Enter the “What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Giveaway!

Enter the "What's Lost is Found with Evidentia" Giveaway

 

Now, where did I put that ancestor…

At this month’s Genealogy Blog Party, we’ve been sharing stories of family heirlooms that have been lost and/or found: photos, cabinet cards, journals, family Bibles… even a long, lost WWII jacket! 😮

One thing we’ve all lost – and hopefully found – is our ancestors. After all, that’s why we’re looking for them, right?

Found and Organized

We also know that genealogical sources and information can get lost, too.

I’ve had quite a bit of success at finding lost information by using Evidentia Software {affiliate link}.

Evidentia makes it easy to collect information, analyze evidence, highlight missed connections and feel confident with your conclusions. Evidentia does not replace your current genealogy software, but instead is meant to supplement and complement your research.

Truth be told, I used to work for Evidentia, but only because I believe(d) in the product. In fact, you can read about how I became an Evidentia user over at the Evidentia blog. To put it simply, I missed an important clue in a source, which cost me about 10 years of research time. Had I run that source through Evidentia, I would most likely have saved myself a ton of frustration, not to mention time!

Here’s what you can do with Evidentia Software:

  • Attach each claim (information) to as many people and events as needed
  • Classify your sources (original, derivative…) and information (primary, secondary…)
  • Easily extract multiple claims from one source
  • Copy similar sources for fast entry
  • Analyze evidence based on reliability in relation to other evidence
  • Resolve conflicts and even reveal possible new directions for your research
  • Easily generate coherent proof reports to show how you reached your conclusion
  • Over 150 built-in citation templates based on Evidence Explained
  • Create additional custom citation templates for quick entry
  • Supports the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)

If you’ve never heard of or tried Evidentia Software, be sure to visit their website to learn about the product and download a trial version. It will change the way you think about genealogy research.

 

This Month’s Giveaway

This month, I am giving away an Evidentia Software Complete Bundle (a $49.00 value)! 🎁

One (1) winner will receive:

  • A copy of Evidentia Software v.3 (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux)
  • Ed Thompson’s book The Evidentia Companion
  • The Evidentia Quickstart Guide to help you get up and running

🚩 Be sure to check for updates when you install the software so you can take advantage of the latest features!

There are tons of free training videos and other resources for support, so be sure you check them out if you are not familiar with the product.

How to Enter

Please use the official entry form below to enter the contest.

NOTE: Adding a post to the September Genealogy Blog Party is worth 5 points this month. If you are unsure of what this is or how to do it, please visit this page for details.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

“What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Official Rules (abridged):

  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Giveaway begins on 19 September 2017 at 12:00 p.m. PDT, and ends on 30 September 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to United States residents who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

Enter the "What's Lost is Found with Evidentia" Giveaway

 

 

The September Genealogy Blog Party: Lost & Found

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Lost and Found

Have you ever found an old photo album or family Bible in an antique store and thought, “Gosh, I’ll bet somebody would like to have that.”

Or has your family lost a precious heirloom over the years, and you would love to get it back?

This month, let’s pay it forward and generate a bit of “genealogical Karma.”

Share what you’ve found and maybe someone who wants it will find it. And hopefully, what you’ve lost will come back to you. 😊

 

Q: Tell us what you’ve found ~ OR ~ tell us what you’ve lost.

 

Examples include:

  • photo albums, scrapbooks, or loose pictures
  • school yearbooks
  • letters and diaries
  • family Bibles
  • certificates, awards, or medals
  • manuscripts and other writings
  • video and audio recordings
  • cookbooks or recipe collections
  • kitchen items and cookware
  • jewelry
  • clothing
  • books
  • musical instruments

Basically, any sort of memorabilia or family heirloom that could be lost or found would apply!

Reminders:

📌 Each post must include at least one image.

📌 Previously published posts are acceptable. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to participate.

📌 Not a blogger? Send your story to me, and I will share it as a guest post. You must clearly indicate that you want your story shared and that you are giving me permission to do so. An image or two would also be nice.

📌 When you are ready to join the party, click the blue “Add Link” button below to add your post.  🔽

Have you lost or found an heirloom? Join the #Genealogy Blog Party before 9/30! Click To Tweet

 

Party Etiquette:

  • Bring a Friend – Tell your friends and followers about the Genealogy Blog Party by using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or whatever type(s) of social media you use. Social media sharing buttons are located at the bottom of this post.
  • Visit and comment on at least 3 other links in the party (more is better). Parties are meant to be social events, and we can’t be social without talking to each other!
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Guest Post: I Found My Brother on Ancestry.com

A Reader Guest Post: I Found My Brother on Ancestry.com

The following is a guest post from reader Deb Martin.

 

I Found My Brother on Ancestry.com

I’m not a blogger, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my story.

I was one of the fortunate who found a brother that I had never met before on Ancestry.com.

This past spring, I noticed an old picture of my father on the tree of one of my new DNA matches. After corresponding by email we were able to make the connection that she was my niece and her father was the brother I had never met.

Image of William and Carton

Pictured L to R: Carton and William, the brother found on Ancestry.com.
Photo was taken at their Spring 2017 at their reunion in Savannah.

I come from a family of 8 siblings. We all made the trip to Savannah, Georgia, to meet and welcome our new-found brother into our family.

 

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Deb and her family! I hope many happy moments and memories are ahead for all of you all! 😊

 

 

Guest Post: How I Baked my Grandmother’s Christmas Pork Cake

How I Successfully Baked my Grandmother's Pork Cake

 

The following is a guest post from reader Carol Kuse.

How I successfully baked my Grandmother Hjorth’s Christmas Pork Cake

All of the women in my family had asked for her recipe, but none of the cakes turned out. The shortening was 3/4 lb ground pork fat. But the big problem was that it was too runny.

Grandmother Hjorth used 2 cups of flour, and all the spices were by the tablespoon. The cake baked at 375 degrees in an angel food cake pan for 2 1/2 hours.

Finally, after asking some questions and digging around, Mother and I found out that Grandma was using an old mug and serving tablespoons that just happened to be the right ratio to each other.

After measuring her cup and tablespoons (just double the size of normal ones), I baked her cake with no trouble at all. It set up perfectly.

I have since inherited Her cup and spoons. 

 

Editor’s Note: I had never heard of Pork Cake before, so I did a little Googling and found this article about a woman’s first attempt at making it. All I can say is, she was brave. 😊

 

 

Enter the “RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Giveaway!

 

This is how we do it

For this month’s Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic, we’ve been sharing stories about “how we did it.” The theme is open to ANY genealogy topic, as long as you tell us how you did it. 😊 #skillz

I’ve already shared how I got those pesky private ancestors off of my Ancestry.com tree

And now I’ll tell you how I keep my genealogy information organized: I use the award-winning RootsMagic software!

I’ve used RootsMagic for several years, and I love it. The software is on both of my computers, and the apps are on my iPhone and my Kindle. I even managed to convince my husband to use it (he’s very stubborn), and now he won’t use anything else! 

RootsMagic does everything I need it to do:

  • Easy to use
  • Handles source citations well (great templates, too)
  • Not expensive
  • Imports and exports GEDCOMs
  • Creates awesome reports 
  • FamilySearch Certified
  • Syncs across multiple devices
  • Web Hints for FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com

Click here for the complete list of features.

This Month’s Giveaway

This month, I am giving away a RootsMagic 7 Software/Book Bundle, so you can try it for yourself! 🎁

The Details:

One (1) winner will receive a RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software & Book Bundle which includes the RootsMagic 7 CD-ROM (Windows only), as well as a copy of Bruce Buzbee’s book Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 7 (a $40.00 value).

“RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you to use!”

🚩 Be sure to check for updates when you install the software so you can enable the TreeShare for Ancestry feature!

📌 Which software is right for you? Check out my article “Desperately Seeking Software: How to Find Your Perfect Match” in the current issue of FGS FORUM magazine.

How to Enter

Please use the official entry form below to enter the contest.

NOTE: Adding a post to the August Genealogy Blog Party is worth 5 points this month. If you are unsure of how to do this, please visit this page for details.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

“RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Official Rules (abridged):

  • Enter the RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy GiveawayNo purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Giveaway begins on 22 August 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PDT, and ends on 31 August 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to participants who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

 

 

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