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Mel Bishop

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Mel Bishop
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My life has been a tapestry, woven of threads twisted by my mothers' tragedies and colored with my fathers' dreams. It was framed on the loom of their communities; shuttled by their successes, and heddled with their losses. The tapestry is frayed by lost connections, marred with the holes of missing records, and stained by the overwhelming tide of world events. It's been darned here and there with gossamer rumors; patched now and again with fuzzy recollections. It's a magical tapestry, made of mystery and truth. There has been no other exactly like it in the history of the world, and in the end, it is a beautiful thing indeed.

My Research

I am primarily researching Harrison County and surrounding areas in central Kentucky, with a focus on the 19th century. I am always interested in (historical) extended family groups, social networks and interactions, with the long-term goal of better understanding migration patterns of my folk to this area. I also have a fascination particularly with the lives of the women in these groups, the career of anyone who wasn't a farmer (which is not many), and discovering more detail about the ones who did farm. I am sorta kinda playing around with the idea of setting up a one place study for Harrison County. See - I've designed a logo, so that's a start anyway ;-)

Harrison County, Kentucky
One Place Study
  • Currently working on:
    1. Defining the scope of the project
    2. Laying out an FSP

October '21 - Current WIP

Profile Improvement Voyager
Mel has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
  • Priority task for October: catching up on my list of adopted notable women. Reviewing, improving, connecting, and generally polishing up these fearless fems.
US Black Heritage PATH Graduate
Mel Bishop is a graduate of the USBH Profile Improvement Track on the PATH.
  • Routinely sourcing the unsourced and doctoring the data -- wait a second, that last part didn't exactly sound right....
  • From the 5G list:
Mel 's 5th generation is 16% complete on WikiTree.
Sue Alice (Maffett) Smith (1857-1935)
Emma Mae (Dowd) Conrad (1866-1950)
William Thomas Conrad (1862-1940)

  • From the 6G list:
Mel 's 6th generation is 8% complete on WikiTree.
Mary J. (Hall) Copes (1811-1898) researching.
William F. Copes (1808-1882) researching.
Hepsy Ann Turley (1830-1863)
John Henry Maffet (1824-1896)
Evaline J. (Kelley) Hill (1838-1881) needs edit.
Elijah Thomas Hill (1834-1895) needs edit.

  • From the 7G list:
Mel 's 7th generation is 32% present on WikiTree.
Mel Bishop is a member of the Threlkeld Name Study Project.
Mary Debruler (abt.1800-abt.1838)
James Hill (abt.1802-bef.1900)
Fenton Jackson Cleveland (1813-1846)


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Personal Genealogical Firsts Since Joining WikiTree:


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Mel Bishop has Scottish Ancestors.

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Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone for 100 sourced profiles
Mel Bishop reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the July 2021 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi again Mel,

Thanks for taking responsibility for Orphaned Profiles. This is a courtesy email to share the After Adopting Orphans FAQ which explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need from their profile managers. One quick way to find the profiles you adopted is by searching your Contributions List for the word "adopted" and "manager." You can find a quick link to your Contributions List in the My WikiTree dropdown menu.

If you will be working with any profiles needing GEDCOM cleanup, the AGC tool can help with formatting so that you can concentrate on the research. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources; find or merge duplicates; clean up GEDCOM or merged biographies; or interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks for the tips, Debi! I will definitely let you know if I hit a snag :)
posted by Mel Bishop
Hi Mel,

I too am a Delaware researcher but your ancestral name is not familiar to me.

posted by Marj Adams
Hi Marj,

I am mostly a Kentucky researcher (post 1800ish), but have recently started pushing one line back further. I haven't added any of these people to WikiTree yet - I'm still learning the whole formatting thing.

I'd guess at this early stage of my research that the names aren't familiar because it's a small family group, and it doesn't look like they were there long. My oldest ancestor on this line, William Juett (1707-1767) was in Somerset Co, MD as early as 1734 (I don't know where he was before this) and at some point also purchased land on the headwaters of Nanticoke. In his will he left that land to his son William (1738-1779 - also my ancestor), and it's my understanding that it falls in the area which became Sussex Co, DE. After the second William died in 1779, his wife (Mary Polk/Pollock) remarried and I believe by around 1790 she and most of her children moved to Kentucky. I don't know that much about Polks yet, but I think they have a similar story of starting in MD and moving toward DE.

Hopefully it will not take too long for me to get the hang of this cite and get back to that research soon. Since my KY people are pretty tight knit, I think I will probably find others who came from this area as well. Maybe we will connect up down the road!

posted by Mel Bishop
Welcome Mel, and thank you for upgrading, 😊

I am very pleased to welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

It is best to start with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

Happy tree climbing

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

Hi Karen,

I've just gotten started trying to learn how to use WikiTree this past week. I was wondering if you had time, if you wouldn't mind looking over the first profile I've worked on Mary (Hardin) Hill (abt.1840-1924) and giving me some feedback/constructive criticism? Just want to make sure I'm on the right track before I go further :) Thanks in advance for your time! Mel

posted by Mel Bishop
Hi Mel,

That is a fantastic profile 😊, so informative, very well written, and good sources, that is so much better than any I have done, do you fancy doing mine for me 🤣

You are definitely on the right track, keep up the good work

Take care

Karen 🤗

posted by Karen (Finnerty) Butler
edited by Karen (Finnerty) Butler

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.

To contact me, please log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Laura ~ WikiTree Greeter

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posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Laura,

Though I signed up on WT a couple of months back, I've just gotten started trying to learn how to use it this past week. I was wondering if you had time, if you wouldn't mind looking over the first profile I've worked on Mary (Hardin) Hill (abt.1840-1924) and giving me some feedback/constructive criticism? Just want to make sure I'm on the right track before I go further :) Thanks in advance for your time! Mel

posted by Mel Bishop
Hi Mel,

You have learned quickly. You have done an excellent job on that profile. The biography and sourcing look very good. I see that you have learned the Wiki mark-up formatting, great job. You are on the right track, and doing a wonderful job! ~Laura

posted by Laura DeSpain

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