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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Great to hear from everyone. See you next weekend!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
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Florida has no state income tax (it’s why folks are moving there from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Loads of history in South Carolina, Charleston, Beaufort, Upstate too, plus gas prices are MUCH lower than where you live, as are rent, sales taxes, services, etc. Georgia: Savannah history (plus they have a Scottish Games there!!). Actually, here’s lots of history all over. Just have to find your niche. smiley

Forgot to say, thanks for hosting Pip! laugh Now ease up on those outside chores - take advantage of that "lighter chores" list!

Born in Indiana, I was astounded to find first cousin marriages in my family tree. It wasn't until I researched it that I found only some states prohibit this.

Loved the Tommy Roe reference - had to go listen to the song on youtube lol

I would like to chat on weekend chat but not sure how to start -my name is Martha- interested in finding any one connected to Beaugh family from Louisiana
Welcome. Martha, that's a good start. You can also post what you are up to by answering the original post (Answer link just above the red text saying "Good morning, ....")
Hi! I am Jameson, a aspiring genealogist from Arlington, TX. My paternal grandfather's family is from Texas, my maternal grandmother's family is from Kentucky, and my maternal grandfather's family is from West Virginia, and before that Connecticut. If anyone can help me, that would be appreciated. Thanks, Jameson Jordan, Arlington, TX.
Hello Jameson from a fellow Texan!! It sounds like you know about some of your ancestors so just begin adding them to your tree. Eventually, you will find that one of your ancestors is already here so you will be able to just connect to that profile and then add what you know on it. Be sure to source profiles as you go. Come back to G2G and ask questions when you run into an unknown!

Welcome to WikiTree!!
Hi Jameson , I have relatives who left Louisiana to go to Texas, they would be either Beaugh , Richard < Savoie or Savoy ,or they may have different names now because they married -

                       Martha Beaugh Leger
David, hi, and with all that family of yours intermarrying, what has it done, if anything, to their individual doses of DNA? Has anyone commented on it?  (It would, I think, give me a spine chill if I discovered I had same.  Please tell me I'm a fraidy Kat. It's an old thought, but does it still pertain?

What are my first steps to finding out about it?)
Intermarrying ends up making lots of small segments that sometimes merge back together but it gets difficult to tell which comes from where. If there had been another couple hundred years then it would be much worse. Fortunately my paternal great grandmother's weren't as married in. One was a little but the other wasn't at all. Also, a pretty clean gene pool with a great many living into their 90s (a few into 100+ more recently).  For DNA research, it certainly complicates things. The longer a community intermarries, the more difficult it is to sort things out and some segments come to represent the community rather than individuals.
Doug, I do thank you for the clarity of your notes on intermarrying. The subject has created much controversy especially in a time when DNA research was not public. Few understand it now, but to have your information makes it far more accessible and understandable. I'll copy your note above into a sourced note in my home computer. Is there a better, more available place to remind me of the facts you state??

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Today is.....



On August 9th many enjoy their favorite dish on National Rice Pudding Day.

A variety of recipes exist for rice pudding. All of them include cooked rice as the base ingredient and combine a milk (such as cow’s, coconut, evaporated or cream) with bread. Sugar, molasses or honey gives the pudding a sweet taste along with other flavors such as vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Eggs hold the dish together and butter gives it a rich, creamy consistency. 

While many enjoy rice pudding as a dessert, it’s also ideal for breakfast or as a side dish. Add fruit, nuts, raisins or enjoy it with whipped cream. Since there are so many recipes for rice pudding, the opportunity to sample more than one presents itself

Dating back to the Tudor period, the earliest rice pudding recipes were called white pot.  One of the first-known methods was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615.

After being baked, serve the pudding hot or cold. Add fresh fruit, nuts or whipped topping. However, raisins are traditional. Other spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and even cayenne, add variety to rice pudding recipes. Citrus zests bring brightness to the dessert that can at times be rich and heavy to the palate.  Although most recipes call for sugar, alternatives include monk fruit, agave syrup or palm sugar. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRicePuddingDay

Have fun in the kitchen by trying this Rice Pudding Recipe and then share it with your family and friends!  Have a rice pudding bake-off and relish tasting the different recipes. Bake one large batch and offer a buffet of toppings. If there are any leftovers, server them up on Lazy Day! Use #NationalRicePuddingDay to post on social media.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
I have rice pudding in my refrigerator!  Mine is store-bought, but tasty.
Dang! I almost bought some yesterday.
One of my father-in-law's favourite breakfasts was a savory rice pudding made with chopped sausages instead of fruit, a dash of curry or cayenne, and just a touch of maple syrup.  I haven't made it in years, but now you mention it ...
I do like a good rice pudding.
I wish my mother was still here so I could ask her why she detested rice pudding and never fixed it. She also didn't like rice so I suspect that rice pudding might have been a common food when she was growing up.

Kay,  my mother never made rice pudding either. I've never cooked Rice Pudding.... not even sure I tried it at buffets.  

Just now asked my husband if he liked rice pudding  (married over 40 years) and he seemed perplexed.   His response was  "It's better than NO desert;  do I HAVE to have it?"   long pause  "It MIGHT be OK  with chocolate chips."   (Keep in mind,  he probably thinks I'm at the computer reading some census record and thinks this "rice pudding" question is a bit off track)......   

But I've been trying to stay open to new things.   Will give the recipe a serious look.   I do have the chocolate chips.

Mmm... warm rice pudding fresh right out of the oven. Maybe with just a slight bit of caramelized sugar ever so crispy on top. And a glass of ice cold milk to wash it down. Sounds good.
never was a fan of rice pudding -ate it at my Nanan`s house - maybe if it was flavored up a bit -I do like grits -is it simular to rice pudding - Martha
My Mom made a really good rice pudding - I haven't tried making it in years. Might have to try your recipe, Dorothy!
DOROTHY,  If you send a good recipe out, please send it to me too, that is, add it to your list.

I love rice pudding and didn't discover it until college, can you imagine. I think my mom was avoiding her non-roots Roots.
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I am spending today and tomorrow researching in the Missouri State Archives!
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (156k points)
May your mission be fruitful, Michelle!
Have a fun and productive day Michelle!
Have fun Michelle! I love onsite research. You never know what you will find that isn't online.
Best of luck. Archives are great!
Sounds like a perfect Saturday! I keep meaning to go to the big genealogy library here in Indiana, but it's a good 90 minute drive and I've got to make sure I'm prepared not only for the drive, but also have my research needs down so that I'm as productive as possible.

Have fun!!
Be sure to let us know what you find!
Good show, now that's how to spend a weekend!
Busy day and going back for more tomorrow.  While researching county records on microfilm, I wish they would keep the same clerk.  Every hundred pages or so they get a new clerk with different handwriting that you have to decipher.  They should only hire ones with the very best penmanship!
Clerk's with good penmanship should have been mandatory. I think the worst ones I ever hit were French church records where they got a new priest who was Irish. His phrasing in the records were a bit strange and occasionally threw in a straight latin word when he didn't remember the correct French one. That on top of bad handwriting. Find any good margin notes? Sometimes those are the most informative.
I live in MO and have been to them more than once.  Lots of buried treasures there!
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Weekend again! Sunny here so we will be out geocaching the State Park challenges. Makes it harder to keep my eBird streak going. I have been working on my mother's family. They don't get much attention being immigrants. Their family is not in the books and doesn't show up on Thrulines. I may learn something about records in the old country when I connect with the Galicia team leader. She has already deciphered info from the immigration records. I now know the home villages. The family all is from the region in Western Ukraine very near Poland. At various periods it was part of Austria or Poland. 23 and me DNA showed Poland.
by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (112k points)
I can’t imagine dealing with all the border changes in that area, Sue. I wish you success in your research!
Good luck, what the war didn't get the communists burned. Eastern European records are tough!
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I’m just back from a fabulous road trip! I spent time with relatives who are dear to me in Nova Scotia, and visited with newly-discovered ancestors in the graveyards of New Brunswick. Here’s the view from the house where my grandmother was born in Argyle, NS. 

This was where she entered the boat that took her to school or church, the only means of travel for this branch of the family for something like 150 years.

I collected starfish at Louis Head and Lockeport beaches, dined on hodge podge and scallops in Sable River, shared stories in Liverpool, gathered new information about Foreign Protestants in Lunenburg, NS, visited wineries in Wolfville, and shed a little light on a family mystery in Newcastle, NB.

 You can see that I traveled in style! Here I am parked at the site of the Battle of Fort Cumberland, in which several of my ancestors briefly joined the American Revolution November 1776. Its a 1998 Chevy van transformed into a RoadTrek camper with only about 240,000 km on it. Its been to places like Palm Springs CA, Prince Rupert BC, Saint John’s NF and Lakeland FL, in other words the length and breadth of North America, several times. Four can drive or dine inside, but only two can sleep comfortably. Luckily, there’s plenty of storage space for tents and air mattresses for any overflow passengers.

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 5 (58.5k points)
Your right, Laurie! Looks (and sounds) like a wonderful trip. Greats pics, too. I have an ancestor in New Brunswick, too, but alas, I have no idea where he’s buried.
Sounds like a good trip. We still plan to do it next summer. Did you make it north of the Miramichi?
What a great road trip. Combining travel and genealogy is always interesting.

Although our camper is much larger, it still fits the criteria of cocktails for 8, dinner for 4, sleeps 2.
Love road trips! We try to make it a point to randomly stop at a new graveyard each time and spend an hour or two just relaxing and looking around. It always amazes me that with so many cousins and names I'm now connected to that I can find someone with an interesting last name that I've either never heard of before, or just sounds too interesting, and I end up dropping them into my research bucket for future reference. Fun times.

Looks like you're set up for many many more adventures on the road.   Seems like you picked the perfect time for a ROAD TRIP!
Nothing like a good road trip!
That sounds like an interesting puzzle, Pip! Do you know where they lived? I've seen a number of North Carolina Loyalists who settled in New Brunswick, but not a lot of New Brunswickers who migrated to the southern states.  That's the sort of tidbit that might have left a breadcrumb in the newspapers etc.

@ Doug, I did! I still don't know where precisely my Robinson ancestors farmed in Newcastle and Bartibog, it seems they may have bought an existing property rather than a obtaining a land grant, but I did meander around the area early one morning, and have some lovely shots, like this.  Such a beautiful area!

Fantastic! I would love to get to the Maritimes. Both my son and hubby have ties there, plus it's just beautiful! Also I need to visit Peggy's Cove for obvious reasons.
You do!
Laurie, I’ve got a couple of land grant records, but there doesn’t seem to much more info than the acreage they got (one a direct ancestor and the other his brother).
Laurie, perhaps they bought the land my ancestors sold in Newcastle when the moved a bit further north. Pip, while most land grants didn't have much information, some did. One identifies father and son, the only clue to the parents of one of my ancestors. The group grants were also informative.
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Greetings Wikikin,

It has been so long. Two Fridays ago I was on vacation. All through that week and the following week, at any given time, several members of my family were sick. Thankfully, I didn't get sick until after we came home, but I spent most of last week working from home, and did very little genealogy.

Currently, {{Unsourced|Michigan}} is down to 79 profiles. Mostly hardcase Francoganders and some private and even unlisted profiles. I kind of wish private profiles with the tag didn't show up on the public list. I'm wondering what to do now. I will continue to whittle away at {{Unsourced|Michigan}}, but at this point I'm lucky to source one each day. {{Unsourced}} in Michigan has an endless supplu, but over 10k profiles is a bit discouragingly daunting.
by Thomas Fuller G2G6 Mach 5 (59.3k points)
edited by Thomas Fuller
Sorry to hear about the illnesses in your family (you included), Thomas.

The more profiles you source, the harder it is to get the last ones done. But I gotta hand it to you, you’ve done an excellent job reducing those unsourced Michigan profiles.

Hope  "the bug" has worked it's way through and out of your life.....   Being a germophobe,  I might have deserted the family when they started getting sick! devil  (Well, perhaps I wouldn't have abandoned children.)    

I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the mountain of unsourced profiles in my region too. I try to take it in manageable steps. Sometimes I focus on a community, other times a family, whatever feels right. I find this approach sometimes induces others to help.  Either way, its nice to be able to cross a chunk off the list from time to time.   Kudos for making the investment in Michigan!

For anyone who is sourcing, if you are not already part of the Monthly Sourcerers' Challenge I invite you to join us.  Every unsourced profile that gets sourced improves the tree.  

This month's thread for August Sourcing is 


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Happy Friday to all! Hope you have a wonderful weekend smiley

It's been a rather nice week though I didn't get as much writing time as I wanted. How is it that retirement life is so busy? Finally got my meeting minutes for Friends of the Library done and emailed (should have been done 3 weeks ago!). Attended meetings for my writing group and healthy community this week too.

Had a nice, long phone conversation with my daughter Tess yesterday - her birthday. She's a very busy person so we don't get to chat often.

Monsoon season continues here with gorgeous mornings and cloudy, rainy afternoons. The desert is lovely as it turns green kiss

WikiTree: Still working on Zebulon Rice's family. Finished the lengthy biography on his grandson Levi Whipple who was a town co-founder along with my 3rd great grandfather. 

Zebulon's information has been a challenge which I'm sure many of you can appreciate. His holding was originally in Upton, Massachusetts and later became part of Westborough. At some point in time it was in Middlesex County then later in Worcester County. I searched through both county histories trying to glean info.

Like so many of our ancestors, the family didn't remain in one place.They moved to Brookfield, and the marriages of his three youngest daughters are recorded there, or so I think lol Unlike many other vital records of the time period, Brookfield doesn't include parents on the marriages.

I found sources for his daughter Zerviah's marriage to Alexander Oliver. Now I'm trying to find sources for Susanna's marriage to Ephraim Potter and Rachel's marriage to John Hill. While these are recorded in Brookfield, I'm not sure if these are Zebulon's daughters.

Thanks to the help of Rob, the Dr. John Matthews profile looks much better. I no longer cringe when I read it, though I still don't agree that Martha is one of his children lol

I hope to finish up this branch of the Rice family this week so I can return to my Mathews ancestors :)

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 1 (18.2k points)
Gotta admire your stick-to-itiveness, Diane. Moving families is hard enough. Moving borders drives me nutz!

You've done a great job keeping this family separate from the other Zebulon Rice, Diane!  I had a quick look in AmericanAncestors and see your challenge - most of the records are for the other family.

I don't see any clues to death or probate records, just one tidbit that serves to confirm the genealogy you note about the move: he is on the tax records in Brookfield in 1750, published in Volume 20, page 160-61 of NEHGR: https://archive.org/details/newenglandhistor020wate/page/160.  

Thanks bunches, Laurie. I appreciate your comment. I'm going to add your info to Zebulon's profile.

I almost popped down a rabbit hole this morning while I was sourcing his son-in-law Alexander Oliver's profile. My Alexander moved to New York after the war but I found another who went with the Ohio Company of Associates. (This isn't as far fetched as it might at first seem because one of the siblings could have followed Persis and Rufus Putnam to Ohio.) Anyways I caught myself in time without making the profile a muddle.

What is really strange is that both Alexander Olivers had 11 children!
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Darkness falls over New York City as four large shadows jump from rooftop to rooftop. They're quick, agile and move with ninja-like precision.Their weapons gleam in the moonlight and strike their foes hard and fast before returning to the shadows.Where did they come from? Why does the Foot Clan fear them? Why is their NES game so damn hard to beat?! No one knows for sure. Named after the fathers of the Renaissance by their sensei Splinter, four mutated turtles named Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael  and have finally been reunited on WikiTree.

Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

How are we doing? I created a page for Raphael for WikiTree since I saw we didn't have one. It annoyed me for a while, so I thought I would ask about it in g2g. I was given the go-ahead to make it. So, I did. What I didn't know was that I had to create a free-space bio first. Yeah...That was fun. I created a bio and Eowyn copy pasted it into the profile. The awesome and talented M Silva put in a few of Raph's paintings.

The hardest part of course was to keep Raphael's page umm...G rated considering his lifestyle. Watch the Epic Rap Battle of the TMNT vs the Fathers of the Renaissance and you'll get my meaning. Let's just say he lived hard and died young.

What's funny is that he butted heads with Leonardo Da Vinci QUITE a bit. Kind of like how the turtles behave. Talk about art imitating life. I still say sais are like the most ineffective ninja weapons.

Donatello's biography looks kind of sparse. Come on, guys. Give the guy with the purple bandanna a break will ya?! 

In other genealogical news, I fixed a few things on this profile on Find a Grave as she was my 2x great-grandmother's sister: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/167447003/mariarosa-stella-giampa 

That got a few responses from some people. So now I am talking shop with her. That is cool. =D I also e-mailed the commune office to see if I can get some information on the family. It would be very helpful if I could get something. ANYTHING on them. Weddings would be nice. Births would be great, too. As would deaths. Kinda morbid but then we're all talking about dead people here.

Here's my blog post for this week: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/08/52-ancestors-week-32-sister.html All about little old Italian ladies (TM). I miss 'em so much. I have one Italian great-aunt left.

On the non genealogical front, I helped my parents with the boat this week. We had to refuel it and I was tasked with going on the bow and taking care of the lines there. Not fun as the walkway is kinda narrow. Still, we had a good time at the seafood restaurant afterward. If you have the chance, check out Starboard Galley in Newburyport. So good!

That's it from me this week. Enjoy the TMNT profiles and the sly TMNT reference on Raphael's page. >=) Totally want to play a TMNT game. Best game was the 4 person arcade game. Second only to the X-Men one.

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (250k points)
A good a blog as you’ve ever written, Chris, and especially the moral of the story. Ask the older generation NOW! I have only me tape recording of my grandfather, and wish I had done more of those. Most of his old stories of kin and times long ago are in my head. I’ve gotta get them down!
Thanks, man. I say get those stories typed out while they are fresh in your mind. =)

How ya like the Raph profile?

Well done with the bio! Now to connect him! laugh

I already named dropped his parents and they do have Wikipedia profiles. Soooooooooooooooooo...........

*nudges Pip* Get to it!

Once again you bedazzle.   And Raphael is smiling (though perhaps not in his WikiTree profile)..
No problem. =) I might draft one for Donatello later this week. We'll see. And then finally make the Jack Kirby profile I've been putting off.
I can tell you had fun with the TMNT stuff!  

Not sure its fair to toss the ball and the nudge Pip to complete it.  I say carry on, sir!
LOL. Of course I did. =D
Ah, but how many people remember that TMNT started as a Daredevil spoof?  Raphael was always my favorite.  (I have the original issues...)
I did! I just wish I had the original comics. I do have the movies, though on vhs.
Your comment about the effectiveness of the sai in a melee prompted much discussion between my son and daughter.  Son believes that the sai IS effective at close range if used to deflect swords.  I have no opinion in the matter.

Every night in our prayers for the dead, I name the four Renaissance painters and save Raphael for the end, knowing that son will jump in and say "Raphael."  Considering his biography, he does need our prayers.
Hahaha. Sais do work close range. But, going against the likes of a katana or a murmasa blade would be difficult.

I think I'll work on Donnie's profile soon. We'll see.
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Happy weekend.

We are back home after a month long trip to visit family and do some genealogy research. I am catching up on things at home, and canning tomatoes.

We had great weather and a very good visit with family. Unfortunately I didn't find any unexpected records at the Cornell University Rare Manuscript collection, but the staff there are fantastic. We were able to ride by the farmhouses, still occupied, for two of my gg grandparents. Our dog Molly helped us explore the cemetery where gg grandparents and many of their children are buried. She is checking out the children who died prior to 1843.


On WikiTree I have been filling out some profiles for those who married ancestors; there will be a couple who will make connections to the tree. Yesterday was frustrating working on a guy who married 4 times, and one of his daughters married William Miller -- which led me to try to add some dates and locations for a couple dozen William Miller.

by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (229k points)
Molly looks great at finding a shady spot.    Glad you were able to take her on your trip!

I love cemetery excursions.
Cute dog!
Sounds like my kind of vacation Kay!  

As a child, before Walmart and TimHortons, churches and graveyards were the best road-trip picnic spots.  Maybe that's part of the reason I got hooked on this stuff.  Like Molly, I was always drawn to the children, and had great fun imagining how each lived and died, and whose spirit might be lingering ...
Great pic! I’m not even at this cemetery and I’m already curious. I have a hard time driving by one, even if it’s not my folks buried there. Glad you’re home safe and sound, Kay!

My ggg grandmother Mary Rood is buried here, as is her daughter Mary Woodworth and her husband and several children. The tall stone behind Molly is Mary Rood and the small stones are some of the children. The mosquitoes were voracious. The cemetery is on a country road and you either park in someone's driveway or on the road into the cornfield. 

Two interesting tidbits for the cemetery...the genweb description http://www.cayugagenealogy.org/cem/cem33.htm and the deed "New York Land Records, 1630-1975," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WK-HGPY?cc=2078654&wc=M7CM-GTB%3A358133001%2C359035301 : 22 May 2014), Cayuga > Deeds 1829-1830 vol KK-LL > image 392 of 584; county courthouses, New York. On 7 May 1823 David Meech and Betsy his wife of Cato deeded land, for $30, on lot 32 in the town of Cato for the sole purpose of the recipients and their heirs to use as a burial ground. Those named as recipients included: Ebenezer M. Morehouse, Joseph Blackmore, Elias Dean, David Morehouse, Michael Ogilsbie, Joseph Cerow, John Abrahams, Isaac Abrahams, Jotham Sturges, William Sturges, Abraham Lamphear, Elijah Gates, Solomon Woodworth, John Spinning, Benjamin Spinning, Eleazer Squire, John Evans, Thomas Winter, Samuel Ceron, and Lawrence Meach.

The children: sad. The deed: fantastic! I already love this cemetery!
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Greetings WikiKin!

Lovely warm summer weather continues here in New Mexico, with daily rain showers and nice cool mornings.  Not much WT activity for me again this week, as other matters have absorbed all my attention.  But I haven't forgotten y'all, and I will be back down the rabbit holes soon!

Meanwhile, here is a gem for all you WikiTreasures.  Shine on, my friends!

Diamond by Jeremy Shafer (or maybe a sapphire)



by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (518k points)

For Lynetteheart

A Beryl cut by Dad...found on the Willows Gemfields, Central Queensland.

Morning Peggyheart

For you...two garnets with pink fake stone in between.

Mine is the redder one from Far North Queensland, Dads is the blacker one from South Queensland.

Have a great dayyes

Morning Pipsmiley

These Sapphires, two blue and one green, were found in Sapphire near Rubyvale and Anakie on the C.Q Gemfields were Buddies was filmed.

Have a Specktacular Dayyes

G. Weekes Gem Cutter 

Wow Herbert your sapphire is perfect compared to my attempt called "spontaneous stones".
Certainly looking beautiful.

Incredible stones, Sharon!  yes  Your dad had serious talent, and it looks like he passed it on to you.

Thanks, Nicole!  smiley

Patient man like you it seems Herbyes

Looking good!

Thanks, Laura!  smiley

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Thanks for hosting again Pip!    Glad you're working through your shoulder injury.

Weather is great here in Catoosa County, Georgia.   Still getting intermittent rain and moderate temperatures for this time of year.   Grass is still green and more mowing than we're accustomed to is required.

On the Genealogy Front;   Last Tuesday I was contacted by a woman from Utah,  through my ancestry.com account.  She had bought some TinType photos from the late 1800s, at an antique store.  The people in the photos were actually identified!   The photos were of my GG GrandParents' daughter, (Rebecca Ann McReynolds) , her daughter Gracie and Gracie's family.  Anyway,  the pictures are being mailed to me so I can scan and post them to their WikiTree profiles.  I'm especially interested in Rebecca Ann McReynolds because she's buried near my GG Grandparents in the McReynolds Cemetery at Shoal Creek Township, Logan County, Arkansas..... she died circa 1890, in her early 20's.    I've always noticed her grave and the grave of her young daughter Virgie.    It will be odd to actually see a photo of her.

Absence due to Travel:  Last weekend my husband and I went to the northern Rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado.   We met about 6 other college friends to spread the ashes of Jace Rexroad.  My husband has known Jace since 1970,  I met them in 1971.   Jace married Janet in 1973.     While Jace's memorial was last January,   Janet is organizing two trips to spread his ashes....   This was the first trip.

Seems the altitude in Gunnison County, Colorado,  is difficult on old people who live at about 780 feet above sea level.  In Colorado, we were staying at about 8500 ft....resulting in naps in the late mornings AND late afternoons.

Have a great weekend everyone!

by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
Wow, you are right in the state line. Still west of us a “few piece.” What a gold mine you got there with this old tintypes! How cool is that... that someone would find these and contact you!

This reminds me of books I’ve bought or gotten from family members. If there’s a name in the book, I go hunting. I’ve actually be able to send a few to folks who were most appreciative!
Those pictures were a marvellous find, Peggy, and your Utah contact truly a good Samaritan.

She will certainly get credit for the photos....... she works with a group that does this routinely.....   More details to come,  when I post the photos!    I suggested she join WikiTree and create a  "project" for their work.


Isn't it great to return these valued items?!   So far,  I haven't taken action on photos I see at estate sales,  because the names aren't known  .....  However, when my older relatives have died,  my cousins know to give me the older photos and letters..... the documents are certainly scanned and posted.   Last year, my cousins and I found a letter in our deceased aunt's papers.   It was from a WWI soldier, written while in action in France and mailed to my great aunt in Arkansas...   We were able to locate the soldier's son, who was still living, and he was very pleased to get the letter.

So much to do to preserve our history.
I don’t know how my grandparents ended up with it, but they had a letter written by a nephew, not written to them, and I knew his grandson, so after I made a copy I met up with him and handed him the original. It was from while his grandfather was in WW I.
I'll bet you can still see his smile when he got the letter grandfather wrote!
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Hello All - glad it's HAPPY FRIDAY time again.

It's been a very busy week at work, but nearing that time when the whistle will blow and we'll all rush out to join the masses on the roadways. Yesterday was more fun than I could handle, as I merged into rush hour traffic on the way home and came to a screeching halt in the middle of the highway along with I'm certain a thousand other cars. Unbeknownst to me, a semi-truck several miles ahead had been roasting in flames for at least a little while, and traffic was backed up considerably due to the risk to other vehicles from the very large Car-B-Que going on (would that make it a Truck-B-Que?).

So my 15-30 minute commute home crawled a few feet at a time and unfortunately once I realized exactly what I was headed into, there was no escape. Over 2 hours later, I pass the burnt husk of a semi, the trailer essentially nothing but ashes, the cap severely burnt but somewhat intact, and I can tell why traffic at it's peak time going from 5 lanes down to 1 essentially turned the road into a parking lot. All I can say is that I hope that today's a bit better. Maybe I should take the side roads home and just accept that it takes 30 minutes longer that way.

Regardless, it's CORN ROAST time of the year! This weekend, the local farmers get together with the local church out in the middle of farm-land and they offer a wonderful meal for a somewhat reasonable price, and it's a bit of an all-you-can-eat corn, along with a sandwich, other veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pie for dessert. This year is their 60th Annual Corn Roast, so it's definitely a successful venture for both the church that sponsors it and the farmers that provide the crops. I'm going to try to avoid needing to be rolled away from the table this year, as it makes for a rather uncomfortable drive going home - so we'll see how successful I am at that.

Looking forward to church this Sunday, where I now get the honor of teaching adult Sunday School each week. I'm finding it's more fulfilling now that I spend my time studying to make sure I'm ready for class rather than sitting and just receiving instruction - but I guess that's my philosophy overall. You always get more out of something if you put something back into it.

Oh well - hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!!
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
Drive safe Scott,  so  you can enjoy your weekend too.

The Corn Roast description made me hungry.
One of my mentors told me that the best way to learn is to teach others, and I've discovered that to be true in my case as well.  

Why do I feel like corn for supper?
Teaching is always better than listening, Scott! You gotta know your stuff in prep for those sideways questions.

I was on my way to my daughter’s wedding this past January, and hit traffic like yours. A semi didn’t take the on ramp at an appropriate speed and rolled on its side on our side of the interstate. Glad we got an early start!
The corn roast sounds great, and much better than the truck roast.
The freeway by me has a nasty hill+curve combination... last week there was an accident and while ambulance and fire trucks were on the scene a dump truck came down the hill and plowed into the whole group.  Amazingly no one was killed, but there were some serious injuries.  Traffic was tied up for hours.
The corn roast was wonderful. Had a small ham sandwich, green beans, cole slaw, fresh tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and of course... corn on the cob. Plus a big brownie for dessert and iced tea to wash it all down with. I made it through 3 ears of corn before I ran out of room. My wife prepared better than me, and took the bread off her sandwich, ate some of the meat, and downed 6 ears of corn. Good time had by all. We took 6 ears home to cook and eat later on in the week.

You're tormenting us!!!!   I'm going to search out fresh corn first thing in the morning.    

Glad you Friday commute was uneventful.
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It's been a busy week working outside. A bit too hot but we had to get the weeds whacked and the field cut. Tomatoes starting to ripen and green and wax beens being harvested and processed. Tomatillo started to ripen so jams and salsas will start next week.

We returned the looms we had on loan for the weaving class and walked out with a loom that we had been eyeing for weeks. It also looks like I'm going to have to finish the basement. Have put that off successfully for 20 years but will probably need a place for weaving since it now will take over part of my art studio.

Genealogically, have started working on my French Canadian lines. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has a researching Québec ancestors class that is online. I also have started cleaning up some GEDCOM merges to my New Brunswick lines that were done in the past week or so. The more times I do that the more I feel GEDCOM imports should be banned or at least significantly revamped.

Well, back to weed whacking.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
Tomatillos ... yummm.  I feel some salsa verde on my corn. Who'd have thought G2G would be good for my diet?

Maybe we could find a way to append the GEDCom info so it is added below the existing bio, like a "See also"
My wife is a salsa lover and can eat both. If we go out, it’s salsa verde; at home it’s salsa roja. A win-win for her!

20 years is a long time to put off a project. Fortunately for me, Doug, I’ve never lived in one place for that long since I left home after college, so now I can use you as an excuse (that won’t fly around here!): “Well, Doug hasn’t done his basement for 20 years. What’s the rush?”
Pip, haven't had a need for using the basement for more than storage until now. Well, it also holds the bookcases for the library that houses our ever growing book problem.  Now that a big floor loom seems to be calling, might need one more room.
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It's cloudy today and not as hot as the past few days,  

As far as project, lately I've been trying to get rid of my non-sourced profile; except that I have a bit if a problem. It's been a while since I've had to reset my computer and when that happened a few days ago I couldn't find the sheet of paper where I had the info written. So now I need to find where I can go (if possible) to find the items. I think I know what my email address is, but not my password.

BTW, My wife and I keep our hair died and we did it today. Nothing exciting, but I figured I'd mention it.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (395k points)
edited by Dave Dardinger
I feel you, Dave.  I had to go back and re-source a bunch of my early contributions as well, figure I learned the hard way to source as I go.  

I used to die my hair to tone the red down, but now I have more salt than pepper, I've given up the goop.  

One day you'll feel like letting the natural colour show, but there's no hurry!
Dave, my hair is dyeing itself... gray.
+13 votes
Hi all,

on the weather front we got a bit more rain here in Germany this week, and yes, it is still much needed.

On the personal front I am going tomorrow with mum to the summer party of the Esperanto-club, they party at the house of the current president, who is a distant relative of me. He lives in a town that is made of several villages, and my relatives are mainly in the neighbor village, but he also has some connections to there. We still have to figure out where exactly is our link but maybe we will get that tomorrow. I still have to make a list of my surnames in that village to have that handy in my cellphone.

I wonder if I had on the genealogy front a little overkill in July when I made more than 1500 contributions. Currently I do something regularly but by far not as much as I did last month. I am still attempting to connect the siblings Scholl. This is currently my dearest project, but once I have them connected I will orphan all the profiles I created in that cluster. Currently those are more than 100. And when I don't want to be frustrated with the Scholls and their life in one little German village I never heard of before I started that project I turn back to my grandmaternal family and to my personal category "Needs profile created". There I don't have to look for sources and can make profiles really fast.

Btw Pip, I can easily understand that your head is dizzy of all those Owens, McCalls and Galloways. My head would get dizzy as well.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (239k points)
Your summer party sonas amuzo, Jelena!

I'm starting to put names for places in my celfone also.  Google Keep seems to work well.
I forgot about your Esperanto connection, Jelena. I remember your mom speaks it, but can’t remember if you do.

Funny how genealogy will take you to a place, geographically speaking, that you’ve never heard of. Happens to me, too!

Have a rockin' Weekend Jelenaheart

Pip, I understand Esperanto quite well, but I don't really speak it. Mum says: "If she has to she can speak it a bit."
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Thanks for hosting Pip!

Our weather is hot and humid maybe 32/90 by day but its the humidity, maybe 80 to 90%  The huge upside is that the water is pefect for swimming: today I'm showing 27.8c or 82 F - like a bathtub.  Took the 4 year old for a swim in the sea at 20:00.  I like to go at sunset as we get to watch the sky turn colors and all of the city lights come on - it makes for beautiful swimming.  Tonight the sea was very flat, we swam out about 300 meters/yards and stayed out for about an hour and then came in to play in the waves for another hour.  Met some friends on the boardwalk and didn't get in until 23:00.  After a quick rinse she was asleep before her head hit the pillow.

On the genealogy front, still reaping the rewards of the connect-a-thon.  I wrote about it here:


In that thread I wrote that I had just confirmed/discovered:

Confirmed one 4x great-grandparent, 
Confirmed two 5th great-grandparents, 
Confirmed one 6th great-grandparent, 
Discovered two 6th great-grandparents, and  
Discovered one 7th great-grandparent.

Just before the swim I found even more:

Discovered two 8th great-grandparents, and|
Discovered two 9th great-grandparents.

And the best thing: they're all well sourced.  I'm just in genealogy heaven these last 3 days.  Will be a week just building profiles and putting in the data and sources.

Brick wall broken + 4 more generations.

Additionally, the 7th great-grandfather is a Revolutionary War veteran.  He was a junior officer, first an Ensign and later a 2nd Lieutenant.  I've discovered a lot of veterans in my tree but this is the first veteran officer that I've ever found in my tree (except for me).  So, just super pleased as punch and really excited to do some writing this weekend!

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (615k points)
Haha, and I'll be swimming at 07:00 - I have to be out of the water before the UV gets too strong. Between us we could keep the kids pretty tired out.

Its nice to hear you're galloping through the generations!
My wife is he same: she's a lark and I'm an owl.  01:25 now and I just entered the DAR source for my 6x great-grandpa.  Need to get to bed, but the WT force, it just pulls me back in!
That, SJ, is about a good amount of “finds” in a short time as I’ve ever seen. Glad for you!
Wow, to find at this amount of greats so many ancestors in a couple of weeks, that is really wow
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Thanks for hosting, Pip!!

Yes, I am squeezing in one more Friday chat before my trip and absence from WikiTree for six or seven weeks!

We spent this past week buying out Costco, Walmart and the local grocery stores. Then loading onto the boat, bagging and freezing, stowing canned and packaged things into every nook and cranny. This morning we topped off the fuel tanks (Gulp) and then came back to our slip. Weather, wind in particular, is supposed to blow really hard tonight and at least part of tomorrow so we will watch and leave when it lays down.

Meanwhile, on the genealogy front, I have been working on my Germanna Thoma/Thomas profiles - trying to add more sources, etc. I have also printed out parts of my WikiTree lines and some source information  to work on while offline. Maybe I will be more focused on just these few lines and, not being on the internet, won't fall down as many rabbit holes!!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (171k points)

Hope you have a great cruise Virginia!   I think you'll get so much work done offline, that you'll deserve wine every day around 5. There are some really good restaurants in the marinas in these islands: like this one

Thank you, Laurie. We have heard about Genoa but have never been in there. Will have to add it to our "to visit" list!! And yes, it is almost always 5 o'clock somewhere!!

Ginny, when you can, keep us posted and don’t forget the photos! smiley

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The weekend is starting slow on the overcast and muggy day here in Vancouver BC.

Last weekend was our 5th wedding anniversary and we had a little picnic in the park where the wedding was held.

Next weekend will be my son's 30th birthday.

These happy events remind me that all of this will be part of our story that we will leave behind for others to discover and know us through. Just like we create these stories of past generations that hopefully will live on and be a source of joy and connection for younger and future generations!

So my tip for the day, enjoy the journey, in your own life and when delving into the lives of the past. Your contributions here are your gift to the future generations.
by Peggy Watkins G2G6 Mach 3 (30.5k points)
You are so right Peggy!   I'm waving at you from Vancouver Island, then I'm going to sign off and have dinner on the patio with my dear old Dad. We can reminisce, and with your reminder, maybe make some new memories too.
Sounds like a perfect anniversary to picnic in the park.  (Provided the weather agrees.)

I've found delving into the past of our ancestors is not only a gift to future generations,  but it's a perfect gift for the one's you know....... they seem amazed that you devoted time to their ancestors!  (Perhaps not realizing that we do this research for our own pleasure.)

To many many more anniversaries.
Thanks, Laurie and Peggy!
Congratulations on your anniversary, Peggy!
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Kia Ora, from Top of the South, New Zealand. Firstly, thanks for hosting, Pip. You do a sterling job keeping this community connected. On gardens - stone mulch is very popular here too, and it keeps bark etc. out of the waterways if there is flooding. It can be difficult to plant through though and smaller stones were easier to rake around.

It's a pouring wet day here and the forecast is not good for the South Island. We had snow on the hills up behind us last weekend, but it is winter although the magnolias are just starting to open. On the genealogy front, I'm down a rabbit hole at present from my Connect-a-Thon work. I've found a whole unsourced family whose ship the Monarch originally limped in to Akaroa in 1850. There were nine children so you can imagine just how many profiles there are. We are blessed in NZ though with excellent free resources so it just takes time, and I love learning about a different settlement.
by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
Hi Fiona,

Nice to hear from a WikiTree-er from New Zealand! A place of fascination for me, one, because it's beautiful and, two, my great grandmother was born there (and I knew her when I was a child). Meet Mabel Zealandia Powell!

What a lovely, detailed profile, Peggy. Featherston is a place I know quite well because my grandmother and her parents lived there about the same time as Mabel. It's highly likely they knew each other. It's a small world!
That's so cool, Fiona!

What I remember about my granny Powell is her funny sayings. My favorite was: "This tea is so weak it has to lie down and take a nap!"
Fiona, the Connect-a-thon did the exact same for me, a rabbit hole in a new area for me. All of my personal research has been pretty localized in about four counties in North Carolina, so it was a nice break to visit my new son-in-law’s geographic ancestry, Williamsburg, South Carolina.

Speaking of your wonderful, beautiful country, a friend of mine, an Anglican priest, visited NZ some 30 years ago, never went back, but has such fond memories of his trip he wants to retire there.
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One week from today, God willing and the river don't rise, we will be spending our first night in our new home.  Poulsbo, WA.
by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (375k points)
Looking forward to planting new roots and meeting the local genealogy community.
We left Bristol, RI on April 11th and we have been living in motels, hotels, AirB&B's, VRBO's and the lovely TownPlace Suites in Vancouver, WA which almost made me rethink buying a house.  We have been in some Dives and some wonderful places.  We really need this week to go smoothly as the process getting here has been unusually rough.
Congratulations on your new home, Michael.
About time! But an adventure, too. I’m really glad for you, Michael.
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Once actual weekend after a month, 120 hours down in my end of degree project, and a quiet (but damp day) after a marathon effort yesterday afternoon/evening.

Managing to get a few things done on here
by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (129k points)

You must be exhausted, Richard. Enjoy your weekend! Don’t waste it on chores! smiley 

"End of degree project"  sounds pretty great!!!   Will you have to make modifications based on comments OR is this it???  

We like to celebrate so just say when!!!

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