27 April 2008

Grave Sites and Damage

Last Sunday's Tampa Tribune included an extensive article on cemeteries going to ruin. My beau (Garry), who happens to be a commercial insurance adjuster, mentioned in passing that when you own a grave your home owner's policy covers damages to the grave marker. I mentioned this in passing to Pattie Schultz.

Pattie checked with Scott Black who (I think) is an insurance agent. Scott reported that not only does your home owner's cover damages to grave marks you own, it also covers liability if someone trips on your grave marker and tries to sue you.

So if you've inherited a grave marker that's a wreck, you might want to check your home owner's to see if you have coverage.

18 April 2008

New Family Search Site

In January Cathy published info and the following link for Family Search Labs Record Search: http://search.labs.familysearch.org

I'm re-posting to get this info back to the top of the blog.

I finally got around to trying out the new site this week. If you are searching in Texas, this site is a must-visit gold mine. I found loads of info from the Texas Death Index.

The site is easy to use and the search results are easy to look through. The results are much better than I've gotten at other sites. It's one of the friendless genealogy sites I've seen in a long time. The best part is when you find info you want, there's a link that lets you copy the text from the screen to your pasteboard (clipboard). From there, you can paste the info directly into your genealogy software (for example, on a notes page).

As the Family Search Labs project progresses, it is going to make life very easy for researchers. I can't wait until they put the St. Louis marriage index online.

Family Search Labs is getting a big thumbs up from me! Try it...You'll love it.

16 April 2008

Book from Ancestry

While cruising on Amazon.com, I found a book titled "The McKee Name in History" for $35. I usually shy away from these books but this one was produced by Ancestry.com. So with more money than brains, I plunked down my $35 and waited.

A few days later the box arrived at my front door. The book is lovely to look at and to hold. However, it is basically a compilation of statistics that I could have found on my own. I'm a professional technical writer. When I look at this book, it looks like an historical template that could be updated with just about any name and a new set of statistics.

I was disappointed, especially since there is a great tale about the origins of the McKee family in Scotland. They were such a contentious bunch that an English king had to place an English nobleman smack in the middle of three groups to keep them from killing each other. My family is most likely from the southern most group. And yes, they were a pretty contentious bunch while living in Southern Illinois.

I guess the upshot of all of this is buyer beware…even when it's published by Ancestry.com.

06 April 2008

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008

ProGenealogist has published their selection for 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008 based on coverage and content.

The most of the websites on the list are familiar. Several of the commercial, "$," websites are available on the computers at our Family History Center. There are some you might not be familiar with that aren't commercial so they may be worth your personal inspection.