09/04/2013 -- See new
site for details.
07/13/2013 -- For awhile, What's New will be
handled under the test
site being built in Joomla. We'll continue
to look at other options, such as Concrete5.
07/11/2013 -- As mentioned before, the website
needs some improvement. We started on OfficeLive,
under the auspices of Microsoft Co, but they
discontinued the service. So, we scrambled and
found a provider. Since there are many development
environments and approaches, we reverted to HTML
(circa early 2000s). That is, we use the Composer
of Sea Monkey (other alternatives exist) on files
that are pushed up to the website. Last year, we
did a survey of CMS
tools (open source types) and decided to
look at WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. After an
initial look, the HTML choice was precisely made
since I've used it from the inception (and,
before, if you consider the work in mark-up
languages). However, we need better content
management, so I bit the bullet. Here is a result
(most likely the approach that we will take):
I also have tried Concrete5
(don't laugh; just ran into it last night; spent a
little playing with it; let's say, enough to get
back to Joomla - see CMS
tools). Now, once we get reconfigured, there
will be extensions related to the Society's
business, membership, communication, and more
(going forward). In the beginning, I might use a
composition, such as bringing in WordPress for a
blog. However, another aspect of running a website
is keeping the administration tasks in hand (with
scope of the internet, well, there are lots
of things to do beyond genealogy and family
07/07/2013 -- Vol III, No 2 of Gardner's
available. The issue continues the Annals
collection looking at changes in administration,
so to speak. Future issues will focus on different
reigns. An interesting tale involves the two
cousins, Greely and Coffin.
06/15/2013 -- Joseph B. Felt, in his Annals of
Salem, mentions Thomas
and Thomas, and Scotland. Next Beacon Issue
will be on Doings
with the Mother Country.
06/15/2013 -- Origins are still a prime
focus. Too, we'll have to collect videos
(and other media, outside of the textual) related
to the settlement of New England.
05/19/2013 -- On John
Farmer's effort. We'll continue the annals
format with the next Gardner's Beacon.
05/09/2013 -- New posts on the blog: Gardner and
03/23/2013 -- Vol III, No 1 of Gardner's
available. This issue looks at the period prior to
the arrival. The next will look at the arrival
plus/minus a few years. Essentially, we will
reconstruct the events before, during, and after
the forgotten/lost colony's experience. From this,
we will lift out the positive lessons that can
apply to today's predicaments. The look has a
theme of Thomas and Margaret but will encompass
the whole of the group. For instance, giving due
credit to John Tilly, and more.
03/13/2013 -- Clarification of/modification to Vol.
I, No. 4 Beacon, dealing with the trials and
their impact: In relation to the Corwins (Judge,
Sheriff), Samuel Gardner was uncle-in-law (1/2) of
Jonathan rather than a guardian. Also, any
influence on Corwins would have been reduced to
that of 1/2 cousins by the time of 1692.
03/02/2013 -- Today, we consider a few
things that would relate to effective use of
TGS resources. Too, from now on, the main page
will provide the update date for this What's New
page as a means to bring the changes to attention
of the casual reader.
03/01/2013 -- The 400th
anniversaries will be a continuing theme.
Looks like there will be 50 years of such
celebrations in Massachusetts. Florida is having
this year. The next Beacon issue will look at
events related to the arrival
02/22/2013 -- The TGS Forum requires admin
registration due to spam. Send a note to
jmswtlk[@]thomasgardnersociety[.]org with a brief
comment about interest. We will register with the
e-mail used for the note. Include a preferred
userid if one is desired.
02/05/2013 -- Renewed interest in Richard III
affords an opportunity to re-look at Historical
Genealogy, collect information about the
disparate viewpoints, and to determine a
reasonable opinion on this matter. This Wiki
page may be voted for deletion. If not, the
argument would be stronger. If so, we'll preserve
the discussion as best we can.
01/26/2013 -- Reading Frances
Hill (actually reading a printed book)
motivates a relook at the 1692 idiocy: first
look, then Imagine
a meeting (genes/memes). To think, little
four-year old Dorothy Good being imprisoned and
interrogated (who wouldn't go insane?).
01/25/2013 -- John Goff's article (Some
old Salem ties to Nantucket) references the
Thomas Gardner Society. Thank you, Mr.
Goff (descendant of Thomas and Margaret
through son Richard). Some thoughts about the
01/22/2013 -- Changed Forum registration to
include an Admin approval step in order to filter
out spammers. Too, described the intended members
of the Forum, namely descendants of Thomas Gardner
of Salem, their family, and friends of the
01/12/2013 -- Split Forum (BB) into public (can
be read by guests) and private (requires
registration and login) areas. For instance, the
Social category has Water Cooler (public) and
Break Room (private) for miscellaneous
01/08/2013 -- To facilitate discussions, and
activities, related to the 400th anniversaries and
more, added a TSG
bulletin board. There is an easy
registration step (or, browse/post as guest). For
now, no moderation, assuming the usual protocols
of good conduct.
01/07/2013 -- The 400th will be arriving before
we know it. There will be many 400th
anniversaries to celebrate. For many, we
need to firm up the data by collecting everything
known, filling in missing pieces if we can, and
determining some reasonable story, overall.
Perhaps, we ought to see the dearth of information
as a positive thing (Thomas not
part of the clamorous).
12/30/2012 -- Vol II, No 6 (2nd edition)
published with modifications. See Afterthoughts
& Modifications for the changes.
12/29/2012 -- Vol II, No 6 of Gardner's
linked to digitized references.
12/28/2012 -- The use of old
planters can have several connotations. For
one, there is the group of five who got land in
Beverly. There is the larger group of those who
came before 1628, since Endicott brought many who
are called the new planters. Many
views have been expressed over the years
about those early times which we will incorporate
into the TGS bibliography.
12/19/2012 -- On this day, 1675, Capt
Joseph was killed in the Great Swamp Fight.
Of the posts, Historical
Genealogy is the most popular.
11/27/2012 -- What
do we know about Thomas and Margaret.
There are conjectures around and about that
collected for some time. We want to start a
constructive build of a comprehensive view that
has reasonable support.
10/29/2012 -- Added Afterthoughts
& Modifications to Gardner's Beacon
Vol II, No 5 of the Gardner's
Margaret. Many quote TAG 30:156 as
suggesting that we cannot use Margaret as the
mother who came with Thomas to Cape Ann. This is
not true. The article suggests that Dr. Frank's
determination is acceptable, depending, of
course, upon one's preference and point of view.
Needless to say, we'll continue to agree withe
good Dr. until there is definitive information
that shows otherwise. Those who chose to use
Unknown (or _ _) are not wrong either.
Vol II, No 4 of the Gardner's
334th anniversary of King
See Archive for prior
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