admin Fri, 05/22/2009 - 04:00
Last week I talked about a "New Toler" line be discovered, and the Last person in the line that we could trace was Russell Toler. This discovery was a little bit of a surprise for me, and a few of the other Toler / Towler researchers that I know. Part of the reason for the surprise is that they are come from Virginia, and moved into Indiana, like my ancestors, but these are all names that I have not run across before. The other "twist" to the surprise is that they end up in Kansas, and we had a ancestor, Caleb Anthony that was in Kansas (albeit not the same town). Well I have done a little more digging, but have not been able to find all that much. The only real solid clue that we have so far is from the 1870 US Census record.
admin Fri, 05/15/2009 - 04:00
As of today, there have been 3 people who have taken the 67 marker DNA test for the Toler / Towler DNA Project. I started off with the 67 marker test, and then 2 other have upgraded from the 12 to the 67. One of the upgrades can trace his line back to David Toler of WV. The other upgrade is a mystery. I was talking and we discovered that we may have found a "New Toler" branch. Obviously it is not a "new line" but it is new to me and the other Toler / Towler researchers, and as such it is a bit of a mystery....
This is all important becuase the upgrade shows that we are a 66 for 67 match, so not exact, but we are related. It is likely that our most recent common ancestor (MRCA) will be found at the start of settlement in the United States (read: James Town / early VA) or just before they came to the United States.
admin Mon, 05/11/2009 - 14:02
10 years ago, many websites were just using static html pages, with a single file for each page. These days, many people are moving to a CMS (Content Management System) platform. I have talked about CMS platforms before, and this site used to run on one called Xoops. Now it runs on Drupal. The first site that I actually built using Drupal was a high school reunion site (www.lnhsalumni.com). It worked pretty well, and better yet, I was able to put it together pretty fast. Since then I have moved itowler.com to drupal, and created / helped create several more websites with drupal. By my count, I have now used drupal in at least 5 different sites:
admin Mon, 05/04/2009 - 04:00
Alright, alright... I'll get it done as soon as I can.....
Yesterday I recieved not 1, but 2 different contacts via my "Contact Me" page. This is pretty unusual, I normally recieve about 1 a month, so to have 2 in one day was a little odd. On top of that, it was both of the "grandmothers" (My mother and my Mother-in-law) contacting me about the same thing.... getting pictures of Keira up on the site. Here is what they had to say:
admin Tue, 04/28/2009 - 12:01
The other day I found another feature of Google Maps. You can Use Google Maps to find Latitude and Longitude (Lat / Long) of a point, and its pretty easy. This is a great feature that can be used to add Lat / Long information to your gedcom file. The software that I use (PGV) has a Google Maps module built into it, so this feature is not as important to me, but other may find it interesting.
admin Wed, 04/22/2009 - 04:00
Last week I wrote about the DNA results, but I did not put up the MRCA chart. MRCA stands for Most recent Common Ancestor. It turns out that I am a 67 for 67 match with a descendant of the David Toler line in WV. That means that we are definitely related. I have included a chart for you below that shows the chances that our MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor) is within a certain generation.
admin Tue, 04/14/2009 - 04:00
About a week ago I talked about my line, and when put into perspective with Ray Toler's book, you can propose a line that goes back more than 400 years. Well recently a descendant of a the David Toler line (a Line that is deeply rooted in WV) had his DNA tests upgraded to 67 markers (from 12). This was done to provide us more insight. Well....the results are in. We are a 67 for 67 match. This means that both the David Toler line of WV and my line out of Pittsylavania County, VA are realted, without a doubt.
admin Mon, 04/06/2009 - 04:00
She is Here!!
Yesterday my wife gave birth to our first child Keira. Mom and daughter are doing great. I debated about if I should post anything about it here.... but decided to go ahead and do it. so....She is here...!!
admin Fri, 04/03/2009 - 02:55
Recently more DNA Genealogy results have come in, and this has caused me to re-examine my lineage. Thanks to the work that I and a few cousins have done, I have been able to trace my linage back 9 generations. Each of these generations has a document or more that helps substantiate the link (again thanks to some cousins for their work).
In a recent book by Ray Toler, Mr. Toler proposes another 5 genearations to my proven 9. I did a review of Mr. Toler's book, and you can read it here. If we use Mr. Toler’s book as a guide, my line would look like this:
admin Mon, 03/30/2009 - 04:00
One of the great things about using a CMS like Drupal is that you can add new "features" to a site by installing a module. I was (and still am) using the Tagadelic module, which creates a list of the blog topics that I have. The terms in the list are then scaled in size based on the number of blog posts that have been flagged with that term. If you look to your right, You can see that the term "Genealogy" is big, and the term "pi Day" is not. I obviously write much more about genealogy than I do Pi day.
The latest module that I installed is called Cumulus. It expands on the Tagadelic idea, and makes the list more 'interactive". With cumulus, instead of the list just being listed, it is in a cloud format, that rotates and moves based on what you mouse is doing. If you hold your mouse near the top of the cloud all the terms will scoll "up", if you have you mouse to the left side of the cloud the entire cloud will scroll left. You get the idea. To slow the list down or stop it from moving, just hold your mouse close to the center of the cloud. Lastly, to select a term, and see all the blogs tagged with that term, just click on a term and away you go!
In Tagadelic, the font size increased the more the term was used. In Cumulus, the font size increases, but also gets darker in color.
I plan to keep both the Tagadelic block and the new Cumulus block active for a while, and maybe down the road I will disable the Tagadelic block. I am not sure about this yet, it might be nice to have both there....Cumulus for looks and fun, and Tagadelic for a straight forward use.
My only gripe about tagadelic is that the install could be a little tricky for someone that is new to drupal. The module functions as a "Block" in drupal, so you have to go t the Block admin page, and enable the module, then edit its settings. This is not that hard to figure out, but if you are new to drupal, it might take you a bit to figure it out. An update to the readme file that is included would help, in my opinion. Other than that this a fun little module that works great!