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Ancestor Count Update March 23, 2017

My family tree keeps growing.  The ancestor count now stands at 5263.

photo-jan-21-9-40-42-am  Is this person knitting her family tree? Makes me think of Madame Defarge in Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.

I’m actually trying to identify and concentrate on those ancestors who emigrated to America.  That number has increased to 333.  (Even knitting those names would be a big project!)

Alternatively color bar charts come to mind with different colors representing geographic areas of origin, or destination.  Height of each bar representing numbers of people.  What about which generation 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th?


Essex County Massachusetts 1643 January 6, 2017

Filed under: Early Immigrants,Early Settlers,Maps,New England — Janet @ 5:00 am


A number of my ancestors were early settlers in this area of New England north of Boston.


Tech Problems Solved – I Couldn’t Post Photos To My Blog – Now I Can Again September 16, 2016

img_1300  The path of the Winthrop Fleet across the Atlantic from England to New England in 1630

Illustration credit: The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 by Charles Edward Banks, 1930


Map Of Somerset September 13, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cathedrals,Dorchester,England,Festivals,Geography,Maps — Janet @ 9:34 pm

somerset     My latest genealogy research has me wondering about Somerset – a part of England that is not very familiar to me.   Ancestors in the 16th and 15th centuries lived in Barton St David.  Looking at the map I see Glastonbury and Wells.  Ah, I’ve been there once years ago en route to Dorchester in Dorset.  We weren’t quite certain of the route and a very impatient speeding and rude driver nearly slammed into us at one of the roundabouts.  I would have liked to stop in Glastonbury but that experience put me off and we just kept going.  Pity, what I did see of it looked lovely.

That memory aside I looked up Barton St David in Wikipedia and found the following entry

“Barton St David was the birthplace of Henry Adams (1583–1646), who, after their marriage in nearby Charlton Mackrell, emigrated with his wife Edith and nine children to the new colonies in Massachusetts. He was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. He was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. There is a plaque in the parish church which commemorates this link between the village and the United States.”

Reading the above, now I have even more reason to explore Glastonbury and nearby Barton St. David.  My link to the famous Adams family is remote at best but it would still be a good excuse to visit that part of England.




Early Map Of Massachusetts Bay July 28, 2016

map Mass Bay 1630-1640    Early map to help keep things straight for my collection of early immigrants


Curious minds December 21, 2009

Filed under: Maps — Janet @ 9:34 pm

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Computer problems and Cats – Unrelated December 14, 2009

Filed under: Cats,Computers,Maps,Photography,Weather — Janet @ 9:55 am

Last night I was trying to put a new item on my sidebar and in the course of doing that I not only lost my visitors to this site map and information but also my weather pixie.  And I didn’t succeed in adding the new item to the side bar – I wanted to show the phases of the moon.  I beavered away at this for a long time, gave up, and came back to it this morning.  Alas.  I’ll send an sos to wordpress and see what happens.

Meanwhile here are a few random photos for your perusal.

The first picture was taken on the 48A bus a few months ago.  It was the first time I had ever seen a cat being transported on a bus – of course I don’t ride the bus all that often – but why not transport a cat that way.  Thinking about that reminds me of the dog that regularly went with his mistress on the bus from Upper Leeson Street to Grafton Street.  One day in town he disappeared but he found his own way home – on the bus.

  note not only the cat carrier but also the jacket the person is wearing

  a handsome cat