Ladies and Gentlemen... The Weekend Chat is On! (22-24 Sep 2017)

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Weekend Chat 30 June - 2 July 2017

Enjoy yourself and spread good will :)

 

asked in The Tree House by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (596k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
Welcome everyone!

Let's hear what you've been up to this week and what the plans are for the weekend.  Tons to do or taking it easy?

I've made several recipes that were shared here and found some new favorites.  Please share if you have a good one!  I especially like single-dish dinners :)
Hi Keith, thanks for hosting!

My Walmart sells two day old bread (italian and French) for fifty cents a loaf.

I use it to make bread pudding

 

2cups milk SAVE $

1/4cup butter or margarine

2eggs, slightly beaten SAVE $

1/2cup sugar

1teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg

1/4teaspoon salt

6cups soft bread cubes (about 6 slices bread)

1/2cup raisins, if desired

Whipping (heavy) cream, if desired

Steps

  • 1

    Heat oven to 350ºF. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted and milk is hot.

  • 2

    In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in bread cubes and raisins. Stir in milk mixture. Pour into ungreased deep round pan.

  • Bake about 45 minutes

Keith ! Keith ! If you don't want a dessert, add Creole seasoning to the bread pudding instead of cinnamon and crumbly bacon or Hamburg or sausage instead of raisins.
Why not make it both ways and have your main course and dessert at the same time? Will pass the recipe on to the lady of the house.
This is good stuff. one variation I tried was with green tomatoes layered in with brown sugar.
Happy weekend tree climbing!
David--R U serious/Sirius? --Main course and dessert of the same type in the same meal? OMG --The trail from infamy is death by overdose!
Yes thank you for hosting the weekend chat, Keith and welcome everyone to the weekend chat.

31 Answers

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Hello Wikitree!

First of all Thanks Keith for hosting this weekends g2g chat. This past week was a challenge on Thursday my car of which I nicknamed Ichabod died. Perhaps I should create a profile for it :) Wasn't too bad for 247,000 miles and 17 years old. I reckon I will do 2 answers this week as I didn't get the pictures I wanted to share done from last week so will work on that in a few.

    So this past week I did some housekeeping on wikitree and I was going through some of my early creations and I'm like no I didn't create this its horrible but through time I have learned so much and I hope to continue to learn more.

Wikitree Tip.

When asking questions about people on the forum enter the ID for the profile in the box under the question, this makes it easier for other members to find the right profile and answer you. If the question is about someone without a profile then give as much information as you can in the question, like approximate dates and places, if only a century and a continent, it makes it easier to get the right expert on the job.
answered by Steve Schmidt G2G6 Pilot (347k points)
Great tip as always Steve.

I was thinking about you when posting the Chat just moments ago.  I almost put a category right under "Eddie's Picks" named "Where in the World is Steve Today?".  I always enjoy hearing from you and seeing the pictures you share.  I'm inspired to go out and snap a few myself to post later.

Enjoy the day my friend!
That be fine if you did that I be greatly flattered.

Guess your car trouble was catching since Wednesday my truck had problems and with only 120,000 miles on it. Maybe I should add a task to the Integrators for "Where in the World is Steve Today?" 

Sometimes I wonder where I am.  I can sit at the computer all day and accomplish so little. (Oh Shiny Object must look)  But I love wikitree.
I got you all beat on the car problems. Monday the part should be in to fix my 2016 that has just a very little over 4000 miles on it.  I often wonder why I keep making the payments on it and then I remember that I owe more than I could get from selling it.
Yes that is the difficult things with vehicles. The moment you take the thing off the lot it is than classified a "USED" vehicle. Right there is at-least 3 to 4k off the price tag.

Your second paragraph above, Steve, is so encouraging! Right at this moment of life I feel so burdened that I feel I should give up Wikitree for a few months, get out of whatever mudtraps show up as days go along, and come back to Us with a mind free of the clutter created by needs for perfection and rectitude (right word???).

I have been OCD once in my life, but genealogy is not like learning the titles, contents and authors of every American and British major author up thru the early 1960 (so youthful was I then! sigh), so I could teach literature to undergrads.

Now my OCD is: have I done my math for the difference in ages between a parent and child and all the other items on my error list, some of which are made by others' trees being added into mine, and some I don't know how to fix.

The existential question is, certain or uncertain, which is the more valued task? Or (as I've been doing for years now) is it NOT loading the task with freight or should we simply feel blessed by enjoying the historical-genealogical-DNA proscribed ride! It's a terrific journey through the choreographies of date and time with the joy of inferences which can (and I DO !) fill in an ancestor's whole life story!

Hello everyone to the weekend chat.
Roberta,
I'm glad I was able to be of encouragement to you. Life can be hard but we not in the battle alone everyone has some tar that attempts to keep them trapped. Keep your chin up. You will succeed.
Roberta,
Remember certain is that middle ground I reckon the profile needs or should be genealogically defined before this can truly be said as certain. Basically there should be no good viewed sources that say something different because than we need a research note

Steve, Duh--could you say the same thing as immediately above in twice as many words, or twice + as many? What do you mean?

I will attempt to remember to answer this when I get to my office.. it might be a few hours. I will private message you
+19 votes

Who's all geared up for the Source-a-Thon?

 

Source-a-Thon runners

 

answered by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (596k points)
Bea Thank you.
Lynette have  your joined the source a thon and what team have you chosen? If you haven't chose a team Team Tennessee would be happy to have you on our team. There is plenty of room on it.
Haha well than you know how much fun it is eeh :)
Linda, I joined the Southern Super Sweepers under Dorothy Berry and Mary Richardson. Mary and I are on several projects together. Military, Disasters, Southern Colonies, US History States Projects. I'm co-ordinator/manager for Arkansas.  Mary for Texas.  And she twisted my arm to join. I was on Team Missouri last year.

Bea, I just believe it takes more then just a FAG to source. Granted, sometimes thats all we have. I searched for 2 days for a family that was born, married and died in AR and for 50 years otherwise successfully avoided the census taker, other gov'ment men and revenuers.  My guess is they are so far back in those hills, no one wants to go back there.

 

edited to correct typo.

Lynette, your comment fits the mould for every person who's never known genealogy. I often think that my relatives that ended their line in SW Texas had gotten there by the strange rationale. And believe me, not a one of you would want to GO to Carrizo Springs on purpose. (Just google - historical photos -Carrizo Springs, Dimmit Co, Texas, c. 1900. (My mom was born there in 1910. Her mother fled with her two teenage girls sometime c. 1926 to Los Angeles.)

Bea, How does one "gear up" for helping people with sources?????

Do you need river-spanning tackle? Hip boots? Pick AXE OR SHOVEL or both?  I'd like to learn!!  (Answer after it's over, though. Please.)
I've been doing genealogy for 38 years now.... off and on. My mother and here sister beat me with their cast iron skillets and steel blue-gray eyes that would drill holes thru you. I would not work on their lines because 1. they wouldn't share, and 2. if I did find something, they would pick it apart with a fine tooth comb and shred it 10 ways from sunday. So I did my Dad's lines. I interviewed cousins. Traded info. Wrote a newsletter for 3 years, because I felt all the Jesters were related . I cut my teeth on microfilm and writing down the roll#, page, and lines. And I read each roll numerous times. And now I'm going thru the rolls on familysearch again and transcribing the census. Brown township, Union County, is the best example of what I'm doing.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:US_Census_Union_County_Arkansas_Master_Index

The family I spent 2 days on was in the AR Unsourced page.

And now, I'm working on Mom's lines too. I finally gave in in the late 90s to work on her's. I was deeply depressed, and she sensed it. And was doing whatever she could think of to bring me back. So she sent me on some quests. I have completed all but one.

Find Sallie Hogg.  I did, Finding her in a gedcom back when ancestry was free... well I thought I was going to stroke out when I did find her, my heart was literally beating out of my chest.

Who was John Chesley Davis named for. ... That search resulted in hearing Mom's voice as if she were standing beside me, while in reality she was asleep in her room, deep in the throes of dementia.  And I saw John Chesley Gerald flash in yellow neon. I went back and looked at the name later, it was J. C. Gerald. He was the husband of my ggm's sister.

And the last may never be found... Sarah V. Fouche. The closest I've come to her is Jack Fouche in Grant County in 1870, not there in 1880. Which would fit the legend of her. Her mother died shortly after she was born and her fahter put her with a family and went back to France. Jack was from France.  And she was supposed to be half Indian. Well, her husband's cousin went to Indian Territory OK and married a Foshee, who had a white father Little Foshee, and Creek wife.  Some one either wrote or visited telling about some land, and Sam said, "They never cared about you before and you aren't taking anything from them now."  I have tracked a Little Foshee thru several name changes, including Fouche.

My aunt made a comment once about the amount of Jester info I had collected. I told her it was the differnce between having a rare name as opposed to having a common name like Davis, Morton or Thornton. I didn't have to prove my line to anyone's satisfaction but my own.
Lynette, you embody the true spirit of the cloth (whatever that means)! What an impossible set of search criteria (to give it a name to give you more and more credit)!

I'm guessing that your families were as gravel-hard and dust-gritty as my mother's lines, coming as they did from England and down the eastern seaboard for a while to angle down to the south and come out in Carrizo Springs, Dimmit Co., Texas. My cousin and I shared stories this morning,   and it's no wonder we're survivors coming from a family of "hard-working for almost nothing pioneers."

I don't think I have as colorful stories as you do above, because I wasn't from that last gen of people born there. My mom married someone she met in Los Angeles in the late 20s, who was also a kind of cast out. She made the best of it to become an autodidact interested in the arcane and the unusual. We lived in Southern California, and it's only I who am interested in "our ancestors" --my cousin included. I was the first one I know of to have gone to college but to go on and on, . . . well later I found there was a man who taught at one of the Us in Austin, TX who got a PhD. (My terminal degree is an MFA in poetry and I've published fairly well, till I saw no point in doing it.)

Yr story about your uncooperative relatives makes me feel I have a cousin in you. My sons too have no biological children, so there's no help there either.

Your story about the yellow flash in neon--well I've had that happen in a lesser variation. So we really must be related. Ah well, so much for the flights of fancy fantasy and joy in them thar hills and the shifting sands of desert where my mother used to beg for a bump to appear on the horizon and created a yearning for days with clouds.
OH Roberta, I have been threatening myself with writing a free space page on all the "wierd" things that have happened to me while researching.

My eldest brother is the first of both lines to get a Ph.D. in social cultural anthro. In a straight line, father to son, He and my other brother were the first to serve in the armed forces of the established gov. Yes, we did have uncles who served in WW1 and WW2.

Then comes me... an 8th grade drop out with a GED.

Oh,Honey-Lynette, you are my mother's child!! and you are related to me--you're a writer, for heavens' sake!! Yes, please write your stories here so I can read them, absorb them and make myself happy from your fascinating work and ways you work and see!

My father spent WWII in traction for sciatica, which totally kept him out of uniform. And a good thing that was, I tell you! He'd have been canon fodder right away--both my sons missed the draft and they are both dreamers. They'd've been killed too. We just aren't a warlike people this family. No Warrior gene here--though I've had to stand up for myself a lot in this crazy life.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is an American daytime drama (soap opera) shown around the world. The family patriarch is Victor Newman, played by Eric Braeden . But before he was Eric, he was a young immigrant named Hans Gudegast. So, for my guys who like action-adventure, and for my ladies (smooches smooches) who'd love to see a young hard-bod  Victor Newman, here's

THE RAT  PATROL

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RNZX2dtDsdA

answered by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (360k points)
edited by Eddie King
I don't have a link to it, but I watched an episode of "Bonanza" yesterday and enjoyed every minute.  I still want to grow up to be little Joe.
Ah is it the old bonanza I just love that very much, they where great actors

Okay ! I can take a hint. BONANZA. Enjoy

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DGV2Fnb3RmQ

Does that mean bonanza are not your cup of tea Eddie
I have the first season on DVD. Have Wagon Train, Kit Carson, Jim Bowie, Annie Oakley, Bat Masterson, The Cisco Kid, The Deputy(Henry Fonda stars in that!) Wyatt Earp, Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Roy Rogers,

BUT BEST OF ALL

Champion the Wonder Horse, Fury (horse) and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (and his dog Yukon King)
If where talking Westerns lets not forget about gunsmoke matt dillon played by James Arness and Hopalong Cassidy played by william boyd oh the list could go forever. I enjoy westerns. Minus the shooting I like the era I could get use to the lifestyle

I've been looking for DVDs of RIN TIN TIN. Saw a few shows on PBS

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Rin_Tin_Tin

There are some on YouTube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xy7sN9VJOP8

+15 votes

For those of you struggling with an antique deadbeat dad profile

MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWDJhLCgdo

and

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vjt2VN7DfHs

answered by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (360k points)
A very old group Eddie
Very good selection this weekend, a lot of people forget the Temptations sang that song. Again very good selection this weekend.
I'm a musician. I like the good stuff. Don't get me started on Madonna !

T&A bump grind grunt. NO talent !

Soo love it, still have an 'ancient' Motown album, to stay in the great mood (makes ya wanna dance eeh.. Four Tops vs the Temptations

Motown , some funk,  rag'n bone man ..and all those wonderful ''ordinairy'' people with those golden voices thanks for starting the music Eddie ;) (totally distracted now, soo not sourcing :P)

Love this, Bea!!
+16 votes
thank you for hosting Keith
answered by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
I told you it was long ago--1973 or 1974, I think.  The coffee place may not still be there, but it was right on the corner-the beginning of Hvitfeldt Street. There was a good bookstoren in the street too, but maybe it's gone too.
You are right there are a book store call Arnold Busck And a amazing book shop, it is still there you can find almost anything in that shop

Do you speak any Danish ?
BOB, Is it [Vitfelt] but with some kind of very short outbreath for the H and a little heaviness for the d in dt?

AND:  With all those repeated names in that northern European nation, do you have famous folks in your history?
I can read Danish OK if it's not too conversational, but that stød you have defeats my speaking and understanding.  Swedish and Norwegian are a bit easier.
Roberta,

There's no H in the pronunciation.  It's more like vitt+felt."white field".  The parts of the family that spell it Huitfeldt seem to have more like 'wheat'+ felt, with the HW- like the folks who differentiate betweeh which and witch.
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Also very interesting history everybody.
Bob H: No, I didn't at all mean a H with a sound.

Must have made first roll calls aloud by professors crazy.
Used to lose stuff when I took it in for repair, or laundry went missing when they filed my name in some unknown system.  Now we just use Whitefield for things like that.  Once they finally found me in the I's under H.V. Itfelt!
Too unreasonably Much!
Hi hi that is funny, I was wondering about I saw your tree that there was no Danish relatives, but my husband are great with history he told me that Denmark and Norway was a union until they where separated 1814. So that make sense.
+22 votes

NATIONAL CENTENARIAN’S DAY

National Centenarian’s Day is observed annually on September 22. National Centenarian’s Day is a day to honor those who are 100 years of age or older.  The day was originally proclaimed as a time to listen to centenarian’s as they have so much rich history and wisdom to share.  Nationally, a number of groups have been formed to honor our centenarians. Often, listening to their life stories proves the age-old saying that with age comes wisdom.

HOW TO OBSERVE: Visit with a centenarian and tap into a wealth of knowledge, entertaining stories, and traditions from a time gone by. Use #CentenariansDay to post on social media.

HISTORY: National Centenarian’s Day was established by Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport, MD.

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Do you have any "Centenarians" on your watchlist (from their date of birth to date of death.)  How about living relatives like great grandparents etc... Maybe you would like to share with us???

I have one, Lucinda F. Coffey!  

"Lucy Coffey, 108 and the nation’s oldest living female military veteran, was honored in Washington DC July 25, 2014 along with other members of the "Austin Honor Flight" at Reagan National Airport and was welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden."   Source:  http://www.stripes.com/wac-legacy-honored-as-108-year-old-vet-lucy-coffey-fulfills-her-dream-1.295422 .

SSG Lucinda "Lucy" F. Coffey passed away March 19, 2015 while residing in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA. She was buried at the New South Park Cemetery, in Martinsville, Morgan County Indiana,

See her profile at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Coffey-2665

answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)

I have two in my tree

Mary Solley-130 baptism ties in with alleged age - newspaper reports narrow down her actual birth date.

and Simpson-8285 who is listed as 100 years old on her death certificate, but I have been unable to pinpoint a baptism with 100% certainty due to common name and born in London

I don't have any on my watch list, but there have been many individuals in my family who have lived into well their late 90's. I believe that we need to recognize and pay more attention to those who have lived to the age of 100.
These centenarians are of my family:

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harris-10806 Sally Ann Harris Williams 1854 - 1955]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Tinsley-402 Mary Lucy Tinsley Hamlin 1859-1966]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Chastain-550 John Hanson Chastain 1865 - 1965]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nicholson-1438 Ferdinand Nicholson 1865 - 1967]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nicholson-1423 Witt Judd Nicholson 1873-1977]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Peeler-728 Luda Peeler 1879 - 1980]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Smith-52767 Connie May Smith Cadle 1884 - 1985]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Williams-28065 Hettie G. Williams Turton 1891 - 1992]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Watt-720 Bertha Watt Dodd 1893 -1997]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Peeler-907 Marion E Peeler 1899 - 2000]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nicholson-1417 William Grady Nicholson 1900 - 2001]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Durmon-4 Noah W Durmon 1903 - 2004]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Neptune-36 Ruth (Neptune) Gordon 1905 - 2007]

[http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ellis-3626 Mamie Doris Ellis Dill 1908 - 2010]

[https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pyle-730 Carroll Pyle 1909 - 2011]

Latest figures I could find are: 

In 2012, the United Nations estimated that there were 316,600 living centenarians worldwide. As life expectancy is increasing across the world, and the world population has also increased rapidly, the number of centenarians is expected to increase quickly in the future. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centenarian

See also: The centenarian tide is on the rise: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/health/centenarians-increase/index.html

WOW Vincent, that is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing that!!  Anyone else??

 :) Thank you  Michelle Wilkes for sharing your two centenarians as well!!

my my vincent sounds like you have great genes. Perhaps you will be an added one
Wow everyone and welcome everyone to the weekend chat.
+18 votes

I hope everyone has a great source-a-thon. I will be travelling this weekend, but I will be rooting for a great event.

My cats have been enjoying the deer lately.

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answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Wow they are so cute, thank you for sharing Doug.
Great pictures...
Always enjoy your pictures!
Wauw amazing Doug ..and this is what you see in your backyard ?
Havenʻt seen a deer lately, but remember watching the clever ones tip the bird feeder and steel the grain!  Your deer look so content in the woods.
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat and ditto to what everyone said especially to the pictures Doug.
+18 votes
Time for frenzied packing moe this weekend - we move the following weekend (yes, the Source-a-Thon weekend!) I should hopefully still be able to participate a bit on the Saturday and Monday.

Currently going through my Watchlist with the sorting feature enabled to show the profiles that had been edited the longest ago at the top.

I'm sorry to say I found several from my initial Gedcom import that I hadn't gotten around to! I've cleaned several of them up, added some sources to others and some, alas, left me stumped as far as sources were concerned. I did have to put some Unsourced templates, mainly on some of the Quebec/Quebecois profiles due to there not being that many indexed/transcribed records to search through. I imagine the sources are there, they just need someone fluent in French to find them.

On that note, managed to get help from several in the Quebecois project to accurately source some of my actual direct French Canadian ancestors (5xgreat grandparents, etc.) and connect them to other parts of WikiTree. A lot of them were sourced mainly from other trees to begin with (Gedcom initially came from Geni, and some of the further back profiles were not even entered by me initially), so it's nice to have actual records backing the connections up now!

Taking a slight break from my Lapish One Name Study while I do this old profile clean-up project. I wish I could get one of my uncles or male-line cousins to take a Y-DNA test to try to get some context, though the surname itself is so uncommon I'm not quite sure if there'd be any hits.
answered by Kristen Louca G2G6 Mach 2 (24.4k points)
Good luck on the move, have done it way to many times. And it never gets easier.
Welcome to the weekend chat and ditto to what everyone said especially Dean and I might be in that problem soon my self.
+19 votes

Where in the World is Steve!

 

So last week I promised to share some pictures from Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Some of them you may have seen parts of however I try to put up different views.

 

This first one is a picture from the Colonial Industrial Quarter in Bethlehem Pennsylvania

 

This next picture is taken from atop a hill on the far side of Bethlehem. If my memory serves me correctly it is an old Hungarian Cemetery that has sadly fallen into mostly disarray however it did look like someone was working at clearing out some old brush and trees and high weeds. In the far back of the picture you will see Martin Tower this was an office building owned by Bethlehem Steel

This next picture is taken from the front of the Sands Casino the sign is hooked up to an old ore crane you can find a video of its glory days. 

 

This week sometime I plan to take a few snapshots from the main part of the city showing the Moravian College and the Bethlehem Hotel. Than will be moving back down to the Allentown area for some snapshots. Will see which ones I choose to share.

 

 

answered by Steve Schmidt G2G6 Pilot (347k points)
Pictures look great...I hope you had a great time and were able to get some good information.
Looks like it was a great trip. Nice pictures (especially that last one;)
I would love to walk in that cemetery. Can imagine the headstones and what they would tell, not just the words either - the design.
Your photo look amazing I love the house on the first photo, and the cemetery you really take some amazing photos Steve thanks for sharing
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Steve I remember that first place and got pictures of it my self and also the Moravian College also. Ditto to what Dean said and to everyone.
+16 votes
I plan to keep working on some very messed up Boone profiles. I am talking about some that are attached to the wrong parent, have one or both birth or death dates wrong. There are a lot of them and even without having the unsourced template on them most do not have sources either so between researching those, keeping an eye out for changes due to the source a thon and listening for the emergency net traffic for the hurricane that just hit Puerto Rico hard it is going to be a very busy weekend. The good news is our weather here is going to feel like summer for the entire weekend and they finally put the gutters up on our place today.
answered by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Good luck on the Boone profiles. Sounds like you have your work cut out for yourself.
I spent about 2 days a couple of weeks ago and at least identified some of the "problem branches"....thanks for taking over!
For the first 50+ years of my life I was a descendant of Daniel Boone. Then my 2nd cousin in Texas, the one with a PhD, found that we were really descendants of someone called Boon. Disillusioned! Still, my ancestors were slowly moving west and into their future when Olʻ Daniel was shooting "bars" in the wilderness, so I do come from hearty pioneer stock.

Kristina, I am not a descendant of Daniel Boone but the lines I do descend from claim a blood relationship to him as early as 1800. I have also found records for them that sometimes spell the name Boon. The people recording the early records were not always the best at spelling and sometimes wrote what they thought was right.

Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Dale I have heard that a am a descendant of Davy Crockett and President Andrew Johnson too. Ditto to what everyone said.
+19 votes
Wow - Friday already??

Well my first major news is that I was picked to be the Member of the Week on Tuesday. I have been busy checking my connections to many famous people!!

Haven't had my weekly family chat yet - got another 2 hours still to wait.

I am working on a new notable whose family tree is not yet online. I'd like to get it up this weekend, when I am not doing the Saturday sourcing, and hopefully get it connected to the global tree. this one involves immigration from Italy, so I have to deal with a change of name as well. I love a good challenge!!

I also made contact with an American retiree this week who is related to Mona Anderson - the Kiwi author whose tree I posted on wikitree several weeks ago. I was curious as to how and why a person of NZ ancestry would be living in the USA. Her father was a University lecturer and he was hired by the UBC in Vancouver, Canada. She was born in San Francisco.

Mona's first book (originally published in 1963) was finally released on line on Tuesday so I purchased it and read it. I have been waiting for years to read this book!!

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Tarling-48

My Kiwi Crew team are gearing up to work on the source-a-thon next weekend. The lists have been released today, but they may need to be amended and updated before next weekend.

Finally - I am curious. Will someone still be hosting the weekend chat next weekend while the source-a-thon is happening?

Ciao!!
answered by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
Robynne, Congratulations on being selected as the Member of the Week!!! That is such a great honor. Also, good luck during the Source-A-Thon.
Congratulations on Member of the Week!!
Congrats Robynne and enjoy, don't forget to check (and save..make screenshots) all those connections you will be able to see now, it's really awesome :)
Congrats Robynne!!!
Dont worry, Bea, the first thing I did on Tuesday was to save screen shots of all those connections!!!! As many as I could think of. And I am still thinking of more!!!
Welcome everyone to weekend chat. Yes congrulations Robynne and ditto to what everyone said.
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A fairly run of the mill week. Just busy with the usual activities. went dancing on Monday afternoon, enjoy that alot. Something I only started in my 50s and wish i had learnt earlier in my life.  I only got to learn ballroom & latin dancing as I go on cruise ships and it is a big part of onboard life. i was only going to do one cruise, when i was 50 and lo and behold been hooked on cruising since. 

Found some time to get to the library to access Ancestry and Findmypast. and check out some "info". Have been adding another local Brightlingsea family  the "Francis" family to Wikitree. i already had a few members there but have added to this and expect to add more in due course. I have become very interested n my Brightlingsea connections as it is people I readily relate to. 

Have a good weekend everyone.... 

 

answered by Chris Burrow G2G6 Mach 7 (72.2k points)
Sounds like you are having a wonderful life Chris, dancing and music are wonderful and so love all those wonderful pictures you made of your life, pictures also are a great way to show what our lives are like eeh
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat.
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Sorry this is late.  I am watching a sick baby.  Here is this week's puzzle.  It is on South African Roots.  Sept 24 is a special day for the South African Project as it is Heritage Day!.  A top-level Umbrella project covering the areas encompassed in South Africa currently and historically.   A project focused on profiles with South African connections, as well as working together to make WikiTree more South African friendly.   https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:South_African_Roots

 

G2G Tag: SOUTH_AFRICAN_ROOTS

Leaders:Ronel OlivierSusanna de BruynBea Wijma

·   Anglo Boer War-Anglo Boer Oorlog 1899-1902, led by Susanna de BruynRonel Olivier

·   Cape of Good Hope - Kaap de Goede Hoop (1652-1806), led by Susanna de BruynRonel Olivier, and Bea Wijma

·   British Home Children, led by Mags Gaulden

·   Suid Afrikaanse Portaal, WikiTree in Afrikaans ! led by Ronel OlivierSusanna de BruynBea Wijma

Being a top level Project there are multiple layers of subprojects.  In an effort to highlight many of the subprojects the following word search will be made up of subproject names.  There are 20 phrases or words in the puzzle

 

P W A G R S O U T H A F R I C A S U R N A M E S G
E Z U A Y V O E A I O M Z C G W P X Y W W N O E E
Z H Q O A F J U A F L R U S F D M P R L R U Y Y D
U P O L T I U V T R A N S V A A L D Q T T L N D B
X C C R L I D R S H N J R R D Z I D I H N O Q U Q
W Z R H J P Z E J D A R I Y A E D H A Y L Z O R K
A H F L C X N K I G J F E X H W Y F B O A L Z Z W
J N R Z Q P M K R I N O R T H E R N C A P E F F A
U D E U E J J E V N V W R I L I N E B S Y Q K V Z
H O E P A C N R E T S A E V C E P J O G O D O O U
X G S V O G Y T J M P U M A L A N G A B I I W W L
P X T K U H H R N A H U N B C Z N M B U O I Y I U
H F A N E K D O A F P P X H U L R H X Y M L F O N
R U T E W E O O R B O O C I O W B D I K B I G P A
O H E Y N E G V O L Z T D V H Z X Y M S B M Z N T
E T Q N A X S G I G U A Q U J U R B T J T P Y I A
U V W A O E C T S D F K G R O C N B F Y W O V W L
G I L H O Z I A E R E O N D S V A Z S H F P R T T
N R D L H C I H I R P F E Q K I J L N P U O M Y S
L L O V I G T K T R N Z T P F C F I P Y Z H D G M
Y A S A H D A T U N U C U I A O M E J Y V U W P U
P N N P X Y O X T D N H A G R C U B N P I Y N Y S
X S T E K O X M P E J B G P K N I M N L I L Y L K
H Q X A R R W K Y V T R O W E H O A P Z D L B U M
H C C G G C L B U M N F I I E G N C C D G T S N P
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rqo8mt2eobujwgd/AAAzB3IGNHqNKXBfdE985NBZa?dl=0  a docx and pdf of the puzzle are located at this link.
answered by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (492k points)
Thank you Laura for the wonderful work, words and great puzzles, will sure try my best on this one, South Africa has a special place in my heart, found a cousin trough WikiTree who just a few weeks ago send me some wonderful presents and love the wonderful South African project teams and members, they are really awesome.

Have a wonderful Sunday and hugs from the Netherlands
Bea I love working on these because I learn so much about all of the really wonderful projects available here on WikiTree.  So glad you found a relative there.  It is truly a small world...  I love the fact that everyday I get to talk via email with people all over the world. And many of them are my cousins!  

Enjoy your Heritage on South African Heritage Day!
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Ditto to what everyone said.
Hope the sick baby is feeling better.
She was doing better by Friday early evening.  I think she was better yesterday. At least she was eating again with no problem so I think the congestion was much less.  Will know more later this evening.  But thanks for thinking about her!  6 month olds are not good patients because they just know they don't feel right...

Thank you Laura and best wishes and hugs for the little one, our first grandchild was born 1 September and we have five children, I know the feeling, we often are worried sick about them when they are so little eeh.

OMG, Laura! How did you dream that one up?
Bea congrats on the new little one.  Really gives new purpose to our genealogy doesn't it?   Go snuggle as often as you can!  It is good for everyone...  When mine starts fighting a nap she cranks a bit so I sing to her "No cranky babies at Grandmas!  No Cranky babies today...  No Cranky babies at Gandmas, Reagan you came here to play...  No cranky babies bump bump bump rump a dump" (and pat her little behind while doing this) and she sighs and snuggles and is soon asleep...

Tonight we celebrated my husband's birthday so both the baby and my 5 year old granddaughters were both here.  The 5 year old was playing with the baby and they had a great time.  The 5 year old rediscovered all the baby toys I had put away and was telling her cousin how to use them.  It was so darn cute...
Roberta I try to read up on each project and find something that I think will not only be fun for the weekend chat participants but teach something about the project and highlight the hard work each project is doing.  The sub projects seems to be a perfect too for that!
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Good morning Wikitree (think of it as Good Morning Vietnam...)

Today in New Zealand it is Election day in which who will be the 41st Prime Minister of our nation.

In the terms of WikiTree - yesterday (last night) connected Richard Attenborough (brother of David) to the global tree, tragic discovery - some of his family died during a holiday in Thailand and were caught up in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Tsunami
answered by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
It's been the most interesting election in a long time, Richard. Today feels so quiet after weeks of red and blue (and green and black, never mind the minor, minor parties). I just hope New Zealand is the long-term winner!
Just finished my chat with my mother and my sister. My mother did her voting during the week. My sister is about to go out and vote today (Saturday in NZ).

I didnt bother to ask who they would vote for. I will ask them next week if they voted for whomever wins or not.

For me personally, even though I cant vote, I hope Labour wins and Jacinta becomes the new PM.
Great work on the connection of Richard Attenborough, Richard.
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Good morning from sunny NZ

It's been a wet week, but the forecast is for unseasonal very hot weather in the next few days. On wikitree, I connected a family member to one of Robynne's profiles. I'm going to have a look to see if I can find a newspaper inquest report to add to the story over the weekend. This week is the ninth anniversary of life changing surgery. I'm so glad to be still "up and running"- well, not quite running, but not in a wheelchair, which was a possible outcome. I thank my ancestors for providing me with wonderful role models of how to make the best out of adversity. They've kept me sane.
answered by Fiona Gilliver G2G6 Mach 8 (82.5k points)
Hi Fiona,

Dont forget to vote today, if you have not done so already.

Out of curiosity, which profile did you connect to (question-mark)

Robynne

Hi Fiona, It was a hot day here in Texas today (upper 90's) with bright sunshine. Sounds like you have made a remarkable recovery from your surgery. Best of luck with finding the newspaper inquest report for the profile.

Hi Robynne

I voted last Tuesday which was Suffrage Day - the day women first got the vote in NZ. The profile I connected to was one you created from the Rebecca Gibney WDYTYA programme.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Way-1286

His wife, Olive, appears to be my second cousin twice removed! She is Lovell-1900 who connects to you through the Boyes, Cooper and Franklin families. It's a small world.

Sadly, I couldn't find the inquest report for John Way, but that's probably because he died two days after the accident so the cause of death would have been established.
Cool. So now you can say that the actress Rebecca Gibney is a distant relative of yours!!

I was telling my sister in our weekly Skype chat today that we are just 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth. She is very impressed. She loves that 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon thingy and while we are currently 20 + degrees from Kevin, we are LESS than 20 degrees from the Queen!!  I have a 3rd cousin who is a 6th cousin to Princess Diana!!
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Ditto to what everyone said.
Fiona--Congratulations!! there's nothing so magical as health and welfare within it. I'm in AZ too, but so far, "naturally" healthy, if not organic.  : >0 )=
Hi Roberta

Thanks for your kind comment. I'm actually in New Zealand and compared to what I see of the US, we are generally blessed with quality fresh food which does aid wellbeing. There is still a strong culture of growing and preparing fresh food and eating at home. We're also lucky to still have a public funded health system, which, while not perfect, does kick in during emergencies. The surgery and aftercare I had would have cost several hundred thousand dollars in the US.
Hi again,  Fiona, I'm so grateful for your notes. I dearly loved New Zealand, where I visited in my late 40s to visit a couple (both PhDs) in Auckland, with two girls. The place is like a living magical mystery tour for me, except my son, then about 11, went vegetarian after seeing so many trucks loaded with denuded sheep carcasses (our view from the top of a double decker). It took a doctor, years later, to get him back to eating animal protein.

Yes, it was a beautiful couple of weeks and a long painful air-ride to get there, or else I'd have returned several times by now, and for purposes of survival always adding a stop for a couple of days in Hawaii, and on the other end, somewhere, some island, of reasonable distance from where you are. We traveled north to a sheep farm, south to Rotorurah(correct spelling), and nearby to a chamber concert in a country home. Fascinating trees, streams, Carved buildings, and the beauty of the green hills dotted with happy feeding sheep, so white, with the oceans nearby when one looked for them.

Would you know, Fi, about how I can get an inquest report for a relative who died in the apartment of her lover and father of at least two of their children? in Germany, in the early 1800s, I think? He took care of her while she was ill or recovering from an accident.He lived just a few doors down from her apartment. I think he was married. His name was Franz Metzger and hers was Christina von Berg (or Berg with a middle name of Paulina) in Karlsruhe, DE.
I'm so pleased you had a nice time in New Zealand. I imagine sheep carcasses would be very confronting for a child who has never seen them before. We had a lifestyle block with animals, and I must admit, I was uncomfortable with eating our own animals and even now don't eat a lot of meat. On inquest reports - a lot of the early NZ ones were reported in the newspapers, so I had thought that as I had the date, I might have been able to find one. Here, the modern one are held in National Archives which is searchable. I have no idea how you would find a German one, but perhaps a question on G2G might be a starting point??
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Hi Keith,

After being away, I came back this week and found a lot of new things about Wikitree.  This week has been a learning process.  And I am getting ready for the Weekend-Source-Sprint and for next week Source-A-Thon.
answered by Guy Constantineau G2G6 Pilot (338k points)
Welcome back, Guy. Yes, there has been a lot of changes for the better recently. A lot has changed with the Greeters and the GEDCOM's.
Welcome back Guy we sure missed you around here, and yes things keep changing and improving (we hope) eeh. Have fun and good luck next weekend !

Guy, I am the leader  for Team Tennessee Source a thon next week and I am trying to recruit some more to do it so if any one wants to do it go to the web page http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Team_Tennessee_2017_September_Source_A_Thon

check our page here:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Team_Tennessee_2017_September_Source_A_Thon.

If you have register for the September 2017 Source a thon but haven't chose a team look at this page and if your are interested to join us leave a comment on the page with your bib number, your whole name, profile ID number, also your email address so you can be your own profile manager on this. Or you could email me this information to me at Linda Barnett llb_1@charter.net. If you want to register even go to the https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/462656/will-you-participate-the-source-thon-current-registrations?start=40#a_list_title to register. Then ask to be on Team Tennessee we still have room for you.

Did you know there's a new Source-a-Thon 2017 (first register here) organized for 30 September -2 October 2017 ? A huge event, to keep things organized we are going to work with teams again, since you're a member of our Project, perhaps you would like to join our Team Tennessee Team to help and source and improve Unsourced Tennessee profiles ?

We sure can use some help and you can win prizes, but the best thing of course is we are going to work on this together get as many as possible Unsourced profiles Sourced and improved and have a lot a fun ! :)

Greets,

The Tennessee Source-a-Thon Team

WikiTree profile: Space:Team_Tennessee_2017_September_Source_A_Thon and follow the instructions above. We would love to have you on the team. So that what I have been up to this weekend.

Welcome everyone to the weekend chat.

Sorry Linda,

I will be part of the Mighty Maple Leaves .... from Canada and will work on what I know best... French canadian profiles.

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Hello Cousins,

What a day.  Unpleasant people at my neighborhood social media site, holding a bickerfest about whether it's legal to shoot (at targets) on our property.  At one end of the bell curve, a lady who knows it's legal because she has lived up here 37 years. At the other end, a guy who quoted the county ordinance that forbids it.  You would think the guy on the right hand tail of the curve would have ended the argument, but no.  Facts no longer matter (except at WikiTree!). Inconsiderate people at the supermarket (including an employee).  Unpleasant inconsiderate people on the roads.  I feel extremely relieved to have arrived home safe without hurting anyone or doing anything to get thrown in jail.  OK enough of that.  Time to relax.

I got an e-mail saying his Dad matched to my DNA at GEDMatch.  I didn't recognize a single name in his tree, so I suggested the connection might be one of my brick wall gggps.  Maybe that will result in a wall coming down from the other side.  That would be too cool!

That's my story for this week.  My old dog and I are gonna lurk around for a while and start enjoying our weekend.  Hope y'all do, too!

Cheers,

Herb
answered by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
I agree times have changed and people can be rude and argumentive. But at WikiTree we all collaborate and do our best to be nice to each other. Be careful lurking you might get thrown in jail (just tell them the old dog did it!) or worse one of the target shooters might miss the target.
Herbert, sorry to hear about all of your fun. It sure does make for a long day when you have to deal with rude people. David is right times have changed and that is why I would love to find a place to just go hide. Only come out when I need something, as long as I have internet to keep doing WikiTree to stay busy I will do just fine.
Thanks, guys.  I knew better than to look at the neighborhood shooting thread, but I did it anyway.  As for the rest, I suppose there is a lot to be edgy about these days: disasters, wars, civil unrest, etc.  Dean, I hear ya.  My home is actually very much a hideaway kind of place.  As a self-employed person, I don't have to work with anyone with whom I don't get along, and vice versa.  I try to do my commuting and shopping during less busy hours, it just didn't work out this week.

It's always nice to spend some time here with my mega-extended family.  :)
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Ditto to what everyone said.
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Happy weekend everyone. It's been an uneventful week here, with nice fall weather.

This week I discovered that a friend who I had lost touch with is one of the officers of the local genealogy club. I might attend the next meeting, if my current health issues allow.

So even though I'm a WikiTree newbie, I figured it would be a good learning experience to participate in the Source-A-Thon. I'm looking forward to it. I was perusing some of the unsourced profiles. Wow! Those were pretty amazing people born in Iowa in the 1600s and 1700s!

Here's a thought for the week: How many times have you written last year as the date in January? I found both a state death record and headstone engraving for 1894. There were several newspaper articles about his accident, thrown from a wagon on Tuesday, Jan 8, 1895.
answered by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (199k points)

Best of luck with your first Source-a-Thon. Yes, one can find some unexpected facts at times while sourcing a profile. 

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You have to take headstones with a grain of salt. Both the headstone and the death certificate of one of my great-grandmothers (Pendergrass-249) say she was born in 1852 but she was in the 1850 census as a two-year-old!

Two in 1850 = 1852.  Or maybe 925.

 

Great grandma lied about her age so great grandpa thought he snagged a young bride.  My grandma did that - but someone caught it - like when she wanted to be eligible for social security.
I always thought Aunt Marian lied about her age so she would be younger than Uncle Fritz. Her baby spoon was engraved '96 but she was born in 1902. I found the answer in the 1900 census, where her mother was married in 1895 and was the mother of 3 children, 1 living (Uncle Warren).
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat and thanks for the interesting stories.
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Totally looking forward to the Source-a-thon next weekend! Lucy got her shirt. I finally got the vinyl in to get Emma's shirt out to her and get mine finished. :)

First week of my new full time job.... worn out! My feet and lower back are killing me! LOL The only part I liked the most that was new was working with the tube system in the hospital. Hoping it doesn't wear me out too bad before the SAT next weekend.

Tomorrow hoping for my friend to make it over to cook up a storm and we drink wine. :D Although before she makes it over I have to see about unloading and loading the dishwasher so she has plenty to work with! :)

answered by Charlotte Shockey G2G6 Pilot (925k points)
Amazing Charlotte, love the team shirts that's so cool, have a wonderful Sunday !
Thanks Bea! :) I can't wait to wear mine next weekend. You have a wonderful Monday (by now?). :)
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. The shirts are very pretty.
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I feel like I am Alice who has fallen down the rabbit hole and nothing is as you expect it to be....  

People are on edge and touchy (something Herb ran into in his neck of the woods too).  Our city is in turmoil and it is very sad.  

Several members of my family have been sick and I have been taking care of them or children as a result.  Which is ok but not planned.  

This is the busy time of year for my business and I am swamped which is a good thing (not complaining)... but it does take me away from WikiTree

I have put Halloween treat bags together for my 2 granddaughters who are getting them this weekend so they have some time to wear the Halloween festive clothing.  Oct is coming fast and this is a fun time of year.  

I am working on a different kind of puzzle for Halloween weekend.

I had a contingent of wonderful women at my home on Monday night and we had fun.. it was a great start to a week that went off kilter after that great start.  I cooked up a storm and we have had left overs in one form or another since.  Having another party this time on Sunday to celebrate my daughterinlaw's and husband's birthdays.  Fun for the whole family who hopefully are all well by then. Medicines seem to be kicking in and the adults are on the mend.The baby at 6 months yesterday just knows she does not feel right and it throws her off.  She just wants to be snuggled and rocked and coddled.  She slept in my arms a lot today but that locked me in place.  So I got nothing done but that is OK, she is worth it!  No temp but congestion.  Could be allergies.  But the little ones don't eat well or sleep well when congested.  Vaporizers do help.  She did get better later in the day in my filtered house so it could very well be allergies.

Tomorrow I do a Farmer's Market.  These are coming to a close soon.  But it gives me direct contact with people and I get lots of ideas from that one on one interaction with retail side clients.  

I have done virtually nothing with genealogy this week.  I hope to get something done tomorrow night...  I am itching to get some new finds for my family into WikiTree!  

Hope everyone has a great weekend and looking forward to hopefully more normalcy next week!
answered by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (492k points)
Sounds like you have had a very busy week, with no relief coming soon. You need to make sure you take some "me time" soon. Have a good weekend and enjoy the family.
Thanks Dean.  I am hoping for a return to more normalcy in the near future.
Hi Laura, Hope all get well soon and you get some rest and back to doing your WikiTree stuff. Have a great October and fun at the birthday party.
Thanks David!  These last few weeks have been so abnormal for me.  But life is full of odd things that happen.  It makes it interesting ... sometimes annoying... but always interesting...  

I just entered several people (3 generations) in the 1700s from one of my German lines.  Have been trying to get to these for weeks.  I feel like I actually accomplished something...  now I just need my cousin to look at what I did and let me know if I made any mistakes.  She is translating all of the German I am doing the WikiTree entry...
Welcome everyone to the weekend chat. Ditto to what everyone said.

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