Laurie Giffin
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Laurie Giffin

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Laurie Giffin aka Burton
Born 1960s.
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Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] and
[children unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jul 2016 | Last significant change: 12 Jul 2022
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My ancestors started arriving in North America over 400 years ago, so its no surprise that my DNA ethnicity estimate reads New England and Nova Scotia, and WikiTree shows the specifics. For example, 595 of my ancestors immigrated from Europe to colonial New England: seven families were on the Mayflower (1620), and 380 others followed during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

My ancestors visited the coast of Nova Scotia before it was English, and started to migrate here with the founding of Halifax over 270 years ago - much longer than the country has existed. Of the 122 ancestors who migrated to Atlantic Canada, the majority arrived before the American Revolution, 10 were Loyalists, and the last couple arrived in 1816, over 200 years ago.

Some came as children

Others as elders

Some were distinguished

and others names have been forgotten

  • ...

Some died young

Others lived to a ripe old age

I found clergy

and witches

There were soldiers

and sailors







and a large number of farmers and carpenters.

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  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Laurie Giffin and her father. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Father, based on sharing 3720 cM across 23 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Laurie Giffin and her mother's brother. Their MRCAs are Helen Bradshaw Archibald and Thomas Hoben Robinson, the grandparents of Laurie Giffin and the parents of her maternal uncle. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Uncle, based on sharing 1682 cM across 37 segments.

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What a great job you have done on this profile. I love how you made categories for your ancestors. I am inspired.
posted by Patricia Birdsell
Thank you, cousin! I've had a lot of fun with it.
posted by Laurie Giffin
Laurie and Maggie are 14th cousins through the Springs! Welcome aboard (-:
posted by Maggie N.
So we are! Thank you Maggie :-]
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi Laurie,

I am so glad I found you as we have such a similar ancestry! Like you, my family has been in America for 400 years. I have 12 Mayflower passengers of which 8 are considered “family heads” and a pretty mind-boggling number of Plimouth Plantation/Plymouth Colony ancestors. That was such a fascinating microcosm which I have studied for years. Also many from the Mass. Bay Colony, including Salem. I am proud to claim two Salem martyrs as my direct ancestors.

The Canadian branch of my family arrived in several groups; many New England Planters, several Loyalists from the Star Fort in Ninety-Six, South Carolina, and as single family arrivals from Scotland and Ireland.

I often like to quip that the only thing I haven’t found is an ancestor that came in through Ellis Island, and it’s true.

I also wanted to give you a heads-up that another WikiTreer will probably be contacting you soon to verify that Elisha Smith, son of Solomon Smith and Rebecca Hamilton married Desire Baker and lived out his golden years in Nova Scotia.

I’d love to talk to you one-on-one offline. Is there a way to do that?

Best, Valerie

posted by Valerie Sim
After a delay, I've sent you a private message Valerie. I look forward to connecting with you :)
posted by Laurie Giffin
You're my 6th cousin through Joshua Trefry.
posted by Emmy (Dunham) Frost
We are! We are also 6th cousins through Lt John McKinnon - we go way back, lol.
posted by Laurie Giffin
Is there any group working on the French speaking Protestants who emigrated from Montbeliard to Lunenburg? Through DNA testing I discovered ancestors who made this journey (Gretteau and Maillard), although the records for my links to them have been difficult to track .
posted by P Hanrahan
Hi P, Yes, there is a project for Montbeliard immigrants, here is the link:

I'm also working on a personal project reviewing and doing any clean-up needed for Lunenburg founders, so I often have the sources open, if you need help. The Gretteau founder is here: There were two Maillard families: some of Pierre's children immigrated:, and this man seems to have been in a different family: The info on WT isn't yet complete, so your research is welcome!

posted by Laurie Giffin
Hello - I had a grandfather (many greats) among 412 French Protestants who came from Bezanson area to Lunenburg. Several Bezansons inter married with Giffens from Isaac's Harbour. My grandmother was one - there is an amazing site on the Bezanson family. Bound to be some intermarriages with your family.
posted by Laina Giffen
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Laurie, just made the connection, we are 19th cousins twice removed. goes all the way back to John Stourton, 1300 England. Always great to find new family. Hope to see you again in the "branches"
posted by Alene (Biggs) Corbitt
You are my 22nd cousin, twice removed.
posted by Emmy (Dunham) Frost
Hi Laurie,

It's nice to meet another cousin. I like to check out degrees of people mentioned in the Wikitree News. 18 degrees seems alot but we are close as your 8th gg grandfather Simon Newcomb is my 7th ggg. Waves, Keep up the good work.

posted by Janice Anderson
Thank you Janice! I'm constantly amazed at the connections that can be made through one tree. Nice job with sources. Waves back!
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi cousin Laurie!

Laurie Giffin and Marsha (Cramer) Baker are both descendants of Thomas Hooker I.

I was happy to find another Hooker cousin!


posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Nice to meet you too, Marsha!

I have a John Robinson brick wall also. I notice ours all share the same first names: John, William and Thomas. A conservative bunch, the Robinsons - it might be easier to trace them if there were a few Eliphalets or Zadocks in the mix!

posted by Laurie Giffin
Laurie, I have so many John's in my tree....smh...

I have a few Zadocks in my tree as well. Zadocks in my Stephenson line, a Zadock connects to my Robinsons as well.

Have a great day!

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
How is Eliphalets pronounced? I dont have that one, I'm not sure I've even seen that one before.
posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Not sure - I've heard it pronounced like EL-FA-LAY and like EL-I-FA-LET. I can't say it out loud without thinking of elephants, but I do try to make it SOUND biblical.
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hello, Cousin!

Apparently we are 10th cousins twice removed. We share the common ancestor Kinge-44, William (Kinge) King, who is my 11th Grandfather according to WikiTree.

Nice to meet you!

posted by Karen Jaszewski
That Kinge ancestor was way back, but some of our other ancestors may have rubbed shoulders in the meantime. I've seen lots of Swayze in New Brunswick. Plus my husband's ancestors were in Brandon, Manitoba in the 1890s.

Nice to meet you, too, Karen!

posted by Laurie Giffin
Hello Cousin Laurie,

Laurie and Sue are 9th cousins Laurie Giffin and Sue (Bateman) Matthews are both descendants of John Nutting.

posted by Sue (Bateman) Matthews
Hi Sue, Its always nice to meet another cousin!
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi Cousin Laurie,

Laurie and Janine are 8th cousins once removed

Greetings cousin! I hope you get the nomination :)
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi Laurie: It is very nice to see your interest in Atlantic Canadian genealogy. We are separated by 15 degrees! :-)

I've been working with Shirlea Smith and others on the Steeves, but most of my efforts are focused on the Mills family from Moncton starting with UEL Reuben Mills ( I'm also working on the Jackson and Walker families of the Annapolis valley. It really is wonderful to work in concert with so many generous contributors. Jonathan Mills Toronto, ON

posted by Jonathan Mills
Thank you for the note Jonathan! I had a little peek at your Mills line, and have to say I'm impressed. Your work is very thorough. I sometimes work on Notables (like certain members of the Steeves line), which is how I found Shirlea, but I'm currently focused on the pre-Revolutionary settlers. Perhaps our interests will coincide in the Annapolis Valley! Stay well.
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi Laurie! Nice to see you featured as Member of the Week! We are a mere 11 degrees apart! Thanks for all your well-informed assistance!
posted by Shirlea Smith
Thank you Shirlea! I'm only well informed about sources in my stomping ground. I'm highly dependent on members like you when I start looking farther afield ... like Quebec or Devonshire!
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hi Laurie. I was glad to see you featured as the Member of the Week. Most of my ancestors are from Nova Scotia, and some from Newfoundland. (Apropos of the comment from Dana Dauphinee, I'm a Dauphinee-10 descendant as well.) We're a mere 15 degrees from each other.
posted by Chris Whitten
Thank you Chris! We do definitely have some Puritan ancestors in common, and a "mere 15 degrees"! That's funny. Without this little thing you started, I'd have a hard time figuring out my 3rd cousins.
posted by Laurie Giffin
Thank you for finding the Marie Elizabeth Dauphinee duplicate, Laurie! I was born a Dauphinee and my grandmother was an Eisenhauer, we might be related somewhere related somewhere!
posted by Dana (Dauphinee) Reale
You are most welcome, Dana! If you are descended from Lunenburg Eisenhauer then, we most certainly are related. I'm a descendant of Adam Eisenhauer:
posted by Laurie Giffin
How exciting! I will do some digging - my Grandmother was named Pearl, and my Eisenhauer records stop at her father, John (, with very little info to go on from her (she passed in 2007). Time to try and find if our trees join somewhere, and hopefully learn more about that side of my family!
posted by Dana (Dauphinee) Reale
Hello, Laurie!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Laurie:

I would like to join the Atlantic Canada Project, since many of my relatives have been born or immigrated to the Atlantic Provinces. I just discovered a free online database (Atlantic Canada Genealogical Project) managed by Don Chapman. Have you heard about it? I'll contact Don about allowing me to join and maybe suggest joining/collaborating with WikiTree.

Thanks, Michael

posted by Michael Swift
Thank you Michael! I've sent you a private message with the information about how to join the project. It should be in your email!
posted by Laurie Giffin
Hello. I was working specifically my St. John River (Maugerville, N.B.) ancestors (arrived abt 1763 from Massachusetts) and when doing surname searches I noted in the search results that the Canadian profile location names included the name Canada although the 4 provinces didn't join together until 1 Jul 1867. Of course you already know this and I'm certain it's already been discussed amongst you Canada Project folks so tell me what naming convention you want me to use for my 20 direct ancestors in pre1867 New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Thanks for your help. Leigh Anne
Hi Leigh Anne! You are absolutely correct, as Canada wasn't formed until 1867, we don't refer to it on Atlantic Canada profiles for events that occurred before that date. The accepted terminology is to refer to the correct colony name, such as "New Brunswick " and "Nova Scotia". Here is a New Brunswick example:

Unfortunately the drop-down lists come from FamilySearch, which has just begun to adopt the same convention and has a lot of clean-up to do. So you will see incorrect references to Canada in these locations in some WikiTree profiles. When correcting an existing profile, I suggest adding a simple reason, as profile managers who aren't familiar with Canada's history may be surprised. I generally say something like "removed country name before country was formed".

posted by Laurie Giffin
Thanks very much for thinking of us here in NOVA SCOTIA following our cruel and unusual punishment. We will never forget. I know the young officer who was shot but survived.
posted by Richard Terfry
Hi there, Laurie!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 200!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Laurie, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Laurie, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Laurie!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Laurie!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Laurie

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the] for ways to contribute.

2) Added Categories to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the [1].

4) Bookmarked the [2] to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Laurie

On behalf of the Categories Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

I like the work you're doing with the historical categories. Thanks so much for all the improvements you're making.
posted by Brad Foley
Hi Laurie

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Canada project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute

2) Added CANADA to the tags you follow.

3) PM the project leaders with your email address to be added to the Google Group

4) Bookmarked the Activity Feed to monitor the project watchlist

Thank you

Janet~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello Laurie

On behalf of the Canada Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active in the Canada project. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Janet ~ Volunteer Coordinator


If you joined the project only to show your connection to an ancestor, please consider using a Canada Stickers on your profile instead of the project badge

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Laurie, thanks for your merge request. I just merged Emerson-379 into Emerson-9 and did a sloppy job in merging the text section, so if you want to play with it, feel free. I adopted 379 and a couple of other orphan Emersons a few years ago and had done nothing with any of them since. Bad me. BTW, we are 9th cousins!
posted by Michal Angus

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