Births, Marriages & Deaths for May 8th

Our first cousin twice removed Clarence Herman Luce Jr was born this day in 1924. He was the son of our great grandaunt Mary Helen Brown (great grandma Wright’s sister) and Clarence Herman “Slim” Luce. Clarence was a POW in World War II and wasn’t freed to return to the United States until after his mother’s death. He and his father were the owners of a bar called Luce Moments.

Luce Moments

Ninth great grandmother Deborah Pierson was born on this day in Stratford, Connecticut in 1666. She is related to us via the Sedgwick line.

Teresa’s sixth great grandfather, Henry Brown, was born today in 1720 in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.

No marriages for today’s date.

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Moats, died on this day in 1926 in Kingwood, West Virginia. She was buried in Shaw Cemetery in Albright, West Virginia the following day.

Mary Moats


Births, Marriages & Deaths for May 7th

Our 3rd Great Grandfather John Jacob Myers was born in Canada in 1832. He was Great Grandma Wright’s grandfather.

JJ Myers

John Coolidge was our tenth great grandfather through the Brown line of the family. He was born on this date in 1604 in England and came to the United States in 1635. Little is known of his life other than his multitude of children and because of records keeping during the era, he is frequently and repeatedly confused for his son of the same name born in 1645.

No deaths or marriages of immediate family for this date.

Births, Marriages & Deaths for May 6th


Bonnie Jean Gess in 1932. She was married to Richard Erwin Brown and died in 2006.

Brown Gess Marriage

Our third great grandfather, Andrew Graham, was born on this day in 1795 in Perth, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States in 1834 aboard the Bark Louisa as an indentured carpenter. He settled in Baltimore with his wife Jannett Thompson. He died in 1859.

There are no marriage or deaths.

Births, Marriages & Deaths for May 5th

Emma Bilton-Brown was born on this day in 1884. Yes, 1884. Her headstone incorrectly gives her birth year as 1886, but birth and church records from England show an 1884 birth. Emma was married to Melvin Jack Brown, our Great Grandmother Wright’s, brother

Emma Bilton Brown

Amos Collin Titchenell died on this day in 1946. He is my second great grandfather. He was born January 12, 1859 and was married to Cassander McKnight on March 30, 1882.

Amos Collin Titchenell

The End of Family Tree Maker

I’ve been using Family Tree Maker for years to conduct my family tree research.

That being said, I cannot do it any more. used to have an excellent product with Family Tree Maker. People used to sing praises of its quality and consistency. Some time, around late 2007 or early 2008, all of that changed. When FTM 2008 came out, it seemed people were excited about the new look of the interface and the better integration with the website.

I’m not going to recap the horror stories that have happened since. They are well documented on the web and at Ancestry’s own user forums. Needless to say, over the past couple of years, I have used both new Mac versions of the FTM software, FTM 2008, FTM 2012 and the new FTM 2014.

Ancestry should be ashamed of abusing their users in this fashion. They should, without a doubt, reimburse the owners of the Mac versions of the software. There is absolutely no way that software was beta tested by anyone. I’ve run it on three different Macs and each of them have shown the same crashing and freezing patterns.  According to Ancestry, the problem belongs to the software developer. According to the developer, they aren’t responsible for any of the issues. So both Ancestry and Nova laid pipe to their Mac customers and, without apology, showed them the door to find other solutions to the genealogy woes.

The nightmare that has gone on since FTM2008 has continued with Service Pack 6 of the software, FTM2014. Firstly, it took three restarts to get 2014 to load and when it did, it took nearly an hour to convert the 2900 person family tree. It then promptly proceeded to play ’52 Pick Up’ with the photos of my database. Granted, I have a lot of photos and documents in my family tree. I’m lucky that way, but to find them redistributed like contibutors’ money to Senator Jackson’s campaign, doesn’t amuse me.

I’ve taken a lot of abuse from FTM software, but no longer. I’ve had all my documents lost by the first FTMM. I’ve dealt with consistent freezes and crashes from 2012. I’ve lost all my census and vital records to FTMM2 and now I’ve had what’s left scattered to the wind. Each step along the way, I’ve complained to an Ancestry rep, who have always been kind and professional, though not particularly helpful.

I really do hope that, one day, Ancestry will take a long look in the mirror at themselves and decide to do what’s right for the FTM customer.  If they don’t do that soon, it seems to me, they may become a relic of the past.

Stupid Things

Some days I despise, today is one of them. I’m going to give you my top ten reasons.

10. Stupid memes and icons people upload that show up on hints. Really? Direct or immigrant/emigrant ancestor. I ain’t got time for that!

9. Coats of Arms that aren’t proven. Please, before posting these things, take the time to understand how they work.

8. Professional Genealogists – you’re on Ancestry…really?

7. The “I’ve been researching my family for 29 years and my grandma was born after her daughter” morons. They are almost the same as….

6. The “my grandfather was a professional genealogist so I know this or that fact is true” morons. I don’t care how long you’ve been researching or how much your grandfather researched the family, there’s always something wrong or unknown you can find out.

5. 325,000 member trees. Seriously? Having the equivalent of the population of a third world country as your relatives doesn’t make you any better than anyone else. This rolls into….

4. Joe Smith is my 46th cousin. Firstly, what the eff is a 46th cousin and secondly, why the double eff would it matter. You’re a moron.

3. Descendants of the Merovingians. You’re not. Get over it. Really. It is impossible for you to prove, so just stop it!

2. Stalkers. I have one. Really. I’m just here for the census records. Leave me alone.

1. Photo and document thieves. You people annoy me to no end (kay & ruthann)! I hate clicking on a hint leaf and find it being a picture of one of my direct family members that you have stolen – – yes, STOLEN – – from my family website or findagrave and posted as your own with no notation about where the picture came from or even just ‘I ripped Mike off’ It’s just plain rude.

Have a great day!