29 July 2010 - 11:27:01pm
The Ross Reunion is Saturday, August 28, 2010 at University Park in Greenwood, Indiana at noon. University Park is in the Homecoming Subdivision, 200 Legacy Blvd.
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29 July 2010 - 11:26:24pm
The McVay Reunion is Saturday, August 21, 2010 at The Community Center in Fairland, Indiana. Lunch is at 1:00 P.M.
You can bring bicycles, skateboards, scooters. Just remember your sunscreen.
Directions: Get to I-465, take I-465 to east bound I-74 to Cincinnati, take I-74 east to the 4th exit, London Road exit, turn right, then go left on first road, Frontage Road, The Community Center and Fire Department is the first building on the right. You can see it from the exit.
Please remember it's Saturday this year!!
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Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth
28 September 2008 - 4:18:03am
Faced with ever-growing expectations for genealogical accuracy and reliability, family historians concerned with improving their abilities will on a regular basis:
- study comprehensive texts and narrower-focus articles and recordings covering genealogical methods in general and the historical background and sources available for areas of particular research interest, or to which their research findings have led them.
- interact with other genealogists and historians in person or electronically, mentoring or learning as appropriate to their relative experience levels, and through the shared experience contributing to the genealogical growth of all concerned.
- subscribe to and read regularly at least two genealogical journals that list a number of contributing or consulting editors, or editorial board or committee members, and that require their authors to respond to a critical review of each article before it is published.
- participate in workshops, discussion groups, institutes, conferences and other structured learning opportunities whenever possible.
- recognize their limitations, undertaking research in new areas or using new technology only after they master any additional knowledge and skill needed and understand how to apply it to the new subject matter or technology.
- analyze critically at least quarterly the reported research findings of another family historian, for whatever lessons may be gleaned through the process.
- join and participate actively in genealogical societies covering countries, localities and topics where they have research interests, as well as the localities where they reside, increasing the resources available both to themselves and to future researchers.
- review recently published basic texts to renew their understanding of genealogical fundamentals as currently expressed and applied.
- examine and revise their own earlier research in the light of what they have learned through self-improvement activities, as a means for applying their new-found knowledge and for improving the quality of their work-product.
Portions ©2002 by National Genealogical Society.
Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On The Internet
1 June 2008 - 11:54:59pm
Appreciating that publishing information through Internet Web sites and Web pages shares many similarities with print publishing, considerate family historians:
- apply a title identifying both the entire Web site and the particular group of related pages, similar to a book-and-chapter designation, placing it both at the top of each Web browser window using the
- explain the purposes and objectives of their Web sites, placing the explanation near the top of the title page or including a link from that page to a special page about the reason for the site.
- display a footer at the bottom of each Web page which contains the Web site title, page title, author's name, author's contact information, date of last revision and a copyright statement.
- provide complete contact information, including at a minimum a name and e-mail address, and preferably some means for long-term contact, like a postal address.
- assist visitors by providing on each page navigational links that lead visitors to other important pages on the Web site, or return them to the home page.
- adhere to the NGS "Standards for Sharing Information with Others" regarding copyright, attribution, privacy, and the sharing of sensitive information.
- include unambiguous source citations for the research data provided on the site, and if not complete descriptions, offering full citations upon request.
- label photographic and scanned images within the graphic itself, with fuller explanation if required in text adjacent to the graphic.
- identify transcribed, extracted or abstracted data as such, and provide appropriate source citations.
- include identifying dates and locations when providing information about specific surnames or individuals.
- respect the rights of others who do not wish information about themselves to be published, referenced or linked on a Web site.
- provide Web site access to all potential visitors by avoiding enhanced technical capabilities that may not be available to all users, remembering that not all computers are created equal.
- avoid using features that distract from the productive use of the Web site, like ones that reduce legibility, strain the eyes, dazzle the vision, or otherwise detract from the visitor's ability to easily read, study, comprehend or print the online publication.
- maintain their online publications at frequent intervals, changing the content to keep the information current, the links valid, and the Web site in good working order.
- preserve and archive for future researchers their online publications and communications that have lasting value, using both electronic and paper duplication.
Portions ©2000, 2001 by National Genealogical Society.
Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Standards For Sharing Information With Others
1 June 2008 - 11:52:37pm
Conscious of the fact that sharing information or data with others, whether through speech, documents or electronic media, is essential to family history research and that it needs continuing support and encouragement, responsible family historians consistently:
- respect the restrictions on sharing information that arise from the rights of another as an author, originator or compiler; as a living private person; or as a party to a mutual agreement.
- observe meticulously the legal rights of copyright owners, copying or distributing any part of their works only with their permission, or to the limited extent specifically allowed under the law's "fair use" exceptions.
- identify the sources for all ideas, information and data from others, and the form in which they were received, recognizing that the unattributed use of another's intellectual work is plagiarism.
- respect the authorship rights of senders of letters, electronic mail and data files, forwarding or disseminating them further only with the sender's permission.
- inform people who provide information about their families as to the ways it may be used, observing any conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they may express regarding the use of particular items.
- require some evidence of consent before assuming that living people are agreeable to further sharing of information about themselves.
- convey personal identifying information about living people—like age, home address, occupation or activities—only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to.
- recognize that legal rights of privacy may limit the extent to which information from publicly available sources may be further used, disseminated or published.
- communicate no information to others that is known to be false, or without making reasonable efforts to determine its truth, particularly information that may be derogatory.
- are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal, immoral, bizarre or irresponsible behavior may bring to family members.
Portions ©2000 by National Genealogical Society.
Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Standards For Use of Technology in Genealogical Research
1 June 2008 - 11:49:31pm
Mindful that computers are tools, genealogists take full responsibility for their work, and therefore they:
- learn the capabilities and limits of their equipment and software, and use them only when they are the most appropriate tools for a purpose.
- do not accept uncritically the ability of software to format, number, import, modify, check, chart or report their data, and therefore carefully evaluate any resulting product.
- treat compiled information from on-line sources or digital databases in the same way as other published sources--useful primarily as a guide to locating original records, but not as evidence for a conclusion or assertion.
- accept digital images or enhancements of an original record as a satisfactory substitute for the original only when there is reasonable assurance that the image accurately reproduces the unaltered original.
- cite sources for data obtained on-line or from digital media with the same care that is appropriate for sources on paper and other traditional media, and enter data into a digital database only when its source can remain associated with it.
- always cite the sources for information or data posted on-line or sent to others, naming the author of a digital file as its immediate source, while crediting original sources cited within the file.
- preserve the integrity of their own databases by evaluating the reliability of downloaded data before incorporating it into their own files.
- provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.
- actively oppose the proliferation of error, rumor and fraud by personally verifying or correcting information, or noting it as unverified, before passing it on to others.
- treat people on-line as courteously and civilly as they would treat them face-to-face, not separated by networks and anonymity.
- accept that technology has not changed the principles of genealogical research, only some of the procedures.
Portions ©2000, 2001, 2002 by National Genealogical Society.
Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Guidelines For Using Records Repositories and Libraries
1 June 2008 - 11:47:24pm
Recognizing that how they use unique original records and fragile publications will affect other users, both current and future, family history researchers habitually:
- are courteous to research facility personnel and other researchers, and respect the staff’s other daily tasks, not expecting the records custodian to listen to their family histories nor provide constant or immediate attention.
- dress appropriately, converse with others in a low voice, and supervise children appropriately.
- do their homework in advance, know what is available and what they need, and avoid ever asking for "everything" on their ancestors.
- use only designated work space areas and equipment, like readers and computers intended for patron use, respect off-limits areas, and ask for assistance if needed.
- treat original records at all times with great respect and work with only a few records at a time, recognizing that they are irreplaceable and that each user must help preserve them for future use.
- treat books with care, never forcing their spines, and handle photographs properly, preferably wearing archival gloves.
- never mark, mutilate, rearrange, relocate, or remove from the repository any original, printed, microform, or electronic document or artifact.
- use only procedures prescribed by the repository for noting corrections to any errors or omissions found in published works, never marking the work itself.
- keep note-taking paper or other objects from covering records or books, and avoid placing any pressure upon them, particularly with a pencil or pen.
- use only the method specifically designated for identifying records for duplication, avoiding use of paper clips, adhesive notes, or other means not approved by the facility.
- return volumes and files only to locations designated for that purpose.
- before departure, thank the records custodians for their courtesy in making the materials available.
- follow the rules of the records repository without protest, even if they have changed since a previous visit or differ from those of another facility.
Portions ©1997, 2001 by National Genealogical Society; includes material ©1995 by Joy Reisinger, CG.
Genealogical Standards & Guidelines - Standards For Sound Genealogical Research
1 June 2008 - 11:46:39pm
Remembering always that they are engaged in a quest for truth, family history researchers consistently:
- record the source for each item of information they collect.
- test every hypothesis or theory against credible evidence, and reject those that are not supported by the evidence.
- seek original records, or reproduced images of them when there is reasonable assurance they have not been altered, as the basis for their research conclusions.
- use compilations, communications and published works, whether paper or electronic, primarily for their value as guides to locating the original records, or as contributions to the critical analysis of the evidence discussed in them.
- state something as a fact only when it is supported by convincing evidence, and identify the evidence when communicating the fact to others.
- limit with words like "probable" or "possible" any statement that is based on less than convincing evidence, and state the reasons for concluding that it is probable or possible.
- avoid misleading other researchers by either intentionally or carelessly distributing or publishing inaccurate information.
- state carefully and honestly the results of their own research, and acknowledge all use of other researchers’ work.
- recognize the collegial nature of genealogical research by making their work available to others through publication, or by placing copies in appropriate libraries or repositories, and by welcoming critical comment.
- consider with open minds new evidence or the comments of others on their work and the conclusions they have reached.
Portions © 1997, 2002 by National Genealogical Society.
Dellinger, McVay, and Ross Family Photos
19 May 2008 - 10:36:41pm
Bonnie Dellinger allowed me to borrow her collection of photographs last month! Thank you Bonnie!!
I scanned all the photos and burned two copies to DVD - one for Bonnie and another for myself. I modified copies of some of the original photos and uploaded them to Dave's Family Tree. With Bonnie's help, I am currently trying to determine who individuals are in the photos, the time the photos were taken, the locations, and recording any additional information I can find with or about the photo. Once I discover an identity I link the photo to the individual. This is a time consuming and tedious process that will likely take several months to complete.
To view the photos go to the Multimedia List section of Dave's Family Tree. I have placed the photos in sub folders of the Photographs folder named Dellinger Family Photos, McVay Family Photos, and Ross Family Photos. The sub folder names are indicative of the way the original photographs were organized and are not strict family groupings. For security reasons you must be logged in to view any picture that shows a living person. To protect against automated harvesting all photographs are watermarked unless you are logged in.
The photos found on Dave's Family Tree are modified low resolution copies of the original high quality scans. On request and with Bonnie's permission I will make the original set available to family members provided they cover the cost of media and mailing. One complete digital set of photos requires eight DVD+R SL (DVD Type 5 Single Layer 4.71 gigabyte) discs. Do not ask me to email individual photos since they are quite large. Some are several hundred megabytes apiece.
I hope you enjoy these photos and please send a big thank you to Bonnie!
For those more technically inclined, I scanned the photos into Adobe Photoshop CS2 Version 9.0.2 at 24bpp producing 16.8 million distinct colors (Truecolor) at 1200dpi. I felt this was adequate for my archival purposes. As a comparison, a typical printer prints at 300dpi and computer monitors display less than 150dpi. I made no attempt to change tone, to sharpen, to reduce dust or scratches, or to correct fading, grain, back lighting, or gutter shadow. In short, I scanned the photos as I found them without adjustments of any kind. I ended up with 23,891,852,340 bytes (23.8 gigabytes) of images. Each image was saved as a single page TIFF with LZW compression. The modified photos uploaded to Dave's Family Tree were reduced to 150dpi, had the margins cropped, had the orientation rotated as needed, and were finally converted to the JPEG format.
Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
8 May 2008 - 9:46:54am
Okay, I have been very busy this year trying to get my genealogy project in order! After a false cancer scare I figured it was about time I got serious and started tiding up my project for the next family genealogist to find - just in case.
I have standardized all my place names and the place hierarchy is finally organized. I have given every individual a Modified Henry number. I have also standardized my notation and source entry methods. I will write more about the numbering system and my standards in a later news article.
I am working on organizing photographs and scans of sources. So far I have moved about half my multimedia over. For the most part it is viewable but not everything is linked to the proper person or source yet.
I have also started working through my source and repository lists. My goal is to document each piece of data and where I got it from. I have completed two large sources so far: The WorldConnect Project of Martha Jane [Williams] Andrew and The Social Security Death Index. I'm nearly finished with Minnie J. Williams' Record of Family Traits. Next will be US Census data. I only have a hundred or so sources to go after that!
Even with all the work I have to do I feel my project is more complete than most I've seen out there. It's even more complete than some of the published genealogies I've seen. However, it's not where I want it to be yet. I know it will never be complete and will certainly never be finished - that's just the nature of genealogy. Still, I will keep hammering away at it until either it is finished or my time here is finished.
My real hope is that a future generation will pick up where I leave off someday and find that I left them an accurate and documented starting place for their project - incomplete as it may be.
Welcome to Your Genealogy
26 April 2008 - 12:51:20am
This page provides an introduction and overview to my genealogy.
To begin working with the data, choose one of the charts from the Charts menu, go to the Individual list, or search for a name or place.
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