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December 18, 2017

1881 Georgian Bay Shipwreck Found with Corpses

On November 25, 1881 the ship "Jane Miller" was reported missing on a passage between Collingwood Ontario and Manitoulin Island. The wreck of that ship has just been found - mostly intact - and with human remains.

Here is one of several newspaper announcements at the time


Markdale Standard (Markdale, Ont.1880 ), 9 Dec 1881, p. 2

Names from the newspaper article: 

Crew: A. Port, R. Port, F. Port, J. Christian, Alex. Seales, Gilbert Corbet + 3 deckhands

Passengers: J. B. Hallock, S. Thompson, J. Walker, Mr. Jestin, L. Vader, J. Gillespie, Capt. Malcolm McLeod, M. Hill, L. Butchart and wife + 10 labourers

Another newspaper account provides these names of the lost:

A Port, owner, R. D. Port, captain,.F. Port purser, all of Wiarton. J. Christison engineer, Red Bay; Alex. Scales, wheelsman, Keppel; Gilbert Corbet, fireman, Owen Sound; four deck hands, names unknown, J. Jestin, Port Elgin; J. Holeek, S. Thompson, of Meaford, I Hutshart and wife, Tobermorry; R. Gillespie; Jas. Hope, Sydenham; Capt. McLeod, Goderich; Mr. Hill, Collingwood Township. 

The names of the others are not known but they were a number of labourers engaged in work at Watt's mill, Lion's Head and McLandress shanty Tobennorry.  [Source: http://images.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/59542/data]

Continue reading the full story on The National Post's story: Georgian Bay shipwreck from 1881 found mostly intact with possible human remains on board

December 17, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 19 V Part 3

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.

Poem in French, dated 21 August 1915. Part 3
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 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"