Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Watch Dog

Wednesday Ranger team now has a mascot - we are the Wednesday Watch Dog Rangers.

Here are the January and February Club 1,000 badges -
Magna Carta project is going like a wild fire. We have just over 90 days before the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and project members are going all out to complete as many of the surety baron lineages as possible. Visit the Base Camp to see our progress.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's New at WikiTree and other news

For an overview of happenings at WikiTree, see Eowyn's February News from the Tree.  Eowyn introduces four new WikiTree Leaders, two of which, Lisa Franklin and Cheryl Hammond, have joined Magna Carta project.

See the above link for pictures from WikiTree's booth at RootsTech 2015, attended by 22,000 people in Salt Lake city this month.

The Ranger project has expanded to seven teams, one for each day of the week. I'm on the teams for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The teams are encouraged to adopt a symbol for their team, and here are the badges for Thursday and Friday teams. Wednesday still needs to come up with a symbol (as does Monday but that is not my worry). All the team badges match with the Ranger badge and are very attractive. WikiTree has an outstanding graphic artist.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Rudyard Kipling!

Rudyard Kipling wrote What Say the Reeds at Runnymede? in 1911.  For more on the life of Rudyard Kipling, his ancestors and descendants, see Rudyard Kipling at WikiTree.

    At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    What say the reeds at Runnymede?
    The lissom reeds that give and take,
    That bend so far, but never break.
    They keep the sleepy Thames awake
    With tales of John at Runnymede.

    At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    Oh, hear the reeds at Runnymede: -
    “You mustn’t sell, delay, deny,
    A freeman’s right or liberty.
    It wakes the stubborn Englishry,
    We saw ‘em roused at Runnymede!

   When through our ranks the Barons came,
    With little thought of praise or blame,
    But resolute to play the game,
    They lumbered up to Runnymede,
    And there they launched in solid line
    The first attack on Right Divine -
    The curt, uncompromising ‘Sign’
    That settled John at Runnymede.

    At Runnymede, at Runnymede,
    Your rights were won at Runnymede!
    No freeman shall be fined or bound,
    Or dispossessed of freehold ground,
    Except by lawful judgment found
    And passed upon him by his peers
    Forget not, after all these years,
    The Charter signed at Runnymede.”

    And still when Mob or Monarch lays
    Too rude a hand on English ways,
    The whisper wakes, the shudder plays,
    Across the reeds at Runnymede.
    And Thames, that knows the moods of kings,
    And the crowds and priests and suchlike things,
    Rolls deep and dreadful as he brings
    Their warning down from Runnymede!

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin

Born 309 years ago today, Benjamin Franklin is famous for his inventions and achievements, and also for his witty sayings.  One of his aphorisms which is still popular today is:

"Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

For more about Ben, visit his profile on WikiTree.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year!

WikiTree added a new badge for the New Year: Generous Genealogist. Three different people awarded me the badge! Wow. I'm surprised, humbled, grateful and happy.

The Magna Carta project has a new co-Leader, Peter Eyestone, who is focusing, organizing and extending the project, and recruiting new members.

With renewed energy we are working towards completing our goals by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June 2015. Come see what's new and join us in creating access to Magna Carta Ancestors for millions of people.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why Join WikiTree?

I recently posted a short piece on my profile at WikiTree, which came out of thoughts I've had over the year as a volunteer Greeter. Here is it copied, below:

A guest at WikiTree has many privileges. Use the Search functions, which include alternate surname spellings; upload a GEDMATCH and find out what profiles in WikiTree match your own database tree; ask a question at our G2G Forum; leave a Comment or send a Private email to anyone on WikiTree - and it is all free.
The best reason to join WikiTree is to participate in building a one world tree that is free to all members. In the process, you will be able to connect your own family into WikiTree, extending your ancestor tree. You will have the opportunity to join Projects, collaborating on your special interests. See the Community Membership page for twenty-five advantages of joining WikiTree.
I noticed one thing missing from that page, and that is the wonderful people I've discovered, and the relationships that have developed while working with them. Working together on a project that is mutually important is a great way to meet interesting people. The satisfaction of building a family tree for future generations is a lasting reward for our work.

My production at WikiTree dropped in November and I fell just short of the 1,000 contributions for the 1K Club, so my badge for November is the 100 Club.

The drop is due to my usual Seasonal Affective Disorder - otherwise known as SAD, which is caused by the loss of sunlight in autumn and winter. The worst part is "carb-loading" (the opposite of the improved Atkins diet) because carbs give a temporary mood lift (which is why so many 'comfort foods' are high in carbohydrates).

Meanwhile, Christmas cometh, ready or not! Here is a pic of Goldiebear's Christmas decorating scheme.