4 October 2005
Family History Hour
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enjoy hearing my guests this week!
- Geoff Rasmussen - Legacy Family Tree Version 6
- James W. Petty, AG®, CGRSSM, B.A. (History),
B.S. (Genealogy) - headright system in 17th Century Virginia
- Grace DuMelle, author - Finding Your Chicago
- Extra input from: Maggie Stewart, editor of the USGenWeb
During the MightyMouse Tour this week
we'll visit with:
Geoff Rasmussen from
www.LegacyFamilyTree.com . If
you have a Windows compatible computer, pause the .mp3 file while you download
and install the free version of Legacy 6, and follow along in the MightyMouse
segment as Geoff guides Myrt through the three sections of the new version:
- Legacy Home - "The new Legacy Home tab brings
you genealogical news and Legacy tips (updated every
day!), reminds you of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, provides quick
links for support questions, and has a built-in web browser -- now you'll
never need to leave Legacy to surf the Internet."
- Research Guidance - "Researching your
ancestry is easier than ever with Legacy's new built-in, 24/7 personal
research assistant. Just choose your goal and Legacy automatically creates a
To-Do list of expert suggestions and research tips."
- Publishing Center - "Combine your
favorite reports into an heirloom book. Add a Title Page, Preface, Dedication,
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- View the FREE 'What's New in Legacy 6.0' video
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James W. Petty, AG®, CGRSSM, B.A. (History),
B.S. (Genealogy), an expert in early
Virginia records. We'll discuss
the "Virginia Headrights" continuing
research project honored by the 2005 Donald Mosher Award for Virginia research.
Headrights were land grants issued by the colonial government to Virginians
based on the number of individuals brought to the colony. Petty’s project
involves extracting all records of head rights in the extant county court
minutes in early Virginia. He will then compare the resulting lists with those
already published in
Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants by
Nell Marion Nugent, a standard published reference for Virginia research that
includes over 80,000 headright certificates issued between 1623 and 1776.
As part of his application for the grant, Petty explained
that his work to date revealed that headright lists attached to land grants were
the last record in the chain of records, and the earlier records---including the
county certificates he is studying---may have preceded the land grant by three
to thirty years. The number of county entries missing on the colony records
means that historical estimates of colonial population based on Nugent’s lists
might be doubled. Petty has also determined that lists on the land patents were
often compilations of many different headright certificates, meaning it is
likely that none of the people on any given patent list even knew each other,
much less came to America on the same ship.
his preliminary work, Petty has found that in almost every county, more than 80
percent of the entries differ from comparable entries in the land patents as
published in Cavaliers and Pioneers,
and in some cases the differences are significant. He has also found that the
minute books show records from an earlier date than the certificates and as many
as 50 percent of the minute book entries do not appear in the grants. The work
will help descendants of the early settlers establish a date of arrival in
Virginia. Already in progress, it has a target completion date of June, 2006.
If you are having difficulty with your 17th century
Virginia research, perhaps you'll need to contact James via phone at
http://www.heirlines.com, PO Box 893, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.
Jim mentions Relative Genetics toward the end of
his interview. Find them on the web at:
Your Chicago Ancestors
published Feb 2005 by Lake Claremont Press. Grace has been doing professional research for family historians since 1995
as Heartland Historical Research Service,
Phone 312/842-8933, Fax 312/842-8921, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . Her publisher explains that
the beginning of 2001, Grace entered into an association with the Newberry
Library, one of the country's foremost humanities libraries, in their Local &
Family History section. She guides patrons through the many resources there
and frequently lectures on the Newberry's genealogical holdings." BRAVO!
LINKS WE MENTION
- EVIDENCE! Citation &
Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
here to order from Genealogical.com
From the publisher: "Elizabeth Shown Mills' stunning book,
Evidence!, provides the family history researcher
with a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the
sound analysis of evidence. In successful genealogical research, these two
practices are inseparable, and the author's treatment of this
little-understood concept is nothing short of brilliant."
- QuickSheet: Citing Online
Historical Sources by Elizabeth Shown Mills.Click
here to order from Genealogical.com From the publisher:
"Elizabeth Mills’s QuickSheet provides a template for citing historical
sources on the Internet. It also lays down rules to help you judge the
reliability of these sources."
FROM MYRT'S MAIL BOX:
Enjoy your web radio show, fun to listen to. A question: have you or any of your
readers heard the term 'grass' widow? I remember my dad using it and to the best
of my knowledge he was referring to a divorced woman. Does anyone remember this
term and is this the correct explanation?
We will go to the venerable old
http://www.bartleby.com to find the answer. The American Heritage®
Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition explains GRASS WIDOW is a
noun, described as follows:
- A woman who is divorced or separated from her
- A woman whose husband is temporarily absent.
- An abandoned mistress.
- The mother of a child born out of wedlock.
EXTRA INPUT FROM Maggie Stewart, editor of the
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