2011-01-19 LunchBunch Wednesday
Seventies Soulchild: hey alt, 3rd
3rdthawkins: hello Seventies and alt
alt: hello 3rdthawkins, Seventies Soulchild how y'all doing
Seventies Soulchild: sick of snow.
alt: i hear ya Seventies Soulchild
3rdthawkins: doing good alt
Seventies Soulchild: even my children are sick of snow. lol
alt: days off, gotta be careful what you ask for.
Seventies Soulchild: Well I'm not asking for too many more days off. . . lol Except for this summer when I go on vacay to MS! So I'm going to try to be in the vicinity for the CW 150 event in Natchez.
Seventies Soulchild: I'm very excited about the events and the family reunion.
alt: can imagine you are
Seventies Soulchild: I'm hoping to forge a 'working' relationship with Ser Boxley so I can get my family's information made more public so I can get that Rounds Family Reunion together. taking baby steps with that.
alt: good luck with Boxley
Seventies Soulchild: From what I know about him, I'm pretty confident that the working relationship should be ok. We'll see. . .
alt: remember his 'forte' is CW & Slavery, not so much genealogy.
Seventies Soulchild: gotcha alt.
3rdthawkins: hello daviss
Seventies Soulchild: hey daviss... finished watering your lawn??? lol
daviss: hello 3rd alt and seventies
Seventies Soulchild: hello vkn
alt: hello vkn
3rdthawkins: hello vkn
daviss: thats why I am late seventies, I had to change from my sun suit lol
Seventies Soulchild: rub it in
vkn: Howdy seventies 3rd alt daviss and all of us
daviss: hello therre vkn!
vkn: Hubba hubba daviss lol
daviss: lol I am on the phone with Ancestry.... grrrrrrrr
alt: what's the problem daviss
Seventies Soulchild: yes its your turn for trouble with ancestry. . . :} They don't like you daviss. . .lol vkn, I've been kind of browsing the boards for ESS . . . haven't seen any just yet. How's it coming?
vkn: oops not liking me either seventies
Seventies Soulchild: uh oh. . .
vkn: seventies see the post saying "Back to Africa" that is the first posted
Seventies Soulchild: I wanted to make quick suggestion to you earlier this week about the calls. Maybe you could give a quick phone questionnaire, 5 questions. Because of the numbe of calls you are getting. I'm looking now.
vkn: Good suggestion. Right now they are going to voice mail/ID and I am returning calls
daviss: ok back.. sorry
vkn: On surnames seventies
daviss: are you talking about that Horace post vkn?
Seventies Soulchild: Basic questions would be what is the surname, what is the state/region, what years? that's all I've got
alt: you are sending them to AfriGeneas, right vkn?
vkn: yes daviss
Seventies Soulchild: This way it would keep focus. And of course contact information for the person making the request.
vkn: yes alt Good point seventies
alt: my thoughts... it isn't so much of who they are researching and where, but the process(es) they are using. and how their recordkeeping... paper, computer, etc. I like the post on AfriGeneas suggesting folks bookmark the 'site map' vkn.
vkn: So many just want to to talk, have no idea on where to start so I have just shut down answering the phone if caller is not recognized
Seventies Soulchild: Well all I'm saying is if we're going to assist these people, we need specific info. And yes vkn so many just want to talk. . . lol Been there done that!
alt: I can understabd that vkn... nothing turns you off quicker than when they immediately start getting into the grandma, uncle johnny, etc.
Seventies Soulchild: thus the specific questionnaire.
alt: you understand, but you really can't help them in their immediate areas of research, but you can tell them what to look for and where and how to go about recording their findings
Seventies Soulchild: Is there anyway that you can 'sticky' that beginners guide to the surnames forum? Sticky it as in make it a message that always appears first in the threads?
daviss: vkn do you have more than one line on tele
vkn: only one line daviss
Seventies Soulchild: brb
vkn: Sticky sounds interesting seventies. There is a link to Guide in explanation of surnames forum
daviss: I was going to say if you have another line do like they do at the bank. ' If you are calling about research press 1" and then send them to AfriGeneas
3rdthawkins: use alt's voice for the record :} recording
vkn: alt that is why the ess in the subject line so yall will know that you are starting with a minus 1
alt: Just noticed.. we no longer have a Beginner's Forum do we?
vkn: No alt what was Beginners we changed to Surnames
alt: we have 'Brick Wall" which folks seldom use... and they hated being calling 'newbies". but IMHO there needs to be a place/forum for those just starting.
daviss: I must still be on the back of the turnip truck. What ESS
alt: Essence magazine
daviss: and what is minus 1
alt: I think she means 'jump street' LOL
vkn: lol jump street is right
3rdthawkins: what is the Junior Forum all about alt and vkn?
daviss: teens 3rd
alt: kids like you 3rdthawkins LOL
3rdthawkins: oh, ok, that's what I was figuring, wasn't sure lol at alt Beginner's Forum may not be bad
vkn: alt you be hilarious. gonna be yo agent when you go on TV
Seventies Soulchild: ok back
alt: vkn, I think you're taking the right appraoch for AfriGeneas to be pro-active with the 'newly interested' it is a matter of asking/telling/showing them there is a process to follow, you just don't 'jump' in without knowing how to swim.
3rdthawkins: good that vkn is "coding" the messages to let us know.......but wish there was some way a person can select whether they are beginner intermediate seasonal, advanced, whatever, in the message post
vkn: 3rdthawkins we have been there and done that for about ten years before changing. No one wanted to be identified as a Newbie
Seventies Soulchild: vkn maybe its because I spend so much time online on message boards, it took me awhile to read that paragraph on the surnames forum. I jumped right into the forum
alt: exactly vkn..
3rdthawkins: I see,
Seventies Soulchild: Hey I find that if you tell someone you're a newbie they are more willing to help you with your research. There is no shame in being 'new'.
3rdthawkins: that's what I was thinking SS I think people are more apt to help, just dont' want anyone to be afraid to say they are new, for whatevereason
vkn: Seventies Soulchild mixed returns on that one seventies 3rd
alt: if someone post 'looking for xyz' it doesn't really help them to show records we've found for xyz... I think we could 'send' them to sources for the records and let them enjoy the 'discovery' of their people, just an opinion.
Seventies Soulchild: but the researchers have to be open to accept help as well.
vkn: Now that is sooooo true seventies
alt: how many folks have been told that they need to think out the box on surnames and not get locked into spelling.
3rdthawkins: you could vkn enoucrage them, let them know that explaining if they are new or not can determine the help that they get, IDK, just a though thought
alt: lately the meshaw, micheaux, meshow is a great example...
vkn: alt in part why we are highlighting articles in library and hopefully can use chat platform increasingly
Seventies Soulchild: True alt.
alt: I noticed that vkn.. great concept.... the strength of AfriGeneas is 'content' and the ability to search years of postings.... most of the newer posts have been asked and answered over and over again.
vkn: 3rdthawkins thanx
alt: wonder how many folks even use the search feature on the individual forums?
3rdthawkins: yw vkn
Seventies Soulchild: regarding the Horace Family inquiry, do we have anyone here on the board that specializes in the colonization Liberia movement? I've only been able to reference one piece on that. I love search. Saves time alt
daviss: I can only speak for myself alt because I use it all the time
Seventies Soulchild: As well as the Recent Posts feature
3rdthawkins: every now and then
vkn: probaly more on the mailing list seventies
alt: there has been much discussion on the Amercian Colonization Society & Liberia Seventies Soulchild
3rdthawkins: I used Recent Posts at one point, but the problem is you click in the middle of a discussion instead of the beginning, so I try to go to the actual forum but not to say it isn't good, it's good for some, everyone has what works for them
daviss: you can go to the beginning 3rd
vkn: But the entire thread is displayed 3rd
3rdthawkins: oh, ok
alt: right 3rdthawkins .. and Recent Posts takes you to a 'thread' you have to determine for yourself how much of that thread you want to get into.
3rdthawkins: hello AY
AYWalton: Good afternoon, all.
alt: hello AYWalton
AYWalton: hi 3rd
vkn: Then the reader can change the subject in any thresd
AYWalton: greetings alt, daviss, SoulChile. Greetings, VKN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
daviss: The beginning of the post has a little symbol in front
vkn: Heyyyyyyy AYW!!!!!!!!
daviss: Hello AYWalton!
Seventies Soulchild: hey AYWalton
3rdthawkins: ok, that's a good note daviss
Seventies Soulchild: So what's good with you today AYWalton?
AYWalton: busy as usual, SoulChile, and you?
Seventies Soulchild: snowed in. But spent a day trying to get additional info on the Galmore/Galimore/Gallimore families
alt: exactly vkn, that' where I'm saying we can only 'direct' to a degree, user must learn the process and the 'tools' to be successful... don't know if AfriGeneas can do that...
Seventies Soulchild: I've noticed a lot of them came from northern MS & TN black and whites Still trying to find out how mine came to be in southern MS :}
alt: folks just don't want to read anymore...
Seventies Soulchild: no they do not. Internet got us this way..
vkn: Gotta make breakfast yall. Back atcha later. Thanx for offer of the help with Guide alt Back in touch asap. and yes we must remain awre of strengths and limitations. A dynamic balancing act lol but y'all be doing it !!!!!! Each one;Teach one
Seventies Soulchild: breakfast??? Its 1 pm!
daviss: speaking of reading. I got the book I have been wanting for years in the mail yesterday. A Southern Community In Crisis : Harrison County Texas 1850-1880" .. I had been getting it InterLibrary Loan .Now I have it in my Library
alt: breakfast = first meal of the day Seventies Soulchild LOL
Seventies Soulchild: Well when I'm off I do the same thing! lol
alt: wonderful daviss, how did you acquire it?
Seventies Soulchild: You know that's what I need to do today go visit my library for ILL... I would probably get ahead in my research... :}
daviss: I had been looking for it for years and out of print
Seventies Soulchild: did you get it through amazon?
daviss: got it on Able I have not used amazon
alt: both are great sources for out of print and rare books
Seventies Soulchild: I guess since I've made a committment to allocate this winter for research and with all these doggone snow days, I need to get on the ball here.
daviss: you mean get on the "snow ball" lol
Seventies Soulchild: Oh by the way, I talked to my Uncle Elijah Washington's eldest daughter over the weekend. I was so excited! lol you've got jokes today Ms. daviss. . . lol
alt: there always more to do than what we have time for Seventies Soulchild, unfortunaltely
daviss: I know, I can't do nothing else seventies How old is the daughter seventies
Seventies Soulchild: BTW, lol you know you have xerascaping and no real grass! lol
daviss: lol lol
Seventies Soulchild: I just introduced myself and told her what I was doing. She is very interested in the family history since her father died when she was young. I'm not quite sure of her age. I would imagine that she's in her 80's. She sounds really great for an older person. voice is still strong. This is the branch of the family that moved from MS to ARK to Indiana.
daviss: thats good
alt: that great Seventies Soulchild ... like Bill Withers says "use her until she is all used up" LOL
daviss: wonder if she can send you pics
Seventies Soulchild: Oh I will alt! :} She has no photos of her father, I did ask about that.
Seventies Soulchild: So I think the next time we speak, I will give her the rundown of Roxie Earls family. I hope that she will be happy about that.
alt: do you have the family genealogy on your computer Seventies Soulchild?
daviss: mabe you can send her a family sheet
Seventies Soulchild: From what she conveyed to me, she didn't know much about the Mississippi roots. Yes on Rootsmagic
alt: my thoughts exactly daviss, maybe aeven a genealogical narrative.
daviss: right alt! I bet she would be thrilled
Seventies Soulchild: Well I don't have her mailing address, but I did leave my telephone number and mailing address for her to contact me at any time.
alt: oh Roots magic is the ticket... a narrative on the descendants of Roxie Earls as you have then on your computer,,,
daviss: seventies you do the contact.. older people really prefer that
Seventies Soulchild: Roxie Earls had a lot of descendants. But there is one thing that I've been mulling through in my mind. The mystery of Millie Earls... Oh absolutely.
daviss: call her often
Seventies Soulchild: Thank you daviss.
alt: and I hope you're adding photos (head shots) of those you have to their 'file' Seventies Soulchild
alt: maybe the narrative can help her to help you solve the Millie Earls mystery.
daviss: seems like the more I hear you all, I need to get Roots majic j should be g
alt: YOu can probably do the same things with FTm daviss, but IMHO Roots Magic does so much more and better.
daviss: oh ok thx
Seventies Soulchild: Well Millie Earls was supposed to be my great grandfathers cousin, BUT there is a millie Earls born to their mother. So I think that after the mother's death she was raised by her father's family I'm trying to figure out how to prove this. That's the mystery
daviss: running lol
alt: laters daviss
Seventies Soulchild: lol don't hurt yourself lol ok my good people I have over a weeks worth of work to do. . . and I should've had a cup of coffee this morning lol have a great day all