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December 15, 2017

Book: New Netherland Settlers: Captain Adriaen Crijnen Post & Claartje Moockers

Olive Tree Genealogy is happy to announce another New Netherland Settler book available on Amazon. This book about Captain Adriaen Crijnen Post & Claartje Moockers,  is Volume 9 in my series



New Netherland Settlers: Captain Adriaen Crijnen Post & Claartje Moockers (Volume 9)

8.5x11" 66 pages Available on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

The Dutchman Adriaen Crijnen Post and his wife Claartje (Clara) Moockers are found in Recife Brazil in 1646. By the time Brazil fell to the Portuguese in 1654 Adriaen and his femily had left for the Netherlands. From there they sailed to New Netherland.

As a representative of Baron van der Capellan, Adriaen established a thriving colony on Staten Island. The colony was burned to the ground in the Peach Tree War in 1655 and 23 colonists were killed by Indians. Adriaen, his wife, 5 children and 2 servants were among the 67 colonists taken prisoner.

This book follows Adriaen and Clara in New Netherland and also provides information on their children and grandchildren. You may also read more about Adriaen on my website at The New Jersey Dutch Post Family

December 14, 2017

Surnames A-Z: S

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

S SURNAMES: Sackett, Samson, Sanders, Schneider, Shuart, Shubber, Simons, Simpson, Sloos, Smith, Smithett, Snediker, Snider, Sohier, Spencer, Spicer, Stead, Steadman, Steed, Stephens, Stirtz, Stone, Stow, Stroh, Sutton

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

December 13, 2017

Don't Miss My E-Books on Ontario Genealogical Society Website

Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased to announce that several of my e-books are now being offered for sale on the Ontario Genealogical Society Website.

Visit my author page to see what is available and drop a couple into your shopping cart for holiday reading!

As of December 7, 2017 there are 5 of my e-books available, and two more are coming soon! 

Remember, you don't need a Kindle to read an e-book. Amazon has free Kindle Reading apps you can download.


December 12, 2017

Surnames A-Z: O

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

O SURNAMES: Oare, Olferts, Osborne, OveryO SURNAMES:Overy

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

December 10, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album V 17 Part 2

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"

December 8, 2017

Guide to Fiinding Your Loyalist Ancestor in Upper Canada

I'm excited to announce I have just published a new genealogy guide "Guide to Finding a Loyalist Ancestor in Upper Canada (Ontario)" It is available in paperback or as an e-book on Amazon.com and on Amazon.ca

When the American Revolution began in 1775, individuals living in the 13 British colonies had to decide whether to remain loyal to the British King or to fight for independence. Loyalist is the term used to describe those who supported the King and who later fled to Canada with their families. You may sometimes see Loyalists referred to as Tories but this is not the commonly accepted term. 

Most Loyalists fled to Canada and helped settle that country, particularly in what is now Ontario and Nova Scotia. Guide to Finding a Loyalist Ancestor in Upper Canada (Ontario) will help genealogists find their Loyalist ancestor. Explanations are given for each of the set of records available for research. The reader will learn how to manoeuver through the more challenging obscure records.

December 7, 2017

Halifax, Canada, Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book, 1917-1918

December 6, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. To commemorate this occasion, Ancestry has released a collection of records online, the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book — a definitive listing and searchable database of those killed in the 1917 disaster. The collection is available to all Canadians for free on Ancestry.ca and contains records of courage and tragedy from those who lost their lives in the disaster.

Those commemorated in the records include:

    Halifax Protestant Orphanage Memorial Records: Among the youngest causalities of the explosion were children from the Halifax Protestant Orphanage.
    Vincent J.P. Coleman, Memorial Record: The 41-year old Intercolonial Railway Dispatcher was responsible for bringing all incoming trains around Halifax to a halt pre-explosion. Coleman saved the lives of about 300 railway passengers. Born in 1876, Coleman lost his life at his post of duty. 
    Captain Horatio H. Brannen, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Stella Maris, Capt. Brannen and crew fought the fire caused by the collision of Imo and Mont Blanc. During his efforts to tow Mont Blanc away from the Halifax shore, the ship burst into flames. His tugboat, Stella Maris, was left crippled and tossed aside by the blast. Born in 1872, the Capt. lost his life at the age of 45 years old.
    Captain Haakon From, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Imo, Capt. From oversaw the ship that collided with Mont Blanc. Born in 1870, From lost his life in the Halifax Explosion at the age of 47 years old.
    Pilot William Hayes, Memorial Record: Pilot and crewmember aboard Imo. Born in 1877, the pilot and crewmember of Imo worked amongst 41 French sailors. He lost his life at the age of 40 years old during the explosion.

In addition to the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book, Ancestry will be releasing new East Coast collections in December. These include:

    Nova Scotia, Canada, Antigonish Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1823-1905

    Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1945
    Newfoundland, Canada, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1840-1949
    Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1921
    Prince Edward Island, Canada, Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
    Prince Edward Island, Canada, Death Card Index, 1810-1913

Peristence Pays Off: My Finding Aid is linked to from Library and Archives Canada

Followers of Olive Tree Genealogy blog may recall that I have written several posts, beginning in August 2013, about the mis-labelled Heir and Devisee Commission Papers available on Canadiana.org

Example from HD 1144 Christian Bradt
While searching for my ancestors I discovered that of the 21 digitized microfilms, 10 are incorrectly identified as to volume numbers and content contained. To assist other genealogists and researchers, I am began methodically going through the images to identify what each film contained.

Thus I created a Finding Aid with correctly identified contents of each microfilm and published it on my website. I wrote to Canadiana.org many times over the course of 3 years offering the Finding Aid to them but when I finally got an answer my offer was refused.

This year I was able to speak directly to Mr. Guy Berthiaume the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, on the Dec. 4 Twitter chat: Ask the Librarian and Archivist of Canada your questions, 11:30AM-1PM (EST). AskTheLAC

My question was in four parts since Twitter only allows 480 character tweets. I explained what my Finding Aid was, and my last tweet had my question for Mr. Berthiaume:

"My Q is:Will you look at my Finding Aid for those 10 incorrect films & speak to me about correcting the online content descriptions?" 

He did. Then Library and Archives Canada contacted me, and today I am pleased to announce that a link to my Finding Aid for the Heir and Devisee Commission films H-1133 to H-1153 is linked to on Library and Archives Canada.

Huge thanks goes to Mr. Berthiaume for taking time to look into these issues! Now researchers will have updated and correct information on the content of each of these digitized films.

Surnames A-Z: R

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

R SURNAMES: Rabbit, Rainer/Rayner, Ralph, Rolfe, Roos, Rottmer, Roy, Ruys, Ryckman

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

December 5, 2017

Surnames A-Z: N

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

N SURNAMES: Nethersole, Noldred, Norman, Normand, Norrington, Norris, Norwood

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

December 4, 2017

Surnames A-Z: G Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

G SURNAMES: Gerrits, Gingrich, Goodson, Grant, Greenlees, Gurnee

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

December 3, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 20 V Part 1

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

August 1915 part 1
The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"


November 30, 2017

Surnames A-Z: I Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

I SURNAMES:Iden

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

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November 28, 2017

Surnames A-Z: M

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

M SURNAMES: Marical, McGinnis, Meeks, Michell, Miller, Miriot, Mitchell, Mokenesse, Moockers, Moore, Moses, Motteram, Muller, Munck, Munday

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 27, 2017

Find Ancestors in Insane Asylums

Insane Asylum New Jersey
Olive Tree Genealogy has a new section for Insane Asylum records! This is a new project and more records will be added as I find them.

In the 19th century and earlier, insane Asylums were often referred to as Lunatic asylums. The inmates were called insane, or lunatics or idiots.  Often the inmates suffered from physical ailments, not mental disorders.

I hope to bring many insane asylum records online for genealogists so keep checking back to see what has been added.


November 26, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album Group ID'd


This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



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November 23, 2017

Surnames A-Z: H Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

H SURNAMES: Haldi, Hansen, Harman, Harrison, Haull, Hellman, Hendricksdr., Herbert, Herschi, Hertel, Hervagault, Heuser, Higginson, Hinds, Hogben, Holden, Holford, Hommel, Hooper, Hougham, Howell, Hubbard, Hummel, Hunsicker, Hutchford

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 21, 2017

Surnames A-Z: L Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

L SURNAMES: Lambshead, Laming, Larroway, Latcham, Lauw, Le Roy, Le Roy-dit-Audy, Limbrey, Linnen, Longe, Lucas, Ludewigs, Lydecker, Lymacher

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 20, 2017

An Interesting New Netherland Connection

Here is an interesting and intriguing will filed in by Susanne vandeWater on 20 September 1653. At least one New Netherland settler is mentioned.

Seal of New Netherland
Susannetge van de Water weduwe van Franchois Willemsz herroept alle voorgaande testamenten en codicillen. Zij legateert en prelegateert de navolgende mensen. De kinderen van haar broer Abraham Abrahams van de Water te Dordrecht, haar neef Isaacq van de Water te Amsterdam nagelaten zoon van haar broer Pieter van de Water, de kinderen van haar overleden broer Joost van de Water te weten Ariaentge Joosten, Sara Joosten, en Isaacq Joosten, Elijsabeth Cornelisdr dochter van Grietge Jansdr, de kinderen van Jacob Standoncq te weten Jan Standoncq en Sijmen Standoncq verwekt bij zijn vrouw Ariaentge, Paulus Jansz Standonck de Jonge met een obligatie ten laste van Hubert Caijmacxschild voor de koop van een huis gekocht door genoemde Paulus Standoncq de Jonge en gelegen aan de Cordewagenstraat, aan Michiel Couweberg, ysermaker, 100 gulden plus een pak kleren van Paules Standoncq de Oude, aan haar dienstmaagd Grietge Pietersdr of Elijsabeth Pietersdr, aan Maria Damen wonend te Nieuw Nederlant, aan Willem Pietersz, bouwman, en zijn vrouw Elijsabeth Joppen, aan Annetge Joppen wonend in de Beijerlanden, aan Cathalijntge Pietersdr dochter van Pieter Corstiaen, aan de armen van de kerk 2 obligaties ten laste van Arij van de Marel, aan Gijbert Huijen van der Swiep voor haar begrafenis.als enige en universele ergenaam benoemd zij haar zuster Sara van de Water weduwe van Govert Govertsz.

Translation:   Susannetge vandeWater widow of Franchois Willemsz repeals all previous wills and codicils. She explains and preges the following people. The children of her brother Abraham Abrahams van Water in Dordrecht, her cousin Isaacq van Water in Amsterdam, neglected son of her brother Pieter van de Water, the children of her deceased brother Joost van de Water, Ariaentge Joosten, Sara Joosten, and Isaacq Joosten, Elijsabeth Cornelisdr daughter of Grietge Jansdr, the children of Jacob Standoncq, Jan Standoncq and Sijmen Standoncq, acquires his wife Ariaentge, Paul Jansz Standonck de Jonge, with a bond charged to Hubert Caijmacxschild for the purchase of a house bought by the said Paul Standoncq de Jonge and located on the Cordewagenstraat, Michiel Couweberg, ysermaker, 100 guilders plus a suit of Paules Standoncq de Oude, to her maidservant Grietge Pietersdr or Elisabeth Pietersdr, to Maria Damen residing at Nieuw Nederlant, to Willem Pietersz, bouwman , and his wife Elijsabeth Joppen, at Annetge Joppen residing in the Beijerland, to Cathalijntge Pietersdr daughter of Pieter Corsti aen, to the poor of the church 2 bonds charged to Arij van de Marel, to Gijbert Huijen van der Swiep for her funeral.s sole and universal surname she appointed her sister Sara van de Water widow of Govert Govertsz.

Source:  Datering:     20-sep-1653
Aktenummer:     382
Bladzijden:     377 t/m 378
Standplaats:     Rotterdam
Notaris:     Vitus Mustelius Woutersz
Akteplaats:     Rotterdam
Aktesoort:     testament
oegangsnummer:     18 Notarissen te Rotterdam en daarin opgegane gemeenten (ONA)
Inventarisnummer:     504
Organisatie: Stadsarchief Rotterdam

November 19, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 8 V

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



November 18, 2017

Surnames A-Z: F Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

F SURNAMES: Faierman, Flood, Fox, Frances, Freende, Friar, Fuller

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 17, 2017

Surnames A-Z: J Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

J SURNAMES: Jackson, Jacobs, Jacquet, Jaeckel, Jamieson, Johnston

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z

November 16, 2017

Gold Winners of Rock Star Genealogy Contest

The Annual Genealogy Rockstar Voting is over and the winners have been announced. Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased and honoured to have won Bronze in the Canadian Genealogists category.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners in all categories!

Gold Star winners

International, USA, Genetic Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger

Canada
Gail Dever

New Zealand/Australia
Michelle Patient

England/Scotland/Wales  
Janet Few

Ireland
Maurice Gleeson 

November 15, 2017

Silver and Bronze WInners Genealogy Rock Star Contest

The Annual Genealogy Rockstar Voting is over and the winners have been announced. Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased and honoured to have won Bronze in the Canadian Genealogists category.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners in all categories!

Silver and Bronze winners

Australia/New Zealand
Silver: Jill Ball -- Geniaus.
Bronze: Helen Smith -- Dragon Genealogy
           
Canada
Silver: Dave Obee -- CanGenealogy
Bronze: Lorine McGinnis Schulze -- Olive Tree Genealogy

England/Scotland/Wales
Silver: Debbie Kennett -- Cruwys news
Bronze: Chris Paton -- The GENES Blog

Ireland
Silver John Grenham --Irish Roots
Bronze: Claire Santry --Irish Genealogy News




November 14, 2017

Surnames A-Z: K Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

K SURNAMES: Kehl, Kell, Kennard, Kennett, Kerstantsz, King, Koberger, Kuhn

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November 13, 2017

Updates to Ships Passenger Lists to New Netherland (New York) 1624-1664

Olive Tree Genealogy has recently updated its exclusive Ship Reconstruction Project for ships sailing to New Netherland (New York) from 1624 to 1664.

Another passenger has been added to the ship Groote Christophel sailing from Holland to New Netherland in 1654.

Another ship has been added (never before published) - the Jonge Prins van Nederland sailing some time after June 1647.


November 12, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 7 V

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



November 10, 2017

UPDATE re times!! 50% off Ancestry with Flash Sale Nov 10 & 11!

UPDATE: Ancestry has just informed me that the times of this sale are in error. The sale starts tonight at 9p.m., not 9 a.m. as they originally sent out. 

Ancestry.com is hosting a Veteran's Day Flash Membership Sale! - 50% off!

Starting November 10th 9:00AM PST to November 11th 9:00 PM PST.

Veterans' Week - the Sandercock Family


Honouring the Sandercock family, Canadian soldiers in WW1.

Father Sam Sandercock, his sons Bill and Cecil all enlisted in the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) in WW1.

Sam lived and returned home but both his boys died on the battlefield.


Bill Sandercock 1897-1917
Cecil Sandercock 1898-1918
Sam Sandercock 1870-1949

November 8, 2017

November 5, 2017

Veterans' Week, November 5 to 11, 2017

Today is the start of Veterans' Week, November 5 to 11, 2017. Today I am honouring my father who was a Lieutenant in the Canadian Military in WW2.


Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album L 18

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"



November 3, 2017

Surnames A-Z: D Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

D SURNAMES: Damen, Dawson, De Grauw, De Groot, De Roche, De Ruine, de Toine, Deane, Deckmann, Demarest, Des Chalets, Dewes, Doust, Down, Downey, Drury, Duty

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November 2, 2017

Surnames A-Z: E Names

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

E SURNAMES: Earl, Ecker, Ellington, Elvery

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z