Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ancestry online trees and Synching to FTM for Mac problem

OR… How to stop myself from tearing my hair out

I have spent the majority of today on a steep leaning curve. Though I purchased FTM for Mac v.2, about 12 months ago, today was my first attempt at uploading the changes made on FTM to my online ancestry tree.

Before doing this, I spent many hours cleaning up the FTM database; deleting unrelated people who were added by son no. 2, last year when he first started showing an interest in his family history – he added anyone with his surname that he could find. I guess I should have emphasized the need to ensure they were actually related, but I was too thrilled with his interest to interfere too much.

I also spent an extra couple of hours resolving place names, and deleting place names that had no person attached.

I used this file to experiment with, as it was relatively small with 1152 people. I reduced this today to 832. However, once synched I have noticed an anomaly. The FTM file shows the correct 832 people, while the online tree still shows the original 1152! I notice when synching that it seems to go both ways, even if the only changes were made in FTM.

What am I doing wrong? How do I get rid of those unrelated Ottery family members without doing the same process on my Ancestry Member Tree? It is easy, though time consuming, to do in FTM but almost impossible online.  One of the reasons I purchased this software was so that I did not have to repeat my research or corrections in two different places. So should I delete the online tree and upload the new and cleaner tree (I still have a bit of work to do deleting multiple facts, such as “Residence” for the same 1851 English census, which appears two or three times on various individuals)

And that is besides the irritation of the original 303 media files not downloading when I first started this process 12 months ago, and which caused my original despondency and lack of confidence in continuing with this process until now. Or do I put it away for another 12 months while my hair grows back?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Australia Day Challenge 2014 : Climbing my Family's Gum Tree

 Here is my attempt at this challenge as set by Cassmob

My first ancestor to arrive in Australia was: James Lefroy from Cork arrived on the 6 September 1832, aged 28 years. James was tried in Co Mayo for stealing a watch. A jockey and coachman by trade, he was sentenced to 7 years and sent to Port Jackson aboard the ship "Eliza".
Note: the latest arrival was 1862, so within a 30 year period, my ancestors were all settled in Australia
I have Australian Royalty (tell us who, how many): I have 6 convicts in my direct family line, 3 males who partnered and married 3 female convicts. James Lefroy married Olive King in Sydney; Fanny Norman married Henry Nicholls in Hobart; John Roberts married Sophia Lawrence  in Maitland, NSW
I’m an Aussie mongrel, my ancestors came to Oz from: Mainly England, then Ireland with a few Scottish and two Welsh thrown in. I have absolutely no idea of where my 3x Great Grandfather Owen Smith came from.

Did any of your ancestors arrive under their own financial steam? Some came as convicts, some as Bounty immigrants, some as assisted passengers and only a couple came as unassisted passengers, while some swam.
Note: My GG Grandmother, Agnes Jane Johnson, was keen to note her occupation on her marriage certificate as “Free settler’s daughter”
How many ancestors came as singles? 14 
How many came as couples? None as far as I can tell
How many came as family groups? 5, one woman came with her 5 children after her husband had died, the other couples had between 2 and 6 children with them
 NOTE:  For the above 3 questions, these are only figures for the people I can account for - as many swam, I am unsure if they had the support of a spouse or family
Did one person lead the way and others follow? I  do know that GGG Grandfather, Michael Dillon sponsored his brother Patrick who arrived in 1855.
What’s the longest journey they took to get here? As Ralf McTell says:
“It's a long way from Clare to here 
It's a long, long way 
It gets further by the day 
It's a long, long way from Clare to here”
Did anyone make a two-step emigration via another place? Not that I am aware of.
Which state(s)/colony did your ancestors arrive? 16 arrived in NSW; 2 were sent to Van Diemen’s Land, and 3 landed in Moreton Bay in Queensland, but all very quickly settled in NSW. Unsure of others as I am yet to find their arrivals.
Did they settle and remain in one state/colony? Yes, New South Wales
Did they stay in one town or move around? My father’s family all settled in the New England Tablelands and many are still there, while my maternal line nearly all settled around the Hunter district, before moving to Sydney, while a few stayed in Sydney from the time of their arrival
Do you have any First Australians in your tree? Only by marriage. My cousin married an indigenous boy whom she went to school with. He went on to captain Australia in our Rugby Union team, the Wallabies, but their children would be my 1st cousins once removed. The mother of the husband of my father’s aunt, Susan Hill, was also an indigenous woman, so his cousins would be of aboriginal descent
Were any self-employed? My Morgan forebears, who came from Wales were skilled iron Moulders. After settling in Wallsend, near Newcastle (NSW), they set up a foundry business that seemed to do quite well. It is an area I need to research in more depth.
What occupations or industries did your earliest ancestors work in? Drayman, Painter and decorator, Coachman and Jockey, Iron moulders and miners, “Man of Wars Man” i.e., a Royal Navy steward, Tobacco twisters, then lots of farm labourers.
Does anyone in the family still follow that occupation? Most of the occupations that employed my ancestors no longer exist. There were two exceptions; my father’s cousin was one of the few descendants to stay on the land; taking up part of the original station, “Booroolong”, near Armidale until his death in 2005. The family had effectively worked on this station continuously from around 1850. My Roberts family also worked in the tobacco industry in its many forms from the 1840’s until the mid 1970’s.
Did any of your ancestors leave Australia and go “home”? Not really, though I do wonder what happened to the convict Henry Nicholls who had a wife and children back in Canterbury, England. He disappears soon after his last child is born in NSW, and I can find no record of him dying in Australia.
The brother of my Great Grandfather, though born in Australia, went to live in England when he was a young man, dying in Surrey in 1971.

What’s your State of Origin? New South Wales - C'arn the Mighty Blues and Glory, Glory to South Sydney..
Do you still live there? No, but I still feel like a Sydney girl, actually I still call myself a Malabar girl; the suburb I grew up in – the area is ingrained in my soul – my true home is the landscape beneath the new homes, the rocks and cliffs and surrounding ocean.

Me on he rocks at Malabar, c1960
Where was your favourite Aussie holiday place as a child? We didn't have many family holidays, as we didn't have a car until I was about 10 years old. Then Dad liked to travel to his home town of Glen Innes and surrounds.I preferred to stay home over the summer holidays to be near the beach and my friends. I liked the beach and there were too many trees in the country!
Any special place you like to holiday now? Each year I like to travel to the Central Coast of NSW to attend my Roberts’ family reunion. We always stay at the same holiday house at Forresters Beach.

View from the Forresters Beach  House

Share your favourite spot in Oz: Any beach, with golden sand, warm water, preferably with surf with lots of sunshine and no or only a few people:
Any great Aussie adventure you've had? Travelling to Katherine in the NT with my husband who had to work there a few weeks after the flood in 1998. The whole experience was surreal but amazing. After his month of work was finished, we spent another couple of weeks exploring Kakadu and other amazing places in the Northern Territory, even though it was still technically the wet season.

Katherine in flood, January 1998
What’s on your Australian holiday bucket list? Broome and the Kimberley coast; A trip around NSW visiting and retracing places my family lived – especially in the New England Tablelands – I had planned to do this last year, but health issues prevented us. I can only hope that my husband becomes able to tolerate travelling distances once again.

How do you celebrate Australia Day? Now, it’s really just another day, so nothing special. I have never been particularly nationalistic in my outlook or behaviour. Many years ago all of hubby’s aunts and cousins and their children would come to our place for a BBQ, but now the aunts have passed away and the children grown, and the cousins more dispersed

I am glad I finished this geneameme; it has taken some time and was quite difficult, but it showed just how much I don't know about so many of my direct ancestors - so thanks Pauleen, I really do have quite a bit of work ahead of me!