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Bradford County, Pennslvania

Susquehanna River as seen from Marie Antoinette Overlook along Route 6.

Standing Stone Township, Pennsylvania

Coolbaugh, Ennis and other ancestors migrated from Connecticut, New York and the Minisink Valley to settle in Bradford County. The Ennis family settled in Standing Stone, named after a prominent feature of the […]

The Plantation, Norwich, Norfolk, England

The house on Earlham Road was remodeled into a small hotel for a number of years, but has been put back on the market as a potential one family home. There are fourteen bedrooms. The gardens are now in the care of a historical society.

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The Plantation house seen from the […]

Maplewick, Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

Home of Ken and Mary Clarke Green from about 1995-2014

Seen from the Low Road

Rear garden, late winter

Side garden, early spring

Green, Prytz and Jubb families, Maplewick garden, summer

Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

St. Peter’ s Church, Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

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Documentation

Archival Documents

Old documents are one of the things I find most interesting about genealogy research. They can be difficult to decipher because of physical damage, unfamiliar hand-writing styles, and of course, language. Even if the handwriting is crystal clear, a document written before 1600 means you have to deal with varieties of languages that […]

Moses Coolbaugh 1752 -1814 : I00550

Moses Coolbaugh is a direct ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War and who appears on the 1790 census, the first taken by the government of the new United States.

Durham Boat used during a recreation of Washington crossing the Delaware. Source: Wikipedia

Moses was born in Monroe County in 1752 and in 1790 […]

Winifred King Benham 1637 – 1697 :I00425

From the trial of Katherine Harrison of Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1669.

I am quite pleased to have an ancestor who was tried for witchcraft in 17th century New England, specifically in Wallingford, Connecticut, especially because she survived the accusations and was acquitted. Many people lost their lives to witchcraft hysteria, but this 9x […]

New Netherlands (to 1664)

Before 1664

 

New Netherlands. Map by Nicolaes Visscher II (1649-1702)

See also the excellent U.S. Timeline webpage: 1643 – The United Colonies of New England by Gerard Tondu.

The mid-seventeenth century was not only the period in which the Dutch colonized much of what is now New York State, it was also Holland’s […]