Week End Chat....All Members Invited!!! Dec 16-18, 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!


Hi Gang!


Say Hello and introduce yourself... where are you from and what are your interests?


Leaders, Mentors, Greeters, Pilots - What tips can you share with us today?


What improvements can we make?


What do you enjoy most about WikiTree?


Do you have any stories to share about famous or notorius ancestors?


What projects are you involved in, and how are they going?


What's the weather been like in your neck-of-the-woods?


... anything that you want to talk about!



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in The Tree House by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

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Happy Week End to All!

I hope everyone had a terrific & productive week on Wikitree (& elsewhere).

I spent a good bit of my week delving into one of my wife's lines, previously neglected.

A few years ago my mother-in-law took a DNA test. It showed primarily what I expected, English/Irish ancestry. However, it also showed Swedish/Finnish ancestry, which I did not expect. I had not found any ancestors from that area related to her. The line I researched this week led straight to these origins. They were the original Swedish & Finnish settlers in New Jersey....interesting.

What's new with you?

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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
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I'm totally the family packrat! :) LOL Don't want to throw anything away in fear future generations will be excited to see it. LOL
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My DNA came out oddly. I expected my ancestry to be predominantly English. Instead, it turned out 52% Europe West (geographically Germany and France), 21% Irish (I know of no Irish ancestors), 9% Scandinavian (again, no known ancestors), and 8% Iberian. According to ancestry.com's chart, Europe West includes on its edge, southeast England, northeast of London. That seems to be where there is a large concentration of my paternal surname.

If you have British ancestry, here is a fun surname locator. It's easy to use; just enter your surname, and it uses an algorithm to locate abnormal high concentrations of your surname:  http://named.publicprofiler.org/

I've been working on unsourced names in the December Sourcerer's challenge. I find myself unable to stop at one source per person, which means my numbers are climbing slowly. I find a source, and there's another right below, and there's their father and there's... You get the idea. Down the rabbit hole and no flashlight!

Enjoy the weekend! We are. We no longer give gifts at Christmas; it sure takes the stress of the season away!

Jim P

by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
I watched a show on the settlement of the British Isles after the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.  Essentially the eastern half was settled from areas to the west: Germany, France, Scandinavia.  The western half was settled through the trade routes along the Atlantic Coast: Spain, western France.  The Celts never settled in the western half but Gaelic languages were found in Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.  How did a Celtic language develop where there were no Celts?  The suspicion is that Gaelic was used as a common trade language along the Atlantic coast of Europe.  Possibly one of your ancestors was from the western half.

Later invasions brought the Vikings, Romans, Saxons, and Normans to the British Isles.  Hadrian's Wall was built by Spanish stonemasons!
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What's the weather been like in your neck-of-the-woods?  Very cold and a lot of snow. Right now it is about 12 degrees F and we have over 30 inches of snow on the ground, with more on the way.  I am changing my focus on here by reducing my watchlist to eliminate the more distant relatives and focus on just my ancestors, with a few exceptions.  This is to make the profiles I remain with better in quality.  I will be working on other profiles but just not as many, in fact just yesterday I added one that could belong in the Notables Project, www.wikitree.com/wiki/Goddard-2245, , see www.wikitree.com/g2g/328494/i-created-another-profile-that-is-probably-a-notable .  Other than that I am just shoveling snow and pecking away here.

by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Well, it's a balmy 75 degrees here in Costa Rica, our retirement home. We have two seasons: wet and dry. Costa Ricans call the wet season "winter" and the dry season "summer" even though that's not technically correct. So here, summer is just beginning. We live at 4000 feet elevation, and the highs year round are high 70s, low 80s daily, and low temps vary from 55 to 70. We're at 10 degrees north latitude, so the sun is pretty high in the sky year round.

My genealogy searches unfortunately must all be done via internet. I've been fairly lucky, but my paternal line runs from Connecticut to Vermont to Ontario, and back to the U.S. Midwest in the 1850s. Records in Vermont and Ontario are hard to come by.
Similar weather here on the north shore of Lake Erie. Maybe 4" of accumulatecd snow...but warnings for tonight and tomorrow of more snow. Something about a Colorado clipper...not sure what that is but I'm feeling I'd like Colorado to just keep their clipper. Rain by Sat afternoon.
@Brett: Never heard of a Colorado Clipper. Though we would be happy to be rid of it. It's a balmy 4 degrees Fahrenheit right now in Denver.
I think you send them... we receive them...that's why you don't need to have a name for them ;)  We now have freezing rain...however the grandkids had lots of fun making snowmen in the packing snow this morning! (all out of carrots though...too many noses)
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Another week of editing, correcting and working with a variety of profiles from the database error report. Also working my regular schedule with greeting and mentoring!! Next week, I am sure, there will be lots of slots to fill with members away with families and other commitments!! WikiTree is a 24/7 round the world event. 

Getting ready for Christmas has its many chores, like shopping, cleaning the house, mailing out cards, or sending Merry Christmas notes on line. But the joy that you see in children's eyes when they see Santa makes it all worth it. And the Christmas reruns on TV, many have similar themes but always end up the same, a new couple emerges with everyone celebrating!! 

With just nine days left, Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and a Happy New Year!!! 

Oh and the weather: one could say a roller coaster ride here in the south (middle Tennessee, USA): from 48 degrees to 70.. back to 28 degrees, unreal!!! See for yourself!!


by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
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Well I wasn't sure how much I'd be able to be here since i had cataract surgery on my left eye yesterday, but I was able to do a fair amount yesterday and today the eye is better than before and other than having to be careful for a week or two things are fine.  The doctor was happy with the results on the one-day check-up.  It's very interesting to see the difference between the two eyes now.  The left is white background and the right is a dingy yellow.  

I'm mostly working on my Miller Outline Descendant Tree both with entering new profiles and adding sources to existing ones.  What i need to do is find one or more of the living descendents of Willliam Miller b 1778 b probably Lucerne, PA and moved to Licking County Ohio.  I have contacts with DNA matches through my ggrandfather Kirby Smith Miller son of Noah son of William, but I don't have any of the other lines going back to William I'm entering descendents of William's son Washington, but I'm trying to finish the other page+ of his descendents before I try searching for some of them.  

It's a bit cool today but still bragging weather compared to most of the rest of the USA.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
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Hello All!

Watching a couple of James Bond movies to keep me awake during Greeter duty tonight. While also getting info from cousins and "saved posts" on Facebook to send emails for the 2017 Shockey Newsletter.

I'm finding out there were babies who came that I missed seeing on the feed and are coming! :)

This weekend I have a long list of To Do's for genealogy... working on the Dyess website, trying to source some more of my Shockey family before adding to WikiTree, catch up on emails, etc etc. I feel like I need more of me!

Hope you all are having a great weekend. Have all your Christmas shopping done.. I know I need to wrap my last 3 gifts. I think I'll mainly be staying in as it's going to be cold in Georgia!
by Charlotte Shockey G2G6 Pilot (945k points)
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What's the weather like? Here in Northeast GA it just took another cold turn. Went on the last playground trip for the season with the kids the other day, temps in the mid forties, but it was almost too cold to be out. Yeah, I know, we're a little wimpy about the cold. : )

Been working on my Kilgore and Shefsiek lines this week. So far, it looks like I created all the Shefsiek profiles on Wikitree. My great-great grandfather Andy Shefsiek came to America from Slovakia in the mid 1880's. Who knows how the name was spelled in his native country. I don't know how long people typically took to file "first papers", but I find the timing of his to be interesting. Andy (who was from the then Austro-Hungarian Empire) filed his Declaration of Intent renouncing all allegiance to the emperor of Austria--three days before the US entered WW1.
by Kari Wentworth G2G6 (9.5k points)
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We keep getting snow here (and we never get snow) which makes me not want to do anything, but snuggle up with hot espresso and my laptop and do genealogy all day.

I had another breakthrough this week!  I sent off for the Social Security application for my great great grandfather who was from Norway.  No other documents had his parents name on it.  Lo and behold, right there on the page I received was the name of his parents in his own handwriting!  I am so excited, but now I have to figure out how to take the information further.  But the lesson I learned is: Any document could be extremely valuable!

I have been trying to work across the ocean on several lines this week which has been a huge challenge!  I am hoping to get better at this.

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe out there!
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (790k points)
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Hello from Brightlingsea, Essex, England.

Started picking up on the family history in between getting readyy for Christmas.

Was at a meeting this week - our local museum friends group has an afternoon with tea and biscuits where they bring along some items for members to peruse.  The interesting thing was in conversation with someone I know they mentioned a connection to the Jefferies family - my Mum's family. Was able to follow up on this and made some additions to Wikitree as a result. A really useful afternoon....

hope to do more on Wikitree soon. Have a good weekend everyone...
by Chris Burrow G2G6 Pilot (149k points)
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It is nasty cold in the mountains of Northern Arizona.  Single fidget.  Well I am again trying to work on my mum's  folks.  Thomas Samuel Daw her father.  Based on info someone else got for me.  I've tried tracking her mum's side to.  I've found a lot of possible connects.  There are little things that are frustrating.  I looked for Tom's dad , I found  Thomas H. Daw , wife Alice no LNAB , Daughter Alice , son's Walter and Robert.  That would match my grandpa but no mention of a son Thomas in the census.  My grandpa may have moved out by the 1940 census. And I can't find the source that said Alice Daw's mother was born in Germany or what her lnab was.  So I'm working off the fact I think it was Bigelow.

Anyway I will resume looking after I get a couple hours sleep.
by Anonymous Roach G2G6 Pilot (185k points)

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