Bobbie (Madison) Hall
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Bobbie (Madison) Hall

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Joined 2 Mar 2016 | 61140 contributions | 4651 thank-yous
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with anyone who shares the same genealogical or historical interests. Here is my family tree. Ancestors ancestors
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 try to respond quickly.
Bobbie Hall formerly Madison
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
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 Jun 2020
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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.

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.

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.

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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

The Spring 2020 Clean-a-Thon is taking registration now at this [1]. 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. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi Bobbie, I just saw your post about the suggestion list. I have been poking around the Dumfriesshire list and fixing a few things and making a few errors. I found a can of worms fixing birth date of John Snowden-259. It turns out his mother's profile (Tinning-51) is a mixture of 2 women. I documented everything in the Research Notes. How do you untangle that kind of situation?

I would like to join the WikiTree Scotland Project Group. How do I do that? When I try I get this message:

WikiTree's Scotland Project You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it. Apply for membership or contact the owner and the manager.

Thanks for your advice

Elaine Walling-681

Elaine, I answered via private message.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
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
Bobbie, so glad to have someone experienced to go to when I hit a snag....I am Kathy Wingate, pretty new to WikiTree, have uploaded my 23andme DNA, and now, want to upload my male cousin's YDNA, but the "Females can't do YDNA" stops me cold. His will be the more helpful with my mother's lines, how on Earth can I get his Family Tree DNA moved to WikiTree?? This cousin is not computer savvy enough to do this, that's why I'm handling it. Thanks, Kathy
posted by Kathy Wingate
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 [Living 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
Bobbie, you wrote on my profile:

"Isaac, you've said this before, and I have responded. Nantucket—along with Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands—was attached to the New York colony until 1692, when by act of Parliament it became a part of the Bay Colony of Massachusetts."

This assertion is false.

Mayhew bought the rights to Nantucket decades before NY even existed.

In 1641. From Stirling (ie Nova Scotia) and Gorges (Plymouth, ie Mass.).

When Charles gifted James of YORK titular possession (ie right to conquer) New Netherland from the Dutch in 1664, nobody on Nantucket spoke Dutch. They spoke Masshole then, as now. If that history were different, then you'd be less wrong. But it's not.

It would be more correct to say NY's failed attempts to control Nantucket halted in 1691.

posted by Isaac Taylor

Bobbie is 22 degrees from Donald Howard, 18 degrees from Julia Howe and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.