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November 17, 2005

Record Religious Events at OneGreatFamily

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Record Religious Events at OneGreatFamily

OneGreatFamily Supports Religious Events in Genealogy Browser™

As you research your family, you will find that your ancestors belonged to many different religions. Religious events are important to genealogists because they provide detail about the beliefs of their ancestors and because these events are often the only records by which other information can be inferred or estimated. For example, a christening date often provides the basis on which a birth date may be estimated. The same is true of burial dates for death dates.

OneGreatFamily allows you to honor special dates and events specific to your religious beliefs as a part of your genealogy. OneGreatFamily's Genealogy Browser offers four unique religious tabs for recording, displaying and researching the religious events in your ancestors' lives. These preferences can be turned on or off using the Settings tab on the User Preferences box. You can access the Settings tab by selecting [User Preferences] from the [File] menu in Genealogy Browser. Currently available religious tabs include Catholic, LDS, Jewish, and Protestant.

After selecting one or more religious preference, a tab for each religion selected will become visible when editing an individual's information in Genealogy Browser. The edit screen is activated by clicking on the selected individual in the Handprint View or by double-clicking on any other individual in the family tree.

The Catholic tab offers text fields to record event information for baptism, first communion, confirmation, and last rites. The proper naming of these events will help others know where additional information may be found.

The Jewish tab features information for barmitzva/batmitzva, circumcision (for males), and religious name information. A check box also allows you to highlight if the ancestor was a holocaust victim or survivor.

The Protestant tab contains date and place information for the baptisms and confirmations of your ancestors.

The LDS tab makes temple ordinance information available to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These events include baptism, child sealing, and endowments. A "Busy in Temple" marker allows you to alert other members that you are actively doing the temple work for a given ancestor.

Selecting the LDS preference also provides a user with new icons in Genealogy Browser's toolbar. Clicking on the "Qualified for Temple" icon will display temple icons next to ancestors with enough information for processing through TempleReady. Clicking on the "Ordinance Indicator" icon will display green lines where ancestors have been sealed together and square boxes around ancestors whose individual ordinances have been completed. Clicking on the "Export Individuals to GEDCOM" icon will allow you to export a GEDCOM file that only contains those individuals for whom temple work can be completed.

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Good Afternoon: I am relatively new to genealogy. I got started when a second cousin (I have never met) sent me a photograph of my grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother I had no idea who either of the latter individuals were, and I couldn't find anyone who could tell me who they were. I have since found out they are Annie Kelly Rush and Isabella McCarron Rush, both from Ireland. I am still not sure when they came to the United States, but I am far from finished.

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Lisa Lights the Way

Town Meeting Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

Whenever I discover that the ancestor I'm researching lived in New England I do a "dance of joy" because vital records were kept in most of the New England towns from early times. In most of the United States, the county is the main repository for records of genealogical interest, but in New England, the town was the heart of the government (and still is today in Vermont) and many records were kept at that level. Parts of New York and New Jersey also kept town records.

The minutes of these meetings can contain much of genealogical interest; elections, lists of the voters, children of school age, tax records, disputes and "warnings out". A "warning out" occurred when the town considered someone as "undesirable". Perhaps he or she was poor or had broken some small law. The "warning out" was the town's way to say get out of town. Best of all for the genealogist, town meeting minutes often included birth, death, and marriage dates, and "intentions" (intentions to marry were usually published for two or three weeks before the marriage took place.)

Many town meeting records have been published or microfilmed and are available at the LDS Family History library or through their branch libraries. Those that haven't been published or microfilmed must still be searched in the individual town hall.

Some town meeting records are indexed. When they are not, it is a slow process to read through the minutes, but you will glean so much information about the people and the town that it will be well worth the time.

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