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Organizing Media in Family Tree Maker

I use FTM for my genealogy. Over the past few days I have been working on organizing the media. I have over 8600 media items. Most of them are the source images from Ancestry. I leave the source images alone, but I do categorize them. For the rest of the media I’ve decided to edit the captions to make identifying them easier when I’m in the media view. I put the last name of the principal person in all caps at the beginning of the caption. FTM lists all the media alphabetically. If I have the last name first all my media will be alphabetized. There are some media where this method does not work. Those are very rare instances. I’ve been trying to make a note of those so I can attach them to other people in my tree later. For an example of the caption/indexing result here I am in the “Media” tab under “Collection” tab with the media category “Photos” selected.


While working in media, I have also been renaming files. Again, I am attempting to have them index alphabetically, not just in FTM but also in my Windows Explorer. I do not have them all named properly yet. Ideally the naming process will be lastnamefirstnames-birthyear-deathyear-descriptionifnecessary-01(etc.) As I cannot see the dates in the media view most of them do not have the birth and death years yet.


If there is a media item that has more than one person I will put the principal person first and then after their deathyear- I will put the other people firstnamelastname- and then the description, if necessary. For example, here are my grandparents. I need to go look up their birth and death years because I do not have them memorized.

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By naming my files this way, they index alphabetically and I know which person it refers to as there are a few people with the same name.

This is an extremely long process. I highly suggest deciding on a standard naming convention for your media files when you are just starting so you don’t have to go through this. I also have a few duplicate files that I need to delete.



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Recent Articles on Thomas and Hannah (Emerson) Duston

A few months ago I decided to join The Essex Society of Genealogists. This society was formed in 1981 and is located in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. This morning I am reading a couple of their issues from last year that are available online for members. I enjoy reading genealogical periodicals even when I find no information about my family because I like to see the research methodology and learning history is always fun.

Anyway, I need to order a physical copy of Volume 36, Issue 3 published in August 2016. Emerson W. Baker presented a lecture on the Salem witch trials which is quite interesting. He presented some interesting ideas that are not always included in other books on the subject. He also has created the Salem Witch Trials app. However, as interesting as the lecture was it is not the main reason I NEED this issue. Chris Bailey (former genealogist for the Duston/Dustin Family Association) submitted two articles. The first is “The Documented Story of Hannah Duston”. In it, he focuses on contemporary sources of Hannah (Emerson) Duston’s experiences and not the accounts that were written several generations later. It was quite informative. I loved reading the transcriptions of old documents and letters. There was information regarding the family I had not seen before. (I have to say I am guilty of not researching the New England lines of my family like I should. I do have dates and names that I acquired through family records from close to 100 years ago. I definitely need to learn more about the history behind the names. As Hannah is a bit of a celebrity I do know a bit of her history, as well as her sister Elizabeth Emerson, but not so much other people in my tree.) The second article is “The Homes of Thomas and Hannah Duston and the True Duston Garrison House”. I learned a few new things from this article also. I did not know (or remember?)  that Thomas Duston was a brickmaker. The major point in this article (for me) is that the Duston Garrison House in Haverhill did not actually belong to Thomas Duston but was built by Henry Kimball, Jr. It was purchased later in 1698 by Stephen Emerson who married Thomas and Hannah’s daughter Elizabeth. Hannah did live there a year or so at the end of her life under the care of her daughter and stepson. She may have actually died there. But, no, it is not the Duston Garrison House as we once thought.

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Royal Deserter

My 6th great grandfather is Jacob Royal of North Yarmouth, Maine. He married Hannah Brown. One of their children, Peter Royall, was baptized 13 April 1777 in North Yarmouth. While searching for someone else in my tree at Find My Past, I saw the name Peter Royal pop up in the search results. I had to look of course.

Here is my transcription of a portion of the article:

Found in Newport Mercury, May 12, 1795 (Tuesday)

Twenty Dollars Reward
DESERTED from the Detachment of
the Corps of Artiller(??) and Engineers, at Goat
Island, on Saturday Evening, (9 May 1795)

PETER ROYAL, Private Soldier,
Eighteen Years of Age, 5 Feet, 4 Inches, black Eyes,
short black curling Hair, — born in the Town of North-
Yarmouth, Province of Maine — A.(??)

According to the article, there is a reward of $10 for Peter and the other $10 for his fellow deserter Henry Starks of Lyons, New Hampshire
Peter was baptized in North Yarmouth in Apr 1777 so he would be 18 at this time.

Next step is to research any other Peter Royals of North Yarmouth of that time.

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Family History Birthdays – October 2nd

I haven’t had much time to work on family history lately. I’m trying to get back into it. What I have been doing when I do have time is making a report each day of people who were born on that day. (I will try to make a tutorial of how to do that.) Then I go to each person and make corrections and see if there are any hints in Family Tree Maker. For some, I might spend more time on them looking in books or newspapers, etc. I at least try to make sure the facts and notes are cleaned up and verified.

I thought I would celebrate my family on my blog. I’ll try to post these when I can  but I can assure you it will not be a daily occurrence. You could have probably figured that out from my sporadic blog posts anyway.


Nuenke family:

  • Matthew Benjamin Martin Harling (Elfrieda Emilee Nuenke) 02 Oct 1891 – 11 Aug 1962
  • Samuel Holden (Martha Call) 02 Oct 1729 – 12 Mar 1800
  • Ludwig Ferdinand Nuenke 02 Oct 1895 – 19 May 1915

Patterson family:

  • John Edghill 02 Oct 1803 –
  • Howard Roth Stage (Lois A Pembleton) 02 Oct 1912 – 06 Feb 1955

Rail family:

  • Timothy Ayers (Ruth Johnson) 02 Oct 1659 –
  • John Ball (Anna Blaisdell) 02 Oct 1719 – 01 Jun 1797
  • Maria Gilman (Joseph Dudley) 02 Oct 1704 –
  • Patience Kempton 02 Oct 1646 – 1649
  • Franklin Burton Tower 02 Oct 1857 – 09 Jan 1950

Olsen family:

  • Timothy Ayers (Ruth Johnson) 02 Oct 1659
  • Hannah Clements (Joseph Crockett) 02 Oct 1660 –
  • Martha Hale 02 Oct 1643 – 1650
  • Sarah Silver 8th great grandmother (Benjamin Emerson) 02 Oct 1682 – 1770
  • James Thomas Sisk 02 Oct 1939 – 22 Jun 2004


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Family Tree Maker Place Usage Report is offering access to all their New York state records for free for the month of June. In order to best take advantage of this offer, I decided to print a place usage report for New York in my Family Tree Maker software. I made this little Jing presentation for a tutorial. It’s pretty simple but just in case anyone needs some guidance here it is. I have to apologize for my voice. It’s weird, I’m sorry about that, hopefully, it’s not too unbearable.

(Sorry, it does have an embed feature but it didn’t work)

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Homes of Orlando Merrill Moor

My great-grandfather Orlando Merrill Moor lived in this house from about 1910 to 1922. In 1900, he was living on Hope Street. I don’t know at what time his family moved from Hope Street to 23rd Street.  He married my great grandmother Hazel May Morrison in 1920 after his mother died. They lived in the house for a few years.

In 1926, they were living at 5346 Baltimore Street.

In 1928, they were living at 1725 N Avenue 53 and they were there until at least 1954.

I remember visiting my great-grandmother, but she didn’t live on 53rd anymore. I can’t remember the name of the street right now, but it was over by Olvera Street on a hill.

It was real interesting reviewing his information. I just realized that he didn’t get married until after both his parents died. Both his brothers were single throughout that time also. It makes me wonder what the family situation was. His mother died in Jan 1920. My great-grandparents got married in July 1920. His family had been living in Los Angeles since the 1880s. But my great-grandmother lived in Maine. I wonder why he went to Maine to find a wife? He is 18 years older than my great-grandmother.

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Knocked Down a Brick Wall

So excited! I found William Page’s mother! I have been searching for info on this family for 20 some years. Do you know how hard it is to find a William Page b 1862 with no other information? I’d do a search and the majority of the highlights would be references to page numbers. 😦 I’ve found a lot about William since then, but finding his parents and siblings took quite a bit longer. I went to Butte, Montana in 2014 and found him in several newspaper articles. He was a respected member of the community. I discovered his name spelled as both Page and Paige. I had not looked for the surname Paige before. I found his sisters marriage records on Ancestry today and it listed the parents names. Hallelujah!

I found Margaret Gleason Paige McNamara’s obituary. She died 29 March 1910. William was killed in a mining accident in Alaska a few years earlier so he is not listed. The explosives did not go off so he went back in to remedy the situation. I think he must have known he’d probably die. Anyway, this obituary is quite helpful. The print is difficult to read. I’m trying to figure out if James Paige died 10 years earlier or 20 years earlier. The obituary links to the source on Ancestry.