I join you as a student of life (still with a passing grade). As such, this introduction is not yet a genealogical profile, but a more appropriate social one. I still provide sources, via examples culled from Wikitree members' profiles. Shouldn't we all agree to try to do better?
I assign my well-sourced genealogical biography to my successors. For now, my genealogical tree begins with my DNA-proven parents. It seems I have advanced far enough in life to prove scientifically I am who I think I am. This is my one and only published scientific proof.
I owe a great shout out to each of my relatives who preserved essential, private, otherwise unrecoverable facts from family documents, and then connected it all together into a family tree. I am building on their efforts.
Also thanks to all family researchers, who have researched so thoroughly the treetops of my tree, creating an information-rich environment for goings-on four centuries ago.
I want to pay forward this head start, and WikiTree seems the best platform for such an endeavor, because I can envision it as one of the last bastions of restraint and scholarship in an increasingly 'facts don't matter' world. (Of course all is temporary, and being a .com site, the founders are suggesting a take-the-money-and-run eventuality, so keep your GEDCOM files high and dry.)
I have been doing genealogical research on my ancestors for three decades, and DNA research for the past 15 years. I've done my share of prowling through courthouse basements, through unorganized boxes of documents at historical societies, through LDS-provided microfiche, through old historical volumes offered freely on the Internet, and through old cemeteries with indecipherable MIs.
DNA has taken my research far afield, discovering how I got here by learning about the location and life conditions of my paternal genetic 'tribe' at intervals over the last 70k years.
More recently, I spent early years in semi-rural Connecticut, middle school in rural Colorado, and then became a permanent, citified left-coaster (formerly purplish, but now deep blue): high school in SoCal, college in Bay Area, career in SoCal, retirement in Pacific NW.
After a college degree in mathematics, I enjoyed a career (42 years) in computer software, most of the final two decades on contract at JPL, while raising a family in SoCal. I have two children and one grandchild by my first marriage, and acquired three more adult children and six more grandchildren by way of my second wife, Debby. We now enjoy the retired life, in a house by the Sound.
Small ball (baseball terminology) describes my introverted approach to life, finding success by doing the small things well. As a retiree, I have a lot of time to follow my passions. Find me now digging on the Internet, satisfying an insatiable curiosity about all the happenings on planet Earth, including researching my family's ancestors.
I sign up for Projects on Wikitree with good intentions, but I am so busy puttering around at this and that, that I seldom find myself inspired to actually put in the extra work. Besides the 800+ direct ancestral profiles that I manage here, I have all my other interests to tend. But Project leads, don't give up on me. I typically take small bites to start, but once something clicks with me, I'm all in, at least for a few hours.
When not at my computer pretending to work, find me photographing birds, tutoring grandchildren, restoring an old sports car, enjoying reading and taking online courses, walking/running with Moby (our bandit pooch - thieves shoes and socks), riding my bicycle through forest and field on trails re-purposed from old railway rights-of-way, watching streaming movies on big screen most evenings (our escapist entertainment treats), maintaining house and garden, enjoying life out and about, all shared with Debby.
Blogs and other online formats:
Specific pages of interest for DNA Genealogy:
About My WikiTree Involvement:
Supplementary Information About Ancestors and Places in Spaces:
Online Classes (undergrad-level, online, free, some prior knowledge assumed):
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
On 20 Nov 2019 at 10:00 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.
One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.
If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.
On 7 Nov 2019 at 14:04 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
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 Devon and Hampshire/IOW. 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 teams 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.
Susie, England Project Leader :-)
On 13 Sep 2019 at 20:21 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:
Wanna have some fun ? It's almost time for the Source-a-Thon 2019 (Friday 4 October-Monday 7 October) and we would love to see you ! make sure to first register (with an answer!), and let them know you join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders and of course feel free to add your name to the team here (click link) (don't forget to remember and add your number (for the prizedrawings) there as well). ;)
Hope to see you soon and have a great day,
Bea + Astrid :)
On 17 Jul 2019 at 18:22 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.
Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.
Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.
On 29 Jun 2019 at 00:52 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
The registration for the brand new Connect-a-Thon is open now, so if you would like to join us, make sure you first add an answer at this Connect-a-Thon 2019 registration G2G saying you would like to participate and join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders team and just add your WT ID to the team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders, at our Connect-a-Thon team page where you also can see how everything works. And here's our team chat .
Many thanks and hope to see you (again) !
The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders Team :D
On 9 May 2019 at 08:20 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We sent you a message about a week ago about the England Project but have not yet heard back from you. If we don't hear from you by this time next week we'll assume you no longer wish to be in the project.
Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy
On 2 May 2019 at 01:13 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?
We're looking forward to hearing back from you,
Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy
On 19 Mar 2019 at 23:21 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:
It is time for the spring cleaning at WikiTree! For the third time WT organizes a Clean-A-Thon (CaTh-) challenge. And we need you! Please join us! Here is all info. And make sure to first register by clicking “answer“ Here and let them know you want to join the Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders .
Many thanks and hope to see you all !
The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders
On 4 Mar 2019 at 16:19 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
On 24 Dec 2018 at 01:35 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
Did you know our first annual Scan-a-Thon 2019 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 11 January-14 January 2019, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Scan-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !
Greets from the Netherlands ,
The Dutch Roots Project Team