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MainTour MainTour 28 September 2017
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Brigham Young

I've just finished assembling all of the relevant family information for the Mormon Prophet Brigham Young (1801-1877). Because of his many plural marriages (55 wives and 59 children) this is probably one of the most complex personal profiles for any individual born in North America. I post this blog notice so that the Familypedia developers can have a benchmark for pushing the limits of their Semantic Media Wiki tools.

MainTour (talk) 20:58, September 28, 2017 (UTC)

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 7 September 2017
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Wikimedia genealogy project

See https://tools.wmflabs.org/genealogy/wiki/Main_Page - just the first page of many. Folks keen on seeing a big universal genealogy wiki (as recently discussed on Wikipedia and elsewhere) should have a look and a play. I've been telling the guys they need SMW and can copy our templates, but we will see.

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Maddox121 Maddox121 31 August 2017
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In Honour of Princess of Wales

This blog was created 20 years after her death for future generations to redad an old blog written in 2017.


EDIT: 21 YEARS!

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 2 July 2017
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AmericanAncestors.org free for several days

AmericanAncestors.org is free to search and browse for eight days around Independence Day. As noted on a Dick Eastman blog: "The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

June 28, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree! Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of NEHGS.
From 12:00 a.m. (EDST) on Thursday, June 29th, through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th, you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on AmericanAncestors.org—with only a Guest Registration. These databases include vital records (state, …
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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 25 June 2017
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Free weekend again 2 months later

See User_blog:Robin_Patterson/Free_Findmypast_again - ends 26 June

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 29 April 2017
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Free Findmypast again

"From Thursday 27th April until 1st May 2017, over 1.9 billion birth marriage, death & and census records will be completely free to search and explore at Findmypast
"This includes 595 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online, over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 13 million Catholic Sacramental Registers covering England, Ireland, Scotland & the US, and over 168 million United States Marriages"
"From 09:00 BST, 27th April until 23:00 BST, May 1st 2017, all record matches on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.9 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore."

BST is an hour ahead of GMT/UTC. So we in NZ have until 10 a.m. on 2nd May. In my experience you can go on lo…

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Angelsinthewindow Angelsinthewindow 17 March 2017
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Alice Lisle was not a Lisle

http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Alice_Lisle_(1624-1696) Was not actually the daughter of John Lisle (1610-1664) and Alicia Beaconshaw (1605-1685) or at least there is no proof in this. I have been doing some reserch lately and it has been shown that was a comon misconseption. Lisle was given as a title, not a last name. 


Refrence 

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Unknown-356354

https://familysearch.org/tree/person/LK4D-ZR8/details

https://books.google.com/books?id=cmILAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA6&lpg=PA6&dq=Alice+Lisle+Hoar&source=bl&ots=xMVvZN6PK2&sig=3Ph7VuzU2hH3SdCApNk3PH7-9Qk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivsdjyt97SAhVJjlQKHWEuAecQ6AEIUzAJ#v=onepage&q=Alice%20Lisle%20Hoar&f=false - showing it was Bridget Lisle who married John Hoar's brother instead of Alice be…


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MainTour MainTour 1 March 2017
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First Place Listing for Green Harbor Monument

On February 18, (less than two weeks ago) I created a brand new article for the subject Green Harbor Monument, a semi-historic cenotaph in Old Winslow Burial Ground in Marshfield, Massachusetts. In less than two weeks this article has soared to a 1st place ranking on the Bing search engine and 2nd place on the google search engine for searching the term "Green Harbor Monument".

I feel that that this simple SEO exercise validates the magnificant potential of Familypedia to become an suberb resource of this history, especially family history and related landmarks and events. MainTour (talk) 15:24, March 1, 2017 (UTC)

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 23 February 2017
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Surname in a particular place

I have created and . Anyone can use them to create new articles or to add to existing "surname in place" articles. Examples are at Smith in Greater London and Forlong in New Zealand.

I can easily create matching templates for localities and for states/provinces. But before I do that, I'm calling for suggestions for improvements. Comments, please!

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 20 February 2017
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Ancestry UK free this weekend

Quoting from the LostCousins newsletter - "All UK & Ireland records are free at Ancestry's UK site between Saturday 18th February and Monday 20th February. There are around 2000 datasets in the offer, some big, some small..."

That's UK time, so you probably have over 16 hours left. I'm sorry I didn't notice it earlier.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 25 January 2017
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Smarter userboxes

Wikipedia's userboxes are getting smarter, and we can adapt them.

See , then maybe see how I use it on my user page. Note that there are over a dozen options for indicating some link with the place, then see if you can adapt that to create a multi-option template for your favo[u]rite ancestral or 21st-century place!

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 13 January 2017
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Free hints till Jan 15th

Findmypast hinting records FREE until 15 January. Email message says "tree hints will do the hard work for you, searching our record collections for more information on your relatives and even unearthing ancestors you never knew you had. "

This link should take you to the search page (but you may have to log in - e.g. with Facebook - to see transcriptions):

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/start-your-journey/?utm_source=fmp&utm_medium=email

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 24 December 2016
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50,000 really good person-pages

Familypedia now has over 50,500 SMW-based articles about individuals. Those are articles that use the best linking and display facilities (although some are admittedly fairly rudimentary). However, we want to have one such article for every person whose existence has ever been documented. We hope all readers are inspired to add pages for their own ancestors and other people.

We have over 10,000 old-style person-articles that need upgrading. If you feel in the mood for some rather mundane but valuable contributions to the wiki, please have a look at Help:Upgrading old-style person articles.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 18 December 2016
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Couple histories - new category and project page

I've created a Category:Couple histories (with a brief explanation on it) and a more explanatory project page with a suggested preload. This can save repetitious typing and amending for a slice of family history that can appropriately appear as a section of each of the articles for a married or unmarried couple and even on the page for any of their children (particularly a first child). It works with one of the lesser-known aspects of template syntax.

The idea arose from my creation of the history of the meeting and marriage of my parents: Bill and Gretta Patterson's life together. Other similar pages had been written by other people but not incorporated in individuals' articles. I've now incorporated one of those too.

I hope one of our guru…

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MainTour MainTour 5 September 2016
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The Cotton Family of Combermere Abbey

Explore 50+ generations of the Cotton Family and their landmark home Combermere Abbey, an old English monastery they acquired in 1354 after it became defunct because of scandal and corruption.  Famous guests, including King William III and Wellington have stayed at the home. There have been many noteworthy descendants of the family in both America and England, including the famous Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere (1773-1865), a hero of the Napoleonic Wars and Governor of Barbados.


And no family history is complete without a spooky ghost story based on a bizarre photo from 1891. MainTour (talk) 20:33, September 5, 2016 (UTC)

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MainTour MainTour 10 July 2016
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Phase I of Plymouth Colony completed

I have completed Phase I of the Familypedia:Plymouth Colony project which means completing a Semantic Media Wiki page for each of the 102 known passengers of the Mayflower (and many of their first generation descendants). I hope everyone will find this most helpful in linking their families and other famous people back to the First Families of America. MainTour (talk) 23:07, July 10, 2016 (UTC)

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 29 June 2016
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson

Brexit has reminded some genealogists that UK PM David Cameron and one of his challengers, Boris Johnson, are eighth cousins, each descended from an illegitimate union involving a Prince. Familypedia has an article about each of the good people in the relationship path.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 24 June 2016
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Another free week for part of Findmypast

Findmypast.co.uk is offering free access to 65 million world military records and all UK and Irish census records, from 27 June to 4 July.

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Kelbrit Kelbrit 4 June 2016
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Robert Oliver Milner

On Robert Oilver Milners page there is info posted that is his brother Carls. Plus it said add a photo. I thought it meant for his page. I added one but don't see it

Thank you

Bob Milner

kelbrit1@yahoo.com

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Drewsky1211 Drewsky1211 7 May 2016
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How do you add an offspring table?

I don't know how to add an offspring table, tree, or descendants tab, which is why I add parents, spouses, and children to the page only. Can someone help?

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 3 April 2016
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200,000 articles

Well done, folks! We're still comfortably in fourth position in the list of the biggest English-language wikias (which I have just updated; maybe one of you younger people should bookmark that page so as to update it when I'm no longer capable).

We get between 6,000 and 10,000 page views on average days. Definitely doing something right.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 1 March 2016
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Free week of Irish records on FindMyPast

Quoting from recent email:

"Dear Robin,

" We're excited to reveal the launch of 10 million new Irish Catholic Parish Registers on Findmypast today. Covering the majority of Ireland, this incredible record set includes 40 million names, 3,500 registers and over 1,000 parishes. To celebrate, we're making all 110 million Irish records free for everyone until 7th March."


Postscript: Two days later, Ancestry.com announces:

"We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online.
“This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around t…

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 22 January 2016
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Another free weekend on FindMyPast

22-25 January, free access to historical records. These free weekends are great!

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 16 January 2016
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Semantic Forms - current version

I've been adding to the smwtest wiki to try to help us understand the current versions of our SMW extensions. To see the release posting that corresponds to our current version of Semantic Forms, see http://smwtest.wikia.com/wiki/Semantic_Forms_3.3

Those of you who are really interested might "follow" its category and the SMW equivalent.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 4 November 2015
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Half a million pages

We have passed the half-million mark. Just under 40% are articles, and lots of those are about places, but there are tens of thousands of articles about individuals, cleverly linked. Keep it up, folks! -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 10:06, November 4, 2015 (UTC)

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 29 September 2015
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Edit summaries and "minor edit"

Some familypedians are very good at marking edits as "Minor" or giving brief edit summaries. Some of you are less diligent. To minimise the amount of scrolling needed for browsing "Recent Changes", please:

  • Check the "Minor edit" box whenever you're creating a standard subpage (sensor, tree, etc), so that we can "Hide minor edits" and thus see more real edits listed.
  • Give an edit summary, so as not to have your edit record spread over three lines. One word is often enough - such as "new" or "parents" or "spg" - and if you're copying from Wikipedia you can achieve it in one click with the green button.

-- Robin Patterson (Talk) 07:18, September 29, 2015 (UTC)

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 17 July 2015
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More problems with person-pages

Another software change, over which we users have no control, has caused problems with renaming pages and maybe with other things. Please read the notes at the top of Help:Renaming pages.

In 2013 staff remained "committed to keeping [SMW] active and useable on wikis that already had the tool". Let's hope they continue to help with Familypedia, one their biggest wikis.

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 21 June 2015
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More people joining

"Hi Robin Patterson,

It's time for your daily dose of activity from Familypedia.

8104 people viewed your wiki.

Keep up the great work adding interesting content for people to read!


488 edits were made.

Happy editors make happy wikis. Make sure to thank your editors and check in with them from time to time.


21 people joined your wiki.

... "

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Kimbo8867 Kimbo8867 6 March 2015
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My Sixteen

One of my 8 great, great grandmothers-Phoebe Ann Bronson, was born September 28, 1859 on the  NJ side of Greenwood Lake. Her family lived in Warwick, NY which is not far from Greenwood Lake. I believe that her mother moved in with her sister to have the baby, as census records show Phoebe's aunt, Elizabeth Decker Leachman, residing in Greenwood Lake. Phoebe's parents were Edward Bronson and Anna Maria Decker, both from Warwick, NY (in Orange County). 

Phoebe was the youngest of 4 children. (However in the 1900 census her mother reportedly gave birth to 6 children in total, only 3 of which were living in 1900). Pheobe had sisters Harriet, Sarah and brothers John and William. The family was relatively poor, however they did manage to live in …

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 7 December 2014
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Form:Person problem - we hope it's short-term

Something (probably the latest Wikia appearance change) has disabled our main person input form. We are contacting Wikia about it.

To create new person-pages, please go to Forum:Data entry without using Form:Person or Forum:Data entry without using Form:Person/model and copy-n-paste.

For existing pages, "Edit with form" may work; if not, just use "Edit".

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Jslash831 Jslash831 1 October 2014
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Braham Abrahams family

I have been researching my paternal side of the family for about 15 years now.  Initially I had my last name only to research, Braham, while researching more and more I found that the original surname was Abraham(s), depending on the person, time and place.  But the curious thing was/is that the family went by Braham Abrahams.  There was a brother of my great grandfather living in New York named Samuel Braham Abrahams.  He carried my current surname as a middle name.  Researching further various members of this family referenced their middle initial as "B.", I have to assume for Braham.  My great grandfather changed his name to Braham after living in the United States for a few years.  There were stories why that happened but in researchin…

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 30 August 2014
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Wikia unsure about SMW's future here

Wikia management decided last year not to allow any more Wikia sites to take up Semantic MediaWiki, because of apparently insoluble problems. As our expert staffer said, "SMW is tough to run on a wiki, it's almost impossible to run effectively on a farming platform like Wikia."

At that time staff remained "committed to keeping it active and useable on wikis that already had the tool". A recent staff posting may even cast doubt on its retention: could StructuredData replace it?

See w:c:smwtest:Wikia's current approach; and please feel free to comment on that page's talk page or that wiki's forum.

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Phil allen Phil allen 26 August 2014
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Hi

Thanks for the updates and addition of the tree, will look at that functionality next time I am editing. have lots more data in ancestory but the transfer is manual so takes time. Shame there is no automtic GED transfer to get the process started.

Cheers Phil Allen

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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 12 August 2014
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33,333 photos on this wiki

The 33,333 counts only the pictures that have been uploaded. There are thousands more that appear automatically by a process of transclusion from Wikimedia Commons.

Uploaded images include relatives' contributions of photos of people and the places where they lived as well as of original census pages and a variety of other matters of genealogical interest. We're not very good at categorizing photos, so a full search of the wiki (not just the articles) may turn up a photo of something very relevant to your research.

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610456 610456 24 May 2014
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88888

yusuf ilter doğum 1 temmuz 1924 ölüm 18 mayıs 1972

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Taurus82 Taurus82 14 May 2014
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The Bradlee Lineage

  • 1 Imperial Lineages
    • 1.1 House von Habsburg
    • 1.2 House von Luxemberg
    • 1.3 House von Wittelsbach
  • 2 Royal Lineages
    • 2.1 Denmark
      • 2.1.1 House of von Oldenberg
    • 2.2 England
      • 2.2.1 House of Plantagenet
      • 2.2.2 House of Tudor
      • 2.2.3 House of Mann
    • 2.3 France
      • 2.3.1 House of Valois-Capet
    • 2.4 Hungary
      • 2.4.1 House of Arpad
    • 2.5 Poland
      • 2.5.1 House of Piast
    • 2.6 Portugal
    • 2.7 Ireland
      • 2.7.1 Ui Cheinnselaig Dynasty
      • 2.7.2 House of O'Brian
      • 2.7.3 House of Dublin
      • 2.7.4 House of Leinster
      • 2.7.5 House of O'Morda
      • 2.7.6 House of MacMurrough
      • 2.7.7 House of O'Toole
    • 2.8 Scotland
      • 2.8.1 House of Stewart
    • 2.9 In Spain
      • 2.9.1 House of Aragon
  • 3 Princedomes
  • 4 Noble Families
  • 5 Noble Lineages
    • 5.1 England


  • Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459-1519), lineal descent

  • Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368-1437), lineal descent

  • Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1282-13…




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Robin Patterson Robin Patterson 27 February 2014
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Association with Wikimedia?

User:Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) and I have given qualified support to the proposition set out at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_genealogy_project. Other Familypedians should look at it.

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RSRAMAVARMA RSRAMAVARMA 26 February 2014
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ABOUT ME

I am kind hearted open minded god fearing human being with love care compassion and heart for the people.A staunch Devotee of Sankaranarayana and ardent follower of the Late Maharaja of Travancore His Highness Sri Sri Padmanabhadasa Chithirai Thirunal BalaramaVarma III and Staunch follower of BHARAT RATHNA Late Shri.MGR(M.G.RAMACHANDRAN) and following the Foot Steps of My Great and Wonderful Father Swargeeya Sri S.Sethuraman of Kamakshipuram.Born and brought up with Royal and Noble Family Background and the Royal Lineage exists for several Centuries with Divine and Royal Legacy with Noble and Good Virtues and so to as belongs to the Paramadhayaka Peruman Dynasty whose Divine and Royal Footsteps I follow and maintain now. Presently Chairman…

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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gen 3. WILLIAM NICHOLS and SARAH SPENCER

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kenzie/GenNICHOLS.htm

(Source: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969) 

WILLIAM3 NICHOLS (ISAAC2, THOMAS1) was born 1742, and died 1802 in Loudoun Co VA, at his farm between Hamilton & Purcellville . He married SARAH SPENCER March 22, 1770, daughter of SAMUEL SPENCER and MARY DAWES.

Notes

Ref: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969 pg. 256

Members of the Nichols and Hoge families emigrated to Vi…

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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2. ISAAC NICHOLS and MARGERY COX

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kenzie/GenNICHOLS.htm

(Source: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969)

ISAAC2 NICHOLS (THOMAS1) died 1802 in Loudoun Co VA . He married MARGERY COX March 26, 1742 in Hockessin M.H., DE , daughter of WILLIAM COX and CATHERINE KANKER.

Notes

Ref: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969, pg. 259

Came to Loudoun Co., VA, from Chester County, PA, in 1743. Isaac, like many of the early Quakers was stron…

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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3. William Nichols and Sarah Spencer

REMIX

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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Descendants of Thomas Nichols and Mary Ludford

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kenzie/GenNICHOLS.htm

(Source: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969)

Descendants of THOMAS NICHOLS

Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 NICHOLS was born in Rugely, Staffordshire, England, and died 1724-1728. He married (1) SUSANNA CHECKLETON September 25, 1697. He married (2) MARY LUDFORD ABT July 13, 1704.

Notes

      • REFERENCE: "The Hoge, Nichols and Related Families - Biographical/Historical - A Sequential Arrangement of Genealogical Data", by William D. Nichols, 4578 Rain Park Drive, Fairview Park, OH 44126, Sept. 1969

Thomas Nichols of Wolverhampton, Staffords…

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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THE NICHOLS LINE

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kenzie/GenNICHOLS.htm

The Nichols Line

The name Nichols did not appear in England before the period of Norman French occupation and amalgamation. The Normans brought it with them from the continent and due to its religious association with St. Nichols, who lived several centuries before and had become widely known as a patron saint of children, the name became quite popular in England about the time family names were being formed, that was in the period centering around the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries.

There were some twenty-five different lines of Nichols closely connected back in England. The earliest in America seem to be Thomas Nichols of Hingham and probably before that in the vicinity of cambri…

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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Descendants of Thomas Nichols

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kenzie/GenNICHOLS.htm

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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Bookmarks

http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Nichols_(surname) 

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Spike511 Spike511 3 January 2014
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My Sources

http://growingthefamilytree.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Family-Historian/305269222944287

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112145482873701687571/112145482873701687571/posts

http://raynichols.tribalpages.com/

http://www.gencircles.com/users/raynichols

http://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-222890171/nichols-family-tree#!profile-1500003

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=famtree3

http://www.geni.com   

http://www.familysearch.org   

http://www.ancestry.com 

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Spike511 Spike511 29 December 2013
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Nicknames and AKAs

Sometimes people are listed by their nicknames or middle names instead of their legal first name. Don't write off your source at first sight. For example, Mary is sometimes listed as Molly or Polly. Augustine may be listed as Austin, Margaret might be Peggy, and Clarissa might be called Betty. Keep hunting.

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Spike511 Spike511 28 December 2013
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A few of my favorite genealogy sites...

www.wikitree.com    

www.geni.com    

www.familysearch.org     

www.ancestry.com

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Spike511 Spike511 28 December 2013
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Wikia needs to add a few more buttons

Like the FOLLOW button it mentions and  a CANCEL button in case a person has nothing to add.

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Spike511 Spike511 28 December 2013
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About me...

Hello, I am Ray, son of Howard, grandson of Rufus. I was born in 1966, 3 years before the moon walk and the break up of the Beatles. I am the father of 4 and the grandfather of 1. I have been researching the family tree since about March of 2013 and am working on the seventh generation of my pedigree. Enjoying the profiles here and glad I found this site. I am building a tree at Wikitree and Geni and have a gedcom at World Connect. 

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