Friday, April 27, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
You’re St. Melito of Sardis!
You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
. . . Welsch advises his readers that “You can live in a new rural area for decades, even generations, but unless one of your ancestors is listed on the monument in front of city hall as one of the founders of the community, you will forever be an outsider” (p. 15). . . .
Saturday, April 07, 2007
In the midst of the cold, I decided to do a little indexing. This morning I was able to get one batch in Itawamba County, Mississippi where ancestors lived and one batch in Walker County, Alabama where ancestors lived. They ran out of Mississippi and Alabama so I decided to just hit the random choice. I've been indexing New York state. For the most part, it is very readable. I had one batch that was a little illegible, but most of them have been good writing. It's very interesting to see the ethnic composition of the communities. I've mostly had batches out of Warren and Ulster Counties. In Warren, I've had a lot of Irish and French Canadians. I've also had some Swedes and Norwegians among those I've indexed today. The most humorous location was given under the birth location of the named person's father. The birthplace was listed as "Road Island." It made me wonder if my Rathbone (also spelled Rathbun) ancestors who settled Block Island, Rhode Island in 1661 ever spelled it that way!
Friday, April 06, 2007
When studying the Salem Witch Trials in school, I would have never dreamed that I was related to one of those accused and convicted. I also had the impression then that those accused were all younger persons. Mary was about 77 years old when she was accused and tried and was a very well-respected member of society. I was surprised to discover a family connection to this historic trial. I was even more surprised because of her age. I remember thinking that it must be a different Mary and finally realized that it was Mary, the daughter of John Perkins and Judith Gater, the one who was related to me.
Needless to say, I'm going to have to read the book mentioned in the newspaper article to see what else Norton has discovered.