Happy birthday to my husband, who is frustrated that he is not having one of those birthdays that you can reverse to appear much younger. (For example, I recently turned 36.) I appreciate him very much.
I hope he sees this! Ron, I got a message in a gmail account that weebly thinks I check more than I do, telling me there was a reply to a blog post and actually showing your message. I had seen a message recently that someone had posted something but when I checked I had found nothing. If I understood weebly's message correctly, you had posted your question in January 2019 but as a reply to a July 2017 birthday photo I put up when my late father turned 93. Hopefully you didn't actually post your question in 2017! Anyway, I apologize for the delay. I did post a reply just now, the short version of which is "if you have not done a Mayflower Lineage Match through the GSMD, start there." If you cannot find the reply, you can email me and I'll send it to you that way. Or maybe by now you have found your missing Cooke link. Happy hunting, Ron, and thank you for the message.
Or maybe I should say "capitations." To keep this site down to a workable size, I'm going to commence cropping all photos possible to head shots. No more finery or formal poses; they take too much room. The writeups have always listed the source of the photo for you to obtain for yourself if you would like to see the whole thing. (Some are pretty interesting, and I usually comment if there is something noteworthy about the full-size original.) I will also be trimming the writeups of pilgrims with 200 or more descendants who have multiple writeups elsewhere because duplication also takes up space. Right now that is the Warrens and the Alden-Mullinses but the Cookes and Howland-Tilleys are also sneaking up on the 200-descendant mark. The purpose of this web site is to look for family resemblances and maybe take an informed guess as to what our progenitors actually looked like. Lineage hints are nice and hopefully helpful but just a bonus.
In today's NEHGS online member newsletter was a link to Photo Detective Maureen Taylor's web site, where she has posted three short (15-minute) films she made with Kickstarter money, profiling three Revolutionary War individuals. (Click here to go to the site.) The 3 are NH soldier Eleazer Blake, Quaker Molly Ferris Akin of MA & ME, and Agrippa Hull, a free black soldier from MA. Check them out and let us know what you think. The length seems perfect for a classroom, a club meeting, or a quick history break,
I took a photo recently and posted it in the "Mystery/Fun Photos" section just now. It's not really a mystery and not about a fun topic, but I wanted to acknowledge a Standish born in Cochise County, Arizona, who gave his life for his country in World War II. When you have a chance, please visit his writeup and say thank-you yourself.
Tomorrow are the services for President George H. W. Bush, a descendant of Francis Cooke, John Howland, and the 3 Tilleys who were passengers on the Mayflower. He exemplified many of the qualities we would like to think our pilgrim ancestors all had and that we inherited at least a little bit of. I learned recently in the genealogy course I'm taking that those ancestors' DNA should be immeasurable or gone by now (400 years and a dozen generations later.) However, we can all strive to be "points of light" for the world around us. RIP, Cousin George.
Actually, ocotillos are not cacti and I publish a photo like this every year, but just in case you were wondering what people here have to rake and kids to run through in the autumn, this is it.
Maybe 99% of you are Russian bots (I doubt it) but my thanks to all of you who visit this web site and click around in search of ancestors or information (and hopefully some ads.) This site has been online for nearly six-and-a-half years and in that time readership has grown steadily from a handful per week to a few hundred, to many hundreds, and as of last week, 1,678 "unique viewers" in a 7-day period. I hope you find what you are looking for here. A happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
I am reposting this link from the NEHGS' weekly newsletter for subscribers. It's about someone using facial recognition software with the goal of identifying 100% of the soldiers (some day) in old Civil War photos. I don't know how feasible that is if you do not have another photo of the soldier in which he is positively identified, but I applaud the goal. Check out the story at: https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/civil-war-photo-sleuth-facial-recognition.html
Today is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. If you are reading this, thank a teacher - if you are reading this in English, thank a veteran. The picture below is cropped from a photo of my late mother's elderly cousin pointing at family names on the plaque erected by their Massachusetts town. The inscription reads "Somerset remembers these sons and daughters who served their country and humanity in the World War." (Back when there was only one "world war.") There are no ranks or branches of service noted, and the names are in alphabetical order. There are 150 names - in a town with about 3,000 residents in 1917. That means 5% of the total population served. In the Phoenix metro area, it would take 250,000 men and women to equal that.
One name is my grandfather Lynch. Three of the other Lynches are ALL of his brothers. The fifth Lynch is their cousin, who would lose 2 of his 3 sons in WWII. (The VFW post in town is named in their honor.) To the left of the Lynches are the Donahues, Mom's cousin's father and uncle. The female Donahue may also be a relative. Our thanks to all of you. Reader: ask yourself if you are doing enough for today's service men, women, and veterans.
The author is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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