Notables September 2019

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

If you are interested in people who are famous, notable, noted, significant, important, historic, heroic, or otherwise fascinating, then the Notables Project might be for you! 

The idea behind this post is for anyone who needs help with connecting Notables to the tree to post to this thread and ask for help, or if you want to tell us whom you have successfully connected up, or if you want to join the Notables Project and get a badge.

Besides checking out the Notables Project page, don't forget to take a look at the Notables List page, where you can find lists of Notables who have profiles which aren't yet connected to the main tree. (For ideas on way to connect unconnected people and branches, see the Hints and Tips on the Connectors Chat page.)

Please remember to concentrate on those Notables who have already passed (died), so that we can see their profiles. If you create a profile for a living Notable, that profile WILL GO UNLISTED and noone can see it except for the PM and anyone on the trusted list!

And remember - Notables should have a Wikipedia page at the very least to qualify. And they should be DEAD! If you manage a profile for any living notable, would you please replace any Notables categories on that profile with [[Category:Living Notables]]? That could clear out a lot of profiles that people can't work on from the various Notables categories, and also keep all the living notables in one place to make them easy to find, should the need arise.

Wikipedia has a list of those who died Last month.August 2019

in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (621k points)

I added a notable todayjust missing a photo from what I can see

Looks nice, Steph. Thanks!
Scott, I added a Notable sticker to John Davy MD (Davy-1174), the brother of notable Sir Humphry Davy. I also added a Cornwall sticker to Sir Humphry Davy (Davy-458). Please check them out! Thanks, Carol
Hi Carol - I did check out John Davy and am reminded from reading his bio that many scientific discoveries are built on the brickwork of those who laid the foundation. He sounds like one of those bricklayers, whose work may not have resulted in an incredible scientific breakthrough on his own, but without it, many discoveries may have never happened. We get so used to today's "age of wonder" where discoveries that used to take lifetimes now we agonize over them if they take decades. We theorize that we'll defeat the horrific diseases of our generation, and we may just succeed. But back then, if you were able to use the crude equipment available to you, and make advancements in the field, those were HUGE to the others in the scientific community that could then build on what you did and carry it forward. I daresay that could he look forward and see what the results of his research were, he would be satisfied with the work he had done.

And amazingly, Humphry Davy is very similar. His work with electricity and the electric lamp is certainly the foundation work needed for others like Edison to carry it forward, refine his work, and build a better lamp - which we have continued to refine and use today. It does appear that his discoveries have been recognized, which is nice when someone lays that foundation and others go out to acknowledge it.

Nice pair of profiles - good work, Carol!
Thank you so much, Scott, for your wonderful recognition of John Davy as a Notable. These particular profiles are a lot of work; however, it is important to make sure that these people are recognized for their contributions.

Yes, John helped his Notable brother Humphry Davy with his early experiments and even helped to 'prove' them when he was a young lad. It was wonderful to see brothers in science help each other without competition and with collaboration! I would think that Humphry would be pleased with his baby brother's accomplishments in science and medicine and support his Notable recognition.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to check out these two Notable profiles.

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I am currently helping a friend with her family tree. A notable, Recy (Corbitt) Taylor is a part of her family. Her parents are Bennie Corbitt and Alma Culver. Alma's parents are Albert Culver and Cornelia Nelie Lynn. Cornelia's parents are Edmund Lynn and Winnie McClain. I can fill in the information from Recy to Winnie with many family members in-between.

I am not a member of the notables project but would like to add the information I've gathered on this family, with sources, to Wikitree if that is ok? Thank you!

by Pattie Plummer-Everett G2G4 (4.9k points)
Sure that is OK!! Go for it Pattie!!!

Just as long as you can show some sources, it would be great to have this Notable finally connected. I see that this profile is almost 2 years old!!!
Yeah! Thank you so much! I'll add her bio as soon as I clean up one of her relatives profiles (switching his sources from Ancestry to freely accessible ones).

I've added profiles for her husband, daughter, and granddaughter, from FindAGrave and FamilySearch.
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I am in for this month
by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (384k points)
Glad to have you on the team, Linda. And always great to have you here on the post!
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Oye, Oye! Yes, I would be interested in joining the Notables Project, after learning about George Eastman being an ancestor. It’s especially ironic since I was an Eastman Kodak employee when living in the Rochester area. So I will add another tag to my profile.
by David Charbonneau G2G3 (3.5k points)
I also had a look on my connection to Eastman. He is a cousin of the husband of my Texas cousin. That's relationwise nearly the closest I have ever found to date.
Welcome to the Notables Team!
Hi Scott, thank you so very much for your review and very kind words of support. They mean a lot as does your hard work. I felt strongly that John got lost in his brother's light when, indeed he had a light of his own. John even helped Humphrey prove his experiments. Again, thank you so much!
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It's been a busy month so far. I decided to go back to look over neglected Notables and started at the "A's" and see what I could find. So far I'm only to Abruzzo and I've come across several that were created with no family at all. Sad, but it happens.

So I've connected:

and just this morning:

and after my friend Eddie King suggested one of the Holocaust survivor "Ritchie Boys", I also connected:

I still wasn't able to connect Toni Morrison, so I might take another shot at her, and I've still got to do some of my own tree improvements. Looks to be a very busy month ahead. 

If anyone would like to do something similar (improve sad Notables) it's fairly easy to select the Notables category, pick a letter of the alphabet, and go on the hunt. The little pop up makes it easier to see who is missing parents and such. Happy Hunting!

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
Congrats Scott.

Thank you for all the great work you do for the Notables.

Thanks, Robynne!

Guess I should stick Toni's link here so that I don't lose it. I keep adding more and more profiles to her and no connection even remotely in sight.

But if it works out like the last one I did this way, someone swoops in and saves me from myself and finds a connection in the place I never thought to look. So maybe... possibly... that might happen again.

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I am trying to connect . George Carlin. I may need some help because I can not find much on his first wife and his parents are of Irish decent, I don't do well with Irish genealogy.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I have hit a brick wall on connecting George to the tree. Please feel free to help but for now I am moving on to Lemon Copley,
Dale, I did take a brief look at George and didn't see anything, but I might take another glance just in case I didn't look long enough. Good luck with Lemon.
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I would love to support the Notables Project. Much of my research currently focuses on connecting up large parts of the tree in Colonial New England, and also 19th century Ireland, as well as many notable historical figures from these regions and eras.

Here is an example of a notable profile that I created and have recently been working to improve: 

Sir William Ewart, 1st Baronet

by P Małysz G2G2 (3k points)
Badge awarded! Welcome to the Notables Team!
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A fashion designer named Chris March has died - aged just 56 of a heart attack. But he had had several medical problems after suffering a fall and serious head injury back in 2017. He was discovered on the reality TV show Project Runway back in 2008.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (621k points)
I always struggle with these under age 78 profiles, as it's a hit-or-miss affair with availability of sources.
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Oops, I mistakenly posted the first 2 Notables in the August 2019, so moving them over ...

I created a profile for notable Charles Fourier an early social theorist who first coined the term "feminism" in 1837 France.

In trying to connect him to the global wikitree, I am entering some possible noble ancestors, one of whom was the notable French priest Pierre Fourier.

I created a profile for notable Richard Floyd McCoy, Jr. who held a plane for ransom similarly to D. B. Cooper, 4.5 months prior. Many suspect they are the same person. I will be creating a couple more profiles that will connect him to the global wikitree.

by Nikki Gauthier G2G6 Mach 6 (66.4k points)
Nikki, you always seem to pick up the most interesting Notables - guess I should take a page out of your book and give that a shot as well. :)

I take inspiration from things I run into during my day, as I am curious to see what type of background they come from. I had watched a tv show about solving the mystery of D. B. Cooper. Although McCoy was criminily charged with aircraft piracy, he had been a decorated military man who came from a paternal line of military men back to the American Revolutionary War. He ran into money problems and used his specialized knowledge of military aircraft. That McCoy line might help someone in linking their ONEY line. Fourier came about because I tried to help with a G2G question.

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So I periodically troll through the Wikipedia list of Notable deaths for suggestions. Maybe one of these will help someone pick out a profile to attempt.

Bill Stacy - NFL football player, Mayor/Politician (1936-2019) - last player prior to JJ Watt to record a TD reception, Fumble recovery returned for a TD, and Interception returned for a TD in a single season.

Al Carmichael - NFL football player, stuntman (1928-2019) - first player to score a TD in American Football League (Note the AFL) history (in 1960).

Charlie Silvera - MLB baseball player and coach (1924-2019) - Played for the Yankees and Cubs, coached for the Twins, Tigers, and Rangers.

Guess this is a bit of an all-sports edition - I suspect we could also do an all-politician edition too, as there always seems to be a number of them aging and passing away on a regular basis as well.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (520k points)

Found my own recently deceased to work on. Science Fiction author and Nebula Award winner Katherine Ann MacLean.

I don't have a whole lot to go on, but at least there's a start.

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Please note that I have started a profile for Fred Herzog, Herzog-681,  a Canadian photographer who lived in Vancouver.  He died on September 9th.
by Kathryn Penner G2G3 (3.6k points)
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I wish to join, Nesmith has a number of notables as we all descend from the Naesmyths in Scotland to the NesSmyth's, Nesmith's, Naismy/ith's. Some of them being the inventor of the pile driver, James Hall Naismith, and the inventor of Basketball, James Naismith (different).
by Adrien Hart G2G1 (1.7k points)
Welcome to the Notables Team, Adrien!
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I'm not particularly interested in joining the project... but I added a notable today...

Today is Ed Roberts birthday. He is widely considered the father of the personal computer (not biologically, you understand), the Altair 8800. That computer also help give birth to Microsoft.

by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
Thank you for letting us know, Dennis. That is appreciated.

I actually added another notable today too -- I had forgotten that my 1st cousin's great uncle is famous. Edward Knipling helped eradicate the screwworm fly.

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I'll join. I was watching the Country Music documentary on PBS and decided to search for Jimmie Rodgers - There he was, orphaned with hardly and activity. It looks like someone added him a few months ago. I have added links, a photo and biography. I'll work to get him connected to the tree going forward. Once I finish with him I'll move onto someone else - It's kinda fun.

ago by Matt Melcher G2G4 (4.4k points)
Welcome to the Notables Team, Matt!
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Rocker Eddie Money should be connected tonight.

ago by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
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I got sidetracked and created a profile for Sander Vanocur, . He is not connected yet but thanks to some help we have a good start on his profile and even some family.
ago by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Far too many notables dying this month.
Hit a dead end on Sander, all of his grandparents were born in Russia.
Maybe an avenue open on his wife who passed away in 1975 - Edith Pick. Hard to say.
And I agree with you wholeheartedly! They need to stop passing away so quickly.
I did a search for his wife but I found nothing that I feel confident about and I do not want to create an unsourced profile. I could use the Wikipedia article as a source but that is not the best idea.
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OMG!  I probably have too many badges already but I do add notables from time to time so it might be good to have the badge to make it official.
ago by Thom Anderson G2G6 Mach 3 (32.4k points)
Welcome to the Notables Team, Thom!

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