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NERGC is coming…

Can I say I’m so excited for NERGC.. not only do I get to go to Rhode Island.. but I get to do GENEALOGY!! Something I don’t get to do usually when I’m visiting.


What is NERGC?  It’s New England Regional Genealogical Conference, this year it’s in Providence, Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Convention Center April 15-18.

I have signed up for Craig Scott’s Military Research class.  Hopefully I can learn a couple more techniques to better my research.  Gosh knows this is an area I need help on! Plus I’ve selected lots of classes to have

Wrapping up from MGP2


I’ve been taking MGP2 class with Dear Myrtle and the fabulous panel of participants, they have so much knowledge and it’s been wonderful to learn from them.  This class has definitely opened my eyes that I have a lot more work to do to improve my research and citing my sources. I’ve been doing my homework, listening to last the prior MGP classes and understanding the MGP process. Now, I need to start writing more about my research and write about my research and see understand that every blog post doesn’t have to be perfect.  Write about the person, and make a question and follow the proof standard of “who, what, where, where is, where at” to come to a conclusion, even if it hasn’t been 100% proven or not.  Then ask for feedback.  You never know what that kind of comments that will bring (other than spam J ). The hope would be that someone, somewhere out there may be related and find what you don’t know, and maybe even make cousin connections.

So here is my conclusions of things I need to work on:

Blogging my homework:  Conflict: Blogging is hard to me because, I’m afraid to put the information out there with the fear of copyright infringements. I’ve been doing the homework, but not posting it. Resolution: Take a writing class and just write, cite my sources, ask for feedback from the communities.  Know I will get better, the more you do, the quicker you will learn! Be positive!

Research: Conflict: Rhode Island records are extremely limited, most of my family research I need to work on are in that area. Resolution: Work on something in my research that is available online. Make a really long to-do list and set up a research trip to Rhode Island.

Language: Take a French class, to read, and write and understand French!  There are a lot of records available online from Canada that have a big impact on my family history.

Off to get ready to take the last chapter and hopefully graduate from MGP2 with the knowledge that I tried, and know that never stop learning, and network.


Reference Book: Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) by Thomas W. Jones [Book available from NGS Genealogy also on Amazon Kindle ]

Mastering Genealogy Proof Class 2 available on Google Plus in the Dear Myrtle Community

MGP Chapter 3 Homework – Part 1


MGP Chapter 3 Thorough Research and Reasonably Exhaustive Search homework – Part 1

This chapter is a struggle for me personally. The question during the MGP2 training is where do you start looking for your records.  My online search starts with Family Search, Ancestry and now NEGHS..I also use the books and films at the Family History Center in Mesa. Over the years I have amassed many hardcover books and cd’s that have local and regional information. There are a couple of challenges being a native Rhode Islander. Most of the information is not able to be researched online, much of what is just an index notation you must physically acquire. My version of research trip for instance included a stop at the Town Hall Records Room, in the Town of North Providence, for the death records for 1916. [ld1] I was lucky as it happened to be only one page.  The original intent was looking for my 4 times grand father Ernest Everett Lippitt; however looking at the whole document later there are 6 other family member’s on this one page.  You have to love small towns! I find it useful to go to the Archive building and start coping information on several surnames from a particular town, over a span of a couple years that I’m focused on. I will then take that information home and dissect the information into a more manageable format I can work with.  This is not the best way to do research, but until I live closer or the information is available online, this is the only way I can get the information for extensive research done.  For my own style of research, I can tell you this has worked very well for me.  I have the 1925 Rhode island Census for Taylor, Lippitt, Angell, and Desmarais in some form of hard copy.  This information isn’t online, and most importantly, 95% of these people are my relatives.  This for me was not a waste of time or money as it provides me quick access to invaluable research data.  This information is also entered by the individual person on the census card, and also often signed.Other cards could be completed by a family member on their behalf.

The summary of the answers:

The appendix A is about Phillip Pritchett, the answering the basic genealogy questions of who, what, when, and where.  To find the answer where would you look? I’d use census, birth, marriage, death, tax rolls, and other legal records that were available from the area.  You wouldn’t want to use an index, you want the original source records.

[ld1]Deaths Registered in Town of North Providence year 1916, North Providence, RI Townhall, page 125,

I’m a bit behind on my homework, so the answers to the questions to follow.

Here is the link to the You Tube Video with +DearMyrtle MGP2 Class

Reference Book: Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) by Thomas W. Jones [Book available from NGS Genealogy also on Amazon Kindle ]

Jackpot on a Google search

Have you ever Googled a name, and then found a jackpot of information in one place, and it’s not a genealogy site.  Well my jackpot was this book found on Google Books: First Record Book of The Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations ending August 31, 1896.

It’s the Organization’s record book of the members ending 1896. Amazingly, it provides the descent information of how these particular women are related to the one of the 13 original signers of the first written compact of Providence Plantations. Thomas Angell is one of these fine men, and a direct relative, 10x great grandfather of my mother-in-law.  WOW talk about genealogy proof of multiple relatives.  Thomas Angell’s son John married Roger William’s granddaughter Ruth Field.  Their families were well documented, since Roger Williams paid for Thomas Angell’s passage to the new world. Since Thomas was a minor, he also followed Roger as one of the four original settlers of what would become the settlement of Providence.

To see if this organization is still in existence I found The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.  I sent them an email today.  Let’s hope this organization is part of the bigger national organization!  This opens more doors for the proof for Daughters of the American Revolution as well as this fine organization.

Hat’s off to Google today!


First Record Book of The Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations ending August 31, 1896. Instituted March 28,1892, Incorporated January, 1893. Printed Providence, Snow & Farnham Printers, 1897.  This is the best citation I can give, since it’s no longer available except online.  (lets hope this passes for a citation) – comments welcome.

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

Daughters of the American Revolution


Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 – Homework Chapter One (MGP2)

Due to my recent illness, my homework for assignment one is running late. I apologize to Dear Myrtle and the other members of the MGP2 class. The class runs from February 23 to April 27, 2014. You can also view the class discussions on You Tube under MGP2 on the Dear Myrtle Channel.

Chapter 1: Genealogical Proof Standard

Question 1.
Google’s definition of genealogy is a line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor “combing through the birth records and genealogies”
My quest is to find where I came from, who before me paved the way for who we are today. Hopefully provide my family with the knowledge of this information and help with more family discoveries.

Question 2.
Mr. Jones references 5 elements to genealogical proof. Many people start their genealogy research for multiple reasons, and the quest for information leads to the proof good or bad. My quest first started with a conversation with an Aunt Arlene on my husband’s side, telling me that they are 7 generations from the founders of Rhode Island, and gave me this typed report. Well, being born and raised in Rhode Island this was exciting, what a great story to tell my young children. Spending the next couple of weeks making multiple trips to the State of Rhode Island Archives and start to research and find any evidence that supports this typed report.
I take all the information I gathered from my impromptu research, and head back to Arizona knowing full well I have an awesome memory and will write everything down in detail where each piece of paper came from. (Your smiling now, you know you did the same thing once)

Well I started to analyze the typed report, and comparing the information on the birth, marriage, death and census records that I collected. The pieces were coming together, I had a family tree, with matching family group sheets, the jackpot! I proved the report, we are related.

Looking back on those beginning days I can still remember they that gentlemen in the Archive saying “write the box information on the back of the copy that you just printed from the film”. That would be citations, citations, citations, lessons learned.

Question 3.
I have shared basic information with family members, but it was incomplete because I had lost so many documents of my research due to a house fire. They just wanted the names for a project, the proof was not required. Knowing what I know now I’m taking all the replacement research and using what I have from those notes, and rebuild and ensure I’m meeting standards. I want to leave the best proof I can provide

Question 4.
With each step we learn that Genealogy is never done, there is always new information out there being found. We can utilize the 5 elements, but remember each part is interdependent on the outcome.
Question 5.
Interviewing the person you are going to research is the first step. Taking notes in detail is important to get your base information down. I find that interviewing a person using a voice recorder is much better than sitting down with paper. Almost everyone’s phone has a voice recorder, using this tool creates a very comfortable atmosphere for discussion. You can sit down, have a cup of coffee with an individual, while just talking about family, no need to pause while you catch up writing. When you review the recording later you can disseminate the important information and more importantly, record some of the stories that can be so important to discovering a family’s legacy beyond names and dates.

You can purchase the Mastering Genealogical Proof Book, and follow along with the class on +google  +dearMyrtle

Reference Book: Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013) by Thomas W. Jones [Book available from also on Amazon Kindle ]

Help with Arthur Daniel Wheeler & Rhonda Rebecca Fanning Wheeler

Where’s Arthur’s Father, When did Arthur die? Where did he meet Rhonda Rebecca Fanning? Where and when did she die?
Facts: Arthur Daniel Wheeler born July 18,1866 in Wheelock, Parents:Vermont to Sarah L Wheeler of Wheelock, Daniel Wheeler, Farmer. Married Rhonda Rebecca Fanning – October 27, 1890, Rhode Island
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thomas Angell

Thomas Angell, the progenitor of the Angell family in America, was born in England 1618. There is but a little knowledge of this parentage. As late as the year 1870, he was the ancestor of almost all of the Angell’s in the U.S. with the exception of the comparatively few families of that name which had emigrated since his time, from various countries in Europe.

Not bad for a “servant/hired man” of the age 13 who came to the new world in 1631 with Roger Williams from London to Boston on the ship “Lion”. Then following Roger Williams and helping become part of what is now The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

This came from a family genealogy and part from Avery Angell’s Genealogy