Archive for the 'Genealogy' Category

Family lore: One Little Indian

(Continuing from “The French Scout”) We’d gone into a loop: the family was in the U.S. for hundreds of years…. the name was DeRock…. they were in New York, always…. prior to 1900, they weren’t there. I had both too much information and too little. We were Delaware? Seneca? Mohican? We came from Western NY? [...]

Family lore: The French Scout

When I began working on my father’s maternal ancestry, I fully expected to hit a brick wall at some point. Even with my admittedly superficial grasp of early American history, I knew that there weren’t going to be many records of the French scout who’d married an Indian girl. Our knowledge of this line (I [...]

Obama’s only half as scary now

Hunh. Evidently the NEHGS hasn’t nearly enough paid work to keep its researchers occupied. Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some remarkable family connections for the three presidential candidates — Democratic rivals Obama and Clinton, and Republican John McCain. Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother’s side, is also a [...]

Family lore and the whisper game

There’s a game children often play — the whisper game. A group sits in a circle, and someone whispers a phrase or short story in the next person’s ear… who then retells the story to the next person…. who passes it on to the next…. Eventually, the last person tells the group what s/he heard, [...]