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Sea Captains In The Family Tree July 24, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Scotland,Sea Stories,Ship captains,Ships — Janet @ 3:18 pm

My 14th Great Grandfather Admiral Sir Andrew Wood, 1450-1515.  This is a replica of his ship.

Yellow Caravel Sir Andrew Wood's Ship  Yellow Caravel


Following The Pilgrims January 31, 2016

pilgrims image                  pilgrims_film_landing-date  What a marvelous program we saw last night.  One of the best.  It was a PBS DVD from the American Experience series.  Most of the broad outline was familiar but this film portrayed it so well that it is now more firmly fixed in my mind (I hope!)  And I learned a lot as well.  Furthermore it tied in well with my genealogy research.

?Did you know that one of the men on the Mayflower was swept overboard but miraculously was rescued and went on to survive the first harsh winter etc and father 10 children.  He had 88 grandchildren, more than 500 great grandchildren and his subsequent descendants number in the tens of thousands – including Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, and both Bush Presidents.  I wonder if I can find myself among the millions of descendants living today.  The search goes on.


The Whaling Ship Captain June 5, 2015

Filed under: Adventure,Ship captains,Whaling — Janet @ 5:52 pm

Somewhere in my past there was a whaling ship captain by name of James Willis who sailed out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  His life spanned the years 1825 to 1909.  Where does he come in my genealogy?  very remotely I fear.

  James Monroe Willis’s grave marker

I am struggling with the genealogical records.  Ancestry.com is my starting point but I am getting lost in a maze of half siblings, the same name used for multiple generations, and several marriages, not to mention a change of name.  Any suggestions?