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Blog posts February 2015

Time for a new look,,,,,,,

February 23, 2015


After having the old design for a couple of years I decided it was time for a new look.  So, what do you think?  I will be playing with it on and off over the next couple of weeks until I get it exactly the way I want it.  The header now showing is exactly how the new business cards look.  I think it is pretty and elegant.  A welcome change, at least for a while.  But it is and always will be "Candle Hill Farms".

Some folks have the impression I must live on a farm because of the name.  Sorry but that is not true although I wish I lived on a farm.  :-)  The name actually is based loosely on scripture.  In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us we should "let our light shine like a city on a hill".    I kind of think my light as maybe not as bright as a city but more like a flicker of a candle.  Combine that with my dream of homesteading and owning my own farm and I came up with "Candle Hill Farms".

Keep checking back because I don't think it is total set yet, LOL.


Until next time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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When I started,,,,,,,

February 20, 2015


When I first started working on the family genealogy the internet was not in full swing yet.  And certainly genealogy web sites were not so numerous as they are now.  In fact, it was almost unheard of back then.  First all the sites were free, of course most charge now.  But my first attempts at my family genealogy were almost impossible with me living nearly 1000 miles from where the ancestors all lived, and very limited access.  I did not let that deter me though, I was going to get started no matter what.

I bought a program called Family Tree Maker and that was a huge help for keeping all the information I was gathering.  The fellow that was in charge of the local genealogy society was very helpful to me even though my family is not local.  He had some connections all over the country and some managed to dig up some information for me on my father's side of the family.  That was a great start.  With that I was able to get that side of the family all the way back to the late 1600s with my 8 X great-grandfather.

My mom's side, the Parker side, has been my thorn in the side so to speak.  Parker is a very common name.  Then the information I had, which was not much, was wrong.  I had found in my brother Leon's baby book they had my mother's grandfather's name as Benjamin Parker and that is wrong.  Mom's grandfather was George W. Parker Sr., Benjamin was her great-grandfather.  But at least it was a name and gave me a starting point.  I found that mom's parents, grandparents and great-grandparents and possibly great-great-grandparents are all buried in the same cemetery.  The Eldred, NY cemetery.

Records are not very good for this cemetery, but I do have pictures of some of the markers, which I will post another day.  What would be my 3X great-grandfather's marker is no longer there.  But I remember seeing it as a kid and so does my brother.  Unfortunately, there are no conclusive records to prove it.  There was a Mrs Barber who went out to cemeteries in Sullivan County in the late 1920s and 1930s and made lists of the stones.  Unfortunately, it has since come to light that her records were very inaccurate.  Sometimes she was putting names in the wrong cemetery while omitting others completely.  So, I look at her lists as a clue, understanding it may or may not be completely accurate.  I do appreciate her effort though and her understanding way back then that preserving as much information as possible would be important to people someday.  I know for a fact she missed people buried in the Eldred cemetery because she missed my grandpa and yet had my aunt who was buried right next to him.  He passed 3 years before her.

Such are the trials and tribulations of genealogy.  We search mainly for clues that will lead us to more clues and hopefully, eventually, those clues will paint a picture for us of our ancestors.

I was very fortunate to meet a distant cousin online.  He sent me the picture you see to the right on this page.  That is my great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Burlin Parker.  He is also Peter's great-great-grandfather.  Peter's line comes down from one of Benjamin's daughters, Mary Amelia.  My line comes down from Benjamin's only son, George W Parker.

It will take me a while to get this blog totally organized and up and running fully.  I have a ton of files on several thumb drives that I need to get transferred into one place so I can easily find them.  So please bear with me a while as I work on this as well as my other bog,  and check back often.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,

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Coming soon,,,,,,,,

February 19, 2015


I am just in the setting up and planning stages but coming very soon,  a blog about genealogy, more specifically my search for my ancestors and the trials and tribulations along the way.  I'll talk about resources I have used, hints and leads I found and what I did with them from there.  I will also talk about people I have met along the way.  And of course my continued search for my ancestors.  Family folklore, fact or fiction?  Separating stories from the truth.  Paying attention to the details, and much more!

So come along with me and take this journey deep into the wonderful world of genealogy!

Until next time,,,,,,


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