Category Archive: General Interest

Jan 12

52 Ancestors: #1 Sara Waddell

Sara Waddell

Sara Waddell

“You probably think of me (your grandmother) as a nice old lady living a very quiet and, in your opinion, a not very interesting life…” These words begin a letter to her grandchildren, which she related to my grandfather as he typed the letter for us.[1] That first sentence was “spot on.” As I recall Grandmother Woodward was a sedate, heavy set, matronly woman who enjoyed knitting and playing canasta. Unlike my maternal grandmother, she rarely spoke about her life growing up in Nova Scotia. That is why her letter to her grandchildren is so very special.

Sara Waddell is my only grandparent not born and raised in New England. Of Scottish ancestry, she was born in South Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, in 1881 on Christmas day,[2] daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (McDougall) Waddell.

Grandmother related that she was impulsive and impatient in her early years.  She described her birthplace, South Maitland, Nova Scotia, as a small village with no store or railroad and the post office was in one room of a private dwelling.

Of her childhood, grandmother related

         When I was five or six years old, I went to stay with my grandmother and two aunts who lived in a big, two-story house, situated on a high know, just across the road from my home. This house was surrounded by a white picket fence. Grandmother’s maiden name was Sarah O’Brien… I do not remember much about my grandfather who was William MacDougall from Scotland. He passed away when I was quite young. I do remember that he built sailing vessels.

         Grandmother was a severe looking woman, strict, but just and good hearted. She always dressed in black, but whether this was intended to be perpetual, I don’t know. It never occurred to me to ask when I lived there. She was over 80 years old when she passed on and at that time she did not have a gray hair, it was as black as midnight, parted in the middle and combed down over her ears in sharp contrast to the classy permanents that adorn present day grandmothers.

         She was a fine cook and in the sixty years that have passed I have never forgotten her sour milk biscuits. How I used to lay into them, getting my full share if not more. Down in Nova Scotia we always had plenty to eat and I was blessed (to speak loosely) with a hearty appetite. Our children must have inherited from me their ravenous desire for nourishing food although your grandfather was never one to toy with his vittles, either at meal time or when he had a light snack or one or two sandwiches. Leftover included hash, chowder, or some similar dainty tidbit before going to bed. Perhaps it is because of a good appetite is one of the few traits of my youth I still retain, I am, let us say, reasonably well fitted. When we were married, I weighed only 13_ although I was five feet, seven inches tall….

 The letter continues to relate stories the family cows, a frightful thunderstorm, riding horseback, and childhood Christmases.

Sara, with her sisters Gertrude and Mode sailed from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on the S.S. Prince George, 14th of September 1900 and arrived in the port of Boston the following day. [3]was eighteen, she traveled from Nova Scotia to the suburbs of Boston where she worked in a variety of capacities. In 1902, their sister Bessie joined them in the United States.[4]

Orphanage, Franklin, N.H.

Orphanage, Franklin, N.H.

When she was about twenty-two she took a position with the Orphan’s Home in Franklin, New Hampshire. While she was employed there, she met Oscar H. Woodward. The couple wa wed on the 28th of September 1907, in Belmont, Massachusetts.[5]

Sara Waddell Woodward died at the age of seventy-three on the 1st of July 1955, in Hartford, Connecticut.[6]

[1] Grandfather Woodward loved to write and submitted many stories to various magazines, so since he adored weaving tales, I’m sure that many of the words and phrases that were written were not those of my grandmother. A copy of the letter is in the possession of the author.

[2] Death Certificate of Sara Waddell Woodward, #11435, Connecticut State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Hartford, Connecticut; and undated letter from Sara Waddell Woodward to her grandchildren written about 1950.

[3] Manifest of Alien Immigrants for the Commissioner of Immigration, S.S. Prince George arriving in Boston, 15 September 1900, page 163, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; National Archives microfilm T938, reel 40; viewed on 12 January 2014.

[4] Manifest of Alien Immigrants from the Commissioner of Immigration, S.S. Boston, arriving in Boston 21 December 1902 page 118, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943, National Archives and microfilm T938, Reel 57; viewed on 12 January 2014.

[5] Indexes to Marriages in Massachusetts, 1906-1910, Vol. 571:348

[6] Death Certificate of Sara Waddell Woodward, #11435, Connecticut State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Nov 21

Why were Alice M. Brown & Homer L. Perkins married in Chester, NH?

Among the effects of my grandmother, Alice M. (Brown) Perkins, was a certificate of marriage (image shown in Fig. 1). When I first saw this slip of papers many years ago, but after the death of my grandmother, I thought it strange that she married Homer L. Perkins in Chester (Rockingham Co.), NH. She had been born and raised in Canterbury and he in nearby Loudon. Nana Perkins once told me that she had boarded in the home of Homer’s parents, John B. and Emma (Jenkins) Perkins,  when she had taught at the Yellow School in Loudon. I eventually passed off the “strange” marriage location to the romantic notion of elopement. That assumption proved to be incorrect.

I’ve recently begun a huge project of scanning the documents that I’ve collected during my family research during the past forty years plus. I’m finding some valuable treasures.

Fig. 1

Fig. 1

Newspaper Article – a Revelation. This morning, I found an article (see Fig. 2) regarding the 25th wedding anniversary of Homer and Alice. The article contains several pieces of information including whey they were married in Chester. As the above certificate indicates, the couple was married on the 8th of April 1908 by the Rev. Albert E. Hall. In the newspaper clipping below (newspaper not identified) we are told in the 3rd paragraph, that the Rev. Hall had been a former pastor of the Canterbury Church. In fact Rev. Hall was the minister of The Center Congregation Church in Canterbury from June 16, 1895 to March 27, 1898.[1] It is likely, then that the Brown family had belonged to Hall’s congregation, but at this point in time I have no evidence of that.

The article also provided an interesting fact about my grandfather, Homer L. Perkins, that I never knew. I knew that he own a store in Loudon Village, and was strongly involved in buying and selling real estate. What I didn’t know was that he had left Loudon to study law, but had left those studies to return to Loudon. Now, where or under whom did he read law? Another project for research.

[1] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727–1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), I: 314.

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Jun 24


When reading Russ Worthingon’s blog, “A Find-A-Grave Experience“ today, it brought to mind that I’d never checked Find-A-Grave for any records of my late husband’s burial. He passed on the 22nd of June 2008 and according to his wishes his remains were cremated and taken to his hometown of Ottawa, Illinois, for burial in the Ottawa Avenue Cemetery where many of his family and ancestors had been interred.

I knew where Charlie was buried (I was there) and I have photographs of his marker, so it really never occurred to me to look for him in Find-A-Grave. Today I did! I searched for him using the filters of his surname, “Illinois” and died “2008.” Happy day, he was there, but not in total. Someone, with a username I cannot identify, had posted his obituary. There is not an image of his grave marker. It is apparent that the obituary was provided by the funeral home in Georgia that took care of the basic arrangements.

Apparently posting of obits is a common practice on Find-a-Grave.

Posted below is an image of the grave maker taken about 8 months after it was placed. I was dismayed to find that although the family has perpetual care, the lower left part of the stone had been over-run with grass.

Since Charlie and I had lived in Georgia for nearly 25 years when he died, I had a memorial plaque posted on a wall at the Big Canoe Chapel Cemetery.

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Apr 11

Wordless Wednesday

This postcard was found among some photographs belonging to my late Aunt Virginia (Woodward) Smith. It appears to be an advertisement for a tobacco product.


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Mar 26

Lorusso: Early 20th Century Immigrant Family

This post is a copy of an article originally published in the Digital Genealogist (July/August 2007).

Online Databases: A Before and After Case Study of an Early Twentieth-Century Immigrant Family

This article contains the trials and tribulations of finding families in a variety of sources before the arrival of a multitude of online databases, as well as some of the continued trials and tribulations with the current online sources. The study uses the family of Nicola Lorusso—an early twentieth-century immigrant.

It was about 1972 when I became ardent about searching the history of my family, as well as that of my son, Marcus Lorusso. At that time Marc’s grandfather, Antonio “Papa” Lorusso, a native of Italy, told us that he didn’t really know when his actual birth took place, but he celebrated his natal day on 5 September and suspected that he was born in 1907. Papa Lorusso also told us that he was about four years old when his father sent for his wife and children to join him in New York. A little arithmetic indicates that Papa, his mother, and siblings arrived in New York in 1911, perhaps 1912. We were anxious to learn more, but Papa and his brothers (he thought that the eldest was about ten or eleven when they arrived) could remember little about their trip across the sea. He was sure that they sailed directly to New York from Italy and joined his father in a place called Cold Spring.

Nicola (frequently called Nicholas) Lorusso moved his family from a community in New York to Worcester, Massachusetts, before 1920. His surviving children indicated that the family always resided on Franklin Street. Nicola struggled to make a living in the new country and, like so many of his country men, he was a laborer.

The death records of Nicholas and Antoinette were easily located at the vital records registry of the Commonwealth in Boston. Information about the “old country” was scarce on the death record of Nicholas. His wife reported that he was eighty-five years old and that his parents were Pasquale Lorusso and Rosaria Prichillo.1 The informant for Antoinette’s death was Mrs. Rosaria Coniglio, her daughter, who reported that Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso was 79 years old at the time of her death, her parents were Michele Pellegrino and Marie Centidocati, and Antoinette’s birth place was recorded as Palazzodi, San Gervesio, in the Province of Potenza, Italy.2 Each had been buried in Worcester’s Notre Dame Cemetery.

Now it was time to visit the 1910 federal census records—after all Nicholas Lorusso should have been in New York by 1910.

Before online databases

Heretofore all of my research had involved rural New England families who had made their way from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony before 1650. It was wonderful fun searching the census line by line of the towns where my ancestors resided. Neighbors were readily identified and I recognized many of the families in each of the towns. Why would anyone want to use a Soundex? It soon became obvious that a Soundex would be very useful. The only concrete information that I had was the names of some of the immediate household and the possibility that they resided in Cold Spring, New York. I had no street address and I did not know any names of relatives or neighbors. I decided to skip the 1910 census and continue my search after the 1920 federal census became available in 1992—after all I heard that there was a complete Soundex for 1920. In addition, I strongly expected that the family moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, before 1920. Although Worcester is a fairly large city, it certainly is a lot smaller than New York City.

I was really excited at the possibility of learning what years Nicholas entered the United States—one of the columns on the 1920 census is “year of immigration to the United States.” Finding our Lorusso family in Worcester should be a walk in the park. After all, there was a Soundex. My spirits were dampened somewhat when the household of Nicola (Nicholas, Nick, Nickolas) did not surface in the Soundex code L620. There was an alternative, however—search the census of the city of Worchester page by page. Fortunately, I was fairly sure that the family had resided continuously in a triple-decker on Franklin Street. The National Archives-Southeast Region had maps showing wards, etc., of large cities. We were able to whittle down the number of pages to search considerably—most of Franklin Street was located in Ward 4 of Worchester, so I was able to start my line-by-line search with the entries on Franklin Street in Ward 4. I was rewarded for my efforts. The family of Nicholas Lorusso was residing at 606 Franklin Street.3 Briefly, the family consisted of:




Year of Immigration

Birth Place

Lorusso, Nicholas





———, Antoinette





———, Patrick





———, Michal





———, Antonio





———, John D


4 ½


———, Frank


7 ½

New York

The 1920 census had given me the years of immigration for the family. It was very likely that the family was in New York by 1910 and should be on the census, but I still did not have an address and didn’t know where to begin the search. However, I had clues regarding the dates of immigration for Antoinette and her children.

In 1986 (long before many New York passenger lists were available online) I learned that most of the passenger lists for New York arrivals had been microfilmed and that there was a Soundex index to passenger lists of vessels arriving in New York from 1902 to 1943. I diligently searched every line of the Soundex code L620 hoping to find our Lorusso family.4 More heart ache—I did not identify Antoinette and her family and there seemed to be hundreds of men with the name Nicola Lorusso who had entered. There was no way to cull the list found in the Soundex.

I still had another alternative. Passenger lists for New York had been microfilmed for 1908. How long would it take me to read each passenger list for ships entering New York from Italy? After reading one full reel,5 I set in on my heels and baulked like a mule. Frequently three or four ships arrived daily from Italy.

After online databases

1Aarriving in New York in 1911 that had departed from Italy (1911 was the emigration date that Papa Lorusso had given me.) Fortunately, the passenger lists for that time frame had been microfilmed. Countless hours spent reading the name of every passenger on ships entering New York from Italy (the Soundex was of no help—I was sure the family had just been skipped) left me frustrated. The family was not to be found. was one of the pioneer companies that provided genealogists with online databases. Several years later, my heart stopped a beat or two from my excitement when I learned that passenger lists for Ellis Island would be available. At long last we would be able to learn about the arrival of Antoniette and her children. After considerable fumbling about they were located. They arrived in New York City on 23 May 1910 on the S.S. San Giovanni sailing from Palermo and Naples, Italy.6 [When I conducted the microfilm searches, you’ll recall, I had been relying on the 1908 date reported in the 1920 U.S. Census and 1911 family tradition.] The ship manifest indicates her last permanent residence was Palarro S. Gervain (her death record had indicated that she was born in Palazzodi, San Gervesio),7 and that her husband and father of the children, Nicola Lorusso, had paid their passage. His address was Box 586, Cold Spring, New York. The name and address of the nearest relative was Augusta DiPaola, her sister-in-law from Palarro S. Gervain who was also residing in Cold Spring.

Traveling with Antoniette were her children: Rosaria, age 15; Pasquale, age 12; Michele, age 9; and Antonio, age 4. The next passenger on the manifest was Antonio Pellegrino who was going to join his brother-in-law at Box 224, Cold Spring, New York. Eureka!

Today my preferred access to the Ellis Island database is via the wonderful Web pages of Stephen P. Morse. If you’ve not already taken advantage of this Web site, you will want to do so. As you all know, many Web sites are not user friendly and the task of obtaining information is sometimes daunting. Morse has developed search tools that make it much easier to access records. One such tool is “Searching the Ellis Island Database in One Step.” Some of the other search choices we have, courtesy of Morse are [2007]:

  • Castle Garden and earlier Ship Arrivals
  • NY Passengers (1920–1957)
  • NY Manifests (1820–1957)
  • Other Ports of Immigration
  • Canadian and British Census
  • New York Census (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island by street name)
  • Illinois Death Records (pre-1916 and/or 1916–1950)

Nicola Lorusso and Augusta DiPaola (including spelling variations) continue to elude identification on the 1910 U.S. Census for New York. But that doesn’t surprise me. The indexing parties for and HeritageQuest Online created a massive number of errors. Curiosity led me to search online for our Lorusso family in 1920—I’d found them in Worchester, Massachusetts. It took a while, but I finally found the family indexed as “Nicholas Larusso” on HeritageQuest Online and “Nicholas Sorusso” on

The 1930 Census would be another challenge, but at least online databases might come to my rescue. Without waiting for the promised “every-name” index on Ancestry, I went straight to the microfilm at the National Archives-Southeast Region, found the conversion for the 1920 enumeration district, and searched that enumeration district page by page until I found our Lorusso family. The family of Nickolas Lorusso was still residing on Franklin Street in Worcester when they were enumerated on 8 April 1930. Nickolas continued to own his home which was valued at $8000.8





Year of Immigration

Birth Plac

Lorusso, Nickolas





———, Antoinette





———, Frank




———, Daniel




Since didn’t have the family indexed correctly in 1920, I decided to see what imaginative approach would be found in the 1930 index. The entry for Nickolas Lorusso was correct (the enumerator had used Nickolas). However, his son Antonio (frequently called Anthony or Tony) has not yet been located. He married Loretta Curran in Worcester on 26 April 19309 about eighteen days after the census enumerator visited his father’s household. The 1930 HeritageQuest Online indexes only include the indexes for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia at this point in time.

Using the multiple database search for anyone with the surname “Lorusso” at has been negative to date. In all fairness, remember that the databases on the New England Historic Genealogical Society Web site focus on pre-1900 records.

City directories for Worcester, Massachusetts, are numerous on; however, some of volumes have only been partially scanned. The city directories have told us that Nicholas and his family were residing at 7 Caprera Road in 1918.10 The 1921 directory shows Nicola at 606 Franklin Street.11

In conclusion

Online databases often lead us to many records we need for our research very quickly, and with greater ease and comfort at any time, day or night.

We also need to remember that just because we don’t find individuals for whom we are searching doesn’t mean that they are not in the records. It may mean that an indexer overlooked the entry, an indexer misread the spelling, or that whoever created the record recorded the name incorrectly.

There are so many opportunities for finding online databases today that researchers need to be educated—it would be foolish to pay for a database on one Web site when it is free on another. Do “pay” services overlap, and if so, is the image quality better on one of those sites? If the option is available, would it be best to subscribe for a month rather than an entire year? Is the Web site user friendly? In order to make informed decisions (it is unlikely that it would be prudent for most of us to subscribe to every available service), talk to other genealogists, being sure to ask why the individual is excited about a particular service.

Probably one of the most important things for all of us to remember is that we should use Online database indexes to guide us to the original record or as close to the original as we can expect to see. Just because a fact is online, doesn’t necessary mean that the fact is correct.

It is also important to site your sources correctly. If a digital image of a document is viewed online, we need to indicate that we viewed that image on a particular Web site (listing the URL) on a particular date.


1. Certificate of death for Nicholas Lorusso, registered number 1343, recorded 31 August 1950; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

2. Certificate of death for Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso, registered number 1076, recorded 11 May 1956; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

3. Nicholas Lorusso household, 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Worcester City, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumeration district 246, sheet 6A, dwelling 64, family 101 (National Archives micropublication T625, roll 752).

4. Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, July 1, 1902–December 31, 1943; National Archives micropublication M621, reel 390.

5. Registers of Vessels Arriving in the Port of New York from Foreign Ports, 1789–1919; National Archives micropublication M1066, reel 71.

6. “Passenger Record,” Ellis Island  databases, accessed 2 August 2001, for Antonietta Lorusso, 32, arrived 23 May 1910 aboard San Giovanni .

7. Certificate of death for Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso.

8. Nickolas Lorusso household, 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, City of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumeration district 58, sheet 8B, dwelling 108, family 145 (National Archives micropublication T626, roll 969).

9. Marriage record of Anthony Lorusso and Loretta Curran, no. 416, recorded 12 May 1930, Marriage Book 72: 416; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

10. Greater Worchester Directory  (Salem, Massachusetts: The Salem Press Company, December 1918), 576; viewed on  12 December 2006.

11. Worcester Directory, 1922, Containing a General Directory of the Citizens, a Business Directory and the City and County Registers, with Map  (Worcester, Mass.: Sampson & Murdock Co., Publishers, 1922), 422; viewed on  12 December 2006.

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Dec 04

Sunday Scrapbooking

Fairly recently, I stumbled upon a blog written by the Scrappy Genealogist, Jennifer Shoer, in which she shared her work as she completed the “Family History Album Class offered at I really enjoy digital scrapbooking and after reflecting on the template of week two of Sprague’s class I signed up for the course — The basic templates for the family tree and pedigree were worth the premium I needed to pay. I rarely use quick pages or templates provided by others, but these were worth it. Sure, I could have produced something similar, but it would have taken me several hours, at best.


Now, before you rush out to get purchase this class, let me make a comment or two. This is not something something for the first time scrap booker  If you don’t have a nice graphic software, say Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, this isn’t for you. If you don’t have a good basic knowledge of using your graphic software including layers, masks, etc., this isn’t for you. Although I applaud the work of Sprague and the combined concept of genealogy and digital scrapbooking, the genealogy side of the course is very basic. Don’t purchase the product hoping to learn new genealogy skills.

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Nov 27

Scrapbooking Sunday: Brown Family Heirloom

The note found in one of the drawers within this desk reads:

The living know that they must die,
But all the dust forgotten lie;
Their memory and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.
Then what my thought Design to do,
My hands with all your might pursue
Like no Device nor work is found,
_or faille nor hope beneath the ground

For Value received I promise
Alfred H. Brown my Desk at
My decease
Elizabeth Goddard

Alfred H. Brown, born, 14 July 1838, in New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, son of  Hermon Brown and Sophronia Prescott.[1] Sophronia Prescott was born 11 December 1802 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, daughter of Samuel Potter Prescott and Elisabeth Brown.[2]


Elisabeth Brown, maternal grandmother of Alfred H. Brown, was born 28 February 1779, in Concord, daughter of Elizabeth Brown and Lieut. Samuel Brown.[3] She married, 1st, Samuel Potter Prescott on 7 June 1798 in Concord;[4] and 2nd. Asa Raymond, and 3rd, Rev. David Goddard, 30 Jun 1846 in New Ipswich.[5]

Alfred H. Brown was my great grandfather.

[1] Death certificate of Alfred H. Brown, Bureau of Vital Statistics, State of New Hampshire, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire; and Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 276 (hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich).

[2] Vital Records of Concord, Massachusetts, Birth, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850 (photocopy of 1891 edition, Boston (hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Concord): New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1986), 94; and William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families of America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] Vital Records of Concord, 247; and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass., and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 64 (hereinafter cited as Some Old Families of Concord).

[4] Vital Records of Concord, 362; and Some Old Families of Concord, 64.Asa

[5] Town Clerk, Vital Records of New Ipswich, New Hampshire (New Ipswich, New Hampshire: typescript), n.d.), Family History Library microfilm #15,568.

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Nov 02

Wordless Wednesday: Daughter & Father, about 1930

Josephine and her Dad, Homer Lathe Perkins

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Oct 15

Ancestors GeneaMeme

This Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, “Ancestors GeneaMeme” was created by Jill Ball (Geniaus blog).

The Rules: The list was annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

My responses are annotated as requested —

1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents [have documentation for vital records of ¾ who where born in the U.S., but not for the four who lived in Nova Scotia]

2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors

3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents 

4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times 

5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist [not that I know of]

6.  Met all four of my grandparents [My grandfather Perkins died before my birth]

7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents [None of my great-grandparents were alive when I was born]

8.  Named a child after an ancestor

9.  Bear an ancestor’s given name/s

10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland

11.  Have an ancestor from Asia

12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe

13.  Have an ancestor from Africa

14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural laborer

15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings 

16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi 

17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife (unsure)

18.  Have an ancestor who was an author. [My paternal grandfather, although he was seldom published]

19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones

20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng

21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X

22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginning with Z

23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December [my paternal grandmother]

24.  Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day [my father]

25.  Have blue blood in your family lines

26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth

27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth [my paternal grandmother]

28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century [all of my maternal lines and that of my paternal grandfather]

29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier [many]

30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents [Daniel R. Woodward, Laura (Davis) Woodward]

31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X [probably]

32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university [not that I know of]

33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence [not that I know of]

34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime [not that I know of]

35.  Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine [The Digital Genealogist and in a blog, “]

36.  Have published a family history online or in print

37.  Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries [Franklin, Canterbury, & Loudon, New Hampshire]

38.  Still have an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family

39.  Have a family bible from the 19th Century [have Bible of my great grandfather, Alfred H. Brown, but he did not record vitals therein]

40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible

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May 28

Memorial Day 2011

Saluting all of United States and allied veterans, past and present, who have or who are serving to make our world a better place.

And special tribute to my “Sir Charles!”


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