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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!