Wesley Johnston's Genealogical Publications
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to conceive.


I have been writing articles for genealogical publications since the 1970's. And I have not kept a complete record of all of them. So these are some of my selected articles and my recent articles. My articles have dealt with genealogical research in many countries, as well as two seminal articles in genealogical computing. My Masters degrees are in Mathematics and History, so that genealogical computing was a natural fit for me. My web pages are listed on my main family history page. My articles tend to come in spurts, as my physical limitations and other priorities allow. So you will see clusters of articles, alternating with periods of no articles.

In addition to family history, I have written a good deal on World War II history, including the handout book for my workshops Dad's War: Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story. My 2010 art history book The Graphic Work of Berthe Morisot is now the definitive reference on her graphic works. My external contributions to computational intelligence were few, since my company did not wish to disclose competitive advantage, but I did have a chapter on model visualization in the 2002 book Information Visualization in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

Selected Publications
  • (May 1984). Blood Relationship Searches in Genealogical Databases. Genealogical Computing.
    When genealogical software was still in its infancy, no one had found a way to do fast searches of genealogical databases to find blood relationships between two people in the database. My article presented a near-instantaneous search method.

  • (July 2003). Non-blood Relationship Searches. Genealogical Computing.
    I had originally planned to write this article as a follow-up to my 1984 article, but life priorities prevented that. By 2003, there were many robust genealogical software programs, and yet none of them provided searches for non-blood relationships. Once again, I published the efficient search method, and now all genealogical software programs include this capability.

  • (February 2007). From Cornwall to Canada in 1841. Families, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 7-14. (Ontario Genealogical Society)
    A 1905 accountant of the voyage served as the starting point for the web page where new information about the Cornish-Canadian immigrant voyages continues to be gathered.

Recent Publications
  • (Feb 2013). The Marriage and Parents of Samuel Hicks (1667-1736). The Devon Family Historian, no. 145, pp. 33-35. (Devon Family History Society)
    Correcting a widely-held erroneous ancestry that had him descended from Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who was not his ancestor.

  • (December 2012). Two Hyde Park Families: .Johnston-Gibson and Boezel, 1881-1921. Chicago Genealogist, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 49-57. (Chicago Genealogical Society)
    Tracing the movements of a Canadian-American and a Dutch-American family over a period of 40 years.

  • (December 2012). Chicago's Grand Crossing Czech Community. Naše Rodina, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 160-165. (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)
    Report on the early phase of the documentary reconstruction of the community.

  • (December 2012). A Confusion of Wives and Husbands. The Cornwall Family History Society, no. 146, pp. 9-10. (Cornwall Family History Society)
    Untangling two Harper families who emigrated from Luxulyan to the Oshawa, Ontario area.

  • (December 2012). German Colonization in the Smečno-Slaný Area: Correspondence with Hana Skočková (Prague). Koreny (Roots), vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 15-16. (Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois)
    My exchange of correspondence with expert Hana Skočková on German colonization of the area northwest of Prague.

  • September 2012). Researching Pre-1900 Czech Church Records Online. Naše Rodina, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 93, 95-105 (cover article). (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)
    Coverage of all online regional web sites for research in all areas of what is now the Czech Republic.

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