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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 28, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 44): I Love Books!

Sharing Memories: I love Books!
Welcome to Week 44 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join in writing your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at over 150 earlier prompts by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

Books have always been a pretty big deal in my life. As a child I remember my mother going to the Library every couple of weeks and exchanging her books. She was an avid reader and although we didn't have much, we did have a bookcase full of books. And there was no censorship in our house. Whatever I wanted to read, I could. Except Romance Novels or Romance comic books - those were forbidden.

I don't honestly remember my mother ever taking us kids to the library to choose children's books and I don't recall having any picture books in the house. But from about age 6 on I struggled through Reader's Digest stories! My Mom subscribed to that magazine so it was always available.

My dad must have subscribed to some Detective magazine because I recall devouring the "true" crime stories from about age 10 on. I can't see my mom reading those so it must have been dad.

I read anything I could get my hands on - cereal boxes, labels, it didn't matter. We often ate our breakfast or lunches alone and both my sister and I would grab books or a cereal box to read while we ate. My mom read almost non-stop. We didn't have a television until I was 9 and my mom wasn't a big tv fan anyway. So she read and knitted every night after supper.

My dad taught me to read at a very young age, and when I went to Kindergarten at age 4 (almost 5) I could already read most of the picture books. Dad and I used to sit to read The Toronto Star together. I'd struggle with most of the words and Dad would help me sound them out. I would sit on his knee so I was about 5.

My mother was on the Library Board and my older sister worked in the local Library, then when I turned 14 I too went to work there! Books and Libraries were just a normal part of life for me. I joined the High School Newspaper as a reporter/journalist and loved it. In University I was once more a reporter for the University newspaper.

So I went from books to writing and then to Libraries - a natural progression for me and adding another book-related hobby didn't push the others aside.

After my marriage (my first one) I went to work in the Toronto Public Library system and worked in two different libraries in the city for several years until we left Toronto in 1971.

And then as a genealogist what do I do? I frequent Libraries and Archives and read books and documents! For fun. It seems it's always been in my blood.

I used to read at least one book a week but a few years ago I was diagnosed with Cogan's Dystrophy which is a painful eye condition. Basically the outer layer of  the cornea of my eyes cracks or splits,  then scar tissue forms, and then sloughs off. When I have an episode, my vision blurs (often for hours) and I experience pain and sensitivity to light. The pain lasts for days and I have trouble seeing.

Reading is now very difficult for me and I reserve my limited reading time to working on my computer, doing my genealogy and writing my blogs! I miss reading a good book and know I'm going to have to look into books I can listen to instead. But it won't be the same.

How have books affected your life?

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 own any of these records, please contact me. Just click on ABOUT LORINE and scroll to the bottom of the page to obtain an email address.

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 21, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 43): Terror in the Chair

The Dentist Horrors!
Welcome to Week 43 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join in writing your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at over 150 earlier prompts by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

Do you recall your first visit to the Dentist? It's so different now for little ones than it was in my day. Now they get a nice smiling friendly dentist and hygienist, are given nitrous oxide which makes them giggle, are told the dentist is going to "tickle" their teeth.... sigh. So unlike my experiences!

Our little village had the most horrible dentist ever. He was elderly, and quite nasty. Even my brother and sister remember him with distaste. And for me, who had so many fears anyway, going to see him was almost unbearable. He would grab my arm and squeeze really hard if I cried. He'd hiss in my ear "shut up!".

He wouldn't allow my mother to come in the room with me when I was about 7 or 8 and when I cried he slapped me across the face. Is it any wonder I developed quite a phobia about dentistry?

I also had a very bad experience when I was 8 or 9. All my baby teeth had to be extracted so I had to go to the big city to be put to sleep while this was done. The dentist there was very nice but on my first visit (yes there was more than one) his nurse strapped me on to the chair/stretcher and it freaked me out.

My mother bought me a milkshake before the surgery and so I was sick all the way home. I threw up on my favourite doll and my mother pulled over to the side of the highway, tossed the doll to the side of the road and yelled at me for making a mess in the car, then ordered me to not be sick again!

My second visit was horrendous. I admit it - I was hysterical in the office. I cried, I struggled, I did not want to be strapped down in that room. I was so upset that the dentist gave me some orange liquid to drink.

It was supposed to calm me down but all that happened was it made me sick and I threw up on my blouse. So my mother made me take off my blouse and sit in the waiting room in my undershirt. I was mortified. The waiting room was full of kids and parents and I felt humiliated sitting there half-undressed.

Once again I was sick all the way home, no doubt due to the effects of the gas and the fact that I always got car sick. To this day I can't visit a dentist without shaking uncontrollably although I no longer cry, struggle or fight the staff off. I just shake. my heart races and I feel like I'm going to throw up or pass out. Did I mention this happens even just going to the Hygenist for a cleaning? Wow, childhood phobias run deep!

And that orange liquid the dentist gave me? To this day the sight of that specific shade of orange (it's the same colour as those little orange plastic rulers) causes dry heaves. Interesting how colours or smells can evoke such a strong physical and emotional response in us as adults!

And in some weird bizarre twist of fate, my first husband was a dentist. Yep. Life got me good. 

I hope your experiences with the dentist, whether going to one as a child or being married to one!) were better than mine.

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 14, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 42): Local Diners & Jukeboxes

1950s Drugstore Lunch Counter
Welcome to Week 42 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join in writing your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at over 150 prompts by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

I don't remember ever going to a restaurant or diner as a child. When we visited family in Guelph Ontario we ate our meals with them. There were no McDonalds, no Tim Hortons and I don't recall other coffee shops. I remember having to use gas station restrooms for my bathroom breaks!

It was pretty exciting when our local drugstore had a lunch counter added. You could go there and sit on stools that swung around, and order a coke float or an ice cream sundae. I think the first time I went there was with my best friend when I was 11. It felt so grownup to walk in without an adult, sit down and order and pay for something.

There were also a few booths in the drugstore and we teenagers hung out there a lot on the weekends. We'd mostly order fries with gravy and of course drown them in vinegar (white, not cider) when they arrived. If we had enough money we got hot roast beef sandwiches.

The fun part was choosing music you wanted to hear played, which you did by selecting your song right at your table.

Pop in your money (wish I could remember the cost but it was probably a dime) and press the number you wanted. The jukebox would then play the song for everyone to hear.


Once I went alone to the counter when I was about 11. I ordered a coke but as I was drinking it, a large cube of ice slipped down my throat and lodged there. I was panic-stricken, but couldn't call out or cry for help as I had no voice.

I couldn't get my breath and was leaning over the counter frantically trying to cough or cry out. Luckily for me the warmth of my throat melted the ice cube enough that it allowed me to breathe before I passed out, and soon slipped down my throat (albeit painfully!) What a scare that was!

What were your first time diner or restaurant experiences like? How old were you? Where was it? Were you alone or with parents or friends? Was it a ritual, did you go out every week or was it once in awhile?