admin Tue, 06/07/2011 - 22:16
So I have been working on the family tree site a bit lately, and I have made a few changes. Some of the changes are minor and some are not. To start with, I have changed the theme to one that suits my liking a little better.
I have also worked on the "landing page" or Homepage of the site by adding a few new items. The first thing that I added was a "Welcome and Hello" block. I am not sure why it never occurred to me before, but I have never had one of these up until now. The Welcome and Hello block appears on the top left hand side of the screen, and features a Towler / Toler crest. It explains a bit about the site and what is going on. One of the features I like about the block is that I have it setup to show you the most recent "numbers" for the family tree, I.e. how many families, Individuals etc. These are dynamically (automatically when there is a change) updated which is cool.
admin Sun, 03/27/2011 - 00:48
Some time ago I had my DNA tested for use in my genealogy research, and I have even blogged about it in the past (Here, Here, Here and Here). I used familytreedna.com for my testing and they offer 4 levels of Y Chromosome testing, 12, 25, 37, and 67 marker testing. The more markers, the more detailed the "picture" you can get. At the time in 2008 when I had my testing done, there were not that many Toler / Toller / Towler's that had completed the DNA testing. Three years later, in March of 2011 there are still not that Toler / Towler / Toller's that have taken the test. When you first signup with familytreedna.com they ask if you would like to share your results with others, including those you may not know. If you elect to share, every time that someone takes the test and has results that are a close match to you, you are notified by familytreedna.com. I have taken the full Y-67 DNA panel test and recently I just got notified about some more matches.
admin Tue, 02/22/2011 - 13:05
I have been doing genealogy for around 6 years now, and one of the most important tools in my research has been the internet. One important aspect of the internet is the ability to get to sites like ancestry.com or Footnote.com at any time of the day, as long as I have an internet connection. Another aspect of the internet as a tool for genealogy is the ability to share and get the word out.
admin Mon, 01/31/2011 - 23:23
This year I will not be renewing my Ancestry.com membership. Partly because of the Expense, but mostly because I am not using it enough to justify the cost of roughly 160.00 (or a little more than 13.00 a month). I currently have a backlog of items to get done on my own Familytree site, and I have a toddler in the house, so extra time for using Ancestry.com is not likely.
admin Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:13
It Happens over and over again, you catch the genealogy bug and you are itching to get started. In the rush to get started, you add people to your tree, but you forget to add source information. Ideally every single person in your tree will have at least one source record, indicating where you got the information on the person. Dates of birth, dates of death, marriage, Census information all should have source information attached.
admin Mon, 06/01/2009 - 12:45
Part of the great part about the internet is the ability to share information. This is really helpful for genealogy. Being able to share info and ideas about your ancestry is great, and the internet makes it even easier. But in order to share people need to be able to find you. Finding itowler.com just got a little eaiser. itowler.com is now listed in the Genealogy Blog Finder.
Itowler.com has been active now for about 4 years, and I have been posting about genealogy for about a year now. Blogging about my genealogy has been helpful in a number of ways, not the least of which is the ability to connect with other people working on the same familes. In order to make connecting with other people more effective, I use a number of tools, including SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and make sure that I submit my site to multiple search engines. You can not find new people to connect with if they can not find you.
admin Thu, 05/28/2009 - 04:00
I am not sure that I have ever mentioned it, but I descend from several individuals that fought in the American Revolution. I actually share a surname with one: Joseph Towler (click on the name to view my genealogy data). Using some online Genealogy resources, I discovered that Joseph Towler Fought with the 7th Virginia Regiment. I have even found a few images of Muster Rolls from the unit (see the image on the right, click to enlarge). I find these records really fascinating, as they provide more insight into the lives of the people that are included.
To date, I have only found 2 Muster Records for Joseph Towler, and they are both when he was stationed at Fort Pitt. The area around Fort Pitt would become the modern day Pittsburgh, PA. One of the things that I find interesting is that Fort Pitt would have been about 340 miles away from where Joseph lived (or Bedford, VA). This is a long way to walk.....
admin Mon, 03/23/2009 - 04:00
As most of you know the Familytree.itowler.com runs PGV (PhpGedView). I have been using the program for a few years now, and have seen it grow and become better and more refined. One of the newer (although I must admit, I am not sure how new) features is the ability to add historical dates to the time line.
admin Thu, 02/12/2009 - 14:24
admin Tue, 02/03/2009 - 11:35
I know that I am behind on my posting, but I am trying to keep up. It's actually a lot hard than you might think. This post will be a little "light" but oh well. There have been a couple of interesting things that are going on with the family tree, so I figure that I would fill you in.