Monthly Archives: January 2012

Maritime Monday: They Came By Sea

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!


Riveting Results with Reverse Genealogy

Parker College Baseball Team

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

Tech Tuesday: My Super Experience With Scrivener!

Scrivener Cork Board

Screenshot of the Scrivener “cork board” which allows you to organize your writing  

Growing up I always had pen and paper in hand.  I’d sketch out newspaper templates, and would write amusing articles for my family’s enjoyment.  As I grew older, the pen was replaced by a typewriter.  In my Sophomore year at Elsinore Union High School, I was given the opportunity to write for The Rancho News, where I’d cover the happenings at our local high school for the community newspaper.

What Motivates Miss Rancho-Temecula Contestants?

One of my first newspaper articles, published in The Rancho News

By 15, I was taken on as a paid, freelance reporter.  Toting my 35mm camera, I’d cover stories such as the design of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services (the predecessor of 911), area floods, and how the gas crisis of 1979 was affecting Temecula residents.   My first paycheck was a whopping $18.37, but I was in heaven – getting paid for something I LOVED!   Continue reading

The Ennis and Fleming Families


My Daddy, about 1980

When my Daddy died on June 23, 2010, I wrote a tribute to him which you can find here.  He was not my biological father, but very few people knew that – he loved me as though I was his own, and I adored him.  He was a kind, quiet person – but hysterically funny with a wicked sense of humor when you got him talking.  He loved to fish and he LOVED his tools.  (Don’t all carpenters?)  When Daddy got sick and moved in with us, he brought all of his many tools, guns, fishing poles, and other treasures with him.  My husband has spent the last three weekends cleaning and organizing these tools, and boy did Daddy have a LOT of them!   He would be so happy to see how Ed has them all sorted and hanging on the peg board, ready for our household projects!

While the tools didn’t surprise me, the photos below which Ed found mingling among some of Dad’s other papers did!   Continue reading