I've had some concentrated time recently and I've completed something I've been working on on and off for a few years. I've constructed a 250ist page PDF of the McKee family tree. The tree is in book form with each person's name and vitals only.
Please understand that there are no citations in the work. In constructing this book, I followed a model that is similar to the method used by Mrs. Frank S. Torrens and her daughter, Louise M. Torrens, in their genealogy series Family Genealogies of Sparta, Illinois. I located copies of the various volumes of these books at the Salt Lake City Family History Center and found that the information in these books jump started my research on many lines. I hope you have the same experience while using my McKee book. If you have questions or corrections/additional information, please post a comment. Since this is a family blog, I'm sure that more than one person will be interested in updating their information too.
I'm planning on publishing this book so that if someone wants a printed copy they can get one without involving me...printing, binding, and mailing copies.
As more information becomes available, I'll be updating this book. In the meantime, I hope you find this book helpful.
I have another book in the works, a manuscript that is a family saga covering Alexander McKee and his children. I'm not sure when that book will be completed. As time allows I'll be working on it.
Click the following link to download a copy of the PDF from my Microsoft OneDrive account:
When I started using RootsMagic, I decided that I needed to start with a new wing of my family so that I would really learn to use the software well. I started from scratch with my Murphy family. As is my usual practice, I added a user-defined fact (LDOF) so that I could use my custom IDs:
Here's the breakdown of the custom ID: Living = Living people Lurk = People born 1940 or earlier (I set up Google alerts looking for obits.) D = Dead but I don't have an obit or a Find A Grave memorial O = Dead and I have an obit but no Find A Grave memorial F = Dead and I have found a Find A Grave memorial but I have no obit
FO is the ideal state. Every entry in the database has a custom ID added. I use the ID to figure out what I should be searching for when looking at a given entry in the database. Click here to see more about how I create and use custom IDs.
As happens to all researchers from time to time, I went down a false path. The family name was Littlejohn. In my usual overachieving manner, I had managed to track down obits and added additional spouses names. By the time I figured out that I had the wrong name, I had added quite a few people. I thought, "Ugh, how am I gonna find them all?" I flipped to my list view (People tab in RootsMagic) and voila...I was missing a custom ID for every person I had added! I usually add the custom IDs as one of my last steps when I add people to my database.
In this instance, I could click the LDOF column heading to sort database entries by custom ID and get everybody in the Littlejohn group in one part of the list...because they had no custom IDs. As I deleted based on family heads, I could look at the list and watch as the Littlejohn group got smaller and smaller.
Using the custom IDs have always allowed me to focus my research efforts but I never envisioned the opposite holding true; that is, the lack of IDs could be used to make changes--in this case, a correction--too.
I still subscribe to a few lists. Younger researchers might or might not pay attention to this older technology. Basically, you subscribe to an email list, people send emails to the list address, and emails with contents are sent to everybody who subscribes to the list. The Cheshire ListServ has always been an active one and well worth the time to go through the email I receive because of the subscription. I've written about this list before in the post British Bonanza.
Well today, the very kind Vanessa Dixon posted a link to a YouTube video of Dukinfield Cemetery & Crematorium. The video is basically a walking tour of this large cemetery. I have several burials there. Here's the Find A Grave list:
Since I'm not jetting off to Dukinfield anytime soon (sigh...), being able to see Vanessa's video was a lovely surprise. Vanessa has 187 other posted videos. So I suppose I'll be picking through YouTube videos and seeing what else Vanessa has that I might find interesting.
Older technology (ListServ) working with newer technology (YouTube)...It's a good genealogy thing...
P.S. Vanessa also has a photostream on Flickr. Looks like it's visual arts night.