Sep 132011
 
Kineo

 

Mt Kineo on Mooshead Lake, Maine

Today the weather was perfect as we took Ruth’s mother, Ruth Templeton Rollason, back to Kineo, an  island on Moosehead Lake in Maine where she lived all of her childhood summers.  The shuttle captain loaned us his golf cart so that we could see the island.  We had the best guide – Ruth’s mom – who reminisced about her 17 summers here.

Kineo was a destination resort from the 1850′s until the 1930′s.  In 1903 young Angie Stiles and her sister Martha came from Amherst, Nova Scotia to work at the Kineo Resort.   Fred Templeton was a guide for the guests who wanted to hunt and fish.  He also looked after the boats for families who summered here.

A year later Fred and Angie married in Greenville where they made their winter home.  When school was out, Fred and Angie took their family to Kineo for the summer.

Fred leased land on a small island where he built a modest summer cabin for his family.

Island in Kineo Cove where the Templeton family lived during the summer

The resort is long gone.  Today there is a public golf course, a state park, and many beautiful summer homes.

Sep 102011
 

I’ve only been on this blogging journey for a week.  During this past week I have tried to incorporate my basic family information (my wife’s and my grandparents).  I’ve also been looking at so many great family history blogs to get ideas for both content and the technology behind them.   At the same time I am looking forward to a visit to a state archives in the next few days to pursue one of my brick walls.   Hopefully I’ll have some great news to share.

Within the next two weeks I plan to decide how I will incorporate my family history files into this site.  To go this direction will include selecting a hosting site as well as an interface.  I’m leaning more and more towards TNG.  One (of many) examples is Tonia’s Roots,  a site that incorporates TNG into a WordPress site.

Sep 092011
 

Today I added a page of what I know so far about my paternal grandfather, William Inhoff, who came as a 14 year old from Germany to Hardin County, Ohio.  In searching the ship’s list of passengers, I can’t find any family names that I recognize.  Could he have come alone?    I believe he came to Ohio to be with his aunt’s family.  From all that I have collected I am thinking that his home may have been in Schluechtern area of Hesse, northeast of Frankfort, Germany.

Last night I Googled on one of the related family names: Leibold in Hardin County.  I came across a book called Linking rings: William W. Durbin and the magic and mystery of America, by James D. Robenalt in 2004.   Only snippets were visible – but they proved interesting.  William Durbin’s mother was Margaret Leibold, b 1833 in Hintersteinau in Hesse.   Now to find a copy of the book!

Sep 042011
 

I started on this journey that has brought me to this new website a few days ago as I thought about an upcoming trip with my wife’s mother back to the place where she grew up, Greenville, Maine on beautiful Moosehead Lake.    As I looked at my Ancestry.com family trees, I did not see any ways to create a website with dynamic links.   However, while looking at the publishing (book) options with MyCanvas, I was quite intrigued by the results.   If only I could create web pages that looked like this with dynamic links between family members.  Here is a sample of one page that I created rather easily using MyCanvas with Ancestry.  Unfortunately, this is for publishing books, not web pages.

I also watched Thomas MacEntee’s “Explorinar” on using a site called Weebly to create a genealogy website.  Very interesting and informative.  I have used Weebly and like it alot.   But I didn’t want to build a site from scratch.  So I kept looking.

When I found a couple of sites using WordPress with imbeded genealogy reports, I decided to give it a try.   We’ll see how it goes.  There’s a lot to do, many decisions to be made before I reach that goal.

Sep 042011
 

After 8 years of researching the stories of our families, I have decided to launch this website as a way to share with and learn from others.   While I have several family trees on Ancestry.Com, I am looking for ways to make some of the stories as well as stories of the search come more alive and to be more accessible.   I plan to blog about the families, but also the search for the right applications and other tools that will make this site possible.