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Genetic Genealogy and Family History in the Mountain West, Midwest, New England, Scandinavia, the British Isles, France and more

Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part IV: Isaac Chase to Sarah Simmons

Several months ago, I shared an announcement from FamilySearch, American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that they are working together to make available records for descendants of Mayflower passengers. In exploring the website for this collaboration, I found that I purportedly descend from John Alden and Priscilla MullinsContinue reading “Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part IV: Isaac Chase to Sarah Simmons”

Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part III: Rhoda Chase to Isaac Chase

In a previous blog post, I shared an announcement from FamilySearch, American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that they are working together to make available records for descendants of Mayflower passengers. In exploring the website for this collaboration, I found that I purportedly descend from John Alden andContinue reading “Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part III: Rhoda Chase to Isaac Chase”

Life of Fern Stoddard Part VI: Engagement to Frank Woodbury – September-October 1952

This week, we get more of the love letters between Frank and Fern, more diary entries from the journal of Maude Dee Porter detailing the events of Fern and Frank’s engagement between September 1952 and their marriage on 10 October 1952. Last week we left off with a letter from Frank to Fern on 28Continue reading “Life of Fern Stoddard Part VI: Engagement to Frank Woodbury – September-October 1952”

The Life of Fern Stoddard Part V: Engagement to Frank Woodbury August 1952

This post will, perhaps, be of most interest to descendants, relatives and friends of Fern Stoddard Woodbury and Frank Woodbury, but beyond the immense value and biographical insight and detail that it provides regarding their lives, it also demonstrates the value of creating and preserving family letters, the value of daily journals, and the insightContinue reading “The Life of Fern Stoddard Part V: Engagement to Frank Woodbury August 1952”

Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase

In my last blog post, I shared an announcement from FamilySearch, American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that they are working together to make available records for descendants of Mayflower passengers. In exploring the website for this collaboration, I found that I purportedly descend from John Alden andContinue reading “Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase”

Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage

Thanksgiving: A Mayflower Connection Thanksgiving festivities in the United States commonly harken back to what many call “The First Thanksgiving” celebrated by the Plymouth pilgrims after their first harvest in the Americas in October 1621.[1] Though there are debates about when and where the first Thanksgiving celebration actually happened in what is now the UnitedContinue reading “Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage”

The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020) Part III: A Pioneer Day Scholarship

On 24 July 1847, Brigham Young and the first group of Latter-day Saint Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley to establish a settlement. In the years that followed, residents of Utah, Idaho, Arizona and other areas of Mormon settlement would celebrate the 24th of July as Pioneer Day – a commemoration of the pioneers whoContinue reading “The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020) Part III: A Pioneer Day Scholarship”

DNA From a Revolutionary War Ancestor: John Woodbury (1752-1821)

On the Fourth of July we specifically commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but we also celebrate many of the events contributing to the Independence and founding of the United States of America including the Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, the War of 1812, and more. In my own family tree, I haveContinue reading “DNA From a Revolutionary War Ancestor: John Woodbury (1752-1821)”


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