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About the Olive Tree Lady, Lorine McGinnis Schulze
I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Ontario, the youngest of four children of an Army Lieutenant and his wife. My father encouraged me in the the pursuit of our family lines at a very young age, and when he died shortly after my 14th birthday, I decided to research our family in his memory. It became a life-long passion.
Working With Troubled Teens
I was a teacher, specializing in working with troubled teenagers, but in 1994 was injured by a student. After an unsuccessful operation, and months of only partially-successful physiotherapy, it became obvious that I would not be able to resume a full-time job.
After this year long recuperation, I began creating Olive Tree Genealogy pages, and in the winter of 1995 a smaller version of The Olive Tree Genealogy made its online debut. February 1996 saw Olive Tree Genealogy move to Rootsweb.com as the OTE site. In 1998 I was finally able to return to work on a part-time basis, and my enforced and unexpected "free time" allowed me to continue developing and working on The Olive Tree.
My website was among the first to bring primary sources to the Internet with its passenger lists of ships from the Netherlands to New York in the 17th Century.
Special Interest Areas
I've been a frequent instructor in various IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Workshops for Internet research, Ontario Loyalist topics, and 17th Century New York. My interest in early New York is the result of my paternal lineage, with many of my ancestors being early settlers in that state.
In Canada, there are three recognized groups of Aboriginal people: The Inuit, Métis and First Nations (Indians). Aboriginal people are the descendants of the original inhabitants of North America.
The Ontario Metis Aboriginal Association has accepted me into the Metis community and I was granted my Metis status. It was a very proud moment for me and for my family. I and other family members have proudly identified and participated in the
Metis culture across the province
My cousin is currently carrying on the Metis tradition of playing music
in a band with other Metis. Some of my native ancestors acted as interpreters in the state of New York, while my French ancestors acted as interpreters in the province of Quebec.
My site has been recognized by Ontario Metis Aboriginal Associaton (OMAA) as aboriginal and it is listed under Links to
Native Genealogy Sites.
Widowed in 1993, I am the mother of one daughter (Judy) and two sons (Sean and Tyler). I remarried in 1998. Counting step-grandchildren I have 13 grandchildren. The youngest are twins 1 1/2 years old. We have a large family to feed at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! I love to cook so it's a wonderful time. My cooking blog is called Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy
I moved to Georgian Bay (on Lake Huron) many years ago. It's a beautiful place, home of the 30,000 Islands, which I used to sail. I don't boat anymore.
Writing & Publishing Books
I have has been involved in the fields of genealogy and history for more than thirty years and am the author of many published genealogical articles, as well as books.
In 1993 I wrote a Van Slyke book on my Mohawk-French ancestry, and set up a section on my website devoted to the Mohawk Nation.
I love researching and writing and have a book of poetry that I don't quite have the nerve to send to any publishers, plus a novel. My thrill is writing genealogy and history books and my book on
New Netherland Settlers: Willem Pieterse Van Slyke aka Neef- A genealogy to five generations of the descendants of Willem Pieterse Van Slyke who settled in New Netherland (New York) in 1660 by Lorine McGinnis Schulze has been published and was reviewed favourably in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record in July 2005
I recently finished my book on New Netherland Settlers: The Stevensen and Jacobsen Familes: A Genealogy to three generations of the descendants of Steven Janse Coning and Maria Goosens who settled in Fort Orange in 1649 (Stevensen Family) and Maria Goosens and a man named Jacob (Jacobsen Family) by Lorine McGinnis Schulze is not yet indexed. If anyone knows how to index a manuscript in WORD (.doc format) and would be interested in the job, please let me know! I'd love to get this book into print
My current projects are a series of books on New Netherland Settlers, and two books on the Peer and Vollick (Follick) Families of New York, New Jersey and Ontario Canada.
The list of my published Genealogy Articles & Books is found on my Genealogy Publications page
Farm Life & Animals
My husband and I live on a small hobby farm and have many animals. They include two dogs, Barley (Australian Shepherd rescued from a shelter) & Webley (Shih-tzu). Barley is quite psychotic, she's a challenge to own but very sweet and loving. Webley's just your typical mischievious puppy!
We also have two sheep named Ewe-lysses S. Grant and Queen Princess; one Mammoth Jack Donkey named Burr; and dozens of Guinea Fowl, Laying Hens and Roosters.
I am an avid collector of antiques. You can see some of my collections and antique interests on my Antique Hunter Blog. Many of the photos are of antiques I wish I owned.
My husband and I have an eclectic collection of antiques and collectibles, among them old scales, coffin plates, tins, Pratt pod lids, WW1 militaria, end-of-day glassware, coffee grinders, boxes both big and small (snuff, patch, stamp and more).
My main collecting passion is Coffee Grinders, Coffee & Medicine Tins and boxes --- every kind you can dream of from , Writing Boxes, Snuff boxes, Patch Pots, to Victorian Jewellry boxes.
Our joint collecting passion is scales -- postal scales, candy scales, steelyard scales, beam scales, balance scales, egg scales, and well, just basically almost any kind of scale except kitchen scales. I tend to like the balance scales, hubby prefers candy and hardware scales.
Here is the weather where I live
Beausoleil Island Ontario
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