Apprentice Adventures 2:

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Met yesterday with Barb the apprentice. She’s motivated! Apparently she’s learning. Here’s what we discussed.

I had asked for ten hours a week. Barb confessed to 19. Like I say, she’s motivated. Made her husband drive the 6 hours to Seattle last week while she studied. this on top of online research, precis writing, creating the 15 questions, etc. assigned. Then she ordered a critical civil registration from England which miraculously appeared in time.

We discussed civil registration in England and all the problems with indexes, both original and on-line versions. Under-registration was covered. Did you ever wonder why some records are not found? Six percent, at least, of births, marriages and deaths before 1851 were not registered. The omissions are greater immediately after registration. Then of course there is the problem of incompetence of the civil service. Marriage registration indexes are appallingly bad. The records are there, the access is blocked. Barb was enlightened. She went away with several reading assignments concerning index problems.

Last week she read two articles on organization and is gungho to re-do her own. But I told her to hold off, then read some more. Among these readings is a review of Clooz, a most interesting software program that bears serious scrutiny by more of us. I hope she orders it.

This week research assignment is to find and order birth registrations for Edward Hambrooks siblings. So she’ll be back in the censuses, and birth registrations. Her chapter fo study is on census. She’ll write up the precis, create 15 questions, and memorize census days for English censuses 1841-1901. We meet again early next week.


One response to “Apprentice Adventures 2:

  1. Ken,
    You mention studing about Clooz. I would like to suggest that you look at “ByGones”, an electronic filing system, at .
    According to its’ author, Troy Adair, Bygones (Basic Genealogical
    Note-keeping System) “is set up to make the initial recording of the results
    of genealogical searches very easy, since it is meant to be used to record
    your research process as you do research–when time is often limited and
    It has many databases for all of that data we have to enter and I have found
    it to be quite useful and, really important, easy to use. It is a freeware
    software program designed to help you to keep genealogical research notes
    and is available for Windows 95+ and Macintosh computers. The Bygones
    program is a FileMaker Pro 4.0 Runtime database program that will work only
    with the Bygones databases.
    I do know that it has databases for scanned maps and pictures; I have not
    used scanned images so I am not familiar with the databases.
    “Electronically” I file my research with ByGones and am thoroughly pleased.
    I made a trip to Salt Lake with my ByGones database on my laptop and it
    worked out great! Knew exactly what I had at home in my filing cabinet.
    More information concerning the program can be found on the web page and a
    manual can be downloaded. The manual is not finished but still contains
    quite a lot of information that will help you understand the program and get
    you started. The program designer has also placed tutorials online and has
    set up a mail list that is active; he monitors it and is usually right there
    with help/advice. The mailgroup messages are archived and can be reached
    from the website also.
    It has sorting and searching capabilities. You can use templates, including
    some for census work, that help to reduce your input time. Since the program
    is free, it won’t cost anything to try it out.
    Hope this helps,
    Ann Staley, CG(SM)
    [CG, Certified Genealogist, is a service mark of
    the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by
    Board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations.]

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