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February 27, 2015

WooHoo! 19 Years and Counting for Olive Tree Genealogy Website!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to Olive Tree Genealogy...... Happy 19th Birthday to me. 

Olive Tree Genealogy began sometime in the winter of 1995 but it wasn't until February 1996 that it was given space on the old Rootsweb site.

That site is still online at and it holds all the "extra" free databases and goodies that I don't have room for on Olive Tree Genealogy at

Eventually I purchased my own domain name "Olive Tree Genealogy" and set up another site as a companion to my "Ote" site.  

I am often asked why I created Olive Tree Genealogy. After my husband died in 1993 and I was injured at school by a student, my enforced inactivity and loneliness was pretty tough to take. A friend suggested I learn how to set up a website on this new phenonemon called "the internet". 

Many of the big sites we use today did not exist when I set up Olive Tree Genealogy. CyndisList came online right after me. Rootsweb started up around the same time. didn't exist. Hard to imagine, isn't it?  Olive Tree Genealogy is a senior in Internet days. Back then the few genealogy sites online were, as all sites were, battleship grey with no fancy bells and whistles like search engines!

I started with one ships passenger list and some historical articles I wrote about Huguenots, Walloons, Loyalists and Palatines. That  ship's list was so popular and I received so many requests for more that I began hunting for others. Now Olive Tree Genealogy has over 1,500 ships lists online. And they're all free.

What am I up to now? Well I'm busy with writing my books and maintaining my blogs and websites as well as my personal genealogy research of course. Here's a list of my main blogs and websites.


Olive Tree Genealogy
Ask Olive Tree
Ancestors At Rest
Past Voices: Letters Home
The Paper Trail
Antique Hunter
Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy
 Olive Tree Genealogy
Naturalization Records
Ancestors At Rest
All Census Records
The Genealogy Spot
Olive Tree Extras
Past Voices
The Great War
Canadian Military Heritage Project

Writing genealogy and history books also keeps me pretty busy!  You can read a bit more about me if you are interested, or see some of the early versions of Olive Tree Genealogy at


PalmsRV said...


Henk van Kampen said...

Congrats! Hope to see you online for at least a few more decades.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Congratulations! 19 years is quite a milestone in the internet age. Thank you for all you have contributed to the genealogy world.

paperquilter said...

Congratulations and "Happy Internet Birthday"! I always appreciate your posts, and enjoy your insights. Keep up the good work -- I'm a fan!

Jana Last said...

Congratulations Lorine!

Bill West said...

Happy Anniversary!

Moultrie Creek said...

WOW!!! And it sounds like you are still enjoying it all. That is awesome? Congratulations!

Celia Lewis said...

Happy Anniversary indeed! Wow - 19 years online is absolutely something to celebrate, Lorine. Your Olive Tree Genealogy site was one of my favourites as I got online late in 1998.
Cheers, and many more!!

Loretta said...

Congratulations! That's amazing. I began a website in 1996 with my hubby's help. How things have changed since then. It's so exciting! I'll check out your website, as I'm fairly new to genealogy research.

Dana Leeds said...

Happy birthday to your blog! That's an amazing time to have started blogging. And an amazing length of time!