Friday, October 30, 2009

Lesson #7 ---- Back up all data monthly

THIS BLOG is a repeat of another of my blogs from Genealogy is Ruthless without Me.

This blog is an effort to "win" a backup program called a HANDY BACKUP!!! See Lesson #8 about Networking. The fun activities and sharing with others are good ways to learn of new products such as HANDY BACKUP, review what others of the same interest are doing and getting fresh new ideals. There is no reason to keep redesigning the same wheel!!
But these first 10 lessons are good to repeat anywhere.

What are the first 10 lessons a beginning family history researcher should start with (in order of importance)? #familyhistory #genealogy asked by fellow genealogist Holly Hansen Oct 23, 2009 via FACEBOOK.

1. Start Small---- Just you and your parents, siblings etc. Keep it simple ---Only the things you know. KISS. There are record keeping, documentation revision rules that many occupations use. Having a background in documentation does help.

2. Be prepared to be surprised, you will even find things about your immediate family you did not know. HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT.

3. BE DISCREET!!!!! Do not publish anything publicly ---- what seemed to be a fact may very well not survive the test of time. But by then you have mislead a huge group of people.

4. ORGANIZE and be prepared to abandon your special planned organization process to reorganize again as your database changes and takes on a life of it's own. Get organized. Spend time learning how others are organizing their materials (by lineage, by families, by location), records (census, military records, cross referencing?), time (cut out time to work on genealogy, when families favorite tv show on? after Saturday chores? early in the morning? what days will be library days??? and travels (Can you visit more than one library, cemetery, court office in the same area?, can you pre-order documents to be available?, can you check on days/hours open ahead of time?).

5. BE CURIOUS Ask questions DRIVE YOUR RELATIVES CRAZY!! THINK LIKE A CHILD ASKING WHY? WHEN? WHO? of your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Who were your siblings, where were they born? Start with family photos add names and relationships to photos, photos of family gatherings. Questions to ask: where was the picture taken, what was the occasion, who are the people?? family Bibles (take notes of any blanks with small notes not actually in the Bible.), archive the Bible, read obituaries found around the house, and ask who was this?, read old letters, or listen to old recordings. Sometimes people far away sent recordings in the 1940s or even earlier.
When the letter or recording mentions a name (such as Johnny) ask: Who is Johnny?

6.Be prepared to handle documents and books. Be prepared to use cotton gloves, acid free paper, and document archiving practices. Photo copy or take camera shots of documents when possible. This allows for zooming and enhancing lettering when required. Digitize everything.

7. Back up everything. Back up all data monthly on two or three programs at least. Keep a hard acid free paper copy, Back up software copies on 3 hard drives. One for general use, easy to retrieve, one in a bank safe and send one out of state to a safe place.

8. Network, network network Get involved with Genealogy Societies, workshops, Internet networking. Genealogy is such a fast paced, growing hobby right now, even last years greatest finds are obsolete. Learn what software updates there are? What libraries will be most helpful with your region, date span, studies?

9. TRUST NO ONE. Dear Cousin Molly in her letters may have left out a whole generation. Or called Uncle Obie (Uncle Pete) just because she wanted to... that can really confuse things, Realize there is at least 50% "proven bad" data out there! Consensus are wrong, birth records are wrong, death certificates are wrong, newspaper articles are wrong, ship manifests are wrong, cemetery tomb markers are wrong. And not just of the real old stuff---it still happens today!

10. And most of ALL Have fun! Remember it can be fun but if you hit an extremely hard brick wall, or get root bound. Just remember why you are involved with this endeavor and set yourself a "time" to look at it and then put the problem away for awhile. That person will not be going anywhere and when he/she is ready to be found -- then you can celebrate with a genealogy HAPPY DANCE!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 16th Edition submission

This blog is a portion of the Will and Estate of James Hayley JR. The son of an Irish immigrant. These were very wealthy Irishmen: as explained below....but
an inventory and appraisement of his estate was taken on the 7th of October 1795, which was recorded at February Court, 1796.
"For future generations to know more of how their ancestors lived, we here quote the inventory and appraisement of a gentleman who lived and died in the 18th Century. All of his estate is not here included, as he had already given much to his children and grandchildren. However, much of the personal estate is here mentioned: "

..........One bay mare & colt £45 — two bay mares £50 95
One bay horse £3-12 — one Sorrel Horse £5 —
one yellow Horse £20 28-12
One black mare £12 — 5 beds & furniture £47-10 £59-10
146 head of hogs £106 — one yoke of Oxen £10 116
36 head Cattle £50 — 19 head sheep £5-14 63-14
1015 Barrels Corn 116-10
1250 Pounds Bacon £36-9-2 —
Two large chests & 4 sheets £5 41-9-2
Two small chests — one table & four jugs 1-19-6
One case, six bottles & 10 books 4-1-6
One looking glass, one slate, & one gun 1-11-11
Four small bottles, one case & Razors 16-6
One trunk & 19 chairs, £2-9-0,
One saddle,Bridle & 19 sheets £14-14 17-3
Two spinning wheels and bed stead 1-16
One gin, Two flax wheels £3, parcel leather £19-12 22-12
1300 pounds Cotton, & 20 weight feathers 24-3-4
25 pounds flax, one large tin funnel & five vials 2-4-6
2 Churns, one loom & pair large steelyards 1-15
One dozen pewter plates & two dozen Queen's plates 1-10
One Queen's dish, Four pewter dishes & 10 Bowls 1-7-6
Four small mugs, one pitcher, six glass tumblers 13-6
Two dozen coffee Cups & Saucers, Two Pewter Basons 7
One dozen knives & forks, 2 doz. pr. Cotton Cards 1-13
Five slays & four harness, 10 spoons 1-14
Two dozen narrow axes, 9 broad axes, 9 narrow hoes 3-8
Three grubbing hoes, 8 plow hoes & one frow 1-12
Two large kettles, Two dutch ovens, one pott 2-4
One grind stone, 1 table & Box iron & heaters 1-0-6
One iron potrack and fire tongs 10-6
50 geese, 26 bushels wheat 11-11
Two pair iron wedges, one X cut saw 10
One brass skinner & flesh forks 4
One scythe & cradle & grid iron & frying pan 1-3
One skillet, 3 pr. pot hooks & 2 tin kettles 9-9
One candle mould, candle stick & snuffers 4
2 doz. teaspoons, 1 dram glass, 1 pint pott & coffee pot -16-
One foot adze, 2 hatchets & sundry horse harness 1-10
2 flax brakes, 2 spinning wheels and one saddle 17
One drawing knife, coopers adze & half bushel 6-6

5 trays, 2 tubs, 3 sifters & Searce 10/6, 3 piggins 4/6 15-6
300 barrels corn (new crop) @ 13/6 202-10
4000 lbs. Petersburg tobacco (new crop) @ 17/6 35-
One cart & wheels £5, 100 lbs. soap @ 7/2, £3-2-6 8-2-6
20 stacks fodder £12-17, 160 feet fodder (top stacks £8) 20-17-1
One bond on demand Oct. 8, 1790 6-15-3
One bond on demand Apl. 8, 1793 3-2-0
One bond on demand June 10, 1795 3-12-0
Cash in Silver 810-1-10
Gold 6 English Guineas, supposed to be 4-4-0

Gold 3 French Guineas, supposed to be 4-4-0

One moidore Total — 1-16-0

£2025 — 4

Donaldson Turner
Isham Fennell
Lewis Dupree

Recorded Feby. Ct. 1796
Teste: P. Pelham, Ct. Cl."

This blog is written in respond to a call from the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 16th Edition - Irish Portraits
Host: Genea-Bloggers Type: Other - Carnival Network: Global
Due Date: Sunday, November 1, 2009 Time: 11:50pm - 11:55pm

Description of the Carnival is to: Share with them a story about an Irishman or Irishwoman within your family tree.

With a multitude of Irishmen I may choose to share I have choosen to share "a small portion of the Will and Estate of James Hayley JR.

The father James Hayley/Hayley SR (spelt both ways but decidely preferred as Hayley)arrived in America in 1675. He was born in 1640. His arrival is documented in a couple of resources. James Hayley
Arrived in the Year: 1654 and Landed in: Virginia
Source Publication Code: 6258
Primary Immigrant: Hayley, James
Annotation: Excerpts of the Irish names from no. 2772, Greer's Early Virginia Immigrants. Also published in nos. 6276 and 6280, O'Brien's The Irish in America (reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1965), pp. 43-47 and Irish Settlers in America (Geneal Source Bibliography: O'BRIEN, MICHAEL J., communicator. "Early Immigrants to Virginia (1623-1666), Collected by George Cabell Greer, Clerk, Virginia State Land Office, from the Records of the Land Office in Richmond." In The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, vol. 13 (1914), pp. 209-213. in particular Page: 210

Occupation of James Hayley SR (born circa 1640) was an Attorney-at-Law. He practiced his profession, especially at Jamestown before the destruction of the City by Bacon and his men. He became a very wealthy landowner in James City County. was living south of James River in the County of Brunswick in 1733. Later, after the creation of Greensville County from Brunswick in 1781, he was found to be living in the new county. He probably never lived in the present Brunswick. On the 8th of September 1733, he sold a plantation of 315 acres to Ethelred Taylor of Isle of Wight County. At the time of the sale, James was living on this plantation. John Persons of Surry County had patented it on February 18, 1725, and the other patented by James Hayley on September 8, 1730. The wife of James at this time was Mary Hayley (who also migrated from Ireland).

On the 4th of November 1735, James Hayley of Brunswick bought a 400-acre tract of land from Robert Hill of North Carolina, which he had patented while William Gooch was Governor. This land was on the south side of Meherrin River, and north of Fountain Creek, or in the southern part of the county. On the next day he purchased a 300-acre plantation, which probably joined the 400-acre tract. He seems to have spent the remainder of his life on this 700-acre plantation, which was not long, as he probably died at the end of the year 1738 — if not then, early in 1739.

After the death of his father James JR continued to take care of his mother and increased the family holdings significantly. James Hayley of Brunswick added to his landed holdings. On August 22, 1748, he paid William Bridger, a shoemaker of Brunswick, £15 for one hundred acres lying on the south side of George’s Branch in Brunswick, adjoining lands already owned by James. On June 1, 1750, he purchased 10 acres on the south side of Fountain Creek. On the same day he purchased 87 acres, adjoining other lands he owned on the north side of Fountain Creek. On July 10, 1750, he purchased 72 acres on the north side of Fountain Creek. On January 6, 1761, James paid Amos Garris £35 for 80 acres in Brunswick, which land had been patented in 1745.

Thus at the end of his life, James Hayley was the owner of considerable land and cattle and horses. His plantation was near the junction of Brunswick and Greensville County and Northampton County in North Carolina. At the time of his death, he was living on the Greensville side of the County line of Brunswick and Greensville and near Hayley's Bridge, some seven or eight miles south of Emporia.

James Hayley's will, dated March 26, 1793, in Greensville County, Virginia, was admitted to probate at September Court, 1795. His wife, a Holliday, preceded her husband in death.