“Jury Finds Mary Bliss Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft”


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A House, A Mouse, And Antics of a Grandchild


https://youtu.be/hoErSahTa00 This video of a cute little live "Ratatouille" rat.  It brings back memories of what was supposed to be a funny joke and a memorable family story. Well, it was memorable, but not because it was funny. There we were, a close-knit family--the patriarch, the matriarch, their three children, and all nine of their grandchildren. … Continue reading A House, A Mouse, And Antics of a Grandchild

“Is Genesis History?”


It's Friday night and many from our church met in the auditorium for yet another FREE MOVIE NIGHT!  Tonight we going to get to see the much-awaited viewing of the new compelling and perhaps controversial documentary movie Is Genesis History?. The film's title is a double entendre, or play on words.  In my initial reading … Continue reading “Is Genesis History?”

Ancestry.com’s Newest Mobile App Identifies Iconic Ancestors and Relatives


An End to Years of Tedious Research? Over the course of my 35+ often tedious years of researching and documenting family histories, obviously, I have discovered many ancestors and even living relatives who I wasn't aware were connected to our family.  Nevertheless, during their lives for whatever reason(s), they left indelible marks on our world's history … Continue reading Ancestry.com’s Newest Mobile App Identifies Iconic Ancestors and Relatives

Back From the Future – Part 3 (With John Rolfe and Pocahontas)


I wish to thank my dear friend, retired College Lecturer, and fellow Pocahontas research enthusiast, Christine Dean, for her ongoing updates about happenings in and around her hometown of  Heacham, Norfolk, England.  From her undaunting energy and perseverance, while delving into local legends about Pocahontas and John Rolfe, I am able to bring you new posts … Continue reading Back From the Future – Part 3 (With John Rolfe and Pocahontas)

Acknowledging Ancestry.com’s Assembled Content and Delivery Systems


I am quite impressed with some major and recent improvements in Ancestry.com's products and services marketing.  Yes, that's right, I said "the ugly word--marketing, " as inferred by those who haven't been involved in it or have been the victims of marketing done poorly.  Yet, I'm here to give credit to Ancestry where credit is … Continue reading Acknowledging Ancestry.com’s Assembled Content and Delivery Systems

Alarming Witch Hunt – Another Ancestor Accused –


Thirty-seven or so years into researching my family's history, I still remain committed to it.  Some days my findings seem to be the same old stuff and on others, I am literally knocked out of my seat by them--like today!  I am reviewing hints about family members that I haven't spent much time with and I stumble … Continue reading Alarming Witch Hunt – Another Ancestor Accused –

Adding “Genetic Communities” to My DNA Results


Evaluating My DNA Testing Results It has probably been three or more years since I first received my DNA test results that I ordered through Ancestry.com.  Initially, I was very disappointed with the look and feel of Ancestry's DNA feature--it merely showed (based upon my DNA sample test), that I descended from Europeans who had migrated … Continue reading Adding “Genetic Communities” to My DNA Results

On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe


Article Details:  POCAHONTAS MARRIES JOHN ROLFE Author:  History.com Staff Website Name:  History.com Year Published:  2009 Title:  Pocahontas marries John Rolfe URL:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pocahontas-marries-john-rolfe On the 403rd Anniversary - The Story of the Marriage of My Paternal 11th Great Grandparents Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in … Continue reading On This Day: April 5, 1614 – Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe

Sleepy Hollow: To be, or not to be


Regular readers of my posts quite likely already have noticed that these writings are about the histories of people, places, and things that I have recalled, researched, or fact-checked to the best of my ability and chronicled here because I hold something about their existence near and dear to my heart.  Infrequently though, I add … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow: To be, or not to be

From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA


A few years ago I spit a small amount (about two tablespoons) of my saliva into a specimen collection tube provided in a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing kit that I ordered through Ancestry.com. My goal was to learn about my ancestors' through their genealogical beginnings and follow a familial chain of genetic links from generation to generation. … Continue reading From Spit to SNPs: Decoding My DNA

Observing Women’s History Month and Honoring One of America’s First Women Immigrants


    Background Just 30 years ago in 1987, the United States Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.  This action came eights years after Molly Murphy MacGregor, a member of The National Women's History Project, was invited to participate in The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, which was chaired by … Continue reading Observing Women’s History Month and Honoring One of America’s First Women Immigrants

Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue – Ghosts of DC


Ghosts of D.C. often posts images and backstories about pastimes of people and places in our Nation's Capital, the District of Columbia.  Its story this time is about an 1800's Hotel that hosted many famous events and people and like our American culture fell upon hard times during the Great Depression and in 1935 became … Continue reading Brown’s Indian Queen Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue – Ghosts of DC

Expect the Unexpected — John Rolfe Was Here, Too!


Where Are We? We are about 1,500 miles away from home in the Caribbean on the West Indies Island known as Hispaniola--the second largest island in the Caribbean within the Greater Antilles.  It occupies an area of 29,418 square miles. Haiti occupies the western third of the Hispaniola island and the remaining eastern two-thirds make … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected — John Rolfe Was Here, Too!

A Sunday Morning Visit With Me and “Mr. Church”


I'm branching out this morning--taking that little fork in the road if you will.  This post still shares with you my feelings about my love of God, church, family, special moments, memories, and family histories.  However, in it, I also reveal my love for good music, a good book or a good movie; and, how I spend … Continue reading A Sunday Morning Visit With Me and “Mr. Church”

Back From the Future – Part 2


 A Quote from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, June 2014: Christopher Columbus never reached the shores of the North American Continent, but European explorers learned three things from him: there was someplace to go, there was a way to get there, and most importantly, there was a way to get back. Thus began the European exploration of … Continue reading Back From the Future – Part 2

From The Future Back . . .


Destination: England's 16th Century Rolfe Family Absent any DeLorean or maverick scientist like Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, we're headed from the future back to a time before there was this great country known as the United States of America.  But, "Holy Scott!," we're crossing the Atlantic Ocean, departing from 21st Century Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a … Continue reading From The Future Back . . .

John Rolfe – Just One of My Family’s Immigrants . . .


The Early Modern Period Over the next twenty-eight days, we will be revisiting my 11th paternal great grandfather’s story once again.  It is a story that dates back to 1585--the 585th year of the 2nd millennium, the 85th year of the 16th century, and the 6th year of the 1580s decade.  Although much has been … Continue reading John Rolfe – Just One of My Family’s Immigrants . . .

John Rolfe Letter to Governor Thomas Dale, 1614


Continuing to further document and understand the lives of our earliest ancestors - emigrants from England to Jamestown, Virginia, I have included below, the 1614 letter  (transcribed and updated to today’s word usage and spellings by me--I made no changes to word choices or punctuation and kept present-day English spellings).  My  11th great-grandfather, John Rolfe, … Continue reading John Rolfe Letter to Governor Thomas Dale, 1614

America’s First Entrepreneur


A Documentary about Pocahontas and the man who changed her life--Jamestown Virginia's settler, Captain John Rolfe.