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My greatest genealogy accomplishment [52 Weeks - Week 42]

I don’t think this isn’t quite what was expected for this week’s prompt, but I’ll have to go with FamilyTreeCircles as my greatest genealogy accomplishment.


Back about 10 years ago, I had no idea what would become of the small project that started out of my own interest in my family history. It has grown to nearly 100,000 members, many of whom have broken through brick walls and found distant cousins sharing the same research. There have even been long lost family members who were reunited thanks to posts in FamilyTreeCircles.


Personally, I have found many Gingras cousins who have provided me with information that I never would have found otherwise, and I’ve been able to do the same in return for more than a few.


Most importantly, I’ve made several online friends, many of you, who have participated here over the years, lent a helping hand (or several), and have made this community what it is.


It’s been an honor and privilege to build and maintain this website. Thank you!


Scott




This post is in response to the Abundant Genealogy blogging prompts. To write your own, see here for information…

1 comment(s), latest 1 year, 9 months ago

My Maternal Line, HOURIHAN, MCILWRAITH, LYNCH of Ireland

Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there. I though it would be fun to post my maternal line (however short it is!)

- Scott JANGRO (that's me)
- [living] BAKER m. [living] JANGRO
- Dora Helen MCILWRAITH (1915-1982) m. Robert Slade BAKER
- Margaret HOURIHAN (1890-1931) m. Robert MCILWRAITH
- Frances Mary LYNCH (????) m. Thomas HOURIHAN

I've omitted my parents first names for their own privacy's sake since they're still with us. Though I'm pretty certain that's not difficult information to locate.

My matrilineal line ends very quickly as soon as we make the jump to Ireland (Cork county, I believe). I've got a cousin who's been more vigorously researching this line and he has not uncovered much, unfortunately.

Researching Irish surnames can be quite a challenge. There are a LOT of them here in Boston!

My Mayflower Connections - 1. William Brewster

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's William Brewster...

  1. William III Brewster b: Abt. 1566/67 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: 10 Apr 1644 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    +married: Mary m: Abt. 1568 in England
  2. Patience Brewster b: Abt. 1600 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: Bef. 12 Dec 1634 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes
    +married: Thomas II Prence b: Abt. 1600 in England, m: 05 Aug 1624 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes, d: 1673
  3. Mercy Brewster Prence b: 1631
    +married John Freeman b: 28 Jan 1627 in Billinghurst, Devonshire, England, m: 13 Feb 1650 in Sandwich, Bristol Co MA, d: 28 Oct 1719 in in Eastham, Barnstable Co MA
  4. Edmund Freeman
    +married: Ruth Merrick
  5. Ruth Freeman b: 1680 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: 07 Jun 1728 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Israel Doane b: Bet. 1671-1672 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 1697 in , Barnstable, MA., d: Aft. 05 Jun 1740 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  7. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  8. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  9. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  10. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  11. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  12. Robert Slade Baker b: 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts, d: -
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  13. Living
    +married: Living
  14. Scott Jangro

Do you have a Mayflower connection? Why not post your own.

Use some of the posts here on this list of Thanksgiving Genealogy blog posts for further inspiration.

My Mayflower Connections - 2. Stephen Hopkins

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's Stephen Hopkins.

  1. Stephen Hopkins b: 29 Oct 1581 in Wotten-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, d: 27 Jul 1644 in Plymouth, Massachussetts
    +married: Constance UNKNOWN m: Bef. 1605 in England, d: Aft. 22 Dec 1609 in London, England
  2. Constance Hopkins b: 1605 in Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
    +married: Nicolas Snow
  3. Stephen Snow d: 17 Dec 1705 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Susanna Rogers m: 28 Oct 1663 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1701
  4. Ebenezer Snow d: 09 Apr 1725 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Hope Horton m: 22 Dec 1968 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1725
  5. Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  7. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  8. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  9. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  10. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  11. Robert Slade Baker b: Abt. 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  12. Living
    +married: Living
  13. Scott Jangro
2 comment(s), latest 2 years, 2 months ago

My Slade Ancestors, Descendants of John SLADE

Generation 1

1. John Slade-1 was born in 1725 in CT. He died on 17 Mar 1797 in Windsor, Connecticut. He married Martha Abbe on 12 Sep 1751 in Windsor, Connecticut, daughter of Thomas Abbe. She was born on 01 Mar 1728 in Wethersfield, Conn. She died on 22 Aug 1795 in Alstead, New Hampshire.

Child of John Slade and Martha Abbe is:

2.i. William Slade, B: 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn., D: 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire.

Generation 2

2. William Slade-2(John-1) was born on 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn.. He died on 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire. He married Anna Root.She was born on 08 Sep 1758. She died on 25 Oct 1838.

Children of William Slade and Anna Root are:

i. William Slade, B: 06 Aug 1790.
ii. Henry Slade, B: 11 Oct 1798.
iii. Achsah Slade, B: 01 Apr 1785.
iv. John Slade, B: 06 Aug 1792.
3.v. Thomas Slade, B: 21 May 1780, D: 12 Dec 1830, M: Clarissa Borroughs, 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire.
vi. Arsenath Slade, B: 06 Apr 1787.
vii. Allen Slade, B: 26 May 1796.
viii. Anna Slade, B: 29 Mar 1782, D: 02 Oct 1837 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, M: John Burroughs VI, 03 Mar 1805 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire.

Generation 3

3. Thomas Slade-3(William-2, John-1) was born on 21 May 1780. He died on 12 Dec 1830. He married Clarissa Borroughs on 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire, daughter of John Burroughs V and Mehitable Carlton. She was born on 23 Oct 1779 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. She died on 01 Oct 1866 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont.

Children of Thomas Slade and Clarissa Borroughs are:

4.i. Lavinia Slade, B: 1805 in New Hampshire, D: 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH, M: Charles Rice, 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.
ii. Allen Slade.
5.iii.
Thomas Slade Jr., B: 29 Nov 1814, D: 03 May 1905, M: Elvira Adams, 19 Oct 1842.
iv. Howard Slade, D: 31 Aug 1893, M: Sally G. Barton, 20 Jul 1828.

Generation 4

4. Lavinia Slade-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born in 1805 in New Hampshire. She died on 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH. She married Charles Rice on 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.He was born in 1807 in Walpole, New Hampshire. He died on 16 Jul 1878 in Walpole, , NH.

Children of Lavinia Slade and Charles Rice are:

i. Charles Edward Rice, B: 23 Apr 1845 in , , NH Prob, D: 21 Apr 1876 in , , , @@29 Unm.
ii. Eliza M Rice, B: Abt. 1834 in , , NH Prob, D: 16 Jul 1864 in , , , @@30.
iii. George Allen Rice, B: Abt. 1840 in , , NH Prob, D: , , , D @@1Yr11mos.
iv. Martha "Mattie" Ellen Rice, B: 06 Feb 1848 in , , NH Prob, D: 15 Oct 1927 in Langdon, , NH.
v. Thomas S Rice, B: Abt. 1836 in , , NH Prob, D: 17 Aug 1855 in , , , @@19.
vi. Lucy Ann Rice, B: 26 Apr 1842 in , , NH Prob, M: Charles E Hartwell, 08 Nov 1860 in Langdon, , NH Poss.
vii. Henry E Rice, B: 16 Feb 1833 in , , NH Prob.
viii. Harriet "Hattie" Rice, B: Abt. 1838 in New Hampshire.

5. Thomas Slade Jr.-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born on 29 Nov 1814. He died on 03 May 1905. He married Elvira Adams on 19 Oct 1842, daughter of Anson Adams and Sukey Gold. She was born on 04 Jul 1814. She died on 11 Mar 1890.

Children of Thomas Slade Jr. and Elvira Adams are:
i. Coralinn Slade, B: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, D: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont, M: Joseph Baker, 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT.
ii. William Thomas Slade, B: 30 Sep 1855, D: 21 Sep 1874.
iii. Adelinn Slade, B: 28 May 1845, D: 23 Oct 1932, M: Nathan Baxter Stark, 26 Jan 1869.
iv. Ora Allen Slade, B: 22 May 1858, D: 05 Jan 1926.
v. Elva Slade, B: 16 Jan 1852.

New Design

Thanks again for everyone who voted in the logo survey. I liked them all, but my favorite came in third place. Shows what I know!

I took the opportunity to clean up the design here on FTC. Back to basics with a cleaner look and a focus on the content. No competing colors.

I hope you like it. Please feel free to comment below.

4 comment(s), latest 4 years, 2 months ago

New Feature: Genealogy Articles and Answers!

We're on a roll on FamilyTreeCircles, adding new features. We're really trying to round out the types of information that are available on FTC and I'm happy to say that there are now three types of postings available for everyone from new family researchers to experienced genealogists.

Look on the homepage and you'll see the following explanation of the options.

Find Family Tree Researchers and Information for your Surnames | Family Tree Circles.png

The last thing I want to do is introduce any confusion or uncertainty with more options and I've tried to make it as simple as possible. All three types of entries end up in the same places in the list on the homepage and in the active posts page, color coded so you can tell the difference at a glance.

Journals

There is still the same, old, tried and true Journal entries. Nothing has changed there. Use a journal entry for posting all your great family research. As a general rule, anything family or surname related should go in a journal. For the time being, only journals can be associated specifically with surnames and therefore show up on the surname page for any given surname.

Answers

If you've got a question about any genealogy topic, this is the place to ask. Maybe you're wondering about what sort of resources are available in Cork County Ireland. Or maybe you're stuck with a problem in Personal Ancestral File software. Ask about any genealogy topic, technique, method, or technology. Keep an eye on the open questions to see if you can answer a question for someone else. You can read more about this on our announcement of Answers from a few days ago.

Articles

Everybody is an expert about something. Maybe your experience has made you an expert on genealogy research in the state of Vermont, or researching slave ancestry in Virginia. Maybe you're an expert user of certain software or websites. Write an article and you'll not only provide the community with some great information, but you can establish yourself as an expert and direct people to your own blog for more information.

I've got some exciting ideas of where the Articles feature can go...more on that soon.

So there you have it. Something for everyone. It'll take some time for people to get used to the new features on FamilyTreeCircles. If you're one of our more experienced users, please give them a try and show folks how it's done!

New Feature: Links

A popular use of FTC has been to share website resources in Journals. Since there are countless website resources related to genealogy, I thought it would be fun to create a special feature that allows us to share our favorite websites.

You can see the links in the "recent links" page in the navigation or see recent link page here.

This will replace the "favorite links" section in your profile, and should be used any time you fiind a website you wish to share.

Also introduced with the links feature is a "tagging" feature. Tagging is a popular method of allowing website users to categorize things with plain words, instead of trying to create a big category structure. So when you create a link, you can also tag it with words that you feel describes the website. I'll soon be creating a tag navigation system which will show any resources that have been tagged with a particular word.

The nice thing about tags is that anybody can tag a link. So if another member comes along and wants to add some keywords to a link, they can do that.

I'll be migrating the journals over to the tagging structure as well.

If you have any questions about the new features, you can contact me via Private Message or just add a comment to this journal.

12 comment(s), latest 5 years, 4 months ago

New Feature: Private Messages OUTbox

When I built FamilyTreeCircles so many years ago, I had no idea how popular the private messages feature would be.

As of today, there have been over 18,000 messages sent through the private message system. I never would have guessed.

One of the most requested features that I get is for people to be able to see the messages that they have sent to others. Did I contact so-and-so about such-and-such? What did I say? Did she open it?

I'm happy to announce that I have added a new feature allowing you to view your outbox. In it, you can see all the messages you've ever sent.

Where is it? You'll see conspicuous links to your "Inbox" and "Outbox" in your private message area.

Here are a few notes about the new feature:

  • You can view them, but you cannot delete them. (They don't belong to you any more!)
  • You can see if the recipient has opened them
  • You can still see them if the recipient has deleted them.
  • I haven't structured the messages in any sort of "conversational" view.

Like me, you'll probably be a bit surprised at the number of messages that have gone un-opened. Honestly, I was quite disappointed at some of them. But at least now I know, and maybe I'll follow up again with some of them.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any questions.

1 comment(s), latest 2 years, 10 months ago

New Features on Family Tree Circles

If you’ve been reading the FamilyTreeCircles newsletter, you know that I’ve been working on some new features on FamilyTreeCircles.

If you don’t currently subscribe to the newsletter, you can sign up here.

I’m happy to say that a number of them have gone live today.

Here’s an overview of what’s new.

New Journal and Comment Views

You’ll notice a new menu item called “Journals”. That brings you to a new series of pages that give different views of journals and comments:

  • Newest: All of the new journals
  • Unanswered: Any journal that does not have a comment
  • Last Activity: All journals sorted by last activity (either a new journal or a comment added)
  • QuickSearch: search in all journals, more on that below
  • Latest Comments: View just the latest comments, not journals

This functionality replaces the old tried and true “Active Posts” page, which remains available if that is what you’re comfortable with.

Take a look through these menu items and see if these offer you any improvement in how to view the journals on Family Tree Circles

Quick Search

While you can use the search box in the upper right, the new Quick Search gives you a fast way to quickly sift through journals in the system to find keywords that you’re looking for. Looking for a surname? just start typing it in to the quick search box and you’ll immediately see any journals matching your search term.

Note: You can also search in just your own journals by accessing the quick search link from your own Journals page from your profile.

Journal “Thanks” and “Flag”

In order to reward people who are writing great journals, I’ve added a “Thank” button to the bottom of all journals.

If you like what someone wrote, just quickly click “Thank”. I’m quietly keeping track of these for now, but soon I’ll be exposing these numbers in the form of “popular journals” or people who get the most thanks. For now, just feel free to use it!

If you have any questions about these features, please drop a comment.

15 comment(s), latest 3 years, 2 months ago