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Getting Organized – Making Plans

 

Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed, I don’t do a darn thing from my to-do list and instead, I tackle some sort of project that I’ve really wanted to get done but didn’t have time to do, and didn’t really need to do.  It is a super-weird-totally-nerdy-strangely-productive form of procrastinating.  Better than watching TV, right?  😂

So last week, I avoided my to-do list and tackled one of those wish list projects.  I went through my entire blog and updated a page you can find right up there☝🏻 at the top of my blog entitled, “My Ancestors“.

It is a list of every person I have written about or mentioned on my blog, mostly, with links to those posts.  I hope this will be helpful for extended family members to find things I have written that may be of interest to them.

It also helped me to see areas of my tree that I haven’t written much about and feel a bit more direction on how to prioritize a few posts I have had dancing about in my thoughts.

The day after I finished updating the page, my sister stopped by my house.  She mentioned a photo of our great grandma that she can remember seeing somewhere.  I whipped out my phone and was able to quickly look at each post about her and see the accompanying photos.  Awesome!

So, feel free to check out my new procrastination masterpiece by clicking the page link above – or here – or by scrolling on because I pasted that big beauty below.

 

Family members, please feel free to give me some input.  I made this page for you, so if you think it could use some adjustments, I am happy to hear your suggestions.  For instance, I am wondering if I should break up the last two lists into four – the same two categories, but broken up by maternal and paternal…?

 

FYI – I added three fancharts, seen above, at the top of the page with captions.  One fanchart is for my Dad, one for my mom’s mom, and one for her biological father.  I don’t generally mention him because he is still alive, and, well, I’m guessing the term “biological” probably clued you into the other reason.  The man I call Grandpa is still living so there is hardly any trace of him anywhere on my blog.

 

Happy Monday, I hope you are able to tackle some wonderful project that will make you feel awesome, very, very soon!  xoxo

 

 

 

 

Listed below are the ancestors and family members I have written about on this blog.  The list has four sections – Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Direct Line Ancestors, and Other Family Members.  All individuals are listed in alphabetical order by surname.  Women are listed by maiden surname.  If the individual is my current end of line person or brick wall (bummer!), their name is italicized and bright blue.  All ancestors who were an end of line person when I started this blog, but are no longer a brick wall, have this next to their name – 🎉, because that is something to celebrate!  Family members from my maternal side have a pink double heart before their name and family members from my paternal side have a blue heart before their name.

 

 

Grandparents:

 

💕DUVAL, Deane Alice

 

💙ELLIS, Mary Margaret

 

💙PETERSON, Ronald Skeen

 

 

Great Grandparents

 

💕COSTELLO, John

 

💕DUVAL, Francis Henry

 

💙ELLIS, Claude Albert

 

💙HUBAND, Blanche Octavia

 

💕MAFFIT, Hope Estelle

 

💙PETERSON, Rulon Powell

 

💙SKEEN, Naomi

 

💕YOUNG, Mary Brown

 

 

 

Direct Line Ancestors

 

💙AUSTIN, Louise Maria – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin Cheney.

🎉💕BLACKBURN, Eliza – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying Mess.

💕BOLES, James Thomson – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles.

🎉💕BROWN, Andrew – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Andrew BrownFinding Andrew Brown’s Parents.

💕BROWN, Catherine – my 2nd great grandmother. Photograph Showcase:  James & Catherine YoungPhotograph Showcase:  The End of My Brown Family Pedigree in Photographs.

🎉💕BROUILLETTE, Esther – my 3rd great grandmother.  New United State Marriage CollectionPublic Member Ancestry Trees – A Mixed Bag.

💕CASTILLA, Vincenzo – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – John Costello, Man of Mystery.

💙CHENEY, Hattie Margaret – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin CheneyPhotograph Showcase:  A Fall Photo.

💙CHENEY, Joseph Thompson – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin Cheney.

💙DAVIS, George Edward – my 3rd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💙DAVIS, Susan Kaziah – my 2nd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Family PhotoPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & SusanPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & Susan EllisPhotograph Showcase:  Susan’s EyesPhotograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to MeFamily Reunion Bingo GamesA Special Christmas Gift & the Lesson FamilySearch Taught MeTreasures: Susan Kaziah Davis History.

💙DAYMOND, Rebecca – my 4th great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💕DEMERS, Marie Louise – my 2nd great grandmother.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💙DIXON, Electa Philomelia – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💙DOLBY, Maria Amanda – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenMemorial Day 2017.

💕DUVAL, Alexis, later known as Alexander – my 3rd great grandfather.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💕DUVAL, Francis Cyprien – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Francis Cyprien DuvalWhy Klondike is ruining my sleep…Did I Really Just Find What I Think I Found?52 Ancestors – Alice HydeAlaska – My FascinationIn MemoriumDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations TooDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!,  Photograph Showcase:  In Uniform.

🎉💕DUVAL, Francois Simon – my 4th great grandfather.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💙ELLIS, Frederick William – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Frederick William EllisPhotograph Showcase:  Family PhotoPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & SusanPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & Susan EllisFamilySearch Book Scanning ServiceFamily Reunion Bingo GamesA Special Christmas Gift & the Lesson FamilySearch Taught Me

💕FERGUSON, Janet – my 6th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

💙FOLKMAN, Jane Zina Petrina – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorWho is Patricia?Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💙FOLKMAN, Jens Peter – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕FORTIN, Marie Emilie – my 4th great grandmother.  Genlighten.com.

🎉💕GAUTHIER, Marie – my 4th great grandmother.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💙HUBAND, Heber Albert – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  A Fall Photo.

💕HYDE, Alice – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Francis Cyprien DuvalWhy Klondike is ruining my sleep…Photograph Showcase:  In Uniform52 Ancestors – Baby Girl HydeDid I Really Just Find What I Think I Found?52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyAlaska – My FascinationIn MemoriumA Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Incest?Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations TooPhotograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice.

💕HYDE, Henry Douglas McLenberg – my 4th great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Which Grandfather Hyde?A Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?.

💕HYDE, William Henry – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl HydePhotograph Showcase:  Which Grandfather Hyde?52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyAlaska – My FascinationIncest?.

💕JERRAIN, Emma Esther – my 2nd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  A Chain of MothersDNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💙LAKE, James – my 5th great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙LAKE, Mary – my 3rd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah Jane Marler and her DaughtersFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕MAFFIT, Seth – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  A Man with a PipeDNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕MAFFIT, Seth Potter – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – An Unusual DeathDisappointing Death RecordNew United State Marriage Collection.

💙MARLER, Sarah Jane – my 4th great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah Jane Marler and her DaughtersFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕MARSDEN, Sarah – my 4th great grandmother.  Arthur & Mary HydeIncest?.

💕MCLAREN, Isabella – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles.

💙MUDD, Joseph – my 4th great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💙MUDD, Sarah Esther – my 3rd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💕PALLINA, Amelia – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – John Costello, Man of Mystery52 Ancestors – Amelia Pallina.

🎉💕PERRAULT, Adeline – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Prudent Therien.

💙PETERSON, Peter “B” –  my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Peter “B” PetersonFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙PETERSON, Thomas William – my 2nd great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games.

💕POTTER, Laura Ann – my 4th great grandmother.  Public Member Ancestry Trees – A Mixed Bag.

💙POWELL, Ann – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Peter “B” PetersonFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

🎉💕ROBERTSON, Janet – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death dateJames Young On RepeatThe Mixed Up Case of the Two James Youngs & Janet Robertsons in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

💕ROBERTSON, Mary – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Andrew Brown.

💙SKEEN, Joseph (1876 – 1961) – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorWho is Patricia?Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙SKEEN, Joseph (1816-1882) – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard Skeen.

💙SKEEN, Lyman Stoddard – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙SMITH, Philomelia – my 5th great grandmother.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Joseph (1825-1900) – my 4th great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Joseph Allen (1848-1929) – my 3rd great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Lettie – my 2nd great grandmother.  Tell Me a Story – Divinity & the Great DepressionFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💕THERIEN, Prudent – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Prudent Therien.

💕THOMAS, Ann –  my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

💙THOMASEN, Maren Katrine – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕VICKERS, Ann –  my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

💕VICKERS, James –  my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

🎉💕WHITELEY, Ann –  my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying MessIncest?Photograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice

🎉💕WHITELEY, George – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying Mess.

💕YOUNG James (1876-1945) – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  James & Catherine YoungPhotograph Showcase:  The End of My Brown Family Pedigree in Photographs.

💕YOUNG James (1852-1916) – my 3rd great grandfather.  James Young On Repeat52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

🎉💕YOUNG, James (1824-1895) – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death dateJames Young On RepeatThe Mixed Up Case of the Two James Youngs & Janet Robertsons in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

🎉💕YOUNG, James (1800-1870) – my 5th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

💕YOUNG, Thomas – my 6th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

 

 

 

Other Family Members

 

💕BOLES, Barbara Crow – my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, granddaughter of Helen Boles and great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, Christina – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Christina Boles.

💕BOLES, Elizabeth Montgomery – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Elizabeth Montgomery Boles.

💕BOLES, Helen – my 3rd great grandaunt, daughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Helen BolesThis and That,

💕BOLES, Helen – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles, the niece.

💕BOLES, Isabella – my 3rd cousin 2 times removed, mystery great granddaughter of Helen Boles, 2nd great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, Isabella Muir – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, daughter of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, James – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, James – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle John Thompson Boles & Christina Montgomery, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  Memorial Day Tribute – James BolesMemorial Day 2017.

💕BOLES, James Thomson – my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, grandson of Helen Boles, great grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, John Thompson – John is my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – John Boles, the Disappearing Man,   Off to South Africa?Unraveling the John Boles Mystery – Part OneUnraveling the John Boles Mystery – Part TwoUnraveling the John Boles Mystery – Conclusion.

💕BOLES, John McLaren – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BROUILLETTE, Dollie – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, daughter of Nelson Brouillette & Maggie Goff.  My New Treasure.

💕BROUILLETTE, Nelson – my 3rd great granduncle, brother to my 3rd great grandmother, Esther Brouillette.  DNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕BROUILLETTE, Telesphore – my 3rd great granduncle, brother to my 3rd great grandmother, Esther Brouillette.  Book, Book, & Book…A New Toy at the Library.

💕BROWN, Mary – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Andrew Brown & Mary ROBERTSON Brown.  ALL the Babies of Mary Brown Wood & Mary Brown Wood, Part 2 – So Much Death.

💕COSTELLO, David Anthony – my granduncle, son of my great grandparents Mary Brown YOUNG Costello and John Costello.  52 Ancestors – David Anthony Costello.

💕DOUGLAS, Maggie – birth name, Margaret Leckie McPherson Dempster, the wife of my 1st cousin 5 times removed.  Who is Maggie Douglas? Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four

💕DUVAL, Adelaide – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of Alexis Duval & Marie Louise Demers, my 3rd great grandparents.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💕DUVAL, Alexander Valmore – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Annie Marie Elvera – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Photograph Showcase:  In UniformDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Incest?Treasures: Aunt Vera’s Scrapbook – A Perplexing Gem Riddled with Fact and FictionPhotograph Showcase:  Class Pictures 101 Years Ago

💕DUVAL, Baby Boy – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Dolores Lenore – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Newspapers.com & a Runaway AuntDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Dorothy – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Ebee – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Francois Simon Duval and Marie Gauthier.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💕DUVAL, Leon Howard – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Photograph Showcase:  In UniformDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💙ELLIS, Beth Louise – my grandaunt, daughter of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💙ELLIS, Claudia – my grandaunt, daughter of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💙ELLIS, Dale Huband – my granduncle, son of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💕HUNTER, Sherry Grace – my 1st cousin 2 times removed, niece of my great grandfather Frank Duval, adopted daughter of Annie Marie Elvera DUVAL Hunter.  52 Ancestors – Sherry HunterThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Albert – a mystery relative.  Who on Earth is Albert?

💕HYDE, Arthur – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  A Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Baby Girl – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley, she is likely Rosey Hyde.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde.

💕HYDE, John – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Letitia Douglass – my 3rd great grandaunt, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Louis – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Muriel Grace – my 1st cousin 3 times removed, daughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley AND granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden. Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDon’t Lose Track of Your Digital Files…Dear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Robert – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  A Marrying MessIncest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Rose Elvera – my 1st cousin 3 times removed, daughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley AND granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Rosey – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of my 3rd great grandparents, William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying MessIncest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕KINGHAM, Barbara Norma Robertina – my relationship to Norma is complicated.  Her relationship to her family is complicated.  She was raised by Rosey Hyde.  Incest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole,

💕KINGHAM, Harry Grant – husband of Rosey Hyde, my 2nd great grandaunt.  Incest?An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole.

💕MAFFIT, Hilan Thorne – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Seth Maffit & Emma Esther Jerrain.  Photograph Showcase:  SistersWho Is On That Swing?Answer to “Who Is On That Swing?”

💕MAFFIT, Orrin Seth – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Seth Maffit & Emma Esther Jerrain.  52 Ancestors – Orrin Seth Maffit, A Child with Two Names?DNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕MARSDEN, Martha – my 4th great grandaunt, daughter of my 5th great grandparents William Marsden & Sarah Chambers AND second wife of George Whiteley my 4th great grandfather.  A Marrying Mess.

💕MILLAN, Catherine Lucille – my 1st cousin twice removed, daughter of Catherine Boles Young & William Millan, granddaughter of my 2nd great grandparents James Young & Catherine Brown.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleGenealogybank.com.

💕MILLAN, William – husband of my great grandaunt Catherine Boles Young.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleKate & Bill For Just 5 Years.

💙PETERSON, Darrell Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.

💙PETERSON, Janice – my grandaunt, sister to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part II, A Life in PicturesUncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsPhotograph Showcase:  Naomi as a Young MotherPhotograph Showcase:  A Rare MomentPhotograph Showcase:  Trusting ParentsPhotograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsPhotograph Showcase:  On the Cusp of the Great Depression

💙PETERSON, Lowell Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsOne Last Tether.

💙PETERSON, Marilyn – my grandaunt, sister to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part II, A Life in PicturesUncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorPhotograph Showcase:  A Visit With Grandparents.

💙PETERSON, Wayne Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Tell Me a Story – “You have my mother’s eyes!”Uncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsOne Last Tether.

💙SKEEN, Evan Folkman – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Joseph Skeen & Jane Zina Petrina Folkman.  Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With Grandparents,

💙SKEEN, Melba Trina – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Joseph Skeen & Jane Zina Petrina Folkman.  Photograph Showcase:  Ronald & Melba.

💕WHITELEY, Alice – my 3rd great grandaunt and step-3rd great grandmother, sister to my 3rd great grandmother Ann WHITELEY Hyde, and second wife to my 3rd great grandfather William Henry Hyde.  Alaska – My FascinationA Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on GrowingPhotograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice

💕WILLIAMSON, Carole Rose – my 2nd cousin twice removed, granddaughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, great granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents AND great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole,

💕YOUNG, Catherine Boles – my great grandaunt, sister to my great grandmother, Mary Brown YOUNG Costello.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleKate & Bill For Just 5 Years.

💕YOUNG, George Vickers – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents James Young & Catherine Brown.   52 Ancestors – George Vickers Young, A 98 year old ex-wife, and my shyness,  George Vickers Young Update.

 


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Happy New Year! 2017 Review & 2018 Goals

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Happy New Year!

 

2017 was packed with amazing genealogy experiences, milestones of both the personal and genealogical kind, the sorrow of loss, and the joys of life.  When I reflect back over the year, these are some of the biggest moments:

 

Digging into the story of Rosey, my 2nd great-grandaunt, has been a fascinating adventure.  I’m still finding tidbits scattered across the world.  Just last week I found a big one I wasn’t expecting.  The story that is unfolding is so enthralling that I think it is worthy of its own book.  Here are the 2017 posts about Rosey:

 

John Costello continues to elude me.  He is my great-grandfather and my most challenging brick wall.  Despite his continued brick wall status, I have had some major breakthroughs this year.  I discovered seven seconds of color video of him with my great grandma and my mom as a baby!  I added to my collection of photos of him including the first one of him looking at the camera and smiling!!  I learned that he was ethnically Jewish.  He is still a brick wall, but I feel like I am making some meaningful progress for my own sense of connection to him, and preserving details for future generations to know something about him.

 

I finished organizing and filing all of the letters my grandparents wrote to each other during WWII and their LDS missions.  TEN Hollinger boxes worth.  I have also begun the process of digitizing and transcribing those precious letters.

 

I made enough progress in my Young surname study of Renfrew, Renfrew, Scotland to untangle my 5th great-grandparents James Young and Janet Robertson in the Family Tree on FamilySearch.

 

In my DNA efforts to learn about John Costello, I discovered a first cousin who was adopted at birth.  Together we went on an amazing journey to identify his father and mother.  I still can’t get over what a cool experience that was!  You can read about that journey here:

 

Still on a DNA high, I watched a Legacy Family Tree webinar on DNA and heard a tip from Diahan Southard that led me to solve my Priority 2 brick wall!!!

 

In September, I rushed to the bedside of my grandmother to be with her in her final days.  She was diagnosed with leukemia on a Thursday and passed away on Sunday.  I deeply miss her and the genealogy experiences we shared.  But I am so grateful that I started my genealogy adventures in my very early twenties.  That meant I got 20 precious years of asking her questions.

 

In October I finally held in my hands a long sought after, precious, and very rare book because of a cousin connection I made on Ancestry.com.  It confirmed my previous research efforts and added a richness of story to a family line that had been lost to time and young deaths.

 

I ended the year with a bang! when I helped my friend end her 50 year-long search for her paternal grandparents using her DNA results.  What a joyful experience!

 

As I consider 2018, I am struggling to put my finger on my top three goals.  I know that I want to continue to learn, research, digitize, archive, solve, teach, share, help, write, and answer questions I have.  But those are the things I do all of the time.  The one thing that often eludes me is a very important word – FINISH.

So I am pondering on what three things I want to FINISH this year.

The list of projects I am considering is long enough for a lifetime of effort.  I’m never short on projects.  But which three are the most important, the most pressing, the most meaningful?

I’m still pondering that and will be for a bit.

For now, I am grateful for the progress and experiences of 2017.  I hope 2018 will be just as richly rewarding.

 

How about you?  What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

 

 

ps – The moment I am looking forward to the most in 2018 is standing in the baggage claim area of the Salt Lake Airport in August and wrapping my arms around my precious first-born, missionary son for the first time in two years and 5 days.  That will be a big milestone moment right there!  ❤️

 

 


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My Maternal Ancestor Count

My Maternal Ancestor Count

Last week, my genealogy efforts felt aimless.

It’s understandable.  My Grandma just died.  She was a big part of my genealogy life.  She got me started.  She loved my updates.  She called me with questions.  I called her with discoveries and the resulting questions.  She was never far from my thoughts.

Last week I spent some time writing about her final two days of life.  I included every detail I could recall.  It is something that I hope will be important to my family now and in the future.

Pondering on those two days, on Grandma’s last 85 years, and on the questions I have asked her over the years, I was struck by one thought.

A good genealogist always runs out of time before they run out of questions.

Lest you worry, let me clarify.  I don’t have any genealogy regrets in regards to my Grandma.  I tested her DNA, she tested her DNA.  I interviewed her and recorded it.  I made lots of notes.  I asked her many, many questions over 20 years.  We hit the high points over and over again.  I even started keeping track of her verbiage on certain answers so that I could make a judgment call on how clear her memory of certain events was.  She was getting older after all.

Despite all of that time and all of that information, I still have questions.  Of course, I do.  Everything a genealogist does starts with a question.  If we run out of questions, we are doing it wrong.

So now that I can no longer ask my Grandma questions, a portion of my genealogy process is broken.

And that’s okay.

But I find myself feeling a bit aimless.

I need to get my feet solidly back under myself.

So in an effort to bring some more focus to my genealogy, I decided to create an ancestor count.  Except, I decided to leave my dad’s side of the tree out of it.  It’s not because I care about them less.  It’s simply because his side is a tangled mess of many LDS pioneers being worked on by many hundreds, dare I say thousands?, of descendants.  But on my mom’s side, that is all my Grandma, my sister, and me.  We did every bit of that work, the three of us, and only us.  There is still lots to do, and I will keep on doing it.  But looking at the numbers did something for my mental focus.

I think I am feeling my internal sense of direction coming back.

Here is my maternal ancestor count as of the 27th of September 2017:

Maternal Ancestor Count, 27 September 2017

 

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that my great-grandfather John Costello is my biggest brick wall.  The missing 25% for my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th great grandparents is all because of that brick wall.  From there, I start to have missing pieces scattered throughout my tree.  To really help me track my progress, I added that last column so that I know which branches of my tree those ancestors come from.

Looking at the numbers this way has put an energy into my thoughts.  I know that goals will follow, but they aren’t solid yet.  For now, I’m just comforted by having a new yardstick to measure my progress.  My old yardstick was printing a new fanchart for Grandma every so often and seeing the differences.  And now?  Now, I will update my ancestor count every so often to measure my progress.  Maybe I can get my Mom excited about it.

Maybe.

 

Have you ever created an ancestor count?

 

 

 

I wish I could take credit for the idea of an ancestor count, but I can’t.  I have no idea who thought it up first.  But I first heard the idea from my friend Cathy at Opening Doors in Brick Walls, so I’ll send you her way.