Through genealogy I have learned that I have both Scottish and Irish roots along with Old French/English (which explains my being a Francophile🇫🇷) and there's even a little Dutch thrown in there.
I began researching the Johnston/Miller/Taber/Hoxie lineage after my grandmother's death in 1980. I inherited one of her trunks which was filled with old photographs, notebooks written in her hand and sheets and sheets of lists. My grandmother was a list maker and kept detailed records of family birthdays, dates of marriage and to whom and dates of death. Harriet Taber Miller Johnston was our family's first genealogist.
That information was coupled with that obtained from census records, birth and death notices and cemetery burial records collected in conjunction with a dear friend, Linda Shaw of Fort Fairfield Maine. Who, surprisingly enough, turned out to be a relative herself as everyone who originated in Fort Fairfield is related it would seem. 😎
I married my husband in 1998 and began researching his family tree shortly thereafter. The MacDonald lineage is most interesting due to several MacDonald family members generously providing their own life stories. Those individuals and I conversed for years by telephone, the US Postal Service and in person over a cup of coffee as I diligently took notes while they spoke. Most notably was Edgar Neil MacDonald who told me the MacDonald family history as he remembered his childhood, his brothers, his father and grandfather.
Another MacDonald relative, Anna Roessler MacDonald, wife of Robert Bruce MacDonald was instrumental in documenting their lives together in Ledyard, CT. She kept a detailed record of family lineage on a large piece of paper on the kitchen wall for years. In 1999 she lovingly shared that information with me to be included in the MacDonald family tree.
I also sent out family questionnaires to all the MacDonald family members and have stacks of paper documentation of their responses in my home file cabinet.
In 2005 I complied all of that information in written form on a Family Tree Maker format and in 2006 printed it out for distribution to other family members. Edgar Neil MacDonald was very proud of the project. That initial tree has continued over the last thirteen years through much the same research. A project that was and continues to be a collaboration of many.
Initially the MacDonald family lineage was downloaded to Wikitree by Donald Delagrange, a cousin from my husband's maternal Perkins/Clarke side. My husband's mother and Donald's mother were sisters. Mr. Delagrange has been the family genealogist on the Perkins/Clarke/Bishop lineage for decades and is a generous Wikitree member. In May of 2019 when I became a member of Wikitree, I expanded that information to what it is today. Donald and I share the profiles as co-managers.
It has been such a joy to include that information on Wikitree and I cherish the connections I have made as our family history began to connect with others. I find it very fulfilling.
I've drug my husband through every cemetery we could find in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine where family members are buried to photograph their headstones and visit their last resting place.
The search continues!
In the event of my untimely death I leave control of all of the Robert John MacDonald family lineage profiles to my co-manager Donald Delagrange.
I leave all the diligent entries made to the Hoxie, Taber, Drinkwater, Miller, Johnston, MacDonald and Perkins/Clarke to generations yet to come.
A detailed biography from Janet Johnston MacDonald 2019.
New Brunswick Canada 1800ish
On 14 Sep 2019 at 04:19 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:
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Glad to hear you are feeding your hubby now (wink). I figured we weren't the only ones with tons of rain, it SO doesn't feel like summer.
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