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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Massachusetts Meanderings is launched....

Massachusetts Meanderings is launched at Word Press as of April 8, 2014 in celebration of my Birthday!

http://massmeanderings.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Massachusetts Meanderings is Moving!!!

My Mountain, oh I mean Mt. Rainier mid 1980's
Well, I was able to move Pennsylvania Wanderings to Wordpress without too much trouble so I am going to move this blog, Massachusetts Meanderings, to that platform as well. I was cleaning it up at Wordpress and it has well problems.

There are 41 people following me and I want to extend my thanks to you all.  You can easily follow this blog at Wordpress. I will let you know how in a future post.

I will leave this blog on Blogger till April 8, 2014 and open up the Wordpress version on that day. A special day to me, my birthday.  I will keep you informed.

For about a week I will leave the Blogger version up after that and then close it down.  There have been 18,077 views of this blog on blogger and I am very grateful.  There have been about 80 comments placed on this blog. They will move with the blog.

A friend of this blog who lives in Massachusetts wanted to meet me and I got to thinking I needed to finish up the migrations of Philip Goss by going to Boston and heading to Lancaster.  If all goes well sometime next Spring I will try to make that trip that might happen.

Spring is almost here....Yeah!




Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happenings - My Family History Blogs...

Hello, I thought I would take a few minutes and update you on some things that are happening on my blogs.

Ezilon maps http://www.ezilon.com/maps/north-american-continent-maps.html
My "Pennsylvania Wanderings" Blog has made the move to Word Press. Picasa or now Plus Photos has the photos from this blog and I have opened them to public viewing. The links to the new location are being updated as I find them and sorry if I missed one. PA Wanderings was about my travels in Pennsylvania and visiting the Goss Family sites in the Wilkes-Barre area along the Susquehanna River.  It still has significance to the Goss history even though it is getting a bit old.

Go here to see view its new format: http://pawanderings.wordpress.com/

There is good news that someone is living near the Old Goss Cemetery below Harveyville that was getting grown over and he is taking tender care of that cemetery. So far no ghost sightings yet! See my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog for more information about that cemetery.  http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/

My blog about my dad's MacDonald roots "The Man Who Lived Airplanes" has just celebrated 3 years at Geneabloggers.  http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/  At this time I am sharing about my dad's sister Eddie and her Collection of Junk from her high school days.  There has been some new research found and cousins met on that blog which I will be sharing soon.  The title of this blog will finally be explained when I share about my dad's love of airplanes.  If it had an airplane engine in it he was there. If have to admit that when the hydroplanes start their engines at Sea Fair it is amazing...the rumble is something you remember.

On my "Barclay's of Pine River" blog, I am posting about the murder of my great grandfather George Barclay.  The setting is Pine River in 1898, it is a little mix of the beginnings of CSI, fictional accounts of the murder based on court documents and true accounts of what actually happened.  Pine River was a bit rough back then.

On the "Solomon Goss" blog the Spracklen/lins are the topic.  John Andrews Spracklin married the youngest daughter of Solomon Goss in 1819 in Washington County, Ohio and they moved up to Knox County, Ohio to live on the land that he had purchased there.  John's father Peter settled in Hardin County, Ohio and they were there till Betty passed in 1860.  Eventually I will return to Solomon Goss and how he and Olive Scott Goss made it too Ohio from Pennsylvania and then into the Goss history back to Roxbury in Boston, MA.  This blog was my travels in Massachusetts and Connecticut trying to follow the Goss family and generations and their wanderings.

It seems like a lot of blogs, and I have been teased about it (giggle), but there is method to the madness.  If I did it all on one blog it would be enormous and confusing, dividing it up in this manner by surname and location helps to tame the confusion. See the map above of the United States and Canada, well my family lines started on the East Coast and kept heading west across Canada dipping down on occasion and across the United States connecting in Ohio, Minnesota and Washington State, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and yes some even ended up in sunny California.  

Searching on a blog can be troublesome.  I do try to make the categories clear.  I also try to keep the links updated. I try to progress forward in the posts so check back a few posts and forward some if you find a topic you are interested in. I do go back and make changes and add new information as it comes available check under Updates. You can also make a comment and I will find you.

The Man Who Lived Airplanes is my dad's McDonald/MacDonald side. The Barclay blog is his maternal family through Grace Amarilla Barclay McDonald daughter of Amarilla Spracklin Barclay who goes back to the Spracklins, Kellers, Delano and Goss who came to Ohio and back to New England.

The Goss family being a huge undertaking with them it is much easier to separate them out using Ohio as the convergence zone for these families. If you have noticed it is all my dad, Keith's, side of the family in these three blogs. Yes he is a mix of deep New England roots and old Canadian roots. My family moves from the east coast going west on the Canadian side and the United States side.

Did I mention my mother's blog? "The Boardman's and Browns of Winnipeg." They came from England to New Brunswick and Ontario to Manitoba and further West.

So breaking it up makes it easier for you to focus on the side of the family that you are most interested in, rather than get bogged down in some other line.

Don't forget my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog where I highlight cemeteries I have visited and that includes my family history cemeteries where my ancestors are peacefully resting.

I have a lot more to share so get ready 2014 is going to be amazing.....!!!!

Have fun exploring...Bonnie



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Update: Ontario/Quebec Genealogical Trip Completed

Well, I have been too busy dithering and didn't let you know that I did finished my trip to Ontario and Quebec and it was WONDERFUL.  It was fun to hear French spoken in a cafe as a customer ordered their meal.

I really enjoyed it, met some very nice people, wore myself out but had a grand time and some very interesting experiences.  At the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston I toasted the Queen and sat with some rather elite US and Canadian genealogists who lecture, publish and have their own websites and blogs.  You will have to go to and read about it.  Giggle!

Driving along the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence were some of my favorite moments. 

I did 2117 miles!!!!! It was the biggest trip ever and the most expensive!  It was worth every mile and penny.

Hopefully I will be able to go to western Ontario this coming Spring of 2013.  I am so tempted to return to some of these places I visited along the St. Lawrence River up to Kingston and maybe beyond.  We will see, I have been faced with a health challenge and so far so good!



This picture is of the St. Lawrence with a big ship heading downstream.  Remember the St. Lawrence flows northwest to the Atlantic? 

I wrote about my trip in my blogs -  The Man Who Lived Airplanes and The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg  I did most of the writing after I returned home. I find that it is very difficult to do a blog while traveling -- something like technical difficulties, Wi-Fi problems and other interesting events. 

This blog is starting to age, but hopefully it will still help others with links, ideas and more.  I have not done anything with the links in the posts or on the sidebar so if you have a problem let me know. Something happened to some photos and so I took them out.  Don't forget that I do have Picasa Web Albums and YouTube Videos on a lot of these cemeteries.

Did I find Archibald McDonell's origins?  Nope...it will be very difficult.  For some reason the researchers in Ontario laughed at me when I told them I was researching McDonells? HA!  On the other hand I did establish that William Brown did come to Ontario at the age of 69 years old and is buried in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  My cousins were thrilled.

As for the rest of the saga of the Philip Goss lineage, I am hoping to head to Boston in about a year. 

Have a great Holiday Season! Bonnie





Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Other Side of the Family: Canada Bound!

Are you as fascinated as I am with the way families connect?  The other side of my family had to migrate from Canada down to Minnesota and into Washington State in order to connect with this Goss family I have featured in this genealogical travel blog!

The old Goss family that I emphasized in this blog is connected to me through my father's mother's side of the family and through his grandmother Amarilla Barclay Dawes Urton. 

Yes, Amarilla was married three times.  Her first husband George Angus Barclay was murdered in 1898.  So she remarried to a J.G. Dawes and that ended in divorce.  About 10 year later she married again to a George Urton and they were together for the remainder of their lives.  Amarilla and her life are featured in in the following blog The Barclay's of Pine River. It is starting to get very interesting as I enter the 1890's for Pine River, Minnesota!!  You learn about Amarilla and George and more in this blog:

 
The Barclay's of Pine River: http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/

 
Amarilla's maiden name was Spracklin.  Her parents were Daniel D. Spracklin and Elizabeth Keller.  Daniel's father was John Andrews Spracklin and he married Lydia Goss the daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss in Washington County, Ohio in 1819 and they settled in Knox County, Ohio on land her father had purchased in 1802.   I am writing about the siblings of Lydia in the blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/ 
 
Amarilla and George had Grace and she married Ronald S. McDonald in secret in September 1898 in Hudson, Wisconsin about a month before her father George was murdered!!  Grace and Ronald lived in Minnesota where my Dad was born.   These two people are my grandparents.

 
Actually, I started with the MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell side of my family when I began researching because that is what I knew the best. Back in 1999, Canada online was very young and not like it is today.  They have come a long way and are amazing!



Some of Ronald and Grace's children - My Dad is on the right!
 
This Spring of 2012, I am off to Ontario and Quebec to learn more about the origins of my great grandfather Archibald McDonell and my great grandmother Mary McDonell's family. Yes, they were both McDonell's. 

 
I will also be learning more about the Boardmans and the Brown side of my family, my mother's side!  As you can see I have deep roots in Canada. 

If you have family connections to Ontario or Quebec join me as I travel along!  I will be following along two great rivers there the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence.  What stories rivers could tell sigh! 

I will be attending the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston June 1-3, 2012.  You will find more information at these links.  I will be posting on each of the two blogs below according to the research.  Don't worry I will let you know where to look!

 
My Dad's McDonell roots are featured in this blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes: http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

My mother's Canadian side is featured in this blog The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg: http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/

 
Come along and see what I learn about Canadian genealogical research!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Massachusetts Meanderings Videos at YouTube!

Well, it has taken awhile to get caught up on things since completing all my trips this past year.  I finally have been able to prepare and upload the videos of some of the cemeteries I visited when I was in Massachusetts.

Here are the videos I took on eight (8) of those cemeteries.  I was able to get them up and going on YouTube.  They are really overviews and if you want detail go to the photographs and the posts where I wrote about these cemeteries I visited on this blog: 
1. Palisado Cemetery, Windsor CT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjRBUP9lXg
  
2.  Evergreen in Winchester, New Hampshire

3. Burnham Cemetery, Montague, Franklin Co., MA

4. Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts

5. Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA

6. Old Settlers Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA

7. Old Common Burial Field, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA

8. Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield, Worcester Co., MA

Eventually I will put the video's in a post in the Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio blog when I write about that part of the Goss history.  It will be awesome!
Enjoy!

More photographs of the cemeteries are available on Picasa Web Albums by me.  If you use one of the cemetery names above and my first name you should be able to find them.  I will eventually add them to the Solomon Goss blog as I write posts that reference that cemetery. 

This post was updated 7/10/2012. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Another Trip Completed: Ohio August 16 to September 7, 2011

My trip to Ohio is completed.  It was a big job and I put 1547 miles on the car rental.  Got lost a couple of times or went in the wrong direction but nothing major.  I found Ohio to be lovely, green and lush.  The weather was just fine except for two days of really hot and muggy, then rain from tropical storm Lee.  I felt like I was home except we have more fir and pine trees.  It was a very good trip and I am pleased.

I am in the process of organizing my trip research and files into my giant binder like I did for Massachusetts Meanderings.  I will continue to post on the trip in Ohio at the Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio Blog http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/

Once I finish describing my adventures in Ohio and giving the links to archives I will start digging into the genealogy of my Goss, Keller, Spracklin, Delano and associated surnames in more detail on that blog.  I am probably going to be quiet for awhile now and not go on any trips till Spring of 2012.  I frankly need the rest. That trip will be to Michigan and Ontario if I can work it right.  It will cover the MacDonald side of my family.

There are few things I need to do for Massachusetts Meanderings like post my videos of various cemeteries.  That will be an interesting challenge. 

Time to catch up my other blog posts....!