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Hello, Iowa researchers,
We have more than 200 family group sheets online at the new Iowa Special Project, and more than 2300 people have visited the site. Way to go! We've only been online since July 8, so I think we're doing really well.
Has your family visited into my emailbox? No? What are you waiting for? You may not even have to re-enter anything if your genealogy program will let you save the family group sheet reports as .txt files. Mine won't (Family Tree Maker), but some will (for example, Legacy and Family Origins). I have to have .txt files, nothing else will work, and I'm only interested in your dead relatives; but that's about it.
If you have questions or encounter problems, let me know. I'll be glad to help you out.
Greta Thompson, Manager, Iowa FGS Special Project
Coordinator, IAGen Web Marion County
The new Iowa Family Group Sheets Special Project has a new URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~iafgs/ . Please change your bookmarks or favorites, and for those of you who have web pages, please change any links to the page that you may have set up.
I promise not to do this to you (or to me!) every week. It's just one of those hiccoughs that sometimes happen with a new project.
I'm truly excited by the response we're seeing to the project. We've had over 1000 visitors to the page in its first six days. Phenomenal, that's what!
Greta Thompson, Coordinator
IAGen Web Marion County, Iowa
I sent this message, describing the new Family Group Sheets Project, to the
Iowa mailing list yesterday and want to share it with you. Less than 24
hours after announcing the project, we have 23 family group sheets online,
and more are coming in. I'm really excited about the possibilities this
project opens up for sharing information, and think you will be too. I'll
put a link to it on the Marion County page, but in the mean time you can get
there from the link in this email. I look forward to seeing some Marion
IAGenWeb Marion County Coordinator
----- Original Message -----
From: "bluebear" <bluebear(a)new.rr.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 3:53 PM
Subject: [IOWA] New Special Project
> I'm happy to announce a new Special Project, the Iowa Family Group Sheet
(FGS) project. It's my privilege to be managing it, and I hope to be very
busy adding family group sheets submitted by all of you.
> The URL for the page is http://www.rootsweb.com/~usfgs/iowa/. I think
you'll find the page easy to read and use, but if you have any questions or
concerns, please let me know. The USFGS home page
(http://www.rootsweb.com/~usfgs/) links to all the states that have a family
group project. You'll see that all 50 states are coming online some time
soon, and more than half are online now.
> I hope you'll take advantage of this new project. Those of us who have
been working to bring it to Iowa are very excited about its possibilities.
Any family group that lived in Iowa, even for a short time, can be posted.
THE ONLY IOWANS WHO CANNOT BE POSTED ARE THOSE WHO ARE LIVING. Each family
group sheet provides space for basic information about father, mother, and
children; so if you only know about one family unit, you know enough to put
the information up. If you know more, you can add more family group sheets:
the father's parents and siblings, the mother's parents and siblings, the
children's spouses and children, and on and on. If you've traced the family
on into Kansas, Colorado, and Oregon, you can post your group sheet in those
states as well as Iowa. But just one family sheet in one state can be enough
to make new and exciting connections.
> We've prepared the pages and forms, added search engines and links, and
now it's in your hands. Send in your family group sheets. One a day, one a
week, whatever works for you. Tell your fellow researchers about the site.
Talk about it at your next genealogical society meeting. Mention it in your
emails. The more people hear about the site, the more contributions we're
likely to get; and the more contributions we receive, the more valuable the
project is going to be.
> I'll be waiting for your family to turn up in my mailbox!
> Greta Thompson,
> Manager, IowaFGS Special Project
> Coordinator, IAGen Web Marion County, Iowa
I have recently received a picture from a cousin, also a descendent of Benjamin Franklin Hollingsworth, son of Martin David Hollingsworth and Lucinda Coursen of Red Rock, Marion county, Iowa. I believe I can positively identify 4 of the 17 men in the picture.I have posted it on my webpage :
If anyone can help us ID any of these men,or the occasion the picture was taken, please let us know!
The old man,I believe, is Benjamin, The man behind him with his hand on his shoulder is his son William. The man to Williams' right is Benj.'s son Dallas; the blonde man seated to Benjamin's right is his youngest son Robert; and the man far left, back row is my grandfather Martin Elmont Hollingsworth(born 1881).
Benjamin's father Martin David Hollingsworth owned and operated the ferry across the Des Moines River at Red Rock before the dam was built.
Martin David had MANY children, so some of these could also be his grandsons.
Renanne Hollingsworth Baker