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20 Tools

20 Tools

In March 2017 I presented a lecture on “20 Tools I Used to Break Down a Brick Wall I Never Knew I Had.”    Following extensive research on my paternal grandmother’s family, I discovered in September 2015 that my father was adopted!   Thus began a...
Peter Geib – Naturalization 1838

Peter Geib – Naturalization 1838

This week I discovered the court document for Peter Geib’s naturalization on 29 October 1838 in Mercer County, Ohio.  Previously I noted that Peter and his family arrived in New York from Germany on 19 July 1836.   16 months later he purchased land just east of New...
Peter Geib – Germany to Ohio – 1836

Peter Geib – Germany to Ohio – 1836

On July 19, 1836, 180 years ago today, a young Peter Geib, his wife Elizabet, along with her parents, Valentin and Margaretha Keller, arrived in New York City from Le Havre, France aboard the ship “Baltimore.” Also on the passenger list was a one year old child,...
Job Lane House

Job Lane House

Job Lane (1689-1762) On a sunny August Sunday afternoon in 2008, Ruth and I visited a home first built by Ruth’s 7thgreat-grandfather, Job Lane (1689-1762). Located on the Old North Road, just north of Bedford, Massachusetts, the home was built by Job Lane for his...
John Wales – Stories from a Store Ledger (1794-1795)

John Wales – Stories from a Store Ledger (1794-1795)

Tucked deep in the back of the drawer of John Wales Rollason’s desk was this very old book, about 15” tall by 6” wide.   Found again after his death in 2008, we discovered that the book is a store ledger from 1794-1795. The shop keeper was also a John Wales...
From a Goff Family Summer Home to a Sonoma Winery

From a Goff Family Summer Home to a Sonoma Winery

(Is a Goff family ghost still there?) On a trip to California in June, we visited the Chateau St. Jean Vineyards in quiet, scenic Kenwood, located in the Sonoma valley.  While we are familiar with some of their wines, we wanted to see Chateau St. Jean because of its...
Looking for the family of William Inhoff

Looking for the family of William Inhoff

Today I added this page detailing 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. ...
John Kilborn – A 300 Year Journey Back Home

John Kilborn – A 300 Year Journey Back Home

300 years ago this week (November 25, 1711) John Kilborn, one of the founders of Glastonbury, CT died. According to a family history [1], John was instrumental in providing the land and building the parsonage for the first pastor, a requisite for establishing a new...
Rev. Abner Goff (1782-1857)

Rev. Abner Goff (1782-1857)

One of my most cherished church records is a tribute to my 3rd great grandfather, Rev. Abner Goff published in the Minutes of the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1857, the year of his death.  Born in 1782 in Vermont, the Goff family came to...
Still Making Canoes at the Age of 76

Still Making Canoes at the Age of 76

During our recent trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville Junction.    This was just a short walk from where Ruth’s mother grew up.   Following an excellent guided tour, we stopped in the office to see what they...
A Week of Memories – Sept 2011

A Week of Memories – Sept 2011

Tomorrow we leave Moosehead Lake (Greenville, ME) to begin our journey home.   On Tuesday we traveled with Ruth’s mother to Kineo, where she told us about her experiences as a child living on the island each summer while her father worked as a guide (see...
Memories from Kineo

Memories from Kineo

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...