Volume 19, Issue 2, Summer 2006 - Programs & Events
June 12 Patrice Green Computer and Internet Tips
July 10 Work shop Brick walls
Aug. 14 Work shop Digitizing Photos
Sept. 11 Dr. Jim Ragusa Lessons Learned from Genealogy Research in Europe
Oct. 9, Diane Rice Young BLM Records
Nov. 13 Patti Kirk Organization by the Foot
Dec. 11 Christmas Party
JAN. 27, 2007 JANA BROGLIN MELBOURNE, FL.
The three genealogical societies of Brevard Co. are jointly sponsoring a seminar to be held Saturday, 27 January at Imperial's Hotel & Conference Center which is located at the intersection of I-95 and Wickham Rd. The speaker will be Jana Broglin, a Certified Genealogist who is a nationally-known lecturer and author. More details will be available at a later date. Mark your calendars NOW so as not to schedule a conflict. This is an event you will not want to miss!
Jul 4 Summer break No meeting scheduled
Aug 1 Summer break No meeting scheduled
Sep 12 Rich Shader Clans, Kilts, and Tartans
Oct 3 T C Cottrell Spreadsheets in Genealogy
Nov 14 Pete Bradish Mail lists, Message boards, Newsgroups
Dec 5 Michael Boonstra Recent Additions to Central Brevard Genealogical Library followed by our annual Christmas social.
We are hopeful that T C Cottrell's program will be presented as scheduled but it is subject to cancellation if last minute business travel by him is necessary.
GSNB HAS AN NEW WEBPAGE:
George R. Carpenter is the new WEBMASTER . You may reach him at http://www.rootsweb.com/~flgsnb or his home email at
The Genealogy Society of South Brevard will meet Wednesday June 14th at the Melbourne Library, 540 E. Avenue. Social hour begins at 9:30 and the program starts at 10 am. Program is; "Organizing Our Methods of Researching" presented by Patti Kirk.
(19-2) The President's Message
We left a month ago heading west to join a caravan of motor coaches to Alaska. On the way we stopped in Salt Lake City to visit the Family History Library for research we hoped might break down a brick wall. We didn't break it but we understand the wall's construction better. How's that for optimism?
With the North and South Brevard societies joining with us to put on a genealogy conference in the coming January and the initiative by the Indian River society to bring five societies together for a sharefair/conference, we are all going to get the chance to meet and know members of the other societies around us in 2007. What a timely opportunity to find people with interests like yours and knowledge which could be of help in your research. Normally you have to travel quite a bit to find such a grouping but now we will have a couple of conferences almost on our back door step. Be sure to join in and have fun.
This summer the Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold its conference in Boston, the week before Labor Day. We've been to FGS conferences before and they put on an incredibly educational show, not to mention the vendors and other researchers you get to meet. If you plan to go, there is a significant discount for registering before July 1st. You can even register and pay online, see http://fgs.org/2006conf/FGS-2006.htm. If you stay in the hotel it is a short walk each day. We cannot park our coach in downtown Boston and will be getting on a train every morning at 6 A.M. to arrive in time for the first sessions at 8 A.M. How's that for dedication?
Have a wonderful summer! Take care and enjoy life... Peter Bradish
(19-2) Committee Reports
LARGE COLLECTION DONATED TO LIBRARY
Earlier this year the Central Brevard Library received a large donation of books and periodicals from Barbara Kurtz of Satellite Beach. These materials belonged to Barbara’s late husband, Maurice Kurtz who was a professor at FIT and an avid genealogist who specialized in Pennsylvania research with an emphasis on German families. The book portion of this donation consisted of 56 books on Pennsylvania, 21 on Kentucky, 25 books on New England states, 12 on Virginia and much more. There were also a large number of family histories on mostly Pennsylvania German families. Library volunteer Joan Bullard has been busy cataloging these items and most of them are now available to view in the genealogy department. While most of the donation consisted of materials the library does not currently own there were some duplicates. These books have been offered to the Titusville and Melbourne libraries to add to their genealogy collections. Michael has also compiled a listing of the books donated by state and title that is available at the library.
1970 and 1973 OBITUARIES COMPLETED
Dee Swink 1973
The indexing of the obituaries, death notices, and news articles concerning deaths from the Florida Today paper for the year 1973 has been completed. The index will be on our website soon. Thanks to the following people who helped me with this project by indexing articles, proofreading, checking dates, and scanning microfilm for missing articles: Pat Bowers, Ottilie (Artie) Bowers, Joan Bullard, and Betty Eichhorn.
JIM and BONNIE GARMAN 1970
Jim and Bonnie reported that they have completed the 1970 obituaries and have done 5 lookups for the month of May 2006.
April meeting had 69 members 7 guests
May meeting had 61 members with 2 guests
(19-2) 2006 Computer Survey Results
Summary by Patrice GreenThe last BGS computer survey was in 2002. Only four members were using Windows XP at that time compared to 38 XP users now. We still have about eleven people using Windows 98 or ME and a couple using Windows 2000. And we still have at least one Mac user. The average amount of RAM has increased from 183 MB to 579 MB. Hard drives averaged 25 GB in 2002 and they now range from 8 GB to 250 GB, but most are in the 60 to 80 GB range.The speed of our computers are now anywhere between 333 MHz and 2.8 GHz; most seem to be about 2 GHz. The average in 2002 was 758 MHz. Computers have come a long way in four years. Speed seems to be very important to most of us. Over 80% of our members are using either DSL or Cable to connect to the Internet. In 2002 only nine members were using a high speed connection.In 2002 we didn't include ISPs or email programs in the survey. Here is the current breakdown: BellSouth – 12, AOL – 11, Roadrunner – 9, Earthlink – 3 and miscellaneous – 3. AOL is the number one email program with 8 users, followed by 7 using Outlook Express. BellSouth has 5, Yahoo – 4, Thunderbird – 3, and the rest only have one or two users. Browser preferences haven't changed much; about 85% use Internet Explorer and the rest use either Firefox or Mozilla. It looks like the Netscape people from 2002 just moved over to Firefox/Mozilla. The ratio is about the same. Word still leads the pack in word processing programs with about 31 users, but 11 of those also use other programs as well. There are 11 for Works, 8 for Word Perfect, 3 still use Lotus and of course there is Apple Works. Word Perfect has dropped and Word has gained usage.Please note some people use more than one genealogy program. Family Tree Maker still tops the list with 20 users, followed by PAF with 15 users (Thanks Frank for all the classes!), The Master Genealogist has 3 users and Roots Magic and Legacy were reported by 2 members. There were 5 other miscellaneous programs listed.As a group we are very well protected against Viruses. The preferred Anti-Virus program was Norton with over 55% using it. McAfee was right behind with 18%, followed by Zone Alarm at 5%. Computer Associates and AVG had one user each. Most update automatically or daily. A few didn't know. Only 15 people have Firewall Programs. Six use Norton, two use Zone Alarm (Note: there is a free version of Zone Alarm that is HIGHLY recommeded), and the rest are scattered among several companies. Several members didn't know if they had a firewall.But, boy oh boy, do we have scanners! From the answers there were only three people without a scanner and one person who has one but doesn't use it. All but two responders can receive attachments. Five don't have Adobe PDF. When asked for a preference between receiving an attachment or a URL we were evenly divided. Plus three that don't care and four that didn't understand.The 2002 survey asked for an experience rating between one and ten. The average was 5.58, just a few 10's brought the average up quite a bit. This year the rating was from one to five and the average was 2.7. There were 34 people that rated themselves higher than 2. I think we've come a long way in four years – right along with the computers.
Diane Rice YoungPresident GSSB I was born in Minnesota and spent the first thirteen years of my life in Wisconsin. In the early 1950's my family decided to relocate to Florida and we moved to Sarasota. Upon graduation from high school I entered nursing school at Gordon Keller School of Nursing in Tampa. A nice young man, Ron Young encouraged me to seek employment at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, where he was an engineering student. Less that one year later we were married. His engineering led us to Huntsville, Alabama and later to Melbourne. In all of these places I was employed as a Registered Nurse. My interest in genealogy was fostered by my grandparents. When I was eighteen, Grandfather Arthur Rice gave me a Bible, his mother's wedding ring and thimble, several letters of the Civil War era and two musical instruments. I guess he knew then, long before I did, that genealogy would greatly interest me. My maternal Grandmother, Minnie Poferl, would tell me stories of her immigration from Germany and the hardships she endured in the 1880's through the 1930's. Once I retired in 1997, genealogy became a most avid hobby or should I say obsession! I joined the Genealogical Society of South Brevard, serving two terms on their Board and now am in my second year as it's President. Sharing the knowledge gained through family research is an important part of genealogy . The BLM records contain so very much genealogical information that a program on this should be beneficial to the attendees.Dr. James M. RagusaGenealogy Interest:Specialist in genealogy and historical studies of Italy (Sicily), Hungary, and Slovakia. Lectures on European Research, Ellis Island and Early Emigration, Visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Keeping Research Records, and Italian Emigration and History. Has traced most European ancestors back to the late 1600s through Mormon records and visits to Chicago, New York, Sicily, Hungary, and Slovakia.Background:Retired NASA-Kennedy Space Center Engineer and Manager, Retired-Associate Professor, University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Business and College of Engineering, Orlando, Florida. Presently an Independent Consultant to the U.S. Army. Education:B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. M.S. and Doctorate in Business Administration, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.Barbara Ann Ragusa (nee Williams)Genealogy Interest:Specialist in genealogy and historical studies of Wales and Slovakia. Jointly lectures with husband Jim on European Research, Ellis Island and Early Emigration, and Visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Has traced most Welsh and Slovak ancestors back to the late 1600s through Mormon records and visits to Chicago, Wales, and Slovakia.Occupation:Retired Music Teacher, Voice Soloist, HousewifeEducation:B.S. in Music Education, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.Patrice Green Patrice is our WEBMASTER, BGS LIST ADMINISTRATER and blogger. She also maintains eight other RootsWeb mailing lists, thirteen Message Boards, at least ten websites and too many blogs to count (including this one).
Travelers In Time Subscription Change
Volume 19, Issue 1, Spring 2006 - The President's Message
This year we have seen a bigger swing toward more virtual genealogy than ever before. This doesn't mean you can't do genealogy unless you have the use of a computer connected to the Internet (after all, it's been done without computers for centuries). However, it does mean you will probably miss out on a great deal of new and valuable research material and help from other researchers if you don't.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have supported the FamilySearch.org portion of their organization quite well. The changes we see are clearly toward providing digital information rather than on microfilm as in the past. This includes the digitization of all the microfilms in their mountain vaults and the indexing of major databases of genealogical information, to the scanning, indexing and making available on the Internet a large number of family history books.
If you add their efforts to provide interactive collaboration online for genealogists working on the same family ancestors, it is quite a large bite for them to take. Wish them success because we will be the beneficiaries. This effort will significantly reduce the "poor", "undocumented" and just plain "incorrect" data on the web. While much of this data will still be out there, it will start being ignored except by the uneducated.
All of this is coming very fast. We may be faced with information over dose instead of brick walls. So which would you rather have, too much data or be slaving away sifting through huge books and other manuscripts hoping of a little piece of information which might tie one ancestor to another? I believe I'd rather be overwhelmed than data starved.
If you are looking to kick your online research up another notch, please let us know. Many of us can help. After all, the major goal of our society is education and all it takes is a little learning to access that which is already there, not to mention the wealth of what is to come.
Happy hunting to all of you.....
Peter Bradish, President
A friend noticed this before I did and I thought I'd pass it on to all of you. As we tend to do more and more of our research on-line, this is probably a timely magazine. You can download a 24 page preview issue in PDF format for free to see if you like it. The PDF file is about 1MB in size.
Have fun with it... Peter Bradish
From Ancestry Daily News of 15 February 2006
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(19-1) CEMETERY PROJECT
Evergreen Cemetery Photographed
Saturday, 18 February, was a warm, sunny day when eighteen energetic BGS members gathered to document the tombstones in Evergreen Cemetery in Cocoa. Although the cemetery is small, many graves were overgrown or sunken and required much preparation before being photographed. Three buried stones were found by probing and were uncovered.
Two people stopped by while we were there. One was just curious. The other, Ada Lawrence, knew most of the people buried there and led us to find a buried baby stone which was of one of her cousins. For many years, Ada has cared for both Evergreen Cemetery and Pinecrest Cemetery where her family is buried. Pinecrest is across Clearlake Drive from Evergreen and will be a future project.
Participants were: Janet Boyd, Connie Bradish, Pete Bradish, Dianna Brown, Joan Bullard, Doug Burnett, Polly Carman, JoAnne Chambers, Betty Eichhorn, Patrice Green, Elaine Harvey, Pat Jorgensen, David Larson, Mary Jane Law, Barbara Maloney, Jackie Palmer, Dee Swink and Jodelle Wilson.
We could have used a half dozen more workers which would have reduced the time necessary to finish the project. It is important to document these stones before they deteriorate further or are vandalized. The project also demonstrates ways to safely clean and photograph stones. Resolve now to join us on the next photography project to learn valuable techniques that you can use on your own family's stones.
In 2003, the Board decided to photograph the tombstones in the pioneer cemeteries of central Brevard. With the blessing of the City of Cocoa which maintains these two cemeteries, we photographed stones in the Cocoa Cemetery on Halloween 2003 and in Hilltop Cemetery on Valentine's Day 2004. This turned out to be a very educational event as we all learned the techniques to get good photos while not harming the stones in any way.
The hurricanes in the summer of 2004 waylaided our plans to continue the project. However last spring, our president, Peter Bradish, did photograph four tiny cemeteries on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Those photographs and some of the Cocoa Cemetery photographs may be seen at: Click on the cemetery names that have photos.
Betty Eichhorn, Chairperson