Updates – October 2013


Today updates were posted to my family tree on RootsWeb WorldConnect and to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website.  Previous updates were in June 2013. Recovery from  recent surgery delayed these changes being completed and posted.
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Family Tree Changes

Changes to the family tree file that is on RootsWeb WorldConnect on Tuesday 29 October 2013 include:

NZ Genealogy Home Page
NZ Genealogy Project Home Page

NZ Genealogy Site Changes

Changes on 29 October to Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project website include:

  • Tree Visitors page updated based on six months Google Analytics data for March-August 2013. This replaced the previous two month data for March-April 2013.
  • New page added to site giving details of Carmavy (Carmavey) in Northern Ireland. Carmavy was the birth place of Thomas McLernon, my great grandfather.
  • Update to 1921 Letter from Northern Ireland page to include links to family members from Ireland mentioned. This became possible after reviewing 1911 Census returns.
  • Menus and site map page updated to include the new Carmavy page.
  • Photograph of Elizabeth Redpath (1856-1933) headstone added to her photo page.
  • Additional photographs added to the Berkahn notes page (Gordon and Reynold Berkahn) and Christian Berkahn family photo page (group photographs of Christian’s children).
  • Details of Emily Mist updated when additional details were found in the electoral rolls.

Updates to Tree and Project Site


Tree Changes

Changes to the family tree file that is on RootsWeb WorldConnect on Sunday, 14 July 2013 include:

  • New GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb (15,508 people, 5,074 families).
  • Obituary for Patrick McKONE, killed in Belgium during WW1, added to his page.
  • A link to biographical details and photo (where available) added to pages for people on Family Notes pages for Jones, Korte and McLaren.

Site Changes

Changes on 14 July to to Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project website include:

  • Facility for visitors to add comments to Family Notes, Family Photos and Places pages.
  • Visitors Comments page added to site.
  • RSS feed added to site.
  • Menus updated on some pages so they were less obtrusive.

Previously, on 29 March, the page with details of visitors to RootsWeb WorldConnect family tree was updated.

James Wallace 1826-1899


Tracing James Wallace has been a mystery for me and other researchers for some time.  Sue Penrose put me onto some information that I believe solves the question.

A query was posted by lynbee on Rootschat.com – James Wallace-I have lost this line of the family!  She posted what was known about James Wallace: his birth in Ireland in 1826, his enlistment in the 65th Regiment, guarding convicts on a voyage to Tasmania, posting to New Zealand, and discharge from the army in Wanganui in 1849.  Lyn’s question – did anyone know what happened to James?

Descendants of James Wallace and Maria Brophy from Tasmania replied to the query because they thought they might be related. Their James was also from Ireland, had been to Australia before being posted to New Zealand “and fought in the war there which we believe was in Wanganui. In the 1850’s he moved to Tasmania and married.”  However marriage and death registration did not have details of James’s parents.

The Rootschat.com exchange does not provide a definitive and documented link between the James Wallace in my tree and the James Wallace who died in Tasmania.  There is considerable overlap of the facts though.

Discharged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, lists soldiers of the Imperial Foot Regiments who took their discharge in New Zealand between 1840 and 1870.  A search of the book shows that there was only one James Wallace discharged in New Zealand. This was the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace who were also discharged in Wanganui.

The headstone for James Wallace in Westbury Cemetery gives his age at death as 72 years (see image below). This matches with his birth in 1826.

Headstone of James Wallace, his wife Maria and son; Westbury, Tasmania
Headstone of James Wallace, his wife Maria and son; Westbury, Tasmania. Photo from Darryl Booth.

I believe that the story passed down to the children of James and Maria from Tasmania matches sufficiently with what was known from army records and New Zealand to conclude that this James Wallace is the the brother of Arthur Wallace and John Alexander McKane Wallace.  I will be updating my tree accordingly.

Please let me know if this is an error and you have an alternative James Wallace who fits better.

NOTEDischarged in New Zealand, by Hugh and Lyn Hughes, was published by the NZ Society of Genealogists in 1988.  A pdf version is now available on CD from the Society’s website.

UPDATE (6 June) – I have now updated the tree on Rootsweb with descendants of James Wallace I have found to date.

Margaret McKone (nee Heavey)


I have been researching the HEAVEY family who migrated from Ireland to Otago, New Zealand about 1875.  Recently I found there was another family member, Margaret, born about 1859 in Mullingar, Westmeath.

In 1882 Margaret Heavey married Michael McKone, born about 1858 in Ballyconnell, Cavan, Ireland.  Michael was a labourer in County Cavan when at the age of 18 he migrated to New Zealand as an assisted passenger aboard the “Loch Awe” on 6 April 1974.  After arriving in Auckland, Michael  worked his way south and settled near Oamaru, North Otago. He was employed as a labourer with the New Zealand Refrigeration Company and was put in charge of the company’s water races at Awamoko, north of Oamaru.

Margaret and Michael had 16 children. Margaret died in 1902 at Awamoko, and was buried in Oamaru. To date I have traced 338 descendants and 131 spouses of descendants. If you can provide additional information please get in touch.

Tracking Vistors to your WorldConnect Family Tree


I am interested in the demographics of who is visiting my family tree on Rootsweb WorldConnect. What country, city are visitors from? What pages are looked at most often?

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After a few unsuccessful attempts, I have now managed to set up tracking so I can answer these questions, and others. I use Google Analytics.

Analytics LogoThere are two parts to the setup.

  1. In Google Analytics you need to define the default URL – I used wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com.  This refers to the whole WorldConnect site, but only your family tree pages will send tracking codes.  You  copy the tracking code from Google Analytics for insertion in web pages displaying your family tree.
  2. You then need to log into Rootsweb, open your account page, and under Worldconnect Tree ID select Edit. Click on the tree you want to track (in my case chris_korte), then click on Display Options under Tree Settings.  I pasted the tracking code from Google Analytics into the Page Footer.  Due to restrictions on string length for the page footer, I needed to remove the existing footer.  Before pasting, I also edited the tracking code in notepad to remove formatting spaces and carriage returns – I made one line of text.

So far this has tracked visitors for a few hours successfully.  When it has run for longer I will update on what has worked and what has not.

I have been able to see number of visitors, pageviews, visit duration, audience details, traffic sources and content.  These are the normal statistics that Analytics reports.  In-Page Analytics can not be reported, but this is not a concern to me.

I presume the tracking code can be inserted in other parts of the WorldConnect page, but I have not tried.

Google Analytics reports that “The Google Analytics tracking code has not been detected on your website’s home page.” This is because Rootsweb WorldConnect does not allow users to alter the home page.

Google Analytics says “For Analytics to function, you or your web administrator must add the code to each page of your website.” Because the footer is displayed whenever my tree is displayed, the tracking code will report all instances of my tree being viewed.

In case you do not know, use of both Google Analytics and Rootsweb WorldConnect is free.

Tree Update


Every 2-4 months I update my family tree on Rootsweb.  Today  the new GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb had 14,525 people and 4,762 families. This is a small increase on the upload a couple of months ago, but also includes the research I have done since the last upload.  Recent research has involved checking NZ electoral rolls, finding cemetery details, checking NZ BDM details, plus addition of some details provided by other family researchers.

Often I find details of people who I think others will be interested in, but the information  does not fit into the design of my website – Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project. I now add these details to Rootsweb page for the person concerned.  Two added in the update today were:

John Day Teall 1859-1929


I had an entry in my family tree for John Day TEALL, but had not found out much about him. I knew he had moved to South Africa about 1900, based on a family tree written about then.

I have been able to fill in more details of his life following contact from Adrian Louw Ackerman in South Africa recently. He had seen my tree on  Rootsweb and contacted me as a result.

Adrian Louw Ackerman, from Sedgefield South Africa, was researching John Day TEALL because he had been so kind to his mother and uncle. He said Mr Teall was a kindly and quiet sort of gentleman and a mentor to my mother (Johanna Hendrina Geldenhuys). Because her parents were very poor, Mr Teall helped to pay for my mother’s education at Saasveld Training College in Cape Town, as well as for her brother who also studied to be a teacher. For this she was ever grateful and always spoke of affection about Mr Teall.

He provided a link to a picture of the gravestone for John Day TEALL, as shown below.

As a result of information recieved from Adrian, I have added a brief biography to my Rootsweb page for John Day TEALL. In addition, Adrian has recently provided a copy of the information he has collected to be posted here (Go to the biography provided by Adrain Ackerman).

Thanks Adrian for getting in touch and sharing information about John.