Twitter and our club website

WordPress, where our website is hosted, offers a couple of Twitter-related features I made use of over the summer.

Genealogy tweets in our sidebar: The right sidebar at our website used to display messages from two or three blogs: Dick Eastman, Legacy Family Tree, etc. Those have been replaced by a single list showing tweets from a baker’s dozen of sites. Eastman and Legacy are still there but Ancestry, Fold3, GenealogyBank, DearMyrtle, and others are included too. This is a list I created at Twitter.

Our Twitter account: In order to create a list, I needed an account for the club. The account’s handle is @SunCityGenClub and its name is “SCOV Genealogy Club.” WordPress automatically uses our account to tweet the title of any message posted to our website. If you have a Twitter account and follow @SunCityGenClub you’ll see a message whenever anyone posts to our website, with a link back to the post.

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September 2015 Treasurer’s Report

Click here to view or print the September Treasurer’s Report.  The ending balance was $5,181.90. The report includes a transfer of $810.75 out of the Asset Reserve to reflect our purchase of a new Mac last year. The Asset Reserve now stands at $2689.25.

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August and July Treasurer Reports

Our club’s July Treasurer’s report, which I misplaced, may be viewed and/or printed here. Sorry for the delay. The August report is here. The available balance at the end of August was $1896.88, with an additional $3500 in our Asset Reserve Fund.

Norma and I audited the club’s financial records for the fiscal year ending June 30 2015 and found them satisfactory.

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I will be monitoring in the Genealogy Club library on Friday, September 25th from 1 – 3 p.m.  If anyone is needs some help breaking down one of those “brick walls” please stop by and let’s see what we can do.

Holly Gibson

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Probate records can be a gold mine

Here’s Art Petty’s comment on the new Ancestry records:

This is a great addition to Ancestry’s database! The very first name that I typed in resulted in 135 pages of probate records for an aunt in Alabama. No will, so court records were extensive, including a detailed listing of all the heirs; children (many) and which ones were deceased, surviving in-laws, and all living grandchildren. Interestingly, one child died and one grandchild born between the death date and the probate settlement. These were noted in the records. Also from the distribution of funds, it was easy to determine the number of grandchildren in each family. Since the sale of some property was required to equitably distribute the estate, each heir of legal age and each minor child (via their legal guardian) was subpoenaed for input to the court prior to the sale of property. This provided the location (county and in some cases district) of each heir. This was particularly useful in a couple of cases where the grandchildren were living with other relatives following the deaths of their father and/or mother. It also provided clues to the location of legal guardianship appointments, also included in the same database. An incredible amount of new information was learned about this family from this single probate record.

Art Petty

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