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I'm an almost 70 year old grandmother of four who has discovered genealogy as a hobby and loves the idea that it is something of value I can give my family. My biggest regret is that I didn't get this hobby younger in life when I could have recorded more family stories.
My husband and I live in North Georgia in a 117 year old antebellum which is a constant work in progress. Anyone who has ever owned an old house knows that it is truly a daily love/hate relationship.
We bought our home over thirty years ago for a very low price when the sellers were just looking for someone who would tear it down in exchange for architectural antiques so they could sell the land. It was in VERY bad shape.
Luckily I was smart enough to marry a guy who can fix just about anything. So now after decades of work it looks like Scarlett could prance out the front door. None of that came easy because labor had to substitute many times for a thin wallet.
We are getting up there in age and my fella needs to get off 40 foot ladders. A few years back he painted the entire outside of that big house himself with a brush and roller. Two coats. At our age that isn't going to happen again.
It is a constant war between us and the squirrels that seem to have the idea that wooden houses were put there for them to chew on. See those columns? The base under one went bad and my resident genius figured out a way to lift that column all alone with no help and install a new base under it. I'm telling you it pays to marry someone who can not only move your world but can also figure out a way to move a tall column by himself when that needs to happen. I won the lottery the day we married.
But now our "This Old House" is about to go for sale. Time to move on to a new chapter. We will be moving from almost 6,000 square feet to a little over 600 and leaving Georgia for a place on the ocean in Florida. In exchange for giving up all that space my new genealogy office will have an ocean view, we'll have no mortgage, and I'll never again have to hate the very sight of a squirrel:
Another huge advantage of moving to Florida is that my grandkids are growing up fast. Pretty soon they'll be teenagers and far more likely to want to spend time with grammy and grandpa if we have a beach to offer.
I've got to tell you that being a grandparent is the best part of getting old. (All the rest of the other stuff that goes along with aging just plain sucks.) I can spoil my grands rotten, feed them whatever they want to eat whenever they want to eat it, not worry if what I'm doing will warp their impressible minds forever, and send them back home when they start getting getting really sulky. My granddaughter picked out a sign for our back kitchen porch that says, "Grandchildren always welcome here, parents only by appointment". Isn't it great she feels that way?
I'm currently writing a story for my grandkids what it was like to grow up in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1950's. After opening his law office my father was heavily involved in city government, getting a community hospital built, and developing a little real estate. Today Cocoa Beach is wall to wall condos and no longer completely dependent on the government and missiles flying through the air from Cape Canaveral. Big change.
When my family arrived in Cocoa Beach the mid 50's it was difficult (almost impossible) to find housing, government contractors had hired people who when they arrived and found there was no place to house them. My father finally had to rent two houses (two or nothing), and agree to buy the furniture in both just to get a small two bedroom concrete block home for his family which included four kids. That house we rented was on the beach where some years later Rick Stottler built the Cocoa Beach pier. It was at the end of an over grown dirt road where snakes were a frequent sight but our backyard was miles of what was then very thinly populated beach. The picture below is me holding my brother looking toward the cape with nary a building in sight. Now it hotels, condos and vacation resorts.
I remember the first red light being installed in Cocoa Beach and what a milestone that was for the community so much so that it was on the front page of the local paper two issues in a row. My sister and I would walk alone a mile and a half on the beach to Jake's Bowling Alley for a soda because it was the only place that was air conditioned and to us all that cold air was a treat and a marvel. In those days kids didn't need as much watching as they do today, T.V was a couple of black and white fuzzy channels that didn't broadcast past eleven at night, no one we knew had air conditioned homes, and our telephone number was four digits.
Growing up I was privileged to watch history being made right at my door. When I was a young adult I worked in the Cape Canaveral Administration Building as a documents security librarian until I got itchy feet and took myself and my high level security clearance and went off to conquer Washington D.C.
Then I got married. Moved to Germany for a year while he finished his time in the army. Came back. Moved to California. After a few years had a child. I got myself unmarried, the first in my family ever to get a divorce, which gave me the title of "family blacksheep". Moved back to the Cape and then after a few years followed my parents when they retired to North Georgia with my son in tow. Met a southern guy and got married again. Built a new family. And lived pretty much happily ever after.
(I have a little sign in my office that reads: To marry a second time is the triumph of hope over experience. Thank God, hope won.)
I can't believe I was lucky enough to find WikiTree. There are so many helpful volunteers taking their clues from the way the staff operates. Chris Whitten is to be commended for the job he has done putting this together. When I first came here I thought that family information was on an tree on ancestry.com it had to be true. I was undereducated and have learned some great genealogy lessons and I appreciate the fact that knowledgeable genealogists are here on site. I'm still in the process of updating family profiles.
I'm always happy to meet distant cousins and will gladly share any information that I have.
I'm working on some help pages for users who might be afraid to use categories. This is very much a work in progress. If you have a problem understanding how to use categories... I'm happy to help.
Essay Pages on Wikitree and in Google Docs
I have found essay writing to be sometimes easier to do and read on google docs when illustrations need to be put in the midst of a description. Therefore some of the links below will take you to my shared google docs. I have put links on those essays back to this page so you will find it easy to navigate back. The links to google doc essays open in a new window or tab.
- A Family Story
- Unintended Consquences and Family Trees.
- A list of my family names and where they came from fround by clicking: FAMILY NAMES
- The ship Johan Simon Heller and his father Johann Christoph Heller came to America on is The Winter Ship Galley.
- The 1903 book that contains the genealogy of the Duryea family is the Documentary History of the Nederdeutsche Gemeente
- Links and more can be found for Village of Sea Cliff
- Brookville, Long Island, New York Church that played a strong part in Duryea family history Wolver Hollow Dutch Reform Church
- Long Island Cemeteries. A page giving information on Long Island Cemeteries that have a relationship to our Tree. Long Island Cemeteries
- Page on how municipalities work in Pennsylvania. Municipalities Summary
- A look at the Delaware River Gap in Pennsylvania. The Gap
- Heartbreaking Destruction in Philadelphia The Destruction of Monument Cemetery.
- Middle Smithfield Township Information
- Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Information
- Stroud Township Information
- Monroe County Information
- Shawnee Information
- Poplar Valley, Stroud Township
- Pike County Information
- Northampton County
- Prospect Cemetery
- Shawnee Presbyterian Church
- Neighbors Unrelated people who were living in Monroe County at the same time of my ancestors.
- Asylum Township Information
- Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery
My Photo Albums
I have a generic photo page Gail Photos. I use this to hold images that are common to more than one ancestor or images that I want to use on the left side in wiki profiles. Ask me how to do this and I'll share.
My family photo albums are located at zenfolio where I pay for storage and a website. My personal photos are password protected to protect my grandchildren who aren't yet old enough to say if they care if their pictures are posted on the net. If you email me I will give you the password. You can go to grabmemories albums here.
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists:
Only the Trusted List can access the following:
- Gail's formal name
- full middle name
- e-mail address
- exact birthdate
- birth location
- personal memories about Gail (2)
- images (75)
- private siblings' names
- private children's names
- spouse's name and marriage information
Do you have a GEDCOM? Register as a guest to have every name searched. It's free (like everything on WikiTree).
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit.
- Private Messages: Send a private message to Gail. (Best for comments to Gail that need to be private.)
- Public Comments: Login to post comments. (Best for messages to or about Gail that can be public. Limit 10 per day.)
On September 15, 2014 Rose Boddy wrote:
I would like to join the Categorization project. I can see how important categories are for the Wikitree community and I also can see how properly ordered categories could make a real point of difference to people.
On August 30, 2014 David Wilson wrote:
Relationship Found: Gail and David are 19th cousins through: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brereton-10
On August 21, 2014 Nae X wrote:
Looking for volunteers to assist other members
On July 31, 2014 E. Lauraine Syrnick wrote:
This may seem silly, but how do you find the #'s of various people on your tree. Say I want to merge two - where do I find those numbers.
On July 30, 2014 E. Lauraine Syrnick wrote:
On July 18, 2014 Matt Pryber wrote:
On July 18, 2014 Mary Richardson wrote:
However both turn red, which I know is bad. Do you all on category committee know if either above categories even exist.? Person is Bouldinge-1
On July 10, 2014 Doug Lockwood wrote:
I was just playing with the relationship finder &:
Relationship Found: Douglas and Gail are 10th cousins 3 times removed
On June 11, 2014 Sally McClenaghan wrote:
Your help was invaluable. Thanks. Sally
On June 10, 2014 Cindi Goodall wrote: