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About the Olive Tree Lady, Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Working With Troubled TeensI 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.
OliveTreeGenealogy.com CreationAfter 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 AreasI'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.
Another very special interest is in preserving family heirlooms and memoirs. I write about how to preserve memories and family treasures on my Olive Tree Genealogy blog and maintain a forum on Google+
I write a weekly series called Sharing Memories with prompts to encourage readers to write down their own memories and those of family members.
Military history is another of my loves and one of my projects is reuniting soldiers' dog tags with family members. 17 cases have been sent to me for help and 13 have been solved and had a happy ending with a lost and found dog tag being sent home to a descendant. You can read about these heart-warming stories onSoldiers' Items Found
Please also take a peek at my video series on mid 1800s photographs - identifying photographs, and learning how to date and recognize years photos were taken. My video tutorials and cemetery walks are found at Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube Channel
Metis StatusIn 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.
FamilyWidowed 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 14 grandchildren. 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
My Blogs & Websites
BlogsOlive Tree Genealogy
Ask Olive Tree
Ancestors At Rest
Past Voices: Letters Home
The Paper Trail
Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy
Tea For Two
WebsitesOlive Tree Genealogy
Ancestors At Rest
All Census Records
The Genealogy Spot
Olive Tree Extras
All English Records
The Great War
Canadian Military Heritage Project
Writing & Publishing BooksI 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.
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.
Farm Life & AnimalsMy husband and I live on a small hobby farm and have many animals. At one time they included 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!
At other times in our farm adventures we have had two sheep named Ewe-lysses S. Grant and Queen Princess; two Mammoth Jack Donkeys named Ito and Burr; and dozens of Guinea Fowl, Laying Hens and Roosters.
Currently we have one donkey, one guinea fowl and over a dozen pot-belly pigs.
Antique CollectingI 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.
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