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Next step: Review your GEDCOM [23 September 2009]
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Additions to First Families lines [10 November 2009]
I've been watching your additions to some of the Acadian lines I've recently created -- and I want to say, first, that's exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for when I put them up. All those folks are part of the lineages approved by the First Families of Louisiana program, which is run by the Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Society, which you'll find described here. (I'm the editor of the Register, actually.) I have no Louisiana ancestry myself, by the way; I'm from San Antonio, educated in Austin, and spent all my working life in Dallas -- but my wife is Acadian (and German Coast, and early French, and Isleno, and Irish Channel, and several other things) and I moved down to Baton Rouge after retiring and got involved with local research.
One of the main purposes of the First Families program, as with all lineage programs, is to encourage high standards of genealogical research and careful citing of sources. The program doesn't accept un-sourced assertions, in other words. One of your three latest additions cites the Baton Rouge archdiocesan series, which is a good standard source. But two of the others refer to the Edmund West data collection at Ancestry, which actually is just a heap of completely unsubstantiated group sheets sent to him by random people for his Acadian genetic studies. (Has to make you wonder about the validity of his biological research.) This is not meant to rattle your cage or anything, really, but if you take your family research seriously, and I suspect you do, you might want to try to locate actual sources for the facts his database asserts. That stuff is, probably, much superior to World Family Tree (which I wish would spontaneously disappear from the genealogical universe), but it still doesn't stand alone.
I'd also like to invite you to consider going through the application process for First Families of Louisiana yourself, since it's apparent you would qualify. There's a link on the page to the application forms and a collection of columns and articles on the program reprinted from the Register at the Society's website. (The website itself is pretty crappy at the moment, unfortunately, but I'm about to start working on that, too.) --Mike 10:30, 10 November 2009 (EST)
Citing Rootsweb [20 November 2009]
Hi, I see that you've added some information to Family:Francois Broussard and Catherine Richard (1). When working with the Acadians, you will find information that is second, third and fourth hand published everywhere. People write about them a lot. It is a really good practice to always pay attention to what is claimed to be the source of their data and not just cite where you found something. It would be really helpful if you could enter where the Rootsweb information came from. And then someone could come along and check those sources and upgrade the cite to a better source. Most data on the Acadians comes from just a few places: Census, church records, ship lists, Belle-Isle declarations. And all of those have been published so it is possible to get actual transcripts to post. So anytime that you can have your cites indicate what is the original source, it is helpful. It makes it easier for someone to go directly to the data needed and, we hope, upgrade the page. Thanks for continuing to post on the Acadians. I haven't had time to work on them much lately and it's good to see someone posting. --Judy (jlanoux) 08:21, 20 November 2009 (EST)
Thanks for the note. I understand that all pages are works in progress. I'm glad to hear that you have good family information. That's one thing I've always missed. I do have a stack of file boxes containing my years of my research to go through and get posted, so many of my pages are only stubs too. We are definitely related, but I don't think I descend from the Broussards. Many of the Acadians got on my watchlist when I was trying to help with the duplicate cleanup. Cheers, --Judy (jlanoux) 10:13, 20 November 2009 (EST)
Using the pedigree template [25 March 2010]
If you put something (anything) behind the = on your unknown ancestors you can avoid the ugly broken link showing. It will then show Unknown or whatever you put as the display name. --Judy (jlanoux) 22:21, 25 March 2010 (EDT)
Mike says you have questions. Have you seen the link on the LGHS website or did you just look at the WR page that isn't finished? I am the coordinator for First Families of Louisiana. --Judy (jlanoux) 22:21, 25 March 2010 (EDT)
This Week's Featured Page [16 July 2010]
Hello, just wanted you to know that your ancestor, Jean Baptists Rodrigue, has been selected as this week's Featured Page on WeRelate. Thanks for doing a very good job in presenting his information with sources, documentation and images. Keep up the good work!
Jim Volunteer Administrator on WeRelate--Delijim 12:02, 13 July 2010 (EDT)
Jean Baptiste Rodrigue [14 July 2010]
Hi, Congrats on having a featured page. Looks great.
MySource:Jlanoux/Rodrigue Records in St John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, 1763-1804 I had to make up the year range, you should indicate the correct ones. You are welcome to rename or edit this as you like to try things on without risking your original. I'll delete it when we're done.
WeRelate Featured Page - Week of September 12, 2011 [13 September 2011]
Congratulations! Your Person Page, Jean Rodrigue has been nominated and accepted as this week's WeRelate Featured Page! It is a great example of a well-sourced and documented page. Best regards and keep up the good work!
Find a Grave images [7 October 2011]
Hello, I am a volunteer administrator here on WeRelate. I noticed that you have added photos from Find A Grave. Photos from Find A Grave are not public domain. Unless there is clear indication on the image page that you either took the photograph or have permission from the copyright owner to use it on WeRelate (including agreeing to WeRelate's licensing), it will need to be deleted. Please see our policy here.
The best way to include those types of images is to link to the memorial page. For example, on the page for Eudah Benoit, you could enter this in the text area: Photo of Eudah's gravestone on [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33852081 FindAGrave.com]. The link would look like this:
Photo of Eudah's gravestone on FindAGrave.com
Images can be deleted by clicking on More>delete from the image page. Please let me know if you have any questions. --Jennifer (JBS66) 10:31, 6 October 2011 (EDT)
Hi Jennifer - A lot of the photos are actually mine, and others are from friends who gave me permission to post them here. I'll go ahead and make your changes, though, to avoid any confusion and headaches. :)--Aberksan 19:59, 6 October 2011 (EDT)
Cool. I can do that. Thanks!!!!!--Aberksan 20:10, 6 October 2011 (EDT)
MySource: Acadians who Found Refuge in Louisiana... [27 February 2012]
Hi, I noticed this page MySource:Aberksan/Acadians Who Found Refuge in Louisiana, Benoit while working on my Louisiana Acadians. It appears that you have copied quite a bit of information from other web sites. This poses a copyright issue.
Thanks. --Judy (jlanoux) 15:11, 27 February 2012 (EST) (WeRelate volunteer)
Hi Judy. Hmmmm. I thought that page was private and didn't realize it was public. I put it there for my reference. Sorry. It has been removed.--Aberksan 15:30, 27 February 2012 (EST)
Donatille Naquin (wife of Jean Adolphe Rodrigue) [2 November 2012]
My Grandpa Henry J. Rodrigue spoke of his grandmother as "Donatille". As opposed to Marie. But I cannot say for sure if she was ever called Marie.
Hope to hear from you.
Paula Iles Restrepo (daughter of Olga Mae Rodrigue Iles) (1919-2005)--PMRestrepo 00:32, 2 November 2012 (EDT)
Michael Matthew Armstrong [4 December 2012]
Hi, my name is Debbie Armstrong. I was married to Michael at the time of his death. I noticed a mistake with his middle name as being "Todd" that is Michaels son.. Whom is still living. How did you know the family? Are you a relative? Here is my e-mail if you'd like to add more information to Armstrong Tree email@example.com Thanks in advance..--Bayou58 18:12, 4 December 2012 (EST)