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Thursday, December 31, 2015

More changes to Family Tree

Alvah Gee
1835 – Deceased • MCS3-75B
is listed as a female
The following is posted in the discussions on this individual:
Relationship to parent: Electa Gates Note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding
Person note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding
Relationship to parent: Alva Gee Note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding
Birth: 1835 prob. Birmington, Vermont Note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding
Gender: Female Note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding
Name: Alvah Gee Note: This is a duplicate sibling. Alvah is a male. This Alvah is a female -- not accurate.
4 years agobyChuck Golding

The correct Alva is
Alvah Julan Gee
21 July 1824 – 19 July 1909 • KJCJ-6XL

I am unable to merge because of the sex difference.

Today I removed the child from both parents,

I do not know if you needed to be aware of this.

Laurence Gee
18 June 1934
Ordinances performed under wrong gender patron requests deletion of record. Verified information and submitted to another department for further review. Email was sent to patron. 

They responded:

Dear Ivin Laurence Gee,

RE:  Alvah Gee  MCS3-75B 
Thank you for contacting Family Search Support and bringing your concern to our attention.  The record listing the incorrect gender no longer displays in Family Tree. 

Family Search Data Administration 

Now the record is correct.  

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Anna and Hannah Rawlins

I get a weekly e-mail from Family Search.  Sometimes I find that there are errors in the records.  Here are some that I found recently. I used the e-mail embedded in Family Tree to write a message to someone who had put a record on Joseph Sharp Rawlins family.

In the 1880 census the family consists of the mother Anna (really Hannah Stringfellow) and the daughter Anna (probably Hannah Marie).
Obviously Anna LJRN-3R8 and Hannah Marie KWC3-MPH are the same individual born the same year  They should be merged. Do you want to do this or do you want me to take care of it.


Laurence Gee, M.D.
They have not responded, so I will merge the two.
I also found a record that needed correction, so I wrote the following to support.
Sarah Gee
16 September 1867 – 28 July 1931 • KWDM-HC6 ​
Although there is a sealing to parents for Sarah noted on 8 August 1979 in Ogden. This child was born in the covenant, the parents were sealed in Lysander's and Theresa's home in Salt Lake by Brigham Young on 18 July 1850.
THE ENDOWMENT HOUSE WAS BUILT. THEY WERE SEALED IN LYSANDER`S HOUSE BY BRIGHAM YOUNG. Reference Sealings Microfilm Number 0183374 found in the Family History Library second floor in the special collections. The sealing was at the Gee's house in Salt Lake City on July 18, 1850 at 5:10 P.M. The entry is found on page 725. Witnesses were Truman O. Angell and Thomas Bullock.

Laurence Gee 
They responded:
Dear Ivin Laurence Gee,
RE:Sarah Gee 16 September  KWDM-HC6

Thank you for contacting FamilySearch Support and bringing your concern to our attention.  The born in covenant (BIC) information has been added to the membership record.
FamilySearch Data Administration 

I found another error while looking at the descendants of Erastus Rowe Gee and wrote the following:

Today I discovered that three children of John Ether Gee KW8T-LDR were actually the children of his brother Edgar Lafayette Gee KWC1-XLF.

I have successfully removed Olive Gee LJTN-ZXT and combined her with Olive Gee KWCQ-GJ3 and Clendon Edgar Gee LJTN-ZFX and combined him with Clendon Edgar Gee KWCZ-BDF.

Letho Lafayette Gee KWZ6-BFP has already received his ordinances. The Letho L. K2W8-CTB in this record is not the son of John Ether Gee, but of his brother Edgar Lafayette Gee KWC1-XLF. When I try to combine these two records, I cannot merge these records. Could you please have Data Administration take care of this for me?

Laurence Gee, M.D.
They wrote back:
Dear Ivin Laurence Gee,
RE:  Letho L Gee, Membership PID:  KWZ6-BFP
Thank you for contacting FamilySearch Support and bringing your concern to our attention. The duplicate membership records have been combined into the Person Identification (ID) referenced above.
FamilySearch Data Administration 

Now Letho is with the right family.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Anna and Verena Stucki in Family Tree

Anna Stucki and Verena Stucki have records that needed attention on Family Tree. 

Click Here for the link to Evernote.

More Stucki and allied Families on Family Tree

In going through Julius Billiter's records, I am trying to merge the duplicates and add individuals not in Family Tree.

Margaretha Stucki married Heinrich Wiesmann.

Click Here for the records I put on Evernote.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Stephen Rowe Gee and Thalia Watson

When I looked at this record, I always go and look for duplicates.  I found some for Thalia.

Click Here for the information on the merge and what I did to see if we could get two daughters sealed to the parents.

Moser and Stucki on Family Tree

In working on Family Tree I try to clean up records.  Some of these require merging to get one correct record. Here is an illustration:

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I am testing a way to put screen shots on my blog and this is an experiment.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Finding Names and attaching as sources in Family Tree

This is Deborah Hines Engman. Somehow, my father, Richard Alyn Hines and his brother, Norman Russell Hiines, my uncle were recorded by you as deceased. Just want you to know they are very alive, just watched conference and ate dinner with my dad, and just talked to my uncle this week. I have put in a request that this status be changed. My father is an endowed member, has served as a Bishop, Stake mission president etc. He doesn't need to be  Norm, though, is not a member, but is still alive so no work can be done, yet... :)

Deb Hines Engman

Dear Deborah,
I looked for both of these individuals on Family Tree.  I can find neither of them.  Perhaps if you could let me know the ancestral line, so I can find out how that came about.  I apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused.  When I find an individual, I search for records for sources. I only work on lines that are direct ancestors and their descendants.  I would be happy to correspond with you further to see how we are related.

I wrote on April 12 2015

Here is a screen shot from Family Tree.  I descend from Andrew Jackson Kerr's LHLK-RV6 Grandfather William Jasper Kerr 9QY3-5LJ.  The line is as follows. William Jasper Kerr, (son) Robert Marion Kerr, (son)Marion Joseph Kerr, (daughter) Mary Ellen Kerr, (son) Ivin Lafayette Gee, and me.

I got the names from census records. (1940) and put them in to Family Tree when I entered the source on 7 March 2015.  I did not know that they were still living and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

There is a story about Josephus Kerr
or as he is known by Joseph Kerr, which I have not added to his record in Family Tree because I am still trying to document that this is the same Joseph.  Joseph Kerr was crippled from birth and served as a spy for the American forces in the Revolutionary War against the British, If you want a copy of this,let me know.
Laurence Gee

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to merge and not to merge

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I worked up this little file for my adventures in Family Tree.  I thought you might be interested in it. It is on my Family History instruction website.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A reason to put contact information into Family Tree

A reason to put contact information into Family Tree

It is always frustrating to me when I look at a record of an individual and see that someone has added some information or reserved an ordinance and they have not included any contact information.  They may have more information that you would like to ask them about, or they may have entered data in error or gotten the relationships wrong. 

When I teach people to get an account on Family Tree, I always encourage them to at least enter their e-mail address as contact information.  I enter everything in the contact information so that it will be available.  When there are questions, I want patrons to be able to contact me.

This was more than helpful when about 1 week ago I received a phone call.  It was from the church.  I thought I recognized the voice, so I said hello Dr. J. L. Smith.  It was not Dr. Smith, but a man by the name of George Wood. He explained that he was calling me about some records that had been dropped off at the Family History Center in Annapolis, Maryland by the relatives of a man that had died. His family was not members of the church and was going to destroy the records, but decided to give them to the family history center. If this sounds familiar, it is the way that the records of Lysander Gee came into the possession of the church historians office.  Brother Wood explained that he was the director of the Annapolis Family History Center. He had looked at the records and family group sheets and then went on Family Tree.  He saw my name associated with a record of one of the man’s ancestors.  He called me to ask if I wanted the records. He said that there were a number of the individuals on the family group sheets that were in Family Tree, but there were some that he could not find.  He said that there were some written histories as well. I responded that I collected information like that and would be happy to pay the shipping if he would send them to me.  I had no idea of the extent of the information.  He verified my address as it appears on Family Tree and said that he would send me the records.

When I returned from our trip to Phoenix at 11:00 p.m. last night, I looked at the mail in the box.  There was a large heavy package in the box.  I was tired and decided to open the box in the morning.  Today after I got back from my early morning meeting, I opened the box. It weighed 12 pounds.  Inside were a blue book of remembrance and a bound volume of family group sheets and a stack of loose papers 2 inches high. 

From the book of remembrance I learned that the owner was Robert Wayne Beck and was born 14 January 1930 in Eureka, Juab, Utah.  He was not in Family Tree, but his father, mother and two siblings were.  I knew that he was dead, so I entered his name and information into Family Tree as a son.

Here is a photo of the box.

Here is a photo of the documents.

 I went on the Internet and found an obituary.

Robert Wayne Beck
Bob Beck was born in Eureka, Utah but spent his adult life in Maryland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1949 and served 4 years most of that on two Navy ships, the U.S.S. Mullany and the U.S.S. Yosemite. He worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for over 33 years, retiring in 1987.

Bob was at the cutting edge of new broadcast technology, including the creation of microwave systems for radio and television broadcasters. During his early years with C & P he helped set up this new system in the White House. This allowed the President to address the nation from the White House requiring minimal telephone company involvement. He spent a great deal of time at the White House (including Camp David) and local broadcast stations during this period.

Special Navy training brought him to Washington, D.C. where he met and married Joan Cass. Last September they celebrated 62 years of marriage. They raised two sons and traveled extensively across the U. S. and later internationally.

Bob and Joan were always a devoted couple who enjoyed doing things together. Besides travel, they were always boaters on the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. This eventually made them leave Clinton, where they spent 20 years, and brought them to live in Annapolis. They were members of the Annapolis Power Squadron for many years.

Bob is survived by his wife Joan and two sons, Robert Wayne Beck, Jr (wife Susan) and Christopher Cass Beck (wife Karen), and 7 grandchildren – most around him when he passed away on Monday April 14, 2014.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 1-4 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Internment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122 or the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation, 5 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Accompanying the obituary was a photo.

When I put the information into my Ancestral Quest program, I found that he was my 4th cousin.  He descended from Sarah Caroline Gee, the sister of Lysander Gee who married first Timothy Botsford and second James Wesley Webb.  He is descended from this second marriage.