Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Adventure

My sister and I have been on a few adventures through the years searching for the relatives. These usually involved day trips that took us to Moncton, New Brunswick, Hopewell Cape, NB or Gloucester, Massachusetts. We would have more questions at the end of the day than when we started. This has been going on all our adult lives.

Yesterday, my sister contacted me to say that she had the day off...what did we want to do? She was quite surprised to learn that I had a plan involving yet another search for a relative that would take us just minutes down the road. Oh the irony!

Over the weekend, I had been looking online again for more information. (I am simply amazed at how 
often new information is added to the family files. Jill was right. Look often! [You may remember Jill's and my connection mentioned back in November.])
 
Would we find this four times great-grandfather of ours? We have yet to find his daughter, though we have found her son, our Nan's beloved grandpapa.


Past the lake and up the hill...now the road becomes a dirt road and still we forge on.

 
Our first glimpse. How odd to find a graveyard right in the middle of the woods.


I am grateful that Sis can get down and crawl around a bit. I sure can't.

Did we find him? We sure did and it adds another bit of closure. His time and ours on this earth are only separated by 75 years. I find that interesting to think about.


Then we went out to lunch, walked through the garden, shopped at the gift shop. It was a lovely day.



A good one to you...

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34 comments:

  1. So happy you two had success. I know you two enjoyed your time together. Lovely photos, Vee.

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  2. How fascinating! I have always wanted to stop and take a closer look at some of the little abandoned graveyards you sometimes see in a field or along a dirt road. I am always afraid it's private property though I guess a graveyard seldom is. It sounds like you had a productive and fun time together!

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  3. Love it. I love searching for relatives / past etc. What a great day you had. Blessings

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  4. This is exciting to find the gravestone of an ancestor, and not that far from home. I imagine if your family has been in the US for generations they are easier to track. Our country being much younger presents a problem with great, and grandparents for my generation coming from England, Ireland and Wales. (and other parts) They're more difficult to track but it would be fun to see how far back I could go.
    I wish I had a sister to spend a day with, glad you enjoyed yours.

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  5. Oh I love that you were successful! And soo close to home too. Days and times spent with sisters are some of the best! Glad you enjoyed!




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  6. My dad is doing a lot of research on his family line. I love it all and find it fascinating, and thrilling to find them and know a bit about their lives! This was a huge part of our trip to Scotland last year!
    Glad you found your 4x great grandfather!

    It looks like your day was beautiful, too!

    Deanna

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  7. Wonderful butterfly picture, Vee. Congratulations on finding another relative. Sounds like a fun search. Are you taking photos and documenting? I'm sure you are. And nice to have a spontaneous day with your sister.

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  8. How wonderful to find another family member Vee, and so close to home. Family is precious as are the memories. . .

    Your butterfly picture is stunning and the colors are quite beautiful. Enjoy your day!

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  9. Good for you and your sister Vee. That had to be an adventure you will remember , even close by. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  10. What a wonderful time for you and your sister...and to be so close! Your photos capturing your adventure are so lovely...especially that butterfly on the flower...a great post, Vee :)

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  11. What a great way to spend time with your sister, searching for family. I've gone back as far as I can with my family and that's not too far since both my grandfathers and 2 of my great grandfathers immigrated from Russia. I'd love to go there some time to search out old graveyards, but that's unlikely. Love the butterfly - our lives are as fleeting as theirs.

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  12. I love an adventure that comes together well. Glad your sister and you can spend good times together. Beautiful butterfly shot!

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  13. No picture of the headstone for privacy reasons I am guessing. Hope someone took notes of who else is buried in the little graveyard. Families tended to bury loved ones close to other loved ones back then of course. I have found that neighbors on census pages and in graveyards tend to have connections. I get a kick out of finding that the girl wound up marrying the boy two doors down or the next farm over. Kinda sweet.
    I wouldn't mind being buried in a nice little plot in the middle of the woods. Modern "memorial parks" have all the sentimental appeal of an airport. OK that thought came to me when I was stuck in a very crowded airport and was imagining how it would be like there if apture suddenly occured. Then I imagined "the dead shall rise" in the densely packed local memorial park.
    Sometimes I think I am just weird....

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  14. What a fun and exciting adventure Vee. I love family history but I haven't always. I think it took getting a little age on me to appreciate it. Amazing what you can find out but amazing at some of the things I didn't really care to know! But all in all....I do love family history. Would love to venture out and do some "hunting" like you do! What a great way to also get to travel a bit! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  15. That does sound like a lovely day indeed! So fun to have your sister join you on these ancestorial searches! I find this so interesting and have been searching some over here too for an upcoming family reunion in the Fall.

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  16. Your diligence sure is paying off - I'd have given up (or perhaps not even started) long ago.

    Well done, and a day well spent. Find anything for yourselves at the gift shop?

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  17. Now that is an adventure worth celebrating!

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  18. Oh, congrats on your find, Vee!
    Who we are today has so much to do with our ancestors.
    Just spending the day with your Sis sounds like it was fun.

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  19. What a great find! I've been doing a lot of delving but haven't made any day trips like yours.

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  20. Lovely photos and your adventure sounds like a successful one. I'm curious about what you saw in the gift shop. Did you take photos inside?

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  21. A great find and what a lovely way to spend the day with your sister. : )

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  22. I have no experience with genealogy, but I'm happy to hear that your adventure was a success.
    It looks like a lovely drive past the lake. Sounds like a great day with your sister. My thoughts were running along the same line as Cheryl's regarding that gift shop. The sign is beckoning. :D.

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  23. Your adventure with your sis was a rewarding one, Vee!! I love that you found your long lost relative and then had lunch and fun at the gift shop. It sounds like a great day to me.

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  24. Glad your adventure was rewarding and that you had a good time with your sister! Love the pic of the butterfly on the verbena bonariensis! Great shot!

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  25. That's wonderful and how nice to spend time with your sister. Enjoy your evening my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  26. How wonderful that you are finding some answers! And some "sister time" as well!

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  27. You must tell me how you do your searches? Where did you start? Did you use ancestory.com? Oh I am so interested, sorry to be asking so many questions. Your day was lovely. Blogger to away my list of blog friends so had trouble finding you again. At least I can't find the list and they never respond. Sounds like a good summer for you!

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  28. Fascinating!! And, yes, how ironic that this great-great-etc.-grandfather was so close! It all sounds like a lovely, sister-y day!
    By the way, I love the photo of the butterfly on the purple verbena! Gorgeous!!

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  29. Hi Vee, so close and yet so far away in time.Sounds like you had a very good day! Making memories!
    Loved the flower picture also!
    Roxy

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  30. I want to do this. Maybe I am afraid of what I'll find. :) Actually, this has to be so rewarding. I would love it if one day someone cared enough to look for me. For those who's lives I am responsible for to care enough..how wonderful to think of that. You've inspired me to do something, leave something before I am gone. At least make it easy for those in the future to know the persons who came before them.
    What a wonderful way to spend your time! I LOVE this, Vee.

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  31. Such intrigue and adventure and beautiful butterflies to show you the way, perhaps? Lovely photos of your wonderful and whimsical search.

    Poppy

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  32. That would be an interesting and fun day, Vee. Looking back at old history and family ties is enlightening. The photo of the butterfly on the flower is really beautiful. xx Pam

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  33. Success!! So glad you found him. Love the picture of the butterfly and flower. Just lovely.

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  34. That's wonderful that you found another link in your family tree! My mom was the genealogist I our family and I'd like to pick up where she left off. I find it fascinating to go back and trace these links! Nice that you're able to share this with your sister.

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Thank you!

DB