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

It’s time for the Weekend Chat! Welcome my fellow WikiChatterers, and greetings from Cathey’s Creek where the banks of Spanish Oak Trace held in the heavy rains we received this past week. It rained so hard that one of our neighbors came over to ride out the storm. The power blinked early on, and then later went out for a bit, thankfully not as long as the usual outages we have around here.

On the Home Front: I’ve ordered my third kilt (the second from USA Kilts)! This one is in the Macneil modern tartan which my wife likes because it is a dark tartan. It’s is a casual kilt, the kind you can wear hiking, doing chores, to the pub, or just around the house. Casual, but not cheap.

The next kilt this summer (five-yard wool) will be in Paterson Blue to represent both my wife’s heritage as well as mine. She has two Patterson lines… well, actually one since both lines descended from the same ancestor. Mine has to go back a couple more generations to my great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Patterson Shepherd.

On my list of must-get kilts is one in the Muir Modern, a beautiful tartan, to represent my descent from the Moore’s of Lincoln County, North Carolina.

And I haven’t yet spent the gift certificate my daughters gave me for Christmas!

On the Genealogy Front: I participated in the Scan-a-thon this past weekend which was lots of fun. My goal was 100 and I barely made it. After last year’s thon, there wasn’t much left to scan, or so I thought, until I found a couple of albums I could scrounge from. The videos chats were great, and my hat’s off to our hosts for doing such a good job.

One of the photo’s I uploaded was my dad in his US Army (Korean War) uniform. It’s the only pic of him during his stay at Fort Benning. Georgia. This was from an album that my step-dad gave me couple of weeks ago of my mother’s, covering her marriage and honeymoon.

This week I found a family that I certainly shouldn’t have neglected, my Gettysburg veteran gg-grandfather, his wife, and his brothers and sisters. Shame on me, as this family lived so very close to where I grew up, and of whom I heard so many stories from my grandmother. So… I started with some census records, began adding siblings, and came across an in-law that I had not yet connected to the appropriate relative, my Uncle Lum Neal.

“How could you have missed that?” you ask? Because I had previously worked on this aunt’s family when I was stuck in Paw Creek for weeks on end, and just didn’t see it, the connection. So much interrelatedness, I’m bound to miss some here and there. I expect more of this to come as I continue to work families in my home area.

I hope your year has started off with a bang and that you are all recovering from the usual holiday food binge (I am). I certainly have some weight to lose! It’s a good time to begin working on all those WikiTree resolutions we made in December. Alas, I have been sidetracked somewhat by the discovery mentioned above.

Blessings on all of you. Enjoy the Chat!

Opps sorry about that, was trying to reply to this...

PIP: 3 weeks ago today, I thought of you when a man in a kilt came in to a new restaurant in the area playing the bagpipes. We thought it was part of the opening of the restaurant but he was playing them for one of the waitress' for her birthday!! He looked really sharp and played well, giving us a really nice treat. So my question is, when will you be playing again in a public place>>>
Heehee. I've made that mistake, too!

What a great way to celebrate a birthday: with bagpipes!

Now look, Dorothy, you've got to give me some time with my new practice chanter. Maybe in a year or so, I might be ready. If I get good enough and brave enough, I'll post a video on YouTube.
Sounds like a plan!!!
Thanks for hosting, Pip.
Thanks for hosting the chat, Pip! Sounds like you had a relatively calm week for once, which must have been a blessing. I covet those weeks, as they end up being my catch-up time.

Glad to hear you made your goal for the Scan-a-thon! I have never participated in one, so my profiles are a bit bare as it relates to the nice photos I've seen on some, but I do have quite a bit of my photo collection scanned in and stored on my computer. Maybe I'll sign up for next round.
Sounds like a calm week, Pip. Sorry I didn't see ya on the live stream chats. I was on Facebook. You were on the Youtube. Next time, man. Next time!
Thank you for hosting, Pip! I'd like to second your kudos to the scan-a-thon team.  I wasn't able to participate this time, but I do have some albums waiting, and the time will come.
Yeah, I was on YouTube for the chats and stuff.
I figured. I just wish the YouTube notifications for the stream popped up.
I missed a few chats even with notifications. You just have to be sitting at your computer to get those reminders.
Thanks Pip for hosting!
Ah, Fort Benning ... been there, done that! 1969-1970.  Then off to Korea and the DMZ for a few months.

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Snow and freezing rain predicted for here in Central Pennsylvania this weekend. It will be a good weekend to sit by the fireplace.

I came across a nice little story this week while doing some research. My great grandfather’s sister married a first cousin. We have seen that before in our research.  The part I found interesting was they traveled from Kansas to Washington DC to get married, because first cousin marriages were not legal in Kansas in 1900. That is approximately a 1000 mile journey. I assume they took a train.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, travel safe.

by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)

Now that is true love, Rodney. A 1000 mile train trip to get married.

Glad to hear from you, as always. Stay warm. No outside chores this weekend. wink

Cool story, Rodney! I've seen some that traveled to the next state over, but now that's a long-distance love story for sure.

And we've got much of the same here in Indiana. I think our nasty weather is supposed to come in tonight, but somehow in the middle of the night the weather is supposed to warm up enough to turn the sleet to rain, so I'm hopeful that Saturday might be a soggy mess, but at least it won't be an icy mess. We'll see how close the weathermen (weather people?) are when I get up tomorrow.
Stay warm and dry Rodney!
I will be staying indoors for sure Pip. A good weekend to work on more profiles.
Yes Scott, I just looked at the National Weather map. and it looks like it is just coming into the Terre Haute area now. It will probably be here in Pennsylvania tomorrow morning.
HI Laurie, hope you have a good weekend.

Maybe they were having a train special to that destination - like we see today with the airlines? cheeky

Fascinating story. Just wondering if they had relatives in Washington DC. Did they return to Kansas?
Hi Kay, hope all is well. No relatives in DC to my knowledge. Yes they did return to Kansas, and had one son.
SJ, your comment prompted me to do some googling. During that time period, trains traveled at approximately 35 miles per hour, and the cost was usually between 2-3 cents per mile. Traveling 1000 miles would be around 20 to 30 dollars.
Enjoyed your love story Rodney. Have a great weekend.
Thank-you Shirley, have a great weekend
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Today is.... 



On January 17th, National Hot Buttered Rum Day warms us up during mid-January. 

Depending on where you are on this January day, it may be warm, chilly, cold or frigid. Enjoying a hot buttered rum drink would sure be a good way to warm up if you are in one of the latter three.

A mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener and spices (typically cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), hot buttered rum is especially favored during the fall and winter months and is sometimes associated with the holiday season.

In the United States, hot buttered rum’s history dates back to the colonial days.  It was in the 1650s when Jamaica began importing molasses to Colonial America. New England started opening distilleries where the colonists then began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs, creating hot buttered rum, eggnog and others.

Hot buttered rum is often made by blending a buttered rum batter with dark rum. Dark rum is a rum that has been barrel-aged for an extended length of time to retain a more intense molasses flavor.  Those that prefer a milder or a spicier taste may choose the option of using light rum or spiced rum mixed with the batter.

Five thing to know about Hot Buttered Rum:

  1. Hot Buttered Rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot cider, sugar, & spice(usually cinnamon).
  2. It’s considered one of the oldest “mixed drinks” in American History.
  3. Mention of this drink date as far back as the 1600’s.
  4. A notable variation is the so-called “Jay’s Famous Hot Buttered Rum,” in which the hot drink is “creamed together with vanilla ice cream and chilled into a paste.”
  5. After molasses began being imported to Colonial America from Jamaica, and distilleries opened in New England in the 1650’s, colonists began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs.

HOW TO OBSERVE Hot Buttered Rum Day

Surprise your friends by making this Hot Buttered Rum Quick Bread recipe.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
This is a new one for me. My wife sez that dark rum is always better, but then she's from Kentucky where all the drinks are stronger. It's what she adds to her bourbon eggnog in December. I'll see if I can convince her to try make something new. Good one, Dorothy (as always!)
Good one, Dorothy!! We have a recipe for an ice cream mix to store in the freezer. Then, when ready for a hot buttered rum, we just take it out, heat the water, add the rum and a dollop of the ice cream and spices mix. It is soooo good!!
Never had one of these, but then I don't keep a stock of liquor on hand to make things like these. I'll have rummage around a bit and see if there's any buried in the cupboard.
Haha, I have a lawyer friend who grew up in Jamaica. Hot buttered rum is his cure for whatever ails you. Tastes yummy too.  Hope you don't mind if I wait til evening to celebrate, because the heat goes right to my head.
mmmm - this sounds good and just what the doctor ordered for a cold night!
Really interesting, I do like the dark rum in any case. Something else to try .....
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On this day:

1773: James Cook is the first person to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle

1820: Anne Bronté is born

1945: Raoul Wallenberg disappears and is not yet found.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Good choices again, Jelena!
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Happy weekend, everyone!  Unfortunately not so happy here.  My father-in-law died about two weeks ago (complications of Parkinson's disease) and the service is tomorrow.  I'm holding the fort while family does things that need doing.  

Before that happened, though, we had a fantastic holiday trip to New Zealand.  We did all the touristy things we could and then my family went home while I went to a conference (the excuse for going).  Hobbiton was amazing, and we got to see kiwi and tuatara in the semi-wild at an eco sanctuary.  

On the genealogy front... wow.  It never rains but it pours.  Got AncestryDNA results back for my paternal aunt and my mom's first cousin, then my husband's maternal uncle.  Transferred aunt and cousin to FTDNA, MyHeritage, and GEDMatch.  I hardly know where to start!  I feel like this dog.

So far I've been able to find a set of DNA matches for my aunt that didn't break a brick wall but at least pushed it sideways.  I found two sisters of my great great great grandfather Hugh Gray, and better documentation of his father (including his signature on a marriage record!).  I may be stuck there for now, because it looks like they came from a county in Ireland that doesn't have online records available that far back.  Now I'm turning my attention back to my mom's side.  Hoping her cousin can help with some of the mysteries there.

Meanwhile, classes start next week and I think I need to stop pretending it's not going to happen and get prepped... I'm teaching my field herpetology class this semester and it's a bunch of fun, but I need to get ready!

by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)
Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your father-in-law. I went through this last month with the death of my mom.

That video was funny as all get out! I have felt the same way. Just grab one ball and run! Genealogy always makes my head spin.
Sorry to hear of your loss, Lisa. You have my sympathies. I wish I could see your video, but alas, the work network is pretty stingy when it comes to non-work related activities. I'll have to wait till I get home to see it.

I did DNA tests awhile back and have not found them to be all that helpful to me as of yet. Don't get me wrong - they're interesting, but I'm thinking I need to have someone walk me through the practical side of it before I can really sink my teeth into what I can do with it.
Condolences to you and yours, Lis. =(  

Have fun teaching people about frogs and lizards. Just don't...ya know...accidentally become a lizard lady. Learn from Dr. Conners!!
Please accept my condolences for your loss, Lisa!  

You remind me that I'm going back to school on Monday, too. Not teaching, but learning how. The Faculty of Education at the local U admits laymen like me who find ourselves in the classroom, teaching adults whether we're ready or not. I think its a form of community service, lol.  I was always a back-row spit-ball kind of kid, and I'm interested to see if I'm a better student now.
I'll echo what everyone else said: sypathies and congrats on the new finds.  I too am immersed in DNA searches with my father's test back about 2 weeks ago.  It is hard to go outside with so much reasearch to yet accomplish!
Sorry about your loss.

Great news on the DNA finds. Fantastic video.
My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will hold you in my intentions.
Thanks, everyone.  The service was really nice (short and sweet, with about 60 people attending), and about half of us went and stuffed ourselves with good Italian food afterwards.  We all slept in this morning.

Spent some more time going through my mom's Ancestry cluster analysis... about 2500 matches total, and I've been able to assign about 2100 to her paternal side and 300 to her maternal side, with about 100 left to figure out.  Both sides have deep colonial roots; the difference in number of matches is because the paternal side is mostly huge intermarrying West Virginia families (So. Many. Jarvises.) and recent families on the maternal side are mostly very small.  Now to look at Mom's cousin's data to find matches that he has that she doesn't...
So pleased to know that the service went well. These remembrances are so important. And Italian food for follow up? Que bellisima!
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Good Morning Pip and thanks for hosting! I always look forward to your update on Cathey's Creek and your genealogy doings!

I leaped two hurdles by participating in the Scan-A-Thon and actually finding 137 items to upload. After last year I really thought I would not reach 100 this year. Second, I presented a program on Blogs for my genealogy group on Wednesday. Since then, I have taken a bit of a break to get the Christmas containers ready for the attic and other "housely" things done. Yesterday, while straightening files in my office, I found a small photo of someone in my husband's family and discovered I did not have her on WikiTree. She was the sister of his 3x great grandmother. So, now I am off and running adding all of the children of that couple and I have a couple more generations back - they are Acadians so there will be a lot of children for each generation.

It rained all day yesterday with 4"  in areas here in the Dallas area and more to come today. Great time to stay home and maybe have one of those hot buttered rums!!

Have a great weekend!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
I'm with you, Virginia. I have Monday off for MLK day, so I'm going to use the extra time to try to wrap up various loose ends at home. I've got at least 2 bathroom doors that since winter started have swelled up and are sticking at the top of the door jambs and I think it's about time to pull them off and plane or sand them a bit. And several other honey-do's that I've left laying around that would make my wife very happy if she saw them start to get done.
Congrats on your superior work during the Scan-a-thon, Ginny! I, too, thought I'd not have 100 things to upload, but finding two albums of my Mom helped!

Acadians may have had a lot of children, but so did my farming families where I grew up. Makes for lots of work adding all those descendants. Busy, busy!

Rain is always my excuse for working WikiTree. While there are always things to be done outside, I relish the opportunity to work inside on stuff that gets put off. We've had a lot less rain here this year, but Saturday is coming and we'll have rain all day. Just hope it isn't a downpour!
Its funny how one photo can create hours of work!  

This week while doing other "housely" things, I found another whole album filled with treasures from my grandfather's youth and university days. Now its in the to-do pile. One of my resolutions is to finish one of those unfinished projects, as in before starting another.
I too found a huge cache of photos 'after' the thon finished.  The dillemma is now do I wait or scan them now?
Sj, I'm scanning now instead of waiting. I feel "time-limited," so I'd rather get them in now.
I am also scanning now - or at least, I have a small stack on top of my scanner and will be doing that this weekend. Then, I will post those things rather than waiting another year. In that length of time, I will forget what I need to go back and post!!
How wonderful to have a photo of sister of 3x great grandmother! We have rain on top of snow, so there's a lot of slush waiting to be shoveled while I sit here. Enjoy your deChristmased house.
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It's been a few weeks since I've posted in the chat. but I have been following. Hope all are well and being productive.

Weather has been up and down temp wise back in Colorado. This week we are in Salt Lake City where it has been all over the place. Cold then warm with light snow early in the week. This morning woke up to more than an inch of very heavy, slushy snow. A good day to be indoors.

The course I'm taking is Judy Russell's  "Juris Corpus: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy." Very worthwhile week of learning. A bit more frustrating doing research. There were a number of books that I wanted to check out but all of the ones I wanted had been sent for scanning (and actually were) but there are some problems. All but one were made restricted due to contractual and copyright issues. All the paper copies are unavailable. Aaarrrgghhh!!!!

Tomorrow is a full day of research. We get to stay in the Library until 11PM then home on Sunday.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (341k points)
Welcome back, Doug! You've been missed!

You always take the most interesting courses! I hope your visit to the library is fruitful. Let us know what you find!
Glad to see you back Doug. It must be a bit frustrating to travel all that way to find the material isn't available right now.  But a whole day in the library!  I'm jealous.  

Safe travels back home.
The book I really wanted to see was the diary of one of my ancestors nephew and his wife. Hopefully it will be available next time I'm here.

The law class has been fun and could be useful. It is interesting that in many states, divorce was done by personal bill in the legislatures so don't show up in the courts until much later. Judy is always great to have as an instructor but all of the sessions have been good. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson did a couple of sessions and is another well worth listening to.
Doug, I was at SLIG, too!  If you attend again next year, we need to meet and say hi.
Michelle, are you doing the SLIG Day at the FHL and the lock in?
No. Unfortunately, I left on Saturday morning for I am working on Sunday. Perhaps next year.
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Currently, it's -7˚ C and partly sunny in Fort Erie, and that's as "warm" as we're predicted to get. Tonight's predicted low is -9˚ C, and tomorrow's predicted high is +3˚ C, which would be encouraging, except that the forecast calls for "mixed winter precipitation, which sounds kind of ominous.

This week's ulcer has been brought to me by the company which sold me a supposedly refurbished iPhone SE. In retrospect, I think I should have been more suspicious that the price was under $100 US. I had it shipped to the light of my life and delight of my eye's daughter, who still lives in the U.S. Unfortunately, circumstances conspired to keep us from getting down there to pick it up until the 30-day limit to return it had already expired. The case is all hacked up, but at least it booted. But it wouldn't hold a charge. So, I shipped it to Apple to replace the battery, and they sent it back, saying, "The battery's not the problem. We can fix it, but it's out of warranty, so you'll have to pay for the repairs." Well, duh, Apple. If I was willing to pay to replace the battery, then I'm willing to pay to fix whatever's broken inside. After all the back-and-forth this phone will have gone through by the time it's actually working, it probably would have been smarter just to buy her a new iPhone. Oh, well. At least I know not to buy from those guys again. I can't believe they considered this thing saleable. It looks like it's been run over by a semi.

On the genealogy front, I'm working on people with the surname French this month: specifically, Frenches listed on Wikipedia and ThePeerage.com, as well as from my own watchlist.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
Well, -7C sounds quite warm currently for Canada. Yes, I know, Ontario is not Alberta, but in Edmonton it was during this week (in the nights) something like -36C, when I looked today (early morning over there) it was warm! -27C.

About the phone: Oh well... Sometimes mum sees something in the ads she would like to have and tells me to have a look for opinions of other users and stuff like that. Often she listens to me when I say: "I would not buy that." Last time she didn't listen and bought something, it didn't really work the way it should and we returned it back to the shop where we bought it. I couldn't resist saying: "If you had listened to me..."

Brrr... Ever consider moving down South?

Phones, the bane of my existence. We've had those struggles, warranty and support issues and such, especially with older phones. I'd just as soon not to have to deal with Apple. Seems they have a way of getting you one way or another.

Thanks for your very kind card. Add the light of your life and the delight of your eyes to that! Very much appreciated!

Oh Greg I'm sorry, I had to chuckle at your i-phone story.  My daughter as a teen had a sorry habit of throwing her i-phone at a brick wall whenever she had a fight with her boyfriend. Once it was off a balcony and onto the road below. Another time I remember making her dig it out of the snowbank. I'm thinking the previous owner of yours was a normal teenaged girl.
Sorry to hear about your phone woes.  If inside 2 1/2 months - credit card dispute?

I got tired of the same with iPhones and moved to droid and haven't looked back.  I got a new phone for Christmas (Alcatel), only set my Christmas fund back about 150 and it is amazing.  I get 4 days average on a battery charge - wicked fast, huge storage, great camera, I am in love with this new phone.  And so cheap too!

(Continuing on because I was called away before I had actually finished what I wanted to say.)

I've been kind of frustrated working on the Frenches. I've tried to make it a habit not to add people from ThePeerage.com or Wikipedia unless I can find at least one primary source for them, rather than depending on sites which are secondary sources as the only evidence. The trouble is that ThePeerage has dozens of Frenches, all of whom lived in County Roscommon, Ireland, and most of whom lived and died before 1841. So the free resources I have access to aren't helping me at all. So we end up with isolated bits and pieces here and there as assorted Frenches bobbed across the Irish Sea to marry Englishwomen, and thus show up in the UK records. If I had access to Irish records, I might be able to connect all the various French segments together into a single lineage.

Pip, when I was first talking to the light of my life and the delight of my eyes about making her Mrs. Slade, I was actually considering moving to the U.S., rather than bringing her up to the Great White North. But when I found out that getting medical insurance for the two of us and those of her kids who were still living at home at the time would have cost as much as the total donations I was getting per month at the time, that kind of took that plan off the agenda. So, we compromised on Ontario: it's a lot colder than BC, but at least we get free health care. If we could just convince her entire extended family and all her friends to move to Washington State (ideally in Whatcom County),  then we could move to BC and still be able to visit with her friends and family. (And, yes, I do miss home...)

And you're entirely welcome. We both know what it's like to lose parents, and we wanted to express our support.

Laurie, I ordered an OtterBox for the phone the same day I ordered the phone. Not that the light of my life and the delight of my eyes throws things when she gets mad. She is a grown-up, even though a lot of people thought I was robbing the cradle. But, you know, drip happens. When phones cost as much as they do these days (even refurbs), it would be crazy to buy one and not protect it.

SJ, I'm glad you're happy with your Alcatel. The light of my life and the delight of my eyes used to have an Alcatel, loved it to death, and would still be using it if the carrier still supported it, but they don't. (More recently, I got her another Alcatel, which did not work anywhere near as well: it wouldn't hold a charge, was stuffed with bloatware we couldn't uninstall, and the carrier wouldn't give us any software updates for it, so after not getting a couple of critical security fixes, that one got recycled.)

My real job entails keeping people's devices secure, which mostly means patched, so outside of Android One and flagship (read: "expensive") models, most Androids only get patches for a few months, and I've seen phones new in boxes in stores that the manufacturers had already stopped issuing patches for. iPhones are pricey, but generally, they get updated for 5-6 years after the initial release, so the cost per year of useable lifetime isn't so bad.

The Fairphone 3 is guaranteed five years of patches, which would be really cool if they would sell me one, but I live on the wrong continent for that.

The Librem 5 is guaranteed lifetime updates, and is designed to be secure right down to the bare metal, so I'm trying to talk my boss into letting me get one of those babies. Oh, yeah.

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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps! It has been a busy two weeks for me.  I have two new blogs on the genealogy front for you all to check out:



Check them out when you get a chance! 

I helped my nephew with a project on Italy. A teacher of his assigned the class countries to talk about and he got Italy. (There's a stretch). He needed pictures. So, I sent pics of the usual tourist spots, the ancestral towns, people in them and my great-grandparents. I wonder how the project went. I am going to e-mail my sister in law as soon as I am done here and find out!

I also found a new DNA match on the Coppola side of things. I pmed his wife and we're trying to sort through who the connection might be. Basically, it's a game of "Guess Who" using the process of elimination. I've never been a fan of "Guess Who". I liked Monopoly more. Nothing like crushing your friends and family under the guise of being a real estate monster hellbent on ruling one whole side of a square. =)

The match shares over 100 with my great-aunt, 70 with my dad and 16 or so with me. Laura Bozzay and I worked on it together and we made a pretty cool theory. She said to ignore my connection. I did one of those fake faints. Oh, no. Whatever shall I do?! Clutch my pearls even though I don't have any!! It was fine and I'm sure Laura got a huge laugh out of it. =)

Anyway, I managed to narrow it down to one of the three Coppola siblings descendants. What I would really like to do is see the guy's results firsthand and work from there. I don't think I'll ask. It'd be...How should I put this? Awkward as ****.

Yeah. Hey, I just met you. And this is crazy. But, Can I see your DNA? Call me maybe?

God, I hate that song. I don't think I'll be asking. I did ask who his highest dna matches were and what the cMs were. That is the most I can do!

On the non genealogy front, I've preordered a few Marvel Legends (I collect figures) and I noticed the prices changing on Amazon. I preordered them at like 20 bucks and other places have increased the prices to like 22 to 30 bucks. Gotta love collectors inflating the market before the things even come out. Staying the course. It'll be worth it. 

80 years Stan Lee is coming out soon. So getting that. I mean look at this thing: https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/104183

So awesome! But, sometimes it stinks to be a collector.

In other news, I'm reading Megan Smolenyak's book "Hey, America. Your Roots are showing!" I might order one of her other books. Thankfully, no crazy collectors trying to get that and inflate the books. You should see Ebay for collectibles. Actually, don't. You'll lose faith in humanity pretty quickly.

Have a great weekend, Wikipeeps!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)
That was some tough research, and I commend you for your "sticktoitiveness." Another great blog, Chris! Good balance on how you evaluate and reconcile records.

Ebay = Crap. Don't ever order Scottish items through there. Many of them are made in Pakistan. Quality control lacking!
The only thing I have ever gotten off of eBay was a copy of Amazing Spider-Man annual #21, the wedding of Spider-Man and Mary Jane. And that was from a friend in Pennsylvania! I knew him for years and years as we were former video producers. He was selling comics and other junk and I saw this comic and I was like "YES, PLEASE!" I had the trade. But, I preferred that comic.

Another friend does eBay in Canada for figures and has better luck than I ever did.

I promise I won't order Scottish items. Though, I would like Conner Macleod's sword....

Thanks for the compliments, man. My sticktoitiveness is attributed to OCD. Not gonna lie. It's probably OCD.
Talk about OCD.  I got stuck on the phrase "Stan Lee is coming out soon". I'll let you imagine how many questions it raised, and all the reasons I thought it might be a little late for that decision. The link you shared was helpful and put most of my questions to rest, thank you.  

I love it that you collect for the sake of collecting.  It seems to me that many folks are so busy trying to make a buck out of it, they lose sight of the qualities of the collectible.
Yeah. I collect stuff as a hobby. Probably should have been more specific with Stan Lee, huh? haha. But, yeah. I try to collect certain figures and stuff of characters I like. Sometimes I trade online. Sometimes I just put them on a shelf. The figures can run from 20 bucks at retail to 60 if they are a two or three pack. Some characters tend to be more expensive as time goes on so it's best to pre-order. For example, I got a Spider-Man figure and it was 20 bucks retail. It quickly shot up to 40 online. Blame scalpers.

And you're right. Many people buy stuff just to sell on Ebay to make a buck. I was at Gamestop looking for a figure and some guy bought the ENTIRE SIX FIGURE WAVE! It cost over 120 dollars. I only have like two figures from that wave. It's crazy!

I also collect comics. Been doing that for ages. =D
I purchased that Smolyenak book (Hey America your roots are showing) some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Yeah, I like it too! I would totally write a book in that style. Interjecting humor tends to keep people interested in something.
+14 votes
Here in Central California it's either rain, fog, or dry although we are fortunate enough to see blues skies now and then, just not often enough for me.  Moss growing on rocks is something I had not noticed happening during my life -- bar a walk through a nature park in a grotto like area near a river and falls but that was like about 40 yrs ago ... not noticed I say until I moved here and this is the 3rd winter in 12 yrs I've seen it happen ... I mean, rocks, moss? I'm more accustomed to dusty dry rocks on a dusty dry slope or barren lot ...

Genealogically I did some more fiddling with the James Trimble Cozby-22 line as ref to my mother's Howell family and then discovered some other PM had been doing something with John Cozby-12 and Abigail McGee .... who happen to be the parents of James Trimble Cozby ... so I add HIM to THEM ... that PM has a much different style of "doing" profiles than I do, so I pretty much didn't do more than just add him to them ... if I have something to contribute I figure just posting a comment would be enough ...

OH, and I have today encountered that "extra" box for explaining what you just did to 'this profile' ... it appears to be situated now above and below that box that contains the text material for Biography and the Sources -- I'd read the announcement at g2g but 'seeing is believing' and yes, there are the suggested items (Formatting. Adding sources. Fixing typo.) ... those actions seem to encompass just about all I would be doing ...

I have to wonder though if you are a kind soul and are cleaning some abandoned gedcom ... hmm. OK, you are 'formatting' and you are 'adding sources' (perhaps) and I suppose you can be said to be 'fixing typo' ... hmm ...
by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (173k points)

Funny you should mention moss on rocks, Susan. I was at my Mom's house the other day, standing on the front porch and noticed that in her landscaped island, on the large stones put there, there was moss growing on them. I had never noticed that before these past four years.

I've used those very responses before the new format came out. Usually, I try to be more specific, like which source I've added.

I live in a place where the moss grows on rocks, up trees, across roofs, and you don't want to leave your shoes outside for very long.

I use that comment box all the time, as a way to signal to a PM that I'm trying to be helpful. When its a complete overhaul, I usually say something generic like "added some details and sources", but other times I'll be very specific.
Well, I can see the value of adding an explanation when I realized what some of the PM are doing (looking for errors, I guess) ... one PM said they looked at 100's of changes every day ... and the explanation was valued since it meant they did not have to open up the whole box to look inside to find out what was done ... why they are scanning 100's of changes every day was not explained however

So. I will continue using the more convenient click-its.

Format and Fixing Typo are straight forward, a click and it's entered. Where it requires more of a contribution of explanation is with "Added .... " whatever it is I add, date or location, or other details to the biography, and it never ceases to amaze me there is often some bit to add ...

For some reason I had this vision of the New Norm as a hierarchy of categories sort of thing -- under Format the sub-1 would be biog or sources; sub-2 would be presentation like with * or # or something to make the material 'stand out' .. and so forth; "Fixed typo" doesn't need any sub category.
+16 votes

Welcome to the weekend!  

On the weather front, we just had a huge dump of snow, and I'm remembering my eastern winter skills. For example, I moved the Toyota to the curb so my dinner guests could park in the driveway, then forgot to bring it back after they left, even though we remarked on the snow that was falling. Just like a teenager.  By morning, the Toyota was a tiny little bump beneath the snow drifts and well behind the bank left by the plow, so I got to practice my shovelling skills - just like a teenager.  

On the genealogy front, my cousin stopped by for a surprise visit. Her mother-in-law lives up the road, so she does that sometimes. This holiday season her father passed away, so we drank wine and remembered him until the wee hours. Luckily, I've been working on adding his ancestors to WikiTree. It sparked a lot of stories, and we both straightened out a few of our questions.  I collected a little stack of post-it notes with tidbits to be looking up - I just hope I can read my own handwriting!

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
"Just like a teenager." Would that we could all go back, Laurie. That, or enjoy our senior teenage moments.

Meeting with cousins after my Mom's memorial service added some new tidbits to my genealogy. We need a reunion!
Nightmare visions of one small Toyota scooped up and crunched by snow plow arose on your description ... I can recall belly flops to put chains on the tires AFTER shoveling out of my way the snow the plow had -- out of who knows what deep emotions in their hearts -- dropped onto and around the rear end of my vehicle, consistently, time after time ...

This Personal Assault on the snow bank that should not have been there led to something like 30 or 40 minutes of cardio and aerobics and zumba and olympic style acrobatics ... and the cussing during the chaining helped melt the ice forming on my bod ... oh, the Good Old Days ...

I can also recall hysterical neighbor whose bitty vehicle was scooped and crunched ... oh, dear.
Oh my goodness Susan, you have me laughing.  Luckily we seem to have only one plow on the island, and it doesn't come back twice in the same day.  I just cleared an exit and drove through it. But the cardio and all that, yup!  I'm not a teenager any more, but I can cuss like one.
+14 votes
Hello, Pip and friends.  Greetings from Everett, Washington!  We have had our snow for the winter.

The most interesting happening these past two weeks was that my daughter's friend was going to spend the night here on Wednesday when his battery died after he was trying to rev up the icy slope of our street.  My husband and daughter tried to help push the car so it wasn't blocking the end of the cul de sac where we live but two stronger neighbors did that.  He called Triple A but was told not to expect to be towed until the morning, due to many higher priority incidents. Then, friend's mother came unexpectedly and took him home, so suddenly that he didn't have time to eat the dinner I cooked for him, which he said he was looking forward to.  Since then he's been texting memes and funny videos to our daughter but not a word about how he got his car back.

She could not find anyone to cover for her at work on Thursday afternoon and I promised to drive her there, trusting that temperatures would warm enough by then.  And it was so.  At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday it was up to 40 degrees and I was able to get our of our driveway and street.  We live in a COLD SPOT where snow and ice don't melt at the same rate.   

Wisely, I and daughter decided not to drive to Seattle Sunday night when this all started; by the time we were going to get going, the snow had already started, and I just knew I would not be able to be in Seattle (even if we made it) without recalling the night we spent in a hotel down there in 2006 because of the snow.  Also, the Seahawks were losing in the 2nd round to the Packers. The second round is like a level boss they can't get past no matter how often they save their progress.  And I can't help thinking of how happy all my Wisconsin cousins on my mother's side must be.

For the first time, the Profile of the Week was connected on my mother's side, to Astrid.  Now let's find a notable that connects to my mother.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)
Hello there, Margaret! We, too, have to work around the weather. Often, because we live in a valley, we stay colder longer and, like you, snow is slower to melt away. Fortunately for us, we haven't had any snow yet (but I'm hoping for a little bit before spring!).
Luckily we have rain in the forecast this weekend, Margaret!  Hopefully you'll get some too.
+10 votes

Just a reminder for everyone:

LSU 42, Clemson 25

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
lol - funny. Not a fan of either team, but disappointed that around halftime, Clemson kind of disappeared. I was more or less watching to see a good, close, competitive game. Guess it was a good thing I pretty much stopped watching after halftime.
But the Clemson men did defeat Duke in basketball the next day.

S’all right. That’s just the regular season! wink

Well today is the Tennessee Titans VS Kansas Chiefs!!! 

Every step of the way in the 2020 NFL Playoffs, the Tennessee Titans have been underdogs. And yet, they’ve topped the Patriots and Ravens to make it to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, one win away from Super Bowl LIV.  So if you love football and have friends in Tennessee, cheer for the Tennessee Titans!!!!!!!!!!

Well, that didn't turn out like I wanted it! sad

+14 votes

Hi all, I've been away for a few weeks from the chat - busy busy getting the house ready for the new baby.

A lot going on genealogically speaking.  FtDNA received my father's sample and I rec'd the results.  I was able to connect to many more people as his test reaches farther back one generation than mine.  Already his test has cracked one brick wall and has shed some new clues on the Baty line brick wall currently at my 3x great-grandfather born abt. 1830.  That we match with autosomal DNA to other Y-DNA matches gives us hope that we will break that wall.

Just yesterday I was following the connection finder link to another Treer who posted that she was my 10th cousin.  The trail from she and I let me up the Tompkins family line - a line that I'd never seen before.  I found that the Tompkins line is just a mess but after a 12 hour bender yesterday I was able to find documentation that ties my line - through my Tompkins ancestors - to immigrant Ralph Tompkins who is a PGM profile.  The line is still full of conflation and duplications but I found enough evidence to satisfy my mind that my trail to him is legitimate.  And so, my first PGM line!  I joined the project today ;-)

On the weather front, cool but typical Spain blue skies and warm mid-days.  

Looking forward to reading everyone's replies.

edit: typo

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
edited by SJ Baty
Congrats on your PGM! Conflation and duplications is a good way to describe it, a puzzler's delight. Your contributions are welcome.
SJ, you're going to need to add on to that house!

Great! on the fruit of your research! It's always satisfying when it all comes together.
+14 votes
Greetings and Salutations, fellow WikiTreers!

It's been a busy few weeks, and I've been away from chat, but back in the saddle again - well, for this week at least.

At home, I've begun assuming Elder duties at the church and so far so good. I'm working with a great group of men who know their way around things, so the two newbies (me and one other guy) are starting to feel comfortable with the new role. But my other duties at the church are a bit more entertaining. I'm kind of the webmaster, so the website has needed some major surgery for some time now and I've been putting it off... well, no longer. We prepped a new server to move it to and the export/import pretty much didn't work - so, manual page-by-page export it will be. It gives me a terrific opportunity to make sure we import just the parts that look good, I can delete the parts that don't work anymore, and clean up years of mess in the process. But I need to set the foundation first, so I've got to import all the WordPress plugins and foundation pieces that run the current site, then bring over a few bits - test it out - and we'll see how it looks. Maybe we'll even throw in a bit of cool video and bring the site into the 21st Century! I might need to tap into the knowledge and skills of our teens for a better insight into how the younger generation does things... could be a real eye-opener. We'll see.

On the genealogy side, I did a bit of Academy Award winner work - just some research into an Honorary winner's family that I'd like to connect (some day), and spent a bit of time on the Fulkersons - my goal to try to get close to 100 per month is starting off nicely. My co-conspirators on the Fulkerson line are helping tremendously and I think we're up to 87 already for January, so 100's looking real good now. It would be nice while we have momentum to maybe get a lot up front, because it's so easy to get a bit behind at one point or another. Oh yes - and I've been working on Christopher Tokien's first wife's family - it would be nice to add another potential connection point to the Tolkien family, but the surname of Faulconbridge is a bit unique and I seriously doubt I'll connect that line. Maybe one of her lines will connect, but not likely on that one. But you never know...
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (723k points)

Make sure you update all the plugins to the latest versions, Scott. Unpatched plugins are the most common cause of breaches of WordPress sites. (Not neglecting to keep WordPress itself up to date.)

Hmm... We're needing a better website! Are you for hire, Scott? smiley

Faulconbridge sounds like a unique enough surname to find stuff on (easier than Smith!). Keep us posted.

Thanks for the tips, Greg. However, the server admin didn't leave me with the ftp ID/password, so unfortunately, no plugins will download until I've got that information. So it looks like I'll be slightly delayed until I can get with him on that.
Pip - I can't say I'm the world's greatest webmaster, but I do fairly well. I suppose if you were interested, I would be happy to help out. I'd just need enough details to give you a fair estimate of the time and effort involved with the work.

And while I was able to find a reasonable amount on Faulconbridge, sadly, there weren't many on WikiTree and so I don't see a connection at the moment. There were a few though, so they might be cousins. But to connect to them, I'd need to build up a few levels, then back down again in order to find how to sweep them back into the family and connect them all up. Maybe I'll consider that if I have some time. Sadly, the other family name - Souls - is also equally sparse on the tree. Guess they just had family names that weren't popular. Oh well.
+13 votes
Half day at school today for my grand daughter ... so, of course, I drove up to Laramie to take care of her this afternoon.  Up the 'hill' to Laramie ... nice on the first part but then into Wyoming and up over the hill at 8000+ feet and the wind is whipping.  Down the other side and the wind subsides a bit.  Into Laramie and there's a snow squall going on ... I love it!  Out to dinner tonight with the kids and, as always ... "Kids eat free!"

Oh, and I did the trip by myself as the wife is visiting a friend in North Carolina ... in Bat Cave ... yikes!  Grand daughter's comment was "I'm never going there!" ... she's 8 and just a kick in the pants.

Still plugging along in the Jewett genealogy book ... the end is in sight, probably by the end of the year.  Then, it's back to the start to fix up those first profiles that I did when I was a rookie ... lol.  Started in the late 1500's and am now in the late 1800's and early 1900's ... ran into a lot of neat folks.
by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1m points)
edited by Bob Jewett
Bat Cave is not more than about 40 minutes from here, Bob. If you ever make the trip... Lovely area.
Not so sure I'd want to invade a place like Bat Cave. Sounds like the place where Batman lives, and from what I've seen of the movies, he's not too keen on visitors.
Heehee... It really is a beautiful area. Chimney Rock nearby. Pisgah National Forest. Come in down!
Just went down to the airport and picked up the wife from her trip ... she had a great time and, yes, she said it's a lovely area!

Now she's picking up after me as I was home alone for a week and, wow, she's flying around the house! :)

I had to laugh at this! I at least try to pick a little bit before the wife arrives home from a trip, but I’m not allowed to the laundry!

+14 votes
Good evening,

the weather is here still warmer than usual, it is said that it's gonna be colder at the start of the new week. We'll see.

On the personal front, mum's arm is moving a bit better sidewards. We kicked out our tree this week and I saw that she could grab things that were "quite far" on the right of her. When I mentioned that, she answered: "Yeah, it's getting better", but it's still too slowly for her taste.

On the genealogy front: Will there ever be an end to the Siemens-connections?? Literally one 1000 profiles later and STILL no end of the project in sight....
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Glad your Mum is doing better.

"Yeah, it's getting better" Sounds like mum's had enough of this. I hope the healing process continues apace, Jelena.

I have a family like the one you mentioned above. Actually several. I switch back and forth between them so I won't feel overwhelmed. 

+15 votes
Welcome to the weekend everyone. A cold front has moved through, so today was a great day to take a ham bone and some scraps from the freezer to make a pot of bean soup. In the meantime we are hoping the doctor visits work out okay so that we can take the RV (caravan) to Florida to soak up some warmth.

Genealogy-wise I don't have things to scan so have been working on adding descendants of a gggg aunt born in 1790. Following Esme's suggestion on G2G, I have been adopting from the Recycle_Unknowns category. It takes a couple more steps (to make connections to the family), but I have effectively killed off quite a few Living UNKNOWN.
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (263k points)

Kay, We just might join you in Florida! laugh My wife particularly hates the cold and we're in for temps in the teens for the next several days.

+15 votes
Lots of snow coming in Maine this weekend.

New Year has brought big surprises. I managed to break through two brick walls that have plagued me since I started my tree about 3 years ago.

I hope this is a sign for the rest of the year.
by S Mercer G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)
Congrats on breaking through those brickwalls, S. I had two last year (with the help of my fellow WikiTreers). Like you, I'm hoping for more of those to fall this year. Best of luck on your research!

When the weather gets positively wintry here, I remind my wife that at least we aren't in Maine. Got to hand it to y'all's survival skills!
+14 votes
The 19th is my birthday
by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (720k points)
Happy Birthday David! May 2020 bring you lots of good tree discoveries.
Congrats to you, David! Oh, to be so young again!
Happy Birthday, David!
Woo - Happy Birthday! Three cheers to whomever adds the "cha cha cha's" during your Birthday song.
+17 votes

On Wikitree: The week has been one connecting a number of notables through the descendants of Sarah and Penelope. (Both are cousins of mine). A whole of interesting (and saddening) stories.

Found a couple of unlinked profiles. Also been able to to connect a branch of previously unconnected profiles as well.

On the other front: Two months since my trip to hospital and over being at home. Looking forward to getting my laptop and desktop computer fixed (over with using my phone for stuff like this)

by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (142k points)
I think I'd lose my mind if my computers went out at the same time, Richard. How did I get so dependent?

Hope your healing continues. You had a real rough go of it for a while there.
It's been tedious having to have my feet up and potter around home (not that I have clay to form ceramic items). Boredom set in a while ago.

While I wait, I'm having to use my phone to stuff like this (difficult navigating through a dozen tabs on a mobile device)

The hardest thing has been trying to reorganise the NZ project in the middle of this, and hoping to have enough of a team formed around me to manage the different pieces so that everything continues to turn over during the periods when I've had to be offline.

I’m really sorry to hear this. Hope you and you’re computers recovery quickly!

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