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Blog posts June 2016

I'mmmmmmmm baaaaaccccckkkkk,,,,,,,,

June 27, 2016


I'm back, with my coffee in hand, LOL.  I hope you had a good week.  I sure had a busy one.  I canned cherries and also made cherry syrup and bottled it.  Did some work around the house and mostly did some research about selling on Amazon as well as Etsy.  I am still debating on that and have not made up my mind yet.  There seems to be pros and cons to both.  So now I have to figure out which ones I can live with, LOL.

I did get the ads changed and moved around on the three blogs but while looking at the analytics of the ads at both adsense and cj affiliates I am not a happy camper.  Let's just put it this way, these companies are getting a lot of free advertising and I am not making a penny.  $1.28 with adsense since I started this blog is not making money.  That is such a small amount they won't even pay it, LOL.  The other ads do not pay anything until something actually sells.  And well, nothing is selling.  

I also discovered some of the advertisers that I had on here before had actually dropped me from lack of sales but did not notify me they were dropping me.  I don't mind that they dropped me but they could have let me know so I could have removed their ads.  Oh well, such is life.

I am thinking I really have too many irons in the works to really do this justice and stay on top of this so I think probably next week I will remove the ads if I don't get to it before then.  I have a very busy schedule this week so not sure how much time I will have.  I am also thinking about dropping the other two blogs.  I love writing but they are eating up an awful lot of time which is taking away from my crafts business.  And that I definitely want to keep going and actually need to build it back up again.

Of course I keep doing a lot of canning but I am really thinking after I get all my flavored syrups done and the water in the gallon jugs done, of cutting back on my canning this year.  I really need to focus all my energy on the craft business.

Well, needless to say I have a lot of tough decisions to make over the next week.  I'll keep you posted and let you know what I decide.

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


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End of the week brain dump,,,,,,,

June 17, 2016


I'm sitting here with my coffee trying to plan out the next week.  I think I will take a week of from genealogy and give my old feeble brain a little break.  I have been staring at records, documents and dates so much lately they seem to have all run together.

Sometimes you need to take a break.  Usually when you finally get back at it you can find the thing you were looking for much easier.  You are seeing clearer.  At least I know I do.  I have several trees I am working on at the same time and the break is a necessity to keep them straight as they seem to become one big blob after a while, LOL.

I love genealogy and would never give up on it completely but little breaks here and there really help in the long run.

I don't anticipate blogging about genealogy at all next week.  Well, not unless anything major comes up and I doubt that will happen with me taking a break, LOL.  In fact, I think I will probably take the week off from blogging at all.  I do need to update the ads on the blogs and I have several house projects I am working on that will have me pretty busy most of the week.  So look for me to return on Monday June 27th.

Have a great week!!


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SSDI records,,,,,,,,,

June 15, 2016


I wanted to share the SSDI record that helped me find my great aunt Edith Parker Pelton Besson Maas.  I did not know about the last marriage.  Pelton does not show on the SSDI but that is OK because Parker and Besson are on there.  Looking at the record, Edith Parker Besson were all names I knew.  The date of birth I had and this is a perfect match.  I believe this is actually a record for her second husband Jean Louis Besson's death as Edith did not die until 1953.  I do not know why her name still shows active until 1976 unless someone was using it, which is certainly possible.  I don't know but I wonder if it has something to do with my Aunt Emaline who inherited Great Aunt Edith's house?  Maybe something to do with the taxes and such?

But it also gave me the name of another marriage, one to a Maas.  That was a huge hint to me.  I did not know she had moved to Cuddebackville, NY from Port Jervis but we are only talking a few miles and the Cuddebackville phone directory shows in the Port Jervis one, so I search the phone directories for an Edith Maas in Port Jervis and there I found she moved to Cuddebackville.  So then I search for a male Maas in Cuddebackville and that lead me to her husband Henry Maas.

From there I was able to find death records for him but never found them for her.  That is OK, I have friends on Port Jervis.  I first called the funeral home that has the cemetery records where Henry was buried and they said she was buried with him.  My friend Lanore was very willing to go look for the grave and take pictures of the marker for me.  I am terribly grateful!  All because of the record below I was able to create a memorial for my great aunt on and link her with her family.

So follow those hints and look at all the clues.  You never know what you will find!!

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name Edith Parker Besson Maas
Birth Date 3 Feb 1888
Claim Date 12 Jan 1953
Type of Claim Life Claim
Notes 03 Sep 1976: Name listed as EDITH PARKER BESSON MAAS
Household Members
Name Age

Edith Parker Besson Maas

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Did you see this,,,,,,,,

June 13, 2016


Wow, did you see this on ancestry?  All the new records I mean.  I went in over the weekend as time allowed to look through my trees I have been working on and found tons and tons of those little green leaves.  Hints!!  Tons and tons of hints!!  For example, on my Aber family tree I thought I had pretty well exhausted all the records available a while back.  Now it says I have well over 400 new hints to review.  Wow!!

I really think is trying very hard to keep you coming back as they keep adding more and more records.  I love it!!

One of the new records I really like are the new SSDI records.  They have a lot more information on the records.  Have you seen them yet?  Not only do they provide date of death but the cool thing is how the name was shown over the years.  This is especially helpful for a woman whose name has changed due to marriage or divorce.  You can often find her maiden name if you did not know it or if she had previous marriages.  This was really helpful in me tracking down my great aunt Edith E Parker Pelton Besson Maas.  I knew about the first 2 marriages but not the last one.  I could not find where she died or was buried for years and it drove me nuts.  Then these new records were added to ancestry and bam, there she was!!  I did a search with the names I knew and the SSDI record came up and showed her last name at time of death and the last know residence.

​With that I was able to find where she was buried and now have a memorial for her on  I am very happy about that.

​Some people think ancestry is too expensive.  I would agree to a point, but they are actually about the same as any other genealogy site that charges and I think they have a lot more records.  I also like their searching format.  Just don't get too caught up in other people's trees as there is no guarantee they are accurate.  Do your own searches.  Check out the hints    but understand, they are just hints and may or may not pertain to your family.  Read, read, read, I cannot stress that enough.  You must read the records to make sure they fit with your family.  Don't just take it for granted that they do.

If you have not tried yet I suggest you take advantage of their free 2 week trial offer and give it a try.  But remember, if you do not cancel before the end of the 2 weeks you will be billed.  That also goes true if you subscribe but decide after the 6 months or a year you do not want it any more.  You must cancel before you are automatically billed.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY not ancestry's.

Until next time,,,,,,,


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End of the week brain dump,,,,,,,

June 10, 2016


I can't believe it is Friday already.  This week went by fast.  I did not get much personal research done as I was on a case for work.  But on the personal front.  On Harvey D Parker's tree I have a total of 10 out of 13 siblings so far.  I have him back in time to his 6th great-grandfather.  And I am starting to work down the lines of his uncles to see if there is a connection to my great great grandfather as I have determined it is not likely that my great great grandfather is a sibling to Harvey's.  It was a possibility though and I had to search it out.

My cousin Skip passed away yesterday.  I am waiting to hear when the funeral is because I want to send flowers.  I can't physically make the trip east but I want his family to know I am thinking of them.

​I continue to work on my painted chalkboards when time allows too.  But today I am starting the hard boiled egg experiment.  For more details on that visit later today as I will be writing about that this morning.

It is going to get really hot here today.  90s with high humidity.  Looks like the air conditioners are going to be running for a few days.  I hate this kind of weather, just too hot and humid for me.  Hope you heat lovers enjoy it, LOL.

Have a great weekend everyone and stay cool!!

Until next time,,,,,,,


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The search continues,,,,,,,

June 8, 2016


The search continues.  I have found 9 out of 12 of Harvey D Parker's siblings and need to find the other three.  You might recall Harvey D Parker was the founder and owner of the Parker House in Boston, MA and rumored to be a relative.

As I have continued my search and paying attention to dates and time frames I have pretty much ruled out that my great-great-grandfather Benjamin Burlin Parker was a sibling of Harvey D Parker.  But he could still be a cousin or nephew possibly.  So I continue to work on the family line.  Not to mention, that I am just plain curious, LOL.

I love doing genealogy.  It does not matter if it is mine or someone else's, it's all interesting to me.

So my next course of action will be to look down the lines of Harvey's father, Pierpont's siblings.  Just in case there is a connection that way.  I actually have traced Harvey back to his 6th great grandfather, John Parker born around 1550.  I do have his father and grandfather's names I think.  But I want to confirm those before I add them to the tree.  It can be a time consuming process but I love it!!

The photo above is from a B Pinney Carlson who added it to in April of this year.  I have also found similar on google.  :-)

Until next time,,,,,,,


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Ancestry trees on private,,,,,,,,

June 6, 2016


Many people ask, why are my trees on private?   

​Some think I don't want to share.  Well they are partially right, I don't want to share unconfirmed information.  You see I often plug in a name that I suspect is correct and then follow the  hints, those little green leaves that pop up to see if I can confirm a connection.  If the search does not pan out then I remove that person.  But it is easier to research them if they are actually put in the tree because of the hints that pop up.  I don't want someone assuming that because something is currently in my tree it is absolutely correct.  I have my own way of researching and for the most part it works very well for me.

As for sharing, I am very willing to share the information I have that is confirmed.  Just ask me!!  I am also willing to get into a conversation about the ones I suspect and why.  But I am not willing to let someone take info without verifying it themselves first then get ticked off when they discover it is wrong.

There are two types of genealogists, those who do the searching and digging and want the truth.  And the lazy ones who take other's work without verifying it.  Who plug in any hint that comes up without reading the details to make sure it is a correct connection.  The lazy ones seem to forget those little green leaves are just hints or clues, you still need to verify them.

I have run across many lazy genealogist during my 20+ years of researching my family history.  They irritate me, because at some point they will discover there are several mistakes in their family tree and they will blame everyone else for it when in truth, it is their fault!

Genealogy is not for everyone.  It takes a lot of time, a life time really.  It takes patience and determination.  It takes a willingness to look into even the strangest places or have some of the weirdest ideas to track someone down.

I have been stumped on my great-great-grandfather Benjamin Burlin Parker for over 20 years.  But I will not give up!  The answer is out there.  I just have to follow every lead I come up with, every hint, every family story or rumor, any far-fetched idea I might have.  I believe the answer is  there, I just have to find it.  I have several different family trees on  I have one for Capt. John Benjamin Parker of the Lexington Militia from the revolutionary war because I have a newspaper article in which a great-great aunt states he was a great-great grandfather to her.  I have not made the connection yet.

I have a tree for Alton Brooks Parker because I have another newspaper article that says he was a first cousin to my great-grandfather George W Parker.  I cannot make that connection either.

I have one for Amasa Junius Parker because of a lead I thought might work out.  I have one for James Young Parker who had the Parker House in Eldred, NY where my ancestors are from.  I have one for a Charles M Parker because he once lived in Eldred and his daughter Katie is the spitting image of my great-great aunt Mary Amelia Parker Rader. And I have several other trees going as well, trying to make a connection.  Including that of Harvey D Parker, owner of the famous Parker House in Boston.

So far, I have not been able to make the connection with any of them.  I keep looking.  I believe it is there, but I am just not finding it.

Until next time,,,,,,,,


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Still searching,,,,,,,

June 3, 2016


I am still searching and trying to prove my Parker family line and still pretty much stuck on my great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Burlin Parker.  All other possibilities I have searched have not panned out so far and have not been proven.

Although, I have a couple of newspaper articles that say we go back to Capt. John Benjamin Parker of the Lexington, Mass. Militia where the Revolutionary War was started I have not been able to prove it.  I remember many stories being told over the years when I was growing up, unfortunately, most of those turned out to not be true.  But one of those stories, which I am investigating now, is a connection to the Parker House in Boston.

​The original Parker House was built and owned by Harvey D. Parker.  According to the Parker House Historian, Susan Wilson, Harvey was the oldest of 13 children.  I have only been able to find 8 of them thus far.  So I have a series of emails with Ms. Wilson who said she would check her records for the names of the siblings of Harvey D Parker.  Time was and age wise it is possible that my great-great-grandfather could be a sibling to Harvey.  I hope so!  But just getting the information, one way or the other will help me greatly in my search.

I am trying to wait patiently for Ms. Wilson's reply who already said she would look it up.  But I did send a gentle reminder yesterday, LOL.  OK, so I really don't have patience but I am trying.  In the meantime, my search is continuing on other lines in the huge Parker clan to see if I can make a connection.  Wish me luck!!



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Projects in the works,,,,,,,

June 1, 2016


​I hope you had a great Memorial Day!!  We had a good day but Win had to work and so I worked too on projects for my Etsy shop when I open it back up again.  I am trying to get more crafts inventory built up.  I am also working on a genealogy case for the O & G industry and trying to get caught up on all the work around here that did not get done while I was laid up with my leg injury.

So, these are chalkboard signs about 8" X 10" in size.  I am using real paint and brushes rather than the chalk paint markers.  I found I have better control with a brush than I do a marker.  The markers were nice but just not what I am used to.  These will be $15 each plus shipping when they are available in my etsy shop.  Don't worry, I will let you know when that is opening again.  :-)



These are not quite finished yet and need second coats and touch up.  The sunshine one needs quite a bit more work yet, but I think they all will be pretty.

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


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