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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.

OliveTreeGenealogy.com Creation

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.

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 Status

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.

Family

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 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

Blogs
Olive Tree Genealogy
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Ancestors At Rest
Past Voices: Letters Home
The Paper Trail
Antique Hunter
Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy
Family Bibles
Tea For Two
Chicken Chat
Websites
Olive Tree Genealogy
Naturalization Records
Ancestors At Rest
All Census Records
The Genealogy Spot
Olive Tree Extras
Past Voices
All English Records
The Great War
Canadian Military Heritage Project

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. 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 Collecting

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.

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