Bobbie (Madison) Hall
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Bobbie (Madison) Hall

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I've been a genealogist since the dawn of the web, and still do a lot of the old style research in libraries, historical societies and cemeteries. I enjoy hearing from distant cousins and those who share geographical interests. Send me a PM, and I'll usually respond quickly.
Bobbie Hall formerly Madison
Born 1950s.
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Mother of [private daughter (unknown - unknown)] and [private son (unknown - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 6 Sep 2011 | Last significant change: 1 May 2021
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Massachusetts state seal
Bobbie (Madison) Hall is a Massachusettsan.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Stephen Hopkins.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Thomas Rogers and son John.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Francis Cooke.
Descendant of PGM migrant Nathaniel Fish.
Descendant of PGM migrant John Jackson.
Scotland's Tartan Trail
Bobbie (Madison) Hall is a Scotland Tartan Trail Guide.
Fountain Pen
Bobbie has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 153 connections.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Source-a-Thon, adding 99 sources to profiles.
Bobbie (Madison) Hall participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1155 suggestions.

Current work:

  • Co-leading the Mayflower Project
  • Co-leading the Scotland Project
  • Regional Coordinator for the Scottish Southern and Borders Region
  • Working diligently to clean up my own database, focus on pre-1700's profiles
Bobbie spends way too much time on WikiTree.


Scottish Lines of my Spouse

Scottish research is also a passion of mine, since I married a born & bred Ayrshire lad. His lineage can be seen here:

The Web Is An Amazing Thing!

Consider this to be less a biography and more an Editorial.

I'm passionate about genealogy. Searching for family history is more than a hobby for me, it's an obsession. I've enjoyed the hunt of finding that elusive bit of information that makes a "possible connection" into a definite ancestor for 25 years and counting.

I liken genealogy to treasure hunting, with puzzle solving and sleuthing mixed in. What some find tedious though, the careful citation of sources, I enjoy. Being able to take all those little bits of data, lay them out carefully, linking them together into the logical and chronological picture of a person's life, is what genealogy is all about. And proving the conclusions is what makes you a true genealogist.

I'm one of those strange people who reads the NEHGR from cover to cover, every quarter, in the old-fashioned paper version. It's educational to read how others have solved genealogical problems, or attempt to prove what for years has been unproven.

I'm constantly amazed at the advance in technology in my lifetime and how it has become such a huge tool for genealogists. In 1980, a P.C. was unknown. Am I the only one who remembers CompuServe’s Genealogy Forum in the early days of green screens? By 1987, Rootsweb was underway, and I was one of the first subscribers. Is there a single genealogist that hasn't used Rootsweb? In the early 1990s, I took my first trip to the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. A genealogist's dream. Back then, if you wanted to copy something, you printed it out on paper, 25 cents a page. They were early adopters of technology, and before long you could "print" a digital version onto a CD, then a thumb drive, etc. Now they're working on digitizing everything and having it available online. 24/7/365. And the number of sites online that we have available now with original records is absolutely astounding. I was looking for a picture of my long-deceased grandmother. A cousin mentioned she'd gone to a particular school. Googled the school, find the yearbook,

Mary G. Keene
instant photograph. Another ancestor attended a girl's school in Boston in the early 1800s. Googled her name, also her school. Found a photograph of a piece of needlework she'd done, now safely in a museum.
Caroline Jackson's needlework at Susanna Rawson's school

Something I say on a daily basis: The Web Is An Amazing Thing!

What worries me most is the way many people will "harvest" their data from gigantic databases, slap their name on it, and call it their own. That's like taking a novel, tearing off the cover, and making yourself the author of a story. True genealogists take pride in their work, they research as best they can in original and secondary sources, and then cite those sources to prove their work. Grabbing a tree from (insert whichever database used here) and turning around and calling it yours, well, that used to be called plagiarism, but since those databases aren't the work of a single person, I suppose it's just a work of fiction.

Genealogy with out source citation is FICTION. I'll get off my soap box now, and get back to reading old microfilmed records. On the web :)

Happy hunting. May the Source be with you :)


Actual Biography

I'm a native New Englander, from the suburbs of Boston, and a Red Sox fan through and through. After marrying a wonderful man as he stepped off the boat from Scotland, (well, just about :) we moved to the Midwest and spent far too long there, but used our time to produce two brilliant and gorgeous children, who are now providing us with adorable grandchildren.
We moved to the Sunshine State when my tollerance for snow and bitter temperatures dissolved, and my desire to be near the ocean crested.
I'm a retired airline employee, who worked in customer service for 35 years, and never had a single boring day, and made friends who live the world over.
I've spent countless hours (too many, my family would say) researching our ancestry, and still love doing it. Something about it being a never-ending puzzle keeps me at it.

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Digital Afterlife

As my generation begins to pass away, it is prudent to make provision for the work I have done on our family tree. In the case of my demise, I hereby give permission for management of all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my Family Members active at that time on WikiTree, whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists, in the order listed as follows: spouse & children, my children's spouses, grandchildren, nieces & nephews by blood or by marriage, first and second cousins of any degree. I also authorize the Leaders of any WikiTree projects to manage any and all of my profiles that aren't already in an open status.

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Hello cousin! Really enjoyed reading your biography and agree genealogy work is a rewarding treasure hunt that keeps me coming back. Wikitree is such a wonderful site. I've recently discovered that I am descended from 15 Mayflower passengers, perhaps I should join the Mayflower project. Have a nice day!
posted by Colleen Griffin
Hello back at you, cousin! With that many Pilgrims in your ancestry, yes, you certainly should join the Mayflower Project! The G2G thread for joining is here. You'll need to add Mayflower to your followed tags, but other than that it looks like you qualify!
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Bobbie,

Thank you for the recent work on our ancestors. I felt this time it should be something more than hitting the thank you button a few more times. Was thinking of getting you another badge, but you seem to have them all, and then there's the fact that you have more thank yous than I have contributions. Looks like you've helped a lot of people. Thanks again, Mark

posted by Mark Townsend
You just made my day! Thanks for taking the time to say so, it's really appreciated.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi, Bobbie. Nice to meet you. Our brick walls are very similar. Mine is my great-grandfather from Scotland, born between 1849 and 1854, William Bell Davidson. I started looking at documents (I'm near Washington, DC, so that helped a bit) but have never been able to learn anything about my great grandfather before the date he married my great grandmother in 1889 in Fort Smith, AR. Hard enough finding documents there but then they moved to Tamaha, I.T. Never have found anything that shares the names of his parents, although one census did say his mother spoke Gaelic!

If there's anything I can do to help you find yours, just let me know. Merry Christmas!

Barbara Davidson Norkus

Hi Cousin! I really enjoyed your bio!
posted by Sara Mosher
Thanks for being such an awesome co-captain on Twisted Thistles! Here is the sticker code for your Source a Thon bling: Source-a-Thon|team=Team Twisted Thistles|year=2020|sources=99
posted by Sarah Mason
Hi, Bobbie!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Bobbie looking for a bit of advice I am a bit lost looking around the site - I havent been on WikiTree for a long time and just came on today to have a look at what suggestions I could tidy up - I have taken the Pre-1700 Quiz. I have an ancestor in your project area for scotland Bald-184 he came up on my suggestions as its an open profile with no dates I was going to put an estimated birth year on for him based on when his first child was born. His first child being born in 1635 I put an about 1615 year for his birth. Can you tell me if this is an accepted process and maybe link me to where I find the style guide that has been talked about. Thanks in advance Suzy
posted by Suzy Cairns
Suzy, Welcome back to Wikitree. I've sent you a private message in response.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hello, I am a descendant of President Garfield through my maternal grandfather, and Mary Chilton (said to be the first white woman to step foot in the New World) from my maternal grandmother. I am interested to know if I am eligible to join the Mayflower society, or another group. I also have a copy of a small genealogical book that was written in 1920, showing the lineage from John Winslow and Mary Chilton. Many thanks,

Peter Huntington Smith

posted by Peter Smith Jr.
Hi Peter, Welcome to WikiTree. If you can prove your lineage from yourself to one of the Mayflower passengers you could join the Mayflower Society, cetainly. WikiTree is a great place to develop your family tree and get some help from other members, too. We have a Mayflower Project here that aims to assist our members in finding sources for our lines. There's a G2G post here where you can join our group.

You'll need to follow **all** the instructions at the top of the post first, namely earning your pre-1700 badge, etc., and then work hard on creating the profiles for your ancestors who link you to the Mayflower passengers. But it does help when so many other members have added their own trees, and you often connect within a few generations.

Best of luck! Bobbie

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

The 2020 Source-a-Thon is taking registration now at this [1]. The S-a-T will take place from 8 AM EDT Friday, October 2 to 8 AM EDT Monday, October 5. If you want to participate as a member of Team Massachusetts, go to the post and answer indicating the team name. You need to answer the question so Eowyn can officially add you to the Team. We did a good job last year. Let's see what we can do this time around. Don’t forget to visit our Chat Page. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi, Bobbie

The Ambassadors project has been reorganizing and is looking for those who have a membership at a genealogical society, to help in spreading the word about WikiTree.

We're working on ways to improve how WikiTree connects and interacts with genealogical and local history societies. This is the kind of thing we want to do:

  • Liaise with societies: set up your local society with a free-space page and some WikiTree materials as part of a package.
  • Use social media to promote what societies are offering on WikiTree.
  • Encourage bloggers to blog about societies and the resources available to them on WikiTree.

Are you interested in participating in some way? Do you have some ideas to share?

Azure Rae ~ co-Leader of Ambassadors Project

posted by Azure Robinson
Hi Azure,

The gensoc I'm involved with is the NEHGS, but I live distantly from them so am not able to visit or be much involved with them other than being a dues-payer and user of their online offerings.

Cheers, Bobbie

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thanks for responding, Bobbie!

Azure Rae

posted by Azure Robinson
Hello, Bobbie!

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

PS: I love that profile photo of Mary Keene!

posted by Pip Sheppard

Hi Bobbie

Congratulations on being one of the top 10 contributors in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge - for Star profiles, the challenge led to 659 profiles being improved. Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The Data Doctor Team and the WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing. Look forward to seeing join us for the next challenge.


A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Hi there 

Thanks so very much for your participation in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge. Every suggestion you cleared (over 134 )  made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing.

Janet Wild

A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Bobbie!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 1100!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Bobbie - Thanks for all you do. I too remember CompuServe--it was my go-to source for early PC programming questions--but I didn't know of the Genealogy Forum. I can sort of understand how you could be a Red Sox fan; us SF Giants fans recognize that nobody's perfect. Frustrated with Ancestry for all the reasons you cite, I've recently found WikiTree and am migrating the tree I've been working on for nearly 10 years from there. I share your passion for working on this jigsaw puzzle without boundaries!
posted by Patrick Jamieson
Hi Bobbie

Thanks for having a big heart ? and adopting those Orphaned Profiles. And thank you for all that you do on WikiTree! You have some beautifully sourced profiles. Every ancestor you honor in this way is beneficial to our global tree.

Mindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Mindy Silva
Thanks for the alternate url. I went and edited it.

By the way I've been searching for John Evered's birth / baptism - can not find it.

The other source (Wikipedia) lists date as 1611/2

posted by Beryl Meehan
Bobbie Hall is a phenomenal helper. Her knowledge is first rate, as is her understanding of WikiTree.

I appreciate her keeping an eye on me and she does it in such a gracious way.

Hi Bobbie, it seems we may be 10th cousins once removed via PGM John Prescott-34. I share your passion for genealogy, it's the ultimate treasure hunt. Nice to meet you coz!
posted by Colleen Griffin

it appears we are 13th cousins once removed....

posted by Mark Momb
I have many Halls in my tree, most from New Brunswick, Cleve
posted by Cleve Stairs

Always glad to meet a new distant relative... Hello 11th cousin nice to meet you!


posted by Sherry Stark
Nice to meet you! Great family photos. Unfortunately, all mine are at my brother's house, step 5th great-granddaughter of 1st cousin 8x removed.
posted by Scott Hutchins
Congratulations cuz on being the Profile of the Week on WT!!! Brilliant interview. You make us Very Extremely Extended Family Members very, very proud!!!
posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton