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Monday, September 1, 2008

Index of Site Titles Published by Genea-Bloggeres


Current index includes: almost 150 websites written and published by some of the 133 members of the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Pennsylvanians Move Out~ to Ontario

It was about five o'clock in the morning; the sun was showing red over the tops of the Allegheny Mountains and the date was the first week in April in the year 1794. Four Conestoga wagons, (Photo) two drawn by horses and two drawn by oxen, were loaded to capacity with the household effects of four families about to leave their homes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, for new homes in Canada. The preceding summer two of the men had gone to Canada to spy out the land In the Niagara District, they had found most of the good land had been either allotted or settled upon by earlier arrivals, and so they had traveled around the head of Lake Ontario to York. Here they were told they might get 200 acres as a grant, and that additional land would be available either to rent or for purchase at a low price.

This particular morning there was a quiet spirit of anticipation, for they were leaving good homes to live in a land of virgin forest. In the group there were grandparents as well as parents with small children, responding to an inherited drive to be pioneers in search of a new country where they could continue to live under the British flag and be free of army service and have freedom to practice their religion. The previous evening their friends had met with them to hold a religious service -- they belonged to the Dunkard church -- and to wish them well on their journey. Some of their well-wishers hoped to follow soon, particularly if the reports coming back were good.

The women and small children would ride in the Conestoga wagons, a means of conveyance first made in the Conestoga Valley of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The wagons being used on this trip were made locally out of swamp oak, white oak, hickory, locust, gum or poplar from neighboring woodlands, and ironed by the local blacksmith. All the work was, of course, done by hand. The wagons used on this migration were the farm type, much smaller but built along the same lines as the large transports often drawn by six horses.

The type of wagon was admirably suited to travel over poor roads, for the wagon bed was long and deep, with a considerable sag in the middle, both lengthwise and crosswise, so that, should the load shift, it would settle towards the centre and not press against the end gates. The body resembled a rowboat with square ends, and indeed was sometimes used as such after the interstices were carefully caulked with tar and the wheels removed and placed inside the wagon. Such rivers as the Susquehanna and Niagara could thus be crossed if ferries were not available.

The bows of the wagon followed the line of the ends of the body, and were slanted outwards. A white homespun tentlike cover was spread over the hoops to protect goods and persons riding in the wagon. The driver usually rode the horse on the left hand side, or walked on that side. The drivers of the big transport wagons are given the credit for the fact that traffic in America passes on the right instead of the left, contrary to English custom.

Our calvalcade had a cow tied to the back of each wagon. Her milk was placed in a bucket under the wagon, and the rocking back and forth of the bucket turned the milk into butter. As well as the cows, there were sheep, pigs, and fowl. These were to prove a considerable difficulty on the route, because of their tendency to stray far and the efforts needed to protect them from attack by wild animals. Such livestock were put in the charge of the young men and girls, particularly when streams had to be forded and the animals had to swim.

The Conestoga wagon was usually drawn by the Conestoga horse, bred, it is thought, of Flemish stallions with Virginia mares. It had a short arched neck, full mane, good clean legs, and a weight of fourteen hundred pounds or more. It was powerful and quiet but slow and thus suited for pioneer work. It was popular in Upper Canada until about 1840 when, with improved roads, faster-moving horses were sought. Other breeds, such as Canadian, Clydesdale, and Shires took their place and the Conestoga disappeared.

Although most of the early settlers from Pennsylvania made the trip to Canada by Conestoga wagon, only two of the original wagons are still in existence in Ontario at the present time (1971); on, in Waterloo county, came up in 1807; the other, and older, is in the possession of Amos Baker, Lot 11, Concession 2, Vaughan Township, whose great-great-grandfather, John Baker, drove up from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in 1796. How well it was made was demonstrated at the centenary of Waterloo County in 1952, when it was driven back over the same route that John Baker had taken in 1796.

There were two routes by which early settlers made their way from Pennsylvania and New York states into Upper Canada. Those Sunbury, Williamsport, Bath, Genesee, and Batavia, cross the Niagara River at Buffalo, and then continued by St. Catharines and Hamilton as far as York. Those from the eastern sections went by way of Reading, Allentown, Wilkes-Barre, Elmira, Canandaigua, and Rochester to Lewiston. From there they followed the same route to Canada as far as Hamilton.

The settlers we are interested in came by way of Harrisburg. It was not unusual for the trip to take six weeks or more. When they arrived in the Niagara area they were almost 'home-free,' for those who had preceded them were always most hospitable and gave them the benefit of their experience. Many such migrations of families were to take place during the next twenty years.

Those who came before 1796 did not receive deeds for their property; sometimes, however, location tickets were given. Hence, those who came into Vaughan township in the early years took up land as squatters. Normally they would put up a barn or some form of protection for the livestock before they built a house. Coming as most of them did in the early summer, the protection could be simple at first until the cold weather came. By that time adequate shelter was unusually completed.

Extraction of the Introduction to the following book:
Book Source:
A History of Vaughan Township
by G. Elmore Reaman
@George C. H. Snider, 1971
Printed: University of Toronto

My children's paternal lines of Keffer, Puterbaugh (main lines) followed the above route.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Data Backup Day

Update: 29 March 2009
Backup Your Data
I have written about this before for inclusion in another carnival. See below the line for my previous plan.

My backup plans are pretty much still the same. Best Buy had 8gig Sandoz flash drives on sale for 19.99 and I purchased 2 of them and put 7.47 of images using just one of them. The 7.47 figure was all it appeared to allow me to upload. Which made me think of a time quite a while ago where the flash drive didn't hold as much as was purported and there was a huge public issue about it. I have alot of photographs to store so need space.

I have updated my other 6 flash drives the 15th of last month. I don't backup on a schedule anymore because I am doing so much work that I backup as I go now. Four of my flash drives are simply 2 each of the same data. I am a non-trusting person when it comes to backups so I create dups of my flash drives. Not to mention that I have the work on CD's except for my last flash drive. I will be doing that in time.

I have not done anything with my external hard drive since I discussed my backup plan the first time. I have to see if it is going to work on Vista.

I do need to make some updated CD's to put in my families homes. So, between my flash drives and CD's and having extras stored at my families I think my plan works pretty well. I am doubly cautious because of a loss years ago on floppy disks. I had backed up duplicates copies of the same data on floppies and several of them were not able to be retrieved. So, double backup didn't work on that one.

As stated below I don't have to worry about flooding and fires I have covered by storing duplicates at my families home.

My Original Backup Plans

A: Backup Plan
Already have a CDs and Hardcopy of most data at brother's house. This new data will have to
be added on a CDs / Flash Drive and given to him as well. There is a CD with images and a CD with gedcom's. Flash drive has gedcom's as well with most of the same images.

They are not in waterproof containers as he lives hundreds and hundreds of feet up on a hill without water around to affect anything. I don't care for online resources so I stash duplicates of data at families house's. I now, have them in my son's safe deposit box (update 16thAug) and they will be in my daughter's fire-proof safe (when she is home in Dec)

B. I did not do this as no where that I have records will there be a flood. I am conscious of fire but not all of us are going to have fires at the same time so the expense seems senseless in my situation.

C. Backup using hard drives and flash drives:
14Aug 2008...... Backed up 248 images on External Hard-drive and 1 flash drive.

D. 15Aug2008......... Backed up Gedcom's on External Hard-drive and 2 flash drives. See master plan. I have CD's at son's and brothers.

E. This is completed by the above events, as I see it.

10 citations - Bronze
20 Silver
30 Gold
40 Diamond
50 Plantinum

Competition Categories: Back up your data! Consider me done!

3. Organize, Part 2 (now complete) 5 tallies?

Today: 16 Aug 2008 after I came back from the beach! I finished up one notebook. It has over 100 sleeves of data within it. I don't understand about meta tags etc on webpages but.. they are labeled with descriptions. So, I am hoping for a gold?
If by Talliles, it means A, B, C etc.. is each one tallie.

DONE: A. 20 hard files or ancestral items (books, fabrics, inherited items) into file folders, =PLASTIC SLEEVES

DONE: B. Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

DONE: C. Organize at least 20 photos into photo albums, scrapbooks, collages, protective holders, boxes , etc.

DONE: D. Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.

Done 16Aug2008 E. Create at least or scan 20 photos

Done: New One 16Aug2008 dropped off at brothers. F. Create a master list of your files and notify your family members of where it is stored.

First Photo.. Image 1 - Keffer Book of Records

Second Photo..
Image 2 - Keffer Book of Records shows how I leave blank pages hither and yon! for inserting of a photograph or something with a date close to the page it is near. I try to keep everything chronologically but sometimes things just don't fall into place without a lot of shifting and moving.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Google Books .. What a BOON! Awesome

Hi, I have to share this.. I am so excited. I searched Google Books a long while ago but didn't take the time to learn it better. Miriam has a video on her site and I watched that and it got me motivated. Will get the link at Face Book tomorrow.

I found several books on the Keffer family and a few on the Puterbaugh family.
Source Book: History of Toronto and County of York, Ontario by Adam Mercer.
from the full book online of 26mb or so and is down-loadable.
Page 343:
Peter Keffer, lot 12, concession 3, was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, December 30, 1879. His father, Jacob Keffer, was a native of Germany. The family came to Canada in 1806, and settled on the lot now occupied by the subject of this sketch, where the father lived until his death. Mr. Keffer was married in 1823 to Miss Fisher, by whom he had nine children. They are adherents of the Lutheran Church, and Mr. Keffer, like his father, is a Reformer in politics. He has one son living on the homestead with him, who is married and has one child.

Also page 343:
William Keffer, lot 9, concession 3, was born on the farm where he now resides in the year 1812. He is the youngest living son of the late Michael Keffer, who settled in Vaughan as early as 1806, where he lived until his death in 1852. His family consisted of six sons and three daughters, some members of the family dying very young. Although brought up to the Lutheran faith, he afterwards joined the Church of England, and entered with spirit into all matters undertaken for its future benefit. He gave the land for the first church built, which is still standing, and where services are yet conducted; it is a log building. William Keffer married in 1831 Susanna Burkholder, a daughter of Oldrick Burkholder, of this township; they have six daughters and two sons living. Mr. Keffer has taken an interest in municipal affairs. He is an adherent of the English Church, and a Conservative in politics.

Getting 5 Friends To Join Facebook 1 Tallie

Here are the names and 5 out of 10 is just what I need ;)
Larry - ;(
Brit ;(
Max '(
Ren ;(
Colleen ;(
Caryn ;)
Donna ;)
Caitlin ;)
Ryan ;)
Christian ;)

Now to review what heading they came under!