Melanie Paul
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Melanie Paul

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Many thanks for your help for Susan R. I sent her an e-mail on how to enter new sourced profiles. I still can't figure out how to correct like you did. The double references were my fault while trying to copy her source and reprint it in the references column. I didn't want to wipe out her source, just erase my attempt to transfer it.

Apparently my attempts didn't work. (Typical of my endeavors). I can e-mail others, and do fair at adding sources to "unsourced profiles". That is my hobby to try to stave off Alzheimers.

posted by Beulah (Maltby) Cramer
It was my pleasure to assist. You'd have worked out the duplicated sources/citations in time, once you had them all added to each fact. The unsourced was still showing because the template was still above the = Biography = header. That the sources weren't showing properly was due, I believe, to where the = Sources = header and references tag were placed. Moving those allowed the sources to properly propagate where they should when done inline. You were doing fine, and I'm sure you'd have worked it all out without me, given time.  :)
posted by Melanie Paul
I need to recognize your contribution to my tree in a grander manner than simply thank you on the message comment. :) You are so creative!!!! are you a graphic designer by trade?

Thank you so much for your picture and sticker. I can't tell you how much I appreciated it... You are very generous indeed.

posted by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
edited by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
Nope. I had aspirations many decades ago of becoming an artist of sorts (that was after I'd been talked out of becoming a mothercraft nurse), but realised around age 13 that I really had no talent for much in the way of originality. I am, however, a fairly decent copyist, and find I can adjust and adapt images I find in the public domain to something "new" - and, indeed, was creating posters, banners, and flags for church long ago.   I did study technical drawing, but had no real desire to become an architect, or draftsman (person?), although I did love the mathematics involved.   I gravitated more towards teaching children in Sunday School, and what we called "religious education" (when I was a student it was "religious instruction" - no education needed when you were told what to believe). Then I became involved in inner-city "mission" work and it just went from there.

I am happy to share what little things I can create with anyone who appreciates them, and who will use them.  :)     Let me know if you have any trouble adding the image to profiles.

posted by Melanie Paul
Hello, Melanie!

Thanks for 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 over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us for the Source-a-thon this fall.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: Thanks again for help on reading that death certificate.

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Melanie

Thank you for finding my 4th cousin even if she does not want to speak to me Iat least I know she is there

You know, she just may not have realised you ARE her cousin, until I told her, because the profiles don't yet have the relationship finder at the bottom. (Because they still need that Connection to the greater Tree. (And we are working on that!)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hello Melanie

than you for helping me so much and finding so many of my family I don't know hoe you manage all this I give up at times especially with my Syme family as there are so many and I cannot make out which is mine thank you again. Keep safe Elizabeth

Hi Melanie,

Thank you for your comments, however I am not sure how to take them, in the context of how they were written. In 1917, without electricity, the only way to preserve a body would be to put it in ice, and as far as I know deceased persons were buried as soon as possible. That is why I changed the data field to certain. It is very unlikely that he was transported very far. Back then it took a day to go from Ayr to Townsville. My grandmother told me so. I am sorry if that upset you. I also added your ancestors Findagrave memorial because I found it. I am also sorry if it is not what you liked. As I live here in Ayr, I take a particular interest in the Ayr, Ravenswood, Charters Towers and Townsville district, because of my research. Please see Wikipedia for when Electricity arrived in the area. Unless, of course an enterprising member of the district built his own small plant. I do believe a small electricity supply arrived in Ayr about that same time to drive the local cinema. As for "Dolly", someone has obviously placed a memorial at the base of the stone and it wasn't me. There also is a missing/broken Headstone beside your gr. grandfather's memorial. Do you know who it belongs to ?

posted by David Urquhart
edited by David Urquhart
Hey, David .. not upset, just curious (there aren't too many folk interested in my family lines, so my interest perks up in hope of a cousin or two). I believe the family had Dolly (my grandmother, Doris Eva) added to the stone, but nobody stated "not buried here" and I don't want someone adding a find a grave to her profile stating she was buried in T'ville, when she was actually buried in Brissie! (There were no find a grave memorial pages when I created the profiles. I've always intended to do pages on Australian Cemeteries Index for them, but keep jumping down rabbit holes here.) I had issues with BillionGraves over my paternal gr-grand who died and was buried at sea. Because he's on his father's cenotaph, BG had him listed as buried there.

Ayr equals other family members - off the top of my head Aunty Daisy and family, but couldn't tell you how many. Broken stone -- I would have to go through Mum's notes, but it's not my baby cousin's memorial. Trying to think of who-all else is buried there that might have a separate stone. Uncle Henry has his own memorial (buried with his mother).

Thanks for your interest, and apologies if my posting style made it appear I was "upset".

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

I know the feeling about not many relatives with an interest in the family tree. I also noticed your connections with the McConnachie's and the Darwen's here in Ayr. My father and his parents were close friends with the McConnachie family here. Sadly, I cannot ask them for further details. Also, my mother spoke of growing up with several "Darwen" girls, but I would need to check which sister, as one family did have quite a few girls. It would be the one the same age or close to. At almost 84, my mother's memory may not be as it was. I do remember "Olive" being mentioned. Do you know that we have a Burial Register search page?

posted by David Urquhart
I don't know if I knew of that page or not. I know I took the info from Mum's notes, then got online to get verification! Doin' it the hard yakka way! It's pretty much how I did all the family. Use the "family knowledge" then verify it with documentary evidence available online.

I'm now getting a feeling of deja vu about you knowing, or knowing of, "my" McConnachies. Have we, maybe, discussed them before? (I was contacted by a descendant of Adam McConnachie, but he was more in Bris than up north. Up north was Alexander (Uncle Alec/Alex). It has been years since I was that far north. Time before last when I was Home, we only went as far north as Rocky. Last time we didn't get more north than Deception Bay/Caboolture.

I will have to go through Mother's notes again, to see what else she has on "my" side's connection to the Darwen family. So much cannot be used, as the people are still living.

posted by Melanie Paul
I seem to have used for Ayr Cemetery Burdekin Shire, Queensland, Australia
posted by Melanie Paul
I wonder of the broken stone isn't for John Newman, or for Samuel and Emily. I don't think it's for either of the babies.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks for your help with Franz Stigler.
posted by Will Palmer
Not a problem.  :)

Grrrrrrrrrrr@ "Your comment must be at least 30 characters long."

posted by Melanie Paul

Hi Melanie!

If you're not engaged elsewhere ... as a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I did consider it, but I signed up with the Wizards of Aus. Maybe next time. Variety, is, so they say, the spice of life!
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

I left a message for you about a week ago to let you know about the restructuring of the Wales Project into new teams and to ask for your team(s) selection and e-mail address so I can add you to the project’s Google group. I’ve not yet heard back from you with your team(s) selection, so hope you are well, and that everything is ok in your part of the world.

Understanding that we are living in unusual times, I will hang on for another week to make sure that you do indeed want to stay in the project, after which, if I don’t hear from you, I’ll go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

Hi Melanie,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for all your work on English Profiles and in particular your work in Data Doctors Team.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice, or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.


Hi Melanie,

As you will have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the Wales Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address? I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders, are in the Google Group, and receive an invitation to join our Discord server.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Wales Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Many thanks,

Susie, Wales Project Co-Leader

Hi there, Melanie!

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

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Melanie, re: Freeman Drinkwater. Your category name did not show on your email. I have 6 categories on his profile, plus the Died Young sticker.

Also, I added the polio source.

posted by Jo Gill
Hello Melanie,

Just a note about the name 'Beulah', not the ship but the house of a member of the Hume family at Appin which is still there. It's a Hebrew word, refers to Israel. Peter

posted by Peter Phelan
Hi Melanie

Would love to have the image you created on the Australian Sources and Citations page, please go ahead and add it. Sorry it has taken so long to respond.


posted by Vivienne Caldwell
Hi Melanie,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Data Doctors. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

Melanie THANK YOU!!! I finally got Family Search to work and did 3 citations on the same person. I really appreciate all your help.
posted by Suzanne DeBevoise
You have done a great job with the children profiles an the pictures are lovely. I should have told you sooner, but dealing with a family crisis at the time being. Hope that you are doing well and keep up the good job..!
Melanie, Thank you for the lovely flower :)
posted by Patricia Roche
Hi Melanie

Thanks for your message on the ‘Gam’ profiles. Please accept my apology if I caused offence by adding the missing siblings’ profiles.

You may note that I came to the family as a consequence of an identified duplicate. Missing children, in my experience can be a common cause of duplicates so I was simply trying to minimise their likelihood given another manager’s involvement.

In terms of the alternative name spelling in the Other Last Name field, the addition of names as registered is addressed in the Style Guide. In my experience this too minimises potential duplication.


posted by Peter Jones
Sooooo happy to be found! We were here down-under all along in Oz!
posted by Leonne Guidoux
Anonymous downvoters add nothing to Wikitree. In fact, they drive people away.
posted by Melanie Paul
Melanie, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Melanie is 26 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 18 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 22 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.