December 31, 2012

3rd Great Grandpa's House Built 1860 For Sale

Massey Home built in 1860 for sale
Rear of the House
The house that my husband's 3rd great-grandfather William Massey built in 1860 is up for sale.

I talked about this house in a previous blog post at History of the Massey Home 1860 to Present

It's been completely renovated inside and out and is vastly different but the original home is the base. Someone at some point in time did an amazing job at renovating and decorating it.

See the photos of this beautiful home as it stands now.

Massey House Front View 1908
Massey House Front View 2012

December 30, 2012

New Year's Genealogy Resolutions - Successes and Failures

It's that time. Yep - time for my Genealogy New Year's Resolutions.

Last year I decided I was making too many genealogy resolutions and not even coming close to meeting them, so I set three (3) resolutions to meet in 2012. 

Wow. Only three and I still didn't meet those goals. Let's take a look at what my resolutions were for 2012 and how I think I did with each one.

1. Focus on my genealogical strengths (researching and fact-finding) and continue to build and improve on those 

[How did I do? SUCCESS  I continue to try to improve on those skills, and have added a new one - analysis of facts found]

2. Improve on my organization of genealogical records, but not worry or stress over not entering it all in minute detail in my genealogy program

  [How did I do? PARTIAL SUCCESS I downsized my office and physically moved it to a new location in my home. I am proud of all the purging I did which helped me in my organization but I have not yet reached my goal of being so organized I can immediately lay my hands on anything I want to find]

3. Set deadlines. Make one day per week the day I work on Project A and a second day of the week the day to work on Project B. No more worrying if I jump from project to project! Allow myself to jump around as much as I want but work towards deadlines for completion of Projects A, B, C etc.  I need variety but I also need the deadline to provide structure and a timeline for completion of my multitude of genealogy projects  

[How did I do? FAIL. I can't seem to settle into a consistent work routine. I jump around from project to project. I lose interest in Project A once it's reached a certain point and then I drift off to Project B, leaving Project A in the lurch for months at a time. By the time I get back to Project A I have to spend hours, if not days, figuring out what my thought processes were!]

So - only one success out of three resolutions. That's discouraging. So it's time to take a good look at what is most important in my genealogy career and hobby.

2013 New Year's Genealogy Resolutions

I need to complete my projects and complete them in a timely fashion so that's going to be my goal for 2013. That's right - only one goal this year.

My goal is going to sound simple - complete all my unfinished projects! It's going to be tough as I have several books on the go, and more promised but not started.

Number one: I completed a genealogical mystery novel after two years of hard work. After 7 edits, I sent it to my beta readers and they returned their manuscripts this summer with suggestions for improvement. Based on comments I only need to rework the first two chapters and it's done! That's going to be number one on my list in 2013.

Number two will be the book I started a year ago on Children's Genealogy Games & Activities. It is so close to completion that I am ashamed of myself for not finishing it months ago.

Number three is a Family Genealogy book I intended to give to my new sister-in-law at her wedding to my brother.  I hate to say how long it's been sitting in Shutterfly, almost ready to publish. And now her sister wants to purchase two copies of it, sight unseen. That should be motivation for me to complete it!

Number four is the next volume of my book on the Peer Family of North America. I have done all the research and need only to compile it into the various volumes then self-publish them.

Those are my four most important projects that need finishing. It may not sound like much but it seems a bit overwhelming at times. Wish me luck! I hope that by concentrating on one goal I can complete all these unfinished works. I used to be very good at completing projects and staying on track but these days I seem to be less motivated and more scattered.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, please do leave them in a comment here on the blog post.




December 29, 2012

Last Day of Free Access on Ancestry

LAST DAY!

Below are  30 collections that will be opened up for free between December 26-29th. This represents more than 300 million select records from collections added or updated in 2012.

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012

* 1940 United States Federal Census
* Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
* Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957
* California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1937
* Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922
* Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
* Galveston, Texas, Jewish Immigration Records, 1901-1917
* Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911
* Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986
* Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936
* London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
* Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
* New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
* New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
* New York, Naturalization Records, 1897-1944
* New York, State Census, 1892
* New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
* Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909
* U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
* U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962
* U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916
* U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960
* U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
* U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1922-1954
* U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948
* UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927
* United States, Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959
* War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815
* Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012

December 28, 2012

Cyndislist.com Files Lawsuit Against MyGenShare.com

CyndisList.com has filed a lawsuit against MyGenShare.com. The plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) are listed as

Plaintiffs: Cyndi's List  and Cynthia Howells 
Defendants: Mygenshare.com and Barry J Ewell

 The suit is listed as Intellectual Property - Copyrights. For a brief summary of the case see Justia.com Dockets & Filings

A search for Cause 17:101 as listed on Justia provides information on this specific section of Copyright from Cornell University Law School

Cyndi started her website in 1996, the same year I started Olive Tree Genealogy  and we've been friends since that time. Copyright is a serious issue online and I'm certain the genealogy community will be following Cyndi's case with great interest.

As stated by Michael J. Neil on his blog post at RootDig.com Cyndi will not be responding to questions about this lawsuit.



December 27, 2012

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December 26, 2012

Free Access on Ancestry for Four Days

Olive Tree Genealogy received the following good news from Ancestry.com this morning. They are opening some collections for free access from today (December 26) for the next four days!

Below are  30 collections that will be opened up for free between December 26-29th. This represents more than 300 million select records from collections added or updated in 2012.

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012

* 1940 United States Federal Census
* Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
* Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957
* California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1937
* Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922
* Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
* Galveston, Texas, Jewish Immigration Records, 1901-1917
* Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911
* Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986
* Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936
* London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
* Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
* New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
* New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
* New York, Naturalization Records, 1897-1944
* New York, State Census, 1892
* New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
* Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909
* U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
* U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962
* U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916
* U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960
* U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
* U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1922-1954
* U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948
* UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927
* United States, Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959
* War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815
* Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012

December 25, 2012

Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

Judy G. Russell has expressed her Christmas Wishes so well on The Legal Genealogist that you really should take a few minutes to read her blog post. It's perfect!

Wishing all my readers the happiest of holidays.

December 24, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 52): Create a Book of Memories

Sharing Memories: Creating a Memory Book to Share with Family
Sharing Memories Book Cover
Welcome to the last week of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you joined us and shared your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

This is our third year of writing weekly memories to share with others. As always I created a book on Lulu.com of this year's memories and prompts, then gave a copy to each of my children for Christmas. 

I hope that they might glance through it now and again and pass it on in the family.  Even if it gets lost over the years perhaps some of the stories and memories I've shared on those pages will be remembered.

It's time for a short break from Sharing Memories while I think about 2013 prompts. So please enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and take a few minutes to create your own Sharing Memories book to pass on. You won't regret it, I promise.

Sharing Memories: Creating a Memory Book to Share with Family
Sample Page with Photographs
 Creating a Memory book on Lulu.com was easy. I just followed their step by step instructions and created an 8x11 inch book. 

I chose a template cover and theme, then copied and pasted in each of my weekly Sharing Memories blog posts.

One tip I learned though for next year is to copy and paste each weekly Sharing Memories post into a Word document as I do them. 


Sharing Memories: Creating a Memory Book to Share with Family
Sample page, all text
 If you are wondering why that is helpful, Blogger publishes posts in reverse chronological order. So I had to copy each blog post and paste it in from bottom to top OR go to the first one on my Blog and work my way backwards. 

It was a bit tedious but because I use keywords (tags) I could easily have all 51 of my Sharing Memories post display with no other posts showing. 

Here are some sample pages from my Sharing Memories book. The photo I chose for the back cover is one of my family - that's me in the pram. 
Sharing Memories: Creating a Memory Book to Share with Family
Back Cover of Sharing Memories Book


December 23, 2012

Christmas at Our House

Yesterday was our Christmas. My children and spouses, 10 of my 14 grandchildren, my brother and his wife and friends and other assorted family were present for a Christmas Dinner.

Cooking is one of my loves (have you been to my Cooking blog Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy?) and so I made all the food except desserts. I did make Banana Bread, Pumpkin Bread and Amish Sugar Cookies, but all the rest of the desserts were brought by my guests.

The menu consisted of two turkeys with home-made stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, Ham, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Squash Gnocchi with Alfredo Sauce, Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce, Candied Yams, Corn, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, and Macaroni and Cheese.

I hope all my readers enjoyed, or will be enjoying, a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
 
Here's a few photos of our day


One of 4 Christmas Tables

The Stuffed Turkeys

The Buffet Dinner

Youngest Grandson as Santa's Helper

December 22, 2012

Hooper-Squires Photo Archives Treasure No. 5

This is the 5th photo in our collection of rescued photographs of the Hooper and Squires families of St. Mary's Ontario Canada. To view all the photos in this collection as they are published here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, click on Hooper-Squires Photo Archives link.

Olive Tree Genealogy: The Currah Family 1921
The Currah Family 1921

Handwritten text back of photo
 I did some research and found the family of Arthur Leo Currah, the son of William Currah and Rebecca Hutcinson. Arthur was born in 1878 and died in 1958. In 1899 he married Ida Bullock. Their children were:

Louise May, Ada, Eve, Dorah, Beatrice, Nellie and Lawrence.Notice that there are 7 girls which corresponds with the girls in this photo with their mother.

I believe this is the family in the photo as Ada married Llloyd Poulton on the lawn of "The Oaks" in Bright Ontario in 1927. You can see that A. L. Currah (no doubt Arthur Leo) mentions that they live at The Oaks in his remark "...we raise more than Herefords at the Oaks..."


December 21, 2012

Historic Homes - the Sandercock House

Sam Sandercock Home, St. Mary's Ontario Canada
Sam Sandercock Home, St. Mary's Ontario Canada
This home was purchased in 1919 by my husband's 2nd great-grandparents, J. Samuel (Sam) Sandercock (Sandercott) and his wife Ann Theresa Jackson.

The Sandercock family lived there until 1974 when their bachelor son Wilbur aka Tiny died.

Recently the St. Mary's Museum in St. Mary's Ontario did a write-up in the St. Mary's Journal Argus about the Sandercock family and this house. Much of their genealogical family information came from my husband,

As the published article states, Sam and Ann lost two of their sons in WW1. I've written about the Sandercock family and those boys previously on the Olive Tree Genealogy blog, and featured a postcard sent by one of them (Cecil) to his only sister Myrtle (my husband's great-grandmother) during the war.

Postcard from Cecil Sandercok 1918

Hubs' family believes in preserving and passing on family treasures, and hubs is lucky enough to own the postcard sent by Cecil two months before he was killed in 1918 as well as Cecil's war medals.

We also have a photo of the Sandercock family with Sam and his boys in full uniform, taken shortly before they were all sent overseas.
Cecil Sandercock WW1 Medals








In a serendiptitious twist,  last year hubs was given Sam Sandercock's mustache cup to add to his collection of antique mustache cups.








Sam Sandercock's Mustache Cup

The photo behind Sam's mustache cup is of Sam and his son Bill who was killed one year before his brother Cecil during WW1.
















Journal Argus story of the Sandercock House

December 20, 2012

T'was In the Moon of Wintertime - A Huron Christmas Carol

Three years ago I wrote about this beautiful Huron Christmas Carol. I love it so much I'm bringing it back. It is the first Canadian Christmas Carol  written by the Jesuit Missionary Jean de Brebeuf circa 1643 for the Huron Indians in the wilderness of what is now Ontario. The Jesuits ministered to the Hurons at Ste Marie - a wilderness fortified village.

In 1649 the Iroquois, enemies of the Hurons, attacked and the Jesuit fathers set fire to the village fort rather than see it fall into Iroquois hands. Father Brebeuf and 7 others were tortured and killed by the Iroquois. The eight martyred missionaries were canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930, and are known in Canada as the Canadian Martyrs.

The village has been reconstructed at the original site and is now a living museum as well as complete working village. Ste Marie Among the Hurons is a very popular tourist attraction in the Georgian Bay area and it is not far from my home.

Written in the Huron language, Father Brebeuf's Huron Carol is called Jesous Ahatonhia meaning Jesus is Born. It was not translated until the early 1900s at which time it was translated to French. In 1926 it was finally translated to English. It is still a very popular hymn sung by Canadian school children and in churches. The English version is called "T'was in the Moon of Wintertime" and it is a haunting melody based on a 16th century French Canadian Melody.

I love this carol, I find it very stirring and can picture the Hurons sitting with the Jesuit fathers in the middle of our cold snowy winters, listening to the missionaries sing. As well it has many meaningful connections for me - first, I live near Ste. Marie Among the Hurons. Secondly, Father Brebeuf, now the patron saint of Canada, baptised my half-9th great grand uncle Francois-Joseph Hertel in Trois-Rivieres in 1642 during the short time he was in Quebec recuperating from a broken shoulder. Lastly, I am descended from Francois-Joseph Hertel's half sister Ots Toch, a half Mohawk, half French woman from New York who went on to marry the Dutchman Cornelis Van Slyke. The Mohawk were part of the Iroquois Confederacy, the enemy of the Hurons at Ste. Marie.

And now without further ado, here is the Huron Carol Jesous Ahatonhia on video sung in the original Huron language version followed by the French version and a slightly different English version translated by Father Kierans

Huron Wendat Language Version

Estennialon de tsonwe
Jesous ahatonhia
Onnawatewa d' oki
n' onwandaskwaentak
Ennonchien skwatrihotat
n' onwandilonrachatha
Jesous ahatonhia Jesous ahatonhia



English Version by Middleton, most often sung

Another version of this beautiful carol
The Huron Carol ('Twas In The Moon of Winter Time)

'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the hymn,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free, O sons of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

Thanks to FootnoteMaven for having her Do You Hear What I Hear Christmas Caroling again this year.

December 19, 2012

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

I consider myself a pretty savvy internet user. Online scams and phishing attempts have never sucked me in. But last week I almost fell for something that could have potentially cost me a fair bit of money. Luckily for me, my spidey senses went on full alert. Let me fill you in on what happened.

Hubs and I sell antiques online. Last week I received an email from a guy, let's call him "Joe". Joe was interested in one of my vintage oil cans and wrote to say he wanted to buy it. The usual course of action is that I reply to his email, he offers a lower price than I'm asking and we begin the bartering stage of antique buying and selling.

But Joe asked me to phone him rather than reply to his email as he was "too busy to answer emails". Hmmm...  spidey sense starting to tingle! Yes I'm the suspicious type. It seemed odd to me but I mentally shrugged and made the call. It went to voicemail where a man with a thick accent provided the name of a business and the usual pleasantries about returning calls.

I left a message and gave (somewhat reluctantly) my phone number for contact. It didn't take long for Joe to respond. He had the same thick accent as the voice mail so I figured he was the business owner. he was very nice, very pleasant, very talkative. In fact, he was overly nice, overly polite... kind of an Eddie Haskell kind of thing. My spidey senses were really strong now! But I kept chastising myself for being too suspicious.

Joe then sent my spidey senses even higher by remarking that he didn't care how much it cost for the oil can, he just wanted it. That was odd. Very odd. He didn't make a lower offer as expected. And he wanted it sent courier so it would reach him before Christmas.

I informed him I would package up the handle and investigate courier costs on Monday then I'd let him know. "Okay" was his answer, "and then you give me your bank account number so I can deposit the money into your account"


Whoa!! Full alert for my spidey senses! In this day and age of Paypal and interac e-transfers why would someone choose a more cumbersome method of transferring money?

So I told Joe I prefer Paypal or interac transfer and his immediate response was "Oh no I just go to my bank and put the money straight into your account" And then in the brilliance of con men, he added "Of course I count on you sending me the oil can and not cheating me" Wow. That's brilliant because of course I should immediately defend my honesty and assure him that I'm above board.

And I did. I fell for that part. Knowing he'd sucked me in he engaged me in small talk. He used my name frequently throughout "So Lorine tell me how you got interested in oil cans" and "Lorine, do you have any other oil cans for sale" Yep, you guessed it - I began thinking of how great it would be if I could sell more of my oil cans to him and started my sales pitch. Good psychological ploy  - use the mark's first name frequently, makes them think you're their buddy.

It ended up with him saying that for sure he wanted the two for which I had photos and he wanted me to dig out all the rest and take pictures to send him as he probably would buy them all. He'd pay whatever I wanted plus courier costs, all I had to do was give him my  bank account number so he could deposit that money.  Now in case you think I'm talking 20 bucks, let's just say that these particular oil cans don't come cheap. Together the two in question would be $175.00 plus shipping

My suspicions were definitely aroused but I started to question myself. Was I suspicious because he had an accent? Maybe I was being very unfair and horror of horrors, was I doing some ethnic profiling? I was pretty sure that wasn't the case, that's not my nature, but I only had a few odd things causing me to feel so uneasy.  I started feeling very guilty about being suspicious of him!

But the thought of giving my bank account number to a complete stranger filled me with unease. And so I sat down and went over the spidey sense alerts I'd gotten since first talking to Joe. Mentally shaking myself for letting this guy suck me into doubting myself,  I wrote to him the next day with a total cost for the two oilers plus shipping expenses. I added that I could send him an invoice and he could pay via Paypal, by interac e-transfer, by cheque or by money order.

Guess what? I never heard from Joe again.

I found out later from my bank that theoretically a person should not be able to withdraw funds from your account BUT if he were charming (he was), talkative (he was), polite (yep), and believable he could possibly fool a teller into believing he'd had his ID stolen (or whatever) and withdraw funds from my account. My bank does not recommend giving your name and bank number to anyone other than family (assuming you trust them!)

I had two reasons for talking about this today. One was to urge readers to never doubt your own gut instincts! If something is making your spidey senses tingle, step back and think about the situation. And you can apply this to genealogy research too. If you find a record and you have a sudden thought or suspicion (good or bad) about it, step back, take your time and think about it. 

And if you've read this far and you're curious about an old oil can costing so much money, take a peek. They can be quite beautiful! This Kaye oiler is my favourite.  But this Lucas oiler is the creme de la creme, considered the Rolls Royce of oilers even dinted as mine is. And hey, if anyone wants to buy them, cool -- just don't ask me for my bank account number okay?

December 18, 2012

Woodville Victorian Photo Album page 3

Here is the third page of the Victorian Photo Album called "The Army and Navy Album" with illustrations by R. Caton Woodville. To view all pages of this beautiful album as they are put online, please click on R. Caton Woodville
Woodville Victorian Photo Album page 3
Woodville Victorian Photo Album page 3

















There are two Cartes de Visite and one loose photo of a baby on this page. On the back of page 3 are four Cartes de Visite. None are identified.


Front and verso of Cartes de Visite on page 3

Front and verso of Cartes de Visite on back of page 3

Front and verso of Cartes de Visite on back of page 3

December 17, 2012

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December 16, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 51): Family Crafts & Skills

Welcome to Week 51 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join us and share your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at our earlier prompts (There are over 150!) that will help you write your stories. Just click 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 and prompts that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your stories and memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

I saw a post on Facebook from Cemetery Records Online that asked the question "What cottage skills were passed down in your family (such as knitting, wood working, tatting, bread-making, etc)? Who has taught their children also?"

What a great topic for our sharing memories post today! What did you learn from your mom, dad or other family member? Maybe an aunt or your grandma taught you how to make pies. Perhaps your uncle or grandfather showed you how to carve a whistle out of wood. 

My mother knew how to knit and crochet. In fact she knit constantly in her free time. And she taught my sister how to knit but not me. It was never offered as an option - I don't know why. My aunt (her sister) knew how to knit, crochet and tat but she wasn't around enough to show me any of those skills  

My mother was a terrible cook so I learned to cook on my own, using a cookbook I took out of our local library. However I did learn how to clean fish, how to put a worm on a hook and so on from my dad! What skills did you learn and who taught you?

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December 15, 2012

Great-Grandma's Painting Comes Home

Oil Painting by Mary Louse Facey Elgie ca 1910
Oil Painting by Mary Louse Facey Elgie ca 1910
Yesterday hubs was given a very nice oil painting done by his great-grandmother Mary Louise Facey. Mary Louise painted this a few years after her marriage to William Elgie in 1904.

Apparently Mary Louise was a prolific amateur artist, giving her paintings as gifts for weddings, birthdays and so on. She and William did not have much money and a painting was affordable.

Because her paintings were given to distant relatives and friends, they were spread around the community and surrounding areas in south-western Ontario.

Mary Louise Facey Elgie 1882-1973
Mary Louise Facey Elgie 1882-1973
Years later, Mary Louise's daughter Florence Elgie, watched for local auctions and estate sales where she knew her mother's paintings might be found. She attended every one she possibly could and bought as many of her mother's works as she could find.

Several of the rescued paintings were given to hubs' mother and aunt abuot 16 years ago. Then one was recently passed on to hubs' sister.

And now this painting has come to hubs courtesy of his mother who was Florence's niece. Today we're going to decide where this lovely painting will hang. We hung it temporarily in our sunroom while we think about it.

Hubs has a painting done by his grandmother Mary Demeulenaire Massey which has pride of place in our living room so this new painting by Mary Louise Facey Elgie is a welcome addition.

December 14, 2012

Top Ten Olive Tree Genealogy Blog Posts 2003-2012

Top Ten Olive Tree Genealogy Blog Posts 2003 to 2012
A reader asked me what the most popular Olive Tree Genealogy blog post was.  I had a look and decided to share the Top Ten Olive Tree Genealogy Blog posts since my first post in 2003! Phew!

Yes I've been blogging about genealogy for almost 10 years.

Have you read them all? If not, take a peek below and see what other genealogists found interesting.


Pinterest:Time Waster or Useful Utility? 

My Top Ten Genealogy Websites
 
What Type of Genealogist Are You?
 
What's Your Number? Don't Be Too Shocked if It's Below 30%!
 
Finding Your Roots - Two Thumbs Down
 
The Frustration Over Online Family Trees Gone Bad
 
Sharing Memories (Week 44): I Love Books! 

Think Outside the Box When Looking for a Ship's Passenger List 

Genealogy and Family Hope Chest Step 6: Treasures

Why Do We Do Genealogy? 

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

December 13, 2012

Invite an Ancestor for Christmas Dinner

My Grandmother
Yep, you heard me right. I'm challenging my readers to invite an ancestor to the table this year for Christmas.

Here's how:

1. Choose an ancestor that you find interesting or amusing or compelling. You might want to choose one from another country (I'll tell you why in a minute)

2. Look for a photograph of the ancestor you chose. If you have one, print it off and put it in a nice frame (or a cheap frame from Wal-Mart if you prefer!). No photo? Don't worry, you can print a family group sheet of a pedigree chart from you back to your ancestor. Frame whatever you print.

3. If you're lucky and you have a recipe from that ancestor you're good to go, otherwise choose a dish that represents your ancestor.

Now you're ready to invite your ancestor to dinner. All you need to do is choose a recipe that represents a dish from your ancestor's country of origin, then make it for the Christmas dinner. Put the dish on the table with your framed photograph or pedigree chart or family group sheet, and explain to family why you've made this particular dish for the meal. In other words, who are you honouring?

Spotted Dick
I'm going to invite my grandmother who was born in England in 1894. I happen to have her mother's recipe for Spotted Dick, an English favourite of years ago. So I'm going to make it for the Christmas Buffet table. I've made it before (once) so it will be fun to make again. I'm pretty sure none of my siblings or other family have ever had it.

I'm also going to put out some of the treasures my grandmother left me to round out the experience with more details. 

You can talk about your ancestor and about the dish you made. It should be a great way to introduce some genealogy to your Christmas Table!


December 12, 2012

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December 11, 2012

50% Off Coupon from Lulu.com!

Starting today, Lulu.com is taking 50 percent off calendars and 40-50 percent off photo books. Just use the coupon code LUMEN at check-out.    This is the perfect time to print your photos or your Sharing Memories stories


The announcement Olive Tree Genealogy received today states:
 
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Studies tell us Americans are snapping more pictures than ever. Now’s the time to liberate them from your iPhone or hard drive.  If you can post a pic on Facebook or include an attachment in an email, you can create a Lulu calendar or photo book -- it’s that simple.

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December 10, 2012

Woodville Victorian Photo Album Page 2

Victorian Photo Album page 2
Here is the second page of the Victorian Photo Album called "The Army and Navy Album" with illustrations by R. Caton Woodville. To view all pages of this beautiful album as they are put online, please click on R. Caton Woodville

Here we have a cabinet card of a man. Although it looks like he is outside this is a studio portrait. The photographer is identified on the front as L. C. Pierre, Crawley Road, Horsham. There is no identification on the verso.




The back of page 2 has one photo of a woman. It's a cabinet card but looks like Civil War period so it may be a reproduction of an earlier Carte de Visite.

The photographer is identified as S. J. Allen, Bush Street, Pembroke Dock. On the verso is stamped "Agent A. E. Ellis, 114 Winchcap Street, Canterbury" 

The printing on the verso reads

Patronized by their R & I H The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh. S. J. Allen Photographer by Special Appointment to the Admiralty, Bush Street, Pembroke Dock.

December 9, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 50): Memories of Santa

Sharing Memories Week 50: Memories of Santa
1963 I took my niece & nephew to see Santa
Welcome to Week 50 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join us and share your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at our earlier prompts (There are over 150!) that will help you write your stories. Just click 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 and prompts that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your stories and memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

This seems a good time to talk about our memories of Santa. Were you one of the lucky ones who went to a mall or department store and sat on Santa's knee? I made sure my children and even some of my nieces and nephews got to do that.

But I never experienced that Santa.  I had drunk Santa. Yep. When I was little, Christmas Eve was pretty exciting, and before bed Santa would show up at our front door. He smelled of liquor and was always red-faced. He laughed a lot and stumbled around our living room before sitting down to join my dad for a few drinks.

I don't remember him saying much to me but I think he did ask what I wanted for Christmas. He'd stay a long time drinking and laughing with my dad, then off he'd go stumbling through the snow to the next house on our street.  Many years later I found out it was Mr. Hart, our next-door neighbour playing the part of Santa.

December 8, 2012

A Genealogy Christmas Wish List

Last year I published a Christmas post called All I Want For Christmas: A Genealogist's Baker's Dozen Wish List
 
This year I'm revisiting some of my ideas from last Christmas, even though I did get many of the items on my list. My readers might be interested in the list for themselves!

Print it and leave it lying around for your spouse or children to find. Pass it on to friends and family so they know what you'd like.
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1. Ancestry.com World Subscription (or any other genealogy subscription-based site you like)

2. Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to take to Archives, Libraries and on field trips. Read my first review from November 2010 at Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

3. RootsTech Registration. Ask your loved one to register you for RootsTech 2013 coming up March 21-23, 2013

4. An original newspaper from Historic Newspapers UK. See my earlier blog post about this (they also have USA newspapers!) at Original Historic Newspapers Make Great Gifts!

5. Evernote Moleskine notebook. I don't have one and am pretty anxious to try it out! Apparently you write in the notebook and with a click of your smartphone camera, can transfer your notes to Evernote. See The New Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine

6. DNA Test Kit from Family Tree DNA (or any other DNA Testing company you prefer)
 
7.  Echo Smart Pen by Live Scribe for recording Family Stories and Memories. I love my SmartPen. I use it to record my 89 year old auntie's stories of her childhood, then I plug it into my laptop and the digital record transfers. Using the pen while auntie speaks, I make jot notes in the special notebooks. Then I can play the recorded stories by touching any word in the notebook. Very cool!

8. A Kindle Fire, Nook or other e-reader so you can purchase genealogy books and read them in airports, waiting rooms, on the beach or pretty much anywhere

My Iona Journal
9.  A subscription to the Genealogy Magazine of your choice. I'd like Family Tree Magazine, but the one you drool over could be very different

10. Jawbone JAMBOX This tiny powerful speaker allows you to connect via bluetooth to any other bluetooth enabled device (laptop, computer, iPhone, iPad etc) and play your favourite podcasts or listen to any audio with much better quality sound. I have one and I love it.

11. A beautiful journal for writing your own memoirs. I love Iona Handcrafted Books and have asked my hubby to buy me another one this Christmas as I'm on my last one. Tip: If the checkout won't accept a non-USA order, just email or phone as they do accept international orders.

12.  A Shutterfly gift certificate  I love Shutterfly for creating family photo books or calendars. It's also great for simply getting copies of your family photos so you can share them with family members

13. And in blatant self-promotion, how about asking for one of the genealogy and history books I have written and published?

And there you have it - my Genealogy Wish List for this Christmas.