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Welcome! This is the place to be for US Southern Colonies Project News!

January 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Best wishes for a wonderful 2023.

Reminders from last month...

  • The monthly posting of "profiles needing attention by our Managed Profiles Team. Project members are invited to review the list, and tackle some of these difficult issues.
  • Friday Night Bingo began 9 December, alternating with Friday Night Date Night. The first two Bingo cards this Friday - 6 January - will be related to India (noon Eastern Time/5 pm UTC) and the second two about Native_Americans (6 pm ET/11 pm UTC).
  • The Connect-a-Thon starts 13 January - if you haven't registered yet, please do! (Answer the G2G registration post.)

Editor Needed: Interested in filling the position of News Page Editor? Contact the project's leadership (see US Southern Colonies Project). It has been a pleasure serving as the editor for the past year or so. ~ Liz Shifflett

December News

Managed Profiles Needing Attention

Did you know the Project’s Managed Profiles Team monitors all edits and comments to project managed profiles? While the team attempts to immediately address issues identified, some issues are too big to resolve quickly. So the team keeps a list of open issues identified during monitoring.
Each month, the Managed Profiles Team highlights a few profiles from the list needing attention. Project members are invited to review the list, and tackle some of these difficult issues.
Review the list at US Southern Colonies Managed Profiles Needs_Attention.

Who's Ready for Bingo?

Friday Night Bingo begins on 9 December - one game at noon Eastern Time (5 pm UCT) and a second game at 6 pm (US EST/11pm UTC), repeated every other Friday (opposite Friday Night Date Night).

First Thon of 2023 is a January Connect-a-Thon

Mark you calendar for the 13-16 January Connect-A-Thon. Keep an eye on G2G for the registration post: Thon Connect-a-Thon Challenges announcements

Got a topic you'd like to see covered on the News Page? Post a comment!

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As always, thanks to everyone who makes WT an invaluable resource for family historians!
posted by Beth (Brown) Golden
The October 2022 News page was very helpful - I learned a lot. Kudos!
posted by David Fentress
Thanks so much for September's newsletter and all that you and the Team do!
posted by Beth (Brown) Golden
My favorite is Matthew Cummins, another POW. He was wounded at the Battle of Eutaw Springs and spent 14 months on a British prison ship in Charleston Harbor.
posted by Scott McClain
Very nice! I'm impressed with both the profile & his service!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
One of my favorite and more interesting Revolutionary War heroes is Brig, General Lachlan McIntosh. His story involves being a prisoner of war and a duel that ended in a death. Another interesting one is Day (Willin) Willian.
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Nice profiles Sandy! Thanks for sharing :D
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I have several Revolutionary War ancestors, around 15 and two of those were Loyalists! Most of these were from North Carolina, in the southern Piedmont west, from Mecklenburg County to Rutherford County. I don't have a favorite, but I really ought to create a space page for all of them. One of the things that has helped in my research is this page: Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters. Here's the link:

I have found quite a few relatives here. Good thing they lived long when to apply for a pension!

Great work on the Jul 2022 News!!

posted by Pip Sheppard
edited by Pip Sheppard
That's one of my favorite sites too! Thanks for sharing Pip!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
like Liz, one of my favorite sites!
posted by Beth (Brown) Golden
What a tremendous amount of time you must have spent on this newsletter Liz. And so many topics we could spend hours discussing: Sr/Jr, invented names and so on and so on.

Another one is giving the same first name to multiple children ala George Forman the heavy weight boxer and burger cooker peddler, who named all five of his sons George. But reusing a first name was quite common at one time, if the name had significant meaning to the parent (his, or his parent's name, for instance). In Bristol England in the 16th and early 17th centuries, I had several examples of that practice among my ancestors. When the child bearing the significant died, the next child of that sex got his name. In one case, my ancestor apparently expected the child to die, because he gave the next son that name (John Pike) just in case. Both John Pikes lived well into adulthood. Must have been confusing when they got together.

Stay well and have fun.

posted by Gary Pinson
edited by Gary Pinson
lots of Catholic families had/have children with the same first name who are known by their middle name. I think that the first World War pretty much quashed that convention, at least in America, since the U.S. Armed Forces don't adapt well to calling someone by their middle name.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Having been in the military, they're not that fond of given names also. Sergeant and Sir are widely used first names.
posted by Gary Pinson
Eowyn posted "April 2022 in Review" which has a link to a Connect-a-Thon summary post - here are both links:
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thanks for all you do, Liz! I signed up with the Mid-Atlantic team for the Connect-a-thon, but then didn't have time to work on it at all. I've participated with the Southern Sweepers team previously. I've been looking for a team most relevant to Maryland families (but no time to set one up, so ...). I'm still working on creating profiles from my Gedcom upload when I get the chance. Cheers to all who worked on the Thon!
posted by Mollie King
Hi Liz- I participated with Musty Dusty pre 1500.... I have no idea how many contributions. I just finished up another biography for for the Georgia Southern Colonies.
posted by Beth Stephenson
Thanks Beth! I checked the stats: 155 - which is really impressive considering how hard the pre-1500 profiles are! - PLUS you were the top contributor for your team. Well done!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thank you, Liz, for the time you spend on these newsletters. I participated in the April connect-a-thon on Team Missouri with 411 contributions.
posted by LaMyra Morton
You're welcome. And how cool - you were the top contributor for Team Missouri! Awesome!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thanks for the newsletter, Liz, and for letting us know about the Immigrants from Ireland categories. I would like to see a "Province of South Carolina, Immigrants from Ireland" category. I have a few Todds who would fit there!
posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman