I was born and grew up in Central New York State in a small hamlet on the old Erie Canal. As a young girl, we often visited with various aunts, uncles and cousins on the weekends. We also made a few long car trips to visit an aunt who lived in southwestern Colorado. One time we stopped in Nebraska for a 'family reunion' with many second and third cousins.
This traveling must have interested me, since I picked things that I enjoyed to study in college, and ended up with a degree in Geography, with a computer science minor.
I was fortunate to begin my software engineering career, in the mid 1970s, working on the use of computers in mapping. This was in a research and development environment, and we laid much groundwork that latter led to modern GIS. My expertise was in spatial data representation and manipulation, although those who know me might say it is in telling people where to go.
I always enjoyed figuring out large, complex software, and also studying maps and the influence of geography on our migration and culture. This makes genealogy research a natural.
I began this journey knowing that I had ancestors from Iowa and from New York. I have since learned that the Iowa ancestors migrated from Germany and from Connecticut. I have also discovered that not only was my father born within 10 miles of where I grew up but his parents and great grandparents were born and lived within a 10 mile radius. Thus within this 10 mile radius four great great grandparents married about 1820, at least five great great great grandparents settled between 1808 and 1817. Two of the families came from Connecticut, and lived about 50 miles from each other and within 50 miles of the home of my Iowa ancestors.
Surnames include: Sands, Ayer, Salisbury, Whiting (formerly Whiton), Cornish, Burk, Spinning, Stoner, Scranton, Sanford, Reed, Toepelt (Tapelt, Taplet, Taplett) and others.
Currently working on Scranton, Sanford, and Reed with distractions from Burk, Stoner and Salisbury/Salsbury.
Also starting to investigate Knight, Dameron, Ellinger and Rae in Amherst County, Virginia in the early 1800s.
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On 14 Sep 2018 at 21:26 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:
Kay and Lisa are 8th cousins twice removed Kay Sands and Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy are both descendants of Joseph Hand.
Thank you for the source help on Isaac.
On 25 Aug 2018 at 14:23 GMT John Doppke wrote:
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On 25 Apr 2018 at 18:57 GMT Jill (Turkington) Lee wrote:
Relationship Finder says that we are eighth cousins once removed through Ezekiel Woodward (bef. 1625 - 1699)/Woodward-32.
On 4 Apr 2018 at 01:49 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:
I hope to see you there, Amanda
On 27 Mar 2018 at 21:58 GMT Matt Meighan wrote:
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