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    A thread has been running on family history under iPad Apps - RootsMagic 4.

    Two of us are exchanging messages. I hoped other forum users would join in, but not yet. This underlines my feeling that the thread is wrong.

    I will copy my latest posts into this thread.

    Hopefully others will join in. Family History / Genealogy can be addictive. It's great to discover where we come from.
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    You may be interested in seeing what your family members' occupations were.

    This is a part of the richness of family history discoveries.

    Try these links.

    http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/index.html

    http://www.familytreeservice.co.uk/ and go to census occupation

    I hope I have whetted your appetite. It would be great to see more forum members posting to this thread. Perhaps the later messages in this thread could be transferred to a New thread titled "Family History".  
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    Richard Brown
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    E. Surrey Family History Society. ) And in
    http://www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk/ ) very
    Lincolnshire Family History Society. ) good
    http://www.lincolnshirefhs.org.uk/ ) company.

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    I loaded GedView yesterday. Loaded on my family tree with no trouble. It's a super programme. It took me a little while to sort out how to enter a marriage (via the families screen). I put in William and Kate's marriage as a try out.

    It's a shame GedView doesn't have searches by occupation or other term or years.

    I'm off to a postcard fair in London today, to search for ephemera related to some sporting ancestors.

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    I should also note that I have a Kensington iPad cover with the connected bluetooth keyboard which comes in handy when doing research.
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    Invaluable Family tree web sites include:


    International Research

    www.Ancestry.com (Subscription service)

    FamilySearch.org - Family History and Genealogy Records LDS (Free)


    U.S. Research

    Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System U.S. Civil War Soldiers

    Search - BLM GLO Records U.S. Land Patents

    Nationwide Gravesite Locator Veteran Graves

    Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records Find a Grave

    Free Genealogy and Family History Online - The USGenWeb Project US GenWeb

    There are many others but these are the ones I use most often.
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       Vintage photographs are fascinating.  There are well known sites, such as Frith, which are a great source of information.

    I have just been looking at a site which is a bit like a swap shop - a place through which lost photos and cards can be reunited with their families. http://www.reminiscene.co.uk/index.htm

    It's great.  

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    I have recently got an iPad and am now looking for a suitable app. I found this thread and one other where genealogy and Family History are discussed. I have seen mention of Gedview, Families and Roots Magic. I have been able to find the first two on the app store but not the last one, is it still available? I use PAF for my PC storage and so Families would be less that ideal I presume. Is there a detailed run down of each of the programmes anywhere with their features and failings?

    TIA
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    Short story long, my drivers license, credit cards, and exclusive private club membership cards were stolen. I had to replace them and without explaining here just how impossible it can be do replace a SS card/DL, I finally had to find my original birth certificate. I did not find it, but I did find certified copies.

    Some time later, I found the original stone tablet and in looking it over, I discovered my mother had two kids prior to those she had with my dad.

    I did not know she had these children. I was stunned that she had kids I have never known anything about.

    I asked my brother and he knew about these errant children all along. He tried to ask our uncle about them. Stunned silence; he would not discuss the matter. "Ask your mom" is all he would say. My brother once asked our dad and he was met with the same reply. He definitely did not want to talk about the matter.

    Genealogy is interesting. Sometimes, it leaves you with lots of questions and few answers. Here in Utah, we have many great resources for such work.

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

    I am still trying to prove I am decended from Vikings.
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    I've always been interested in this too, I only know as far back as the mid 1700's though and thats things that have been passed on through the generations. Both sides of my family are Scottish of course. Although I have some irish blood but thats common for us Celts. My Clans tartan is also similar to the Black Watch regiment.
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    What a surprise that must have been Bob!!

    I have my mothers family tree going back 150 years, English, Irish, Scottish, Danish. My great Aunt has a newspaper clipping of when my family first came to Australia as free settlers. I have my fathers side going back 400+ years, a shame it's all mapped out in Chinese though. But it is all very interesting!

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    Hi there.
    I have been using the Family Tree app. It is full genealogy program with many features.
    I currently have in it about 500 persons and it handles them easily.

    Pekka
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    Hi there Valkrider. I am currently using Roots Magic version 4, which is excellent. Try searching for "S and N genealogy supplies"

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    Hi Bob, it's great to see you here on this thread, which seems to be waking up after a long slumber. (The Viking has stirred?!<VBG>).

    Yes, there are skeletons in some of our histories. I have one from the 1850s. I was contacted a couple of months ago by the friend of a family branch which I knew nothing of. The fact that this branch descended from a male living in the late 19thC knocked a family tale developed by my Canadian cousins. They believed that all the brothers of the family emigrated to canada leaving their sisters behind in Lincolnshire.

    It's all most fascinating and you need to prove out stories etc.

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    We all seem to be proud of our families, but I suspect many of us have no shortage of evil in our past.
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    But not so many wealthy ones. Although, the fairly light-weight TV series, Heir Hunters, hints that lots of us have untapped inheritances etc!

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    Am I in the right place ? I searched for your Family History thread. I am hooked on building family trees for my husband and for me. I've already found "cousins" I didn't know I had and have communicated directly with two in Germany! I've also traveled to have lunch with two that have been avid collectors of documents. Because my father died when I was a teenager and his remaining family lived far, I didn't know much about my roots. I've since learned that an autoimmune illness that I have was inherited!
    The advantage of an iPad is that you can actually collect data at a site and attach it to your tree. Last week I was in cemeteries taking pics of graves and this week talking to aging relatives while showing them the trees. Already picking up anecdotes that add a dimension I never thought possible!
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    Hi Joyntechnology.

    Yes, you are depending on what you ar looking for.

    It's a shame this thread and the Rootsmagic thread are slow.

    Like you, I believe the iPad has a future in Genealogy. It's a fascinating hobby, and ties in with other interests, such as travel and local history.

    I have photos of ancestors stored on my iPad to refer to or show relatives. I use iFiles for this purpose.

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    I found this thread by accident and realised I had not even thought of using my iPad for family history :)

    In the last few years I have found my husbands two sisters that he did not know about and also a whole family for my mother-in-law who was adopted (2 brothers and a sister) so she finally got to find out who her mother was.

    My own mother spent years researching her family and we spent a lovely summer holiday mooching around old graveyards in Scotland and in some cases actually having to dig up fallen headstones to get at the information LOL
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    I've enjoyed genealogy for years. We use familysearch.org and have also used the LDS church's local genealogy library. My wife's family tree traces back into royalty, and her ancestors include Lady Godiva, Charlemane, and Joseph of Aramathea (my apologies if I misspelled any of those).
    I am interested, joyntechnology, in what app, if any, you use in your family history research/work... Are there any apps of this sort available?
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    Welcome to this thread, darkangelwitch. I started the thread as a general discussion, where we can exchange experiences gained in Genealogy. Also, hopefully we can help each other in developing use of the iPad as a tool for genealogy.

    For me, the convenience and portability of the iPad, and it's remarkable battery life lend it to field work in archives and libraries, or to take photos. The iPad 3 has a great camera and screen. I don't own a 3, but an speaking from viewing photos posted on threads, and from tinkering with display models in stores.

    Ancestry's tree to go for iPad is good.

    I also like GrdView as notes etc can easily be added in the field.

    BTW, how are you getting on with the new look LDS Familysearch? The roots forums are full of complaints.

    Hi Ldsdad. It's good to see you on this forum. Like you, I'm interested in the app joyntechnology uses.

    Your wife's distant ancestors are amazing. You were lucky to find information, and to verify it.

    Genealogy is fascinating with incredible ancestors waiting to be found whether good or bed :)



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