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Hi Melanie,

Just wanted to let you know I've finished editing your third Platinum Profile for the USBH, and I wanted especially to thank you for the excellent foundation of research you lay in your profiles. It's truly a pleasure to collaborate with you -- and I do hope not too painful for you! I spent the better part of a day just reading, utilizing, and polishing the raw material you provided into sharper focus, so I can appreciate how much work and care you put into this-- and all of your profiles. However, as everyone has different taste and different styles, I can only hope you find mine compatible with yours in our mutual goal of honoring these lives we profile. If you prefer I leave Mary Burrill (and any other platinum profiles managed by you) as I found/find them, I will do so in the future. I made the changes to Mary's profile with as few saves as possible, to facilitate reversing my edits, should you choose to do so. Emma is also very happy with your work, so there won't be a problem if you'd rather I didn't edit yours in the future. But, as they are on the spreadsheet of profiles I was asked to edit, I'm going to do so to the best of my ability unless/until you ask me not to. Whatever you decide, thanks for all the good work you do!

Steff Mandarino, Platinum Profiles editor, USBH; Profile Improvement Project team member

posted by Stephanie Ward
edited by Stephanie Ward
Hi Melanie,

Wales Project Semi-Annual Check-In

Thank you for being a member of the Wales Project. You may recall membership requires at least one contribution to project goals during each 6-month period. A contribution includes creation of and modification to Wales related profiles.

Have you been able to contribute?

It is recognized some members are active. Thank you for your work. (There is no viable method to determine which members have been active in the Wales Project.)

  • Do you desire to stay on your current project team(s)?
  • Which teams are you most active in?
  • Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?
  • Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future?

Please respond to this message by posting a reply in Comments below or sending me a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.


Stuart Awbrey, Membership Coordinator

posted by Stuart Awbrey
* Have you been able to contribute? Moderately.
  • Do you desire to stay on your current project team(s)? Yes.
  • Which teams are you most active in? Diaspora. (Although I do do DD stuff when I see it.)
  • Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in? Probably safer not.  ;-P
  • Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future? Uh, not really, (Loved the Mining Disaster feature/callout on G2G. recently ) Not really. Seems to work well as is, at least from my perspective.  :-)
posted by Melanie Paul
edited by Melanie Paul
Greetings from the Military and War Project. We are doing the six month check-in with members.. Have you been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Military and War Project that you respond to these check-ins. To make bookkeeping easier, just click Reply to this message on your own page, add your reply, then SAVE. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Greetings and Salutations in return!

Yes, I am active, and yes, I am still working on M&W-related profiles when I have them.

posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you , Melanie for answering the Military and War check in. I marked you active.


posted by Mary Richardson
Hi its Dawn been going through info on septimus,s profile did you find stuff on ancestry I have a child named Eli 1893 that's another one can you check children already listed see what you think. Plus I thought lilly was a girl on the profile it's a boy.
posted by Dawn (Watt) Jones
I'll check and see what I can find.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks for help maybe next time I will contact you I need help with something.
posted by Dawn (Watt) Jones
Thank you so very much for your help, Melanie!

You solved a decades old family mystery.

posted by Terry West
Not a problem. Am always happy to (over) help where I can!  :-)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
G'day, Jen . . . happy with where I am; from my perspective the Project is doing ok; not sure what I could do regards a newsletter, but am happy to help if I can; I don't have googlegroups, and cannot do discord (computer limitations), so g2g is my main communication method (other than when I make a pain of myself by posting on Project pages!). Hope this response is helpful.
posted by Melanie Paul
Melanie, hello. I posted the following 'comment' on Bushell-171.

"Melanie, hello again. You kindly responded to my 27/2/2022 'comment' posted on your profile. My initial aim was to add the DOB for my Ggmother (Bushell-171), as appears in FamilySearch records, however as you have so expertly expanded information on her profile, since I originally created it many years ago, I thought it best to consult you - before attempting to do so. If you have the opportunity of guiding me in this matter I would be most grateful. Many thanks, best regards.....Phil (Grace-883)."

Cheers.....Phil (Grace-883)

posted by Phil Grace
Melanie: Hello. I was going to offer (belated) 'happy new year' wishes, but with Covid and, now Vladimir, I'm not sure how happy this year will be.

Also, not knowing whether you are still in the Nthn. hemisphere, or not, will likely affect the further help I hope you may be able to offer - in addition to all the extremely valuable work you have already so kindly done, in expanding the profiles of some of my 'rellos' over the years - regarding several profiles with which we are currently directly involved. (You may also recall my previous lack of confidence in adding info. to profiles - in a way which meets the WikiTree rules & regulations - where you so selflessly helped me at the time. However despite my almost 7 years' connection with the WikiTree 'system', I'm an even older 'old dog', trying to learn even more new tricks. I also suspect I have outstayed my welcome at G2G - thus my direct approach to you.) Please let me know, at your convenience, whether I should now address my further questions by way of "Comments" on your 'profile' page or on those of the individuals concerned. Kindest regards.....Phil (Grace-883).

posted by Phil Grace
I'm always happy to help where - and if - I can. Just let me know. (Comments on the profile for the person are probably better -- if I am the profile manager, or on the Trusted List for them -- or send me a private message FROM the profile, and I can take a look.)
posted by Melanie Paul
I decided not to create a free-space page for Elinor Brent-Dyer, as she was *so* prolific, her works would not fit! I have removed the sentence about it in her biography.
posted by Ros Haywood
Ok, thanks. I may just link to it on Wikpedia, then.)

(She was - and is - one of my daughter's favourite writers.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Melanie, thanks for providing the date on when you connected me to the PublicTree. I am still waiting for WikiTree Plus to find that our branch of the Adey family is connected. In the meantime I discovered that there was a William Adey/Eady who was born in the same area of Hampshire. The Connection Finder reveals that there is currently 30 degrees of separation between Adey-271 and Adey-152. You can be sure that I will be trying to close that gap. Regards Steve
posted by Stephen Adey
You never know when a same last name may be related. It may be a few generations, or it may be more. I have found some interesting collateral relations just by investigating a familiar last name. my grand aunt's husband's link to my maternal line is just one such.
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Mel! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's ""Year of Connections"" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Checking in! Not summer where I am. I have snow on the ground! (My kids, though, they're in summer.)

Don't have any thoughts or questions at this time. (Well, not that anyone can answer, that is. Those who could are long dead. (It's a distance thing -- Orkney to Mainland, or vice versa.))

Happy to remain on the Teams I am on.

Stay safe and well.

posted by Melanie Paul
For some reason, I thought you were in Australia lol... Anyway.. Stay warm! Thanks for responding :)
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Because I am Australian! Fair Dinkum! (Kids and grandkids are all there.)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie, I am the granddaughter of William Augustus Dobson. Thank you so much for your contributions to his WikiTree site. I would like to add more to his history and our family legacy but I don't know how. I am new to ancestry and there is so much information that I am totally lost. I do however have a lot of history to add and I have taken the DNA test and am awaiting the results. If you have a moment would you please reach out? I would appreciate your response and I look forward to talking with you. Faythe
posted by Faythe Canson
Faythe, I am absolutely thrilled to have an actual family member wishing to contribute! Anything you can add will be wonderful.  :)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Wales Project Semi-Annual Check-In

Thank you for being a member of the Wales Project. You may recall membership requires at least one contribution to the project each 6 months. A contribution includes creation of and modification to Wales related profiles.

Have you been able to contribute?

It is recognized some members are active. Thank you for your work. (There is no viable method to determine which members have been active in the Wales Project.)

Do you desire to stay on your current project team(s)? Which teams are you most active in? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future?

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.


Stuart Awbrey, Membership Coordinator

posted by Stuart Awbrey
Am more than happy to continue as things have been. Uh, not sure which team, or teams, I am on, but most likely diaspora and sourcing/profile improvement/data doctor related.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks Melanie for your responses and your contributions towards Wales Project goals.


posted by Stuart Awbrey
I checked (because I have a habit of working on profiles disregarding what team I may be on, or which Project the person's profile may fall under) --- Diaspora Team, Sourcerers Team, Data Doctors Team, and Connectors Team, because those are areas where I feel competent (plus I carry the badges). I usually do what I can towards basic biography improvement, so long as it fits the style already on the profile/s - if there is a style - but am not on the Bio Builders Team (nor do I wish to be, as I think the 4 teams I am on now are enough).

As I learn more, I feel able to do more -- and I have hopes that in so doing, some day I will be able to fill out more of the ancestors of my children and grandchildren. :)

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

I totally agree with you that there is no best answer to the connection posts in G2G-even the suggestions/nominees posts. If you see them, just let me know. I try to remove them when I see them, but do not check on the connection posts as frequently as I probably should. They're definitely posts where there should be no best answer...unless it's mine, of course, ha!

Thank you! Abby

(p.s. I miss your contributions to the nominees posts!)

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hi Mel,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out our annual check-in to see how you are going in the project. We'd really like to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles over the past year! We think we've made great progress in 2020/21 with your assistance.

Please could you reply to this message, to let us know if you would like to stay on in the project and if you are happy with your current role and team involvement. If you would like to do something additional or different, take a look on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to get any feedback or suggestions that you have to improve the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator

Stay on Project? Yes.

Happy with current role etc? Yes.

Additional? Prolly not. Not enough hours in the day now!  :D

Feedback? Given to you already via email.

posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you for responding to the check-in message, and for your ongoing contributions to WikiTree and the Australia Project, they are much appreciated!

Regards, Margaret

Hi Melanie!

I just wanted you and the team to know just how much I enjoyed being a part of the recent Source-A-Thon. T-H-I-S much!! I hope that I can be a part of the next one.

We did ok! (I have no idea what the next 'Thon will be, but we'll be ready for it.)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Thanks for the post about creating a new team. You never know what you can accomplish if you don't try, right? Good luck with regards to the turtles-themed team you've created. The graphics are cute!

posted by Judi Stutz
edited by Judi Stutz
Good luck with your new team!

(Thanks for the comment on my silly tortoise images. Ya just gotta have some fun!)

posted by Melanie Paul
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Melanie, just wanted to thank you for helping me today. I really couldn't get past Albert Stanley. Thank you so much, I can't want to tell my relative, who wanted to find out about his family but doesn't really know how to use a computer.
posted by Will King
Not a problem, always happy to help. (At least you weren't looking for a john Smith! (I've a few of those.))

I've added as much information as I currently have, enough to keep you going for a while, anyway.  :) Especially with all Edward John's kids! (The notice of his death names those still living, so there may be more who predeceased him.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie

I would to thank you for all your contributions towards the goals of the England Project during the past six months. We've achieved a huge amount during this period and we couldn't have done it without you and our other project members.

As the England Project Leaders, we are completing our six monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to stay in your current project teams? Which teams are you most active in? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future?

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Joan, England Project Leader

Has it been six months already‽ Good grief!

Quite happy to stay as I am. Not sure where I would be "most active", as I seem to be all over the place, lately. It is fun, though, following trails and de-conflating families as presented in other online "trees".

I am probably best as a "floater" on the Team/s where I am set as such, considering how much of what I work on overlaps with other things. (Last week it was England-Scotland-Australia overlaps.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you for getting back to us Melanie.

We appreciate all you do, and are glad you are still helping in England. Regards Joan

Hello Melanie,

Please change your category to Category:Military and War Project Members. Category:Military and War Project is a top level category and should not hold profiles. Thanks, Natalie, M&W Leader

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
I don't have such a category.

I have the sticker I was told I could use. I presume that has changed, so the new template for the sticker would be helpful, thanks.

posted by Melanie Paul
{{Military and War}}
Military and war Project Member sticker.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks, now I know I need to talk to templates project for a fix. I appreciate the response, Melanie.



posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
edited by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Happy to oblige. (It's the only sticker I know of that has an animated image.)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie. I am going to work on the various profiles of Star Wars actors and personalities before a decision is made about who to feature. I have my list of eight but if more are allowed, I can recommend others. All that I have identified so far are in Category:Star Wars and that includes crew.
posted by Steven Greenwood
We can nominate as many people as we want, but Abby will only choose 8 supporters to the main feature (9 profiles in all). The more people there are, the more variety Abby will have to select from. :)
posted by Melanie Paul
Then I can provide more than the eight I submitted in G2G to choose from: Actors Sebastian Shaw (unmasked Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, connected), Wilford Brimley (Noa in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, connected), Art Carney (Saun Dann in the Star Wars Holiday Special, connected), Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka in The Force Awakens, connected), and Jack Purvis (in all three films of the Original Trilogy, but unconnected and which needs improvement honestly); and Crew Andrew Jack (dialect coach on The Force Awakens and voices in Solo and The Last Jedi, unconnected), and Grant Imahara (Mythbuster who previously operated R2-D2 in the Prequel Trilogy, connected).
posted by Steven Greenwood
Thanks Melanie for trying to help me figure out the puzzle of my grandparents (Sparks/Sewell) marriage date today.
I just wish I'd been able to find something more definitive, than just events around it. That they were married is shown by the divorce. We could presume they were married in Florida, as that's where their eldest child was born, but a presumption isn't proof.
posted by Melanie Paul
A small, Happy, Imp is lovingly feeding flowers to an Art Bug.  It is clearly an Art Bug because it has paint palettes in place of normal wings, and brush heads for antennae — and it has  paintbrushes on the leaf where it sits eating a flower.  Art Bug has already started chomping on the flower it holds, because there is a bitten petal still partially hanging from its mouth.  The Imp is clearly Happy, as it has a heart-shaped mouth, and its heart is visible on its chest.  There are also several hearts floating across towards Art Bug.
Happy Imp Feeds Art Bug

(inspired by an email conversation with Loretta Corbin.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Mel,

I wanted to make sure you knew that the US Black Heritage Connecting Challenge is now on the challenge tracker if you decide you want to participate at any time. It's now so much easier to track how many new profiles we add!

Thanks, Emma

Neat! I have been on a break so I could Connect others, but am also still working on finding my previous folk that elusive Connection. I willhave to remember to click the tracker next time!  :)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

I wanted to make sure you saw the change up in themes for this coming week for the EPOW, since you're great at finding candidates:

Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Yep, saw it . . . but thanks for the alert! (I think Ros has a great list going.)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Thank you so much for all your contributions to WikiTree in the last six months, and especially to the Wales Project. It’s been wonderful to have you as part of the project as we work together to increase the quality and quantity of Welsh Profiles.

You don’t seem to have selected which team(s) you would like to be on. Please have a look at the project page: and let me know your choices so I can introduce you to your Team Leader(s). Do you have any questions? What can we do to support you? Do you want to continue in the Wales Project moving forwards?

Please can you also private message me your e-mail so I can add you to the Google group.

I see you’re not currently on the Discord server. You’d be very welcome to join us where we have live text and voice conversations which really helps with collaboration. Just let me know and I can send you an invitation.

I look forward to hearing back from you with all the above.

Thanks once again,

Olivia, Project Coordinator for Wales :-)

Sent private message.

Your comment must be at least 30 characters long.

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for all the time you spend helping out with the Connection Finder stuff each week, including helping corral people back to the right post and encouraging them to create and/or connect profiles they mention. It's much appreciated!


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Thanks for saying so. <3

I do worry about stepping on toes, but I also know you can't be everywhere and read every post, and would hate for eligible profiles to miss being considered because nobody saw them nominated.

posted by Melanie Paul

Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles by adding 45!

You can add the participation sticker to your profile if you’d like. Connecting Challenge Stickers

We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge


50 Profiles
Melanie created 50 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
Many thanks to my new friend Rt. Rev. Melanie Paul for her help in posting the painting of

Elizabeth Tuckey Stearne. I felt this was a very important portrait to share with others who are related to her. I wanted to be sure it was posted safely. Melanie went above and beyond all, helping she handled everything superbly.

Always happy to help if I can.  :)
posted by Melanie Paul
Many thanks to a very prompt WIKITREE hands on helper.

Grateful to her for her help in posting a picture to my husband's profile I couldn't do.

Discovered a relative too.

Margaret Drody Thompson


It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Response sent.

Blah blah -- Your comment must be at least 30 characters long.

posted by Melanie Paul
Melanie is a very helpful Wikitreer and devoted to helping others.
Melanie is truly a devoted WikiTreer helping others. She spent several hours helping me sort out a merge problem and I just cannot thank her enough. She is to be commended and methinks there will be a special place for her some day. I wish you and yours the best of new certainly deserve it for sure. THANK YOU immensely!
Testing -- {{Estimated Date}}
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Thank you for restoring my ancestress after she was inadvertently replaced with someone else's ancestress. I greatly appreciate all your help. I apologize for my lack of clarity, which resulted in extra entries on your part. You generously went above and beyond! Again, thank you. Gerri Hines Parsley

posted by Gerri Hines
I am always happy to help where I can .. and sometimes clarity isn't where our minds are. WE know what we mean, and what we want to say, but the words come out all wrong, and seem to send others on wild rabbit chases.  :p
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

Thank you for your help with my family tree, Brumpton & Olson, they look wonderful now the sources are all tidy and easy to read. You are a great Source-a-thon. Have a great day, I'm a happy Wikitree new learner. Elsie Hagley-Olson

posted by Elsie (Olson) Hagley
I was happy to help, even just a little.  :)

Didn't want to step on toes, so tried to follow the method already in use.

posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you, Melanie, for your help with Michael Kissick-87's profile, and for adding categories and a Died Young sticker. May i ask a further boon? I've added a photo (my first!) to the biography (a photo from findagrave - notice how i gayly skipped past the acronym there, he said, tongue deep in cheek? - which I'd gotten permission to do from the photographer) but I'm not entirely sure it's right. I like the look of the biography as it is now, though I'll continue to search for more information, and, I hope, a picture of him. It's just I'm not entirely happy with the look of the repetition of the photo on the right side of the profile page, though the extra info about where the gravestone is is important. Suggestions? Will watch future edits with interest; and again, 1.573 billion thanks! -Ted
posted by Ted Fisher
Ahh, you see - I get past that dratted double-vision thing by uploading images to a space page. Then I can post them in a profile without them also showing on the right (except the profile picture which will always show, whereas the background does not).
posted by Melanie Paul
Yes. Um. Right. Uh - space page. Upload to - ah - hmmm. Going to have to study up on that. (Dealing With Newbies Frustration #597: They won't understand your suggestions.) Well, another thing to look up; another adventure in education. Which is so much fun! Loving it! And now, I'm off for another wonderful adventure - A Visit to the Dentist! Hooray!
posted by Ted Fisher
I'm more than happy to help you set up a space page, if you don't figure it out for yourself. How to use them can vary.

This is a space page being used for a project (not a Project). This one is being used for images etc related to that project. The page I linked to in g2g, images for the Remember the Children project, is another space page. Any time you see an image that is ADWP-###, that's one of mine, uploaded to my first space page.

posted by Melanie Paul
edited by Melanie Paul
Thanks Mel for any help,,it’s all very complicated in my point of view,I don’t understand why you can’t correct the mistakes oneself easier
posted by Kay Simpson
Some relationships do get quite complicated. I spend a lot of time untangling ancestors, or their siblings, who have been confused with same-name relatives. It takes time to do that, and is never easy.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks for commenting on my ancestor Elizabeth Paxton 1772 Dunbar east lothian scotland and

I have tried to take the surname Baxter away from my tree but to no evail,please advise. I wondered if you know anyway of finding death date of both her and my Ancestor Andrew Simpson I realize this is difficult as I too have searched for years with no luck

posted by Kay Simpson
I just wanted to say thank you for your quick responses early today and for your help in trying to figure out this big mystery. I really do appreciate you for everything you suggested!
I just wish I'd been able to help more.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thank you you are amazing Ty for your help ur a blessing
posted by Caryn (Cassidy) Decker
It's a pleasure.  :)

It's an even greater pleasure when I FIND things! (I'm stuck on my own research right now, because I need to track a fairly common forename name with a fairly common last name.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Many thanks for your help for Susan R. I sent her an e-mail on how to enter new sourced profiles. I still can't figure out how to correct like you did. The double references were my fault while trying to copy her source and reprint it in the references column. I didn't want to wipe out her source, just erase my attempt to transfer it.

Apparently my attempts didn't work. (Typical of my endeavors). I can e-mail others, and do fair at adding sources to "unsourced profiles". That is my hobby to try to stave off Alzheimers.

posted by Beulah (Maltby) Cramer
It was my pleasure to assist. You'd have worked out the duplicated sources/citations in time, once you had them all added to each fact. The unsourced was still showing because the template was still above the = Biography = header. That the sources weren't showing properly was due, I believe, to where the = Sources = header and references tag were placed. Moving those allowed the sources to properly propagate where they should when done inline. You were doing fine, and I'm sure you'd have worked it all out without me, given time.  :)
posted by Melanie Paul
I need to recognize your contribution to my tree in a grander manner than simply thank you on the message comment. :) You are so creative!!!! are you a graphic designer by trade?

Thank you so much for your picture and sticker. I can't tell you how much I appreciated it... You are very generous indeed.

posted by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
edited by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
Nope. I had aspirations many decades ago of becoming an artist of sorts (that was after I'd been talked out of becoming a mothercraft nurse), but realised around age 13 that I really had no talent for much in the way of originality. I am, however, a fairly decent copyist, and find I can adjust and adapt images I find in the public domain to something "new" - and, indeed, was creating posters, banners, and flags for church long ago.   I did study technical drawing, but had no real desire to become an architect, or draftsman (person?), although I did love the mathematics involved.   I gravitated more towards teaching children in Sunday School, and what we called "religious education" (when I was a student it was "religious instruction" - no education needed when you were told what to believe). Then I became involved in inner-city "mission" work and it just went from there.

I am happy to share what little things I can create with anyone who appreciates them, and who will use them.  :)     Let me know if you have any trouble adding the image to profiles.

posted by Melanie Paul
Hello Melanie

Thank you for finding my 4th cousin even if she does not want to speak to me Iat least I know she is there

You know, she just may not have realised you ARE her cousin, until I told her, because the profiles don't yet have the relationship finder at the bottom. (Because they still need that Connection to the greater Tree. (And we are working on that!)
posted by Melanie Paul
Hello Melanie

than you for helping me so much and finding so many of my family I don't know hoe you manage all this I give up at times especially with my Syme family as there are so many and I cannot make out which is mine thank you again. Keep safe Elizabeth

Hi Melanie,

Thank you for your comments, however I am not sure how to take them, in the context of how they were written. In 1917, without electricity, the only way to preserve a body would be to put it in ice, and as far as I know deceased persons were buried as soon as possible. That is why I changed the data field to certain. It is very unlikely that he was transported very far. Back then it took a day to go from Ayr to Townsville. My grandmother told me so. I am sorry if that upset you. I also added your ancestors Findagrave memorial because I found it. I am also sorry if it is not what you liked. As I live here in Ayr, I take a particular interest in the Ayr, Ravenswood, Charters Towers and Townsville district, because of my research. Please see Wikipedia for when Electricity arrived in the area. Unless, of course an enterprising member of the district built his own small plant. I do believe a small electricity supply arrived in Ayr about that same time to drive the local cinema. As for "Dolly", someone has obviously placed a memorial at the base of the stone and it wasn't me. There also is a missing/broken Headstone beside your gr. grandfather's memorial. Do you know who it belongs to ?

posted by David Urquhart
edited by David Urquhart
Hey, David .. not upset, just curious (there aren't too many folk interested in my family lines, so my interest perks up in hope of a cousin or two). I believe the family had Dolly (my grandmother, Doris Eva) added to the stone, but nobody stated "not buried here" and I don't want someone adding a find a grave to her profile stating she was buried in T'ville, when she was actually buried in Brissie! (There were no find a grave memorial pages when I created the profiles. I've always intended to do pages on Australian Cemeteries Index for them, but keep jumping down rabbit holes here.) I had issues with BillionGraves over my paternal gr-grand who died and was buried at sea. Because he's on his father's cenotaph, BG had him listed as buried there.

Ayr equals other family members - off the top of my head Aunty Daisy and family, but couldn't tell you how many. Broken stone -- I would have to go through Mum's notes, but it's not my baby cousin's memorial. Trying to think of who-all else is buried there that might have a separate stone. Uncle Henry has his own memorial (buried with his mother).

Thanks for your interest, and apologies if my posting style made it appear I was "upset".

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Melanie,

I know the feeling about not many relatives with an interest in the family tree. I also noticed your connections with the McConnachie's and the Darwen's here in Ayr. My father and his parents were close friends with the McConnachie family here. Sadly, I cannot ask them for further details. Also, my mother spoke of growing up with several "Darwen" girls, but I would need to check which sister, as one family did have quite a few girls. It would be the one the same age or close to. At almost 84, my mother's memory may not be as it was. I do remember "Olive" being mentioned. Do you know that we have a Burial Register search page?

posted by David Urquhart
I don't know if I knew of that page or not. I know I took the info from Mum's notes, then got online to get verification! Doin' it the hard yakka way! It's pretty much how I did all the family. Use the "family knowledge" then verify it with documentary evidence available online.

I'm now getting a feeling of deja vu about you knowing, or knowing of, "my" McConnachies. Have we, maybe, discussed them before? (I was contacted by a descendant of Adam McConnachie, but he was more in Bris than up north. Up north was Alexander (Uncle Alec/Alex). It has been years since I was that far north. Time before last when I was Home, we only went as far north as Rocky. Last time we didn't get more north than Deception Bay/Caboolture.

I will have to go through Mother's notes again, to see what else she has on "my" side's connection to the Darwen family. So much cannot be used, as the people are still living.

posted by Melanie Paul
I seem to have used for Ayr Cemetery Burdekin Shire, Queensland, Australia
posted by Melanie Paul
I wonder of the broken stone isn't for John Newman, or for Samuel and Emily. I don't think it's for either of the babies.
posted by Melanie Paul
Thanks for your help with Franz Stigler.
posted by [Living Palmer]
Not a problem.  :)

Grrrrrrrrrrr@ "Your comment must be at least 30 characters long."

posted by Melanie Paul
Melanie, re: Freeman Drinkwater. Your category name did not show on your email. I have 6 categories on his profile, plus the Died Young sticker.

Also, I added the polio source.

posted by Jo Gill