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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: See you next weekend!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
closed by Pip Sheppard

Welcome to another Weekend Chat, my fellow WikiChatterers! And greetings from a wet Cathey’s Creek. Yep, we finally got some decent rain after a fairly dry summer. Much as we need it, I am reminded of how this worked out last year: flooding, trees down, power outages. Here’s hoping for better weather this time around. We are less worried about how severe weather will affect our landscaping. Even if you are a nominal reader of my posts, you know what we have worked all spring and summer to redo much of our back and front yards. We finished just in time for the season change. Yes, there are a few minor things to take care of, but the heavy work is done for now.

On the home front:  I’m leaving NOW for the weekend, so I’ll be checking in and out of the Chat sporadically. This will be our first getaway since a year ago last June (not counting the wedding last January, which was a lot of work for everyone but me – my job was to cry the whole time), and I am thrilled! This weekend I’ll be in Charleston, South Carolina, for the Charleston Scottish Games, and this will be a family affair, one of those rare instances where everyone’s schedule worked out. Both of my daughters and their hubbies will be there. Tonight, we eat at a really nice steak place downtown, and they Saturday is the big day!

All of us will be at the Games, and everyone is pretty excited (except my wife who indulges me: attending, mending my Balmoral, ironing my 35-year-old kilt, etc.). For my sons-in-law, this will be a first for them. I’m hoping this will “hook” them. One has Mccrea ancestry on his mother’s side and is a sportsman (maybe he’ll want to work toward participating in the athletic events in the future?). The other son-in-law just wants to enjoy himself. I haven’t worked his maternal lines yet: his paternal line is all Puerto Rican. Of course, I have Mccrae ancestry, too, along with several others like Patterson and Kerr.

My daughters attended with me in the early 90s, and the last one I attended probably about 1999. The younger doesn’t remember, but the elder of the two does. She’s pretty proud of her Scottish heritage, just as she is of her Volga-German ancestry through her biological father (I discovered this latter for her).

 I know that some in Scotland looks askance at how we interpret our Scottish heritage here in the United States, but even amongst all the “frou-frou” (kilts for Lowland Scot descendants, tarter this and tartan that, jewelry, accessories) there are components of Games that does help us to celebrate our heritage. And I am proud of my heritage, especially since I’ve been able to delve more deeply into my Scottish ancestry since joining WikiTree, discovery upon discovery!

On the genealogy front: GALLOWAY, MCCALL, OWEN. ‘Nuff said! (But a special shout-out to cousin and WikiTree member Donnie Blackstone who has paved the way for me through our shared heritage. I regularly come across his work and that makes connecting and sourcing so much easier. Thank you, Cousin Donnie!)

This week, I’ve had the special honor to write up full narrative bios for a couple of WWI vets. Thanks to Natalie Trott for assisting with categorisation.

And an earnest thank you to all those members who have helped me interpret difficult handwriting on old documents several times over the past couple of months. Your ability to decipher Southern hieroglyphics helps me to make bios all that much better. Your assistance is most appreciated!

Be blessed, everyone, and enjoy the Chat!

Enjoy your weekend PIp. Hope you and the family have a great time.
Make sure you get some haggis, neeps, and tatties during those Scottish Games, Pip!
Hmm....I have a few WW I vets that may need Nat's assistance. But, I am sure she will stumble upon them soon. We shall see. She and I are already recategorizing all the Italy place categories. FUN times! Wanna help, Pip? PLEASE? Sure you do!!

Have a great vacation!
Thanks for hosting, Pip! Hope you have a great weekend with your family. Enjoy yourself!

Thanks for hosting! Pip, enjoy your time with your daughters, sons-in-law and the Charleston Scottish Games! Post a picture of you in the attire (kilts). smiley 

@Pip, "... tarter this and tartan that ..." ... okay

CALIFORNIA -- SoCal fires a cause of concern ref relatives I cannot get a response from but I figure with 1000's and 1000's evacuated and all things considered with flames springing up and devouring the environment, it will be another few weeks before they can respond ... 

GENEALOGICALLY I have been testing the entry of explanatory commentary (The Box on a Profile) that will show up in Family Feeds ... timed out a few times so I suspect that "frequent saving" anxiety is NOT going to be allowed to rule me. 

I discover anew that while it's easy enough to profile one or two children when I'm looking at and processing more than five of them, transcripts in the biog, and sourcing .... even the mouse begins to sag in fatigue ... it's certainly challenging ... so I do one complete (I hope, barring any Category stuff) and roll over for food, rest, renewal and then tackle the next one ... 

Currently updating the Pemberton files I'm related to. MIND YOU, it's JUST the kids for this couple and NOT (yet) the spouses and grandchildren. 

If I've discovered any new cousins, it's lost in a blur of fatigue.

INVITATIONAL - "BE MY GUEST" -- DID get a query about the Longley ranch, Campbell Longley and 1st spouse Sarah. Sarah is the only one buried in one cemetery (of the Longley) but the cemetery was removed to Caddo, TX, when Authority decided to construct Stillhouse Hollow resevoir etc c1955/62. Campbell married second but I don't recall issue at this moment. QUERY was about the LOCATION of the ranch. Well, Bell County, TX of course, with a prior land purchase in Washington County (later some part of another county), etc ... I think they want the GPS of it, barring the fact it's under water. The man making the query is a writer, a historian, traveling, gathering materials, etc. (Must be a lot younger than I am). Profiles in question are Campbell Longley-1009 and his 1st Sarah Ann (Henry-9077) Longley AND if ANYONE wants to contribute to Bob Boys (the Querent) information contact me and I'll send you his email

I went ahead and adopted Campbell & Sarah, and added some URL stuff in the biog box on Campbell's profile. On Sarah's profile I entered some materials from her FAG about some of the children. I may go ahead and profile the kids, but anyone who has an Idle Moment (LOL) is free to do so, both files are OPEN 

Campbell's horrid son William P. Longley, was notorious and totally bad -- of course if YOU want to do a Black Sheep on him, fine by me. I won't. You'll be overwhelmed by Legend and Rumor and have to be careful in construction -- William IS in Wikipedia I think so you've got a double whammy going as a Notable and a Black Sheep ... 

I see that ONE child is profiled by someone, Elizabeth (Longley) Walton, that needs SOURCES by crackey that whole line of descent is "Ancestry.com" which is not acceptable. 

avoir, mes amis

I THINK we can say with confidence that Pip and Spouse have worked wonders, or at least I have spent a lot of time WONDERING ... I have to give them major kudos for Herculean Labors on the renovation and repairs they have made 

PS / I contacted someone who contacted someone who contacted one of the unresponsive family members who said they are "fine". I'd love to know if fine means sitting in a refugee camp or at home ... but I'm lucky to find out that much. LOL (well, he was an Eagle Scout, so a refugee camp wouldn't present too much difficulty for him) 

Hi all, happy weekend!  Thanks Pip for hosting!

Ditto to what everyone said here Pip. Happy weekend and thanks for hosting Pip.

Welcome everyone to the  WikiTree Weekend chat.

Hope you had a great time at the Scottish Games!   They are fun!   Pip did you know that I have 25% Scottish on paper and over 50% via DNA ethnicity predictions.   So go Scotts!

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Good morning everyone, hope today finds you in good health and in good spirits.

Here in Central Pennsylvania we had about 2.5 inches of rain last night, with some local flooding in low areas.  Temperatures are predicted to dip slightly below freezing at night over the next several days.

I had a good week. Received my DNA results on Wednesday, so I will be going through those this weekend, trying to educate myself on what it all means. At first glance it is a lot of information and seems overwhelming, so I will have to break it down into manageable pieces.

I spent most of my genealogy time this week walking in the local cemetery. Found a few tombstones I was looking for, and found a few tombstones that may give me clues to other surname lines I was interested in.

Travel safe and enjoy the weekend. Keep the wind to your back. Forward progress will be much easier.

by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
edited by Rodney Long
Cemeteries are so interesting. I have been fortunate to find a couple of cemetery deeds, also with all those names, and relationships described in a county history.
Yes they are Kay. I always find some information to work with while walking. I always carry my little flip notebook to take notes, and my cell phone for pictures.

I always enjoy cemetery searches,  especially when you discover new leads for your genealogy research.

Happy Hunting.
Thank-you Peggy, have a good weekend.
Thanks for reminding me I need to get back to my cemetery page and create a few more profiles, also need to make another trip to the family cemetery to get a few more headstone photos.
I need to rephotograph some family headstones too...... Will have to chalk them to make anything legible in some of the photos I took.
Hi David, hope you have a good weekend.
Hi Peggy, I never thought about using chalk, have a good weekend.

Not my best work..... but what I could find quickly!   Rain washes it off and there's no damage to the headstone.



It sure does not hurt the stone, and gets the job done. Good idea.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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Good morning Linda, hope you have a super day.
Rodney, Where did your new DNA information come from, AND are all the companies about the same in research and careful communications to us??

I had mine done years ago by FTDNA, Family Tree DNA. But I just haven't returned to it to use it. How would one start to do that, i.e, is anything more complex than reading and writing in the offered language for one's DNA necessary??
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Today is....



National Deep Fried Clams Day on November 1st recognizes a popular seafood item enjoyed since the 1840s.

Fried claims have been on menus in restaurants since the 1840s. They were served alongside mutton, liver and veal cutlets up and down the Eastern Seaboard. And they have quite a history, too.

According to legend, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman from Essex, Massachusetts deep fried the first breaded versions of clams over 100 years ago. On July 3, 1916, in his small roadside restaurant, now Woodman’s of Essex, it is believed Chubby served his customers the first modern-day deep-fried clams.  

It was later on that Thomas Soffron of Soffron Brothers Clam Co., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, created clam strips, which are made from the foot of hard-shelled sea clams.  Soffron sold these to Howard Johnson’s in an exclusive deal, and as the chain expanded, they became popular throughout the country.

Clams are low in cholesterol and fat without breading and oil.  However, when fried, they absorb cooking fat and calories. 

Fried clams to New England are what barbecue is to the South. ~David Leite ~August 29, 2007, New York Times ~In A ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date With a Clam

HOW TO OBSERVE "Deep Fried Clams Day":

Enjoy this Battered Fried Clams recipe.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
"Fried clams are to New England as BBQ is to the south". Yeah, that's accurate. =D

Quality tends to vary where you get them, though. Some places are pretty good. Some unfortunately are so gross that even the dog won't eat them.
Thanks for another great cooking idea.
I will have mine fried with a side of catchup! Much prefer any type of shrimp!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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Good morning to all. First some good news for a change. I am recovering slowly from my recent illness and even managed to work a a few profiles over the last couple of days, nothing major but some sources and family members were added.

We had the first snow of the season, just a trace but it still counts, last night. My sister had an accident yesterday and totaled her car. She has some minor injuries but should be returning to work on Monday so that is good news. We are in the planning stages of planning a short trip to North Carolina in December, exact dates and length of time is still undetermined, but we have not visited relatives down there in over 3 years so hopefully it will not be much longer for those visits.

Well back to the tree and work on some profiles and possibly even some pruning of my watchlist.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Wishing you the best for a speedy recovery, Dale! Glad your sister was not seriously injured and the car can be replaced. Cold here with freezing temps the last three nights with rain before the cold front but no snow.
Ditto on the speedy recovery Dale.    Short trips are great,  North Carolina weather may be kind to you in December..... as opposed, say,  to Minnesota or Maine.
We took my car up to my sister. I have a 3 year old car with only 9500 miles on it so it is a good thing someone can drive it.
Sorry to hear about your sister, Dale. But glad to hear you're recovering nicely. Here in Indy we got frost, but no snow that stuck anywhere and if there was ice on the roads, it was pretty minor stuff. But it did get our attention that winter is rearing it's head and ready to pounce for sure.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat here.

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Good morning all. This will be a slow weekend for me, which is just fine. Any recommendations on a good binge watch? cheeky

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1m points)
What about the Jesse Stone series!!     Tom Selleck does a great job and I hear they are making more episodes.

Whatever you choose,  enjoy.
And a good morning to you also, Deb! I agree with Peggy the Jesse Stone series is a very good watch for a cold and indoor lazy day.
I will give it a look. Thanks!
Stranger Things seems to get better each season, so I'd recommend that if you haven't seen it already. I'm looking forward to watching that last episode probably tomorrow night and see what happens in Hawkins.
I have only watched the first season. I liked it. That may be just the ticket. Sometimes I get distracted by something new and forget to go back. Thanks for the reminder, Scott!
Hinterland, Shetland!

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Good Friday Morning, WikiTreers! Happy Weekend!

I sure hope November is a better month for us. In October, one great-granddaughter had to have jaw reconstruction surgery. Another great-granddaughter broke her wrist. A son-in-law was force-retired (just a few years shy of his actual retirement.) I fought bronchial asthma (still not over completely.) We had to put our 19-year-old kitty to sleep. AND the coup de grace was my husband having a heart attack accompanied by some mini-strokes last Friday. He is home and doing fairly well--we can already tell major improvement from the effects of the strokes which primarily affected his eyes and left arm. His heart is weakened and is in AFib but he is alive. Edited: Took husband to ER Saturday morning for shortness of breath and fluid retention. They said he has Congestive Heart Failure. They transported him to Atlanta and are giving him meds to get the fluid off.

I have gotten some genealogy work done during the month of October, but not as much as I would have liked. I'm continuing to focus on my Hildreth (maternal) line. (Anyone else think a 500 contribution badge for the month would be nice? Especially now that we know "frequent saving" is costly to WikiTree?)

November 4th will be my first WikiTree anniversary--my account was "created" on October 29th last year but I wasn't "confirmed" until November 4th. Being part of the WikiTree community has been a wonderful experience. I've learned so much and I'm looking forward to a productive second year.

Y'all take care and have a terrific weekend!
by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (150k points)
edited by Nelda Spires
Happy WikiTree anniversary Nelda!
Happy WikiTree anniversary, Nelda! Wishing your husband a speedy recovery as well as your granddaughter.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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I am busy trying to get things in order to head south sometime this month.  It seems harder every year to have
the things lined up in case I need long distance help from
remaining family here.
I was surprised to see Donnie Blackstone referred to.  Some of his ancestors lived within five miles of here and Blackstone Hill is a real challenge to the snowplow drivers
every slippery winter day.  There are Blackstones buried in the same cemetery as my great grandfather.
We had a big wind storm last night but luckily no wires were blown down so I can write this.  We are still having
long term problems in this area with the long term too high
water levels on Lake Ontario.  The home owners and businesses are asking for shipping to be stopped early so extra water can safely be let out of the dams on the St. Lawrence River and the water levels reduced by at least a foot.  Two years, back to back, of unusually high water has
caused a lot of financial and environmental problems in this
area.  We would have been very glad to have some of that early spring rain and snow pack melt through the whole Great Lakes area to have been shared with the state of California.  I can't imagine having to grab my things and rush away and possibly come home to a pile of ashes.  My heart goes out to any one living through that, after having gone through just a kitchen wing on our house burning down about 45 years ago.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
edited by Beulah Cramer
Safe travels south.

The west certainly could use some of that extra water.

Your mention of Blackstone Hill reminds me of my school bus ride up Devoe Road Hill. We lived on the edge of the district and had a short small school bus. Sarah, our bus driver, would put the bus in low gear and have all of us sit in the seats over the rear wheels to make it up the hill.
Have a safe journey south, Beulah! I understand the weather around the great lakes can be windy and very cold.
Blackstone Hill is a steep hill on a sweeping sharp curve and ended at the bottom going over a bridge which was at an  angle from the road direction.   Although I don't remember any reports of the bridge walls ever being repaired in my lifetime.  I don't want to be a school bus driver on that route, (or any for that matter).
We've been watching the reports on the California fires too.  Seems like they just don't stop.   Hopefully they'll get relief soon.

It's great you're able to head south for a bit!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

How is everyone doing the day after Halloween? We good? Good here. Halloween was unfortunately delayed because of the rain. It sucks. But, what can ya do? Mother nature doesn't play fair and doesn't much care for holidays. Nope.

On the genealogy front, I posted about Halloween in my blog: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/10/52-ancestors-week-44-trick-or-treat.html 

I ain't afraid of no ghosts. Let alone one of my grandmother. Still, it is a good story and I don't mind repeating it.

Here on Wikitree, I've been working with Natalie Trott to recategorize Italian profiles so that the towns nest better in the categories. The way we do it is simple. "Town/Commune,Province" It's like how in America we have "Town, State" or "Town/Country". Dunno if that makes sense. But, we are working to edit all of the pages so that they'd be in the right categories. 

We seem to have more Sicilian pages than Calabrian or even Campanian....Interesting. I should remedy that.

On the non genealogy front, things are okay. Hope you all enjoy the blog!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)
Neither rain, nor snow, nor dead of night,

Will keep the kids from their fright.

We did Trunk n Treat at the church, sorta indoors, which means there was no trunk involved, but lots of treats were given. So no cancellations, postponements, or otherwise around here, even though we were seeing some very cold temps and sloppy rain, snow, and sleet.
Great ghost story Chris.......  it must be true some people are more sensitive and experience contact with ghosts; Perhaps your father passed that awareness to you!!     I haven't had the honor of such experiences myself......

Enjoy your post Halloween weekend.
@ Scott: Apparently it can here in the northeast. Eh, whatever. We still got a ton of candy. The good kind! We don't do "Fun size". People who do that deserve to get egged.

@Peggy: Thanks! Perhaps he did. One never knows.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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Currently, it's 4˚ C in Fort Erie and windy. The wind was gusting up to 121 km/h last night, and Environment Canada issued a Small Craft Warning for the puddle in our back yard. The predicted high for today is a sultry 5˚ C, with a low tonight of 2˚ C.

On the home front, the light of my life and the delight of my eyes gets to take off her heart monitor at noon today. I predict periods of singing and dancing when that happens, as she has found that monitor really annoying.

On the genealogy front, I'm most of the way through the list of Frenches on ThePeerage.com as part of the French Name Study. So far, I can report that there are about four times as many Frenches on WikiTree as there are Slades, and the proportion of Frenches to Slades on ThePeerage is nearly as high (although there are only about twice as many Frenches as Slades listed on Wikipedia). However, the proportion of Frenches from ThePeerage and Wikipedia who have profiles on WikiTree is considerably lower. (Probably because I haven't been putting much effort into the French Name Study.) 

Even the proportions of sourced and connected Frenches on WikiTree is lower, even though those numbers depend on the work of way more people. At this point, I can't say whether Frenches or Slades (or Welches) are above average, below average, or in the middle of the pack on these measures. I did start a thread last month on "Stuff I put on my One Name Study pages", and a number of people commented that they planned to add at least some of those elements onto their own One Name Study pages. If enough people start charting the number of connected and sourced profiles for the surnames in their studies, we might be able to build charts showing how well each surname is doing. (Or, for that matter, it would probably be possible to build an app to do that.) I can imagine somebody being right chuffed if every single profile with the Last Name At Birth of their One Name Study was sourced and connected to the main tree. I know I would be. 

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
So glad the heart monitor is history!    I hope you enjoy "the light of your life's"  singing.    (I say this only because I realize my husband considers my singing comic.)

With the condition of Ft. Erie weather,  I'd recommend spending time on genealogy  (but not by visiting cemeteries).

Enjoy your weekend.

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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We had a light dusting of snow for Halloween, but today is sunny, windy and expected to be in the 50s.  Could be one of the last sunny/warm weekends of the year.
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Hello to all from beautiful Cochise County, Arizona!

Been a very busy week. The Open House for our senior center last Friday afternoon was a huge success. It even made the front page of the city's newspaper. It was nice for our small town to get good press coverage.

I had a fun time at last night's "trunk or treat". I string a giant, crocheted spider web plus large spider across my trunk and make the children reach around/through to get the candy. I enjoy interacting with them and seeing the costumes.

One of my snowbird friends has now read the first 30 chapters of my book. She is anxious to read the rest. My two beta readers haven't gotten back to me about those chapters yet (and probably won't for another two weeks!). Seems like I need to print out those chapters now. lol Haven't done much writing this week cause I've had too many other things to do.

WikiTree: I managed to get all of the White family from Aunt Sue's tree done for the BioBuilders challenge. Fell into so many rabbit holes along the way, I wondered if I were becoming a character in "Watership Down". wink

I had been thinking of starting on the Irish Brennans next, but not sure if I want to fall down more rabbit holes searching for Irish records. Think I'll focus more on writing this upcoming week.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)

If you're going to become one of those rabbits I'd suggest Fiver... he can see things that the others can't.  wink   Though Bigwig might be better at digging under those brick walls...

Yes, I could use a bit of Bigwig's magic, Lisa laugh

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On this day:

1755: An earthquake destroyed most of Lisbon.

1880: The German scientist Alfred Wegener was born

1894: The last Russian Tsar Nicholas II. accessed the throne.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)

Hope you're having a great weekend.    Since the Halloween weather prevented many trick-or-treaters from visiting our house, we're trying to resist eating candy all weekend.   Too bad we bought Reese's Cups and Snickers.... which we love.

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Happy Weekend! Remember to VOTE next Tuesday or before. NY just passed early voting so we have actually worked twice so far and it isn't even election day.

Enjoyed the responses to my post on all the German DNA in the British.  Interesting comment about being attached to the continent and people crossing over.  Later the channel was created and it became an island. The original BREXIT?

Trying to create an address list for my cousin who sends out birthday and Christmas cards. Her daughter hasn't returned hers. Her mother did this before her. There are 17 left out of 24 cousins. Her birthday is this month so I can send it then.

Found out AARP taxaide is going to Chromebooks. They have been using Microsoft PCs. Anyone have experience with Chromebooks? It is cheaper and mostly a way to connect to the internet I guess. (200-600 dollars).
by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (122k points)

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Thanks for hosting again Pip and hope to see pictures of your kilt !   

Weather:   Here in Catoosa County, GA, it finally started raining again last week and  it’s been great fall weather  UNTIL……… Halloween.  The morning started out in the 70s but by late afternoon was 40’s and dropping with an overnight frost.    Add a bit of wind and the trick-or-treat costumes  couldn’t provide much comfort.

Leaves are now showing deep reds, purples and yellows ….. will probably peak in a day or two.


Halloween:   Costumes don't need to be difficult nor expensive...... perhaps this costume was inspired by the Gong Show  (remember the Unknown Comic?)

Genealogy:  I’ve been creating Elliott family profiles ,  based on some Elliott family research I was given by a  “cousin”….. she found me through Find A Grave.  Without her research,  it would have been painful to piece the facts together.    Back in the 1800s, the Rhoades continually married the Elliotts and they all married the Finks from Germany.  A wife’s death inspired them to marry a sister-in-law, keeping it all in the family I guess.   Everyone named their sons Lewis and their daughters Serena  (later just Rena).   Some of the relationships were difficult to sort out, so I didn’t save anything for the next Connect-A-Thon;  where you only want the swift and simple.

Music:   The G2G forum had a topic on generating a  WikiTree Playlist.   It will certainly be fun to see the outcome.    While it’s hard to classify Victor Borge  (is he a pianist or comedian??)…. If you’re not familiar with his work you might enjoy it.   In this clip, he doesn’t play much piano….    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtDX1Vl-Jxk

I’m sure Susan Laursen is familiar with her countryman’s work.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.   (Especially Pip)

by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
Costume looks like something from Minecraft to me.
Exactly what I was thinking, Chris. Although Creepers are green, not blue. Now Minecraft Zombies do have a blue shirt, so I'd lean towards that as what they were aiming for. Good costume, though. Love the homemade ones.

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Hello all from snowy Colorado. We just had a foot of snow and temps dropped to minus 2 yesterday morning. Since I’m a duck hunter, I got to experience that cold and snow first hand. But not for long because all the water so so frozen that we went skating instead.

So forget the hunting and I will now continue working on my cemetery study.  I'm 2/3rds done with a 1400 memorial cemetery. That means entering a profile, putting it in a cemetery category, taking a pic of the headstone, transcribing the headstone, and then connecting the profile to the world. I am guessing it will take me a full year to complete and I’m 8 months into it. But I sure learned a lot about alternate and local sources that have aided the process. And I now understand a lot more about local history and what people dealt with in moving to a new territory. It’s been fun.
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
Great work, Gurney! That's quite a large undertaking, doing a cemetery.

I'm in Lakewood, CO (formerly in Denver). The roads are better, and I'm looking forward to the warmup over the weekend.
I made the sad mistake of starting with the cemetery where my Uncle is interred, which is very near to the house. I thought to myself, it would be nice to find out about those that are in those nice mausoleum drawers all around him. So I started with his area, then it hit me that this cemetery was pretty large. I wonder how large. Um... over 77,000! So I feel terribly happy that I have managed to catalog about 110 memorials, but it's a near impossibility to do that many - at least with my available time. But my hats off to you for taking on a 1400 memorial cemetery! If you can get them all logged and profiles entered, that would be absolutely AWESOME!

Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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+17 votes
Hello fellow WikiTreers. Has anyone figured out anything about the two of us who walked into a bar....

Yesterday we set a record high of 86F, but it dropped into the 50s sometime overnight, probably when the tornado alert woke us up around 1am. Haven't heard anything about any tornado touch down, though.

We have prepared the RV for winter, and go to the first basketball game of the season tonight.

I have been adding the (deceased) descendants of ggg grandparents and got to the last one (Viola) about 2 weeks ago. Oh what a rabbit hole! Viola and Her second husband Gates married after his first wife Louisa died. They were divorced 5 days before he married Harriet, whom he divorced 5 years before he married Louisa's sister Cynthia. Viola's father was the witness for Louisa and Cynthia's father's will. The father along with his children Louiza, Albert (really is Halbert) and Syntha (Cynthia) had profiles from a 2000 GEDCOM, but Louisa was a different person, married to a different individual, and a mangled version of their stepmother was their mother, instead of their mother Louisa who died in 1874. All of the family individuals married, typically 2, 3 or 4 times. There is another guy named Gates, but he is a different person. And so on. So you would expect that Viola and her daughter appear in the 1940 census, and the son-in-law is on a different sheet. Next is Viola's first husband, who married 3 or 4 times. Gah!
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (263k points)
I'm glad I picked a few uncomplicated profiles during the connect-a-thon.  Just saw a woman who married six times in doing unsourced profiles.  I didn't touch her either!!!
...a ham sandwich walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Sorry, we don't serve food!"
I see it now!  No reply.

A horse walked into a bar, the bartender asked, "Why the long face?"

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+17 votes

Grace and peace to you, Wikikin!

I haven't posted in a  couple of weeks. I've been busy with the full time job, wife, three young sons, and the house and yard with tons of projects to accomplish before the arrival of our first daughter/fourth child in 18 days (scheduled C-Section).

It's a cold All Saints Day here in metro-Detroit. Yesterday, Halloween, was cold and VERY wet, and rumor has it we had some snow overnight that didn't stick. Quite early for snowfall in southeastern Michigan. My grandmother's brother posted a picture of a thouroughly snow-coated landscape in northern lower Michigan. I'm just glad it isn't like that yet here. I'd like at least one full month before that please.

Yesterday I was able to leave work early and go to the school where my twin sons go to kindergarten for their costume parade and classroom parties. It was fun. 

After that, we went home for dinner to discover a sump pump disaster in the basement. Well, disaster is a strong word - but it wasn't a good situation. It had been pouring all day and the sump pump must have been overwhelemed and it stopped working and some parts of our basement had up to an inch of standing water. After my in-laws and I bailed out the sump pump for almost an hour it suddenly started working again, thank Goodness.

I finished just in time to take the kids trick-or-treating. It wasn't terribly rainy at first, but it got worse, and it got windy and cold. Many, many houses were giving out candy by the handful since there were fewer trick-or-treaters out than usual due to the weather, so the kids got quite the haul.

I finally got to have my dinner at 9pm after the kids were in bed.

Tonight, Holy Mass of All Saints. Tomorrow - new session of swim lessons begins, this time with all three boys. Also, the attic insulation saga continues - and hopefully concludes. Sunday, I'm probably going to assessemble the crib and help my wife finish off the baby's room.

by Thomas Fuller G2G6 Mach 6 (69.5k points)
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Wow Thomas,

You're juggling a lot of things!    I certainly understand you missing a few  Week End Chats.   We had cold, wind and rain too.... It pretty much shut down trick-or-treating. Don't eat too much candy.

3 boys and a girl;   likely the boys will spoil their little sister.  Keep us up to date on the new arrival!
Hi Thomas, good the pump started working and would guess the basement is dry now. If you posted a photo t is not showing. Wow, two boys and a girl to arrive soon!

Ditto to what everyone said here 

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+15 votes
Greetings from Everett, Washington!

I want to give a shout out to new member Amy Meredith https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Meredith-4236 She has just uploaded a GEDCOM and she is asking all the right questions, of me privately and here on G2G, about formatting and sourcing.  I do not have experience with GEDCOMs, so I suggested she ask all you fine people.  

The cemetery event last Wednesday was not what I'd hoped.  The police officer forgot to publicize it on social media, although I did get the word out through other sources.  Mostly, though, I learned that we have to start before 6 p.m., as the sun went down very rapidly after that hour.  BIG maple leaves obscured many of the flat grave markers, so I concentrated on the older, upright ones and kept my small group close to me.  The sun went down in a halo of red (red because of distant smoke from the California fires), the weather being clear and rapidly falling into the low 40s. It was a beautiful view before it got very dark, and cold.

We had one trick-or-treater last night.  Just as well, as Halloween night always requires me to be cooking for the family in between looking out for potential visitors.  I made a pumpkin pie out of the ropy pulp that the seeds cling to.  Unfortunately the premade graham cracker crust that I employed as a shortcut was burnt. I also made pumpkin pancakes this morning.

Deep fried clams sound good today.  As we are not required to abstain from meat on a holy day of obligation (All Saints Day), I also cooked sausages for my daughter and son.

My husband and I were introduced by an avid Scottish gamesman from Los Angeles.  When I got that historic voicemail from him in April 1989 about his wanting me to meet a friend of his, I almost didn't go, because I thought that all his friends were also bodybuilders who tossed the caber and the 50-pound stone.  Husband and I later attended several games with him, such as the one at Costa Mesa in Orange County.  I have several pieces of McFarlane headgear, neckties, and, somewhere, some hunting McFarlane tartan wool material that has moth holes by now.  I enjoy Highland dancing and sheep dog trials.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)

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Today is our 29th wedding anniversary!  I have made two pumpkin pies but not a full dinner.  We are going to eat at our favorite (fun for the whole family) gaming tavern in Everett as soon as daughter et al return with her new gaming computer.  I hear them now.
Happy anniversary and may there be many more in the years to come.
+14 votes
Greetings and Salutations, Wikitreers!

It started off as such a nice week here in central Indiana until the cold arctic winds cut in on Wednesday and by the time Halloween rolled around, it was like ice daggers with the sleet and snow coming down. Fortunately the pavement was too hot for anything to stick. Unfortunately, the precipitation kind of forced all the celebrations indoors. So our Trunk n' Treat at the church turned into more of a Table n' Treat, which was just fine with me. Last year I believe we saw about 1300 kids come through. I don't think we had as many this year, but it certainly was a steady stream for the 2 hours we held the event. I tempered my enthusiasm for handing out multiple pieces of candy with my experience from last year, and started off with 1 piece per trickster, but by the last 30 minutes, upped the ante to 2 pieces and ended up taking 2 bags and some remnants home with me. But by the time I went to work early, left early, packed the car, ran out, set up the table, treated for 2 hours, rushed home, slammed down some fast food, and went straight to bed, I was exhausted. Today's been one of those sinus/dizzy days where some unidentified illness is creeping around the edges, so I'm trying to both ignore it and drink LOTS of fluids as a precaution. We'll see how it all turns out.

On the genealogy front, I've been steadily working Fulkerson profiles - most of which are distantly related, but I'm pleased to see that several trees are filling out. I'm come to the realization that I just hate to leave pieces left out of a tree, so I add a few non-Fulkerson pieces while I'm out there rooting around those branches so that maybe I'll be lucky and someone will see the name and follow along behind me and maybe add a few more branches to them.

I also connected actress and Oscar winner Sandy Dennis this week. She was relatively easy to connect, and I probably could have added another 20-50 profiles to her tree, but when I'm doing these Notables, I try to give them a good start and then need to move along to the next one so that we can continue to grow our tree. Hoping I'm hitting the reasonably proper balance of quantity AND quality in these things, although sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't just sit on a profile for a week and just improve the heck out of it and then be happy that I got ONE completely done. Reminds me of the Tootsie Pop and the owl - how many licks... one... two... *CRUNCH* three. Three was enough. For him at least - not so sure with me.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (723k points)
1300 kids?! Woah! You should have opened your own candy store at that point, Scott!  Good work on your profiles and the dead celebs.

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+15 votes
Happy weekend, everyone!  Halloween at a friend's house was fun despite the weather; the teens chilled in the basement watching Psycho while the younger sibs went out for a while.  But then Halloween had one last trick for us... last night's storm was a doozy, and we've lost power.  Trees and lines down all over the neighborhood.  It'll supposedly be fixed by midnight but I never trust those estimates to be accurate.  So I might be spending the weekend at the office just to have lights and wifi.  Meanwhile, the truck is about due for new tires... skidding a bit on wet pavement.  It's always something...
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)
Glad you had a fun night. I spent most of it just relaxing, too.
Power is back on!  Now I can focus on writing Monday's exam and cleaning up the house.

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Howdy, everyone, from beautiful Charleston! Made is quickly and safely. Ate at the Oak Steakhouse tonight with the whole fam. Just wonderful!!  Games tomorrow!!!

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
Howdy Pip, from a cold Texas! Sounds like you and the family are having a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing some photos.
Have fun at the games Pip. Someday I am going to the go to the Scottish Games they hold in my area if for no other reason than to honor my maternal grandfather who was born in Glasgow.
Best of luck at the games!   You participate in the  "Thons" with such fervor,  I can only imagine what you'll do to the unsuspecting game participants.

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+11 votes
Good Friday Evening from Pima County, Arizona!

It's getting mighty chilly (not chili) in The Old Pueblo...perhaps 70F during the day and the low 50s at night. I know this sounds whiny; however, 70 here is akin to 40 in the Midwest as far as I'm concerned.

I did completed my first Biobuilders on Halloween. I managed to do biographies for 15 Brown and kin profiles. I might have gotten more completed, but some were GEDcom riddled, some had no sources, and some were missing family members. I got a notification from the genealogy principles course that I could 'print out' my non-degree, non-certificate verification of completion. Much to my surprise, I got an A- for the course. My best two of seven scores the seven weeks were the sections on 1) slave schedules and 2) DNA.

I won't be doing much relevant to WT this next week. I leave for Mexico on Monday and have a near full week of teaching. I still have to review my PPT presentations. I will return, hopefully, Saturday night and maybe get to post something on Sunday for next weekend's chat.

Thank you, Pip, for hosting!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (161k points)
Waves howdy neighbor!
Howdy Pardner in Cochise County! I hope your having a good weekend!

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