Friday, July 2, 2021

Test Post for RSS Followers

It appears there are a few hiccups in my change of blog distribution; my last post didn't share to my RSS feed followers.

This is a test post to see if my RSS followers receive this post.

Thanks for your patience!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Moved to a New Email Platform

I have had to change my email distribution method because Feedburner (previously included with Blogger) is no longer emailing blog posts starting in July.

A couple of weeks ago, I moved my email list from Feedburner to Please be sure to confirm that you wish to continue receiving emails even though I haven't been blogging much. One of these days (when I break through one of my brick walls), I may get inspired to share my success here and you won't want to miss it! should also be sending my posts to those who follow me via RSS so that shouldn't change (I hope).

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

A Decade of Blogging!

I started this blog ten years ago today, making this my tenth blogiversary, but I haven't been very active recently.

This doesn't mean that I haven't been doing research; I just haven't had the inspiration to get much more than a few blog posts written.

I will share that I have taken advantage of virtual learning opportunities that I might not otherwise have taken advantage of because I could participate in these events at home:

NYSFHC (which I learned is pronounced niss-fick) is the New York State Family History Conference. It was held September 10-12, 2020 (as well as offering videos to watch for the next month). It gave me opportunities to learn about upstate New York: its history, records, and migration patterns, which might help me break through my Rood brick wall someday. Registration for the 2021 virtual NYSFHC at Home has just been announced.

SLIG is the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. An Institute is a week-long intensive (Monday through Friday, 10:30 to 6:30 Eastern time) study of a specific topic. There are two weeks of course offerings every January in Salt Lake City, except for this year. I decided to take Introduction to Genetic Genealogy with Paul Woodbury (and others) to ensure that I had a firm foundation in my knowledge of DNA and genealogy. This is a prerequisite for other more advanced genetic genealogy Institute courses which I may take in the future.  I'm sure I will need to use DNA to confirm the identity of my biological third-great-grandfather on my Pyle line, where there is a break in the expected line of Y-DNA.

NERGC (pronounced nerk) is the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference, which is going on right now. (This is one I would have attended in person, if it had been an in-person conference.) You can still register and until May 31 be able to see a variety of recorded lectures about all things New England. There are a few "gathering days" which offer more live interaction. One of the best parts of this conference is interacting with representatives of the variety of societies and vendors at the virtual Exhibit Hall, which you can do by joining a Zoom conversation. The Exhibit Hall is FREE and open to the public, and can be accessed by registering for the conference and selecting “Exhibit Hall Only.”

I have watched a few of the recordings and enjoyed learning about the variety of online legal resources, as well as finding my New Hampshire ancestors, which I need to use to break through my Wells brick wall.

In July, I will be spending another week participating in a genealogical Institute: GRIP, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. As readers of my blog probably know, my maternal grandmother was from Pittsburgh, and had a few generations of ancestors who lived in Allegheny County. Although GRIP courses are not focused specifically on Pennsylvania research, I will be taking Walking in Penn's Woods: Pennsylvania Research with Amy E. K. Arner (and others) and I hope to use the information I learn in this course to learn more about my Pennsylvania ancestors and maybe break through few brick walls (specifically Hunter, Carr, Rainey, Lysle, and McIlwaine).

I have made some discoveries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and I hope to share them soon!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Witness to History 79 Years Ago ~ 52 Ancestors

This week's theme is Witness to History.

Sunday, December 7, 1941, 79 years ago, was the "date which will live in infamy," a phrase President Roosevelt used in the speech he gave to Congress on December 8, 1941.

The New York Times front page had a large headline and was full of stories about what had happened in Pearl Harbor the prior morning.


Page 27 of that newspaper was the social page with several wedding and engagement announcements. At the bottom of the page are listings of additional "social activities," including the notation that:

"Mr. and Mrs. Edgar C. Rust of Boston are expected today at the St. Regis."

"Social Activities in New York and Elsewhere," The New York Times (New York, New York, 8 December 1941), p. 27, cols. 3-6; digital images, New York Times TimesMachine ( accessed 24 November 2020).

It's interesting to discover that the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, my grandmother (Elizabeth Adsit) and her husband were traveling to New York City. It makes me wonder where they were when they heard the news and what they thought of that news.

(Just for fun, search for the St. Regis Hotel; it's quite luxurious and has quite a history!) 

As I've written before, FDR was a Harvard classmate of my step-grandfather and hosted his class of 1904 classmates at the White House in 1934.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 7 Generations in 1 Chart

From this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings

1. DNAsleuth (Ann Raymont) created a 7-in-1 chart showing 7 generations of ancestors on one page several weeks ago - see her blog post at In her post, there is a link to her Word document if you wish to use it.

2. Linda Stufflebean's husband, Dave, took the concept a step further, and created an Excel template of the 7-in-1 chart. You can download Dave's file from my [Randy's] Google Drive at Linda's chart is in (I [Randy] opened it to "Editor" so you can download it and work with it).

As you can see below, the left column is the Generation number, and the other columns are for ancestors of Gen. 1 listed in columns for each grandparent. So the chart covers Ancestors #1 through 127 in an ahnentafel list or a large pedigree chart.

3. The challenge tonight is to fill out your 7-in-1 chart and show it to us.  I [Randy] used the spreadsheet, added the ancestor numbers while adding the names (starting with 1 = me, 2=father, 3= mother, etc.). I [Randy] added the names and birth-death years (if known) for the first 7 generations.  Then I [Randy] colored the boxes by birth place by countries, and saved my chart as an XLS file. I [Randy] then saved my chart as a JPG by using the Windows Snipping Tool to create the image. This task took me an hour to complete, so plan ahead!

4. Show us your 7-in-1 chart in your own blog post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link to your creation in a comment on this post.

I had already set up my chart using Ann Raymont's Word document and mine is a little bit different than how Randy set his up. (I didn't have enough room to add birth and death years.) This prompt reminded me that I had wanted to set it up with color-coding for birthplaces. This was fun:

By using color coding that is somewhat geographical, I can see how each grandparents' ancestors came from certain regions.

Thank you to Ann Raymont for sharing this form.