Se. 2, Ep. 6: Trees, Tribulations, and Summer Challenges

Submitted by tim on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 14:00
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This month I launch my 14-day free trial of in order to discover photos from public member trees that are not available to AncestryLibrary users. I describe some recent adventures in self-hosting, including hard drive corruption, data loss, and restoration from backup. Lastly, I lay out some personal challenges for my upcoming summer vacation. Links in the show notes.

Technical Issues Hound GBT; Backups Save the Day

Submitted by tim on Thu, 06/09/2022 - 08:58
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A recent update to Genealogy By Tim G.'s primary webserver triggered hard drive corruption last Saturday, leaving the server's file system in a read-only state, and the server's Apache2 and MariaDB services unable to launch.  Backup servers were deployed but were several months out of date. Website users may have noticed a temporary reversion to the website's February 2022 state.

Se. 2, Ep. 5: Digging into the 1950 Census, or FamilySearch Fellow Travelers

Submitted by tim on Sun, 05/22/2022 - 16:35
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In this month's episode, recorded on May 7th, I make some early discoveries in the 1950 Census, including my Grandaunt Sheila's occupation as census taker and my Granduncle Albert's residency Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. I make contact through FamilySearch with some potential distant cousins along the Smith and Foley lines, including an e-mail contact with a descendant of Bernard Smith of Boston. Lastly, a recent update to the Webtrees software will enable me to whitelist photographs and documents as I clear them for publication.

Webtrees Software Update Introduces Media Whitelisting

Submitted by tim on Tue, 05/10/2022 - 10:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A recent update to Webtrees, the software that powers the family tree section of the Genealogy By Tim G. website, will allow web administrators to whitelist media files. The new functionality will reveal to all website visitors photographs and original documents that have heretofore been visible only to logged-in members.

Se. 2, Ep. 4: The Ukraine Episode

Submitted by tim on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 11:03
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I break the 20 minute podcast precedent to say, in one audio file, everything I know about my family's roots in the region now known as Ukraine. I begin with a little bit of deep history on how the area came to be a part of the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I continue to describe a likely reason why the Anflick and Snyder families left the area, and I finish up by listing off some of the place names within present day Ukraine that are of family history importance, so you know what areas to focus on as you watch the news for updates on the war. Links are in the show notes.

1950 Census Released, Early Discoveries Made

Submitted by tim on Sun, 04/10/2022 - 10:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The National Archives and Records Administration released the 1950 Census online last Friday, April 1st, 2022. Every ten years the administration publicly releases the census taken 72 prior to the release date. Prior to April 1st, the most recent census released by the administration was the 1940 census, which it released on April 1st, 2012. Each census release is a bonanza for genealogists, who can trace family relationships, movements, and occupations through the documents.

William Nathaniel Ivers, 85

Submitted by tim on Sat, 04/02/2022 - 18:59

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey (GBT) — William Nathaniel "Bill" Ivers, passed away on March 22, 2022, at the age of 85, and was laid to rest today after a memorial service at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Bill was a long time member of the First Friday Genealogy group that has inspired my research since I first joined all the way back in 2008. Bill was always the most thorough and the most organized among us. When it came his turn to share at each of our monthly roundtables, I always looked forward to something thoughtful.


Se. 2, Ep. 3: What Happened at RootsTech, or Remembering Bill Ivers

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/27/2022 - 13:10
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This month I share a little of what I discovered at RootsTech this year, I anticipate the imminent release of the 1950 census, and I remember long-time First Friday Genealogy member and contributor Bill Ivers, who passed away this month at the age of 85.

Mykolaiv Oblast Archive Website Back Up as Russian Army Closes In

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 19:01
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archive of Mykolaiv Oblast is back up as the Russian Army closes in on its seat. The site first went down on the 23rd of February, when Russian soldiers first invaded the country. The condition of the archive facility is unclear, as fierce fighting has been reported near Mykolaiv's southern border. Some residential buildings have either suffered serious damage or were destroyed.


Reports: Kherson falls to Russia, 'Fierce Battle' in Mykolaiv

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 15:11
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — International news outlets including Al-Jazeera, The Times of Israel, and the New York Times have reported that Kherson fell to Russian troops last Wednesday, the first such city to fall to the invading Russian army since it invaded Ukraine on the 23rd of February. Kherson is some 40 miles southeast of the port and shipbuilding town of Mykolaiv. Several Anflick vital records are presumably stored in the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives.