October 31, 2012

Winner of the 5th Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway of an Ancestry World Membership!

Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway  of Ancestry World Explorer Membership
The winner of the fifth of SIX contests on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for a chance to win two 3-month subscriptions to Ancestry.com World Explorer Membership is

Cathy Bassetto
Congratulations to Cathy! She will receive a 3-month World Explorer Membership to Ancestry.com for herself and a second one to give to a friend.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Explorer Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend! 

You can read about the ongoing contest at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!


The last Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway begins at 1 a.m. Thurs. Nov 1. If you entered previous contests and didn't win feel free to enter again. Rules and regulations for the Nov. 1 contest will be posted that day.
 
Good luck to everyone. 

October 30, 2012

WIN Olive Tree Genealogy's Giveaway of two Ancestry World Subscription

Ancestry.com has generously donated prizes for an Olive Tree Genealogy giveaway. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded. The winner keeps one and gives one to a friend!

Today's Giveaway starts Tuesday Oct. 30 at 8 a.m EDT and ends the NEXT day at 8  a.m EDT. Winners will be announced on Olive Tree Genealogy blog the day following the contest.

Entry Requirements: For a chance to win you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post. For example, you may share on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You could provide a link to the blog post on your own blog, or share on a mailing list.

2. a) Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com and tell me the Tip of the Day on Ancestry's Death Contest page

    b) Tell me where you shared the news of Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway. 
    c) Be sure to put ANCESTRY.COM GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway each Tuesday and Thursday.
4. Giveaways start Oct. 16th at midnight EDT and ends at midnight EDT Nov. 2nd
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winners will be notified via your provided contact information and the winners' names will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Ancestry.com subscriptions for the Giveaway are generously provided by Ancestry.com

October 29, 2012

Frankenstorm: Great-Grandpa Would Not Have Known it was Coming

Could Great Grandpa Have Predicted Frankenstorm?
NASA satellite photo
Frankenstorm. You'd have to be living under a rock to not have heard of the impending Frankenstorm. The hype and warnings and online maps showing the predicted path of what many are calling "perfect storm" made me think about our ancestors.

They lived through terrible storms and droughts and floods and hurricanes, without the advance warnings that we have today. But have you ever looked into exactly what storms they endured? And how they coped? They didn't have the warning systems we take for granted. Great-grandpa looked to the clouds and the animals and birds to predict bad weather coming. So he likely didn't have much time to prepare, nor would he know how bad a storm might be.

We run around stockpiling enough food and water for 72 hours. We gas up our cars in case we have to evacuate. But is this something you think your ancestor might have done? Depending on the year and the location, probably not.

For example did you have ancestors who were living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635? There was a bad hurricane that year and if your ancestors were there, you might want to imagine what they went through.

What about Miami Florida in 1926? Or the 1938 New England hurricane that killed 600 people? This site has lists of historic hurricanes to help you figure out if your ancestors experienced a bad hurricane.  And these are only hurricanes. There would be droughts, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and other catastrophic natural events that our ancestors experienced.

One way you could check to see what your ancestors might have gone through is to find records of historical natural disasters. Then if you had an ancestor living in that location in that time period,  consult Online Historic Newspapers  for more in-depth detail of what occurred. 

Adding detail to your ancestors helps make them more "real" to us, more alive and also reinforces that your ancestors were just like you - they lived, loved, suffered, laughed and had all the human emotions that we have today.

It's easy to forget that they were real people just like us. They lived through their own Frankenstorms.

October 27, 2012

Genealogy Treasure No. 12: Receipt 1910 Dennison - McQuaig

This is the 12th set of documents in the batch I purchased at an antique store in Kingston Ontario July 27, 2012. For details, see Found! Treasure Trove of Land Documents from Ontario Canada

This document is a scrap of paper containing a hand-written note signed by Angus McQuaig.

It is dated 26 February 1910 and is a receipt for money ($120.00) received from Archibald Denison.

The scrap of paper states the payment is being applied to a note and includes interest of $20.00

More documents will follow as I scan them and extract their details. More documents will follow as I scan them and extract their details.


This is the reverse of the receipt above. I thought it was interesting to see that the receipt was written on the back of a cheque from the Crown Bank of Canada. This was then stamped above as The Northern Crown Bank of Canada. 

The Northern Crown Bank was the offspring of the 1908 merger of Winnipeg's Northern Bank and the  Ontario-based Crown Bank of Canada. The Royal Bank purchased the Northern Crown Bank in 1918.

To read details of documents I've published here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, see Lennox-Addington Collection in the right hand navbar.

 If you are a descendant and would like to see these records, they are now with Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives,
97 Thomas Street East,
Napanee, Ontario
K7R 4B9

October 26, 2012

Winner of the 4th Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway of an Ancestry World Membership!

Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway  of Ancestry World Explorer Membership
The winner of the fourth of SIX contests on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for a chance to win two 3-month subscriptions to Ancestry.com World Explorer Membership is

KRICHARD@xxx.net

(First name Karen but she did not leave her surname in her entry)

Congratulations Karen! She will receive a 3-month World Explorer Membership to Ancestry.com for himself and a second one to give to a friend.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Explorer Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend! 

You can read about the ongoing contest at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!

The next Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway begins at 1 a.m. Tues. October 30. If you entered previous contests and didn't win feel free to enter again. Rules and regulations for the Oct. 30 contest will be posted that day.

Good luck to everyone. 

October 25, 2012

Fourth Chance to Win an Ancestry Membership!

Ancestry.com has generously donated prizes for an Olive Tree Genealogy giveaway. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend!

Today's Giveaway starts Thursday Oct. 25 at 8 a.m EDT and ends the NEXT day at 8  a.m EDT. Winners will be announced on Olive Tree Genealogy blog the day following the contest.

Entry Requirements: For a chance to win you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post. For example, you may share on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You could provide a link to the blog post on your own blog, or share on a mailing list.

2. a) Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com and tell me the Tip of the Day on Ancestry's Death Contest page

    b) Tell me where you shared the news of Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway. 
    c) Be sure to put ANCESTRY.COM GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway each Tuesday and Thursday.
4. Giveaways start Oct. 16th at midnight EDT and ends at midnight EDT Nov. 2nd
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winners will be notified via your provided contact information and the winners' names will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Ancestry.com subscriptions for the Giveaway are generously provided by Ancestry.com

October 24, 2012

Finding an Ancestor in Early Ontario Records Before 1869

Fred wrote to Olive Tree Genealogy with quite a few questions about his ancestors who were in "Canada West" between 1856 and 1863.

Ask Olive Answered: Fred, first things first. Hopefully you looked it up and discovered that "Canada West" is present day Ontario. So you need to find early Ontario records for your family.  Before being called Canada West it was called Upper Canada.


1861 Census Canada West
Example of 1861 Census
Second: There is no 1860 census for Canada. Canada did not exist as a country until Confederation in 1867 and thus the first census for Canada is 1871. The census prior to 1871 was 1861 (not 1860) and consists of records for the 5 provinces of that time.

Unfortunately not all of the 1861 returns survived. For a  list of the missing returns, see Ontario GenWeb Census Project.  As well, many surviving records are badly faded and could not be indexed,  so a search on Ancestry.com might not find a name even though a record survived. You would have to do a page by page search of the images in hopes of spotting your ancestors' names.


Continue reading at Finding an Ancestor in Early Ontario Records Before 1869

Winner of the 3rd Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway of an Ancestry World Membership!

Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway  of Ancestry World Explorer Membership
The winner of the third of SIX contests on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for a chance to win two 3-month subscriptions to Ancestry.com World Explorer Membership is

Doug Lussier
Congratulations Doug! Doug will receive a 3-month World Explorer Membership to Ancestry.com for himself and a second one to give to a friend.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Explorer Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend! 

You can read about the ongoing contest at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!


The next Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway begins at 1 a.m. October 25. If you entered previous contests and didn't win feel free to enter again. Rules and regulations for the Oct. 25 contest will be posted that day.

Good luck to everyone. 

October 23, 2012

Third Chance to Win an Ancestry Subscription!

Ancestry.com has generously donated prizes for an Olive Tree Genealogy giveaway. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend!

Today's Giveaway starts Tuesday Oct. 23 at 1 a.m EDT and ends the same day at 11:59 p.m EDT. Winners will be announced on Olive Tree Genealogy blog the day following the contest.

Entry Requirements: For a chance to win you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post. For example, you may share on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You could provide a link to the blog post on your own blog, or share on a mailing list.

2. a) Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com and tell me the Tip of the Day on Ancestry's Death Contest page

    b) Tell me where you shared the news of Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway. 
    c) Be sure to put ANCESTRY.COM GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway each Tuesday and Thursday.
4. Giveaways start Oct. 16th at midnight EDT and ends at midnight EDT Nov. 2nd
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winners will be notified via your provided contact information and the winners' names will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Ancestry.com subscriptions for the Giveaway are generously provided by Ancestry.com

October 22, 2012

Press Release: ANCESTRY.COM TO BE ACQUIRED BY PERMIRA FUNDS FOR $32.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

 
ANCESTRY.COM TO BE ACQUIRED BY PERMIRA FUNDS FOR $32.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

Transaction Valued at $1.6 billion;

Permira Funds Partners with Ancestry.com Management and Spectrum Equity to
Acquire World's Leading Online Family History Resource

PROVO, Utah, October 22, 2012 –Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), the global leader in online family history, and Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, today announced that a company owned by the Permira funds and co-investors has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Ancestry.com for $32.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion.  Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.com’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Howard Hochhauser, Ancestry.com’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company as part of the transaction.  Spectrum Equity will also remain an investor in the company.

The transaction represents a premium of 41% over Ancestry.com’s closing stock price on June 5, 2012, the last trading day prior to press reports that Ancestry.com had retained a financial advisor in connection with a possible sale of the company.  The disinterested members of Ancestry.com’s Board of Directors have unanimously approved the transaction and recommend that Ancestry.com stockholders approve the merger.  Affiliates of Spectrum Equity, which together own approximately 30% of the company’s outstanding shares, have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the merger.

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource. Its global network of websites empowers users to make meaningful discoveries and share their family history.  Over 15 years Ancestry.com has assembled an unrivaled worldwide collection of over 10 billion digitized, indexed records and built a feature-rich, engaging product experience for its 2 million-plus subscribers.  The company’s best-in-class technology ensures access everywhere via web, desktop and mobile. 

“This is a successful outcome for our public stockholders, and a great day for Ancestry.com employees and subscribers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan.  “We’re excited that Permira shares our commitment to keep investing in our technology and product experience to make family history easy and accessible for more and more families around the world.  Their strong investment track record in the technology and Internet sectors makes them a terrific advisor and partner as we take the company forward.”

Added Charles Boesenberg, Chairman of the Board of Ancestry.com, “Our board conducted a thorough sale process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our stockholders this premium transaction.”

Brian Ruder, Partner and Head of Permira’s Menlo Park office said: “With its pioneering technology and market leading position, Ancestry.com is an exciting investment opportunity for the Permira funds.  We are thrilled to be able to back the company as it continues to develop new and innovative content, and expand in both its core markets and into new geographies.  We look forward to bringing Permira’s technology and media experience to bear in supporting Tim, Howard and the rest of the talented team at Ancestry.com and its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.” 

Ancestry.com and Permira indicated that the company will continue executing on its growth strategy and initiatives led by content acquisition and technology investment, with the support of the Permira funds and the investor group.  There are no anticipated changes in Ancestry.com’s operating structure. Ancestry.com’s focus will continue to be on investing in content, technology and its user experience, expanding its product offerings in areas like DNA, and building the Ancestry.com brand and the family history category, all on a global basis.  Ancestry.com will remain headquartered in Provo, Utah, with a continued large presence in San Francisco, Dublin, London and other international markets.

The transaction, which is subject to the approval of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Ancestry.com common stock and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2013.  The company will file additional details regarding the transaction shortly with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 8-K, and in proxy materials to be provided to the company’s stockholders in connection with the special meeting to vote on the merger.

The Board of Directors of Ancestry.com received financial advice from Qatalyst Partners LP, who also provided a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as the company’s legal counsel.  Morgan Stanley served as financial advisor to the Permira funds while Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Clifford Chance LLP served as legal advisors.  The Permira funds were also advised by McKinsey & Company, Aon M&A Solutions, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.   Barclays, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets have agreed to provide financing to the acquiring company in connection with the merger.
Ancestry.com Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
As previously announced, Ancestry.com will release financial results for its third quarter 2012 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 p.m. MT (4:00 p.m. ET).  In light of today’s announcement, the company will no longer be hosting a corresponding conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the financial results.

October 20, 2012

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner 2012 Family History Month Sale

The following promotion codes are valid 12:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (-6 GMT) on their respective dates when ordered on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner shop page. Remember to place all items in your shopping cart first, before entering the promotion code!

October 20-22
Save $15 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!
(Regular price $149.99, sale price $134.99!)
No Promotion Code needed, just click on the link above!

Please note: these promotional codes cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Questions? Please contact customer service at 1-855-477-3547

October 19, 2012

Winner of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Giveaway

Olive Tree Genealogy is very pleased to announce that the winner of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and Carry Case giveaway, as chosen by an impartial judge, is

Shirley Farrar

Congratulations Shirley! Shirley's reason for wanting a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner was 

If I won the Flip-Pal scanner, I would first scan all those mysterious family photos sitting neglected in a box. 

Next a visit to my elderly aunt to scan her treasured and very protected photos and, with a little smoozing,  scan and stitch that coveted "Please Don't Touch" oval photograph of her father in his military finest. 
A collage of the photos related to each family will become a welcome Christmas gift and also help to identify those lost souls and relatives who are hiding in the collages just waiting to be identified.
 Disclaimer: Since I know some of the people who entered this giveaway, I did not choose a winner. Instead I asked an independent and impartial person, who does not own a computer, to choose the winning entry

Winner of Second Ancestry World Explorer Membership

The winner of the second of SIX contests on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for a chance to win two 3-month subscriptions to Ancestry.com World Explorer Membership is

Brian Hill
Congratulations Brian! Brian will receive a 3-month World Explorer Membership to Ancestry.com for himself and a second one to give to a friend.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Explorer Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend! 

You can read about the ongoing contest at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!


The third contest begins at 1 a.m. October 23rd. If you entered previous contests and didn't win feel free to enter again. Rules and regulations for the Oct. 23rd contest will be posted that day. 

Good luck to everyone. 

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner 2012 Family History Month Sale

The following promotion codes are valid 12:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (-6 GMT) on their respective dates when ordered on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner shop page. Remember to place all items in your shopping cart first, before entering the promotion code

October 19—It’s Our Birthday!!!
One day only: Save $25 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner with Digital Creativity Suite 3.0 DVD plus you get FREE Shipping in the United States and Canada! (Regular price $209.99, sale price $184.99 plus free shipping!)
Use Promotion Code: birthday

October 20-22
Save $15 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!
(Regular price $149.99, sale price $134.99!)
No Promotion Code needed, just click on the link above!

Please note: these promotional codes cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Questions? Please contact customer service at 1-855-477-3547

October 18, 2012

Second Contest - Win an Ancestry Subscription for Yourself and a Friend

Ancestry.com has generously donated prizes for an Olive Tree Genealogy giveaway. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend!

Today's Giveaways starts Thursday Oct. 18 at 1 a.m EDT and ends the same day at 11:59 p.m EDT. Winners will be announced on Olive Tree Genealogy blog the day following the contest.

Entry Requirements: For a chance to win you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post. For example, you may share on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You could provide a link to the blog post on your own blog, or share on a mailing list.

2. a) Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com and tell me the Tip of the Day on Ancestry's Death Contest page

    b) Tell me where you shared the news of Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway. 
    c) Be sure to put ANCESTRY.COM GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway each Tuesday and Thursday.
4. Giveaways start Oct. 16th at midnight EDT and ends at midnight EDT Nov. 2nd
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winners will be notified via your provided contact information and the winners' names will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Ancestry.com subscriptions for the Giveaway are generously provided by Ancestry.com

October 17, 2012

Four Bloggers' Ancestry Membership Giveaways Means More Chances to Win!

Four Genealogy Bloggers were chosen by Ancestry.com to give away 3-month World Exploration Memberships for two (you and a friend) as part of their Death Education Records Program and Challenge . That means more chances for you to win!

1.  Olive Tree Genealogy is running 6 separate contests between Oct. 16 and Nov. 2.  You can enter 6 times on this one! Details are at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!

2. Marian Pierre-Louis at RootsAndRambles  has her one-time entry contest running at FREE Ancestry World Subscription for You and a Friend

3. Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings has his contest up. It runs from Oct. 16-Oct. 21 and is a one entry per person. It's at Enter Genea-Musings Contest to Win a 3-Month Ancestry World Explorer Membership

4. Dick Eastman at EOGN is offering a one-time entry contest running from Oct. 16-Oct. 31 at  Death Records Education Program

Winner of the First of Six Ancestry Membership Giveaways

The winner of the FIRST of SIX contests on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for a chance to win two 3-month subscriptions to Ancestry.com World Explorer Membership is

Liz  Hubbard
Congratulations Liz! Liz will receive a 3-month World Explorer Membership to Ancestry.com for herself and a second one to give to a friend.  

  Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Explorer Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend! 

You can read about the ongoing contest at Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!


Tomorrow's contest rules will be announced here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog so be sure to enter for your chance to win. If you entered the contest for Oct 16 and didn't win, enter again in the Oct. 18 contest. But don't enter until you see the contest rules posted. 


Good luck to everyone. 

October 16, 2012

Flip-Pal mobile scanner 2012 Family History Month Sale!

The following promotion codes are valid 12:00 a.m.–11:59 p.m. Mountain Time (-6 GMT) on their respective dates when ordered on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner shop page. Remember to place all items in your shopping cart first, before entering the promotion code!



October 15-18
Save $30 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner plus a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case and a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit!
(Regular price $193.97, sale price $163.97!)
Use Promotion Code: family15

October 19—It’s Our Birthday!!!
One day only: Save $25 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner with Digital Creativity Suite 3.0 DVD plus you get FREE Shipping in the United States and Canada! (Regular price $209.99, sale price $184.99 plus free shipping!)
Use Promotion Code: birthday

October 20-22
Save $15 when you purchase a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!
(Regular price $149.99, sale price $134.99!)
No Promotion Code needed, just click on the link above!

Please note: these promotional codes cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Questions? Please contact customer service at 1-855-477-3547

Win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner & Carry Case!

Great news! Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased to offer a contest giveaway of a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and carry case for one lucky winner.

For your chance to win one of these fabulous scanners you must do two things:


1. Share this blog post on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You may provide a link to the blog post on your own blog as an alternate method of sharing the news. 

2. a} Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com telling me in 3 sentences or less, how you will use the scanner.  
    b) You must also tell me where you shared the news of the contest. 
    c) Be sure to put FLIP-PAL MOBILE SCANNER GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

The most creative or compelling or original entry wins. Since I will probably know some of you who enter, I will not judge the winning entry. An independent person who does not own a computer and therefore is not online will choose the entry she finds most creative, compelling or original.

Contest will starts at 1 am EDT Oct. 16 and ends at midnight EDT Oct. 18, 2012


The winner will be announced here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway.
4. The contest  ends at midnight EDT Thursday October 18, 2012
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winner will be notified via your provided contact information one day after the end of the contest, and the winner's name will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.
7.  Flip-Pal will ship the scanner and carry bag directly to the winner

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.
 
Disclaimer: Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner & carry case provided courtesy of Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Win an Ancestry.com World Subscription in the Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway!

Great news! As part of their Death Contest and October Death Education Program, Ancestry.com has generously donated prizes for an Olive Tree Genealogy giveaway. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 16 to November 2, I will be giving away TWO 3-month World Subscriptions to Ancestry.com to one lucky winner. There are two subscriptions being awarded because the winner keeps one and gives one to a friend!

Entry Requirements: For a chance to win you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You may provide a link to the blog post on your own blog as an alternate method of sharing the news. 

2. a) Send an email to otg.giveaway@gmail.com and tell me the Tip of the Day on Ancestry's Death Contest page

    b) Tell me where you shared the news of Olive Tree Genealogy Giveaway. 
    c) Be sure to put ANCESTRY.COM GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

The Giveaways run every Tuesday and Thursday starting at midnight EDT and ending 24 hours later.
Winners will be announced on Olive Tree Genealogy blog the day following the contest.

Important: Entries received for the first Tuesday giveaway will be deleted after a winner is randomly chosen. This means if you want to enter for a chance to win the Thursday giveaway, you must submit your entry again and follow the Entry Requirements.  You may continue to resubmit your entries (following all Entry Requirements each time) for each Tuesday and Thursday giveaway until the contest ends on Nov. 2

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway each Tuesday and Thursday.
4. Giveaways start Oct. 16th at midnight EDT and ends at midnight EDT Nov. 2nd
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winners will be notified via your provided contact information and the winners' names will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.

Please note that only entries received at otg.giveaway@gmail.com can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Ancestry.com subscriptions for the Giveaway are generously provided by Ancestry.com

October 15, 2012

WW1 Photo Album Archive: Page 5

 Continuing on with my WW1 Photo Album archive here is the fifth page.

We're still in WW1 era and there are 5 photos glued on to this page. 
 Uncle Ern, my grandmother's brother, may very well be in this photo but I haven't spotted him as a definite. It's a cavalry unit, no doubt the same unit we saw Ern in previous photos.
 This looks like my aunt Lily and if it is her, the photo was taken ca 1916. But it could also be Ern's little girl Edith who died at the age of one year in 1911.

 This is Auntie Cordie (Ern's wife), Ern, and their daughter Doris. Doris was my mom's cousin and it was Doris' home that these albums came from. Doris was born in Toronto in 1910 and lived in the same house her entire life.
 This is Auntie Cordie. She was born Cordelia Mary Cook in Ramsgate, Kent England in 1885 to parents Henry Stephen Cook and Priscilla Edith Curtis. Cordie's mother died in 1889 leaving her motherless until her father's remarriage to Rose Dugwell in 1891.
I don't know who this couple is.

Win Prizes with Ancestry's Death Record Challenges Oct. 15 - Nov. 2!

Meet Your AncestorsWant to win an iPad or other great prizes? Just solve mysteries from beyond the grave using Ancestry.com collections and your investigative powers through November 2.

The October Death Record Education Program starts today with your first challenge. You have 24 hours from the moment the contest starts to enter your answer on the site. The first contest  opens at 12:01 Monday morning October 15th, and will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday. 

The winner will then be posted Wednesday along with the new question. Prizes will be given for Monday and Wednesday questions. 

 Friday questions simply give the participant an extra entry for the grand prize of an iPad.  Winners are announced at Death Contest or simply go to the main death page and click on the tab on the left labeled “Contest.”

The prizes for each day are as follows:

* Monday Oct. 15 - $100 Amazon.com gift certificate
* Wednesday Oct. 17 – Family Tree Maker, User Guide, & Advanced User Guide (Approximate Retail Value “ARV” - $114)
* Monday Oct. 22 – US Deluxe year membership (ARV - $155)
* Wednesday Oct. 24 - DNA test (ARV - $99)
* Monday Oct. 29 - $100 Spafinder.com gift certificate
* Wednesday Oct. 31 – World Explorer year membership (ARV - $299)
* Grand Prize: iPad 

Today’s Challenge: A Death in the FamilyYou can back daily for tips, hints and more challenges—each one you answer is another entry in the grand prize drawing. So get started now at Death Contest for your chance to win!

Caveat: I am not running the Ancestry.com Death Contest Challenge. If you experience any difficulties or glitches in their contest submission form, please contact Ancestry.com directly

October 13, 2012

Case No. 16: George Coleman Dog Tags Need to Go Home

A. J. asked for help returning a found WW2 Dog Tag. Here is his email to Olive Tree Genealogy:

Hi Lorine from a very wet Isle of Anglesey in North Wales UK
My father who was a cinema manager in Amlwch Anglesey found two dog tags which I have in my possession and would be grateful if you could repatriate.
Details on the tags are
GEORGE COLEMAN
34245523 T42-43 0

and a small p in the bottom right hand side of the tag
Hopefully my readers will be able to help A.J.  and send George Coleman's Dog Tags home

Please note that Case #15 was sent to me as a comment on blog posts. That doesn't work well. I need to have a name and email so I can forward private details that are found by my generous readers.  It is also best to send me a photo or scan of the dog tag. So please be sure to send your emails to me directly at olivetreegenealogyATgmail.com

Please see our other Soldiers cases if you want to help send a dog tag home to the family


October 12, 2012

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Here's your chance to get one and show that you support finding a cure.  A portion of your purchase will go back to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

This bundle, which will normally retail for $176.99, is being offered at the special introductory price of $159.29 during the month of October!

The pink lid cover  is also being offered separately, at the special price of $14.39Order your bundle today.

October 11, 2012

Peter Robinson Settlers Survey Responses1823-1825 online

Survey & Responses of George Buck
Olive Tree Genealogy received the following email which is pretty interesting in the world of Canadian genealogy, specifically for early settlers in Ontario

 Some months ago I came across an incredibly valuable set of records in the Archives of Canada -- the responses of 180 heads of families among the settlers who emigrated to Upper Canada in 1823 and 1825. For some time I've thought about how best to bring these records forward -- and decided to invite volunteers to join in a collaborative transcription of these records on Peannairi .
Lorine's note - Olive Tree Genealogy published excerpts from transcripts of the medical journals kept by the surgeons on board the nine transports that brought Robinson's Irish Settlers to the Peterborough area in 1825 at Filling in the Gaps 
The survey responses of these settlers at Peannairi is a unique and exciting find.

October 10, 2012

Have We Lost the Art of Writing Compelling Letters?

Take a look at some poignant letters written over 100 years ago.  Andrew Bass wrote to his wife from Camp Lee near Richmond Virginia in 1862 "Dear wife, don’t grieve for me it will do no good but let me say to you pray for me with all your heart that if we never meet on earth again that we may meet in heaven where parting will be no more."

John DeCamp wrote to his brother William about coming to Ohio in 1829 "Dear Brother at the last time we saw each other thee expressed a strong desire to come out here and I have frequently written to thee on the subject. Yet not withstanding I humbly desire that thee will not take up with my mind alone in this matter. But use thy own will herein. As I do not wish to over persuade thee or any of my friends."

Such beautiful writing! It is so expressive and for me it evokes strong emotions. But what would John or Andrew have said, and how would they have said it or sent it, if they were writing now?

Andrew might have sent an email "Hey sweetie, I'm okay. Keep your fingers crossed I make it home safe and sound but please don't worry."

John might have texted his brother William "Bro - r u coming 2 Ohio or not?"

They don't quite evoke the same emotions do they? And would they be saved? Would descendants of John or Andrew be able to read their words 100 years later?

Yes, I fear we've lost the art of letter writing. Don't get me wrong, I love technology. I love email and texting via smartphones. But I also love getting a letter by snail mail and prolonging the opening of the envelope. Anticipation builds while the kettle is put on to boil water for tea. It's almost a ritual.

But I don't get many snail mail letters anymore. In fact the last one I got was several months ago from my 89 year old auntie.

Have we lost letter writing forever? Is it too late to get it back? I often think of how our descendants won't have our words on paper to enjoy. How they may not have our photographs since most of us keep them in digital format.

I'm not sure what, if anything, can be done. But I sure love the sweetness of Andrew's words to his wife and the longing I can hear in John's note to his brother. And I hope we haven't lost that completely.

October 9, 2012

Pinterest: Time Waster or Useful Utility?

"What is Pinterest? Why would I want to join? Isn't it just another time-waster?"

 These are questions I see being asked constantly about Pinterest. I'm a Pinterest user. I like it. You can find me there under my Twitter handle LorineMS or by searching for Olive Tree Genealogy.

Here's what the Pinterest site has to say about what Pinterest is for:
Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
Some of my Pinterest Boards
Once registered on Pinterest you simply create Boards and then you start pinning websites on your boards. I started off very simply by creating a Board for Genealogy Websites, Cooking, Technology and Antiques.
More of my Pinterest Boards
 As I filled those boards with my pins, I realized I needed to divide them into more precise categories such as Breakfasts, Slow Cooker Recipes, Veggies to Die For, and so on.  You can get as creative or plain as you want with your Board titles! Pinterest makes it easy to move your pins around if you find you want to create new boards with more specific topics.
One of my many cooking boards
 I use Pinterest to capture recipes that I don't have time to look through carefully. Because when I know I'm going to try a recipe I capture it on Evernote. But if I'm busy but I don't want to read through the recipe and think about whether or not I want to make it, Pinterest is the option I choose to save or bookmark it.
My Genealogy Board of Fav Websites
I also use Pinterest to organize my favourite genealogy websites. All I need to do is "pin" a website that I like. I do this by downloading the Pin It Button which I then can see on my Firefox browser. That means whenever I find a webpage I like (genealogy, cooking, technology, antiques, etc) I simply click on the button. Then I'm offered a choice of available photos from the webpage. I choose one and the photo plus the original site's URL are pinned to whatever board I choose.
Drop Down Menu with Pin It Button
Pinterest is very easy to use. There are drop down menus which allow you to quickly and easily create boards, move your pins from one board to another, reorganize the order of your boards on your Pinterest page, and so on.


Pinterest is also a social tool - you are meant to follow other people's boards and have them follow yours. I like following specific boards rather than every board one person has on their page. So I mainly follow genealogy and cooking boards that appeal to me.

Following other boards allows you to spot a yummy recipe or cool new genealogy website that you didn't know about. Then you repin it to your board of choice and you've got an automatic bookmark/reminder of that site.

There's a couple of drawbacks to Pinterest. You can't pin from Facebook. There may be other sites that are not Pinterest friendly. Some sites don't have any graphics that Pinterest recognizes so that blocks pinning unless you use a workaround I figured out.

Here's what you do if you want to pin a specific webpage but the graphics are not recognized by Pinterest. Copy the URL of the webpage you want to pin (highlight the URL and copy with your mouse).  Now poke around in the site until you find a graphic that Pinterest can use.
You can edit URLs in EDIT PIN mode
 Never mind if it's not the right URL to lead others to the page you want. Right now you just want the graphic. Pin that to your board. Now go in and EDIT that pin. You'll see a field where you can change the URL. This is where you will PASTE the URL you copied previously. Bingo you've got the graphic you want and the correct URL to take viewers directly the appropriate page.

So come and join me on Pinterest! It's fun, it's easy and it's such a cool way to  organize your favourite sites in a visual way.