This blog covers my father Keith’s life and his ancestors on the MacDonald/McDonald side.
He, Keith, 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, any engine was a good thing. 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 published on this blog, I gave a listing of the things we will cover in this blog.
Here is a list of surnames that are part of Keith and Marjorie’s ancestry, my parents.
- Barclay, Barkley, Barckley, Bartley
- Boardman, Bordman
- Spracklin, Spracklen and all other strange spellings
- Goss – They liked to do a long “S” that looks like and “f.”
- Richardson – this might not be correct
Locations include Washington State, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa, England, Ireland, Scotland and beyond.
I have several blogs because the family history is so big, but they all relate to each other in some way. Besides this blog that is about my Dad’s McDonald/MacDonald side there are the following. You can access them from the links on the right side of this blog.
This blog below covers the lives of his grandparents on his maternal side:
The Barclays of Pine River, The Lives of George and Amarilla Barclay http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/
The blog below goes back into the older history of my dad’s maternal side through his mother Grace and her mother Amarilla.
Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio. http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/
Back in 2008, I headed for Pennsylvania to attend the FGS conference in Philadelphia. I decided to do a travelogue blog: Pennsylvania Wanderings. This blog was about my Goss ancestors who migrated to Pennsylvania in 1769 and settled there. I wanted to visit the family history sites. http://pawanderings.wordpress.com/
The Massachusetts Meanderings and more travel blog continued the story of the Goss Family by going back further into the Goss history http://massmeanderings.wordpress.com/
Eventually these two travel blogs mentioned above, will be incorporated into the Solomon Goss Blog and give the posts more meaning on that blog. So they will go away at some point. So if you really want anything from either one I suggest you print it out now.
The following blog covers my mother’s side of the family which is all Canadian.
The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, A Canadian Story: http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/
In my travels I have collected tombstone photographs and I really felt it necessary to share them and BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries! might be of interest: http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/ I am now on Find A Grave and have been uploading photos to that website.
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Happy hunting Bonnie, updated April 14, 2016