“They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.” - William Shakespeare. My favorite quote, ever. If I were a color I would be cobalt blue. In tense situations I try to diffuse the tenseness with humor (sometimes this approach works, sometimes not). When it rains I feel calm and restive. When it snows I am an ecstatic child expecting a snow day (living in Canada I am ecstatic often). I am happiest when I am doing something, anything, outdoors. People in my family have had names like Goolie and Nimrod (the last one handed down for generations). I thrive when I am helpful to others. I thrive when I am problem solving. I am a Carolinian at my core and I am deeply rooted in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains where I grew-up. If you cut me I would bleed the sound of bluegrass music.
As a Child, my mother, grandmothers, and grandfather would often tell me about my family. Who we were, where we came from and how our family came to be. As a teen I was given some unpublished papers by a Hunt cousin. I scanned them, as teens do, but I kept them. Years later I went back to them and entered the information into Family Tree Maker. Soon after I started my hunt, pardon the pun, in earnest for the rest of my family.
Over the next few years I spent time researching and looking and finding and not finding - you know how it goes. I found I was constantly one step behind another researcher working on one branch of our family. I left notes for him, I emailed him, I did everything short of going to his doorstep to get him to "share" or to point me toward this or that. Not a word. Not a single word did I hear from this researcher...UNTIL he published a book. Oh I got an email from him then, wanting me to purchase his book and I did.
I am all about open source. The Laptop I am currently working on is Linux. When I look for information on line I am accustomed to finding exactly what I want only to find it will cost me money. I have to pay money to see information about myself. There is just something wrong about that. I stumbled upon WikiTree by accident and I fell in love. With the concept, with the openness of the people, the ease of it (once you get in up to your ankles) and the depth of it. WikiTree is liberating and confirms my faith in one simple thing; Genealogy belongs to us, the descendants.
Roots Tech 2016
Mags and AJ.
No blur this year for sure, but it went by fast, fast, fast. Great excuse to go hang-out with the Genealogy world in Salt Lake City.
Roots Tech 2015
Wheee Doggie! Roots Tech was a blur! Here's a great picture of my blood cousin AJ Jacobs and I. Then another pic of hanging around with fellow kindred spirits, fellow Geneageeks, and passionate WikiTreers, my pals Peter Roberts and Micheal Stills.
↑ Maternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group consisting of M. Gaulden GEDmatch F340555, Sandy Sharp GEDmatch a759497 and Larry Milton Peterson GEDmatch F34276 sharing a 26.7 cM segment on chromosome 9 from 103,348,186 to 123,946,544.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 3,585.6 cM Family Finder match between Mags Gaulden and her father Earle Gaulden
First-hand information. Entered by M Gaulden at registration.
Hunt Papers unpublished, , . Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Personal papers and notes of Eunice L. Hunt, Family Biographical Information, unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Personal Papers and Notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information and letter to Dave Templeton, August 22, 1976. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Conversations with Eunice L. Hunt and Thomas C. Hunt Gaulden-7
Conversations with Frances T. Gaulden - M. Gaulden Gaulden-7
Descendants of James Dillard and Sarah Barnard Dillard of Rabun County, Georgia, John M. Dillard November 15, 2009 Revised through August 20, 2012.
Four Brothers in Oconee County by John M. Dillard, Dillard Annual, Vol. , Dillard Family Association.
The Gaulden, Gauldin, Gaulding, Family History -- A Seven Hundred Year Study, Volume One, By Dr. Charles H. Gaulden, Self Published, April, 1999.
Templeton Family History, L. B. Templeton, Jr., Self Published, 1953. Personal Copies in the files of M. Gaulden.
September 8, 2014
In the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up having to be deleted. While I fully intend to be around to manage all my profiles for the next 50 years or so, in the event of my sudden death I hereby give permission for all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my family members or to any of the other wonderful WikiTreers who have collaborated with me. My own personal profile will be left to Eowyn and Julie to tend and weed and... (I plan to haunt the WikiTree servers once my body has left it's earthly bonds).
Mags Gaulden's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Mags or other
carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1b1-T16362C, Mitosearch BQ7XH, FTDNA kit #340555
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Mags:
Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDMatch T387473, FTDNA kit #340555
Hey! I made them into a list for so you can use it Sat. Sadly I have plans to go wine tasting with family that day so can't join in the LiveCast. :( Would you like me to add you to my AncestryDNA to show screen shots it in conjunction?
I have been trying to sort out his ancestors, the Pitts of Bristol. I only got into them trying to sort them out from their near relations in Dorset! So don't want to try to go down a further rabbit hole into 'parts beyond the seas'
Nevertheless I don't like to see it left so muddled I looked up Col Robert and I found this rootsweb page which seems mostly accurate in the period between generation 3 (not the ancient stuff) and Col. Robert Pitt (save for the fact I doubt that the Thomas he says went to the Appomattox River in Virginia did, he was stated as deceased in his brother William's will of 1631.)
In case you are not aware the Australian Aboriginals or Indigenous people, the First People of this land, are the oldest surviving culture on earth, and last year, with some help from a much more experienced WikiTreer than I am, I started a Category, "Indigenous Peoples of Australia". I was unaware that a "First Peoples Project" existed at that time! I am not putting myself forward as a co-ordinator for Australia in the 'First Peoples Project' as I am not experienced enough, and a bit passed learning now, in the necessary coding etc. but happy to help otherwise. My first priority is and continues to be connecting unconnected Australian profiles and am having some success with that.
The "First Peoples Project" is in my opinion a very worthy project!!