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The Tools I Use

November 17, 2013

The tool that I use to record the results of my genealogy research is a database program called RootsMagic. There are several programs of this type available. Some of them are free or have versions that are free. RootsMagic is my own particular favorite. You can learn more bout this program at their website:

One of my many volunteer activities at the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is serving as the leader of the RootsMagic User Group. We meet on the third Sunday of most months at 2:00 PM at the SCGS Library in Burbank to assist both new and more experienced RM users to learn more about the program and how to use it more effectively. I will post information on this blog for members of the User Group and others interested in the program.

More later – Right now I have to leave in an hour to chair this month’s meeting.


I’m Still Here!

July 9, 2010

Although I have not posted any items during the past year, I have managed to find some time to pursue my genealogical interests. A visit to the National Archives branch in Philadelphia last fall led to the discovery that my Irish immigrant ancestor, John Conroy, was born in County Lough, north of Dublin. A recent trip to the Mississippi Valley gave me a chance to learn more about Zacharias Holladay’s brother John Holladay and his descendants and to visit some of the areas where they lived in Mississippi.

I also enjoyed meeting many Newcomb cousins at a birthday party and family celebration in January, and I met many of my Holladay cousins from Boone County, Kentucky, at an impromptu reunion in April.

At the beginning of this year I became co-administrator for the US part of the Halliday/Holladay Y-DNA Surname Project at FTDNA. This project includes all variants of the Halliday surname, including Holladay, Holliday, and many others. Through this effort I hope to learn more about the ancestors of Zacharias Holladay and their relationship to other early Holladay immigrants to Virginia. More about this work in future posts.

For the moment my genealogy efforts compete for time with volunteer support at the Southern California Genealogical Society. With the successful conclusion of our recent Genealogy Jamboree I’m hoping to find more time for serious genealogy work and for posting to this blog.