I was born at the end of The Oregon Trail, at the end of WWII - two events which remain strong influences in my life.
My father joined the Navy during the war, and after being trained in electronics was shipped to the South Pacific, where he was a radioman in a two-person airplane, a T-34, which patrolled the ocean around New Caledonia.
After the war ended, my father engaged his new opportunities for a career in electronics. In such a dynamic growth industry, opportunity often meant moving to a new city, and I literally saw the United States from one side to the other and back as I was growing up.
I soon realized that my friends enjoyed extended family relationships and knew their grandparents. All but one of my grandparents were deceased by the time I was born. My curiosity about who they were grew with the passing years.
Meanwhile, the age of television and the Hollywood Western blossomed. I watched entranced as Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley and other characters made the West safe from the bad guys. I loved the Cisco Kid and Calamity Jane. My favorite shows were Wagon Train and Rawhide. Do you remember the Rawhide theme song? "Roll 'em, Roll 'em Roll em - keep those doggies rolling, roll 'em - roll 'em - roll em - Rawhide!"
Little did I know then that my own great-grandfather Barchus came over the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1864; my great-great grandmother Bacon also was on that trip. My Welch great-great-great grandparents Evans/Toone traversed the Oregon Trail in 1852, bringing with them their newly married daughter and her husband, and a widowed son-in-law and grand-baby.
Those discoveries and more came into my life because some young men decided to get high and go for a joy ride. I thought when they crashed their car into ours that my life was ruined, but the long recovery simply meant I'd have time for working on my family tree - something I might never have done otherwise. That is how, for me, what had been an interesting hobby became a passionate vocation.
"One generation passes away, and another generation comes..." Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:4
As my generation begins to pass away, it is prudent to make provision for the work I have done on our family tree. In the case of my demise, I hereby give permission for management of all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my Family Members active at that time on WikiTree, whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists, in the order listed as follows, according to whether they express interest and a desire to do so:
On 8 Apr 2018 at 01:42 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:
Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks! https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/586403/will-you-participate
On 2 Apr 2018 at 13:19 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:
I could be wrong, but it is my understanding that scrolling boxes are to be removed from WT. See profile: Pabodie-62. Thanks.
On 28 Mar 2018 at 21:33 GMT Holly (Semmens) Wilson wrote:
That is a good point concerning Abigail Terry Kellogg having the middle name Martha. It apparently comes from Find-a-grave but they do not have a real source either. In fact they don't know where she is buried so it's odd that they even have her. Would you like me to delete the 'Martha'? I do not have it in my own records and am not sure how it got on here. Most of my info was from Hopkin's book. Holly
On 3 Mar 2018 at 00:33 GMT Darrell Larocque wrote:
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On 26 Feb 2018 at 22:02 GMT Allison Mackler wrote:
On 20 Feb 2018 at 02:16 GMT Connie Mack wrote:
On 19 Feb 2018 at 08:43 GMT Joan (Stone) Jakubowski wrote:
www.thousandislandslife.com They welcome any link you may have to the History of the St Lawrence River.
On 12 Feb 2018 at 05:40 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:
My mistake! I am still learning how to WikiTree, but, think, I have come a long way from when I first joined in 2014.
I trust your genealogy knowledge, and appreciate your leadership very much.
Best Regards Holland-3338