National Archives Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced a Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022 in August, and has just issued its revised plan, based on public and staff comments. 55 more words

National Archives And Records Administration

On Research, Vermont, and a Vacation Announcement

Pinch time! After this posting, I retire for one month to work on the upcoming publication of The Scattering of Stone. Taking a book to publication takes time, and the time is near (exact date not yet known). 670 more words

Genealogical Research

Samuel Payne in Sunderland, Vermont

I am currently obsessed with Bennington County, Vermont—in particular the township of Sunderland. My reasons?

  1. Samuel Payne, my 4 times great-grandfather[i] lived in Sunderland.
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Genealogical Research

The Daughter of a Puritan: What's in a Name?

My son Joel mentioned not long ago that I’m the most conservative person he’s ever met. He said it kindly, but I don’t think he expressly meant it as a compliment. 484 more words

Family News

Details of 4x Great-grandfather Samuel Payne in Sunderland, Bennington County, Vermont

This past week I drove six-miles to our local Family History Center. Lucky right? And I live in a rural community. The ease of access amazes me. 460 more words

Genealogical Research

The Payne Family in Vermont or How to Find Information beyond Name Searches

Once again the e-mails I receive from other researchers, have spurred me to reevaluate my research, including how I proceed. I’m inspecting the Payne family of Vermont in greater depth, since they (and consequently the Green Mountain Boys and the battle of Bennington) are the inspiration for my next book. 471 more words

Genealogical Research

A Father's Legacy...

The memory of the 21-gun salute by local military personnel at my Dad’s funeral in 1968 still chills me to the bone. I vividly remember standing beneath the attending adults as a (just turned) 5-year old wondering what was going on. 646 more words

For Inspiration...