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...

Finally! Missouri!

The Final Chapter in my Missouri Bound Musings

The ancestors of Gillian Virginia Morris, my grandmother’s maternal grandmother, made it to Missouri! That is, if you have followed my previous posts. 793 more words

Genealogical Research


“Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. ‘Be still’, they say. ‘Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” -Author Unknown… 514 more words

For Inspiration...


I don’t remember my mother.  All I know about her are the things that I have been told, or that I have found through research. 109 more words


Tombstone Tuesday

These are the front and top views of my great-grandfather, James R. (Razee) Reed’s headstone in Falls City, Nebraska.

James Reed is an enigma to me.  125 more words


Ancestry.com's Newest Mobile App Identifies Iconic Ancestors and Relatives

An End to Years of Tedious Research?

Over the course of my 35+ often tedious years of researching and documenting family histories, obviously I have discovered many ancestors and even living relatives who I wasn’t aware were connected to our family.   593 more words

Culture & Identity