Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Satisfying Moment

Yes, it's Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!

My friend, Leland Meitzler, posted his Top Ten list of "Most Satisfying Genealogy Events" yesterday - and it's a good list - please read it and respond to it if you want to.

For today's SNGF, if you choose to participate (cue the Mission Impossible music!), please:

1) Tell us about one (or more) "Satisfying Genealogy Moments" from your family history and genealogy research. What was it, and how did it make you feel? You can make a Top Ten list if you want to!

2) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on this post, or make a comment on Facebook, and tell us about your "moment in time."

Here's one of mine (I'm still thinking about a Top Ten list):

Breaking down the father of Isaac Buck (1757-1846) brick wall. I described some of this research in two posts titled "Isaac Buck in the Woodpile - Part I" and "Part II." I found the Worcester County MA vanity book that listed an Isaac Buck (born about 1730) as a son of Isaac and Ruth (Graves) Buck, and the husband of Mary Richards and the father of Isaac Buck (1757-1846). Then I found the article "Southborough MA Notifications" in The American Genealogist (1992) stating that Isaac and Ruth Buck had moved into the house of Joseph Richards in Southborough. I found that article just by chance - browsing at the Carlsbad library. Then I worked really hard to find the land record that indicated (proved?) that Isaac and Ruth (Graves) Buck had a son named Isaac Buck. However, I didn't prove that the son Isaac was the father of Isaac Buck (born 1757 to Mary Richards). That hypothesis is a lot more logical than the hypothesis that the elder Isaac Buck fathered a child by a much younger woman in a house with his wife present.

After this year-long study, done before we had online databases (and only the County book is in current online databases), I felt really satisfied that I had solved this research problem with the help of a County vanity book and an obscure deed hiding in the Worcester County MA deed books.

That's mine - please tell me yours!

Thank you, Leland, for the SNGF topic!

Thomas MacEntee will have a post on Geneabloggers to capture all of the blog entries. I will put the link here when it is available.


Missy Corley/Bayside Research Services said...

A nice and timely topic for me! I solved a genea-mystery just today :o)

Here's my blog post about it:

Mel said...

Great topic, Randy! My moment came when I found proof of why my Great Grandfather really changed his surname from Pacheco to Smith.

Anonymous said...

I wrote about my satisfying moment back in January. Here's a link to that post

Carol said...

The challenge itself became a satisfying moment over at

Great challenge, fully enjoyed it!

Tina Sansone said...

Saturday Night Fun

Here is my contribution. It was alot of fun thinking about my most satisfying genealogy moments. Great idea!

Amy Urman said...

Thank you for the opportunity to share. Here's my blog with my top ten

Bill West said...

Randy, mine's here at my blog:

Phyllis said...

My SNGF post is about my grandfather. Thanks for the topic, Randy.

Here's my blog post:

N. LaRue said...

This was a really fun one. I posted mine at

Martin said...