Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Love of Books

I have loved books for as long as I can remember, and apparently I was not the first in my family to do so. My great-great-great grandmother, Ruth (Thorne) Dudley (1823-1914), was a reader or at least a collector of … Continue reading

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Vacationing with the Family

Today I leave with my wife and kids for ten days of sun and fun with my extended family–a Christmas vacation–which makes me wonder what types of vacations my ancestors took. A cursory glance through my family research uncovered only … Continue reading

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The Oldest House in Queens

The oldest house in Queens and one of the oldest in all of New York belonged to my eight-times-great grandfather, John Bowne. John Bowne was born in 1627 in England.  He moved to Boston with his father and sister in … Continue reading

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Life on the Frontier

  Pioneering, leaving known territories for lands yet unsettled, is never an easy endeavor. Robert Hill, my four-times-great grandfather, left North Carolina in 1802 at the age of twenty-two.  His family had lived in colonial North Carolina for as many … Continue reading

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The Important Things

Figuring out who and what were important to my ancestors is part of the fun of genealogy, but it’s difficult to do. Wills are one way to get a glimpse of what–and who–was important to a person. Presumably, the stuff, … Continue reading

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