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Sunday, May 1, 2011 Hints For

After I had worked at family history research for 30 years I had a large database.  It started out slow, about 200 ancestors the first decade, 2000 the next decade, and 20,000 the third decade. Then computers came along and really helped out keeping track of people in a database. By the fourth decade, I had reached 200,000 members.

But when the database was 50,000 individuals, I started a project to add the 500 members of the US Mormon Battalion. That took 5 years and I ended up with 60 brick wall projects on Battalion members that I couldn't connect to other lines in the database. Since then, people have contacted me and helped out in various ways so that the 60 has been reduced to 43 now. 

Those Mormon Battalion members that still need work are here:

The Lost Members of the US Mormon Battalion

When I looked at those 43 lost Mormon Battalion members, I clicked on Silas G. HOVEY. I had written:

This member of the Battalion is pretty much lost and forgotten. He is not mentioned in Sgt Daniel Tyler's "A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion". Larson in "A Database of the Mormon Battalion" says, "Silas Hovey was a Musician in Company D. He played a minor role in that position. The payroll records indicate he completed the journey to California and was discharged in Los Angeles, July 16, 1847."

But now, who is the backer of has started putting these LEAF links, called Ancestry Hints for Silas G. HOVEY, that are possible matches for records about the individual.

Clicking the leaf gets this:
Volume: 84
Page Number: 394
Reference: Genealogy of Benj. Cleveland of Canterbury, Ct. By Horace Gillette Cleveland. Chicago, 1879. (260p.): 15, 124
Source Information:
Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.

Now I need to go look for this. I get side tracked a lot. But it also makes for a good article for my genealogy blog. If interested, go see my blog here:

I found USMB Silas Hovey married to Polly Bosworth ANNIS, and her pedigree connects to the Kimball line, making her a relative of Heber Chase Kimball:

I only had to add two generations to get Polly Bosworth Annis connected to a huge tree of ancestors:
Ancestral tree for Polly Annis:

From the 1850 census we can add a daughter:

1850 Census Place: Albany, Orleans, Vermont;
Roll: M432_925; Page: 61A; Image: 393
   Household Members: Name Age
Abul Raymon 67 VT
Silas Havey 49 VT
Polly Havey 49 VT
Laureate Havey  9 f VT (indexed: Sunreatt)
Hiram Chafey 51

That is certainly some good progress. That is what makes life fun for me.

Some current family history

I fell in love with Lori Ruso
   by Vern Taylor

I joined Facebook in April 2009. I met a lot of new people and renewed acquaintance with many others from church and high school. I renewed my interest in writing poetry and songs. I met up with Lori Ruso on Facebook about mid year. We commmented on each others poetry. Lori named me Poet Prince of Word and Song. By December I was hard at work on the "Vern's Christmas Mix" for 2009 and I asked Lori if she would like one. I sent her a copy before Christmas, and she enjoyed it. It had one Christmas song I sang, as well as one of Lori's Christmas songs.

After Christmas I posted this to Lori's FB wall:
“Love” is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. -Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, grandfather of science fiction, best love quote of all.

She replied:
Yes, Vern, I agree....Jubal's is the best Love quote of IS getting!! xoxo

I wrote:
Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for awhile.
~Westley, The Princess Bride, 1987.

I wrote:
The harmony of love
   by Vern Taylor 2009

The poet prince of word and song,
Was like Ulysses, so strong of old.
Was smitten by the siren's call,
Needed help to break the attractive hold.

He has patience, never stops believing,
That there's a great heart waiting for him.
Nothing stops love from reaching its glory,
Just like the story in happiness ends.

So come my love and sing with me now,
Walk hand in hand and enjoy the sunset.
So come my love and join with my heart,
The harmony of love is our duet.

Though the plot twists and breaks his heart,
Love is the heart's great mystery.
It's the only thing in his heart he feels,
Will happiness be the end of the story?

So come my love and sing with me now,
Walk hand in hand and enjoy the sunset.
So come my love and join with my heart,
The harmony of love is our duet.

For the rest of the week until the end of the year, I was miserable. My heart had put me in agony because I had fallen in love.

Lori Ruso wrote:
Oh dear Vern, you are a poet in heart & in soul.....TY 4 BEing YOU & sharing your magnificent self with me......Joy, Blessings & hugs! xoxo

In my last poem of the year, I wrote a summmary of the years highlights which included:

Here I Am or "Aquí Soy "
 by Vern Taylor 2009
Found love too,
Lori true,
Message of,
Fight for love.

Inside me,
Drums the beat,
Tears of joy.
Aquí soy.

My heart jumped out of my chest and wants me to throw it at Lori Ruso!
My mind says 'Oh tender heart, what will she do with you? you don't know.'
And so here is the mystery. By then, my heart has gone crazy. So I wrote to Lori:

Dec 30, 2009;
Dearest Lori,
   Could you give me a little of your time? I'm just trying to follow my heart, and it's fallen in love with you. and I end up crying and in agony almost every night now, and you should shoot me and put me out of my misery ... or pick one of these other options:

  Pray with me and see how that feels.
  Tell me your heart is already in love with another besides Misha.
  Write some email and find out if we like each other.
  Agree to three dates; yours, mine and ours.
  Consider the proposal and wait. Maybe its only temporary insanity.
  Just say no, I can't.
  Just say, snap out of it!

"So follow your heart,
 and make love a part,
 of the life your going to live.
 It's just not quite right.
 to quit without fight,
 and deny what our hearts can give." ~Vern Taylor

Everything I write in poems lately is for and about you. I write great poems when I'm in love. It's been a long time since the last time. True love is when another's happiness means more than your own. So tell me what makes you happy. I love you!

You have my heart already, its escaped again.
vern xoxo

Lori Ruso wrote:  Oh Vern, you are such a Joy & Light to me, & to all those so Blessed to know you!! May all the Love you give away fill your new year with Peace & happiness......I Love you, my kindred spirit, my Friend.....xoxo

On the first day of the new year 2010, Lori wrote me:
Hi, dear Vern! Your Facebook post on my wall reminded me of this song I wrote a while back.....Hope you enjoy it! Luv & hugs, Lori xoxo

Lori sent the song "He Loves Me" to me. I'd given her a gift of music and she had given a love song to me. I didn't want to fall in love on the Internet. I pity the person who does. But I was doubly smitten.

Here's the chorus of "He Loves Me:
   by Lori Ruso
Cause when he holds me
And when he loves me deep inside that's how I know

How does he do to me what he does
How does he make me feel
That I know he loves me
And I feel he needs me
Yes I know he loves me and it's all right
And it's all right.

Her message of 'But I know he loves me' is sung in her beautiful voice. It just grabs my heart. My heart flew off to watch over Lori for months at a time. Eventually it never came back.

Then after another long week of waiting, I got an amazing response back from Lori:
My dearest Vern.....thank you for your patience with me! it seems that my work is keeping me overwhelmingly busy presently, & as I must try to pay the bills, I'm unable to correspond as much as I dream of doing with you, just for the moment..... so I again ask for your patience with me, & with all my heart, I thank you for finding me, for sharing your Love & beautiful self with me...... for us, the best IS yet to come, so thank you for your patience......
so much to share..... can't wait! xoxoxo

Lori wrote a song, "I Believe in Love Again" where she sang, "You touched my heart and saved me."
Now I, believe in love again. If you (Lori) do too, then it comes true.
You touched my heart and saved me. ~Vern Taylor

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dropbox Useful for Everyone

Dropbox is pretty simple. The program creates a folder called My Dropbox in your My Documents folder. Copy and paste a file there and you've made a backup that is linked to another server on the Internet. You can retrieve the file from other computers and you can make it sharable to others. That's very useful for all of us.

What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is software that links all of your computers together via a single
folder. It’s the easiest way to back up and sync files between computers.
The Dropbox Desktop Application is software that watches a folder on your
desktop computer and syncs any changes to the web and to your other

The Dropbox Website allows you to access your files on any computer from
a web browser. You can also use the Dropbox website to share your files or
folders with others.

The Dropbox mobile website and Dropbox for mobile devices allow you
to connect to your Dropbox from your pocket, so you can take your files
with you wherever you go.

To watch a video, or download the app go to:

You can use the free 2 GB account, or pay to upgrade for more space.

Legacy Family Tree has a recording of Thomas MacEntee's Dropbox for Genealogists webinar.  The 1 hour 32 minute recording of Dropbox for Genealogists is now available in the webinar archives. Visit to watch. The free recording will be available until May 2, 2011.

Monday, March 28, 2011

US Mormon Battalion: Henry Pike Hoyt

28 Mar 2011

   While I was extending my own Hoyt ancestors, I went back and added a connecting section for USMB Henry Pike Hoyt's ancestors. Now I can say that my daughter in-law, April Battson Taylor is related to Henry Hoyt as a second cousin 5 times removed through John ELLIOTT & Hannah JONES. I'm related to Henry Hoyt as fourth cousin 6 times removed through Thomas HOYT twin & Mary BROWNE, and
seventh cousin 3 times removed through Thomas FRENCH & Susannah (Sara) RIDDLESDALE.
   Many of you may also be related.

   Who was Henry Hoyt? I thought you'd never ask!
   His data can be found in my database:

Henry Pike Hoyt married Irene Elizabeth Lincoln at Nauvoo, Illinois when he was age 27. They had a son Don Carlos Hoyt in 1844, and then the family moved with the LDS Church westward and settled in Mills county Iowa. When his son was two years old, Henry and his brother, Timothy Sabin Hoyt, joined the U.S. Mormon Battalion as Privates in Company A, and left his family in Iowa. He endured all the hardships of the 2,000 mile march and was discharged in Los Angeles. After reaching the Sierra Nevada Mountains east of Sutter's Fort, he because sick and died, Sept. 3rd, 1847. He was buried on the trail about 80 miles east of Sutter's Fort near Bear Valley, Mariposa, California. Maybe because of this tragedy, his family never completed the trek to Salt Lake City and remained in Iowa. His widow married another of his brothers, and his son later married Harriet Mary Cary and had seven children and settled in Pioneer, Graham, Kansas.

He is one of Fifteen men who died and were buried in unknown graves:
 (monument photo)

USMB Reddick Newton Allred was Henry Hoyt's brother-in-law. They traveled north from Los Angeles to Sacramento before turning east.

Reddick Allred wrote:
   Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.5, p.307 Journey To Council Bluffs
We moved out a few miles from Los Angeles and camped about a week organizing for our return trips. Bro. Hancock assumed with Father Pettegrew the responsibility and organized us in tens, fifties and hundreds. Wm. Hyde, Captain—50; Daniel Tyler 2nd and 3rd with Andrew Lytle over all.

July 20th my company being ready we moved up 20 miles to Gen’l Pico’s Ranch. It crossed a spur of mountains to San Francisco where we remained till the 29th waiting for the other two companies to come up—meanwhile we were jerking beef for the journey. We employed a guide to a place called Hot Springs. August 1, 1847 we camped in a beautiful valley where we found the name of Peter Lebeck who was killed by a grizzly bear Oct. 17, 1837. After our guide left us we missed the Walker Pass and turned down the "Toolary" Valley to Sutter’s Fort on the Sacramento River where the city now stands.

We reached there on the 26 Aug. 1, 1847, 600 miles from Los Angeles without accident. We found a few families of Saints that came on the ship Brooklyn from New York expecting to meet the Church in California until we told them they were settling in Salt Lake Valley. The Burr family was there. We rested a few days and then took the old California Road—crossed the American Fork and found a daughter of widow Murphy, one of the ill-fated Hasting party. Bro. John King and I visited her to find her married to one Johnson.

Henry Pike Hoyt was taken sick. I stoped with him a couple of days—the company going on to Bear Valley; 8 men stayed with me. The third day he said he could go, but after we crossed Deep Hollow he got so bad we took him off his horse as he was apparently dying. Twice we administered to him and he revived so much he said he could go, but got so bad again I had to hold him on and finally I had to break his hold of the horn of the saddle. He said, "No, go on…" his last words, for he was dead in 15 minutes. We wrapped him in his blanket and laid him 12 mile from Deep Hollow two rods below the road, having nothing but a hatchet to dig down in the hillside, and to build up the lower side. Over the top we put rocks and sticks and marked on a tree, "Henry P. Hoyt died on the 3rd of Sept. 1847 after 9 days’ illness with jaundice, 80 miles from Sutter’s Fort."

My Hoyt lineage is the maternal line of William RICE b: 7 JUN 1791:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Discovering John McVey

by Vern Taylor
When I first started doing genealogy over thirty years ago, I worked back to my third great-grandfather Samuel McVey and decided his father was probably Sgt. John McVey 1737-1823 born in Scotland. I couldn’t prove it. I needed help.
I had learned that Samuel McVey lived and died in Greenbrier and Fayette County Virginia, which is now West Virginia. So I called the phone company’s information number for Lewisburg, West Virginia, which was close to where the McVeys lived since the time of the Revolutionary War. I got three numbers for McVeys living there. Then I gathered my courage, and with a little fear and excitement, called the first number for John McVey.

She was related!

I introduced myself and asked if the person who answered the phone was related to Samuel McVey? What a blessing it was to find myself talking to Betty McVey Shields who was the genealogist for the family! Betty and her family still lived on the old McVey property on Muddy Creek Mountain. She is my third cousin once removed and we had a great talk. She confirmed my fourth great-grandfather was Sgt. John McVey andiscoverd ended up sending me lots of printed information. The photo is the only signature of Sgt John McVey I ever located.
Our ancestors do want to be found and bless us in many ways to find them.
Genealogy for Sgt. John McVey:

Anne Bradshaw has published this in,
More True Miracles with Genealogy

Monday, March 7, 2011

4 letters from 1846

I went looking for a journal for Luther Terry Tuttle 1825-1917. Here's what I found.

LDS Church History library:
contact: 801.240.2272

After going through the phone system, I later found the LDS Church History website I had used to ask questions previously. see:

Please state your question:
I would like to know if we have a journal for Luther Terry Tuttle, Born 1825, Died 1917. He was in the Mormon Battalion. If the Library does not have the journal, do you know where it is located and if I can have a copy.

History of correspondence in relation to this Question #
Our response is:
I am sorry, but we do not have a journal for Luther Tuttle, nor do I know where a journal might be located. However, we do have some letters that he wrote while serving in the Mormon Battalion. I am attaching digital copies of these letters to this email. I hope this is helpful.

Jenny St. Clair
LDS Church History Library

The Church History Library couldn't find a journal, but sent a few letters he had written:

~transcribed by Vern Taylor 2011, Stockton, CA
Envelope for following three letters:
To: Peter Haws, Council Bluffs
From: Fort Leavenworth
Luther Tuttle
Alpheus Peter Haws
George W. Boyd
James Bukeley

August the 14, 1846
Deare Father, I received your letter yesterday with the greatest of pleasure. I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and hoping these few lines will find you and all the family enjoying the same health but I am sorry to say that Luther has got the ague and fever now but he had the fever about three days and we broke that by laying on hands. He is better now. He is able to walk around now. Abigail (sister and wife of Luther Tuttle), I say cheer up your(self) and pray for Luther and I will pray for you, but don't give yourselves any uneasiness about us. Now father and mother, cheer up your hearts and try to comfort the rest of them and look forward to the time when we shall meet again, not to the time where we shall part anymore, for I expecet yet to be gone years from you all.

Adeline (Dunn, wife of Alpheus Peter Haws), cheer up your heart to think that (what) you have now and think that I am on as great a mission as has ever been performed since the church has commenced. Now, Adaline I want your prayers and all the rest of the family for Luther and I, that we may have health and strength to endure the hardships before us. We expect to leave the fort (Leavenworth, Kansas) tomorrow morning. I want you to write to us as soon as possible. It is very late and I cannot write anymore. I will leave the rest with Luther (Tuttle, brother inlaw).
   (Alpheus Peter Haws, US Mormon Battalion)

(second letter)
Fort (Leavenworth, Kansas)
Dear Abigail (Haws, wife of Luther Tuttle),
   I now lift my pen to inform you that I have been sick with the fever and today this fever broke and left me with the ague, but give yourself no uneasiness on my account, for I am getting stout. Now there are a good many sick in the camp at this present time. Opportunity will not permit me to write long at present for several reasons. The time seems long since we parted, yet we must make the best of it we can. So make the best you can of the worst and we will do the same and by that we will have the best all the time.

I shall have to draw my part to a close and may heaven her choice Blessings (bestow). May peace and pleasure thee attend.

Such are the wishes of thy friend. My love to father and mother Haws (his inlaws). Love (to) Adeline (Dunn-Haws) and to Emily (Emelae) and to all the rest of the family.

No more at present from your affectionate husband, Luther Tuttle. (US Mormon Battalion)

(third letter)
Mother Haws.
   I take up my pen to write a few lines to inform you how I am getting along at this present time. I am a partner to Luther (Tuttle) with ague. But we are getting  better, so that we can walk about. My hand is so nervous that I can't write much. For I have had the belious fever and mumps and taken the ague and fever. If you see any of Yearsley's folks, tell them my situation. I am in hopes that I will be well in a few days. No more at present.
George W. Boyd (US Mormon Battalion)

If you see anything of James' folks, tell them to write to him.
James Bukley

Luther Tuttle (Santa Fe) to Abigail Tuttle (Council Bluffs)
To Mr. Peter Haws in care of H. Egan (Major Howard Egan, liason to U.S. Mormon Battalion)

Santa Fe
Oct 14, 1846
Dear Abigail,
   Having now an opportunity to write to you and all the rest of the folks. I cheerfully embrace it. Alpheus (Haws) and myself are well at present, but I have been sick ever since I was at the fort. I was taken with the bilious fever after I had been there about a week, but I never took a dose of medicine all the time, for we have got the Damdest doctor that you ever heard tell of. He has the drum beat every night and morning for the sick to come to him and if they don't take his medicine, Calomel (Mercury chloride), he curses them and says ready for duty. And then they have to walk unless they are smart enough to crawl in some of the company wagons, but I have not walked, only when I have been a mind to for I had plenty of friends and they took good care of me. This day, they are trying to arrange it to send the women back and all the sick and those that are not able to stand to go on this winter back to Pueblo (Colorado), and stop this winter and send them the rest (of) the way that you will go in the spring, and officeers with them, Captain Brown. I am very glad to get rid of him. He has had more than a few men put under guard.

Santa Fe is a place that I was very much desired in for I expected to find some fine buildings and very genteel folks, but instead of thaat, there houses are made of mud, no floor in but dirt covered with dirt, and in the common way of speaking, a dirty looking set of people. What are left here, but I understand that they have been leaving ever since the troops came in here. There is(sic) a great many soldiers here, the town is as full as it can hold and we as a people will be glad to get out of it and get on our way homeward, for a soldiers life is not desirable at all with me to have such officers as we have to our head, our doctor especially, and if he goes all the way to California with us, I am afraid he will never get back, and many will mourn his loss! Well, so much for the doctor. The colonel would do pretty well if it was not for the doctor, the staff officer.
Now all are regulars except Dikes (DYKES, Georgia Parker, Adjatant), and our officers do not brag on him.

We have come through the greatest country that ever I saw. Buffalo, which is excellent meat, in great abundance. Antelope, the next thing. Also mutton in great abundance. A man could travel on wormy flour through such a country as this. Provision is very scarce here amongst the Spaniards, yet we have enough. I am Commissary Sargent for our own company to draw and deal out provisions to the company. We draw (a) pound of flour to a man a day, and a half a pound of pork, or a pound of beef. Sugar and coffee about enough to do us. Soap, vinegar, beans, or rice, so we have enough to eat and enough to drink.

Often we have cooked our suppers by the buffalo chips. Orders has(sic) just this minute come to stuart to move on (this) morning, and I am called away, so no more at present but let all be of good cheer for we will soon be over the mountains and on our return home. But do not fail to pray for us while we are far apart. My love to Father Haws and Mother Haws, to Esmila and to Albert (Haws) and all the rest.

One word to you Abigail (Haws-Tuttle), the time seems long since we parted. Days seem like weeks, yet the time will come when we have look(ed) for. I should like to wish we long will not permit. So I remain your affectionate husband, Luther Tuttle

Adeline (Adeline Dunn-Haws 1830-1852), don't think that I have forgotten you for I have not (sent) my love to you and the baby. Luther Tuttle
~transcribed by Vern Taylor 2011, Stockton, CA

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vanessa Williams on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

You can watch "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Friday nights on NBC or anytime online:

The Vanessa Williams pedigree was shown as follows:
> her father- Milton Williams Jr. > Milton Williams Sr & Iris Carll > Frank Carll > David Carll, her 2nd great grandfather. In December 1863, those who were black or African Americans were first allowed to enlist in the Civil War. David Carll enlisted soon after.

A search of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors found:
Soldier Name  Side Function  Regiment Name
Carll, David Union Infantry 26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

I found this explanation of the 26th infantry:
26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Organized at Riker's Island, New York Harbor, February 27, 1864. Ordered to Dept. of the South April, 1864. Attached to District of Beaufort, S. C. Dept. of the South, to October, 1864. 2nd Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to January, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to February, 1865. 2nd Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to June, 1865. Dept. of the South to August, 1865.

SERVICE.--Reported at Beaufort, S. C., April 13, 1864, and post duty there till November 27. Expedition to Johns and James Islands July 2-10. Operations against Battery Pringle July 4-9. Actions on Johns Island July 5 and 7. Burden's Causeway July 9. Battle of Honey Hill November 30. Demonstration on Charleston & Savannah Railroad December 6-9. Action at Devaux's Neck December 6. Tillifinny Station December 9. McKay's Point December 22. Ordered to Beaufort, S. C., January 2, 1865, and duty there till August. Mustered out August 28, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 28 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 112 Enlisted men by disease. Total 145.

After the war had ended, one of the soldiers wrote, "Our duty is to let the colored people know that they are free citizens of the United States, and to protect them as such, and also to prevent their former owners from driving them off the plantations, and cheating them out of their share of the crop, which they are very anxious to do. These former slave holders grieve and fret a great deal about having to pay the freedmen for their labor, but they have to do it." They do the job of liberation duty.

His pension file contained a tin type photo of David Carll. This is very unusual. It was only there because David had to fight for 10 years to get his pension approved.

The 1880 census record revealed that David married Louisa, who was a white person. I found she was Mary Louisa Appleford and the show did not have time to mention that her family also served in the Civil War.

A search of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors found:

Soldier Name  Side Function  Regiment Name
Carll, David Union Infantry 26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Appleford, George Union Artillery 4th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery
Appleford, Joseph  Union Cavalry 2nd Regiment, New York Cavalry
Appleford, Thomas Union Cavalry 2nd Regiment, New York Cavalry
Appleford, Wellington Union Cav 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles

A search of new FamilySearch found:
George W. Appleford b. 26 July 1842(sic), died 6 October 1865;
Joseph Appleford b. 14 November 1845, died 25 June 1865;
Wellington Appleford b. 24 January 1849, died 10 August 1865.

The George W. Appleford b. 1842 is incorrect, as that is George Jr. and he is listed on the 1870 census whereas George Sr. b. 1806-08 is missing from the 1870 census.

So Vanessa had a 3rd great grandfather and two uncles who died in the Civil War. Nothing mentioned about them on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The census data I posted to

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Screen Capture

Sometimes you just can't print what you need on your computer screen. Then you'll need a program that screen captures. For still images, there are two:
1. Irfanview:
click Options > Capture > Start
before you click Start, check the options you want such as foreground window, and how you want to save it.
When you click Start > click to select the window you wish to have in the foreground > Ctrl+F11 (to finish capture)
  will put the screen shot in Irfanview or to SaveFile.
2: FastStone Capture
current Shareware version:
free ver 4.8
This program puts a toolbar on your screen. Choose the type of polygon you want to capture, and save file. The added advantage of this is that one of the capture types is the scrolling window, which scrolls to the bottom of a longer than the screen window to save all of the window.
   I use the totally free version 4.8
Current versions will also capture as video.
3. CamStudio Video Capture

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obama Birth Certificates

I've updated my database with photos of the Obama birth certificates. I found it interesting to see them.

I find it strange that we grant citizenship to aliens born on US soil. By the same logic, if you are US citizens traveling in a foreign country and give birth to a child, that child is not a citizen of the US, but a citizen of that foreign country. Unfortunately, we rarely use logic. The following came to me by an email hoping to dispute the legality of Obamas's birth, but I believe it is legal to register your foreign born birth and retain US citizenship.

Here's a close-up of the top of the document where you can plainly read his name and his parent's names, etc

A British history buff was asked if he could find out who the colonial registrar was for Mombasa in 1961.
After only a few minutes of research, he called back and said "Sir Edward F. Lavender” Note the same name near the bottom of the photo above.
Source(s): “Kenya Dominion Record 4667 Australian library."

And here’s a close-up of the bottom of the document where you can read "Coast Providence of Kenya" and the official signature of the Deputy Registrar.....

The above document is a "Certified Copy of Registration of Birth", but below is a copy of the actual Certificate of Birth... the real-deal legal kind of certificate.

The Mombasa Registrar of Births has testified that Obama's birth certificate from Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa is genuine. This copy was obtained by Lucas Smith through the help of a Kenyan Colonel who recently got it directly from the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa , Kenya .  Here  it is.....

Note the  footprint!!

The local Muslim Imam in Mombasa named Barack with his Muslim middle name Hussein so his official name on this certificate is Barack Hussein Obama II.

The grandmother of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. reveals the story of his birth in Mombasa, Kenya, a seaport, after his mother suffered labor pains while swimming at ocean beach in Mombasa 

"On August 4, 1961 Obama's mother, father and grandmother were attending a Muslim festival in Mombasa, Kenya. Mother had been refused entry to airplanes due to her nine month pregnancy.  It was a hot August day at the festival so the Obama’s went to the beach to cool off. While swimming in the ocean his mother  experienced labor pains so was rushed to the Coast  Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya where Obama  was born a few hours later at 7:21 pm on August 4, 1961(what a sad day for the USA!).  Four days later his mother flew to Hawaii and registered his birth in Honolulu as a certificate of live birth which omitted the place and hospital of birth."  

Letter from Kitau in Mombasa, Kenya  ......

"I happen to be Kenyan. I was born 1 month before Obama at Mombasa medical center.. I am a teacher here at the MM Shaw Primary School in Kenya. I compared my birth certificate to the one that has been put out by Taitz and mine is exactly the same. I even have the same registrar and format. The type is identical. I am by nature a skeptical person. I teach science here and challenge most things that cannot be proven. So I went to an official registrar today and pulled up the picture on the web. They magnified it and determined it to be authentic. There is even a plaque with Registrar Lavenders name on it as he was a Brit and was in charge of the Registrar office from 1959 until January of 1964. The reason the date on the certificate says republic of Kenya is that we were a republic when the "copy" of the original was ordered. I stress the word "copy". My copy also has republic of Kenya. So what you say is true about Kenya not being a republic at the time of Obama's birth, however it was a republic when the copy was ordered. 

The birth certificate is genuine. I assure you it will be authenticated by a forensic auditor. We are very proud Obama was born here. We have a shrine for him and there are many people who remember his birth here as he had a white mother. They are being interviewed now by one of your media outlets.  

Fortunately they even have pictures of his parents with him immediately after his birth at the Mombasa hospital with the hospital in the back ground. 

It will be a proud day for us when it is proven that he was born here and a Kenyan became the most powerful man in the world. 

I encourage anyone to come here and visit. I will be happy to take you and show you the pictures at the hospital myself as well as my document and many others that are identical to what Taitz posted. God Bless.  Kitau"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Rome Italy LDS Temple

The Rome Italy Temple is being built on an elevated 15-acre site in northeast Rome near the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the circular road (beltway) that surrounds the city. The picturesque country site, once adorned by a charming villeta and exiquisite stand of olive trees, sits on the outskirts of the city at a freeway interchange.

Completion is scheduled for 2013.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Norma H. Koch Martin

Ernie Koch (pronounced Cook) called me and gave me a job to find information on Norma H. Koch Martin. Ernie is a cousin to my daughter inlaw Jennifer. Ernie is also a cousin to Norma H. Koch.

With some basic information on the family from Ernie, I used the California Death Index to find Norma.

California Death Records:
Last Name First Name Middle Birth Date Mother Maiden Father Last Sex Birth Place Death Place Residence Death Date SSN Age
MARTIN NORMA KOCH 04/23/1921 F MISSOURI LOS ANGELES(19) 05/01/1979 553-28-2953 58 yrs

I then extracted a list of children who had a mother named Koch from the California Birth Index.
(Norma's son)
CA births with mother's maiden name Koch:
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 about Jules R Martin
Name: Jules R Martin
Birth Date: 23 Jan 1963
Gender: Male
Mother's Maiden Name: Roch
Birth County: Los Angeles

I looked up this Jules Martin on the Internet whitepages and gave information back to Ernie so he could call and obtain more information on Jules' mother Norma.

 I also found Norma Koch on the census as follows:

1930 US census California > Los Angeles > Los Angeles (Districts 1-250) > District 27 > 17 > No. Hobart (street) extract by Vern Taylor 2011
Household Members:
Name Age
William G Mackinga 45 WA
Margaret Mackinga 47  WA
Allen R Mackinga 20  CA
Robert L Mackinga 17 CA
Winnifred E Mackinga 6 CA
(*different households, but added to family above on relationships)
*Jules F Koch 29 m20  KS MO Germany salesman wholesale meats (son sic*)
*Clara Koch  28 m19  KS KS KS (dau in law) (sic if Mackinga parents b. KS?)
*Norma H Koch 8   KS KS KS (grand daughter) (parents married abt 1921)
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 133; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 132.0.

With everything put together I now have a short bio for Norma Martin and I am still looking for her history in Hollywood films as a costumer.

Bio: Norma H. Koch Martin, was born 23 Apr 1921 in Kansas. Her parents were Jules F. Koch and Clara Mathy. Norma married Robert R. Martin about 1943 in California. Her children probably include Jules Raymond Martin born 23 Jan 1963 in Los Angeles, California. She died 1 May 1979 in Los Angeles California. She is supposed to have been a costume designer for film and Hollywood.
Sources: CA death records, 1930 US census, and Ernie Koch.

For futher information see her pedigree in my online database:

by Vern Taylor 17 Jan 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

LDS Historical

I have reposted my database LDS Historical on . It's been on vacation about 6 months.

The LDS Historical database, includes 610 members of the U.S. Mormon Battalion and numerous LDS General Authorities, as well as Utah Pioneers and Early LDS, and many American Patriots, and other Immigrants. It is lineage linked data I compiled from Dec 2003 until the present.

Some have said I did a good job of it:

From: Loretta-Marie Dimond "genehisthome1 @"
To: "Vern Taylor"
"To be honest, Vern, my objectives in early LDS research are probably quite different from yours.  Five to six generations ago, my mother's adoptive families (heritage Grover and Riddle) were involved in the LDS plurality milieu.  What happened to them in Nauvoo and environs, what became of their associates on The Trail and in early Deseret/Utah Territory, and why some of them left, or were run out of, the LDS church are parts of my heritage I cannot ignore.  But at the same time, as a practicing Roman Catholic, I have my own testimony to bear, as it were; and as a card-carrying historian of America and the Pacific Northwest circa the American Civil War, I seek to maintain my frame of reference regarding the LDS people.  The 19th century parallels in religious persecution of Catholics and LDS are striking, in an America we are told is the halcyon of religious freedom.

"So in grasping to understand some of this, I am looking at many aspects of the LDS experience:  conversion in the early church period, disaffection or rededication in the late 1840s, the resultant social kinship experience through pluralized families, exposure to secular influences including the Battalion march and the Utah based Civil War units, and the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  Not a bad menu, that, and it brings my research squarely athwart many of the same people you have studied.  Your data on the Battalion families are incomparable and so very, very reliable that they are one of my keystone sources, and thus are properly footnoted whenever my ancient old computer allows me to do it!"

There are two lines of Stanleys, and I collect people and histories on my line.
I collect on any of the 7 lines of Mcveys.
I collect on the US Mormon Battalion over 600 and the Mexican War of 1846.
I collect on Utah Pioneers, over 10,000 as I have time.
I collect on American patriots as I have time.

I particularly invite people to help me with the remaining 43 brickwall projects of the US Mormon Battalion located here:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

10 years ago....

Ten years ago we had just spent $500 the year before and I had created a computer network for the Stockton Family History Center. Here is what I put in the newsletter.  The phone number and location are correct. Here is what the family history news was about in January 2001:

Stockton Family History Center News:

The past year (2000) has been one of great growth
and advancement. The FHC started in April with a $500
computer network. We added a web site N/A
 in October. And
December brought another computer network upgrade
that will increase the speed of our computers and
shorten the time you spend on searches and Temple

This upgrade has allowed us to upgrade the speed
of the network. A majority of our computers are now a
super fast 800 megahertz. Most of our monitors are now 17
inch and much easier to see what's on the screen. Our
hard disk space has gone from 60 Gigabytes to 250
Gigabytes. We've also added color printers and a
scanner to the library for use with photo pedigrees.
New software has arrived, such as the Europe and
Mexico vital records, and Freedman's bank records.
We have one work station that is being devoted to
Spanish speaking researchers. Tuesday is also our
Spanish speaking librarians day.

We have genealogy database software you can try
and use. This currently includes Family Origins,
Family Tree Maker, Generations, PAF 4.04 in multi-
languages, and the new PAF 5.1 multi-language. PAF
can be downloaded free at and
clicking on "order/download products" located below
the Library button.

On Feb 12, 2001 the Salt Lake City Family History
Department uploaded 125 million more names to the
International Genealogical Index. The updated version
is now available as you read this at: (two line URL)

The updated IGI Addendum is now also available on
our network at the Stockton FHC. The amount of data
increased from 17 to 31 CD-roms.
The Temple Ready menu and database is being
upgraded to a Windows version and will be available
at libraries sometime about mid year.
We have 20 of the current 30 CD-roms of the
Pedigree Resource File which are the public's
Internet submissions to Salt Lake City. This is
similar to Ancestral File, but they remain unlinked to
any other databases, and solely as the individual
submitted them, with any notes and sources. This is
continually growing at the rate of 1 CD per month.
Classes on using computers and software will be
available by appointment on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -
12:00 noon. Call 951-7060.

Library hours are Tues-Wed 10:00 a.m. to 9:00
Welcome to our library.

Stockton Family History Center
800 W. Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95207

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wishing for a brighter new year in 2011

For a brighter new year with more love, do genealogy.

Not Enough Love
   by Vern Taylor  Jul 2010

There is not enough love in my world tonight.
My heart has been lost to the Lady of  Light.
My spirit has withdrawn in this time of need,
To plead with God for the will to succeed.

At this time I can't see so very far ahead,
Limited opportunities just fill me with dred.
I never say the world is fair you see,
Just to cheer me up when the test finds me.

There is no liberty when you're too tired to think.
When the cares of the world drive mere mortals to drink.
I never was mortal before born to this life,
After I die it's still going to be an eternal fight.

It's easier to give up rather than find the best you can be,
Easier to do less than the best that's mediacraty.
So what's it going to be that tomorrow's light brings?
I hope the best of me has more songs to sing.

So what's it going to be that tomorrow's light finds?
That the best of the best gets up one more time!
For the winner falls down just as much as you and I
But the winner never fails to give one more try!