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Surname Saturday – Garrison (Ontario / Michigan / Illinois)

My earliest known GARRISON is James Manly GARRISON, who was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1861. I’m still trying to determine, with some level of certainty, who his parents are. I know his mother’s name was Susan, and I suspect that she herself was a GARRISON, but I need to do some more digging to learn the truth. James and his mother relocated to Detroit, Wayne, Michigan about 1871, and James later moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

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Genealogy By the States – Week 6 – Massachusetts


Since my Connecticut family from last week’s post also happens to have ties to Massachusetts, I guess I’ll continue on with more of the story of Gov. John Webster.

Even though Gov. John Webster spent most of his New England life in Connecticut, he actually started and ended his journey in Massachusetts.  Many of the derivative sources out there about the Governor or the places he lived, state that he originally settled in Newtown (now Cambridge) or Watertown, sometime between 1630 and 1634.

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Genealogy By the States – Week 5 – Connecticut


I have so many Connecticut ancestors, I don’t know where to start!  The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about colonial Connecticut is that I have at least two family members who served as governor for the Colony of Connecticut.

First is my 11th great-grandfather, John Webster, who served as governor from 1656 to 1657.  He was also the deputy governor from 1655 to 1656.  Before and after these roles, he served as a magistrate from 1639 to 1655 and from 1657 to 1659.

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Genealogy By the States – Week 3 – New Jersey

New Jersey

When I started this post, I really didn’t know if I had any connections to New Jersey.  A quick search of my database pulled up a few events that occurred in New Jersey, one being the birth of my third great-grandaunt’s husband, Vanrancelar Cash VLIET. (Note:  There are many variations on the spelling of his first name, but this is the one I chose.)

According to the book History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut , Vanrancelar was born on 20 March 1829 at Oxford Township in Warren County, New Jersey.1  The book also lists his parents as “William V. and Martha A. Vliet;” his death certificate, as reported by his son, further states Martha Axford as his mother.2  Beyond this, I had no other information on Vanrancelar or his parents.  So I did a little digging.

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Accentuate the Positive 2012 GeneaMeme

2012Last weekend, Australian genealogist, Jill Ball, of the blog Geniaus, created a meme related to things we as genealogists accomplished throughout 2012.  The intent is to focus on the POSITIVE…what we did accomplish…and not the things we may have fallen short on.  It’s all about perspective.  In fact, that’s about how I approached my 2012 Achievements post; while I didn’t exactly accomplish what I initially set out to do, I highlighted many of the things I did accomplish, even though they weren’t my original 2012 goals.  In that post I listed several things, but it did not include many of the things on Jill’s meme list.  That being said, this is why I am writing this post.  I encourage you to participate too, just so you can see how much you actually did accomplish in 2012.

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Dear GeneaSanta, How About Some Research Help

Christmas Wish ListThis year I thought I’d ask GeneaSanta for some research help.  There are a few research projects I’d like to make some progress on, but I need some help.  Help could be in any form:  help with a research plan, access to records, cousins with information, or the people in question could simply fall from the sky (wait, that would be too easy and take the fun out of it).  Here are some of the cases I hope to crack in 2013.

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