Historical Carlisle Indian School was located in Cumberland County PA. Located just north of Gettysburg, founded 1879 by Capt Richard Henry Pratt.

Interesting History, more can be learned about this School at wikipedia.

For the link to this Free Website check out the list on the right side.


Another Free Website

This website is a World Wide website.  You do need to sign up with a user name and password.  You can add a family tree, has a video explaining how to use the site and well worth watching, search by last name only, if you wish, pick your country, pick you state, etc.  It also offers a paid site with more benefits.

Check the list on the right side for this new Link “geneanet”


New Free Website

Just added new Free website “Behind the Name”. You can search female and male names.  Learn the History behind your name, includes different Nationalities and Mythologies of names.  Also includes how to pronunciate the name.  

If anyone has tried to research the Reformed Dutch Church records, this site will help you sort out those names.  Hope you all enjoy this site, it is a lot of fun.



DNA Results

Finally I did my DNA through Ancestry…..no surprise as to where my ancestors originated.  The largest part was Western Europe, next was the British Isles.  Sixty percent total for both. 

The Northeast Ancestors came from England Scotland and Wales into Mass Bay Colony from the 1630’s to 1650.  The Pendleton/Pembleton’s, Huntley’s, Lawrence’s, Bennetts, Brown’s, Avery’s, Goodenow’s etc.  Both maternal and paternal.  These families migrated to Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York State and eventually by 1810 some settled in Ontario, Canada.  

 The most pleasant surprise was about my ancestors  from Western Europe who came to Niew Amsterdam, then settled up the Hudson River Valley.  Although through my research I already knew this, to actually see this because of the DNA was certainly a pleasant surprise.  Three of the main families were the LeMaitre/Delamater/Delamarter, the Coevert/Covert my Huguenots and my Folmsbee families, from the Netherlands, all of  which I have found in those massive Reformed Dutch Church records up and down the Hudson River Valley.

The most disappointing part of the DNA is the people from 1st through 4th & 5th possible connections who do not have trees or they have private trees.  And of course the error’s from ancestry.  For instance I have a 3rd cousin, who I have been in close contact with for years,  had her DNA done through ancestry, she comes up as a 5th-8th cousin, when I pulled her tree up beside mine we are listed as 3rd cousins.   I am not sure what this discrepancy is with ancestry.  Then there are trees that come up with names and families I have never heard of (5th and beyond), that do not come close to anyone in either their tree or mine????  At that point, to me anyway, it does not matter  or should it?

Ancestry does have a DNA Circle of Families, which I have found to be exciting and unexpected.  Most of these people who belong to the Circle so I have discovered, that  we have communicated with each other through the years and have helped each other with our researches.   DNA has certainly been a most interesting story, I am glad that I have shared mine with others.  



My Great Grandmother Underwood had 14 children, until a month ago I was missing 4 of them.  With the help of another researcher on Ancestry we have 1 left to find, a female.  I have known about one daughter Eunice since 2003, knew she married a man whose last name was Lawrence, had a son named Ernest  and I even knew Ernest’s wife’s name was Lillian.  Shortly after Eunice married the family supposedly moved to Illinois but search after search came up empty.  

Last month I again went searching and checked out a Binghamton, NY Directory 1898, well low and behold there was a Thomas Lawrence….husband of Aunt Eunice?  Then another wall….no 1900 census for Binghamton or the State of New York had my family in it.  So for 1900, I put in the name Thomas Lawrence with a birth date of 1879 +/- 1 year the United States, I picked a birth year that was near Eunices age and there they were in Georgia with their son Ernest age 1 born in NY, Oct 1898, Thomas was born in Texas, Jul 1873 and I knew Aunt Eunice was born in Homer, Cortland Co. NY. Sep 1880. She was in an 1892 Cortland Co. NY census.  Married for 3 years.  The Lawrence family were Missionaries with the Salvation Army. Then I went into Find-a-Grave, put in Eunice Lawrence, United States well…there she was in Cuyahoga Co. OH. along with a newspaper Article about her death: “WOMAN DIED IN GOD’S SERVICE” “Touching Memorial at a Salvation Army Meeting”  “Husband of Martyr Breaks Down in Describing End”  Capt Thomas Lawrence.  I was able to download the entire touching article to my computer.   Again I went researching in familysearch.org, this time in Ohio, I knew by the newspaper article that Christmas was mentioned near the end, so I picked the years of death records for Cuyahoga Co. 1902-1903 Vol 14 and there she was in image 115 of 372, date of death 20 Nov 1902, she died of Scarlet Fever at the age of 23.   

Thomas did remarry in 1914 and died 22 Feb 1931 in Chicago of Pneumonia, son Ernest died 12 Feb 1983 in Chicago, his wife Lillian lived to be 100 and died 7 Mar 2002 in Indiana but she is buried with Ernest in Illinois. Ernest and Lillian had no children.  I have added them all to Find-a-Grave and connected them to each other and my G Grandparents t0 continue the  generations. 

Sources for these people are: Census Records, Death Records, Cemetery Records, Directories, Obituaries, find-a-grave, Marriage records and WW I Draft Registraions.

The Desk

From The Sidney Record 8 Mar 1884:  Washington News 1855.

In 1855 the British Government sent their steamer “Resolute” to rescue the survivors of the Sir John Franklin expedition, but it became necessary for her officers and crew to abandon her in the ice.  She floated 1000 miles and was found with all of her supplies intact by a United States whaler.

The Queen at once relinquished all claim to the vessel and she became the property of her salvors.  Our Congress then appropriated money, purchased the vessels from the salvors, repaired it at our navy yards and sent it the British Government manned by a crew of American sailors.   The action of our government was highly appreciated, and the praises of the United States was sounded throughout all of England.

Upon the arrival of the Resolute a public reception was held on board, which was attended by the Queen.  Subsequently a handsome desk was made from her oak timber and was presented to the President of the United States by Queen Victoria.  The desk is still used by our President in his private office in the White House.

Now comes the British Government and presents us with their Arctic steamer Alert for our Greely relief expedition, as a graceful acknowledgement for our former generosity.  Representatives Finnerty and Robinson objected to its acceptance as they object to all friendly demonstrations between the United States and Great Britain, but Congress with their exception, voted unanimous thanks.



Death of Charles Delmonico

24 Jan 1884

The dead body of Charles Delmonico the New York Caterer,  was found in the Orange Mountains NJ by two boys hunting for rabbits.  Mr Delmonico was frozen to death.  He was presumably making for the house of his friend General George B. McClellan, which was only a short distance off, when he sank exhausted and succombed to a fatal sleep.  The body was brought to his residence in New York City.

By the Will of the late Charles Delmonico, of New York, his sister receives half of his very large Estate and the other half is divided equally between his two nethews and his niece.

News From The Past

                         “Thursday 24 Jan 1884 Over a Hundred Lives Lost at Sea”

The City of Columbus, from Boston for Savannah, strikes the Massachusetts Coast, and only 22 of those on board saved.  

The news of the terrible steamship disaster which occurred in Vineyard Sound early Friday morning has caused consternation in Boston, where a number of the victims lived.  The Steamship City of Columbus which left Boston 3 pm on Wednesday for Savannah. proceeded safely on her way until Friday morning, when she struck upon the ledge or reef at the Devil’s Bridge buoy off the southwestern end of Martha’s Vineyard.

Captain Wright of Boston, who for 15 years has been employed by the line, was in command at the time, when she struck this ledge and careened over.  She had on board 80 passengers of the first class, 22 in the steerage and 45 officers and men only 23 have been saved.  The wind was blowing a gale at the time.  The boats were swamped as soon as they struck the water.  Soon after noon the revenue cutter Dexter came alongside and took off 21 from the rigging, and carried them to New Bedford, but three of them died on the way.

                          “Thursday 31 Jan 1884 The Indians at Gay Head”

The Boston newspapers have started a subscription to aid the half-breed Indians of Gay Head who nobly assisted saving the lives of 22 men from the wreck of the City of Columbus.  Those who reached the barren headland alive, were treated with boundless though humble hospitality.  Nothing that the limited resources of their noblehearted rescuers could supply was held back. Food, drink, missing articles of clothing were freely given, and then men and women began the sad search for the dead.  The people though scantily clad went down to the landing in the blustering snowstorm; but they seemed to not know it was cold.  One Indian woman sped back to her house and retrieved 2 sheets, which were treasured as luxuries seldom to be used and fetched them weeping as she said it was all she could give to cover the dead and the bodies were quickly sewed up in these winding sheets.  All this and much more these people done without thanks in return.

A condensed article from the “Sidney Record” Delaware Co. NY a weekly newspaper.

New Canadian Cemetery Link

Here is a wonderful site for looking up ancestors in All Canadian Provinces Cemeteries. In the red bar across the top lists Provinces and Territories where you can pick which one you want to research. You can then search by Name or pick a Letter of the alphabet. You can also choose a cemetery.
Since I have ancestors in Ontario, I chose that Province, typed in just the last name (Pembleton) and the list showed up with photo’s of the tombstones, the name of the Cemetery and where it is.
This is a volunteer site, so if you have an ancestor in one of the provinces and a photo of their tombstone you can add it to this site. ENJOY!!!!!

Wonderful Free Genealogy Research Site

At January’s MSOG Meeting we were given a link to a terrific Free genealogy research site.  It is called Genealogy Trails.  It is a research site for the United States, it has every State and County.  Records are transcribed by volunteers and they have done a terrific job.  There are no banner ads.  You can also host a state or county if you wish or just submit your own records.  This is an easy site to use and get around in.  

Remember the links are on the right side listed Alphabetically I have added Genealogy Trails

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