An Ode to my Genealogy Woes

Several months ago I made a post stating that I was “Reconstructing Profiles” and I promise you, that was no joke. As you've probably noticed, I haven't posted those new profiles. There have been some major kinks in my plan, so I will explain.

From November to December I not only did some hardcore researching, I started to transfer all of the 900 plus people in my family tree to a more comprehensive format. Even though the chaotic filing system, I have going on here at home, makes perfect sense to me, it doesn't exactly translate well to the page. I get my system, I understand the notes on my sources, but continuing my research has always been the most exciting part for me so I didn't always invest the time cool my jets and type everything out before continuing with my research. I made minimal notes to my actual family tree and continued with my research.

I like to use to enter the information for my family tree. I'm comfortable with the format, although I definitely wish I could tweak some things to my satisfaction and preferences. It's also visually easier for me to flip back and forth through my family tree than say,

I do use many of the resources on the website. Their resources are endless and when you chat with them for assistance, they are so nice and helpful. Going to their main hub in Salt Lake City, Utah, is definitely on my Bucket List, but for now they offer so much online and at their Family History Centers, that are located worldwide, I won't need plan my trip there for a while. The things that I wish were different on the website are 1) there aren't any privacy options and 2) anyone can make changes to your family tree.  

One thing that I don't prefer, on, is how it saves some of the information to your family tree. For example, when you save a census record to your family tree on it will enter that into the Facts Section as a residence (not a census record) and based on how that information was entered into their system, it will often leave out valuable gems of information (like the fact that my ancestor was blind, what their occupation was, etc. etc.). When I began transferring my ancestors to a new family tree, more thoroughly, I went ahead and took the liberty of documenting each bit of information and was diligent about citing my sources. When I transferred my GEDCOM to the version of Ancestral Quest that I had purchased, all of the extra bits of information, I had gone to great lengths to painstakingly type out, did not translate from the GEDCOM to either of the two software programs I planned on using. Oy vey, has this been a bit of a nightmare!

So the two software programs I had decided to use were:
  1. Ancestral Quest - because of all the amazing charts options you have to choose from and because it allows you to keep your information private
  2. RootsMagic - because although you don't have many chart options in the free version, it does allow you to prepare a Narrative Report. The version of Ancestral Quest that I purchased does not allow you to print Narrative Reports.
One thing that irks me is that when you have Baptisms entered on your GEDCOM and you upload that to a software that is primarily formatted for LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints) life events, the info for those Baptism records don't show up on any of your reports because their software is formatted to show "Christenings". The problem is that you can't just simply go back and switch the event from a Baptism to a Christening in, you have to delete that entry and retype the information. And in order to have the other software programs recognize the Baptism information, you have to go into each individual profile to set it to do that. So far, I have over 200 people transferred to my new family tree format and short of learning computer code so that I can create my own family tree software (which is so tempting), I will have to go back and retype much of the information I have already transferred to the new family tree. The problem is, its not only the Baptisms that aren't showing up, its all of the custom events that I entered into my family tree.

So back to the new profiles I was going to construct.....I was going to use the new software to do that, but things aren't exactly going as planned. Isn't it funny how so many ideas are much better in theory????

There may be a better way to do this, I just haven't figured it out yet. For now, I will go back to creating profiles in the same manner that I had already begun posting. I'm so, so sorry for the delay. I have lots to share with you and I will begin posting it as soon as I stop kicking myself in the arse.   

Happy researching!

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Secret Baptisms, Secret Marriages & Other Secret Affairs

Good day to you all!

It feels good to get back to researching again. We're currently awaiting the results of the engineers  inspection report on the damage to our home, so there's no better time to get back to work than now. I tried working on crafts to ease my stress but nothing does the trick like getting back to researching!

Admittedly, I can't remember where I left off when I was researching the Ulibarri's in the Indexes and transferring the people in my family tree to a new (more thorough) one. When I initially began researching, I wasn't familiar with how to cite sources or how important it was to keep track of specific bits of information. My work was a bit sloppy and even though I understood it all, translating it to a format that would be suitable for my blog has been a very time consuming process.

That being the case, I decided to ease back into my blogging by updating my Microfilm page with the titles, locations and dates they pertain to. (You can access it by clicking on the Microfilm tab above). 

As I was looking up the information for the microfilms I have on that page, I noticed that there are microfilms pertaining to Secret Baptisms (Bautismos Secretos). Very interesting!

While conducting my own family history research, there have been a few ancestors that either had children less than 9 months after their weddings or I've been unable to locate baptism records at all for their first child. Through other records it appears that their children may have been born before the parents even got married. This is where microfilms on "Secret Baptisms", "Secret Marriages" and "Other Secret Affairs" may come in handy.

I went ahead and searched the Family History website for anything Secretive in the records for New Mexico, Mexico and Spain, so here's a list of some of the stuff I came up with:

"Registros parroquiales, 1637-1956"
Authors: Iglesia Catolica. (Zapopan, Jalisco) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de Guadalajara (Repository)
277460     Bautismos secretos 1869-1900
277461     Bautismos secretos 1900-1934
277462     Bautismos secretos 1934-1949
277463     Bautismos secretos 1949-1956

"Registros parroquiales, 1792-1948"
Authors: Iglesia Catolica. Inmaculada Concepcion (Galeana, Chihuahua) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de Chihuahua (Repository)
1511693  (Incluye bautismos secretos, 1893-1897)

"Libros parroquiales de la cuidad de Mexico: extractos"
Author: Montejano Hilton, Maria de la Luz
v. 2. Libro de matrimonios y otros asuntos secretos de la Parroquia de San Sebastián (1787-1858)
(translation : Book of marriages and other secret affairs of the Parish of San Sebastian)

"Registros parroquiales: parroquia Asuncion Sagrario Metropolitano en la colonia Centro, delegacion de Cuauhtemoc, 1536-1953"
Author: Iglesia Catolica. Asunción Sagrario Metropolitano (Centro, Distrito Federal); Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)
35279     Matrimonios de españoles 1816-1818 (incluyen matrimonios secretos, 1779-1890)

"Registros parroquiales de San Sebastián Martir, 1637-1954"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. San Sebastián Martir (Centro, Distrito Federal) (Main Author)
Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)(Repository)

37426     Matrimonios de españoles 1809-1822 incluye matrimonios secretos (varias fechas)

"Registros parroquiales de Santa Cruz y Soledad, 1633-1955"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. Santa Cruz y Soledad (Centro-Barrio la Soledad, Distrito Federal) (Main Author) Archivo Diocesano de México (Distrito Federal)(Repository)

195754     Matrimonios secretos 1837-1885

"Registros parroquiales, 1594-1961"
Author: Iglesia Católica. Santiago Apóstol (Silao, Guanajuato); Archivo Diocesano de Leon
292006     Matrimonios secretos 1865-1913

"Registros parroquiales, 1899-1943"
Authors: Iglesia Católica. Vicaría Misión del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Jilotlán de los Dolores, Jalisco) (Main Author); Iglesia Católica. Vicaría Misión del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Jilotlán de los Dolores, Jalisco) (Repository)
1873228 Items 1-3      
Bautismos de hijos naturales (Libro Secreto) 1904-1943 (faltan años)

"Spain, Cádiz, Cádiz, registro civil"
Authors: Cadiz (Cadiz). Ayuntamiento (Main Author); Archivo Municipal de Cádiz (Spain) (Repository)

5833525     Nacimientos secretos, vol 6010, 1850
5834248     Matrimonios secretos, vol 6112, 1850
5834249     Matrimonios secretos, vol 6113, 1851-1854

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