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  • 17-08-2019 03:12 PM

Noble W. Broadwater and his civil war service at the age of 56.

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  • 18-04-2019 11:01 PM

Gerrit Van Swearingen is the first Swearingen in North American.

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  • 31-03-2019 06:22 PM

Irish temper happens to the best of us...even those it shouldn't happen too

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  • 22-03-2019 02:50 PM

Samuel Joseph my maternal grandfather will turn 98 next week.

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  • 15-03-2019 09:21 PM

Between 1663 and 1673 over 750 woman were sent to New France to populate the place...4 of my direct ancestors were among the woman up for the challenge.

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  • 06-03-2019 10:24 PM

The bachelor...William Stoughton, esquire.

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  • 27-02-2019 10:13 PM

Celebrating my back heritage....The discovery at the courthouse.

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  • 17-02-2019 06:26 PM

John Besner was a mystery to our family for so long. His story needs to be told, and perhaps someone else will not have to suffer his fate.

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  • 12-02-2019 06:54 PM

Ebenzer Nims & Sarah Hoyt fine a way to endure captivity.

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  • 03-02-2019 12:51 PM

This weeks #52ancestors prompt was surprise. My grandmother was proud to be pure French Canadian...she died before I i could surprise her with the information she was also English...

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Family Lines

McConnell Family

Thomas McConnell married Mary Mchugh. The young couple were forced to leave Ireland for America during the potato famine

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Joseph Family

Besner Family

Spore Family

Broadwater Family

Solomon Peters Family

Solomon Peters and his wife Sarah Jane Adams

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The Best Family History Quotes

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin,—seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is. Ralph Waldo Emerson "If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? - Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C. Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, and when they were part of his grandparents. If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing--rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other. - C. S. Lewis Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world. - Daniel Webster

About Me

About Me
The heartwood is the dead older wood, at the core of the tree. It is created as the tree ages. Its primary function is to support the tree. In my large family tree, my ancestors have built a complex and strong heartwood. I want to tell their stories. I also want to help others find and understand their heartwood.

The heartwood created in my ever-growing family tree provides our core and the foundation on which we build our lives. Every decision, every choice made, shaped our lives,  as our steps will shape others.

I have been doing genealogical research, since 1991, when I  was just 17.  It is my wish to document my research in a place I control. The new age of genealogy is a quick fix to the hours many have put into field trips, documentation and combing through records. I am grateful to sites, like ancestry, who have preserved many records, however it is my goal to remind myself and others, it is the exploration and analysis of those records that makes you a family historian, not simply the notation of them.

It is said to explore a different culture you must submerge yourself in it, its like that in time too. To learn of others in their time, you must surround yourself with it. That is how i do my genealogy, and that is how i can help you do yours.

Someday we will make up the heartwood of our family trees. Today we explore it.

Please contact me for help in finding your own heartwood.


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  • North Huntingdon, PA, USA