"Welcome to the Weekend Chat!" All Members Invited!! Sept. 27th-29th, 2019 [closed]

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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: 39 posts this week! Excellent. See you in two weeks.
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
closed by Pip Sheppard

Welcome to the Weekend Chat, my fellow WikiChatterers! And greetings from Cathey’s Creek where, for many people, the grass is blue and the sky is green. We have a fabulous Farmers’ Market, small, but full of great venders. One of the things I really love about the Market is that they always have entertainment… of the kind I like: folk music, bluegrass, etc. The Market is well attended, and dogs are welcome and aplenty! Though fresh veggies are more expensive than at some of the farms nearby that have stands, it really is very convenient for us.

On the Home Front: If you don’t hear from me until the afternoon, it’s because we are celebrating the annual visit of one of my mentors from years ago (and he still mentors me). He (now about 87-years-old) and his wife come up each year before their church’s retreat at Kanuga Conference Center, and since he is still very active, I get to hear all about our mutual friends and acquaintances. He was a Navy captain who, after commanding a nuclear sub during the Cold War, worked in the Pentagon for many years, and was one of the negotiators for the SALT II agreement with the Soviet Union. He is such a fascinating man and one of the few in my agency who could converse deeply on a wide variety of subjects.

On the Genealogy Front: Still biography binging this past week. Biographies this week:

Horace Lon Patterson, my gg-uncle. I wrote his earlier but did a correction in his bio
Richard Clabe Patterson, Lon’s son (Clabe is a nickname for Claiburn(e), a Kerr family name)
Myrtle Patterson, Lon’s daughter who died at age four, so an easy bio
Etta Patterson, Lon’s daughter who died just short of her first birthday, so another easy bio
John Bedford Bradley, Lon’s son-in-law and whose profile another member started. The profile manager is a distant cousin of mine through our shared Dalton line

And… I found some great articles in the Sylva (North Carolina) Herald and Ruralite though the North Carolina Digital Collection, a fabulous site. One I just stumbled across looking for something else (as often happens, usually leading to falling in a rabbit hole). It was about my g-grandparents’ 50th anniversary with an accompanying photo! Woohoo!!! My g-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Patterson was a sister to the above Lon Patterson and on my bio target list.

This is the most focused I’ve been WikikTreeing. I asked this question on G2G a couple of weeks ago. I explained that my approach to WikiTreeing is rather like throwing a dart at my computer screen. After asking that question, I decided that I needed to try a more methodical approach, so I’ve stuck with this Patterson family of. These are mostly in [[Category:Profiles I Am Embarrassed for Others to See]], my early ones I haven’t finished going through yet. If I get all of this family done, it will be the first family I have completed up to standards.

Speaking of rabbit holes, I found this fella looking on FS and decided to work on his family. Three wives (one a shotgun wedding) and several children that died in infancy (two of the wives shortly after giving birth).

A very satisfying week overall. I hope yours has been the same. Let us know what’s up with you, and enjoy the Chat!

Yes, I love those farmers markets.

Your friend sounds like a fascinating man. Have fun today.
A suggestion. As suggested several times before, the emails that come to members of wikitree contain links. The links don't work. I think that this has been happening for about 2 years now. The links appear to show things like this (an example from when I clicked on Judy Garland, from global family connections in the email:


The problem with the link: It doesn't include the words "wikitree.com/" in between "http:www." and "index...."

It's easily fixed by changing that link to include that. It should look like:


I hope this will be fixed soon. I know that it's been annoying for me and for others. I hope that explaining the problem helps.

Thanks for hosting again, Pip. I look forward to reading what you've been doing this week.Careful with those rabbit holes, Fiver may lay a trap for you surprise

Hope to get through my own [[Category:Profiles I Am Embarrassed for Others to See]] during next weekend's Source-a-thon!

Yes, we have some wonderful farmers markets nearby too. Its such a great way to pass a Saturday morning.

Enjoy the visit with your mentor! I hope he and his wife have many more visits ahead of them.
Enjoy your company Pip! Hope they have safe travels and have an enjoyable visit with you and your family!!

Many thanks for hosting the weekend chat as usual, and your many comments to what folks write about. It is always an informative and enjoyable read!!
Have fun hanging out with your company, man. I'm sure he has fascinating insights into today's political climate. We have a farmer's market nearby as well. The corn there is AMAZING. So good! Plus they make maple donuts. So good.

That reminds me. Western NH takes two things very seriously: Maple syrup and pumpkin festivals. They will cut you if you diss them. Good reason to stay away from Keene.....

And that's my PSA for this Weekend Chat. Now you know. (And knowing is half the Battle.)
If it wasn't for this weekly thread I'd never know when the weekend is!
Thanks for hosting, Pip. Enjoy your mentor's visit.

I'm also with SJ. Without this, I wouldn't know when the weekend starts.

Thank you for hosting the chat!

Pip, I really like the new category you create for [[Category:Profiles I Am Embarrassed for Others to See]]. I think we all have some of those! smiley

WEATHERING -- We are due -- say the weather people -- for showers up in the Sierra's (CA) up and around Placerville and Auburn CA this weekend, and ON AN ENTIRELY TOO CHEERFUL NOTE the weather person reporting this possibility CHEERFULLY contributed "And it might snow" 

Spent 20+ years in Reno, on the other side of the mountains and it would snow once for every 5 times it rained in those two places and the snows didn't really start until after Thanksgiving ... but 2019 has been "nasty" for weather so .... 

Spent one winter in S. Lake Tahoe and it had to be the year when the THIRD TIME the snow piled up that high, the tragedy of Donner's Pass being #1 and 1969 being #2 ... walking to work and missed the road and landed chin deep in a ditch in snow ... which I melted with some choice words from my father's vocabulary 

Moved to Reno ... some sort of welcome -- earthquakes, snow realllllly deep some years, LOTS of ice covered streets, walks, etc ... have you ever gone up on the roof to shovel off the 3 ft deep snow? I have. 

Where I live now is "safe" from tsunami (I think), typhoon type storms (I think), snow & ice floes ... if not floods, last one was back in 1980's -- been through three floods don't want another experience of one ... 

GENEALOGICALLY I am still hauling up by their bootstraps various profiles into my preferred style, editing and adding information while at it

Built up the family of Benjamin Franklin Ellis-16032 (GA, TX) 1829-1892 (not finished yet, either) -- one of his sisters married Eli Riley Burke HUFFMAN-3229 and two of his daus married EATON sons, children of Elizabeth Huffman Eaton Hoy -- both Eli and Elizabeth were siblings of my granny Harriet Mary MEDLOCK's mother -- 

HOMEFRONT -- the microwave quit functioning, ordered another online, it was delivered and the intervening four days demonstrated just how much we DEPENDED on the microwave -- when we cook it is in batches, halt gets frozen and the other half we eat and then we cook again or rescue from the freezer some other cookery ... been a long time I washed THAT many pots and pans which had to be pressed into service to heat the "leftovers" ... urk ... coffee maker and microwave ... I can live without them but God forbid I have to. 

Hi Pip,

Thanks for hosting and thanks for the reminder to all about no Weekend Chat next week. I look forward to working with you and our Sandringham Stroller England Group teammates! I have several Cornwellian families lined up for sourcing based on the work I did during my Orphan Trail!

I can only hope the assignment for the Genealogy Principles isn't too taxing. This week's assignment still isn't done and I've put in about 15 hours! I will have to end it tomorrow as I leave Sunday AM for Phoenix.

Have a great weekend!
Hi Pip thanks for hosting this WikiTree weekend chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

laugh Remember -- as you lay before the crowd of your fellows -- on this Jaunt of yours overseas --  the fruits of your labors:  No matter how irrefutable your proofs or sources, someone will stand forth and refute ... devil 

Have a pleasant safe journey all those who go, and don't forget to come back.

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Hello everyone, nice fall weather starting here in Central Pennsylvania.

I walked into one of our local national chain stores yesterday, and can you believe they have one section with all the Christmas decorations displayed already. Way too soon for me to start thinking about that.

I ordered my DNA test kit this week. The only thing I know about DNA so far is that it has a D, an N, and an A. One of my distant cousins did give me some basics. It should be fun learning and exploring over the next several months.

I am still working on distant cousin profiles, and correcting suggestions. I find it very enjoyable to see who went where and did what.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend. Travel safe.

by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
The DNA adventure was a different sort of rabbit hole for me.  It took me some time, but eventually some of the science has sunk in, and I've been able to confirm a couple of tentative connections. Plus, its always fun to meet more cousins!
What, its DNA? not D & A?


I see you and I are at about the same level of knowledge SJ. We will get caught up though.smiley

Funny as heck, Rodney. D... N... A... Yep, that’s the three letters. 

Still waiting on fall here. sad (My wife is pleased with the delay!)

Ah, Rodney Long, whole cargo ship of information about DNA at g2g forum ... over say the last 12 months at least ... you might want to sift through some of that ... try the google search term <wikitree, g2g, DNA> and there's a feast for your eyes to read

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Yes Susan thanks, I have been using the G2G search block at the top of this page and reading past questions and answers. I will get up to speed before long.
Good morning Linda, hope you have a great day
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Today is....



On September 27th, National Corned Beef Hash Day adds flavor to every meal while cleaning out the fridge, too.

Making corned beef hash is a great way to use up leftovers. Corned beef hash became popular during and after World War II. Since rationing limited the availability of fresh meat, corned beef filled the gap. Cooks became creative with herbs, spices, and leftovers. Nothing was wasted. In lean times, stretching a meal became a priority. 

The Hormel Company claims it introduced corned beef hash and roast beef hash to the United States as early as 1950. However, World War II reporter, Betty Wason, lists a corned beef hash recipe in her Cooking Without Cans cookbook printed in 1943. Other forms of hash existed as part of the American diet since at least the 19th century.  The numerous recipes available before that time also attest to the country’s love of the dish as does the existence of many “hash houses” named after the dish.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CornedBeefHashDay

Serve up some corned beef hash for breakfast or supper. Either way, you’ll be adding flavor to your meal. So, make a lot and invite a crowd. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay!

Try our very own Easy Corned Beef Hash Recipe this weekend!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
My husband will love that it's corned beef hash day. I hate it. He loves it. I love him. I cook it. He eats it. I watch.

Two eggs mixed with corned beef hash mixed with pork and beans. That's our recipe.

Thanks Dorothy. You helped me decide on dinner.
I forgot to add that hubby also eats "Hobo Hash."

Two eggs, hash browns, green and yellow peppers sliced up small, diced onion, salt, pepper, and cheese on top. Throw some ketchup on it and eat it hot.
Sounds like it's time for me to go to the grocery for some Hormel's. Wish I had time this morning to go to the restaurant for some corned beef hash. This has always been my son's favorite thing to order for breakfast :)

Always such good ideas Dorothy!  

The french dish is called hachis and if my memory serves me correctly the word is related to hatchet, which might explain how it was prepared until the meat-grinder was invented in the early 1800s. 

Betty, you so funny. My wife would do the same. She does, however, buy livermush... just for me. She won’t eat it.
YIKES!!!! Liverwurst? You ain't no kin o' mine. Next thing you'll be telling me you eat the haggis. Ewwwww.

I unknowingly participated in this glorious holiday in a small town diner in Leigh, Nebraska. Saw it on the menu and ordered 2 corned beef hash and egg breakfasts. I got a weird look for being alone while eating two meals. Then someone told me I was celebrating in style.
Not a fan of corned beef hash! Steak and eggs are my favorite with hash brown potatoes and gravy with a side of pancakes.
When I was growing up I thought that was a wonderful and all too rare treat at the supper table -- I can still remember the 1950's and that wonderful taste ... oh my ...
@David: I’m eating at your house!
You are welcome any time, Pip just let us know when and will have the fixings ready!

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Geesh! I woke up this morning craving corned beef hash so I went to the town's greasy diner and had some for breakfast. I've been wanting some since Friday when I read your post.
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Greetings from Cochise County. The monsoon season is ending, but we’ve felt the effects from Hurricane Lorena for most of this week. Before I moved here, I never realized that a storm from the Pacific Ocean would affect this area. It weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed Mexico, but we got very heavy rain with flash flood warnings. I stayed indoors for most of the week, but did venture out into the city on Wednesday for some chili from Wendys (the high that day was only in the 60s!). It’s currently 56F with a high of 75F for today with partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow the sun returns with temps in the low 80s. Yeah!

Writing: I managed to finish two chapters though I’m unsure whether they’ll remain as currently written. I’m trying to draw my novel to a satisfying conclusion, yet I wish to make my readers want to read another book. This feels a bit daunting to me.

WikiTree: I’m looking forward to the Source-a-thon next week, so I’ve added new profiles this past week. I’ve been working on my great-grandmother’s Pyle family line, starting with adding her aunts and uncles. Georgeanna’s mother was a Dutro and one of her aunts also married a Dutro, but I haven’t figured out yet if it’s a related family. I’d like to start working on the Ohio project, but unsure if I can add Muskingum County where so many of these relatives lived. I confess the cooler temps made me lazy this week. I took long afternoon naps and didn’t get as much done as I thought I could.

Time to take a shower and head over to the senior center. Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)
I think I will go get some of their chili for lunch. It is the best.
Chili is an excellent idea!

I can also relate to your dilemma - as a storyteller, I struggle most with the endings and beginnings. I think in the end your gut will tell you what works best, but I can offer a little food for thought.  In my shoes, it seems each story in a series works best when its stand-alone. If people enjoy it, then they look forward to the next one.  I've also found that foreshadowing can become a trap. Unless my next tale is fairly well advanced, I wouldn't end with a cliff-hanger.
Diane, I’m so glad to see the progress you’re making in the book. And, if you’re like me, no writing remains in the same form. I have an editing OCD. (My little intro comment gets revised repeatedly.)
@Rodney Homemade is the best, but Wendy's chili is good in a pinch.

Making chili in a dutch oven is too much for one person. I do freeze some, but it still is just too much for 1 person. lol

@Laurie I don't plan on a cliff-hanger ending, but I do want to tempt them lol I chatted with one of my beta readers today about my ending and she said it sounded like a good idea. We'll see what she thinks after she finally gets to read it. lol

Thanks for the advice - much appreciated laugh

@Pip OCD editing can become habit forming. Whenever I write anything, I have to walk away and come back. I always find a better way to say something I'd already thought was finished. I've learned not to tinker with editing for the time being, just get the story moving again lol

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

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Happy Friday to one and all. 

There has been no sign of the mink this week, but I did catch this rascal fishing from the decorative yellow boat in my pond. It was a real Beatrix Potter moment!  Unfortunately he realized there was an audience when I raised my phone for the shot - I wish I could scamper as quickly as a wide-bottomed raccoon!  

Otherwise, life has been a little work, a little golf, a few stories ... and some of the Canadian 5-star profiles are now connected to New England Planters, so I feel like I made a little progress on two projects.  

Then there are the rabbit holes. Why don’t I scamper away like a wide-bottomed raccoon?  Suggestions say there may be a duplicate, the duplicate is conflated with impossible information from online trees, and I can’t leave either on the to-do-list, nope, here I come, Tweedle-dum
by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
Great picture Laurie. I think he appreciates the little environment you have set up.
Well, at least you caught the raccoon! They eat fish, too, don’t they?

Good for you on the project work!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Nice Pond and his tail is wonderful.
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Another weekly update... 

On the Home Front:  Last weekend I had company from both Georgia.. and Alabama!! My "god-daughter" Alyssa and her youngin came to visit as I mentioned last week. So did her mother Pam from Alabama!  Evelyn, Alyssa's daughter, will be three years old in Dec and as I mentioned, she is a handful but such a delight!! If you're on Facebook, I posted pictures of us at the park on the swings and slides; and at home playing catch. We had such a great time. We went to the Hendersonville, Tn Memorial park and play ground in Sumner County, TN.  We found out that back in August 2010, Singer/songwriter "Taylor Swift" made a $100,000 donation that helped rebuild that playground in Hendersonville, Tenn., where she attended high school and lived with her family prior to moving into her own condo in Nashville. It really is a nice park. 

On the Weather Front:  For two days we had a little taste of fall but it did not last long.  Another 90 degree day today, tomorrow and into the next week!  Wee had 20 days of over 90 degrees in Sept and two other months of above the 90's weather. We broke all kinds of records!!  Finally we have had a little RAIN yesterday.  Leaves are mostly dry, turning brown and falling all over!!  

On the Genealogy Front:  Getting ready for the "Fall Source A Thon" as I am co-captain of the "Super Sweepers" Team. Have our team chat page up and ready to go. Already verified our roster with Eowyn, will have to update it again soon. But in my spare time been hunting down unsourced profiles to work on and wow there is a lot so no one has to worry that WikiTree will run out before the "thon" is over. So good luck to everyone who will be working on the Source A Thon and may we out beat last year's record total!!

I am still working on merges that are not combined yet resulting in profiles have two biographies, some with GED codes not needed that have to be taken out, and some with no info in the bio narrative. When one approves and completes the merge they sometimes forget the biography and leave the two there. That's another project that needs lots of help from time to time. Anyway I keep busy, and I stay on the G2G forum each day just about!! Thanks to everyone who particpates and keeps the forum going strong!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
I agree with you on the ample supply of unsourced profiles.  I'm not able to participate in the Source-a-Thon next weekend, but I'll be cheering everyone while I drive and do my thing.  Thank you for all you do Dorothy!
I’m hoping we break 100,000 this year. Not too much of a leap from last year, certainly attainable.

Dorothy, we’ve had one day of measurable rain in September. Dry as a bone here, and we’re having to water the new plants in a regular basis.

So glad you had a great time with your visitors! Out just left.
WOW! Dorothy, you have been very busy. I enjoyed the photos you posted on Facebook.

Dorothy I agree with you about the weather in Tennessee and ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

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Good morning from Colorado!  It is beautiful here today but we have a blizzard to the north which is supposed to blow in the strong winds today.  Sooo, I will be picking my peach trees before they get scattered everywhere.  They are running 4-5 weeks late this year due to the spring cold weather.

On the wiki front, I am continuing my cemetery study in Douglas County.  Bear Canon is now half complete for profiles.  A third complete for being connected to the world tree.  And 10% loaded with pictures and headstone transcriptions.  This cemetery is about 1500 people and it looks like it will take me about 12 months from beginning to end to complete it.
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
I'm thinking of Green Peach Salad, Gurney, maybe some chutney?  Too bad they won't have a chance to ripen, but so delicious any way you serve them.  Stay safe in the storm.
I'm thinking Peach Daquiris!
Gurney, gotta admire your commitment to this one cemetery. That’s a lot of photos and profiles.

I saw y’all might be getting some heavy weather out your way. Best of luck getting all those peaches gathered.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

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Hi WikiKin!

Busy genealogy work this week, down the Jean Ranc rabbit hole.  Turns out French Jean Ranc is really German Hans Veltin Ranck.  I must have looked at five hundred 18th century German Rancks this week.

Hans Veltin Ranck

I removed him from the Huguenot Project to the German Project, changed his LNAB from Ranc to Ranck, changed his first and middle names, stripped away his "Rev." prefix, and am re-working the bio.  Just waiting for the firestorm that will inevitably come when all the starry-eyed romantics get upset that Reverend Jean Ranc from Paris is no more.

This is my first bit of real genealogy since picking up the leader badge, seems there is always something to do and a fire to put out somewhere!

Weather is awesome, sea is warm, go swimming almost every day.  Wife and kids return from holiday next week so enjoying the last of the quiet house...  The Mrs. sent a video this morning of my 1 year old and at first I thought it was another kid - they sure change fast!

I hope everyone is having a great start of their weekend.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
You did a very nice job on the Reverend Jean, SJ!  

It is amazing how quickly kids grow, particularly in summer for some reason.
Yes, the kids do change fast, even if they live with you!

Excellent work on Hans! I know that was tough. Don’t worry about the “firestorm.” What can someone say when your research is solid?

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps! As usual there's a lot going on for me. No rest for the wicked.

First up, this week's #52Ancestors blog is about Maps and how to use them in genealogy. I took it one step further and talked about how I used Google Earth to explore: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/09/52-ancestors-week-39-map-it-out.html

I also did a Calvin and Hobbes reference. How could I not? That strip was awesome.

Secondly, I added children for Jean Louis Hamel and Francoise Morin since I have a LOT of DNA matches that link to them. I think there was like over fifty at last count. I'll have to check the Thrulines again. I'll be adding many more brothers and sisters of my 3x great-grandparents soon. Jean and Francoise are 4th. There are still a lot more people to add to Wikitree. So many....So. Many.

Thirdly, tonight's #genchat on Twitter will be all about the Files du roi. I'll be there talking about them. The fun starts at about 10 pm Eastern. So, if you want to check us out, follow the hashtag!

Fourthly, I recorded a bit for the "From Paper to People" podcast. It's for the Halloween ep. I'll be sure to link it when it goes live this October. It's not an interview or anything. Just a fun story I told. Fun....and maybe a little scary. MWAHAHAHA!

On the non genealogy front, fall is here in New Hampshire. The leaves are turning and the Canadian geese are singing the song of their people as I type this post. Been working on getting some Marvel collectibles for a friend of mine. He lives up in Canada. So mailing stuff there has been interesting. Should probably say that scalpers suck. Seriously. Spidey figure goes for like 35 bucks on Amazon. SMH.

Have a great weekend!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)
Yes it is the season for the Canada goose isn't it?  I live on top of a ridge, and the flocks of geese are only about 20 ft overhead when they skim the roof of my bungalow. Since its a silent approach, they can sort of sneak up on you - then they honk directly overhead.  We call it getting "goosed"
I live across the street from a field. The geese tend to land there and have a grand old time eating stuff there. Recently, a house was built across the street. I can only imagine the noise the neighbor hear!!
I have a beaver pond that was the only one around about 50
years ago so a lot of imprinting of goose migrating roots were started.  Now with the expanded flocks stopping, sometimes at the peak of October, it takes more than five minutes for them to take off in a stream of one behind the other at one end and then circling around under the base of the hill before sorting into Vs and disappearing to the south.
And such a honking clatter.   I am hearing shot guns going off at dusk so I know hunting season has started and avoid going down that dirt road to the pond.  I hope those flocks get thinned out.  They are murder in a neighbor's lawn where they poop all over and her small children cannot play on their own swing set and toys.
Hopefully, they will be around for a short amount of time. Those geese get LOUD.
Unfortunately it doesn't slow down from now until the middle of November.

I, I, *cannot*fold a map, at least in the form they are supposed to be folded. I can, however, fold a map the way it is supposed to folded according to me. laugh

Another great blog, Chris.

I would say "Who still FOLDS a map?" But, my parents have a combination of maps in their glove compartments, a GPS and their smart phones. We don't use the maps much any more.
I have two small ponds at each end of the block I live on.  The back of my house sticks out a little bit from the others, and the house is painted light grey.  I frequently will hear a loud bang and find a disoriented duck or goose that thought it could fly through my house to get to the other pond.  So far, no hits have been fatal, just loud.  I once found a male duck getting his bearing back and a female duck next to him quacking -- probably telling him "I told you to watch out for the house!"
Looks like Donald finally got that talking to. =)
Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

@Chris: no more paper maps for me. I don’t have to fold my phone! laugh

I do....it’s like those tos communicators. I don’t have an iPhone.
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Currently, it's 22˚ C and sunny in Fort Erie, heading for a predicted high of 24˚ C. So I may be able to get some mowing done. (We have an electric mower, which came with prominent and repeated warnings not to mow in the rain, or even if the grass is wet, and, oddly enough, it always seems to rain during times when power is cheapest.) Tonight's predicted low is 20˚ C, and tomorrow's predicted high is also 24˚ C, with scattered thundershowers forming in the afternoon, so I'd better get some mowing done today, or the light of my life and the delight of my eyes will be out there with a pair of scissors.

Last weekend, we had my stepdaughter up to visit her mom and wicked stepfather. It was her first trip outside the U.S.A.,  so we were running around showing her the sights. (Well, some of them, anyway. She wasn't here long enough to see them all.) She liked Harvey's. Real Chinese food, not so much. (That last came as something of a surprise, since the light of my life and the delight of my eyes really likes it.)

Genealogically, I haven't had time to do much this week, although I have been working through the Let others know what surnames you are working on page, looking to see if any branches have been connected this month.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
Ok, I went to the Harvey’s website, Greg, and now I’m hungry.... again!

We'll have to take you there when you come up for a visit. wink

I'm thinking of the next Disney spin - the evil stepfather.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

I was talking about being her wicked stepfather, and she said, "You're not that wicked." (Which I took to mean that I'm still wicked...wink)

Laurie, the next Disney spin is to own the moon. Don’t laugh. It is coming!
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Thanks for hosting Pip!!

Weather in Catoosa County GA:   Sunny, Hot and Dry.  Yesterday the high was 96 degrees F   (I assume everyone knows it wouldn't be Celsius or Kelvin,  but it's best to be certain!)    Breaking the 1896 high of 91 degrees.   Will still be in the 90s for the next week,  perhaps breaking more records.

On the Road:    Got back from my 10 day solo roadtrip on Tuesday.   Still not quite back in the swing of things and haven't been doing genealogy.    When I left,  we had finished the basement project and my husband was going to move his things into the new  16' x 36' finished room.    It's to be totally his room,  with me not dictating decor nor tidiness nor talking of clutter. His cave dwelling instincts can flourish...... cover the windows to block all sunlight ..... whatever he desires!    However,  when I returned he hadn't moved much furniture and actually asked my opinion.     He mentioned  "resale value" and I pointed out we're not moving for at least 25 years.  (He'll be 95,  I'll be 90.)   It will need a fresh coat of paint by then.

On my trip,  I drove with no passengers and got to play loud music and even sing along.   Thought of Laurie Giffin when Beatles songs were playing.  

Enjoy your weekend!!


by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
Oh, how I wish I had a room like your husband’s! So, you were surprised when he asked your opinion? The same thing would happen in my house! How funny.

Glad to have you back safe and sound, Peggy!
Atta girl!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Hi Peggy! I'm across the mountains from you in Ellijay. We got a really nice rain yesterday afternoon--first in two months--but we've been having those record high temps, too. When it began to rain I was so excited. I talked to a friend today who lives in the south part of the county and they only got a light mist. I hope these high temps and this drought breaks soon.
Funny, there’s an Ellijay in Macon County, North Carolina.
Pip, I've heard of the one in North Carolina. I don't actually live in the city of Ellijay, but out in the unincorporated part of Gilmer County, but most folks better know the entire area as "Ellijay" rather than by the county name. There's an East Ellijay here also. Neither city is very large and they are the only incorporated cities in the county.
Nelda,  we got about 1/4 inch yesterday...... every little bit helps.  I've seen Ellijay on maps but haven't been there yet.   You're blissfully close to Amicalola.Falls,  which is definitely on our travel list.
+16 votes

Happy Friday to Everyone!

We arrived back in Oak Harbor, WA last Saturday after hiding out in anchorages and dodging gale-force winds up the Georgia Strait (British Columbia, Canada). Mixed bag on the Oak Harbor weather this week: wind and rain alternating with some sun and calm. Today, the wind is raging just as we are ready to haul things up the dock to pack into the truck for the trip home to Texas. Meanwhile, our winter boat haul-out is Monday; trip beginning on Tuesday and there is a blizzard warning for Montana with snow dipping down to 2000 feet through Idaho and Wyoming - yep Wyoming is in our homeward path so there may be a detour southward for us.

Last Monday (the 23rd) I had one of those "ending in a 5 birthdays". Kind of a landmark one but only celebrated with dinner out with husband and another couple. Made me realize that I really have to get to work organizing all my family research so it does not get thrown out the door at my demise!!

I tip-toed back into my Greeting duty and hope to carve out another hour or so in the coming days and then back to regular greeting once I reach Texas.

Meanwhile, in my rest moments this past week I have continued to work on some profiles and was able to hook into quite a nice line already here for one of my son-in-law's.

Pip, thanks again for hosting this great feature each week. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend.

by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
Save and sound in Oak Harbour! Excellent. I sure have enjoyed your updates, Ginny. Are you ready for hot hot Texas?
Yes, I am sooooooo ready!! Don't care about the hot weather - just want to see those grandchildren. Oh Yes, and the adults, too!!
Glad you're getting off the water in this wind, Virginia!  I thought of you during that great hailstorm this afternoon, I haven't seen anything like it since the prairies. I hope you were warm and dry by then.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Hi Ginny! You were my wikitree greeter! I'm in Bellingham, WA...small world, my friend! :)

Hello Colleen! Nice that you recognized me and said hello! I am well acquainted with Bellingham - spent a lot of time there in the past. I hope you are enjoying WikiTree - I think it is the best genealogy site available. Thanks again and let me know if you ever need any help........Ginny

I am enjoying WikiTree so much, thanks! I used to be a Downeast girl and have lived on both coasts as well as in the middle. Bham has been my home for the past 30 years. Wishing you a very happy birthday and safe travels! smiley

+16 votes

On this day

In 1601, Louis XIII of France was born

In 1822, Jean-François Champollion announced he deciphered the Rosetta Stone

In 1922, King Konstantin I. of Greece abdicated after the Greek loss in the Greco-Turkish War

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Wow! I knew about all three of these, the Rosetta Stone deciphering the most exciting fo time. Good picks, Jelena!

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

+15 votes
This week started with our bank account getting hacked and then we got the news that a young woman, in her 30's, that we have known since she was an infant is dying. On Monday I attended the radio club meeting. They announced the names of those who said they would run for one of the 4 positions open. There were only three names read and each was running for a different position. Now before you state that I should run you should know that my name was read as running for Director of Activities. Other than that I have been working on some profiles I adopted to improve them and in my spare time getting ready for next weekends Pumpkin Festival.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
I should also mention that the club rules state that a person can only hold one position at a time.
Pumpkin festival sounds fun.   Bank account being hacked doesn't!

Best of luck in the election!

You might have noticed I didn't comment on the topic of your young friend dying.   It certainly impacted me the most.   This is obviously avoidance on my part!   I've been exposed to a cloud of death this past year but everyone was over 65......perhaps making the terms of death seem more fair or at least anticipated.
Peggy, I am running unopposed, so there is no luck involved
Director if Activities. Now, if there was ever s perfect position for you, Dale, as active as you are....
Sometimes there's no point running against the obvious winner.  

Like Peggy, I'm so sorry for your news. A life cut short is a always little sharper than a life that has run its course, and to me, a reminder to get up and use the time I've been given to give something back to the community.  

Enjoy the Pumpkin Festival!
Hi Dale,

I am very sorry to hear that your bank account was hacked and even more so about your young friend. It's like too much to bear. Please know that your WikiFamily support you and send best positive intentions. Be sure to take time for yourself to stay healthy. The Pumpkin Festival sounds like some congenial rest and relaxation (unless you are coordinating that?).

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

+15 votes
Greetings from Everett, Washington!

Towering white clouds, cooler temperature, rain a few days this week. As I write this, it has started to pour, with thunder.

I am going to miss the Sears, Roebuck & Co. which will be leaving the Everett Mall by the end of the year.  Poor Sears, the old gray grandma of department stores.  Well do I remember the old Sears in Santa Monica, before the Santa Monica Mall, and the smell of the popcorn and roasted cashews.  

I have got a new computer and keyboard, though the monitor is the same.  I had to trim my nails as the keys are much closer together.  The file transfer was successful and I have PAF 5.2 back although the font size seems smaller than before.  

On October 30 (the night before Halloween), husband and I will do our 3rd annual storytelling tour of the Mukilteo Pioneer Cemetery, in costume, with offerings on the grave stones.  Parking is very limited, so we don't publicize it overmuch.  I wrote the publicity for it this morning. The parks officer from the police department will be there and I am exchanging periodic emails with him.  

I also reached out to the city council president regarding her interest in historic preservation.  A certain building that had once served as a community center is in limbo while the city decides what to do with it.  Two council members want it torn down, but the c.c. president showed an interest in having it studied by a "Historic Commission" whose members are yet to be determined.  Well, local historians are us.  We are an active and dedicated group but limited in numbers who could assist.  C. C. president is running for a seat on the county council so she may not be around much longer.  Our (pipe) dream is that the old building could become a museum--and we just have to find more people to take that project on too, if it ever comes to pass.

Last Monday the bureaucratic impasse I was complaining about came to a sudden parting when I just managed to get hold of the right person, who gave instructions on the simple thing my son was expected to do.  

On the genealogy front, I continue to add profiles.  I am stuck on the wife of a second cousin, twice removed, who was abused by her husband.  See my G2G post about "The Southern Husband Outwitted by His Union Wife" which involves the Griffin family https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gore-2634  I can't find any marriage or death record for Kate Gore Griffin Plake and I don't know if she ever reunited with her daughter Myrtle.  I suspect Kate married yet again but where and when I don't know.

In the meantime I have plenty of distant cousins still to add.  Oh, and I made a "Star Wars" quilt top of 196 3-inch squares, in gold, green, aqua and periwinkle.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)
Margaret, if I followed you around for just one week, I’d need rehabilitation!

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

+16 votes

Good evening,

a short update before I go to bed: On the weather front we will get the first storm of fall on Sunday evening and Monday. Meteorologists say it's dangerous because the trees are weak because of the drought in the last two summers and they still have a lot of leaves. That will be fun #Not

On the personal front it was a calm week. We were a bit furious some weeks ago when the secretary of mum's surgeon gave mum a date with him only in mid October. But yesterday I realized why: He is until Oct 6 in Doha (Qatar) with the Athletics team at the World Champs.

On the genealogical front I finished my 1000 contribution badge this week and created for the first time a profile with inline references. Yay to me... If you want to check if Google Translate works for you, here it is. Michelle Enke edited the multiple references for me, for which I was very thankful. 

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
You are welcome, Jelena!  Glad to be of assistance.
You’ve been busy as usual, Jelena, and I know you’d have it no other way. Hope the coming weather isn’t too bad for you!

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

+15 votes
Happy weekend, everyone!  Busy work week here, as expected, but that major committee task is pretty much done.  Whew!  My plans for today got derailed, though... got to campus and discovered that my swipe card had been deactivated.  Couldn't get into my lab, animal rooms, etc.  Took the better part of the day to straighten it out, and by that time there was no point in starting the lab cleanup I'd planned.  Next week, I guess.

On the genealogy front, I was able to make a bit more progress with my Jett ancestors.  I straightened out an error in that line on WikiTree and then expanded some profiles.  Lots more to be done.  The most interesting thing was establishing my family connection to the Lincoln assassination.  My third cousin 5 times removed was Willie Storke Jett, who at about age 19 first helped Booth and his co-conspirators hide in Virginia and then revealed his location to authorities when he was caught and questioned.  So neither side was very happy with him.

Family coming up to visit this weekend; Mom is bringing one of the other Jett books so I may be able to do more if I have time.
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)

Well, your card didn’t work, but your truck must have been ok as you didn’t mentioned it this week. laugh

Ditto to what every one said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

Truck is fine, Pip!  Family visit, not so much.  My mom fell at a rest stop... concussion and fractured wrist.  They spent 12 hours at an ER in Delaware and went home once she was sprung.
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It has been awhile since I last posted on the Weekend Chat.  Hello to all and it was fun (and sad  with some) reading about your goings-on.

Thank you Pip for hosting, you always make me smile and I love reading about what you are up to.  Have fun with your mentor this weekend. He sounds very interesting, (and I am sure if you named-dropped we would go ''oh!...him...wow").

ON THE HOME FRONT: 1)we moved 12 cubic yards of 3/4 crushed lime stone, placed around the house; with shovels and wheelbarrow...yes..I did my share and I have the aches and pains that go with it.  It took about 2 weeks for that chore as we could only do a bit at a time; the humidity was a killer.

2) moved five cords of firewood; easy-peasy compared to stone

3) my husband build me 3 raised garden beds, yes I helped, I was the ''gopher'' and ''hold-this'' person.  They are beautiful, now we just need to haul dirt.

So these are my highlights, pretty boring and mundane stuff but they kept us busy among other small things.

ON THE GENEALOGY FRONT:1) I am continuing my self-imposed task of creating profiles from ''Gail Morin - First Metis Families of Quebec, 1622-1748, Vol-2''.  downloaded to my e-reader.  Let me just say that working from an e-reader for something like this is really difficult... just saying.  But the upside is, it sure helps in accumulating 1000 contributions in the month.

2) I've started looking at my Watchlist again.  I have come to realize that I need to pare off those little ones who died in infancy or childhood.  This makes me sad, but I have sourced them as best I can and hope they are happy.

3) My main accomplishment this summer is, I have made public a Free-Space page featuring a memoir of my mother and her daughters in short story form; my very first venture into using this feature and making it public. If you read it, i sure hope you enjoy it.


That is it for me.  Life is wonderfully full and beautiful.

by Nicole Duchesne G2G6 Pilot (768k points)
Beautifully done Nicole, thank you. I have tears in my eyes.
Thank you Laurie, I truly appreciate your comment.
I write this weeping a little, Nicole. Just as beautifully written as it is touching.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

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I had a bit of an adventure today. I'm emptying the attic because next week they're comming to insolate the roof of the house.  A lot of the stuff is going to the local dump or the second hand shop. When I was delivering another load there, a woman walked up to me and asked if she could interview me for a national TV programm "Man bijt Hond" They are always looking for special stories. This time it were the stories behind the stuff people throw away. I've been interviewed during about half an hour. Cameraman, soundman, etc. They have my phone number and they will let me know when it is broadcasted. Quite exciting!! You never know what will happen at the local dump.....
by Eef van Hout G2G6 Mach 5 (51.1k points)
What a story, Eef! You’ll be famous!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

What a great story! If there is a link I can watch from Germany I'd like to have it. And if it's only to test how good my Dutch is in the meanwhile ;)
as soon as I know more I'll try to send a link
Dank u wel :)
+15 votes

I forgot to announce that there will be no Weekend Chat next weekend during the Source-a-thon!

I understand that not all Chat participants also participate in the S-A-T, but many of us do, including those involved in running the Chat, (not just me). The Chat will return on October the 11th. Thanks for your understanding and see you in two weeks!

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat. Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

I am going to away from the internet most of next weekend so it is not a big deal for me.

Oh, so apparently Linda is going to dump a bag of leaves on your lawn, too, Pip! 

I'm too far to bring any leaves by in person, and ours haven't even started falling yet, so I'll just have to mail you a bag when the time comes. Please be good enough to go out into your yard and dump it with Paul and Linda's leaves. wink

@Greg: ‘salright. I’ll just run the mower over them. laugh

Kinda hard to run a mower over them after I steal the wheels and leave it on blocks
Buy a leaf blower but hide it on Paul.

Leaf blower? On it!

Thanks for my laugh of the week.  It took about a minute to
make the connection.  SUPER SENSE OF HUMOR

@Greg: a nice mix of leaves from all over the country! Might get my wife to make some autumn wreaths. surprise I’d better take that back before I get “that look!”

No, oh no, oh no! Must sent Jack the Pumpkin Eater for a visit cheeky

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Aloha, Kia Ora, Hello, Hola,

Been busy at work as usual. I got to take apart a Bobcat skid loader for the first time. That was the complete opposite of fun. Then when I fixed it and put it back together. It worked. Hopefully I don't have to do that for a while. I hate working on Bobcats more than any other brand of skid loaders.

I have parent/teacher conferences next week for my second and fourth grade kids.

I'm trying to swing a sledge hammer at my Kreutz/Grattepain brick wall as well as my Hawaiian ancestry brick walls. I'm about to get a wrecking ball to smash through it.Hopefully I get through some of them soon. I'm also going to try to find more about my Chinese and New Zealand ancestry.

I've also been slowly writing some new music. My kids tease me and tell me my singing sounds like two bears fighting. The music is flowing, yet the words are not.so

Also getting ready for the fall yard work. That's about it in my world. I did just watch the movie Lords of Chaos. I enjoyed it. I'm not sure who on here I would recommend it to. It's about a couple guys from the Norwegian Black Metal scene. Like black metal music, it's not for everyone.
by Paul Kreutz G2G6 Mach 1 (19.6k points)

Gee, Paul, you have ancestry all over the place! Good luck in those brickwalls. I’ve had some success (when I wasn’t raking up someone else’s leaves), but still have some brickwalls I don’t think I’ll ever get through.

My sister did a 23 and me.. She is planning on sending me one so I can contribute the male dna. Hers taught me that our Hawaiian DNA is made up of Tahitian, Tongan, and Souteast Asian. My ancestors also threw in a Chinese 3x ggrandfather. I'm also brickwalled on several other branches. Thanks to a man surnames Lincoln from Taunton, Massachusetts, you and I are 18th cousins. Or something like that. Thanks to Nebidiah Lincoln marrying Sarah Hodges back in 1781  I'm related to almost everyone I message. The Hodges are related to almost everyone it seems.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree weekend chat.

I just added a pic of my dad and his brothers in the g2g photos
Link? Too tired to hunt as I was going blind working through Sussex parish records most of the day.

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