Working Wednesday: Gigging at Fiverr

I just put up two gigs on Fiverr (see below) and so far, so good.

The vibe is like how GenLighten operated five years ago before it changed to a subscription model and shut down. There you were able to put up an offering for all to view and buy. At Fiverr you do the same in a comparable way.

The experience at Fiverr is much better, though, as you can see more stats about how well your offers are being received. You can also create links for marketing, which you could not easily do at GenLighten.

Right now, the competition in the Genealogy category seems all right. Most entries in the genealogy / family history section are good, and some not so much. I can’t comment on the quality of the deliverables, though, since I’m a seller, not a buyer.

Here are my two current gig listings:
Full-scale genealogy research
Obituary search

I am thinking about adding a third gig, for proofreading, editing, and writing family histories.



Manuscript Monday: Booth Antecedents

Among my family papers is this document: “Antecedents of Male Booth Line.”

“Antecedents of Male Booth Line” – manuscript

This line is accurate as far as it goes, but it leads to a different Booth family in the United States.

I have no idea who in my extended family created this document. It may have been Charles Booth Gessner, or someone else at the intersection of the Booth and Gessner families.

Part of the problem arose due to confusion between two early lines of Booth families. One detailed in Walter S. Booth’s genealogy and the other detailed in Donald Lines Jacobus’ genealogy. Booth’s line goes into County Cheshire, England, and Jacobus’ goes no further than the New England colonies.

Walter Booth has additional detail in his interesting volume which discusses this line, but it is not mine.



Surname Saturday: Richard Mellen

Looking at the directory entry for Richard Mellen in Robert Charles Anderson’s The Great Migration Directory, I found a reference to Ernest Flagg’s Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England.

In Flagg’s book I see two pages of information about the first couple of generations of Richard’s family. Much of the material is copied from Thomas Bellows Wyman’s Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown (see volume 2).

What I find interesting is that there is no reference to Simon Mellen, an alleged son of Richard’s. Wyman’s Genealogies include Simon in the entry for Richard, but he was basing his conclusion on the assumption that there was a direct familial relationship between the two. Many online trees contain a connection between the two, but I do not think that there is any factual evidence to say one way or the other. I have covered both families separately and together in separate places with extensive research into each. See Richard Mellen, a 3-Generation Study, and the Simon Mellen genealogy, for further information.

The only reason I included Simon in my coverage of Richard’s family was to make a point about the possibility they were related. My educated guess is still that they are not related as father and son. They may have been brothers or cousins, but we still do not know how.



Thoughts on a Maling Surname Study

I am contemplating doing an (in)formal surname study of the Maling surname in the United States. Initially I plan to study users of the exact spelling and then branch out into some variants using Soundex variants.

The major goal of the study will be to determine origins and migrations of the few families who use the name. Currently there are fewer than five hundred or so Malings in existence in the United States. Most of them seem to have emigrated from England in the mid to late 1700s. A sizable number have immigrated from elsewhere since and live in various parts of the country.

The exact details will come up as they come up. Currently I am collecting data on others with the surname. I have done extensive work on my own family, and some other families, especially the one from Penobscot County, Maine. There are several other largish family groups, but I have not really examined them. One seems to have come into the country from Russia via Canada, and another seems to have originated in Germany.

In other thoughts, there are two England-based societies which host one-name (surname) studies, The Surname Society, and the Guild of One-Name Studies. I may join one or the other of them at some point when I “cross the pond,” but that time is not nigh.

Any thoughts or considerations I should account for before I dive in?


Wordless Wednesday

An abandoned school house in the Palouse, taken when I was in high school.

Look closely and see if you see anything interesting in the windows.