February update: I'm now based in southern New Brunswick, and I'm currently spending much more time on genealogical work than I've been able to do thus far. I've been focused on getting a genealogical research business, Maritime Roots, up and running, so I've had less time to contribute to WikiTree in recent weeks.
I've been experimenting recently with more formally laid-out genealogical writing with a couple of publications in the works, and I'll be interested to see how that will interact with my work on WikiTree. My current WikiTree goal is to continue working on geographic categorization for New Brunswick.
I've also begun work on two one place study projects focused on Grand Manan Island and Elgin Parish in New Brunswick, though they're mostly still in the pre-WikiTree stage. My Hermitage Bay, Newfoundland One Place Study, is still ongoing.
I grew up in the Canadian Maritime provinces, and all 8 of my great-grandparents grew up in either New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland. My Newfoundland research has been particularly difficult, so I'd love to meet and collaborate with fellow Newfoundland genealogists.
Here's a list of surnames from the Maritimes, Newfoundland, and Washington County, Maine that I'm currently researching. Roadblocks are capitalized in BOLD. If you have some surnames in common with me, please let me know - let's try to get them connected! I'll start with the Newfoundlanders, since they're the toughest:
KNOWLTON - Probably the biggest mystery I have. Jasper Knowlton appears in Carbonear by 1852 from parts unknown, has a few children, appears in the 1864 directory as a fisherman, then promptly disappears again.
PRIDDLE - Esau Priddle has his first child in Carbonear in 1860, but previous history is unknown.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine
Ackley - Benajah Ackley was a New England Planter who came from Connecticut to Cornwallis Township about 1761.
Annand - Edward Annand was a Scottish immigrant who arrived in the Musquodoboit area of Nova Scotia around 1795.
Barker - Capt. Edward Barker was an English soldier who moved to the Hantsport area of Nova Scotia about 1789.
Benjamin - Obadiah Benjamin was a New England Planter who came from Preston, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1760.
Bennett - Zadock Bennett was a New England Planter who came from Lyme, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1761.
Bigelow - Isaac Bigelow was a New England Planter who came from Colchester, Connecticut to Cornwallis Township.
Bryant - Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Davis Bryant moved from Scarborough, ME to Machias about 1766.
Buckman - Loyalist Samuel Buckman left Boston for Westport, Nova Scotia about 1783.
Campbell - James Campbell moved from Ulster to Londonderry Township near Truro about 1762.
Cates - Samuel Cates moved from Falmouth to Harrington, Maine about 1754-56.
Chase - Two branches of this family: Nancy (Chase) Bryant moved from New Hampshire to Machias, and Stephen Chase was a New England Planter and Quaker who moved from Swansea, MA to Cornwallis about 1764.
Chute - John Chute was a New England Planter who moved from Hampstead, New Hampshire to Annapolis County, NS about 1759.
Cleveland - Lemuel Cleveland was a New England Planter from Lebanon, Connecticut who moved to Annapolis County about 1760.
Coldwell/Caldwell - William Coldwell moved from Connecticut to Horton Township in 1759.
Collicutt - Thomas Collicutt moved from Dorchester, Massachusetts to Halifax then Lunenburg around 1752.
Colpitts - Robert Colpitts was an English settler from Durham who moved to the Moncton area about 1783-4.
Harrington - Ebenezer Harrington was a New England Planter who moved from Exeter, Rhode Island to Liverpool, NS about 1765.
Hatfield - Capt. John Hatfield was a British soldier who married a New Yorker and settled the Parrsboro shore after the American Revolution.
Hazel - John Hazel was an Irish immigrant to the Parrsboro area at an unknown date before 1805.
Hicks - John Hicks was a Quaker and New England Planter who moved from Charlestown, Rhode Island to Falmouth Township in 1759, then to the Annapolis Valley in 1765.
Holmes - Samuel Holmes moved from Scarborough ME to Machias about 1765 and served in the Revolutionary War.
Hubbard / Huber - Adam Hubbard was a New York Loyalist of possible Dutch/German background who settled in Shelburne, NS in 1784.
Huntley - Sgt. Jabez Huntley was a New England Planter who moved from Lyme, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1761, then crossed the Bay of Fundy to Machias about 1770 and served in the Revolutionary War.
Johnson - James Johnson was an Ulster Scot who moved from Londonderry, New Hampshire to Truro in 1761.
Jones / Schantz - Johann Carl Schantz was one of the Pennsylvania German settlers who settled the Petitcodiac in 1766, Anglicizing his name to Charles Jones.
Knowlton - Daniel Knowlton was a soldier in the 1745 capture of Louisbourg and a New England Planter who moved from Ashford, Connecticut to Onslow Township in 1760 before ending up in Cumberland County.
Laffoley - George Laffoley was a mariner from the Channel Island of Jersey who settled Westport in Digby County about 1811.
Leighton - Hatevil Leighton was a Revolutionary War soldier from New Hampshire who settled Pembroke, Maine about 1776.
Lockhart - James Lockhart was a New England Planter of Irish origin who settled in Horton Township in 1762.
Loomer - Stephen Loomer was a New England Planter who moved from Norwich/Bozrah, Connecticut to Cornwallis Township in 1761.
Mahar - Edmund Mahar was an Irishman who settled in Pembroke, Maine by 1780.
McDonald - Donald MacDonald was a Scottish doctor who settled Machias, Maine about 1770 and served on an American privateer in the Revolutionary War.
McDormand - William McDormand was an Ulster Scot who moved to Pennsylvania by 1733, then Annapolis Township in 1761.
O'Brien - Timothy O'Brien left Ulster in 1768 and settled at Noel in Hants County 1771.
Odell - Daniel Odell was a New York Loyalist who settled in Digby County in 1783-84.
RANDALL - Charles Randall was said to have been born in Addison, Maine and was a lifelong resident of nearby Cutler. He may be related to either Maine Randalls or Ramsdells, but I can't trace them before 1800.
Rice - Beriah Rice was a New England Planter who moved from Massachusetts to Annapolis County about 1760.
Sanford - Benjamin Sanford was a New England Planter who moved from Rhode Island to Newport Township in 1760 then ended up in Cornwallis Township.
Simpson - James Simpson was a Scottish immigrant to Nova Scotia, likely Hants County.
Sinton - William Sinton was a Yorkshire settler of Coverdale, New Brunswick in 1774.
Slocum / Slocomb - Capt. John Slocomb was a Massachusetts Loyalist who moved to Annapolis County about 1778.
Somers - Matthias Somers was a Pennsylvania German who settled the Petitcodiac River in 1766.
Spicer - Lt. Robert Spicer was an English soldier from Dorset who settled Parrsboro Township in about 1780; his wife Priscilla's noble roots are likely mythical.
Stanley - Job Stanley married Isabella Dyer and lived on Cape Cod in 1800. They settled in Mispec, New Brunswick by 1821, but may have lived in Maine and/or New Hampshire between those dates. Possible connections with the Stanleys of Mount Desert Island, Maine?
Steeves / Stief - Johann Heinrich Stief was a German settler who founded a very prolific family that populated the whole Petitcodiac River area with their descendants.
This wikitable is an example of a table of known ancestors. It shows how much of a person's ancestry is known for ten generations. The idea was introduced in the G2G forums by Peter Roberts in this discussion.
A new version was created with some small changes in the table entries, but mostly the width of the headings and text entries is adjusted so the table will always fit in the available space on a WikiTree profile (it shouldn't ever spill over the right margin of the column).
ANCESTORS BY GENERATION
OVERALL ANCESTORS (CUMULATIVE)
Direct Relation to Self
Dates of Birth
# Identified in WikiTree
% Identified in WikiTree
Total # Identified
Total % Identified
1883 to 1897
2nd great grandparent
1847 to 1877
3rd great grandparent
1806 to 1857
4th great grandparent
1763 to 1828
5th great grandparent
1728 to 1804
6th great grandparent
1690 to 1781
7th great grandparent
8th great grandparent
An Excel spreadsheet that will generate this table from the WebAncestors report in the dbErrors project (see example), is available from Chris Hampson.
I'm a big fan of the Ahnentafel method of organizing pedigree research, and my main document is a big'ol Excel spreadsheet that's currently midway through the 11th generation, and I'd love to have a way to use that effectively on Wikitree beyond the Compact Tree that's limited to 8 generations. This is a very rudimentary stab at it, and I'd welcome any suggestions!