Genealogy & History
by Joyce M. Tice
Chemung County NY
Bradford County PA
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy and history site is an independent site founded, developed and owned by Joyce M. Tice. It is associated both with USGenWeb and ALHN both of which give entry to the Tri-Counties site through their state and county structure. Tri-Counties will continue to exist regardless of the status or longevity of any of the associated organizations with which I have formed alliances. They provide a door, but the site itself is the work of Joyce M. Tice and those who help her. Most vistitors to the site arrive via Google or other search engines. I rely heavily on volunteers to assist me in preparing materials for the site. Many work independently sending in materials that they have obtained and typed up for the site. Others work preparing materials that I have obtained and sent to them. I have ancestral roots in all three of the counties represented by my site and I have lived in all three of them. In 2002 I moved back to the northeast corner of Tioga County centrally located within the three counties represented on the site. I expect to spend the rest of my life working on the Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. SRGP follows the ancestry and descendancy of residents of those townships. It was this project which got me started creating the Tri-Counties site. Tri-Counties is made available free of charge to the public by Joyce M. Tice. If you like the site and want to share the ways it has helped you and let me know about you, that will be very much appreciated. My primary reward in doing this is the contact I have with people who share my dedication to the area and who appreciate my site. If you do not find the site or something about it to your liking, you might consider whether complaints or criticism are warranted under the circumstances of its existence as a gift to the public. While complaints about the site are extremely rare, their effect is very damaging and inappropriate. Your participation in helping the site to develop is welcome.
This site is most efficiently used by entering at the main page Tri-Counties
Genealogy & History Sites of Joyce M. Tice. This is
the page you should bookmark for future visits. It includes links to all
three county pages and, more importantly, the resources that will help
you in your research. This research facility has been under development
since August 1996. It is updated almost daily with new features, so keep
checking back regularly. Some of it is absolutely brand new today and some
has been here a long time and needs renovation to bring it up to our present
standards. However, it is not possible to go back and spruce up all of
the drab pages and still move forward. So be tolerant of some of our early
productions while we were still learning how to do this. New uploads
are announced on the What's New page which is near the top of the site's
main page. The county pages themselves link into the universal resources
and are not developed as separate entities. Get in the habit of coming
in the site's "Front Door" when you enter.
Writing to Me - One of my favorite benefits of developing this site has been the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with people all over the world who share an interest in these counties and the people who inhabit(ed) them. I very much enjoy exchanging email with anyone who wants. Please, though, remember these points of courtesy. Consider that my brain has its capacity limits, also, and sign your first and last names whenever you write to me. I can't possibly remember you by your email address and it is a courtesy to identify yourself fully. Not signing your email is the social equivalent of walking into a room with a bag over your head or a mask, and it is not considered polite, even on the Internet. I may not respond to your email if it is not signed.
Some days I receive a small amount of mail and have time to answer each one. Some days there are far more messages than I can handle and my schedule may be full of work commitments. To be honest, sometimes I really can not possibly answer all the mail and I hope none of you will take that as a snub or anything of the sort. Also, as much as I'd like to get involved with everyone's individual searches, there isn't time for me to do that. Your best bet on your individual issues, is to use the query system and thereby have the benefit of the collective knowledge of the hundreds of people who use that and who check in regularly. The site has grown very large and is very heavily used by thousands of people. It is just not possible for me to give individual assistance or answer individual questions. Many or even most of the questions I receive are addressed on the site and I have to rely on my guests to take the time to thoroughly learn the structure of the site and use it independently. That is the only way such a massive site can operate with only one person at the helm. The following instructions should help you in achieving that independence in using the site. The easiest way to navigate this massive site is via the Site Map bars on any What's New page. The left bar lists all subject areas and the right bar lists all place areas. For those who don't like words, graphic buttons are at the bottoms of the What's New pages.
The exception to individual help is if you are part of any of the families that are part of my personal Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are part of that population I most certainly want to hear from you. Also, I really enjoy hearing about how the site has been of benefit to you. Those messages, and the interesting things I learn, are my reward for the time and expense of developing the site.
Two Way Street - Remember that the resources that make this site so successful have developed because many people have been willing to share what they have. If you have diaries, letters, pictures, deeds, wills, Bible records, school memorabilia, church records, whatever of historical importance relative to these three counties they can and should be submitted to the site so that you can give back some of what you get from your visits here. I recognize that all of you are here to see what you can get from your visit and that is appropriate. But it is also appropriate to give what you have that fits into the subject content of this site. The best way to submit data is in MS Word documents. If it is columnar material, use Excel instead. Photos should be submitted at high resolution as JPG files. I can always reduce photos later but I can not put back resolution that I don't receive in the first place. All guest who submit materials are credited with the submission.
A fundamental part of The Site is the ONLINE RESEARCH LIBRARY which is arranged in columns, one general column and one for each county where materials are county specific. This will link you to whatever is available, whole reference books, hundreds of pages of obituaries, family histories submitted by other guests, information about research facilities and vital records. Its front door is right on the main page and it has many, many rooms that you will want to explore. Don't forget to go all the way to the bottom as there are additional county sections further down the page, links to other resources of interest, and lots of treasures.
QUERIES are the questions people can post asking about particular people or particular names. There is an automated function that links from the Online Research Library (Right beside the graphic of the bulletin board) and from each of the county pages, and other researchers with the answers or a connection can make contact. These queries stay on the board for researchers who are not even using the pages yet, to find later. Those who want to, can have all new queries sent to their email boxes so they don't have to keep checking the pages. And, since not all guests of the site, subscribe to the mail list, all visitors have access to them. This is the most efficient feature for getting your family specific message out to others who might help you.
Additionally we have the Tri Counties Cemetery Index and the Tri-County Census Index. These link to nothing that the township pages do not, but if you don't know what township a cemetery is in you can find it and link to it from the Cemetery List which includes all of the 700 plus cemeteries in the region.
Other features include the Search Engines which link from the main page as well. The search engine is at the bootom of the current What's New Page and it is paritioned to allow you to search a single segement (category) of the site at a time.
Another is the Tri-County Mail List. You can subscribe to this for notices of new uploads to the site and to meet and exchange information with other researchers in the area. They exchange tips they've encountered, other sites they think might help each other, and so on. We have discussions of historical incidents and get to know each other. Many of the individuals who use this site and who subscribe to the mail list are new to both genealogy and to computing, and even if they choose not to participate, they can at least get some tips by listening. This is also the arena in which messages are exchanged by those who are participating in the development of the site. We have many local volunteers reading cemeteries and they send out their schedules so others can join them. It is our main informal communication feature. Courtesy is a requirement and replies are sent to the sender and not to the list, so that private discussions do not overload its facilities. Negativity and complaints are discouraged (Send complaints directly to me at JoyceTice@aol.com and not to the list, please) There are presently nearly 700 subscribers. Guests are encouraged to get familiar with the site before posting questions. Many of the most frequently asked questions are already addressed on the site itself and can be accessed there. If you send a query to the list (Family or surname related) instead of the the Query board you may get a polite reminder from me to post it to the Query Board instead of the the list. It is not to be taken as a reprimand, but as a reminder of the guidelines. We assume that those who want queries coming to their email boxes will have signed up for that feature on the Query board. And if they have not, they are stating that they do not want queries. These guidelines are not intended to be restrictive, but to keep everything efficient so that we don't become so overloaded we unsubscribe. Comments about the administration of either the site or the mail list should be sent directly to me at JoyceTice@aol.com and should never clutter the boxes of other subscribers.
A repeat from above - The easiest way to navigate this massive site is via the Site Map bars on any What's New page. The left bar lists all subject areas and the right bar lists all place areas. For those who don't like words, graphic buttons are at the bottoms of the What's New pages.
In my approach to history, I don't believe that you can study people without an understanding of the TIME and PLACE in which they lived, and you can not understand communities without understanding the people who created and lived in them. So Tri-Counties site is structured around the COMMUNITIES of this three county area. To fulfill this purpose it is necessary to motivate present day members of these communities to share their knowledge and artifacts with us. There are many communities within this large area, and I am not personally an expert on all of them. To develop all the many local community collections as they deserve, requires those who know them better than I to come forward and help us help you and help them in return. People from all over the country also have memorabilia that has passed through their families and which reflect these communities in an earlier era. They too can be part of this project by submitting what they have, by sending it "back home" via the electronic media we now rely on for our presentation. Haul it out of your attic where its value is hidden and share it with us. Don't be a squirrel hiding away your interesting historical items. For information on how to do that just click the SUBMIT button on the left bar of any What's New page. The stated purpose of this site can only be fulfilled with the help of many hundreds of people with an attitude of preservation and sharing.
A particular focus is intended for the women. Many present day researchers, using the example given them in the nineteenth century histories, tend to focus on their male ancestry and minimize the contributions of their female ancestors. Genealogy is about genes, not names, so don't forget the women even though our marriage customs take most of their names from them. Hopefully, with an occasional reminder, we can restore these women to their rightful place in history and give them respect they have always deserved. If you submit family hstories entitled in the format of Descendants of John Doe, I will as editor change the title to include the female progenitor in equal status.
This is also intended as a communication forum for present day descendants of these pioneers to get together to exchange information, learn about the area, and have a good time doing it. Photos of the area not only decorate the pages, but are intended to give those of you from other areas, a feel for the geography and culture of this area past and present as well as its flora and fauna. This is a place to do your research and enjoy yourself at the same time. Those who volunteer their time to site development have the most fun of all, and we learn the most.
Enjoy yourself as a guest at my site and good luck researching. This site, just like my own Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project, takes a community focus. It is not only about individual people, but also the community in which they lived and the people they lived with and near. If your own research has not expanded to that community level, I'd recommend that you consider it. You will never understand your ancestor until you understand the world in which she lived.
Poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy, has expressed they WHY of this site
far better than I have. His message follows.
|I saw a dead man's finer part
Shining within each faithful heart
Of those bereft. Then said I: "This must be
I looked there as the seasons wore,
His fellow yearsmen passed and then
Lastly I ask - now old and chill -
Hello Joyce - I have had to change my email address in order to get
the faster service. I now have Road Runner, my new email address
is email@example.com the old one was firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any way of making a note on your site somewhere so any of the
Cloos/Close descendants can reach me? I appreciate all your hard
work and go to your site almost daily for something. Keep up
the good work. Sally CLOSE
Last Resort address for Joyce M. Tice - Please read directions for use of this address before using it. If you have trouble with the AOL address I can be reached at email@example.com, but I don't check that address often. Use this second address IF AND ONLY IF you have had a message REJECTED from the AOL address. If that has happened tell me in your email that you have had a message rejected by the AOL address so I know that you used this address on the emergency only basis for which it is intended. It is not set up for me to use it easily and respond to you effectively so LAST RESORT USE ONLY PLEASE!!! Use of the second address adds a level of inconvenience to me in processing my response to you. Please do not send duplicate messages. I am on email overload already without that. If I find that this second chance address is being used for duplication of messages, I will have to remove it from here. Assumedly this one following is supposed to work also, but my tests so far have been failures : TiceJoyce@jgsmalum.cornell.edu.
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