Saturday, August 9, 2014

Catching up on news

What's new for August is a garden. After three years in our new house we have bulbs started on the deck and a raised bed of vegetables started in the yard. We'll have a few lilies and gladiolas before summer is gone. The vegetables are for a winter garden - cabbage, kale, broccoli, onions, turnips. We also have a compost heap in the yard, and it is already turning into rich, dark, earth. All the remains of my smoothies go into it - avocado and banana and pear and apple peelings, orange rinds, etc.

Another new item is our daily walks in the new section going in nearby. Leo walks and I drive my electric mobility scooter. The views are fabulous - we are high over the valley, and see the hills and trees on the other side. Sunshine and fresh air flow over and through us as we watch the view.

We found some a new series to watch on Roku. "Landgirls" is a series from Britain about the army of women who kept the farms going and the nation fed while the men fought Hitler. Just like the regular army, they could be drafted to serve. We have only the last one to view. Next up will be Blenchley Circle, about code breakers during the war, another British series.

I keep on working on the family tree at WikiTree, and have been able to complete and download some of the branches. My two recent badges:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Badge for May

What does it mean to earn over a thousand points in a month at WikiTree?

It means editing, adding sources, footnotes, text, and images.

It means greeting hundreds of guests visiting WikiTree, and confirming over hundred of them as new members (it is easy - just volunteer:)

Also it means categorizing Colonial Ancestors, linking up profiles in families, and learning interesting bits and pieces about the history of our country.

Most of all it means family - cousins, great-great-great-great- etc. to times 8 or 10 or more grandparents, all connected.

It means another pretty badge:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Question for Memorial Day

How do we Honor our Ancestors who Fought for Freedom?

With flags and flowers on their graves on Memorial Day? Certainly. What about the other 364 days of the year?

Three of my ancestors fought at Kings Mountain, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. 
Joshua Sherrill
Capt. William Sherrill
Burt Moore

My grandfather fought in WWI.
Gust Heikkila 

My father fought in WWII.
Kenneth Dellinger

I am descended from three of the twenty-five barons who led the fight for Magna Carta in 1215.
John de Lacy
William de Lanvallei
Saher de Quincy

How best to honor those ancestors and their courage? By working against tyranny and fighting for justice and freedom. 

They were ready to spend their blood in defense of freedom and liberty.

Become an informed and active participant in the future of freedom.  Join a group and work for Liberty and Equality:

Earthjustice - "...the right of citizens to go to court to enforce environmental laws when the government couldn’t or wouldn’t.”

Oceana - largest international organization devoted solely to ocean conservation.

Save the Internet - dedicated to the freedom of the virtual press 
The Future of Internet Freedom -  The NY Times explains the subtle ways our access is being eroded and why

The Water Project - "The Water Project is currently focused on work in communities throughout Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda. We have also previously funded projects in Cameroon, Haiti, and India." Five Stars on GuideStar and on GreatNonProfits

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Follow the template Trail and find your Magna Carta Surety Baron Ancestor

John Schmeeckle has completed the first template trail to a surety baron at WikiTree.

Beginning with Colonial ancestor Agnes Harris (Edwards, Spencer) up to Surety Baron William Malet, any descendant of Agnes can trace the generations from her to William with the Magna Carta Template on each succeeding ancestor.

Just look for the Magna Carta template as seen below.

Sandy Culver has started the template trail from Rev. Charles Chauncy to Magna Carta sureties Roger and Hugh Bigod. 

I'm working on the trail from Olive Ingoldsby (James) to Saher de Quincy, Magna Carta Surety.

See our Gateway Ancestors page for more Colonial immigrants who are descended from the surety barons of Magna Carta.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Are You Descended from one of the Gateway Ancestors?

Over 200 Colonial immigrants in the 1600s have been identified and their lineage documented in Magna Carta Ancestry by Douglas Richardson.

These are the ones we call "Gateway Ancestors" - because if you complete your tree to connect to them, the rest of your lineage is to be found in Magna Carta Ancestry by Douglas Richardson.

We have listed these Gateway Ancestors as part of the Magna Carta Project, and we have linked their names to their WikiTree profiles. Each of the profiles has been categorized, and sources added.

We have over eighty of the profiles linked after just one month since the Magna Carta Project started.

If you already know which Magna Carta Surety Barons are in your tree, their profiles and the profiles of the Illustrious Men listed in the Preamble of Magna Carta are linked to their names listed on our Magna Carta Project page.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Minute Man and Revolutionary War Soldier

Orringh Stoddard served in Col. John Patterson's Minute Men and fought at the Battle of Monmouth.

His profile is featured on the WikiTree blog.