John M. Switlik

John M. Switlik

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Descendant of PGM migrant Thomas Gardner.

President/Researcher for the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc.. My wife is first cousin of Dr. Frank who wrote the two books. Using Dr. Frank's book, the pedigree from Thomas Gardner and Margaret Friar is (numbers are from the book): (1) Thomas, (6) Samuel, (59) Abel, (79) Abel, (129) Simon Stacy, (188) Jonathan, (345) Benjamin Brown, Joseph Dennett, and Waldo Dennett (grandfather).

All but the last are in the 1907 book (the above numbers are bolded in the table that I typed in one night when I had access to both books; essentially, the 1907 book is about Samuel's line due to constraints of the time).


There are many areas that we want to explore. I have started to collect material related to origins and to other areas. However, one effort was to document the pedigree of Frank Augustine Gardner, MD a little further than he had published: this article contains his Gardner ahnentafel with sources.

Work to now, on Dr. Frank's line, was the paternal side. Of late, I have access to his genealogy (handwritten by the good Dr) on his mother's side: 1907 Chart. We can use that to get his full ahnentafel accomplished. So, we would have a documented example.


Current interests:

Under the auspices of the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc., I am studying Thomas Gardner (and all of the collateral families) for my in-laws.

See our blog for continuing details.

More coming.

New England (North and South)

In my role of supporting Gardner Research, I have completed a score of applications for friends and family (as a form of proof). One task would be to go through these and add profiles and/or update where sources may not have been submitted to WikiTree. Another emphasis has always been to fill in information about collateral families. Too, I have run across a lot of colonials who did not have descendants now. I want to have these people noted (say, Joseph Gardner and Ann Downing - she who got Simon Bradstreet to sign a pre-nup - think of that). Actually, there is no end to the work, it seems. I have been at this nine years now and have collected, in my own database, tens of thousands of data points, some of which ought to be on WikiTree (sourced, of course).


In the broader scope, we have the continuing unfolding of the human experience which, of late, has been perturbed greatly by technology. As such, we have to cover areas that seem interminably open, at least, now and then. I use Quora for that and will be tying my work here with what I do there.

Example: What historical impact did the Magna Carta have?, Why do we need a Magna Carta for the web?

My roll-your-own (dealing with process and software) was a bounce back from ancestrydot. WikiTree has been an amazing find, of late. You see, there is content (what? AI will handle that?), and there is handling (which is the real driver?). These two can meet in the middle, but the hats are very much different. So, I will be bringing things over (of course, well formatted).


Career, etc.

The bottom of my Wikipedia page points to FB, Linkedin, and Quora. The Linkedin Profile has a partial resume.

... lots of stuff snipped, for now (essentially, worked in advanced computing and bleeding-edge software ...


Both sides of my tree are arrivals post the U.S. Civil War. Paternally, I come out of the northern area, say that of the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth. I have Switlik cousins still in Poland (Warsaw, for one). Maternally, I am out of the western part of Ireland (Roscommon County) where the free people live ;>).


My first touch of looking at genealogy was in 2009. "ancestry," no doubt (soon steered off of there by an expert - now gone). By then, I had it with the leaves and the errors and started over. With? My own thing. It has kept me going til now. But, it only works for me (gads and gads of stuff collected on this and the other side of the pond).

Note: if anyone is interested, I am blogging my runs up against technology (from my viewpoint from decades of work in software - and middleware).

So, what to do? rootsweb can be flaky; others weren't up to snuff. Came into Wikitree about three years ago. Went back to my cave. Came back out. Wow. Wikitree has progressed. Here I am.

Now, I have done dozens of applications (for membership) using my method. I have blogged and published The Gardner Annals as well as Gardner's Beacon.

Wait! Not for me. Newbie. Post U.S.Civil War. Have a Warsaw cousin. We don't know much. Have some idea about them isles that started New England. But, it's more fun to have had a huge tree dumped in my lap. There, needing more work. Where to do it? Well, Wikitree. In the meantime, I will be assessing and writing.

Example: ah, I mentioned Wikitree - Content and specifics (sorry about the ads; we intend to pull this under our own website).

So, I have had the fortune to know people from New England North (all over the place) and New England South (VA and surrounds) whose ancestors were there so that the people were born there or those ancestors went west (or somewhere else). So, with the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc., we can take this focus: Culture, History, Technology. Note, genes come in the last. Except? They influence both culture and history.

Yes, I have read the original mathematical papers dealing with genetic processing. So, we can get into details. But, we have forgotten philosophy and need to bring it back. Many messes can be identified by our lack of proper attention.


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Researching both North and South New England. In-laws attended the 2015 event at Runnymede.
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On 13 Sep 2018 at 23:42 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

Example: Dr. Frank

Tasks. Putting this here as a reminder. I have spent several weeks getting several nodes typed in and linking them to existing profiles. In that work, the focus was completing the links so that there would be meaningful information given to using the Ancestors button.

Now, I am going back to improve sources, ala WikiTree instructions. For the most part, I will convert to using the "<ref>" method.

On 1 Aug 2018 at 14:49 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

Frank A. Gardner, MD - will be updating this and related profiles.

Plug for WikiTree on Quora.

On 28 Jul 2018 at 01:30 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

Currently reading two things.

(1896) Queen Elizabeth (Boussod, Valadon & Co) her life & reign

(1909) History of Hastings Castle (Constable & Co) 1000+ years of history

For both. Wow. Superb detail. Amazed at the writing, say 1100 (they didn't have keyboards). I remember the lead slinging days of print. It created an interesting way of expression.

Got into those two books by noticing the influence of the southwest. 2020 will show that to everyone. But, John loved the Corfe Castle. BTW, Elizabeth was of the time of the grandparents or parents of those who ventured here in the Puritan Great Migration.

And, the southwest is where John, son of Thomas, said was the origins of the family

On 27 Jul 2018 at 23:10 GMT David Douglass wrote:


Thanks for the comment on my profile ! One nice thing about working on Wikitree is that because it is a wiki you can get creative with your bio.

I will have you set up as a badged Magna Carta Project member in a few minutes. Welcome to the team !

David D

On 27 Jul 2018 at 13:47 GMT David Douglass wrote:

Hello John,

We are glad to see that you have joined Wikitree. I want to take the opportunity to invite you to join us as a member of the Magna Carta Project. We are a group of about 100 volunteers with an interest in Magna Carta genealogy and history. The project was founded using the works of Douglas Richardson as a basic source so that members of all levels of interest and research skill sets could take part in the project. We have a number of members who, like yourself, I would consider to be experienced in medieval research and who actively participate in discussion boards such as soc.gen.medieval. Please consider joining us.

Let me know if you have any questions about the project or if you would have an interest in joining us.

David Douglas
Magna Carta Project

On 18 Oct 2014 at 15:34 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Hey John,

Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, there are a few features you may find useful.

Ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards .

If you need to describe an event, heirloom or a location relevant to your research, try Free Space Profiles .

If you run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving these unfortunate situations.

A project of note is the Global Family Reunion check it out at Global Family Reunion.

Questions? Ask via my profile page. Mags

On 3 Oct 2014 at 15:23 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

On 3 Oct 2014 at 15:12 GMT John M. Switlik wrote:

Recently, the marriage record, in 1617, for Thomas Gardner and Margaret Friar of Sherborne, Dorset, England was observed by John Cook of Minneapolis. It turns out that the transcription project in Sherborne had already published the fact (see the following link to a post at the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. blog).

Thomas and Margaret

Besides other marriage records of interest and Wills, there were birth records for Gardner boys named Thomas, George, Richard and John.

There is further transcription work pending.

Also, one task is to tie this couple to Thomas of Salem. The major clue, though, was Folger's comment about the motivation for Gov. Lovelace to introduce the name of Sherborne into Nantucket to the chagrin of some.

On 3 Oct 2014 at 14:55 GMT Bryan McCullagh wrote:

Hey, John -

You know, we could really use someone like you on our Puritan Great Migration project; you might want to take a peek! Other good researchers there...

- Bryan

On 3 Oct 2014 at 14:52 GMT Bryan McCullagh wrote:

Welcome, John-

Wow, John. Some credentials!

You're now a member of the WikiTree Community.

Please note we're trying to build one Collaborative Tree which means ONE profile per person. It is important to ensure no duplicates are entered as you add Profiles to WikiTree.

If you need any help, see the help section from the menu, top right, or visit the G2G forum. You might want to check out this 5-minute introductory video a member created.

Our Mentor Team is a friendly bunch of volunteers who will be glad to help you.Thank you for helping to build our shared tree!

- Bryan

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