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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Wonderful to hear from everyone! See you sooner than you think!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
closed by Pip Sheppard
Susan, That much material would make my house about level with the ground. My house is 1056 square feet on a 4500 square foot lot but the floor is about 3 feet above the ground level. That plus the fact that I am on a small hill means flooding is not a problem for me.

@Dale, thank you for putting tons of landscaping into perspective -- 

Flooding, been there done that 3x different locales  (age 5, 12, & 40)  but not where I am currently ... knock on wood.  THEREFORE, laughI won't say what I think of living within a mile of a waterway that requires a house be built 3 ft above ground ... I am supposing all too frequent floods are the cause ... 

However, if a 4,500 sq ft lot (less the 1,056 sq ft the house occupies) could be covered to the depth of 3 ft by the massive amount of dirt and rocks mentioned by Pip (which he & wife spread around their place in a "limited" area, mind you) ... perhaps I should go quietly to some corner of a room and keep my nightmare thoughts to myself ... 

Of course, five years from now, after the passage of the seasons, Pip & spouse will know -- by what remains -- whether it was worth what they have gone through recently to create their paradise ... not sure how the County property tax assessor would view all this but I doubt landscaping will cause property taxes to rise. 

Susan, you’d be surprised how little a ton of dirt or rock covers! Hence, the large amount.

@Pip, I AM surprised. I see if I hang around people like you that I will have to learn to convert tons to sq ft and cu ft (which Dale seems to have done) 

Nobody never took me by the hand and showed me a ton or 10 tons of dirt which I gather you played with or however many tons of river rock you shoveled -- piled high so I could actually SEE what that looked like ... an abstract idea ain't worth the paper it's printed on but a picture is worth a 1,000 words ... 

I know what MY house and lot look like and can see the house across the street (1,116 sq ft, lot size 5,662 sq ft) and I done been inside it to look-see. 

AH HA!! PIP, Don't know why I didn't think of this before, located in google images what a ton of dirt looks like, 15 tons, ton of stone, etc. Has a man standing beside it or is piled in front of a garage 2-car door, for comparison. 

Depending on how DEEP you laid it out .... 3 inches? 6 inches? So you're not talking 7,000+ sq ft of space but something like maybe 100 to 200 sq ft of space? 

The first job was two feet deep and about 50 feet long (that was 13 tons of dirt and five tons of rock). The island in the circular drive took no dirt, all rock to replace mulch which washed away in the flood last April. Got tired of pulling weeds and replacing old mulch.
Paul, that’ll be the last thing to do, and it will be the easiest. But it can wait!
PIP -- And you shoveled that 13 tons?

50 ft long, 2 feet deep ... plus the 5 ton of rock ...

Where were you when Hercules cleaned King Augeas's stables (5th Labor)? Although if I recall correctly, since the job was to be done in a day, he yanked a river around and routed it through the stables and the river flushed out the stables ...

Let's see, flood / river, shoveling soil or "soil", .... there's a strange similarity of elements here ...
Hahahaha! Touché!
Well, Pip, Johnny Cash and his 16 tons of coal didn't quite seem to fit the picture here ... Hercules, yes.
Thanks for hosting, Pip. I'm just now getting to the chat and don't have much time. Always good to read your posts. I definitely understand the amount of dirt/rocks a ton is We moved plenty and more to go.

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Good morning everyone, hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Here in Central Pennsylvania we are having cool temperatures at night, and sunny skies during the day. The leaves on the trees are displaying their fall colors, and many folks have their fall decorations outside. Beautiful time of year.

Received an email with pictures from our Danish friend Susan while she and her husband are on holiday in Spain. She always has great pictures and experiences to share. She said she will be back soon. She said to say hello to you all.

For the last several weeks I have been working on a large family 2nd and 3rd cousin line from the late 1800’s early 1900’s. I noticed along the way there were many infant deaths. Looking at several articles on the internet about infant mortality rates, and there are many and varied, it seems in the United States that the infant mortality rate in 1900 was about 165 deaths per thousand births, and today it is around 5 deaths per thousand births.

And do you know in working this large family line described above, I found a first cousin, 3 times removed, who was born in Virginia in 1888, buried in the cemetery across the road from my house here in Central Pennsylvania. What a surprise.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun filled weekend. Life is too short to do otherwise.

by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
edited by Rodney Long
Hello there, Rodney! Fascinating post. Just in the past couple of days, I cam across a family I'm somewhat related to that had three infant deaths, early 1900s.

Cool find on the cousin. Wondering if the cemetery was/is a family, church, or general cemetery. A good surprise for you!
This line of my ancestors are buried at a Brethren Church Cemetery about 5 miles from my house. The cemetery across the road is a United Methodist Church Cemetery.
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Today is....



Those watching the scale beware. Augment the diet for National Greasy Foods Day on October 25th.

Although not the healthiest of choices, every once in a while, it is okay to enjoy some greasy food.  From fried chicken, pizza, nachos, and french fries to bacon and hash brown potatoes, we all like a treat in our regular diet.

Cooking oil types include:

Olive oil – Palm oil – Soybean oil – Canola oil – Pumpkin oil – Corn oil – Sunflower oil – Safflower oil – Peanut oil – Grapeseed oil – Sesame oil – Agran oil – Rice bran oil – Other vegetable oils – Butter and lard.

Oil may be flavored with aromatic flavorings such as herbs, chilies, or garlic.

Greasy foods can be prepared with healthier oils and with much less than average amounts of oil used when cooking, making them much healthier choices.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GreasyFoodsDay

There are so many greasy foods to try! Which will you try first? French fries come to mind. So do onion rings. However, mozzarella sticks sound good, too. Don’t forget the dipping sauces! Indulge yourself with some greasy foods and have lots of napkins handy!!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
Count me in for greasy food day! Friday Night Lights are upon us and I can't wait to see what I can get my hands dirty with tonight at the game!

French fries!!!!!! (I would be the French Fry Monster if I was on Sesame Street.)

Does fried rice count? If so, I'm good. Otherwise, I'm going to have to stop for some McDonald's fries later.
As a Southerner who was raised on fried foods - and my Mom was excellent at frying almost everything, this really hits home!! I try not to do too much of it anymore but, boy, some good ole fried okra, fried eggplant, fried potatoes, you name it, I would like it!!
My grand daughter and I just had grilled ham and cheese for lunch ... not grilled but fried in butter.

Ah, but my favorite is deep fried calamari.  Little calamari sliced into rings, dusted with 00 flour from Italy, deep fried in 350 degree vegetable oil for 40-50 seconds.  Yumm ...

And one more ... French toast (bread, egg, milk, vanilla), fried in butter and served with butter and maple syrup.
Fried ham and cheese in butter: is there any other way to make them? You are teaching your granddaughter well, Bob!

(The answer is “No” for all of you who are going to post heretical methods.)
I really like scrapple. For those who don't know, it is a Pennsylvania Dutch version of sausage but it looks more like Spam.
Thanks Gurney. Now I want Spam
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Happy Weekend to All from beautiful southeastern Arizona!

It’s been an interesting week so far. The Open House for the senior center will be held late this afternoon, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be selling gift basket raffle tickets for my friends of the library group as we anticipate there’ll be a large crowd.

Homefront: I’ve been to quite a few meetings again this week which has become the norm for me. This morning feels like fall has arrived. It’s currently only 44F and our high will only reach 69F. There were frost warnings for last night and tonight. None of the trees have started to change color yet, but it will only be a few days of this weather before they do. Don’t take me wrong, I love the weather here – but so many people think we don’t have winter. Yet, we do get a small bit of snow every year, but it usually disappears by 10 am. I can live with this! lol

I have a doctor’s appointment in the city this morning, so I plan to shop for treats for our town’s Halloween trunk or treat event before I head to the senior center. Two years ago, I crocheted a giant spider web and spider. I plan to use it again to decorate my car’s trunk. The town started this event only three years ago, and it has grown a bit larger every year. I love seeing the kids in their costumes.

Writing: Going to send Chapters 11-30 to my writing group. I’ve made a couple of small revisions based on my beta readers’ comments. These two readers now have Chapters 31-49. My writing group will begin an overview critique of Chapters 1-10 on November 12th. I explored the KDP website to find information on self-publishing. The instructions for Ebook publishing seem simple enough. Print publication seems more difficult. I played around with a book cover design and think what I want to do will work.

Started working on the next book. When I originally started writing, I had interspersed the diary into my writing. A few readers found this confusing, so I decided to move the entire diary to an appendix. I’m glad that I saved all of my multiple revisions to a USB drive. I’m now on my third computer since I started writing. I located the file that I’ll use to start my revisions which will be a daunting task. Lol

WikiTree: Still muddling through the White family for the BioBuilders. I’ve had my head buried in immigration records for over two weeks. I managed to find records for one branch of the family. They arrived in New Orleans in 1852 then disappear until the 1880s when two of their children are listed on an Indiana census record. I can’t find any specific immigration records for any of the other family members. Another branch appears in the 1860 Ohio census and they may have been in Wheeling, Virginia before that.

I had previously created a space page for their family so I could put up a large image of my Aunt Sue’s typed family tree. Yesterday, I decided to add a to-do list to the page to list missing information and where I’ve searched as it will be several days before I can get back to genealogy. I also feel disgruntled that there’s so many pieces missing to their life’s puzzle.

May you all have success in your future week as you delve into genealogical records!

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)
*Waves* from the Valley of the Sun!
Your temps are matching our here, Diane, but our leaves have started to change color. I think we get more snow than you, though.

Nice work on that family space page! I should do the same for a few of mine.
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Currently, it's 10˚ C and overcast in Fort Erie, heading for a predicted high of 13˚ C, and a predicted low of 4˚ C overnight.

The light of my life and the delight of my eyes is currently working on finishing a baby blanket that she's been crocheting for a young lady in our church who is due to make her global debut in December. (She'll be the first for this couple, so I'm looking forward to announcing, "Mother and baby are doing fine. The father is in critical condition." wink)

On the genealogical front, the light of my life and delight of my eyes went and got herself pre-1700 certified so she could help me out with some of my unsourced ancestors. I'm still working through the Frenches on ThePeerage.com for the French Name Study. (This morning, I hit the beginning of the "S"s.)

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)

Hi there, Greg! Brr... too cold for me. I'll just stay down here in the South, thank you! laugh

Here's to wishing my wife would join WikiTree and help with all of our families! You are a fortunate man to have your's working with you! Great!

I prefer living in places where the weather is an inconvenience, rather than a threat. No blizzards, no hurricanes, no golf ball-sized hail, none of that stuff. I'd rather be back in Vancouver, where the normal rain pattern is three weeks of drizzle, but it's so light that we just hunch our shoulders and ignore it. (If you see somebody carrying an umbrella in Vancouver, they must have moved from somewhere else.)

And, yes, I am blessed above all men. Not just because the light of my life and the delight of my eyes not only tolerates my WikiTreeing, but takes part herself, but for so many other reasons. When I think of all the women I have been attracted to in my life, I am so grateful that all of them had far too high standards to be interested in me. Because if I had married any of them, I would have missed out on so much, and never even known it!

Greg, I have to admit that my wife married far below her. But, I've heard that it is a good thing for people in ministry to marry up, so I got the good end of the deal! laughlaughlaugh

Oh, my wife married down, too. I tried to point out that she could do much better, but she wasn't having any of it. (Not that I'm complaining about it, mind you.)

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Hi WikiKin!

Hope everyone has had a great week.  

Not much on the genealogy front, just a lot of project work.

Our weather has turned autumn, still warm by day but need a blanket at night.  Water has dropped from 24 to 21 1/2 (76F down to 72) just in the last week!  A cooler air temperature + some winds = just like like blowing on your hot coffee.  Still warm enough to swim (barely).

Looking forward to reading everyone's replies.

Edit to add: The approval for my appliation to join the Military Order of Foreign Wars (MOFW) arrived in the mail a few hours after I made my post.  My first hereditary society application approval. smiley

About the time I started with WikiTree about 18 months ago I applied to the MOFW, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW formerly the GAR - Grand Army of the Republic), and also to the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR).  I floundered on the paperwork for the last year - busy spending time with my new son who was born just after I started working on the applications.  But as we've learned there is another on the way, I came to the realization that there is no time like now.  Beginning at the start of October, I reached out to all three organizations and submitted missing paperwork.

It is my understanding that the SUVCW application is pending approval.  NSSAR is waiting on one death certificate for my great-grandmother.  I ordered it from the state about 2 weeks ago.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
edited by SJ Baty
Hi, SJ in Spain! I was wondering if it had gotten too cold for you for a dip.

72 degrees for a swim is OK - every day I see a lot of Finnish and Russians in the water - they can't believe how warm it is wink

I can imagine those folks thinking the water is warm. No swimming in the Arctic for you, huh?
Ah ha!  Got a package in the mail today!  Post edited.
Isn't there a WikiTree badge for Society members? You could add another badge to your already impressive pile of badges
Yes Jelena, you are right.  I think I already picked that badge up some time ago and it has since been pushed down.

Edit to add: I suppose I should have said hereditary societies as I am already a member of a genetic society and have the badge from that.
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Good morning from the Valley of the Sun aka Phoenix area! Finally temperatures that are beautiful enough to enjoy the outdoors, but that never stops me from putting in my research time.

My latest project for my One Place Study of Cieplice is translating the last set of records written in Ukrainian. Cursive Ukrainian too! It wasn't as difficult as one thinks, I had already translated marriages written in Latin, and put together a house number study. If I wasn't able to recognize a name, I could check back against the house number study. Most likely will finish this set sometime next week.

I created a Facebook group for those of us who descend from the village: finding people from Ancestry, providing them with complete ancestral information on Wikitree, and often times inviting them to Wikitree. We have about 40 members, and just recently decided to expand the group to surrounding villages since the families are so intertwined. My hope is that it helps those researching in those other villages where the records are a bit more scarce.

Other than genealogy, I finished my first ink and watercolor dog portrait for a friend. I'm pleased how it turned out. I enjoy the challenge of watercolor painting (challenging because there is not much room for error or you end up ruining the paper and have to start over.) I've been an artist all my life, working mainly with pencil, acrylic and watercolor. Still Genealogy is my passion.

I'm still training in MMA Kajukenbo, currently just past the "mid-way" point with a blue belt. I'll be testing for my green belt in January. I realized last night I was the oldest woman in the room, and at the same time I think that's pretty awesome. Why do I do this? Brain food, challenge, humility, self appreciation of achievement, friendship. This makes me more patient, more self-aware, more assertive of my surroundings.

I need to check my calendar as I've been invited to be a guest speaker at a Genealogy Club within the next couple months on the topic of Galicia. I'm still REALLY surprised at the level of confusion of pre-1918 "Eastern" Europe and geographical boundaries. Of course I've learned more than the avg bear because my family is from this area.  The history is fascinating!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and I enjoy everyone I have been in contact with on this site! :)
by Skye Sonczalla G2G6 Mach 1 (19.3k points)
edited by Skye Sonczalla
Skye, I am constantly amazed at the knowledge that many of our members have, and reading your first paragraph above... well, let's just say that that would be completely out of my skill set! How fortunate we are to have you as a member.

Everything you do is just plain fascinating.
Skye, I'm currently in the process of editing the towns in my profiles to the historically appropriate version. Even in the small town where my german grandmaternal ancestors are from there were so many administrative changes. Up to 1806 it's easy, but then: Change in 1806, 1816, 1822, 1866, 1871, 1918, 1932, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1968, 1977 and 1981. Thanks God the wikipedia sites of my most relevant towns all have a section "Territorial history and Administration." I would be COMPLETELY lost without that.
That is fantastic news!  It takes dedication to do the research!  Have you considered sharing how you found this information?  I'm not sure if there is a German Roots Project, but it would be worth checking to help others.  :)
There IS a German Roots project, but actually it is not really that much of research. As I said, for my most needed region the (German) wikipedia page has all the needed information.
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On this day:

1415: The Battle of Agincourt (or Azincourt in French) took place during the Hundred Years' War.

1601: The Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died, who laid the foundation that Kepler could find the elliptical ways of the planets around the sun.

1648: The Peace of Westphalia was signed that ended the Thirty Years' War. That war affected most of today's Germany.

1881: Pablo Picasso was born.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Always such fascinating history posts you have, Jelena. My wife is looking at me askance as I read the articles (and we have visitors coming tonight!)
Jelena, thanks to you. I got a little bit smarter tonight. Like Pip, I enjoy your this day in history posts.
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Hails and horns Wikipeeps!

On the genealogy front, I headed to the danger zone with my grandfather, Robert Hamel, in this blog about him in the US Air Force. Check out my latest #52Ancestors post here: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/10/52-ancestors-week-43-transportation.html

That was a fun post to do. I forgot to mention that I used to play with my grandfather's model planes. Imagine me pitting them against the likes of Starscream of the Transformers. Pretty sure the Decepitcon would have won handily. 

According to my Facebook memories, it's exactly two years since I thought about getting a DNA test. Two years and it's been a wild ride ever since.

 I used the Thrulines to build trees down to some 5th and 6th cousins. One of my dad's matches is a 4th cousin once removed. But, the match shares over 100 cMs. Some endogamy there. *sees Pip smiling* Yeah, yeah yeah.....I knew it was coming. It's in 1700s Gesualdo. It happens. You deal and move on.

On the non genealogy front, I'm working on my Halloween comic. Should be good. I may post it here. We shall see. Should be up this weekend and be spoopy! MWAHAHAHAHA! Happy Halloween!

Oh and my parents stocked up on Halloween candy. You'd be surprised how big a sweet tooth a dentist has.

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)
Go-Bots! Holy crap! Careful or M.A.S.K. and Venom will join in. Then The Thundercats and Silverhawks will have to join in against the Inhumanoids. Hasbro, and Mattel are going to start charging me every time I reply to your posts.
I think we've got the original "Ultimate Showdown" of ultimate destiny going on here, Paul. =) I had a few M.A.S.K. and Thundercats toys too. I think between my brother and I we had basically every major toyline of the '80s and early '90s.

We had:


G.I. Joe (Small number)

Star Wars





Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles




Legos (Mostly space)

I think we had more. We never got Bionic Six stuff. Wish we did because that toon was awesome. I did get some early X-Men and Marvel universe figures in the early '90s, though.
I didn't have Star Wars. My cousins did. I kinda remember Centurions, and Dino Riders. I had mostly Transformers, GI Joe,  He Man, and some Thundercats. My mom did get me an A-Team van with all 4 A-Team members. If I remember right, they were about the same scale as GI Joe. Thanks to my 7yr old son, Transforms are invading my house.
My brother sold most of our Transformers. But, I bought several reissues of the ones I really liked like Sideswipe, Bluestreak and Starscream.

We also had a KITT from Knight Rider with Michael Knight figure. It was kinda cool. Oh! And we had a Tron light cycle. The light cycle was in scale with the Star Wars figures so there were races between the speeder bikes and the light cycle. =D

Good to see the next gen getting into Transformers!
Unfortunately transformers has 900 different hotlines and not all interchangeable. My son is on his way to getting all the terrorcons. Abominus shall rise! He has some of the reissues of different combiners. Menasor and Devastator destroyed the couch as Prime and the Dinibots retreated to await reinforcements. I'm not sure how it played out. I had to go to the grocery store. Word on the street is Grimlock called Jetfire, Jetfire didn't respond. He is in prison at Wal-Mart be sure I didn't feel like spending over $70 to have him save the day.
The Masterpiece versions of the old G1 Transformers are even more expensive than that. 100 bucks for an Optimus Prime. Still cool, though. And that scenario sounds like something I did. The future looks to be in good hands.

Never got the Masterpiece ones. Just the old Takara reissues of:
Ultra Magnus, Bluestreak, Prowl, Smokescreen, Inferno, Jazz, Sideswipe, Soundwave, Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp.
Wow this thread got nerdy fast in hindsight. Ah well. Here's this week's Halloween comic: https://starbolts.blogspot.com/2019/10/starbolts-455-dirty-little-secrets.html
I am a proud need. My son has watched the g1 series almost to the point where we fire up the old transformers movie
Ahh. Prepping him for the trauma we experienced then? I blame Hot Rod for Prime's death. But, that's just me.
Hot Rod needed to mind his own business and stop being a reckless selfish jerk. He should've just hung out with Kupp and listened to the stories from a grizzled veteran. I hated Wheelie
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Good morning from California where the electricity is a commodity that you do not take for granted!

Right now we have electricity, again, but, should lose it by this time tomorrow.    There are a lot of opinions on the "reasons" for fire danger in California, and the reactions by our Electrical companies.   My only comment is that I have lived in California most of my life, and I remember there being enough snow in the mountains to ski for Halloween.   In today's world of climate change, we are lucky to get rain by Christmas.
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (576k points)
Robin, I've been following your travails with the electricity. What a hardship! You just keep hanging in there. We understand.
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Greetings and Salutations, WikiTreers!

It's been a bit of a slow week at home, which is nice as I've needed a bit of time to catch up from the crazy days of the previous week. I'm not a fan of colder weather, as I get poor circulation in my extremities, and have to wear extra clothing just to stay warm. My wife on the other hand can't stand the hot weather, so she's starting to come into her element now. I love her, so I try to enjoy the fact that she's happy with the weather, while I shiver in the corner under a mound of sweaters, sweatshirts, and blankets.

That reminds me of winter camping when I was doing the Scout Leader thing with my son in Boy Scouts. I believe it was around October when we had a camping trip to an airfield, and there was zero wind break around us. So when the temperature dropped at night, it got into the teens with near zero wind chills. Those tiny paper thin tent walls barely hold out the wind, and I huddled in my sleeping bag, feeling my whole body going numb. I brought blankets, extra clothing, and none of it was helping to keep me warm. So I cheated, and went out to my car, and stayed there for an hour with the heat on full blast and let my body temperature warm back up before I sneaked back into the tent to pretend I'd been there all night. I didn't get a lot of sleep either way, but at least I didn't shiver the whole night (just most of it).

On the genealogy side, I am starting the push for Fulkerson-2000 around here - we're nearing 1900, but I'm going to have to get serious about getting more Fulkerson profiles out there if I want to see it by the end of the year. It's not one of those MUST HAVE things, but it would be nice if it can happen. I'm not the only one entering profiles, so if we all pitch in and can find people to enter, then I'm sure it can happen.

I've been working on several Notables - I saw that George Westinghouse on the AC-DC post seemed to be missing several lines, so I jumped in and found a few. Plus I added some cousins, aunts, uncles and a couple of marriage lines too. So hopefully that helped improve some connections to him. In some cases, I think Westinghouse now is much closer to certain people and he might even beat out Edison for a few (but probably not the majority). I also got back to my Science Fiction authors and added the profile for T. Bruce Yerke. I've never read anything he wrote, but he won a Hugo Award, so that was enough for me.

Halloween is coming upon us fast, so I might set him aside if I can find a suitable horror film actor to work on for the season. I like to pick one out and get him connected if I can. More if I'm lucky. (I wonder if the woman who played the Bride of Frankenstein is out there... hmmm...)
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (723k points)


Wife of Charles Laughton - so she's got a profile, and is connected too. Guess I'll keep hunting...

Hot dog - found one! Lon Chaney Jr's profile could use a little TLC, so I'll see if I can help out.


1000 Fulkerson profiles a month and you'll get there Scott! Glad you're working on Lon, one of my favorite actors.

That scouting trip? Funny as the dickens. My wife and I are opposite you two. I don't mind the cold, and my wife hates it. She is the one who bundles up. I'm out in shorts in 30 degree weather.
Ha - we're already at 1900 Fulkersons, so only 100 (or a tiny bit more) to go. 100 in 2 months is definitely within reach, as long as the squirrels stay away.
Heehee. Did I scare you?
Scott, I just added Fulkerson-1884 and will work on his profile today.
99% of all Ferraiolo profiles are managed by me. Italian profiles are gonna be in the low numbers here for a while.

That is until we put in more of 'em. =D

Nice work, Scott!
Thanks, Michelle! We're slowly closing in on 1900, which brings that 2000 even closer!!!
Scott, I am still working on him.  I may find a few others from my area of Missouri.
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Happy Friday morning to all!! Thanks again, Pip, for hosting. Sorry to say I missed posting in last weekends chat - just too much going on here.

I guess most of you heard about the Texas weather from last Sunday night. We were close to the tornadoes but not hit - so thankful for that!! There was a lot of damage as the largest one traveled about 16 miles across parts of North Dallas, Plano, Richardson areas. Then, rain began in earnest again yesterday and is continuing today as a cold front works its way south. We hope the blue tarps on all those damaged houses and schools hold out the rain.

On the genealogy front: One of my Southern Pioneer Trails has been approved with corresponding stickers placed on the profiles. I am proud and excited  about this and grateful to the leaders of that project for their hard work!

I discovered that I had not fully written biographies and sourced my maternal grandfather's first wife and children (I come from his second family.) So, this past week, I tackled that project and am happy to say I have completed the six children and the first wife. There may be some tweaking necessary and I am missing a couple of records that will take a bit more research. It is always a good feeling to accomplish a family project.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a lot of Happy WikiTreeing!!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
So very glad you (and our compatriots in the Greatest Gang) made it though the tornadoes, Ginny. Supposed to rain here this weekend with a flood warning. We'll be watching the creek next to us.

I love writing bios, but for me they are labor intensive. I use the narrative form, so I agonize over wording, grammar, and punctuation. But I sure do love a finished product!

Oh, Pip. Don't worry so much about your grammar. I'm sure she was a very nice lady! wink

Hahahaha! Yes, she was!
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The Genealogy front this week is easy, I did nothing!

The rest is even worse. My 18 year old granddaughter dropped out of college due to health reasons. She and her fiance both bought cars but he hit a deer with his so his is in the shop and then hers had the serpentine belt break. They are using my car until theirs are fixed. Then things went really down hill. I went to the doctors this week and I have pneumonia so this is probably the most I will be doing for the next 10 days. Nothing like being forced to rest.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Wowsa!  Get your OJ and chicken soup!  Hope you're feeling better.
Look at it this way, Dale. At least you won't have to give away any candy this Halloween. If you go to the door sniffling, ice pack on your head, red bleary eyes, nose running, coughing on them as you reach for the candy, they'll run screaming from the house.
Scott. in our community the children will be going out for trick or treat tonight and I plan on remaining on my recliner until bedtime. So no candy for the kids this year.

SJ, I already had both along with plenty of water.
It is pretty bad when your doctor walks in and the first thing he says is "You look Sick" to which I replied " That's the best time to visit the doctor".
A forced rest, but under those circumstances? I hope you recover soon, Dale! Even with all of your other responsibilities, do take some time to relax or you’ll be no good for all the other stuff.
Rest up Dale. I had pneumonia one time. I was wiped out for around 12 days. Lost almost 30lbs. Didn't get my full strength back for almost a month. It was brutal. So yeah, get plenty of rest
The "you look sick" comment reminds me of mum's surgeon when we saw him the first time. He had looked at the Xrays mum had given him,  came into the room and said: "You have to be in pain." My answer was: "She's living on painkillers."
@Paul, I could stand to lose 30 pounds, not so much the rest of that.

For everyone, My son is safely back at home after his month long trip to Germany for work.
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Good afternoon, all. I am about to go off and start dinner as my granddaughter has a pumpkin carving exhibit at her shool this evening, so dinner must be early.

I hope you all have marvelous plans for the weekend and enjoy them to the fullest!
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1m points)
Hi Deb! I was never very good at pumpkin carving. I let our kids do it, and however it turned out was just fine!

She used a Dremel Tool to carve a skull. She did a remarkable job. She’s only seven.  laugh

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Greetings from Everett, Washington!

This is the elegy season.  Back when I was reading elegaic literature toward a Ph.D. in English, I found many poems like Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" and Keats's "Ode: To Autumn" full of imagery that Everett and environs evoke now during this fun part of autumn.  Outside the temperature is in the low 50s and dropping, with the wind audible and those leaves fleeing as from an enchanter.  All Saints and All Souls are coming up, and with them the annual tour that I and my husband do of the Mukilteo Pioneer Cemetery.

I worked on a bright orange costume that I can wear this week, modified from a superhero cape that I was making for my daughter's friend.  He didn't want sleeves, so this week I'm making it over for myself.  Orange is NOT my color.  While chatting about last weekend's comic-con with some friends from Toastmasters, I noted that I don't generally wear superhero outfits; the closest I come are the two Avengers dresses to which I added black lace ruffles.  So my friends challenged me to wear this orange thing to the Toastmasters meeting next Wednesday.

It will be a sad Toastmasters meeting, I'm afraid.  My husband and I were almost too late to say goodbye to our friend Dick, who set up our club in the space we use in the Assisted Living Center where he lived.  We found Dick on Tuesday on the 8th floor, the stroke ward, of Providence Hospital.  He had been there since he had had a stroke (aneurysm, really) after a bout of pneumonia.  His daughter Susan, who always visited our club to see her father, and would express deep gratitude for this time of reconciliation with him, was pessimistic about his chances even after some of us had been to see him and found Dick in good spirits.  So husband and I went to his hospital room, where we found his other daughter and her brother (my husband knows all these folks from his work) and Dick in bed.  He had lost partial vision but at least he could hear me and he chatted cheerfully with us and flashed his usual good humor.  He told us he was going to write a Toastmasters speech about hospital gowns, L.O.L.  We chatted with him about his growing up in Indiana and his teaching math at Purdue University and his love of the "Cremation of Sam McGee," which he used to recite, and his love of classical music.  After a while his pain medication began kicking in, and he drifted in and out of sleep.  As we were leaving, he said "Nice knowing you guys."  We left a Miraculous Medal in his room and said some prayers.

Dick died yesterday afternoon. What strikes me about it is that he knew he was dying, yet he was his usual cheerful self. What a wonderful soul.  I want to create a profile for him but will have to wait for the obituary.  While I was with him the nurse asked him his name and his birth date and place, and yet I couldn't find him in the 1940 Census!

I am working on some more profiles for Mukilteo pioneers who were descended from Upper Skagit Indians.  I or my husband do a "Mukilteo Minute" every month at the Historical Society meetings as a warmup to the speaker.  Now the web master wants me to record audio tracks so that the Power Point slides have some narration and the "Mukilteo Minutes" can go up on our web site at mukilteohistorical.org

My daughter has had her job for one year now.  Hooray!  And I started to move folders and binders away from this table because any day now the men will be here to tear out the old carpeting.

Today is the Feast of Crispin Crispianus.  "Gentlemen in England now abed / Shall think themselves accursed they were not here / And hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks / That fought with us upon St. Crispin's Day!" (Henry V)
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)
Margaret, you really oughta write a book. You could use your Chat posts and tell the story of your life as it relates the presentation and preservation of history. I love reading your posts!
I hear the "ought to write a book" in my head frequently.  At this point it's a matter of collecting what I have written and putting it into a narrative.  In the last 30 years it's become apparent to me that I am a writer rather than a teacher, although I had prepared for a career as a literature professor at a university.  A thread of historical research that began with genealogy as an escape from graduate school grew into a research assistant job working with British women's autobiographies for a professor of history (1982-1995), and then into the editorship of a genealogy research journal (1999-2010).  Wikitree is really a fulfillment of that because I get to write biographical essays for the profiles and do the historical research as well.  Coupled with my marriage to a wonderful historian, I feel very blessed.
Well, you’ve got all the experience to start. Now to find the time!

I was re-reading your first post above, and the way Dick died was similar in some ways to my friend, Mike’s, death a couple of weeks ago of what was initially pancreatic cancer that had already spread too far when discovered. I understand your sorrow.
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Hi hi and good evening from the European side of the Ocean,

on the home front, mum still ran the whole week after a neurologist appointment. Eventually she managed today to get a date in the hospital for end of November if she can't find a neurologist earlier. But even to get that there was needed a huge discussion. Hospital: "Have you already been at a neurologist?" Mum: "No. Because I can't get any appointment although all doctors say it's urgent." "Have you tried to get one?" Mum: "Sure I did. One receptionist told me to call again in November, then they have the calendars for 2020. But it's urgent." "Hmmmm. I'm gonna chat to the doctors to ask if we can do it and call you back." She did and afterwards we told ourselves. "End of November is better than 2020."

On the genealogy front I split my attention this week. Two  days I focused on editing locations to the appropriate version (see above the reply to Skye's posting), then I finished my 50 sources for the sourcerer's challenge and one day I added a seemingly ton of profiles to the big cluster of the siblings Scholl. At least I found now a connection to America, a different one than the Pennsylvanian one... There will be a day when those hundreds of profiles have a link to the Big Tree... I only need a bit more time for it.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Another connection to America... cool, Jelena!

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why it is taking so long to get that appointment. The longest I’ve ever had to wait, for lesser issues, was two months.
Here it is so difficult to get a specialist appointment that the Ministry of Health gave the health insurances the order to open call centers for people who need an urgent appointment. These call centers then have to organize somewhere in your region (US equivalent State) that you get an appointment within 4 weeks. Mum was eligible for that and if the hospital hadn't given her the date for the appointment I would have called the call center.
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Kia ora from Top of the South, New Zealand. Here it’s Labour Weekend, really the beginning of the summer season which stretches until Easter. The plant places will be doing a roaring trade as people get their gardens Christmas ready. Traditionally it’s potato planting this weekend so there are new potatoes for Christmas dinner. Our garden is well advanced and we’ve just started to pick strawberries. I only have another week to run on my work year - substitute teaching - and that’s it until February.

On the genealogy front, my second cousin once removed has joined WikiTree. She has done some amazing research through Ireland and India, and has chosen to share it for posterity on WikiTree. I’ve been down a rabbit hole finding NZ sources for an English member. As the name was Jones, I thought it would be very hard, but in fact there is only one child whom I have “lost”. (If anyone else wants NZ research done, please ask - there is a huge amount of free information if you know where to look.) Oh, and the New Zealand Project check ins are finished.
by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Ah, Fiona, you’re warming up and it’s getting colder here. (audible sigh)
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Happy weekend, everyone!  My work week was pretty fully booked up with meetings, but a lot of them were research-related (=fun!) so that was ok.  Two big things to do before Monday and I got one done this morning.  Plus another one that needs to be done in about a month ago.  (Oops.)  But if I can get those done I can spend more of the weekend on WikiTree.  My kid has a nasty head cold so some weekend plans have been canceled.

WikiTree:  I've finally sorted out Elizabeth Savage's father, and now I'm trying to figure out (a) her mother and (b) which of Thomas Savage's sons was her grandfather.  Several DNA clusters are pointing me in the right direction but I haven't quite managed to connect the dots and my interest is starting to fizzle.  Got sidetracked onto a puzzling match who's really close (2nd-3rd cousin level) but whose tree doesn't match up at all.  One of her ancestors lived right near my Savage family, and his sister married my ancestor's brother, so I suspect there's something interesting going on there that I just haven't figured out yet.  Might be time to move on to something else and come back to this later.
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)
Lisa, glad to hear from you. I’ve done the same, leaving a difficult research issue to come back to it later. I hate doing it when I think there is just one more piece of evidence to nail down and can’t find it.
Hey, Lis. I hope your kid feels better soon.

Congrats on your work! Have you done a Leeds method on all of them, yet? Might be cool to do.
Chris, I have done massive CLM cluster analysis charts for me, my mom, and my uncle.  The clusters go down to 20 cM (the shared match limit on Ancestry) and I have over 2000 matches in mine and my mom's, and over 800 in my uncle's.  Total overkill and a slog to go through, but incredibly helpful!
That's a lot of matches. =O

I have about 130 shared matches with my dad and 1,125 with my mom at last count at the up to 4th cousin level. I have identified where about maybe 152 go in the grand scheme of things.
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Aloha from Lincoln, Nebraska.

On the genealogy front: I made.a phone call to my dad's cousin Lancelot. He is in the Lincoln family of Kohala, Hawaii. From the line of Thomas The Miller Lincoln. As they say in Hawaii. We talked story. At first it was just him telling me funny stories about my dad. Then a bit of family history. I have called him Uncle Lance for as long as I can remember. He has always been someone cool to talk to about anything. He has lota of family history that he is going to send me. I've been waiting since the 90s for it. So I called a different cousin of my dads. She may be more reliable in getting information.

On the home front: Work, work, and more work. Caught one of my teens drinking beer. She was so mad when I woke her up at 5am the next morning. I took her to the shop I'm based out of and let her hungover hiny get a sniff of diesel fuel as I serviced 2 skidloaders. She had sensitivities to smells, and loud noises. The smell of diesel made.her puke, the sounds of Slayer made her headache suck. I'm sure asking about her hangover every 10min didn't help either. When my coworkers came in Monday, they were shocked that the shop was swept, trash dumped, and the bathroom clean. I think having her clean the shop bathroom, which is used by 5  construction equipment mechanics, and 3 delivery drivers  As well as various construction workers was a brutal punishment. I only caught her drinking, because she was responsible enough to call for a ride home for her and 4 friends.

The weather here hasn't been bad. Nothing crazy to report. Compared to people in California, and Dallas, I have nothing to complain about.
by Paul Kreutz G2G6 Mach 1 (19.6k points)
Lance sounds awesome. Cool name, too. How do you pull off a name like Lancelot? Congrats on all your family history findings!

Damn you're a strict dad. =O At least it works!
I'm not that strict. Lol. My kids have it pretty easy for the most oart. Lance is freakin awesome. The last time I saw him, I had 9 beers too many as he told me crazy atories . That was around 2003.
You should definitely go visit him again!
Unique forms of discipline some primes work better than the standard ones. Hope it worked.

Lancelot... what a cool name!
If his wife's name was "Gwen", I am outta here. =)
When I was 10, I asked Lance if he wanted to joust. He declined. He isn't married  As far as I know he wasn't married to, or involved with a Gwen. When I read that part, I almost died laughing.

Pip, I just wanted her to understand that if you drink. Whatever responsibility you have, doesn't care. My 17yr old daughter will look back on that moment, and say unkind things. Then one day she will understand. This week I'm a mean, cruel dad. I'm a couple days I will be a cool dad again.
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Great news that you're  "over the hump" on your landscaping project......  I'm especially impressed with the scale of the project after reading you and your wife total 128 years.

I had planned to post some photos from our stay at Amicalola Falls State Park, GA, this week.... but had a camera failure  (more likely a camera operator failure)..... ALL the shots are out of focus....  I won't make excuses.    But the fall colors were in infant stages  (the Virginia Creeper and Sumac "weeds"  were vivid red,  and a few other early changing trees.... but mainly still green leaves).

We did take a 2 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail... with sore muscles to prove it.  (Not used to steep uphill hikes on slippery rocks.)

Thanks for hosting Pip.   Hope you never tire of opening the WeekEnd Chat.
by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
I tell you, Peggy, I just glad it’s over. The work may look great, but I am tired of it. We have not taken a trip since the January wedding. That’s why I’m looking forward to the Charleston Games this next weekend. I gotta get out of town!
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Good evening (5:36pm Saturday)

Everything has been busy busy busy! Monday saw all the paperwork submitted for marking, with assessment panel in two weeks and a public presentation the week after

This weekend in New Zealand is our Labour Weekend which basically is a 3 day weekend (Saturday - Monday)... and I'll be spending all those evenings at a charity event which is a carnival of lights situated around the council building in my city.

Had a barbecue lunch with a few friends today which was nice for a sunny Saturday.

Lastly, a cousin of mine in Denmark sent me an email update on a mutual ancestor which confirmed some information I suspected, and revealed the existence of another branch of our line in Italy
by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
Richard, I know you’ll be glad when all that is over and done! You’ve really put yourself through the wringer... all those hours, all that work. Good to see you come out on the other side intact!

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