Jackson web site update
- I have just completed another update to the Jackson web site; the first in a month and a half. But a lot of additions have been made during that time, including a family history called "Home Folks" which is interesting reading whether it's your branch of Jacksons or not! There are many additions and I won't try to list them here but will send you to the additions page to read the recent additions:I have received and am continuing to get a lot of contributions from various folks and I'm thinking it would be good for everyone to be able to see and have access to all the folks who are interested in this line. So I am considering changing the Contributors Page and thought I'd ask for your opinions and feedback.
I am thinking about renaming the Contributors page to "Researchers' Corner" with a sub-title of "Researchers of descendants of Robert Jackson and Related Families" and listing anyone who would like to be on a list of researchers/contributors with connections to this line of Jacksons and including the surnames of connecting families they are researching. Perhaps there could be a place for writing about any brick walls you've run into and a way for someone to reach you via email.
I know folks are concerned about having their email address exposed. Does anyone know if using a link to an email form window (instead of just listing the email address) would avoid harvesters or not? I'm not sure of this, but I see it done quite frequently and if you know for sure, please let me know.
So I would like your feedback and ideas on how to make this a better site. I particularly want to know how many of you would like to participate by listing your name and interests in this way. Right now, this is just an idea, but if the response is good, I'll try to make it happen.
Oh, P.S. There have been 9888 visitors and there are 5606 individuals in the data base.
- At 9:06 PM +0000 3/14/06, Janie wrote:
[ snip ]
>I know folks are concerned about having their email address exposed. Does[ snip ]
>anyone know if using a link to an email form window (instead of just listing
>the email address) would avoid harvesters or not? I'm not sure of
>this, but I see it done quite frequently and if you know for sure,
>please let me know.
The use of a form should readily protect against spam-bots and
harvesters if you have a back-end process set up that prevents the
email address from being anywhere in the HTML. That may be beyond
what your page can do, however, if you don't have a database or
skills with the tools required.
Another common method used at Ancestry.com and RootsWeb message
boards is to have a link that displays a graphic image with a
person's email address. There's no link that way and it requires
human readers to copy it into an email message themselves. But this
will require you to create a graphic image of the address and display
A method coming into widespread use that's fairly easy is encoding
the email links. Do a Google search for "anti-spam+mailto" and
you'll find lots of pages that will show you how or even do it for
you. With those the HREF text should not show the address (to keep
it safer), but the anchor will contain encoded characters that will
work as a link when someone's using a web browser and yet be
invisible to a harvester looking for addresses in the form of
= Steve =
Steve W. Jackson
Surnames: Jackson, Kincaid, Culver, Wingard, Thornton, Grier, Smith, Gray
- If you think there is still something called privacy ,,go to Google and
write in Mary Harkey Russell. <G>
Mary Harkey Russell
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve W. Jackson" <swjackson@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:10 PM
Subject: [Jackson_Genealogy] Re: Jackson web site update
> At 9:06 PM +0000 3/14/06, Janie wrote:
> [ snip ]
>>I know folks are concerned about having their email address exposed.
>>anyone know if using a link to an email form window (instead of just
>>the email address) would avoid harvesters or not? I'm not sure of
>>this, but I see it done quite frequently and if you know for sure,
>>please let me know.
> [ snip ]
> The use of a form should readily protect against spam-bots and
> harvesters if you have a back-end process set up that prevents the
> email address from being anywhere in the HTML. That may be beyond
> what your page can do, however, if you don't have a database or
> skills with the tools required.
> Another common method used at Ancestry.com and RootsWeb message
> boards is to have a link that displays a graphic image with a
> person's email address. There's no link that way and it requires
> human readers to copy it into an email message themselves. But this
> will require you to create a graphic image of the address and display
> A method coming into widespread use that's fairly easy is encoding
> the email links. Do a Google search for "anti-spam+mailto" and
> you'll find lots of pages that will show you how or even do it for
> you. With those the HREF text should not show the address (to keep
> it safer), but the anchor will contain encoded characters that will
> work as a link when someone's using a web browser and yet be
> invisible to a harvester looking for addresses in the form of
> = Steve =
> Steve W. Jackson
> Montgomery, Alabama
> Surnames: Jackson, Kincaid, Culver, Wingard, Thornton, Grier, Smith, Gray
> Please visit the Jackson DNA Project Website at:
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- Good point, Mary; my feelings exactly. Some of you have probably noticed
that I use a couple of email addresses. This one "tejas@, etc" has been my
primary address since 1994. When I got a new address a few years ago I
considered doing away with it but I'm linked, due to ranching and other
interest, to so many places around the world that I didn't want to lose my
I do get tons of spam but, due to a good spam program, most doesn't get
through. I don't worry about it.
Now, on topic, most of you have seen that I'm one of the fortunate few that
have found yDNA connections. Thanks to much research by me and others, I've
pretty much verified these matches to the David Jackson line in Rutherford
Co, NC. I still don't know my John Jackson's (b. 1784) parents but each day
I get closer.
Poco Tejas Ranch
[mailto:Jackson_Genealogy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mary Harkey Russell
If you think there is still something called privacy ,,go to Google and
- It's time for what has become the monthly update notice for the Jackson Family web site. And there is a lot to report this month. Probably foremost is that Jerry Gross will be actively working on this site along with me. Jerry is a direct descendant of Edward Jackson and Martha Miller and thus also of Robert Jackson of Hempstead. He has been doing genealogy for twenty-five years and brings great interest and enthusiasm for this work.Jerry has already been participating as a researcher contributing a steady stream of new info to this site. But this month he has INPUT SEVEN HUNDRED individuals to the data base. Most, not all, of these are from the book "Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte" (published about 1905) which has a chapter on Robert Jackson, son of James Jackson and Rebecca Hallett. Robert, his wife, and sons and their wives, migrated to Canada after the Revolutionary War. From history I learn that most of the folks migrating to Canada after the war, did so either because they were Loyalists or Quakers who refused to bear arms. In either case, they were feeling reprisals and felt it was time to move on. So these are Jacksons that I had not seen before and am very glad for Jerry's work with them.I've been busy this month also, adding 360 individuals, mostly folks with connections to Jacksons: Laings, Shotwells, Thornes, Vails and Fitz Randolphs. There are absolutely too many to spell out the details; but if you have any connection to these folks, you probably should check out the descendants list again. Many of the folks added were ancestors, not descendants. Therefore, I have them in my data base so I can keep track of the connections, but if they are not descended from or married to a descendant of Robert of Hempstead, they won't actually show on the web site. Perhaps one day, I'll put the whole data base on rootsweb, but not at this time. I believe Jerry will soon be going to put just the Canadian Jacksons on rootsweb with a link to this Jackson site. If you have questions about the above folks that aren't answered by the web site, perhaps I have the answer in the data base; feel free to email me.For all the other new info, please check out the Additions and Changes page:http://www.jacksonfamilygenealogy.com/pages/additionsandchanges.htm . It's quite long this month with much of it focusing on the descendants of certain children of James Jackson and Rebecca Hallett. There are a couple of corrections that should be noted. Don't miss them on the Additions and Changes Page.All the email addresses on the Contributors page are encoded so that they are unavailable to spammers. We now have 6,934 individuals in the data base and have had 11,459 visitors to the site. I continue to be amazed and pleased at all the helpful info that is sent to me!Janie Jackson Kimble
- It's time again to let you know the Jackson web site has been updated. Now that Jerry is working with me, hopefully we can work at eliminating the overflowing stack of work in my to-do box. And we've made a good start on it this month with a large increase in the data base.There has been so much added this month that there is no way I can put it all in this email. But I can give you some highlights:
Added spouses for the children of Elizabeth Jackson and James Tompkins who migrated to Wilkes Co., NC and then on to Carter County, Tennessee. Also added some of their Proffitt grandchildren who moved on to Kentucky . Julia McCartney Hogston has done the research on this line and has more than I have entered. Also just before upload, I found a good chart with much more info and just put the URL to that chart in Elizabeth's Notes. Since Elizabeth and her husband are well recorded as being in Wilkes County, NC, and in Carter County, TN, and it's highly probable that other family members were with them, this deserves more study.
Jerry made many additions and revisions to the original posting last month of the descendants of Jacob S. Jackson and Miriam Searing in Canada. There are too many to list here, but they were done in part with aid from Mary Crandall’s website: The Ontario Vital Statistics Project and register reports from Elizabeth Archer and Linda Peling Alessio. Linda also sent two photo that are now in the Pictures section.Jerry is working toward getting just the Canadian Jackson branch posted on rootsweb. This chart will have both a counter and a link to our Jackson site.
After receiving an extensive study on the Powell family from Al Albright, Jerry has been able to add a lot of Powell connections to our Jackson data base. And there is a lot of information that could be added at a later time for collateral families related to the Jacksons. Many names in this study link back to our Jacksons through families such as Willet, Willis, Seaman, Mott, Underhill, Pearsall, Washburne, Titus, Townsend and many others.
I have been working with the Hewlett Family Register sent to me by John A. Hewlett who has done extensive research into the Hewlett family. This chart has extensive connections with the descendants of John and Elizabeth (Hallet) Jackson and Col. John and Elizabeth (Seaman) Jackson. These are connections covering 4 and 5 generations of connections between not only Hewletts and Jacksons but other Colonial families as well. Some of these folks are not directly descended from Robert of Hempstead; therefore, they won't show on the site, but having them in my data base really helps me keep these folks straight.
I'll mention one more item and the rest will be on the Additions Page:
Because of conflicting info found, I have been trying to find more reliable info about Elizabeth Jackson, d/o Col. John and Elizabeth Seaman. I did find her birth info taken from records of New York Genealogical Society records. Her marriage to Charles Doughty is well established. So this Note was added to the record of Elizabeth :
Record of the marriage of Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Col. John, to Isaac Doty has been found in an old 1897 book about the Dotys. But the dates of Isaac's children being born during about the same time period as Charles Doughty's children and the fact that Charles was still living, makes this a major conflict of data. Until more research into this situation can be done, I am not listing the marriage to Isaac Doty; just recognizing that there is this conflicting data. More study on this will be made in the future and anyone with more information is encouraged to email either Jerry or me.
The Additions and Changes page had become so long, I separated it into 2005 and 2006 to make loading the page quicker. And most of the other Additions/Changes are on the page: http://www.jacksonfamilygenealogy.com/pages/additionsandchanges2006.htm . If you've been there recently, don't forget to use your refresh button. As of the evening July 5, the web site has had 12,109 visitors and there are 8273 individuals in the data base. I do appreciate so much everyone's contributions to this site! You've made it fun and helpful to so many folks.
(The actual upload was done on July 4th, but I held off sending this letter, hoping I could tell you that the Canadian Jacksons were already posted on rootsweb. But this is going to take at least a few days longer.)
- The Jackson web site has been updated again last evening. I won't even try this time to summarize the addition and changes; but if interested, you can find them here:http://www.jacksonfamilygenealogy.com/pages/additionsandchanges2006.htm I won't even guarantee that all changes are listed. The more Jerry and I do, the harder it is to keep track of smaller additions/changes. We'll try to keep track of the major family additions and/or changes.We've had 13,154 visitors to the site and there are now 8724 individual in the data base. Not all show on the web site as they are either living or are collateral families that are not direct descendants of Robert of Hempstead. This website differs from the charts put on rootsweb in that my software creates pages just for direct descendants, spouses and the spouses' parents. It does not show all the other historical connections, though we have them in the data base. We found out early on that we needed the collateral family info just to help keep these folks straight!One interesting item coming up is a chart showing the status of the DNA Project as it pertains to our Hempstead line. Jack McAnally is creating this chart and writing an accompanying article. When we get it just the way we want it, I'll put it on the site. I have absolutely no knowledge of how this works technically, but this chart helps me see relationships and I hope it will be helpful to all involved.My indexer says I have two link problems that I've been unable to find. If you find a broken link, please let me know so I can fix it!By the way, the addresses that receive this update notice are not automated. You are either receiving this as a one-time notice because you've recently contributed some info that I've used or you've shown continuing interest in this site. If anyone wants to be removed from the list, let me know - or just don't contact me for a long while, and I'll eventually drop you from the list.Until next time, Happy Hunting,Janie