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This web section provides links to two large Rines database
displays. Each database is rooted with the Rines Surname and both are independent
of the other.
Information about the volume of individuals, families and Surname data
included in each database is available by just clicking on one of
the two database buttons below:
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There are two databases here
because there is no known common
between these two family trees, but there is a belief that at some
point in time, enough information will surface that a connection
will be found. With this in mind, a second data
series should provide a broader range of family date
when you go looking for a relative we have information about in
our databases. Hopefully as the information
in these databases expands, our chances at discovering leads will also improve
because the number of people benefiting from the data will
expand and be shared.
Of the two
databases shown, Clifford
Rines of Ontario, Canada created the second database listed
above. Clifford has been
doing research much longer than we have and has collected far
more information than we have been able to assemble in the few
years of our research.
is viewable VIA your web browser and should work with all
heavily in our web site, so that should be enabled in your
browser. If you find something not working as expected,
like the buttons not changing when you move your mouse over
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Almost all the information we know
about the people listed is displayed and available. However, there was a restriction filter enabled in the database
to web page transfer to prevent the dates on people who are still
living from being moved to the web site. For baptism and
marriage dates on people born after 1920, or married after 1930,
or if either spouse is listed as still living those dates were
also prevented from being exported to the web site.
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Index Definitions: (Click
Data in each database is laid out with a
main index page as the main navigation point. This index
page, which is the first to appear when you click on one of the
database buttons shown above, provides access to the data from
four different display views. To access a
section just scroll the main index page to the area where
the group approach you want to use is
shown. To access a list or to display a descendancy tree, go
to the group section you want and then selecting a "Letter-Link" in that
With the four different views
available, it will hopefully both expand and satisfy your access
to the data contained in each database. If you aren't sure how you want to view
information, we find the Descendancy Tree gives
you a broader historical perspective of how much information is
available because its linear record display shows a lot of
information in a small amount of space .
information we've been able to stuff into the database as of the
date the data was published is available on this web site.
However, there is a lot document information that hasn't been
added to the database because the effort is enormous.
you find you have a question that isn't answered here, drop us an
email and we'll do what we can to respond.
effort to get as much information into the database has been made, you'll find information on
living people has been severely limited to protect the privacy of
those individuals. In most cases the information on younger people is not difficult
to find, so our not publishing that information should not hamper
your ability to go back in time and expand your research.
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IV. Sharing Information:
Learning about our ancestry has been an eye-opening experience that raised our understanding of history in
our ancestor's time. In some cases we have learned about
events that might have influenced why they moved, and where family stories began. At
minimum, all the effort has been fun.
At present our
database has connections that travel back to the early 17th Century,
and on a couple other lines to the 18th Century. Some branches
are just beginning to grow and don't have much history, but things
appear randomly so we expect the short branches will grow in time.
are also many individuals and family groups shown who are isolated from their
namesake line, but we believe they will connect as more facts and
individuals surface. In all cases, everything here has a
supporting document, which is beginning to create storage and
cataloging issues. Hopefully, a larger database project will
follow along soon so that the documents can be retrieved easily
and the papers can be converted to digital images.
This web space
was created to share what we've discovered and so that others
would be encouraged to share what they know and see is missing
from our database. This won't happen quickly as historical projects like this can take a
lifetime of effort and many people. However, if you have information
or know where we might find information, even a simple fact that
might help us support more information, or fill an open hole in
one of our branches, please send it along so we can add it to our
If you would
like to know when we add information to the databases and
republish the pages, send us an email and I'll send you a simple
quick update message after we update.
make a point of responding to all messages. If I haven't
responded to your email in a few days time, it might be the message was eaten by some
over-zealous mail filter. Should this happen, please
send the message again, but just send a simple message with the
question like, "Did you get my email message?" I can't imagine a simple
sentence will get eaten by the Spam filters, so the simple message
should survive the journey from your computer to mine and I can then
put your email address in our "WhiteList". White-Listing an
email address is the opposite of "Black-Listing" and it keeps the
message away from all message filtering dangers.
Please send all mail to:
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V. Heraldry & Coat of Arms:
There has been some confusion by scholars on the
origins of Heraldry. However, it is commonly thought that
heraldry emerged in Western Europe in the 11th century to meet
the necessity for military identification. It is thought to...(more)
before we began serious work on our lineage, we responded to
advertisements arriving by mail that promised to give us all
the RINES information we could ever want. In some of those
solicitations, we obtained the phone and social security
numbers of hundreds of Rines individuals. Whether
these were ever real facts has yet to be proven as no Rines
person I knew about ever appeared in any of the
listings. My thoughts are data sent in these publications
was mostly, if not entirely fictitious. However,
displayed on the the left is a thumbnail image of a Rines coat of arms
provided in one of the packages sent.
Unfortunately we've since learned, "It must be remembered that Coats of Arms are
specific properties of a person and a family to whom they were
granted. They are not solely specific to a surname."
December 2005 Cliff sent along this image of what they have
been using as a Coat of Arms with this note, "I am attaching a
photocopy of the coats of arms for RINES researched and
ordered by my brother. It hangs in the wall in my Moms'
apartment. 99.5 percent sure that it is correct and authentic.
there you have it. It will interesting if more input
surfaces, but until it does we will use Cliff's analysis as the official
Heraldic Societies and Newsgroups
Frequently asked questions about Heraldry & Coats of Arms
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VI. Locations We
the areas where we've been looking for documents are displayed on one of two map
have been looking in other places and databases as well, but because our current focus
is to make a connection on my namesake line, these locations seem
to be where are finding information.
As with all
issues, the problem definition often determines the outcome, so if
you know of any areas that might be of help, that information
would certainly be appreciated.
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VII. Database Software:
Family Tree Maker, Version 9, got us organized as we began
to collect information and version 11 is our current database
manager. As our experienced grew, we
wanted to improve on our database methods and purchased
because of all it great features, but the details of keeping the project
moving and longer workdays have kept us from making the change.
Why Change? Well, we would like to be able to add more detail
to our database records such as rating a document's quality.
We would also like to have more options to better handle unconnected names in our database.
would provide this level of support, plus it
seems to allow much more flexibility in how we can
work with data. For example it allows us to have more
than one database open at a time to compare facts about
individuals in side by side displayed listings. While Family Tree
Maker allows more than one database to be opened, it does it by
opening an entirely new instance of the software so comparisons
are clumsy at best. There are other reasons, but as you can
see we are finding ways to get by for now.
With all that said, if you are just starting out you
Family Tree Maker
is very easy to use, and
may be all that is more important than having all the bells
and whistles I tend to want. However, if you find you
are enjoying the process and want to take your research to a
professional level and don't mind a more difficult learning
curve, then the 32-bit Windows version of
should be considered.
Many of the Genealogy data pages on this
site were created with a
GEDCOM conversion program called
This is a simple utility program that takes a standard
file that most genealogy programs will export and converts
them into web pages like you'll see in our data pages where we
show the various family trees.
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