John M. Switlik
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John M. Switlik
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Descendant of PGM migrant Thomas Gardner.
This profile is part of the Gardner Name Study.

If it isn't obvious, love WikiTree.

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.

... deleted --- Member|Magna Carta Affiliate

Had a chance to briefly chat with Douglas Richardson when he talked to the spring meeting of The National Guild of St. Margaret of Scotland in DC, in particular about his research methods.


Current interests:

MC lines (using Connections): Note (03/23/2022) -- these check out with the MC Trails.

Order of William The Marshal; yeah, William in his own right; Note (03/23/2022) -- oops, Connections got caught in an in-law maneuver. Need to check these using MC Trails and Richardson's works.

All things Gardner

Persistence (technolgy): Using, as an example (see link to WikiTree tops)

Forgotten or misunderstood (all early colonial)

This will be our main portal under the auspices of the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. which studies Thomas Gardner. However, too, we use it to discuss technical issues.

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 ancestrydotcom. 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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Hi John,

Thanks for your contributions to Puritan Great Migration (PGM) project profiles.

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members periodically to find out about their continued interest in the project. Would you please respond by February 5, 2024, to let us know about your interest:

  1. Would you like to continue as a PGM project team member?;
  2. Do you have any suggestions for PGM Project priorities in the next year (optional)?;
  3. Do you have interest in taking a more active role within the PGM project, and if so, what you might be interested in doing (optional)?

Please respond to this comment on your profile, or if you'd like, send a private message to either Bobbie (Madison) Hall or S (Hill) Willson.

Thanks for all you do for PGM and WikiTree!


Bobbie and Sharon, Co-Leaders, Puritan Great Migration Project

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi John, it's been 17 days since I asked if you're still interested in the PGM Project. I apologize if I've missed a response from you, but I'll assume if I haven't heard from you in the next seven days that your interest in the project has changed, and I'll remove your badge. I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thank you.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I'm here. Thanks for the note.

Yes, the interest and the work are still there. Haven't abated a bit.

What I would add that is new would be concern for the "generative" modes that crept up to public awareness last year. There will be issues related to provenance that may become problematic. Or, more so than we've seen so far. Totally new set of games to master given the nature of humans.

posted by John M. Switlik
edited by John M. Switlik
Thanks for your response, John, we're happy to have you continue with us. Indeed, it seems like every time we turn around there's some new "thing" to learn or understand.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
We ended the Magna Carta Project affiliate scheme some time ago, which means a sticker on your profile should be deleted. You will see there is an error indication on it. Thank you for having expressed interest in the Project. Michael Cayley, co-Leader, Magna Carta Project
posted by Michael Cayley
Thanks for taking the time to write. I really appreciate the note. Marked the tag to be deleted when I rewrite the Profile. I like how the teams at WikiTree do things.

BTW, on your Cayley Family History list of notables, your cousin Arthur (1821-1895) ought to be mentioned, assuming that mathematicians are of note.

This is a general boost for the Mathematics Genealogy Project. Arthur Cayley is in my adopted pedigree: Andrew Forsyth; Edmund Whittaker; G. H. Hardy; Edward Titchmarsh; Andrew Guinand; Lucio Artiaga.

posted by John M. Switlik
edited by John M. Switlik
You are right about Arthur Cayley the mathematician. I just have not got round to creating a page about him on my Cayley Family History website. I know a lot about him. I may just add a link to his Wikipedia and WikiTree entries: I am not doing much on the website these days. I did much of the work on his WikiTree profile.
posted by Michael Cayley
Hi John!

Thanks for contributing to Puritan Great Migration profiles over the last six months. Every little bit helps, so please keep those edits coming!

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members twice per year and it's that time again. Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  1. If you'd like to continue as a PGM project team member
  2. If you're happy with the team you're on (Research and/or Profile Improvement) or if you'd like to make a change
  3. Optionally, what you like since the reboot back in May or what you think could be improved. This could be something about Discord, or Google Groups, or managed profile spreadsheets, or challenge participation or really anything. If you like everything the way it is, you can let me know that too :)

If you'd like to tell me about a particular project or family you're working on, I'd love to hear about that as well.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Brad Stauf, PGM membership coordinator

posted by Brad Stauf
John, on profiles like Gardner-159, could you please use G2G or profile comments instead of the "memories" function, which really wasn't built for the kind of information you're adding. Thanks. Also, that new graphic you added is illegible in thumbnail format and does not appear to be viewable to others besides you in a larger format. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Hi! Here's the coding for the Affiliate sticker:

Template:Magna Carta Project Affiliate

Just copy it from the e-mail version you received of this post and paste it in your profile's bio.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, Liz

P.S. Whether a member or an affiliate, please join the project's Google Group.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
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.

posted by John M. Switlik
Frank A. Gardner, MD - will be updating this and related profiles.

Plug for WikiTree on Quora.

posted by John M. Switlik
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

posted by John M. Switlik

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

posted by David Douglass
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
posted by David Douglass
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

posted by Mags Gaulden
Linkedin, FB - jmswtlk, FB - TGS, Inc.

Disclosure: 1st cousin (in-law), twice removed of Dr. Frank A. Gardner

posted by John M. Switlik
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.

posted by John M. Switlik

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