–1896) was the daugh­ter of David R. John­ston and Isabella Robin­son.

6. George Barnard (1782–1862) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard Jr. and Chloe Mills.

5. Fran­cis Barnard Jr. (1741–1828) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard Sr. and Lucre­tia Pinney.

4. Fran­cis Barnard Sr. (1719–1789) was the son of Joseph Barnard Jr. and Abi­gail Griswold.

3. Joseph Barnard Jr. (1681–1736) was the son of Joseph Barnard Sr. and Sarah Strong.

2. Joseph Barnard Sr. (ca. 1650–1695) was the son of Fran­cis Barnard and Han­nah Meru­ell. Sarah Strong (1655/56–1732/33) was the daugh­ter of Elder John Strong and Abi­gail Ford.

1. Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1617–1697/98). Han­nah Meru­ell (ca. 1627-ca. 1675). Elder John Strong (1605–1699). Abi­gail Ford (1608–1688).