Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dowsing for Graves

Mrs. Myrtle Johnston
Mrs. Myrtle Johnson is shown dowsing for graves at the edge of the farmer's field in Maple View Lodge Cemetery, Leeds Co., Ontario. Her skills are amazingly accurate in the locations. Apparently, the graves extend out six rows from the fence line and down the hill to the left. She even claims to be able to discern the sex of the body in the grave. She has dowsed and located a number of the hidden graves in Leeds & Grenville Counties.

On a personal note, I have absolutely no idea how or why dowsing works......... for some people. My late father could locate an underground spring for a well within inches! Yet, I couldn't make it work at all....... unless Dad walked beside me and touched my shoulder or arm, then, dowsing would work for me as well.

One of the wonders of life!

A cairn in the fence row marks Maple View Lodge Cemetery.

Myrtle is the Editor and Genealogist for the Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS. Her sister Lorna is also involved in the OGS. They both received awards in the summer of 2011 for all the work they have done. Back in the 80's, Myrtle and Lorna were major contributors to a project which recorded all the stones in all the cemeteries in Leeds and Grenville. Both sisters have published books of these old cemeteries. Myrtle was also instrumental as President of the Col. Edward Jessup Branch, UEL, in coordinating the effort to clean up the Wiltsetown Cemetery and several others. She vows that Maple View Lodge is next.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Family Trees are a Hit !

We just received this note from S......, one of our submitters........

The family tree section of the site is really working well!

Just had an email from my husband's cousin who lives in Dublin, someone we have been trying to contact for years. We know that he has valuable family tree information but his name is so common that we couldn't find him online. He saw the family tree I posted on the site and emailed me. 


Get busy and submit your trees. You never know who will turn up.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mount Hope Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario Vandalized!

Vandals have toppled 104 headstones in Mount Hope Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario!  What a senseless, cruel, inhuman act! Read the complete story in today's Toronto Sun

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Family Trees Update

Thanks to our many contributors, the Family Trees section of our project is receiving over 300 hits per day with the contributors gaining many new leads and contacts.

Submit your gedcom today to take part in this success story!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank You Note

Gord, one of our stalwart volunteers just received this note of thanks -

Subject: Re: Tierney Family
Hi Gord.  Thank you Gord.  Your website is great!!!  What your doing is a very important thing and I commend you for that.  It's given me lots of information to help with my family; as well as, dozens of other families.
Thanks again for this important job you do.
Take care,

It is always nice to receive an acknowledgement of a great effort.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

!! 300,000 Records !!

November 7th, 2011 at 9:58 p.m., we reached 300,000 records!!

We wish to thank all of our volunteers for the superb effort!

While typing out the transcription does take extra effort, our site is quickly becoming recognized the world over for the extra detail and the extremely powerful search engine. These factors contribute to the marvelous success we are attaining.

Thanks again to everyone.

Le 7 novembre 2011 à 21:58, nous avons atteint 300 000 entrées ! ! 

Nous tenons à remercier tous nos bénévoles pour ce superbe travail ! 
Par l'effort additionnel qu'exige la transcription complète des épitaphes, notre site est maintenant reconnu dans le monde pour ses détails supplémentaires et son moteur de recherche extrêmement puissant. Ces facteurs contribuent au magnifique succès que nous avons atteint.

Merci encore à chacun.