Friday, December 9, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 9, 2016

NOTE: Fab Finds will be on hiatus until January 6, 2017 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. May each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Make a Wish (List) at the Genealogy Blog Party! by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life
  2. Family History Blogging: What is Your Why? by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  3. Family Tree/ Christmas Tree by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
  4. Genealogy Changed Dramatically in 2016. I Can Prove It. by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  5. Cloudy Night Rainwater--Really? by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author ASouthern Sleuth
  6. Holiday Gifts to You -- Genealogy Style -- 15 Free and (Relatively) New Family History Resources -- Part 2 by Diane L. Richard for UpFront with NGS
  7. Fantastic Find: United States Digital Map Library by Pat Hartley, author of Ancestry Island
  8. #LIGHTtheWORLD with Family History by Jaycee Morrill for FamilySearch Blog
  9. Find old Norwegian photos on the web by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
  10. I love Google!! by Lark Dalin Robart, author of Eight Roads to Montana
  11. 7 Things You Can Do in Less Than 30 Minutes by David Taylor, author of The Family Nexus
  12. Remembering with Oral Histories AND Preserving War Correspondence and V-Mail by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  13. One is the Loneliest Number by Cheri Hudson Passey for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  14. What You May Find in Government Papers and Journals by Dianne Nolin, author of Genealogy: Beyond the BMD
  15. Can Your Own Memories Help Break Through Ancestral Brick Walls? by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  16. The Cousins I Almost Never Knew by Sondra Bass Hawkins, author of Beyond the Branches
  17. My Mennonite Ancestors and the Revolutionary War by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  18. Self-Publish Your Genealogy by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  19. Cruising on the SS Lurline - 1949 by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  20. How to Avoid Awkward Family Photos by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Homer Horton Webster ~ He Deserves To Be Remembered

I recently received an email from a newly-discovered cousin on my Webster side. In her email, she mentioned that she had enjoyed looking through some of my blog posts. I really appreciate hearing that so much!

She had a couple of questions for me, one of which was about Homer Horton Webster, my 1st cousin 4 times removed. As I was looking at what I had on Homer, I did a little research on him on and found the following death record for him.1

This death record shows a different date and place than what I had in my genealogy database. It also provides a cause of death for Homer.

Information gleaned from Homer's death record:

Number: 226
Name in Full: Webster, Homer
Date of Death: January 20, 1873
Condition: Single
Age: 19
Place of Death: Lebanon
Place of Birth: Lebanon
Color: White
Disease, Direct or Indirect Cause of Death: Heart Disease
Place of Residence: Lebanon Twp.
By Whom Reported: Assessor

Wow! Homer's cause of death was heart disease? At 19 years of age? That is so very sad.

In a previous post, I wrote about Homer's father, George Kinney Webster. In that post I shared that most of George's children, including Homer, passed away before they reached the age of about thirty. In fact, most died while they were in their twenties. Now that I have the cause of death for Homer, I'd like to do some research to try and find the causes of death for his siblings.

According to The History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut,2 Homer never married, so he has no descendants to remember him. Homer deserves to be remembered, so we will remember him in this post.

I'm glad that my cousin emailed me and that it caused me to do more research about Homer Horton Webster. This is more proof that blogging about family history is beneficial. Cousin connections are awesome!

Have you made cousin connections because of your blog?

Thanks for stopping by!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

1 "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 September 2014), Meigs > image 84 of 373; county courthouses, Ohio. Homer Horton Webster, Line 226, Page 62 and 63. 1873. Accessed 7 December 2016
2 Webster, William Holcomb, and Melville Reuben Webster, D.D. "XXVI."History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family of Connecticut. Vol. 1. Rochester: E. R. Andrews Printing, NY., Homer Horton Webster, 1183. Print.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 2, 2016

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

  1. Making Family History Fun for the Kids by Miles Meyer, author of Miles' Genealogy Tips
  2. What Was Your Ancestor’s Property Worth? by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  3. Preserving Diaries and Journals AND When Genealogy has Gone to The Dogs! AND Documenting Your Ancestor's Transportation by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  4. Know the History, Know the Records by Sue, author of KindredPast
  5. Creating and Preserving Heirloom Decorations With Children this Christmas by Nicole Dyer, author of The Family Locket Blog
  6. DIY Ancestor Cards Advent by Jen, author of Repurposed Genealogy
  7. BACK UP, BACK UP AND BACK UP! AND RELEASING SLAVES OF JOHN F. WILLIAMS, 1814, HARDIN COUNTY, KY by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  8. How to Properly Store Your Negatives by Cora Foley for Organizing Photos
  9. The Small Bonuses of Family Genealogy by theailurophile, author of Leaf Twig and Stem
  10. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Sophia and Her Child AND A West Virginia Coal Miner’s Poetic Memories by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, author of Opening Doors in Brick Walls
  11. Military Monday ~ Short Snorter by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
  12. Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Traditions --My Grandma's Rolls by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  13. Genealogy Blog Party: Chickie Pitcher and Butterscotch Brownie Traditions by Marian B. Wood, author of Climbing My Family Tree
  14. We’re Related–The APP was correct AND We’re Related–Update 30 Nov 2016 by Russ Worthington, author of A Worthington Weblog

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Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Light the World ~ A Special Christmas Video. Share His Light Through Service

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced an inspirational video that I'd like to share with you today. It's not even December yet, but I wanted to share this video before December because of the wonderful daily service event that begins on December 1st.

This is a truly beautiful way to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can share His light with those around us through acts of service.

The following link has ideas for the 25 days of service leading up to Christmas Day.

Follow Our Savior Jesus Christ. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.

Thanks for stopping by!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 28, 2016

FamilySearch celebrates 10 years of indexing historic records

FamilySearch celebrates 10 years of indexing historic records

Unprecedented crowd-sourced initiative has made billions of records easily searchable online for free Lake City, Utah (28 November 2016), You go online to FamilySearch. You type an ancestor’s name. You instantly find your ancestor in any number of 5.5 billion historical records in the free online database. You are elated at how easy it was as you fill in another missing piece of your family tree puzzle. That successful experience was brought to you by a phenomenon called indexing. And most likely, you were the recipient of a free gift empowered by the efforts of many online indexing volunteers.

Next week (December 5th) is International Volunteer Day, and FamilySearch International is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its web-based, volunteer-driven, indexing initiative, which started in 2006. The migration from the previous CD-ROM-based format to the web has been nothing short of amazing, and the rest has been record-making history—literally. The indexing initiative is the largest undertaking of its kind and is unparalleled in its achievements.

As a thank you to indexers and the millions of people who have found family documents from their efforts, FamilySearch is sharing a collection of free downloadable “I HEART Families” images for use on social media, or as cell phone and computer wallpaper.

FamilySearch and its predecessors have been gathering and preserving the world’s historic records to assist people like me and you in making family history discoveries. It publishes millions of digital images of historic records from around the world on weekly. FamilySearch’s proprietary software, a lot of computing power, and the contributions of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and countless millions of donated hours make the genealogically rich names and information hidden on those historic records easily and freely searchable to millions of curiosity seekers online.

In 2006, the call went out for volunteers to help in this unprecedented, global cause, and the online community responded. In fact, in just 10 years, over 1.2 million volunteers worldwide have joined the cause and continue to donate much needed time and talent to help index the world’s historic genealogical records.

In the past 10 years, online volunteers have personally pored over 1.5 billion images of historic records from all over the world and made over 5 billion ancestral names conveniently searchable to me and you from any web-enabled device.

Who are these unsung heroes? “They are your next door neighbors and work colleagues who continue to respond to the call to make the world’s historic records freely searchable online for anyone interested in discovering the branches of their family trees,” said Collin Smith, a marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. “They hail from all over the world—200 countries to be exact and collectively, the volunteers speak and read 58 languages.”

Why do they do it? Their motivations vary according to Smith. Some are paying it forward because they personally have benefited from priceless searchable record collections online. Others like participating in something meaningful and historic that will make a big difference somehow. Ornella Lepore, a native of Naples, Italy, now living in the United States, helps index Italy’s records online—particularly those pertaining to her ancestral roots. “I can’t afford to travel to Italy as often or whenever I want to do my family history research,” said Lepore. “Having the historic records indexed online where my ancestors are from will help me in my research in the long run.” Not every historic collection from Italy she helps with will hold keys to her personal research, but she knows in time, some of them will. And that’s motivation enough for her.

The entire suite of US Censuses from 1790 to 1940 is most notable of the volunteers’ efforts. All of those records are now freely searchable online at In 2010, the power of this online community was unleashed on the newly released 1940 US Census. They indexed the entire census—all 3.8 million pages of it—in just 4 months, giving access to 134 million names.

And so these volunteers continue to show up daily online, unsung and untold in the internet clouds, ages 12–95, picking historic projects of interest and making a difference for the next person online hoping to find an ancestor in the growing sea of historic records.

Learn more about volunteering online at FamilySearch Indexing. Find this release and additional supporting photos in the FamilySearch Media Room.
About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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