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  • Robert Graham (c.1836 - 1881)
    Immigrated from Nova Scotia, Canada. around 1850, and probably arrived at Port Elizabeth. He was married to Catharina van der Kemp in Uitenhage on 26 August 1856. He died in Kimberley hospital in 1881.
  • Therese Castelino (1880 - d.)
    Mother to 11 boys and 2 girls. Incredible cook. Generous but shy host. Devoted to her family and in her own daughter's words, "selfless".
  • Molly Lanier (c.1780 - c.1850)
  • Mary Lanier (1735 - 1798)
  • Thomas Lanier (1730 - 1797)
    Thomas Lanier, the second son of Robert and Pricilla (Washington) Lanier, was born about 1730 in Surry County, and married there about 1760, Mary, possibly the daughter of William Collins, a Quaker. ...

This is an open group collaborative project for assistance on genealogy "Brick-Walls". We all have them - some we have been successful at overcoming, others still give us continued grief as we all like to complete our ancestor line as far back as possible to learn our family heritage.

Basic genealogy 101 teaches us that most "Brick-Walls" are due to human error - enumerator mis-spellings, and then there are those records that just seem non-existant.

Here - Users can start a discussion and ask for guidance, share with others their personal success and tips on how to possibly overcome "Brick-Wall" problem areas of our trees.

Everyone - feel free to join and share - for this helps ALL with their family research goals!!!!.

1. Join This Project!

2. Add The Profile Of Your "Brick-Wall" Ancestor!

3. Start A Discussion On How You Need Help!

4. If You Can Help - Pitch In!!!

Just as a reminder: Profiles added to this project have to be "Public" (i.e.: show a 'green ball' on the Profile View, or have a 'green box' around the profile's picture area in the Tree View.)

It is also helpful if a generation or two of (deceased) people around / below that profile are visible for others to look at.

Here is a way to quickly check for -- and change -- profiles of Deceased persons from Private to Public:

  1. At the top of the Geni window are a few "menu" items: the first one under the item "Family" is "Lists" ... select that. You'll be show a list of all your family group members!
  2. Now, on the left side of that list are a bunch of options ... if you don't see that, click the small text "Show Advanced Controls".
  3. Under the "Filters" you can restrict the results (for example) to just "Deceased" and "Private". If you want, you could also, under "Events", put in a Birth year 'before', say 1915 (or whatever you think is appropriate).
  4. Down at the bottom of the panel is an "Update List" button. Click that.

The resulting list should show (if you have any) older profiles which can probably be made public without causing any privacy concerns. You'll see on the right side of the list that there is a text link to "Make this profile Public" (or "private", depending on it's current state). So, with a single click you can change the "public visibility" of a profile. If there are more pages, click the "Update List" again to refresh the list.

In a similar way you can get a list of profiles of 'Living' which are Public, which you may either want to make private -- or edit the profile to make them deceased, if that is the case.

You can even save each set of search criteria to repeat it easily (check the menu box at the upper right corner of the list).