Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Greatest Knight

William Marshal was a legend in his own lifetime, known as simply "The Marshal", the greatest knight.

Blazon for William Marshal:
Per pale Or and vert, lion rampant gules.

William Marshal is the 24th great-grandfather of April Dauenhauer by his daughters Isabel and Maud.  William Marshal is the 23 great-grandfather of April Dauenhauer by his daughter Eva. 

William Marshal is the 23 great-grandfather of Leo Dauenhauer by William's daughter, Sybil Marshal.  William Marshal is the 24th great-grandfather of Leo Dauenhauer by William's daughter Joan Marshal.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WikiTree Forum - the Power of Sharing Knowledge

A current discussion on William Marshal's grandfather at the WikiTree Forum shines light on how WikiTree works and a reason the ratings keep going up.

"Proposed changes for a Domesday generation figure" 

shows how collaboration on our mutual ancestors works at WikiTree, and shows how sources are vital to genealogy.  Take a look at the WikiTree process in action.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WikiTree Rated #4

Genealogy In time Magazine is rating WikiTree at #4 of all free genealogy websites this year. In 2013, WikiTree was rated #33 overall, and in 2014 rose to #21. This year WikiTree is rated #15 overall. {{happy dance}} The magazine describes describes WikiTree as:

a free family tree website whose mission is to create a single worldwide family tree. It works on a system that encourages collaboration among members.

The article points to an alarming trend about the future of free genealogy on the Internet.

There are still several significant free genealogy websites, but there are fewer  of them with each passing year.

Who 'owns' your ancestor's data? The trend is towards a pay-for-access monopoly. As quoted on another page from the same Genealogy In time Magazine:

 As the genealogy industry matures, it is becoming more dominated by large firms. Ancestry, MyHeritage and brightsolid combined now control 51% of the genealogy marketplace.
For a breakdown of ownership for familiar genealogy websites see this table on this page.
I have seen a revolution in genealogy since beginning with letters to cousins and trips to cemeteries archives in 1989. Scattered records in inaccessible in repositories around the world are now digitized and searchable from my computer.

Sharing my discoveries at WikiTree has extended my tree and increased my understanding, working with far flung cousins interested in our mutual ancestors.

"Are you my cousin?" (with thanks to AJ Jacobs). Come join the fun at WikiTree.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Congratulations Mei Xiang

Mei Xiang's new panda cub born August 22 at the National Zoo, weighs about ten ounces now.  The 200 pound panda mother is amazingly gentle with her tiny baby panda. They may seen on the Panda Cam.

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.