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Michael T. Meggison
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Michael Thomas Meggison, called Mike, was born in John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, Brookhaven Township, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, at 4:59 a.m., 29 August 1967; and was baptized in St. Sylvester’s Church, Medford, Suffolk County, 13 September 1967, by Rev. Michael Rizzulo; his sponsors were Michael Anthony Santangelo and Lucille Denise Meggison. Michael had his first Holy Communion on 1 June 1975 at St. Sylvester’s Church, Medford, New York. He was confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church, 8 April 1981, at St. Joseph’s Roman Church, Livonia, New York, with Bishop Matthew Clark presiding. His sponsor was Joseph Fascella, his maternal grandmother’s brother. Michael took Joseph as his confirmation name.

Mike attended a myriad of schools in his educational career: Sachem Nursery School in Sachem, New York from 1970 to 1971; Tecumseh Primary School for kindergarten from 1972 to 1973; Lynwood Avenue School at Farmingville for first grade from 1973 to 1974; Tremont Avenue School at Medford for grades 2-5 and years 1974 to 1978; Livonia Middle School at Livonia for grade 6 from 1978 to 1979; St. Agnes Catholic School at Avon for grades 7 and 8 from 1979 to 1981 (he graduated on 26 June 1981 at St. Agnes Church, Avon); and Ralph J. Davis High School at Livonia from 1981 to 1985. He graduated from high school 23 June 1985 at the Livonia High School football field.

Mike, at these schools, won wide recognition for his art, humorous stories, and historical research. He was especially encouraged and inspired by his second grade teacher, Mrs. Lenora Graham; and his third and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Pat Maiasky; who instilled in him a love of reading, history, music, and books (passions that he has never wavered in his enthusiasm). In high school, he was an active member of student government and Catholic youth groups. In addition, he was in the French Club Le Cirque Français and was on yearbook staff his sophomore year. Mike studied hard and was frequently on the school’s honor roll. He was selected for Who’s Who in American High School Students 1983–1984. During summer vacations, he worked as a dishwasher and maintenance man at Callahan’s Restaurant at Avon, New York.

Mike was accepted to the State University of New York at Geneseo and matriculated as a freshman in September 1985. He originally majored in business, but did not like accounting class and switched to political science. Some highlights of his college days were working as a staff reporter for the college paper The Lamron. Through this outlet, he interviewed several famous people, such as Olympic athlete Cathy Rigby McCoy, Our Gang’s Spanky McFarland Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, 60s radicals Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman and various actors, actresses, politicians and celebrities. While at Geneseo, he worked as a clerk at Ames, an English tutor for students having difficulty with the language, and vice-president of Livingston Dorm. After three years at the dorm, he moved to Orchard Street at Geneseo. Mike graduated in June 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He made many good friends at Geneseo, which have lasted to the present day. Soon after he graduated from Geneseo, he went for a one-week vacation to Prince Edward Island, where he met and was acquainted with many of his relatives that he only knew through photographs and letters.

In the interim between college and graduate school, Mike temporarily moved to Florida to find work. He lived with his maternal grandmother and great aunt in Port Richey, Pasco County. It being a recession year, he could only find more dishwashing and Wal-Mart style stores, so he left the area to go back to Rochester in early 1992. After a stint selling men’s suits at Sears Roebuck, he began working simultaneously as a dishwasher at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant and a mail clerk in the General Mail Facility at Rochester.

He earnestly began looking for a graduate school to study once home at Livonia. He settled on Northeastern University at Boston, the school his grandfather, Ernie Meggison, attended in the 1930s. Mike was accepted and he moved to Boston in September 1993. He also went to work at the Boston General Mail Facility at Dorchester as a mail clerk. At the Department of Political Science, the visiting professor was none other than former governor and presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis. Mike took demanding classes in International Law, Japanese Politics, Public Policy, Media and the Presidency, and Middle Eastern Politics. In Boston, he absorbed the city and New England culture with relish, attending many concerts at the hallowed “hatch shell” near the Charles River, and saw the renowned Boston Pops play there on Independence Day 1993. Among his favorite bars and clubs were Avalon, Kask-‘n’-Flaggin, the Rathskellar, and Our House. In 1994, he and a couple of his friends in the graduate hall dormitory saw one of Mike’s favorite musical groups of the time, Guns ‘N Roses. Mike graduated from Northeastern University in May 1994 with a master’s degree in political science with concentrations in American politics and international affairs. While residing at 7 North Union Street in Boston’s South End in the summer of 1994, he suffered a severe bout with gastroenteritis coupled with untreated mononucleosis and nearly died, but has since fully recovered.

Michael Meggison had worked as a computer helpdesk technician for the Sutherland Group, Ltd., in Rochester, New York, and later was employed as a documentation specialist for Xerox in Webster, Monroe County, New York. In 2001, the University of Rochester’s Department of Chemistry hired Mike, where he assisted the professors in their manuscripts, tests, grants, and research proposals. He presently works in Administration for Paychex, Inc., a leading payroll company at Rochester. He resided for two years at 103-1 Laburnam Crescent, Rochester, New York, and at 7 North Goodman Street, Apartment 308, Rochester, New York. He now resides at 314 Penbrooke Drive, Penfield, New York.

Over 20 articles have been published in various genealogical journals since 1993.

Genealogical Research Interests

Born and raised on Long Island; residing in Rochester, New York area for several years. Been doing genealogy since teenage years. Always willing to assist and help with linking and finding roots with my common ancestry. Looking for ancestors of Meggison (Whalton, Morpeth, Hartburn, and later Stepney London area to PEI in 1804), Cooke (Morpeth), Harle (Bolam and Hartburn), Patterson, Ferguson, Crawford (Berwick Upon Tweed), Alder (Longbenton), Fenwick, Gibson (Bolam) (all from Northumberland), Eden and allied lines (Durham), Layton and allied lines (Yorkshire), McAlduff (Ireland to PEI, Canada), lines from Lipari Island, Messina, Sciacca, Porto Empedocle, Milazzo, Misilmeri, Termini Imerese, and Palermo; and mainland Italy (Avigliano, Positano, Potenza, and Bella).[1]

Other interests

I have been into pop, rock, and a little bit of country music since childhood; this love rivals my love of genealogy. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of bands like The Beatles, AC/DC, Def Leppard, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Who, CSNY, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, and ABBA; and solo artists like Phil Collins, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Alanis Morissette.

I go to many comic conventions; I love meeting actors, actresses, and comedians. I have met many of them; I am friendly with scores of famous and not so famous comics and actors.

I also enjoy writing, music, guitar playing, collecting autographs and political memorabilia, books (especially biographies and humor), running, swimming, weightlifting, and movies. Trivia has been a great love of mine, and many of the books that line his shelves are on topics such as politics, music groups, science, biography, and art.

I blog on local media personalities; it is satirical and not for everyone's tastes. Even so, it is reaching 1 million viewers, with an audience of more than 2000 daily if the blog I drop is especially popular. If you must take a look, my blog is called The King of Rochester. All opinions and comments are of mine alone and represent no one other than myself.


  • "Historic Ancestors: Sir Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey," Fall 2022 The Genealogist

My line of descent from Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, a first cousin of Catherine Howard, ill-fated wife of King Henry VIII, who was executed by the paranoid and vengeful monarch.

  • John William McCormack Sep 2017 publication Bloomsbury Academic

Written by Professor Garrison Nelson, I am acknowledged as a source on p. 71, Footnote 9, and p. 854, for my genealogical research on the ancestry of former Speaker of the House John W McCormack.

  • Making a Killing: The Unofficial Story of the Sandy Hook Massacre Aug 17, 2014 Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Book written by Dennis and Sabrina Phillips. I conducted extensive genealogical research for them to establish Sandy Hook murderer Adam Lanza's correct lineage and family relations, in order to dispute many press reports and establish a reason for the spreading the misinformation about the Lanza family.

  • "Some Descendants of Timothy Bush of Connecticut, Vermont, and Western New York" with R Andrew Pierce, Apr 2011 The Genealogist

Timothy Bush is the ancestor of two United States presidents, but for many years, only the direct lines to the president were well known and published. This article traces his possible ancestry in Connecticut and presents his numerous descendants, who settled across the entire United States.

  • "From the Azores to Cape Cod: Manuel Spindle and His Descendants" Jan 2006 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Manuel Spindle/Espendello was an immigrant who came from the Azores to Dennis, Mass., in the late 1700s. He was one of the earliest non-Northern European immigrant to New England. His life and descendants to the mid 1900s are treated in this article.

  • “Descendants of Fairbanks Bush: The Bush Family that Stayed in Vermont” Jul 2005 Vermont Genealogy

Of Timothy and Deborah (House) Bush's large Vermont family, almost all of their children eventually settled in western NY state. Only Fairbanks Bush and his family stayed in Vermont. This article traces his descendants (covering Mass., Wisc., N.H. and N.Y.) to the mid 1900s.

  • "Using the Census, and Analysis, to Find the Parentage of Mount Morris Bevier Family" Mar 2005 The Historian

The paternal origins of James Samuel Bevier (1834-1902) were unknown to the Bevier family genealogists until the author discovered his ancestry utilizing local newspapers, the NY State census, gravestones, and onomastics (using proper names as clues in the development of a genealogical theory).

  • “Resurrecting Albert Vose (1805-1855) of Rochester: Bringing an Urban Genealogical 'Dead Branch' to Life Through Onomastics and City Directories" Jul 2004 The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

Albert Vose immigrated to Rochester, NY from Massachusetts in the early 1800s, leaving very little paper trail as to his origins. Using city directories and analyzing census, newspaper, and vital record data, he was found to be the "Albert Vose" in a Vose genealogy, where the author wrote he moved to NY but "died unmarried." This article also demonstrates he indeed married and had a large family with descendants living to this day.

  • Notable Kin #71 “Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: The Immediate New England and Royal Ancestry of the Beach Boys" Jul 2003 [AmericanAncestors.org]

The ancestry of three Wilson Brothers (Brian, Dennis and Carl) and first cousin, Mike Love, of the world famous rock group, The Beach Boys, was traced to distant origins in New England, the Mid Atlantic and Southern states, Holland, Canada, and Sweden.

  • "The Alanson Cummingses: Solving the Ancestry of Alanson Bonapart Cummings (1812–1873?) of Herkimer and Jefferson Counties, New York" Jan 2003 The American Genealogist

Using several types of traditional and nontraditional genealogical sources, as well as using careful analysis, the author was able to accurately trace the lineage of a 19th century upstate New York settler to Massachusetts, and chronicle his descendants to the 20th century.

  • "My 'Cousin,' Canaletto Sep 1999 Lo Specchio

The landscape painter Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal [28 October 1697 – 19 April 1768]) was a member of the Canali family of Venice, who were well established before a branch immigrated to the Island of Lipari, in the Aeolian Islands in the 1600s. The origins of the Canali family and their relation to the famous painter are presented.

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Hi Michael,

I noticed that you've been creating some pre-1700-era profiles. This is just a reminder that certifying to work on these types of profiles means that you agree to add reliable sources. Please make sure that you have at least one reliable source when you create any pre-1700 profile. You can refresh your memory about pre-1700 profile requirements at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Pre-1700_Profiles

Since several of these profiles are Italian, the Italy Project resources page might be of help in finding reliable sources: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Italian_Roots_Resources

If you need help with this, the G2G Forum is a great place to start. You can get there by clicking the link on the Help menu.

Kind Regards, Paige

posted by Paige Kolze
If you have noticed every single one has a reliable source. Which is a primary source. Sometimes for the females it doesn’t matter because the male one is corresponding. It is a long long job doing these profiles and as you can see they are very detailed. If you want I’ll just put the same information for the female as the male. Since the husband and wife both come from the same marriage record, it really shouldn’t make a difference. The parents are coming from the actual marriage record of which the mail has the information, sometimes the female doesn’t because I will be looking into that information later. These records just came online and it’s a long long process and if you give me a chance they will be on par. In fact, my sources are better than some of the ones you even have as featured people.
posted by Michael Meggison
edited by Michael Meggison
I am right now at a concert in Waterloo New York. When I get home I will just repeat the information that was from the marriage record. I wish you would have looked at the previous profiles before you assumed I did not know what I was talking about with Italian research. I’ve been doing this since I was 13, I am now 55. I am well-versed on records. In fact I bought a book on my local ancestral regions notorial records that are rarely utilized here. Thanks!
posted by Michael Meggison
Hi Michael,

I didn't mean to imply that you don't know anything about Italian research, only that you have been creating unsourced pre-1700 profiles, which is counter to WikiTree policies and what you agree to when receiving the pre-1700 badge.

It seems to me that it would be much easier to add the sources to the profiles as you are creating them, rather than to go back and add them later. The profiles I noticed are marked unsourced, and have a date (mostly in the past) when you said you would add sources. Simply linking a profile to a sourced profile for a parent, child or spouse isn't the same as sourcing the profile.

Also, I noticed that some have an exact date and place of birth and some just an estimated year. I am not familiar with Italian marriage records, so I don't know if they include the birth date or it you have additional sources you could add. If you estimated a date for any of them it's a good practice to add a short explanation of how you estimated the date (based on typical age at first marriage, for example).

Thanks, Paige

posted by Paige Kolze
In the British baptismal records, it could be anywhere from one to five days when the child is baptized. With Italian records it is normally on the exact day of birth unless it’s like 11 PM midnight. 99% of the baptismal records from about 1642 1800 will give the date of birth and the day of baptism “nati heri” and “nati hodie” Meaning born today or born yesterday. Thus that is why and I normally am including the entire English translated transcription including the baptismal sponsors.
posted by Michael Meggison
Michael: Hello. I note from G2G (https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1447403/would-you-like-to-join-the-italy-project-july-2022?show=1447722#a1447722) your apparent interest in Lipari. I have recently been researching ancestors for my son-in-law's family (which includes "Basile"/"Colombari"/"Russo" of Lipari, Vulcano & Salina). Are you please able to direct me to the civil/church records you mention? Many thanks.....Phil (Grace-883)
posted by Phil Grace
All you got to do is go to familysearch.org, go to search…catalogue….type Lipari…. Church records…Church records from 1555 to 1902, all of them are viewable on your computer.
posted by Michael Meggison
They also have civil records available from 1820 to 1910 so they are also viewable under civil records
posted by Michael Meggison
Michael in this edit who is Arnald? Is it a typo for Alexander? https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Percy-429&diff=prev&oldid=144457417
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Hi Mike

It's great that you want to add images to profiles on WikiTree, as they both add some colour to the profile and give us some idea of what they looked like, and other social issues, such as the clothing of the period.

However not all images are copyright free, even if you might find them 'freely' available on the Internet, and even if they free of copyright, there are sometimes particular licences that need to be cited. Remember that respecting copyright is a part of WikiTree's Honor Code.

There is a really good list of Galleries and Collections which have given permission for their works to be reposted on WikiTree with some idea of how they should be cited on this Free Space Page which might be useful. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Galleries_and_Collections_which_have_given_Permission_for_use_of_Images#Flickr:_The_Commons

posted by John Atkinson
edited by John Atkinson
Thank you I try to find images that are not like 173 pixels that are pretty terrible that we’re possibly post in the early days of the Internet. I always write when I get an image that’s questionable permission status. If he declines permission (which I doubt) I will delete it, I am sure he will see that it is used for a great purpose. Because a lot of these profiles are just substandard. No biographical information or information about lands that they owned which are very essential for understanding the context of their their lives And amplifying their relationships to their spouses because of course many of them inherited the lands of their wives because of certain alliances
posted by Michael Meggison
edited by Michael Meggison
On images, Michael, you might want to read https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Photos_FAQ#How_do_you_know_if_you_have_permission_to_upload_a_photo.3F. On WikiTree we aim to be careful to respect copyright and the rights position for an image should be checked out before an image is uploaded to WikiTree. Where there is permission, there are often, as John Atkinson says, licences that should be cited: or there may be a requirement to word in a particular way the attribution to acknowledge the source.
posted by Michael Cayley
Hi. Noticed your work on Ingelran de Monceaux. I am interested. I think some of the explanation is not yet clear. How can we be sure about the connection between Sussex and Yorkshire? Has anyone else proposed that before?
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Initially the parentage was incorrect. I am going on with John Watson had said and he is a meticulous researcher. I’m gonna try to ping him on the medieval genealogy site. However there’s a couple of people that have done extensive research into the matter and analyzing it is going to be hard but I will attempt it, I am a descendent of them so I wanna make it right. It’s a matter right now of interpreting language. I obviously have to bow to I’m more knowledgeable source in that particular matter. So far two people on a medieval genealogy page have shown great detail in mapping out the family. I am going to trust they are intuitions based on concrete and solid evidence that they’ve accumulated. I gave links to where they were making the statement so you yourself can also either agree with them or not. Michael Meggison
posted by Michael Meggison
John Watson is indeed a good researcher but for that reason he will normally explain his sources. Do you have a link to what he wrote about this?

Just on the way of working, if I understand correctly you'll add more information? But I would suggest that it is much better to add sourcing from an early phase of editing. The reason is that big hopeful-looking but unclearly sourced edits tend to trigger alarms and require everyone to come check what is going on.

posted by Andrew Lancaster
I notice various edits in the family group and I'm honestly happy to see someone working on it (welcome to pre 1500!) but I am a bit worried that for now it seems very "cut and paste" and difficult to understand what claims are being made based on which primary sources. I think some of what you are pasting in comes from SGM posts by Janette Gallini? That would be fine for your first notes, but we'll need to get it into an easier to read format. Concerning the Doisnel and fitz Waleran aspect you probably should look at what I wrote in my FMG article on the barony. BTW Janette would probably be interested to discuss also.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
I did a cut and paste to just get the information there and then independently verify it bit by bit. I am going through Google box and try to find the exact cited sources right now. I will add additional information and spell things out. As for John Watson, on his blog on the Boyntons He merely names the parents. From there I’m just trying to verify things. I have to have a place to start off with and then whittle it down and get it correct. Michael
posted by Michael Meggison
OK, Looking forward to it. (In the perfect world it is better to gather stuff off-line first though, especially if there is a risk you are going to be posting material which is written by someone else in a way which will not make that clear.) Let me know if you need any help tracking anything down.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
I would do it if my computer was faster and my Microsoft Word were just open with a double click. But it doesn’t, if this site had a place where I could just post stuff to myself and then later on fix it I would do it. For all of my other profiles it has turned out quite well. Very detailed in comparison to the skeletal/Non existing bios and the across the pond spammy stuff that was propagating many of the profiles in the past. I can’t even do it on my ancestry tree because for some reason when you put it into notepad the ampersands go crazy and I have to start deleting a whole bunch of series of colons, hyphens and other punctuations that come from cutting and pasting material and you can’t format it in any way
posted by Michael Meggison
edited by Michael Meggison
Yes. But I'd say that it is easier to build upon the "too short" bios than the spammy long ones, right? In any case, whatever we do, we have try to make sure others can follow it because we are all working together.

I often use Notepad. If the ampersands or whatever are crazy when you paste there, then they also would be if you pasted directly into Wikitree?

posted by Andrew Lancaster
No, because Ancestry or notepad has no formatting options. Here on wikitree there is of course options to bold your text or italicize your text. Notepad causes the same problems
posted by Michael Meggison
edited by Michael Meggison
The Wikitree editing box also has no formatting. It is very similar to Notepad. You will always need to remove extra stuff in that type of environment, whether you do it directly into Wikitree, or in Notepad, or somewhere else. Anyway, I think you only have 2 choices for how to format: 1. Learn the wiki mark-up so you can put it in directly in the text editing phase, or 2. Make the basic text first and format it in Wikitree later.

Anyway, these are not the concerns I have about the copy-pasting. I am more worried that it looks like the "spam" problem you mentioned. (e.g. obvious signs that we are using someone else's text, without citing them) Other editors like me then have to decide if we should start "fixing" it. We have to check if you are still editing it, and whether you have a good game plan. It is extra work, especially if we do it carefully and politely. But if you build up work in steps, and cite your sources right from the first edit, that would help avoid such concerns. I don't think it would create extra work for you?

Anyway, that's my advice :) I'll try to post remarks about more specific things on the actual articles if I find time. Again, let me know if I can help. I have some of the necessary sources handy and worked on them in recent years.

posted by Andrew Lancaster
I have always done it this way and in the end it turns out to be a very admirable product as you can see with my previous entries that I have done from top to bottom. If I have to I’ll put in progress to be done at the end of the week to satisfy you. The Boynton line was completely wrong and erroneous forever and nobody said anything about it. It took me The impetus to get it correct and as a further refine it with full reproductions of the Inquisition postmortems you’ll understand the methods to why I do what I do. I actually make readable biographies that people can enjoy rather than basically rewording of the pedigrees from the Dugdales and the Foster’s
posted by Michael Meggison
If you really need to play around with an article in a way which might cause concerns for other editors then you should post a warning BEFORE you begin, for example by posting a comment. This is something we commonly do. I can see you have received advice before and that you do not yet have so much experience in pre-1500. Some of the habits in pre-1500 are quite different from post-1500.

One of the problems we deal with is that we are often writing about people for whom we only have a couple of documents, and more questions than answers. Sometimes we know a couple of life events, but often we don't even have any of those. Often it is not even possible to be sure whether two documents are about one person or two. We have to explain the sources in such cases, but not go beyond them. If we go beyond them, it gets difficult to form a consensus. In cases where we do have some life events, such as royalty, I think it is not our job to write a detailed story but to explain the basic records for those life events, using primary sources as much as possible. We are after all a genealogy website and in pre-1500 we have a careful supporting research role for the whole website, because our material connects to the trees of very people in post 1500. On Ancestry.com or Geni people have more scope to add a personal touch, but this always leads to multiple trees and we can't do that here. We have to work with others to make ONE tree.

posted by Andrew Lancaster
But there is plenty of information to work with for lines like Monceaix and Bounton due to many charter evidences and land transactions and mentions in various documents..;They have obviously not been posted or examined in any way shape or form here.. They were not royalty but they definitely left enough of a paper trail that I could work with. Many people that you find acceptable biographies had left inquisition postmortems and other interesting documents that have the lands that they held, etc. which could be very helpful for finding out spouses because usually they inherited their spouses lands and yet most of them don’t have them although they can be easily found on Google books using the public record office and British history online. I’ve taken upon myself to add these Inquisition postmortems because they may hold the clue to determining lineages that had previously been doubtful and have no basis in any scholarship rather than to regurgitate Dugdales and Fosters.
posted by Michael Meggison
edited by Michael Meggison
Yes that sounds ok because source based (though unfortunately you won't find IPMs in the 12th century). Based on experience I get worried when people start saying they want to write bigger and more narrative biographies. But if this means a chronological discussion of known records, or a discussion broken up by recorded lands, that is no problem.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge. Please make sure to take a look at our Medieval Project! https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Medieval
posted by Robin Lee
Robin, in the future, please let a few days go by after the creation of a profile as I spend a lot of time gathering sources, then adding them later. That has been how I have been doing it for ages, and as you can see with my tree, I don't skimp. I have been sourcing scores of previously lacking profiles, including Hedworth, which was someone else's profile with incorrect birth and death places. As for more contemporary sources, I cannot locate a lot of IMP's from British History Online, where I normally will post the entire IMP or feet of fines, if possible. But if it is just referred to in published sources, that will have to suffice until someone can get their hands on it.
posted by Michael Meggison
Thanks so much for all of your work today!!!! Please know that it is appreciated.
posted by Robin Lee
Thank-you so much for adding:) ... I'm glad to see the addition to Lancelot's branch. I only moved the photo on John's profile out of the 'primary' avatar (The page is too heavy and the pic in the avatar field will slow the load time)...

Keep going! I'm loving it:)

posted by [Living Ogle]
Hello Michael,

Congratulations  on certifying to work on pre-1700 profiles! It’s very important to read and understand Pre-1700 Profiles These profiles for deep ancestors are shared by many, and collaborating on them works best if we all follow the guidelines laid out on that page.

Karen Lorenz ~ Wikitree Greeter

posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz
I have all my Citations ready. Be mindful that I will be away a lot this week and this weekend . This week I am going to be at the New York State Fair and a comic con for the weekend. I do intend to post all the information that I have accumulated over my years doing genealogy. There is an Italian genealogy page that the Italian government set up with the original images of civil registration from about 1809 to 1865. I’m figuring a way to link the dates. The English information I will have an easier time with.
posted by Michael Meggison
Hey, Michael, I am looking forward to supporting you in the process of adapting your genealogical materials to fit into WikiTree.
posted by Ellen Smith
Hi, Michael, I'm looking forward to working with you on those profiles! Laura ~ WikiTree Mentor
posted by Laura DeSpain
Hello Michael,

Thanks for all your responses on sources for your profiles. This is why it is so important to include your sources when you create the profiles. Thanks again....

posted by Robin Lee
I wish I could transfer all my copious footnotes and sources from ancestry to here but it is nearly impossible. It is like reinventing the wheel.
posted by Michael Meggison
I don't know if you use a Chrome Browser or not, but, this tool makes it really easy to transfer the information


posted by Robin Lee
I will try that out. First I am just transferring some of the direct ancestors to the tree here and then I will then start with myself and go up and down putting all the sources. Nearly everything is documented so I will have some good sources once I am completed
posted by Michael Meggison
Hello Michael!

Thank you for joining us! I wanted to check in with you to see how things are going. How do you like WikiTree so far? Have the tips in the New Member How To Pages been helpful or have they left you with questions?

Please let me know if you have any questions about WikiTree. To contact me, log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page. It's really is great to have you on board.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

Hi Michael

I see that you have uploaded a GEDCOM. The GEDCOM will not automatically populate your tree, it generates a GEDCOMpare report. The GEDCOMpare process guide has tips on how to use the data in your file most efficiently.

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Best of luck with your research!

Lothar ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Lothar Wolf
Hi there, Michael!

You are now a Family Member -- your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together! Start with the New Member How-To pages — they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around.

Thank you for adding your DNA to WikiTree. Getting the Best from DNA will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, use the reply link below this comment (on your profile) to let me know. I am happy to help! If I can't answer, I will help you find someone who can.

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PS If you add your surname and other surnames/locations you are researching to your tags, you can connect to other members researching those names/places. The more of these clickable tags you add (20 max.) that include surnames, locations, periods of history or other genealogical interests, the more connections you will make and maybe find a few cousins! To add tags, use this link. This page will help you learn more about tags.

posted by Peggy Watkins

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posted by Rosalie (Martin) Neve

This week's featured connections are French Notables: Michael is 19 degrees from Napoléon I Bonaparte, 23 degrees from Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, 26 degrees from Sarah Bernhardt, 34 degrees from Charlemagne Carolingian, 28 degrees from Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 25 degrees from Pierre Curie, 24 degrees from Simone de Beauvoir, 21 degrees from Philippe Denis de Keredern de Trobriand, 23 degrees from Camille de Polignac, 17 degrees from Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, 23 degrees from Claude Monet and 25 degrees from Aurore Dupin de Francueil on our single family tree. Login to see how you relate to 33 million family members.

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