Hello to all Tims-Timms-Thames **et al** Cousins and Researchers and TTFA Members:
I want to share with you the success we are experiencing with the new Thames-Tims Family Association website (http://www.thames-tims.org/genealogy/index.php).
***Since announcing the website on January 28, we have almost doubled our registered Users for the site—we’re quickly approaching 100 users.The majority of the new users are from the Tims and Timms lines, and for the Tims line we have added a new lineage, submitted by Dianne Erwin. Thanks, Dianne! Her lineage runs back to Joseph Tims born 1747, a Revolutionary War soldier, and her line merges with another Tims member, Gene Tims. Diane also submitted several document images relating to Joseph and his family that you can find linked to Joseph himself, or via the What’s New page.
***It’s truly particularly exciting to see all the new Tims, Timms, and Timbs Users on the new website. One look at the DNA Project results will tell you why it’s so important that researchers from these families submit their information – there’s so much work to be done to sort out the various lines that the DNA testing results are giving us, and we have so little information (lineages) to go on thus far. To see what I mean, you can link to the DNA Project directly via http://www.dna.thames-tims.orghttp://www.dna.thames-tims.org or from the TTFA website, under the Reports menu item.
***Please keep the documents and lineages and photos coming. You never know but that the item you have us post on the site will break down your or someone else’s brick wall and gain you a new long-lost cousin to boot!
***And be on the lookout for additions that are being funded by the TTFA itself, like WWI draft registration cards and census images. We’ll be starting by adding these documents for people who exist in the Tree (kinda like “first come first served”), so if you’d like to see us finding and posting document images for your particular ancestors, submitting your lineage is key.
***Speaking of submitting lineages, for those of you who are interested in submitting your lineage to the Tree, we have added a nice ***online tool*** for you to share your direct lineage info with other researchers. If you go to the site and hover your mouse on Contacts, a link will pop up called “Submit Your Lineage Online.” Click on that pop-up link and fill in the form for as many generations as you have, click the Submit button, and we will get your lineage data loaded into the Tree as fast as we can. It’s that simple. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of generations in your lineage – other researchers will help you fill in the gaps---That, in a nutshell, is the entire goal of the TTFA.)
***You can submit any photos or documents, etc., using the “Submit Photos, Docs., etc.” link under the Contacts menu, too.
***We are also striving to add a tool that will automatically alert our webmaster, Terry Thames, of any errors that you encounter while clicking around on the site – you know, those annoying “404 Error” type pages you can get every so often on various websites. This tool will help us fix any problems so that your surfing and researching on thames-tims.org will be trouble-free.
***Lastly, especially for you Thames family members who claim descent back to the NC Thomas Thames born abt 1705-1710, and especially from his son Joseph Thames who married Martha Newberry and lived in NC…well, look for an announcement in the next week or two about an invaluable research tool/guide that will be offered to you.
For those of you who are used to hearing from me, you know that this is actually a short message from me, your long-winded Cousin. It’s Friday evening and it’s been a long work week. But there has been so much to share with you!So, Cousins, enjoy the weekend, enjoy life and family and friends, and enjoy the website – Let’s keep it growing!
Thanks for your time, Becky Thames-Simmons President, Thames-Tims Family Association