Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Having just arrived in Salt Lake City my mind is on the Rootstech  Conference. Luckily, among the unpublished GeniMates  profiles I have up my sleeve, is one from Lorine McGinnis Schulze. Not only is Lorine an Official Blogger for the conference she is also joining Amy Coffin, Audrey Collins and me on an international panel to discuss Genealogy 2.0.

Lorine will be a busy girl at Rootstech as she is also an Official Blogger.

Date:  22/01/2012
Name:  Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Hometown:  Small town in Ontario Canada

Are you a Hobbyist or Professional Genealogist? I  consider myself a hobbyist but I am a member of APG and OCAPG 

What, if any, formal or informal studies have you undertaken that are relevant to genealogical research?
I'm completely self-taught in all areas - both genealogy and being a genealogy webmaster

How long have you been chasing ancestors?
Ah that would reveal my age! I started at age 14 and I'm a grandmother of 10

How did you get hooked on genealogy?
My father was always talking to me about our Irish ancestors - wondering where they were from and when they arrived in Canada. He knew nothing beyond his own grandpa. He died when I was 14 and I decided I would find out about those Irish McGinnis ancestors as a tribute to him. And that got me started!

What is your day job?
Genealogy. I'm retired from my previous career and now I earn money from my various genealogy pursuits such as the history-genealogy books I write.

What are your areas of Expertise in Genealogy?
Dutch in New Netherland (present day New York), Ontario genealogy, Loyalist ancestry, ships passenger lists are my main areas of knowledge

Please outline your involvement in Genealogy Societies and Groups:
I have cut back on my Genealogy societies and now only belong to NYGBS, APG and OCAPG
What are the lands of your ancestors?
Ireland, England, Holland, Germany, France

What Family Names are you Researching?
Gosh there are too many to list! Remember I've been researching a very long time - over 50 years. A few of my surnames are McGinnis, Peer, Vollick, Van Slyke, Vrooman, Van Valkenburg, Damen, LeRoy, Larroway, Shuart, Hertel, Burkholder, Fuller, SImpson, Stead, King, Downey, Bell, Philpot, Elvery, Caspall, Jamieson, Johnstone.....

Who is your favourite ancestor? Why?
I have several that I feel drawn to. But I guess the one I am most fascinated by is my Mohawk ancestor Ots-Toch. In fact I wrote a book about her! She married a Dutchman in New Netherland arounc 1640 and is documented in various land records and other legal documents. She's also mentioned by a Dutch missionary who visited Schenectady New York in 1660.

What ancestral city or town would you like to visit? Why?
I would love to go to Katesbridge Co. Down Ireland because I believe that is where my McGinnis ancestor came from.

What is your favourite resource for genealogy? hands down. I visit every day and am always searching for new information. But I also don't just search my direct ancestors - I search for all siblings and their families in all generations. So I have a lot of individuals to look up. My 2nd fav is FamilySearch.

Do you keep your genealogy files on paper?  Yes
Do you keep your genealogy files on a computer? Yes

What genealogy software do you use to record your family tree?

Do you have your tree posted on the internet? Yes
If Yes What is the URL?

What Social Networking Sites do you use for genealogy?
Ancestry, Facebook, GenealogyWise, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+

Do you have a blog?  Several
What are your blogs' URLs?,, http://ancestorsatrest.blogspot.com, and more!

What are your Other Hobbies, Activities, Interests?
Cooking, Antique collecting, Art
What is your favourite leisure time activity apart from genealogy?

What is your personal philosophy in a few words ?
Without the past we cannot understand the present and there is no future.