Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Take Advantage of RootsTech 2016 Early Bird Prices

Can you believe it's already October? Where has the year gone? 

This is just a friendly reminder that the Early Bird discount pricing window for RootsTech 2016 will be closing soon. The Early Bird discount for RootsTech 2016 passes ends on October 15, 2015. That's only a little over a week away.

The savings with the Early Bird discount is quite significant. For instance, the Early Bird price for a RootsTech Pass is $149. Full price for that pass is $249. That's a $100 savings! And the RootsTech + Innovator Summit Pass is $169 versus the full price of $269, another savings of $100! There are other RootsTech Pass options as well. Check out the 2016 RootsTech Pass Comparison chart by clicking HERE

I've already registered and am really looking forward to attending RootsTech 2016. Don't miss out on RootsTech's Early Bird discount prices.

See you at RootsTech 2016!

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 5, 2015

FamilySearch and the DAR at The BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy

I attended the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy in July of this year as an official blogger. I had a wonderful time at the conference. This will be my last blog post as an official blogger. I want to thank those in charge of the conference for the opportunity I had to attend and blog about my experiences there.

Here's the view of the BYU Conference Center where the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy was held.

Upon entering the front doors, this sign greeted us. As you can see from the sign, the Harman Building is to the left and the Conference Center is to the right.

And here's the friendly and helpful staff at the front desk of the Conference Center.

I took the photos above on Friday, July 31st, which was the last day of the conference. The previous day, Thursday, July 30th, I stopped by the rooms where FamilySearch and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) were located and took some pictures.

When I stopped by the room where the DAR was located I chatted with the very nice and helpful staff. They answered my questions and gave me some pamphlets. I am eligible to join the DAR through my patriot ancestor Dr. Luther L. Waterman, who was a surgeon in the Revolutionary War.

Here are a few photos from their room filled with lovely displays.

This is the display for the Children of the American Revolution.

FamilySearch offered free book and photo scanning in Room 2285. They also had a computer lab in Room 2283.

Here are a couple photos from the FamilySearch Computer Lab.

And here's a sign from the book and photo scanning room.

I'm honored to announce that I've been asked to be an official blogger for next year's BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 2, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 2, 2015

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Family Apple Tree by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves
  2. 31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  3. 4th Annual SHARE A MEMORY Contest by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of DearMyrtle
  4. Rootstech Pass Giveaway by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  5. 7 Steps to Protect Yourself Against a Genealogist’s Worst Nightmare by Amie Bowser Tennant for RootsBid Blog
  6. New Tools for the Family History Writer by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  7. 52 Questions in 52 Weeks: Writing about Your Life Has Never Been Easier by Steve Anderson for FamilySearch Blog
  8. Where are the probate records? by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  9. Straight Talk about the State of Indexing by Michael Judson for FamilySearch Blog
  10. Update: The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  11. Find A Grave’s Community Day 17 October 2015 by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  12. DNA to the Rescue by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  13. OCTOBER IS FAMILY HISTORY MONTH–What do you know about your ancestors? by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  14. Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service by Jennifer Holik for Ancestry Blog
  15. Finding Family for my Photos by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  16. Why I Have Genealogy Attention Disorder by Michael John Neill, author of Rootdig.com
  17. Unexpected Depositors of the Little Rock Freedman's Savings Bank by Angela Y. Walton-Raji, author of My Ancestor's Name
  18. Family Photos – The End of the Story by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  19. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Will, Cintha, Delph, Cate, Darkis, Roas, Alesey, Chloe, Charlote, Feby, Jude, Peggy, Rick, Cuffey, Thomas, Sal, Easter, Jude, Lucy and Anthony by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, author of Opening Doors in Brick Walls
  21. The Book and the Old House, What A Find! by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Last Will and Testament of Mary (Tyler) Webster

As many of you may already know, Ancestry.com has recently added a new collection to their site - U.S. Wills and Probate Records. I went searching in this new collection and was excited to find this document. It's the Last Will and Testament of my 4th great-grandmother, Mary (Tyler) Webster.1 

Mary Tyler was born on 28 June 1775 possibly in New York, and passed away on 17 March 1858 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio. She married Augustine Webster, my 4th great-grandfather, on 20 October 1793 in Columbia, New York.

Here's the transcription of Mary's will, transcribed to the best of my ability. If there are errors, please let me know in the comments below.

Mary Webster's Will
In the name of the benevolent Father of all I Mary Webster of Athens County Ohio, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament. There is due me from Moses A. Webster Administrator of the Estate of Augustine Webster deceased the sum of Five hundred & fifty two Dollars, which I wish to be disposed of as follows.
Item 1st I give and devise to my Grandson William Wesley Rardin one hundred Dollars, which sum I wish to be put out on interest made secure until he arrives at the age of twenty one years, and in case he should die before he arrives at the age of Twenty one years, then I wish the said one hundred dollars and all the interest that may accrue on the same to be given to my beloved son Ebenezer Webster.
Item 2nd I give and devise to my son Wesley Webster fifty Dollars. Also I give and devise to my son Abraham Webster fifty dollars. Also I give and devise to my Grandson Nelson Cowdery's heirs that is now alive the sum of Twenty five Dollars to be equally divided between said heirs. Also I give and devise to my two Grand Daughters Elizabeth L. Shields and Samantha Cowdery twenty five Dollars each. Also I give and devise to my daughter Betsy Smith the Remainder of the five hundred and fifty two Dollars first mentioned, to say two hundred and Seventy Seven Dollars.
Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint Hiram Smith Executor of this my last Will and Testament Hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise adjust Release and discharge the debts and claims due me and dispose of the same as above mentioned.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of May in the year AD 1856.
Signed and acknowledged by Said Mary Webster as her last Will & Testament in our presence & signed by us in her presence.
Wm. F. Pilcher
J. P. Humphrey

Mary mentioned several family members in her will. Here they are in order:

Moses A. Webster - Mary's son and my 3rd great-grandfather. I wrote a blog about him in a previous post.
Augustine Webster - Mary's husband.
William Wesley Rardin - Mary's grandson. William is the son of Mary's daughter Samantha and her second husband, Moses Rardin.
Ebenezer Webster - Mary's son. I wrote about Ebenezer in a previous post.
Wesley Webster - Mary's son. I wrote about Wesley in a previous post too.
Augustine Webster - Mary's son. I also wrote about Augustine in a previous post.
Nelson Cowdery - Mary's grandson. I don't have Nelson in my genealogy database, but Mary's daughter Mary was married to a man named Ethan Cowdery.
Elizabeth L. Shields - Mary's granddaughter. I don't have Elizabeth in my genealogy database either. And I don't know of any of Mary's daughters marrying anyone with the last name of Shields.
Samantha Cowdery - Mary's granddaughter. I also don't have Samantha in my genealogy database. Could she be Nelson Cowdery's sister?
Betsy Smith - Mary's daughter.
Hiram Smith - Mary's son-in-law and husband of her daughter Betsy.

Mary's last Will and Testament is such a valuable document. In it she mentioned three people that I had never heard of before: Nelson Cowdery, Elizabeth L. Shields, and Samantha Cowdery. Who were they? Where and when were they born? Did they get married and have families of their own? I now have the opportunity to put on my genealogy detective hat and do some family history research so I can find the answers to these questions.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

1 Wills; Probate Place: Athens, Ohio: Record of Wills, Vol 6-7, 1848-1865; Vol 7, pg. 187-188. Accessed 10 Sep 2015. Ancestry.com. Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Ohio County, District and Probate Courts.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Attend RootsTech 2016 Video

FamilySearch published this fun video called "Attend RootsTech 2016" on September 25th and I want to share it with you today. 

As you may already know, I'm a RootsTech Ambassador. I'm so excited to attend RootsTech next year! And really, it will be here before we all know it. It's only a little over four months away. Have you registered yet? If not, you can access the RootsTech registration page by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



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