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Latest General Updates

Apr 17 updates

Focus is on clearing many emails. The week after this is the big website update weekend.

Projects

Oliver Baron family

Quick fixes

  1. Changed about 5 “Cal” dates to about in Parker family
  2. Added about 4500 individuals to the Ancestry tree so this data can be used by others
  3. 865 locations modified to match Ancestry names (lots of info lost of course)
  4. Added William Robert Skinner to Susannah Macomber from Nancy Broughton
  5. Changed Robert Charles Macomber from dead to living, from John Macomber Kin.
  6. Melvin Leroy Lowell date of death changed and events sourced
  7. Annabelle Smith information
  8. Laura Kay Lowell-Stroud sent the names and dates for three children
  9. Rose Hill Cemetery, Taylor County, Texas (Cemetery # 1780)
  10. John William Lowell grave
  11. Annabelle’s parents
  12. Austin Anderson family in 1940 census
  13. Susannah Gambrell and grandsons in 1880 census
  14. Arbette Adelia Gambrell grave from Find A Grave
  15. Arbette’s husband and in-laws
  16. The Heltzel family was misspelled with a double “l” at the end, from Paul Moriarty
  17. Absalom Heltzell corrected to John Absalom Heltzell from Paul Moriarty.
  18. Samuel Wright info updated, sources cleared, notes cleaned away
  19. Margaret Wright info updated, sources cleared
  20. Parents and grandparents added and merged into current Wright family data . Pedigree updated from WikiTree
  21. Edited Sgt Samuel Wright Jr information, removing notes, changing events, etc.
  22. Capt Benjamin Wright and wife edited
  23. Deacon Ebenezer Wright edited
  24. Bridge Street Cemetery, Hamptomshire, Massachusetts (cemetery 1781)
  25. Samuel Wright III grave and dates
  26. Sarah Lyman Wright grave and dates
  27. Samuell Wright info added
  28. Main Street Cemetery, Hampshire, Massachusetts (cemetery 1782)
  29. Hezekiah Wright info
  30. John Wright info
  31. Stephen Wright info

Data Upgrades

  • Sgt to Sargent as name prefix, 11 changes
  • Capt. to Captain as  name prefix, 184 changes

Email Situation

March emails are full of huge projects, so the process has hit a big stall. However, after starting several large projects to get some movement on them, we chiseled away at some lesser ones to get the numbers moving a little.

  1. Emails needing attention: 407 (behind schedule by 22, uhhh, uhhh, uhhhhhh!)
  2. Emails cleared: 8 (I did really try to do more!)

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 8
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 0
  5. Locations added: 19
  6. Individuals added: 29
  7. Sources: 10
  8. New members: 3

Apr 11 update

Focus is on clearing many emails, so here goes!

Projects

George Finney

Quick fixes

  1. Carol Elliott Arrington suggested we formally list the published resources of Here Come the Douthits and The Douthit Family of America. We did so on John Douthit (i1495) and cleaned up the bogus listing of sources for him and other family.
  2. Corrected several places from Monocacy, Montgomery, Maryland to Monocacy Villiage, Maryland: Solomon Douthit, John Douthit, David Douthit, Thomas Douthit
  3. Added events to Solomon Douthit from Anderson’s book
  4. Moved the 9 events from John Douthit Sr. marriage to his events, merging now duplicate events and relabeling, etc.
  5. J. Frederich Sass name expanded to Jorgen
  6. Jorgen Sass death date added
  7. Ed Douthit family notes
  8. Ailene Atkinson photo
  9. Marilyn Mailhot photo
  10. Joyce Atkinson photo
  11. Connie & David Dasilva photo
  12. Updated on Sewretha Holder and name fix
  13. Coalville City Cemetery, Summit county, Utah, Cemetery #1773
  14. Joseph & Hannah Randall gravestone from Bryan Randall
  15. New Auburn Cemetery, Placer County, California, Cemetery #1774
  16. Orville Randall and two wives added
  17. Carmichael Cemetery, Greene County, Indiana, Cemetery # 1775
  18. Claude Riddle grave
  19. Daniel Riddle grave
  20. Tillie J. Riddle grave
  21. Jonathan Riddle grave
  22. Gatesville Masonic Cemetery, Coryell County, Texas, Cemetery 1776
  23. Duffie Watson Gambrell source of FindAGrave
  24. Mollie Key Gambrell grave
  25. John Duffie Gambrell date of death corrected and grave added
  26.  Olive Branch Cemetery, Wise County, Texas, Cemetery 1777

Data Upgrades

Cleared about 75 unverified locations that had crept into the data. The last 49 were:

  1. Bega, , New South Wales, Australia
  2. Berkeley, Bristol, Massachusetts
  3. Berkeley, Va
  4. Bremin, West Prussie, Germany
  5. Brock, Ontario, Canada
  6. Bucktown, Sullivan, Indiana, United States
  7. Canterbury, Kent, England
  8. Carmichael Cemetery, Greene Co., Indiana
  9. Clayton, Clayton, Iowa, United States
  10. Dorchester, Allamakee, Iowa, United States
  11. Dresden, Greene, Indiana, United States
  12. Easley, Pickens, South Carolina
  13. Easley, Pickens, South Carolina, USA
  14. Eriswil, , Switzerland
  15. Fairsted, Essex, England
  16. Fort Worth, , Texas, USA
  17. Fullerton Cemetery, Fullerton, Nance, Nebraska, United States
  18. Gatesville, Coryell, Texas
  19. Gatesville, Coryell, TX
  20. Gatesville, Cryll, Txs
  21. Hillsboro, Fleming, Kentucky, United States
  22. Jacksonville, Cherokee, Texas, USA
  23. King Co., WA
  24. Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States
  25. Lewis, Washington, United States
  26. Lisbon, Claiborne, Louisiana, United States
  27. Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas, USA
  28. Masonic Cemetary, Gatesville, Coryell, Texas
  29. Meridian, Bosque, TX
  30. Mineral Wells, P-Pnt, Txs
  31. Missouri, USA
  32. Mountain View Cemetery, Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States
  33. Neals CreekBapt, Church Cem., South Carolina
  34. Newton, Lancashire, England
  35. Nuckollsville, Lumpkin, Georgia
  36. Of, Grundy, Buchanan, Va
  37. Olive Branch Cemetery, Wise, Texas, United States
  38. Rosenburg, Fort Bend, Texas, USA
  39. Scott, Virginia, United States
  40. Smartville, Yuba, California, United States
  41. St Marys Hospital, Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri, United States
  42. Steindorf, , Bayern, Germany
  43. tennesse
  44. Thomas County, Georgia
  45. Union, Union, Mississippi
  46. Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA
  47. Waco, Mc Lennan, Texas, USA
  48. Wewoka, Seminole, Oklahoma, USA
  49. Woodville, Jefferson, New York, United States

Email Situation

Well, with the endeavors to abandon the computer to do anything else but computer stuff, and the problem of the emails all being projects needing lots of time and research to answer, coupled with poor health that took two full days away this week, the email goals are falling behind even more! Will I recover and make it to the end?

  1. Emails needing attention: 412 (behind schedule by 17)
  2. Emails cleared: 10

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 0
  2. Gravestones added: 1
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 6
  5. Locations added: -30 (cleaned up a bunch of bad locations and added a bunch of new ones. The final tally came out to a total reduction of 30 overall! Yippee!)
  6. Individuals added: 9
  7. Sources: 2 (again several removed and several added)
  8. New members: 0

Apr 4 progress

I’m stuck on George Finney and deciding his age and parents. So, progress halted another week. Also, it is the Biblical New Years! Of course, everything else is more fun!

Projects

George Finney

Email Situation

No headway this week! Maybe next week?!

  1. Emails needing attention: 414 (behind schedule by 9)
  2. Emails cleared: 2

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 0
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 0
  5. Locations added: 9
  6. Individuals added: 18
  7. Sources: 0
  8. New members: 0

Mar 21 updates

This is the third week of the monthly update. At first it was embarrassing that I did not get more emails cleared, but on second thought, it is a victory! I don’t get anything but expenses and time forever lost doing this work, if the complements are ignored. So not “wasting” my time and money I don’t have is a very good thing! Now if I could get paid for all the research, or had someone wanting to buy the data collected, maybe I could kick myself for not doing more!

Projects

  1. John Wesley Miller family
  2. Gambrells in War Between States

Quick Edits

  1. Charles Bennett death and birth dates
  2. Charles Bennett second wife and dates
  3. Charles Bennett marriage record
  4. Charles Bennett in Soc Sec record
  5. Charles Bennett birth record

Email Situation

The March emails had 17 duplicate emails, so we hunted down a duplicate email removal tool and used it on each file, even on the archives. This cleaned out a significant number of emails and explained the sudden jump in counts a few weeks ago. With this job finished, the whole goal system had to reworked! The new completion date was backed up  almost four months to Jan 16, 2015, or 399 email projects left.

  1. Emails needing attention: 400 (25 ahead of schedule)
  2. Emails cleared: 1

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 8
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 0
  5. Locations added: 36
  6. Individuals added: 157
  7. Sources: 0
  8. New members: 0

March 14 update

This is the second week of the monthly update. The end of last week caught us by surprise, so we hope to clear more emails this week to push the project further ahead.

Projects

  1. Kirkestuen family
  2. Phillips family
  3. William Schunke family
  4. Rev. Keough family

Quick Edits

  1. Bob Griffiths news from Feb 6 2011
  2. Aaron Griffith news from Feb 2011
  3. Nelda Griffiths hand news for Feb 2011
  4. Various anecdotal notes from Ruth Bennett Jones about her grandmother, Adelia Finney
  5. Hagerman Tripp footnote corrected from Terry Furgason, and reference to his very well set up and researched website.

Software

  1. Updated the site software to TNG version 10.0.1
  2. Fixed resulting broken site headers
  3. Cemetery disclaimer mod reset
  4. Add person age mod reinstalled
  5. American Dates mod reinstalled
  6. Event Map children mod reinstalled
  7. Family Mod indicators reset
  8. ID prefix format reinstalled
  9. Media tooltip reset
  10. Person Not found reset
  11. Redundant persons tab reset
  12. Submit headstones mod reset
  13. Submit photo mod reset
  14. Submit photo/document mod reset
  15. Added User Copyright mod
  16. Added Ancestor map mod
  17. Added Places Subject Delete mod
  18. Added Similarity Search mod
  19. Search Form Help mod added
  20. Could not get Similarity Search to work again (have also tried on previous version). Also Places Delete just times out and does not complete report.

Email Situation

All February emails are now clear from this year or the past years!!!! Yaaaay!!! If we can keep going, next week starts work on the pile of 61 project emails going back to 2010.

  1. Emails needing attention: 513 (41 ahead of schedule, 13 more than week’s goal!)
  2. Emails cleared: 26

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 0 (this is a first!!!)
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 1
  5. Locations added: 33
  6. Individuals added: 130
  7. Sources: added 3 (some merged or removed)
  8. New members: 0

Mar 7 updates

We begin a new month of changes. It will be four weeks (Mar 28) after this is done before the work is published, but here goes!

Projects

  1. Edgar Ferd Macomber
  2. Elrod family
  3. Kirkestuen family

General Data Replacements

  1. Name prefix “Cap.” changed to “Captain”: 1 change
  2. Name prefix “Lt.” changed to “Lieutenant”: 46 changes

Email Situation

Currently all February emails from whatever year sent are being cleared. All-time February emails have been reduced to 25 !!!

  1. Emails needing attention: 536 (28 ahead of schedule, so slipped back five emails this week, maybe next week we can make it up?)
  2. Emails cleared: 12

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 3
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 8
  5. Locations added: 24
  6. Individuals added: 131
  7. Sources: added 3
  8. New members: 0

Feb 14 updates

This week was interrupted with the software update, and we are working on some very difficult projects. Hopefully next week we can get things moving faster!

Projects

  1. John Newton Gambrell of Texas
  2. Website software and mods updated to new version
  3. New Gambrell Homepage
  4. Gambrell history letter of 1927

Editorials

  1. Legacy Software Sourcing Problem
  2. Legacy Software Deletes Locations Notes

Quick Fixes

  1. Nelda Griffiths story of power outage for 8 days
  2. Gary Gundersen marriage certificate
  3. Gary Gundersen daughter? from first marriage
  4. Aftermath of storm for Nelda Griffiths
  5. Moses Shields added as Rachael Trotter husband
  6. Charles Wall family info from Thomas Atkinson. Supplemented with FS data
  7. Beautiful photo of Colonel Hagerman Tripp gravestone from unknown person
  8. Carole Fawson recommended we get info from FS on David Ruffell and his wife Emma Percival. We complied!

Data Fixes

Replaced about 40 “Col.” prefix names with Colonel.

Email Situation

Currently all January and February emails from whatever year sent are being cleared. This gives us a chance to clear from each year, so those in the middle of the pile also get attention. We have 10 emails (tough ones) left for January and 73 left in February emails.

  1. Emails needing attention: 589 (five ahead of schedule)
  2. Emails cleared: 51

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 15
  2. Gravestones added: 1
  3. Faces added:  0
  4. Photos added: 0
  5. Locations added: 29
  6. Individuals added: 166
  7. Sources: added 12
  8. New members: 1

Feb 28 updates

This is the last weekly update. The website is now updated too! This means there will be significant changes to the website data, but a whole lot less trouble on my end getting it done! Instead of about 16 hours spent on it, it should only take about 3 hours of the month.

Projects

  1. Lawrence Tanner family expanded
  2. John Wickham family graves
  3. James Harrison Douthit extras
  4. Lala Douthit Gaves family

Quick Fixes

  1. Charles Wall will of 1802 digitized from Thomas Atkinson
  2. James S. Gambrell linked to William Gambrell Jr.
  3. Roxa Macomber as president of Newark DAR from Barbara Piskun
  4. William Irving Macomber as stowaway on the Charles W. Morgan ship from Barbara Piskun.
  5. Elizabeth Sanders date, name and married name from Carla Dodd
  6. Cemetery 1755. Hockenberry Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas
  7. Cyrus Bitely dates added from Reggie Corbitt and grave photo
  8. Mary Bitely dates added from Reggie Corbitt and grave photo
  9. Cyrus and Mary Bitely family added
  10. Little updates from Ed Douthit in 2010
  11. Milton Macomber family line started but not connected to main Macombers

Email Situation

Currently all February emails from whatever year sent are being cleared. All-time February emails have been reduced to 36 !!!

  1. Emails needing attention: 541 (33 ahead of schedule)
  2. Emails cleared: 25

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 11
  2. Gravestones added: 1
  3. Faces added: 1
  4. Photos added: 1
  5. Locations added: 25
  6. Individuals added: 83
  7. Sources: added 12
  8. New members: 0

Feb 21 updates

One more week after this to go, and the website gets a big update of data!

Projects

  1. Dudley-Hopkins mess
  2. John Newton Gambrell family
  3. de Witt family work
  4. Norman James family

Quick Fixes

  1. Vincent L. Anderson military service and a photo of the ship (living)
  2. Eleanor Walker grave and cemetery
  3. Cemetery 982. Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California edited and name corrected
  4. William Walker Anderson grave
  5. Bertha Humphreys name expanded and date of death delayed a month
  6. Daniel Jackson Humphreys dates added from FS
  7. Orin Harvey Parker Jr. is still alive. Our information had him dead on Feb 8, 1981.  Grand daughter by marriage Alesia McNeal Parker asked we fix this!
  8. Janine Macomber joined our website and gave her connection to the family tree which is Dr. Samuel Macomber. We hope to dig into adding info later.

Email Situation

Currently all February emails from whatever year sent are being cleared. This gives us a chance to clear from each year, so those in the middle of the pile also get attention. January emails are now all finished!!!! February emails have been reduced to 53 !!!

  1. Emails needing attention: 558 (26 ahead of schedule)
  2. Emails cleared: 23

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 4
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 1
  5. Locations added: 33
  6. Individuals added: 63
  7. Sources: added 9
  8. New members: 2

Feb 7 update

Although this will not be published until the end of the month, we found it easier to keep the week at a time listings.

Projects

  1. Macomber Odds and Ends
  2. John Teter Elrod family notes
  3. Sebastian notes

Quick Fixes

  1. Photo of Tim & Nancy Bauer
  2. More information on Dr. Ed Macomber, three houses, education, etc.
  3. Wilbour & Laura Tripp gravestone from Joan Carlson with dates
  4. Goldie Heath and husband added from Judy Howard
  5. Stephan Heath‘s nickname moved from Judy Howard
  6. Addie Burroughs Mayo cemetery changed from Judy Howard
  7. Kaden Griffiths oil swallowing ordeal and several notices
  8. Nelda Griffiths right hand surgery
  9. Gloria Perryman about Harvey Convalescence and family notes
  10. Jerome Perryman linkedin info
  11. Rodney Perryman obituary

Email Situation

Currently all January emails from whatever year sent are being cleared. This gives us a chance to clear from each year, so those in the middle of the pile also get attention. We were able to reduce the pile to 15 for next week! Once we began moving emails around, the count mysterious increased by over 120 emails! Not sure what happened or why, but we cannot find a problem with the revised count. So now we are back working to reach the 500 mark once again! Ouch!

  1. Emails needing attention: 604
  2. Emails cleared: 33

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 18
  2. Gravestones added: 1
  3. Faces added: 5, 1 replaced
  4. Photos: added 14
  5. Locations added: 25
  6. Individuals added: 48
  7. Sources: added 5
  8. New members: 0