Genealogy has been an avocation for me most of my life. As I look toward retirement in the next ten years, I suspect I will segue into genealogy as a profession.
I was blessed with two grandmothers who loved genealogy. One of them copied family bible data belonging to a relative and kept that information in her own bible. I am still working to prove that line, which is an as yet unaccepted Mayflower line. Maybe this is the year, probably 80 or more years after my grandmother saved the data.
One of my early memories is my parents writing to their mothers about family history. We had moved from Vermont, where the family had lived for many generations (like 9) to Pennsylvania, and living in a different culture (Pennsylvania Dutch) encouraged my parents to remember their own roots. Both of my grandmothers complied, and that became the beginning of what is now a fairly large database of about 12,000 ancestors.
Both my parents caught the bug, and I remember as a teenager driving long distances with them to repositories, to look at the census, and find original records. We'd go to the family history center too; this is before the internet, but LDS had the IGI. I learned the difference between primary sources and secondary sources, and why they are always preferred to compilations by amateurs like the IGI. Ancestry,com, with all its good points, is still fraught with error, and while I use it (at a local library as I won't pay for it), it is just a tool to find the real sources. Lookiing at other people's trees is a short cut to research; to get it right you have to do the research yourself.
Early in one's quest in family history, it is common just to try to flesh out that five generation chart. It is an important goal, but one learns after a few years (or decades) not to ignore the siblings and the uncles and aunts, the next door neighbors, and the community and times they lived in. Your family tree is a lot more than a bunch of names and dates. It is your own history.
Have moved back to Vermont, actually twice now, as it is such a part of who I am. i am active in a number of genealogical / heritage societies. Past Governor of the Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants. Vice President, Genealogical Society of Vermont. More.
I am interested in Mayflower roots, Vermont and New England ancestry, Huguenot, Roger Williams & Rhode Island ancestry, Quaker, Plantagenet, Magna Charta barons and European nobility and royalty. Vermont may be my long suit.
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On 22 Feb 2018 at 00:11 GMT Thomas Fuller Jr. wrote:
I do indeed hope to find more on the Fullers. I will definitely do the y-dna test at some point. My Fullers seem to have come to southeast Michigan in the 1850s, from Cattaraugus County, New York. My furthest Fuller ancestor (5th great grandfather) is a Joseph Fuller, who may have been born in Vermont. That's my current dead end.
On 20 Feb 2018 at 03:21 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:
On 25 May 2017 at 21:18 GMT Kym Lindemann wrote:
THE Isabella Sinclair I am tracing was married to William Fraser and they had a number of sons one of which was David Fraser, my husbands Great Grandfather. They came from Inverness in Scotland in early 1930's to Inverell, N.S.W. Kind Regards Kym Fraser
On 19 Jan 2017 at 03:20 GMT Bill Allard wrote:
On 14 Mar 2016 at 19:12 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
Thank you for the notes on Ephraim Morton and on William Harlow. I had adopted them to add est. birth dates to help future searches - they were distant relatives by marriage. I've removed myself from being PM on both profiles, made the change you requested to the Harlow surname, approved the Shelley merge, and changed the spelling on Norton to Morton.
Thank you very much for your on these important early immigrant families!
On 6 Mar 2016 at 22:21 GMT Janis (Paulding) Swanson wrote:
On 20 Feb 2016 at 22:15 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
It would have been an addition :)
On 20 Feb 2016 at 14:08 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
You removed death date on http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Seamans-78
Why remove the death date ?? Do we have a source to support this ?
On 10 Feb 2016 at 19:08 GMT Tom Bredehoft wrote:
On 6 Feb 2016 at 19:33 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote: