This blog is about my father Keith’s life and his ancestors. He was your average kinda guy, a little hokey because he grew up at the tail end of Vaudeville through the 1920′s, 1930′s and 1940′s and he liked silly stuff. He loved airplanes and worked all his life among them. Anything with an airplane engine in it was on his list of things to go see or do. He was also a very curious fellow and I think I got that from him.
One day he mentioned to me that there was Mayflower in his family line and he was correct. His sister Miriam also mentioned it in her notes that she sent to me about the family. I started studying the family seriously back in 1998 and it has exploded ever since. In the Overview (January 2010) post I gave a listing of the things we will cover in this blog.
Here is a list of surnames. I will probably add to it as I go along:
- Barclay, Barkley, Barckley, Bartley
- Boardman, Bordman
- Spracklin, Spracklen and all other stranges spellings
- Goss – They liked to do a long “S” that looks like and “f.”
Locations covered will be: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington State. In Canada we have New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.
I have made a great deal of progress on my own family. Hopefully as I reveal the research I will be able to help others not make my mistakes, learn from what I have done and not done and make progress in their research.
I have several other blogs because the family is so big and they all relate to each other in some way.
The Barclays of Pine River, The Lives of George and Amarilla Barclay http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/
The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, A Canadian Story: http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/ This blog is about my mother’s side of the family.
In my travels I have collected tombstone photographs and I really felt it necessary to share them. So I created: BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries! http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/ You will probably run into a post on one of my blogs leading you to this one.
Back in 2008, I headed for Pennsylvania to attend the FGS conference in Philadelphia. I decided to do a travelogue blog: Pennsylvania Wanderings was about my Goss ancestors who migrated to Pennsylvania in 1769: http://pawanderings.blogspot.com/
Massachusetts Meanderings and more… continued the story of the Goss Family by going back further into the Goss http://massmeanderings.blogspot.com/ I also did some Barclay research while in Connecticut that I talk about on this blog.
The above two travel blogs will on day be incorporated into the blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio. http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/
Another interest of mine is travel. The photograph above - can you guess where I am? Well, it is the Forum in Rome. I was so excited I walked it twice in two days. First we walked around ourselves and then the next day our guide Sophie gave us the royal treatment. I have a degree from the University of Washington in History. My interest was ancient history. So I was in heaven.
I have started a section under categories on each blog called: Updates and Corrections. I strive not to make mistakes but it can happen for I have so much information that I have collected. So check that on occasion.
I am the Washington State Genealogical Society Newsletter Editor: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/index.htm.
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