Monday, October 13, 2014

The New

A week or two ago I upgraded the experimental web site (note the leading "i" in the domain name). It is powered by version 10.0.2 of The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). Before the upgrade, ran on version 8.

I'm feeling much more positive about TNG 10.0.2 that I did about version 8. Here are some of the changes--some of them provided by TNG itself, and others the result of custom configurations.

Home Page

I was never much of a fan of the old light blue theme. This version provides 14 templates to choose among. (The current template is number 14.) I included a photo of the interior of St. Mary's Church in Bocking, England, where brothers Matthew and John were baptized in the 1590s; they arrived in Ipswich, Massahusetts in 1638.


I never allowed myself the time to sufficiently tweak the maps on the Whipple Genweb ( Specifically, I never completed adjusting the zoom level to show all the locations of an individual's event places if they were far separated. On the site, when (for example) a person's birth and death places are on different sides of an ocean, the map zooms out to display both places.


I've always been a fan of TNG's reports. I occasionally receive email requests for pedigree, descent and family group charts. let's you print the reports yourself!

Example: Take Marmaduke Whipple. At the top of his page are tabs for "Individual," "Ancestors," "Descendants," "Relationship," "Timeline," and "Suggest."


Pedigrees and Descendancy Charts

Beneath most of the top tabs are several subtabs, including a PDF (Portable Document Format) tab. By clicking that link you can view an individual report, pedigree chart, or descendancy chart suitable for printing.

Family Group Sheets

Family group sheets aren't quite as obvious. In the case of Marmaduke, look for his parents, Ephraim and Priscilla. At the bottom of their section is a link that says "Group Sheet." Click on that link for a family group sheet with Ephraim and Priscilla as parents and Marmaduke as a child. (It has a PDF link similar to the individual, pedigree and descendancy charts above.)

For a family group with Marmaduke as father, click on the "Group Sheet" link beneath Wealthy's name.

(Note: Marmaduke and Wealthy both came from Whipple families: Marmaduke was a Rhode Island Whipple; Wealthy was an Ipswich Whipple.)


Relationship Calculator

The "Relationship" tab let's you compute the relationship(s) between two individuals. Many Whipples want to know their relationship to William Whipple, the signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. The calculator will tell you how you are related--if you are related. (If it doesn't indicate that you're related, maybe a connection is missing somewhere?)



The "Timeline" tab is just that--a timeline of events in the family's life.

Other Features

At the bottom of the home page are links to other features, some of them not yet populated on


The Places link lists all places that appear in the database. You can click on them to display their location on Google Maps.

Dates and Anniversaries

For a given date, this page displays relatives that were born, christened, died, buried and married on a specified date. (If you don't specify the date, it defaults to today.)


The statistics page gives the number of individuals, males, females, ..., etc. of people in the database. It also lists the longest lived individuals. (Might some of their dates be wrong, I wonder?)

Not Yet Implemented/Populated Links

The following links remain to be meaningfully populated: What's New, Most Wanted, Notes, Photos, Histories, Documents, Videos, Recordings, All Media, Albums, Cemeteries, Headstones, Sources, Repositories.

Which should we work on next?

Do you have opinions on vs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Update on Clara Whipple, Silent Film Actress

We have more clues about Clara Whipple, the silent film actress blogged about on June 29 (see that entry). The following might help identify her:'s Motion Picture Studios Directory has two entries about the career of Clara Brimmer Whipple, born in Missouri, who attended school in a convent in Germany and finished her education in Switzerland.
Consider the following individuals in the Whipple Genweb:
  • Clarissa Brimmer "Clara" Whipple (, born about 1851 in Kentucky, living in Worthville, Carroll County Kentucky for the 1870 U.S. Census. The similarities between her name and the silent film actress born about 1893 are too close to ignore.
  • Clarissa Brimmer (, born 3 Feb 1783 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, died 19 Nov 1835 in nearby Ipswich, Essex County. She was married to Edward Whipple (
  • Clarissa Brimmer Whipple (, daughter of Edward and Clarissa above. She was born 1804 in Hamilton, Essex County, Massachusetts and died 2 Jan 1832 in Hamilton.
If you come up with additional clues, feel free to comment here or post on the Whipple Website Facebook page (

Sunday, July 27, 2014

94th Chatauqua Whipple Reunion Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The 100th Reunion of the Chautauqua Whipples is only six years away (2020?).

I recently received the annual mailing from Kenneth Vogt, announcing this year's Whipple Reunion at Midway State Park, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York state.
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The Chautauqua Whipples are primarily the descendants of Deacon James Whipple ( and Persis Sheldon (

Midway Park Shelter #5 is reserved from 9AM to 6PM. The reunion officially starts at 12 noon. Blessing on the food is at 1:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair to ensure that you have a seat.

Food: The Whipple Reunion will provide coffee and lemonade. Bring your own dish to pass along and your own table service. Those coming long distances can stop at the supermarket for convenience food, possibly a salad, cake, chips, fried chicken, pizza, etc.

Expenses: There will be a free will offering at the food serving table. Don't forget the Chinese auction. Bring your knick-knacks and fascinating items for the auction. (The hosts have expenses; we should reimburse them for reservations and advertising.)

For more additional information, contact Kenneth L. Vogtt.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Clara Whipple, Silent Film Actress

I received a note this week, asking about information on Clara Whipple, a silent film actress. I found Clara in Wikipedia, where it indicates that Clara is from Missouri and that she appeared in at least six movies in 1916 and 1919. It also cites her marriage to James Young in 1919 and subsequent divorce two years later.

Clara appears in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census of Los Angeles Assembly District 64, Los Angeles, California, where she is listed as Clara W. Young, age 27, born [about 1893] in Missouri of parents who were born in Massachusetts and Alabama. At the time of the census she lived with her husband James at 1127 Orange Street.

I'm looking for more genealogical information on Clara. (I really ought to add her as a disconnected Whipple, but thought I would hold out for a week or so ... or until I find more information about Clara.)

Do you know more about Clara? Feel free to share!

-- Weldon Whipple, Webmaster (

Monday, May 5, 2014

Two Summer 2014 Reunions, in New Hampshire and Utah

My inbox has two announcements (so far) of Whipple Reunions this summer. Here they are, in chronological order:

Dewey Whipple Descendants, June 6-7, 2014, Heber Valley Camp, Utah

Pennie Whipple ( announced the June reunion on March 28 via email.

The reunion begins at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Email Pennie for the latest information about the reunion to be held at Heber Valley Camp.

John and Adeline Whipple Descendants, August 10, 2014, Otter Brook State Park, New Hampshire

Raymond Whipple announced this reunion on the Whipple Website Facebook page on April 21:

Mark your calendar! Whipple family reunion August 10, 2014 at Otter Brook State Park. ( ). People will start arriving at 10am. If you plan on attending please bring a dish to share. We also have a raffle table with items donated by those attending. There are grills for your grilling pleasure. This in the past has been for the descendants of John and Adeline Whipple but we wanted to meet more relatives so any descendant of Captain John and Sarah are welcome! The more the better! Any questions feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Whipple Books Website:

The Whipple Website was officially born on January 7, 1997. It wasn't much. In the summer of 1997, I learned how to generate web pages from my Personal Ancestral File database and published the forerunner of today's Whipple Genweb (; it had pages for fewer than 3000 Whipples. (Today's database has over 147,000 Whipple relatives.)

A complete novice, I owned few books of Whipple genealogy--just copies of my parent's personal genealogies (many of them handwritten), plus a thin book about the ancestors of Dr. Charles M. Whipple (Sons and Daughters of Jesse), which I had purchased from him in the late 1970s.

From my inherited genealogies I learned that my 8th great grandfather was a Captain John Whipple of Rhode Island. I also (incorrectly) thought that his father was named Matthew Whipple of Bocking, England.

One day (in 1998 or 1999?) I was copying another relative's personal genealogy and ended up at Mary Whipple, who married Simon Stone; Mary was the daughter of John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Bocking, England, according to that genealogy. That John was a son of Matthew Whipple of Bocking, England. Mary's father (John) was born some 20 years before my 8th grandfather John.

That was my first Eureka moment--when I realized that something (I wasn't quite sure what) was amiss in the Whipple Genweb.

I began collecting old published Whipple Genealogies. They had been published without the aid of computers or the Internet. They all seemed to be either about the Ipswich Whipples or the Rhode Island Whipples; books about one family rarely acknowledged the existence of the other.

As my Whipple book collection began to grow, I created a Books page on the Whipple Website. That page grew to multiple pages, and was soon occupying far too much of my time. I cut back in order to leave time for maintaining the Whipple Genweb.

Last year (2013) I realized that the Whipple Website had lost focus. It dawned on me that recent, well-documented genealogies by Blaine and Charles M. Whipple weren't being spotlighted sufficiently. As I visited some of the huge Internet databases, I saw that early Whipples were in a far worse state than they had been in 1997. I wondered what I could do about it.

Here is what I did:
  1. I reorganized the Whipple Website. The home page now begins with links that focus on the research of Blaine and Charles M. Whipple (with some "glue" pages to smooth things out). Anyone who reads those articles, then visits the large Internet genealogical databases, will immediately realize that those sites have serious problems.
  2. During the past 2-3 weeks I've been redoing the Books website ( to focus on what I feel are the most important books. They are probably the most accurate ones available on the Whipple Families in America. That site went live yesterday.

I hope that--as Whipple cousins build their own databases and contribute to existing databases--they will now have the resources to more nearly "get it right" as they enter early Whipples.

(If you miss the old books pages and look closely at, you will find links to the old books sites.)

In the meantime, the Whipple Genweb continues to grow. I appreciate the cousins who inundate me with (mostly well-documented) additions and corrections to the Whipple Genweb. Feel free to report typos, error and corrections to the Webmaster (me). I especially appreciate it when your emails offer solutions to the errors and inconsistencies that you report.

--Weldon Whipple