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.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Categoriztion - What and Why

Categorization is a project at WikiTree that began last year and has grown to affect nearly every profile on the tree.  It is a great help to researchers to be able to find all the profiles buried in the same cemetery as their ancestor, or all the profiles who settled an early Colonial town. Among those names will be children, spouses, parents, in-laws, and others who are related to the person they are seeking to document.

For an example, if your Puritan ancestor came to America on the Arbella, and their profile is labelled "Category:Arbella, Winthrop Fleet", then the link will take you to a page listing everyone who came on the Arbella, with their names linked to their profiles.  It is likely that people related to your ancestor will be among those other profiles.

Categorization is not only used on WikiTree, the concept has been around for ages.  Here is a Wikipedia article about it. On WikiTree, categorization may be used to add data once which may then be applied to all the profiles included in the category. For example, if your ancestor was in the Indian/Colonial conflict known as King Philip's War, you would add the category to their profile. It would connect to a page with the details of King Philip's War, and a list of people involved, linked to their profiles. I have been adding the categories of Puritan Great Migration, 1776, King Philip's war, Magna Carta, and others for months.

Today I realized I need to work at understanding how to create categories so I joined the Categorization Project. As a bonus, I have a new badge:


February and March were both productive months, as you can see by my Club 1,000 badges.

Coming soon: a badge for Magna Carta Project. As a leader of the project, one of my duties is to award the project badge to new members - a very happy duty indeed.