The 1940 U.S. Census Index is Complete

by Scott_J 1 year, 11 months ago

Ancestry.com announced on Friday that the 1940 U.S. Census is 100% indexed.

You can now search the entire 1940 index for free, all 48 states (Hawaii and Alaska were not states yet) plus territories. A free account is required, but word is that Ancestry will make this index free through 2013.

According to Ancestry.com:

Our indexing came up with 134,395,545 people counted. Most reports on the 1940 census give the U.S. population as 132 million and change, so you may be wondering where the extra 2 million people came from. Two words: Puerto Rico. OK, and Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Panama Canal Zone. They were all included in the 1940 U.S. census and add another 2.1 million or so records to the final count.

I've found all of my grandparents. How about you?

Search the 1940 index directly here.


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Pearl Harbor Day, and My Own Great Uncle Lost at Sea in WWII

by Scott_J 2 years, 7 months ago

Today is Pearl Harbor Day here in the U.S., the anniversary of the day Japan executed a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941, killing and wounding thousands, and ushering the U.S. into World War II.

I can imagine that day must have felt a lot like 9/11 to the people of the US, though news surely travelled much more slowly in 1941 than it did 60 years later in 2001. Most Americans surely learned about it in the daily newspaper.

While I had no family members directly affected that day, the course of events led to both my Grandfather and my Great Uncle serving in that great war. I think of my poor grandmother who had both a brother and a husband serving in the war. My grandfather returned home after the war (thankfully, as I would not otherwise exist), but my grandmother's brother did not.

Corporal Arnold Gene McIlwraith was an Engineer gunner on a B-24. He was on flight from Mather Field in Sacramento, CA to John Ridgers Field in Hawaii on Feb 28, 1945 when his plane went missing somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

I discovered this image recently in the Missing Air Craft Reports (MACR), available in the National Archives, and indexed on Fold3.com.

What's odd to me is that by my reckoning, the coordinates on the report put their airplane well beyond Hawaii, close to Japan.

Did routine B-24 flights from CA to HI have them going via Japan? I don't even think their plane's final point was in range from California. I guess we'll never know.


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Explaining Genealogy to my Five Year Old

by Scott_J 2 years, 8 months ago

This evening, I sat down to dinner with my family and said to my five year old son, Alex, "Do you know who the Pilgrims are?"

"Yeah, they had a very tough boat ride," he said. "And then they were friends with the native Americans."

"That's about right," I said with a big smile. It was all my wife and I could do to contain ourselves.

Then I said, "So, do you know what a 'great-grandfather' is?"

He looked at me sort of puzzled.

You see where I was going with this? My goal was to explain to him that his 11th-Great grandfather, actually two of them, were on that boat ride.

Then I pulled out a piece of paper, and drew a short family tree starting with him. His little brother, who was listening intently said, "Hey, where am I?" So I added him in, and their big sister Sarah as I knew that was next, though she wasn't there for the discussion.

I pointed at the first stick figure and said, "OK, this is you...and this is me and your mother."

Then I pointed to my parents and said, "Who are they?"

"Grammy?"
"Good."
"Grampy?"
"Yep!"

Then I pointed to his mother's parents...

"Grandma?"
"Grandpa?"

Wow, he's getting it.

Then I drew two more lines and stick figures for my grandfather and grandmother.

"Who are they?" he asked.

"That's my grandfather and grandmother."

"What are their names?" he said, more interested than I expected.

"Robert and Helen," I replied, "That's where you got your middle name. They are my grandparents and they are your great grandparents."

Then what he said next floored me.

"Does it keep going Dad? Who's above them?"

OK, here we go. This was easier than I thought. I drew the next two above my grandfather.

"And what were their names?" he asked excitedly.

He was truly interested in these people and their names and then he started asking if they were still alive. I explained that they were born a very long time ago.

"Vickery Baker was born in 1797. That would make him over 200 years old today."

His eyes lit up, "wow."

I kept going and drew the tree, only including the line up to Stephen Hopkins, and explained who he was.

"Was he the boss of the ship dad?" (heh, 5 year olds have their priorities.) "Well, no."
"How old would he be?"
"About 420."

Alex then wrote, "40020" at the top of the chart, which is his version of Four Hundred and Twenty.

"Does it go all the way back to the cavemen, Dad?"
"Well, I suppose it does, Alex..."

Which sort of blows my mind to contemplate that.

Here's the entire chart. It starts at the bottom right.

As I was going through this exercise, I realized that I had never actually drawn that tree by hand. What a shame that I had never done that, and that I couldn't do it from memory. And while I did know that I'm 13th generation Mayflower ancestor, I couldn't have told you without looking it up that the male line includes one Hopkins, Five Snows, and Five Bakers before it changed to my surname with my father.

I'm not sure who learned more, my son or me.

I look forward to more genealogy sessions with Alex.


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My Mayflower Connections - 2. Stephen Hopkins

by Scott_J 2 years, 8 months ago

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's Stephen Hopkins.

  1. Stephen Hopkins b: 29 Oct 1581 in Wotten-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, d: 27 Jul 1644 in Plymouth, Massachussetts
    +married: Constance UNKNOWN m: Bef. 1605 in England, d: Aft. 22 Dec 1609 in London, England
  2. Constance Hopkins b: 1605 in Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
    +married: Nicolas Snow
  3. Stephen Snow d: 17 Dec 1705 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Susanna Rogers m: 28 Oct 1663 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1701
  4. Ebenezer Snow d: 09 Apr 1725 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Hope Horton m: 22 Dec 1968 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1725
  5. Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  7. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  8. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  9. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  10. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  11. Robert Slade Baker b: Abt. 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  12. Living
    +married: Living
  13. Scott Jangro

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A Thanksgiving Genealogy Reading List

by Scott_J 2 years, 8 months ago

As I read around the genealogy blogging community, there are a number of posts related to Thanksgiving. Of course, since the pilgrims are some of the oldest US-based ancestors (non-native, of course), Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on our ancestors.

Here is some great reading, in no particular order...

Update:

And I humbly add my own to the list...

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you here in the States.


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My Mayflower Connections - 1. William Brewster

by Scott_J 2 years, 8 months ago

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's William Brewster...

  1. William III Brewster b: Abt. 1566/67 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: 10 Apr 1644 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    +married: Mary m: Abt. 1568 in England
  2. Patience Brewster b: Abt. 1600 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: Bef. 12 Dec 1634 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes
    +married: Thomas II Prence b: Abt. 1600 in England, m: 05 Aug 1624 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes, d: 1673
  3. Mercy Brewster Prence b: 1631
    +married John Freeman b: 28 Jan 1627 in Billinghurst, Devonshire, England, m: 13 Feb 1650 in Sandwich, Bristol Co MA, d: 28 Oct 1719 in in Eastham, Barnstable Co MA
  4. Edmund Freeman
    +married: Ruth Merrick
  5. Ruth Freeman b: 1680 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: 07 Jun 1728 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Israel Doane b: Bet. 1671-1672 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 1697 in , Barnstable, MA., d: Aft. 05 Jun 1740 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  7. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  8. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  9. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  10. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  11. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  12. Robert Slade Baker b: 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts, d: -
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  13. Living
    +married: Living
  14. Scott Jangro

Do you have a Mayflower connection? Why not post your own.

Use some of the posts here on this list of Thanksgiving Genealogy blog posts for further inspiration.

Genealogy meme: So You Think You're Tech Savvy

by Scott_J 2 years, 10 months ago

Are you a tech savvy genealogist? Well if you're reading this, then I think that's a sign that you are. Even if you're not, here's a great list of things you might want to perhaps become familiar with.

The original blog post for this is here on Geniaus.

And here are my responses.


The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven't done or found and don't care to: plain type
Feel free to add extra comments in brackets after each item

Which of these apply to you?

  1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad
  2. Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
  3. Have used Skype for genealogy purposes
  4. Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor's home
  5. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
  6. Have a Twitter account [Several, @familytreescott for genealogy]
  7. Tweet daily [Well, mostly]
  8. Have a genealogy blog
  9. Have more then one genealogy blog
  10. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic
  11. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise
  12. Have a Facebook Account
  13. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
  14. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page
  15. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society
  16. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
  17. Have registered a domain name
  18. Post regularly to Google+
  19. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers [I used to, but I think it got removed for inactivity]
  20. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project
  21. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner
  22. Can code a webpage in .html
  23. Own a smartphone
  24. Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
  25. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures
  26. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
  27. Use Chrome as a Browser
  28. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
  29. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
  30. Have a personal genealogy website
  31. Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive
  32. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
  33. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files
  34. Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs
  35. Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage or Ancestry
  36. Own a netbook
  37. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes [Well, I would if I attended a genealogy lecture]
  38. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
  39. Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget [I'm going to count FamilyTreeCircles here]
  40. Have listened to a genealogy podcast online
  41. Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening
  42. Backup your files to a portable hard drive
  43. Have a copy of your genealogy files stored offsite
  44. Know about Rootstech
  45. Have listened to a Blogtalk radio session about genealogy
  46. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud
  47. Schedule regular email backups [I use GMail, which I think counts]
  48. Have contriibuted to the Familysearch Wiki
  49. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs
  50. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format

What do you think about this list? Is it a good representative of being a tech-savvy genealogist? I think it is a pretty good list, except that it makes an assumption that the person going through this exercise attends genealogy lectures... which to me isn't in itself a technical activity. Anyway, not to be picky. I just didn't like losing those points. :-)

I think it would be fun if others here would like to post the same for themselves. Please feel free to do that in a journal here on Family Tree Circles.

instructions on making text bold and italics are on the add journal page.

My Slade Ancestors, Descendants of John SLADE

by Scott_J 3 years, 4 months ago

Generation 1

1. John Slade-1 was born in 1725 in CT. He died on 17 Mar 1797 in Windsor, Connecticut. He married Martha Abbe on 12 Sep 1751 in Windsor, Connecticut, daughter of Thomas Abbe. She was born on 01 Mar 1728 in Wethersfield, Conn. She died on 22 Aug 1795 in Alstead, New Hampshire.

Child of John Slade and Martha Abbe is:

2.i. William Slade, B: 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn., D: 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire.

Generation 2

2. William Slade-2(John-1) was born on 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn.. He died on 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire. He married Anna Root.She was born on 08 Sep 1758. She died on 25 Oct 1838.

Children of William Slade and Anna Root are:

i. William Slade, B: 06 Aug 1790.
ii. Henry Slade, B: 11 Oct 1798.
iii. Achsah Slade, B: 01 Apr 1785.
iv. John Slade, B: 06 Aug 1792.
3.v. Thomas Slade, B: 21 May 1780, D: 12 Dec 1830, M: Clarissa Borroughs, 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire.
vi. Arsenath Slade, B: 06 Apr 1787.
vii. Allen Slade, B: 26 May 1796.
viii. Anna Slade, B: 29 Mar 1782, D: 02 Oct 1837 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, M: John Burroughs VI, 03 Mar 1805 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire.

Generation 3

3. Thomas Slade-3(William-2, John-1) was born on 21 May 1780. He died on 12 Dec 1830. He married Clarissa Borroughs on 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire, daughter of John Burroughs V and Mehitable Carlton. She was born on 23 Oct 1779 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. She died on 01 Oct 1866 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont.

Children of Thomas Slade and Clarissa Borroughs are:

4.i. Lavinia Slade, B: 1805 in New Hampshire, D: 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH, M: Charles Rice, 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.
ii. Allen Slade.
5.iii.
Thomas Slade Jr., B: 29 Nov 1814, D: 03 May 1905, M: Elvira Adams, 19 Oct 1842.
iv. Howard Slade, D: 31 Aug 1893, M: Sally G. Barton, 20 Jul 1828.

Generation 4

4. Lavinia Slade-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born in 1805 in New Hampshire. She died on 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH. She married Charles Rice on 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.He was born in 1807 in Walpole, New Hampshire. He died on 16 Jul 1878 in Walpole, , NH.

Children of Lavinia Slade and Charles Rice are:

i. Charles Edward Rice, B: 23 Apr 1845 in , , NH Prob, D: 21 Apr 1876 in , , , @@29 Unm.
ii. Eliza M Rice, B: Abt. 1834 in , , NH Prob, D: 16 Jul 1864 in , , , @@30.
iii. George Allen Rice, B: Abt. 1840 in , , NH Prob, D: , , , D @@1Yr11mos.
iv. Martha "Mattie" Ellen Rice, B: 06 Feb 1848 in , , NH Prob, D: 15 Oct 1927 in Langdon, , NH.
v. Thomas S Rice, B: Abt. 1836 in , , NH Prob, D: 17 Aug 1855 in , , , @@19.
vi. Lucy Ann Rice, B: 26 Apr 1842 in , , NH Prob, M: Charles E Hartwell, 08 Nov 1860 in Langdon, , NH Poss.
vii. Henry E Rice, B: 16 Feb 1833 in , , NH Prob.
viii. Harriet "Hattie" Rice, B: Abt. 1838 in New Hampshire.

5. Thomas Slade Jr.-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born on 29 Nov 1814. He died on 03 May 1905. He married Elvira Adams on 19 Oct 1842, daughter of Anson Adams and Sukey Gold. She was born on 04 Jul 1814. She died on 11 Mar 1890.

Children of Thomas Slade Jr. and Elvira Adams are:
i. Coralinn Slade, B: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, D: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont, M: Joseph Baker, 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT.
ii. William Thomas Slade, B: 30 Sep 1855, D: 21 Sep 1874.
iii. Adelinn Slade, B: 28 May 1845, D: 23 Oct 1932, M: Nathan Baxter Stark, 26 Jan 1869.
iv. Ora Allen Slade, B: 22 May 1858, D: 05 Jan 1926.
v. Elva Slade, B: 16 Jan 1852.

Children and Ancestors of Martin GINGRAS and Emilie MAYRAND

by Scott_J 4 years, 1 month ago

A member asked me if I had any information on Martin GINGRAS m. Emilie MAYRAND Aug 25 1846.

I found this couple in the GINGRAS FAMILY MARRIAGES book by Andrew GINGRAS, July 1995.

It is important to note that this book is NOT primary documentation. The tireless work of Andrew GINGRAS over the years produced an incredible amount of information, but I am not certain that it is all sourced with primary documentation. It is a wonderful collection nonetheless and we’re lucky to have it.

The formatting of this book can be difficult to get used to, but this first image shows the header format. Here’s Martin and Emilie with their parents Magloire GINGRAS and Vicroire GAVREAU and Children.

Here they have 7 children who were married (non married Gingrases don’t make this book): Rene, Philippe, Alfred, Leopold, Emma, Jeanne, and Emelia.

Going back…

Again, the formatting of this book can be confusing, but the first line in each of these families is the husband/wife. The second line is their parents, and the third+ lines are their children.

Magloire GINGRAS m. Emilie MAYRAND Feb 22 1802

Pierre GINGRAS m. Catherine GRENIER Apr 19 1773

Pierre GINGRAS m. Anne BELANGER Nov 21 1740

Jean GINGRAS m. Madeleine LEFEBVRE Feb 17 1705

which brings us to Charles and Francoise AMIOT at the base of the GINGRAS tree…

Charles GINGRAS m. Francoise AMIOT Nov 05, 1675

Family Bee: Genealogy App for Android phones

by Scott_J 4 years, 2 months ago

How many times have you been out visiting family and end up in a discussion about your family tree? It doesn't take too many generations back for the details of who's who to become fuzzy and if you're like my family, you end up spending more time trying to recreate the tree in your heads than having some more productive discussion around family history.

In any case, I like to have my family research with me wherever I am as I never know when I'll need it.

iPhone owners have been blessed with a plethora of GEDCOM-viewing apps that have been available for years now.

Though if you've got an Android-based smartphone (like the Motorola Droid or the Google Nexus One) and have been feeling left out, there's now a nifty application available that allows you to store and view one or more GEDCOM files, called Family Bee, available from Beekeeper Labs.

Family Bee is a simple GEDCOM viewer (not editor), which means you can store your GEDCOM file(s) in your Android phone and view any of the people in your tree in many different ways (more on that below). But you cannot edit and make changes. This is fine with me, as I'd prefer to be able to carefully make edits to my family tree information at the comfort of my computer keyboard.

Set up

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After purchasing it from the Android Marketplace and installing it, you're prompted with three ways to import your GEDCOM file:

  1. Download directly from the web
  2. Email as an attachment
  3. Copy from the computer via USB

I chose the third option as it seemed the simplest, and it was. I copied my largest (and most bloated with inaccuracies) GEDCOM file downloaded fresh from Ancestry.com into the /familybee folder on my phone's SD card.

 

Once this was done, Family Bee quickly loaded the file and displayed the list of people in my tree.

Using Family Bee

The first thing you see when loading Family Bee is a list of people in the GEDCOM. You can scroll through this list or search. Here I searched for the name SLADE.

family bee people

Once you choose a person, here Coralinn SLADE, you're presented with the Family View.

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Next you can drill down to the details on a specific person in the Detail View

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And finally you can get in to the very specific details on any record such as Residence data, birth, death, etc. Virtually all information included in the GEDCOM source and notes fields are accessible.

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And for any person, you can view their list of descendants, here switching to someone way back with a big list, Abigail ADAMS.

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Switching to Tree View, you can navigate the entire tree by touching each box. Touching boxes on the right will move the tree to the right. Touching a box on the left will prompt you with a list of children to choose from.

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Family Bee should with with any Android phone. I scrolled through the comments in the marketplace and didn't see any major issues with specific phones. It currently has a 4.5 star rating and virtually nothing but great reviews.

All in all, this is a very function GEDCOM viewer for the Android OS, and well worth the $10 price tag to always have my family tree in my pocket.