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A great day for research!

I had a very productive genealogy day yesterday. It started out with a trip to the main library downtown. There I photocopied several articles about ancestors from San Saba County and also verified some info about my great-grandparents who are buried in a historic Fort Worth cemetery. None of this was really new, but I did get complete source information on all of these finds, which I didn’t have with the info I had previously collected. Document, document, document! I highly recommend using a digital camera with a “macro” setting for photocopying, if you have one. I had previously asked for permission and received it, as long as I didn’t use the flash. There is plenty of light in most libraries, anyway! A digital camera is a major money-saver, but also a major time-saver, as well. When I found something I wanted to save, I just snapped the photo right then and there, rather than having to drag everything to the nearest copy machine. Plus, some of the older books are too fragile to be placed in a copy machine.
The main library does not have a copy of the 3rd volume of the Tarrant County, Texas Marriage Records, 1880-1900. According to the 1890 Census Reconstruction- Tarrant County, Texas, Volume 3 contains the record of my great-great grandparents’ wedding. So, I’ll have to try to find it elsewhere.
Then, when I got home from the library, the $14.95 Family Tree Maker 16 Collector’s Edition set had arrived in the mail. For a total of about $20 (shipping) I now have a full year’s subscription to the U. S. Records set at Ancestry.com (usually $155), the program cd ($30), the GenSmarts program cd ($35), the official guide book to FTM ($20), a cd containing images of US history, and another containing the complete texts of many Ancestry books including The Source and The Red Book ($??)!!!
By the way, I checked the website where I bought this software, and the price of this whole package has now gone up to $29.95, but that’s still a great deal!
I had ordered this software package to get the Ancestry subscription, as I am already using Family Tree Maker 16 as my genealogy program. But I must admit I was skeptical. That’s a lot of stuff for $14.95, but it was a small risk to take. But when I got the software and got it all set up and registered, well…Guess what, folks? This is the real deal!!! I now have the full year’s subscription to Ancestry, no strings attached! I am thrilled!
They have added a few more Texas databases since I last had a subscription, and last night I found the death records for my 3rd great-grandmother! I know where this lady is buried, and the headstone says 1918, but I haven’t been able to find the exact when & where’s, as the cemetery doesn’t have records that far back. Another brick wall crumbles!
Oh, and then last night, as I was writing this week’s post for my Free Genealogy Site Saturday blog, I found a very good biography of my great-granduncle, an Austin, TX physician in the late 19th-early 20th century. I was just checking out this site a bit more thoroughly for the blog entry, and there was the bio! It listed the maiden names of his 2 wives, which I hadn’t been able to find! Yummy!
What a great day for research!