“If It’s Online…It’s True” — Abraham Lincoln

The whimsical quote above is something I found somewhere…probably online… and I thought I’d share it with you. I was hoping it would be a humourous segue into this subject.

It occurred to me as I was watching WDYTYA, that if anyone took a tally of what was discovered on line, specifically by the show’s sponsor, Ancestry.com , and what needed to be researched in libraries, archives, repositories, church records, town halls, private collections, et al, that it would clearly demonstrated that no, as a matter of fact, it’s NOT all online!

The amount of data that can be discovered at home by logging in to a variety of websites both free and subscription is quite definitely increasing, seemingly by leaps and bounds. We see numbers such as so-and-so “…has added 3,500,00 records…” with some more and some less. Without knowing how many more records there are to index and post, it almost seems as though we’re nearly done so who needs the libraries, archives, repositories, church records, town halls, private collections, et al?

I’ve seen estimates that the internet contains 5% or less of the available data. Others estimate upwards of 15%. But the fact remains that even the sponsor of a very popular program dealing with genealogical research which is itself an internet based research resource still employs dozens of professionals to get the job done. If Ancestry.com needs professionals to put their program together, how can any hobbyists or private family researcher or professional genealogist hope to do better?

I’m just sayin’!

Hezekiah’s Farm

This link is to an aerial view of what was my 4th great grandfather’s farm in Alabama. http://www.findaspring.com/locations/north-america/usa/robinson-hollow-spring-elkmont-alabama/. It’s located on Robinson

HESAKIAH ROBRSON: Yet another way to spell Hezekiah Robinson or is it Robison or maybe Robertson!!

HESAKIAH ROBRSON: Yet another way to spell Hezekiah Robinson or is it Robison or maybe Robertson!!

Hollow along Robinson Road near Elkmont, Limestone Co, Alabama where you’ll find Robinson Family Cemetery.

After marrying Anne Grantham who died young and then his sister-in-law Tabitha Grantham, Hezekiah Robinson (or Robison or Robertson or Robson) settled here after his service in the War of 1812.  The Robinson Family Cemetery is here but hidden by the trees in this view.  He was born sometime between 1777 and 1784 in Virginia and died in 1852 in Elkmont on his farm. His gravestone reads “HESAKIAH ROBRSON”!  Another case of “speeling duzn’t cownt”!!

Hezekiah’s widow, Tabitha spent almost 30 years trying to claim her widow’s pension. Government bureaucracy and the confusion as to how to spell his last name, letters went back and forth from Elkmont, Alabama to Washington for years!  She finally won out but died about 2 years later.

Can I fix it?

Granted, this is a genealogy blog.  And I rarely post non-genealogy subjects.  However, I’ve been working on this for 3 days and it’s a bit frustrating!


bluehost (Photo credit: msandy)

The goal was to put my website and my blog “under one roof” so to speak.  The web host I used for my website was GoDaddy with whom I had become increasingly dissatisfied.  Many of my friends an collaborators had recommended BlueHost.  OK!  They know  better, so here I go and begin the transition.

Without boring you with the phone calls, chats and slogging through the menus and learning the new terminology, I can tell you that I now know that my blog was with WordPress.COM!  BlueHost can only deal with WordPress.NET.  Hmmmmm.  Should that make a difference?  Apparently the answer is a resounding “YES!”

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fix for this was allegedly easy.  My question is, “Easy for whom?”  Some allegedly easy steps: 1) Go to the original blog’s dashboard; 2) Export “ALL” into an XML file which, for the sake of ease, I put on my desktop; and 3) Import the file to my new WordPress blog at BlueHost.  Only the posts from July 2012 to March 2013 showed up! After 4 attempts guiding by 4 different support Techs, I let it go for another day!

“Someday” I’ll get to it.  In the meantime, I believe I’ve lost all of the followers who have gathered over the past 2 years.  Maybe it’s a good thing…..I don’t think so!

Dark, cloudie and cold…Tuesday, March 11, 1913

Today was dark and cloudie

Today was dark and cloudie

Today was dark cloudie and cold with a little snow fall. Cullerne and I in the car all alone. We did nothing all morning
In the afternoon I copied a few notes. After supper Arthur came over too the car to fix his album
staz till 9:30 then I went to bed.

I don’t know about you, but it seems that there are a lot of days when they “stay in the car all day”. How did they ever build the Grand Truck Pacific Railway? I imagine that things will pick up as we move into the spring.

Boston University

Let me take a short break from “Lest We Forget” to talk a little about the BU course in Genealogical research. I’ll admit the course is a little tougher than I expected. Especially when I submitted an assignment and anxiously awaited the results. Well, the grade cam back at an abysmal number: “You seem to grasp all of the concepts in this module and all of the information is well presented. However […dontcha just love “however’s”…] you missed the central goal. You’ve written a report that….

And on and on… The grade, as I said, was abysmal and I figured I’d have to ace every single element for the balance of the course to keep my head above the line. I sent a “private message” to the grader in a feeble attempt at reconsideration. HA! Reconsideration…. That was out of the question. I know that because I got a response that didn’t even address the points that I made in my plea. Instead, the TA sent a note to all the students to explain that this module has 3 assignments: 1 is graded on a scale based on 30 points, then another 30 and finally 40 for a total of 100. Well, that puts my “junk” score back in the running so I felt much better. Can’t wait to submit this week’s work!

All in all, this course seems to run from really easy “stuff” that I’ve been doing for a while to really hard “stuff” that I never even considered… Well, that why we take these courses.

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 10, 1913

Bob goes to the Marimon outfit

Bob goes to the Marimon outfit

Weather fine and warm
Bobie Lee and I went up to the bridge for the handcar and found that it was taken. we looked all over the yards for it but could not find it. After that we went out with Cullerne to run levels on the round house track. worked about 2 hrs Bob left tonight to go to the Marimon outfit to work for him.

[I believe that “Genealogy Lady is correct about “handoor” being “handcar” so I’ve changed it! Merci beaucoup, mon amie!]

Saturday, March 8, 1913…A little excitement!

Sun shining all day nice and warm. Lee and I all alone
Cullerne still in town. Lee read a book all day and I cleaned the flat car and car
About 8 oclock PM block between 384 Ave caught fire and the hole block went up in smoke.
fire lasted about 3 hrs
Cullerne came back on the 1:30 AM train from town.



Fire! Now that’s better than hanging around the camp all day. I just hope no one was hurt.

A little warmer today! Friday, March 7, 1913

Friday, March 7, 1913
“Lest We Forget”

"Weather a little colder"

“Weather a little colder”

Weather a little colder
Cullerne Lee and I went out in the afternoon and levels for a ditch west of bridge about 1 1/2 Got through about 4:30 PM
Cullerne took the level to town to get it fixed