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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Dear Genea-Santa…

From Randy at Genea-musings Hey, fellow geneaholics, it’s Saturday Night, and time for lots of Genealogy Fun! Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission: Impossible music), is to write a nice letter to Genea-Santa Here are the directions:
1) Write a letter to Genea-Santa and ask for only ONE thing. It could be hardware, software, a missing family Bible, a record that you desperately want, etc.
2) Tell Genea-Santa what a good genea-girl or genea-boy you’ve been this past year and give examples.
3) Exhibit your posts on your own blog, in a Facebook post commenting on this note, or in a Comment to this blog post.
So – go forth and write your letter!

Dear Genea-Santa,

How are you doing, are you eating lots of Mrs. Claus’ cookies and getting fattened up for Christmas Eve? Are your elves keeping busy? How old are you and when is your birthday? When and where did you and Mrs. Claus get married? What is Mrs. Claus’ maiden name? Do you have any children?

I have been really good at keeping up my geneablog, and reading all of the other geneablogs too. I entered several Genealogy Carnivals as well. My blog was even nominated for Family Tree Magazine Top 40 genealogy blogs and I didn’t even nominate or vote for my own blog. I am trying my best to write daily posts for the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories and I submitted three recipes to the Geneabloggers Winter Cookbook.

I have been sharing my blog with my family and friends on Facebook and I created a blog just for my kids and grandkids about their ancestry, To My Descendants. I made some “I Remember” pages for my mom and dad on Facebook too.

I also joined the Bicentennial Branch of the UELAC this summer. I went to my first meeting but I didn’t go to the last one because I had been exposed to the H1N1 virus and wasn’t feeling good and didn’t want to make anyone sick there.

I was assistant organizer of my family reunion even though I had to have surgery a few weeks before, I helped out as much as possible.

I haven’t been doing such a good job at keeping my genealogy database up to date, but I will try harder next year.

I won’t ask for much this year, I don’t really need much, but I really would like to get my UEL certification, if it isn’t too much to ask. I have been researching my ancestors and I think I have everything I need, I just have to order some documents. I really really want to honour my Loyalist ancestors and make it easy for more of Nathaniel Haines’ descendants to get their certification if they want to. So please could you just bring me this one thing and I won’t ask for anything next year (unless I think of something during the year).

Yours truly, Earline

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Celebrity Look-alikes

From Randy at Genea-musings – It’s Saturday Night again – are you ready for some Genealogy Fun?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find which celebrities that have the same facial features that you (or someone else you choose) have. Here are the directions:

1) Go to – you don’t have to be a registered member to use this feature. Click on the “Celebrities and Fun” tab.

2) Click on the “Celebrity Collage” tab, and then on the “Create my Collage” button.

3) Upload a photograph with your face (or another person’s face) to the site (the face must be at least 100 x 100 pixels) and click on the “Run face recognition” button.

4) Select a collage template, and the faces (up to 8) to go into the collage template. Click on “Next” and “Preview” your template, which should bring up the template for you to review. You could click on “Save” and it would go off to your selected social networking site.

5) Figure out how to show your collage on your blog or social network site (I have my own process defined below).

6) Tell us which celebrities that you (or your selected person) look alike – write your own blog post, make a comment to this post or on Facebook.

7) Think about how you could use something like this as a Christmas gift.

Here’s Mine:

I was told when I was younger that I looked like Susan Dey, she didn’t even make the list!
I think it all depends on the photo you use, or in my case, whether you wear make-up or not!
I think I should maybe start wearing make-up, lol. I don’t think you could use this for a gift, maybe along with a Shopper’s Drug Mart gift card?

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My MRUA- It’s a Four-Way Tie!

From Randy at Genea-musings: “Hey, genies, it’s Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!”

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where’s my Mission Impossible music…drat, lost it), is:

1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.

2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?

3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?

4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.

My most recent unknown ancestor would be a four-way tie with my 3rd great-grandmothers:

Maria _____, wife of John Freisman, married in Quebec, had one daughter, Elizabeth, before coming to Niagara before 1807when son, John, was baptized at Fort George. In 1851 census, her religion is Catholic, born in Quebec about 1780. I figure that she was probably French-Canadian, so I have searched the Drouin collection for any records of marriage or baptism with no luck. John Freisman was born in England, according to information on children’s 1891 census (Peter Freisman, never married, Elizabeth Freisman, never married and Sarah Freisman Haines). John Freisman is said to have died about 1835.

Lydia _____, wife of Nathaniel Haines, married in Niagara in 1786, children baptized at At. Mark’s Church in Niagara, said to have died about 1805. Nathaniel Haines is said to have died before 1811, lived in Grantham Twp., Lincoln County, UC.

Eliza _____, wife of James Stevenson, married about 1850, daughter, Mary, born 1851 Ontario, James was born in Ireland. Mary married Robert Queen about 1868, marriages were not registered until 1869.

Polly Charlotte ____, wife of Isaac Doan, born in Crowland Twp., Welland County. Polly died in 1874 at the age of 69, which would have made her birth year about 1805. Said to be the daughter of Aaron Doan UEL and Rhoda Cook. Rhoda Cook was the sister of Noah and Moses Cook, builders and owners of the Cook’s Mill, scene of the battle in the War of 1812. In the Doane Family Book, by A.A.Doane, 1902, Aaron and Rhoda had three daughters named Polly, two died young, the third was born in 1805.

My cousin and I have been trying to prove or disprove this. She emailed the Doane family genealogist yesterday and is awaiting a reply.

I decided to do some research of my own this morning and found this in the Doane Family Book Vol 2 and got the answer about if Aaron and Rhoda Cook Doan were Polly’s parents, they weren’t.

619. (Vol. I. #229. p. 240)

AARON^ DOAN (Joseph,^ Israel,'^ Daniel,^ Daniel,^ John'). As one of
the "Tory Doans", Aaron was arrested in 1 784, tried and condemned to death.
In 1 787, however, this sentence was commuted to exile. Aaron went to Canada
and spent the rest of his life in the township of Humberstone; m. Rhoda
Cook. A little more about his children can be found in the land records of
the Ontario Archives. Nine of his children received Crown grants of land.
Benjamin, a son listed in Vol. I, does not appear in these records.

i. Levi,'' Humberstone. Crown grant, June 3, 1817.

ii. Martha;'' m. Manuel Winters of Humberstone, Crown grant, Aug. 22,

iii. Ruth;'' m. William Pawling of Humberstone, Crown grant, Aug. 19, 1833.
iv. Huldah,'' Crown grant. May 1. 1834.

V. Sarah,'' Crown grant. Feb. 5, 1835.

vi. Mary;'' m. Jacob Wade of Humberstone, Crown grant, Feb. 5, 1835.
vii. Robert,'' of Humberstone. Crown grant, Dec. 3, 1828.
viii. Timothy,'' of Humberstone. Crown grant. Nov. 3, 1831.
ix. Joshua,^ of Humberstone, Crown grant, Dec. 10, 1831.

Source: Land records of the Ontario Archives.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Nicest Thing

It’s Saturday Night – time for lots of Genealogy Fun with Genea-musings!

Here is your genealogy writing mission, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission: Impossible music…):

1. What is the Nicest Thing another genealogist did for you, or to you, in the last week or so? (If you have no examples for this past week, go back in time – surely someone has done a nice thing for you in recent years!).

2. Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment on Facebook, or in a tweet on Twitter.

In the past week, my first cousin once removed, Judy Fairbairn McGinnis, wrote a Remembrance Day post as a guest blogger, sharing her father’s story for the first time with me and the rest of the world. I would like to thank her again for taking the time to put the memorial piece together, I really appreciated it.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Surname Distribution

Randy at Genea-musings says:

Hey, genealogy fans – it’s Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music…), is:

1) Find out the geographical distribution of your surname – in the world, in your state or province, in your county or parish. I suggest that you use the Public Profiler site at, which seems to work quickly and easily. However, you cannot capture the image as a photo file – you have to capture the screen shot, save it and edit it.

2) Tell us about your surname distribution in a blog post of your own (with a screen shot if possible), in comments to this post, or in comments on a social networking site like Facebook and Twitter.

I didn’t know which surname to use for this mission, Hines, Haines or Bradt. I did all three, but since there are only three Hines surname branches in my tree, my grandfather and two granduncles, I thought it would be better to do the Haines surname.

Here is the World distribution of Haines:

Haines in North America:

Haines in Ontario:

Now, world distribution of Bradt:

Bradt in North America:

I couldn’t get a regional map of Bradt for Ontario. It makes me wonder how accurate this mapping system is, there have been Bradt families in Ontario since the Rev. War.

Now, just for fun to see the world distribution of the surname Freisman which I think is almost extinct:

Now Freisman in North America:

and regional Freismans (the Ontario Freismans went to California in the mid to late 1800’s) :

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Tricks and Treats

I remember one year we went to a Halloween Party, I can’t recall where it was, but my mom made all of our costumes. At the time that meant six costumes, she made my cousin’s too. I was Raggedy Ann and my older brother was Raggedy Andy, my cousin was a flower and my younger sister was Peter Pan and my younger brother was an owl. After five detailed costumes, my mother was running short on time so she made a Pikinini costume for my youngest sister, just a toddler, which was just a flowered pillow case with slits for the head and arms and a rope belt, not very PC by today’s standards but in the ’60’s it was okay. My brother, who was an owl won a prize for his costume, and Peter Pan won a prize as well.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Family Increases

Hey, genealogy fans, it’s Saturday Night! Time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your task, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music), is to:

1) Pick one of your four great-grandparents – if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don’t use last names of living people for this – respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

My answer is:

Robert and Jessie Doan Fairbairn ( chose them because this is the most complete family I have)

Gen 1 – 8 deceased
Gen. 2 – 22 deceased, 20 living
Gen 3 – 7 deceased, 96 living
Gen. 4 – 1 deceased, 51 living,
Gen. 5 – 1 deceased, 32 living

Total deceased – 39
Total living – 199

I have exchanged information with 3 people, Judy, Dave and Jaime. I have them all on my Facebook so I am in touch with them.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My All-Time Favourite Song

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-musings

1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It’s hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song?

3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on the Facebook entry.

My grandmother, Josephine Desbiens Hines and me.

My favourite song is a gospel, “In The Garden”. I hear this song and I think of my grandmother, who always had beautiful flower gardens. It was her favourite song also, and it was played at her funeral service.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Ahnentafel Roulette

I decided to take a spin of the wheel with Randy Seaver at Genea-musings.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your “roulette number.”

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel. Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the “roulette number.”

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then spin the wheel again – pick your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

Here’s my spin:

1) My dad was born in 1926 so he would have been 83 so my number is 21, I hope it’s lucky!

2) The person that is #21 in my program is my 3rd greatgrandmother, Sarah Stonecipher Holden.

3) Three facts about Sarah:
She was born on Dec.9, 1840 in Wayne County, Indiana.
Sarah was married to Thomas Holden in 1860 in Wayne County, Indiana.
Sarah and Thomas Holden came to Essex County, Ontario in 1861.

4) Blog about Sarah Stonecipher.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – All My GrGrGrandparents

Randy’s Genea-musings:
Here is your SNGF assignment for the evening (if you choose to accept it – this is not stump the genealogist or even Miss
ion Impossible):

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 – 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

My paternal 2nd greatgrandparents:

1. Benjamin Haines, born about 1802 in Niagara, ON, married Sarah Elizabeth Friesman about 1835 in Niagara, ON, died about 1886 in Elgin County, ON. German
2. Sarah Elizabeth Friesman, born in Niagara, ON abouth 1816, died 1892 in Rodney, Elgin County, ON. French/English
3.Linus Clark Doan, born about 1830 in Humberstone Twp., Welland Cty, ON, married Hannah Maude Doan,, about 1850 in Welland Cty., ON. English
4. Hannah Maude Doan, born about 1830 in Crowland Twp., died about 1860 in Welland Cty., ON. English
5. Celestin Desbiens, born in 1831 in La Malbaie, P.Q., married Adele Morin in 1851 in Chicoutimi, P.Q. French
6. Adele Morin, born in Saguenay Quebec. French
7. Philias Tremblay, born in 1837 in Charlevoix, P.Q., married Marie-Louise Dallaire in 1857 in Lac-St-Jean, P.Q., died in Rochester, Essex County, ON in 1891. French
8. Marie-Louise Dallaire was born in 1825 in La Malbaie, and died in 1924 in Maidstone Twp., Essex County, ON. French

My maternal grgrgrandparents:
1. William James O’Neil, born in 1851 in Sandwich, ON, married Rosetta Holden in 1881 in Sandwich, died in 1923 in Sandwich, ON. Irish
2. Rosetta (Ettie) Holden was born in 1862 in Sandwich, ON, died in Essex County, ON. German/English
3. Robert Queen, born in Port Patrick, Wigtown, Scotland in 1845, married Mary Stevenson in 1868, died in Essex County, ON. Scottish
4. Mary Stevenson, born in 1851 in Ontario, died in Essex County, ON. Scottish
5. George Milne Fairbairn, born in 1838 in Detroit, MI, married Jane McDowell in Rochester, ON. in 1869, died in 1913 in Essex, Essex Cty., ON. Scottish
6. Jane McDowell, born about 1849 in Sandwich S., Essex Cty., died in Essex, ON. in 1923. Scottish
7. Allen Clark Doan, born in 1850 in Welland, ON, married Mary Elizabbeth Robbins in 1875 in Welland, ON., died in Essex, ON in 1921. English
8. Mary Elizabeth Robbins was born in Pelham Twp., Welland Cty., ON in 1860. English

German – 10%
English – 28%
Irish – 6.25%
Scottish – 28%
French – 28%

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January 2021