User talk:Ajcrow

Talk Archive: 2007-2010


Sweet Family of Ohio [13 April 2011]

Hello Amy,

I was led to through an article in "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library, No. 82, December 31, 2010." Exploring WeRelate, I tried a name from my own genealogy database, Thomas Sweet (1703-1763, Rhode Island). Interesting site. Didn’t find Thomas, but I noticed a familiar name in the search results, Job Sweet (3), 1844-1925 – with your name attached as “watcher.”

The Job Sweet that you have entered is my great-granduncle. He is the brother of my g-g-father, Preserved Sweet (1834-1894). Of course I was hoping there would be more extensive information about the rest of the family… Seven of the nine children (that I have found) of John and Harriet [Harris] Sweet were born Kirtland, Ohio. The eldest, Nancy (1830-Abt 1920), was born in Palmyra, New York. I don’t have a birth date or location for the youngest, Richard ( -1923, Fairfax, California.).

I started working on my genealogy project back in the early 1980s, putting together a book focusing on my mother’s family for a family reunion in 1983. After that my project pretty much sat on the back burner until I saw an article about a local genealogy conference a few years ago. That got me hooked again. With all that is now available on the Internet I was collecting information like crazy. Well, I thought I’d have my project pretty well wrapped up within six months or so following my retirement in 2007. Yeah, right. Now some four years later…

Thank you for your interest and efforts on the Ohio Civil War soldiers Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System project.

Regards, Jim Sweet--JLS1945 13:41, 2 January 2011 (EST)

Hi Jim,
My apologies for not responding sooner. I was getting ready to go out-of-town for a conference. Please feel free to add info to any of the page I (or anyone else) has created -- that's the beauty of the wiki! By the way, I have to say that "Preserved Sweet" is one of the best names I've heard in awhile :-) -- Amy (Ajcrow) 18:22, 13 January 2011 (EST)

Thanks for your response, Amy. Turns out the name Preserved is not as unusual as one might think. My grandfather's middle name came from his father, my g-gfather (Preserved Harris Sweet). G-gf P.H.S. was named after his maternal grandfather, Preserved Harris II (1785-1867). And he was named after his grandfather, Preserved Harris (1715-1797). He is the first in my line that I am aware of. I have, however, seen this name in other families, as well. Regards, Jim--JLS1945 23:17, 13 January 2011 (EST)

Hi Amy, I added the information this morning about Abraham Soliday- but it isn't there now. What did I do wrong? He was in Company C of the 169th Ohio Infantry- National Guard. They were only enlisted for 100 days- 02 May 1865 to 04 Sep 1865. Thanks, Bonnie--Bonnie4tea 17:48, 12 April 2011 (EDT)

William Barker was Company B, 1st Batallion, 18 US Infantry--Fastwarhorse 19:09, 13 April 2011 (EDT)

John McClelland [23 January 2011]

Hi Amy, got your note on John McClelland and Martha Dale. I was actually working on some different McClelland families (one of them is in my Augusta County project), and happened to bump into a couple others that appeared to be pretty well researched, so I figured I'd take a little extra time and add what I found. Feel free to add whatever documentation and sources you want to their pages; afterall, that's what a "wiki" is all about, right? :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, best regards!

Jim:)--Delijim 16:35, 23 January 2011 (EST)

Location of Hinton,West Virginia [24 January 2011]

I did make a mistake on this county. Hinton, West Virginia is in Summers county. So sorry. Please correct and Thanks.--Sandralpond 18:33, 24 January 2011 (EST)

Next step: Review your GEDCOM [25 January 2011]

You're not done yet!

WeRelate is different from most family tree websites. By contributing to WeRelate you are helping to create Pando for genealogy, a free, unified family tree that combines the best information from all contributors.

Now that you have uploaded starkey.ged, your next step is to review what your pages will look like, review any potential warnings, and combine (merge) people in your GEDCOM with matching people already on WeRelate. You need to review your GEDCOM before it can finish importing. We will keep your GEDCOM in the queue for two weeks to give you time to review it.

Note: if your gedcom contains many errors or multiple families, we’d ask that you resolve and correct the errors, delete this gedcom and re-submit it without the errors before merging it with families already on WeRelate. If the gedcom is very large, we’d suggest breaking it up into separate files (or families) and importing them one at a time, which makes the review and correction process easier.

Click here to review your GEDCOM

Once you have finished your review and marked your GEDCOM Ready to import, one of our administrators will review your GEDCOM and finalize the import. This usually happens within 24 hours. You will receive a message here when the pages have been created.

--WeRelate agent 14:52, 25 January 2011 (EST)

Next step: Review your GEDCOM [25 January 2011]

You're not done yet!

WeRelate is different from most family tree websites. By contributing to WeRelate you are helping to create Pando for genealogy, a free, unified family tree that combines the best information from all contributors.

Now that you have uploaded starkey.ged, your next step is to review what your pages will look like, review any potential warnings, and combine (merge) people in your GEDCOM with matching people already on WeRelate. You need to review your GEDCOM before it can finish importing. We will keep your GEDCOM in the queue for two weeks to give you time to review it.

Note: if your gedcom contains many errors or multiple families, we’d ask that you resolve and correct the errors, delete this gedcom and re-submit it without the errors before merging it with families already on WeRelate. If the gedcom is very large, we’d suggest breaking it up into separate files (or families) and importing them one at a time, which makes the review and correction process easier.

Click here to review your GEDCOM

Once you have finished your review and marked your GEDCOM Ready to import, one of our administrators will review your GEDCOM and finalize the import. This usually happens within 24 hours. You will receive a message here when the pages have been created.

--WeRelate agent 15:01, 25 January 2011 (EST)

starkey.ged Imported Successfully [25 January 2011]

The pages from your GEDCOM have been generated successfully. You may now:

For questions or problems, leave a message for Dallan or send an email to

--WeRelate agent 15:07, 25 January 2011 (EST)

Use of "Find A Grave" [3 February 2011]

I've revised the source page for find a grave a bit, as well as presuming to offer some examples of "good" usage. Since you've often shown an interest in such matters, I would like to hear from you too. Please see Source talk:Find A Grave. Thanks!--Jrm03063 11:23, 3 February 2011 (EST)

Cemeteries [23 March 2011]

Hello Amy!

Please... Call me Rob!

The two Gaertre Cemeteries are the same. I haven't figured out how to delete duplicate listings for people/places when I make a mistake. Perhaps you can enlighten me?

Sorrty for keeping you busy with the Find-A-Grave links. I'm slowly getting all of my work from there posted onto here; this site seems much more user friendly and has less drama. Some of those folks need therapy or a trip out to the woodshed!

I really appreciate your help and your dedication to this site. This has turned out to be a fascinating hobby; werelate is a great tool!

Muchas Smooches!

Rob--Kmrob 16:59, 23 March 2011 (EDT)

Moore family [26 March 2011]

How are you related to the Moore family?

I descend through Andrew Moore > Andrew Moore > Isaac Moore > Dinah Moore, my 5th great grandmother--Kolstee 23:08, 25 March 2011 (EDT)

Marking places as patrolled [30 March 2011]

Hi Amy, I've noticed that you monitor the cemetery pages. I was wondering if you could mark them as patrolled as you review them. Then, when you or I are going through the recent edits, we can hide those that have already been checked. Thanks, --Jennifer (JBS66) 13:17, 30 March 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for the reminder. I always forget to do that! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 13:32, 30 March 2011 (EDT)

Thanks Amy [7 April 2011]

Thanks for the burial information for Lorenzo Croydon Bement. This is actually my neice and Bro-in-law's family, but as official family genealogist and a genealogical librarian, I keep track of that branch also. Regards....--Neal Gardner 15:51, 5 April 2011 (EDT)

You're welcome! I'm not related to the family at all. I just stumbled across those pages last night and thought I'd take a stab at adding to them. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 15:56, 5 April 2011 (EDT)

I do the same thing, especially Ohio people. I have a lot of early settlers in Ohio. Thanks again.--Neal Gardner 17:15, 5 April 2011 (EDT)

Same here. What parts of Ohio were your people in? Mine are mostly in southeastern Ohio -- a lot in Perry, Morgan, Washington, Licking, Muskingum, and Lawrence counties. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 21:04, 5 April 2011 (EDT)

Mostly NE Ohio, but as a Certified Genealogist I've done some client research in SE, especially Noble, Belmont, some Washington Co. Briefly, my family in Trumbull Co. (Winans in 1809; Latimer 1841 & Lenney in late 1820s, Churchill in early 1820s, Gunn, Huntley in 1838, Gardner, Thompson, Frantz, Kilpatrick); in Ashtabula Co. (Gunn in 1819, Gleason 1820s, Sharp 1810s); Mahoning (McAdams in 1830s); Lorain Co. (McLean in 1840s, Peters 1840s); Medina Co. (Gardner in early 1852, Tanner 1848); Cuyahoga Co.(Gardner early 1840s)--Neal Gardner 13:44, 6 April 2011 (EDT)

I guess I could have just looked at your profile page :-) -- Amy (Ajcrow) 07:36, 7 April 2011 (EDT)

cleaning up my cem places [6 January 2012]

I really appreciate your cleaning up the cemetery pages. I don't know how to do what you're doing and I'm just glad to have someone fix them up. I've noticed you've worked on several of the cem places I've entered. So thanks again! --Janiejac 00:36, 7 April 2011 (EDT)

You're quite welcome! If you're curious about how anything on a page is done, just click the "Edit" button and look at the different fields. You don't have to change anything -- you can always click "Cancel" at the bottom of the page when you're done looking. If you have any questions at all about how something is done on a page, let me know. I'd be glad to help! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 07:34, 7 April 2011 (EDT)

Wow! I just dumped another batch of cemeteries into the system and you've cleaned them up great! I really appreciate what you are doing with them! They frustrate me. You probably saw I tried (unsuccessfully) on one to link to wp but it didn't work as expected. I can do the genealogy, but getting it correctly into WR is another thing altogether. I do have a question about the abreviations. I understand it is necessary to have some convention about naming them - so St. and Mt. should be spelled out - but if St. David's or Mt. Croghan isn't added as an alternative name, then searchers may not find the site if they are unaware of the need to be that specific. I sure didn't think about it when I created all those places. Thanks again for working on these. --Janiejac 15:54, 12 September 2011 (EDT)

Amy, I think I've bit off more than I can chew. I'm still creating cemetery pages that you have to clean up after me. I appreciate what you're doing because it's about all I can do to get a GEDCOM uploaded, let alone create all these pages to match to. I just created another one that leaves me with questions! I was matching sources and have run into this situation I don't know what to do with. I used as a source a website which lists all the burials in a Quaker cemetery. So I created a Place:Jerusalem Friends Cemetery, Wantagh, Nassau, New York, United States and put a link to the website (also to f-a-g) on the page, but I shouldn't be trying to link my source to a place page. You can tell I'm confused and feel like I'm over my head. (and the new pg still needs coordinates.)

I have used various websites for sources so I'm going to run into this a lot. Is there any kind of rule for creating sources just for websites? Or will they always just fall into a MySource?

You can create Source pages for websites. When you click Add > Source, choose "Website." If it is a transcript of a book or if it's scanned images of a book or series of documents, don't add it as a website -- add it like you would the book or documents. (Then you can add the website as a repository.) You also don't need to make either a Source or a MySource page. If the website you're citing has just a few entries, for example, you might want to enter the source as "Citation Only" on the Person or Family page. (Just fill in the name of the website in the Title field and put in the URL in the Text/Transcription location field.) -- Amy (Ajcrow) 12:03, 6 January 2012 (EST)

Civil War categories [9 April 2011]

Hello Amy, I am just "hanging around" waiting for the source on edit pages issue to get resolved and looked under "Admin" and "Recent Changes," saw your new civil war categories mentioned and decided to see if I could figure out how to add my ancestor. --Susan Irish 15:59, 9 April 2011 (EDT)

Cool! Feel free to add the categories to any CW vets you come across (well, at least those that identify the unit he served it). -- Amy (Ajcrow) 16:02, 9 April 2011 (EDT)

Contest [11 April 2011]

I would love to be involved in WeRelate Genealogy Contest planning. I'm going to think about it and write my ideas up. First question is how often? Once a month is just too stretched out. People loose interest. I think it should be one every week. And I don't know what day to start it - if you could ask around it seems like whatever time WeRelate gets the most traffic would be the best time. I read that Friday is a good day for Facebook because everyone is wrapping up their office work and looking for distractions. I don't want to start it on Saturday if most people go outside that day and don't use their computers. So I am thinking every Friday. Could you run that by the other admins and give me feedback? I'll get back to you tomorrow with more ideas. Catherine --cthrnvl 19:43, 9 April 2011 (EDT)

you can email me at cthrnvl at gmail dot com--cthrnvl 11:39, 11 April 2011 (EDT)

Civil war soldier from Friesland [10 April 2011]

Hi Amy, one of the people in my Friesland, NL project was Sake Kooistra (aka Silas Coster) who was in the Civil War. A recent news article says that he was in the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Does that mean he would go into the Category:2nd Wisconsin Cavalry? Thanks,--Jennifer (JBS66) 18:48, 10 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi Jennifer! Yes, that would be the right category. Add his name, surname first, after the | so it sorts right. If there isn't already a category for that, add it to Category:Wisconsin Civil War veterans. Thanks! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 18:52, 10 April 2011 (EDT)
Thank you! I sorted it by his birth name (since it's the page title that appears in the category listing), but he was known by Silas Coster in the U.S. --Jennifer (JBS66) 19:00, 10 April 2011 (EDT)

Ohio regiments in the Civil War [11 April 2011]

Hello, Amy. I see you have some interest in several of the people in my genealogy research--if they had any involvement in the Civil War. Like Alanson Gunn. You might want to take a look at my great grandfather, Christopher Conrad Gunn. He enlisted in E Company of the Ohio 6th Cavalry Regiment--at the age of 15! He had 3 horses shot out from under him and was in most of the battles of that regiment, which I'm sure you know was very active. I have more information than what I've put into WeRelate, if you are interested. And perhaps you can add information from your research. Regards, James Gunn--Gunnj 20:52, 10 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi, James. I've been marking those pages as part a project we've started here on WeRelate to make it easier for people to find pages of Civil War veterans in a specific regiment. Your Christopher Conrad Gunn sounds like one lucky individual! Please feel free to add info to any of your WeRelate pages (Civil War or not). The more information on a page, the more helpful it is to anyone researching that person. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. Thanks! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 10:01, 11 April 2011 (EDT)

Military categories [11 April 2011]

Amy, we may have some overlap with military categories. There is a Category:Military and your top-level Category:Veterans (which we need to find a home for :-) It seems that Military sources are mixed in with military figures. Any ideas on how we can sort these out? --Jennifer (JBS66) 14:35, 11 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Jennifer. I am neck-deep in a paper I have to turn in later today. I'll take a look at these (hopefully later this evening or tomorrow morning) and come up with some ideas for sorting everything out. Thanks. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 14:56, 11 April 2011 (EDT)

Sub catagories [12 April 2011]

Amy, I noticed you added my ancestor, William Holden and his regiment to Illinois Civil War veterans. So I tried to enter my ancestors Perry Austin NY 11th C John Billingsley Kentucky 52nd John Reid Illinois 130th Somehow I am unable to get the sub categories to nest properly. I copied your templates and changed the regiments, added a C for the NY 11th, but they don't show.--Scot 12:59, 12 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Scot. The one for John Reid is working. The other two just need to have their categories created. (The regiments nest under the category state Civil War veterans). There's a page set up here explaining how the categories are set up. Let me know if you have any other questions or problems. Thanks for taking an interest in the project!-- Amy (Ajcrow) 13:26, 12 April 2011 (EDT)

Abraham Soliday- Civil War Information [12 April 2011]

Hi Amy, I added the information this morning about Abraham Soliday's Civil War Service- but it isn't there now. What did I do wrong? He was in Company C of the 169th Ohio Infantry- National Guard. They were only enlisted for 100 days- 02 May 1865 to 04 Sep 1865. Thanks, Bonnie--Bonnie4tea 17:48, 12 April 2011 (EDT)--Bonnie4tea 17:50, 12 April 2011 (EDT)

Civil War Project [13 April 2011]

Thanks for the help. Does your project include histories, battles etc. for individual regiments, or is it just for identifying veterans?--Scot 11:16, 13 April 2011 (EDT)

Right now, we're concentrating on the veterans, since that's how the current category structure is set up. Did you have something in mind? -- Amy 11:21, 13 April 2011 (EDT)
In a way. A couple of years ago while working on my g-grandfather's page I discovered that the National Park Service has a website which contains the history and service engagements for individual regiments,His regiment was the NY 11th Cavalry, originally called Scott's 900.
At the the least, the link could be placed on the category page. Also I found a couple of books about his regiment. Source:Smith, Thomas West. Story of a Cavalry Regiment : "Scott's 900", Eleventh New York Cavalry, from the St. Lawrence River to the Gulf of Mexico and Source:Calvert, Henry Murray. Reminiscences of a Boy in Blue, 1862-1865. These could be summerized or have material extracted from them as part of the project.--Scot 12:19, 13 April 2011 (EDT)
I placed the NPS text on the 52nd Kentucky Page, the link only brings up the search engine not the page. Being a government entity, are copyright issues involved?--Scot 12:29, 13 April 2011 (EDT)
To answer your last question first, no, copyright is not an issue here. (It's a US govt publication *and* the original source -- Dyer's Compendium -- is in the public domain.)
I'm not against putting text on the top of the category page, but we need to remember that these categories could potentially have around 1,000 names included. I just made a change to the 52nd Kentucky Page -- deleted the 2nd paragraph and added a link to the Wikipedia page. Let me know what you think of that. Regarding sources, there's another project about sources. I think there's a discussion about it on the Watercooler.... or it might be on someone's Talk page.... I have several different discussions going on that I can't remember where they are. (Thank goodness for the email notifications <g>) I think if someone wants to do a lengthy summary and/or bibliography of a unit, it would be best to have its own Article, which we could link to on that category page. I've done something like that with the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery. -- Amy 12:54, 13 April 2011 (EDT)
I like what you did, but it won't work for all regiments because WikiPedia doesn't have an article for each regiment. The NPS site only allows you to link to the search engine but not to search results. The civil war archive at /regim.htm

allows you to bring up a page of several regiments and you then mus scroll to the one you want. If there are no sites that allow linking to a single entry for all regiments and you feel it is too much text for the regiment category page, then maybe it should be stored as a separate article with a link on the category page. I can't believe how much you've done creating person pages on WR for all those Ohio soldiers. Thanks again. Have you a project scope defined? I'd like to figure out how best to participate.--Scot 16:30, 13 April 2011 (EDT)
I forgot about having Dyer's Compendium. If you go there and click on the Regimental Index and click a state, each state has a table of contents. If you click on the regiment you want, you'll go right to it. So you could use as the link for the 52nd Kentucky. If that works for you, we could use that as a link at the top of each unit's category page.
We don't really have a project page, per se. The closest that Amelia and I have is what's on the category's talk page. Perhaps we should just make an article? What do you think?
Thanks for the kind words about the pages for the Ohio CW vets. It's been a labor of love. -- Amy 20:40, 13 April 2011 (EDT)

Martin aka William Frantz: Civil War [14 April 2011]

Hi Amy, I just left Civil War info for my 2nd grgrfa as listed in Topic: I used to have very precise information re: his Civil War Service (lost in a move), but the following is what I retreived on Ancestry... Civil War: 13th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (42nd Volunteers/1st Pennsylvania Rifles) Martin actually deserted near the date of birth for one of his children, hence the aka William, but I no longer have details. Regards..--Neal Gardner 16:36, 14 April 2011 (EDT)

[17 April 2011]

Amy, see Perry A. Gunn, who enlisted in Company H, the Wisconsin 18th Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.

Cheers, James--Gunnj 10:59, 17 April 2011 (EDT)

Civil War - 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry [21 April 2011]

Amy, see William Henry Harrison Alford, who enlisted in Company F, 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry.

Cheers, James--Gunnj 11:27, 17 April 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for the info! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 22:40, 21 April 2011 (EDT)

augustus p. burr's unit [21 April 2011]

I have had the most difficult time in getting to the point where I could file this info. You asked about Augustus P. Burr(mygreat-grandad)'s unit in the CW: Here's the info from my genealogy progrm:

Enlisted as a private in Company F, 8th Infantry Regiment of Georgia (CSA), on May 22, 1861, and received a disability discharge on August 1, 1861

He enlisted in Co. I, 42nd Infantry Regiment, Georgia, on March 10, 1862 ---Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865 (GARosterC) Published in 1955-58 by Longino and Porter

Promoted to Full Sergeant (1861) Enlisted as private on May 10, 1861 Enlisted in Co. B., 5th Inf., Reg. GA May 10, 1861 disch. furnished substitute on 12 Sept. 1861 Enlisted in Co. B., 5th Inf. Reg. GA May 10, 1863 ---Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865 (GARosterC) Published in 1955-58 by Longino and Porter

JayR2758 20:06, 17 April 2011 (EDT)
Thanks for the information -- Amy (Ajcrow) 22:39, 21 April 2011 (EDT)

Renaming military categories [21 April 2011]

Hi Amy, I've been out most of the day, but I see you are working on renaming the military categories. Let me know if I can help. --Jennifer (JBS66) 17:40, 21 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Jennifer. I've been working my way alphabetically through the states. I'm in Massachusetts now. If you'd like to start at the end of the alphabet and work backwards, that would be great! Unfortunately, we can't just rename the category pages -- we need to change the links on the person pages. :-( -- Amy (Ajcrow) 17:43, 21 April 2011 (EDT)
Amy, the only categories I didn't do were U.S. Army Civil War veterans, U.S. Army veterans, and U.S. Navy veterans. It looked like you were starting to renamed them to include Civil War in their title, so I left those for you. --Jennifer (JBS66) 20:19, 21 April 2011 (EDT)
I was just getting ready to message you -- it looks like we met in the middle :-) I'm fixing the U.S. Army and Navy categories now. Thanks for your help! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 20:21, 21 April 2011 (EDT)

here's another service man [18 September 2011]

I don't know how you're finding these fellows but I'm glad you are. Here is one I just added the service info to this evening.

Notice the Find-a-Grave reference is red. I had a hard time getting the system to 'select' the source this evening. Don't know what the problem was; it kept showing Find-a-Grave in the search results but clicking the select button didn't work. So I left and later tried two more times. It didn't appear to take, but then I saw it did, but it was red. It tried it with a capital A and with a small 'a'. Something I'm not doing right. --Janiejac 01:48, 23 April 2011 (EDT)

There was a glitch with the auto-complete last night. It seems to be working now. If you continue having problems with it, leave a note for Dallan on his Talk page. (BTW, the link is for "Find A Grave" with no dashes.)
You can add Civil War category links yourself, if you'd like. Just model it after the other ones you've seen, such as [[Category:103rd Iowa Infantry (Civil War)|Smith, John]]. If the category link is red, click on it and add the parent category, which in this example would be [[Category:Iowa Civil War veterans]]. If you're not comfortable adding category links, just leave me a note like you did for John Jackson; I'm more than happy to add them. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 08:15, 23 April 2011 (EDT)

A couple more: Info from Margaret Frasier: "Person:Henry Jackson (62) served with Co D, 8th Regiment SC Infantry, killed in a battle in Virginia. His uncle Person:Benjamin Jackson (36) served with that same unit (Co D, 8th Regiment SC Infantry) and was killed in Dec 1861, also in VA. We have conflicting dates for Henry's death, one of which is Dec 1861, presumably in the same battle in which his Uncle Benjamin was killed."

Henry's father and Benjamin's brother was Col. Stephen Jackson. We don't know just where he got the title. He was influential in other ways but didn't see military service. --Janiejac 19:46, 18 September 2011 (EDT)

Trouble renaming page [23 April 2011]

Hi Amy, I see that you edited the following place page: Canon Hill Cemetery. It should be called Canyon Hill Cemetery. I tried changing the name, but I just get a blank page when I submit the change. I tried two browsers and no luck. Is there a glitch in the renaming process? — Parsa 13:34, 23 April 2011 (EDT)

Not sure why it wouldn't work. I went ahead and changed the name for you. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 13:37, 23 April 2011 (EDT)
Thanks — Parsa 13:40, 23 April 2011 (EDT)

Genealogy Contest [29 April 2011]

Hi Amy, I need a page that is just for the genealogy contest. I wasn't sure if it should be Special: so I will let you do it. I think it should be something like Contest. That way the search engines should catch all the key words I want them to. As soon as we get a page I am going to have a contest for a logo. I think we could launch a contest in May. Thanks, --cthrnvl 20:20, 28 April 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Catherine. I'm sorry that I've rather dropped off the face of the earth. I got caught up in school, work, and a couple of other projects I have going on here. I'm going to be away all day today and tomorrow, but will get back with you later tomorrow or Sunday so we can work out some details. Thanks for your patience! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 06:29, 29 April 2011 (EDT)

Cemetery [3 May 2011]

Hi, I saw you added a page for Colestown Cemetery, which is great since I have numerous relatives buried there. I'm curious, is there any standards for information/formatting in regards to cemetery pages? I've checked out the portal, but as far as I can tell there is no standardization yet - and I just don't want to deviate from the gameplan. I apologize in advance if I've missed something. Thanks! --Colest 16:22, 2 May 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Colest. There's no standard format for the page itself, though most of them do contain a link to the cemetery's page on (usually under the heading of "Resources"). A typical cemetery page is Pisgah Cemetery in Fairfield Co, Ohio. Some people add a lot more information -- photos, text from historical markers, veteran burials, etc. Parsa has been adding quite a bit to the New Hebron Cemetery page, for example. I'd say the most important things to get on the page are the coordinates (they help people find those that are in the middle of a corn field <g>) and any of the applicable categories. The county category is particularly important, as it groups all of the cemeteries in a county together. This page has information on how to format the category link. Let me know if you have any questions at all! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 16:49, 2 May 2011 (EDT)
Wherever they exist, I like to add external links to cemetery lists. Most county genealogical societies have a page that lists cemeteries, and many will have actual recorded lists of burials. These are often found on the USGenWeb pages (under the particular county), especially on their Tombstone Project pages. I usually do a search for the cemetery name, county, and state on Google. Some common sites to list in the external links are the page for the particular cemetery on Find A Grave,, and The Political Graveyard. Some county historical societies also have cemetery lists. — Parsa 18:01, 2 May 2011 (EDT)
I hope I didn't make it sound like the link to FindAGrave should be the only one on the page! I think we should add links to any and all relevant websites. Some larger, older cemeteries (such as Crown Hill in Indianapolis) have burial records on their websites. They also often have histories of the cemetery; I like to add a separate link to that webpage if they have one. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 18:06, 2 May 2011 (EDT)
Thanks for the info folks. I was mainly curious if there were any standardized headings, table templates, etc. Looks like there is some room for creative freedom. :) --Colest 08:44, 3 May 2011 (EDT)


Hi, Amy,

I'd like to thank you for stepping up and taking care of some of the members of the Gurden Johnson line that had data in the incorrect data fields. This gedcom had been sent to me from Bob Johnson and I soon discovered he was using a "different" style of data entry. I didn't pay too much attention and thought I had most of that stuff corrected, but I sure didn't!

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Howard Johnston--Howie 20:49, 2 May 2011 (EDT)

Roberts family [3 May 2011]

Hi Amy, are you researching the Roberts family? or did you just trip over them in your cemetery ramblings? --Judy (jlanoux) 13:07, 3 May 2011 (EDT)

I tripped over him in my Civil War ramblings. I saw the reference that the father was in the 97th Indiana, so I went ahead and added the pages. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 13:10, 3 May 2011 (EDT)

Lewis Durgee [8 May 2011]

Amy-- At first I thought you were another far-distant Durgee relative, but apparently you ran across Lewis Durgee as part of your Civil War soldiers project. Thank you for correcting some of the headings.

Lewis, my mother's great-uncle, was actually about 42 years old when he signed up to fight in 1864. I sent to the National Archives for his military record. He had quite a long, maybe not-so-distinguished life, with those 4 wives. I'd love to find out what happened to nos. 2 and 3. No. 1, after having at least 3 children with him, went back to Momma and Poppa. She eventually re-married and had some more kids.

He named two sons after himself, Lewis (Jr.) and Lewis (Jr. 2). Lewis (Jr.) grew up, married, had sons who of course were named Lewis. So I had quite a time deciphering newspaper articles that referred to only "Lewis Durgee"

Your bio says you're going to library school. I'm at the other end of the library life, as I worked for about 42 years as a librarian in upstate New York. Now retired to Olympia WA, where I've published "Library of Congress Changed Subject Heading Subdivisions" annually for nearly 20 years. And after being retired 15 years I still have dreams at least once a week about being in a library and being told to do some impossible task.

Good luck in your endeavors! JOYCE OGDEN--WAJoyce 23:09, 3 May 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Joyce! Sorry that I didn't have information to post on your Durgee relatives. But maybe adding those categories will help others find them. (We librarians do like our categories, don't we <g>). Lewis (the one who married 4 times) sounds like an interesting character! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 07:52, 8 May 2011 (EDT)

Assorted U.S. military categories [18 May 2011]

Amy, I've been following the Civil War category set-up you guys have been linking people to (I get emails), but there are some Person pages I know have been categorized by unit for which I'm seeing no listing under the various "Civil War veterans" state category pages. Are there several overlapping systems there? The "Veterans" categories don't seem to be the same as the regimental category pages. There are also some CW guys whom I know ya'll have missed and I'd like to go back and add category links to their pages, but I want to make sure I understand first how it's all set up. I've only found discussions of page-naming format and coverage and such on a couple of the talk pages; there's not a portal, or an overall "project" page that brings all this together?

Also: I have a bunch of people in my Red River Project who were in the Texas Revolution and I've begun making source pages for the relevant muster rolls and linking them in. I don't see any of that sort of thing in the more general "Military" category. Is there a more general "U.S. wars" sort of category structure in the works, that would include more than the Civil War? Or is that outside your interest? --MikeTalk 08:41, 7 May 2011 (EDT)

Mike, could you point me toward one of the pages that has been categorized, but doesn't have a listing under one of the state Civil War veterans pages? Thanks. There were a few other categories that people were using (apparently mostly for their personal organization). I've tried to clean those up as I find them. Not sure what you mean by the "Veterans" categories not being the same as the regimental category pages. The hierarchy we set up is: Military > Veterans > American Civil War veterans > state Civil War veterans > regiment (Civil War) > Person page. As for there being CW vets we've missed -- we've barely scratched the surface! Do an exact search for Person pages with the keyword phrase "Civil War" (in quotes) and you'll get over 5700 hits. Obviously not all of them are vets, but it's a good way to find them. (I'm thankful Dallan implemented the option to sort results by last date modified. It's an easy way for me to tell where I left off!) Please feel free to add links to the appropriate categories on the Person pages.
I keep meaning to put together a project page, but every time I start, I get interrupted. I need to make the time to get that together. I've toyed with the idea of a portal, but don't know if I'm feeling that ambitious yet <g>
Under Military > Veterans, there is a category for American Revolutionary War veterans. Although I'm watching the page, I haven't done anything with it in terms of adding people to their states. -- Amy 07:41, 8 May 2011 (EDT)
I've just added links to a couple dozen CW vets and also a few Amer Rev people. I have some War of 1812 & Mex War vets pending, but they can wait until a system shakes out. I should note that I corrected a couple of CW regimental names (changing "3rd Tennessee Infantry" to "3rd Tennessee Infantry (CSA)", etc), and also corrected the referring links on the Person pages, and deleted the now-orphaned wrongly-named pages.
Apropos the discussion earlier on Rev War units -- or lack of them, in dealing with "Scouts & Spies" -- I've categorized the people who did that sort of work simply as "Pennsylvania Revolutionary War veterans" and so on. I think that works fine for those who had no unit. I'm still thinking about how to handle the Texas Revolution units.
Also, I discovered, under Category:Military, a subcat called Category:Militia, which I don't think the user who created it has thought out completely, and I left a note on the talk page. (You aren't listed as watching that one.) I have a number of people who were officers in pre-Rev War local militia units, train bands, etc, and I'm kind of wondering about such outfits might be categorized -- or if they even should be, since they were technically peacetime operations.
Finally, just to mention it before I do it, I'm probably going to add a third subcat under Category:Veterans called Category:King Philip's War. I don't think it will need any further refining or subdividing as it was pretty localized geographically. This leads to the possibility of Category:French & Indian War (specifically Roger's Rangers), Category:Dunmore's War, and Category:Fort Louisbourg Expedition, in all of which I have direct and collateral ancestors who took part. I wonder if those ought to have the date following them in parentheses, like Category:Dunmore's War (1774).
I guess I come from an aggressive family. . . . --MikeTalk 21:30, 17 May 2011 (EDT)
There are all sorts of military categories we could do. It will be interesting to see how they all shake out.
One note about your change of the Tennessee regiments to ... (CSA). Confederate units from Confederate states don't carry the CSA designation, since it is presumed that they are Confederate. The only units that get CSA are the ones from border states (eg, 3rd Kentucky Infantry (CSA); similarly, Union regiments raised in Confederate states are designated (Union). If you could go back and change those, that would be great. Thanks! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 22:04, 17 May 2011 (EDT)
Um. Yeah. My error. Tennessee, like KY and MO, raised so many troops for both sides, I sometimes forget it was technically a member of the CSA. (My Tennessee people were all Unionist mountain men.) I'll fix that. --MikeTalk 07:28, 18 May 2011 (EDT)

Gedom Powell Brownlee Dobbyn [11 May 2011]

It was imported but all the 78 individuals seemed to have got lost. If they appear, I have to spend time cleaning up sources. HLJ411--HLJ411 16:47, 11 May 2011 (EDT)

8th US VRC [12 May 2011]

Hi, I created 8th U.S. Army Veteran Reserve Corps category but it didn't sort properly under U.S. Army Civil War veterans and I don't know why. --Susan Irish 00:52, 12 May 2011 (EDT)

I figured it out and it now sorts properly.--Susan Irish 01:20, 12 May 2011 (EDT)

Adding Find a Grave [13 May 2011]

Thanks for adding Find A Grave to my cemeteries. If I could figure out how to do that I would. I am new to this site but I love it!! Sue Badeaux--Suebado 08:43, 13 May 2011 (EDT)

Census addition [18 May 2011]

Thanks for adding the census information and source for the Orin and Olive Banks family page. I'm trying to work on their children at the moment. I need all the census information for William A. Banks, since that page is almost "done." However, I only have access to free content at this time, so I'm a bit limited. I think the page has turned out pretty well considering I only used free online content. I just want to get a hold of a real copy of the book in which I found the photo to get a better scan of my own. I had to work on this one in Photoshop for a long time to get it to look as good as it does. Fortunately, I think there's one in a library pretty close to me. — Parsa 17:44, 18 May 2011 (EDT)

I think you're doing an awesome job with the Banks pages! I take care of most of the tweeting for WeRelate. I wanted to tweet a link to George Banks' page and while I was looking at the page, I thought I'd add something about his parents. FamilySearch's census index and images to the rescue :-) -- Amy (Ajcrow) 18:06, 18 May 2011 (EDT)

Thanks Amy [25 May 2011]

Thank Amy for the military categories you have been adding to several of my Pollard pages. I have had numerous personal problems since January and have not had much time to work on WeRelate. I hope to get back soon and be able to help.

Thanks, Pam

--Txbluebell6 15:20, 24 May 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Pam! I'm sorry to hear you've had troubles. I hope they are resolved smoothly. As for the military categories, they've been fun to work with -- I've seen a lot of interesting pages in the process! Take care of yourself... -- Amy (Ajcrow) 22:29, 25 May 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for nomination [30 May 2011]

Thanks for the featured article nomination. I think for every hour I spent on the page, I spent several additional hours building sources, adding places and categories, etc. I especially spent a huge amount of time finding all the online versions of the Indiana State Board of Agriculture reports.
By the way, is it the week of May 30 yet?  :-) — Parsa 22:51, 30 May 2011 (EDT)

Contest [1 June 2011]

No, I didn't get an email. Could you start by making an official special page for it (not sure where it should go). I did make some logos and then obsessed about whether to just go with them or have a logo contest. A logo contest would generate some interest. What do you think?

Image:WeRelate Genealogy Contest logo small.jpg Genealogy Contest logo medium.jpg

--cthrnvl 21:56, 1 June 2011 (EDT)

Those are pretty nice, especially the smaller one as it looks pretty neat and clean. I have to admit that I'm getting a bit tired of the Howard Johnsons color scheme though. XD — Parsa 22:31, 1 June 2011 (EDT)

Michigan 3rd and 5th Infantry in Civil War [21 June 2011]

I believe you will find that late in the Civil War the 3rd was merged into the 5th. So anyone serving in the 3rd late in the war also served in the 5th?--Jhamstra 10:24, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

It looks like only those men in the 3rd who re-enlisted ended up in the 5th; it wasn't an automatic thing. This site has a good history of the 3rd. I'll add a note on the pages for the 3rd and the 5th about it. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 15:47, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

From [1]:

"These company rosters are comprised only of those men of the Third Michigan Infantry, first organization, which served in the Army of the Potomac from June of 1861 until June 1864 when it was consolidated with the Fifth Michigan Infantry.

The "reorganized" Third Michigan, which served in the southwestern theater of the war from the fall of 1864 until the spring of 1866, was an entirely seperate unit altogether."--Jhamstra 21:54, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

Regardless, both are called the 3rd Michigan Infantry. It's really beyond the scope of the project to try to distinguish between the "original" and the "reorganized" units. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 22:13, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

My point was that if you were in the original 3rd Infantry in June 1864 you were automatically transferred into the 5th Infantry. It was not a matter of whether you re-enlisted but whether your enlistment went beyond June 1864.--Jhamstra 22:21, 21 June 2011 (EDT)

Samuel H Plough unit [26 June 2011]

Samuel H Plough's Civil War unit was Company G, 23rd Regiment Ohio Infantry. His Civil War pension file is WC 244 375.--Fastwarhorse 11:25, 26 June 2011 (EDT)

Military portal? (or something?) [30 June 2011]

Hi, Amy-- As I beaver away at adding people to my "Red River Project," and adding info to the people I already have, I've been sorting through several muster rolls of CW companies that were raised entirely or mostly in Red River County. I note your 1st Ohio Atty page, but I wonder if you modeled that on anything in particular? More generally, I've been hunting around unsuccessfully at WR for a military "portal" or something similar, where all the various more localized projects are brought together, and where there might be discussion on methods and organization. If there isn't any such thing (yet), this is not to suggest that you (with all your free time . . .) ought to take it up! --MikeTalk 19:21, 30 June 2011 (EDT)

Duplicate cemeteries [4 July 2011]


I hope you don't mind me asking you a question about cemetery pages. I have seen you update some cemeteries I have entered, so i figure you know what to do.

There are two Grove Hill Memorial Cemetery pages. One is listed as Dallas, Texas. The other is listed as Dallas, Dallas, Texas. Dallas is in Dallas county, so the 2nd one is correct.

I don't see a way to combine the two. Please help and / or advice.

Place:Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas, United States

Place:Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States (correct city, county setup)

Thank you, Elizabeth

--EeVas 17:09, 3 July 2011 (EDT)

There's no way to "merge" two Place pages like you would with two Person or Family pages. What you need to do in this instance is copy all of the info from one page to the other (so that anything unique on the first page won't be lost), then redirect the first page to the second (so that no links to it get broken). Let's say the page with one Dallas is A and the page with 2 Dallases is B. Copy anything unique from A to B (like the link to the cemeteries category). Then on A, enter this text:

#redirect[[Place:Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States]] That way any links that go to page A will automatically be redirected to page B. Let me know if you need any help with this. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 08:55, 4 July 2011 (EDT)

Got it done, thank you for your help.--EeVas 09:30, 4 July 2011 (EDT)

census source pages [10 July 2011]

Just realized I'm still making an error causing duplication of "United States." I will get it right!--Gold lotus 99 15:08, 10 July 2011 (EDT)

7th Illinois Infantry [16 July 2011]

Hi, Amy, Have just added information to this page, using your format. Will be adding more detail, as noted, as well as related documents in separate articles. Have collected much on the 7th I look forward to sharing, and appreciate the project and model you have created. (When I first worked on my ancestors' pages, knew I was including information that would be more appropriate to a page for the regiment. Hadn't learned about your project at that point. Now am working to move information to the regiment page, delete it from the person page, and to create articles and documents on all the related material.) I'd really like any feedback you can offer. Thanks, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 18:49, 16 July 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Amy, Created an article, and moved all of the information there. Fixed the 7th regiment page as you suggested, at least that was my intention. Please let me know if I've missed anything. Thanks again, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 19:14, 16 July 2011 (EDT)

Creating cemeteries & Civil War category links [17 July 2011]

Hi, Amy, Just attempted to add information to a cemetery I had just created. This is my first effort with adding lat and long, and I'm not certain I did it right. Also just realized I forgot to add the actual Find A Grave link, although I did use their information for the old name and got the coordinates from their site. Will you please look at the Marietta National cemetery, Georgia. Will you please check the page and give me some feedback? In the mean time, will try to add the Find A Grave link. Oh, noticed you had corrected the Civil War link for Ephraim Powell, but can't see how. Will you please let me know? Have several other links to add, and will hold off until I understand my mistake. Thanks again for all your help, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 12:00, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

Everything looks good on the Marietta National Cemetery page. One tweak you might want to make: when you're entering an alternate name, you can just enter it as name|source (ex: Marietta and Atlanta National Cemetery|Find A Grave). The WeRelate software will automatically format it for you.
When you add a category to a page and it comes up in red, it means that the category doesn't actually exist yet; you'll have to add it. To do that, click on the link to the category and then click Edit. Usually you'll want to add the parent category. So for the "Cemeteries of Cobb, Georgia, United States," you would want to add it to the "Cemeteries of Georgia, United States" category. Enter [[Category:Cemeteries of Georgia, United States|Cobb]]. (The part after the pipe symbol allows it to sort correctly.)
On Ephraim Powell's page, I clicked Edit and removed the word "Volunteer" from the category link.
I hope this helps! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 12:25, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

Yes, it does help, Amy, and thanks again. Will work on the cemetery steps as you suggested. Re: Volunteer in the name of a Regiment. I added this automatically. It's been part of my practice for several years, after getting confused between Drafted and Volunteer regiments (plus mounted infantry, plus mounted infantry that was not named as mounted...) all with the same number. And after discovering that some units included the name of "Volunteer" or "Drafted," in the official regimental name. If the protocol here is to include all regiments of the same number on one page, no problem for me to follow it now that I understand. On each person's page, I can specify the Volunteer or Drafted Status (and or Mounted, but not named as mounted, etc.), and briefly describe the situation with multiple units appearing to have the same name. Does that sound like it will work? Best, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 12:46, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

You can find more information about the Civil War categories on this page. For the category name, we leave out "volunteer", but would include "mounted." (There could be a 3rd state Mounted Infantry and a 3rd state Infantry.) BTW, don't let "Volunteer" fool you in the name of a regiment; men could still be drafted into a "Volunteer" regiment. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 12:52, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

Thanks for the warning, Amy. Hadn't yet run into one of my ancestors being drafted into a volunteer regiment. Now that you mention it, though, remember seeing examples of that in my research. And thanks for the reference page link. I'm still fumbling with finding different places such info on we relate might be found, and distinguishing between past and current info. Best, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 14:04, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

John B. Torbett Civil war service [17 July 2011]

Found this on the LDS site;

United States, Civil War Soldiers Index for I.B. Torbett Name: I.B. Torbett Name Note: Also Known As: John B. Torbetts Also Known As Note: Event: Military Service Rank In: Captain Rank In Note: Rank Out: Captain Rank Out Note: Side: Confederate Side Note: State (or Origin): Arkansas Military Unit: Cocke's Regiment, Arkansas Infantry Military Unit Note: Company: I Company Note: General Note: Original filed under John B./Torbetts NARA Publication Title: Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Arkansas.--Tarbet 12:59, 17 July 2011 (EDT)

Turner Cemeteries [19 July 2011]

Hmmm. I see what happened there. I don't always get a community designation into the name of a small, rural cemetery when I record it because often the community is minuscule and the graveyard is technically adjacent, not "in" it. I don't think Fulbright is more than maybe 100 people. It depends where I got the info from. In this case, I see that Find-a-Grave has made a distinction between the white cemetery (Turner) and the the black one (Turner East) established for the slaves & ex-slaves of the Fulbright family, which was a large, wealthy planter family after whom the little town was named in the 1880s when they got a post office. (It was originally called "Possum Trot" when they built the gin there before the War.) The two probably should be kept distinct, though I don't remember whether there's a fence or a dividing road or what, and none of the relevant books that I own say anything useful about that. --MikeTalk 18:06, 19 July 2011 (EDT)

Civil War articles, etc. [20 July 2011]

Hi, Amy, Had asked a few more questions about the Civil War project on my talk page a couple days ago. Don't mean to hassle you, just wanted to make sure you had seen that last post. Thanks, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 10:08, 20 July 2011 (EDT)

question about article's usefulness [28 July 2011]

Hi, Amy, Hope all is well for you... Just added an article [2] that I'm not sure is useful to other researchers on WR, and would appreciate your opinion. If it isn't useful, I'll delete it. If it is useful and should stay, appreciate any other feedback.

For my own understanding, I make time lines like this, and thought others mind find it useful, too. Put this one into WR format to show you and ask. Thanks, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 14:31, 28 July 2011 (EDT)

Civil War category [28 July 2011]

Another question, Amy. Just followed the standard method to place a category on Hugh C. Linn's page. It worked, but there doesn't seem to be a category for Maryland civil war veterans. Help, please. Tamara--Gold lotus 99 18:51, 28 July 2011 (EDT)

Link worked [29 July 2011]

Thanks Amy both for your feedback on the article and the instructions to create the link. Seems to have worked. Also, I really appreciate you having started the project. It's a great structure for me to better organize myself and to share with others. Best, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 16:12, 29 July 2011 (EDT)

John L. Nussbaum [31 July 2011]

Hi Amy, Glen Williams, what brought you to my gg grandfather's page on we relate? Is there a family tie or is just from your work on the Civil War records? Glen Williams 21:39, 30 July 2011 (EDT)

Hi, Glen. I'm not related to John Nussbaum. I was just working on the Civil War categories. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 08:28, 31 July 2011 (EDT)

re-write of 7th IL article and addition of article [3 August 2011]

Hi, Amy, I've just posted a re-write of the original article on the 7th, and would appreciate knowing about any problems you might see. I'm still not happy with the extra lines between timeline entries, but will continue to fiddle with that formatting. Also, added a new article that gives the entire Regimental History from the Illinois Adjutant General's Report. And, renamed the Forts Henry to Donelson article by adding Timeline to the title, as that more accurately reflects the article content. With these new articles, can I just duplicate (from the original article) the programming to create categories? Sorry to be so slow in learning how the categories work, and will continue to improve my understanding. Thanks again, Amy, for all your help, Tamara--Gold lotus 99 21:35, 2 August 2011 (EDT)

[8 August 2011]


13th Kentucky Cavalry & Others List (Confederate)

Caudill W J was 4th Sgt in Company B of 13th Ky Cav promoted from 5th Sgt to 4th

Can't be sure it is the same William J, there were a lot of Williams.

Patricia Warnock (Chewy)--Chewy 11:42, 8 August 2011 (EDT)

If you're not sure it's the same man, I'll leave the Civil War designation off for now. Please feel free to add a link to the appropriate category if you find evidence showing it's the same man. Thanks! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 16:14, 8 August 2011 (EDT)

Civil War James Rodenbaugh [29 August 2011]

Dear A J Crow,

I got a message from you asking what regiment James Rodenbaugh fought in, but since I have about 5 persons by that name in my database, I do not know which person you are asking about. Can you give me specifics?

I have not looked at this website for ages and ages and have forgotten how it all works. I am willing to help if I get some guidance.

Anna Marie--Amdahlquist 20:23, 28 August 2011 (EDT)

I was referring to the one whose Talk page I left the message on. On the email you received, there was a link to review the changes in that Talk page. If you click that link and then click the "Person" link in the lefthand column, you'll see which James Rodenbaugh I was requesting information on. Thanks! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 20:59, 28 August 2011 (EDT)

All I got was a message saying

Which regiment did James Rodenbaugh serve in? We're trying to mark all of the Civil War veterans here on WeRelate. Thanks! --Amy (Ajcrow) 10:40, 30 July 2011 (EDT) --- There was no link to his page that I could find, just your question.

If you are looking for my relative, here is his record as found on Ancestry. com

ame: James H. Rodenbough Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Illinois Regiment Name: 67 Illinois Infantry Regiment Name Expanded: 67th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Company: F Rank In: Corporal Rank In Expanded: Corporal Rank Out: Corporal Rank Out Expanded: Corporal Alternate Name: James H./Rhodenbaugh Film Number: M539 roll 77

Thanks, Anna Marie--Amdahlquist 21:24, 28 August 2011 (EDT)

Every page on WeRelate has a Talk page connected to it. It's a good way to have discussions about that page, ask questions, etc. I left that message on James Rodenbaugh's talk page. That must have been where you read that message. On that page is a link on the lefthand side to "Person". That'll show you exactly which James I was referring to. Thanks for the info! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 21:36, 28 August 2011 (EDT)

Thanks, I found the person link as you kindly told me, and indeed, you were asking about James H. Rodenbaugh (or Rodenbough). Now, if this old foggy brain of mine can just remember to look for the person link next time!

Anna Marie--Amdahlquist 22:01, 28 August 2011 (EDT)

James Coker [21 September 2011]

Hi Amy, thanks for nominating the James Coker page and thanks for adding the military category.

--Beth 19:10, 21 September 2011 (EDT)

My pleasure! It's a great page! -- Amy 19:12, 21 September 2011 (EDT)

Next step: Review your GEDCOM [20 October 2011]

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"Standard" additions to cemetery pages [12 November 2011]

Amy, I'm about to begin adding a bunch of cemetery pages -- like 500+, and it will take me awhile. (I've been putting this off.) I've been looking at a variety of existing cemetery pages, and scanning through the pages attached to the Cemetery Portal, and so on, but nowhere have I found a list or a discussion of everything that ought to be included on a proper cemetery page. Is there such a thing? I reckoned you would know (or would have created one) if anyone did.

The thing is, I don't want to leave a litter of half-completed pages for someone else to tidy up and add basic stuff to. I've created some hundreds of census pages and I caught on early to what was expected to be included on them -- and I want to make sure I do the same thing systematically with these census pages.

Here's what I've noted as the standard furniture:

1. History of the cemetery (if there is any), with source noted.
2. Latitude & longitude in decimal form.
3. Link to the Find-a-Grave page.
4. Link to the cemetery's official website (if there is one).
5. Add [[Category:Cemeteries of COUNTY, STATE, United States]] (plus the state level, if needed)

Is there anything obvious I'm missing? Anything I need to add to this routine? --MikeTalk 18:02, 28 October 2011 (EDT)

I think you've hit the high points. On the category link, please add a sort key with the name of the cemetery, such as [[Category:Cemeteries of Franklin, Ohio, United States|Silent Home]]. If you need to create the county category, add the name of the county as the sort key. If I happen to know about an online transcription, etc., I'll add it under the Resources heading (like with FindAGrave and the official website), but I typically don't go out looking for them. I look forward to seeing your pages! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 18:37, 28 October 2011 (EDT)
Thanks, Amy. And yes, I noted the sort key while browsing (as on the CW unit pages). And jrm alerted me to consider Wikipedia -- though I would be very surprised indeed if any of the little country graveyards that I'll be doing pages for would show up there! BTW, I've just updated the info for Place:McKenzie Cemetery, Red River, Texas, United States and Place:Lone Star Cemetery, Red River, Texas, United States. I think Red River is going to account for probably 1/3 of this project. --MikeTalk 20:25, 28 October 2011 (EDT)
. . . and for what it's worth, I'm also finding more than a few collections of photos at of grave markers -- sometimes a particular family, sometimes all the CW vets, sometimes just interesting markers themselves. --MikeTalk 12:25, 29 October 2011 (EDT)
I have a question regarding Google maps on the cemetery pages. I created Place:Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Carnesville, Franklin, Georgia, United States. I would prefer that the We Relate google map zoom in to the town and street, however I don't know how to stick the map to that precise zoom. If you check the link on Find A Grave and their google map, that map is zoomed in to the precise location of the cemetery. Help please and thanks. --Beth 09:38, 12 November 2011 (EST)
I wish I had an answer for you, Beth. I've never figured out how WeRelate decides what zoom level to put in the header of a Place page. You might want to ask on Support or leave a message for Dallan on his Talk page. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 10:00, 12 November 2011 (EST)
It looks like it either defaults to, or uses "z=8", based on a quick unscientific survey. I looked at a few places, and clicking on the Powered by Google and then inspecting the resulting URL always seemed to have "z=8". The z level seems to go from 0-19 or something like that, bigger meaning more zoomed in. Wonder if Dallan could either 1) allow a knob whereby the zoom level could be set and passed through, or 2) pick a zoom level based on place type, i.e., more zoom for cemetery than a town, etc. --Jrich 11:52, 12 November 2011 (EST)

Hartford City - IOOF Cemetery [5 November 2011]

Amy, I was browsing WR tonight (Halloween!), and thought I would check out Hartford City, Indiana Cemetery. Was a bit surprised that only one cemetery in Blackford County was listed (Cecil Beeson listed more than 30.) My message really concerns the part of the listing that states this is in Jackson township. The coordinates given correspond to the cemetery very near to Hartford City, on Highway 26. However, this is in Licking township. There is an Odd Fellows Cemetery in Jackson township, but that one is adjacent to Dunkirk. Alan H Zeller--AZeller 19:48, 31 October 2011 (EDT)

Alan - thanks for the heads-up on the Hartford City Cemetery page. I went ahead and made a new page for the cemetery, placing it in Hartford City, rather than in one of the townships. I redirected the old page to that one, so no links will be broken. The reason there are so few cemeteries listed is because cemeteries weren't imported into the WeRelate database like counties and cities were, so we have to manually enter them. Usually someone will create a cemetery page when they need to, such as when they have someone buried there. Please feel free to create cemetery pages. There is basic info on the Places Help page. In terms of content, it's pretty wide open; we do ask that you add at least the link to the county cemetery category. Let me know if you have any questions! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 08:02, 5 November 2011 (EDT)

Revolution war veteran [11 November 2011]

hi Amy, Could you help me set up my ancestor person: Leonard Fite (1) as a revolution war veteran. New jersey militia. I've not done one before and am not sure wa Hat all is involved. Thanks--Txbluebell6 07:58, 8 November 2011 (EST)

When you edit his page, go into the big text box for "Personal History." At the bottom of the text, add the following [[Category:Rhode Island Revolutionary War veterans|Fite, Leonard]]. The first part is the actual link to the category. The second part -- the pipe symbol | and "Fite, Leonard" -- allows the link to sort by his surname on the Rhode Island Revolutionary War veterans page. Let me know if you have any other questions! -- Amy (Ajcrow) 08:08, 8 November 2011 (EST)

Hi Amy, I was able to create the page for the New Jersey Revolutionary veterans with my Leonard Fite (1), but the page is not showing up with the other state pages on the American Revolutionary War veterans, so something is still wrong and I can't figure it out. Please look at it for me. Thanks. --Txbluebell6 21:37, 10 November 2011 (EST)

The New Jersey category page just needed to have the link to the Category:American Revolutionary War veterans page. The link that was on there went back to itself instead of the parent category. I went ahead and fixed it. (A good rule of thumb is that when you need to create a new category page, the "text to add" to create it should be to the parent category.) -- Amy (Ajcrow) 06:50, 11 November 2011 (EST)

Thanks so much!--Txbluebell6 09:22, 11 November 2011 (EST)

New Hope Valley (Valley Furnace) [16 November 2011]

Amy, you read my mind that this cemetery is a problem. I will try to explain. Findagrave has become the go-to place for burial information. I always use their title of a cemetery because I believe that most people in the future entering cemeteries into WeRelate are going to be getting the info from Findagrave. Therefore if I change it from the Findagrave title but the second person to enter a cemetery uses the exact Findagrave title it will not match. I guess I'm suggesting that Findagrave should be our standard our it is going to be a mess in the future. What do you think? This is only a problem for a few cemeteries. But I do come across odd titles at Findagrave sometimes. So far I have not changed them. Well, let me know what you think. Thanks, --cthrnvl 20:02, 15 November 2011 (EST)

Place:Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, Belleau, Aisne, France

Hi Amy,

Thanks for fixing my red links on the place page. I watched TV with son last evening and had planned to fix the page this AM but you saved me the trouble. I have several questions about Category:Cemeteries and the subcategories.

Thanks for your help. --Beth 10:25, 22 November 2011 (EST)

Misspelled [8 December 2011]

Olmstead MNGenWeb: Oak Grove Cemetery OLMSTED--Gypsy1930 10:27, 8 December 2011 (EST)

Thank you for pointing that out. I went ahead and fixed it. If you see things that need changed, go ahead and edit the page. That's the beauty of a wiki -- you can change things that need changed :-) --Amy (Ajcrow) 10:48, 8 December 2011 (EST)

Gross Brunau, Rosenberg. West Prussia [8 December 2011]

I was trying to add a place :-( 1st I need a coma after Rosenburg. 2nd I see that I must make a Rosenburg page before I make a Gros Brunau page, 3rd a source is &

I have found some interest web pages, but my German is very rusty.--Gypsy1930 15:11, 8 December 2011 (EST)

Egbert Cayton [13 December 2011]

I am a gggrandson of Egbert Cayton and would be interested in sharing information.....are there any pictures of his Heavy Artlry Unit? His father's name was Katon and his mother's name was Halterman. His father remarried Malissa Searl after his mother's death. David Cayton Cayton 12:08, 13 December 2011 (EST)

I haven't seen any photos. I hope there are some somewhere. My ancestor Eber Johnson was in Company D. -- [User:Ajcrow|Amy (Ajcrow)]] 20:13, 17 February 2012 (EST)

Forder, Bethel & Harlan Cemeteries [17 February 2012]

Thanks for your help with these cemeteries. rc--Rebekah Carlisle 07:47, 17 February 2012 (EST)

You're welcome! -- [User:Ajcrow|Amy (Ajcrow)]] 20:13, 17 February 2012 (EST)

Census templates [17 February 2012]

Amy, I'm not sure about this, but I seem to recall that you were the one who, many moons ago, created the census template of the form {{1880Census}}, for use on census Source pages. Am I remembering correctly? Anyway, I've just created a Source page for Kingfisher County, Oklahoma Territory, for the 1890 census -- one of the few surviving fragments. And, of course, there's no template for 1890. If thst wasn't you, do you happen to know who *was* responsible? I don't want to have to re-invent the wheel. Thanks! --MikeTalk 19:27, 17 February 2012 (EST)

Nope, that wasn't me. Sorry :-( -- Amy (Ajcrow) 20:13, 17 February 2012 (EST)

Mount Moriah link [14 March 2012]

Curious as to why you removed the link to It's a good site about Mount Moriah Cemetery, but not an official cemetery controlled site. Currently, there is no one running the cemetery, so there can be no official site. --Lauren 11:00, 14 March 2012 (EDT)

My comment must not have come through the first time. I deleted that link because that site has been hacked. Every time I've gone to that site in the past week, it has redirected me to a malware site. -- Amy (Ajcrow) 11:12, 14 March 2012 (EDT)

new military info for Virginia [1 December 2012]

I thought you might want to be aware of a new book about even though it is not about Ohio Veterans. This book has just come on the market: "Burials of War of 1812: Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia" Description of the book can be found at

I heard about it only because I am on a mailing list monitored by the assistant compiler, Craig Kilby. Craig is User:Persisto but he is inactive. --janiejac 08:37, 1 December 2012 (EST)

Riggs Pennington served in Company of the 10th Texas Infantry aka Nelson's Reg't Infantry [4 January 2013]

Hi Amy,

Hope that you are enjoying your job. You added the Category: 10th Texas Cavalry (Nelson's) (Civil War), but I think this was a minor error and should be Infantry. The narrative on the page for the only link says he served in the infantry and I am not able to locate a 10th Texas Cavalry headed by Nelson. Trying to add the link for Riggs Pennington, but did not wish to change the page without checking with you.

One can't rename categories. If it is an error do I delete the category and add the correct one or may one redirect, not sure. Thanks, --Beth 18:57, 4 January 2013 (EST)

Evergreen Cemetery, Lorain Co. [28 March 2015]

Hi Amy, Noticed you created the page for Evergreen Cemetery, place: Lorain Co., OH. Did you know that there are 3 Evergreen Cemeteries listed on Find A Grave? One known more commonly as Rochester Station Cemetery, one in Huntington Twp, and one in Amherst. Haven't checked if all are valid, but I can check the library here in Warren by the Lorain Co. Cem. book they have. --SkippyG 23:55, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

I didn't realize there were 3 Evergreen cemeteries in Lorain County :-( --Ajcrow 19:48, 28 March 2015 (UTC)