"Welcome to the Weekend Chat!" All Members Invited!! September 25th-27th, 2020 [closed]

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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Great to hear from all of you! See you in two weeks!!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
closed by Pip Sheppard

Welcome, my fellow WikiChatterers, to another Weekend Chat! And greetings from Cathey’s Creek, where the sun shown early in the week, but is rainy now. Our temps have dropped to “fallish” ones, which makes it a whole lot easier to work outside… when we feel like it.

On the Home Front: This week, due to the fine weather, we hit one of our weedy areas where we have irises and red-hot pokers planted. The irises we got from my stepdad this summer, and were surprised to see them blooming this fall. Well, they are doubling-blooming irises, after all. After pulling a majority of the weeds, we river-rocked and mulched that area.

Update on last week’s medical report: I finally got to see my GP, and he stated that this was probably not my heart, but another issue. I’ll have a nuclear stress test in a few days, just to make sure, but I came away thrilled from the appointment.

My older brother is moving to Tucson this coming week. While it’s sad he’ll be (much) further away, it will become a new place for me to visit. I’m looking forward to it, especially as there are a couple of WikiTreers living out there I’d love to meet.

Reading: Just finished…. The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific, by Alistair Urquhart, b. 1911, an Aberdeen native and member of the Gordon Highlanders who was captured at Singapore, was forced to help build Burma-Siam railroad (including the Bridge on the River Kwai), survived a sinking of his prisoner transport ship, only to be recaptured and sent to a prison camp in Japan. He survived and returned to Aberdeen.

On the Genealogy Front: Well! I finally got all the Arkansas and Texas Neals done. I started looking around my Neal family closer to home along the Catawba River. Lo and behold, I came across an gg-aunt that I had done little with and discovered a whole passel of descendants.

I found three Neal descendant brothers, Harold White Huffstetler, Zane Sanford Huffstetler, and Edsel Marion Huffstetler, who all of who served during World War II. Usually, when I have a load of profiles to enter, I source them to the max and put them in the “State Needs Biography” category. However, I have a heart for World War II veterans and created biographies for all three of the brothers.

Also, a “kinda cousin” who responded to me about another Neal who I had very little information. I knew there was some kind of mental disturbance with this fella, and now I know. It was called dementia praecox, a term gradually replaced by schizophrenia. I’ve been given permission to use the photographs from his profile on Ancestry for which I am thrilled!

I plan on working that Carcolse/Carcoles line from Spain/Puerto Rico soon. This is the most difficult line I’ve ever worked. Thanks, Karen Lowe, for a tip on a surname location and other help, and thanks, Chris Ferraiolo, for the assist on a geographic surname frequency for that Italian surname.

Tomorrow’s WikiTree Live Chat is here. The topic this week is Sources!

There will be no Weekend Chat next week as the Source-a-thon will be in full swing.

So, Enjoy THIS Chat!

Glad I could help! =D That was a tricky last name to check out. But, I know you can figure it out. Just believe in yourself. Or...something.

Glad it isn't your heart. Hope you feel better soon and keep up the good work!
Thanks for hosting, Pip. Happy to hear not a heart issue and that you've finished another book on your list!
Thanks, Doug! Starting today: An Anguished Hallelujah, by Linda Flaherty. An autobiographical story about growing up in small town Mississippi. Linda was a staff member at my wife's school in Vera Cruz, Mexico, back in the 70s.
Pip, hope you continue to get good news from your doctor and the tests you'll be having! Thanks for hosting Weekend Chat!
No weekend chat next week? Jeez, why did I even get out of bed. I should just sleep for the next 2 weeks.  hopefully your doctor figures out what's going on. Glad to read that it's not heart related. When I  doubt. I blame Mr.Ferraiolo. It's his fault my day was not great.

Yep, it’s ALL his fault! laugh

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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

How is everyone? I'm doing okay. I posted a blog about which ancestor they should make a movie about: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2020/09/52-ancestors-week-39-should-be-movie.html

I picked Jeremiah Felker as his life was pretty rough. Plus, his life intersected my great-grandfather's. Because of all that, I decided that his story really should be the first of a trilogy. Second part would deal with the Quebecois and the third be about Italy.

Try not to make that third one like the Godfather. Or Goodfellas. Or the Sopranos. Although.... Nah. Not a good idea. Mob movies have been done to death at this point. 

On the Wikitree front, our friendly neighborhood Azure enlisted my help in the "Doctor Who" project. Check it out here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Doctor_Who

We've been making space profiles and finding actors from the show and the writer/director staff. We haven't found everyone. But, we're getting close. Some profiles have been made. Some haven't. 

It's a good start and it's given me an idea for a Marvel Bullpen project. Hmmmmmmm......

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (572k points)

First this week! 'Bout time you got outta bed. cheeky Looking forward to the next installments of the Trilogy.

Lol. This from the guy who overslept and missed the last stream. :) More installments are coming!

No sleeping, just distracted, as usual! laugh

Mmhmm. This is why we have to ring that notification bell now on YouTube.
Yep, but I have to put it on both of my computers and my iPad to no matter where I'm working I can get the notification. Presently, it's only on my desktop, where I work on another set of profiles so that I don't have 855,637,914 tabs open!
That is a very specific number of tabs. I usually have a few tabs open myself. I also have a ringer on my Ipad that lets me know when I get a message and my comp lets me know when a vid goes online from someone I subscribe to.
Dr. Who project sounds pretty cool. The son of Jon Pertwee ,, who was Dr. Who for 4yrs I think. Named Sean Pertwee, played my favorite version of Alfred Pennyworth on Gotham. I heard Sean was going to do a cameo as the Job Pertwee version of the Dr.
That would be so cool. Peter Capaldi pattered his Doctor on John Pertwee just like how Matt Smith patterned his Doctor on Troughton.

Doctor Three's son (Sean) acted in Cadfael (one of my favourite book series turned into television movies). 

Doctor Two's grandson was in Harry Potter. =)
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Today is....



National Lobster Day on September 25th takes a taste of a seafood favorite. 

The simplest way to enjoy Lobster is boiled then dipped in melted butter.  A couple of favorite lobster recipes include Lobster Newberg and Lobster Thermidor.  It is also the main ingredient in soup, bisque, lobster rolls and salads.

Did you know that large lobsters are estimated to be 50 years old.....

These marine crustaceans live at the bottom of the ocean. If they avoid the lobster pot, some can live up to 100 years old. Even though we consider them a delicacy today, that wasn’t always the case. In colonial times, the lobster received very little culinary credit. In fact, the pigs and goats ate more lobster than the well-to-do.

While lobsters arrive at our tables bright red, they don’t start out that way. In the ocean, they come in many colors. Some are yellow, green or even blue.

Now that lobsters rank higher on the menu, consider these nutrition facts.

  • Lobsters contain no carbohydrates and 27.55 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.
  • In that same 1 cup serving, there’s 129 calories and 1.25 grams of fat.
  • Eating lobster offers an excellent source of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and calcium.

HOW TO OBSERVE #National Lobster Day

Celebrate by enjoying a delicious lobster meal at your favorite seafood restaurant. Try cooking a lobster dish at home. It will wow the family and make it a true celebration. Use #NationalLobsterDay on social media.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Last time I ate lobster I was very sick for 3 days so I think this one get's a hard pass from me.
There's also lobster fra diavolo. It's an Italian dish where lobster meat is used with mussels and pasta in a red sauce. It's also really spicy. My dad tends to sautee lobster meat and puts breadcrumbs on them along with mushrooms. We put that on pasta.

We used to catch our own lobster outside of the Merrimack river. It was fun. But, you run the risk of people stealing your catches. So lame. People can be awful.

But, I do enjoy lobster. =D My brother won't eat it any way other than boiled and with butter. With a notable exception. Lobster rolls!
I love lobster!! Just boiled  and dipped in butter is my fave. Also Lobster Thermidore and topping a salad. Dorothy you really got my attention with this one!
Would you believe that I have never had lobster. I know I'm really missing out!
Someone should send Pip a lobstergram.
Address; Lobster Needy Pantry, 666 Deprived Way.
Pip, whatever you do, do NOT watch the lobster trying to get out of the pot of boiling water ... it will cure you of any desire to ever again try lobster
Susan, I saw that happen to a load of blue crabs once, and I never ate crab again (except out of a can).
I really like most seafood and I thought I liked lobster--I've eaten it in restaurants before. I went to Maine a few years ago and was really looking forward to eating lobster there and was surprised I did not particularly like what they freshly cooked at the restaurant where we ate. Nevertheless, I would probably try it again at a different place in Maine should I ever visit again--it could have just been something to do with the cooking method.
I really like seafood of all kinds but I too was very disappointed with lobster in Maine. The lobster rolls we had thought would be a treat were cold cooked lobster in an overgrown hot dog bun, no seasoning, and virtually no taste and this was on the coast, with lobster that was caught 'today' .  

I wondered if the lobster rolls we had were some sort of aberration, but the owner of the B & B we stayed at said, no that's how they are supposed to be served. Oh darn!
I grilled live lobster last Mother’s Day. Had to cut them in half while still living, and there is a reflex reaction even though I started with the head. I immediately saw my chef’s knife wasn’t going to be up for the task, so I finally found a use for the ulu I picked up in Alaska.
Back in the summer of 92. My family, mom, step dad, 2 sisters, and my 4yr old brother all went to Hawaii. To visit my dad's grave. My mom mentioned she would love lobster for dinner one night. My uncle decided it would be a good idea to send us teenagers into the ocean to catch lobster the old Hawaiian way. We had to dive in to the ocean to catch them by hand. I had never done it before. I haven't done it since either. We had to dive in, swim to an underwater cave, then bring them up by hand. They tasted amazing. They didn't taste, jump in to the ocean, hope you don't see a freakin shark amazing. But they were awesome. I haven't had good lobster from a restaurant that I've liked since my last trip to Oregon. I think that was around 5yrs ago. Maybe it's because I live in the only triple landlocked state in the country.
This is my favorite one you posted, EVAH.
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Looking outside, where the rain is falling down. First week of Autumn has landed.

Corona is starting to hit EU again. Not looking forward to -again- a stricter way of living.

First week of the App was nice. Quite a lot of users and not a lot of complains. I'm hoping that it will help adding primary sources to Dutch profiles. Was aiming to do an update yesterday, but the API troubles got in the way, together with another hidden Celery bug (it is hiding really well indecision). So it's time for the weekend! (And there will be more talk on sources in the weekly live cast, so that should make a good Saturday!)

by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (255k points)
Yes, concerning bodies having to be handled outside of the New York City area when the pandemic started in that area in March and April.  The funeral directors were overcome and eventually bodies were sent to other parts of the state to be handled.  Some were sent to our area, 330 miles upstate. I think our local volunteer undertaker did about twenty bodies.
Michel, never gave it a thought as to who the model is

600 Miles upstate, Beulah, are you sure you're not in Canadasmiley Or living next door to me?????????

We really like upper NY state, and have been on holiday there several times, my husband's ancestors settled in Cherry Valley in 1768

Beulah, figured as much ... there's a multitude of steps -- mandated actions -- between the declaration of death and the final disposition of the remains or cremains

Those who deal with those steps can be overwhelmed, just as the hospitals were when the "traffic flow" was beyond the statistical usual
Thirty miles from Canada down from the TI bridge, near Watertown.  Corrected my mileage, it just seems like that in a car I guess.  600 round trip for the bodies.
In these types of situations, people are in disaster response mode. Anyone involved in pandemics, earthquakes and other disasters are trained as such. While people with loved ones who died may find it a difficult topic under ANY circumstances, I know for sure that the responders treat the living and the dead with the utmost respect...particular the deceased because they know there are loved ones somewhere and know how they would feel if it was one of their family. It is a sad fact; however, disaster responders also think of the living and how our health needs to be protected. I worked in hospice and have done disaster response. EMTs like Pip's daughter, my brother, who had done emergency government, my grandfather  who was a firefighter, and all responders are respectful and responsible. We understand how it feels. It is 'overwhelming' as you say, Beulah, in many ways.
On the up genealogy side! To brighten thinks here! I have been working on my Green family. Last night, I hit a real jackpot. I was working on the 6th of 12 children...a son. His father, my 1st cousin abut 5 times removed, was a notable New York physician who was the first known throat specialist. Well...I came across a letter that he penned in January 1862 to President Abraham Lincoln requesting a Cadet position at West Point for this 6th son and gave substantive reasons why. His father, my great uncle, served in every major battle during the revolution. His 3 brothers served as well and all died (2 at Bunker Hill, 1 at the Battle of Trenton). Zeeb was the only survivor. I don't know yet if the 6th son was ever accepted. I know he went on to become a lawyer (Columbia Law) and an author. Isn't that an awesome find???

Now that is absolutely an awesome find!! Good for you, Carol!

yes Carol, it is ALWAYS a mind-bender to find a letter written in Days of Yore .. it's like having a statue of a legend step down from the pedestal and invite us to have a cup of tea or coffee with them 

Yes, Susan!

A cup of tea with some history. I love the analogy!
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Thank You for hosting Pip. First good news. Diane has completed all her tests with the Heart doctors and had no negative results so she is fine. Now for even more good news, One of the grandchildren I run around got her license. I have been looking to get a bigger monitor for my office due to my failing eyesight and in a round about way I did that yesterday. After shopping around and pricing things Diane decided that the smartest thing would be to buy an new TV for the living room and use the old one for my monitor so she bought a 55" 4K Smart TV and I now have the 49" one for a monitor. That was a lot of work switching the TV's and I am still not done yet. Tomorrow is the day another grandchild takes his driving test so we are praying he passes. The National Guard, read one of the son's, has been called up to help with security for the Presidential debate on Tuesday so I hope the protests remain peaceful.

On the genealogy front I have done some edits and even add a couple of profiles but managed to reduce my watchlist a bit, still over 3100 but getting smaller. No major finds but progress none the less.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Gee, Dale. With two grandkids getting licenses, you might have to shut down Byers Taxi Service.

I am hook-up disabled, so when we get something new, like a TV, I am very nearly at a loss, even with directions. So much for my electronic skills. I'm just going to call Byers Electronic Specialists from now on.
Dale, a 49 inch screen is ... impressive. No other word for it.  Wow.

In my house that might be nearly the distance along a wall figuring the 49 inch diagonal would translate to 30 some inches on the horizontal?
Pip, I still have one grandchild I run around who can not take his driving test until late January.

As for the TV it took until after 10 PM to get the new one set up and I an still working on the one I will use as a monitor. I hope to get that one totally set up by Monday evening when I have a Zoom meeting but we will see.
Susan, I hope to post a picture, or at least a link later or maybe tomorrow. I have several things going on today so I might not get to it. But yes it takes up most of my work table at 43 inches wide.
I raise a glass to your skills, Dale. Hope you get it done, too.

So, just a few more months and you get to retire (from cab driving)? Just how will you fill your time? (Kidding... I know you are not one to just sit around. It would drive you crazy.)
Pip, We have talked about some road trips, we will see.
I will not miss the 38+ trips running the kids around every week that is for sure. And I will use a lot less gas in my car, another plus.
I bet. Another plus will be you getting to work on YOUR stuff.
Pip, Amen to that!
Here is a link I promised to a picture of my massive "new" monitor next to my 21" desktop monitor. both on WikiTree, The little box below the left edge of the big monitor is the computer running that screen.


kiss THAT is TOTALLY AWESOME !!!!!  I'm in love with that screen. heart

He has a three to four year gap until those expected great grand children attend preschool and need a ride.
Beulah, one of the new arrivals will be living about 9 hours away from me so I will not be running that one too much. The other one lives near us but the parents live with the fathers parents so I should not have too much to do there either. They will always be welcome but I think I am pretty much done running kids around.
I know you have been doing so much with love in your heart
for the kids.  I hope they appreciate it.  I'm glad you can expect to hang up the taxicab cap in the near future.
I kind of envy you. The Kreutz taxi service still has a minimum of 8yrs to go.
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PIP -- KUDOS !! --- found out that a 'red hot poker' flower is (probably) a 'torch lily' ... can get up to 5 feet tall ... is that overweening? or overwhelming? Planting Red Hot Pokers - How To Care For A Red Hot Poker Plant Saw the pix of it and all these years, decades, I thought those were a cactus type plant ... 70 known species of this plant ... S. African origin ... can't get much more colorful than a bed full of these plants, maybe 20 of them ... they're "green" all year long I think it said 

I can hear someone giving directions to your place, oh yeah go on down the road a piece and when you see a yard looks like it's on fire, that's Pip's Place ... 

Spent decades thinking this was a plant in the cactus 'world' ... live and learn ... 

SCOREBOARD on genealogy -- since last Friday, counting last Friday and up to this post I created 44 profiles and I added 67 profiles to another -- child to parent, spouse to spouse, ... orphaned a number of those created since they were parents / sibs on the in-law side belonging to a spouse

DID tie a few of the lines I was following, mine or in-law, to a line someone else had created for WT .... still thinking that geography plays a heavy role in finding these tie-ins 

GEN-TALK -- anyone of youse know what a 'manorial hunter' might be? I gave it a shot, a Hunter, a freeholder, beholden to the manor? ... What is a "manorial hunter"? - WikiTree G2G

I had an Easy Peasy answer to a query -- someone else has done a humongous amount of research and sourced it up to the earlobes ... so this querent will have NO problem finding out about this nuclear family -- I am researching the Davidson Samuel Shepheard tree, he was my grandfather married to Texana Tucker. - WikiTree G2G

They should ALL be that easy to answer ... another one wanted info on the "CANTRELL in Atoka OK in the 1940's" ... right, okay, I found some census for 1940, Atoka OK and laid the citations down at their feet ... with some effort on their part they will be able to build the profiles 

WEATHER -- still affected by some smoke blown through ... but we've had a run on "blue skies and some pretty white (puffy) clouds" and nary of a drop of rain in the county -- hazy, however, which means polluted airs 

CA FIRES -- Those fires on the Bay Area -- over to the other side of Oakland and down the way from San Francisco ... gave a whole new meaning to "Ring of Fire" ... 10+ counties on fire at that time ... the Acronymic was CZU fire complex (63.0k acres), LNU fire complex (313.2k acres), and SCU fire complex (292k acres)  ... Fires got to about 1/2 mile or so from my sister in laws house Santa Clara Co ... all that info from a 21st Aug update ... I'm not the only one stunned and saying "I've never seen it this bad before this" ... CALFire saying the same thing ... 

People living in the hurricane zones know what it is like when people have to scramble to get out of town to higher and hopefully dryer ground, or to pack into what will hopefully be a safe haven ... saw this same phenom in the fire zones where you had 10's of 1,000's of people scrambling to get out of the way and into a safer area ...  

It is always years, decades, before you can travel through an afflicted area and NOT see scars of the disaster -- Same when a quake levels a town or a good sized portion of it ... we have a few in CA leveled 

by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (587k points)

Susan, my mom gave us three red hot pokers, and we split them. When we decided to move them to another place, we dug up those six and planted about 20 of them. Even if you get just a little piece with a few roots, it'll survive and grow. We are never going to run out of red hot pokers!

Common names can be confusing.

Red hot pokers, Latin name Kniphofia uvaria, AKA Torch lily are wonderful bursts of colour, and grow in many temperate climates and is the one in this discussion.

Torch flower or lily, Latin name Etlingera elatior, AKA Torch Ginger or Tiki torch flowers are quite amazing and only grow in tropical climates like the big island of Hawaii where I took this pic, 2 years ago


Oh, that's definitely bigger and more more showy than mine are!
If you want to grow this one you will need to move to Hawaii.

Red hot pokers- Kniphofia species the ones you have are hardy all across Canada, well not in Edmonton, or north of the Arctic Circle.
My paternal great grandmother had a bunch of those flowers at her house on Oahu
In Michigan, I loved the Kniphofia Red Hot Pokers!  I think maybe I could even grow them here in AZ.  The iris will do best with the least amount of attention and NO rich soil.  One year I didn't have time to plant some extras so I threw them into a side garden, not even covered with dirt.  Up they came the next spring, all happy to be there.

A nice week for me - rock cutting and polishing, hiking where we saw a baby rattlesnake (he was so tiny, only about 8" long and not even as thick as a pencil) and a rare bird call Trogon elegans.  Supposedly the area where we saw it is the only place in North America where they hang out.

Genealogy - I continue to edit PPP profiles on the Acadian Project.  Gisele Cormier and I have been cleaning these up for over a year.  We took the protection off about 500+ profiles and then have been editing the remaining 500.  Only 75 left to go!  We hope to be finished by the end of the year.  It would have been sooner but we got interrupted to edit the 300+ 5star profiles last fall, not all of them are PPP.  I have so many things to do on my WikiTree wishlist!
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Ahh, fall weather!  I love it.  Last weekend we went walking at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and saw many butterflies, including migrating monarchs, and wildflowers.  Got some great photos.  Didn't hike out to see the bison this time, for they were in a pasture 3.5 miles out.  

This week I got my flu shot.  Hope you all can get one too, if you want it.

by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
Got my flu shot just a couple of days ago, Michelle. If I get the flu, I'm down for two weeks.

That park looks stunningly beautiful. I got to start getting around more.
Pipster! Glad to know you got the flu shot! Did you cry? Did they give you a Bugs Bunny band aid? Now it's time for your shigles shot!
Planning to get our flu shot the first part of next week. Even though we get the shot every year, we have had flu anyway a couple of times. But, at our age and with our health declining, it's still better to get it than not--at least, that's what our doctor says and I trust him.

The flu shot was given by an expert, so very little pain. I would have liked one of those Bugs Bunny band aids, though! And, yes, the shingles shot is next on my list. sad Better than the alternative, right?

Same here, Nelda. Aside from the misery of getting the flu, age makes a difference, too.
I have been told to totally relax your arm muscle when they give you a shot and there won't be any pain in your arm.  It seems to work for me.
Michelle - yes, relax your arm. I learned that when I had allergy shots as a kid.
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Thanks for hosting Pip. Glad to hear a positive doctor's report. Hope that everyone is staying healthy and busy.

Weather-wise we are much like Pip, gradually heading into fall. To look at us, you would think we are trying to resist this, and would likely laugh at the sweatshirt, shorts and slippers attire. I did wear socks and shoes (for the first time since probably June), and yes my feet did hurt. Time to try to search for new sneakers -- and its difficult to find a (US) size 11 that don't make your feet look big (well, they are big...).

That's pretty much the homefront, other than deciding when to stand in line to vote in person. In Virginia you must turn in your absentee ballot to be destroyed when you vote in person. At least our city has a website that tells you how long the in person line wait is.

Genealogy - I have continued work on the tool to find possibly unsourced profiles, with great progress. I have also run the tool for a couple of people to help them find a list to review. Next up is starting to design the user interface. I am not sure how the table will appear since a column for each style issue might make it fairly large.

I'm setting the tool aside for a few days to mark some profiles with the Unsourced template to work on for Source-A-Thon. I have to take care to not type too quickly, since I can type fast enough to get an emergency block.

Looking forward to the live cast this Saturday talking about sources.

by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (477k points)
HA! Kay, you sound just like us. No shoes if at all possible. And, yes to sweatshirts, shorts and flip flops.

I worry a bit about that emergency block, too. I've been blocked twice, so now, I try to work like crazy for about 30 minutes and then take a break for about the same.
I have to thank you publicly Kay for running me the list for the Acadians.  We could identify some that needed the tag.
Thanks Cindy! I think I overwhelmed Pip with the report that I ran for him.

I've spent the past two days reviewing lists and adding the Unsourced note (mostly around folks born about 1870). So far I'm at about 1000, and got motivated to start on a list for Bedford County, Virginia to see if I could run into any of my husbands ancestors.

I do get sent down some rabbit holes. There was the woman with the wrong LNAB, so I had to find all 3 of her marriages and her birth record. She shot and killed her second husband. There was also the family for a probably active PM, so I was feeling guilty and had to source one of those...

I will get back to making this an app for anyone to use after the SAT.
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Hi everyone! :) I hope everyone is still being safe and is doing well. It's a rainy day in Tennessee, just like it was yesterday.

HOME: Everyone is doing fine. My uncle seems to be doing good after his surgery. My boyfriend has been feeling tired but other than that he's doing good from his surgery. My grandma's mind is good at times and not at other times but that's normal with her Alzheimer's.

GENEALOGY: Expect to see a link to my genealogy blog in the next 2-3 weeks. I'm planning on creating one for sure. How often should I make posts to it? Any advice?

WIKITREE: I might be close to halfway solving the brick wall of my 5th great maternal grandmother. I've been comparing GEDmatch kits of some Hodges descendants on WikiTree. I've also been looking at my GEDmatch DNA matches to Hodges as well. I know that Hodges are connected to other parts of my tree too but I want to find out my 5th great grandmother's parents. I might be messaging or emailing some of these matches soon. It is looking more likely that she was an illegitimate child.
by Greta Moody G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
Hi Greta! If Chris F has any advice from his blog, I expect it could be once a week. He uses the Question of the Week from G2G for his topics, though I don't doubt that he could do it even without that.

Happy hunting on that Hodges line. I know how frustrating that can be. Glad to hear all are doing well. I've been an Alzheimer's caretaker, so I feel for you.
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Buenos dias from the Old Pueblo! It's 76F (24.4C) at this moment and I'm enjoying it; however, we will be climbing to about 101F (38.3C) today (and we're 5 days away from October!). We have had an inordinate amount of hot weather here in Tucson with very little rain. It is more than a tad frightening.

It's been a busy week with work demands (even though I am very part time and supposedly retired). The good news is a group paper on sleep and underserved people has been accepted for publication in Chest. Some nurse colleagues and I are working on another publication related to night shift, healthy ways to stay alert and improve daytime sleep. I just realized that I have to finish a paper on sleep learning among nursing students (slap my forehead with my right hand).

Genealogically, I have been working diligently on adding to and cleaning up a number of my 'Green' relatives. If only this had been a 'color' contest these past couple of weeks! And Kermit was right. It isn't easy being Green! Tracking down sources for some of these peeps is not for the faint of heart! PLUS, I have completed the major work on cleaning up, sourcing and connecting the Lawrence to Walton to Roosevelt line. FDR was also correct. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Doing this line was a fearless task. This past week I received three very wonderful tributes for this Wikiwork from various Wikipeople! On the 19th, I received a 'Superstar' badge! On the 24th, I received a Red Generous Genealogist badge and on the 25th a Blue Generous Genealogist badge! I cannot begin to tell you how heartwarming these were and they encourage me to do and be better!

Tomorrow is our monthly zoom DNA SIG meeting with our Pima County Genealogical Society members. We will be covering 'matches' on the person level, but more importantly (and funner)...we are going to be broken up into two teams to play Genetic Geopardy (it's not a typo, it's alliteration, I'm sure). We need this lightness during these dark days of pandemic...well, at least I do!

That's it for now. I have to make my weekly run to the grocers for goat milk and other foodstuffs. I'm wearing my latest new mask! It's the image of the Beatles from the movie 'Help'! Isn't that the perfect fashion statement during Covid19? Plus, it's the Beatles!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (707k points)
edited by Carol Baldwin
Retired = more work! You know it's true!

Green, White, Brown, Black. Carol, these surnames can be the bane of any researcher! Yep, I've got some of those, too.

Congrats on the recognition you've received for your work. Well deserved, I'd say. And... when you get that sleep paper done, I know one paramedic who could use a good read... my daughter.

My brother is planning on leaving for Tucson this week. A destination for me and my wife! Can't wait to get out there and see an area of the US I've never been to.
HI, Carol, isn't this cooler overnight weather wonderful?  We saw people out walking and wearing jackets when it got down to 71degrees this morning.  I would guess most people can't understand that.

What store do you go to for goat milk?  I get mine at Trader Joe's but I've been looking for "lightly pasteurized" so I can make cheese.

Have fun with Genetic Geopardy!
HI Cindy,

There are two places. One is Trader Joe's, the other is Natural Grocers on Oracle and Orange Grove. Natural Grocers might already have goat cheese.

I still think our weather stinks. It shouldn't be in the 100s this time of year! While I love the early mornings, it still heats up way too much during the day and it's nearly October! Right now, it's 91F and it's 7:30 PM.

We had a blast with Genetic Geopardy. Our team won by 1 point. Did you say you work on Nova Scotia or French Canadian people? One of our Genetic Genealogy instructors focuses on her peeps in These areas, I think. Let me know and I'll let her know about you and maybe I can do a gmail introduction!
That sounds like fun.  What was the most perplexing question?

Yes!  I work on Acadians (the French in Nova Scotia) from 1604-1763 and some of their children running into the later 1700's.  An introduction would be great, thank you for the offer.

Trader Joe's has great goat cheese, very reasonably priced.  I got a kit for making goat cheese and for that I need lightly pasteurized goat milk.  I'll check out Natural Grocers.

We are just in the past few days able to sit out on our patio.  Or northerly friends will not understand :)
+20 votes

Greetings from Brightlingsea, Essex, England.

Photo above  is of Colne Smack Race 2020 as promised. The vessels are fishing smacks once very common at Brightlingsea. 

Today is we have day with some strong winds. However it was only Tuesday afternoon that I was round the hut in the sunshine. Such a change in the weather, winter is coming. .......

Have probably been neglecting Wikitree over the past week. Not really done much on family history and when  I have been its not been straightforward.  Aim to get 100 contributions for the month in any case.

Photo of our beach hut

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

by Chris Burrow G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
edited by Chris Burrow
Chris, is the hut the front of a longer, live in building, or just a small place to change clothes at the beach?
Lovely photos, Chris. Thanks for posting them!
Its just a place to change at the beach, keep some deck chairs etc,
+23 votes
Greetings from a cool, but sunny Ireland - autumn is well and truly established! In Ireland autumn starts before the equinox, some say 1 August, some say 1 September.

I came across this little guide to Irish family history - written by one of the librarians at the local county library - she's done a nice job of pointing out the sources - https://epublishbyus.com/walking_in_the_footsteps_of_your_ancestors./10048255

I'm naturalised Irish - and my Irish husband's ancestors are a great project - his two grandfathers had the same first name and both married a Mary O Brien. The coast guard records have been great - since we can see where the great-grandfathers were stationed and then check the nearby parishes for baptismal records.
by Frances McCarthy G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
Hi Frances! Great to hear from some one from the Emerald Isle. Glad to see that you've found some good resources for your research.
+22 votes
"Broadsword calling Danny Boy", sorry, watching a recording of "Where Eagles Dare", and got caught up in the moment.

Greetings from Gwyddelwern, North Wales, one of the unlocked down areas, so far, where the sheep outnumber us.

Weather today - sunny and crisp, great for walking the hills.

Just to say hello and looking forward to the crack over the weekend.
by James Brooks G2G6 Pilot (955k points)

Hi James! Areas with sheep always have a place in my heart, for obvious reasons. cheeky I'd love to take a walk in those hills. Such a beautiful place.

Good weekend to you, glad to hear your heart is well, my sister-in-law has had to have hers stopped twice now, it's scary good luck with the tests.

+25 votes
Hello from the Pfalz, Germany.

A few years ago I found an old wine barrel while cleaning up in the cellar. About 120 liters. I found it very decorative and wanted to use it somehow later. So I put it aside and forgot about it.

A few days ago my uncle asked me if the wine barrel was still in the cellar. He wanted to know from which winery it came. Of course I was surprised and looked for the wine barrel again. My uncle then told me the story of this wine barrel.

My maternal great-grandfather had built our house in 1927. The paternal-maternal great-grandfather. It is a duplex house, the other half was built by my maternal-maternal great-grandfather. During the construction, the two families became friends and two children got married. My grandparents.

When the house was finished, my great-grandfather had ordered a barrel of wine from a winery in Donnersberg Kreis, his birthplace.  When it was empty, a new barrel was ordered. These barrels came with the railroad. And every time a new barrel arrived, my uncle and his father, my grandfather, had to ride a bicycle to the train station and pick up the barrel. That was about three times a year. And transporting such a big barrel by bicycle was not easy back then. Certainly not today either.

Now I sit at this old wine barrel and drink wine as well. I would have loved to know my grandfathers and drink wine with them.

Instead I drink new wine and eat warm onion cake. A specialty from the Palatinate. New wine, almost still grape juice, just before it starts to ferment and develops alcohol. And with it warm onion cake. You have to try that.
But be careful! This is only something for the really hard ones.

By the way, the stamp of the winery is no longer legible. We will never know where this wine barrel came from.
by Lothar Wolf G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
What a great story, Lothar. And what a great connection to your ancestry. Have a glass for me.
Great story, Lothar! Thanks for sharing it! What is the recipe for the warm onion cake? It sounds good!
Mum saw Federweißen today in the shop. I told her not to buy it today, because we had much stuff anyway to buy and I would need to pull the stuff home in my mercedes (our name to call the trolley we have). We will buy it another day.
I am intrigued by onion cake. I have never heard of it.
Hi Lothar, that's exactly the kind of story I do genealogy for. Thanks a lot for that. I hope that this story is also in their profiles here?

I would like to point out that we from Baden also claim Onion cake as "our speciality" ;)

But since my Mum used to do some five rounds in short time for the tourists every year, I'm not that much fan of it anymore ...

The onion cake is an old family recipe. And of course my recipe is Palatinate. Sorry Florian.  wink

My grandma used to make a whole baking sheet of it. But she did that with every cake, no matter if it was onion cake, apple cake, strawberry cake, plum cake or crumble cake. I try to convert the recipe and put it here.

Jelena, I hope you could enjoy the feather white by now. I have Neier Woi, it is sweeter than the Bitzler.

Lovely story!  How sweet to sit in the same house at one of those wine barrels.  Too many people don't get to keep their roots like that, or at least I didn't have them to keep.
+21 votes

Today is World Pharmacist's Day

It is the 10th year for this and after this year I will no longer be registered.

This week I said cheerio to colleagues although given the strange times we are in I may be asked to help out again.

Made some courgette chutney this week.

Also some biscuits and a victoria sandwich cake.

by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
edited by Hilary Gadsby
I remember as a child we had a lot of chutney in the garden. We had a variety of it to eat every day for several weeks. Boiled, fried, baked, stuffed, as a salad ...
I liked the version with minced meat filling. But as chutney I have never heard before.
Hilary, I hope you really enjoy your "retirement." Knowing you, you'll always having something going on, even besides WikiTree. Is that your own label on the chutney?
Hello Hilary, Gwyddelwern calling. "She who must be obeyed", asked if it would be possible to get the recipe for your courgette chutney, it sounds lovely.

Thanks for the replies it was a bit brief yesterday as I was about to go out to the pub with my husband.

The recipe I used can be found https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/courgette-chutney

Weather has got cooler here with rain mostly overnight and our runner beans are flowering still.

We planted potatoes for Christmas but something has been attacking them so we may not get a crop.

Hopefully we will get the apples that remain on the tree picked this weekend.

Time for a nice cup of tea.
Good afternoon Hilary, thanks r the chutney link.

The beans are doing well here and the potatoes are flowering, getting help with the slugs from the resident hedgehog and ASBO the jack russel.

The next door yard looks like an apple orchard, they are very good at sharing but scrumping is always fun.
+21 votes
I wish we could redirect all the rain to places that need it like California, Oregon and northern New York.  We are six inches short of the average rainfall.  Many neighbors are having to pay for water deliveries.  So far I am remaining safe with a careful use of water.  Can you believe people buying water and then washing cars?
We are having beautiful fall weather and enjoying the changing of the leaves.  Some of the soft maples are extremely bright red, stunning as a whole tree display.
Unfortunately we know how bright white the snow drifts will
be in about four months.
Happy to hear your news Pip.  I hope you can track down a solution easily.  Greta, a neighbor of mine just self published a small book of four generations of Hodges from northern New York--his great grandfather was an illegitimate child, raised by her family and became a very
well known mason and stone worker in the area.  Several
generations all were masons and he was well known for the huge chimneys he built for the large mills built in the early 1900s.  Some are still standing.  Henry Hodge, her name was taken as the father is assumed to be another name.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (400k points)
Hi there, Beulah! Our leaf change hasn't started yet, though we can see the signs. It really is beautiful here during leaf change. Folks drive up just to see it.

I wish I could send you some of our rain. We are right on target for our usual 80 inches a year.
Enjoy the fall colors. Living in Virginia, I miss the brilliant colors in New York. One of my favorite spots is along the Moose River following the Moose River Road from Boonville to where it comes out near Minnehaha south of Thendara on Rt 12.
+21 votes

On this day:

1513: Vasco Nuñez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean

1555: The Peace of Augsburg is signed

1970: The writer Erich Maria Remarque dies

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Afternoon, Professor! A shame it took nearly another 100 years until the Peace of Westphalia was signed.

Good reading for a rainy day!
+20 votes
The weather has been nice (too, nice since we need rain) and the smoke level has been reduced a bit. The local fire is slowly getting contained but is still pretty big. We're far enough away that no danger except for the smoke.

Genealogically, have been working on some French and Scottish research. Hit one French profile where one of the records was in German in a horrible hand. Much prefer the pure French ones, even when thy use the French Republican Calendar.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (448k points)
Doug, whenever I come across a German record way back in my research, I always have to ask for help. I just can't read them very well (not knowing the language doesn't help either).

Shouldn't be much left of the gardening to do. Y'all still canning away?
The German hand being used was a bigger problem than the language.

I'll be making some Elephant Heart plum preserves this weekend. Managed to get a box this past week. They aren't easy to find in a good year and this is a bad year due to a late Spring freeze. Also need to do some tomato soup -- a new recipe to us from an old Shaker cookbook. We are still limited by not having lids available. The local stores are saying possibly first of the year. Most of what are on Amazon and other online shops are either outrageously expensive or are counterfit. We only have so much freezer space. So glad we found a second refrigerator without having to wait for months. Those, and other major appliances, are in short supply. People having to stay home are remodeling or upgrading.

This afternoon I'm doing an experiment. I have 4 cups of red and yellow currant tomatoes that I'm going to use for a berry pie.
Yep, we're waiting until next month on a washer/dryer that we ordered three weeks ago.
+22 votes

Hello from north Georgia, USA!

We had a couple of clear, cool fallish days this week. So very nice! Rain yesterday and drizzle today.

Nothing major to report on the home front. 

I did quite a lot on WikiTree this week. I am getting so close to finishing my Hildreth project--only about ten profiles left to go unless I uncover some new I didn't know about before.  This project has been just the descendants who have the surname Hildreth, not all the descendants--there are a few thousand of them, so that will probably never be completed. 

I worked on the profile of my 5x great-grandfather, twice over (I descend from two of his daughters) Duncan Black yesterday. He is the first of my ancestors for whom I've created a profile who is an immigrant ancestor. I wish I had more primary sources, but one of the books I used as a source is very well written with some transcriptions of primary sources. So, I have earned my 1000-contribution badge again for this month.


Meant to tell you all I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (458k points)

You've been BUSY this month, Nelda. Good for you on the progress on your Hildreth project. Nice work on Duncan's profile! yes

+19 votes

Hi from southern Ontario;

Lots happening here this week. The tomatoes survived covered in clear plastic, it's now 26 C again so the plastic has been removed and we have ripe tomatoes every day.

11 people from my Hort society spent a total of 54 hours over 2 days renovating a 20 x 20 ft garden bed, 400 sq feet then watering for 2 hours as we have had no rain for a week, and none forecast until Sunday at the earliest.

I managed to track down my 7th great grandfather John Underwood 1678-1756 an early ancestor of my 3 x Grt grandmother Priscilla Underwood 1813- 1879. Previously I was stuck at Richard Underwood his son. I haven't yet created the profiles for family members before her. I posted a photo of Priscilla yesterday, and asked a question today in the Treehouse about her bonnet, with ribbons, it seems a very unusual style for the mid 1800s, if anyone has any ideas about it, please answer https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1112154/priscilla-underwood-bonnet-and-ribbons

It really helps when they all lived in the same area within about 5 or 6 miles from each other. Sometimes I run into records that make me smile, the family comes from the area around a village called Bunny in Nottinghamshire. Baptism records say baptised at Bunny St Mary the Virgin, it made me think of a virgin bunny scampering around the village green!

However, the name is not related to rabbits, it comes from the Old English word 'bune' meaning reed.  Bunny had 737 people in 1853 and had 689 people in 2011. There is significant evidence that Bunny was founded by the Romans about 40 AD

Hmm, what else I just reread Ken Follett's  excellent books Pillars of the Earth and World without End, set in the 12th century, England.

I also finished Diana Beresford-Kroeger's book To Speak for the Trees, an Irish botanist, medical biochemist and author, who now lives in southern Ontario. It is the story of her early life in Ireland  that is fascinating about Irish traditions, she was orphaned at about age 10 and spent all her summer holidays with her mother's O'Donoghue family elders, most of them scholars and freehold farmers in the Lisheens valley in County Cork, took her under their wing. Diana became the last ward under the Brehon Law. Most of what she was taught by her family is oral history. I found it very interesting.

And if you are a tree hugger try her award winning film Call Of The Forest; The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, some clips and the trailer are on YouTube.

We went for a long hike in a local forest preserve, the leaves are just starting turn, and birds everywhere including a green heron.

Also, I decided to look at the suggestion list for a distant relative of my husband who uploaded a gedcom in 2012 and has not been active since then. Some strange stuff there, I managed to fix 17 of the suggestions, but somehow couldn't get the change of status to stick. Will it just get updated anyway next time the report is refreshed?

Edited; Typo

by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (399k points)
edited by M Ross
Hi there, M! I have Underwood ancestry, too, but another whole family from yours, I'm pretty sure. Mine settled in Delaware/Maryland/Pennsylvania before my branch moved to North Carolina. Pretty sure mine were from London, England area.

Updated suggested list. Some of mine update pretty quickly, but others seem to have to wait until the update once a week.

Oh... Pillars of the Earth was a FABULOUS book!
I saw records for Underwoods in Middlesex on FMP when I was looking for my family.

We went to the farmer's market this afternoon, on the way home stopped at the bookstore, and there is a new Ken Follett book, a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth and I had to buy it, called The Evening and The Morning
A prequel? Off to Amazon I go.
+22 votes

Thanks for hosting, Pip! Sorry I haven't participated for awhile! 

Finally got started back on doing yoga! I feel so much better when I do.

As Chris mentioned, the Doctor Who project is up and growing! 

Mom and I went and took photos this morning at the cemetery I've been working on: Fairmont Cemetery

Wanted to mention again the LiveCast this weekend! It's all about sources with guest, Debi Hoag! The more that comment, the better the show will be! Please tune in:

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (312k points)
Those photos are really well done, Azure. Always make me sad to see the little ones, like the first photo in Album 1. How many burials in that cemetery altogether?
Thanks! I'll tell her that! There are 6263 memorials on FindAGrave! I've entered 327 so far  :)
Me too Pip, it's so sad. I really like that there are ways to make their profiles have a little more to them with the RTC project: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Remember_the_Children

Like this one for my great-uncle:
I had forgotten about the Remember the Children page. I'm bookmarking that!

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