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Writing the book

Finally I am formatting the book I hope to write. Although I will provide documentation, I will abandon the well known version of formatted genealogy with lineages and dates. I intend on taking my gathered facts and research and instead write them out narratively. Instead of sharing my enthusiasm, I have watched non-researchers stare blankly…

On Blogging….

I read wonderful blogs where the author has researched and then written story after story, reporting all sorts of interesting information for the reader. I long to be that author. But reality sets me apart. I work more than full time, live alone and my research is my passion that is saved for those lone…

Aunt Eunice

Yesterday my Aunt Eunice passed away at age 90. There is heartbreak and relief. Relief because the last thing she would want for her proud, intellectual self would be to live in a nursing home with dementia. Heartbreak because I did have a bond with her that was important. She had expectations for me. She…

Overview of Information

When you are following many lines at once, they can show you pictures of the information. You have an impression of who lived where and when from each line. You find ancestral neighbors, you find families that married into and out of each others lines. Mostly in my fathers family, people showed up from far…

Cohasset

I have always loved Cohasset. I once belonged to an Artists Co-op there. This presented me with opportunities for driving through the town, seeing the sites and enjoying its people when I worked the counter. Now I find that my Grandfathers family comes from not only Bridgewater, but Cohasset as well. They were some of…

Whitman

Planning trips to find Ancestral places, I looked over my Grandfathers line. My Grandfather’s Mom was Laura Whitman, her father was Alfred Whitman from Charles Whitman.All from Abington but from there we have a line of Nicholas and Elijahs all from Bridgewater, Mass. All of whom married women from the same town. Exploring Bridgewater history,…

Germans

My paternal side is rich with Scotch and German. But my maternal side has its share of each as well. My Great Great Grandmother was alive until I was 12. Her husband had long passed so I never knew him. I had no connection emotionally to him as I did her. Now as I fill…

Roger Conant of Salem, Massachusettes

It is always very exciting to learn that you come from an ancestor that has a statue or a home or some other tangible piece that you can photograph and say, “Hey! This is my Grandparent!”  I come from not only John Winthrop of Salem, Mass., but Roger Conant as well. Roger Conant has historical…

Nathaniel Page

Nathaniel Page, an ancestal grandfather is most well known for carrying the American Flag in the first battle for our freedom. His home is on the National Register and is currently occupied. it was recently renovated by This Old House, of which I will find the link to that clip for your viewing pleasure. The…