Progress

Hello all, sorry for my tardiness in maintaining active posts. You know, life gets in the way.

My focus over the last couple weeks has been Murphy/Gibeault and related families. These are all on my wife’s side. Primarily I’m just trying to fill in blanks using a book called “Gibeault/Beaudry Family History”.

My sister-in-law Fran(ces) was kind enough to share a number of photos she acquired after my Mother-in-laws passing and I scanned them all to maintain a record. If you know me you know I love photos, particularly old ones.

So in addition to the family history info incorporated in the book there were additional photos. All are photocopies, and not very good either if truth be known, but at least I have access to them. I would really like to share them and my dilemma is how best to do that. I am more than willing to purchase another domain, or happy to use one of mine, but how will I get the best bang for my buck when/if I do that? Facebook is always an option, and I may take advantage of that, but I feel some reservation there. Unfortunately it’s probably the media most likely to attract the most viewers.

I’ve also made contact with the Federspiel/Symons side, the Reeve (wife’s side) and the Reeves side, in addition to a connection to the Gale/Diebert. I hope I haven’t left anyone out. What this means is a rapid infusion of names and family tree member.

I will now have to update the Family tree associated with this site (Family Tree), as it is sadly much out of date. I would like to improve this situation however until I can determine the best way to secure the info of living members I will have to postpone attention. Then there is of course my ADD tendencies which complicate my life when it comes to completing projects started with good intentions, the Family tree being one.

I’m still happy to share the Ancestry tree (Ancestry – Sklapsky Family tree). Unfortunately I think the hoops created by Ancestry when viewers attempt to access the tree are onerous for most. I think joining Ancestry, even though it’s free, prevent casual viewers from taking advantage of the site. That’s the primary purpose of my creating the Family tree attached to this site. The downside is that it creates additional load on me from a maintenance point of view.

Whatever all this means to you is personal. My goal is to provide, yours to access if you choose.

Take care all…..

Progress, I think

I’ve been progressing steadily in the family tree and have frequently shot off on tangents into the unknown. I’ve been into all facets of the family but most recently into the Federspiels, It’s just that I’ve come across a few family trees on Ancestry that have a wealth of info, and some of it pertains to the Sklapsky history. Specifically they had some photos of Lillie Mae Sklapsky Federspiel, most I’ve never seen. Thanks to Michael R. Federspiel for his contribution to our cause.

Research links

My OCD is getting the better of me. That, combined with my ADD is causing me some stress (both conditions self diagnosed haha). The trigger’s for this are the discovering of documentation and web links that have interesting and potentially helpful information on one side of my tree or the other. My challenge is keeping track of these sites, putting them “somewhere” and then remembering where that somewhere is. Seemed like on here might be a good place to start.

I came across this site by accident, I guess that’s how I come across most/all of them. It pertains primarily to the Hickman family.
George W. Hickman married Phenia S. Reeves, the connection here through my Paternal Grandmothers family. Lots of work done here.

http://www.hickmanresearch.com/genealogy/hickman/ghickman.htm#001


This online book references Edwin Brown and his wife Susan Rose. I’ve had some difficulty with this family, the possible cross referencing of two different ‘Edwin Browns’ and ‘Susan Rose’ or ‘Susan Prophet’. Both Rose and Prophet are potentially the names of the mother of Mary Phenia Reeves-Brown. Again on the Reeves side.

https://archive.org/details/historyofbuchana00will or https://openlibrary.org/books/OL23362044M/History_of_Buchanan_County_Iowa

Fits and Starts

Well, the settling in to life in Kelowna continues and likely will for some time. I don’t know about you but it has always taken me a while to get fully settled after a move. We have made progress though, and each day we continue to fine tune our home. The ‘stuff’ we have though continues to overwhelm me at times.

I continue to work on the Family Tree, interspersed with tasks around the home and hanging out with Madden and Ivy. Fits and Starts would be a good way to describe it. That said though I have made some good progress and come across more family information. As of yet I have still not made that connection across the pond for the original Sklapsky in North America.

I have, however, made a connection in Maureen’s side of the family, a ‘first wife’ to her Grandfather that (as best I know) was not previously identified. It’s that kind of find that inspires and motivates me.

All good stuff.

Names, Names, and More Names

I think I mentioned earlier that I made contact with a fellow researching the Novak line, how he passed on to me a great deal of research on that side of the family.

Well, I ‘bumped’ into him again the other day, this time regarding a photo of Mary Shebester. The Shebester name is another one of the names that keeps popping up in the research. In this case more than one Shebester married Novaks.

So the plot thickens.

Unfortunately I’m still no closer to finding that link ‘over the pond’, and in fact am considering whether to pass that onto a professional, someone who has skills in that area. Certainly that’s not me, at least not at this point.

Other names that are becoming more prominent are the Taurs and Thomashack (and various spellings). I look forward to seeing where they take me.

Family Tree – Update

For any of you have checked out the Family Tree lately you may have seen some unusual displays of family information. Through my learning curve with the new Family Tree software on this site (TNG) I’ve  broken and fixed the tree more than I care to admit.

The challenges I have experienced so far have had to do with the export of the family tree from Ancestry (Family Tree Maker 2014 to be exact) and the subsequent importing into the Family Tree software (TNG) used on this site (sklapsky.ca). In my attempts to privatize the information of living individuals I inadvertently saved over the database and lost some information altogether. Long story short I’m still adapting, trying to display as many family members as possible on an open family tree without showing too much private info.

A possible scenario to resolve this would just be to ensure anyone wanting access to the tree would have to log in. That’s not my preference but it may be the best solution in the long run. It would be an inconvenience but hey, life is full of inconveniences.

So after another attempt I may have it right. Check it out, and let me know if you see any information on the living. Remember, if you want to see the full tree you will have to register and get a login and password.

I’d truly be interested in any feedback. Please share your thoughts.

The ‘New’ Sklapsky Family Tree

Eureka, I’ve found a solution (I hope) to an issue that’s bugged me for a while, that of displaying our family tree on-line.

Up until now displaying the family tree in the ‘Ancestors’ or ‘Descendants’ format eluded me. Giving access to my web based Ancestry Family Tree was problematic and the current method of showing it is cludgy.

The other day I came across a program that allows me to import and display my current Ancestry Family tree on the sklapsky.ca website. It’s not without it’s own issues, and I’m still learning how to do some things, but already it’s head and shoulders above what I’ve been able to do up to now.

Please go to “The Sklapsky Family Tree” , or use the link in the top menu bar, and check it out. Keep in mind it’s still a work in progress but at least now we have more photos and the format seems easier to follow.

New Photos in the Family Tree

I just updated the Family tree with new photos. If you can see them then I’m afraid you’ll have to register for this site, the tree is password protected to maintain privacy. If you’d like to join just drop me a line.

There is also a link to the tree on the “Sklapsky Reunion” facebook page. You will have to be a member there too if you wish to see the link unfortunately. All about keeping the info safe.

Joseph Sklapsky Family Descendents

I’ve updated the descendents of Joseph Sklapsky family tree using comments and changes passed on by family. You can check it out by signing on and looking under the “Genealogy” menu item, or if you are a member of the “Sklapsky Reunion” Facebook page you can get the link there.

 

Enjoy