Egg Rock Lighthouse, at entry to Frenchman’s Bay
Genetic memory is explained as follows in Wikipedia:
In psychology, genetic memory is a memory present at birth that exists in the absence of sensory experience, and is incorporated into the genome over long spans of time. It is based on the idea that common experiences of a species become incorporated into its genetic code, not by a Lamarckian process that encodes specific memories but by a much vaguer tendency to encode a readiness to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli.
As a child, I longed for New England. Not that I had any logical reason to be drawn to the area. A native Southern Californian, I’d never experienced the east coast until my mother and I visited Maine in 2004. Continue reading
Friday night I continued my search for the Stanwood surname on the Library of Congress’ web site, Chronicling America. What an awesome site! My great-great grandparents, Albert and Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood, appeared several times in the Princeton Journal – typically when visiting their daughter Georgianna (Stanwood) Cravens. Here are some of my finds:
Benjamin Stanwood recovers from Typhoid
Albert & Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood visit daughter Georgianna, who is ill. This is curious - as Lavina died in 1920, and Albert was residing in Minneapolis at the time.
Albert Stanwood takes A.M. Palon to St. Louis lumbering district
Martha (Bursley) Orrock learns her sister, Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood is ill.
Albert Stanwood's team drowns in St. Louis river; son Melvin narrowly escapes.
Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research
I received my copy of the fifth edition of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research today, and have to say I’m impressed! When I originally ordered the book last Fall, I wondered if this would mirror the Handybook for Genealogists (a wonderful resource), or would it offer new content. (Surprisingly, I’ve not ever seen the previous four editions. How have I missed it all these years?) It certainly didn’t disappoint.
For each state, the book provides a summary of the state’s history, and then has a section discussing each of the following:
- Vital Records
- Church Records
- Probate Records
- Land Records
- Court Records
- Military Records
- Other Records
State repositories are listed with contact information, hours of operation, and types of records found within each. Next is a list of counties, followed by a helpful list of extinct counties. (From this I learned of Maine’s extinct county, “Old Lincoln”, which was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1652-83. I would have otherwise incorrectly assumed Old Lincoln referenced the present-day county of Lincoln.)
What I like best about this new NEHGS publication is the many county maps that include details of the towns therein. This book will definitely be sitting on my desk for regular reference, as most of my research is centered in New England towns. Thanks, NEHGS, for a wonderful book. It was well worth the wait!
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has produced a wonderful series entitled, “The Story of Maine.” The YouTube video above shows Part I of Program 3 in the series, “They Came By Sea.” (You can download the entire broadcast here.)
This was particularly interesting to me with deep roots in Mount Desert Island, Maine, where my 5th Great Grandfather, Capt. Benjamin B. Stanwood, was born. The sea was a way of life for many in that region, whether supporting their families by fishing, boat building, sailing, or as in the case of Benjamin, as ship’s captain. The video showed how many wives would take their children and join their husbands on board. I wonder if Benjamin’s wife, Margaret (Wasgatt) Stanwood, was one of those adventuresome types, sailing abroad, or did she stay home with their children? Another question to ponder in my ancestral search!
Parker College Baseball Team, Winnebago, MN, 1914 – back row, 2nd from left – Robert Wasgatt; 3rd from left, David Wasgatt; 6th from left, John Wasgatt, sitting next to his father, Frank Wasgatt, coach. (Photo courtesy Madge Pedersen)
There is a story behind each name we discover, each date we enter into our genealogy databases. As new genealogists, most of us began simply seeking those names and dates; however, as we grow in our research and learn the value of reverse genealogy (working forward to assist in find out more about the past), many of us find ourselves seeking our living relatives. When we are able to connect with cousins or others who may be researching our same family lines, our research can expand exponentially, and most importantly, we can begin to learn the stories of those who lived before us.
Earlier this week I received a large envelope full of photographs sent by my grandmother’s fifth cousin, Madge Pedersen. I “met” Madge online after doing a Google search for others descended from Thomas and Margaret (Davis) Wasgatt, and we’ve been corresponding for several weeks now. Continue reading
I hate paper.
Paper requires time to organize.
Drawers to hold it.
Folders to straighten it.
Paper is messy.
Paper cannot be stored in the “cloud.”
Paper is inefficient.
I have a LOT of paper!
Having been active in researching my family history over the last twenty years, I’ve amassed a wealth of paper. In the “olden days,” a trip to the library typically resulted in paper. I’d come home and dutifully file photocopies of book pages and research in folders that were created for each couple in my family. I had one for my grand parents, another for their parents, another for their siblings, etc., etc., etc. My home office is equipped with two filing cabinets to hold twenty years worth of research. However, thanks to Evernote, bit by bit, the papers in those cabinets are slowly decreasing. Continue reading