Week End Chat...All Members Invited!!! May 20-22, 2016

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This is an ongoing "Chat" post that can be added to throughout the weekend.  All members of WikiTree are encouraged to join in, especially first-timers!

Do you have any ideas to share?

Have you witnessed any famous events?

Have you broken through any brickwalls through WikiTree?

New people, say Hello and introduce yourself!

Have you learned anything new or uncovered any techniques to improve profiles more easily?

G2G Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders... any fresh Tips for us?

Any special plans?

Any subject you want to chat about...

* Fads/hobbies when you were 18?

* What do you do other than Wikitree?

* Heard a funny one?

* Do you do anything to help people or animals that are less fortunate?

* Say something! (You know you want to!):D 

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in The Tree House by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (732k points)
Hi and thank you Star for starting the weekend chat and have a wonderful weekend !
Thank you Star for starting the Weekend Chat and personally inviting me to join in.  Have a great day!
Did I say WikiTree is awesome???  Lol!
Star posted on my profile asking about my projects.  So the update to the Jester ONS, is its on hold, not forgotten, just trying to re-organise my mind. Need to find untagged Jester names.

The Tri-State and Liberty tornados of March 18, 1925  is also still in the works, Sometimes identify the victims and their families and trying to find them in the aftermath on the following census is difficult. So many died as a result of that day, if not immediately in the storms, but from the diseases that followed.

And the same for the Arkansas Civil War soldiers, however that may be revitalized soon as I am coordinator for the Arkansas project for OPS and US History. Along with transcribing some census pertaining to AR.

I'm looking for stories.. especially of the legends, tall tales, hauntings, sightings, camp fire tales, and other things that go bump in the night, tht pertain to AR. I found Col. Sanford Faulkner's tale of The Arkansas Traveler as well as images the two Currier and Ives lithos of of Washburn's paintings of The Traveler and Turning of the Tune. The younger people here might know the tune as a Barney the Dinosaur song about finding a bumblebee and squishing it when it stings.

I've started a page on the Boggy Creek Monster because my folks were from Fouke. When I saw the movie, I told my Dad all the names I could remember, and he told me stories about them. He believed there was something in those woods and river bottoms, and one brother says he saw 'something' crossing just outside the headlight beams, and it wasn't 4 legged.

Growing up hearing about the Tucker Pea Farm... altho nothing really, just my uncle mentioning it. Numerous times. I know very little about it. And information on the net is really scarce, altho I was led to a few pages.  But stories handed down from possibly former prisoners before the "reformation" would add a lot of fleshing out to the story. I know that between the Louisiana and Arkansas prisons, all the bodies still haven't been found. The Robert Redford movie Brubaker was loosely based on the prison at Pine Bluff. But if we can collect those stories, even if they ended good or bad, they were about people and would be a wonderful addition to the history of Arkansas.

My eldest brother, who doesn't care much for AR, but his favorite author, Donald Harington, who was from AR, has a book called Let Us Build Us a City. It about the ghost towns of AR. He was impressed I wanted to use it.. but its buried under 10,000 others in the den. But he was even more impressed when I told him about the Tucker Telephone, which he had never heard of, but when I told him how it was used and even into using it on Vietnamese prisoners, he is the one who suggested collecting the prison stories. It piqued the anthropologist in him.

I think I have a full plate.
Omigosh, Lynette!  I will never again say that I'm too busy.  You definitely have a full plate of very interesting projects.  Thanks for sharing.

Found some interesting links for your Arkansas projects.




I am still trying to find someone with stories other than the telephone.


Thank you Charles,  Would you be interested in joining the project and helping with a couple of these? I'm still making County pages, and what has been done so far are in various degrees of completion. And I'm still writing the Space:Arkansas page, and Boggy Creek Monster.


I wish you could have seen my brother's face and eyes when I told him about the Telephone. He is a Vietnam vet and a social-cultural anthropologist and he does like to collect legends and tales.

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It's Victoria, or Warm Enough To Plant, But Cross Your Fingers It Doesn't Frost Again, Weekend. I am officially off til Tuesday, but I am working on my planting and patio and getting the plunge pool ready. Built a deck for it a few weeks ago. ALMOST TIME for a PLUNGE! Heeeeeeee!   Mags

by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (653k points)
Sounds great, Mags!  Let us know when you're inviting us for a pool party!
Same her was planting and cleaning up the backyard as well , lovely weather ..so great to be outside and we had our first dinner outside this week . The plunge pool sounds great, no idea what it is though ... a mini pool or hot tub like thing ?

something like this maybe ? would love to have something like that in the backyard :D 

Something very much like that, yet not quite so...exquisite? :-) Mags

Hihi well for a plunge all you need is water eeh , it doesn't have to be exquisite, our children always 'plunged' in a tub, an old fashion one and they had a lot of fun


And when I was little we didn't have showers or luxury like it...the tub was the only thing  to keep us clean :P We still have a tub, but now we have plants in it ;)

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This week I was just reminded that I really have to think about what I see in records.  Yesterday I was looking at an image of an Anglican baptismal record for 1812.  The handwriting is perfectly readable, and the record said: "Mary Mann D John Stephens Jew? & Mary Mann [Born Aug] -- 9 [Bap] 2"   Now the date part involved seeing how the other records in those pages were written, but "Jew?" 

Of course, my first inclination was to jump off the deep end and assume that Mary Mann Stephens was the daughter of John Stephens, a Jewish man, and I was off thinking about how to research Jewish records in early 19th century England.  Then, I looked at a transcript of the same record in which John shown as a Jeweler.  To solve the puzzle of the meaning of "Jew?", I was now looking for other records for John.  I decided to look for other children of John Stephens and Mary Mann baptized in the same area.  I found Susannah, and her baptismal record had "Jeweler" written out. It is still possible that John Stephens was Jewish, but, in this case, that is not the meaning of "Jew?" in Mary Mann Stephens' baptismal certificate. My take-away is:

  • Don't believe what you think you see in records.
  • Don't assume anything.
  • Find confirmation for your theories. 
  • Study siblings.
by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (364k points)
edited by Vic Watt
Excellent advice, Vic.  Most of us have fallen into that trap at some time, so it's helpful to have a reminder.
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I am currently working on a Morris family from Masacusetts.  My intention was to try to connect an Unconnected group as part of the Connectors Challenge, and add sources as part of the May Sourcerers Challenge - participating in two challenges at once.  But I discovered that John Morris had two wives named Mary.  One is actually his mother-in-law, and his children were connected to their maternal grandmother instead of their mother.  When I finished sorting through these profiles and correcting the links, I went back to addiing sources.  Then I discovered that his wife's father, Valentine Aldridge, had several sources listed, but the sources all belonged to his father-in-law.  If I do not make a connection for this family, I will at least know that everyone is connected to the right people and they have the correct sources listed on their profiles.

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (732k points)
And another rabbit hole conquered.
Yes, Anne, conquered the rabbit hole - but sadly, did not connect the family to the larger tree.
+12 votes
Couple of hours and I'm off of genealogy for the weekend. I'm attending the District 3 (Arizona) Toastmasters spring converence which is being held only about 5 miles from here.  It's always a good show and since I'm the VP Education in one of my two clubs I need to be there for the elections and business meeting.  Also one of the contestents in the International Speech Contest is from my home club "Speaking First Toastmasters"  So hopefully there will be several of us there to cheer him on Saturday night.  The competition is always tough since you have to win three rounds before you get to the district contest.
by Living Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (448k points)
Have fun at the Toastmasters conference, Dave.
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At the camper right now so my internet is limited and I am on a tablet so I can not do much except enjoy the outdoors.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
Enjoy the outdoors, Dale!  Hope you have nice weather.
The outdoors is great, have fun and enjoy Dale :)
I so wish we could still go camping when we wish.  We have a fifth wheel and my husband can no longer figure out how to back it into the storage area parking spot between two other trailers.  This is due to Parkinson's and remembering how to turn the wheels, etc.  We also help home care his mom and it is hard to get away sometimes.  Also our daughter is the one who knows ALL the steps to setting it up and taking it down so she has to be with us.  I hope we can get at least one time out this year with the help of his brother parking it for us at the state park in town.
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Another weekend has come round and as always I have lots to keep me busy. A couple of meeting to go to and not be involved in running them. I am involved with enough groups as it is.

The weather was good enough to get outside and do some gardening and cut the lawn - which was hard work. Still have plenty to do.

Maybe a weekend at home catching up a few things and time on Wikitree.

Have a good weekend everyone....
by Chris Burrow G2G6 Pilot (223k points)
I feel the same way, Chris. Lots to do and not enough weekends.
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Okay, since Star took the time to visit my profile, I will mention something she was curious about - my novel and my blog.  Not my genealogy blog, but my fictional Dad blog called "Best Dad Evar".  

In about 2003, I had the idea that came to be known as "Fortress Beverly Hills".  It is a science fiction story with a Doomsday-prepper friendly economic and social collapse.  I started writing it that year, but put it aside for most of my first years in the mortgage business/early parenting years.  I picked it back up when I get laid off in 2007 and had what I considered to be a completed novel in 2009.  It hasn't been edited or really promoted much.  I may have sold 60 copies total through my own self-promotion, but most of those were in the months just after I finished it.  I always thought the story belonged on the big screen, but that's probably not going to happen based on book sales to date.

A couple of years later I decided I wanted to write something funny.  Somehow the idea of a voiceover narrator/nemesis who would poke fun at a stressed out Dad, disappointed with his lot in life, came to me.  I modeled this narrator on Jeff Probst from Survivor, complete with pointed questions to ferret out the things this Dad probably shouldn't say about his life and parenting.  So that's how Best Dad Evar came about.  I wrote it for a while and tried to catch on with "the blogosphere", but I don't think I've posted anything there since 2013.  It's available through Blogger if you want to read it.  And yes, I drew the cartoon, also.  My 11 year-old could do much better now.
by Kyle Dane G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
Thanks for sharing, Kyle.  I see that "Fortress Beverly Hills" is available as an eBook, too.
That is awesome Kyle!  Our daughter started a paranormal book in 2001 but has not finished it yet.  I have been reading the draft as she wrote it and now I am anxious to read the next chapter.  I keep asking her to write some more of it.  I plan to go read your ebook.  Both books sound interesting.  I was told once I should write a book about care giving but I never did that.  Thanks for sharing!
+12 votes
Getting ready to celebrate the granddaughter graduating High School last Monday. So many memories of her growing up and it seems I just blinked and we are here. It seems like yesterday we Iin the waiting room at the hospital. I know all of us gathering will be sure and tell a story that will embarrass her. Next week my wife goes in for surgery and we think it will go well. I hope all have a great weekend and will try to drop in to Wikitree this week as I get a chance. One of the projects for me is to transfer 2 of my published stories to my tree somehow to leave them for others in the future. It is difficult to turn loose of one of them since it is more poem than story and I had thought of trying to draw pages converting it into a child's book. I feel like an antique seeing discussions of stopping the instruction of cursive in the local schools. It will be a great loss. If this ancient one can learn computer languages/usage then students should learn cursive.

Good Weekend to all.

by Charles West G2G6 Mach 1 (15.1k points)
Congratulations to your granddaughter!

I worrry tht when schools stop teaching cursive, it will be difficult for future genealogists to read most records - almost like the difficulty I have reading old German script.
There is enough of the wrong transcript because someone read a P as an R because of the person's hand. I can imagine  what it will be like when they drop the cursive in the schools.
Or the double s transcribed as p.
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Well...she graduated.  Our only child, one last summer before she leaves for college and takes the reins of her decisions that will chart the course of her life.  Now my wife and I need to unwrap long held dreams of life without the presence of our bundle of joy. Time to turn them into reality.  These bones are aching a bit more today.

by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (535k points)
Congratulations to your daughter, and also to you and your wife as you begin a new chapter in your life.
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Hola from Espana....here on permacation.  :)   Just tending the church garden (I guess I feel guilty about never setting a foot inside of a church so I tend the little secret garden behind the rectory next to the church - a thank you to the very nice priest that let's us keep a pack of homeless cats stashed safely there).  

It's finally getting to be the beautiful weather for which Spain is famous.  Red paprikas weigh about 400 grams here.  That's over 3/4 of a pound!  All the ingredients I love to use in cooking grow here; chili peppers, oregano, basel, laurel, onions, garlic, plus all sorts of fruits.  What more does one need?

In the forest there are also truffles, pine nuts, rosemary and thyme but I have never bothered with those as of yet.  Viva la chili pepper!  :)
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
Ah, you are making my mouth water, Vincent.  I love chili peppers!
+10 votes

What Weekend Chat Again! Didn't we just have one of these 7 days ago.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
I know!  It seems like time is flying by and so does the week!  Today is a bit chilly out but we are going grocery shopping so that is inside.  Have a nice day!
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I am a Facebook and WikiTree Addict!  I am accused of being online more than offline by my family!  However, I keep track of all my finances, pictures, and genealogy online so it is not all fun and play!  I started out way back in 2007 organizing my family online photos into individual folders like scrapbooks and I put offline paper photos in notebooks prior to that.  I love doing this and the family in the future will reap the benefits.

Then my son asked me about four years ago if I could do our family tree in case his son needed it done for a history class one day.  That started me making folders online with genealogy for individual family members.  I made up notebooks for each family and sections for each family member.  THEN I found WikiTree and I am addicted.  My only disappointment is that I can't make up any more profiles with the many many individual family members because I have no sources for them yet and I do not have very good knowledge in how to do that.  I am thankful for the couple of WikiTree Mentors who have been listing sources that they find for any of my profiles.  I really appreciate that.

I have an excell sheet with all my family members for my husband AND for my family that tells me their WikiTree ID's, personal info, and who still needs sources.  I love organizing things but I can't wait to be able to enter more ancestors to my WikiTree for all of my family trees and my husband's family trees.

I have found living cousins on WikiTree and one living notable relationship for my husband with Celine Dion.  My husband's family is French Canadian from Quebec and Celine and my husband have a mutual 7th Great Grandfather.  Now that is what makes WikiTree so awesome and me a WikiTree Addict!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!
by Diane Bezeau G2G6 Mach 2 (20.1k points)

Hi Diane. Glad to meet another WikiTree addict - I mean member ;)

If you are looking for a good starting place for sources, you might want to try FamilySearch.  You need to register, but the site is free, and they have a wide variety of sources from around the world.  As a bonus, they list the source citation for every source, so you can cut & paste it into WikiTree.

If you have trouble using it, or have any other questions, there are many people on this site who are very knowledgeable about a lot of topics, and are williing to help.  Just post your question to this forum.

Thank you so much for that advice Star.  I certainly will go to FamilySearch and see how I do!  I love that I can copy and paste what I find.
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I'm new to the forum, glad to be here!
by Chad Olivent G2G6 (7.0k points)
Pleased you are finding Wikitree interesting...
Welcome Chad, the forum is wonderful, I spend a lot of time here reading questions and answers, and asking and answering questions
Welcome, Brad!  Glad you decided to join our weekend chat.  When I first joined WikiTree I spent a lot of time reading trough the questions and answers on this forum.  It was, and still is, a great education.  I'm proud to be a member of WikiTree because everyone here is so generous with their time and expertise.  We all work together to help everyone succeed.  Be sure to post any questions that you may have so you can experience it for yourself.
Welcome to WikiTree Chad!  I am so glad you found the Weekend Chat!  I am not a year old yet on WikiTree and I am always finding something new to do on here.  I really like it when I meet new friends, cousins, and someone who is related to me and working on the same family tree!  Enjoy!

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