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Pine Hill Cemetery – Bridport Vermont May 27, 2018

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Bridport Cemetery  Pine Hill Cemetery, Bridport Vermont – final resting place of Sally Foot Murdock – my 3x great grandmother

Sally Foot Murdock Bridport  Grave marker – Sally Foot Murdock

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Thinking About My Genealogy May 24, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Belmont,Genealogy — Janet @ 4:24 pm

9781558499614_p0_v1_s550x406  I’ve now finished reading this excellent book and will start checking whether any of the early settlers of Watertown are related to me.  Certainly a lot of the names were familiar to me as names of people or streets or schools in Belmont.  Belmont where I grew up was part of Watertown in the period covered 1630-1680.

 

It’s All Coming Together May 12, 2018

9781558499614_p0_v1_s550x406   this book is a mine of information re the settlement of my hometown area.  Combine this with all the information regarding my ancestors – who came when and from where – I’ve got a lot of mixing and matching to do.  Bonanza!

 

Genealogy Research Expanded May 3, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrants — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been working hard at finding more ancestors to add to my family tree and also to identify those who immigrated to North America.

The ancestor count is now nearing 11,000.

And I have a list of over 100 possible immigrants I didn’t identify the first time around.

This work has been rather tedious but I have felt compulsive about it.

Now filling in the missing details will be more interesting.

immigrant-ship-lyon-12

Work continues.

 

 

 

Remembering May 1, the date my maternal grandmother was born – May 1, 1872 May 2, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Family history,Family Photos,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 2:37 am

IMG_0009   Not quite the photo I was looking for – this is my grandmother as a young mother holding my mother born April 7 1912 in Minneapolis Minnesota

 

Searching For Ancestors April 23, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 5:54 pm

Ancestry.com has introduced a new feature whereby they find all your ancestors.  All I have to do is click a few highlighted boxes and presto, each generation unfolds.  So instead of tediously jotting down names and dates and fathers and mothers etc., I can now hit keys on my keyboard in the right sequence and a new ancestor appears.  This is a beta version of a new program.  I’m not sure I like it or that it’s good for me.  It certainly saves paper and notebooks but it is so impersonal and mechanical.  By handwriting names and dates etc. I felt I was getting to know each ancestor a little bit, and I had to do a bit of thinking and digging to connect the dots.

My ancestor count has soared as a result of this new program.  I was close to 8000 ancestors on my tree – now in just a few days of using the new program the count has soared to close to 9000.  And I have to follow up on new names that have appeared in my sublist of immigrant ancestors.  And the additional coats of arms – well I’m overwhelmed.

On the plus side, this feature – beta search for a glowing green symbol and tap the key – should in theory give me more time to search for the information I’m really interested in.  The names and dates of birth and death are just the start.  I want to know where when and how they lived, etc.

 

Where One Of My Ancestors Lived April 11, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Burial Grounds,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 7:26 pm

93ff57d9-ce2f-4b93-9dc8-e5fbe4fabf8c  Etherstone Castle County Northumberland   Home to Sir Thomas Grey Knight of Etherstone Forster      1452-1526     my 13th Great Grandfather