Leaves on My Genealogy Tree

"two roads diverged in a wood, and I , ..I took the road less traveled by...." Robert Frost

"....and that has made all the difference..."


 Begin your journey here to another place and time...

              In a world of infinite possibilities ....I often think about the choices our ancestors have made and how different our world and our lives would be had they taken the "Other" road.  If they had married a different spouse, stayed in the village where they were born and not moved away, not committed that crime that convicted and transported them to the other side of the world, boarded a different ship or not at all, turned a different way before that bullet pieced their cheek in the trenches of WWI, or stepped away from that railway track before the train came bearing down on them. The myriad of circumstances that make up who we are, is based on decisions, conscious or unconscious of our ancestors. Most of these circumstances were beyond their control but they made decisions for us, by making a decision for themselves, and in so doing chose the path they trod and set the course for our future. These pages contain the results of my ancestors choices, circumstances, and the roads that led them to cross paths with others to form our family. These are the trails of the ancestors of my husband's and myself, and the other families which have attach themselves to our family tree in marriage or friendship.     Maria  

  Jan 2009                          


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Traditional Gaelic Blessing


The Road

   This website is divided up into geographic locations. Some are counties or states in varioius countries.  You will find interesting links and information about the areas and the surnames listed under them. Most of this website is under construction at the moment but please feel free to explore each of the trails and see where they lead.  Most of the genealogies have some connection to my personal familytree. Some are ones I have researched for other people.  The genealogies include references to other researchers and their contributions. Please contact me for more information on them. All the materials have been researched using primary sources where available. Parish records, birth, marriage, and death certificates, census, and other type of materials. One thing that I did make sure to include in my genealogies is location, location, location. If there is one thing that bothers me the most when I look at the researched genealogies of others is that they have left out where the event took place, where the ancestor was born, lived, died! If I don't have that piece of information I have no frame to place the family in and no way of knowing if their hardwork is connection to mine. Source are important but location is too. I look forward to hearing from you.  Contact me.  When you become a member please sign the guestbook and include your interests. Thanks.  


                                                ......May you find your Stairway to Heaven!  

The Journey

          I have been researching the genealogies of the families of myself and my husband for almost thirty years now. It has been a wonderful experience. I have been lucky enough to have worked on this research all over the world in some of the best research facilities and in some not so great circumstances. I have followed trails to the small villages of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Devon and to places like Trinity College, Dublin, The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and the Historical Society of Philadelphia, and many others.  Oh, the things we who love genealogy do to find that elusive ancestor....climbing over walls, combing thru graveyard tombstones, and standing in cold church vestries for hours pouring over original parish records, calling strangers to find out if they are our long lost cousins! I have done these things and more in my quest to discover and verify my ancestors, to decipher and record the journey, and the traveled paths of their lives. I have enjoyed every minute of my journey and it is not ended yet. There is so much more to discover and record, so much more to research..... That is the purpose of this website. My research may not be published in my lifetime but it needs to be shared and my experiences in doing this genealogical research especially in the particular geographic locations will be shared willingly. 

          I wish to thank my family who have had to put up with my absences and for those occasions when I have dragged them along or made them trod thru a graveyard or two.....


The Journal

   Due to the multiple localities over which this familytree is spread I thought it was best to divide the surnames up into the geographic locations of their origin. This does not mean that the geographic locations are the only areas where the surname occurred rather it is where my family's origin of this name began. This website is a work in progress and I hope to have many interesting links and information about each of the surnames and localities. I hope to also link to others who are researching the same names in the same localities. Please contact me with any information, questions, and answers. Please sign in the guestbook and let me know what you think of this website. Suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Please let me know if links do not work.

  *Please note that I am involved with a one-name study of the surname of SHADBOLT. I have much more information available on this name then what is shown on this website.  http://shadbolt.myfamily.com      Thank you.  :)




Hello, Please note for sometime now I have not been able to access this website... to manage or do anything... I think it has been hijacked! There have been many weird ads posted in the forum section so I deleted that. While I am trying to resolve the issues please be aware that I am not the one posting the insidious ads on here and I am working deligently to clean it up!   Thank you   Maria 








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