Episode 5: Losing My Maps, or Transcribing a Will

Submitted by tim on Sat, 10/02/2021 - 14:53
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The school year is in full swing, but the podcast continues! In this episode I describe some upcoming changes to one of my favorite apps to take on the road: Google My Maps. Then tell you all about my stay-at-home genealogy adventures in will transcription! Enjoy!



Episode 4: More Sorting Out the Smiths, or The Elevator Incident

Submitted by tim on Fri, 09/03/2021 - 12:30
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In this month's episode, I explain my activities on FamilySearch.org's global family tree, resolving record suggestions pertaining to my Smith ancestors and relatives. I describe what the family tree showed after I resolved all record hints, which is that we may well have Smith cousins living in the Boston area. Lastly, I describe the elevator accident that took the life of one potential Boston relative, Edward Smith, in the winter of 1915.

• Show Notes: Episode 4
GenealogyByTim Family Tree: Johanna Christina Smith, William Smith
RootsTech 2021: Home
FamilySearch.org: Mobile Apps, James R. Smith, Edward F. Smith
The Boston Globe, 1/27/1915: Ribs Were Crushed In
JimLiElevators: BEAUTIFUL Historic Otis Manually Controlled Traction Elevator from 1915!!!! :D :D
DieselDucy Elevator: Historic Elevators Playlist

Episode 3: Bike Tour Redux, or Sorting Out the Smiths

Submitted by tim on Sat, 08/07/2021 - 12:00
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In this month's episode, I review what I discovered during this summer's epic cycling tour of Lancaster and Sunbury. I visit a local cemetery with my brother, niece, and nephew. I untangle some potential Smith ancestors on the FamilySearch global family tree, and I ponder making a backup server to help reduce the website's downtime.


• Show notes: Episode 3
• Wikipedia: John Malcolm (Loyalist), being tarred and feathered
• Find-A-Grave: Fannie Hougendobler (now corrected!), Johannes "John" Mumma, John Quinlan
• Familysearch.org: Charles A. Hougendobler, James Smith & Family
• LancasterHistory.org: Health and Safety Protocols
• The Sunbury Daily Item, 5/7/1941: Life Imprisonment Jury's Verdict for Wife Slayer, Part 1; Part 2

Episode 2: Murder in Sunbury, or Brawny Blacksmith Wins Again

Submitted by tim on Mon, 06/28/2021 - 10:06
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In this month's episode I detail my revised genealogy tour plan. After that I have a tale of tragedy and heartbreak involving some descendants of the Sunbury Hogendoblers, as well as a tale of triumph and serendipity involving descendants of the Mt. Joy Hougendoblers. Other items of interest include the Vlogit app for portable video blogging, the digitization efforts of Sunbury's City Cemetery records, and Habitat for Humanity's Move for Homes, which continues this month despite cycling being dropped from its list of approved activities.

• Google Play Store: Vlogit - free video editor for Vlogger
• Photo Restorations by Tim G.: Genealogy Bike Tour of PA, 2019
• The Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/7/1941: Farmer Found Guilty in 'Mercy' Slaying of Ailing Wife
• WNEP 16, 4/23/2019: New Records at Old Cemetery in Sunbury
• Sunbury File Share: City Cemetery Records
• The Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/26/1938: Schoolgirl and Woman, 80, win Inquirer ContestSchoolgirl Wins Inquirer Contest
• Habitat for Humanity: Move for Homes 2021 Donation Page

Episode 1: Introduction & 2021 Lancaster Trip Itinerary

Submitted by tim on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 20:22
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In this episode I briefly introduce myself, and then outline a tentative itinerary for this year's Genealogy Cycling Tour of Lancaster. This year's tour will take me to Sunbury, Northumberland County, in search of John Hogendobler, brother of Catherine Hogentogler Kline, who left Lancaster County back in the late 1860s. From Sunbury I will cycle down to Lancaster County in search of descendants of Joseph Hougendobler, Jr., another brother of Catherine. Some of Joseph's descendants eventually moved to Philadelphia, not far from my current home in Jenkintown.

The trip will take place during the Habitat for Humanity's Move for Homes charity ride exercise event. Donations to Habitat are most welcome at the link in the show notes.

[UPDATE: Due to insurance concerns, cycling is no longer approved as an activity for 2021's Move for Homes, but I still welcome and encourage you to donate using the link provided between now and the 11th of July.] 

• Move for Homes: Donation Page
• Find-A-Grave: John H Hogendobler

Improvements made to Webtrees family tree

Submitted by tim on Wed, 03/31/2021 - 20:14

JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Some improvements were made this week to the Webtrees family tree at GenealogyByTim.com/grahamtree. Page loading has substantially improved after circular references were removed. The individual pages of some of our most popular ancestors should no longer time out. Media presentation has also improved.

GenealogyByTim.com Back Online After Week-Long Outage

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/28/2021 - 20:36

JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — GenealogyByTim.com is back online after a week-long outage. The interruption was caused by a buggy upgrade on March 21st. GCC-10.3.0 apparently generates an illegal instruction when it builds MariaDB-10.5.9 on a Pentium-M processor. Downgrading to GCC-9.3.0 and rebuilding MariaDB resolved the issue. Gentoo Forum members were helpful in diagnosing the problem. A bug report might be filed in the near future.