Saturday, July 23, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Best or Important Image or Document Recently Found Online

   It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  What is the best or important image or document that you have recently found online? [Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting topics!]

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note.

Here's mine:

I will assume that "recently" means in the past month or so.  

The only recent document or image I can think of is the article "The English Ancestry of Roger1 Willis of Dorchester and Sudbury, Massachusetts, and His Sister Mary Willis, Wife of William1  Peacock of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and of Samuel Shears of Dedham and Wrentham, Massachusetts" by Randy A. West.

This article is in Volume 176, number 2 (Spring 2022), page 179 of the New England Historical and  Genealogical Register.  It extends my Willis English ancestry back two more generations from 8th great-grandfather Roger Willis (1635-1700).

Once in awhile NEHGR or TAG (The American Genealogist) covers one of my ancestors in excellent detail based on original sources.  This is usually research that I cannot perform at this point in my life.  I download the article, peruse it, check some of the source citations if I can find them online, and add the new information to my RootsMagic family tree database.  In this case, this article extended my Willis line two more generations back from Roger Willis (1635-1700).  I subscribe to for that reason.


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Tricia said...

My great-great-grandfather was a Hollearn. As I was researching the family, I found this newspaper article about a seven-year old Hollearn boy who mother had "shipped" him from St. Louis to Lexington, KY alone!

I couldn't believe he was related to my family because I thought it was a Missouri family. I was captivated by his mother's choices and the injustices she suffered after her husband died.

Turns out he was my distant cousin. His mother probably secured her son's future by putting him on that train.

You can read the entire story here.

ByAPearl said...

Here is my contribution.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is mine:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy, Articles by Randy West are treasures! He has researched a couple of my early lines, too. That's a great find.

Janice M. Sellers said...

A little late, but here's mind:

JC said...

Mr. Seaver - thank you so much for sharing your findings online. My friend grew up in the original Willis house and it's encouraging to see that we aren't the only ones who know the names Roger and Samuel! There are several unique characteristics of the structure that have caught interest of archaeologists and historians over the years; the state commission, national register of historic places, each left with more questions than answers. Our hope is perhaps someday we might find a descendant with family stories or records that might provide more insight than what can be gleaned from the town's books. Until then, we take delight and inspiration in the bits of information others uncover on their own genealogical journeys!