Change is in the air….

Can you  believe it has been five years since I took this trip to Massachusetts.  A lot has happened since then.  I did this blog on Blogger and then moved it to WordPress and that was an interesting experience.

Within the last several months I have come to resting places on my other blogs and am now just writing for the one blog:  Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp., in Ohio  I have wrapped up the history of the Spracklin/len Family. Remember Solomon Goss’ youngest daughter Lydia married John Andrews Spracklin in 1819 in Washington Co., Ohio and they migrated to Knox Co. Ohio to live. This is my connection to the Goss family.

What this means is, I can now return to writing about Solomon Goss himself and taking it back to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusets. This will be a big undertaking.

This blog, Massachusetts Meanderings, was a travel blog of a genealogical research trip but not really a study of a family and that is the next step. So a lot of the information in this blog will end up in the Solomon Goss Blog and hopefully that will add to the posts and make more sense and help to give a fuller picture of the history of this family.

I suggest that if you really like some of the information on this blog, I would encourage you to print out the posts or cut and past a post into Word.  The reason is that this blog will probably go away in about six months!!!

It was a great trip and I had a lot of fun and do like Massachusetts because it so easy to get around. The story of the Goss family is not done, technically I should go Boston and visit some archives there and then head west to Lancaster visiting some towns like Concord along the way.  The Brookfields were wonderful so I probably would have to return to visit them.  We will see!



Picassa Photo Albums to Google Photos????

As of August 12, 2016 my Picasa web albums are now called Google Photo Archive. The only blog I am concerned about is my BJM Cemeteries Discoveries blog which is on Blogger.  Blogger would put photos into Picasa when I published a post.  My other blogs are at WordPress so the photos are safe.

However, if there is a problem with photos on this blog let me know.

April 20, 2016  This is quick note to warn you that Picasa is going away slowly and photos will move to Google Photos and Google+.  I will try to keep an eye on things to make sure my photos are accessible even though this is a WordPress blog.  This blog used to be housed on Blogger and I moved it and I have kept the photos at Picasa but now I don’t know what will happen?  We will see.  If you see a problem just let me know.  Thanks Bonnie

Welcome to Massachusetts Meanderings…

Hello:  Welcome to Massachusetts Meanderings a blog I wrote at Blogger.  I am moving it to WordPress for I am in the process of consolidating my blogs under one platform. Massachusetts Meanderings will be moved to this site soon.  Please be patient.

I took this trip to Massachusetts back in 2011 and traveled the state of Massachusetts in search of my Goss Family history and following in the footsteps of my cousin Paul H. Goss who wrote about and researched the family.

It may take a while to settle this down but I think it will be much better.  Bonnie


Happenings – My Family History Blogs…

Hello, I thought I would take a few minutes and update you on some things that are happening on my blogs.

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My “Pennsylvania Wanderings” Blog has made the move to Word Press. Picasa or now Plus Photos has the photos from this blog and I have opened them to public viewing. The links to the new location are being updated as I find them and sorry if I missed one. PA Wanderings was about my travels in Pennsylvania and visiting the Goss Family sites in the Wilkes-Barre area along the Susquehanna River.  It still has significance to the Goss history even though it is getting a bit old.

Go here to see view its new format:

There is good news that someone is living near the Old Goss Cemetery below Harveyville that was getting grown over and he is taking tender care of that cemetery. So far no ghost sightings yet! See my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog for more information about that cemetery.

My blog about my dad’s MacDonald roots “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” has just celebrated 3 years at Geneabloggers.  At this time I am sharing about my dad’s sister Eddie and her Collection of Junk from her high school days.  There has been some new research found and cousins met on that blog which I will be sharing soon.  The title of this blog will finally be explained when I share about my dad’s love of airplanes.  If it had an airplane engine in it he was there. If have to admit that when the hydroplanes start their engines at Sea Fair it is amazing…the rumble is something you remember.

On my “Barclay’s of Pine River” blog, I am posting about the murder of my great grandfather George Barclay.  The setting is Pine River in 1898, it is a little mix of the beginnings of CSI, fictional accounts of the murder based on court documents and true accounts of what actually happened.  Pine River was a bit rough back then.

On the “Solomon Goss” blog the Spracklen/lins are the topic.  John Andrews Spracklin married the youngest daughter of Solomon Goss in 1819 in Washington County, Ohio and they moved up to Knox County, Ohio to live on the land that he had purchased there.  John’s father Peter settled in Hardin County, Ohio and they were there till Betty passed in 1860.  Eventually I will return to Solomon Goss and how he and Olive Scott Goss made it too Ohio from Pennsylvania and then into the Goss history back to Roxbury in Boston, MA.  This blog was my travels in Massachusetts and Connecticut trying to follow the Goss family and generations and their wanderings.

It seems like a lot of blogs, and I have been teased about it (giggle), but there is method to the madness.  If I did it all on one blog it would be enormous and confusing, dividing it up in this manner by surname and location helps to tame the confusion. See the map above of the United States and Canada, well my family lines started on the East Coast and kept heading west across Canada dipping down on occasion and across the United States connecting in Ohio, Minnesota and Washington State, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and yes some even ended up in sunny California.

Searching on a blog can be troublesome.  I do try to make the categories clear.  I also try to keep the links updated. I try to progress forward in the posts so check back a few posts and forward some if you find a topic you are interested in. I do go back and make changes and add new information as it comes available check under Updates. You can also make a comment and I will find you.

The Man Who Lived Airplanes is my dad’s McDonald/MacDonald side. The Barclay blog is his maternal family through Grace Amarilla Barclay McDonald daughter of Amarilla Spracklin Barclay who goes back to the Spracklins, Kellers, Delano and Goss who came to Ohio and back to New England.

The Goss family being a huge undertaking with them it is much easier to separate them out using Ohio as the convergence zone for these families. If you have noticed it is all my dad, Keith’s, side of the family in these three blogs. Yes he is a mix of deep New England roots and old Canadian roots. My family moves from the east coast going west on the Canadian side and the United States side.

Did I mention my mother’s blog? “The Boardman’s and Browns of Winnipeg.” They came from England to New Brunswick and Ontario to Manitoba and further West.

So breaking it up makes it easier for you to focus on the side of the family that you are most interested in, rather than get bogged down in some other line.

Don’t forget my BJM Cemetery Discoveries blog where I highlight cemeteries I have visited and that includes my family history cemeteries where my ancestors are peacefully resting.

I have a lot more to share so get ready 2014 is going to be amazing…..!!!!

Have fun exploring…Bonnie