Traveling is over for now!

Once again I am back home and really happy because I get to dig into my blogging and I have a lot of fun with it.  There is a lot planned on my other blogs.

So my trip to Canada is over and I logged 1964 miles 47 less than my first trip there in 2012.

My class in Scottish Research was excellent and I am pleased.  I think it fits well with the Pre-1850 English Research course I took last year at the British Institute, making a nice progression:

The Stacks at the Family History Library on B2 - British Isles research

The Stacks at the Family History Library on B2 – British Isles research

Lots is about to happen at my other blogs so go to the right panel and click on the links to them under My Family History Blogs.

If you want to see what I have been up to on my travels in Canada go to The Man Who Lived Airplanes and the Boardman and Brown blog for my posts on my wanderings.


On The Road: Traveling in Canada and now heading to Salt Lake City

In the month of September 2014, I was traveling through New York state, Ontario, Michigan and Quebec and I did 1964 miles on this 2nd trip.  It was EPIC!

I will be heading back to Salt Lake City for the British Institute class on Scottish records.  This course may not have much to do with Massachusetts but I am gearing up for a big trip to the British Isles.


2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research.  So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City.  I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.


Update: Ontario/Quebec Genealogical Trip Completed

Well, I have been too busy dithering and didn’t let you know that I did finished my trip to Ontario and Quebec and it was WONDERFUL.  It was fun to hear French spoken in a cafe as a customer ordered their meal.

I really enjoyed it, met some very nice people, wore myself out but had a grand time and some very interesting experiences.  At the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston I toasted the Queen and sat with some rather elite US and Canadian genealogists who lecture, publish and have their own websites and blogs.  You will have to go to and read about it.  Giggle!

Driving along the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence were some of my favorite moments.

I did 2117 miles!!!!! It was the biggest trip ever and the most expensive!  It was worth every mile and penny.

Hopefully I will be able to go to western Ontario this coming Spring of 2013.  I am so tempted to return to some of these places I visited along the St. Lawrence River up to Kingston and maybe beyond.  We will see, I have been faced with a health challenge and so far so good!

This picture is of the St. Lawrence with a big ship heading downstream.  Remember the St. Lawrence flows northwest to the Atlantic?

I wrote about my trip in my blogs –  The Man Who Lived Airplanes and The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg  I did most of the writing after I returned home. I find that it is very difficult to do a blog while traveling — something like technical difficulties, Wi-Fi problems and other interesting events.

This blog is starting to age, but hopefully it will still help others with links, ideas and more.  I have not done anything with the links in the posts or on the sidebar so if you have a problem let me know. Something happened to some photos and so I took them out.  Don’t forget that I do have Picasa Web Albums and YouTube Videos on a lot of these cemeteries.

Did I find Archibald McDonell’s origins?  Nope…it will be very difficult.  For some reason the researchers in Ontario laughed at me when I told them I was researching McDonells? HA!  On the other hand I did establish that William Brown did come to Ontario at the age of 69 years old and is buried in the St. Thomas Cemetery in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  My cousins were thrilled.

As for the rest of the saga of the Philip Goss lineage, I am hoping to head to Boston in about a year.

Have a great Holiday Season! Bonnie

The Other Side of the Family: Canada Bound!

Are you as fascinated as I am with the way families connect?  The other side of my family had to migrate from Canada down to Minnesota and into Washington State in order to connect with this Goss family I have featured in this genealogical travel blog!

The old Goss family that I emphasized in this blog is connected to me through my father’s mother’s side of the family and through his grandmother Amarilla Barclay Dawes Urton.

Yes, Amarilla was married three times.  Her first husband George Angus Barclay was murdered in 1898.  So she remarried to a J.G. Dawes and that ended in divorce.  About 10 year later she married again to a George Urton and they were together for the remainder of their lives.  Amarilla and her life are featured in in the following blog The Barclay’s of Pine River. It is starting to get very interesting as I enter the 1890’s for Pine River, Minnesota!!  You learn about Amarilla and George and more in this blog:

The Barclay’s of Pine River:

Amarilla’s maiden name was Spracklin.  Her parents were Daniel D. Spracklin and Elizabeth Keller.  Daniel’s father was John Andrews Spracklin and he married Lydia Goss the daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss in Washington County, Ohio in 1819 and they settled in Knox County, Ohio on land her father had purchased in 1802.   I am writing about the siblings of Lydia in the blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio 

Amarilla and George had Grace and she married Ronald S. McDonald in secret in September 1898 in Hudson, Wisconsin about a month before her father George was murdered!!  Grace and Ronald lived in Minnesota where my Dad was born.   These two people are my grandparents.

Actually, I started with the MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell side of my family when I began researching because that is what I knew the best. Back in 1999, Canada online was very young and not like it is today.  They have come a long way and are amazing!

Some of Ronald and Grace’s children – My Dad is on the right!

This Spring of 2012, I am off to Ontario and Quebec to learn more about the origins of my great grandfather Archibald McDonell and my great grandmother Mary McDonell’s family. Yes, they were both McDonell’s.

I will also be learning more about the Boardmans and the Brown side of my family, my mother’s side!  As you can see I have deep roots in Canada.

If you have family connections to Ontario or Quebec join me as I travel along!  I will be following along two great rivers there the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence.  What stories rivers could tell sigh!

I will be attending the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston June 1-3, 2012.  You will find more information at these links.  I will be posting on each of the two blogs below according to the research.  Don’t worry I will let you know where to look!

My Dad’s McDonell roots are featured in this blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes:

My mother’s Canadian side is featured in this blog The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg:

Come along and see what I learn about Canadian genealogical research!

Another Trip Completed: Ohio August 16 to September 7, 2011

My trip to Ohio is completed.  It was a big job and I put 1547 miles on the car rental.  Got lost a couple of times or went in the wrong direction but nothing major.  I found Ohio to be lovely, green and lush.  The weather was just fine except for two days of really hot and muggy, then rain from tropical storm Lee.  I felt like I was home except we have more fir and pine trees.  It was a very good trip and I am pleased.

I am in the process of organizing my trip research and files into my giant binder like I did for Massachusetts Meanderings.  I will continue to post on the trip in Ohio at the Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio Blog

Once I finish describing my adventures in Ohio and giving the links to archives I will start digging into the genealogy of my Goss, Keller, Spracklin, Delano and associated surnames in more detail on that blog.  I am probably going to be quiet for awhile now and not go on any trips till Spring of 2012.  I frankly need the rest. That trip will be to Michigan and Ontario if I can work it right.  It will cover the MacDonald side of my family.

There are few things I need to do for Massachusetts Meanderings like post my videos of various cemeteries.  That will be an interesting challenge.

Time to catch up my other blog posts….!

Ohio Is NOW!

I am frantically preparing for Ohio because it is almost here!  AUGGH!

First stop Columbus, Ohio where we find the Ohio Historical Society and the Columbus-Metro Public Library.  Then off to Kenton, Ohio to revisit the Hardin County Genealogical Society and more.  From there to Portage County to pay respects to Ebenezer Goss.  After that the Ohio Genealogical Society in their new home!  Then time spent in the Mount Vernon, Knox and Morrow County area of Ohio to dig into the Kellers, Delanos and Spracklins.  Last, off to Marietta to see what I can learn about Solomon Goss and others!

Come join me at:

Solomon Goss of Fearing Township In Ohio!  This is the correct link!

Now where was that deed???

Catching Up! My Massachusetts Meandering Binder!

I have learned that after a trip it is vital that I get all my information and research sourced and filed properly.   If I let it slide and come back to it later I wonder what I was trying to do or realize I don’t remember!!!

So I am happy to report that my binder for my blog and trip Massachusetts Meanderings is organized with tabs and a wonderful Table of Contents.

It is all in a 4 inch Binder, yup…4 inches and it is full.  What is in it…everything that has to do with my trip to Massachusetts and Connecticut and the blog.  LOVE IT, all in one place.  Of course I have my files and photos on the computer but that is under my Genealogical Trips folder which include the original itinerary, my trip journal and my blog book – a copy of my posts in Word, the photos of the trip in nice files with topics, and of course the research which will need to be moved to the Research surname files and sourced. 

1.  Table of Contents – very detailed because I am forgetting already???
2.  Copy of the Journal of my first trip to Connecticut
3.  Picasa Public Photos – a thumbnail of the tombstones printed out.
4.  Blogger list of my posts – several pages
5.  Streets and Trips maps – I did some editing so these are the important ones
6.  Cemetery forms with the back up pages that I was using to find the graves.
7.  Blog posts printed out in black and white and doublesided.  Lots of pages.
8.  Itinerary for each of the days with edits and my scribbles
9.  Travel documents that I want to keep for awhile – reservations, airline stuff etc.
10.  Maps I picked up – in plastic sleeves and other information I want to keep for awhile.
11.  Emails I had connecting with people that I feel are important – making appointments etc.
12.  Brochures and pamphlets of various repositories and societies as well as travel, also in plastic sleeves.

Everything is sorted in sections in between tabs so that I can find it by that event like when I visited The Brookfields or Lancaster. 

In the past I had a travel file folder, a research files, pictures and everything in many places and it was difficult to remember where things were.  So having it all in one place is really nice.  Most is on the computer so I can at some point in a couple of years dissemble it and reuse the binder for something else. 

Yeah, I know I am nuts or obssessed but I have learned that if I don’t document a trip and organize it when I get home, I forget and it is more painful to piece it together later!  Trips are sources. I wish my cousin Paul had been more diligent about documenting his trips to interview the family in Pennsylvania back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Now I still have some things to do but that can be done over the next months.

The DAR Library in Washington DC – Revisiting the First Visit!

Like I said, if you have any ancestor that could have been involved in the American Revolution you need to go and look at the DAR holdings either online at their website or go and visit.  I suggest both if you can!

I have DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and Mayflower in my line but I have yet to apply.  I plan to do this in the next six months.  I am finally ready.  We all have to get to a certain place when we feel it is time.  Well the time has come, but first I want to travel to Ohio again and see if I cannot find out more on the Goss family.

My first experience with the DAR was back in 2000 when I was very green in genealogy.  I just sat there in awe the first time…all those books!  I dangled my feet off the chair and knew that I was on a path of learning all I could about my ancestors.  When I say I was green, well, I didn’t even know what the Patriot Index was?

I was looking at the research of my Aunt Miriam and she suggested the following names:  Keller and Delano.  She did not include “Goss.”  I was too knew in the research to know anything about these other surnames names so I decided to look at the “Goss” name.  Well that was an historical day for me.

The librarian explained to me about the DAR Patriot Index and of course I studied the names and decided on the Philip Goss file.  Well this librarian brought me the Philip Goss file and the Goss file. He handed it to me, this tall man, and said “You probably want to see this too.”  When my order came he had me move upfront to a table to look at the information. They now have a lot of information online at their website and in the Seimes Computer Lab at the DAR Library.

So I sat at the table and looked through the files and found all kinds of interesting documents and of course I copied just about everything.  I found documents from a Flora Montanye Osborn, someone named Wingert and a Paul H. Goss???

When I returned home I started to study these documents in detail and low and behold the connection to Mayflower was revealed to me in a manuscript written by Paul H. Goss.

The connection was:  Judith Hayward Goss (wife of Philip Goss II) was the daughter of Anna Hayward who married John Hayward and was the daughter of Resolved White and Judith Vassall.  Resolved was the son of William White and Susanna of the Mayflower.  Remember I visited Philip Goss and Judith Goss’s graves in the Old Indian Cemetery in West Brookfield, MA in previous posts on this blog.

My Aunt Miriam and my father said there was Mayflower in the family line.  Since then I have been on this quest for more Goss family history using and collecting Paul’s manuscripts, Flora’s leads and other research leads.

Philip Goss IV and his son Solomon Goss are in the DAR Patriot Index and I was able to pull some applications the last time I visited to see what  sources these individuals used.  I discovered that Flora came into DAR through her other family line and put her daughter through on the Goss line.

Now that I know more I can also study the Delano line which starts with Mary Delano Keller whose daughter Elizabeth married Daniel D. Spracklin.  Mary’s father was Stephen Delano and her mother was Lovina Smith.  Stephen’s father was Stephen Delano and he married Mary Shaw.  The last time I was at the DAR I was able to pull the only DAR application for Stephen Delano who married Mary Shaw.  This line goes back to Philippe Delano (de lay Noye) of the Fortune.

The DAR Constitution Hall


Our Nations Capitol – Several years ago

The Keller line is still a mystery.  No one yet knows who the parents of John Keller, Mary Delano Kellers husband are.  Maybe when I visit Ohio in August, I can find a small tidbit that will open that door?

Leaving Soon!

The day is getting close to leaving for my trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts to go in search of my family roots.  I am having mixed feelings of excitement, worry and anticipation!!!

This is going to be a BIG trip and I have a lot planned.  I probably won’t be able to do it all but at least I have my itinerary ready and can pick and choose.  The last trip I blogged was hard to do as I traveled about so this blog has been set up in advance.  As you can see I have some links to the right already for you to explore.  You will have to read the posts to know what happens there or why I am interested in that particular link.  Some are just for information about Connecticut and Massachusetts and more. 

I will be going back further into time for the Goss history and living in the 1600 to early 1700’s.  The Barclay’s are about 1830 to 1857 in Connecticut but I have not yet been able to prove this.

The other problem is the weather…there is a Storm advisory for parts of Massachusetts for today Friday and Saturday April 1 and 2 (maybe it is a joke for April Fools Day!!) and they are threatening 5 inches or more of snow!  I can drive on it but I would rather not.  Hopefully by the time I get to these places that could be a problem it will get better. It has also been cold there.  I am use to rain and dampness so I have made plans for it. Hmmm…might be a little better than expected?

The radar map:

A cousin and I traveled in Ohio in August of 2007 and we ran into flooding and she was unable to go to an archive she wanted because they closed up as a result.  We were glued to the TV set!!!  A thunder and lighting storm in Mt. Vernon, Ohio happened while we were at the public library there.  That can happen on a trip like this..unpredictable events.  Let’s hope I still have good travel karma? 

So I am in the process of making last minute preparations and plans.  Talk to you soon!

House in Windsor, CT 2007

This house was so wonderful to see.  This time a lot more photos and maybe a video or two to YouTube?

Memories of Connecticut – April 2007

In April of 2007 I had the opportunity to attend the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.  It was a great conference and gave me the opportunity to visit a variety of places that were part of my family history.

I like to write a trip journal or blog my trips because I have learned that it helps me to remember.  It documents the trip.  I reviewed my journal of the April 2007 trip and it brought back memories and helped me plan this coming trip.  I will try to take more pictures this time and even try to make short video clips.  My cousin Paul Henry Goss did various genealogical research trips back in the 1930’s and 1940’s but he only mentions them in his manuscripts but doesn’t really treat them as sources.

I would just love to know to who he talked to and what he did and were he went?  I would love to have followed him on his trips and in his footsteps.  I can only guess where he went and I will try to recreate a little of that on this coming trip.

I visited the following towns back then:  Hartford, Enfield, East Windsor, Windsor and a little venture into Massachusetts to Longmeadow and Granville.

I was able to visit quite a few repositories back then.

  • The Connecticut Historical Society:  It is wonderful and I spent many hours there. They have Donald Lines Jacobus’ collection. Mr. Jacobus corresponded with Paul H. Goss about the Goss Family.
  • The Connecticut State Library and Archive:  I have several days planned to return to this repository and hopefully unlock more secrets.  I did find a Barclay/Ford probate file there which has been a treasure.
  • The Enfield Historical Society:  I probably won’t return to this society but I have already emailed them a question about the various cemeteries in the area and they have responded.  The president did tell me about a book called “Broadlooms and Businessmen.”  It was about the Thompsonville Carpet Factory.  I am wondering if the Barclay’s worked for this carpet factory?
  • The Enfield Public Library which has small genealogical collection. They had a copy of the book suggested by the Enfield Historical Society.
  • The Longmeadow Historical Society where I learned that the graveyard that was in Springfield which was were a lot of the old pioneers had been buried was taken over by the railroad.   I was interested in the Cooley family and their connection to the Goss family.
  • The Granville Public Library History room where I found some interesting information about Enos Seward and his involvement in the politics of the town.  There was more information about the lineage in Thomas Goss’ family. He is a brother to one of our Philip Goss’.
  • Simsbury Genealogical and Historical Research Society in Simsbury helped me to connect to the library online so I could look at historical newspapers and I found Thomas Goss.  It was all about his trial and hanging.
  • Salmon Brook Historical Society in Granby where the curator found a church record of Philip and Mary Goss. They also helped me identify the possible location of Philip Goss land in North Granby. I bought their history book “Tempest in a Small Town.”
  • The Windsor Historical Society is another gem.  I found many good articles about the Wolcotts there and purchased several good books.  I highly recommend this society.

I visited the Palisado Cemetery in Windsor and paid my respects to Henry, Simon and Martha Wolcott. I bought the Windsor Historical Society book of the burials for that cemetery.

Will I visit these repositories again…well maybe some of them but not all.  One of the most difficult decisions to make when you embark on a trip like this is to decide where to go and what to research.  You cannot do it all and this coming trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts will be even more detailed and more involved. Come along and join me in my quest as I travel back in time to the 1600’s, early 1700’s.