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Friday, December 15, 2023

FamilyTreeMaker 2019 -

I have been using Family Tree Maker 19 yrs

Member of Ancestry since 13 May 2004 

Logging in this morning I was greeted with this Ancestry Pro Tools Offer for its Members.  

Friday, July 1, 2022

The following is an update from my Blog post 5 Feb 2014 "Granite Mountain Genealogy Records Vault (LDS)"

"Church Completes Major Microfilm Digitization Initiative"

Billions of historical family history records are available to the public with the completion of a microfilm digitization initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

“This is a really incredible milestone,” said Joseph Monsen, director of preservation services for the Church History Department. “For 83 years, the Church has been collecting and using microfilm records to support genealogical research. … 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are all digitally saved now and available.” 

D.R."Doc" Young

Thursday, September 24, 2020

How many Grandparents do you have ?

We begin life with 4 Grandparents

Each Generation thereafter doubles

Great-Grandparents 8

2nd Great-Grandparents 16

3rd Great-Grandparents 32

4th Great-Grandparents 64

5th Great-Grandparents 128

6th Great-Grandparents 256

7th Great-Grandparents 512

8th Great-Grandparents 1,024

9th Great-Grandparents 2,048

10th Great-Grandparents 4,096

11th Great-Grandparents 8,192

12th Great-Grandparents 16,384

13th Great-Grandparents 32,768

14th Great-Grandparents 65,536

15th Great-Grandparents 131,072

16th Great-Grandparents 262,144

17th Great-Grandparents 524,288

18th Great-Grandparents 1,048,576

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Researcher Position

Recently per my Linked-In Account, I received information regarding a 

Researcher Position for a Utah-based company has built a durable heritage of connecting heirs with their rightful inheritances for more than 80 years.

A company called American Research Bureau ( Since 1935, our mission has been to connect heirs to their rightful inheritance.

Description for the Researcher they seek;

  • Creative – a quick thinker who is able to solve complex cases with ingenuity and speed.
  • Friendly and Persuasive – a natural conversationalist who rapidly builds relationships of trust, is an intuitive listener and is able to influence potential clients on the telephone
  • Tenacious – plows through barriers and navigates roadblocks as they research time-sensitive cases.
  • Detail-oriented - can make good judgments and quick decisions based on data and regularly works on projects/cases of moderate complexity.
  • Sense of Urgency – understands the time-sensitive nature of ARB’s business and is motivated to complete tasks quickly with a high degree of quality. Effectively balances short-term tasks with long-term goals.
  • Organized - builds high-quality plans and develops helpful documentation for all cases. With the help of others, stays on top of complex laws, regulations or situations related to a case.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in years of experience with a strong preference for research and evaluation, or a related field.
  • Investigative by Nature- asks a cascading set of questions to research a case. Can speak, write and get to the point when dealing with lots of data and information, can present and persuade people on the phone.
I can say I do not meet their Qualifications since I do not have a Bachelor's degree, although I have been researching for over 25 years.  

Investigative by Nature I am for the next part of Can Speak, Write & Get to the Point, sounds of placing Pressure on the recipient of the call made...nor do I like the part of persuasion.

For me this sounds of the Turning Off Point of any conversation.  Time Sensitive Nature of this Companies Business...understand to some degree, as this company only makes money if you succeed.  Meaning you make a commission ?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

My Genealogy Research Journey

11 Sep 1992, I began Genealogy Research of my Father, who I met for the first time in 1968, and of his Mother Thelma Ferne Perry, whom I met in 1969.

Approx. March 1994, I learned my Father as I met him Richard N. Young, was born Newton Richard Begnal, 16 Jul 1924, San Francisco, d. 3 Jan 1995.

I obtained School records approx 1995, My Father was enrolled San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., dated 6 Sep 1930, as Richard N Young, parents Mrs. E. Rose and Earl Young, a step-father William Irby. Those are Not the names on my Father or Uncle's birth certificates, which are/were Thelma F Perry & Clifford F Begnal.  

30 Aug 2012, 12 yrs after the release of the 1930 census in 2000, I found Thelma Ferne Perry Begnal, 9 Apr living in San Francisco, with sons Clifford A & Richard N, as step-sons to Robert J Benesh.  Census shows Thelma F Benesh & Robert married. 

It took 21 yrs, 7 mos (approx Apr 2014) searching for a marriage of Thelma Ferne Perry (1906-1979) to Clifford Franklin Begnal (1903-1960), found dated 3 Jul 1922, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA

24 yrs, 3 mos (29 Dec 2016) into my research having known since 1994, that my Father Richard Newton Young, was born Newton Richard Begnal, of his grandmother Elizabeth Shaughnessy (1882-1949) mother of Clifford Franklin Begnal, their marriage of 13 Jun 1900, to Claude B Eaton (1878-1956)

16 Dec 2016, the results of my AncestryDNA test were in.  For the next 2 yrs researching Claude B Eaton as my perspective Bio Father, had not received a AncestryDNA match to the surnames of Young, Begnal or Eaton.

On 29 Dec 2016, I renounced the Begnal lineage of George Felix Begnal of 24 research yrs and his descendants and ancestors, George thought to have been the Father of Clifford Franklin, based on the 1910 federal census Seattle, WA and 1915 NY state census Manhattan, of Clifford Begnal and Elizabeth Begnal.  

Until the 1915 NY State Census find 26 Jul 2012, first proof of this family living together, I had never found a marriage record of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shaughnessy to George F. Begnal.

I have not found to date, a Marriage of Thelma to William Lewis Irby or an Earl Young, both men named on my Father's School Records.

Dec 2018, I had taken FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA37 test to find my Paternal blood line.

5 Feb 2019, FTDNA Y-DNA37 results confirm I am an Eaton.  26 yrs 4 mos and 24 days, since I began my Research Journey...and continues to never be completed

To this day results of other's sharing my Y-DNA37 on FTDNA, have been 7 Eaton's, not one Young or Begnal.  

D.R. "Doc" Young

my Ancestry Blaschko, Eaton, Perry/Pereira Cardozo, Shaughnessy, Wilson Family Tree - 

*FTDNA Kit No. 892549 (5 Feb 2019) Y-DNA = Haplogroup R-M269, aka R1b1a1a2

*GEDmatch A476709 (28 Apr 2018) - GEDCOM ID5626977 (13Feb2019)

*AncestryDNA (16 Dec 2016)

*FTM-2019 - Current Version (MacKiev) 1 Oct 2019

Salt Lake Valley, UT


Monday, July 8, 2019

Utah's 1st Asylum 55 who died there

"There were good reasons why it was so far from town and why it took several hours to get there in a buggy on bad roads," said Laurie Bryant, a retired paleontologist who uncovered the names of 55 patients who died at the facility.

"The asylum was little more than a jail where patient treatment could be described as somewhere between cruelty and indifference," she said. "People would be sent there and held for years without any legal process."

Bryant's research and dedication to preserve the memory of those who died at the facility led to the erection of a monument. A stone plaque, unveiled at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City Cemetery's B plat, bears the names of the facility's deceased patients.