Monday, February 28, 2011

Mappy Monday: Croad and Stokes

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[1] (Blue pin with dot) Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset, England - Ancestral homeland for the Croad/Crode/Croade family
[2] (Red pin with dot) Frampton, Dorset, England - birthplace of Susanna Tizzard (future wife of Robert Rendle Croad) and near as I have found, ancestral homeland of the Tizzard/Tyzard/Tissard family.
[3] (Green pin with dot) Crewkerne, Somerset, England - birthplace of Elizabeth Rendle (future wife of Robert Croad and mother of Robert Rendle Croad).
[4] (Teal pin with dot) Chedzoy, Somerset, England - birthplace of George Stokes.
[5] (Yellow pin with dot) Churchill, Somerset, England - birthplace of Charlotte Shepstone/Shipton
[6] (Blue pin) Congresbury, Somerset, England - ancestral homeland for the Shipton/Shepstone family.
[7] (Red pin) Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales - birthplace of Mary Stokes, daughter of George Stokes and Charlotte Shepstone and future wife of Frederick Rendle Croad (son of Robert Rendle Croad and Susanna Tizzard)
[8] (Green pushpin) Bristol, England - port of departure for Frederick Rendle Croad when he left for Quebec
[9] (Teal pushpin) Quebec, Quebec, Canada - port of arrival for Frederick Rendle Croad (also believed to be the family's port of departure when they returned to Wales a few years later)
[10] (Red pushpin) Liverpool, England - port of departure for Frederick Rendle adn Mary Stokes Croad and family
[11] (Blue pushpin) Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - port of arrival for Frederick and Mary and their family
[12] (Green pin) Lakeview, Montcalm, Michigan - where Frederick and Mary settled in the US and raised their family

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mappy Monday: Healey

I'm a longtime fan of GoogleMaps and am in the process of making them for my GoogleSites genealogy website.  My goal is to make a migration map for each branch of my family tree with pins denoting 1) an ancestor's birthplace, 2) port of arrival/departure if known and 3) place where they originally settled and why if known.  Below is my Healey/Healy/Haley branch map:

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[1] (Blue with dot) Cambridge, Suffolk, MA - birthplace of Paul Healy.
[2] (Red with dot) Rehoboth, Bristol, MA - birthplace of Ebenezer Healey.
[3] (Green with dot) Brimfield, Hampden, MA - birthplace of Comfort Haley.
[4] (Green) Chebogue Town Point, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - place Ebenezer Healey and his children settled.
[5] (Teal with dot) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - birthplace of Ebenezer Haley.
[6] (Yellow with dot) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - birthplace of Comfort Haley (later Healey)
[7] (Blue) Aspinwall (now Colón), Panama - port of arrival for Comfort Haley before crossing the isthmus of Panama for California.
[8] (Red) Newark, Alameda, CA - place Ebenezer Haley and his children settled.
[9] (Purple with dot) Newark, Alameda, CA - birthplace of Lauren Everett Healey.
[10] (Pink with dot) San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - birthplace of Gladys Viola Healey (later Shinn), my great-grandmother.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Member Connect Activity

I'll admit it, I go on Ancestry almost every day (usually to see what new databases they've released) and the first thing I always see is the "Recent Member Connect Activity" box.  I like the feature but I wish there were a way to track the stats of it because I know certain people come up far more frequently than others.  Some of the ancestors who appear the most often seem to be:
  • Henry Cobb (d. 1679 of Barnstable, MA).  I am connected to him through his daughter, Sarah, by his second wife, Sarah Hinckley which leads me to...
  • John Chipman (d. 1708, Sandwich, MA).  John was Sarah Cobb's father-in-law through her marriage to Samuel Chipman.  I descend through their son, Jacob.
  • John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, William Brewster.  I'm not at all surprised that these guys are popular people to have in a family tree, though I am surprised that their wives (especially the Tilleys) hardly ever show up on my member connect activity.  My descent from these three can be read about here.
  • Kenelm Winslow (d. 1715, Barnstable, MA).  My Winslow connection can be read about here.
  • A Bitfield.  I descend through two of Samuel Bitfield's (d. 1660, Boston) daughters, Ruth (who married William Sawyer) and Mary (who married Samuel Plummer).  One of the three show up regularly.
  • A Hudson.  They're one of my favorite branches to research, consequently I've got a ton of them in my family tree.  That's why it isn't surprising that at least one of them shows up in my activity feed almost every day.  My specific line goes: Richard>Richard>Robert>Peter>James>James>Daniel> Sarah (who married John Chapple Wellons in 1831 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky).  The family was originally from Virginia but came to Kentucky around the time it gained statehood.

With the exception of the Hudson family, everyone of these people is in my paternal grandfather's tree.  I filtered my feed for awhile thinking more people from the trees of my paternal grandmother and my father would show up that way, but nothing changed.  I think this can be explained by the fact that my paternal grandfather had a lot of New England roots, while my paternal grandmother and father don't have any New England connections.

I really wish Ancestry kept statistics related to the activity feed (like most popular record type, most popular ancestors, etc.), but I'm sure I'm the only person who would like to have this so I'm not going to hold my breath.  In the meantime, I watch the feed and keep mental notes, all the while hoping one of my elusive brick walls will show up there one day.

Disclosure:  I have a membership to which I pay for but I am in no way affiliated with or any other organizations under the umbrella.  I did not receive payment of any kind to write this post from any party related to or otherwise.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February To-Dos

January was a pretty good month, I managed to get most of those goals either done or at the very least started.  I didn't get rid of as much as I wanted to though, but then again, I know the purging will be a long process.  For February:

Writing and Blogging:  Again, try and reach my minimum of six posts a month.  Also, I had a new writing project come come my way (that I'm really excited about) which means I'll have to put the books on hold for a bit.

Research: Concentrate on genetic genealogy matches.  My mother has over 300 and my father nearly that many at 23andMe.  Try and get in contact with most of them and try and find our common connection (I've already found a 7th cousin once removed there).

Organization: See January To-Dos.

Some things I did that weren't on my to-do list last month:

  • worked on my GoogleSites genealogy website, I'm starting to see it take shape and am really liking it.
  • worked on my RootsMagic database - hadn't touched this since Christmas!
  • attended an introduction to genetic genealogy webinar at Relative Roots.
  • got back to FamilySearch indexing (my present goal is 500 names by March 1)

Friday, February 4, 2011


Since I was born during the year of the bunny in Chinese astrology, I was more than a little excited when I learned that 2011 would also be a year of the rabbit.  I knew my mother was a bunny too but I hadn't realized the line didn't end there:

Bunny 1: Me

Bunny 2: My mom
Bunny 3: My mom's mom

Bunny 4: My mom's mom's mom
(Georgiana Wellons, b. 1891)

That's four generations of bunny ladies!  Other bunnies in my family tree include my paternal grandfather, his father (Joseph James Allen, b. 1891) and my paternal grandfather's maternal grandmother (Mary Stokes, b. 1867).  If you're curious which years were years of the rabbit, just remember that it is every twelve years (that is the case with any animal year in the Chinese zodiac) so 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903, 1891, 1879, 1867, 1855, etc. are rabbit years.

Gung Hay Fat Choy, Everybody!